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Smoke and Mirrors (City Limits Book 3) by M. Mabie Blog Tour with Review

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Contemporary Romance| Second Chance Romance

Smoke and Mirrors is the third standalone in the City Limits series. It features a new couple navigating their second-chance romance. Enjoy this love story between a fireman who has returned home from the military and the single mom he left down the street. Welcome to Wynne.


My best laid plans had backfired. I’d thought by putting miles between myself and my first love that she’d be free to live whatever life she’d wanted, but when I came back from serving my country and Faith was raising her little girl alone, it was time to make new plans.

In eight years, not a single day had passed when she wasn’t on my mind, and not a night went by when I didn’t miss her. She was fierce and stunning and didn’t need a man in her life, but when the time came—and she wanted one—the line would start behind me.

Like smoke, I’d let her slip through my fingers once, but I’d never forgive the man in the mirror if I let it happen again. She was the fire inside me that would never burn out.







Smoke and Mirrors by M. Mabie is a sweet, sexy smalltown romance! I loved it!

Faith and Aaron were best friends when they were younger, but Faith always wanted him to see her as more. She definitely saw him as more, but their timing was never right. Aaron was leaving for the military, and he never wanted Faith waiting for him. When she told him how she felt, he lets her go to live her own life. He didn’t want her missing living life while he was gone.

Years later, Aaron is back. Their lives are completely different. He is a firefighter and does construction jobs on the side. She works at her mother’s diner and at a local bar. Her most important job is being a mother to her daughter, Delaney. The feelings are still there, yet neither one will really talk to one another. It’s not like he is new in town. He’s been there for 4 years. Which one of them will break down first and make the first move?

I loved both of these characters. Despite what life has thrown at Faith, her spirit nor her sass has ever been extinguished. She always put her daughter’s needs first just like any good mother would. Although, I felt sorry for her at times because of her loneliness. She doesn’t have time to fantasize about anyone, even though she occasionally fantasizes about Aaron. Her dream is having someone take her trash out and being able to afford things she needs, like new tires. So, when Aaron makes his intentions known, I loved seeing her nervousness come out.

Oh Aaron, what a man! Not only is he incredibly sexy, but he has a heart to match. He gives back to those he loves, and my heart just melted more when I discovered he was doing small things for Faith, like cleaning her gutters, replanting her rosebush several times, and finally getting it to survive. He was her sexy guardian angel. Sometimes, he might have gone a little too far, but his intentions were always good! His relationship with Faith’s daughter, Delaney, was just precious. She never had a father figure, and she hit the jackpot with Aaron.

Several things stood out to me in the book, Faith’s best friends. They were all online friends she met in a chatroom. That was a unique thing, but it reflects our society today. Even though they had never met in person, they were so supportive of one another and shared all their secrets.

Little Miss Delaney was a spitfire. I loved that little precocious thing. I would love to see how much trouble she is going to cause Aaron and Faith in the future!

I certainly didn’t see the twist coming that Mabie gave us. It made the book even better! I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I am looking forward to downloading and reading them.


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If you haven’t yet started the City Limits series of Standalone, you can find them on KU.

Roots and Wings(City Limits, #1 – Standalone)

Sunshine and Rain (City Limits, #2 – Standalone)

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M. Mabie is writer who made thousands of readers hate to love (and love to hate) the angst-filled contemporary romance, Bait.

She lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody “real-life romance.” She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head.

She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost. M. Mabie usually doesn’t speak in third-person. She promises.




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Ignite by Kate Benson is FREE with 2 Reviews!

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***This book contains adult material intended for mature readers only***

Some love sets off a spark… Others ignite the flame.

When the athletic Zeke Turner moves in next door to eccentric Addie Greyson, the unlikely pair become instant friends. Growing inseparable over the years, the two stand together through all the trials of adolescence.

Zeke returns for the summer after his freshman year of college right as Addie’s preparing to start hers at another school. Their time apart forces them to begin seeing each other in a whole new light. When the temptation becomes too much to resist, lines are crossed and their friendship is irrevocably changed.

