This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase

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This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase crafts a tender, hopeful, family-centered romance.

Entertainment reporter Savannah Daly is completely unfazed by pretty-boy rock stars. She’s just here to get her interview and write her story. When she’s assigned to write a tell-all about Riley Shaughnessy, she expects to be put off by a shallow rock star lifestyle.

Instead, Riley brings her home to the shores of the Carolinas where she’s immediately embraced by his sprawling, rambunctious family. She expected spotlights and cameras; she gets a welcoming, loving family and a side of Riley she never could have guessed.

The Shaughnessy Brothers Series:
Made for Us (Book 1)
Love Walks In (Book 2)
Always My Girl (Book 3)
This Is Our Song (Book 4)

You guys…seriously. This book is perfection. I have loved the Shaughnessy Brothers for a long time, but Riley is on a whole other level. I’m still swooning over him.

One of my favorite aspects of this story is right at the beginning. We are taken back in time with a younger Riley, and his first experience performing and then, years later, a far more painful performance in his life; his mother’s funeral. The reason I like this is because through this series, we really see how important their mother was, and still is, to them. Each brother’s book features a different poignant memory. Regardless of where the Shaughnessy family ends up, they always come back to family.

Riley is a great blend of his family, but also his rockstar persona. He’s living in LA, and trying to work on a solo album, but he’s got a mental block up and he can’t get past it. His record label is pressuring him to finish the album, and in exchange for a little more time, he agrees to a month long, multi-series interview.

Savannah was awesome. I really loved how she was such a spitfire, but yet she could also pull back and humble herself. As Riley gets to know her, you see much a softer side of Savannah coming out. I thought it was a nice juxtaposition because Riley has his public persona, and in an essence, so does Savannah. But when they were together, they found peace.

I’ve enjoyed Samantha Chase’s books for a long time now, and I have to mention that I have an intense amount of respect for her. With her latest books, I feel like I can see her pushing her characters into new conflicts or scenarios. I appreciate that she is pushing some of the boundaries but still maintains the classic experience that I love about her work.

I enjoyed this book immensely. Partway through, I was thinking I should marry Riley (and I’m already married!). I found myself smiling, cringing, and laughing right along as I read this story. I felt like I was with Savannah and Riley throughout, and I always love feeling like I am a part of the story.

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Christmas on Pointe by Samantha Chase

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Christmas on Pointe by Samantha Chase

It’s Christmastime again in Silver Bell Falls and the whole town is getting in the spirit to help ballet teacher Abby Foster achieve her dream of opening her own dance studio!

Dancing has been Abby’s dream for her entire life – but more than anything, she wanted that dream in her beloved hometown of Silver Bell Falls. Teaching ballet to children at the community center is fine, but she’ hoping for so much more – her own studio, her own business…not to mention maybe meeting Mr. Right and having a family of her own. For almost a year, she’s been picturing Dean Hayes in that role and if he wasn’t such a darn recluse, maybe she’d have a chance.

Solitude and Dean Hayes have always gone hand-in-hand. It wasn’t by choice, but because of circumstances beyond his control. And once again, things are out of his control when he finds himself being named permanent guardian for his five year old niece just in time for the holidays. Dean had always imagined that he’d have a family of his own someday, just not quite like this. With the support of his hometown friends, he knows he’s going to be okay. But it’s Abby’s help with his niece that’s making the biggest difference.

This isn’t the Christmas either of them has planned, but maybe it’s the chance for the most perfect one yet!

I wish Silver Bell Falls was a real place. After reading this book, I have fully embraced the idea of moving there and living with these happy and kind people. Why isn’t it a real place?

This book starts out with a sort of tragic beginning. Dean, our hero, has learned that his sister has passed away and now he will be the guardian of her daughter, Maya. Dean is quite solitary and is completely overwhelmed by this huge change in his life. But the friends he has in Silver Bell Falls won’t let him down, and immediately swoop in to help. That includes Abby.

Abby is one of my favorite characters. I feel like I say that a lot, but I just really loved her. One thing I loved about how her character is written is that while, as a ballet dancer, she is graceful and poised, she’s the same way in her everyday life. Some of Abby and Maya’s interactions are so sweet, but yet effortless.

