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Pub Date 14 May 2024 | Archive Date 14 Jun 2024

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Sometimes love means embracing the good, the bad . . . and even the impossible.

Dear Reader,

My name is Luke Edgewood, and there are few things in life that I require. Mainly black coffee. And flannel. And lots of solitude. And my dogs, Chewy and Indie. What I don’t need is romance, so I have no plans to change my thirty-year-old bachelor status anytime soon.

But my youngest sister thinks that by accepting a short-term construction job in the small European country of Skymar, I’m going to follow along in her footsteps and discover my own romantic adventure. Nope. Bah humbug. The End. This time, her rom-com-movie senses are totally wrong.

Or maybe not. Because I’ve met a Grace Kelly look-alike who is annoying . . . until she isn’t. But she is impossible. As in, nothing can happen between us because she is a literal princess. Even though that’s easy to forget when we’re working together to restore a castle-like orphanage in a secluded mountain town and “forced proximity” includes a small closet, a secret one-hundred-year-old journal, and the tactile memory of an off-limits royal in my arms.

Basically, the whole situation has turned into an ooey gooey magical snow globe of romantic tropes complete with cute kids and an actual ball. Now, even my sentences are starting to sound like mush. Ugh. Send high levels of testosterone my way—I’m going to need it.



“Readers, you are in for a pure delight! Luke Edgewood is, in a word, dreamy.”—Emma St. Clair, USA TODAY bestselling author

  • Witty, hilarious, and heartwarming contemporary romance
  • A sweet, kisses-only romance
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Book length: approximately 107,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Sometimes love means embracing the good, the bad . . . and even the impossible.

Dear Reader,

My name is Luke Edgewood, and there are few things in life that I require. Mainly black coffee. And flannel...

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Once again, Pepper delivers an enchanting tale of heartfelt moments, hope, laughter, and the sweetest romance!

I turned positively giddy when I received my approval email from Netgalley and could NOT wait to dive in! As one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2024, falling in love with Luke & Ellie was the best way to start off my reading for the year! I read it in a day and could NOT put it down!

Starting out, I’ve said this ever since Authentically Izzy (book 1)—Luke Edgewood is a gem. A prince among men. The embodiment of a good, godly man. He’s a quiet & steady hero, my favourite kind. And the way he handles the kids—mentoring the boys & listening to emotionally overwrought little girls? So precious. ☺️ And I’ll never get over the way he interacts with his sisters. Sure he teases their lives out, but his genuine care & thoughtfulness, the way they’re able to share the hard stuff with him and how he’s a listening ear is admirable. Perfect he is not, but he’s one of the good ones. Oh yeah, and he’s practically allergic to the word “romance” and the other h-word (Hallmark, haha). 😂 So of course, he can do nothing less than fall in love with a princess.

Ellie was a dear. She’s the prodigal princess trying to repair her tattered reputation. And along the way, she rediscovers who she really is, thanks to Luke’s encouragement, as she embraces her God-given identities & leaning into His truth, instead of listening to the tabloids narrative. She’s a quiet sort of strong, and I love her for it. Her journey & development are beautiful to behold.

As a couple, Luke & Ellie are hilarious. Their meet cute? I was dying. Absolutely dying & wheezing with laughter. Their “trope list” made things all the more humorous without feeling cliché. But despite their two different worlds, their getting off on the wrong foot, the forced proximity, and Ellie’s hidden identity, they balance each so well. I swooned, which almost never happens, and was reduced to a puddle of emotions over their dynamics. 😭🤭

A few highlights worth mentioning (… basically the whole book, haha!):
✨ the Hallmark chimes 🔔
✨ adorable orphan children
✨ small village charm & tight knit community spirit
✨ the fishing pole
✨ “‘I’m just a girl. Standing in front of a boy. Asking him to—‘“ “Don’t you dare say it.” 😂

Compared to Izzy & Penelope’s stories, most of the book is told narrative-style and interspersed with text threads & emails. While I miss the epistolary style, let’s face it, Luke writes two sentences tops. So this was much more his style. 😂

With this being the last book of the series, the bittersweetness hit me in spades as I read the final “The End” and the curtain fell on the Edgewood Trio for the last time. But it was so much to see these darling characters get their happily ever afters—the cameo appearances of Penelope & Izzy & their fellows were so perfectly lovely!

This truly is one of my favourite contemporary series & one I both highly recommend and look forward to returning to again and again!! 💛

*Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

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I just finished reading Luke's story and I'm very, very sad.

Why am I sad?

Because the epicness of Skymar romance is over! Because now I've finished the book and I wasn't done yet! Because this is by far one of my all-time favorite series' and now it's done!

But, oh, what a finish! I soaked up every single drop of this literary beauty and I'm full to bursting with joy. Pepper Basham just has a way with contemporary romance that both curls your toes and warms your heart, all while encouraging your soul and enriching your faith.

I don't quite know how she does swoony so well while keeping the romance sweet. That's most definitely a gift, and I still say she needs to teach seminars on how to do this!

A good satisfying read, a heart that's full and a teary eyed grin that makes my face hurt? Bring it! And if I waxed poetic, gushed over imaginary characters, or seriously fangirled at all... just blame it on a Basham book!

My thanks to the publisher for an advance copy. My review is truthful and has not been solicited.

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Loyally Luke is THE perfect ending to an absolutely charming series! It had me in tears one moment and laughing out loud the next. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this story, one of my most anticipated in 2024! I am basking in the joy that this book brought me, and I just want their stories to continue, is that too much to ask? This series, Authentically Izzy, Positively Penelope, and Loyally Luke is at the top of my most cherished contemporary reads.

*The sweet, funny, and supportive texts between siblings/cousins has engaged and delighted me.
*The humorous banter is just SO fun.
*The integrity of Luke, and how he quietly supports and encourages others to shine.
*How he knows and responds to his family members is a hoot.
*His love of children, especially at the orphanage is endearing
*His gruff exterior and soft heart make him irresistible. Who can resist flannel or a tux?
*Enemies to lovers, Friends to lovers, opposites attract all work in this delightful story.
*Ellie and her best friend Maeve: love the texts between them too.

Penelope and her romance tropes and Hallmark movies directed at Luke, and his responses are a riot. "Meet-cute? He growled down at his phone. Just the two words paired with the definition turned his stomach. Ridiculous. Penelope and her little powder-puff, sparkly shoes, glitter world. What did she know?"

"His welcome smile dies a slow death on his face. Before him, in a gray suit with golden hair pulled back in a familiar bun, stood Grace Kelly." "He wanted to prove Penelope wrong. He was not in some rom-com. Or worse, a Hallmark movie."

For all the fun, there is a wonderful depth to the story as well. "El, you're going to have to keep choosing to do the right thing over and over again. It's much harder to climb out of a bad reputation than to sully a good one. So just keep choosing right and let all those right choices speak for themselves."

I highly recommend Loyally Luke by Pepper Basham (and the rest of the series)!
Thank you to the author, publisher and Net galley for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own. I plan to purchase a copy for my keeper shelf to go with the rest of this beloved series.

And down the road, I wouldn't mind a Book 4 or a Christmas novella with all my favorite characters from this series!

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What a way to start 2024! This fairytale rom-com would make SUCH a fantastic movie. Who can I call to make this happen? Lol

I was beyond excited to return to the small European country of Skymar. Especially when the star of this book is the absolutely endearing, slightly grumpy, flannel wearing, yet completely soft-hearted LUKE! Think Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls, but even better! His sister calls it “faux grumpiness”, which I think defines it well. Luke is a lot of testosterone surrounded by a family full of females. His “grumpy” is more an amazing combo of sarcasm and quick wit. Understandably needed to keep from drowning in his surrounding sea of estrogen.

