Blog Tour: Buried Secrets by T. J. Brearton @BreartonTJ @bookouture


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Release date: August 18, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb: 

What if your dream home became your worst nightmare?


Newlyweds Brett and Emily Larson have just moved into a new home deep in the countryside, and are overjoyed when Emily finds out she’s pregnant. 


Then they discover human bones in their garden.


As the police start to investigate, three things become clear:


The bones are recent.

They are not here by accident.

They are a message.


When the police put three photographs of known criminals on the Larsons’ kitchen table, the couple realize the danger may be closer to home than they think. 


As the situation escalates, can Brett and Emily keep one step ahead to protect themselves – and their unborn child?


Fast-paced, compelling and full of twists, this heart-pounding thriller will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Dugoni and Linwood Barclay.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Buried Secrets!


Review: 

Oohh this book ended up being different than what I had expected but I mean that in a good way. I had assumed it would focus on either a cop narrating the story or have a killer as the focus but it was actually told in two separate narratives and not from a cop OR a killer. The first is Brett and Emily a young, newlywed couple who have just moved into a new home. When they decide to start a garden they find human bones and their lives take an unexpected turn. The second follows Jimmy Russo, a man who finds himself in jail when his portion begins due to a past transgression he thought he escaped. I kept trying to figure out how these storylines would merge and I definitely didn’t predict exactly how, or when they would. 

The first half of Buried Secrets starts out on the slower side as Russo tries to figure out how to get himself out of jail and back with his wife and baby daughter while Emily and Brett deal with the aftermath of the bones being unearthed. While I found both storylines interesting and engaging, I was more drawn to Russo, both his character and his specific story. There was just something endearing about this rough around the edges man that got under my skin and captured my attention. 

By the last quarter of this book I was well and truly hooked as the storylines converged in unexpected ways. It became tense and very action packed as crazy things started to happen and they didn’t stop until the very end. It’s so strange how the discovery of human bones set off a series of events that I never saw coming, this one kept me on my toes. If you’re looking for a different type of thriller told from a unusual perspective, you may like this one.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About the Author: 



 

 

 

 

 

T.J. Brearton is the author of eight published novels of crime fiction, including detective thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, and one paranormal crime story. His eBooks have been best-sellers on the Amazon kindle fiction Top 100 list. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children where he writes full time.

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Blog Tour: The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Loreskar @loreskar @bombshellpub


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Release date: August 10, 2017

Publisher: Bombshell Books

Genre: Women’s Fiction 

Blurb: 

Kajsa lives in a large house in Stockholm along with her three children and their dog. Since coming clean about lying on her popular blog she no longer has any work. Not only that but she has kicked her husband out because of his sex addiction.


 


While her husband is in rehab trying to fix his little problem, Kajsa’s mother in law is thrown out of her retirement home and comes to live with her daughter in law.


 


Then Kajsa receives an unexpected offer to move to a fashionable part of London. But having to look after her mother in law makes life complicated.  


 


Can Kajsa rid herself of her baggage and make a fresh start with her children in England?


 


This laugh-out-loud comedy looks at the daily struggles we all face with our families and asks if starting again is ever really possible. 


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Queen of New Beginnings.


Review:

This is the second book in a series, I read the first, The Queen of Blogging right before this one and since I didn’t post a full review, I’ll quickly share my thoughts on that book before this one. 

Queen of Blogging

Kajsa is a hilarious and quirky character, she made the book for me personally, she was just so much fun in an over the type kind of way. She was kind of a mash up of Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood, she finds herself in these outrageous situations, mostly due to the fact that her whole blog is a total lie. She’s supposed to be this fitness guru and she hates to exercise and she posts pics of her meals that she finds using Google. It’s told through diary entries and was a quick, light read. The ending did feel a bit rushed and there wasn’t a lot of resolution, so I was happy I had the next one to start immediately!

Queen of New Beginnings 

This one picks up three months after the first book ends and Kajsa is separated from her sex addict husband and struggling as a single mom. It’s told in a similar structure as the first book was and once again, it made it really easy to just keep turning the pages. She’s as funny as ever in this installment and finds herself in several awkward and embarrassing scenarios. I especially liked the relationship between her and her mother in law, they’re at odds most of the time and they both say and think the funniest things!

