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MaidaMalby

MaidaMalby

Joined October 2016

Carpe Diem Chronicles. Destination: Romance
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Pasko Na, My Love: A Holiday Romance Anthology by Sarah Smith, Tif Marcelo, Maida Malby, Mia Hopkins, Maan Gabriel, Elle Cruz
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Finding My Destynee: A Christian Western Romance Series | Natalie Bright, Denise F. McAllister
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Discerning God‘s will is never easy. For young couple Destynee and Travis, following God‘s plan becomes a struggle when separated by distance and ambition. That they‘re miles apart during the holidays, having their faith–in God and in each other–shaken by doubts makes Finding My Destynee an affecting read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Aquamarine Surfboard | Kellye Abernathy
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“Age never matters; these things are about bravery and heart.”

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Pasko Na, My Love: A Holiday Romance Anthology | Sarah Smith, Tif Marcelo, Maida Malby, Mia Hopkins, Maan Gabriel, Elle Cruz
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PASKO NA, MY LOVE, A Holiday Romance Anthology

From acclaimed and bestselling Filipino American authors— Elle Cruz, Maan Gabriel, Maida Malby, Mia Hopkins's Books, Author Sarah Smith and Tif Marcelo —comes Pasko Na, My Love, a holiday romance collection that is sure to warm your heart and uplift your Christmas spirit. 🇵🇭 🇺🇸 🎄

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I'll Be Seeing You | Joanne Kukanza Easley
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Spanning nearly five decades, I'll Be Seeing You tells the incredibly riveting story of Ruby/Lauren Eaton. In this genre crossover between women's fiction and historical fiction, Ms. Easley takes Lauren back and forth between Texas and New York from 1938 to 1985 - working, loving, winning, losing, learning, failing, and altogether living a fascinating life uniquely her own. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Concrete Evidence | DiAnn Mills
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Action, adventure, danger, excitement. Romance. Faith. Concrete Evidence has them all and so much more. Like the approaching hurricane in the story, the events in this book happen fast and furious with surges of violence and the occasional calm that only portends of more devastating crises to come. It wasn‘t until the very end that my heartbeat settled into its normal pace. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Lost Melody | Joanna Davidson Politano
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An incredibly gripping symphony of music and faith, The Lost Melody held me in thrall from its darkly dramatic beginning to its gentle, hopeful finish.

Read my full review on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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Last year, Creatrix Rising was one of my Top 21 Reads of 2021. After this re-read, it‘s one of my favorites of 2022 as well. With nearly 4,000 unread books in my TBR mountain, I don‘t often re-read. I made an exception for this book because I know my time and attention will be rewarded with invaluable pearls of wisdom, uplifting affirmations, and unparalleled inspiration. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Achingly poignant, uncomfortably true-to-life in many parts, and subtly spiritual, Love And The Dream Come True is a truly touching read.

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The Flower Enigma | Rox Burkey, Charles Breakfield
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Magnolia Bluff, Texas has juicy small-town secrets with big-mouth gossipers and evil behind walls.

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Weaving filial piety, magical realism, found family, friendship, the Beatles, food, and romance into a cohesive story requires mad skills and loads of talent. Ms. Lim has those in abundance. 4.5 stars

MaidaMalby @SueK here‘s my post on Sophie Go. I had fun shooting the ducks in the park.🦆 1w
SueK @MaidaMalby love this shot! And you‘re right, so much skill went into the execution of this story. I am still thinking about the characters. 1w
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Fancy | Linda Broday
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From its heart-wrenching start to its sigh-worthy ending, Linda Broday‘s Fancy takes the reader on a highly evocative ride. 4.5 stars

Read my full review on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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With its increasingly diverse and representative cast of characters, absolutely amazing competence porn, exciting and fascinating whodunit cases, mouthwatering food descriptions, and excellent sense of place, Amber Royer‘s Bean to Bar Mysteries is quickly becoming my favorite cozy mystery series to read of late. 4.5 stars