In this story we find Luke Edgewood in the village of Crieff where he’s been hired to renovate a castle to be used as an orphanage. The most adorable meet cute happens as he’s grabbing a coffee one day and literally bumps into the woman of his dreams. A “Grace Kelly” type as he describes her. Unbeknownst to him, “Grace Kelly” (Ellie) is a LITERAL princess who has been out of the royal spotlight for quite some time after several complicated and troubling years.

There’s love, there are kisses, there’s a cozy cabin and an actual royal ball! There are beautiful moments of faith, hope, forgiveness and acceptance. And of course, more of the amazingly well written back and forth texting banter between Luke and his sisters.

I love how the author simultaneously has Luke mock Hallmark movies as he is 100% living out one of his very own. It’s hilariously well done. *chimes* You’re going to adore this book and I highly recommend adding it to your May TBR.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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This is a delightful, charming story of Luke, a carpenter who is known to wear flannel shirts. He is also the brother of three sisters, Josephine, Penelope, and Izzy. Izzy is really his cousin; however, his family adopted her. He is close to them all, exchanging frequent text messages. Penelope is determined to turn Luke’s life into a Hallmark movie and does her best to make that happen.
Luke accepts a job in the country of Skymar to restore and modernize an orphanage for children. Upon landing, after a long flight from the United States, his first stop is at an airport coffee shop, where his order gets mixed up with a most annoying woman who smells like oranges and to him looks like Grace Kelly, the actress.
Princess Elliana St. Clare has turned her life around after a few years of a less than desirable lifestyle. She has taken on responsibilities she shirked during the three years of denouncing her position and living a wild life in the spotlight for all to see. One of her new responsibilities is being involved in the renovation of the orphanage.
Luke’s first day on the job is a surprise when he finds “Grace Kelly” is involved in the project. She introduces herself as Ellie, who has a degree in interior design. Ellie proves to be knowledgeable and helpful in the efforts to restore and modernize the orphanage. They develop an easy friendship and there is even a bit of a spark between him. Luke has no idea Ellie is Princess Elliana and she has not found the exact right time to tell him.
As the story progresses, there are delightful, witty, fun text messages exchanged between Luke, Penelope, and Izzy. The often-funny text exchanges add humor and often I had to stop reading because of laughing out loud.
This is a sweet, fun romantic story that I highly recommend.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions and comments are my own.

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An amazing book about princesses and regular guys . Luke has been asked to manage a short-term construction job in the small European country of Skymar . It is one of the two biggest orphanage and is very important to restore so that the kids which live there are happy and secured . Princess Ellie is the Patron of the orphanage
and she has to work with Luke . They met before at the airport and she wasn't very nice with him . Luke thinks she is working for the royal family and she is like Grace Kelly . Together they work and they develope feelings . When she revels to him about her past and who she really is Luke is shocked . They deside to remain friends so they can spent time together until he goes back to USA . Ellie is trying to change her image from three years ago and believes that her parents won't accept Luke as the man suitable for a princess , and Luke can't abandone his parents and job and live all his life as royal . What will they choose ? Will their love for each other win ?
I hope we will see Ellie siblings have their own book .
I received this book from netgalley and the publicer as an ARC . Thank you . All thoughts and opinions are my own .

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When practical meets whimsical. Okay, maybe not whimsical, but definitely royal. All the floofy things that Luke is NOT. And I could not have loved it more!!! Luke travels to Skymar to assist with some construction projects. Manly. Sensible. Then he experiences what Penelope would call a “meet-cute” and his whole world turns upside down. All of a sudden, things that NEVER made sense to him before start to resemble sentiments he can relate to. I adored seeing Luke experience the magic of Hallmark and chimes. Of course, Luke has to do it his way to keep some semblance of his manhood intact, but he manages to meet the perfect girl who gives him the best of both worlds. She likes action movies, she works with her hands, she happens to be a champion for kids as well, and oh yeah, she’s royal. Like tiara wearing, the king is her dad, kind of royal. And she’s perfect for Luke. Watching flannel wearing Luke lose his good sense to kisses and romance was just icing on the cake for this delightful series. The emails and texts continue between the siblings in this third installment of Basham’s Skymar setting and left me laughing out loud. While you can enjoy this is a standalone, there is so much enjoyment to be had by following all the stories that lead up to this one. I am already missing all of the characters and feel like a fourth book is necessary just for an update on where everyone settled and how they figured things out.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and NetGalley and all opinions expressed are solely my own, freely given.

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Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham is a wonderful contemporary romance that is the third book in the delightful Skymar series.

While I have not read the previous two books in this series and was easily able to follow, I enjoyed this so much that I now will catch up. I think readers would enjoy this one even more of they have read all three…

Thank you NG and Thomas Nelson for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are
completely my own.

I enjoyed so many things about this book:
Elliana and Luke are such excellent main characters.
I loved the family relationships and their presentation and inclusion into the narrative.
I loved the heartfelt and positive messages and threads throughout the story.
I loved how positive the book left me feeling after finishing.

Highly recommend.

5/5 stars

Thank you NG and Thomas Nelson for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 5/14/24.

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I couldn't wait to read Loyally Luke. I was excited when I was able to do so and loved everything about this story which not only is told through texts and emails as well as in second person but also had laughable moments.
Along with the cute meet-cute of the two main characters, banter, rom-com, and renovations of an orphanage in a castle, Loyally Luke is a hilarious read with romance and great characters. I loved the progression of Princess Elliana St Clare and Luke's relationship.
I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Y'all, I have loved Pepper's series set on Skymar and I've been begging for Luke's book. Harassing. Needling. Begging shamelessly since August. I got my hands on a copy and inhaled it. I laughed outloud. Multiple times. I may have cried. Seriously! I grinned like a fool. I loved it. Go preorder it now. I enjoyed the prior two books in the series... a lot. But I adored this one. Luke is the perfect hero. Perfect. He may be my first book crush since Gilbert Blythe.

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LOYALLY LUKE by PEPPER BASHAM is an easy and amusing read with some depth, as we follow the growing relationship between Elliana, rhe prodigal princess of Skymar, and the “knight-in-fuzzy-flannel”, American carpenter Luke Edgewood, who has come to the village of Grieff in order to renovate the orphanage housed in an ancient castle, Cambric Hall. Ellie, as Ellie StClare, is also working there, hoping to make up for her rebellious past, which was caused mainly by unscrupulous men taking advantage of her in order to become famous. She wanrs to be reinstated as a working royal. It is “A little experiment to feel normal”, something she would love to be…..
I like the messages between Luke and his sisters, seeing their love and support for their kind and helpful brother, with their matchmaking and references to Hallmark movies! I also like the texts between Ellie and her best friend Maeve. There is a an amusing cast of characters, including the Frasiers, with Nessa Frasier being a matchmaker of note! I like to see Luke’s love for children, his great sense of humour, his faith in God and his selfless love for Ellie and understanding of her brokenness. As he says, “Fixing a broken past, well, that wasn’t his job as much as God’s and hers.”……
I am not going to tell you any more for fear of spoiling things for you.
I highly recommend the novel as an entertaining and inspirational read.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Thomas Nelson. The opinions in this review are completely my own.

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This book comes after Authentically Izzy and Positively Penelope. It helps to read those two first, since Basham doesn’t waste any time introducing the country of Skymar or the relationships between Izzy, Luke, Penelope, Josephine and their significant others. Once again, I had a horrible time putting the book down, laughed hysterically, and ignored everything else on my to do list to finish it. I hate to say goodbye to these special characters, so Basham needs to figure out how to write more books about Skymar!

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Pepper Basham has done it again! What a wonderful romance! I loved every minute of it. There were texts as in previous books, but that was only a minor ( but important) part! There were swoony kisses too in Luke’s story. Izzy and Penelope played parts, especially in texts. I really enjoyed reading this book! I received a free copy from NetGalley, but my review is my own opinion.

