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Title: Until

Series: Iron Orchids #5

Author: Danielle Norman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Blurb
In the final standalone installment of The Iron
Orchids Series, the gang returns…
I’m Stella Lang,
the opinionated, sassy boss. But I have a secret:  I’m scared. 
Scared of
rejection. 
Scared of
heartbreak. 
Scared of taking
a chance on Tristan Christakos and getting hurt. 
Because there are
bigger issues to face than my feelings.
We work
together. 
We play
together. 
Our families are
interwoven. 
If we can’t make
it work, we will hurt more than just us.
Unfortunately,
our attraction is impossible to ignore. 
Are we flirting with destiny? 
Maybe. 
But when we wind
up alone in Vegas. 
We think we have
it all…
Until a
life-altering secret lands in our hands. 
**Until is the
final installment of The Iron Orchids Series but may be read and enjoyed as a
standalone contemporary romance / rom-com!  
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Excerpt
Chapter One


Stopping in
front of the large faux-wood door that read: Staff Administration, I took a
deep breath and then knocked.
“Come in.”
One step
into the room, I froze because sitting in one of the chairs was Dr. McCreamy,
otherwise known as Tristan Christakos, the most gorgeous man to ever walk the
planet, the bane of my existence, and the best one-night stand ever. Yeah, he was
a mistake that I’d happily make or should I say do again.
Fuck.
Tristan
stood when I entered, as his damn well-bred, gentlemanly self had to do, which
only made me want to jump him even more. To make matters worse, he was wearing
a devilishly wicked smirk on his lips that made all of my parts take notice.
“Stella,
have a seat.” Louise Cameron’s back was ramrod straight as she sat in her
high-back, black pleather chair. If I were to base my visit on her posture
alone, I would say I was about to be canned.
The
hospital had a no fraternization policy. Although, they had allowed married
couples to work for the same hospital in the past, this all had to be reported
to admin, and they ultimately decided whether or not to keep both employees. In
situations like this when it was between a doctor and a nurse, they usually
ended up keeping the doctor since nurses were a dime a dozen. Was that fair?
Hell no.
I could
already feel the ire in me building and was ready to fight or at least not go
down without a fight.
I moved to
the chair opposite Tristan and plopped down. Okay, I knew that I possessed
little to no grace when I did that, but whatever, I was pissed. Turning to face
him, the heat in me rose as he continued to smirk. The asshole smirked. He knew
we were busted and he was safe. I’d never imagined him being so cruel.
But fuck a
duck if the man still wasn’t gorgeous. His eyes were the color of fresh coffee,
untainted by cream. And his skin . . . well, that was different a story, it was
cream with a dash of coffee.
“Stella,”
Mrs. Cameron began, “as you are aware, the hospital is building a genetics
study center in the hopes of being able to more easily find donor matches.
Every year, it seems that there is a bigger strain on our match and donor
resources. Not only from the state of perpetual emergency that we seem to be in
but also our advance technology in ultrasound imaging. As you know, we are able
to detect some birth defects as early as the first heart beat. We feel that it
is important as a level one trauma unit and a level-three neonatal ward that we
have this resource available to us twenty-four seven. We’ve been sending doctors
to different training sessions so they are up to date with all the current
technologies and tests.”
Tristan
cleared his throat, and I turned my attention back to him. “You may not be
aware of this, Stella, but my interest has always been with trying to negate
the rise in genetic birth defects that we see in our high-risk unit. But after
the strain on our resource bank for tissue, marrow, and blood, my research was
halted. This new genetic center will help me continue my focus.”
I listened
to Tristan’s explanation, but none of this made sense. Sure, his reasoning made
sense, but where I was lost was what in the hell any of this had to do with me.
My face must have shown my confusion because Mrs. Cameron finally slid a file
folder to me.
“There is a
pediatric genetics conference in Las Vegas next week, and we’ve been on the
waiting list. Yesterday, we found out that there had been a cancellation and
that Dr. Christakos has been invited. He has been asked to bring a nurse or
assistant, and he tells me that the two of you worked well together when you
were over in the Women and Children Center.”
I nodded
because we had worked well together, and she smiled.
“He’d like
you to accompany him to the conference and act as his assistant moving forward
as we get the genetic center established.”
Slow down
there, Polyester, he what? He wanted me to work with him?
He wanted
me to go to Vegas?
Me.
Tristan. In Vegas? Fuck yeah, where did I sign? Shaking my head, I turned to
looked at the olive skin Adonis with chocolate eyes that made me want to get on
my knees and say ten hail Mary’s and praise sweet baby Jesus.
Shit. I was
staring. Smacking my lips, I cleared my throat and then tried again. “Sure,
tell me whatever you need,” I said and watched as the corners of Tristan’s lips
pulled into an almost challenging smile. I had no clue what he was challenging
me to, but he knew better than to yank my chain because, let’s face it, I
yanked harder, and of the two of us, he was the only one with something to grab
ahold of and tug.
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Author Bio

