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Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway: All I Want (Paradise Beach #2), by Tamara Lush

 

 

Title: All I Want
Series: Paradise Beach #2
Author: Tamara Lush
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 12, 2019

Blurb
Social media influencer Lauren Spencer is determined to find
out why her best friend is getting married on a whim. When she travels to
Paradise Beach to stop the wedding, she’s the one who comes to a screeching
halt when greeted with the sight of a gorgeous naked guy in her hotel
room.
He just happens to be the groom’s brother and the best man in the wedding.
Oops.

As a successful real estate broker in New York City, Max Hastings is never
without a beautiful woman on his arm. Whenever he’s home on Paradise Beach, he
soaks up the sun, surf, and laid-back lifestyle. But now he’s stressed out,
trying to ready his family’s resort for sale and attend his youngest brother’s
shotgun wedding. Complicating matters: the maid of honor is the sexiest woman
he’s seen in years, and he wants her in his bed.

Lauren and Max come to an agreement: a weekend wedding fling is just the thing
both of them need.

But when Lauren suffers an accident and can’t leave the island, Max finds
himself more than willing to take care of her for more than a weekend. Will
Lauren set aside her doubts about relationships to explore something real with
Max?

ALL I WANT is Book Two in Tamara Lush’s Paradise Beach Series. They are all
standalone romantic comedies and can be read in any order. If you adore beach
romances, irresistible alpha men, and hilarious wedding tales, this is the book
for you!

 

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the release tour for the second installment in Tamara Lush’s Paradise Beach series, All I Want! This is Lauren and Max’s story, which we got a portion of in the first book, All I Know. In town for Kate and Damien’s wedding, Max and Lauren have a crazy instant-attraction (well, after an instant-fight) but all goes crazy when Lauren gets injured and has to stay put for a while. They decide to give in to a temporary fling, but during this time, Lauren and Max both begin to realize that it may be more than a fling…

Let me start by saying that I like this series and I like Tamara Lush’s writing style. Oh, and of course, I loved Max! All I Want has all of the elements you would want in a fun, flirty romance and I was burning up the pages to find out what would happen next.

With that being said, I was not a fan of the main character Lauren. I’m not even sure why, but I think it was a mix of self-pity and entitlement (a dangerous mix), that just got on my nerves.

Don’t get me wrong, I will still give this a strong 4-star rating on the various sites, but it’s not a 5-star for me because of Lauren.

Each character goes through so many changes and emotions during this novel and I loved watching those things play out, especially while re-connecting with Kate and seeing how she’s doing with Damien being gone. And, initially, I loved the banter and relationship between Lauren and Max. Talk about chemistry! But about halfway through the novel, Lauren became annoying in a way that I’m not sure how to describe. I know that Tamara Lush can bring to life amazing characters, but this wasn’t one of them. 

Regardless, I recommend this book and can’t wait to read what comes next in this series and from this wonderful author!

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

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Author Bio
Tamara Lush writes steamy and emotional contemporary romance
stories set in tropical locations. Her recent book, Constant Craving, was a
2018 RWA RITA® finalist in erotic romance.  She’s married to an
Italian and lives near a beach in Florida. For many years, she was an
award-winning newspaper journalist. In 2017, she was one of 24 writers chosen
by Amtrak to ride around the United States on a train and write
fiction. Tamara’s a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era
jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, seashells, iPhones,
Art Deco, telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong
coffee and journalism.
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Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway: In Between Heartaches, by Amanda Cuff

 

 

Title: In Between Heartaches

Series: Hearts in Waiting Duet #1

Author: Amanda Cuff
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 11, 2019

 

Blurb
Addison McCormick has everything. A handsome fiancé, wealth, and a lucrative career as a lawyer at her father’s firm. But when she catches her soon-to-be-husband
cheating, she has to start anew.
Now, single, unemployed, and heartbroken, she decides a vacation is just what she
needs to escape the wreckage in L.A.—and serene Colorado is calling her name.
What she doesn’t expect to find there is Chase Prescott: the sexy, brooding owner of the cabin she’s renting. She sees him as nothing more than a vacation boyfriend, a
quick and dirty fling to help her get over her recent heartbreak.
But she soon discovers his mysterious aura is not just a front and the fantasy world
they create will crash head-on with their harsh reality.
What happens when a relationship meant only to last a few days becomes something
that might last a lifetime? 

 

**My Review**

Happy release day and congratulations to Amanda Cuff on her debut novel, In Between Heartaches! This novel begins with Addison, who is tired of working as an attorney in her father’s firm, just broken up with a cheating fiance, and needs a break. She and her friend leave L.A. for a much-needed vacation in Colorado where she meets Chase. Owner of the cabins they are staying at and in-town for business, Chase is moody and almost rude at first. Soon, however, their undeniable attraction for one another takes over and they agree to a vacation fling. Things become deeper between them, but soon, real life calls Chase back home and Addison returns to L.A. to start her life over. 

