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Chrissy’s Review: Save the Date by Aven Ellis

Save the Date (Chicago on Ice #3)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soulmate Publishing, 2017

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book? 
Of course I did! It’s an Aven Ellis book! Seriously, this author has yet to disappoint me.

Save the Date is another fun, sweet, romantic hockey romance. Collins Brady is an event planner who dreams of working with horses and riders. Luca Ballerini is the new Chicago Buffaloes goalie who has a work ethic many rookies do not possess. When they find each other, Collins and Luca are a great match. From the beginning, their chemistry was evident. Of course, there were some ups and downs, but their story will make you swoon.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely!

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Chicago event planner Collins Brady knows how to make the magic happen for her clients. From elaborate weddings to cute baby showers, Collins knows what to do to make an experience breathtakingly perfect. In her mind, she adds the sparkle that makes everything shine.

If only she had that same sparkle in her personal life.

While she’s good at her job, her true career dreams lie elsewhere. If she could do anything, it would be to become an equestrian riding instructor. That dream, however, is shelved due to practicality. And that’s not the only thing Collins has shelved. After ending a relationship with her college sweetheart, Collins has taken her heart out of the game, too. She wonders if that magical kind of love can exist. But maybe it’s only a fantasy.

Or is it? All of that changes the night she meets Luca Ballerini, the rookie goalie for the Chicago Buffaloes. Passionate and fiercely determined, Luca has only made time for hockey in his life—until he meets Collins. Her spark hasn’t escaped him, and now Luca wants something other than his hockey career.

But following their dreams and hearts isn’t always easy. Can Collins and Luca find a way to live their dreams with each other?

Will love get past them? Or will this goalie make a perfect save of Collins’ heart?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Sugar and Ice by Aven Ellis

Sugar and Ice (Rinkside in the Rockies #1)
written by Aven Ellis
published by RJM Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I loved it. Of course I did. I read it every free chance I had. I didn’t want to put it down!

Josephine is a baker who loves her job testing recipes for Bake It! Magazine, but she’s looking for more. Cade is a forward for the Denver Mountain Lions hockey team with a reputation for being fierce. They are both passionate about their jobs, and when they meet due to a faulty oven, sparks fly. Ms. Ellis knows how to write a relationship that will make you happy and giddy and hope for the two main characters to find their happily ever after. I just smiled and giggled and did a few happy dances throughout this story. It is one of my favorites from Ms. Ellis. Truly.

I can’t wait for the next Rinkside in the Rockies book!

 

 

Would I recommend it: Do you have to ask? Of course! Read it! Read every book by Ms. Ellis. =)

 

Chrissy

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Sugar and Ice is the first full-length novel in the Rinkside in the Rockies Series by Aven Ellis!

Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she’s all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she’s not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.

Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.

However, Cupid’s arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven…Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis

On Thin Ice (Dallas Demons #4)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did! It was a book that I read every free chance I had, as I do with all of Ms. Ellis’s books. Seriously, if you haven’t read her stuff yet, go and read it. Just do it!

On Thin Ice is a great addition to the Dallas Demons series. I loved getting to know Nate Johansson’s little sister, Holly, better in this book. She is a homebody, a Harry Potter fan, and a writer. And she has a secret. We also get to see a very different side to Matt Rhinelander. He isn’t the guy everyone thinks he is, and Holly sees him as he truly is. Their chemistry is fantastic and you can’t help but want these two to make it. Nate got on my nerves a bit in this book, but that’s what big brothers do. Big brothers are overprotective and think they know what’s best for their little sisters. You have to love him for that.

This is another great read from Ms. Ellis. I loved it from beginning to end.

 

Would I recommend it: Absolutely!!!

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Holly Johansson knows some things in her life are certain after college graduation:

1.) It’s a long road to become a full-time author. 2.) She’ll need to work to pay her bills. 3.) And Dallas Demons superstar Matt Rhinelander will never return her feelings.

