Review: A Brand New Ending by Jennifer Probst – Blog Tour

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Title: A Brand New Ending
Author: Jennifer Probst
Series: Stay #2
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an electronic copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

Ophelia Bishop was a lovestruck teenage girl when she and Kyle Kimpton chased their dreams to Hollywood. Kyle’s dreams came true. Ophelia’s did not. When Kyle chose his career over their relationship, Ophelia returned home to rural New York to run the family’s B & B—wiser, and more guarded against foolish fantasies. Now Kyle has come crashing back into her life, and all her defenses are down.

Kyle can’t think of a better place to write his latest screenplay than his hometown. After all, that was where he met the heart of his inspiration—his first love. He knows the damage he’s caused Ophelia, and he wants a chance to mend their relationship. If anyone can prove to Ophelia that happy ever afters aren’t only for the movies, it should be him.

As much as Ophelia’s changed, she still has feelings for Kyle. But her heart has been broken before, and she knows that Kyle could run back to Hollywood at any time. She gave up her dreams once, but maybe she can dare to change her own love story…one last time.

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Review:

A Brand New Ending is a second chance romance about Ophelia Bishop, a B&B owner in rural New York, and Kyle Kimpton, a Hollywood screenwriter. They knew each other since they were young and fell in love one summer. After high school, they ditched their plans of college to go off to Hollywood together and realize their dreams of being a screenwriter and a signer. Kyle’s plans worked out for him, but Ophelia’s didn’t. She returned home to run the B&B.

Fast forward ten years after they left, and Kyle has returned home to find some inspiration to write a new genre of screenplay (romance) after feeling like writing basic action movies has sucked all of the creative energy out of him. He comes home to find the passion in his work again. And hopefully get Ophelia back.

I enjoyed Jennifer Probst’s writing. She has such a captivating writing style and knows how to write scenes that combine sexual tension and emotion into one beautiful package. I definitely plan on reading the first book about Ethan and Mia and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

Not going to lie, one of my favourite parts of the plot was the side story with Kyle and his father, Patrick. The Kyle and Ophelia aspect of the story was so obvious every step of the way, as is the way with a lot of second chance romances I find. However, the Kyle and Patrick aspect was constantly interesting to me. I wanted to know everything about their past and how they would end up in the end.

The pacing was good. Because it’s a second chance romance, the love is already there, so it’s not really insta-love. And with all the time that passed between when Ophelia and Kyle saw each other, it made sense to let her guard down as quick as she did. It’d be more alarming if she still had that kind of a grude after eight years.

Overall, I enjoyed A Brand New Ending. I thought it was a good second chance romance with beautiful writing. I would highly suggest picking this one up if second chance romances are your thing.

Jennifer ProbstAbout Jennifer Probst:

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at http://www.jenniferprobst.com

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Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is backlist books that I want to read. It’s a pretty easy topic because there are so many books out there that sound perfect and that I really want to read. But at the same it’s hard because how on earth am I only supposed to choose ten? My Goodreads TBR is beyond full and those are when I remember to put them as ‘want to read.’ Imagine how big it would be if I actually put everything I want to read on my TBR? Good lord.

So here’s the list I came up with, sorted by release date. If there’s any you’ve read that you think I should be reading asap, let me know down in the comments below!

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1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | 2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss | 3. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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4. Legend by Marie Lu | 5. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey | 6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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7. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica | 8. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | 9. The Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | 10. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan – Cover Reveal

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Title: Finding Alexei
Author
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 7, 2019

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Spotting a hooker on a city street corner is not an abnormal thing.

Me bringing one home? Well, that’s a first.

But this girl . . . She’s in trouble.

And this asshole is not a guy she wants to go home with.

So I do the exact thing I shouldn’t—I offer to bring her home with me instead.
She says this is the first time she’s ever done this, which is adorably ironic.

Then proceeds to tell me a sob story about needing money to care for the baby who was left on her doorstep. That’s when my stomach starts to clench. I think she might be telling the truth.