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Flames, Flirts & Festivals: A Diverse Short Story Romance Anthology | Maida Malby, Catherine Stein, Heather Scarlett, Brianne Gillen, A.M. Roark, Allegra Johnson, Saharra Sandhu, Chele MacCabe, Alexa Santi, Everleigh Allen, A.R. Bell, Milly Gray
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There‘s only one bed. 🛏

Out on July 12, 2022. https://books2read.com/FlamesFlirtsFestivals

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The Duchess Hunt | Lorraine Heath
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A quiet, slow-burn (eight years in the making) romance between a duke and his secretary. Not as angsty as some of Ms. Heath's books but still has some touching moments. I liked the respect accorded Pettypeace by the duke and his cohorts the Chessmen. I also really liked the way the author doled out the duke's growing feelings for Penelope. The main conflict was an intriguing twist I haven't read before. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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With its atypical characters, zany humor, low conflict, and modern sensibility, How to Be a Wallflower would suit readers looking for light and fluffy books to escape to during these fraught times.

The book's main characters are two of the quirkiest leads in historical romance I've ever read.

As per usual with Ms. James, expect plenty of Shakespeare and cheeky servants. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Betting on Love | Mary Beesley
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A light, slow-burn, trope-y romance, Betting On Love will delight fans of romcoms and, if adapted into a film, would fit perfectly in the programming lineup of a certain greeting-card channel famous for their holiday tv-movies. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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With its bananas time-travel plot, whirlwind-fast pace, and considerable evidence of diligent research, Stealing Time is one heck of an entertaining read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Read my full review on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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Charleston Conundrum | Stacy Wilder
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Methodical and surprising, Stacy Wilder‘s debut cozy mystery Charleston Conundrum shows enormous potential for a long, successful run. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Read my full review on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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In what I consider her most sensual book to date, Lara Temple‘s The Earl She Should Never Desire delivers everything this avid reader wants in a Romance–remarkably well-rounded characters, superlative dialogue, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, loads of longing and pining, and a slow-burn journey to happy-ever-after.

Read my full review on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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With only a handful of pages, The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise tugged at my emotions and never let go until the happy end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Read my full review on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles by Maida Malby - https://maidamalby.com/2022/03/24/the-baby-with-three-families-two-countries-and...

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I‘ve been looking forward to The Spark of Love ever since I read the wildly intriguing teaser for it in the previous book Dreams Rekindled. I‘m happy to say the entirety of it lived up to my high expectations for the third installment of this brilliant series by Amanda Cabot. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Read my full review on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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Out of Temper | Amber Royer
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In times of overwhelming stress, there is no better escape for me than losing myself within the pages of a great book. I seek comfort in cozy mysteries with their assurance that whodunit will be revealed and villains will get their comeuppance. When the cozy involves chocolates, an adorable dog, and romantic elements, it immediately gets taken out of my Mount TBR and into the Read and Reviewed Library.

Full review at Carpe Diem Chronicles.

Chrissyreadit Me too! Cozy mysteries are keeping me calm 🤣❤️ 11mo
MaidaMalby @Chrissyreadit right? Have you read this series? It‘s fun. 11mo
Chrissyreadit No but I‘ll add to my TBR 11mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders have you read this series? 11mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit no I‘ve never even heard of it! I‘ll have to check it out 🤗 11mo
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The Devil's Own Duke | Lenora Bell
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Yummy wines, a marriage of convenience with a little deception thrown in, and cats with loads of personality. A great recipe for a lighthearted romance and Lenora concocts it so well. She delivers once again an entertaining read that's feminist but not rabidly so. 3.5⭐️s

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“She bent over her father‘s proffered hand and pressed her forehead to it in the Filipino way of Mano.”