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If you fell in love with authentically Izzy, then you will definitely fall in love with loyal Luke. humor, I couldn’t put down authentically Izzy, and I definitely cannot put down this amazing book.
#LoyalLuke #PepperBashan
Who doesn’t love a book with hilarious family members texting back-and-forth and bantering to each other.LoyallyLuke

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Caution; Do not read a Basham book in public unless you're prepared for others to witness reading reactions including: sighs, squeals, snort-inducing laughter, goofy grins, and tears (mostly happy).

Luke's story is everything I hoped for and more. I was smiling the entire book either from humorous banter & situations or heart melting interactions. Luke and Ellie are genuine, humble, loving, loyal, strong, and realistically flawed leads supported by friends and family who make the character depth so much richer. Ellie is the perfect match for Luke. I love them as a pair. The way their faith was shared throughout the pages knit with my soul.

This story invites you to become part of the Edgewood family as they explore new lands, adventures, relationships and friendships so true-to-life readers are fully immersed in the world and lives of the characters. I wanted to jump into the group texts with my own interjections.

So many scenes became instant favorites: the meet-cute (*chime*, sorry Luke), the closet, conversations with the children, the reveals, the first kiss, twitterpated Luke, the cabin, and so many others. My heart is full to bursting. How are any other books supposed to follow this one? I'm in a full book hangover.

The entire Skymar series is a forever favorite. There is not one book I like better than another. I cannot find the words to fully express how much I love this author or how her stories touch my heart and life. I will treasure the Skymar series and revisit them time and again.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I would give Loyally, Luke 10 stars if I could!! Words cannot express how much I loved this book and the rest of the series! I’m a bit sad it has come to an end.
It was all so perfect from the movie quotes, the Hallmark references to Luke and Ellie’s budding relationship.
Read Loyally, Luke. You won’t be disappointed!

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This book is so much fun to read. I love the texts between Luke, Izzie, and Penelope. I also like the one’s between Ellie and Maeve. The dialogue between Ellie and Luke is clever too. I had to laugh at Luke’s reaction to Hallmark movies and the chimes. This is a very uplifting book and when it ended I felt better for reading it.

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I’ve said this about both Authentically Izzy and Positively Penelope but I’m gonna say it again because it’s completely true for Luke’s book too— this book made me really, really happy.❤️ I’ve loved Luke’s character since I read Authentically Izzy so I’ve been looking forward to his story for a while now. Well, it was wonderful and I absolutely loved it! I’m pretty sure I didn’t stop smiling the entire time I was reading it.🥰

This book was all Luke and his personality and I was here for it! He’s the type of guy who hides how much he cares behind humor and sarcasm. He’s really sarcastic and funny but he’s also really thoughtful and kind. As an introvert and more laid-back person myself, I also find him really relatable. Oh, and he loves kids so that just makes me like him even more. Basically I just love his character so much!
Watching him fall in love with Ellie was both really entertaining and really sweet. I loved it.❤️
As for Ellie, I really liked her! She was definitely a princess worth rooting for and a wonderful match for Luke. I loved how she was striving to be a better person and move on from her past.
Their romance was both funny and sweet! Luke and Ellie’s banter was everything. From the meet-cute to the many tropes in their relationship, it was a fun ride.☺️

One of my favorite things about this series is the sibling dynamics. I just love the Edgewood siblings! As a southern girl myself, I just get them so well.🥰

I laughed out loud numerous times which doesn’t happen very often with books. I LOVED the humor! I needed a good laugh and this book gave me that. The Edgewood siblings’ group chat is one of the most entertaining and hilarious things ever, especially Luke’s sarcastic replies.😂

I love that this book not only has lighthearted and funny moments but also has deep and meaningful moments too. I love the faith content in this book, especially the parts where Luke talks about his faith. It also had a really good message about finding your identity in God which I loved.❤️

In conclusion, I loved this book! It was such a fun read with a good message. I love these characters soo much so saying goodbye is bittersweet but I know I’ll want to revisit these books in the future.🥰
If you’re a fan of rom-coms that have sibling dynamics, a meet-cute, witty banter, laugh out loud humor, an inspiring message, and the romance a princess and a common guy, I think you’ll love Loyally Luke!❤️

*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a complimentary copy! All opinions are my own.

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Pepper Basham, need I say more? Loyally, Luke is a book for everyone, and by everyone I mean everyone. My older teens will be reading this along with all my friends. The relationship between Luke and his "sisters", is so lovely, and his interactions with other characters in the story. He melts your heart.

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*Spoiler alert*. Don't you just love a great happily-ever-after?! This one does not disappoint. Swoon-worthy flannel-wearing heroes and true princesses just can't be beat. If you're looking for a feel-good read, you've found it in Loyally, Luke. Recommended.

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Luke Edgewood is headed to Skymar to help out with some construction projects and his sister Penelope and cousin Izzy (who is more like a sister than a cousin since she was raised with the Edgewood family) both hope he’ll find love in Skymar – after all, they both recently found their happily-ever-after's there. Luke has been hurt in the past, and isn’t sure that love is in the cards for him, and when he (literally) runs into Ellie St. Clare at the airport and things get off to a rough start, he’s sure he’s right. Little does he know that Ellie is also overseeing one of the construction projects he’s been hired to work on and he’s going to be spending a lot of time with her … he also doesn’t know she’s a Princess.

Luke Edgewood is a swoon-worthy character if there ever was one! I’ve greatly enjoyed his character through this entire series and was so excited when I found out he was going to get his own book, and his story did not disappoint! Luke is a builder who loves to wear flannel and is very down-to-Earth. He’s also very committed to those he loves. I think what makes Luke such a loveable character is the fact that he has a softer side that he is most definitely not afraid to show, but having grown up with 3 “sisters” he also doesn’t like to talk about all the frou-frou and his replies during the sibling’s text message chains can be downright hilarious!
This novel could be read as a stand-alone, but I would highly recommend reading the first two books in the series -- “Authentically, Izzy”, and “Positively, Penelope”, I think having read those first made reading “Loyally, Luke” an even more enjoyable experience. My only complaint with this story was that it had to end!

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Am I allowed to love the third book in a series the most?!

I loved everything bookish and epistolary about "Authentically, Izzy." I positively adore the pure delight that is "Positively, Penelope."

But "Loyally, Luke"? His wry sense of humor, his careful craftsmanship, and his endless patience with his sisters make him a humble hero in every sense of the word. He aims for that delicate balance between fixer and friend. And he's loyal to home and family.

Pepper Basham writes books with characters who feel like friends—and in this case, they feel like family, because Luke reminds me of the best men in my life (my husband, daddy, brothers, and guy cousins).

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I shrieked throughout the whole book, it was that cute. I love a grumpy and sunshine character duo and this book brought it all. As someone who adores European countries and want to escape through the characters, this one was perfect. 10/10, all the stars. Get ready to fall right off a cliff in love with these characters.

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A delightful romance with a meaningful message! This third book in the series is a fun, fast read with surprising depth.

"Sometimes the best people to come into our lives are the ones we least expect."
Luke's humorous and hard working personality shine here, but his encouragement to a discouraged princess brings out the best of him. A bit of a pride and prejudice beginning quickly turns into a mutual respect friendship and more. For sure a romance, with some sighworthy kissing moments, but it is squeaky clean otherwise.
I enjoyed the banter with his sisters in texts and emails--still laugh out loud funny to read--yet this time they were more about encouraging Luke. The heart-to-heart talks with the little girl, Faye were heart melting. Who can resist a guy who cares enough to take the time to stop and listen to a little girl?
The author adds a welcome message of hope and inspiration interjected briefly into conversations without weighing down the plot. Knowing that we aren't lost causes no matter how many mistakes we make, is something many of us need to hear. Dealing with family expectations is also a struggle many people can relate to at different stages of life.
Recommend reading the previous books in the series to thoroughly enjoy this one. Hoping there will be another. 4.5 stars

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Wow-this was the best kind of surprise book. I couldn’t put it down. A smart, endearing romance about the power of bravery and finding those you love. I hadn’t read any of Pepper Basham’s books, but I definitely will now. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. A huge thanks to NetGalley for the advanced read!

