Review: Hot Spell by Mia London & Susan Sheehey – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Today is a super exciting day! It’s my day on the blog tour of HOT SPELL by Mia London & Susan Sheehey!

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Title: Hot Spell
Author: Mia London & Susan Sheehey
Series: Sweet Escape Series #2
Publisher: Amepphire Press
Publication Date: Septembre 5, 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

She never trusted unconditional love. He never believed he’d be worthy.

Almost-Olympian gymnast Jordan Beck has coordinated an emergency vacation getaway in Puerto Vallarta for her broken-hearted bestie. Nightly parties, exotic drinks, and sandy beaches are just what she has in mind for her and her friends. She strives for perfection in everything she does and believes she’s found it in the emerald-eyed bartender who doesn’t back down from her challenge.

Zac Durant learned early on that life is a gift and he’s determined to live his to the fullest. Scuba, surfing, tending bar by the ocean, his abuelita’s tamales. He’s content–until a Latina beauty struts across his pool patio and orders his best drink. Zac isn’t the kind to hook up with the resort guests but Jordan changes his mind.

Zac and Jordan know this sensual interlude in paradise is a vacation fling but when sparks turn to fireworks, they are tempted to believe in something real. The illusion of perfection vanishes and Jordan panics, erecting walls around her cautious heart, sabotaging their chance at happily ever after. It is up to Zac to prove that unconditional love is worth a shot at the gold.

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Review:

The girls of the Sweet Escape Series are back again, and this time they’re headed to Mexico. After Liddy goes through a bad breakup, Jordan takes it upon herself to plan a getaway for them and Sam to one of the beautiful all inclusives of Mexico. Considering how well it worked for Sam when they went away (read Dry Spell), it only made sense to go on another trip when one of the girls was in need.

The resort is full of everything you could need for a girls getaway. Beaches, bars, shopping. It’s exactly what Jordan had planned to make Liddy feel better. What Jordan didn’t plan on was finding the hottest bartender on the resort to catch her eye. In comes Zac. The resort bartender who also happens to have moved to Mexico to care for his sick grandmother. Um, perfect much?

Jordan and Zac were both two amazing characters to read about. Jordan had her fair share of baggage from growing up and Zac hadn’t really found any one that piqued his interest because of bartending and caregiving. The moment they lock eyes, however, the attraction is instant.

I enjoyed the build up of the romance. While ok, yes, it was obviously insta-love because they met on her vacation and the time limit of their being together at the time was short, it was still cute. He never put any pressure on her to ditch her life and stay. They just lived in the moment and enjoyed their feelings for each other.

Mia London and Susan Sheehey know how to write some steamy scenes. There’s a scene in the garden (not a spoiler to anything I swear) where I was like “goddamn girl!” The romance was all realistic and cute. There was no point where I felt like it was too sappy. Except maybe the ending, but what romance doesn’t happy a sappy ending, let’s be real here.

My smallest issue was with one part of the plot. There was a little mystery added into the first half, which I enjoyed. However, there’s one thing that happens near the end where I feel like that really wasn’t necessary. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you read it, you’ll know exactly what part I’m talking about.

Overall, I actually liked Hot Spell better than Dry Spell. Jordan’s story was so much more interesting. The romance was cute and steamy and I enjoyed it.

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Sweet Escape Series:

Three best friends find love, laughter, and lots of trouble during their annual girls’ trips. On these getaways, all-inclusive takes on a new, steamy meaning.

The new Sweet Escape series by co-authors Mia London & Susan Sheehey is the perfect beach read! Super steamy paradise in three, hilarious romance adventures.

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About Susan:

Susan Sheehey writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. The Knights of Texas series (contemporary romance novellas) is available on Kindle. The Royals of Solana series (romantic suspense & adventure) is available on all e-retailers and in paperback, along with her contemporary romance standalone, Audrey’s Promise. Water plays a crucial element in all of her novels, and she’s a strong advocate for Autism Awareness. She tried to give up Diet Coke, and it didn’t take. When not writing, she’s chasing after her two children, and being pampered by her husband in Texas.

