[Book Review] Cupcakes & Cowboys – Lindzee Armstrong

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Happy Labor Day, book nerds 🙂 Today on the Ginger Mom Blog, we have a novella from one of my favorite authors, Lindzee Armstrong! And the narrator (because yes, I have this habit of reading and listening lately – slight attention span issues, perhaps) – Stacey Glemboski – is absolutely incredible!

Anyway, the book . . .

He’s everything that broke her heart. 

Cassidy wants two things – to make her cupcake shop a success, and to forget the ex-fiance who traded her for the lights of Hollywood. She can’t stand actors, movies, or anything resembling the guy who ruined her life. So when Jase – best friend of her ex and A-list actor – shows up at the ranch to research an upcoming role, ignoring her past becomes impossible. 

Jase is desperate to escape Hollywood, and ranch life gives him a temporary reprieve. But ranching is starting to feel less like preparing for a role and more like the life he’s always wanted. And he can’t help envisioning Cassidy as his co-star. Can Jase convince this stunning cupcake shop owner that he’s really a country boy at heart? 

Megan's review

I don’t usually reach for novellas for one reason – they’re too rushed for my liking. Well, most are. It seems like there just isn’t enough time to give you the depth that is a good story. Until I picked up Cupcakes and Cowboys. It was short and sweet, but I still had time to fall in love with the characters. There was the perfect amount of time to see how hurt Cassidy was and to really feel for her, but then also be excited for the romance to start. Okay, perhaps I was a little ansy for the romance to start 🙂 (And, of course with my culinary background, it was fun reading about a bakery owner – in another life, perhaps).

So, I read this one first, then was contacted by the author to review the Audible version, as well. The audiobook is narrated by Stacey Glemboski and runs a grand total of 4 hours and 41 minutes (like I said, it’s short).

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Her performance was amazing and the pacing was just right for this book. It moved along smoothly (no hiccups that drop you out of the story). And what I liked best about her narration was the way she switched characters. There are many narrators who read the book with one voice / tone for every character. If there isn’t the “Jon said” or “Erica answered” tag at the end of the statement, it can get confusing who is speaking. I liked how Stacey gave each character a different feel. It was really easy for me to tell who was speaking and that’s something that scores very high with me.

Narration and storyline, I don’t think there was anything about this book that I didn’t like (oh wait, yes there was – it’s over!). Don’t get me wrong, all strings are tied up by the last page so you don’t feel like there should be more. But of course, I want more. I loved these characters. I could have easily kept going!

Want a copy?
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And if you’d like to see more of Lindzee, check out the interview I did with her last summer (on the Doodles blog before it disappeared into the depths of the internet).

Have a happy, bookish Labor Day 🙂
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[Review] Meet Your Match – Lindzee Armstrong

Have you ever loved a book so much that you couldn’t wait to devour all the books in the series? That was me with this book! meet your match - lindzee armstrong

Sixteen-year-old Brooke Pierce doesn’t need her mom to tell her all boys are trouble. After watching her dad break up the family for a woman half his age, dating is the last thing on her mind. 

On the first day at a new high school Brooke meets Luke, the school flirt with a reputation for heartbreak. He’s interested. She’s not. That only makes him chase her more. 

After a shocking revelation from her dad, Brooke and Luke form an unexpected bond, complete with crazy rules to keep them safely in the friend zone. Problem is, that’s the worst place to be when you’re falling in love.

I received this book free from the author by signing up for her newsletter. I knew the author but hadn’t read anything by her when I picked this one up. So, with Mr. Chu drawing a chalk picture on the chalkboard bar that has long-since been removed (too little space, too much chalk dust) and Lady Quinn nestled in my arms, finally asleep (we seem to go through these phases quite a bit), I opened up my Google Play Books app and started reading.

Okay, so that was mid-morning. By evening, I had finished the book (yes, it’s only a 100-something page novella but I have two small children who seem to require A LOT of attention when I sit down to start reading!). And the verdict? It. Was. Amazing! I got to the last page and sat there staring at it. I couldn’t believe it was over. And oh, did I ever crave more! (I think this might be part of my problem . . . you know, why I just can’t get into stand-alones. I always want more). If I didn’t already own every book that had been published at that point, I would have been on Amazon within seconds, madly searching out the next book in the series. It’s that addicting (well, and I might have a teensy book buying problem but shush, no one needs to know that!).

Oh, and writing this review is torture because I just want to gush, gush, gush about this book! But, for obvious reasons (spoilers), I can’t. So, you’ll just have to go pick it up for yourself on Amazon (or, if you want it for free, sign up for Lindzee’s newsletter to get your own copy!).

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Happy Monday! Have any book suggestions for me? BookTube-A-Thon starts today and I think I am completely throwing my TBR out the window!
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