I loved this one from the start because how can you not like a book about a woman basically telling to assholes that she’s done with their crap? Seriously, Addison is a fantastic heroine – brains, beauty, sense of humor, and so on. And of course, Chase is wonderfully yummy, albeit a bit moody in the beginning. The best thing about the main characters, and also about Amanda Cuff’s writing, is that while you read this one, prepare to feel the chemistry and tension between these two. It’s good stuff. 

I don’t want to delve too far into the plot because of spoilers, however, the overall premise of the novel is a young woman is starting over, needs to runaway awhile, meets a sexy man, but then reality arrives and sends them each on their way. End of story? Absolutely not. Cuff starts sprinkling in a bit of intrigue and mystery not long after Chase and Addison meet that make you wonder what his story is. Not in a “is he a killer?” way but more like, “what has happened in his life to make him feel so weighed down?” way. Eventually, most everything is revealed leading to a range of emotions as I tried to decide if I was sad, mad, etc., but not everything is revealed and there is still so much to be resolved in their story. 

Did I mention that this one is a cliffhanger? I later realized that when I signed up for this blitz, it clearly stated that on the information page, yet I missed it. However, I don’t care! I’m dying to carry on with the next one, but my usual hatred of cliffhangers does not apply this time. 

In Between Heartaches is a beautiful, sexy, funny, and emotional debut. Amanda Cuff blew me away with her writing style, dialogue, character development, and incredible imagery. Not once did I feel that I was reading a book, but instead I felt that I was right there with the characters watching everything play out with my own eyes. The characters have so much depth, the story is fast-paced without a single dull moment anywhere, and it definitely left me wanting more. Bravo to Amanda Cuff on such an amazing debut. I highly recommend this novel and this amazing new author!

*Thanks to GMB for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. 

 

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Author Bio
Amanda is a military wife and mother of four, currently living in Virginia.
She loves all things romance and is addicted to coffee and snickerdoodles.

 

 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Meant to be Different (Meant to Be #2), by Amelia Foster

Meant to be Different (Meant to Be #2),

by Amelia Foster

Publication: Limitless Publishing; July 9, 2019

meant to be differentAbout the book:

As a teen, I had my life figured out: graduate and make my dream of being a bull riding champion a reality. That is right up until the goth girl transferred to my school. Georgia laid the snark on as thick as her eyeliner, but I saw through the toughened façade and fell for her. Hard.

She was willing to give up her own dream to follow me as I pursued my passion, but I couldn’t let her do that. So, I made the hardest decision of my life…and walked away.

It’s been twelve years since I left home without her and the all-grown-up Georgia is just as feisty and fiery as she was back then. It’s clear she has no intention of making redemption easy for me. Thankfully, I’m a patient man who knows what he wants. I’ve never stopped loving her, and I know she feels the same.

Back then I was a rhinestone cowboy, and she was a dark angel, complete opposites, yet we fell in love anyway. We weren’t meant to be like every other cookie-cutter couple, we were meant to be different.

**My Review**

Back in January I read and reviewed Amelia Foster’s debut novel, Meant to Be Kept, and just in case you have forgotten, I loved it! So, of course, I am crazy excited to bring you my review of the next installment in her Meant to Be series, Meant to Be Different. You don’t need to have read Meant to Be Kept in order to enjoy this one, but if you did, you will remember that Tanner’s major screw-up occurred while on the road with his rodeo/cowboy brother, Wyatt. This is Wyatt’s story. Told in dual POV’s between Wyatt and his high school love, Georgia, this is a beautiful story about an unexpected couple, an unexpected love story, and love that stands the tests of time.

After a life of fame as a rodeo star, Wyatt decides to retire and the only thing on his mind is to return home to Asheville (after 12 years) to start a rodeo training program and to see Georgia again, of course. Georgia and Wyatt met in high school when she moved to Asheville from Tampa and she was the unusual goth girl, whereas, Wyatt was the epitome of southern charm, cowboy, and gentlemen wrapped all up in a pretty package. But alas, he broke her heart. When Georgia first sees Wyatt again after the way he left, she is reluctant to trust him, but it doesn’t take long to realize that all of those old feelings never really went away. 

Ladies, prepare yourselves for Wyatt Carlisle because, my goodness, this man is a charmer! He’s sweet, sexy, mannerly, and so on, but the thing that truly gripped my heart was that he was just that way naturally. There was no added flair, acting, etc. This character hat Amelia Foster created was just honestly that good of a person

Georgia (Gigi) was also an amazing character and believe when I say that this women had been through hell and back in the span of 12 or so years. Constantly battling whether to take care of her family or take care of herself, this woman still managed to maintain a fantastic sense of humor and I adored her for it. 