As outside influences interfere, the relationship they’ve fought so hard to protect begins to suffer. When Addie feels the sting of betrayal from the only other person she can trust, it makes her question everything she ever thought she knew.

When fate brings them back together two years later, will they get a second chance? Or will they find out the hard way that there are some things you just can’t take back?



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I have been a fan of Kate Benson since I read her first book in The Promise Series. Since discovering her, I anxiously await her next book. Now, she has three series, and each one is different and great in their own ways. Ignite is her newest book, and this is the emotional love story of Addie and Zeke. It opens when Addie and Zeke are children and follow them through college. Addie was different from girls her age, so she was made fun of. Zeke was well-liked, but he always protected her. They were best friends. As they grow older and Zeke returns from college for the summer, each realizes their feelings have changed for one another. After fighting their attraction to each other, they give into their passions and embark on a new relationship as a couple. As with all good love stories, there will be many obstacles to their HEA, maybe even some danger.

As always, Benson has a talent for developing her characters in a way that instantly connect her readers with them. Zeke and Addie are no different. While Zeke is sweet, sexy, and loyal to Addie, Addie is the character that really stands out to me. She’s just a breath of fresh air; she is one of those special girls that just lights a room up when she enters. Zeke says it perfectly when he says, “while other girls our age shriek when it rains, ducking for cover to protect their hair, Addie dances in it.” She was sweet, innocent, and just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside even though I wanted to slap her for making a stupid decision!!!!

Once again, Kate has another winner with this book! Every series she writes is different from the other as are all her characters. I think this is what makes her stand out in this genre. The only common thing you will find in her books are her cliffhangers. I swear this woman is the reigning queen of unforgettable cliffhangers. However, don’t let that scare you off and miss the magic that is Addie and Zeke. You don’t have to wait because Book 2 is FREE on Kindle Unlimited!!!!



Book 2: Smolder


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***This book contains adult material intended for mature readers***

Two years after a misunderstanding pulls free-spirited Addison Greyson from tenacious Zeke Turner’s life, fate finds a way to give her back.

Not all reunions are simple, though.

Between a sordid arrangement she made to save her father, the secret she vowed to keep and her twisted new reality, Addie returns to Zeke a different girl.

When their attraction to each other proves too much to deny, they reunite in secret, rekindling their long lost love in the shadows. Their feelings ignite into something more and staying apart is no longer an option.

Fighting to stay together when it seems the whole world wants them apart won’t be easy.

They soon realize it never was.

Will giving into the desires that smolder beneath the surface be the one thing that saves them?

Or will they find out the hard way that some things are best kept secret?

Smolder is the second and final anticipated installment in The Ignite Series. It is full-length and multi-POV.




Absolutely LOVED this book!!! I was excited yet nervous about being reunited with one of my favorite book couples, Addie and Zeke. I was unsure how all this was going to turn out after finishing the first book, Ignite. But, I shouldn’t have worried…I mean we are talking about the amazing Kate Benson here. Smolder continues the sweet and “smoldering” relationship between Zeke and Addie. The two have a plan to finally get Addie out from under the sleazy and dangerous Chad. They try to keep their distance, but their love and desire for each other make it very difficult. Along the way, they find some allies who will help them meet in secret. But, is that enough? Will Addie and Zeke find a way to finally be free and get the HEA they have been denied for too long?

Smolder had all the spice, sweetness, and heat that I wanted, yet there were some twists and secrets that I didn’t see coming…some good and some not so good. We finally get to see Chad’s true motive for keeping Addie under his thumb. As the two become even closer, I realized even more that these two were destined to be together. Their relationship makes you believe in destiny, soul mates, and romance that is written in the stars, even though they have to go through so much pain and sacrifice to be together. Each character matured more throughout the book, and I really loved seeing Addie grow into a woman who stood up to the “bullies” in her life. You rock, Addie! The epilogue was just the perfect icing on the cake….it was perfect for Addie and Zeke!