 

Before becoming a romance writer, Danielle was a body double
for Heidi Klum and a backup singer for Adele. Now, she spends her days trying
to play keep away from Theo James who won’t stop calling her or asking her
out. 
And all of this happens before she wakes up and faces
reality where in fact she is a 50 something mom with grown kids, she’s been
married longer than Theo’s been alive, and now get her kicks riding a Harley.
As far as her body, she can thank, Ben & Jerry’s for
that as well as gravity and vodka. But she says that she could never be Adele’s
backup since she never stops saying the F-word long enough to actually sing.
Danielle writes about kickass women with even better shoes
and the men that try to tame them (silly silly men).
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Book Review: Meant to be Kept, by Amelia Foster

Meant to be Kept, by Amelia Foster

Publication: Limitless Publishing, LLC; January 22, 2019

meant to be keptAbout the book:

One night. One too many drinks. One mistake. That’s all it took to derail my marriage.

Now, all I can do is beg for a second chance. To try and redeem myself in a bid not to lose the love of my life.

I’m determined to use every second, every moment I have to show my wife how much she means to me—to rebuild the trust I shattered.

But the harder I try, the more I start to realize our marriage had fallen into a routine of complacency and misplaced priorities long before my indiscretion.

Isabelle is a strong, passionate, beautiful woman—a wife who has sacrificed so much for me. I just hope it’s not too late for us, and that I’ll be able to convince her that our love is meant to be kept.

My Review:

I have to start with a huge and sincere congratulations to Amelia Foster and her debut novel, Meant to be Kept. Really, just, wow! This novel is about the amazing love story between Tanner and Isabelle, the huge hurdle that they face, and the lengths Tanner goes to in order to keep them together as husband and wife. Told in dual points of view and flashing back and forth between the past and present, author Amelia Foster provides an in-depth look into where Tanner and Isabelle started, how their relationship changed, what went wrong, and how they tried to make it right again.

Without giving spoilers, I have to mention that this is an interesting story because I absolutely adored Tanner from beginning to end. There were times I felt I shouldn’t like his character because of things that had happened but I just couldn’t help myself!  I truly loved Isabelle also, except for one little thing that annoyed me from time to time. Tanner and all of his family had apparently put Isabelle up on a pedestal many years ago and several characters mention her “perfection” throughout the novel. Yes, I thought she was fantastic, but no one is perfect. The more her perfection was implied, the more everyone shot Tanner down (including himself). I get that we should all be thankful for those we have in our lives, however, I don’t really agree with feeling undeserving or making others feel undeserving of someone’s love. 

Anyhow, this is Amelia Foster’s debut novel and I want to warn you that you will not believe this is her first novel as you read it. The flow of the writing and the development of the plot moves along beautifully and flawlessly, even with dual POV and changing time periods. Her characters are well-developed, honest, and relatable. The events within the story are certainly believable, as well as, the roller-coaster of emotions that Tanner, Isabelle, and their family experience throughout the novel. Besides being a romantic and outstanding read (that you will immediately get sucked into), Meant to be Kept will probably make you give your spouse/significant other an extra kiss before work tomorrow morning, pick their dirty clothes up off of the floor without comment, or even let them take charge of the remote for the evening. It just leaves you with the feeling that it never hurts to take the time to do random, little things to show someone you care. 

I absolutely loved this novel and it certainly has earned a 5-star rating from me 🙂

*Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Book tour, review, & giveaway: A Puff of Silk, by Kathleen Shoop

 

NEW RELEASE….

A Novella—Book 1—Bridal Shop Series New York City dress designer to the stars, Amelia Pettipiece, cleared a unique path to fashion-glory. With her career soaring, grand penthouse apartment on Central Park, and handsome boyfriend who supports her ambitions, Amelia could not have dreamed of a better life when she left Pittsburgh after college.

But when Amelia’s signature design, the famous FiFi Hererra’s, wedding dress, disintegrates off the bride’s body as she walks down the aisle, every thread of Amelia’s charmed life unravels.

Amelia’s Instaglam life turns into an Instaslam. She runs back home to her gram’s place in Eagle Bend, Pennsylvania to hide until she can figure out what happened to the dress and how to weave her tattered life back together.

Though Amelia finds comfort in staying with Gram, she begins to see that she’s neglected the woman who raised her. Pettipiece Boutique is falling apart and a slew of hunky hangers-on are showing interest in the riverfront property and in Amelia.

Just when Amelia is at her lowest, a customer with a unique problem arrives at the boutique, distracting Amelia from her crumbled life. Can she and Gram create the dress of a lifetime for a desperate bride? Can Amelia trust herself to send another bride down the aisle after the FiFi debacle? Does any of it really matter if Amelia’s already lost it all?

*My Review*

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Kathleen Shoop’s novella, A Puff of Silk. Kicking off her Bridal Shop Series, Shoop introduces Amelia Pettipiece, successful designer to the stars. Amelia has set everything aside for a year to design and dress celebrity Fifi Hererra, but when Fifi walks down the aisle at her wedding, her dress literally falls apart. Amelia quickly finds herself slammed and snubbed by the fashion world and the press, as well as, realizes that her romance with Thorn was not as happy and stable as she thought. So, tucking her tail between her legs, she returns to her hometown in Pennsylvania and her to her grandmother that raised her. When she returns, things have changed for her grandmother and her boutique, but a new challenge presents itself giving Amelia another chance to shine.

Considering that my “day job” is selling bridal gowns, I was excited to read this one. I love all things bridal and the blurb sounded both awkward and cute at the same time. Of course, I immediately sympathized with Amelia in the beginning when everything fell apart. She literally loses all of the things that she felt mattered most in the world, within a few hours. But then she just, I don’t know, wasn’t very endearing. 

I didn’t dislike Amelia, however, she just got on my nerves at times. The crying, the sweating, the insistence in wearing Chanel and Louboutins in ridiculous heat and humidity in her Gram’s shop… Then there were the men. Caleb, and Ethan. Although Amelia was supposedly heartbroken and shocked over the events with Thorn, she quickly starts eye-balling and fantasizing about two different men, whose purpose and motives have yet to be declared. I felt like she should focus more on her mental/emotional/financial health, or at least get out of those clothes and feel good about herself in a seasonally appropriate dress from Target before losing herself in someone’s blue eyes. 

But what I truly loved about the novel, was Amelia’s Gram. What a fun and spunky character. Lord, I would do anything to be Gram when I get older. She’s talented, unique, assertive, self-assured, and hilarious. I don’t know how I will feel when the next installment in the series comes out, but I think Gram was the shining star of A Puff of Silk. 

I wasn’t completely lovestruck with this book, however, I can whole-heartedly say that I am interested in the characters and the series. What will happen next for Amelia? What is the fate of Gram’s house and boutique? How in the world will Amelia get her vault and belongings from Thorn’s apartment? What will learn about Caleb and Ethan?

A Puff of Silk is a quick and light-hearted read that I think young women that are trying to build their lives and careers will be able to relate to. Or for that matter, any woman that has ever tried, failed, and picked herself up again. Amelia serves as a reminder that we are human, we screw up, yet, life goes on.

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“Shoop’s plot is brilliant, and her characters feel like fully-dimensional people. I had a grand time reading this well-written and compelling tale that even had me considering relocating to Pittsburgh, Amelia’s home town.” –Jack Magnus– Readers’ Favorite

“A Puff of Silk (Bridal Shop Series Book 1) is a fast-paced story that flows seamlessly from one point to the next, carrying your whole attention along with it, eager to learn how Amelia is going to get out of the unimaginable chaos that her life has become overnight. Kathleen Shoop wrote an amazing story that will draw you in. I could not help but fall in love with Amelia through her troubles and daily tears.” –Faridah Nassozi–Readers’ Favorite

“Puff of Silk (Bridal Shop Series Book 1) is a quirky, entertaining, hard to put down, light story, perfect for a cold afternoon in front of the fireplace. I found myself immediately liking Amelia and cheering her on through her disasters. I really enjoyed reading A Puff of Silk and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Book 2.”–Trudi LoPreto–Readers’ Favorite

Coming soon to the Bridal Shop Series….



About Kathleen Shoop

Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories that are coming soon!) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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Book tour, review, & giveaway: Trails of Love, by Melissa Foster


NEW RELEASE……..
Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster’s writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Bradens and the rest of the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection.

In TRAILS OF LOVE…
When Graham Braden travels to Oak Falls, Virginia to attend the wedding of his buddy Reed Cross to Grace Montgomery, he sticks around to help with renovations to Reed’s new theater. The last thing he expects is to be asked to assess and possibly invest in Grace’s sister Morgyn’s business endeavor. Graham is a careful, keen businessman, and Morgyn is impulsive, disorganized, and more interested in the energy flow in her eclectic retail shop than in the accuracy of her records. While Graham isn’t ready to open his pockets to the sassy, sexy business owner, he may be ready to open his heart.

The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of Melissa’s Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so pe right into this fun, sexy romance.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Melissa Foster’s latest in her Bradens & Montgomerys series (Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls), Trails of Love! This absolutely amazing novel is about Graham Braden and Morgyn Montgomery who just happen to meet one another at a music festival while Graham’s in town for a friend’s wedding. Graham is sexy, manly, extremely kind-hearted, and a successful businessman. Morgyn is a free-spirit running her own successful business, but whereas Graham is level-headed and a planner, Morgyn just goes with the flow in life as long everything is fun and happy. Although it may seem that this is an opposites-attract story, it’s more like two people made for another that perfectly balance one another out!

I loved both of the main characters from the start of the novel until the very last word. There was literally nothing I disliked about either of them. I loved the differences between them and how it just sort of worked, but even more, I loved the numerous similarities in the two, although they weren’t immediately noticeable. Because once these two really started talking and sharing, it was clear that they held several of the same core beliefs and what they wanted to accomplish in their lives. Each of them also come from huge families, which became very confusing at times. I’m familiar with both families from previous novels, but keeping brothers, sisters, sets of twins, cousins, etc. straight was a bit of a challenge at times! These people would appear in the story and I would find myself thinking, are they the ones from the Inn and she was a writer, or are these the ones that have the outdoor adventure business, and so on. But this in no way impacted how much I fell in love with Graham and Morgyn’s story!

Once again, Melissa Foster has blown me away with her ability to think up, create, develop, and bring life to such incredibly unique characters. Somehow, they all come together perfectly as a family or within their circle of friends, yet each has their own distinct voice that makes each of her novels so special and different from the others. Readers are probably tired of me saying, “I think this might be my favorite of her novels,” so I won’t say that this time. Actually, yes I will because these are definitely my favorite of her characters! Fans of Melissa Foster will eat this one up, and for those that haven’t experienced her novels yet, any contemporary romance fans will absolutely love this one and any of this series with these insanely sexy men and beautiful women that just happen to march to the beat of their own drummers.

*Thanks to Beck Valley and to the author for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review!

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More Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls

EMBRACING HER HEART

Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]

Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.


Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.


Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…

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ANYTHING FOR LOVE

Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]

After Charlotte Sterling loses her last family member, she moves to Sterling House, her family’s Colorado mountain inn, to live a solitary life. As an erotic romance writer, her days and nights are filled with passion and intrigue-even if only fictional. She loves her busy, quiet lifestyle, and she learned early on that real men can’t live up to the fictional heroes she creates-until ruggedly handsome Beau Braden arrives to do some work at the inn and, for the first time in forever, she’s intrigued by a real man.

 

Beau lost his first love years ago, and he’s never let go of his guilt over her death. As he nears the anniversary of his loss, he is on the cusp of becoming the star of a home-renovation reality show. Escaping the painful memories of his past to work at the defunct old inn is just the promise of solitude he needs to clear his head before ping in to the all-too-public career. But he didn’t count on being attracted to the whimsical, adorably sexy innkeeper.

 

Neither Charlotte nor Beau is looking for an attachment or a fling. But the more they learn about each other, the closer they become. Romantic evenings lead to intimate conversations, and neither can deny their deep connection or the passion it sparks. They’ve never fully healed on their own, but together maybe anything is possible.

The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of Melissa’s Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so pe right into this fun, sexy romance.

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WILD, CRAZY HEARTS – Releasing June 12th, 2019

Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]

Brindle Montgomery and Trace Jericho have been close friends forever and on-again-off-again lovers for years. As rebellious as they are stubborn, they’re both perfectly happy with their no-strings-attached hookups. But when Brindle returns from a trip to Paris with a baby bump, it sends Trace’s wild, crazy heart into a frenzy—and Brindle is left wondering if she’s made the biggest mistake of her life.



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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues. Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

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Book Review: Her One Mistake, by Heidi Perks

Her One Mistake,

by Heidi Perks

Publication:  Gallery Books; January 8, 2019

her one mistakeAbout the book:

What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend’s child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable and darkly twisted psychological thriller. 

It all started at the school fair…

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….

This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

*My Review*

I meant to have this review up last week before publication, but somehow, the days slipped away from me. Heidi Perks/ novel, Her One Mistake, is about a woman named Charlotte who babysits her friend Harriet’s daughter Alice one day. Harriet has never left her daughter with anyone before but agrees to Charlotte taking her to the school fair so that Harriet can attend a bookkeeping class. A few hours later, Alice is missing and Charlotte must face her friend and tell her that her daughter vanished. 

So, thrillers are a love/hate thing for me. I never had any interest in the genre at all until I started blogging and seeing other bloggers’ reviews of various books. Soon, I found myself hooked and wanted to read every new thriller that was coming out. But then, I started feeling bored and thinking that so many of them sounded similar to other books. Her One Mistake was certainly unique, but I can’t say that I loved this one.

I’m on the fence for a number of reasons. First of all, I didn’t find any of the characters even remotely likable, which makes it difficult to feel invested in the story. Harriet just got on my nerves, her husband Brian was completely atrocious, and Charlotte was just, well, she was kind of “blah.” I sympathized with her situation, I mean, imagine losing your friend’s child while at a school fair! I mean, how the hell do you explain that to a said friend later in the day? But besides being divorced, having children of her own, and babysitting Alice the day she was kidnapped, I didn’t really learn enough about her to care one way or the other.

Secondly, I’m not why there were jumps in time between right before, right after, and then maybe a week or so after Alice’s kidnapping. We’re only talking a few weeks so I didn’t feel that the back and forth was needed or relevant in regards to building suspense. 

Lastly, the suspense was inconsistent. The novel starts, Harriet’s nervous about letting someone babysit Alice for the first time, and then Alice goes missing. This was good stuff and I was really into the story. But then, the next 60-75% of the novel is police interviews, Charlotte’s guilt, and Brian continuing to screw with Harriet’s head. 

Nevertheless, there were things that I loved about Her One Mistake. Heidi Perks nailed Brian’s character as far as making him such a manipulative snake. As the novel progresses, he continually accuses Harriet of “forgetting things,” but eventually it becomes clear that he’s just screwing with her mind. As much as I hated him and what he was doing, the author did a fantastic job of developing his character.

This part will be short and sweet, but I also kind of loved how before you even knew what the hell was going on, you could kind of tell that Harriet and Charlotte were still feeling the friendly/sisterly love for one another. Granted, Harriet wasn’t very welcoming the first time they got together after the kidnapping, but it did become apparent throughout the novel that they still cared for one another and missed their friendship.

Furthermore, I loved how the author built on and described the emotional impact Alice’s kidnapping had on Charlotte, her kids, and basically, her everyday life. Yes, Perks clearly described Harriet’s emotions and fears after her daughter went missing, but I loved how she illustrated the way “friends” suddenly become “less than friends” when there is a controversial issue. It was raw, honest, uncomfortable and perfectly depicted how fairweather some friends can be.

Overall, this was an entertaining read that was suspenseful, but I think it focused more on the psychological. Perks perfectly described the effects and damage of emotional/mental abuse and how desperate a person can become to create a safe and stable life. She also demonstrated all of the reasons not to trust in those you consider your friends and that you never truly know who a person is. 

*Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Tour and Review: Of Metal and Earth, by Jennifer M. Lane

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Mainstream Fiction
Date Published: July 19, 2018
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In 1964, a rural town is rocked to its core when only one young man returns from Vietnam. Emotionally scarred, James hides from their pity and only finds the determination to lift himself up when he realizes what remains to be lost. He buys a little green Jeep, like the one that gave him shelter in the war, and hopes it will lead to salvation again. But the fortune it brings tarnishes, and James is left to sacrifice the thing that gave him hope for the people who need him most.
Over the next thirty years, the Jeep changes hands, passing between friends, family, strangers, and lovers. A single mother who buys a car for her reckless son nearly destroys a friendship with a man who silently loved her for two decades. An insecure youth at the start of his career learns that the most important lessons are the ones you never set out to learn. A family torn apart by their differences finds that love can be the hardest road to take. And a city architect must choose between the easy way to restoration or a difficult path that could save far more than just a rusty old Jeep.
Fans of THIS IS US, MITCH ALBOM, and NICHOLAS SPARKS will enjoy this heart-warming tale of restoration and redemption, a must read book for anyone inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit.

**My Review**

My apologies for posting this late due to technical issues and a common cold of epic proportions.

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for the amazing novel, Of Metal and Earth, by Jennifer M. Lane. I don’t recall the last time I struggled so much to write a review, but I am sitting here trying to find the words to convey what an absolutely incredible novel this is. I don’t presume to think I can do it justice, but I will certainly try.

This novel begins in 1964 when James is returning to his small hometown from Vietnam. Broken and guilt-ridden of being the only one of his friends that made it back from the war, James attempts to rebuild his life and eventually buys a little green Jeep. This Jeep serves as a sign of hope and starting over and is loved and cared for by James for many years until, unfortunately, circumstances require that he sell it. Over the years James has to learn to work on and take care of his Jeep and started recording maintenance and important information in a notebook, even adding in some narratives and photos. When James sells the Jeep, he gives the new owner the notebook, complete with the original bill of sale and the pen James used to sign it, and asks that he also update the notebook and keep it with the Jeep. Thus begins a series of stories about the Jeep and its owners that is an honest, moving, and beautifully written novel about joy, regrets, losses, and finding hope again. 

I am typically a very fast reader and fly through books, but this one I read over several days. The writing was flawless and flowed well, so it wasn’t a challenging read. I think I just wanted to take my time to really embrace the characters and the stories. The book is divided into parts or chapters each time the Jeep changed ownership and I found myself wanting to set the book down and think about each part I had just finished, before moving forward in time and meeting the next owner. 

Lane’s characterization was outstanding, completely bringing to life each of the characters so that I felt as if I could see and hear them myself. From the beginning with James until the last story about Alex and Kate, each character and the challenge(s) in their life was unique, important, and involved some sort of change whether physically, emotionally, family-related, career-related, and so on. Even the Jeep seemed to have a life of its own, and like a person or a family, it went through ups and downs, was treated differently, and was loved differently depending on the owner. However, regardless of which owner it was, the Jeep served its purpose and impacted their lives.

Of Metal and Earth invoked emotions ranging from laughter, to tears, to frustration, to happiness. The stories of these characters and their Jeep will stay with me long after this and this is a novel that numerous people will be receiving from me as gifts this year. I can’t think of a specific audience that would enjoy this novel, it is simply a must-read for everyone. I know without a doubt that all readers will identify with one or more of the characters, and as far as the other characters, there are wonderful lessons to be learned. Bravo to the wonderfully talented Jennifer M. Lane for creating such a touching novel that I will not ever forget. 

 

P.S. My hubby and I just bought a vintage camper that we are starting to restore/revamp and just as James did with his Jeep, we have already started assembling its original paperwork with our own notes, narratives, photos, and experiences. Thanks for putting the thought in my head!

*Many thanks to RABT and the author providing this review copy in exchange for my honest review!

About the Author

A Maryland native and Pennsylvanian at heart, Jennifer M. Lane is a resident of East Norriton, PA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Barton College where she served as editor of the newspaper. She also holds a master’s in liberal arts with a focus on museum studies from the University of Delaware, where she wrote her thesis on the material culture of roadside memorials. She once co-hosted a daily automotive blog and served as the president of a large car club. She enjoys coffee, whiskey, Earl Grey tea, and spending time with her partner Matthew and their own 1964 Jeep CJ-5.
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Release blitz, review, & giveaway: Ruthless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #3), by Maya Hughes

 

Title: Ruthless King

Series: Kings of Rittenhouse #3

Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: January 10, 2019
Blurb

 

My dick never got me in half as much trouble as my heart…
We were high school sweethearts. I was head over heels for
her and no one could tell me we weren’t going to last forever. College? Going
pro? My family’s money? None of it mattered. She was all I needed.
Then she ripped my heart out. But I’m not going to let that
happen again.
She’s back. Invading my life and acting like she was the
wronged one. The pain is still there, but I can’t keep my eyes off her. I can’t
stop thinking about her and how much was left unsaid between us. Being this
close is making me question everything I thought I knew about her.
This time everything will be on my terms. Everything…

 

*My Review*

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Maya Hughes latest, Ruthless King. Hopefully, you are already familiar with the Kings of Rittenhouse, but if not – please catch up, you are missing out on some seriously sexy young men!

This installment is about Emmett and Avery… They were high school sweethearts, crazy in love, and Emmett wanted nothing more than to spend his life with Avery. Until everything suddenly changed, and the young man became broken and unable to move on. Fast forward seven years and they are suddenly thrown together again. He tries so hard to stay angry, but thankfully, he starts losing that momentum.

First, I have loved this series so much! However, this one is by far my favorite of the series. Why you ask? Because I completely fell in love with Emmett! This beautiful man has a heart of gold, has only ever wanted a connection with family and loved ones, but also attempts to put up this tough exterior. In a word, he was just, swoon-worthy! Don’t get me wrong, he screwed up several times throughout the story because he reacted passionately and didn’t think things through. After living such a financially privileged life, he struggled to understand that he didn’t need to use money to gain friendship and/or love. He couldn’t get past his past with Avery, and he couldn’t understand why his parents never wanted a relationship with him and then suddenly wouldn’t leave him alone. The guy was going through some issues…

Then there was Avery who is the epitome of a survivor. A strong and selfless character that devoted her life to caring for her sister because her Dad was too wrapped up in his own issues. I wasn’t sure how I felt about her initially, but once I knew the whole story I completely loved and respected her character.

Ruthless King’s plot is way too in-depth for me to go more into without giving away spoilers. However, I can say that this book has so many good themes, messages, and just happy feels. It doesn’t feel that way for a lot of the time reading because Hughes” does an excellent job at keeping the reader guessing, but this was just a fantastic book. She touches on family, especially the not-so-pretty sides of family, she addresses trust and communication, second-chances, romance, love, and hope.

But for me, I’m left with the overall feeling that sometimes people are just meant-to-be, despite everything else on the planet, they are it for each other. Outside forces and betrayals can be handled, if you believe in each other and what you know to be true in your heart.

Amazing novel! I can’t recommend this one enough.

*Thanks to GMB and the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Author Bio
Maya Hughes has always loved romance novels. One look at her Kindle is confirmation. She started writing her first romance novel while pregnant with her third child and she hasn’t looked back. Now, her romance writing addiction has replaced her romance reading addiction.
 
You can find her writing on her foldable keyboard and phone anytime inspiration strikes. Her sweet and steamy stories range from rock stars to small towns and everything in between. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with her three kids, running errands or vegging on the couch with the love of her life and biggest fan, her husband.

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Book Blitz: Before We Were Perfect, by S.D. Moore

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Drama, Dramatic Comedy, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Moon Leaf Publishing
Published: January 2018
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Before We Were Perfect has been adapted into an award-winning screenplay titled Perfectly Normal in Flagstaff. The screenplay won Best Feature Script in the 2018 Top Indie Film Awards and a 2018 Silver Screen award in the Nevada International Film Festival.
Inspired by true events; Before We Were Perfect is a dramatic comedy about the Havreaux family and their ragin’ Cajun uncle. Julz Havreaux is a beautiful young woman with imperfections who meets an imperfect handsome wounded warrior turned writer. Through comedic mishaps and drama, they discover that in spite of their imperfections they are perfect together. Contains adult themes, intense drama, sensuality, humor, and love.
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About the Author

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Multiple award-winning Author: S.D. Moore writes in spite of being a brain-damaged, heart damaged Air Force veteran who also battles Lupus. She is the author of the award-winning screenplay, Perfectly Normal in Flagstaff which won a 2018 Silver Screen award in the Nevada International Film Festival. S.D. is also the author of Readers’ Favorite 2017 International Gold Medal (1st place) winning horror novel Wicked Prayers, the award-winning Adventures of PJ and Split Pea and the workbook Basics to Business: Minding Your Business with Excel. She is also a patented inventor of The Portable Hot Sink System; has an ABD towards a Doctorate of Education, holds dual master’s degrees in management and human resources development.
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Happy Release Day! Life Goes On, by Kelly Moore

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Book 3 in the Epic Love Stories Series, each is a standalone.

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If you loved the Movie – PS, I Love You, you won’t want to miss this romantic comedy.

Life Goes On

 

Title:  Life Goes On

Author:  Kelly Moore

Genre:  Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

About Life Goes On:  Happy go lucky Olivia McDill adores her fairy-tale life, married to the man of her dreams. It’s a love that should’ve lasted a lifetime…then in the blink of an eye, everything changed.

She learns too quickly that life can be unfair, and she’s left trying to pick up the pieces and make sense of things on her own.

She’s angry, heartbroken, and no longer wants to face her days, but with the help of a friend and someone totally unexpected, she’s inspired to find her way.

She soon learns Life Goes On…even when you don’t want it to.

Amazon Link:  https://amzn.to/2E58K4m

Did you miss my review for Life Goes on? See it here!

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About Kelly Moore

Kelly Moore writes so the characters inside her head can come to life. She writes sexy, steamy, suspenseful romance stories, laced with a touch of humor.

Her true addictions include traveling, exploring old books stores for treasures, laughing with friends and family, eating mint Oreo ice cream, and spoiling her grandchildren rotten.

She is a critical care nurse by day and an author by night. Writing settles her mind and spirit, plus she gets to spend her days in her pajamas.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Coffee, Tea, or Me

Coffee, Tea, or Me, by Kelly Moore

(Single on Valentine’s Day, Book 11)

Publication: February 11, 2019

 

coffee, tea, or meAbout the book: What do you get when you mix a coffee shop owner with the owner of a coffee syrup business? Something sweet and steamy.

Busy’s life is a mess. The only things she has going well for her is her coffee shop, The Busy Bean, and her best friend Danny.

She almost walked down the aisle with the man she loved, until a secret was revealed to her minutes before she was supposed to marry him.

Oliver immersed himself in his company after his wife died. He’s been alone far too long. With a little poke and a lot of prodding, he takes a chance.

His chances with Busy go awry way too quickly. Can he get things back on track with the help of a friend and a singles website? 

Sit back, have a cup of coffee, and enjoy this lighthearted, funny romance. It’s brewed with lots of love. 

**My Review**

Welcome to my review of Kelly Moore’s Coffee, Tea, or Me! This short and sweet novel is part of the Single on Valentine’s anthology and is the perfect blend of laugh out loud humor and romance.

Main character Busy owns a coffee shop in Key West. After an engagement and almost wedding went badly, Busy has her shop and her crazy but wonderful best friend Danny to keep her life full and exciting. Oliver is a widower and owns a company that makes flavored syrups. When his normal delivery guy is out with an injury, he takes over deliveries and meets Busy.

Between Oliver being pressured to start dating again by his secretary and Busy being pressured to date again by Danny, it seems things could get interesting once they meet. But Oliver screws things up early on, making you wonder if a romance with Busy is possible or not?

Although completely different than most of Kelly Moore’s books, this book is fabulous! Two single people who aren’t looking to change their status meet, their friends urge them on, they resist one minute and can’t keep their hands off each other the next. Blended in with their attraction and conflicts is fantastic humor from Busy’s best friend, Danny. He’s completely over the top, has no filter, and an all-around amazing person. I loved Oliver, but I was left wishing that I had a Danny in my life! The honesty, love, and humor that he bestowed upon Busy are hard to come by in most adult friendships, so I was completely jealous!

Coffee, Tea, or Me is light-hearted, funny, and a quick and easy read. However, the themes about destiny, taking a chance, and trust are strong in this one. It serves as a good reminder that sometimes we must forgive the little things, even though we may not realize that they’re “little things” at first.

I highly recommend this to those who want to read something romantic but hilarious to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Or if you’re not feeling the whole Valentine’s thing, you can celebrate being single at Valentine’s Day, as does the Single Status website in the books in this anthology!

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**This Valentine’s Day being single is all the rage. At least that’s what the website, Single Status says and they’re not trying to set you up with your special someone. But, instead, give you the time of your life. Sign up a family member, a friend or join yourself. Single Status will send an anonymous letter with details of an activity for the day. #ValentinesDayIsntJustForCouples.

Read stories from 13 of your favorite authors in this brand new Valentine’s series. Follow characters as they receive instructions from Single Status and navigate their love lives in tales of varying degrees of romantic heat.

Grab one a day from February 1-13th!