Much like Foster’s debut novel, this one has a lot to do with forgiveness. Although the subject matter in Meant to Be Different is nothing like its predecessor, Meant to Be Kept, there is still the ongoing theme regarding forgiveness. Moreover, Foster clearly celebrates those unlikely or somewhat mismatched couples, which I loved! While growing up, Wyatt didn’t care about her dark eyeliner, fishnets, and Doc Martens and how they strongly contrasted with his cowboy boots and hat. This story is about finding your person, regardless of the package they may come in, loving them with every fiber of your soul, and learning to forgive and move on when one or the other screws up. 

As I reflect on this novel, I can’t say that I truly adored it as much as Amelia Foster’s debut, however, this one was wonderful nonetheless. I realize that I shouldn’t compare the two because it’s not as if it were a sequel, so just as it is, it’s a highly recommended read. Especially for those who love second-chance romances, you will eat this one up. 

*A special thanks to Amelia Foster for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Release Blitz, Giveaway, & Review: Where Forever Ends, by K. Street

 

 

Title: Where Forever Ends
Series: Maplewood Falls #1
Author: K. Street
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 28, 2019

 

Blurb
My life is split into two parts—then and now.

 

Then:

I was a wife.

Married to a man who was my world and the father of my child. Then, one day,
half of my heart was ripped out of my chest.

Now:

I’m a widow.

A single mom who has spent the last nine months trying like hell not to drown
in an ocean of grief.

I survive in the in-between, but surviving isn’t the same as living, and I’m
not sure what living looks like anymore.

That is, until Jase Turner, my older brother’s best friend and my former crush,
comes back into my life.

We’re two people tethered together by strands of similar sorrow.

My husband had my past.

Jase wants my future.

And maybe where forever ends is just a different beginning.

**My Review**

I am so excited to welcome you to my stop on the tour for K. Street’s first in her Maplewood Falls series, Where Forever Ends! Get your Kleenex handy for this one because you will shed sad tears, happy tears, and every other tear you can imagine while reading this. 

Young mother and widow, Saylor, is still reeling from the unexpected loss of her husband. She is barely getting by raising her son Know because of her crippling grief. After a horrendous meltdown, she decides she can’t take another day in the home she shared with her husband, so she moves to Maplewood Falls to live with her brother and be close to her parents. This brings her back into contact with her older brother’s best friend, Jase, who Saylor once had an insane crush on. Also recovering from a loss similar to Saylor’s, Jase becomes Saylor’s friend, confidant, and then much more. But Saylor struggles to let go of the past and allow her heart to open up to a future with Jase. 

My first experience reading K. Street came not too long ago when I read Everything I Never Wanted, and I absolutely loved it. Where Forever Ends has also completely stolen my heart! This one will envoke every emotion imaginable and will leave you with a crying hangover, but it is so good. Jase embodied everything good and right with the world in regards to book boyfriends. Sexy, smart, talented, funny, patient, devoted, and best of all – he was amazing with Saylor’s four-year-old son Knox. Prepare yourself to be rooting and cheering for these two the entire time. 

Of course, I haven’t forgotten about Saylor, it’s just my love for Jase is like a shiny, blinking billboard in my brain right now! Saylor goes through it in this book. She loses her husband, to whom she was very happily married, she’s raising a little boy on her own, and grieving herself to death in the huge home they had bought and planned to fill with children. She goes through phases after moving home, varying from extreme sadness, joy, guilt, curiosity about her feelings for Jase, and then tends to circle through all the phases again. I’ll admit that there were times I felt like things could have moved along a little, but it didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the book.

Can someone’s heart can ever truly heal after a loss so significant? Can you fall in love again when someone else still holds so much space in your heart? Where Forever Ends will have you asking yourself those questions over and over, all the while praying and hoping that Jase and Saylor find their own happy ending. Keep in mind, this is not a consistently light and happy read, however, it’s worth the sadness and angst to see Saylor’s life change so much. I loved, loved, loved this one and highly recommend it!

*Thank you to GMB and the author for providing this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

 

 

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Author Bio
K. Street has been making up stories since she was old enough to talk and began writing at the tender age of eleven. She resides in central Florida with her husband
and daughter, as well as a tiny menagerie of pets; including a dog, a cat, and
a bearded dragon. K is a foodie with an affinity for coffee, peach Moscato, and
dark chocolate. When she isn’t plotting her next story K enjoys reading,
spending time with her family and cheering on her favorite hockey team, the
Chicago Blackhawks.

 

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Release tour, excerpt, & review: Accidentally in Love (425 Madison Avenue Book 8), by Katy Ames

RELEASE TOUR for Accidentally In Love by Katy Ames
 
Arya Winters’ dream job can make you blush, but her life isn’t nearly as exciting as being the voice of your
favorite romance audiobooks. For Gavin McCord, it’s all about getting the job done as quick as possible,
but suddenly he can’t stop fantasizing about a woman I’ll never meet. The eighth book in the addicting 425
Madison Avenue, is now live. Read Accidentally in Love by Katy Ames today!