Holly knows her unrequited crush on the partying hockey player is ridiculous. There’s no way Matt would be attracted to a woman who prefers nights in watching TV or reading books when he’s known for his frequent bar hops and fast lifestyle. Obviously he would never see her as anything other than his teammate’s little sister.

Yet Holly is drawn to the other side of Matt—the man she knows has always been thoughtful and easy to talk to whenever she’s been alone with him. It is this Matt that fueled the crush Holly has on him. And she knows it will always be just that—a secret crush.

Or will it?

Because when Matt helps Holly through a crisis, her heart begins to believe that there might be feelings on his part, too. After a night of hard partying puts Matt in jeopardy with the Dallas Demons, can Holly be the one to save him? And when Matt admits he sees her as more than Nate Johansson’s sister, will it put both of them on thin ice?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Green Tea Latte To Go by Aven Ellis

green-tea-latte-to-goGreen Tea Latte To Go
written by Aven Ellis
published by RJM Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy it. It kept me reading and left me with a smile on my face.

Payton is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves all things Duchess Catherine. Brooks is an exotic pet vet from England. When the two meet at the coffee shop one morning, a connection is formed. This connection is fueled during a rather adventurous trip to the vet with one of Payton’s concierge client’s pet pigs, Mr. Not Bacon. (I love that name for the pig!) Although Payton is young, early twenties, she has a good head on her shoulders and she is really making something with her blog. She has the business of blogging down, even though her parents don’t see that. She’s making a name for herself, and she should be proud. Brooks is a sweet man getting over a broken heart. Their relationship is fast but sweet. They go together. I loved that Brooks was so supportive of Payton and her blogging. He got her and her dream.

Green Tea Latte To Go is a sweet romance that will keep you turning pages.

4 stars

Would I recommend it: Sure! I love Ms. Ellis’s books.

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Perfect Drink: Green tea latte with coconut milk and raw honey.

Perfect Fashion Icon: The Duchess of Cambridge. Always on point with her fashion, dressing appropriately for every occasion and not afraid to recycle things from her wardrobe, I truly admire her class and style.

Perfect Place: Seattle.

Perfect Activity for Relaxation: Yoga. I’m terrible at it, but I’m determined to perfect downward dog. Someday.

For Seattle blogger Payton James, life is all about trying to achieve perfection. Payton is determined to be her best self in all areas, and she refuses to rest until she achieves it.

However, an imperfect moment in a coffee shop completely changes Payton’s life. When her drink order gets switched by mistake, Payton finds herself face-to-face with a gorgeous British man named Brooks. Payton is instantly attracted to the witty stranger who is quick with his words—and has a beautiful smile.

Brooks is an exotic veterinarian with a huge passion for animals. Heartache in his past has led him to focusing on his career out of fear of getting hurt again. But there’s something about Payton that makes this vet want to know more about the bubbly blogger he has met via fate—and has him reconsidering his stance on love.

But will Brooks ever be free of his fears to truly open his heart? And will Payton’s drive for perfection cost her the one thing she loves most? Or will she learn to embrace imperfections?

And maybe perfect is the one thing Payton doesn’t want after all . . .

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis

Trivial PursuitsTrivial Pursuits (Chicago on Ice #2)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soulmate Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I could just leave the five-star graphic and walk away. That says it all. But I’ll tell you a bit about how much I liked the latest book from one of my favorite authors, Aven Ellis.

I. LOVED. IT.

In true Aven Ellis style, Trivial Pursuits has a great heroine, a hot hockey player, some quirky friends and relatives, and a fabulous story. We get to see what Landon (Landy), the playboy and selfie king, and Livy, a jewelry designer, are up to in this Chicago on Ice book. We even see a bit of Aubrey from The Aubrey Rules (see my review here–5 stars, of course!), the book where we first met Livy and Landon. Livy and Landon are so cute together. I love how they met. They each have their own trust and relationship issues. But they work well together. Their chemistry is fantastic.

