Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: Rock Star

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty 
and a whole lot more complicated!

A Bad Boy Homecoming Novel
Stacey Kennedy
Releasing June 27, 2017

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy.

Veterinarian, Rae Evans expects to attend a dreadful ten-year high school reunion. Instead, she’s confronted by a past she’s never gotten over. The love of her life, Travis Walker, has returned to Catfish Creek, and the now-famous rock star wants only three things: Her. Naked. And screaming his name.

Fresh off his last world tour, Travis has returned to town to get a dose of reality. With fame casting a superficial cloud over Travis’s life, he’s scrambling to stay afloat. He needs an anchor, and Rae is that for him. But as he finds himself, he’s determined to remind Rae of the heat that once burned between them.

Before they know it, their one hot night is three, and soon, just like ten years ago, Travis holds the strings to Rae’s heart. But Rae’s not that young girl who watched her high school sweetheart race off to become famous. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and realizes when a man needs her. She just has to decide if she should put the past on repeat, or walk away from it forever.

STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee . . . strong and hot!

Monday, June 26, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Cottage at Firefly Lake

About The Cottage at Firefly Lake

  • Series: Firefly Lake (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Book Group, Grand Central, Forever
~ “In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Wiggs and RaeAnne Thayne comes an emotional second chance love story about redemption and finding your way home, the first in a new series by debut author Jen Gilroy” ~
Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven . . . but some loves can never be forgotten.
Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. But now that she’s back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother’s cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she’s been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean’s touch on her skin . . . True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?
Sean Carmichael still doesn’t know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he’s still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?
“Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions…[the] protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.” –Publishers Weekly
“Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.”–RT Book Reviews

The Cottage at Firefly Lake is the first book in the Firefly Lake series. The next book, Summer on Firefly Lake, comes out on July 25, 2017

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Review: I'm a sucker for novels like like this. If you like authors like Debbie Macomber, Mary McNear, Susan Mallery etc.

This is a novel of second chances. I've been reading a lot of those lately. Sean and Charlotte had a thing back in their school days. Things have happened and they have a shot at togetherness again.

Charlotte takes a little bit of time to get used to. I've noticed lately that I've been liking the heroes more than the heroines in the romance novels I've been reading. I don't know if its a new thing, or if I've just been lucky enough to find all these books. 

Part of that issues, is that the woman is more worldly or sophisticated, whereas the guy is a more small town simple fellow. So score some points for the ladies and feminism.

This isn't all about romance though. It is also about relationships between sisters too. Charlotte and Mia, which is what I love about these small town stories.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake is Jen's debut novel and it is really a strong debut. I can't wait to follow the characters in the next book.

Rating: 4 flowers

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Light In Summer

About The Light in Summer

• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 20, 2017)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear brings you home to Butternut Lake and a novel filled with irresistible characters who you will want to call your friends.

It’s summertime on Butternut Lake, where the heat of noon is soothed by the cool breezes of the evening, where the pace grows slower, and sometimes, just sometimes, the summer light makes everything clearer...

For the lovely Billy Harper, Butternut Lake is the place she feels most at home, even though lately she feels the only one listening to her is Murphy...her faithful Labrador Retriever. Her teenage son, Luke, has gone from precious to precocious practically overnight. Her friends are wrapped up in their own lives, and Luke’s father, Wesley, disappeared before his son was even born. No wonder she prefers to spend time with a good book, especially ones where everything ends in perfection.

But Billy is about to learn that anything is possible during the heady days of summer. Coming to terms with her past—the death of her father, the arrival of Cal Cooper, a complicated man with a definite interest in Billy, even the return of Wesley, will force her to have a little bit of faith in herself and others...and realize that happiness doesn’t always mean perfection.

“Butternut Lake is so beautifully rendered, you’ll wish it was real.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author  

“This triumphant story had me reading until the wee hours of the morning.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber on The Space Between Sisters

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Review: Mary McNear is an author that I'm starting to equate with summertime reads. If you haven't visited the lovely Butternut Lake series, you need to get started.

Butternut Lake reminds me a lot of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series. Mary writes characters that feel like they could be in your life.

This book features librarian Billy Harper and her son, Luke. She's a single mom and Luke is going through some tough times, going from being a good boy to one teetering on the brink of big trouble and he's only 13.

Then there's Cal Cooper, back in Butternut to sort out his life. He's filed for divorce and is planning on starting over. There's quite a bit of chemistry between him ad Billy from the start. His life before had been a little to perfect.

I love Billy's love for books. She's the kind of librarian that all readers wish they had at their own library. I loved her devotion of Jane Austen, even though I've never made it through one of her books and even more how kind she is to the patrons of the library especially the young little Mara, who is a bookworm after Billy's own heart

Luke made me want to bop him one really hard upside the head. I have to say, I would have got Rae's boyfriend Big Moe on him from the get go. This boy was obnoxious, though he did get a conscience about midway through the book. (I still wanted to slap him).

I liked how this book wasn't really a romance though there is a budding relationship happening. It was really about Billy and Luke, though most of his story was a bit frustrating. I can understand his wanting to know more about his father, but that didn't excuse his behavior and everything wrapped up so nicely with no conflict between any of the characters.

Cal was really the character you had to love. He's a fabulous hero, even though he didn't get enough pages in this book, but when he was there, he was perfect. He was the kind of guy everyone wants in their lives

That's actually why Mary's books are so good. You get invested in her character's lives.