One thing I really liked about Dean’s character is that he’s a man, and makes some of the mistakes that men make, but yet he was still very different from other characters I’ve read. Dean really had no disillusions about who he was, or what he wanted. As he and Abby become more serious, Dean is actually the one who is more forthcoming about what he wants and how he feels. I always find that to be a refreshing change.

If you’re looking for a fantastic holiday read, this would be it! The people we meet in Silver Bell Falls are kind and compassionate and Abby and Dean bring the holidays to life with their love story.

Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

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Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

Two gorgeous stories about the most romantic time of the year…

The holidays don’t have to be fraught with tension, as lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene discover in Mistletoe Between Friends when they cook up a scheme to fool their family and friends.

The Snowflake Inn shows rivals Grace Brodie and Riley Walsh that Christmas is a time when dreams come true-even if you’ve given up on those dreams long ago.

I’m sure I’ve said this before I really love Halloween and Christmas stories. They always bring me great enjoyment and help me get more into the season. Samantha Chase doesn’t disappoint with this dual holiday story.

The first story, “Mistletoe Between Friends” lets us meet Lily and Cameron, who have been best friends for years. One of my favorite things about Samantha Chase is that she can keep her own formula that I always end up loving, but yet still change up the approach of the story. In this story, Lily and Cameron have both harbored feelings for each other, but neither has acted on it. I appreciated that approach, as opposed to the concept that one or the other just finally grew up and now the other person is really seeing them as attractive.

The second story follows Grace and Riley in “The Snowflake Inn”. Riley’s mom owns the Snowflake Inn and Grace works there. Riley has always had issues with the quaint bed & breakfast, especially since he grew up there and views it very differently than Grace does.

One thing I really admired about this story was that Riley has some different viewpoints on things, but he’s willing to move past them, and when he does, he just does it. He doesn’t boast about it. He handles it. I loved that he acted as a grown man. He didn’t just play games with Grace. And I really appreciated that even as he sees Grace pulling away, he steps up to the plate.

I also admired that we see that Grace has some past family trauma and Riley doesn’t just rush in with a band-aid for her. There are aspects that Riley simply can never understand and I appreciated that Samantha Chase wrote their story that way.

I loved this dual holiday book. In all fairness, I love pretty much anything that Samantha Chase writes, but I think she captures the magic of Christmas and love so elegantly in both stories.

Roommating by Noelle Adams & Samantha Chase

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Roommating by Noelle Adams & Samantha Chase

Forget all those other roommate romances you might have read.

Heather and Chris don’t hate each other…very much. And they don’t have sex all the time…at least not at first. Chris doesn’t go around shirtless, flexing his muscles and driving Heather wild…too often. And he doesn’t get jealous and possessive every time she goes out with another man…well, maybe occasionally.

But they definitely don’t fall in love…right away.

When Heather comes back to her hometown, she plans to take over her father’s historic restoration business and move into a beautiful converted apartment in Preston’s Mill. Then she finds out she’ll have to partner up with the one man she can never forgive. Chris Dole, who abandoned her father and betrayed her trust three years ago.

It gets even worse. They don’t just have to work together. They have to become roommates for six months to prove they can get along. That means Heather will have to play nice with Chris and put up with his obnoxiousness, his drop-dead sexiness, and his ugly recliner named Flo.

She’ll do what she has to do out of loyalty to her father, but she isn’t going to like it.

At least not much.

WOOOO!!! I finished this book awhile ago, but wanted to wait to post my review until we were closer to the release date. And since its release day, I can finally shout to the world about this book.

If you’ve visited me before, you already know I like Samantha Chase, but I recently got a chance to see a Christmas book combo where one story was by Samantha and the other was by Noelle Adams. And now they’ve teamed up for a full story together.

First off, I really like this author pairing. I feel like they both really bring out strengths in each other. Being transparent, I am not as familiar with Noelle’s other work. But I am very familiar with Samantha and I can easily tell where Noelle comes in, so that is where my previous statement comes from. I really admired that Noelle seems to bring the sexual scenes to life, where in normal circumstances, Samantha allows our imaginations to go where we want with her characters. With that said, I appreciate that the books don’t turn into erotica or too smutty. I don’t have a problem with that, but I don’t know that it would have been believable for the story or the characters if we went from a sweet, heartwarming story to crazy erotica scenes.

