Archive | August, 2018

Break My Fall (The Breaking Trilogy #1) by M. Mabie Blog Tour with Review

31 Aug

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Break My Fall by M. Mabie
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Jay Aheer, Simply Defined Art
Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography
Model: Jamie Walker

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Synopsis: “The first time I returned to Lancaster was for my brother’s funeral.

The second time was for Myra.”

For twelve years, I lived alone in my cabin, building a life with my two bare hands. I was free from their rules, their policies, and their lies.

They are a cult.

My father is their leader.

To protect my brother’s widow, I’m making her my wife. It’s her only way out.

But drawn to the purity in her deep blue eyes and the innocence of her gentle voice, I wonder if I’m not the biggest monster of them all. I have to save her from them and myself. Because every second I spend with this timid woman, I fight the urge to claim her.

Own her.

Make her truly mine.

And I know it’s wrong.

I will break her fall—if I don’t break her first.

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Excerpt:

A cloud of smoke followed the silver-haired woman out the door of the main building onto the covered porch outside, and she shot the butt of her cigarette into the dirt in front of the semi.

“Your mother’s been trying to reach you.”

My phone had died two days earlier, and I’d forgotten to bring a charger. Mom was the only person I still spoke with from Lancaster, but it was rare for her to call me, and I only reached out a few times a year.

“Say what she wanted?” I asked and slid my hands into worn leather gloves.

“Honey, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your brother passed away last night.”

Ted Grier hung back in the doorway, watching. Both of their faces wore sympathy.

“Pardon?”

“Your brother passed, Abe. You should call her back. Come on in and use the phone.”

I hadn’t spoken to my brother in years, but when I left home with no plans to return, I just assumed things would stay how I left them. They’d cling to their Bibles and bands and keep living in their own warped version of reality. They’d stay tucked under the strict thumb of the Legacies and God, or at least the way they interpreted him, and I’d live my life in the woods, free of their judgment and rules.

Alone and how I liked it.

They lived how they wanted, and I did the same.

I squinted in the mid-day sun, and the tension in my neck pinched even tighter.

“Jacob died?”

Ted limped to the stoop, tapped a Camel from his pack and lit it. “Son, you wanna come inside for a minute? Call your family?”

I did not. Calling them was the last thing I wanted.

It was almost noon, and I still had more than half day’s work to finish. The tobacco in the air was thick as I pulled it into my chest. “I’ll call when I get home.”

It was supposed to rain for the next four days in the hills, and there was work that needed to be done. Calling in the middle of the day wasn’t going to do anything but put me behind, and my brother would still be dead that evening.



 

Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Break My Fall is a riveting book with quite an original concept. Abe left his family years ago because of their distorted views on religion. He never intended to return, but the death of his younger brother changes that. He hates going back, but he knows he only has a limited time there. When he lays eyes on his brother’s widow, Myra, all that changes, and he is determined to save her, no matter what it takes.

Since this is a trilogy, Mabie took her time developing both the storyline and the characters, and not just the primary characters. There are secondary characters that drive the plot, such as Abe’s father.

I’ve never really read much fiction about cults, but I found this fascinating. I knew this was a romance, so I knew before reading Abe and Myra would be in a relationship. Like the rest of the book, Mabie has taken her time with this. She made it very realistic. Myra is very naive and innocent. She hasn’t been exposed to things outside of her town, and she certainly has no idea what it means to be in a normal relationship with a man. Mabie captures her innocence perfectly. Abe is so very sweet, patient, and kind with her. I can see their relationship developing into something that will last forever.

A great deal of the book deals with learning to live outside of the cult and Abe’s journey. Now, he is helping Myra travel the same path. I’m not an expert on cults, but I have seen documentaries. From what I have seen, Mabie has done her research and given her readers an authentic, truthful story.

I love a good book, but I love a good story even better. She has given us quite a story. I loved the imagery she used. For instance, everything is “clean, neat, and tidy” in Lancaster. Men are well-groomed and nicely dressed. Yet, when you look underneath, you will see the ugliness and evil that walks those streets. Whereas Abe is described as not big on fashion, and he has long hair and a beard….those things aren’t accepted in Lancaster. Abe represents everything good and right. Mabie also doesn’t bash God, she very clearly shows how some people distort Him and the Bible, using it for their own selfish and evil purposes!