My favorite character, hands down, was Nana. 😉 I loved her. I never laughed so hard out loud while reading a book! Nana’s scenes had me cracking up, especially during the Connectivity chat scene when the family comes in. It was hilarious! (I’m not going to give it away . . . you have to get the book and read it. So funny!) I really hope to see more from Nana in the future!

This is a fantastic read. It was sweet, romantic, funny.

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Would I recommend it: YES!! ABSOLUTELY!!! You should really just read ALL of Ms. Ellis’s books. Seriously.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Landon Holder is exactly the kind of man Livy Adams should stay far away from.

The flashy, flirty star defenseman for the Chicago Buffaloes is known for hooking up with women all over Chicago. Livy finds herself attracted to Landy, but his sexy good looks and charm are irrelevant. She had her heart shattered by a cheating athlete in college, and Livy vows she will never let her judgment lapse like that ever again.

Yet Livy knows she can’t spend the rest of her life focusing on building her jewelry line during the day and her evenings playing TriviaPlayOrPass! on her phone, either. Even though she does have fabulous conversations with a player named Scott, it’s time to get back in the game—in real life. While Livy tries to figure out her career path in jewelry design, she knows it’s time to take a chance on romance again, too.

But in a strange twist of fate, Livy finds herself getting to know Landy on a much deeper level. Sometimes people aren’t always as they appear to be. Just like a diamond, you have to look closely to see true clarity.

As Livy unwraps the layers around Landy to see the man behind the image, will she have a change of heart? Can she leave her past behind for a future with Landy? Or is it all a game of trivial pursuits?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Breakout by Aven Ellis

BreakoutBreakout (Dallas Demons #3)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Do I even need to say it? I mean, really, if you’ve been reading EFC for a while, you know Ms. Ellis is a favorite, go-to author of mine. So, you should already know that I loved Breakout. 

As with all of Ms. Ellis’s books, Breakout made me happy, giddy, angry, frustrated, elated, etc. All the feelings were there. Lexi and Niko have fantastic chemistry. It could be felt from their first interaction dodging a hockey puck all the way through to the end. Lexi is a great main character. She can definitely hold her own and she knows her hockey. I loved it when she put Kimberlee in her place. I also liked that she wanted to keep her job on her own and that she didn’t want to use her parents’ money to survive. And I loved that she didn’t flaunt her wealth. Niko is a sweetheart. And he is a good match for Lexi. They each have their insecurities, and those insecurities become major obstacles. Lexi’s biggest insecurity is her fear of abandonment. I think Ms. Ellis handled Lexi’s adoption issues well.

The end left me satisfied and happy. Breakout is another win for Ms. Ellis.

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Would I recommend it: If you couldn’t guess . . . YES!!! Read every single one of Ms. Ellis’s books. Now. Go. =) Seriously.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
While Texas is known for loving football, Lexi Stewart has always been drawn to the ice. Hockey is her passion, and she wants nothing more than to pursue a career in video editing for the home network of the Dallas Demons hockey team.

Lexi has an editing job for a corporate account, but it’s not fulfilling. Nor is her dating life, despite having the so-called help of The One Online Dating Service. Lexi knows there has to be more for her—on both fronts. She’s ready to take the next step, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon.

Until a flying puck changes everything.

Niko Xenakis is the new Dallas Demons TV producer, and he’s looking to make his mark in his new role and hopefully work his way back to his hometown of Baltimore. But once he meets Lexi, he might just change his mind on what he wants for his future . . .

But the road to love is never easy, complicated by the fact that they both carry emotional baggage from the past in their hearts. Can these two “breakout”of the past to find love in the present?

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: The Aubrey Rules by Aven Ellis

The Aubrey RulesThe Aubrey Rules (Chicago On Ice #1)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soulmate Publishing, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
YES!!! I LOVED IT!!!! I could end the review right here, but I won’t. I will warn you: this is a gushing review. It was that good.