Kajsa has definitely shown growth and development throughout both books but she’s still a lovable hot mess underneath. This was such an easy read that made me giggle, a super fun book to read in an afternoon. The ending was a bit abrupt again but I’m hoping this means there’s a third book in the works?! 

Overall rating: 4/5

About the Author: 


Therese Loreskär started her carrier in 2010 as a Swedish author. She self-published her first novel which was very well received and quickly sold out!


 


In 2014 she signed up to a publishing house. Her novel called “The Queen of Blogging” was released and the feedback was overwhelming! People referred to the book as a modern “Bridget Jones” and couldn’t get enough of the main character, Kajsa. The next book “The Queen of Blogging 2” was released shortly after to all the reader’s delight.


 


Therese has since then published 4 bestselling children’s books as well. She often does tours at different schools and talks about her books. The children love her visits and Therese always enjoys talking to her little readers.


 


“The Queen of Blogging 1 & 2” have also been recorded and launched as audiobooks in addition to paper backs in Sweden. Her biggest dream is to have “The Queen of Blogging series” made into films, and she secretly keeps a list in an old drawer of presumptive actors that would do the characters in her books justice.


 


Her never-ending energy for writing and entertaining people with her characters is her biggest trait.


 


Therese lives in the countryside along the west coast of Sweden. She has a rather big and busy household, with (one) husband, two children, one deaf cat, five hamsters and a grandmother.


 


When she’s not busy making up stories and writing silly things, she enjoys the nature, people, history, redecorating the house without asking anyone for permission, and all other kinds of creativity.

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Blog Tour: The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock @Fizzygrrl


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Release date: July 25, 2017

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Women’s Fiction 

Blurb:

In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day since I’ve had sex.  


Having sex wasn’t exactly high on Kat Carmichael’s priority list while her successful bakery was taking off, especially since things hadn’t been working very well in that department. And the last time she and her boyfriend, Ryan, even attempted the act, they found it to be physically impossible—resulting in pain and disappointment for Kat instead of sunshine and orgasms.


With just over a month until their four-year anniversary, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, encouraging him to see other people while she throws herself into physical therapy. Yet even with the well-intentioned (but wildly inappropriate) attempts at help from her best friends, Kat quickly discovers that a solo mission may not be the best approach.


Fortunately, physical therapist Ben Cleary, the shop’s best (looking) customer, volunteers to help out—strictly as a friend, of course. But as the line between love and friendship begins to blur, Kat stands to lose much more than a functioning set of lady bits if she can’t figure out what to hang on to…and what to let go.

Review: 

From the blurb I had assumed this would be a typical, lighthearted read with a focus on vaginas, a dash of romance and a pretty predictable plot. I couldn’t have been more wrong, this is anything but formulaic, it’s a refreshing read that’s SO much more than your average women’s fiction/chick lit read, I LOVED it!

Kat has a broken vagina. Yes, that’s a thing but it’s actually called vaginismus and it sounds completely and totally awful. After two long years with the condition she decides it’s finally time to get it fixed with the help of her three best friends and coworkers, Shannon, Butter and Liz. I want Kat to be my new BFF and I want a job at the bakery, this group of women are amazing and Heacock created the most relatable, realistic characters I’ve come across in quite awhile. When they were together and just chatting I felt like I was eavesdropping on an awesome group of friends, the dialogue and structure was perfect. 

While there is romance here that isn’t the central focus, instead it’s about this group of badass women who handle life’s awkward moments with humor and as much grace as they can. There are so many hilarious scenes that had me cracking up, I’m talking tears streaming down my face type of funny. On top of all of that fun, there is a swoon worthy romance AND cupcakes, it doesn’t get much better than that! Except it does because some of the delicious sounding recipes are included at the end of the book.

If you’re looking for a fresh, modern read with sassy characters, snarky, witty humor and a wickedly funny storyline, look no further. I’m sort of bummed that this is Heacock’s debut because I have to wait another year to read more of her work and I’ve never read anything else quite like this book. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for my review copy. 

About the Author: 


Summer Heacock is an author of contemporary women’s fiction and prances through life like a Disney cartoon that says the “F” word a lot. She lives in a teeny Indiana town, where she’s a stay-at-home-mom to two scampy tots, wife to an amazingly understanding husband, herder of a rescue critter menagerie and collector of life-size celebrity cardboard cutouts. When not writing or hoarding jellybeans, she’s a member of the Midwest Writers planning committee and a cohost of PubTalkTV. She can be found at http://www.Fizzygrrl.com and on Twitter as @Fizzygrrl. The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky is her debut novel.

