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Hate to Date You ((Dating Book 4) by Monica Murphy Blog Tour with Review & Excerpt

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Hate to Date You by Monica Murphy

Release Date: April 7, 2020

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Hate to Date You, an all-new standalone contemporary romance in the Dating Series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy.

 

Stella Ricci is bored.

Her overprotective family barely let her out of their sight, despite the fact she’s a grown woman. Yes, she loves her job at her family’s café and she’s the best barista in the entire Monterey Peninsula, but is that enough? She’s thinking no. But what else can she do?

Enter Carter Abbott. Burnt out after the never-ending grind of selling high end real estate in Los Angeles, he’s returned home, unsure of what to do next. He needs someplace to crash temporarily until he gets back on his feet.

It’s easy for Stella to suggest Carter move in. Temporarily of course. It’ll give her someone to talk to. The only problem?

That one night stand Stella and Carter had about a year ago. They never talked about it. They still don’t really talk about it. Despite the fact that the old chemistry has come back full force. Living together has made that obvious. Should they admit that one night wasn’t enough? Or will dating each other turn into an epic fail?

Only one way to find out…

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Christie’s Review

4.5 STARS

The Dating Series by Monica Murphy are interconnecting stories, and this one is the fourth book in the series! I loved Stella and Carter’s story. It was the perfect mix of sexy and sweet!!!!

Stella and Carter are quite a pair!!! While they are a driven pair, they find themselves at a crossroads of sorts in their lives. Stella is bored with her life. She has a good job in her family’s coffee shop, but she wants more. Carter had a successful career in California before coming back home, and he isn’t quite sure what direction he wants to take in his life. So, Stella’s roommate, BFF, and Carter’s sister, Caroline, suggest Carter stay with Stella until he knows what he wants to do. Plus, she won’t feel so bad moving out to be with her fiance. She has NO IDEA what she is asking, especially if she knew her brother and friend had a hot one-night stand a year ago!!!!

Even though they haven’t talked about it, unless Stella’s snarky comments or dirty looks count, the chemistry is still off-the-charts! It was fun to see their sexy banter back and forth, but I liked seeing them become friends mixed with their attraction sizzling under the surface. I kept hoping they would discover they had found the “one” in each other, even if it was fast. As her Nonna said, “Love can start in many ways. All encompassing. Fast and passionate. Slow and thoughtful. We each fall in love at the pace we’re meant to.” I felt like Carter and Stella were meant to be!!!!

  Their romance was only a part of the equation. The two of them had to also discover who they were as individuals as well. I just love a relationship where they not only grow together as a couple, but they each grow as independent people as well. That just makes them better together. 

I can’t leave this review without giving my thoughts on Stella’s family. They were overprotective, and at times, I thought didn’t give Stella or her grandma the respect they deserved. It did come from a place of love though. My favorite was her Nonna. She was the best…she was feisty and a bit of a matchmaker. She had a lot in common with her granddaughter. That is probably why they had such a special bond!!!!

I haven’t read the other book in the series, but I have to say Murphy has made me a fan, and I can’t wait to get to know the couples in the other books!!! 




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Excerpt:

I’m in the bathroom applying one last coat of mascara to my eyelashes when Carter suddenly appears behind me, his gorgeous face looming over my shoulder. Of course, like the dork that I am, I yelp with a jolt when I first spot him, stabbing myself in the eyeball with the mascara wand.

And like some sort of romcom hero, he rushes for me, his big hands curling around my shoulders and turning me around so I have no choice but to face him. Though I can’t even look at him, considering I’m bent over and holding both hands over my wounded eye.

“Are you all right? I didn’t mean to scare you.” He sounds troubled. Which is good. He should definitely feel bad for causing my injury.

Though really, I’m the one who overreacted and stabbed myself in the first place.

“I’m okay.” I stand up straighter, still cradling my watery, stinging eye. “It only hurts a little.”

“Drop your hand.” He turns away from me, snagging a tissue out of the Kleenex box that’s perched on the back of the toilet, then faces me once more. “Drop it,” he repeats when I still haven’t removed my hand.

Reluctantly I remove my hand from my face, my eyelashes practically stuck together. I’m sure I look a mess and I swallow hard, reaching up to dab at the tender skin beneath my eye, but Carter bats my hand away.

“Let me,” he murmurs as he brushes the tissue underneath my eye, picking up all the excess mascara. “Does it still hurt?”