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uch a cute rom com! A princess and a carpenter fall in love while working on a project together. He was very sweet with her and brought her out of her shell. I also loved Luke’s relationship with his sisters and his care for the children in the orphanage.

“But real love isn’t so much looking out for myself as it is the other person’s best. Helping them shine.”

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Pepper Basham's novel, "Loyally, Luke," takes readers on a delightful journey of unexpected romance and self-discovery. The story centers around Luke Edgewood, a self-proclaimed bachelor, who finds himself thrown into an unfamiliar world of love, adventure, and impossibilities. With his trademark wit and charm, Basham paints a vivid picture of Luke's journey as he navigates the complexities of romance while working on a construction project in the enchanting country of Skymar. From the very beginning, Luke makes it clear that he has no interest in romance, preferring solitude, black coffee, and flannel. However, fate has other plans as he encounters a Grace Kelly lookalike who initially irritates him but gradually sparks his interest. The twist? She is a literal princess, making any relationship between them seemingly impossible. Basham skillfully weaves a tale of forbidden love, exploring the challenges and sacrifices that come with embracing the extraordinary. As Luke and the princess, whose name is revealed as the story unfolds, collaborate on restoring a castle-like orphanage in a secluded mountain town, readers are treated to a delightful blend of humor, heartwarming moments, and undeniable chemistry. Basham captures the essence of "forced proximity" with cleverly crafted scenes, including a small closet, a secret journal, and the forbidden allure of holding a royal in one's arms. The tension between their growing connection and the constraints of their respective positions adds depth and intrigue to the narrative. The author's writing style is engaging and laced with humor, making the story an enjoyable and immersive experience. The characters, especially Luke, are well-developed and relatable, drawing readers into their world and evoking a range of emotions. Basham's attention to detail transports readers to the enchanting landscape of Skymar, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the story. "Loyally, Luke" encompasses all the elements of a captivating romance novel, delivering a heartfelt and satisfying read. Pepper Basham skillfully combines the allure of fairy tale romance with relatable characters and a touch of magic. Readers will find themselves cheering for Luke and the princess as they navigate the complexities of love, loyalty, and the pursuit of happiness. In conclusion, "Loyally, Luke" is a charming and enchanting novel that reminds us of the power of love and the beauty of embracing the impossible. Pepper Basham's storytelling prowess shines through, offering readers an engaging and memorable reading experience. Whether you're a fan of romance or simply seeking an uplifting tale, this book is a must-read. So, grab a cup of coffee, settle into your favorite flannel, and embark on a journey that will warm your heart and leave a smile on your face.

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Pepper Basham has done it again! This was absolutely delightful. The plot was well-paced and captivating from start to finish. The characters were charming and witty. I highly recommend this fun read! Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.

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Book #3 in the Skymar series, you really will need to read book 1, Authentically Izzy, and book 2, Positively Penelope, to understand all the subtle and not subtle nuances. I will admit that Loyally Luke is my favorite because, well, Luke.

Basham continues with the same writing style (epistolary) as the first two books, so many emails and texts, however she adds a lot more face to face interaction to this one. And does it so well that the styles meld together easily.

I absolutely love this family of siblings/cousins and was so sorry to see the series end. But what an ending. A true to life princess meets a lumberjack style builder. Sparks fly. Doubts fly. You’ll need to read it to find out what happens because I was gobsmacked.

Grab a copy, settle in with your favorite beverage, and enjoy returning to Skymar.

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Just when you think a series could not get any better, along comes Luke’s story. When grumpy standoffish Luke falls head over heels for a real life princess, you can’t help but fall in love with him and this amazing cast of characters along the way.

Poor Luke (who is a Rambo watching, flannel wearing, manly man) feels like he is stuck in a Hallmark movie of the worst kind. Then, just when he thinks it can’t get any worse…well…it does. This books was such a fun read. I would HIGHLY recommend the whole series.

I was provided a copy of the book from the author/publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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This was a cute enemies to lovers trope book. I liked reading loyally like thank you to netgalley for the book.

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'I'm surrounded by pixie dust and romance and no amount of Rambo quotes will help.'

I have been holding my breath for this book. Positively Penelope was my IT book of 2023 and Luke became such a staple character for me in both Authentically Izzy and Positively Penelope...so his book was at the top of my MUST READ list of 2024.

I am not disappointed.

What I love about Luke: his sarcasm (first and foremost-I love anything that will make me laugh out loud and Luke can do this at almost every phrase that comes out of his mouth). I also love his relationship with so many women: sisters, cousin and of course Ellie! I can't even count how many lines of his I highlighted throughout my initial read through. (That's right, this book has already been read more than once this year!)

Ellie is such a fun and complex character. I love her redemption path and her step back into the Royal family. It's relatable (well maybe not the royal part, for all of us commoners.) But that sometimes we take a different path in life and we can always find our way back. I also loved the meet-cute, their second meet-cute, and literally everything that followed. She is perfect for Luke. I loved that she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and be an actual help in everything she was doing.

I loved the setting, I loved the small town charm feel, I loved the off-limits romance and Roman Holiday vibe, I loved the royals...you get the picture, right? I loved it all!

Such a joy to read. Highly recommend!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Content: acknowledgement of past life indiscretions and alcohol use (no explicit details), redemption vibes, sarcasm and banter (it's all so good), a couple of religious exclamations (no OMG's), romance-kisses only.

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Loyally Luke

I really didn’t want the book to end. I want more of Ellie and Luke. I love all their scenes together. I loved the orphans girls and how Luke talked to them. This will be a story that will stay with me for a while.

I received an advanced copy from NetGalley. This book review is my own opinion.

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I absolutely loved this book so much! The romance was so cute and the banter was top tier and I would highly recommend!

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Tiaras and hammers and chimes, oh my!
A perfect continuation in the Skymar series. This time we follow Luke and his journey to happily ever after. If this isn’t your first rodeo reading about the Edgewood siblings, then you already know about Luke. It was wonderful finally being in his shoes and seeing how much more there is to his character and how wonderful he truly is. He is in Skymar doing some construction work and trying to avoid hallmark moments at all costs, until a certain blonde-haired, Grace Kelly look-alike enters the picture. I love Ellies' character, how she has grown from her past mistakes and trying to show everyone she is a new person. She brings out such a wonderful side to Luke that we don’t get to see in the other books, and Luke is exactly what Ellie needs. Their moments together will make you swoon, and you might just hear those chimes that Penelope is so sure of.

The wonderful Edgewood siblings make appearances and add so much laughter to the story. You honestly cannot help but smile when they have interactions between them. Pepper has done such a wonderful job at creating a family that shows what love and support looks like.
I promise you will be wishing you belonged to this family.

Pepper Basham is such a master rom-com writer, she always has the perfect recipe of romance and humor. She has created a world and characters that everyone who reads falls in love with. Loyally, Luke was no exception. You will fall in love with all the characters and be rooting for another happily ever after.

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Such a delightful way to end the series! Luke is everything I expected from the first two books - and more. Basham doesn't disappoint with this funny, heartwarming, and deep read.

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THIS BOOK MUST BE READ!!!! I didn't want this one to end. The chemistry between Luke and Ellie is off the charts.

The text messages between Luke and his sisters are my favorite parts of the book. I love how they tease each other, keep each other in check and encourage one another!

The addition of the kids in the orphanage was so sweet and the reader will fall in love with them and the ways that they are taken care of.

The author needs to continue to write about the people of Skymar!!!

Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

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I absolutely loved Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham. I didn’t want the book to end. I have read the entire series, and I have become throughly attached to the Edgewoods. While reading, it is like visiting old friends. This book made me laugh. It made me cry. It had me on the edge of my seat hoping everything worked out for Luke and Ellie. I recommend the entire series.