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Blog Tour: Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @NeverlandBT

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Release date: July 13, 2017

Publisher: HQ Digital

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Blurb:

 A second chance by the sea?
When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to – her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.

But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!

Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little family more than just a new home…

Maybe this is where her new life begins…?

An uplifting and heartwarming read, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd
 
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove!


Review:

I was really craving a lighthearted, fun read when I picked this book up and had a feeling this would hit the spot. I was totally right, it was sweet, charming and so romantic!

This is the second book in a series but can easily be read as a standalone. I didn’t have a chance to read the first book and Bennett filled in the blanks for me beautifully. Butterfly Cove is one of those magical, enchanting settings that make you wish you were there with the characters. 

The characters themselves were all so lovely, some of them are related so there’s a great family bond and some are friends that are as close as family. Kiki is such a dear woman, I really felt for her, she’s had such a rough time in an awful marriage. But despite her struggles she’s an amazing mother and I loved the bond between her and her two adorable children. Aaron was the kindest, gentlest man, I just adored him. While they definitely had an instantaneous chemistry, there was no instant love, which always makes me happy and just makes things so much more realistic. 

If you’re looking for a happy, feel good read with a gorgeous, quaint setting, this is it! There is another book in this delightful series (a Christmas one!!!) coming out in October so you have plenty of time to catch up. 

Overall rating: 4/5

About the Author:

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
 
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
 
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.
 

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Blog Tour: If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton @Keris @bookouture


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Release date: August 4, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Blurb:

 

Izzy Harris should have it all – but her boyfriend has been ignoring her for months, she’s been overlooked for a promotion, and the owner of her local coffee shop pervs on her every time she has a craving for a salted caramel muffin.


Then her life is unexpectedly turned upside down.


Izzy dumps her oblivious boyfriend, and leaps on the chance to win a big pitch at work. Needing to work closely with gorgeous colleague Alex is an added perk…


But then her best friend has her heart broken, the pitch is way more complicated than expected, and Alex is keeping secrets. Does Izzy have what it takes to help her friend, save her career and get the guy?


A funny, feel-good read about finding yourself – and love – when you least expect it, for fans of Joanna Bolouri, Cate Woods, and Lindsey Kelk.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for If You Could See Me Now!


Review:

What an absolutely fun read this turned out to be! It was different than what I was expecting, but I mean that in a good way. Without spoiling it, it gave me a Kitty French/Chapelwick series vibe and had a touch of magical realism that worked really well for me. It was highly original in both the concept and the characterization, I cannot wait to read more from Keris Stainton. 

Izzy was such a fabulous character, she went through quite the transformation throughout the book and I was rooting for her the whole time. She’s been a bit of a doormat her entire life and lets people walk all over her until something kind of crazy happens to her. Her best friend Tash was also fantastic, she’s naughty and sassy and the perfect balance to Izzy’s more subdued personality. When they were together they had me laughing so hard, there were SO many hilarious scenes in this book.

I loved the positivity throughout the book, it was super uplifting and lighthearted but it still had a powerful message of female empowerment that had me nodding my head in solidarity. It’s a little risqué but in a wickedly funny way and while there was definitely romance, the entirety of the plot did not hinge on that aspect which was great! If you’re looking for an original, easy weekend/vacation read this is it. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

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 Keris lives in Lancashire with her husband and two sons. She’s written a bunch of books for young adults and children, and is obsessed with Twitter, tea, and 1D.

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Blog Tour: Seven Hours Challenge Accepted by Angelina Kerner @AuthorAimeeB


Title: Seven Hours Challenge Accepted
Author: Angelina Kerner
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: July 31st, 2016
Tour Dates: July 31st – August 6th, 2017

One pill every 7 hours. That could be all it takes to give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her.

Chanel is an independent 19-year-old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a Senator comes with its own problems, one simple afternoon out with friends becomes overwhelming when they’re swarmed by reporters.

Keeping the secret of the experimental treatment close to her chest, she is able to fool everyone but her hawkeyed bodyguard, Leon, that has now been assigned to protect her.

Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?

