Review ~ Buns, Alice Clayton

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Like most books by Clayton, there is a lovely shade of humor throughout Buns, and, like most books by Clayton, there is also a lot of romance and hot sex. So yeah…it’s a win.

First and foremost, I have to say I freaking LOVED Clara. Determined, intelligent, flawed…she’s fantastic. I was able to connect with her immediately and we became besties by The End. I just understood her in a way you hope to when reading. I got her. And that’s a great feeling. Like you’re not alone, ya know?

Now, as for Archie, I dug the man. A touch stuffy and set on tradition, I really enjoyed seeing the many sides of Mr. Bryant. He is a fab character that tests boundaries, takes chances, and makes you think.

 

buns.jpgClara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

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Review ~ The Butterfly Project, Emma Scott

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Emma Scott is my go-to author for emotionally poignant, utterly romantic, heartbreaking romances. I have never been disappointed after finishing a book from Scott, and I doubt I ever will. I adore stories with realistic characters – flawed individuals who are seeking a better version of themselves – and The Butterfly Project delivers that and so much more.

TBP is most definitely a romance, but there is SO much more to it than that. Self-acceptance and forgiveness are front and center, giving depth and heart to every event. While there were times I did pause reading, it was because I wasn’t in the mood for a fantastic book with heart. I wanted something either crazy or light, and I didn’t want my mood to hinder my appreciation for TBP.

So I paused.

Then, I came back when I was ready. And I am so glad I did that. I absolutely recommend The Butterfly Project (and everything else written by the author).

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“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.