24 July 2017

Cover Revel: The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope

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The Rules of Persuasion
Amity Hope

Coming August 14th 2017

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

About the Author

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Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon's Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon's Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK. Her latest book, The Rules of Persuasion, will be releasing this August from Entangled Publishing.

If she's not writing, or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading.

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21 July 2017

Review: One S'More Summer by Beth Merlin

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One S’more Summer
Beth Merlin

The Campfire Series #1

Published May 30th 2017

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If you love Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin, you’ll love this heartwarming debut from a fresh voice in contemporary chick-lit that offers a lighthearted and fun take on friendship, love, and how to recover from past mistakes.

For twenty long years, Gigi Goldstein has been pining away for her best friend’s guy. She knows it’s wrong and it has to stop, but she hasn’t been able to let go ever since they all met on the bus to summer camp back when they were 7 years old. The same week that her best friends finally announce their wedding date, Gigi loses her high-profile design job. With all of her dreams unravelling, she runs to the last place she remembers being happy.

Taking the Head Counselor position at Camp Chinooka, Gigi hopes to reclaim the joy she felt as a camper, but the job isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every scrap of the campground is laced with memories.

When Gigi finally realizes she can’t escape the present by returning to her past, she’s forced to reexamine her life and find the true meaning of love. But will she be able to mend fences and forgive herself before she loses her one real shot at happiness?

My Review

I really wanted to love this novel, as the synopsis gave me vibes of the Something Borrowed film that I absolutely love. But Merlin made it very difficult for me to do so.

Gigi is basically just running away from her problems the entire novel, and I know that she ever really faces them. She just seems to swap one method for another. Pining after Joshua? Pours self into work. Feeling crappy about dating BFF's boyfriend  while they were broken up, and as a result ending up effecting work and getting fired? Run off to be a counsellor at the camp where it all started. Want to get over Joshua because he is marrying you best friend? Fall for another counsellor at the camp. AND after all that, lets not even end up together at the end of the novel? *rage quit*

The main internal conflict that Gigi deals with is the betrayal of her supposed BFF, Alicia. I say supposed because I never really any evidence of this. They barely talk. They barely see each other. They keep major parts of their lives from one another. Really, if anyone is her best friend, it's Jamie. She tells him everything. He does favours for Gigi at the drop of a hat. At best I think we can call Alicia Gigi's oldest friend. Also, I don't really see how there was any betrayal in the first place since, a) Alicia and Joshua were broken up when they got together, and b) technically, Gigi saw him first. If anything, it's Joshua that is the major douche canoe here. He was perfectly happy with Gigi, then he just drops her the minute Alicia wants to get back together. THEN he continues to string her along. UGH. I do not like Joshua.

Also, the time line jumps all over the place, so I found it difficult to order events in my head.

Probably the only thing that prevented One S'More Summer from getting a 1 star rating from me is that I genuinely enjoyed the camp related stuff. The activities, interactions with the kids, the rivalry between cabin groups. It was fun and witty, and a joy to read.

I supposed this book isn't too terrible if you don't mind no character growth, and having the little story progression that was made dropped at the end. I guess maybe the story progression and character growth happens in the squeal? To bad the likelihood of me reading that is slim to none.


2 out of 5
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Cover Reveal: Taming the Rebel by Dawn Klehr

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Taming the Rebel
Dawn Klehr

Endless Summer

Coming August 14th 2017

Rebel Hart should be at home taking care of her father after his breakup with his boyfriend, not tromping through the woods at summer camp. He’s had his heart broken beyond repair, and the way she sees it, there’s only one person to blame—the boyfriend’s son. So when that infuriatingly gorgeous quarterback turns up at the same camp, she plans to make him pay.

Justice Brody isn’t happy about trading training camp for actual summer camp. But if he wants to stay on the football team, he has to show that he can be drama-free. He welcomes the anonymity that comes with summer camp…until he realizes the one girl who knows him better than anyone is there, too. Rebel is off-limits, impossibly beautiful…and trouble with a capital T. Still, he can’t stay away. And even as Rebel exacts her revenge, in several very embarrassing and painful ways, neither can she.