I was provided a copy of the book from the author/publisher. I was not required to post a positive review, and all views and opinions are my own.

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Ahhhh!!!! What a way to end this series. Swoon worthy for sure. Luke Edgewood is visiting Skymar to work on a few buildings projects for Lewis Gray. Things get off to a rough start right from the beginning in the airport. A coffee mix up followed by a rude lady and a headache that just won't quit doesn't bode well for the way this trip will go. Once at the cabin to do renovations, Luke learns he has a secret project to either accept or deny. I found myself swooning over Luke a time or two or ten. Luke befriends the orphans he comes in contact with and is faced with The rude lady from the airport who turns out to be none other than Princess Elliana St Clare ( only Luke doesn't realize this is who she is). We have front row seats to watch Luke and Ellie's friendship grow. What a ride. I love this family and their closeness. I could keep going but I'm afraid I would give spoilers and I really don't want to do that.

**Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for an advanced copy of this book. The opinions in this review are mine.

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Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham is sooooo good!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5 stars for me!)

Okay. So where should I start my review? Well, from the beginning! Here’s the deal. You *need* to read Authentically, Izzy first. Then you *need* to read Positively, Penelope. And then and only then will you be prepared for the awesomeness that is Loyally, Luke. Because without the context of the first two books, this story is probably not going to seem nearly as funny or as perfect-for-Luke as it actually is.

For those of you who have already read books 1 & 2 of the Skymar trilogy, I’m
assuming that, like me, Luke is actually your favorite character of the series and you’re super excited for book 3. I know I couldn’t wait to read it! (So thankful I got to read the ebook ARC via NetGalley!)

All I’m going to say about Loyally, Luke is that you’re in for a treat! Luke’s story is, of course, full of hilarious snarkiness as well as moments of sappiness and romance—those things Luke *didn’t* want in his book (and yet, he did, he just didn’t know it.)

Pepper Basham’s characters are beautifully imperfect. Flawed, yet forgiven. Works-in-progress. So very much like real people. Even her royal characters are wonderfully realistic. Forgiveness and trust are a couple of the faith themes I noticed.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Christian romcom story! I’d recommend this series to adult readers (maybe even older teens) who enjoy books with clean romance and lots of laugh-out-loud moments.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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LUKE. Oh my gosh. I LOVEDDDD this book. I have so many thoughts.

I already loved the first two in the series but Luke has been undeniably my favorite. It's a little meta with all the talk of tropes and Hallmark romance and such but it so worked for me. Luke is AMAZING, of course. Ellie was such a compelling character and I would have loved even a little more from her perspective just because I'm greedy and would want to be immersed in this book for as long as possible.

At only 20% in, I was smiling like crazy with the chemistry and dynamic between Luke and Ellie. The previous books in the series relied much more heavily on email and text communication for quite a bit of the book. This one has much less of that - and for me, that worked very well and kept a quick pace.

This is the fourth Pepper Basham novel I've read and she's quickly becoming a MUST read author. She writes characters so well. They are likeable, relatable, realistic, and multidimensional. I love how the whole princess-trope was written - it worked SO well here and I think it would be pretty hard to write that in a compelling way.

LOVED their meetcute. LOVED the banter. Loved the side characters. Plot pace was great. I stayed up late grinning in the dark reading this on my kindle. Laughed out loud about them talking about their accents together (and also really want to listen to this when I can on audio). (I listened to the audio of Positively, Penelope and the narration is AMAZING so I used those voices in my head while I read this lol).

If anything, I just wanted MORE. I literally want to read about these characters continuously. I need a novella about Josie (is it friends to more? that's what I feel like it would be for her!).

Anyway this is the most disjointed review and I'll have to rewrite it for GR and IG but for here, I just want to say that this was a SOLID 5 star book and I HIGHLY recommend.

Recommended as Christian fiction, Christian romance (light mentions of God, devotions, and prayer), clean romance

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Loyally Luke is the 3rd book in a precious series about cousins/siblings. Luke has that gruff feel that reminds me a lot of Luke from Gilmore Girls. Unbeknownst to him, he starts falling for a princess.
Their story is a cure! A little cheesy at times with all of the comments about Hallmarks and tropes but it is what made the story enjoyable! Cheesy isn't always bad. Sometimes it is exactly what is needed. I laughed a lot and look forward to the possible side stories that may come!

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't think that this book was going to disappoint-- I'd loved Luke's character in Authentically Izzy and Positively Penelope, so knowing that Luke was going to get his own story had me a tad excited. And this book did not disappoint.

If you like reading a clean, Christian romance, this book is definitely one for you. It's sweet, cute, and downright amazing. Why can't I have a Luke of my own? And why isn't Skymar a real place? I want to go visit it!

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ABsolutely charming and beautiful story about a princess. And a backwoods carpenter.
As Luke's sister loves to remind him, it sounds like a movie. (and boy does he hate hearing that!! ;) )
Luke agrees to do a remodel project on the island of Skymar, and befriends the project manager, Ellie.
(oops - maybe I should have mentioned...He had a bad first meeting with her at the very beginning of the book) They manage to overcome their terrible intro and go on to become friends.

It isn't until quite a bit later that Ellie finally tells him that she is actually the princess.
This is unfortunately, after their hearts are already rather invested.
I'm not sure how much I can say here without giving away anything. But, after all, it is a romance, and I think it's safe to say the ending is maybe a teeny bit predictable.
What was unpredictable was the path to arrive there. And this was SO much fun to read about.

Lots of spark and romance, angst, because there seemingly was no way for them to be a part of each other's lives.
Pepper Basham, you've done it again! Written such a lovely story. It makes me very sad to leave these delightful characters behind. I do believe this Skymar series is my new favorite of all your books.

I highly recommend!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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This book could or should be turned into a Hallmark movie! (Ssshh, don’t tell Luke!)
Wow, it was so delightful! I loved all the banter and fun moments with the siblings, but I also loved the wonderful surprises between Luke and Ellie. Oh, the tension and drama!
There were times I wanted to jump on a plane and find this small village and all the wonderful people in this community who protected and honored its royalty. It all sounded so enchanting!
I’ve decided that Luke actually is one of those “Hallmark heroes” and even though he tries to say he’s not a romantic type, he truly is one!
This book is mostly written as an Epistolary novel. If you’re not familiar with what that is, it’s where the story unfolds mostly through texts, emails, and phone calls by the characters. It’s not as much as the first book in this series, but it’s still a significant part and I’ve found that I LOVE it!
The banter and dialogue flow so smoothly and it brings life to each character. I could just hear their wit and relate to many of their struggles and joys.
Pepper Basham presented a charming tale that had depth and humor all wrapped up in the conversations these characters had. There were also bits of wonderful life lessons that deeply touched my soul.
I highly recommend you pick this book up for a delightful read. You just might find yourself dreaming of taking a trip across the ocean.
I was given this book by the publisher which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I just finished an amusing, but touching book by Pepper Basham called Loyally Luke. Luke is a flannel wearing outdoor type who likes working with his hands and has gone to Skymar to help repair some buildings. There he meets a beautiful woman who he compares with Grace Kelly. Now Luke is not looking for romance at all because he will be going back to North Carolina very soon. Also he is nothing like his cousin Penelope in that he has never seen a Hallmark movie that he liked. He fights the attraction that he feels for the "Grace Kelly" look alike. Little does he know who she really is. I hope that I have given you enough information so that you will put it on your TBR for May 2024. See you in Skymar. I thank NetGalley for this ARC and was under no obligation for a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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Loved... Loved... Loved it! Absolutely perfect!

Picking up where we left off in Positive, Penelope, Loyally, Luke - as the name suggests - takes us on a romantically swoony journey as Luke's love story unfolds. And oh what a beaut!

“From your lips to the heavens" a phrase I first heard from my one of my ex colleagues. She always used to say "From your lips to God's ears." It has become one of my favourites through all the years.

