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#WOTR21 #Review – Smitten by the Brit, A Sometimes in Love Novel Book 2 by Melonie Johnson

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love, #2)

DEFINITELY, MAYBE…OR LOVE, ACTUALLY? 

English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie’s heart.

With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?

Goodreads

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

OH THEO!!!  YES!!  I was so ready for you after the first book!!  He is totally my Mr. Darcy with his manners and polite charm….sigh right ladies!!!

Bonnie was a great character who has been through some hard times.  When your DB fiancée won’t marry you and cheats on you instead…yeah broken hearted was Bonnie.  She won’t let it stop her.  We see her and Theo giving eyes and flirting like crazy in book 1.  I was so excited to see them as the next book because I need these people to get together already!!  Theo also has his own issues because he needs to marry a certain kind of woman to please the family.  Being a Duke does have its perks and downfalls!!

This book was amazing!!  I enjoyed the first book and getting to know all the characters but this book because we KNEW everything it seemed to flow smoother.  Theo and Bonnie are such a great couple and I will definitely see myself rereading because their story was full of humor and sweetness.

A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

Visit her at meloniejohnson.com and find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelonieJohnson.

#WOTR21 #review #DebutBook #NewAuthor- Getting Hot with the Scot (Sometimes in Love #1) by Melonie Johnson

Getting Hot with the Scot (Sometimes in Love, #1)

“Playful, passionate, and positively unputdownable!”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren

IT’S TIME TO FLIRT WITH A MAN IN A KILT

Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .

Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love?

“Witty, sexy, and oh-so-fun. . .Melonie Johnson is an addictive new voice in contemporary romance.”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker

Goodreads

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

I met this author at a book con. She told me all about her soon to be releases so when I saw them available, I grabbed them. I had no clue except she was absolutely friendly and kind to chat with.

Imagine my shock and delight when I see this book is about a hottie in a kilt….uhm YES PLEASE!!!

This story is super funny, sweet, and one that I am so happy to have grabbed of Netgalley. I will say since this is the first book in the series, there was a bit of “world” building getting to know the characters and all that jazz but stick with it because the story is great!!

This story is about Cassie and a couple friends who take a trip. All Cassie want is to have a wild one-night stand, but her box of condoms is still full……BOOO!! Cassie soon finds herself sidetracked with a certain kilt wearing hottie named Logan. Logan is all “full steam ahead” on helping her use as many condoms as possible before her trip is over. *Snicker*

Cassie is a bit of a serious chick. She so when Logan asks her to help him with some pranks she kinda flips out. Relax girl!! It’s all good!! LOL

I enjoyed the story so much and can’t wait to read the next book I the series.

A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

Visit her at meloniejohnson.com and find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelonieJohnson.

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Melonie Johnson

Melonie Johnson

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Melonie Johnson
I’m a Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie. Known as #thewritinglush, I love dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. I met my future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when we were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, we live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with our two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After teaching high school English and Theatre for several years, now I write smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin. Declared a “writer to watch” by Kirkus and a “fizzy, engrossing new voice” by Entertainment Weekly, my debut series, SOMETIMES IN LOVE, has appeared on the Amazon Best Books of the month, and been featured in Cosmopolitan and Woman’s World. Watch for my next romantic comedy, TOO GOOD TO BE REAL, out July 6, 2021.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

Even though later books in a series have more logistical challenges because you are juggling multiple books at various stages of the publication process, starting a new series is harder because you are getting to know the characters, establishing the world, defining relationships, etc. It takes time and drains a lot of creativity.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Almost always the characters.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I have been so lucky to meet several of my most favorite authors, including Karen Marie Moning Diana Galbadon, and Laura Kinsale.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

1. What are your tricks for making the words flow when “writer’s block” hits?
2. Which of your books would you choose to be made into a movie?
3. If you could write outside your published genres, what would you try?

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

Crafting the blurb! So tricky to boil it down to the right bits and tie it up in a neat package.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Romance Game Night at the Strand Bookstore in NYC

What is your definition of success?

A fan base with readers who connect with my stories and love my books.

What are your social links?

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/melonie-johnson
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewritinglush/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/MelonieFJohnson/_saved/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelonieJohnson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelonieWrites/

What are your buy links?

Too Good to be Real: toogoodtobereal.com
Sometimes in Love series:
Getting Hot with the Scot: https://meloniejohnson.com/books/sometimes-in-love-2/getting-hot-with-the-scot/
Smitten by the Brit: https://meloniejohnson.com/books/sometimes-in-love-2/smitten-by-the-brit/
Once Upon a Bad Boy: https://meloniejohnson.com/once-upon-a-bad-boy/

#WOTR21 #Christmas #ShortStory #Newsletter #Freebie – Coldcocked by Saint Nick by Melonie Johnson

Coldcocked by Saint Nick

She never saw it coming…
Classic holiday story of boy meets girl,
boy knocks girl out with his giant candy-cane,
boy falls for girl and they live happily ever after.
Well, not exactly. But it’s a start.

