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REVIEW: EMERALD COAST by Anita Hughes — August 13, 2017

REVIEW: EMERALD COAST by Anita Hughes

The one regret you are going to have about this novel is if you do not read it. Anita Hughes is becoming one of my favorite authors, taking you places through her words that would cost a fortune to see. Emerald Coast released August 1st, 2017 and will surely be a top rated book.

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Lily Bristol arrives at a luxurious resort in Sardinia for the grand opening of her newest home furnishing store on the Emerald Coast. She’s a successful business woman with an international chain of stores from San Francisco to Milan. Thirty-two and newly divorced, she’s ready to handle things on her own. At least until her private butler, Enzo, escorts her to a beautiful suite where she notices a suspiciously familiar pair of men’s slippers and shaving kit.

Lily is horrified. Her ex-husband Oliver moved out of their restored Connecticut farmhouse six months ago, but they booked this trip when they were trying to save their marriage and never cancelled the reservation. Oliver, a food critic for the New York Times, is here covering Sardinia’s hottest new restaurant. The only other available room is the adjoining suite; and worse, Oliver isn’t alone. He’s brought a twenty-something named Angela with him.

Lily is determined to make do and enlists Enzo to find her a suitable man. But it’s not as easy to find new love as they both expected. When Lily and Oliver find themselves alone on a very important night, they turn to each other. Sparks begin to fly, but can they be together without breaking each other’s hearts?

The odds weren’t in their favor as the two new divorcees land themselves not only on the Emerald Coast but also at the same resort,or maybe that’s what was meant to be after all. Lily on the coast to open a new Lily Bristol store and Oliver to write a review for a restaurant. In the novel was lots of twist and turns, you’ll love characters then hate them. I know I did. I loved both Lily & Oliver. I felt they just hit that hard spot in marriage and gave up too quickly like so many do. I also really enjoyed how they both reflected on their history that was in each chapter. This whole book was lovely and is now my favorite by Anita. The only down fall, I am always left wanting more and Emerald Coast did just that.

 

Without any doubt this book is a

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*Thanks St.Martins Press for my review copy.

REVIEW: FITNESS JUNKIE by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza — August 9, 2017

REVIEW: FITNESS JUNKIE by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

As I have literally just finished this book, I felt I must review it NOW. This book is one you need to get online to order PRONTO. One word for this book, AMAZING. Hands down the best book I’ve read in a few months. Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza have written a phenomenal novel, the writing comes off as effortless.

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What would you do if your best friend and your business partner told you that you had to lose weight in order to keep your title? Well Beau did just that to Janey, over her eating a bruffin. Janey is a lot better of a human being than me as I would lay into someone for saying I need to lose weight. Throughout the book Janey becomes a fitness junkie, hence the book title. Janey is jumping class to class until she falls into The Workout. Which is all the rave but invite only. Being the VVIP Janey is, she gets into the class and this is when the book becomes real interesting.Beau was my least favorite though he is the reason Janey finally discovers her real self.
The ending of the book was perfect. If I’m being honest, this whole book was perfect. The only thing this book lover could ask for would be a “6 months later Epilogue”. There is just a bit that I think could have been concluded in an Epilogue but none the less, the book is a 5 star.

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I truly look forward to reading more from this duo.

Thank you *BookSparks* for letting me take place in this pop UP tour. It’s been so fun!

Seriously yall, buy this book!

REVIEW:THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder — August 3, 2017

REVIEW:THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder

It has truly been an honor to be apart of Booksparks Pop-Up tours this summer. I have enjoyed the rush of having to read read read and blog blog blog.

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Recently, I read “The People We Hate at the Wedding” by Grant Ginder as part of this blog tour. I was really looking forward to this novel as the title just captured me. When I think wedding I think dread. And after reading “The People We Hate at the Wedding”, I would say these characters feel the same as me. My high hopes of this book were brought down to reality as this novel just never really hit the spot for me. The characters of this book are relatable at certain times but mostly they are whiny. The sister whines, the brother sulks and the mother oh the mother she tries but she’s just as bad as the next. Eloise, the bride to be, would probably have to be my favorite character of them if I had to pick. Eloise, a trust fund baby, tries to get her siblings Alice and Paul to only accept her. Alice and Paul hold such a grudge because their mother seemed to treat Eloise at a higher standard than themselves. Throughout the book, we learn that this family is just as dysfunctional as most families these days, it just happens. While this book wasn’t a OMG yes book for me, it very well still could be for you. Grant writes with a way that makes you want to keep reading. If you love dysfunctional, wedding gathering social events, this book may be for you.

With this being said, I give this novel

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Stay tuned for more!

xo BBM

REVIEW: THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER’S END by PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY — July 29, 2017

REVIEW: THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER’S END by PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY

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The bookshop at water’s end is the perfect beach read and I regretfully read it before our beach trip. However, if you have a beach trip planned you can still grab this book for your trip.

The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it…

Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.

Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.

 

Time has passed since Lainey’s mothers tragedy years ago. Though going back to Water’s End brings back memories to the girls as if it were yesterday.