The "I am just a girl..." quote got me in tears. It was so fitting, along with almost everything else. Loyally, Luke is beautifully written.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Even better than Hallmark movie!! (And Rambo but don't tell Luke!)

Luke is in Skymar for a temporary job and espite his sister's insistence that he will find romance while there, he is firmly set against it. That is until he meets Ellie. Graceful, charming, and down-to-earth, he cannot stay away and falls for her more every time they are together.

Ellie knows she and Luke can never be together, but she enjoys having a genuine relationship with someone who doesn't know who she is. Despite him being off-limits though, she knows she is falling and falling fast. Which could only end in disaster. Because Hallmark movies are only make-believe, right?

What you'll love:
Dual POV
Royal romance
Hidden identity
Fake dating vibes
Off-limits romance
The flirting and banter
No miscommunication trope
Luke. In flannel. And a tux.
Sibling text thread
Pop culture references
Reward kisses
Ellie’s list
The perfectly perfect ending

Can I just say how absolutely refreshing it was to read a romance between two mature (as in behavior, not age) adults who actually act like adults? I mean, Luke was still unapologetically Luke - kinda grumpy, flannel-wearing, witty sarcastic with a heart of gold - but he is also straightforward. Their story is full of a lot of classic tropes but miscommunication wasn't one of them!

I was completely invested in the characters and could not figure out how they were going to get their happily ever after but Pepper must be a fairy godmother because she made it happen and it was perfect.

This series has my whole heart and I am now a Pepper fan for life!

I received a complimentary copy but a positive review was not required.

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Oh-My-Gosh, Oh-My-Gosh!!! I have been waiting for Luke's story since Ms. Basham started the Skymarian series, and she did not disappoint in fact it was better than I could've ever imagined!! Luke is so against romance, especially all the princessy-ness but once he meets Princess Ellie all bets are off!! Not only does she knock his socks off, but she also shows that princesses aren't all girly.
I love this book!!! Luke is one of my favorite heroes and I hope Ms. Basham continues this series. Izzy, Penelope, and Luke are such fun siblings and I am hoping this isn't the end of their stories.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Loyally, Luke is the best contemporary romance books I've read this year! I've been waiting for this one to come out and it did not disappoint. If you have read and enjoyed Pepper Basham's other books in this series, "Authentically, Izzy" and "Positively, Penelope" you will love reading Luke's story as well. If you haven't read them, go pick them up then read them in order. They can be standalones but they definitely are best in order.

Luke is a humble man from Appalachia that grew up with 2 sisters and his cousin who is like a sister. They constantly surround him with wonderful romantic movie stories, so when he goes to Skymar (a fictional country made up by the author), he meets a woman that he describes to his family as "Grace Kelly". Little did he know that she was really the Princess Elliana, the youngest daughter of Skymar's king. Luke is not one for the spotlight but but after he has fallen for the girl - he finds out she's the princess.

If you love stories that fit major romantic tropes, check this one out. The author even weaves them into the story through Luke's youngest sister bringing them up, much to Luke's dismay. This book is written with some regular story but much of the dialogue is epistolary style and is in the form of text messages. You will laugh, cringe and jump for joy with this book!

Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. If you want to know how honest this 5 star review is - I've already pre-ordered the book so it can be on my shelves and can't wait to re-read when it arrives.

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My thanks for the ARC goes to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson. I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

Genre: Romance, Sweet Romance, Proper Romance, Romcom, Christian Fiction
Spice Level: Kissing plus thinking of more in oblique terms
Christian Level: References praying and thoughts of God help mold their decisions
Format: Texting conversations are included, Dual POV

What a delightful and light-hearted series.

Finally—the grump—Luke gets his own story.

This is a story of opposites. Royalty vs Peasant, Black coffee vs Fancy-schmancy coffee, Rambo vs the Princess Diaries. Honesty vs Lies. And the author leans into these differences with complete awareness to tickle to reader even more.

LOYALLY, LUKE is a feel-good romance. It's the dream of impossible being true with many of romance readers' classic all time references and scenes. His sisters are vested in his happily ever after (supported with many pop culture references), but he doesn't think it's possible. Neither does his love interest.

The fun is watching how this all plays out.

I recommend this book!

Happy reading!

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I have nothing to say except ... I LOVED THIS! I was so sad when it was over, and now, I have the biggest book hangover. Pepper Basham has a talent for writing amazing romcoms. She makes all my Hallmark dreams come true without being cheesy, and her characters are always three-dimensional with distinct personalities.

After adoring Positively, Penelope, I wasn't sure any book could beat it, but surprise! Loyally, Luke knocked my socks off. I loved it just as much as Positively, Penelope, and now I can't wait to get my hands on another book written by Pepper Basham.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own." Thank you Thomas Nelson for the opportunity.
Luke Edgewood, the third unmarried Edgewood, has made it to Skymar to help with a couple construction projects. Little did he know what he was getting into. There would be royal run-ins, fun with children at the orphanage and many other humorous moments. Will he end up a with his movie script love story?
Pepper Basham is so good at interweaving humor with sweet moments and then also mixing in Faith elements. I enjoyed this book so much and I can’t wait to read/listen to it again when it releases.
I would recommend this book to all those readers of Christian fiction books who love fairy tale type stories. One might even consider it a flipped story. The faith element is more on the light side so if they bothers you this might now be the book for you. I loved it

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I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read Loyally Luke. It's a fun story, with some 'unlikely' romance,' 'fairy godparents,' and enough humor to get through the awkward situations.

The lessons on forgiveness, both forgiving others and accepting forgiveness/forgiving yourself are beautifully woven into the story. I appreciated the way that was so natural and shown to be hard, simple, and necessary.

Luke is so cool. I would definitely want him as a friend. And I don't say that often about book characters. Even the ones I really like. He's patient and wise and compassionate. And his faith is a driving force in his life. But at the same time as he has those good qualities, he's not perfect. He has his fears and faults.

Ellie had made some poor choices and spent several years recovering from them and trying to restore her trust in herself, as well as earning her family's trust. Stepping out to take on this new, more public role was a truly scary thing. She does it well, stumbles and all. Her healing journey is a great example of overcoming our past and not being controlled or limited by it.

I recieved an advance copy of this book from NetGalley and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.

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Sigh! I loved, loved, loved Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham! Having read Authentically, Izzy and Positively, Penelope, I couldn’t wait for Luke’s story, yet I didn’t want this series to be over! I think if you read this series and love rom-coms, you’ll feel the same! Disclaimer: Though the book says it is a stand-alone novel, don’t read it without first reading Izzy and Penelope. You won’t understand the dynamics among Luke and his siblings/cousin, and you’ll get major spoilers from the first two novels. The first two are so completely amazing,so you won’t regret reading them first! Really, the only negative reviews I’ve seen are from those who haven’t read the others because they don’t get it! I feel like I wouldn’t get it either if I didn’t know the other characters. So, to sum up this section of my review: read the novels in order!!

Izzy’s and Penelope’s novels are written mainly in the epistolary-style…mostly texts and emails among the siblings/cousins/other characters. Luke’s isn’t. Yes, there are still lots of texts, but it’s a way smaller percentage. It fits Luke’s personality perfectly.

I’ve loved getting to know Luke. Being brought up with girls, he’s been surrounded by girly stuff, so he’s gotta play the tough guy, macho movie watching guy, sort of grumpy guy role. However, if you really know him, you know that underneath it all, he’s really an amazing man. I love Ellie and her story because it paints a wonderful picture of redemption. She’s messed up in the past, but she’s spent time repairing the damage done to her and her family. I also love that her parents are loving and supportive although there are times when her mom plays the “We have to look perfect” card. I think we play that card with ourselves sometimes thinking that we have to look perfect in order for God to be happy with us. Nope. He knows us and loves us anyway.