 

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About Accidentally in Love



Arya I know I can make you blush. It’s a weird claim to fame, but a perk of my dream job: being

the voice of your favorite romance audio books. Laughter, hijinks, adventure. Passion.

Sweet heaven, the passion. It’s everything I could ever want. Except… The problem with this fabulous

life? It’s all just fantasy. 

Picking between Chinese and Thai delivery doesn’t count as adventure. 
The bestie who always makes me laugh is thousands of miles away. 
As for the hunky hero? It’s not like he’s just going to come crashing into my apartment. 

 

Until the night a bearded stranger does exactly that… 

 

 
Gavin 
Do the job. Get the bad guy. Go home. 
Most importantly, don’t get involved. 
Those are the rules. The agency’s and mine. And they work. Even better, they give me the perfect excuse
to keep my distance. 
The perfect escape from getting burned again. Except… 

 

Why can’t I stop watching her? 
I shouldn’t care more about what she’s doing than my target. 
I shouldn’t let her distract me from the job. 
And I sure as hell shouldn’t fantasize about a woman I’ll never meet. 

 

That is, until the night I surprise us both by kicking down her apartment door. Rules or no rules, it’s true
that… 

 

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

 

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the tour for the latest installment in the 425 Madison Series, Accidentally in Love! This story is about audiobook narrator Arya who lives at 425 Madison on the same floor as a guy that FBI agent Gavin has been staking out. When Gavin sees something concerning at Arya’s apartment (from accidentally looking that way every once in a while), he runs over to rescue her. After meeting Gavin, Arya realizes how much she needs adventure and companionship in her life so she seeks out Gavin, leading to a lot of fun outings, a very strong friendship, and feelings neither of them expected. 

This is definitely one of my favorite 425 Madison novels, mainly because I was so crazy over both main characters. Both Arya and Gavin loved their careers and were accustomed to the solitude that came along with their chosen paths, but each craved something more. Besides being taken with each other’s looks, they also just immediately “clicked” despite the awkward and hilarious way that they met, and, of course, their chemistry was off the charts! One of my favorite things, hands-down, however, was Arya’s quirky, awkward sense of humor! 

So, this one contains an FBI investigation, Arya’s job that she loves, and some amazing sounding dates as her and Gavin get to know one another. However, the overall premise of this novel is just letting someone in and getting to know them. There is a lot of conversation in this one and Katy Ames kept my attention the entire time as Gavin opened up to Arya and they slowly fell in love. My only issues with this novel are that I didn’t completely understand Arya’s disappearing act and then her grand gesture at the end, and I hate the fact that “an ugly-duckling romance” is on the cover. It is clearly stated time and time again how sexy, handsome, etc. Gavin was, which can only mean it’s considered an ugly-duckling romance because of his scars. I will not get up on my soapbox and explain all of the reasons that scars do not make people ugly, but I had to mention how uncool that description is. 

Anyway, I did truly love this one from beginning to end! The characters were fantastic, the read was fast-paced, and Katy Ames thought up some of the coolest, most romantic dates ever. There were so many times I wanted to be Arya! This was my first time reading this author but it certainly won’t be the last.  Her writing style, dialogue, and incredible descriptions/imagery made this a wonderful read. I highly recommend this one to romance fans that like a blend of quirky humor!

Excerpt
Copyright @ 2019 Katy Ames

 

“Number one rule of tailing someone: don’t breathe so loud they can hear you five flights away.”
“Hey!” I say, thwacking his chest. “Don’t be a jerk. Besides, I don’t think you’re in the position to give spy tips right now.”
One bold eyebrow lifts in question.
Pushing out of his grasp, I whip the hat off my head, breathing in relief as cool air hits my skull. “Isn’t the number one rule of spying not to pick up a tail in the first place?”
The first eyebrow drops, followed by the other. Green eyes turn sharp, primitive, before brightening. A roar of laughter erupts from his chest. We stand there for who knows how long, me huffing and puffing, and Gavin laughing like I’ve just delivered the funniest one-liner he’s ever heard. When he stops, his chest is heaving as hard as mine. One last chuckle escapes when he clocks my annoyed expression.
“Oh, come on. You should be proud. It’s been forever since I laughed that hard. That alone should make up for giving yourself away. Besides, it was a good effort. For a first timer.”
“Ugh,” is the only answer that seems fitting. “When did you realize I was there?”
“Hmm,” he says, stroking his beard, his lips still twisted in a smirk. “Down in the alley. When you scraped that thing against the wall.” He points at the metal tip on the large umbrella.
“You heard that?”
“Hmm,” he repeats, head bobbing. “That and a lot more.” Gavin sweeps his eyes down my body, lingering on my boots before pivoting and heading down the hall.
“Wait, what else?” Keeping up is impossible, what with my thigh muscles screaming and pain scorching my foot. He slows his pace without glancing back, his strides shortening until I catch up.
Another step and another wince, and Gavin mutters something under his breath before lifting me off my feet. My own smirk turns to a shriek when he throws me over his shoulder and swats my butt before continuing down the hall.
“That was completely unnecessary.” My complaint lacks edge, which I blame on the view of his very fine ass.
“Quite the opposite, Ms. Winters. Consider it punishment for ignoring my warnings about staying away.”

