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    Loved it

    How can you not love a book with a hero that loves his Grandma??? That's what you'll get when you read Travis and Emma's story. What starts out as a fake relationship is quickly hijacked by Grandma and gets out of control quickly. Emma only agreed to this charade to take care of her own problem now she finds herself not wanting to disappoint Fanny and worrying that her heart might be in danger as well. This book is very well written and you will absolutely fall in love with these characters. It's filled with humor, touching moments, and off the charts chemistry between Travis and Emma. This is definitely a book I recommend.
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    Sweet, funny and sexy feel good love story!

    This is the third book in the By the Bay series and can be read as a standalone. The characters from the first two books make appearances as they are friends with Travis. You don’t have to read the first two books for this story, it just is fun to know the other couple’s histories. Emma Lovejoy is a fun heroine with a tragic past. She was abandoned as a child and grew up in the foster care system. She owns her own love store, Aphrodite’s Boutique, and peddles everything from erotic scented candles and massage oils to adult sex toys and movies. She is beautiful, sweet, sexy and funny and she believes in love and wants to have someone love her. Her clients love her and that includes three grandmothers who frequent her store. Emma has a fountain that is similar to the Trevi Fountain in Rome to include Aphrodite. She also has a side job writing a love column for a local paper. Dear Dr. Lovejoy. Very few people know that Emma is the author and no she isn’t a doctor. The antics in the store are hilarious and the grandmothers are characters. One of them belongs to Travis, the hero. Travis is a professional hockey player for the San Francisco Rock and he loves his life, to include his single status. He lost his parents when he was still in high school and his grandmother was there to help pick up the pieces. They are very close, and she is after him to settle down and have a child. She wants a great grandchild before she dies, she is 80 but doesn’t act like it. Travis wants his grandmother to quit trying to fix him up with women, so he comes up with a plan to find a fake girlfriend. He chooses Emma for reasons I won’t go into because you need to read the book to find out the rest of the story. This is a sweet, funny, and sexy feel good love story. The characters had amazing chemistry and I loved their journey to get to their HEA. There were parts that I felt bad for the characters. The story flowed well and there were a few stomach plummets. I was totally engaged and involved with the story and characters. I really loved the characters and the secondary characters added a lot of comic relief! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I highly recommend it. It’s definitely worth the read!
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    A Great Read

    I loved reading Emma and Travis's story. They have great chemistry and I had plenty of laugh out loud moments, which is something that I love in a book. I can’t wait for the next story, as I am sure it will be just as great or even better, but I do recommend this book and entire series to anyone who loves a little comedy with their romance.
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    Review: By The Bay 3: Decidedly With Love

    Decidedly With Love by Stina Lindenblatt is the third book in her latest series, By The Bay . Quite possibly my favorite in this series so far thanks to the wonderfully adorable grandmother, the fountain and the two main characters. Travis is another hockey player, friends with Trent from book 1 and teammates with Josh from book 2. He lost his parents young and has been with his grandmother since. She is his world and he dotes on her like she is his world. When he picks her up for a doctors appointment from a visit to Aphrodite's Boutique with her other silver-haired friends he is instantly drawn to the store owner, Emma. Emma remembers Travis from high school, remembers the pain of his brush off and is not surprised to notice he doesn't remember her at all. When he keeps showing up in her life and just won't leave her be she finds he is there to possibly save the day, or at least her lease issue. All she has to do is to agree to be his fake girlfriend so that his wonderful grandmother stops trying to set him up on terrible dates. Sounds easy right? That's what they thought too. Funny, emotional, slightly tear-jerking, this story, told in dual POV was a pleasure to read. Enjoy!
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    Sweet & Sexy Romance!

    I really loved this sweet and sexy romance. Travis will do anything to make his grandmother happy. Even break the heart of sweet, caring, romance shop owner, Emma Lovejoy. Emma doesn't want to play along with Travis' scheme for her own reasons. When she thinks that she might lose her beloved store, she agrees to be his fake girlfriend for a few weeks. But when Travis finally realizes that Emma is the best thing to ever happened to him it might just be too late. This had everything I crave in my romance reads. It had a sexy alpha, a strong heroine, quirky secondary characters, a heartwarming & fun storyline, and lots of steam! The twists and turns this story took had me totally engaged from start to finish. I loved the Dr Lovejoy column, it added an entertaining element to the story. I also enjoyed catching up with the couples from the past books in this series. I definitely recommend this charming, heartwarming, and sexy story.

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