Review: The Simple Life by Tara Sivec

Today, I get to bring to you the fantastic Tara Sivec’s newest standalone novel, The Simple Life.  This is a perfect fall romance novel with all the steamy scenes and snarky comments.  For my full review, keep reading after the blurb.  Believe me you will want to run out and pick this up as soon as you read it.

41726492Book Blurb:

Brooklyn Manning thought her life was perfect in every way, until it crumbled down around her and turned into a dumpster fire. With her pride wounded and her tail tucked between her legs, she leaves New York and goes back to her tiny hometown of White Timber, Montana.

No more twenty-four-hour taco trucks, no more shopping at the best designer stores within walking distance, no more giving taxi drivers the finger when they angrily honk at her. She didn’t think it could get any worse. But then Clint Hastings walked into the room and insulted her.

Her arch nemesis from high school is no longer a nerdy computer whiz, masturbating to pictures in PC World magazine in his free time (allegedly). He’s grown up to be a hot-as-hell cowboy, and she has no other choice but to be a smart ass right back to him. After all, it’s what they do. It’s what they’ve always done, and twelve years apart hasn’t changed anything.

Only this time, getting under each other’s skin is a hell of a lot more fun than it used to be.


Brooke had the perfect life in New York.  She had the perfect job, life and boyfriend.  That is until her boyfriend’s wife shows up and knocks her out and pictures laying with her panties showing are everywhere now.  Now, she needs to go back to the one place she’d never go back.  After a few weeks, she finds a job as a nanny.  This is a good temp job for her except two things.  1. She hates kids 2. The father of these kids is her childhood nemesis, Clint.  Since she is stuck she might as well make do and try to survive the children and her building attraction to Clint.  When childhood misunderstandings and past hurts finally get cleared up where does that finally leave them?  Can Brooke really come home and forget about her perfect life in New York?

This is simply one of the sweetest, sexiest and funny books you will read this fall.  Brooke is definitely not a loveable character in the beginning.  Her haughty manner and better than everyone else attitude really turns you against her.  Clint is arrogant, rude and spiteful.  As their story develops and their relationship with each other and Clint’s girls they really become characters that you love.  Tara Sivec does a phenomenal job building up the sexual tension between the two of them.  When they finally kiss its just as sexy as any sex scene.  Along with Clint and Brooke are the unforgettable friends and family that don’t forget anything because it is a small town.  If you are looking for your next great love story for your fall cozy up and read days, then look no further.

Review: Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas



From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge. Order your copy of MORNINGS ON MAIN today!



When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay-except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.


Jillian has never had roots.  She is content wandering just like her dad.  When she lands in Laurel Springs she follows all the rules her father taught her.  She doesn’t expect to meet Connor.  Connor doesn’t want a relationship.  Ever since his daughter’s mother he has sworn them off.  But, when the mysterious Jillian comes to Laurel Springs he finds himself drifting more and more toward her.  Can Jillian and Connor find a way to break down their ages old walls?

This is my first Jodi Thomas book.  I really enjoyed the story and its characters.  The story flowed wonderfully between POV’s.  Jillian and Connor are two very complex characters.  As the story grew you really saw them changing.  It made it a really great story that keeps the reader engaged.  The small town feel and complexity of the characters really brought this story to life.  This may have been my first Jodi Thomas book but it won’t be my last.


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“Compelling and beautifully written.” -Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Ransom Canyon


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“Wait.” He hadn’t had a single bite for the job at the quilt shop in weeks. Everyone in town knew what it was and no one wanted it. But this outsider just might be dumb enough to take it. “It’s only a short-term job. Three or four months at the most, but it pays fifteen dollars an hour if you have the right skills.”

“What skills?”

She wasn’t running at the thought of working in a quilt shop. That was a good sign. “My grandmother has owned the town’s quilt shop for over fifty years. She’s closing down, but what we need done has to be accomplished carefully. Every quilt in the place has to be cataloged for the county museum. She holds the history of this town in there.”

Connor had no idea how to say what he needed to say, but he had to be honest. “Gram’s slipping a little. Beginning to forget things. Over the years she’s collected and made quilts that mean a great deal to the people of Laurel Springs. They’ll have to be treated with care. The history of each one logged and photographed.”

“Museum-quality preservation. I understand. I worked at the Southwest Collection on the Texas Tech campus while I was in college. My salary will be twenty an hour for that detailed kind of work.”

She stood her ground and he had no doubt she knew what to do. Which was more than he knew about the process. The county curator had been excited about the collection but of­fered no time or advice.

Now Connor was sure he was the one afraid of her. “All right. I’ll walk you over and let you meet my grandmother. If you last an hour, you’re on the payroll. She’ll be the boss. Some days you’ll be working at her pace.”

Nodding, she passed through the front door he held open. When they started across the street, she hesitated. “Aren’t you going to lock your office door?”

“What, and hamper anyone trying to steal my copier? No way.”

The woman was giving him that look again. She’d obvi­ously decided he was missing critical brain cells.

“I’m Jillian James.” She held out her hand, palm up as if to say, your turn next.

“Connor Larady.” He grinned. “I’m the town mayor.”

She didn’t look impressed. She’d probably heard he’d run unopposed.

Without another word, they stepped inside the quilt shop. He didn’t miss her slight gasp as she looked up at the size of the place. It widened out from the small storefront windows in a pie-slice shape, with two stories opening to an antique tin ceiling. Massive fans turned slowly, so far above he couldn’t feel the air move.


Jodi Thomas’s MORNINGS ON MAIN Review & Excerpt Schedule:

April 2nd

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

April 3rd

Always a happy ever after – Review

Sofia Loves Books – Review

April 4th

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

Melena’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

April 5th

Evermore Books – Excerpt

April 6th

Belle’s Book Belfry – Review & Excerpt

April 7th

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt

April 8th

The Butterfly Reads – Review & Excerpt

April 9th

Geronimo Reads – Review & Excerpt

The bookworms obsession – Review

April 10th

The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt

Two Girls with Books – Review

April 11th

Nerdy Dirty and Flirty – Excerpt

The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt

April 12th

Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt

Totally Bex – Review & Excerpt

April 13th

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

Romantic Reads and Such – Review & Excerpt

April 14th

More Books Than Livros – Review & Excerpt

Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt

April 15th

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt

April 16th

Renee Entress’s Blog – Review & Excerpt

Shannon’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

April 17th

Aaly and The Books – Review & Excerpt

Mama She’s Crazy About Books – Review

April 18th

Jax’s Book Magic – Review & Excerpt

Maybe SS Riki – Review & Excerpt

April 19th

MI Bookshelf – Review

Tangents and Tissues – Excerpt

April 20th

Shelly’s Book Corner – Excerpt

Teatime and Books – Excerpt

About Jodi Thomas:

New York Times and USA Today’s bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels “Distinctive…Memorable,” and that in her stories “[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes.” In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN’S REWARD. She also received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.



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