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Guest Review: Things Hoped For by Chencia C. Higgins

Posted October 19, 2020 by Lillie in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Things Hoped For by Chencia C. HigginsReviewer: Lillie
Things Hoped For: A Vow Series Spin-Off by Chencia C. Higgins
Series: The Vow Series #4
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 129
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Series Rating: five-stars

Can two women who only want to be loved, find a home in each other when the world around them is moving too fast for them to settle down?

Growing up in an intolerant town, Latrisha Martin was used to shrinking the most important parts of herself. She hid her loneliness within a busy life and kept the yearning in her heart tucked away from those closest to her. Just as the façade became too heavy to maintain, Trisha received wise words from a strange woman that helped redirect her life's journey. On a whim, she relocates to Houston, and while adjusting to a new normal, she finds that those desires she'd once hidden begin to manifest in ways she never imagined.

With her star attached to a rocket ship, Xenobia Cooper was quickly transforming from a locally known talent into a name known in households across the nation.

Viewed as an overnight success to many, the only thing that the veteran of the Houston underground music scene hadn't prepared for was living a life without someone to come home to at the end of the day. A reckless tweet sent out in the middle of the night brings an influx of women with stars in their eyes, but they all lack the key component that Xeno is looking for. A chance encounter after her largest show to date and she's convinced that those things she'd hoped for are just within her grasp.

The Vow SeriesTo Buy a Vow - Book 1To Build a Vow - Book 2To Break a Vow - Book 3Things Hoped For - Book 4

Things Hoped For is a spin-off from The Vow Series but can be read as a stand-alone novella.

Trisha packed it all up and moved to a new state to find a better life. One without boundaries or shame. One that, maybe, included love. On her second week in the city, she meets up and coming Houston rapper Xeno and sparks fly for both of them. They are aware this isn’t a hookup, it’s something special, and deserves to be treated that way.

I loved the way Higgins wrote Xeno and Trisha as individuals and as a couple. Xeno remained humble with her fans but also confident and assured in how her hard work, talent, and dedication brought her to her level of success. And that confidence shows in her dating style.

Trisha knew she could never have the life she wanted by standing still, so she made the necessary changes with strength and courage but was still wary of the ultimate vulnerability of falling in love.

Together, they made this sweet, sexy, no-angst slow burn romance a delight to read.

Rating: 5 out of 5


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Guest Review: New Girl in Town by Rebel Carter

Posted October 7, 2020 by Lillie in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: New Girl in Town by Rebel CarterReviewer: Lillie
New Girl In Town by Rebel Carter
Series: Age Is Just A Number #1
Publisher: Violet Gaze Press
Publication Date: June 8, 2019
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: First Person
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 242
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Series Rating: five-stars

New Job, New Town… New Man?

Aurora thought divorcing her abusive ex would be the hardest thing she ever did. Little did she know that starting over at thirty-seven would be even harder.

Moving to the small Colorado town where her best friend lived seemed like the right decision at the time. But that was before he rescued her.

Grant St. John is handsome, smart, and whenever they’re together sparks fly.  He seems perfect in every way but one: he’s ten years younger than her.

Even finding the man of her dreams has her on edge despite how safe she feels in his arms.

Can a decade between them be a road block to love, or is age nothing but a number?

Aurora’s plan to leave her cheating, abusive ex-husband behind and start a new life in Colorado with her best friend hits a snag when she ends of with a flat tire on the side of a mountain road during a snowstorm. Luckily a handsome Good Samaritan stops to help her out. A Good Samaritan who also happens to be the super at her new apartment. One who is honest from the start about his attraction to her. And one who happens to be ten years younger than her.

Aurora’s backstory may be heavy but this romance isn’t. It’s sweet, sexy, generous, and kind, with plenty of chemistry and heat.

From the first meeting, Grant knows he’s met someone worth knowing and worth waiting for, and he devotes himself to her, making sure her wishes are respected and she’s comfortable with where their relationship is headed.

And Aurora is the type of heroine I love. Smart, loyal, determined, with a very dry sense of humor. Her ex’s last words to her were “You’ll be back.” She is determined to make her new life succeed just so he won’t have that pleasure. I admire that level of spite in a woman.

Add in a best friend going rogue to make sure Aurora gets the happiness she deserves, and New Girl in Town is damn close to perfection in book form.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Age is Just a Number


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