Thursday, May 3, 2018

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours: Ain't Misbehavin'

Title:Ain't Misbehavin' (Roaring Twenties #2) by Jennifer Lamont Leo

Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance

eBook & Paperback; 200 Pages
Genre: Historical Romance/Christian

Book Blurb:  In Jazz Age Chicago, Dot Rodgers sells hats at Marshall Field while struggling to get her singing career off the ground. Independent and feisty, she's the life of the party. But underneath the glitter, she doesn't believe she's worth the love of a good man. Why would a strong, upstanding man want to build a future with a shallow, good-time girl like her?

Small-town businessman Charlie Corrigan carries scars from the Great War. After all he's been through, he wants nothing more than to marry and start a family. But the woman he loves is a flamboyant flapper with no intention of settling down. She's used to a more glamorous life than he can offer. As his fortunes climb with the stock market, it seems he's finally going to win her love. But what happens when it all comes crashing down?

Available in eBook & Paperback on Amazon

Review: Ain't Misbehavin' is a fun historical romance set in the twenties, which is one of my favorite time periods.  Its the sequel to You Are The Cream In My Coffee, which I read last year.

When I started this book I had a hard time liking Dot. I'm not used to the bad-ish girl, good guy trope. And speaking of tropes this book also sees Charlie as a flawed hero, crippled from a war injury. Dot doesn't feel she's worthy of him, but Charlie has issues because of his injury.

As the story progresses I came to really love both characters. Dot who was really a party girl starts to see that there is more to life than a good time, especially when some of her friends were not so nice types. (Like mob types). She also has issues with her faith, thanks to a father that is a bit of a crooked minister.

Ms. Leo weaved some good historical points into the story, from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago to the stock market crash that ushered in the depression. Each event plays a part in the way the story moves along.

The relationship between Dot and Charlie is rocky to say the least. I have to say, at times I agreed with Dot that they really wouldn't work out together, as they seemed to have very little in common.  As things went on and Dot's personality changed they became a much better fit, and they both cared deeply for each other, both as friends and as something more though not without some missteps along the way, ok a lot of missteps along the way.

This is also a work of Christian fiction, and what I found refreshing was that it didn't come across as preachy. Everything felt, well, it felt real.

This was a wonderful book and a quick read.

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author
With a passion for all things historical, Jennifer Lamont Leo captures readers' hearts through stories set in times gone by. She is also a copywriter, editor, and journalist. An Illinois native, she holds a deep affection for Chicago and its rich history. Today she writes from the mountains of northern Idaho, where she shares her home with her husband, two cats, and abundant wildlife.

Visit her at A Sparkling Vintage Life and Miss Marjorie's Jazz Age Journal, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, April 30
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, May 1
Feature at Birdhouse Books
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, May 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Friday, May 4
Feature at Donna's Book Blog

Monday, May 7
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Wednesday, May 9
Feature at Maiden of the Pages

Friday, May 11
Review at Books and Glamour

Monday, May 14
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Wednesday, May 16
Review at Reading the Past
Review at Faery Tales Are Real

Friday, May 18
Guest Post at Jorie Loves a Story

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away two signed copies and two eBooks of Ain't Misbehavin' AND an Ain't Misbehavin' Compact Mirror! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on May 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Ain't Misbehavin'


Passages to the Past said...

Hey Andrea! Thank you so much for hosting Jennifer's blog tour & for your review of Ain't Misbehavin'. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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