This is quite an emotional read with a bit of suspense thrown in, especially concerning Abe’s brother. I have a feeling there is something more there….The ending….WOW!!!! I can’t wait to see where Mabie is going to take us in the next book!!!!



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Meet The Author:

M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes everything from steamy romantic comedies to angst-filled, pull your hair out drama. She enjoys it all. With her unconventional love stories, she 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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Impostor’s Lure (Sharpe & Donovan Series) by Carla Neggers Excerpt Tour

31 Aug

 

From New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers comes the next standalone novel in her Sharpe & Donovan Series, IMPOSTOR’S LURE! Master of suspense Carla Neggers delivers an exhilarating page-turner where the disappearance of a federal prosecutor launches the latest high-stakes case for FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. Order your copy today!

 

About IMPOSTOR’S LURE:

Newlyweds Emma and Colin are suspicious when prosecutor Tamara McDermott is a no-show at a Boston dinner party. Matt Yankowski, head of HIT, Emma and Colin’s small, elite Boston-based team, is a friend of Tamara’s, and he needs them to find her.

In London, a woman who was supposed to meet Emma’s art-detective grandfather to talk about forgeries is discovered near death. Her husband, who stayed behind in Boston, has vanished. The couple’s connection to Tamara adds to the puzzle.

As the search for Tamara intensifies, a seemingly unrelated murder leads Emma, Colin and HIT deep into a maze of misdirection created by a clever, lethal criminal who stays one step ahead of them.

As Emma draws on her expertise in art crimes and Colin on his experience as a deep-cover agent, the investigation takes a devastating turn that tests the strengths of their families and friendships as well as their FBI colleagues as never before.

Impostor’s Lure is full of clever twists that will keep readers guessing right to the stunning conclusion!

 



EXCERPT

Tamara stepped out of her rental car and breathed in the Maine air, cooler, fresher here by the sea. It was hot here, too, though. She nearly froze on the drive up from Boston when she’d turned on the air-conditioning and it cooled her sweat. Dumb to have walked up and down the Boston waterfront. She liked to walk and she had a lot on her mind, but she knew better. Boston could get just as hot and humid in August as Washington did.

She hadn’t thought this little adventure through. It wasn’t like her, but [her daughter] Adalyn…

What had she got herself into?

“Maybe nothing,” Tamara said aloud as she looked out at the sea, waves washing over sand and rocks. A good place to kayak, Graham Blackwood had told her. Then he’d promptly admitted he didn’t know anything about kayaking. He wanted to try while he was in Maine.

Kayak, get past a friend’s murder. Why the hell not?

Tamara spotted a seagull that on another day, under different circumstances, would have enthralled or at least amused her. Patrick, her ex-husband, considered them rats with wings. Killjoy. Good riddance to him.

Twenty-two years of marriage up in smoke.

“Blah. Don’t think about it.”

Except she’d been thinking about it most of the ninety-minute drive up to Maine. They’d told Adalyn it’d been an amiable split. Different paths now that they were in their late forties.

No mention of the cute young girlfriend.

Tamara didn’t like herself for giggling when she’d heard they broke up.

“More like cackling with joy.”

She didn’t want Patrick to be miserable, but she didn’t want him to find true love or whatever he was looking for with a shallow paralegal who looked good on his arm. Tamara didn’t want to think about what the gold digger was like in bed. Maybe she wasn’t being very evolved, but there it was. Good, maybe, for a prosecutor who’d never had much bad happen to her in her life to experience such raw emotion.

She shook off her thoughts. She needed to focus on why she was here.

Where was Graham Blackwood?

She’d pulled into a turnaround on a narrow road in front of his rental house—assuming she hadn’t made a wrong turn. It was on an isolated section of the coast near the Sisters of the Joyful Heart convent. Graham’s choice. He’d given her directions and asked her to keep their meeting private. Verity wanted to talk to you before her flight, but she’s already cutting it close. I’m staying in Maine for a few days. I’ll explain everything tomorrow. It concerns Adalyn. Verity and I are both fond of her.