Seriously, I love this book. I was supposed to read another book for a tour before I read this one, but I really needed an Aven Ellis fix. And, boy, did I get my fix! I may have read this while eating meals. I may have read this while walking from the parking lot to parent orientation at my kids’ school. I may have read it while waiting in line for something at said orientation. I may have read it while walking back to my car. And while I may have been doing this reading, I was smiling, giggling, and stifling a few SQUEEEEEs. I’m sure I received a few “looks,” but I was too busy reading to notice. 😉 I love Ms. Ellis’s books. Love them.

The Aubrey Rules was fantastic. I haven’t laughed, squee’d, or been downright giddy over a book as much as I did with this one. It was a fun story. The characters were great. Aubrey made me laugh. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. I loved how she spoke her mind at the end. Beckett was a sweetheart. He was a great leading guy. And I’d call him Captain Smart (or Sexy) Ass as well. These two had phenomenal chemistry. I can’t wait for the next Chicago On Ice book. Hell, I can’t wait for the next Aven Ellis book!!

Would I recommend it: Read it. Now. Go.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Some of the Aubrey Rules to Live By:

*If I’m going to indulge in French fries, I must add extra time to the treadmill the next day.
*Always keep your work and private life separate.
*Being open to new experiences will never involve eating kale.
*Never, ever date a professional athlete.

For Chicago social media professional Aubrey Paige, the rules are everything. So much so that Aubrey has painstakingly written her rules for living into a polka-dot Kate Spade notebook that she carries with her at all times. It’s her personal guidebook to living her life. These rules are the Holy Grail—ones never to be broken. They guide her actions for everything, from dealing with workplace drama to finding a great guy to date. After all, these are her own rules, built from her life experiences and observations. So they have to be perfect, right?

Or are they?

Because when Aubrey meets a cute Canadian, she suddenly finds her rules being tested and challenged in ways she never dreamed possible. Beckett Riley is the shy, quiet, determined captain of the Chicago Buffaloes, a hockey team on the verge of turning the corner to becoming a winning organization. He’s Aubrey’s opposite, with so many qualities that Aubrey had listed as ones she’d never want in a man.

Yet Aubrey finds herself drawn to Beckett in ways she’s never known. And when she unexpectedly finds herself working with Beckett, she wonders if rules are meant to be broken after all . . .

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Connectivity by Aven Ellis

ConnectivityConnectivity
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, 2013

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did. My only complaint is that I didn’t read it sooner. I should have read it the moment I got my hands on it. Silly, silly, me. Why didn’t I? But, I digress . . .

Seriously, Ms. Ellis can tell a fabulous story. Connectivity will draw you in and won’t let you go until the end. This is the book that started it all. Connectivity–the social media site–is mentioned in ALL of Ms. Ellis’s books. I love that. You’ll smile, squeal, laugh . . . I could go on. I loved watching MK and William grow and change over the course of this book.

Connectivity is one of those books that leaves you with a giddy smile at the end . . . a giddy smile that will appear whenever you think of MK and William.

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Would I recommend it: Yes, yes, yes. Read it. In fact, read all of Ms. Ellis’s books.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well…

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: The Definition of Icing by Aven Ellis

The Definition of IcingThe Definition of Icing (A Dallas Demons Hockey Romance)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
When Ms. Ellis asked me to review her newest release, she warned me that I would want to eat chocolate while reading this book. Well, I’ve never wanted chocolate infused with curry more than I have while reading Kenley and Nate’s story. So many things to say “Yummmm” about in this book!

Seriously, though, this is another goal from Ms. Ellis. (Sorry, that was my lame attempt at a hockey reference!) 🙂 I have loved every one of Ms. Ellis’s books so far, and this one didn’t disappoint.

I loved Kenley from the very beginning. She is strong, confident, and won’t take any crap from anyone. She’s beautiful, too, but she doesn’t use her beauty to her advantage. Ever. And Nate . . . oh, Nate. He gives Harrison a run for his money. (If you don’t know Harrison, go read Waiting for Prince Harry. I’ll wait. Here’s my 5-star review.) I loved Nate from the very beginning. The way he stood up for Kenley . . . swoon!

