Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:

Much Ado About You

Samantha Young
Age/Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: Feb 2, 2021
Goodreads
The cozy comforts of an English village bookstore open up a world of new possibilities for Evie Starling in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young.

At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling's life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she's passed over for promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Some time away to regain perspective might be just the thing. In a burst of impulsivity, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookstore located beneath her rental apartment. There's no better dream vacation for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover.

Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she's drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who tempts Evie every day with his friendly flirtations. Evie is determined to keep him at bay because a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak, right? But Evie can't deny their connection and longs to trust in her handsome farmer that their whirlwind romance could turn in to the forever kind of love.
Why I want to read this book

I have seen this before. Where you book a vacation and take on a position in the local bookstore. How fun! I love the idea of the heroine actually doing something in order to take her life in the direction she desires, and I am all in on the village setting and the sexy farmer. This book really called to me, incorporating so many fantastic elements, which I anticipate will produce a story that will leave me with a big smile on my face. 



Stealing Home

Nicole Williams
Age/Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 10, 2016
Goodreads
Being the only woman working for a professional baseball team isn’t easy. As the San Diego Shock’s newest athletic trainer, Allie knows all about long hours, endless travel, and warding off players’ advances. Given she’s already the subject of a handful of rumors about how “lucky” she was to have earned such a coveted position, she can’t so much as flutter an eyelash a player’s way if she wants to be taken seriously.

But number eleven is doing more than fluttering eyelashes Allie’s way. Far more. Luke Archer is at the top of his game and doesn’t let the fear of striking out keep him from swinging. This is a motto he applies both on and off the field, but Allie appears immune, seeming to view Luke as nothing more than caution tape on legs.

He’s a player, and in Allie’s experience, they’re all the same. She won’t risk her job or her heart to another one, no matter how different this one claims to be. But as Allie gets to know him, she discovers the number eleven the public thinks they know is very different from the real Luke Archer. He seems too good to be true.

And maybe he is.

Allie will have to confront the stories attached to a player of Luke Archer’s stature and decide who she’ll put her faith in—The man she’s falling for? Or the rumors?
Why I want to read this book

I bought this book years ago and am sure I simply forgot about it. Contemporary romances, especially sports romances, are my "comfort reads", and let's face it, we all need a lot of comfort in 2020. I am already curious about Luke from the synopsis and am looking forward to learning the whole story. 


What are you waiting on?
Any backlog books you want to read soon? 
Let us know in the comments!

36 comments:

  1. I haven't seen that before - a position included in a holiday package. It sounds like a really cute premise, though.

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    1. In the beginning of the Heir Affair, they were hiding out, I think in Scotland. living above and working in a bookstore as part of their package. I wonder if it's a real thing?

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  2. The quaint village setting, the temp position in a bookstore - oh, Much Ado about You sounds wonderful!

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    1. I am super excited. I think this one will be really cute, though my previous experiences with Young were pretty angsty

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  3. I generally just love books that involve bookstores and Much Ado About You just sounds good. adding that to my never ending wishlist!

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    1. Bookstores are always a great setting for me too!

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  4. Much Ado About You has a fun premise!

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  5. I had to go back and check if I had read Stealing Home. I hadn't, so I downloaded it. I've really enjoyed her other books. Have you read others of hers?

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    1. I have mostly read her YA books, but I bought this one ages ago. We will have to compare notes.

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  6. And that's when you remind me that I love Nicole Williams too and that it's been ages since I read one of her books!

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    1. For me too, but what better way to get back into her books than with a sports romance.

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    1. I am really hoping it lives up to its rom-com billing

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  8. I personally love the idea of going on a vacation where I could work somewhere new, learn a new skill, and meet new people while exploring a new location. For that, I am totally intrigued by Much Ado About You. Perhaps I'll even do such a thing one day!

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    1. I like the idea of learning something new, but not a full time job. We visited Ireland back when, and part of the tour was Irish dance lessons and scone baking on a sheep farm. Those lessons were highlights of the trip

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  9. These both look like good ones, I get turned off by animated cover but I love books by Samantha Young, she is fabulous to read. Hope you enjoy both of these.

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    1. I do like the illustrated covers, although, I feel they are bit overused these days.

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  10. Quaint English bookstore, and a romance? I'm in! I got a copy too and can't wait. It sort of reminds me of the movie The Holiday with Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet. Hope we both love it. :)

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    1. I know I have seen this concept before, but I am still interested in seeing how it plays out here. I am trying to remember details of the The Holiday (which I saw forever ago), but remember little. If I started watching it, it would all probably come back to me

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  11. Quaint English village, bookstore and the sexy farmer just make for such a glorious mix, doesn't it? I want to go work in a quaint English village bookstore!

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  12. Much Ado About You sounds right up my alley!

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    1. I think this one will be a lot of fun and BOOKS!

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  13. I think the holiday swap sounds like a delightful one and that's great that your backlog book recaptured your interest, Sam.

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    1. I don't know if I ever lost interest in the book. I just have a tendency to ignore my own books.

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  14. I think that's a fun idea--booking a trip and working in a bookstore! I didn't know that was a real thing. Much Ado About You sounds like a fun read. I think I'd like that one too. Stealing Home does sound like the perfect 2020 read. I hope you enjoy both when you are able to read them!

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    1. I am almost done with Stealing Home and it's been a fun and great read. I am at the point where someone has to make up with the other, so that HEA is coming real soon.

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  15. It's funny. I like sports romances but I seem to only read hockey ones for some reason. I think that I have read maybe 2 baseball stories. I may need to branch out. I hope you enjoy both of these, Sam!

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    1. Really? I didn't know you only read hockey romances. I love them all, even more if the heroine does sports.

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  16. I'm really excited for Much Ado About You. The last book I read with that premise was such a hit for me, so I'm hoping this one will be too. Berkley has also had most of my favorite reads of this year, so I'm hoping my luck continues.

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    1. Remember, The Heir Affair began like that. Berkley puts out a lot of great books for sure.

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  17. I completely forgot about Samantha Young! I use to love her books and devoured all of the paranormal ones back in the day. Looks like I need to check out her newest and upcoming releases!
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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    1. I read Fight or Flight a few years back and listened to some others. I like her books, and I am very into the concept for this one.

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  18. I like the sound of Stealing Home! I'm in the mood for sports romances, atm. They do have a certain something about them. :)

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    1. I liked it. It was not too much drama, and the hero won my heart. It moves at a good clip too, which I was very receptive too after reading something that had moved a bit slower.

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