I’m going to miss Skymar and all of the characters I’ve grown to know and love. As a dramatic bookworm, I’m totally a mix of Izzy and Penelope! And I need a Luke to come along…I’ve got a lot of projects that need to be done around the house. Okay, okay. That’s not why. He’s very swoony! I’ll miss the movie quotes and snarky comments. Most of all, I’ll miss the joy I felt reading this series for the very first time.

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This was a wonderful 3rd book in the series but could also be just fine as a standalone read.

If you're looking for a contemporary rom-com with loveable characters, a happily ever after, no swearing or sexual content, and lots of fun banter between siblings via text messaging ... this book (series!) is for you!

Luke is a solid, dependable, guys guy who was raised with a bunch of girls. Ellie is a prodigal princess trying to restore her public image while making a difference in her community. Seeing how these two meet and fall in love was a fun journey.

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This was my favorite of the series!

So fun to finally get Luke's story after the previous ones. We know he's down to earth, but also loyal hence the title.
Ellie is a royal intent on reforming her old ways and she's committed to that.

I much liked this book's narrative style instead of the epistolary one of books 1 and 2. Of course, with Luke being a man of few words, it only made sense.

I really loved all the sweet moments between Ellie and Luke at the orphanage during the construction.

I highly recommend reading this one and the other two before.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

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Bless my Hallmark loving heart!
This was the adorable pick-me-up romance I needed at the end of a rough week.

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Loyally Luke is a beautifully written romance. I loved the plot, characters and setting. I definitely recommend it. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.

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This was a cute hallmark movie in novel form. A statement that gets reiterated in the book multiple times, so there’s no chance you’ll forget it.
Overall, it was a lighthearted, easy read that kept my attention. The texts and emails between the main character and his siblings were too long for my liking, but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. I still really enjoyed the plot and have shelved more books by the author.
Many thanks to NetGalley for sending me an ARC.

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I enjoyed this book so much. I enjoyed all the back & forth texts between Luke & his sisters. They made me laugh & how can you not love Luke & Ellie?

I found myself laughing quite a bit with this book and I highly recommend it.

Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this ebook.

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Pepper saved the best for last!

In the book Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham, Luke Edgewood is the stoic, sometimes grumpy, flannel-wearing brother of the Edgewood siblings. He travels to Skymar, a small European country, for a set of construction jobs and ends up meeting his match in Elliana St. Clare. Ellie is a reformed princess who wants to prove she loves her country and is truly a new person with her royal priorities in line. When she meets Luke, a carpenter from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, she appreciates that he sees the “real” her—not the princess she has to be or used to be.

Pepper Basham’s delightful humor and dynamic characters shine in Loyally, Luke. I love the glimpses of Luke’s spunky sisters and cousin as they offer him unsolicited romantic advice via texts. The village locals and orphanage children of Crieff, the Skymarian village Luke is working in, are lovable and heartwarming secondary characters. Luke and Ellie’s budding romance had me cheering them on the whole way. Thank you, Pepper, for another great story. I have added Loyally, Luke to my list of favorites.

While you can read Loyally, Luke as a stand-alone book, it is most rewarding to read it after reading the first two.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Fiction. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I have been totally captivated by the Edgewood family in the Skymar series. While the fictional island is a place I would love to visit, the Edgewood family is one I would love to claim as my own. Luke is by far my favorite Edgewood, and that is saying a lot. Luke is thoroughly grounded in his faith. His no-nonsense common sense, makes him a steady influence on all he meets. I love his big heart. He is a knight-in-shining-armor in all the best ways. Luke's inner monologue and dry wit will have readers laughing out loud.

A favorite laugh-out-loud quote: ' Luke was teetering very close to the t word from Bambi-he shuddered, almost hearing Penelope say "twitterpated" in his mind...".

Readers will fall in love with Princess Ellie and root for her as she struggles to overcome her past.

While I consider this the perfect romcom, there are many moments that have depth. Another favorite quote : "My granny once said that love is much stronger than any feeling. It's a choice you make over and over again. Choosing her and what's best for her every day. "

Coming from two different worlds, Luke realizes that his romance with Ellie might be doomed from the start. Looking forward to catching another glimpse of Skymar and the Edgewood family in the future.

***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley and the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Loyally Luke is the third book in a series by the author following the jet-setting romances of a set of "siblings" (choosing to use the phrase used by this particular character). This book follows the POV of Luke, who appears to be a gruff guy who actually has a lot of soft spots. He's a cinnamon roll who finally gets his HEA, even after being willing to step aside for the sake of other's happiness (and a personal sense of obligation). What's sets this book apart from the others in the series is that it is mostly focused from the perspective of our main love interests. While we do see it, there is less communication and plot movement from text messages (whereas in the previous books emails were mostly used). While one can argue that this is possibly falling into a stereotype (guys don't write letters or emails), this is actually a character trait that is consistent with our male protagonist (in the previous books he often doesn't answer his messages or gives short responses). I actually really appreciated the fact that there were less text message/email correspondence in this book because it didn't force me to make a mental shift while reading the book. Plus, the transitions were much more seemless in comparison.

Enjoyable book with lovable characters in a fun setting.

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Luke is such a delightful character in both his role as a brother and now as a romantic lead. Who wouldn’t love a slightly sarcastic, truly warmhearted, handsome guy in flannel?

Ellie is also an interesting character for the female lead having overcome some really bad past decisions. But this is truly a story of Grace upon Grace and redemption.

The epistolary style has been intriguing and also well used to develop and reveal the sibling relationships. Family and God are the backbone of these characters and, even though there’s some silliness, particularly from Penelope, they were all delightful.

I was able to get an advanced copy from NetGalley and I’m free to give my honest review which you will find above.

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This is a read about family, and throw in some sweet romance.

We are back in Skymar, and we are going to a wedding, and brother Luke is there to work and attend.

Enter Grace Kelly lookalike and barbs flow. You are going to love the text that go on between family and friends, with chuckles and a few tears.

Can you imagine finding out that girl that you now like is really a princess? Wow, and then poor Luke!

Come along and see how two people who won't leave their family and country, but have an intense attraction, say goodbye!

We also get to see the beauty of Skymar, and the people that live there, including the paparazzi!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.

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More than 5 stars!!! Be still my heart- Luke! I love you! This is my favorite book, hands down! What's not to love? A rugged, flannel wearing carpenter and a princess! A definite must read, must own, must read over and over!

I was provided a copy of the book by Thomas Nelson via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Another amazing live story! Luke and Ellie complimented each other so well. A story of how couples mesh together to become better together. I loved the humour and movie/book references. Love, love, love!

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He’s an American flannel wearing carpenter and she’s just an interior designer. As far as he knows, that is 🤫

Favorite line: “All good guys have a little bit of rogue for the right woman.”

When he prays for her, with her present…YES 🙌🏻

She has a poor reputation that she is trying hard to right. He gives her courage and strength a time or two when her past comes back to haunt her.

Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for this ARC!

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Did you hear that? If you listen really closely, you'll hear me releasing a very HAPPY SIGH!!! I can't tell you how much I adore Luke Edgewood! And waiting so patiently to read his story after all of his scenes and interactions in the first two Skymar books! He is full of it! He's a broody, sarcastic, flannel wearing, hard-working man who is fiercely loyal to his family and friends.

If you haven't read the first two books, go do so now! You have time before this one releases! You won't be disappointed to come to know Luke's character and all of his quirks and ups and downs and everything! There were plenty of times when reading all three of these books that I couldn't help but think how much fun it would be to know Luke. He would be such a fun friend to have! He might make you watch Rambo to pass that friendship test, and he will make you keep the glitter and sparkle and sunshineyness at a minimum or far away from him. But once you pass those qualifications, you'll never have a better, more trusting and caring friend than Luke.