 


 

About Katy Ames:


 
Katy Ames has spent most of her life on the East Coast and hopes to spend more of it in the UK, primarily so she can indulge in her serious plaid obsession. There isn’t a teenage drama or a period British TV show she hasn’t binge-watched at least twice. And she can be persuaded to do almost anything with the promise of bourbon, chocolate, or a nap (not necessarily in that order).

 

Katy is mom to a small human who has an obscene amount of energy and a blissful ability to ignore swear words, and wife to a man whose reading habits are far too serious. Katy and her family reside in Washington, D.C., a city she where never intended to live and loves so much she’d be happy to talk about it for hours. Just ask.
 


About the 425 Madison Series

 

 

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced &
sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

 

The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie
York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel.

 

Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.

 

Featuring some of readers’ favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a
good ol’ enemies to lovers romance. We’ve got you covered with a sports romance, a fake relationship
and even an ugly duckling or two. Don’t forget a brother’s best friend and falling for your soul mate.
Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all,
425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

 

For more information, visit the series website ➝ www.425madisonseries.com

 

Follow the series on Facebook ➝ https://www.facebook.com/425MadisonSeries

 

Did you miss the first eight books in the series? You can read them here: 

 

 

The final book in the series is coming soon! Add it to your Goodreads shelf today! 

 

Sightseeing in Manhattan by C. Lesbirel
A Soul MateRomance
Release: 7/18/19
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Book tour, review, & giveaway: Dahlia’s Delights, by Karen Tjebben

 

The Flowers of Avenel book 2 – DAHLIA’S DELIGHTS
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: June 8, 2019
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Dahlia Collins had sworn that she’d escape the sandy beaches of her little hometown of Avenel on The Hidden Banks Islands. She’d dreamt big for herself, craving the adventure and success that could only be found in a big city. But life in the big city turned tumultuous, and the overwhelming swells of betrayal and financial struggle carried her back home to Avenel. Taking over Dahlia’s Delights Bakery should have been easy for her, except it wasn’t. Someone was sabotaging her business. She prayed that with the help of a handsome police officer, she would save her bakery.
Mark Lane was a simple man with simple needs. He had his health and a successful career as the police lieutenant on a beautiful island off the coast of North Carolina. That was all he needed or thought he needed until he walked into Dahlia’s Delights. When he saw her, his brain whirled with surprise. The young teen he’d last laid eyes on a decade ago was now a grown beauty. His heart double-tapped. His blood heated and strummed through his veins faster than normal. Gone was the girl he’d teased in his youth. Instead, an auburn-haired beauty with emerald eyes robbed him of rational thought.
When Dahlia shares her concerns about the bakery with Mark, and he promises to help her, all the feelings she’d had for him rushed through her again. Her heart palpitated, desire cloaked her, and she was thirteen again. Falling in love with him would be so easy. Hell, she was already halfway there.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Karen Tjebben’s latest in her Flowers of Avenel series, Dahlia’s Delights. Once again set in a charming coastal town, this installment focuses on Dahlia who has returned from big city life and taken ownership of her family’s bakery. She loves the bakery, loves the town, and is certainly excited to see Mark walk into her shop, after crushing on him so many years ago. But when she realizes that her bakery is consistently losing money, she has no idea why. As Mark tries to help her figure out what’s going on with her bakery, romance also starts to bloom!

This was a nice, romantic read also filled with a bit of mystery and suspense as Dahlia tries to figure out what’s happening with her bakery. I loved both the main characters and they had fantastic chemistry together. I especially love this setting because it sounds like an absolute dream! Imagine running a cute little bakery right on the boardwalk of a tiny beach town? Perfection, right?

I definitely found this to be an enjoyable story and recommend it to fans of sweet romance with a little bit of steam and a little bit of mystery/suspense. The only reason I didn’t absolutely love it was that it was written in third person rather than from Dahlia’s perspective (or both her and Mark’s). Writing seems to flow better to me personally when written in the first person, but that’s just a little peeve of mine, nothing major. 

Dahlia’s Delights blends a wonderful setting, realistic characters, and sweet romance that is a joy to read. I’m not sure if I enjoyed it as much as the first in the series, The Making of Daisy Heart, but it’s a great novel and I look forward to more from Karen Tjebben about this wonderful coastal town!

*Thanks to RABT and the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, two hamsters, four guinea pigs, an axolotl, and a school of various fish. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her writing career. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.

