All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese

About The Book:

Molly McKenzie’s bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a shiny monthly paycheck. When her manager-turned-boyfriend tells her of an upcoming audition to host a makeover show for America’s underprivileged youth, all her dreams finally seem to be coming true. There’s just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

To gain an edge on her competitors, she applies to volunteer at a transitional program for aged-out foster kids during summer, only the program’s director, Silas Whittaker, doesn’t find her as charming as her followers do. But since forfeiting a goal has never been her style, Molly’s only option is to accept the terms Silas lays out and submit to his rules–even the most ridiculous ones pertaining to social media.

Soon as the residents of the home become more than a means to pad her career resume, and Silas becomes more than an obstacle on her path to fame, her once-narrow focus expands to include the deep needs of those she’s serving… and perhaps the ones she’s neglected inside herself as well. It took years to build her platform, but only one summer to discover what really matters most.

My Thoughts:

Wow! This book took me an an emotional roller coaster with all the feels! First of all, I thought this book was exceptionally well written and loved it! I am a big fan of books that keep me so invested that I feel the emotions that the characters are experiencing! That totally happened with this book in several places! Eyes welling with tears, pride for someone overcoming a struggle, total devastation over injustice, and my most favorite, the warm fuzzies from the best hero! ALL THE FEELS!

In all honesty I struggled with the heroine at the beginning of this book. Struggled is putting it mildly. She bugged the snot out of me! She was self centered, out of touch with reality and needed to be knocked down a peg or two in my opinion. My reading besties told me, just wait, don’t give up, she will have a change of heart… and oh my goodness I’m so glad I listened!

When an author has the capability of taking a character that you truly do not enjoy, changing them, redeeming them, and making you root for them, that is an exceptional gift! This story will tug at your heart, entertain you, and leave you with a happy sigh! I so enjoyed this reading experience and would highly recommend this book!

*I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher, however I was not required to write a positive review.

Pining for Lord Lockheart by Jen Geigle Johnson

About The Book:

Charity watches each of her sisters make plans to marry, one by one, and she is overjoyed for their happiness, but she doubts she will ever feel much of the same. She is busy in her causes, in her book groups, in her thinking bluestocking ways, but she has a secret. And no one knows, not even the man himself. But through all of her forward thinking ways, she is pining for Lord Lockhart.

Lord Lockhart is the wealthiest man of any of their acquaintance. He recently received yet another inheritance when an old eccentric uncle passed on and he seeks for ways to use his money responsibly. Charity is a good resource for him in this regard. And he just might have secrets of his own where she is concerned.

My Thoughts:

This story was humorous and charming! I loved Lord Lockheart! His humor was the absolute best! Charity was an entertaining and sweet character and I thought that these two had brilliant chemistry. I appreciated Adam’s sense of duty and also his protective nature! I loved that Charity kind of came into her own during this story and discovered that she had desires outside of intellectual and charitable endeavors. Of course there were a few obstacles to overcome for these two to find their happily ever after, but I enjoyed this sweet story!

*I was given a copy of this book by the author, however I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.