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Excerpt:

Seven Hours
Book excerpt 2:
 
“Perfect, ladies. Please, choose your color on the wall behind me,” Janet said and I senses a bright and cheery smile behind her words.
“Chanel, do you want me to choose the color for you?” Brigitte asked as I listened to her high-heeled shoes clicking away across the floor.
“Sure,” I replied as I felt for the chair that Brigitte was nice enough to lead me to.
I pulled out the chair, walked around it, and sat down. I heard someone new enter from a different room and walk just past me, up to Janet. Then they started whispering, not knowing that I could still hear everything that they were saying.
“She is blind,” I heard Janet whisper with deep concern.
“Don’t worry. You help the girl by the wall. I will help the blind girl,” the new lady whispered back.
“How does one help a blind person? Do you just pull her hands into bowls yourself, or do you wait for them to find the bowls? Is it disrespectful to do it yourself?” Janet whispered.
“They had to send me a newbie to my salon,” the lady whispered back angrily. “Go check on that girl, and I’ll take over for you.”
Janet stalked away as the other lady sat down across from me.
“My name is Maria. I will be helping you today. What’s your name?” Maria’s voice softened.
“Chanel,” I replied. I was used to people not knowing how to act around me. I was used to ignoring their stupidity.
“Chanel, can I have your hands? Your fingers need to rest in the bowl so that the nails will soften,” Maria explained politely.
I folded my cane, put it on the table and then gave her my hands.
She took my hands and gently drew them into a bowl.
“Hold it there for a bit,” Maria ordered me.
“Okay,” I conceded.
“Chanel, I found you a color. Orange! It goes with your skirt,” Brigitte informed me in excitement.
“All right,” I responded.  Honestly, though, I had no idea what the color orange looked like.
“It matches perfectly,” Brigitte assured me and I heard her tapping on her cell phone.
“Maria, what time is it?” I inquired, worried that the time was drawing near for me to take my next pill.
“Nearly 4 p.m.,” she replied.
“Please, can you have my nails done before 5 p.m.? I have medication that must be taken by then,” I expressed to her.
“Sure thing, sweetie,” Maria replied then she proceeded to work away quickly at my nails in the allotted time.
During the nail experience, I mainly talked with Maria because Brigitte was busy talking Janet’s head off about her nails, boys, and the movie that we all watched yesterday.
At first, Maria tried to describe the color orange to me but I was not too receptive.  I just couldn’t care about a color that I in no way could fathom.  So she changed the subject to the nice breeze outside. I just listened to her prattle on, at that point. No matter what she had told Janet, she too was a newbie at talking to a blind person.
 
 

Say Hello to author Angelina Kerner!

Angelina Kerner, a Pisces, was born during the Chinese astrological year of the Snake, which she absolutely adores. Angelina loves snakes and was once allowed to feed one a rat. That was an experience of a lifetime.

She moved around during her young years from Novosibirsk to Kaluga in Russia. Finally settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, her teenage years were spent dancing in troupes and performing on stage. The dances ranged from waltz to tango, from Jewish to Russian, and finally belly dance. She was accepted into six out of seven universities and decided to stay close to her family. Angelina pursued a psychology degree until she saw graduates working for Starbucks and then decided to pursue another career path in the Department of Social Sciences. The difficult coursework, her job, and finding her life partner inspired her to turn to writing which, at the time, wasn’t so much a hobby as a way to escape daily routine.

She worked on countless stories, never really finishing them, but came to understand that flash fiction wasn’t for her. After finding an online community where she met her best friend, her writing flourished, making publication a possible next step. She is now the author of Deity’s Soulmate, a fantasy novel for 18 and over, and of Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted, a chick-lit novella where the main character is disabled. She aspires to publish her other fantasy and crime fiction works soon. Her next project involves a competition for a beautiful Phoenix. That novel will, hopefully, make its debut in 2018. Angelina currently divides her time between her family, work, writing, and a lot of cats. She is super excited because her son was born in February 2017.

Visit her website at http://www.kernerangelina.com and her blog at http://www.kernerangelina.live

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Blog Tour: The Girls in the Water by Victoria Jenkins @vicwritescrime @bookouture

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Release date: August 3, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

‘The first one had been an accident. He had never intended to kill her. But as he looked down at her body, he knew there would be a next one…’

When the body of Lola Evans is found in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer.

Days later, a second girl goes missing. It seems the two shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group. Who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls?

As the detectives start to piece together the clues, Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden.

Alex and Chloe are determined to find the killer before more lives are lost…

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Girls in the Water!