I really enjoyed this book written by Patti Callahan Henry. It was my first read by her but won’t be the last. I felt the characters were strongly developed and felt a deep connection with Bonny. I also enjoyed hearing thoughts from Piper, daughter of Bonny, and watching her grow a relationship with MiMi the bookshop owner. Mimi is one wise woman.

As Bonny & Lainey are escaping reality they come to learn the truth of what really happened to Lainey’s mother years ago. While I wanted things to be differently the book was still wonderfully concluded. I’m still left thinking of this book even days after finishing it.

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*Thank you Tandem Literary for sending me a copy for review!

REVIEW: LYING TO CHILDREN by ALEX SHAHLA — July 16, 2017

REVIEW: LYING TO CHILDREN by ALEX SHAHLA

A fictional father writes letters to his college-aged daughter and son remembering events, large and small, from their family’s past in the poignant and hilarious Lying to Children. In this collection of sometimes outrageous, sometimes sad, often heartwarming interconnected vignettes, author Alex Shahla enters the fray with a delightful confessional celebration of family life told in stories from a dad’s unique perspective. Centered around the untruths parents regularly tell their kids in an effort to protect (or silence) them–from “Daddy Loves his Job” to “There’s a Jolly Fat Man who Brings You Presents (Assembly Required)” –Lying to Children is an unforgettable familial history filled with laughter, tears, and life lessons, and brimming over with a somewhat-less-than-perfect suburban dad’s unwavering love.

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We have all done it, Lie to Children, and if you say you haven’t you are fibbing. Most of the time those lies are to shield such children from daily trials and tribulations of how life really is. Most always we don’t want our children to see the evil/hard comings of the world. Alex Shahla presents “Lying to Children” to us with some pretty funny life lies. I’ve laughed throughout the book and also had my eyes opened to a bit of wisdom.

One thing particularly that stood out to me was in the “Daddy loves his job” chapter. “See the bricks, not the wall. It’s a lesson that I learned too late in life. It took me some time, but with your mother’s help I was finally able to see my job for what it was– a step on my path. Not the end, but a stop on my journey to something better — to becoming a “corporate something or whatever”.

This is the kind of wisdom that Alex Shahla brings to “Lying to Children”. Wisdom that’s legit. I like that a lot! There is so much of it in this novel, so much that I can’t tell you about it.

So with that being said, hats off to you Alex.

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Grab a copy, keep it close. Even take it into the bathroom for a quick chapter read now and again. Unless you’re a germophobe like the father of “Lying to Children”.

 

 

**Thank you #BookSparks & #AlexShahla for letting me read/review this novel!!

 

Featuring & GIVEAWAY: PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY — July 9, 2017

Featuring & GIVEAWAY: PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY

 

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In honor of Patti Callahan Henry’s newest novel “The Bookshop at Water’s End”, let’s give a copy away!!!!
THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER’S END releases July 11th 2017.

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“Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.

Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.”

Release Day & REVIEW: THIS IS DANGEROUS by KENNEDY FOX — July 6, 2017

Release Day & REVIEW: THIS IS DANGEROUS by KENNEDY FOX



Title: Checkmate: This is Dangerous
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #1)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Designer & Photographer: Sara Eirew
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second-Chance Romance
Release Date: July 6, 2017
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Introducing book 1 in the Logan & Kayla saga of the Checkmate series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox! This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?

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Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor.
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder I can’t help the way he makes me feel whenever I’m near him.
Too bad he’s unavailable—or so he says.

He thinks I’m a do-gooder who shouldn’t get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he’s devoted to his career, but I don’t buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won’t admit it, but I’m more determined than ever to show him what he’s missing.

I’m a devoted animal rescuer and I’ll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I’m positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it’s my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.

He might think he has me all figured out, but I’ll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.

Checkmate, Knight.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

**This is book 1 in the Logan & Kayla Saga–a second-chance romance. You don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate series to enjoy this one, but is always recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**

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THE GRANDE FINALE OF THE CHECKMATE DUET SERIES IS COMING SOON!

Title: Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second Chance Romance
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: September 12, 2017


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A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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I can’t deny my obsession with this amazingly talented author duo. My word, these two make their stories seem so effortless. I finished “This is Reckless” in record time and am left wishing for more from Layla! In this series of “Friends to Lovers” we are finally learning why Logan is so stubborn and uneasy to be around. I knew he had to be hiding something and that he sure was.

My heart really tugged the most for Kayla. She too has skeletons in the closet and I felt so much sadness for all she has been through. An outsider would think she is a successful dog loving goddess and while she is that she also has a history that will make you thankful for your own past. A few times I really thought I would shed a few tears but Kayla is so strong and she wouldn’t want my pity.

As the book comes to an end we learn so much about Logan & Kayla. I can promise you it’s going to leave you waiting on the edge until the next book releases (Freaking September). So basically wake me up when September is here!!!

Be sure to grab your copy of “This is reckless”, your not going to want to miss this!!!! As always, hats of to my girls K&F!!!