A Sky Full of Stars by Samantha Chase

A Sky Full of Stars

A Sky Full of Stars by Samantha Chase

He’s always looked to the stars
Now she’s the brightest light in his universe.

Brilliant astrophysicist Dr. Owen Shaughnessy feels more connected to the cosmos than to people. He’s great with calculations, but when he leads a team of scientists to study a famous meteor shower, he doesn’t factor in his free-spirited artist assistant Brooke Matthews.

Polar opposites in personality, the friction between Owen and Brooke threatens to derail the project. But the beauty and mystery of the night sky draw them together—and she’s going to surprise him in ways the stars never could.

“A sweet romance that takes its time to court the reader: classic, thoughtful, and sometimes as lyrical as the stars.” —Kirkus Reviews

The stars are about to align in the newest Shaughnessy Brothers romance!

The Shaughnessy Brothers:
Made for Us (Book 1)
Love Walks In (Book 2)
Always My Girl (Book 3)
This Is Our Song (Book 4)
A Sky Full of Stars (Book 5)
Holiday Spice (Book 6)

I’m going to make a bold statement. This is my favorite book from Samantha Chase. “One More Kiss” in her newer series is a really close second, but this one has officially wormed its way into first place.

As a long time lover of the Shaughnessy Brothers Series, I’ve been anxiously waiting for Owen to get his story told. And it was so worth the wait. (As a disclaimer, you could read this book and not be familiar with the other books in the series. For maximum enjoyment, I would recommend having read at least one of the other earlier books).

Owen Shaughnessy is, for a lack of a better word, the genius in the family. He’s also a socially awkward genius. Or is he? One of my favorite themes in this book is the insecurity that we feel, or we perceive in ourselves. That might seem like an odd factor to enjoy but the reason I liked it was because we all feel that way. To others, Owen is successful and brilliant. But in Owen’s own mind, he’s just in a permanently awkward place. Then he meets Brooke Matthews.

Brooke is outgoing, beautiful, and an artist. She meets Owen at the urging of her uncle, who is a colleague, and friend, of Owen’s. One thing that I found fascinating about Brooke is that while Owen wouldn’t guess it, she feels just as awkward as he does. But for different reasons. Brooke has grown up in a world of beauty pageants, while her brother is treated as the “smart one”. So Brooke is immediately intimidated by Owen, because she feels like she isn’t smart enough.

This parallel worked for me because I think we’re all awkward. Everyone can’t be good at everything and Owen and Brooke show that, but they also do compliment each other. Another facet of their relationship that I enjoyed was seeing Brooke open up to Owen. And I mean truly open up. Not in a superficial way, or just pulling each other out of their shell. I really can’t explain it in words but it worked for me and I really found myself loving this couple.

I would definitely recommend this book. Seeing Owen finally get his story told was so satisfying for me, as a reader. Even if you aren’t familiar with the series, Owen and Brooke are a couple that will have you believing that true love isn’t only in the stars.

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Perfect For You by Candis Terry

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Perfect For You by Candis Terry

Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy—but what happens when love gets in the way?

Declan Kincade has spent so much time chasing success he’s almost forgotten how to just live. Lately, though, his all-business routine has been thrown into disarray. Brooke Hastings is the best employee Dec’s ever had: polished, capable, and intelligent. After four years, he’s just realized that she’s also smoking hot. But their working relationship is too valuable to stake on a fling, no matter how mind-bendingly pleasurable it promises to be . . .

What’s worse than never meeting the right man? Finding him, and then working side-by-side every day while he remains absolutely blind to your existence. That is, until one temptation-packed road trip changes everything. Teaching her gorgeous, driven boss how to cut loose and have fun is the toughest challenge Brooke’s ever faced. But it’s one that could give both of them exactly what they need, if Dec will take a chance on a perfect—and perfectly unexpected—love . . .

To say I enjoyed this book would be a complete understatement. I absolutely adored this story!

Our story starts with Brooke and Declan working, but having to schedule an impromptu trip so Declan can assist his family with a few things. Brooke, being the amazing assistant, offers to go along. In the end, she ends up helping more than I think she ever anticipated.

The sexual tension in this story is done so well. It constantly simmers, might start to boil, then cool back down a bit. Declan is all business and watching him try to reign in his feelings for Brooke is seriously amusing to watch. Especially once they arrive to the family vineyard and his brothers come into play. Everything becomes immediately heightened.

It was really fascinating to see Brooke bringing Declan out of his professional side. As readers, we can truly see how conflicted he is over his feelings for Brooke. Declan is all business and even when he tries to not think in a logical, organized way, he goes back to it just out of habit.

Brooke’s character is probably one of my favorites. Yes, she drove me a little crazy at times but I really admired her. Not only was she fun and outgoing, she is incredibly smart. There is a scene in the story where the family is distracted by conflicting thoughts and they ask Brooke’s opinion on a business venture. When she turns into business mode, it was so impressive to see all of her ideas and thoughts come out. For me, that moment was the one where I really could see why Declan would be attracted to her.

This was my first book from this author and I can’t wait to read more from her. I enjoyed this story so much. It had depth, but also kept things light and fun while telling an amazing love story.

**The author, Candis Terry, also made a playlist that envisioned for this story and I’ll post her graphic below. When I saw this playlist, I had already finished the book and I felt it was pure perfection for the story.

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