As the pop culture liaison for Chicago’s biggest morning talk show, Tiffany Hunt spends her December covering celebrations, performances, and charity functions. Which is how she winds up onstage as a volunteer host of the annual Jingle Ball, a fundraiser supporting the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation. Her packed schedule of holiday events might seem glamorous, but the stressful days often leave Tiffany with a headache—sometimes literally—like when one of the performers accidentally beans her in the back of the skull with a giant plastic candy cane.
The wielder of this oversized peppermint prop turned weapon of destruction is Nick Santos, an occupational therapist who moonlights as a caroling crooner in an a cappella group. When Nick insists on keeping Tiffany company for the evening to make sure she’s feeling all right after bonking her on the head, she’s unable to resist. How can she refuse a doctor’s orders? Besides, she is feeling a little woozy, especially when said hot doctor lays his hands on her…
Oh, she’s going to be on the naughty list for sure this year.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I received this book from the author off her newsletter sign up.

This was a super cute and super sweet short story.  It’s a perfect hour read when you are sitting by the fire and getting excited for the holidays!

This story is about a Christmas bu-hum bug named Tiffany. She is kinda down on the holiday. She doesn’t really enjoy the season and the magic around it.  While not paying attention to the band she is getting ready to talk about after they finish singing,  she gets knocked in the head by Nick…well Dr. Nick.

The story is about how a quick insta-chemistry with the Doctor, who also loves to sing acappella, turns the holiday into the romantic time it surely should be.

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin. Declared a “writer to watch” by Kirkus and a “fizzy, engrossing new voice” by Entertainment Weekly, her debut series from St. Martin’s Press, SOMETIMES IN LOVE, has appeared on the Amazon Best Books of the month, and been featured in Cosmopolitan and Woman’s World. Watch for her next rom-com, TOO GOOD TO BE REAL, arriving July 2021.

Visit her at meloniejohnson.com and find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelonieJohnson.

#NewRelease #Review – Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love #2) by Melonie Johnson

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love, #2)

DEFINITELY, MAYBE…OR LOVE, ACTUALLY? 

English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie’s heart.

With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?

Goodreads

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

OH THEO!!!  YES!!  I was so ready for you after the first book!!  He is totally my Mr. Darcy with his manners and polite charm….sigh right ladies!!!

Bonnie was a great character who has been through some hard times.  When your DB fiancée won’t marry you and cheats on you instead…yeah broken hearted was Bonnie.  She won’t let it stop her.  We see her and Theo giving eyes and flirting like crazy in book 1.  I was so excited to see them as the next book because I need these people to get together already!!  Theo also has his own issues because he needs to marry a certain kind of woman to please the family.  Being a Duke does have its perks and downfalls!!

This book was amazing!!  I enjoyed the first book and getting to know all the characters but this book because we KNEW everything it seemed to flow smoother.  Theo and Bonnie are such a great couple and I will definitely see myself rereading because their story was full of humor and sweetness.

A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

Visit her at meloniejohnson.com and find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelonieJohnson.

 

#NewRelease #review #Debut #NewAuthor- Getting Hot with the Scot (Sometimes in Love #1) by Melonie Johnson

Getting Hot with the Scot (Sometimes in Love, #1)

“Playful, passionate, and positively unputdownable!”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren

IT’S TIME TO FLIRT WITH A MAN IN A KILT 

Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .

Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love?

“Witty, sexy, and oh-so-fun. . .Melonie Johnson is an addictive new voice in contemporary romance.” —New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker

Goodreads

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

I met this author at a book con.  She told me all about her soon to be releases so when I saw them available, I grabbed them.  I had no clue except she was absolutely friendly and kind to chat with.

Imagine my shock and delight when I see this book is about a hottie in a kilt….uhm YES PLEASE!!!

This story is super funny, sweet, and one that I am so happy to have grabbed of Netgalley.  I will say since this is the first book in the series, there was a bit of “world” building getting to know the characters and all that jazz but stick with it because the story is great!!

This story is about Cassie and a couple friends who take a trip.  All Cassie want is to have a wild one-night stand, but her box of condoms is still full……BOOO!!  Cassie soon finds herself sidetracked with a certain kilt wearing hottie named Logan.  Logan is all “full steam ahead” on helping her use as many condoms as possible before her trip is over.  *Snicker*

Cassie is a bit of a serious chick.  She so when Logan asks her to help him with some pranks she kinda flips out.   Relax girl!!  It’s all good!!  LOL

I enjoyed the story so much and can’t wait to read the next book I the series.

 

A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

Visit her at meloniejohnson.com and find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelonieJohnson.