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Blog Tour: A Year of Finding Happiness

9781788546799About the book

 

Unlike lightning, it seems heartbreak can strike twice…the only cure is the healing power of time and someone else who understand exactly what you’re going through. A Year of Finding Happiness is a heart-warming romance, perfect to curl up with.

Poignant, heart-warming and gorgeously romantic, this is a love-story with pure, unadulterated happiness at its heart. A Year of Finding Happiness shows you that the little things in life can make you smile, even when you think you might never laugh again…

Happiness doesn’t factor on the deliciously rugged but utterly heartbroken Greg’s radar much these days. Only his beloved Labrador Angus seems to understand his search for a way to make sense of tragedy until he meets new neighbor Mallory Westerman…

Instantly they know that the other understands how they feel, and over time, as romance blossoms, they dare to wonder if they might, one day, be truly happy again…

There are two sides to every story, and A Year of Finding Happiness is Greg’s journey back from the darkest depths to happiness…

A Year of Finding Happiness was previously published as Bridge of Hope.

 

‘Heartwarming and uplifting’ HEIDI SWAIN

My Review:

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the latest by Lisa Hobman, A Year of Finding Happiness! Greg lives on the Scottish coast with his dog Angus. He works at a pub, works as a handyman, and also does charters on his boat, Little Blue. However, Greg is also suffering serious heartbreak after losing the woman he loved months earlier in an accident. Mallory has recently moved into a cottage not far from Greg and has also suffered a tremendous loss and heartbreak. Slowly but surely, the typically grumpy and standoffish Greg finds himself drawn to Mallory and their friendship. Although they both bond together due to similar losses, Greg also starts realizing that he wants more than friendship from Mallory. But what will happen if he pushes her? Should he risk the loss of their friendship for something more?

A funny story about my reading and reviewing this novel… I loved it from the first page and quickly became engrossed in Greg and his story of loss. But not too far into the novel, things about the story started to seem familiar, almost as if I had read the novel already. Finally, after looking into the author, I realized that I read her novel A Seaside Escape last fall and that this was the story told from Greg’s POV. Anyway, after my revelation, I happily continued on.

So, back to A Year of Finding Happiness… I absolutely loved this being told from Greg’s POV. Lisa Hobman’s characterization was impeccable, giving her readers such a raw and honest depiction of heartbreak and being on an emotional roller coaster. Greg initially tried to keep Mallory at a distance, then became completely invested in their friendship. However, once he became aware of growing feelings that were much more than friendship, thus began his internal struggle with feeling guilty about Mairi, the woman that he loved and lost.

Despite the back and forth and ups and downs between Greg and Mallory, Hobman also slowly but surely shows Greg reclaiming his life and his zest for living and doing more with his life than he had been. I loved watching these changes and was constantly rooting for Greg to find his happily ever after!

There are definitely some heavy issues in this novel involving the death of loved ones, depression, and the battle to overcome a loss. However, the main theme of A Year of Finding Happiness is much like its title in that the author provided us with a first-hand view of someone digging out of a hole of despair in order to discover the beauty of life, and to discover that it’s o.k. to let yourself be happy again, in spite of prior tragedy and loss. This novel left me feeling happy, hopeful, and full of love!

*Thanks to Aria and NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Hobman_LisaAbout the author

 

Lisa’s debut novel was shortlisted in the 2014 RNA. Her stories center around believable, yet down to earth characters and the places in Scotland she has visited and fallen in love with. She is a happily married mum of one with two energetic dogs.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour and Review: The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us,

by Georgie Capron

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About the book

For fans of Marian Keyes, Hurrah for Gin and Allison Pearson. A tear-jerking but uplifting modern love story about motherhood and marriage.

 Happy children, happy husband, happily ever after?

Tasha knows that she should count her blessings: married for eleven years, mother to three healthy children, she should be content with her lot.  However, feelings of frustration have settled over her like a dark cloud.  Despite living under the same roof and sharing the same bed, Tasha has never felt so distant from her husband, Charlie.  She feels worn down by the mental load of motherhood, drowning in the never-ending chores that keep the family and household afloat.  Most of all she worries that her once happy marriage is slipping away from her.

Tasha longs for something to change, but when change comes calling will it really be the answer she was hoping for? And is it possible to fall in love with the same person twice?

A modern-day love story about family, marriage and risking it all to have it all.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Georgie Capron’s latest novel, The Distance Between Us. I am a huge fan of Georgie’s so I was really excited to take part in this tour. Once again, she has created a thought-provoking novel about real life with real people, and how messy it all can be.

After eleven years of marriage, Tasha is becoming overwhelmed with motherhood and underwhelmed with her relationship with her husband Charlie. Parents to three children, Charlie is often working late and busy at the office while Tasha is dropping kids off, picking kids up, cleaning, shopping, cooking, dealing with meltdowns, and so on. This is not a new topic, as I think all mothers have been there and felt what Tasha was feeling. However, Tasha continues feeling that she and Charlie are growing further apart until things are done and said that cannot be undone. Soon, she begins to realize how lucky she really was and longs to regain their happy family unit.

Not sure where to begin with Tasha except, as I said before, all of us have been there where you want to pull your hair out because you’re so frustrated with tantrums, chores, cooking, bath times, bedtimes, forgetting about school projects, and so on. That’s life, simple as that. But when you couple that with a frequently absent spouse and a marriage where the flame has burned out, this could equal trouble in paradise.

As for Charlie, I respected his role as a father, provider, etc. but he seriously ignored his wife and her feelings. His response to her when she tried to discuss things was to either sweep it under the rug or completely blow up on her. So, along with all of Tasha’s inner worries and stresses, this marriage was completely lacking in positive communication.

Nevertheless, Tasha’s actions were not justifiable. After everything falls apart, the reader is subjected to a great deal of Tasha whining, either to herself or to her friends Flo and Rosie. I felt bad for her in that we are human and we screw up, yet I was so pleasantly surprised when she started getting herself together, sucking it up and carrying on. Once Tasha started working again, got an afternoon sitter, and started embracing her new life, she appeared less pathetic and more strong. Charlie was very unpredictable as he tried to come to terms with everything and adjust to their new life, which was understandable, but his hot and cold attitude towards Tasha became frustrating after awhile.

Regardless if I or any reader agree with Tasha’s actions, Charlie’s response, etc., Georgie Capron consistently develops such in-depth characters, exposing all of their flaws, feelings, and regrets. There are no subtle hints regarding anything about her characters because as the reader, you hear, see, and feel it all along with the characters. Her plot is very relatable and relevant, making it effortless for readers to identify and become invested in the story. It’s as if she develops a story and sends out as a gift to readers, saying “I get this, this stuff happens, life is messy.”

I highly recommend The Distance Between Us, as well as, any of Georgie Capron novels. She continues to impress me with her engaging novels and I cannot wait to read what comes next!

*Thanks to Aria and NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Amazon: mybook.to/TDBUCapron

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iBooks: https://apple.co/2JJ2j65

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Georgie Capron - colour.jpgAbout the author 

Georgie lives in South West London with her husband and daughter. Alongside her writing, she works as a primary school teacher and she particularly enjoys teaching English. She studied Italian and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and did a PGCE in primary education at the University of London.

 

 

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Book Review: Free Falling

Free Falling, by Ana Simons

Publication: June 4, 2018

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Does a man ever forget the first girl he truly loved? 

I couldn’t get past the anger corroding me inside. Learning my fiancée was having an affair with a family friend, a man I looked up to like a father my entire life, left me broken and bitter. With little to no faith in women and relationships, I was determined to swear off love or any serious entanglements. 

At least, that was the plan. 

Enter Olivia, the girl who once left me without so much as a goodbye, and I’d soon learn fate always has plans of its own. 

Our unexpected re-encounter triggered old feelings and sent my life into a tailspin. Looking into my own vulnerabilities would be just the beginning. Facing the uphill battle to find a way to her heart, which has been broken too many times, is the challenge that follows… 

But with more at stake now than we could have ever imagined, will we be able to move beyond our past mistakes and get a second chance at love? 

~ Brian Anderson 

 
** Free Falling is a full-length novel that can be read as a standalone. **

**My Review**

Wow, I loved this book! This was my first time reading Ana Simons and I fell in love with Free Falling. This novel is about a man named Brian and a woman named Olivia. They’ve known each other forever, once had a romance, but she broke his heart ten years ago. Since that time, they’ve each had bad luck in relationships but when they meet again at a wedding, Brian realizes that his feelings for Olivia are as strong as ever. Told from Brian’s point of view, this is a story about love, making sense of the past, and trying to build a future with the one that got away.

First of all, there is a prequel novella to this called Before Dawn which is told from Olivia’s point of view. I have not read it, but this in no way impacted my enjoyment of Free Falling.

Now, onto what I loved about this novel! I enjoyed Brian’s POV, although it was scatter-brained and all over the place, it made him much more realistic and vulnerable. But let me just say, poor Brian is a walking disaster! Every time things started looking hopeful for this man, he managed to find ways to screw everything up! He is definitely a character that as you are reading along you want to scream out, “don’t do that, it’s not going to end well!” I think he meant well and truly loved Olivia, but Lordy, he just didn’t think (most of the time). 

I also loved Olivia’s character, although she certainly went through some mood swings as she and Brian reconnected! Like Brian, it was obvious she still had unresolved feelings, as well as, new feelings brewing within. However, she would go from playing it cool to being completely cryptic to being completely crazy, then back to normal again. The way Ana Simons wrote Olivia was absolutely perfect. Again, with this story being told from Brian’s POV, the way Olivia was characterized went along perfectly with the ongoing theme of how clueless men are when it comes to women!

Also, I have to mention Brian’s wonderful nephew, Josh. This boy adds numerous hilarious situations to this story with his “life questions” he asks his uncle. Prepare to laugh and be so very glad that you aren’t the one having to explain all of the questions this boy has whirling around in his head!

“Free Falling is funny, romantic, sexy, infuriating, confusing, but wonderful. I absolutely loved this couple and their story. My only complaint is that when I reached the end, I still wanted so much more from this couple. Thankfully, I saw that a follow-up novel is in the works that will allow me to see where life takes all of the wonderful characters in this novel. Don’t misunderstand, this is not a cliffhanger, but there is simply so much more that can happen with these characters and I’m waiting impatiently to find out what happens next!

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Release, review, & giveaway: Fading into Nothing

 

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Title: Fading Into Nothing

Author:  Kelly Moore

Genre:  Contemporary Romance Suspense

About Fading Into Nothing:

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Mags and her brother Phillip (Lip) and the night that everything goes wrong. Years later, Mags has gotten a degree in elementary education and is on her way to a small coastal town in North Carolina when she meets a man named Will on the train. For reasons she doesn’t even understand herself, Mags takes a detour on her trip, heading to Savannah with Will. Call it fate, destiny, whatever you want, but that moment changes everything in Mags’ life.

You never know what lies beneath the surface of our souls until you’re fighting to exist.

My life is at a standstill as I watch it all fade by.  It’s the most beautiful, and yet, tragic thing I’ve ever seen. I lost everything, and I mean everything. But a single moment can change who we are. It can make or break you.

When Will Taylor sits down next to me, he totally derails my plans. His cocky assurance makes me laugh, and he begins to make me hope.

Now, I measure my life minute by minute and I cherish every moment with him because I know it won’t last long. Nothing ever does for me.

Will Taylor wants me.

Will Taylor loves me.

But will he keep me from Fading Into Nothing, or will I be left to save myself?

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**My Review**

Fading into Nothing is the new release from Kelly Moore that deals with addiction, life, death, and “what if?” This is the story of seventeen-year-old Mags and her brother Phillip (Lip) and the night that everything goes wrong. Years later, Mags has gotten a degree in elementary education and is on her way to a small coastal town in North Carolina when she meets a man named Will on the train. For reasons she doesn’t even understand herself, Mags takes a detour on her trip, heading to Savannah with Will. Call it fate, destiny, whatever you want, but that moment changes everything in Mags’ life.

Let me start by saying that I have read this novel several times already, yet each time I notice new things that make me love it all the more. Typical of Kelly Moore, the characters are beautifully complex and flawed, while still appealing and relatable. Mags experiences a tremendous loss at the beginning of the novel and when we meet her again years later, she has made great achievements towards her career, yet still seems reserved, quietly battling inner demons and ghosts. However, upon meeting the charismatic and outgoing Will, I slowly noticed Mags coming out of her shell and experiencing life and joy for the first time.

Fading into Nothing is difficult to categorize, however, I would say that it’s mix of romance, coming of age, fantasy and suspense. That may sound like somewhat of an odd combination, but Kelly Moore has provided readers with the gift of a fresh and unique plot, sensational writing, and a thoughtful and stirring plot making the novel impossible to put down. This is not a smooth or straightforward romance where boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after. If you enjoy a good plot twist, I assure you that this novel includes some shockers that you will never see coming. Prepare for your jaw to hit the floor once or twice during this novel, but rest assured that Moore will wrap everything up into a marvelous conclusion.

Fading into Nothing is comprised of so many different themes and touches on numerous emotions. Some of the events are painful and heartbreaking, but overall, this novel speaks of love, life, starting again, and second chances. It is sad, romantic, uplifting, surprising, and magical – all at once. Kelly Moore continues to amaze and inspire me with the creativity and passion she puts into her writing. Fading into Nothing is yet another example of what a phenomenal writer she is, as well as, her continued commitment to wowing her readers.

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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 Review: A Tycoon’s Bargain: The Sin City Tycoons

A Tycoon’s Bargain: The Sin City Tycoons Book 4, by Avery Laval

Publication: Blue Crow Books (September 2, 2018)

tycoons bargainAbout the book: 

At a society bachelorette auction, a hedge fund king gets more than he bargained for…

When Cassie Harris squeezes herself into a too-small neon designer dress for a bachelorette charity auction, she realizes there’s nothing she won’t do for her landscape design business. Her biggest client is hosting the New York society event solely to show off her own filthy-rich, dead-sexy Australian boyfriend. And she’s using Cassie to make herself look good. Cassie steps on stage humiliated. But an unexpected bidder spends an enormous sum on her, causing gasps throughout the gala. The winner? Thom King, her biggest client’s boyfriend. Cassie can kiss that account goodbye—and her fledgling business along with it.

Thom King has no interest in society girls with grand designs on his wallet. But he has a huge interest in getting that ridiculous gown off of the hourglass figure of Cassie Harris. And once he gets to know her, his interest only grows. She’s as hardworking as he is, as focused, and as smart. Before he met Cassie, women were mere distractions from his hedge fund. Now, Cassie’s the only thing Thom can think about.

But Cassie doesn’t believe a man like Thom can love at all, let alone love a woman like her. And that means Thom will have to use all of the charm and seduction at his disposal to prove her wrong.

**My Review**

A Tycoon’s Bargain is the upcoming novel in Avery Laval’s Sin City Tycoon Series, and oh my, it’s good! Thom is a super-rich, sexy Aussie (in Manhattan) and Cassie is a beautiful landscape designer. When Cassie’s biggest client asks her to participate in a charity bachelorette auction, she reluctantly agrees. However, when Janessa stuffs Cassie into a too-tight, ridiculous dress and confesses that she put her in that dress so that she would be more desirable when it was her turn, Cassie wanted to back out. But with her head held high, Cassie takes the stage and is surprisingly auctioned for $20,000. Soon Cassie is losing her biggest client because the person that bid and won a date with her is Thom – whom Janessa considers her boyfriend. 

This book starts out completely fast-paced and engaging, starting with Cassie’s humiliation and Thom stepping in to save her from her embarrassment. Soon after, the reader gets to know each of these characters and is providing a front-row seat to Thom discovering feelings that he never knew that he had. There is a very surprising twist and conflict in this story as Thom is trying to charm Cassie, that I never saw coming. And this twist just adds to the suspense and excitement surrounding Thom, Cassie, and whether or not a relationship would develop between them.

Surprisingly, this was my first time reading Avery Laval and first of all, I loved this book. But secondly, I loved how real and relatable Cassie was. Although she was extremely devoted to her work, like Thom and plenty of other people in the world, Cassie was extremely down to earth, modest, and caring. She could switch from shy to sexy to sassy at a moments notice and it was addictive watching Thom fall for her more and more as the story progressed. 

My only criticism of the novel was the length. I really wanted more of Thom and Cassie! Not just the progression of things regarding whether or not they would end up together, but I was also left wanting to know more about their lives further down the road. These were fantastic characters that I just didn’t want to say goodbye to. 

A Tycoon’s Bargain should definitely be added to your TBR if you’re looking for a quick, entertaining, sexy, and romantic read. Although this is my first time reading Avery Laval, it absolutely will not be my last. I cannot wait to read the other novels in the series, both earlier ones and book #5 coming next year!

*Thanks to Avery Laval for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Reviews

Book review: Locked Out

Locked Out, by Anna Chastain

Publication: June 18, 2018

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My name is Holly O’Brian and I am a cautionary tale.
I saw a sexy man across the bar, I let him walk me home, and now I’m pregnant.
Obviously, I left out a few minor details, but I think you get the idea.
I’ve lived a quiet adult life: high school librarian by day, book editor by night (glamorous, I know), and I was fine with it. I loved my jobs, I loved my cute little house…so why did I tempt the fates and go all cavewoman over Dean Slade and drag him home with me by the hair (okay, that’s a slight exaggeration)?
Well, he is the most handsome man I’ve ever laid eyes on, it’s true. He is broody and gruff and so, so sexy, also true. And the storm that hovers in his eyes, I can’t help but want to be the calm too, at least for one night.
So I guess there is no answer, I guess I followed my heart (a.k.a., my loins) and decided to spend a night with a sexy Marine.
Only now I’m pregnant. And I have to tell him. And I have to let his family into my life. And I have to figure out how I’m going to make room in my schedule for a big, stupid, sexy Marine. Oh. My. Lanta, my life. 

My Review:

I’m so happy to bring you my review of Anna Chastain’s latest novel, Locked Out! Hopefully, you read the previous novel, Locked In, but if not, you can still enjoy this fantastic novel. 

While home on leave from the Marines, Dean Slade spotted Holly O’Brian while out one night. They went home together, he went back to the Marines, and she went back to her life as a high school librarian. But then, she discovers she’s pregnant. Not knowing how to reach Dean, she contacts his sister Grace – which results in telling Dean the big news, meeting his mother, and eventually, Dean returning home. Now they’re trying to navigate this new relationship with each other while also wondering if the other may possibly feel all of the tingly feelings that they are.

I absolutely loved this novel. I loved Dean, loved Holly, and especially the presence of Dean and Grace’s uncle Red, who is just a fabulous character. It’s funny because I looked back at my review of Locked In and saw that I wasn’t crazy about Dean in the first book because he was so angry and brooding all of the time. Well, that was not the case this time because I completely fell in love. 

Anna Chastain is the master of characterization, always making them so believable and relatable. In Locked Out, she beautifully and slowly unwrapped different sides of Dean and Holly, reminding us that first impressions aren’t always correct and that we never know what’s going on deeper within a person to drive their behavior and actions. Holly started out so fiercely independent and closed off to all of Dean’s family, but as she slowly faced her feelings about Dean, versus her reasons for not wanting to rely on others, she slowly opened up. Dean was the ever-professional, serious, Marine in the beginning. But like Holly, he slowly opened up as he realized and accepted his growing feelings for her. What started as a serious and at times, scary guy, ended up being someone sweet, caring, funny, and lovable. 

Locked Out is funny, romantic, at times frustrating, and full of amazing characters that you will fall in love with. This is a great escape novel because Chastain pulls you in from the beginning and you most likely won’t put this one down until you’ve read the last word. This is one of those novels that when you do finish it, you find yourself smiling and feeling happy about the universe! Part women’s fiction, part romance, part comedy – Locked Out should definitely go to the top of your TBR. 

*Thanks to Anna Chastain for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Dirty Chicago: Season 1

Dirty Chicago: Season One,

by K.B. Andrews

Publication: July 3, 2018

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Mobs… Drugs… Guns… Hookers…
Just another day in
Dirty Chicago.

Season one revolves around the Novelli family:
Madden, Amelia, and Harper

If you need trigger warnings, this story is not for you. There is no epic romance within the pages. No happy endings. No heroes. Only villains with dirty hands. If you love to hate characters, this is the read for you! This short story is meant for mature adults.

My Review:

Happy release day to K.B. Andrews and her new short story series, Dirty Chicago. In part 1, we are introduced to Madden Novelli, his wife Amelia, his daughter Harper, and his right-hand man at work, Enzo. Madden is insanely wealthy, powerful, handsome, sexy, and the biggest crime/drug lord in Chicago. Despite occasional infidelities, Madden loves and adores his gorgeous wife Amelia, with whom he has an 18-year-old-daughter Harper. 

Dirty Chicago part 1 introduces this family, Madden’s business, and how his life works. Despite his wandering eye, I couldn’t help but fall head over heels for this man. He’s hot, sexy, charismatic, and an alpha male that makes you love and hate him at the same time. I also love his wife Amelia. She’s well taken care of financially, loves her husband – despite his flaws, but is also incredibly smart and streetwise. They bear some resemblance to Tony and Carmela Soprano, except that Madden is drop dead gorgeous and Amelia is much more aware of things than Carmela was. 

We all know from my review and post history that I absolutely love K.B. Andrews, but Dirty Chicago is a new direction for her and I’m so happy that she went with it. This short story series is non-stop, fast-paced, exciting, and surprising. While reading, I never knew what was coming next or who would be involved, making this an absolute page-turner. K.B.’s fantastic writing is evident throughout the story as she makes the characters and their storylines come to life. The crime, the seriously sexy scenes, the drama, and the constant questions about everyone’s motives made this a wonderfully wild ride. As this series to your TBR because this is not one you want to miss. 

*Thanks to K.B. Andrews for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Crazy Rich Davenports: Dare to Enter (Season One, Pilot)

The Crazy Rich Davenports: Dare to Enter (Season One, Pilot),

by Shannyn Leah and Kelly Moore

Publication: August 21, 2018

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Warning: If you are looking for a sweet, sensitive book with a happily ever after, this isn’t it. It is a totally inappropriate book about a completely dysfunctional family. The F word flies free along with many other curse words. Feel free to get drunk (because the Davenports sure are!) while you’re reading it, and prepare to wet yourself laughing. If sex scenes are not your thing, this book might not be your thing. But, if you have a crazy sense of humor and like raunchy comedies – you’re in the right place. Join in on the craziness of The Crazy Rich Davenport Family.

Lucy’s husband Mark died a year ago. Her life and her families have been steadily going downhill and things have gotten a little out of control, to say the least. When her daughter plans a birthday party for her half-sister. Lucy decides it’s time they all get their act together, but not everyone is on the same page.

There will be dildos and strawberries flying in the air, along with firecrackers, curse words, and little blue pills being slipped into drinks – hard-ons for everyone! Lucy’s hope for normal in her dysfunctional family will never happen and things only get worse when Mark’s snooty parents drop a bombshell that will only spark more insanity from The Crazy Rich Davenport family.

Hold on for the ride and laughter that ensues.

My Review:

I’m so excited to bring you my review of The Crazy Rich Davenports, a new comedy from authors Shannyn Leah and Kelly Moore! If you are familiar with Shannyn and Kelly’s previous books, I will start by saying that this is nothing like what they’ve written before. This is the story of the Davenports, which as the title suggests, is a rich and crazy family! Their household consists of the mom, Lucy, six children (ranging from young to college-aged), the nanny, Daisy, and the grandparents, Yaya and Pops. I actually think I can better explain this family with a list, lol!

  • Lucy – her husband Mark died the previous year and since then she has mostly been drinking and having sex with the gardener
  • Ford – oldest son, attends college, is dating Daisy the nanny
  • Gemma – oldest daughter, attends college, teased by her family for being a virgin
  • Twiddle Uproar and Twiddle Whore – two middle children, these are the names that Yaya calls them and I’m honestly not sure what the real names are!
  • Bets and Bryant – the two youngest children, very wild and imaginative
  • Yaya – crazy grandmother that is wildly inappropriate, wears crazy colored wigs and sells drugs
  • Pops – grandfather, mostly normal
  • Daisy – very interesting nanny with unstable moods
  • Rye – gardener, organic food lover

Back to my review, I honestly don’t know how to explain how hilarious this story is without giving away spoilers! However, I will say that this is the first installment and it takes place over a two-day time period while they are planning a party for one of the children from Lucy’s husband’s first marriage, and the two families don’t exactly get along. During the party planning and the party itself, we get to see all of the crazy goodness which is Yaya. She is probably one of the funniest characters I have ever read and frighteningly enough, I can totally imagine myself behaving like her at when I am that age! Gemma is trying to bring all of the family together, Lucy decides that maybe she should stop drinking and take better care of her family, Ford is trying to survive the many sides of Daisy – and it is all chaos. 

Prior to reading The Crazy Rich Davenports, I already knew what talented authors Shannyn and Kelly are, but this joint creation is absolutely wonderful. They have both stepped out of their comfort zones and their “normal” genre, amazing me with their creativity, fast-paced action, and amazing characterization. This is a novel that feels like you’re watching a t.v. show or movie. You are right there in the action, rather than sitting back slowly allowing the author to unwrap the characters, setting, and plot. 

I will say that yes, there are some comments, topics, actions, etc. that are included in this book that could possibly offend some readers. However, if you enjoy comedy and do not mind some dirty humor, then I promise that you will love this novel. The Crazy Rich Davenports is a novel that is fresh, unique, and will evoke so much laughter your abs will think you have been to the gym. 

I cannot wait to read part two and find out what this family gets into next!

*Many thanks to Kelly and Shannyn for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

 

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Release tour, review, & giveaway: Anything for Love

Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]
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In Anything For Love….

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 into 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.

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

My Review:

Can I start this review by saying that Beau is the sweetest, sexiest man of all time???  O.k., now, welcome to my stop on the tour for Melissa Foster’s newest in the Bradens and Montgomerys series, Anything for Love. Before beginning his new home renovation show, Beau makes a stop in Colorado to do some needed repairs on an inn owned by a quirky, beautiful, erotic romance writer named Charlotte. She’s a loner that rarely leaves the inn that she inherited, using blow-up dolls as “props” while creating the scenes for her novels. Beau is serious and quiet, never having gotten over the death of his first love years ago. However, it doesn’t take long after his arrival for them both to notice one another.

I wasn’t sure about the chemistry between Charlotte and both at first, but my opinion quickly changed as the novel evolved and the characters each revealed more about themselves. Charlotte was such a sweet, innocent, caring person – whom you would never have guessed was also an erotic romance writer! And as Beau’s walls kept slowly crumbling down, it was obvious how romantic and caring he was.

I always love Melissa Foster’s novels, however, this one really stands out to me. The storyline was so unique and different compared to other novels I’ve read, and I remain in awe of this amazing author that she just continues to crank out new and exciting ideas. The woman is a machine! Her writing is flawless and she has an uncanny ability to pull her readers into the story and make them feel as if they are right there with the characters.

Anything for Love is different, nostalgic, special, and at times, almost magical. As like her other novels, this can be read without reading the first in the series, it will still all make sense. Whether you are a loyal fan of Melissa Foster or have not yet read her wonderful books, this is a definite must-read that will leave you feeling hopeful with a very happy heart.

*Thank you to Melissa Foster and Beck Valley Books for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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More of the 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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TRAILS OF LOVE – Releasing January 9th, 2019
Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]

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.

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About the author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented– perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

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Book Review: I Can Handle Him

I Can Handle Him, by Debbie Lum

Publication:  DKLit LLC (March 17, 2018)

handle himAbout the book: 

Quinn Corbin’s got nothing to lose – except her life. She’s finally got the attention of the man she’s always loved, Nick Allen. But Nick has a reputation for trouble. And after a car explosion killed his last girlfriend, many people in San Antonio, Texas think Nick got away with murder. But Quinn, a 24-year-old elementary school teacher, and bubbly optimist believes Nick is innocent. So does her best friend Tory, a law student, and sarcastic realist. Soon Quinn and Nick find their relationship growing when suddenly their world upends. Now Nick is in major trouble again and Quinn may have made the biggest mistake of her life. With incriminating evidence mounting against Nick, Tory works to prove his innocence. But Nick finds himself in a bigger battle when he must fight to protect, and win, his true love.

My Review:

Wow, this novel was such a wonderful surprise! A few months ago, I was contacted by the fabulous Leslie Barrett regarding some review opportunities, and I Can Handle Him by Debbie Lum is an absolute treasure. The blurb is somewhat misleading in regards to the bulk of the novel, but I certainly don’t want to include any spoilers. Nick is the owner of a coffee shop named Faze, landing him a spot on the most-hated list with the owner of another coffee shop owner named Al. Moreover, a young woman died in an accident while driving Nick’s vintage Mustang, leading many to believe that he was involved in her accident. When Quinn returns home to accept a teaching position and Tory returns for the summer break from law school, they are the only people that are on Nick’s side. The anger and suspicion among all of their friends and family continue to grow as things get worse for Nick. 

I need to state that for about the first 75-100 pages of this book, I was underwhelmed. Everyone except for Nick, Quinn, and Tory were rude, judgemental, and made me less than excited about reading this. However, I was soon completely wrapped up in this mystery about what had really happened, who was trying to frame Nick, and why. Although I hated the things that Nick was enduring, the author managed to balance the novel with numerous themes, rather than just the accidents that Nick had been involved in and the way people were treating him as a result. Nick was creative and driven, despite the things that had happened in his life. Quinn was happy, non-judgemental, and tried to bring the best out in others. Tory was more cynical than Quinn, but still smart, driven, and committed to those that she cared about. 

I Can Handle Him has several twists and turns, romance, and plenty of villains that you will love to hate. If I’m being vague about the actual plot, it’s because I don’t want to spoil anything, but a good way to summarize this one would be a “whodunnit” novel full of friendships, past ghosts, learning out who people really are, and finding love. I highly recommend this one, especially those that like a little romance mixed in with their mystery and suspense!

 *Many thanks to the author and PR By the Book for providing this novel in exchange for my honest review!

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