About the Author

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Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.

She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.

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18 July 2017

Blog Tour: Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

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Wesley James Ruined My Life
Jennifer Honeybourn

Published July 18th 2017

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Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

About the Author

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Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.

My Review

What stood out most for me was Jennifer's ability to really capture the voice of a teen. Like, so much so, that the stubborn selfishness of it, started to grate on my nerves after a while, and desperately thinking, Please tell me I wasn't like that as a teenager? So, yeah. The writing is done in such a way that you become completely immersed in the character, and I found it difficult to put the book down because it was so engaging.

Rightio, lets talk about Wesley. *sighs* He is such a damn sweetheart! His seemingly endless patience with Quinn, his thoughtful nature, and generally all around happy attitude. But I think that my favourite thing about him is how he calls Quinn, Q. I don't even know why I love it so much - I just do.

Quinn is such an interesting POV to read from. The most envious quality I believe she has is her passion. I really wish I could be the kind of person that could be excited about anything as much as Quinn is about London. Like, how much better would life be if you just lived and breathed your passion? And then, to make me like her even more, she gave up her dream to help out her dad. I mean, sure, I wanted to strangle her for it, but her heart was in the right place, and in end, isn't that all that really matters?

The one thing I really didn't like about Wesley James Ruined My Life, was how Quinn used Caleb to push her feelings for Wesley aside, then, to just generally make him jealous. So not cool. I am a firm believer that there is never a good enough reason to play with someone's feelings - generally everyone involved comes out the other side feeling like shiz. Honesty is always the best policy.

Wesley James Ruined My Life is the perfect mix of teen dramatisation (I mean, just look at that title!), the effects real world problems bleeding into teen life, and learning how to navigate while dealing with raging hormones.


3 out of 5

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17 July 2017

Book Window Shopping

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I don't know about you guys, but when I'm waiting for one thing or another - the bus, food to cook, roommate to get out of the shower - I find myself scrolling (or is it flicking if it's on your phone?) through Instagram.

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And my account follows SO MANY book bloggers that my feed is basically just pictures of books or quotes from books.

It's amazing! So many beautiful and artfully take photos that I am envious of them and I wish that I could be creative (or have the time to try to be) with my photos.

My point is, it's just so satisfying and relaxing being able to sit there and look at picture after endless picture of books.

It's it crazy the thing that we find relaxing? Like, some of the things that are relaxing are seriously random. I mean, case and point above.

Please tell me you lovely people feel the same way?
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14 July 2017

Review: Kyle by Natalie Decker

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Kyle
Natalie Decker

Scandalous Boys #3

Published February 14th 2017

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Kyle Issac is a player in the biggest of ways. He’s not into relationships. Fun is all he wants, but one night with his sister’s best friend changed him in ways he can’t explain. Maybe because she was the only girl who turned him on and then shot him down. Maybe because she’s off limits in a way that has him wanting more of her. He’s not sure but something definitely changed and now he’s looking for another chance to even the scoreboard. He’s got one summer to do it.

Emily Emerson is not a relationship type girl like her best friend Madison Issac. However after her newest fling gone wrong, she’s starting to realize the fun carefree way Em is lost. Maybe a relationship is the kind of thing she needs to get herself out of this funk. But Kyle Issac, her forever crush is not going to be it. The longest he’s dated a girl was a weekend tops. How can she find someone though if Kyle is always there butting in? So, she turned him down three times, she figured he’d get over it and move on. Apparently not.

With wants and doubts confusing her, one question remains: Does Kyle really want her or is she just another game for him to win?

My Review

I had mixed feelings about Kyle. The dominating plot is the relationship between Kyle and Emily, but then the underlying theme is Emily learning to deal with a stalker and the social anxiety she gain from that. I feel like these should've been flipped. Like sure, love concurs all, and all that, but I feel the book miss out on a lot of depth to the story in doing this.