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Rolling-on-the-floor-laughing-my-ass-off-tears-running-down-my-face-almost-peed-my-pants FUNNY!!! 🍆🍑👍🏼👍🏼 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Lighthearted and well-paced, The Yes Dare tells the entertaining story of Ryan's campaign to win back Coco's heart after finding out the invalidity of their divorce a year later. 4⭐️

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The Spinster's Swindle | Catherine Stein
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I‘ve been reading Ms. Stein‘s books since her debut and I love witnessing her tremendous growth as a storyteller. The world she created with her words is filled with multifaceted characters, tightly woven relationships, richly drawn backdrops, and beautiful prose.

At a time that I needed a diversion from my worries, escaping into the romance between Lydia and Max meant a great deal to me.

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With its uplifting theme of second chances–in love and in faith–Since You‘ve Been Gone is one inspiring read. While tackling deep issues of childhood scars and fear of being hurt, grieving the loss of loved ones, and trying to succeed in business, Ms. Faris still managed to achieve a tone of lightness and hope that made reading this third book in her Restoring Heritage series easy and comforting.

Full review is on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles

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After Perfect: A Novel | Maan Gabriel
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From its pain-filled opening scene to the sigh-worthy hopeful ending, After Perfect is one highly evocative read. Maan Gabriel‘s wonderfully polished debut involves the reader in newly-divorced Gabby Stevens‘ journey to self-discovery amidst heartbreak and uncertainties. 4.5 stars

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When you feel that a book is about you and written specially for you, it is impossible not to rave about it. Stephanie Raffelock‘s beautifully-written, mindset-shifting Creatrix Rising is one such book and this is a glowing review of it. This early, I‘m declaring it one of my Top 21 Reads of 2021.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Trace of Doubt | DiAnn Mills
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A thrilling story of faith, sacrifice, forgiveness, friendship and love, Trace of Doubt kept me up all night trying to follow the heart-pounding twists and turns in the life of Shelby Pearce after her release from prison. At first, I tried to guess what was going to happen next but when I found myself wrong several times, I decided to just enjoy and let DiAnn Mills take me for a literary ride. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Softer and sweeter than I expected. Sure, there was mayhem; this is a book about a girl gang, after all. And there's Sarah's signature feminism subverting traditional characterizations of women in historical romance. Add the inclusion of queer and minority side characters to the quartet of powerful heroines plus an actual explosion and you'll get a book that lives up to its title. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Delicious Dilemma is a triumphant debut for Sera Taíno. It‘s a sumptuous celebration of food, culture, family, friendship, and love. I devoured this tasty offering in one sitting, its themes so familiar and dear to me.

I find myself relating closely with Val. The eldest of three, close to her dad, loves dancing and cooking, and takes the responsibility for her family‘s well-being upon her shoulders. She‘s a truly admirable heroine. 4.5 stars

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Battle Royal: A Novel | Lucy Parker
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I've read enough of Lucy Parker's books to know that I'd enjoy the heck out of this title. I fully expected to laugh and I did.

I anticipated how amazingly well Lucy fleshed out Sylvie and Dominic's characters and how skillfully she developed their adversarial relationship into swoony, touchy-feely love. The slow build-up into that first tender kiss was so achingly sweet. And hot.

I hadn't expected I would cry so much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I always love books that transport me to another place and Learning to Love does exactly that with the vivid descriptions of the setting, the cadence of the characters‘ language, and the specificity of aspects of New Zealand culture mentioned in the book.

While I‘m slightly breathless by the fast pacing of Ellie and Sam‘s romance, I also appreciate the decisiveness of their actions. I like the effort made to be inclusive and diverse. 3.5 stars

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True to Sophie Jordan's special brand of historical romance, The Duke Goes Down is light, funny, and slightly bananas. That title alone is enough to make me smile. The vicar's daughter Imogen's smear campaign against her childhood nemesis, disinherited duke Perry Butler, made for an entertaining read. Perry's struggle to cope with the loss of everything he thought he was touched me.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Dead Dukes Tell No Tales | Catherine Stein
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Romantic action adventure that should be adapted on film

