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Review of Winning Back His Wife (Camp Firefly Falls Book 1) by Gwen Hayes & Zoe York

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Michael Tully’s wife has quit her job and invested all her funds into Camp Firefly Falls. She wants to re-invent the summer camp where they’ve met twenty years ago. Michael, however, thinks it’s a ridiculous idea. But then he can’t ignore her any longer when she served him with divorce papers.

It was a very likable and smooth romance. Sometimes when a story does multiple jumps from the present into the past it can be irritating, but it wasn’t the case here. It actually made you feel part of their journey from young love till now and also helped both characters to reignite their “lost” love when they revisited those past events. A few subtle and valuable lessons learned for couples were shared …

A short fun, but enjoyable, romance I can recommend.


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Review of His Counterfeit Campfire Bride (Camp Firefly Falls Book 2) by Gwen Hayes

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Two advertising office enemies, Miguel Castillo and Seraphina Worth, are sent to a corporate retreat to learn how to work together and to bring back any prizes awarded to the best team … or else they’ll become unemployed. Unfortunately, they were wrongly signed up for “Rediscover Your Marital Intimacy” week instead of a corporate team building!

The plot provided for some interesting moments, especially when Miguel and Sera decided to pretend to be married (they are good at marketing after all), “struggling” (hint, hint) through tantric yoga and fighting off advances when another couple is interested in a couple fling/wife swap. The dialogue was witty and the reluctant but mutual attraction was cleverly used in their situation.

Those moments were fun, with a bit of  introspection and character development thrown in, even though the story moved quickly. The reasons behind Miguel and Sera’s different approaches towards life was very effectively shared as the story progresses, without being too dramatic.

An enjoyable romance for a relaxing weekend read. Even though it’s part of a series, the story can be read as a stand alone.


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Review of Butterface by Gwen Hayes

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Beth was born with hemifacial microsomia, which left her with facial scars after her surgery. Even though she isn’t as disfigured as some people, she’s still nursing deeper scars on the inside. Lucky O’Leary starts befriending her, but then he’s pressured by his sport team members to take her as a date to a “dog dinner”, where a prize will be given to the guy with the ugliest date.

This Young Adult short story immediately intrigued me when I read the description and it didn’t disappoint. The author expertly shared the story in only 8,000 words, without over analyzing everything nor loosing any key parts or details of these two character’s journey of self-discovery and self-love.

The book touches on various aspects, such as the cruelty of human beings, how people conform to peer pressure as well as what is considered as being beautiful. But the following two quotes from the book stand out for me:

“It was one thing to hide behind your own armor, but it was something else to be hidden.” (Kindle Locations 371-372).

“Time doesn’t heal all wounds. It helps. But time can’t do it by itself. If you pretend you don’t have a wound, for instance, there’s very little time can do for the wound except allow it to fester.”  (Kindle Locations 458-460).

Do yourself a favor and take an hour or less to read this really special book!


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