Though, I do admit that I loved the interaction between Kyle and Emily. They are sweet and witty, and it's just a whole bunch of cute, will-they-won't-they moments (even though you know that they will eventually).

And as per the usual with these player turn relationship man kind of novels, Kyle has the emotional range of a teaspoon initially, and is immature in his approach to dealing with these new feelings that he is having for Emily. Like, it's kind of cute watching him trying to deal with it, but at the same time, I just want to whack him upside the head and yell, MAN UP!

But, yeah. Props for making me feel invested in your characters, Decker.

I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. We were just happily cruising along with the plot, thing progressing nicely, then BAM! It goes from about 20 to 100 with a chapter. I mean, I know that all the conflict had to come to a head, but damn, it took a dark and twisted kind of turn that I was just not prepared for. So guess, it does get point suspense.

Kyle is a book for those looking for a sweet love story with a dash of some serious, real-life issues thrown in.


3 out of 5
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11 July 2017

Book Blitz: Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin

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Paintbrush
Hannah Bucchin

Published July 11th 2017

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Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.

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Hannah has spent her life falling in love with beautiful places, both real and fictional. She grew up in charming Bethlehem, PA, went to college in sunny Chapel Hill, NC, spent a summer studying wildlife in Tanzania, volunteered on organic farms across New Zealand, and hiked all over Acadia National Park in Maine. When not writing, reading, or adventuring, she likes to daydream about the dog she'll adopt someday, listen to music from the sixties, and exchange ridiculous texts with her parents and siblings. Paintbrush is her first novel.

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Mitchell

“Hi.” I tighten my grip on her waist, and she moves her hand from my shoulder, sliding her fingertips slowly, until they rest on the back of my neck. I close my eyes.

When I open them again, she’s staring at me, her face so close I can see the flecks of brown in her green eyes. It would be so easy to kiss her. Just a few inches. It would be the easiest thing in the world.
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Josie

“We’re a mess, aren’t we?” He grins at me.

I can’t help it—I lean into him, pressing my shoulder into his, wanting to feel his warmth and his soft sweatshirt, wanting to be a part of that smile.

I shrug. “All the best people are messy.”


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4 July 2017

Blog Tour: Rum Runner by Tricia Leedom

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Rum Runner
Tricia Leedom

The Key West Escape #1

Coming July 18th 2017

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Perfect for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Janet Evanovich, this action-packed debut from a fresh voice in contemporary romance offers a sexy and comedic take on love, adventure, and what it means to trust your heart.

English socialite Sophie Davies-Stone has been longing to meet her father since she was a little girl. When he sends her a mysterious medallion and asks her to forward it to him in Miami, she can’t help herself from doing something totally un-Sophie-like. Rather than mailing it as instructed, Sophie hops on a flight to Florida.

But the family reunion never happens. Instead, Sophie is attacked and almost kidnapped by her father’s enemies. Her savior is Jimmy Panama, a cocky and annoyingly handsome former Navy SEAL. Sophie isn’t the only one who’s annoyed. After years of trying to find a way to pay back his CO, Jimmy never thought his debt would get him mixed up with his commander’s uptight, British daughter. He just wants to put her on the next flight home and get back to his low-stress life in Key West, but fate has other plans.

As Sophie and Jimmy embark on a heart-pounding adventure through Key West and the Caribbean, Sophie finds herself falling for the snarky American. Still, her head says Jimmy is all wrong for her, and the more she finds out about him – and her father – the more uncertain she is about who she can trust.

One thing is clear. Sophie is in way over her head, and her greatest adventure might be her last.

The Key West Escape Series
1. Rum Runner – Releases July 18, 2017!
2. Bahama Mama – Coming January 2018!

About the Author

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TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men... even if it's only in her own mind. When she's not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom

My Review

My first thought upon finishing Rum Runner was, This has very little to do with rum running.... Like, I know that its not what the book is about, and that the synopsis doesn't lead me to believe that - but still. I'm mildly disappointed by this.

Anyway, on to things that the book is actually about...