Review:

I’m always super excited when I’m able to jump in on the ground floor of a new series, it’s intimidating when you really want to read a book and you realize it’s the eighth book already, right?! The Girls in the Water is an excellent beginning to an exciting new series, if you want to catch it from the beginning it’s out now!

Alex and Chloe are the two lead characters, they are partners and Alex is Chloe’s boss. Alex is in her forties and Chloe is in her twenties but despite their age difference, they make quite the team. The case they’re working on is really intense, young women are being murdered and left in bodies of water. When a tie to Chloe’s past is uncovered the tension mounts as they realize she may be in danger as well.

The character development was strong here, both Alex and Chloe have interesting pasts. Alex has a complex relationship with her ex husband, Rob and Chloe’s brother died when she was younger. The dynamics of the team were also engaging, I quite liked all of them besides Alex and Chloe including Dan and their superintendent Harry.

The pacing is steady to start, I think this is partly because Jenkins is introducing the reader to a new cast of characters. Things do amp up as the book progresses and the climax was intense and got my pulse pounding. There were also quite a few surprising turns that caught me off guard, being shocked is always good! I’m looking forward to the next book already and think fans of Patricia Gibney would enjoy this one.

Overall rating: 4/5

About the Author:

Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband in South Wales, where she writes crime fiction and teaches English. The Girls in the Water is her debut novel, the first featuring Detective Inspector Alex King and Detective Constable Chloe Lane. The

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Blog Tour: Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown @AuthorAimeeB

Title: Little Gray Dress
Author: Aimee Brown
Release Date: August 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit
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Book Blurb:

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?

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I am SO excited to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Aimee’s debut novel!

Review:

This begins in the present as Emi prepares to head to her brother Evan’s wedding where she’ll come face to face with her ex fiancé. Two years have passed since they’ve spilt and to say she’s nervous is putting it mildly. It then flips to the past and chronicles Emi and Jack’s relationship, but with a clever little twist. It starts with their most recent history, two years ago then goes back three years, then four all the way up until the day they met. I really enjoyed this structure, it was unique and really added something fresh to the story. 

The characters in this book were just awesome, I loved Emi’s friendship with her best friend Lily, she’s the type of friend that every girl needs, she’s honest to a fault and won’t hesitate to tell you your outfit is ugly or your hair looks awful. Who wants a “friend” who will sugarcoat things? I sure don’t and their bond was really sweet but also snarky and hilarious. She plays a small part, but Emi’s aunt Maggie was also another of my favorite people, she’s a quirky psychic and I thought her cryptic fortune telling was so funny! Emi was totally relatable and Jack was charming and sexy, their love story had some pretty swoon worthy, romantic moments, but it also had plenty of realistic hardships that made it easy to identify with. 

Little Gray Dress had every single ingredient that I crave when I reach for a chick lit novel, it honestly delivered on all levels for me and I’m super impressed that it’s a debut novel! It was sassy, witty, sexy, sweet and adorable and had a delightful cast of characters that I became totally invested in.  I’m even crossing my fingers that this will be the start of a new series of books?! Emi’s story was wrapped up rather nicely but I would love to check in with some of the supporting characters in the future. 

Overall rating: 5/5

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Blog Tour: Love at the Italian Lake by Darcie Boleyn @DarcieBoleyn @canelo_co

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Release date: July 31, 2017

Publisher: Canelo

Genre: Romance

Blurb:

On the shores of Lake Garda, a beautiful romance unfolds. But is it only for summer? Don’t miss this gorgeous, heart-warming novel from Darcie Boleyn, bestselling author of 2017 smash-hit Summer at Conwenna Cove.

Sophia Bertoni discovers her boyfriend in bed with another woman, and realizes her life is going nowhere. Leaving her high-pressure job, she travels to Italy to stay with her grandmother while she figures out her next move.

When Sophia – quite literally – bumps into devastatingly handsome Joe Lancaster her plans are turned upside down. As the two realize they’re both spending the summer in the same town, a love affair seems on the cards.

But Sophia and Joe are both burdened by family secrets. Despite their attraction, will the sun set on Sophia and Joe’s romance – or will they find love at the Italian lake?

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Love at the Italian Lake. I have an extract to share today.