 

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Book Review: One Night at the Lake: A Novel, by Bethany Chase

One Night at the Lake: A Novel, by Bethany Chase

Publication:  Ballantine Books (June 18, 2019)

one night at the lakeAbout the book:

A tragedy on a hot summer night at a lake house forever alters the lives of two best friends—and the man they both love. But the truth isn’t as simple as it appears in this intricate novel of love, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Leah has been waiting for this moment a long time: Her boyfriend, Ollie, is taking her to his family’s home on Seneca Lake for a week of lazy summer bliss, boating, and barbeque. The couple has been together four years, and Leah is convinced that Ollie is finally going to pop the question. Leah can’t wait to share the joyous news with her best friend, June, who is joining them on their getaway, and whose presence will make everything feel more real.

Seven years later, the moment June has been dreading has finally arrived: Her fiancé, Ollie, is taking her to his family’s lake house. But this is not an ordinary visit to an ordinary place; it is a house haunted by June’s long-buried memories of her lost friend Leah—and the connection that appears to remain between Leah and the man for whom June’s love is as deep as her grief.

Alternating between the two women’s vibrant voices, One Night at the Lake is an emotional novel that explores a complex tangle of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, all driving toward one question: Can love overcome what happened on that hot summer night?

**My Review**

I had planned to read and review this one prior to the publication date, but I’m a few days late! This one kept me completely engrossed as I sat out on my deck yesterday afternoon enjoying the gorgeous weather. The only thing better would have been if I had taken it with me to the lake last week. 

This novel is told from the points of view of Leah and her best friend June, switching back and forth between the present and their trip to the lake seven years ago. It takes no time to understand that June is Leah’s best friend and Ollie is Leah’s boyfriend of four years, and the three of them are thick as thieves. When June’s boyfriend breaks up with her right before their vacation, Leah invites June to join them at Seneca Lake for the week to visit with Ollie’s family, where she is hoping that Ollie is going to propose to her. Then seven years later, told from June’s point of view, she is also preparing to visit Seneca for the week, with her fiance Ollie, and she’s nervous as hell about it. See what happened here? Ollie was with Leah but is now engaged to June. Hmmmmm.

One Night at the Lake is certainly a character driven novel, however, there is enough depth to the plot that it’s not just about the ins and outs of the characters. There’s no huge twist or “aha” moment, but there’s ample conflict to hold your interest in this one.

Leah is a live wire, intelligent, funny, passionate, and as June and Ollie describe her years later, “she really lived.” I was crazy about Leah’s character and the enthusiastic view she had on life. She loved fiercely, enjoyed the little things, and reluctantly admitted her mistakes. 

June is struggling not only with returning to the lake for the first time in seven years, but her overall relationship with Ollie. She misses her best friend desperately, feels guilty for being with the man that Leah had hoped to marry, but also resentful because she constantly wonders, “is he only with me because she’s no longer in our lives?”

Ollie was a challenge for me to get a handle on, most likely because I got to know June and Leah more easily as the book was written from their points of view. I never doubted that he loved Leah and never doubted that he loved June. But something was missing with him that didn’t make him as perfect and fabulous as the two narrators appeared to think he was. His parents initially seemed like perfection as far as parents go, but I quickly realized there was some serious dysfunction going on regarding Ollie’s father and Ollie’s half-brother, which I never really understood. 

So, the bulk of this book is getting to know these characters during the different time periods, what challenges they face, how they are resolved, and so on. As I said earlier, there’s no huge build-up and suspense and shocking resolution in this one, although things are finally explained about why June is now with Ollie and not Leah. Chase definitely had me thinking over this situation long after I finished reading. I’m still not sure how I feel about Ollie and June being together. Each character was so different to me during the present time in the novel versus Leah’s point of view from seven years ago. Of course, people grow, mature, and change over seven years, but there was a punk missing from each of them. Then there was the epilogue where Leah talks about her heart almost exploding from love (when describing her favorite day), and it made me smile. But then I paused and felt sad for her coveting a moment so much that may have felt completely different for June and/or Ollie. 

As always, Bethany Chase’s writing is beautiful in One Night at the Lake. She has created wonderfully unique and complex characters, an original plot, this one held my interest from beginning to end. This book is about love, overall, whether romantic, friends, or family. If you need those big moments of revelation in your novels, this may not be for you, but I definitely recommend this one to fan’s of Women’s Fiction and for those that love books that really make you think while reading. 

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

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Book Review: Getting Hot with the Scot: A Sometimes in Love Novel, by Melonie Johnson

Getting Hot with the Scot: A Sometimes in Love Novel, by Melonie Johnson

Publication: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (April 30, 2019)

 

scotAbout the book:

IT’S TIME TO FLIRT WITH A MAN IN A KILT

Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .

Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love?

**My Review**

Today I was looking for something light and romantic to read so I finally sat down with Getting Hot with the Scott which is the first in Melonie Johnson’s Sometimes in Love series. This is about Cassie Crow and her meeting Logan Reid while traveling through Europe with her friends. Cassie meets Logan at a Scottish castle and the chemistry is instant. Thinking it will be only one night with her Scot, Cassie and her friends continue on to London for the last part of their amazing vacation. But she quickly learns that she will be seeing more of Logan.