So I do what any respectable man would do—I take her home, stopping to pick up diapers and formula on the way—and discover that she was telling the truth all along.

Christ on a cracker.

I should have just kept walking.

I should have done a thousand other things except for barge into her sad life, offer to fix everything, fall for her . . .

6473923About Kendall Ryan:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review: Fall by Kristen Callihan – Blog Tour

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Title: Fall
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: VIP #3
Publisher: Plane Jane Books
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Recieved an electronic copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways. 

In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip. 

Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands. 

Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor. 

An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room. 

Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun. 

Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything. 

All we have to do is trust enough to fall. 

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“I am so aware of this woman, it isn’t funny. And smitten. Ridiculously smitten. It’s worse, now that I know her taste, how she feels against my mouth, under my hands. She’s my new favourite song; I want to play her over and over.”

Stella and Jax were such an adorable pairing. From the moment the laid eyes on each other that fateful night in the grocery store, it was obvious those two were going to have a large impact in each others’ lives. Both of them had serious trust issues, with Stella being abandoned by her scumbag father over and over again, and Jax being in such a dark place. But despite that, these two were made for each other.

The other members of the band were perfect. Sophie and Scottie were my absolute favourite and I can’t wait to dive into the first two books of the VIP series when I have a spare moment. I’m sure they’re just as wonderful as this book was.

“But it didn’t happen. You’re here. The sun is shining on your shoulders. The air is filling your lungs. You are here.”

I loved the way Kristen Callihan tackled the topic of depression throughout this novel. It felt so real and poignant, and every time Jax would slip back into that dark place, my heart broke for him. A lot of novels treat depression as something that is suddenly solved when one of the main characters falls in love, which is grossly inaccurate. Callihan did not do this. Of course, Jax was a little happier being in love with Stella, but love did not solve his problems. He still slipped into the crippling mindset that comes with depression. He still had panic attacks. He still suffered. I appreciate Callihan so much for bringing up an important topic, such as mental health, and treating it in such a realistic way. It made me appreciate the story that much more.

Kristen Callahan has such a talent for writing in general. The story was well written, and the chemistry between Stella and Jax was so lovely to read about. I loved watching their relationship develop to the point of their happily ever after.

The pacing of the novel was pretty good as well. It never felt like it was moving the fast or too slow. The story felt natural and it made the experience of reading it that much more enjoyable.

Overall, I’d say Fall was a great romance that also managed to handle the important topic of mental health and depression with such realism and grace. I would highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to read the other books of the VIP series.

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About Kristen Callihan:

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Five Reasons to Go by Candace Knoebel – Release Day Blitz

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Today I’m lucky enough to celebrate the release day for the second book of the duet, Five Reasons To Go! I adored the first book, Ten Reasons to Stay so so much and can’t wait to dive into this one.

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Title: Five Reasons To Go
Author: Candace Knoebel
Series: The Risky Hearts Duet #2
Publication Date: October 25, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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One day a week. That was his rule. And it was also our downfall.

My marriage to Hank was one of convenience. When I got pregnant at sixteen, he took me in and kept a roof over my naïve head. We had an agreement—we could sleep with whomever we wanted so long as our children were kept in the dark. It worked great… until it didn’t.

Cocky Jack Swanson was never supposed to be mine. His marriage was open, but his heart was guarded… until he slowly let me in, revealing an alluring man with a painful past. With him, I felt what love could be. I felt wanted… needed. I’d never wanted to fall in love… but then I did.

And now… the rules have changed.

Jack isn’t the same man I fell for. Broken and gutted from his divorce, he’s a shell of who he once was. Sullen and worn down. I know I can bring the good in him back out, if only he’ll let me in. If only he’ll just stay, instead of giving me all his reasons to go.

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About Candace Knoebel:

Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. She’s a self-proclaimed Lost Girl. Words are her mirror.

With two completed series, her work ranges from paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance. Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her fifteenth novel, Ten Reasons to Stay.

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