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 | Beard Science by Penny Reid

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Beard Science

by Penny Reid
Winston Brothers #3
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Romance

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Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

‘Beard Science’ is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.

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My Review

My rating: 5 stars

Beard Science follows Jennifer Sylvester and Cletus Winston. Jennifer Sylvester has been playing a role her whole life, and she’s getting tired of it. When she accidently stumbles upon something that may help change her life she plunges forwards. She blackmails Cletus into helping her find a husband. Cletus decides to humor her; soon he finds himself genuinely wanting to help her, however, not in finding a husband but rather finding herself.

Jennifer Sylvester is not the Banana Cake Queen, but rather a very remarkable, relatable, and unique protagonist. I understood (to an extent) her wanting to make her parents proud by becoming their version of who she should be. But, I loved that she decided she wants to live for herself – albeit it included a husband. I loved how she slowly removed their clutches to find herself. It was a beautiful journey.

Cletus has been my favourite since the first Winston Brother book (I still love you a lot Billy and Duane). I love the way his mind works, I’ve never read anything like it. He is a true cinnamon roll and I shall cherish him forever. I adored his personal growth as well – I found it very cute how he determined that Shelly is the love of his life upon meeting her and that it was the best time to meet the love of his life. I also loved that when he figured out he is in love with Jennifer he didn’t fight it, he just accepted it. It was so refreshing reading that, it’s old reading about character’s fight their feelings.

It was absolutely magical reading about their relationship and how it progressed. Jennifer was never on Cletus’s raider and after he got to know her, he regretted not knowing her earlier. And, Jennifer has always known Cletus, she sees him for who he really is, who he hides from the world. And their journey together was awe-enchanting to read. I find myself wanting to re-read it already, and it’s only been out a few weeks. Thank you so much Penny Reid for giving us such a masterpiece.

 

About Penny Reid

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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Review | To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

In To Love and to Cherish, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s third steamy novel in her delightful, hotter-than-Hades new series, the Wedding Belles’ head honcho Alexis Morgan decides she’s ready to let loose. But when a certain sexy accountant volunteers himself for the job, will she risk everything she’s built in the name of lust…or possibly even love?

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To Have and to Hold
The Wedding Belles #3
Author: Lauren Layne

Published: October 18, 2016

Alexis has spent the past eight years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premier wedding planning company. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn to her much neglected personal life. Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Definitely not part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Wedding Belles and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan is all business, all the time. But when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss, Alexis begins to suspect there’s a hot-blooded man beneath the pinstripes and glasses.

Logan has wanted Alexis since the day they met, but the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable. Now Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally obvious that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last-minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan sets out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever…

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Review

My rating: 5 stars

To Have and to Hold follows Alexis Morgan and Logan Harris. 8 years ago Alexis and Logan meet at a bar, that one night changed their lives forever. For Alexis it helped build towards her future in creating the Wedding Belles and for Logan he found the love of his life. 8 years have gone by and Alexis still hasn’t noticed Logan the way he wants her to notice him, so he decides to take matter into his hands – no more playing the docile accountant, it’s time to show Alexis his inner alpha.

Logan has been a silent partner and the accountant to the Belle’s from the start – he is the closest thing Alexis has to a best friend, though he doesn’t see it that way. Logan has patiently been waiting for Alexis to make her dream come true and when she’s ready for a relationship he’ll be there. Turns out Alexis has a plan of her own, she has started looking for potential dates and hasn’t mentioned this to Logan. And, she always dismisses Logan as a potential relationship whenever the Belle’s mention him. But, Logan isn’t about to give up so easily, he’s going to show Alexis that it’s them…it will always be them.

I had been waiting for Logan and Alexis’ story since we were first introduced to them in To Have and to Hold. And, let me tell you I was not disappointed. Logan and his Britishness will forever melt my heart. And, Alexis, I just wanted to wrap her in a cinnamon roll and drop her to Logan so he’d protect her fragile heart. No one would keep it safer than Logan.

Logan and Alexis’ relationship was so interesting to read because they both saw each other differently and they didn’t even realise what the other saw. For Alexis, Logan was her best friend, even though Logan never thought that because she was very well guarded. And, for Logan, Alexis was his everything, even though she was too blind to see it. I just loved the way their relationship unwrapped and they came together. It wasn’t easy for Alexis, Logan was there for her…every step of the way.

It was a lot of fun reading Logan seduce Alexis and well her reaction – let me tell you, she was very surprised. And, damn is his seduction good. Alexis didn’t stand a chance, especially because she already had a special place for him in her heart (which she refused to think about).

I’m not going to lie, I’m quite sad the series has come to an end. I’m not ready to say goodbye to all these beautiful characters. And, I will hope, one day, Lauren decides to write a story one Jess. (She deserves her HEA too)

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

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Blog Tour: Excerpt | The Best Friend Bargain by Robin Bielman

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The Best Friend Bargain

by Robin Bielman
Kisses in the Sand #2
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance

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Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.

As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.

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EXCERPT

The tail end of daylight cast a glow around her in one-of-a-kind beauty and he found himself tucking her hair behind her ear as she looked up at him with similar appreciation.  

When her gaze moved to his mouth, he was a goner.

He ignored the voice inside his head reminding him she was his best friend and once they crossed this line they could never go back, and gave her two seconds to say something to change his mind.

One, two…

She took a step back.

One kiss. One kiss to get it out of his head and put it to rest. She might have placed another foot between them, but Danny saw the indecision in her eyes. He inched closer anyway, unwilling to let her go without one more try. It was a jerk move, but if he didn’t get to taste her he’d go insane wondering.

He cradled her neck in his hands.

“Danny.” He liked how breathless his name sounded on her lips.

“We have to. I’m going out of my mind, Liv.”

She half gasped, half sighed, a pleasure-and-pain kind of sound he wanted to turn into one of satisfaction. They had to get this crazy new attraction out of the way so they could go back to being just Liv and Danny. “Make it terrible,” she whispered.

He smiled. “I’ll do my best.”

“To make it awful,” she reiterated.

“Prepare yourself for the worst kiss ever.”

Her small smile made itself at home inside his chest. He lowered his mouth to hers. No tongue, he told himself. Keep it innocent. Safe.


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A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.

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The one guy she shouldn’t want…

Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend’s wish list, she’s determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she’s thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow–just by looking at him–she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop’s pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce’s near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend’s best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn’t. His trust in women is shot, but he can’t help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex’s list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans–and heart–in serious jeopardy.

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ABOUT ROBIN BIELMAN

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When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.
She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.
She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.

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Book Blitz | Perfect Together by Liliana Rhodes

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Perfect Together

by Liliana Rhodes
Canyon Cove #5
Publication Date: July 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Billionaire, Romance

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“Have you ever thought about being more than friends?”

Becca Draven’s life has changed in ways she never imagined. She has a job she loves and a wonderful group of friends, even if they keep telling her she needs a boyfriend. The last thing Becca wants is a man in her life. All they do is complicate things. Besides she already has one, her best friend Gideon.

Gideon Kohl is an architect on the rise and with several high profile projects, everyone wants a piece of him. He’s always loved being the center of attention, but lately there’s only one person he cares to be around–his best friend Becca. And with his brother Gabriel telling him they’re perfect together, Gideon can’t help but see Becca in a different light.

Can friends turn into lovers?

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About Liliana Rhodes

Liliana Rhodes

Liliana Rhodes is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Blessed with an overactive imagination, she is always writing and plotting her next stories. She enjoys movies, reading, photography, and listening to music. After growing up on the east coast, Liliana now lives in California with her husband, son, two dogs who are treated better than some people, and two parrots who plan to take over the world.

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