Besides the loveable-likeable-relateable characters, Ms. Ellis’s stories all connect in some way. There are always references to and appearances from characters from previous books, and of course, Connectivity plays a part in every story. (Wondering about Connectivity? Go read that book. I’ll wait. My review will be up next week.) The story as a whole has some ups and downs, a few moments where I wanted to have a few words with both Kenley and Nate, and some moments that had me grinning from ear to ear. And plenty of moments that will make you swoon and laugh out loud. Fantastic.

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Would I recommend it: Yes!!! If you love Aven’s books, why haven’t you read this one yet? If you haven’t had the joy of reading Aven’s books yet, what are you waiting for?

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Kenley Hunter finally has everything sorted out. Fresh from studying chocolate making in Europe, she’s gambling everything on her new business, Confection Consultations. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.

All Kenley wants in life is people to take her seriously, to see the person on the inside rather than the blond beauty on the outside. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.

So with work as her focus, Kenley is ready to start her career in Dallas. Men are out of her recipe, because she fears that once they get past her looks, they’ll be disappointed in what they find. Kenley decides she’s all about the chocolate now.

Or is she?

Because a chance meeting with new Dallas Demon hockey star Nate Johansson might change everything. Sent to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, Nate is somewhere he doesn’t want to be, for reasons that have caused him heartbreak on multiple levels. Nate knows he will never trust a woman again after what happened to him in Minnesota.

But when he meets a woman with an intriguing name and a passion for chocolate, Nate isn’t so sure about his theory. And he might just learn a definition of icing other than the one used in hockey with Kenley as his guide…

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Surviving the Rachel by Aven Ellis

Surviving the RachelSurviving the Rachel
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did! I loved Surviving the Rachel.

Bree is young and trying to find her footing after an unexpected start post-college. After moving home, she finds a friend in her neighbor, Jack.  I love their chemistry. They make great friends, and more.  There were a few times that I wanted to smack each of them and ask them what they were thinking, or why didn’t they ask the other one very pertinent questions! It was a good frustration. I was invested in their stories, in their lives. I loved watching Bree come into her own in her new profession.

On top of that, there were quite a few swoon-worthy moments, giddy moments, sweet moments. And fireflies! And the end! Wonderful.

Another aspect of Ms. Ellis’s books that I really like is that they are all connected in some way. They all use Connectivity. Avery and Deke from Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista show up in Surviving the Rachel. You feel like you are in the same community. These aren’t sequels or books in the same setting/series. But they all fit together. Oh, and the Friends references were perfect! It is one of my favorite TV series of all time. I’ll say it again: wonderful.

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Would I recommend it: Absolutely! Ms. Ellis is a must-read author for me and she should be for you as well!

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Life after college graduation is not at all what twenty-one-year-old Bree Logan expected. Unable to find a professional communications job, dumped by the guy who was THE ONE, and stuck with a pricey city apartment she can’t afford, Bree ends up moving back home with her parents in the suburbs and working as a cocktail waitress at a posh Chicago hotel.

In a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, Bree goes to a hip salon and requests that the first available stylist chop off her long dark hair. Alarmed when the stylist suggests “The Rachel,” after the famous haircut from the show Friends, Bree is hesitant, but decides to go for it when she is assured it will be a “fresh, modern adaptation” of the infamous 90’s cut. Unfortunately for Bree, it turns out to be exactly the same cut, but with horrific heavy bangs added to it. Hideous doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Bree is convinced nothing will ever go right when she meets neighbor Jack Chelten, a twenty-five-year-old German translator. Not that Bree is looking to date anyone, but there’s something quirky and intriguing about his freckle-splashed face and blue eyes. And suddenly Bree finds herself seeking out different opportunities and challenges . . . as well as the boy next door.

In her new adult life, Bree learns that sometimes you have to go through crises to get to where you need to be. And if you can survive The Rachel, you can survive anything, right?

 

 

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