Monday, 9 November 2020

Blog Tour & Review: Fireside Love by S.L. Sterling

The festive reads are upon us! 
And today I'm bringing you my thoughts on S.L. Sterling's, Fireside Love!

Fireside Love is a contemporary festive romance, forced proximity trope, and features a log cabin and snow... What more can you want? 


I hated my job. I had no social life.
Somehow I had become so predictable after my last relationship ended, that the cashier at the local food mart already had my favorite wine bagged and waiting for me behind the counter when I walked in on Friday afternoon.
I needed to get away, from everything.
So when my best friend, Addie, called up and offered me a FREE weekend getaway, how could I say no.
Promises of a quiet weekend with a good book, warm fires, and flannel pajamas? Yes, please!


It had been eighteen months.
Eighteen months, since I had lost my wife in a car accident and learned that our marriage had been nothing but one big lie.
I’d done nothing but work and mope around my sister’s house, so when she told me to take her cabin for the weekend. Time alone, surrounded by nature and the fresh cold mountain air was exactly what I’d been needing.
However, my plans of being alone in the wilderness quickly vanished when I walked through the doors of the cabin and found my sister’s best friend drunk and half-naked on the floor of the very same cabin.
I’d hidden my crush on her for years. Perhaps, not well enough. After all, Addie must have set this up.
The weekend was about to get a lot more interesting.

From USA Today Bestselling Author S.L. Sterling comes this friends to lovers romance that will warm your heart on a cold winters night.


Dual pov

It's a standalone.

It's warm, sweet and lovely.

This was a lovely friends-to-lovers romance with a festive twist!
Kirsty and Austin have been friends since they were kids. Kirsty's BFF is Austin's sister. They have history, roots, and a bond that is apparent from the first time they're on the page together.
Kirsty is gun shy when it comes to relationships and Austin is in a rut after the loss of his wife (and all that her death revealed). They're not looking for relationships but Addie - the meddling sister / BFF - sees what they've been denying (or oblivious) to all along; they're made for each other and thus gives them a shove in the right direction. 

Fireside Love is a quick read, it holds the attention, it engages the emotions and it makes you smile.
It's got festive vibes with a log cabin, snow and then a run up to the holidays but I wouldn't say it's Christmassy. It's more a cosy winter read.

I absolutely adored Austin.  He is awesome and any girl would be super lucky to have him. 
Kirsty, however, I had issues with and those issues are why the book is 3.5 stars for me. She was likeable enough but I found a lot of how she behaved with regards to her relationship with Austin completely ridiculous and irrational. It's obvious her BFF wouldn't care that she's dating her brother yet she lies to her BFF, makes Austin lie to his sister, flips out on Austin over trust (when he does nothing wrong and she knows that!) and just generally makes them both miserable for a while for no reason at all! Her behaviour to her BFF is also pretty shitty. 

Despite my issues with Kirsty, Fireside Love is a worth a read and is perfect for curling up when you want a shot of sweet to smokin' romantic goodness. (You can easily read it in one sitting.)

Grab it now! 
(Also available via Kindle Unlimited)

Enter SL Sterling's release giveaway

USA Today Bestselling Author S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada with her two dogs,  and is married to her best friend and soul mate. 

An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamed of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel "It Was Always You" was born. 

When S.L. Sterling isn't writing or plotting her next novel she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee, blanket and the newest romance novel from one of her favorite authors. 

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, sunny destinations, spending quality time with family and friends and of course reading. 


  1. Glad you were able to get past Kirsty and still enjoy this!

  2. I really like the sound of this one. Friends to lovers, a widower, forced proximity... all favorites tropes of mine. Hopefully I won’t have the same issues with Kirsty because this does seem like one I’d enjoy.