Extract:

Chapter 1
Sophia Bertoni let herself into her apartment then picked up the post from the hall table and began leafing through it. Lee must have collected it from their mailbox in the lobby; at least that meant he’d done something today.  
There were a few credit card statements, but nothing interesting. There were always more bills to pay but that was the downside of her chosen lifestyle. She sighed. For a short while, when she was at work, she was able to forget how empty her life sometimes seemed, but as soon as she arrived at the luxury apartment she shared with Lee, her misgivings loomed like grey clouds. Particularly after the day from hell that she’d just had.
But a hot bath and at least five hours’ sleep would help. Seeing as how she’d got home before nine, she might even get more than six hours in bed.
All she wanted to do was kick off her shoes, soak in some jasmine-scented bubbles, crawl under the Egyptian cotton duvet cover, then sleep.
She’d tried to explain how exhausting and unfulfilling her job was to Lee on numerous occasions, but he’d looked at her as if she was mad for questioning their main source of income, then followed up with, ‘Did you pick up milk on the way home?’
Lee: Mr Sensitivity. Not!
They’d been together for three years but sometimes – well, most of the time – Sophia wondered why they stayed together. A mutual acquaintance had introduced them at a cocktail party in the Tower of London, and after too many Espresso Martinis, Sophia had ended up taking Lee back to her apartment. Somehow, he’d never left. The next day, when she’d got home, she’d found him waiting in the lobby with a bag and soon he’d moved all of his belongings in. They hadn’t even had a conversation about it; Lee had just gatecrashed her life. She was so assertive at work, so aloof and focused, but for some reason – possibly the fact that it was nice to have another human being in her home – she’d allowed him to assume the role of boyfriend.
And so it had been for three years. If she started to question why they’d stayed together, she supposed it could be attributed to habit, apathy and, possibly, a lack of belief that another relationship would be any better and that the grass was not, in fact, greener elsewhere.
Sophia shook her head. She’d been far too busy proving herself within a male-dominated environment at work to give her relationship much thought, and whenever doubts about Lee did creep in, she pushed them away for a day when she was less tired, less busy, less…  
What was that?
She’d heard a noise from their bedroom. It sounded like a groan, as if someone was in pain. Her heart fluttered.
‘Yes… just like that… yes, more…’
That didn’t sound like it hurt! And who was that? Her brain frantically tried to place the voice. Was it Ben, the twenty-four-hour concierge, come to deliver a package that Lee couldn’t be bothered to carry up to their apartment? Even though there was a lift. Besides, that would mean that Ben had beaten her from the lobby and she doubted he could have run up seventeen flights of stairs.
Was it Lee’s sister come round to try to bully him into attending some family function that he’d conveniently tried to forget about?
Why would she be in my bedroom?
Then who…
 

Blog Tour: The Trouble With Words by Suzie Tullett @SuzieTullett @bombshellpub

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Release date: July 29, 2017

Publisher: Bombshell Books

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Blurb:

Annabel is desperate to have a baby – there’s just one problem. She’s single, and after losing her husband in a hit and run accident she’s just not ready for a relationship. 
Dan is on the hunt for the perfect woman – but when his mother drops a bombshell, he starts to feel the pressure.
When Dan and Annabel’s worlds collide, both think that maybe they’ve found the solution to their problems…but things start to get messy.
Can both Dan and Annabel get what they want?
Both will soon find out that the trouble with words is finding the right thing to say.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Trouble With Words!

Review:

This was such an adorable, fun read! It's told from both Annabel and Dan's perspective and it flips back and forth each chapter. The premise was cute, Annabel is a widow who wants to have a baby and is looking for a sperm donor and Dan is happily single but his mother really wants him to settle down. It's not as predictable as I had assumed it may be based on the blurb, the author had quite a few tricks up her sleeve that kept me engaged.

I really liked Annabel and couldn't help but feel for her. Being widowed so young must be devastating and she still managed to have a positive outlook on life. Dan was a pretty clueless guy but he did have his charms, though there were times I wanted to smack some sense into him! My favorite character was actually a secondary one and that was Dan's mom. She was hilarious and brought so much life to the story. She's a little troublemaker and was such a vivacious addition to a sweet story.

This was a really fast paced read, a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Despite it's somewhat heavy subject matter it was lighthearted though it did have it's emotional moments. Tullett has a very descriptive, vivid writing style and discusses the characters feelings and emotional outlook quite a bit. It was really heartfelt and touching, a truly fun read.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

About the Author:

Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to 'live, laugh, love' and when she's not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else's.
Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

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