Release Blast + Review | Love Story by Lauren Layne

Over the course of one wild road trip, 
feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love.
LOVE STORY
a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Releasing February 14th, 2017
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Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

Although listed as a title in the Love Unexpectedly Series, all books in the series stand alone.

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3 stars
Love Story follow Lucy and Reece – childhood sweethearts who parted ways only to be stuck on a roadtrip together. While this isn’t my favourite LL book I did enjoy it. It included one of my favourite tropes – best friends to lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed the flashbacks; it was beautiful watching them fall in love (and try to deny being in love). The roadtrip was so much fun; they had really great banter. There was a lot of angst and I am a sucker for angst – Lauren did a great job with that.
What didn’t work for me was how quickly the book ended – I needed more. I felt like I only started reading it and it ended – that may be a sign to…I don’t know maybe writing longer books. 😛 On a serious note, I did feel the end was a bit rushed and would have liked to see more angst and development. Despite this not being a favourite, LL is still one of my favourites and I will always read anything she releases.
*ARC provided by the publisher and Tasty Book Tours via Netgalley*
Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen
romantic comedies.
 
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.
She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart
romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 
 

 

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Blog Tour: Review | Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer

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Road-Tripped

by Nicole Archer
Ad Agency Series #1
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy

RoadTripped

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What’s worse than losing everything? Try driving a phallic-shaped RV across the country with your vile womanizing coworker.

Copywriter Callie Murphy has a bad attitude, a vicious tongue, and a serious aversion to Shimura Advertising’s resident manwhore, Walker Rhodes. Know where he can stick his good looks and Southern charm? She can think of a few creative places. Avoiding him wouldn’t be a problem, except her boss threatens to fire her if she doesn’t go along with him on their RV client’s cross-country tour.

Walker is sick of his job, tired of women, and in a big old creative rut. The upcoming client road trip is just what he needs to shake things up and rediscover his lost passion. But his plans go south when his partner drops out at the last minute, and Callie, the foul-mouthed tiny terror, takes her place. Unless he can find a way to thaw his icy coworker, he’s looking at two month’s of pure hell.

On the road, they experience one hilarious misadventure after another and soon find themselves on a life-changing journey. But when their paths veer off in different directions, will they hit a dead end?

Road-Tripped is a stand-alone novel and the first book in the Ad Agency Series.

*Adult language and situations.

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Review

My rating: 3 stars

Road-Tripped follows Callie Murphy and Walker Rhodes as they embark a journey to rediscover an upcoming client’s lost passion. Two unlikely people come together to help their respective friends and do their jobs

I loved Callie, we were introduced to her as she was plotting to rig  a bomb at her workplace – she didn’t really do it, she just added it to her ‘list’. Unfortunately for Callie she is stuck with a job where her boss (and friend), Skip, believes in partying more than working. She seems to have an extra dislike to her co-worker, Walker, and has declared him as a manwhore. What she doesn’t know is Walker isn’t all he shows to be – he hates his job and the fawning he receieves. He is close to quitting, however, he recieves an offer to go on a paid road-trip – being the perfect opportunity he takes up the offer.

Callie doesn’t seem to have much luck on her side, with the previous writer sick due to her pregnancy, Callie is forced to take her place. Walker and Callie don’t exactly start off on the right foot, however, as their journey develops so does their relationship.

Callie is a hilarious herione and Walker is a charming hero. I quite enjoyed their interactions, however, sometimes I found them a tad too immature and wished they had just cleared up their misunderstandings. I also was not too fond of how Callie seemed to hold on to her perceived notion about Walker being a manwhore for so long. Other than that, I found it to be really realisitic and relatable – I felt like I was on the road trip with them. I also loved that Nicole put a playlist with each chapter, it really brought the mood.

About Nicole Archer

Nicole Archer’s lengthy career as an advertising copywriter not only polished her writing skills—it provided a lifetime of book material. Many months her book purchases are as high as her mortgage. As a full-time, working single mom of a beautiful, time to do much else, but work, write, read, drink wine, and breathe. She believes the best books make you laugh, cry and orgasm. In real life, she lives in Dallas, Texas, but she’d rather live in Switzerland.

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5 Things About The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
The Thousandth Floor #1
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?
Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

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The cover is orgasmic

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Do I need to explain myself? I think not, the cover speaks for itself.

Definitely one of those guilty pleasures you cannot miss

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We all have those books we read for the sake of it and kind of don’t share it, this was it. I was surprised to how much I enjoyed it. It was fast paced with some great characters. I can definitely see myself reading the future books.

The unusual love triangle

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*groans hearing love triangle* I know they’re not the best but this one was like none I’ve read before (still debating on whether it’s a good thing or not). I’ll be honest I could not find myself to invest nor support anyone in it. Fair warning there is an incest-like relationship in the midst.

There are 5 POV

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It’s not easy handling different POV, however, McGee did quite a good wonderful job with it. We were able to see the drastic lives of all the characters and it was especially fun watching them all entwine.

The cliffhanger ending

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As you can guess, this book does end with quite a cliff hanger. I’m not gonna lie the end made it even more appealing. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book.

My rating: 3 stars

Review: A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating

A Stolen Kiss
by Kelsey Keating
Stolen Royals Series
Publication Date:
March 1st, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

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A stolen kiss. An unstable curse. One big mess in the making.

