Katiebird Reviews Buns (Hudson Valley, Book 3) by Alice Clayton

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Buns (Hudson Valley series) by Alice Clayton 

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

Of the three books in this series, the main characters, Archie and Clara, in this book, have the most emotional baggage to me. I was already invested because my affection for the other books, so I went into this happy to be back in Hudson Valley.

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#OfficialFifty New York Event

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Last Wednesday I arrived in  New York City to attend an #OfficialFifty event, and I wanted to share some photos from my trip. It was AMAZING!

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Katiebird’s Favorite Reads in April

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With all of the great book releases in April, I wanted to highlight my favorite reads!

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Katiebird’s Reading list for Spring and Summer

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Hopefully the weather is better where you are in the world! In spite of the cold beginning of Spring where I am, I’m so excited about what I will be reading in the coming warm months. Wondering what to read yourself? Definitely add these books to your TBR list…

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Katiebird: What I’ve been reading lately…

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I hope everyone had a great winter, reading this new year! I thought I would share with everyone some of my favorite books I’ve read lately.

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Musing Monday (3/13)

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION:If you could be best friends with an author, who would you choose and why?

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Katiebird Reviews Royally Matched by Emma Chase

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Royally Matched (Book #2) by Emma Chase

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Oh Henry, my Henry. I fell in love with Henry while reading Royally Screwed, so I was already on his side when I started this book. He already owned me, so Sarah needed to be extra special for me to love her. But this Emma Chase people, no one writes a love story like her…

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Katiebird reviews Black Hearts by Karina Halle

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Black Hearts (Sins Duet, #1) by Karina Halle

For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

I was worried that because I haven’t read Sins & Needles, before starting this new series, that I wouldn’t be able to follow the characters or the storyline, but I was wrong. Vincent and Violet are perfect all on their own. It’s kind of like a kinky, sexy Romeo and Juliet.

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Musing Mondays (2/27)

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: If you could travel to one place you’ve read about in a book, what place would you visit and what book was it from?

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