Review: Novelly Upon a Time

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About the Book

Author Harper Jones prides herself on the impeccable research she does for her novels, so when early reviews come pouring in claiming her romance reeks of inauthenticity, her editor suggests pulling her nose out of her books and getting some real-life smooching experience. But her plans to do just that are thwarted by her archnemesis from high school who has recently returned to town. Now she’s left with an impossible decision—kiss her worst enemy or kiss her three-book contract goodbye.

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The Series

Sarah Monzon has joined Bookishly Ever After, Literarily For Keeps, and Novelly Upon a Time in one collection called Book Nerds and Boyfriends. 

A collection of three bookish novellas

Bookishly Ever After

It all started with a bet and a book.Emory Blake is the ultimate bibliophile. She’d take curling up with a good novel over a night on the town any day of the week. But then best friend Tate Woodby accuses her of living between the pages of her paperbacks instead of the real world, and makes a bet that will force her to experience the adventures of her fictional friends…instead of just reading about them. With her face no longer buried in books, Emory must confront the pain of the past. But is it also her perfect opportunity to discover the hunky hero who could be the happily-ever-after of her own story?

Literarily For Keeps

She only has to pretend to be married for five days. What’s the worst that could happen? Literature professor Ashleigh Darmody never imagined her life would turn into a classic trope, but that’s exactly what happens when her sister Claire calls with a bizarre request–quickly find a fake husband. Backstory is a powerful thing, and Ashleigh’s has plenty of shadows, but is her past so shady that it requires an elaborate scheme to ensure Claire’s prospective father-in-law, renowned TV evangelist Ken Abrams, will give her his blessing to marry his son?Already divorced from a man who turned out to be other than he claimed, Ashleigh now has to pretend to be blissfully married to a stranger for the next five days. But when the lines of fiction and reality blur with each tick of the clock, could a temporary deal turn into something for keeps?

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My Thoughts

Y’all, I love everything about Novelly Upon a Time. The characters. The witty repertoire. The love-hate trope and the wisdom from secondary characters.

Seriously, Sarah Monzon is an expert at packing novellas with enough meat to fulfill your love for reading and humor to entertain you in between the tough issues she addresses.

Let’s start with the characters. Harper is holding back a world of heart and Kyo is determined to break through her barriers. I loved her snark to hide the hurt, but I also loved it when she finally let healing in. And Kyo!

Swoon! He’s one of my favorites heroes of Monzon’s. His steadfastness and humor had me alternating between cracking up and heaving happy sighs.

The dialogue is quick and snappy between the two but there are some tender moments that made me wish I could see this on the big screen.

All in all, Ms. Monzon had me from the meet cute (I won’t give it away but I couldn’t stop cracking up). Add to the fact I reread this novella and you’ll realize just how much I loved it.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher but loved the book so much I bought a copy.

About the Author

Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance.

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