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About Mia:

Mia loves to write!

She’s been reading fiction for years and finally decided that the images and scenes floating around in her head needed to make it to paper.

She’s a huge fan of romance, highly optimistic, and wildly faithful to the HEA (happily ever after). She’s inspired by most anything around her. And her biggest obstacle is not having enough time to get it all down on paper (or my computer, as the case may be).

Her goal is create a fantasy you will enjoy with characters you could love.

She lives in Texas with her attentive, loving, super-model husband, and her perfectly behaved, brilliant children. Her produce never wilts, there are no weeds in her flowerbeds, and chocolate is her favorite food group.
And then she wakes up.

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Enter Mia & Susan’s giveaway here. There’s a crazy amount of goodies to be won!

  • Grand prize: $50 Macy’s gift card, all of Mia and Susan’s books (15 ebooks), summer beach bag complete with tote, insulated water bottle, beach towel, and sunglasses, and a box of Godiva chocolates
  • Dark chocolate prize: 3 ebooks from each author (6 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Bittersweet chocolate prize: 2 ebooks from each author (4 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Milk chocolate prize: 1 ebook from each other (2 total) and insulated water bottle

 

Review: In Servitude by Heleen Kist – Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Today, I’m so happy to present my review for In Servitude by Heleen Kist. Shalini (you can find her awesome blog here) runs a tour website called Digital Reads Blog Tours. I was lucky enough to be a part of this tour. Today was the last day of the tour, so please check out the schedule at the end of this post to see the other participants’ lovely posts!

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Title: In Servitude
Author: Heleen Kist
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Pollok Glen Publishing
Publication Date: August 31, 2018
Genre: Psychological thriller
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/Digital Reads Blog Tour for the purpose of this blog tour and an honest review

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Do you owe your family your life?

When her beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, Grace McBride’s carefully considered life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been sucked into illegal activities at odds with her seemingly charmed existence. What’s worse: Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice and forced to take over the shady dealings.

Determined to keep her fingers clean and redeem her sister’s reputation, Grace plots to extricate herself—and those Glory held dear—from the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certitude is challenged when familial pressure mounts and Glory’s past intentions remain unclear. Grace grows convinced Glory’s death was no accident, even if no-one will listen.

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal.

Review:

While thrillers and suspense are still part of a genre that is pretty new to me, I find them so, well, thrilling. The topic of financial crime was incredibly interesting, and even though I knew zero about it before reading this book and wouldn’t be able to explain for the life of me what some of those crimes actually entailed, I appreciated the fact that everything was laid out plainly. It was all easy to understand, but still without being too obvious to give any of the plots away.

Heleen Kist is a great writer. The twists and turns she manages to interject keeps you wanting to get through as quick as you can so you can know everything that’s happening. The fact that this was her debut novel stuns me because of how great it was.

The characters of the novel were great. They all had these different aspects to them that made the story itself come together so well.

Everything progressed at such a good pace. The build up to the conclusion of the novel constantly kept me engrossed. There was never a point where it got boring and I wanted to skip ahead to find out what would happen in the end. It was always kept interesting. Some crime books make you yawn until your eyes are watering trying to build up to come crazy conclusion. This book always had me wanting to read just one more chapter so I could know what the heck was going to happen.

There were so many times at the beginning where I thought it could have been multiple different people, but eventually I made my guess and I was right. Thank god because in my opinion it was the most satisfying ending.

Seriously, you should read this book. If you’re looking for an excellent suspense novel to keep you on your toes, then you absolutely need to read this one.

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About Heleen Kist:

Heleen Kist is a Dutch quintilingual Stanford-educated globetrotting career woman who fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow. Trained at work to spot and prevent financial crime, she put this knowledge to good use for her debut novel, In Servitude.

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Review: One More Moment by Samantha Chase – Blog Tour

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Title: One More Moment
Author: Samantha Chase
Series: Band on the Run #3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from NetGalley/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 4 stars

Julian Grayson is taking a break
…from his cheating fiancée
…from his band
…from his life in the spotlight

Charlotte Clark is devoted to her work
…to save the world
…to help the homeless
…to get a broken man back on his feet

When Charlotte Clark offers to pay for Julian Grayson’s coffee, the world-famous drummer assumes she wants something from him. But Charlotte has no idea who he is, and Julian can’t resist keeping up the charade—being incognito is a novelty and a relief. He’ll have to tell her…eventually. But as Charlotte cheerfully undertakes to transform his life, Julian realizes there’s something about her that gives him what he hasn’t felt in years: hope.

Review:

Charlotte was such a great female character. She spent her time working to help the homeless and those down on their luck to get back on their feet again. She gave so much of her time in order to help other live a more fulfilling life. Her life pretty much revolved around her work, but I’d say not in a bad way, because of all the good she was doing. Even after she found out who Julian was, she never changed herself. She didn’t want all the gifts and things his money could buy for her. Her outlook on things was still the same, and someone who can stick to their beliefs and morals through everything is someone to be admired.

Julian was a guy who had gone through some pretty rough stuff. His fiancé cheated on him multiple times and was all around toxic. Not that he was a terrible person or anything, but their relationship overall was just very toxic. When he breaks it off (with the kind of drama reserved for a reality show), he sets off on his own and takes some time to get his bearings together. In comes Charlotte, and the relationship they form together is definitely worth reading about.

Samantha Chase is such a wonderful writer. I really enjoyed the way she told the story of Julian and Charlotte. She writes such well-rounded characters who are likeable as well as each having their own set of flaws. They recognized those flaws and did what they could to work to be a better person. The romance was incredibly cute as well. Not too steamy, but so wholesome and wonderful that it would make you wish for the kind of love Julian and Charlotte had.

The fact that all of the charity work Charlotte did was such a main point throughout the book made me enjoy the plot that much more. As well as giving us a cute romance story, Samantha Chase reminds us how important it is to pay it forward. To do the most simple and charitable gesture may not take a lot of effort out of us, but it could mean the world to someone else having a rough day.

I’m pretty sure the book took place over about two months, but it honestly felt like it was way longer. And I mean that in a good way! It made it seem like their loved developed over a good period of time and that despite Julian breaking off his engagement/marriage three months before he moved to the beach, he didn’t move on too fast.

Overall, if you’re looking for a cute romance with some really strong characters and good writing, I would highly suggest checking this one out.

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About Samantha Chase:

Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Blog Tour Review: Ten Reasons To Stay by Candace Knoebel

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Title: Ten Reasons to Stay
Author: Candace Knoebel
Series: The Risky Hearts Duet #1
Publisher: Self-Published by Candace Knoebel
Publication Date: August 29, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 5 stars

One day a week—Thursdays—my husband and I could do whatever or whomever we pleased.
Protection was non-negotiable.
And no matter what, we had to be home by midnight.

Jack was the one who wanted an open marriage, but we were supposed to keep things simple. No strings. No commitments. It seemed so easy… until it wasn’t.

Devilishly handsome Cole Blackwater was only supposed to be a fling, but everything about him made me feel alive. Wanted. Seen. When I realized he was my husband’s boss, I should have broken things off right then… but I didn’t.

One day a week, I could pretend that I was his and he was mine… until Cole wanted more.

But how could I decide between the man I’d promised to love, honor, and cherish, and the man who tempted me to break every single vow I’d made?

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“Maybe I wouldn’t ever have her. Maybe she’d never leave him, but the least I could do was stand up for her when he wouldn’t. Make him see her, because in the end, my misery didn’t matter. Only hers.”

Corinne was a great female character. She was put in a pretty tough situation, the kind of thing that would be the last marriage arrangement most people would be ok with. But I felt like she handled it with grace. Instead of being bitter and deceitful, she stuck to her end of the bargain and took the time to truly become herself again.

Sorry, Corinne, but I’m stealing Cole from you. Considering the situation he was in, I had so much respect for him and the way he handled things. It would be easy to be a massive asshole and pressure Corinne constantly, but he never did that. He respected her and the situation they were in.