I will start by saying that I enjoyed this book and am truly regretting not requesting the second in this series when it was available on NetGalley. Overall, I liked the main characters, as well as, the secondary characters with some exceptions. 

Initially, I loved Cassie and thought she and her friends were intelligent, funny, interesting, etc. Her character was developed somewhat slowly in my opinion for a rom-com, but it was done well. Logan inspired instant lust for me and I found him charming, sexy, and funny. Again, his development was slow but it worked. I was a huge fan of all of Cassie’s friends (although Bonnie gave me whiplash several times with her mood swings) and I adored Theo. But… Truth be told, who Cassie and Logan were at their core was not someone that I would enjoy being around or want to know. Why?

My primary issue with Logan’s character was his repetitive dishonesty. If I’m reading a rom-com I certainly expect flawed characters, but his ongoing lying became distracting to me. Equally annoying were the numerous holes in his story ranging from his mysterious friendship with Theo to why he wouldn’t call his sister once he was in the States. By the end of the novel, I still didn’t feel as if I knew his character, despite him revealing more of himself and his emotions in the last 20% or so of the book.

Regarding Cassie, my main issue with her character was a complete lack of backbone and self-worth. Logan lied repeatedly and had one major screw-up. Then there were ongoing instances of him closing off, shutting down, and pushing her away that, at times, were downright cruel. Then there was Cassie’s evil co-worker Tiffany… That evil hag of a person was wretched to Cassie and obviously had been for quite some time. But with both Logan and Tiffany, Cassie rarely stood up for herself and was insanely quick at dolling out forgiveness. So if a character doesn’t even like themselves, how does the reader learn to like them?

Moving on from all of that, Getting Hot with the Scott was a good read. There are some very funny parts of the story, an eclectic cast of characters, and an original storyline. Melonie Johnson’s writing flows along flawlessly and reels you into the story from the very beginning until the last line. I especially loved the enormous variety of settings, accents, dialects, food, customs, and so on that were included in the story. If not for the previously mentioned issues I would say I absolutely loved this one, but it ended up being a fairly strong like instead. 

*Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Paperbacks for providing this copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway: Ask Me Why, by Harloe Rae

 

 

Title: Ask Me Why
Author: Harloe Rae
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 20, 2019

Blurb
One deep breath. Two slow blinks. Three hollow beats.

I’m still here.

After three years, that reminder isn’t as necessary. But everyone has their bad
days. This is definitely one of them.

Until an adorable little boy dashes into my store.

His zest for life makes me smile in a way that’s been long lost.

Then I meet his father.

Well, confront is more like it.Brance Stone is volatile.

Offensive.

Harsh.

And can’t be bothered to care.

Not that I want him to.

I get frostbite just looking into Brance’s glacial stare. But there’s something
undeniable about him.

My misery suddenly craves company. The suffocating numbness lifts whenever
Brance is near. That alone should have me running in the opposite direction.
Try as I might, there’s no avoiding him. If only I could understand why. As if
he’d let me.

I don’t ask. He doesn’t tell. A silent, bitter truce settles between us.

That was our first mistake.

It’s certainly not the last.

**My Review**

 

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Harloe Rae’s latest novel, Ask Me Why. This novel is about a woman Braelyn, who years after a tragic accident is still trying to emotionally recover. One day an adorable little boy named Ollie comes running into her store and her heart soars just looking at him. That is until Ollie’s brooding, cocky, angry, and rude father Brance walks in. After offending Braelyn in every way possible, the two slowly begin to call a truce because Ollie is completely smitten with the sweet shop owner and Brance finds himself thinking all sorts of things about her all the time. But they don’t just sail into a happy ending.

I really loved this emotional, sexy, funny, and romantic novel. I was addicted to it from the beginning and stayed that way until the last line. Ollie was such a sweet and charismatic little thing that I fell in love with him immediately! Brance, not so much. I was honestly offended by how rude he was in the beginning and then again later in the novel. What a shit of a character! But as I always say, when an author writes a character that infuriates me that much – bravo for your writing ability! Brance redeems himself, then falls to the top of my shit list again, but eventually redeems himself for good and makes my heart practically burst!

Braelyn was impossible not to love with her sweet and funny demeanor, especially when she was around Ollie or other people that she loved. My only struggle with her was I wasn’t completely buying into her lingering emotional instability three years after the accident. I’m not trying to anger anyone or be insensitive, but three years and still that clinically depressed? The woman needed ongoing therapy and most likely medication in my opinion. Nevertheless, her character was engaging and likable, not to mention patient to a fault. I loved the idea of her store, Thicket, and Harloe Rae’s writing and descriptions had me seeing, smelling, and hearing all the fabulous things in her store!

