Wish Upon a Streaming Star by Krissi Dallas

Book Genre Block - "Young Adult" with 4 young adults
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Have you discovered Kindle Vella? It’s an amazing way to read books where new “episodes” come out periodically in what I’m calling snackable sections!

So, my newest read on Kindle Vella is:
πŸ’•Wish Upon a Streaming Star by @​​​​​​​​krissidallas
πŸ’•YA Enemies to Lovers Romance!​​​​​​​​

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Luck and Last Resorts by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Luck and Last Resorts is the second book in the series Love, Lists & Fancy Ships, which, of course, I didn’t know when I read it πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ On the plus side, this can absolutely be read as a standalone, but I loved it so much, I’m definitely going back to read the first book!

This is a second chance romance told through present day and flashbacks where we learn about the various statuses of Nina and Ollie’s relationships. We get to flashback to when they first met, and to see how their love blossomed (and wilted).

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The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

Book Genre Block - "Paranormal"
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just loved this story. It’s a wonderful mix of romance, grief, ghosts of the past, and ghosts of the present.

Florence is a ghost writer for an extremely popular romance author, and very few people know. When a new editor arrives to meet with Florence, they don’t start off on the best foot. After a terrible meeting, and then a terrible night at the bar, she finds out her father has passed away and heads home. Where she finds a ghost, but it’s not the ghost of her dad…

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The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, this book was a great mix of magical realism and self-discovery, and I really enjoyed it! I loved traveling with Lolly to see what her life could have been as well as learning about what she truly wants and already has.

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Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an adorable enemies-to-lovers story featuring another wonderful STEM female. Bee is a neuroscientist who is awarded the opportunity to partner with NASA on a new project. Her excitement quickly wanes when she realizes that her co-lead is someone who hated her all through school.

There were some mysterious things happening on this project, and I really enjoyed that little bit of wondering that the mystery provided. It was fun to try to figure out what was happening.

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American Royals III: Rivals by Katharine McGee

Book Genre Block - "Young Adult" with 4 young adults
Book genre block - "Royalty" two small crowns

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When I read American Royals, I fell in love with this alternate United States world. I loved the characters, the family, and the problems. I, of course, gobbled up book 2, Majesty, when it came out, and THEN, book 3 came out, and I was ecstatic!

This book was such a growing point for so many characters. Like the other books, the story is told through a variety of POVs. I enjoyed each of them and found myself particularly interested in the growing friendship between Nina and Daphne. Daphne is one of my least favorite characters in this series, and I almost found myself liking her in this book.

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First Bride to Fall by Ginny Baird

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are these sisters, and they each have their own hopes and dreams. When their family’s way of life is threatened though, they are willing to risk their future to race to find love in 30 days.

This story is such an adorable small-town clean romance. I love that Nell sets her sights on Grant, a man she’s always loved. The two don’t have the same things in common, which creates those silly moments I enjoyed!

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The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Strong Female Character πŸ’• Fake Relationship πŸ’• Emotional πŸ’• Adorable

I loved, loved, loved this book! It had me laughing, it had moments filled with tearful emotion, and it had a cast of characters I wanted to be friends with!

Hannah Brooks is a kick-ass woman. I absolutely loved her as the MC. She’s a trained bodyguard, but as she’ll let you know, if she has to use any of that kick-assery…she’s already failed at her job. Her role is to identify the issue before it’s an issue. When she’s assigned to Jack Stapleton, a super famous movie star, things don’t go quite as she planned. She ends up having to pretend to be Jack’s girlfriend to protect his family from knowing he needs a bodyguard.

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The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore

"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo
"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was an absolutely fantastic book! It had historical fiction, murder-mystery, secret identity, and romance, and I was unable to put it down!

Una is the main character, and she’s a thief on the NYC streets. After losing her mom in a fire, and losing her dad to drugs, she ends up on her own on the streets. She’s an excellent thief. She has rules for herself, and she follows them to keep herself safe. Then, one night when she witnesses a murder, and is framed for it. On the run with a need to go into hiding, she gets admitted to a probationary class for a nursing school.

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A Thousand Miles by Bridget Morrissey

White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Second Chance Romance. Sassy Female Lead. Road Trip. Friends to Lovers.

Dee Matthews is a sassy, successful podcaster with a sad, broken heart from a high school sweetheart, Ben. When Ben shows up on Dee’s doorstep asking her to make good on a 10-year-old promise to road trip from Illinois to Colorado, Dee says yes.

I really enjoyed both Dee and Ben’s characters, personalities and emotional journeys. They have such a long and meaningful history with each other, and the road trip gives them such a wonderful opportunity to work through it all.

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Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, once again, I’ve read the second book in a series before reading the first. This is what happens when I don’t read a synopsis before I start a book…I’m a cover-lover. BUT…this was a lovely story, and I didn’t need to have read book 1, so that worked out well 😊!

London Spark and her two sisters own Spark House, a hotel that hosts fantastic events. After breaking up with her boyfriend, her sisters and her head out for some drinks. When a smooth-talking, sexy man hits on her, she hands back his number, but Jackson Holt is not to be deterred and tells her basically, if it’s meant to be, the universe will bring them back together…

And of course, it does.

London Spark

Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins

White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just really loved this one! I was absolutely rooting for Lillie the whole way. I was fully invested in her life!

LillieΒ has just sent her son off to college and settle into the next chapter in her life when her husband blindsides her with a divorce. And she’s pissed off.

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