Tamara didn’t see another soul, hear any cars—just the breeze and the wash of the sea. That’s what she wanted on her vacation. She’d return to Boston for dinner and be on her way for three weeks of bliss as soon as possible. She might even get a head start and leave tonight. She’d packed after her unnerving brunch with Adalyn.

Who are these Blackwoods, Adalyn?



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Carla Neggers’ IMPOSTOR’S LURE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

August 20th

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty and Flirty – Excerpt

Ripe For Reader – Excerpt

August 21st

Bobo’s Book Bank – Excerpt

Literary misfit – Excerpt

OMGReads – Excerpt

Sip Read Love – Excerpt

August 22nd

Bookstanista – Excerpt

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

August 23rd

A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

Reading Reality – Review

Words We Love By –Review & Excerpt

August 24th

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa – Excerpt

Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt

August 25th

Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt

Catty Jane Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

August 26th

Book Addict – Review & Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Excerpt

Tfaulcbookreviews – Review & Excerpt

August 27th

A Lovely Book Affair – Review

Cali Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

TBR Book Blog – Excerpt

August 28th

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

Lisa Book Blog – Excerpt

August 29th

BTH Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Evermore Books – Excerpt

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Excerpt

August 30th

All about reading – Review & Excerpt

Fire and Ice Book Reviews – Excerpt

GhostPepperBabes/ Pimpers’ Dungeon – Excerpt

August 31st

Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt

Cathy Reads Books – Review

Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Excerpt

September 1st

Books are love – Review & Excerpt

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

NightWolf Book Blog – Excerpt

September 2nd

Blushing babes are up all night – Review & Excerpt

Em Jay Reads – Review & Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

 

 

 

About Carla Neggers:

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe & Donovan series featuring Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, and the popular Swift River Valley series set in the small, fictional New England town of Knights Bridge. With many bestsellers to her credit, Carla loves to write now as much as she did when she climbed a tree at age eleven with pad and pen. A native New Englander, Carla and her husband divide their time between their hilltop home in Vermont, a sofa bed at their kids’ places in Boston and various inns, hotels and hideaways on their travels, frequently to Ireland. Learn more and sign up for Carla’s newsletter at CarlaNeggers.com. Follow Carla at facebook.com/carlaneggers and twitter.com/carlaneggers.

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The Perfect Duet by Meghan Quinn Release with Review!

31 Aug

 

 

The Left Side Of Perfect – Release Day – August 30

For better or for worse,’til death do us part . . .

The better captured me; she’s who stole my heart.

And made me realize I couldn’t live without this woman.

The worse of her took my breath away–kicked me when I was down and twisted me into a million knots.

When I first met her, I thought she was someone I would never see again.

The second time I ran into her, it was a random coincidence.

The third?

I didn’t know it at the time, but she was the girl I was going to marry.

But life isn’t always perfect. You have to take the better and the worse–even if it means giving her up, having her slip between your fingers, and letting her walk away.

I’m getting married.

This is forever, ’til death do us part.

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Christie’s Review

5 +++++ STARS

A Top 10 Read of 2018

An All-Time Favorite Series

The Perfect Duet by Meghan Quinn is an emotionally stunning and brilliant read!!! It is easily a top 10 read of 2018 and an all-time favorite series!

I really hesitate to tell others too much about the plot or the characters because, I, myself, don’t like spoilers. I met these two characters in The Blue Line Duet. While you don’t have to read that duet, I really highly recommend it because it gives you a background into each character. It’s quite a journey these two will take before they can find their own HEA…Quinn has lots of twists in store. Each one of those twists will make sense as these two have some issues they have to overcome on their own before becoming a couple.

I know I’m being vague, but honestly, going into the duet blind really is the best way to go. Just trust Meghan Quinn…she will have you tied up in knots, but I promise it’s a VERY SATISFYING ENDING!!!



 

The Right Side Of Forever – Release Day August 31

In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish . . .

It sounds so simple, to love someone unconditionally.

To give them your heart.

So why is she slowly eating away at my soul with every unanswered phone call, every unread text, and every door left unopened?

She said yes, and yet, in order for her to be with me . . . I need to let her go.