“In that moment, I realized that every phase of our life comes with change, and different people fit into those pockets of change for different reasons. Some were there to hurt us, which thickened our shells. Some were there to build us up, lifting our pride. Some were there only briefly to open our eyes, bringing back the magic we lost.”

This was my first Candace Knoebel book, and based on her writing alone, I’m officially a fan. I adored the way she wrote this. It was like you could feel what each character was feeling. Both the happiness and the heartbreak.

The plot was so creative to me. I’ve never read something that involved an open marriage. Most contemporary romance novels are very cut and dry, black and white. This novel explored more of a grey area, and it did that so well. Something that goes into a grey area could easily be a miss more than a hit, but oh my god. I loved loved loved this.

The pacing made me so happy. This book happened over the span of a fair bit of time. Nothing was instantaneous. The way the love developed between Corinne and Cole and the way things went down between Corinne and Jack. It made everything feel more realistic and natural.

Read this book. Seriously. Read. This. Book. It’s not the most typical plot in terms of a romance story, but it pays off. I highly recommend picking this up right now. Candace Knobel has the ability to be a powerhouse contemporary romance writer and I hope more people read her novels. I certainly will be. It’s worth your time.

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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 thirteenth novel, The Taste of Her Words.

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Review: A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Today I am so excited to present to you my review of A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma. A million thanks to Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting be a part of this book tour. You can check out the schedule here.

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Title: A Room Away from the Wolves
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Mystery
Source: Received an advanced copy from the publisher and Fantastic Flying Book Club for the purpose of this book tour

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Rating: 4 stars

Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave…

Review:

“Somtimes a person can’t tell you what you already know,” she said. “Somestimes you have to see it for yourself. Then you’ll believe.”

Bina has had a pretty complicated upbrining. Leaving her crap father with her mother and hitchhiking only to be thrust into this new step-family where her step-sisters are basically scum of the earth. So many things happened, including getting a massive black eye the night before she left to go to Catherine House. She was a fun character to read about. I enjoyed her personality and reading through her adventures while living in Catherine House.

All of the other characters added to the mystery of the novel. Their half-answers and weird stares only made things even more haunting. Monet was an interesting character. I was definitely as captivated by her and what she was up to as Bina was.

Nova Ren Suma is an incredible writer. Everything about this book was so dark and atmospheric and I loved it. I could imagine all the haunting this being presented to me as a reader and I enjoyed it.

My smallest issue was the plot. I felt like for a lot of the book I was questioning where it was supposed to be going and what I was supposed to be expecting. The one good thing is that it wasn’t predictable. I had a strong sense of what the ending was going to be concercing what was going on with Bina, and I was glad to be wrong. Everything did tie together at the end, but I still had a lot of questions. To be fair, this is my first time diving into magical realism, so maybe it’s because it’s a new genre to me that I’m not used to how things are supposed to go.

The pacing of the novel was great. It took place over the course of a month and all of the events flowed together so well. Nothing was rushed and nothing was slow. The pacing definitely added to the dark atmosphere of the novel in the most positive way.

A Room Away from the Wolves is the perfect dark book to settle in with on a cold autumn evening. Get a warm blanket, light a couple candles, make a latte, and immerse yourself in this wonderfully haunting novel.

Enter Nova Ren Suma’s giveaway here:

  • 1 copy of A Room Away from the Wolves, US only
  • Ends September 5, 2018

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About Nova Ren Suma:

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels THE WALLS AROUND US as well as the YA novels IMAGINARY GIRLS and 17 & GONE, which were both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. Her middle-grade novel, DANI NOIR, was reissued for a YA audience under the title FADE OUT. She has a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Millay Colony, and an NEA fellowship for a residency at the Hambidge Center. She worked for years behind the scenes in publishing, at places such as HarperCollins, Penguin, Marvel Comics, and RAW Books, and now she teaches writing workshops. She is from various small towns across the Hudson Valley and lives and writes in New York City.

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