And oh my heavens, get ready for the funniest meet-cute or meet-sarcastic you've ever read! If I had been drinking something while reading that scene, I 100% guarantee that I would have spit my drink out of my mouth from laughing. Luke and Aliana Roselynn St. Claire definitely get off on the wrong foot. And neither one knows who the other is or any clue about what is coming their way! *Snickers* And let me tell you, you're all going to love it!

This whole book is utterly delightful and heartwarming mixed with a little Rambo (you'll see what I mean)! I loved every scene with Luke and Ally in it. They have some ups and downs of their own but it's all worth seeing how it plays out.

The orphange, the renovations, the cabin, the fishing, the surprises, the Royal family, the dressing up (oh my!!!), the casual flannel dressing down, the orphans, the bodyguards (hee hee), the outdoors, the little moments, the BIG moments, the learning and growth, the vulnerability, the friendships, and of course the sweet, sweet love story!!!!!!!!

You don't want to miss this one! Skip watching a chick-flick or Hallmark movie and dive right into this one. I promise you won't regret it!

Content: Clean. Some kisses but nothing further. Some talk of scandal but nothing graphic.

I received a copy from the publisher, Thomas Nelson Fiction, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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OMG, this hero (all the heart eyes!)

Luke Edgewood is in Skymar for three months to help with some renovation work and attend his cousin's wedding. He ends up working with a woman he "met" in the airport where neither of them were too kind. After an apology, they are able to work together on better terms, though each soon finds themselves a little enamored with the other. It's all fun and games until Luke discovers Ellie's been keeping some very important information to herself. Despite their mutual attraction and the way their personalities and likes suit, will their very different dreams and family expectations keep them apart?

A great addition to the Skymar series with a truly swoony hero who champions those he loves.

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This was my third Pepper Basham book. I listened Authentically, Izzy via audio and read the physical book of Positively, Penelope. Luke is my favorite character in this book series, so when I saw that Basham was coming out with this one, I immediately added it to my to-be-read list.

I wasn’t too sure about the book at first, as I didn’t get into it until about 30 percent in. But once that timestamp hit, I could not put this one down and finished it quickly!

There’s truly not much about this book that I didn’t like! Here is what I loved:

*The text exchanges between Luke, his sisters, and his cousin. Those were packed with banter, love, and wisdom.

*There were so many quotable quotes that left me saying, “Wow, that’s so good.”

*Readers see a depth to Luke’s character that is only touched on in the first two books. I enjoyed seeing his personality illustrated in this one.

*The book is faith-based but it’s not an “in your face” gospel message or full of cheesiness.

Something I would’ve liked reading more of: a little more about Ellie’s friend. Near the end of the book she was a part of the plot and I found myself thinking, “Wait, did I miss a detail about Maeve’s life because I didn’t see this coming.”

I hope Pepper Basham continues with this series, because I will be one of the first in line to read the next book!

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I absolutely love Pepper Basham’s writing. There is enough angst in the world- we need more happy!

When this book came across I went back and read the first 2 of The Skymar Series. What a fun group of books.

If you want deep thoughts with trauma - this isn’t for you. But if you want to let go and jut enjoy I highly recommend.

I like how in this novel she drifted away from the texts/email format. Each chapter starts with texts then the story begins.

Good for her with this feel good series.

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This book definitely gives off some Hallmark vibes, but with an extra flare of Luke’s aversion to romance. Luke and Ellie are adorable together! A perfect opposites attract relationship!

I love the family dynamic in this book between Luke, Penelope, and Izzy. Their relationship is relatable and wholesome. I also love the authors style of epistolary writing, but I’m glad this book wasn’t mainly texts/emails, since Luke doesn’t seem to talk much in them. The author did a great job at sticking to his character.

I haven’t read the first two books in the Skymar series, but I can’t wait to read them now after reading Loyally, Luke!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you to Thomas Nelson, Pepper Basham, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.

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What a light, sweet, happily ever after sort of story! I just love the siblings' text messages sprinkled throughout the book, as a way of tying the stories and characters from each part of this series together.

Sure, it reads like a Hallmark movie, just as Penelope says, but there is a reason we all love Hallmark movies!

I think that Pepper Basham is sprinkling her own brand of fairy dust over the world with her stories. There is a sense of wholesome goodness in this story, and I just really enjoyed it!

I received an ARC from Netgalley; all enthusiastic opinions are my own!

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Wow! This was the first book of this series I’ve read instead of listened to in audio form. I was a bit concerned that it would be harder to follow reading it, but I was wrong. In some ways reading it made it seem even more ‘real.’ This book had me laughing, swooning, dreaming & thinking. This book illustrates how God can make the impossible possible & how he can use past mistakes or poor decisions for our good in the end even when we don’t understand. I enjoy being able to catch up with characters from the other books & have an ‘inside’ view of what is going on in their lives.

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I have been waiting for Luke Edgewood's story since I read the first book in the Skymar series, and it was everything I hoped it would be. Pepper Basham has a talent for writing fun quirky characters and the situations they find themselves in, but Loyally, Luke is my favorite!

Readers can revisit the repeating cast of characters with Izzy and Penelope and all their funny texts and emails with Luke, but his sarcastic and witty responses steal the show.
I love his male point of view. Case in point, "I am not in one of your candy heart-flavored movies. Goodbye Penelope."
And Penelope is as delightful as ever, "Never underestimate the heartbreak of fictional characters."

From Luke and Ally's first meet-cute until the satisfying happy ever after I was smiling, laughing and cheering them on. Luke said it best,

"And maybe that was why all those silly movies ended up sticking with people. Deep down they communicated something everyone wanted. Everyone hoped to find. Being worthy of someone's love just as you were. Being enough."

I highly recommend Loyally, Luke for readers of romantic comedy and romances too. I appreciate Thomas Nelson making a copy of Loyally, Luke available for review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

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What a delicious conclusion to the Skymar series! Reluctantly romantic Luke finally finds the perfect woman - but she’s socially and geographically on the other side of the ocean. I love seeing him tackle this dilemma in a series of increasingly frank texts with siblings Izzy and Penelope (who are themselves well-acquainted with hurdles of the heart). Bottom line, real love is choosing to do what’s best for someone, no matter the cost. Luke shows his devotion to Ellie by doing exactly that…even though it breaks her heart and his. But wait!…with a bit of royal pixie dust, this may yet have a happy ending! I am obsessed with Pepper’s wonderful country of Skymar and wish I could live there myself. I was privileged to receive an early copy of this gem via NetGalley, and was not required to post a review.

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What a great Royal Romance which also had great character development, I loved this book from start to finish.
It started off as a slow burn where you got to see each character deal with their own struggles but through various events and working together they each see ways of helping the other and their friendship blossoms into romance.
it was fun to read the text messages which were exchanged between Luke and his sisters and the relationship they had.
For anyone who loves a Royal Romance with a Hallmark feel then this is the book for you and Scotland was the perfect setting.
Although light on faith content it was still there which only added depth to the story.
Thank you to Net Galley and Pepper Basham for an ARC Copy of this book to honestly review all opinions are my own and I can not wait to read more from this author.

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Authentically, Izzy was one of my top reads of 2023 and so, when I received the approval email from NetGalley for Loyally, Luke, I was ecstatic!

Luke and Ellie are just the cutest of main characters and I absolutely adored their witty banter and sweet romance, as well as their hearts for God, family, and children—especially orphans.

The story brimmed with small village charm, endearing characters, and heartfelt messages that kept me smiling throughout. And though the story did start off a little slow to me, it picked up around 37% and I found myself not wanting to put it down and at the end sad to say goodbye to Luke and Ellie (Pepper Basham, can we please have one more?!).

5 Stars -- I loved it!

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Totally adorable just as I expected. After loving the two previous books in the Skymar series, this one at the top of my TBR and it did not disappoint! It’s completely charming with several laugh out loud moments and scenes that put a smile on my face throughout. A sweet and hilarious read!

I received an early copy of this as a member of the Launch Team but I also have pre-ordered my own copy for my keepers shelf. All thoughts are my own.

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