 

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Whole Lotta Love (Rock Star Hearts #1) by Amity Cross Release Blitz with Review

30 Aug

Title: Whole Lotta Love
Series: Rock Star Hearts #1
Author: Amity Cross
Genre: Rock Star Romance
Release Date: August 29, 2018

 

Blurb
Sebastian Hale is missing in action.
As lead singer of the hot as sin rock band, Beneath, he’s got the world at his feet but he wants out. He’s done with the empty relationships, the one-night stands, and the consequences of his wild celebrity lifestyle. Unable to break free of the darkness taking over his soul, he disappears, sending the media, his record label and the world into a frenzy.

When small town girl, Juniper Rowe, meets a sexy, brooding guy on an isolated beach in the middle of nowhere, she’s shocked to learn he’s missing bad boy rock star Sebastian Hale.

Drawn together by fate, they find solace in their shared darkness, unable to resist the passion their tortured souls ignite in one another.
But when the reality of Sebastian’s life is revealed, Juniper learns a hard lesson.
Rock ’n’ roll will save your life…but the fame will kill you.



Christie’s Review 
5 STARS

I have to say Amity Cross had me hook, line, and sinker in the beginning pages of this book. She has a way of writing a setting that puts you right there, and I felt like I was someone on that lonely beach watching the first meeting between Sebastian and Juniper!
Juniper has lived her entire life in her small town. She is stuck. She is trying to save her struggling book store. It is one of the last things she has of her mother’s. She is determined to make it work. She never really thought about leaving until Sebastian.
Sebastian is running from the life he has as a rock star. As he says, “Rock ‘n’ roll will save your life….but fame will kill you.” He has had just about as much as he can handle of the fame. He doesn’t know who to trust anymore, and he needed a safe place to regroup and consider what his future is.
I liked Juniper’s character. Yeah, she could be cynical at times, but she was also very down to earth. She didn’t even know who Sebastian was until her best friend told her. That doesn’t really change anything. She just sees him as an interesting, sexy guy. She knows their relationship probably will end when he leaves, because everybody leaves. See….her cynicism!
Sebastian is a bit cynical as well but that is because of his fame and all it brought with it…some good and some really bad. Juniper is a breath of fresh air for him. She doesn’t care about the fame. In fact, it’s his fame that may very well derail their relationship before it gets off the ground.
I love a good rock star romance, and this was a good one. The characters were well fleshed out, and I’m still learning more about them. The writing itself was fantastic, and oh my I loved the setting. As I wrote earlier, Cross put me right there with the characters. I could vividly see the places in my mind. Thankfully, this is only the beginning for Sebastian and Juniper, so I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.



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Author Bio

 

Amity Cross is the author of wicked stories about rock stars looking for redemption, gritty romances featuring MMA fighters and dark tales of forbidden romance. She loves to write about alpha males and the strong women who challenge them to fall in love.
Amity lives in a leafy country town near Melbourne, Australia and can be found chained to her desk, held at ransom by her characters.
Don’t send help. She likes it.
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Evie’s Little Black Book by Hannah Pearl Blog Tour with Review with Giveaway (Win 2 x set of floral notebook, pen, book locket necklace and chocolate (Open Internationally)

30 Aug

Evie’s Little Black Book

Hannah Pearl 

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Synopsis

Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?


When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man? 

In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along … 


Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exes are exes for a reason? 

 



Christie’s Review

4.5 STARS

What a clever and charming story! I loved the concept. Evie has had enough after being invited to the wedding of a crush she had in her teens. On top of that, she has broken up with an ex not too terribly long ago. She can’t understand what she keeps doing wrong, and why she can’t find lasting happiness. So, she decides to go to her little black book which is really a floral notebook that is filled with every crush and kiss she had since she was fifteen. Oh my, what a journey that was!!!

Her quest will lead her to find happiness in a place she was never expecting it. Who knew her little black book would lead her to Jake, who is a swoon worthy hero. He is loyal to those he loves. Evie is funny, intelligent, and caring. Readers will see how much she cares about each others as the book progresses.

I loved the romance and the characters. I loved the passages that she and Charmaine shared in from her book. They were quite funny! As much as I loved all these things, my favorite part was watching Evie discover who she really was! Great, heartwarming book!!!



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Author Bio 

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Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.

She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher at a university in Leicester, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.

In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning ereader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.