I know I sound like a broken record where Kate is concerned, but it’s the truth. She is an amazing writer. I picked up her first book, The Promise, just over a year ago, and with each book and each series, she continues to grow with each book she writes. Each of her series is different, and each character is different, but as an avid reader, I know she writes from the heart…it’s something she enjoys, and I know her characters come from the heart. All of those emotions come across in every book she writes. I am always looking forward to seeing what she is writing next. Another great book, Kate!!!!






Kate Benson was raised in Texas and currently resides in central Florida with her husband, their two dogs and two cats.
She learned to read at the age of four and has been hooked ever since. She credits her passion for literature to her mother, her love of story-telling to her father and her unwavering faith in happily-ever-after’s to her husband, Sean.
Some of her favorite things include rainy days, loud music, superhero movies, hot tea and of course, lazy afternoons with a great book.
To find out more about Kate, her work or to just say hello, she loves hearing from her readers and can be found on social media.



Christie's Reviews · Contemporary Romance · Romance

The Road to You by Melissa Toppen Blog Tour with 5-Star Review

Title: The Road To You

Author: Melissa Toppen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 25, 2018


Life is full of choices- of chances- of moments.

Chances we regret not taking. Choices we wish we could change.

And then there are the moments that define us.

Kam was my choice…

The one who stole my heart instantly.

Kane was my chance…

The one who set me ablaze with just one look.

They were my moment…

Two brothers that both owned a part of me.

Two brothers that I loved in different ways for different reasons.

One brother shattered my heart.

The other put it back together.

Both changed me forever.

The Road to You is a standalone contemporary romance.


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The Road to You by Melissa Toppen is a beautiful, emotional novel about a couple’s journey to healing, learning to live, and learning to love again. Just a warning…have the tissues handy, you will need them!

Since El was 15-years-old, her heart has belonged to Kam. He lived next door to her aunt whom she visited every summer in North Carolina. As the years pass, their friendship grows and so does their hidden love for one another. When it looks like things might work out for them romantically, tragedy strikes. El has no idea how she will be able to live in a world without Kam. She is devastated, and she is drawn to Kam’s older brother, Kane. He is the only one whom she thinks will understand the depth of her loss.

El has only met him one time before years earlier, and he confused her. Her never took his eyes off of her then, and at the funeral, he is staring at her in the same way. She has no idea what it means. As the two get to know each other and share their grief with one another, they become closer and feelings develop. However, it is true feelings for one another, or is it because it makes them feel closer to Kam?

A trip to Italy will change everything for them. El was always fearless, whereas Kam was more cautious. That was one of the things that Kam loved about her. Since the accident, she has lost that. Kane is determined to help her rediscover that part of herself. I loved that about him. Their relationship does progress pretty quickly, but knowing their history and their time together, it makes sense. Toppen didn’t diminish El and Kam’s history. In fact, she wrote flashbacks throughout the novel that captured their love. She doesn’t make it seem that she loved one brother more than the other. In fact, El is confused about her feelings even though she knows she loves Kane with everything she has. But, she hasn’t really let Kam go, and she feels a responsibility for his death. Kane knows this, and he realizes she has to deal with it.


“I want all of you. The ups and downs. The accomplishments and failures. The good and the bad. I want it all.”


He doesn’t want the person she only wants him to see, the one where her smile isn’t real, the one that is overwrought with guilt and pain.

My heart broke for El. I shed so many tears for her because she had suffered more losses than just Kam, and she couldn’t give her heart completely to anyone. She was so afraid if she did find happiness with Kane, fate would step in and take him away from her.


“Things happen. People get sick. People get hurt. People die. Nothing is guaranteed. All you can do is love with your whole heart while God gives you the ability to do so.”


As I wrote earlier, this was an incredibly emotional read! You can’t read this book and not feel something. There are very few books that have taken a character who is no longer living and make them a central character in it, but Toppen was able to do this beautifully in this one. If you are looking for a book to devour you heart and soul, look no further than this one!




About The Author

Melissa Toppen is a Reader’s Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Author of New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.

Melissa resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.


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