What is it? Elementary Romantic Calculus is Book 6 of stand alone books in the Chemistry Lessons series
Release Date: May 18, 2021
My Brief Thoughts: Elementary Romantic Calculus has a lot of bright spots in it about learning to accept yourself for yourself, and not pushing yourself to fit into the mold of others. Mia has to find herself, and break free of her father’s expectations once and for all, if she’s to let herself be happy with her life. It’s something we all face, but she has to do it while also accepting that she isn’t going to be able to follow her life plan. Do I think she could have done at least the latter part more graciously? Of course, she was downright snobby about her outlook on Crowder, and even Josh, at first.
This book also felt different to me than the others in the series, and I think it was more of a set up for the new series than it was truly a standalone book like the others – though it was nice to see Brooke pop up in this one, even if it was brief!
I liked this book. I can’t say I LOVED it like I can the others.
I give it 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 for because it’s good enough to not round down.
Keep reading for my full review!
Author’s Blurb: Mia has had her whole life mapped out since she was 18. She’s supposed to follow up her math PhD with a research postdoc, but her 20-year tenure plan takes a surprise deviation when she’s forced to settle for a temporary teaching job at a small-town university.
It’s not easy adapting to rural life when you’re an inveterate city girl, but Mia tries to make the best of it until she can get the heck out of Podunk—er, Crowder, Texas. Things finally start to look up after a run-in with some terrifying local wildlife sends her careening into the arms of a sexy goat farmer/cheesemaker.
Mia finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Josh’s gruff cowboy charms, especially after she learns what lies behind the thick walls he’s built around his heart. The deeper their connection grows, the more Crowder starts to feel like home.
But Mia can’t afford to stay. Not unless she’s willing to give up on her dream—or trade it in for a new one.
Dawn Botstein is doing just fine after her divorce, thank you very much.
She’s got her yarn store to run, her house to herself for the first time in her life, and no use for men anymore. That is until the hottie silver fox who walks into her store turns out to be her old high school crush—the guy who rejected her 30 years ago.
No way is she going to lose her head over him this time, no matter how well he wears that salt-and-pepper lumberjack beard. Okay, so he’s the opposite of her ex in every way, and his attention gives her a thrill she thought she’d never feel again. She’s not risking her heart again.
Mike Pilota is having a mid-life crisis.
Only instead of buying a red sports car he can’t afford and dressing like a 25-year-old who’s time-traveled from the 1990s, he quit his job after his second divorce to move closer to his recently widowed mother.
He didn’t expect to run into Dawn again, but as soon as he lays eyes on her he’s utterly smitten. So he sets out to make up for past mistakes and prove he can be the kind of man she deserves.
But is it too late for second chances? Or will these two lonely hearts find a way back to each other?
Genre: Paranormal Rom-Com, Comedy, Satire, Humorous Dark Comedy
What is it? Flipping the Bird is the first book in the Shift Creek Series
Release Date: December 15, 2020
Author Blurb: # of Pages (per Amazon): 192
Her dumpster-diving days are numbered…
Crow shifter Alice Crawford is living her best life as a salvage artist in Texas. But when her city’s namesake, magical stream starts drying up, taking her income with it, she—and everyone else in town—soon find themselves up Shift Creek without a paddle.
When a hot as sin warlock arrives on the scene, Alice thinks he can solve all her problems.
If she can get past his farting familiar.
Warlock Donovan Drake has more secrets than a duck has quacks. His connection to Shift Creek runs deeper than anyone can imagine, and getting turned into a crow the moment he meets Alice is just the beginning of his trouble.
He’s falling head over tail feathers for the feisty bird shifter, and if he’s not careful, he’ll be as exposed as a streaker at the state fair.
Better put your boots on because the shift is getting deep in the Lone Star State!
Genre: Paranormal Rom-Com, Comedy, Satire, Humorous Dark Comedy
What is it? Finder’s Reapers is the fifth book in the new New Orleans Nocturnes Series. There are 3 books in the series.
Release Date: August 24, 2020
Author Blurb: # of Pages (per Amazon): 194
The grim reaper took a vacation…
Now all hell is breaking loose.
With an existential crisis looming over his head, Asher needs a break from reaping souls. But when he leaves his door to the underworld unattended, one escaped ghost threatens to turn the French Quarter into a haven for the hell-bound.
Oh, and that crisis he was trying to escape? Her name is Jasmine Lee, and she could be the death of him.
The literal death of Death. Yep. You heard that right.
There’s no such thing as too dead when it comes to necromancer Jasmine Lee. She’s never met a ghost she can’t tame, but when a thousand ornery spirits descend upon New Orleans, her secret weakness is a recipe for phantasmal disaster.
Holy ghost guts. She’s in trouble.
The unfairly hot reaper is the last person Jasmine wants to work with. But if she doesn’t help Asher wrangle the lost souls back to the underworld, there will be hell to pay.
Some promises are hard to keep… Phillip promised he’d let her go home. He promised, after she completed her task, she’d be free. He didn’t promise her that he wouldn’t capture her heart before he released her.
For Sarah, captive of the Highland laird, that these promises are kept is paramount. Phillip never expected to fall in love with the woman who was supposed to save his brother’s life. He also never expected to break a promise. But some promises are hard to keep, especially when he finds out the secrets she’s keeping.
“Just friends” is all Brooke and Dylan have ever been. (Except for that one night in high school, but they don’t talk about that.) Growing up, he was her protector. Her confidante. The one guy she could always trust.
Now she’s a marine biologist working toward her PhD in California, and he’s an underwear model in New York. Dylan’s only in town for a few days, crashing on Brooke’s couch and repaying the favor by acting as her date to a friend’s wedding.
It was totally an accident she saw him naked.
After that, “just friends” goes out the window in favor of friends with benefits.
It’s all going great…until it isn’t.
Dylan’s got a ticket back to New York at the end of the week, and Brooke may have accidentally broken his heart. Can they navigate these uncharted relationship waters? Or has she tanked her oldest friendship?