Publisher: William Morrow & Company

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Jun 19
Blog Tour: Review-Jill Shalvis’ Rainy Day Friends

Blog Tour: Review-Jill Shalvis’ Rainy Day Friends

Jill Shalvis’ books always put me in a happy place and when I was given the opportunity to participate in the Rainy Day Friends blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Rainy Day Friends is the second book in the Wildstone series, but is very much a standalone novel. We have really great character development. Lanie Jacobs is a widow and is in search of getting away from it all. She’s tough and wants to protect herself which makes perfect sense since her husband turned out to be liar and a cheater. Lanie is also a bit shy, but a loyal friend. You’ll like her a lot! Then we have Mark Capriotti, Air Force veteran who is now the local police force. He’s fun and he also has his… Read more »

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May 01
Blog Tour: Review-Julie Whelan’s My Oxford Year + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Julie Whelan’s My Oxford Year + Giveaway

Having spent a year and half living abroad while I completed a Master’s Degree, it’s easy to understand why I adore books set at foreign universities especially English and Scottish universities. They give me the chance to relive my time abroad, but also pine for a time when things were a bit carefree. When I was given the opportunity to review Julie Whelan’s My Oxford Year, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Ella Durran had a plan to attend Oxford and when her dream comes true, as a Rhodes Scholar, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. Ella is a modern feminist and is very active on the political scene. Upon arriving at Oxford she gets a huge opportunity and has to make a… Read more »

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Feb 25
Blog Tour: Review-Noelle August’s Rebound + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Noelle August’s Rebound + Giveaway

Noelle August’s Rebound is the second book in the Boomerang series and if you haven’t read the first book, Boomerang, it’s not necessary to enjoy Rebound. August doesn’t touch up events from Boomerang though I admit, had I read it, I would have perhaps had a better understanding of Alison and the whole concept of Boomerang as a company. We have good character development despite the fact it’s a bit weak in some areas. Our heroine is Alison Quick and if you’ve read Boomerang, you probably hate her for what she did to Ethan. I can honestly say, give her a chance because you’ll get to know her and realize why she does what she did. I liked her and she has this tough girl attitude but it’s an illusion… Read more »

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Jan 19
Book Review: Tasha Alexander’s And Only to Deceive

Book Review: Tasha Alexander’s And Only to Deceive

Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series has been on my radar for a few years and I finally decided to give the first book, And Only to Deceive, a read because I love the synopsis to the ninth book, The Counterfeit Heiress. I wasn’t sure if this is one of those series where you have to read the first in order to understand or enjoy the rest of the books and therefore decided to start at the beginning. We have good character development. Our main heroine is Emily, Lady Ashton who is a young widow. She’s your typical Victorian woman and struggles to break free from society rules and one way she does this, is to marry Viscount Ashton. Throughout the novel, we see her transformation with Emily developing her own… Read more »

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Nov 17
Blog Tour: Review-Charlee Fam’s Last Train to Babylon + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Charlee Fam’s Last Train to Babylon + Giveaway

I’m always a bit unsure about books where suicide is part of the plot because it can be a wonderful read or just an emotional drain where you can’t get out of an emotional funk. I really enjoyed Charlee Fam’s Last Train to Babylon and am really glad I was able to participate in the blog tour. We have good character development. Our main character is Aubrey Glass and she’s your typical adult, fresh out of university, and is struggling with everyday life. She reluctantly goes home where she has to come face to face with her teenage past. We have several secondary characters that play a vital role including Rachel, Aubrey’s childhood best friend. While we don’t get to spend much time with Rachel in terms of the present,… Read more »

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Feb 04
Blog Tour: Review- Katharina Hagena’s The Taste of Apple Seeds + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review- Katharina Hagena’s The Taste of Apple Seeds + Giveaway

Originally published in German, Katharina Hagena’s The Taste of Apple of Seeds is a beautiful coming of age story where the secrets of the past are revealed and one woman grapples with what could have been. As for characterization, Hagena does a great job introducing us to a wide array of characters who play a vital role. Our primary character is Iris and she inherits a house she doesn’t want. Iris is very quiet and innocent. During her childhood flashbacks, we get to experience her naivety and her attempt to seem worldly to her friends. I liked getting to know Iris and hated the position she was put in. We then have Max who Iris calls the wimp and he’s a bit withdrawn, but as the story progresses we get… Read more »

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Nov 13
Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Much + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Much + Giveaway

Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Much is the second book in her A Little Too Far series. If you’ve read the synopsis for both books then you know Alessandro doesn’t get the girl in A Little Too Far (I really hope you don’t consider this as a spoiler). I’ll be truthful, I’m team Alessandro all the way and still believe Lexie chose the wrong guy. Either way, I’m glad Alessandro got his own book because we get to spend a little more time with him. We have good characterization and I really liked getting to know Alessandro better. In A Little Too Far, he’s reserved and there’s a good reason; he’s about to enter the priesthood and there’s a certain code of conduct. He revealed a little of his past… Read more »

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Sep 24
Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Giveaway

I know a few readers will be turned off when they read the synopsis about Lexie sleeping with her stepbrother. Most will view it as a taboo subject, but in reality it does happen. I knew a girl in high school who fell in love with hers although they didn’t grow up together. When I read the synopsis for Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far, I was intrigued. When the opportunity came to review it for a blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance. Narration is first person via Lexie and we get to experience Rome through her. She’s a good narrator and I often felt as if I were in Rome with her experiencing the food, sights, and smells. If you’ve visited Rome, you’ll easy fall into place… Read more »

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Jul 09
Book Review: Stephanie Evanovich’s Big Girl Panties

Book Review: Stephanie Evanovich’s Big Girl Panties

If Stephanie Evanovich’s name sounds familiar it is because she’s the niece of Janet Evanovich. I wanted to love Big Girl Panties based on the synopsis, but it just fell flat. Logan has a habit of calling his female clients swans. Meaning he transforms them from ugly ducklings to beautiful swans and he’s quite confident in his ability. While I respect he’s a personal trainer and one to the rich and famous, he comes off as shallow and immature. Holly, on the other hand, is still grieving for her husband. She admits to self esteem issues and at times while I could relate to her, there were times I couldn’t stand her. Her constant comparison of her life versus her childhood friend’s life was annoying especially for a woman who… Read more »

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