 

Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

Blog – dizzygirlwrites.wordpress.com 

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Ten Reasons to Stay (Risky Hearts Duet) by Candace Knoebel Release Blitz

30 Aug

We are thrilled to be sharing with you the release of TEN REASONS TO STAY by Candace Knoebel. TEN REASONS TO STAY is the first standalone in the Risky Hearts duet and fans of contemporary romance won’t want to miss this one! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 


About TEN REASONS TO STAY

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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Don’t miss FIVE REASONS TO GO, book two of the Risky Hearts duet, out October 25th!

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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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Dating Down by Diane Louise Blog Tour with Review

30 Aug

 

Dating Down

Dating Down

by Diane Louise 

 

Synopsis

Suddenly single and unexpectedly poor, it’s definitely safe to say that Alexis Harland is not living the life of her dreams.

Although she’s determined that nothing, not one little thing, will stop her return from poverty. Well, almost nothing. Her pride might get in the way a little. And possibly her family. And maybe the fact that she hasn’t got a clue where to start.

Many years ago, Alexis was swept away from life on a caravan park and introduced to a world of riches and glamour. All thanks to a wealthy man who married her, reinvented her… and then dumped her for a younger model at the first sign of cellulite.

Now Alexis is stranded, struggling to keep her head above water and her history a secret from her highbrow friends.

As if that isn’t enough for a woman to deal with, one night she comes home to find a sexy man has landed, quite literally, on her doorstep. A man hell-bent on testing everything Alexis thinks she knows about true happiness.

Caught between the life she knows and her blossoming love, can Alexis afford to let go of her unwavering pride, kiss her social status goodbye and accept that stepping back to square one is sometimes a huge leap forward?



Christie’s Review

4.5 STARS

Dating Down by Diane Louise is not only a great romantic comedy, but it is about second chances and finding happiness where you least expected it.

Alexis has found herself not only single but poor when her rich husband leaves her for a younger woman. She isn’t sure how she is supposed to start over after being the dutiful wife who rubbed elbows with the higher classes of society. I have to be honest and say I really was not a fan of her in the beginning. She came across as snobby, thinking she was better than others who had less money than she did. Apparently, she made her mind up when she was younger that she wasn’t going to live in poverty like her parents did. She has worked hard to keep that part of her life secret, but that gets harder when her younger, wilder sister, Candy, shows up drunk on her front porch, along with the taxi driver that wanted to make sure she was safe. From that moment on, her life changes drastically, and she will learn who really loves her. She will also learn a lesson in what really matters in life, and she will have to decide which is more important: the things you have or the way you choose to live your life.

Man, oh man, how I loved Bob, the sweet taxi driver who showed up on her doorstep with her sister. He is all that is good in the world, and I kept praying Alexis would realize it! He definitely has patience with her. He was a driving force in changing how I felt about Alexis. I saw a different side to her, and I liked the person she became by the end of the book.

I can’t leave this review without talking about Candy, Alexis’s sister. It is very rare that a secondary character is full of so much color! I just loved her!!! She owned every scene she was in, and I’m so glad she will be getting her own book.

This is the very first book I have read by Diane Louise, but it definitely won’t be my last!!!!



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Diane Louise is a dairy farmer’s wife from the UK who doesn’t know a Holstein from a Hereford.

But what she does know is how to write a funny story. Three years ago she tried to write steamy romance and sucked at it. Honestly, her stiff upper lip made her heroes more wet blankets than wet dreams. With a steely determination to avoid milking the cows, she turned her hand to Romantic Comedy and a star was born. Well, in her mind at least.

Fancy getting to know the woman behind the words?

She hangs around Facebook daily, desperately avoiding housework, and loves nothing more than chatting to fellow lovers of Romantic Comedy over at Di’s Romantic Comedy Club. Or, if you don’t do Facebook, that’s cool, because she also sends a monthly email to her readers, making sure they never miss a new release and sharing behind the scene info about her books. You can join The Monthly Club here.

Social Media Links –

Facebook Group – Di’s Romantic Comedy Club – https://www.facebook.com/groups/954521864707822/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16873120.Diane_Louise

Mailerlite Newsletter Sign Up – https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/r9i1b8

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DianeLouise12

 

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