I can't wait for the next book

Rating: 5 flowers

About Mary McNear

Mary McNear, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Butternut Lake series, writes in a local doughnut shop, where she sips Diet Pepsi, observes the hubbub of neighborhood life, and tries to resist the constant temptation of freshly made doughnuts. Mary bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The One That Got Away

Author: Leigh Himes
Title: The One That Got Away
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publish Date: June 13, 2017
Book Blurb: Overworked mom. Underappreciated publicist. Frazzled wife of an out-of-work landscaper. A woman desperately in need of a vacation from life--and who is about to get one, thanks to an unexpected tumble down a Nordstrom escalator.

Meet Abbey van Holt . . .

The woman whose life Abbey suddenly finds herself inhabiting when she wakes up. Married to handsome congressional candidate Alex van Holt. Living in a lavish penthouse. Wearing ball gowns and being feted by the crème of Philadelphia society. Luxuriating in the kind of fourteen-karat lifestyle she's only read about in the pages of Town & Country.

The woman Abbey might have been . . . if she had said yes to a date with Alex van Holt all those years ago.

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Review: If you are looking for a good book to read by the pool this one is definitely it. I'm not sure the cover really does it justice.

But if you think of something like Sliding Doors or even Trading Spaces, then this is a book for you. (or for whovian's...Turn Left)

This book is about what would have happened if you had made a different choice.

However when you start to see that the other choice might not bring all the happiness you thought it would.

This was a fun read.

Rating: 5 flowers

Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: Mr. Rook

He’s Enigmatic, Dangerously Handsome, 

Mr. Rook's Island #1
Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Releasing June 13th, 2017

From NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes Part One of Mr. Rook’s Island, a Sexy, Dark, Romantic Suspense.

He’s Enigmatic, Dangerously Handsome, and COMPLETELY OFF-LIMITS…

The women who vacation on Mr. Rook’s exclusive island are looking for one thing and one thing only: to have their wildest romantic fantasies come to life. Pirates, cowboys, billionaires—there’s nothing Rook’s staff can’t deliver.

But when Stephanie Fitzgerald’s sister doesn’t return after her week in paradise, Stephanie will have to pose as a guest in order to dig for answers. Unfortunately, this means she’ll need to get close to the one thing on the island that’s not on the menu: the devastatingly handsome and intimidating Mr. Rook. And he’s not about to give the island’s secrets away.

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: A Stranger At Fellsworth

Author: Sarah F Ladd
Title: A Stranger At Fellsworth
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: May 16, 2017
Book Blurb: Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.

Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

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Review: A Stranger At Fellsworth is really an enjoyable read. It is the third book in a series, but is very much a stand alone novel. There was nothing about it that would make me feel that I was missing something.

Annabelle has been jilted and now finds herself about to be betrothed to a much older and repulsive man of her brother's choosing. Her brother isn't much nicer.

So what's a girl to do but run, and to some long lost family. Her uncle runs a boarding school in Fellsworth and Annabelle finds herself becoming a teacher there.

From lady to teacher?

That's an unusual story line but one that really works well.

We're all used to rags to riches stories, but this one goes the other way, and shows that in the face of adversity you can find strength to become someone better. You can also find love

Then there's Owen, the gamekeeper and a man that keeps getting involved in Annabelle's life. I adored him. He and Annabelle make a wonderful couple. He also has an interesting backstory. He's a widower with a young daughter, Hannah, who is at the school where Annabelle is working.

Annabelle and Hannah bond and it is easy to see something starting to happen between Annabelle and Owen.

Of course there's some conflict, with her brother and the man he wants her to marry. It tied a side plot about poaching up a little too nicely, but it did bring about a happily ever after.

Rating: 5 flowers

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast: Somebody Like You and Nearest Thing To Heaven

The question begs to be asked. Is there anything sexier than a cowboy?

Maverick Junction #1
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours


Cash Hardeman thinks he’ll have all the time in the world to find the right woman...until he discovers he might lose the family ranch if he’s not married by his 30th birthday. So when Boston beauty Annelise blows into town on her Harley, Cash can't help wondering if she's the sexy, leather-clad answer to all his problems.

Giving her bodyguards and the paparazzi the slip, heiress Annelise Montjoy comes to Maverick Junction on a mission to help her ailing grandfather. But keeping her identity hidden in the small Texas town is harder than she expected—especially around a tempting cowboy like Cash. He’s the kind of man who makes her want to spill all her secrets. Soon Annelise starts to wonder if she’s finally found the man who can love her for herself rather than her money. But will the secrets they both keep ruin their plans to ride off into the sunset together?


Maverick Junction #2
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours


Sophie London hates Texas. The longhorns freak her out and the wide-open spaces are more unnerving than a Chicago alleyway at night. But Sophie wouldn’t miss her cousin’s wedding for the world—even if it means returning to Maverick Junction . . . and to the dangerously irresistible Ty Rawlins.

A single father of rambunctious triplet boys, Ty knows trouble when he sees it—and Sophie’s got it written all over her. Yet he’s never been able to stop thinking about her, after their one brief meeting. Maybe fate is giving him a second chance. But if Ty wants Sophie to swap her stilettos for cowgirl boots, they’ll each have to face the past—together.

Lynnette Austin, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that's where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.

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