Ask Me Why has an original plot, extremely well-developed characters, sadness, joy, anger, frustration, romance and every other possible emotion in between! This is a great novel, certainly a page-turner, and I promise that you will be thinking about the characters long after you have finished reading this one.

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Excerpt
Brance’s
suit is deliciously rumpled. A naughty gleam lingers in his eyes. Evidence of
our kiss lingers on his lips, slightly swollen and red. His hair sticks up in
sexy disarray, sections pointing in every direction. I curl my fingers, hiding
the guilty offenders. But combing through those silky strands will be committed
to memory. I want to do that again, multiple times. But I tamp my trampy side
down. For now.
He makes
quick work of straightening his tie. “You owe me a story.”
A boulder
drops in my gut. “Now?”
Brance
sweeps the brown locks off his forehead, erasing more proof of our tryst. “Nah,
gotta get back to the office.”
“Already?”
I’m still recovering from my orgasm.
He smooths
the wrinkles from his shirt. “My schedule leaves no time for deviations. I have
a full calendar every day. This indiscretion cost me several hours. I’ll be
working late to catch up.”
“Was that a
dig at me?”
“Does it matter?”
“Really,
Brance? Just like that?”
“Were you
expecting something else?”
I open my
mouth, then close it. Was I? How could I? Brance smirks at my extended silence.
“That’s
what I thought.” He tops it off with a wink for good measure.
“You’re
such an—”
“Asshole.
Yeah, got it. I don’t have time to rehash the details.”
Copyright ©
2019 by Harloe Rae, LLC

 

Author Bio
Harloe Rae
is a USA Today & Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Her passion for writing
and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable
adventure.
Harloe is a
Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. She’s always chasing an epic
happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be
found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being
lakeside or out in the country with her horses.
Harloe is
the author of Redefining Us, Forget You Not, Watch Me Follow, GENT, MISS, LASS,
and Ask Me Why. These titles are available on Amazon.

 

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Book tour, review, & giveaway: Wild, Crazy Hearts (The Bradens & Montgomerys), by Melissa Foster

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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.

In WILD, CRAZY HEARTS…

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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The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster’s Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. Love in Bloom novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women’s fiction. These novels are written to stand alone or may be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive 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 newest installment in her Bradens and Montgomerys series, Wild, Crazy Heart. If you like on-again-off-again romances that finally come to a head – then this one is for you!

After heading off to Paris for something (summer vacation?), Brindle returns to her family, as well as, to the sexy man Trace that she has had an ongoing fling/break-up/make-up thing with for years. Everyone’s shocked to see that she’s pregnant, but what’s even more surprising is the curveball Brindle throws everyone. Thus begins a roller-coaster of ups and downs as Brindle and Trace decipher their real feelings for one another, they prepare for a new baby, and they each take a hard look at their short-comings.

I loved this book as I love all of Foster’s books! I’ve been rooting for Brindle and Trace for a while so, of course, I was thrilled to read their story. Wild, Crazy Hearts certainly showed new sides of each of them – some good and some bad. There was romance, hot and steamy moments, and frustrating moments on both of their parts. As is typical of these novels, their families and friends just added to the fantastic story adding plenty of “awwwww” moments as well as, several laughs. 

Let me say that I read this one twice. The first time was the day I received it and the second time was a few days ago prior to writing this review. What I’m still unclear about is why Brindle was so weird about the whole commitment and love thing anyway? Yes, there were some things explained here and there about her way point of view on love, marriage, etc. but this young woman comes from an amazing and loving family while also being surrounded but numerous friends that have found love and have (or had) happy and successful relationships. So what was her deal? Also, I had somehow missed before that Brindle was a high-school teacher. Being someone that taught high school in an extremely small town where everyone knew everyone’s business, I was a little surprised that her ongoing extracurricular activities, etc. were o.k. considering her position. But that’s neither here nor there. Just an observation!

Back to the good stuff, this novel is sweet and romantic, has a happy ending (of course!), and was a completely entertaining read. Melissa Foster never fails in reeling me in with her amazing characterization and storytelling. Can’t wait to read more about these characters in the future!

 

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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 diving 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 dive right into this fun, sexy romance.

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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 dive right into this fun, sexy romance.

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MAKING YOU MINE – Releasing January 22nd, 2020
Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]Knox Bentley never liked the pomp and circumstance that came with being wealthy. He’d distanced himself from his pretentious family and their fortune as a young adult and found his own path to success. But even with the world at his fingertips, he realizes something is missing, and after a long stay overseas, he finally knows exactly what it is. His no-strings-attached hookups with Aubrey Stewart, an exquisite and stubbornly independent blonde, are no longer enough for him. They connect on every level, but Aubrey is a fierce businesswoman with a new movie channel on the horizon and no time for much else. She is the deal he can’t close, the precious jewel even his billions can’t buy. Now that he’s back in the States, he’s determined to show her that what they have goes beyond the bedroom and finally make her his.

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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 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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