The concept of this story was unique (at least to me, maybe you’ve read a billion roommate books, but I have not). It was fun to see Chris and Heather have to work together on not just a relationship but also a professional level. I respected that Heather and Chris weren’t ever inappropriate in the workplace though. Again, this isn’t something I have a problem with, but this company belongs to Heather’s father. It wouldn’t have made sense for her to do something like that in her father’s company. I mean, maybe a total lapse of judgement but even then, it would have been really unnatural for Heather or Chris. So the fact that the authors restrained themselves from taking it there (when, really, its an easy love scene to tie in) made me value the story even more.

Heather has past issues from when her mother abandon her, and Chris has had past trauma from when he lost his mother, and essentially, abandoned Heather and her father in the aftermath. While we see both characters having situations that were holding them back, I was really satisfied that the baggage didn’t overtake the story. We know they both have to work through things on their own and come to terms with the past, but they still are living in the present. I thought Noelle and Samantha balanced this really well.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It has the love scenes that we crave, but also the true love story to back it up. Heather and Chris have this fantastic chemistry that is real, but they also experience troubles like any regular couple would. To me, that made their love story even greater.

Stranded: A Winter Romance Duet by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams

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Stranded by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams

What happens when two people who are supposed to hate each other are stranded together in a winter storm? Cool down after a hot summer with two fun, festive winter romances available together for a limited time.

Moonlight in Winter Park by Samantha Chase – When Hope barges into the mountain retreat of her brother’s boss, demanding that he not be forced to work through the holidays, she doesn’t except to be trapped alone with him in a snow storm. And she doesn’t expect them to give into the attraction that was there all along. But will the magic still be there when the storm is over?

One Night in the Ice Storm by Noelle Adams – When she returns to her hometown for the holidays, Rachel doesn’t expect to be stranded in an ice storm with only David Harris for company. Eight years ago, David took her virginity and then broke her heart, and she doesn’t plan to forgive him. She thinks she doesn’t care about him anymore, until one hot night…when the ice finally melts.

Okay, so my guilty pleasure (and its not even guilty because I am not ashamed at all, y’all), is Christmas in July. So when I was given a Christmas duet book in August, it was like a perfect storm. Like, believe me when I say I could have had a panic attack from my excitement.

So let’s start with Book 1: Moonlight in Winter Park

This book was so sweet and yet started out so sadly. We meet Hope and her brother, Ted. They are both dealing with the grief of their parents loss but while her brother is just working non-stop, Hope is hanging onto traditions and trying hard to help them live on. I really felt for her. She was just trying so hard. Hope harbors some resentment towards her brother and his boss, the elusive GB James, who is always demanding more hours and then asks Ted to work over Christmas. Hope is beyond angry.

In the meantime, Hope does meet a nice man named Beckett, but its only the early stages of a few dates. As Christmas approaches, Hope makes plans with friends until she gets a call for Ted about his fiance’. Of course, she can’t get a hold of Ted since he’s off with his boss but she manages to find them out in the mountains at a winter park resort. Ted sort of pulls a fast one on Hope when he realizes that Hope knows his boss. The elusive GB James is also Beckett.

It was so fun watching them fall in love. I mean, it truly was. Its so easy to read romance and not love every single love story and every couple, but seeing Hope and Beckett both change around each other was really heartwarming. There are aspects in the story where we see Hope somewhat understanding why Beckett operates the way he does, but we also see Beckett coming around to Hope’s side of things, where he should ease up a bit.

I don’t want to add more because it’ll spoil it for you, but its just fantastic. Trust me on this.

Book 2: One Night in the Ice Storm

This was my first experience reading Noelle Adams and I was definitely not disappointed. The story starts with Rachel coming into town to visit her mother but there is an ice storm in town and its intensifying. Rachel’s mother and brother are stranded in town, and a longtime family friend, David Harris, stops by to check on her. However, he also becomes stranded.

Rachel and David’s dynamic is sort of hilarious because he’s insistent on helping her and she’s hell bent on having no help at all. When we realize the backstory that David took Rachel’s virginity years ago and then left her high and dry, then we realize her hatred for him. Hatred that is still really love. And David’s feelings for Rachel have clearly never changed, not once in eight years.

Again, I don’t want to give away the ending because that would be spoiling a great ending for you.

I am eagerly hoping that Samantha and Noelle hook up again to do a book duet or possibly write something together because I definitely think their styles meld well and I loved both of these stories.