“A little.” He’s so close. I can see all of his eyelashes, and they’re thick and dark and don’t need a lick of mascara on them, the jerk. He’s freshly shaven, his face nice and smooth, and I sort of want to rub against it. Like a cat.

“I’m sorry I startled you,” he says with the utmost sincerity. “I didn’t mean for you to try to take your eye out.”

A soft laugh escapes me. “I’ve stabbed myself in the eye before with a mascara wand. I’m sure this won’t be the last time.”

He finishes cleaning up the mess I made and then turns me so I face the mirror once more. “Now you’re perfect,” he says, squeezing my shoulders for the briefest moment before he lets go and exits the bathroom, heading straight into his bedroom.

I’m shaken by the encounter and it takes me a minute to get moving again. Since the afternoon at my nonna’s house, we’ve been friendlier. Not so friendly that we fall into bed together, but friendly enough. Which is…nice. I don’t like having hostile feelings toward Carter. What exactly did he ever do to me anyway?

Oh, he just rocked your world and turned you into a firm believer in multiple orgasms, then left you in the dust and never talked to you again.

Right. He did that. And it sucked.

Meet Monica:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult, and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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18 Caliber (A Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery #6) by Larissa Reinhart Blog Tour with Review with Giveaway ($20 Amazon Gift Card)

18 CALIBER, Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery
by Larissa Reinhart

About 18 Caliber


18 CALIBER, Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Past Perfect Press (April 14, 2020)
Print Length: 395 pages
Digital ASIN: B085HGGBW2

LUCKY IN LOVE AND LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. UNTIL NOW.

 

Maizie’s mixing with international stars, spies, and her mother’s dark past in her sixth case in The Wall Street Journal bestselling series.

 

“Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright’s waning star. Sassy, Sexy, and Fun.” — Phoebe Fox, author of the Breakup Doctor series.

 

#WannabeDetectiving While ex-celebrity Maizie Albright’s dreams of becoming a for-real private investigator have not exactly been dashed, they have been slightly thwarted. Her ex-manager and still-mother, Vicki Albright, has taken the helm of Nash Security Services while rebuilding her entertainment management company. Sometimes with the same clients. Like Chinese action star, Lili Liang, who’s making the film Unlucky 18 in Georgia.

 

Thus far, Lili’s living up to her movie title. Her kung fu coach is missing. Her boyfriend’s disappeared. And her director, who gambled on her with the part, might be gambling with her life.

 

Maizie’s luck is also running out. Maizie and Nash find themselves struggling to balance a new partnership and new relationship between missing persons’ cases, wild goose chases, and tracking a bullet into dangerous places. Sometimes it’s enough to make a girl NOT want to put a ring on it. When it comes to facing an 18-caliber killer, what will Maizie put up as the target? Her heart or her life?

Books in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series:
15 MINUTES
16 MILLIMETERS
NC-17
A VIEW TO A CHILL
17.5 CARTRIDGES IN A PEAR TREE
18 CALIBER

Other Series by Larissa Reinhart:
A Cherry Tucker Mystery
Finley Goodhart Crime Capers

A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series as well as romantic comedies and women’s fiction. She loves to tell funny stories about Southern women looking for love (and sometimes dead bodies) in all the wrong places. You might have seen Larissa and family with their little dog, Biscuit, on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode, but they’re back in Georgia now. Visit LarissaReinhart.com to learn more.

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Christie’s Review

5 STARS

I have long been a fan of Larissa Reinhart, and 18 Caliber is exactly why she is one of my “go-to authors.” She knows just the perfect combination of mystery, romance, and laughs!

Maizie and Nash are adjusting to working for her controlling and egocentric mother, Vicki. They are doing more security rather than investigation, but all that changes when a man goes missing, there is a mysterious shooting and a bullet in a door…all three things lead back to, you got it, Vicki. Could she actually be involved in it? It is up to Nash and Maizie to find out. Buckle up, it’s a wild ride with twists and turns told in only the way Reinhart can tell it!!!!!

As much as the mystery dominates the book, the characters are getting more fleshed out, and I am learning things about them I didn’t know. For example, Vicki might actually be human!!!!! As always, I love Maizie and Nash. Their relationship seems to be moving along, but some changes are on the way for them. I am highly anticipating the next book to join them in their next pursuit. In addition, I’m eager to see where Vicki is going!

If you like your mysteries with humor and romance, with quirky characters, you can’t go wrong with anything that Larissa Reinhart writes!!!! She is an incredibly gifted storyteller!




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