This is a fantastic romp of a novel. It should be adapted into a movie along the lines of The Mummy and Romancing the Stone. The story is incredibly entertaining with humor, action, emotional depth, and romance blending well. The characters are wonderfully diverse and utterly likable, especially the MCs Sabine, Cliff, and Lola. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Singapore Fling | Maida Malby
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“A captivating display like no other,” Aidan recited, looking in admiration at his girlfriend. Her back to him, Maddie‘s jet-black hair styled in an elegant updo shone with a thousand little stars from the lights illuminating the hotel behind them. Sleek dress in traffic-stopping red lovingly caressed her returned curves.

https://maidamalby.com/2021/07/04/snippet-sunday-fourth-of-july/

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A Duke in Time | Janna MacGregor
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With its wild premise, easy-to-root for main characters, fascinating set of secondary characters, easy pace that kept the story moving, and low-angst conflict, A Duke In Time gives Janna MacGregor‘s new The Widow Rules series a promising start. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My full review is on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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Happy Endings: A Novel | Thien-Kim Lam
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A promising #ownvoices debut with an admirable female lead, sex positivity, and fierce female friendship. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My full review is on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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“Do you know what barako means in English?”
“No. Tell me.” His lips lifted in a lopsided grin.
Leaning forward so he could see her waggle her eyebrows, she lowered her voice. “Stud.”

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4.5 stars

I laughed and I cried. When the writing brings a lump to my throat and a pinch to my heart, it means the book receives ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

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Gingerbread Kisses | Minette Lauren
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With its double serving of swoony love stories, small-town quirks, adorable pets, and fascinating characters readers would want to get to know more, Gingerbread Kisses is an early holiday treat for Romance lovers everywhere. Its fun and light tone makes it an easy and enjoyable read and its steamy sexytimes live up to the series title of Hot In Magnolia. Funny, low-angst, and hot. Exactly how I like my Romance. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Lowcountry Bride: A Novel | Preslaysa Williams
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A Lowcountry Bride is an affecting story of discovering identity, fulfilling dreams, dealing with loss, keeping faith, and finding love. The authenticity with how the characters‘ culture came across strongly emphasizes the importance of providing opportunities for own voices stories, of lifting marginalized creators, of representation and inclusion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review is on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.
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We have many beautiful ladies here in the Philippines. They can all win Miss Universe.

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One alluring French-Filipina beauty.
One sexy US Air Force officer.
One torrid weekend fling.

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I always sound like a broken record when it comes to my reviews of Tif Marcelo's books. It's because I see myself in her characters. For one, there's always a Filipina in her stories. And Filipino food, of course.

With this book in particular, I see myself in all three women--Regina, Adelaide, and Sophie. I'm a military spouse (Air Force, not Army) and a founding member of a book club initially comprised of military spouses.
4.5 stars

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Her Every Move | Kelly Irvin
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4 stars From its explosive opening scene to its dramatic climax, Kelly Irvin‘s Her Every Move is one high-octane read. A ripped-from-the-headlines plot, a well-described familiar setting, a broad array of hot-button issues, and a large diverse cast made this book remarkably current and incredibly realistic.

Full review is on my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles.

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My Last Duchess | Eloisa James
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This prequel novella to the Wilde series is a fun quick read. Hugo and Ophelia‘s fast courtship had me smiling throughout. Lady Knowe is a blast, as usual, and the kids are endearing. As with the other books in the series, the members of the household staff are acknowledged and respected. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Scoundrel of My Heart | Lorraine Heath
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another swoony series-starter by Ms. Heath. The comedic beginning is a delightful surprise from an author I often associate with angsty writing. As usual, the characters (Kathryn and Griffith) are strong and well-drawn, the conflict is heart-pinching, and the resolution sigh-worthy.

Happy to see the Trewloves again. I can‘t wait for King‘s book and maybe Marcus‘s somewhere down the road.