Waiting for Midnight by Samantha Chase

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Waiting for Midnight by Samantha Chase

Maddie’s hoping for a little holiday magic with her sexy neighbor Noah…

For the last year, Maddie’s been trying to get Noah’s attention, but to no avail. Until a busted light bulb, a broken ladder and a concussion lend a hand. Now with the holidays right around the corner, she’s hopeful that she’ll finally get her wish to kiss her sexy neighbor as way to kick off the new year.

Did you guys know I really dislike summer? I do. Normally, I run warm so during the summer, I feel like I’m just a moment away from melting into the pavement. But then there is this beautiful thing called Christmas In July. And QVC does it, and Hobby Lobby already has their fall and Christmas stuff out, so I’m feeling better. And then along comes Samantha Chase, with a Christmas novella. YES!

Our story starts out with Maddie and her best friend, Keira, at Halloween. Keira is already making plans for Christmas and New Years during Halloween. Do we not all have that friend? I do and while I admire their excitement and planning skills, they also exhaust me. How the hell do they do it? I can barely keep track of the week I’m in.

Keira is trying to, unsuccessfully, convince Maddie to try online dating or anything else so that they will have someone to kiss at midnight. Maddie is definitely not feeling it. She’s had her eye on her neighbor, Noah aka Sergeant Sexy. Keira knows this, but Maddie hasn’t actually done anything about this crush.

Noah and Maddie do finally come together through the darkness of a burned out light bulb and a wonky step ladder. Its very sweet when things finally start to come together for Maddie and Noah. I say this because Noah is used to being alone and then he slowly lets Maddie in. Seeing him realize how much better life can be is really heartwarming.

But bad habits are hard to kick, and Noah reverts back to his old ways when he has a moment of panic with Maddie.

I really don’t want to say much more because it’ll give away the ending, which is just…ahhh…fantastic. Trust me when I say Samantha Chase won’t disappoint you.

Always My Girl by Samantha Chase

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Falling in love with your best friend? Easy.
Telling them how you really feel? Impossible.

Quinn Shaughnessy believes there’s a lot more to life than romance, and he always thought his best friend Anna agreed. But now she’s coming out of her shell and dating…and Quinn starts seeing her in a very different light.

Anna can tell Quinn anything, except the big secret she’s been hiding for years-that she’s fallen in love with him. Now Anna is deter mined to make a life for herself that doesn’t include hopeless pining. But just as she’s ready to move on, Quinn seems determined not to let go-and the way he’s looking at her might be enough to finally change them from best friends to best everything.

Okay, fan girl moment here. I freaking LOVE Samantha Chase. I really don’t know what it is exactly, but I just think she is awesome and I have loved every book of hers that I have gotten to read. I think it might be because I always feel like she focuses on the actual love story and I really admire that.

This book is the latest in Shaughnessy Brothers series. This time around, we get to spend more time with Anna and Quinn. As a side note, I really enjoy series that follow a particular family. So I really admire what Samantha has done with this series, in regards to following each family member (so far). Its nice to not lose past characters that you’ve fallen in love with.

Anna and Quinn have been best friends since they were little. From day one, its been Quinn and Anna as buddies and nothing more. As time went on, however, Anna developed feelings for Quinn but she never acted on them. The only person who was unaware of Anna’s feelings are Quinn. Everyone else can see it very clearly.

Quinn is, to me, sort of a quintessential guy who doesn’t know much about women. He normally “dates” women who look like playboy playmates, but its never anything serious. So when he sees Anna in a bikini at his brother’s wedding, he initially doesn’t even realize that its Anna (she is wearing a hat at the time). In those moments, he starts to see Anna as a woman and not just his tomboy best friend.

One thing that I really liked about this book, and I am not sure if this was intentional or just my feelings as the story progressed, but I found Quinn to be fairly unlikable in the beginning of this story. I didn’t hate him, but I found him somewhat insufferable. He was just acting like such a brat sometimes. And for a grown man, that seemed just foolish.

As the story continues, we get to see Quinn growing and maturing. This was actually my favorite component of this book. Yes, we do see Anna and Quinn’s love story, but really, we are watching Quinn’s growth. Anna is changing too, but she isn’t going through some of the changes and enlightenment that Quinn is.

I absolutely loved this book and I cannot wait for the next book in the Shaughnessy family series!

Buy it here: Samantha Chase “Always My Girl”