Derric Harver never expected to amount to anything more than the palace stableboy, but when Princess Maria’s curse keeps her from accepting a prince’s proposal, she turns to him for help, and he doesn’t dare refuse.

With the help of a lady’s maid and a prince, Derric and Maria embark on a dangerous adventure to find the sorceress who cast the curse. Along the way they battle deadly creatures and make new friends–all the while struggling with the undeniable chemistry between them. Reaching their destination won’t be easy, but the true danger peril in the truths they’ve fought for years to keep hidden.

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My rating: 3 stars

A Broken Kiss follows a stablebay, a princess, her handmaiden, and a prince. They travel the land to find the sorceress to undo the curse placed on the princess. Magical creatures, magical land, and near deaths did not make it an easy one.

This was a light, fluffy story, which started off a bit slow but quickly picked up. The characters were likeable and their relationships were sweet and a great change from the usual.

The prince and princess not falling in love at first sight was a nice, however, I could not connect with Maria falling in love with Daniel/Derric and vice versa. I believed it was the binding that ignited her feelings and the explanation at the end was not satisfactory for me.

However, despite me not feeling the romance, I did enjoy the story overall. I enjoyed Daniel/Derric and Humphrey’s bromance. I felt they had the most substance. Sarah’s evolution was alright, but I just wasn’t feeling Maria’s.

Some of the twists were predictable, but that did not stop me from enjoying it. Overall, it was a fluffy read, something I’d recommend to read if one wants to take a break.

ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review.

Review: Making Headlines by Jennifer Hansen

Making Headlines by Jennifer Hansen

Publication Date: January 1st, 2016

Genre: Romance, General Fiction (Adult)

Be careful what you wish for – your dream job could become your biggest nightmare. making headlines by jennifer hansenFor fans of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY.

Working as a TV reporter has its challenges, but when Rachel Bentley decides to aim high and become a newsreader, she faces a whole new minefield of explosive scenarios.

Rachel’s path sees her pitched against egos in the newsroom, office politics and corrupt politicians, not to mention rampant sexism and a mystery stalker. Juggling a messy personal life doesn’t help, nor does the emotional impact of reporting on life’s tragedies and when it all takes a toll and Rachel starts partying too hard, she finds herself making the headlines instead of reading them.

Will she survive a world where dreams are shattered daily and will she find the man who can help her keep her soul?

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My Rating: 3 stars

Making Headlines follows Rachel Bentley as she makes her dream as a newsreader come true. It’s not easy with office politics, sexism, gossip, and a mysterious stalker involved.

I am not particularly fond of the first half of the book, and I was unable to connect with Rachel. I found her expectations immensely high for a 23 year old, having a goal is great but expecting to obtain that goal in a matter of weeks/months is foolish.

I did, however, like the side characters, Julie was amazing, and so was Evie. I quite liked her group of friends. I wasn’t particularly fond of Tim, or Damien. Mitch was alright, I liked him more than the others.

I was really tempted to not finish this, but forced myself to continue. As the stalker drama intensified I became more intrigued. And, the main reason I finished and semi enjoyed it is because of the stalker mystery.

ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review.

About the Author

JENNIFER HANSEN is best known to TV audiences as the former co-host of Channel Ten’s 5pm news. These days Jennifer works in radio as part of Smooth FM’s breakfast show where she reads the news and chats with Mike Perso about all things Melbourne.

In between media gigs, Jennifer went back to ‘school’ – taking up the ‘Professional Writing and Editing’ course at RMIT. That has helped her complete her first novel and two screenplays.

Occasionally she remembers to look after her family – including husband Neighbours actor Alan Fletcher (aka Dr Karl Kennedy) and their two children, Veronica and Tom.

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Review: The Contract by Zeenat Mahal

The Contract by Zeenat Mahal

“…We’ll get married, but I’ll pay you a monthly salary to behave and appear fothe contract by zeenat mahalr all practical purposes as my wife…If you agree, the marriage vows can be taken on the phone on Saturday, since I have an hour free in the morning.”

Shahira, a young, divorced mother of a seven-year-old son, wants nothing to do with men ever again. But circumstances have forced her hand, and Hussain’s unusual proposition leaves her secretly relieved. As per their contract, she’ll have his name, will be paid to look after his ailing mother and motherless daughter and will be left well alone by him. Perfect!

Until her new husband decides to stop playing by the rules.

Hussain is suave and rich. He is nobody’s fool…and is not about to be bested by the ex-schoolteacher he is married to. He has Shahira in his sights and she has to have all her wits about her in order to hold him at arm’s length.

My rating: 3 stars

This is my first time reading something by Zeenat Mahal, and I must say I quite enjoyed it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Shahira was a lovely protagonist, her love for her son was beautiful. She willingly went through with a lifetime contract for the betterment of her son, regardless of how it would affect her. And, her love for Natasha and the grandma was really sweet as well. And, she’s quite strong – to be able to leave her ex-husband with the fear of her son becoming his next punching bag.

Hussain was a nice hero. Despite not being sure that his daughter is really his daughter he still loved her the same. I loved how he didn’t want to do a paternity test, he couldn’t stand the thought of her not being his. His ex-wife was terrible, and it makes sense how it hurt seeing his daughter sometimes, but I loved how it didn’t change his feelings for her.

Shahira and Hussain both have their demons – abusive husband and cheating wife. This was a lovely story about second chances; forming a real family and finding love.

If you’re looking for a sweet quick read, I would definitely recommend it.