Rum Runner was a pleasant book to read with its steady pace, endearing characters, and engaging writing style. I generally liked Jimmy, but at times his pretty face, witty banter, and knack for finding himself in the knight-in-shining-armour role just wasn't enough to outweigh his bouts of server bone-headedness. I really want to rant about these bouts, but, spoilers. So, you'll just have to take my word for it - or if you read / have read the book, I'm sure you'll know what bits I'm referring to.

I really liked Sophie as a character. The people in her life in England sounded absolutely terrible, and I am 100% behind her running off to America to find her father - it's not like she's leaving anything overly great behind. I think this is my favourite thing about her; commitment to her decisions. When she says she's going to do something, she doesn't half-arse it, or get deterred when things don't go exactly the way that she planned.

With witty banter, action, tropical destinations, and some mystery thrown in, Rum Runner takes you on an adventure from the comfort of your own home - no passport required! 


3 out of 5

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28 June 2017

Book Blitz: The Right Fit by Daphne Dubois

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The Right Fit
Daphne Dubois

Published April 12th 2017

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She’s sworn off love, he’s sworn off sex, but together they’ll score the goal of a lifetime.

When Maxine Nicholls discovers her fiancĂ© is cheating, she turns to fast food and nighttime soap operas, but her sister has a plan—unbridled rebound sex with a stranger.

As one of Toronto’s hottest players, Antony Laurent tallies scores on and off the ice, but when the chiseled defense man hits a slump, rumors of a trade to the minor league send him to ambush a managers meeting at a posh club.

That night a chance encounter ends up as an unforgettable evening of passion. But Maxine and Antony are about to discover a game of casual hook ups can lead to something neither one of them thought they deserved—the right fit.

About the Author

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Daphne Dubois writes contemporary romance and believes the right book at the right time can make all the difference. When she's not putting her characters in compromising positions (ahem), she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Eastern Canada, the most romantic place in the world.

You can also find her writing for teens as B.R. Myers.

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27 June 2017

Book Blitz: Path of Thieves by Sunniva Dee

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Path of Thieves
Sunniva Dee

Published June 27th 2017

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Football hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.

Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It should be an easy decision, a no-brainer—if Newbark hadn’t proffered the only life he knows.

After run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, his accidental victim and the sole person to have caught him in the act, Cugs starts to realize that hearts can be stolen too.

When his long-lost sister makes contact, lies are uncovered and truths revealed. Suddenly, Cugs finds himself questioning both plans and loyalties. Because sometimes the only way to move forward is by pulling the bottom out of the past.

About the Author

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Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece--Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it's contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon's Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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26 June 2017

Blog Tour: The Lucky One by Sylvia Stewart

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The Lucky One
Sylvie Stewart

Carolina Connections #3

Published May 11th 2017

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When your luck runs out, do you run away—or do you stay and fight?

Bailey
Let’s get one thing straight. I am not your typical girl. Sure I’ve got all the parts, but I’ve been a stubborn, irreverent tomboy since the womb, as my Irish father would proudly attest. Despite my Irish blood, I’ve had a bit of bad luck here and there—I recently trusted the wrong guy and got derailed in my professional pursuits. But I’ve bounced back. With my shields firmly in place, I thought nothing, or no one, could touch me again. Until he did. And he just might make this tomboy do the girliest thing in the world—fall head over heels in love. Of all the damn luck…

Jake
I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have a phenomenal family, a career I love, and I’m building a brand-new life back in my hometown. And, not to be a jerk about it, but I do more than all right with the ladies. Everything’s been going according to plan—like I said, I’m a lucky guy.

That was, until my luck ran out.

Until I met the girl I call “Irish.”

Irony can go kiss my a$$.

About the Author

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Sylvie Stewart’s addiction to books has been a lifelong problem. It was the cause of many scoldings when her mother discovered Sylvie army-crawling to the bookshelf after lights out. And it is the reason her husband would have a fairly solid case if he claimed “alienation of affection” and pointed a finger at her e-reader (a.k.a “The Precious”). Never-the-less, books are in Sylvie’s heart to stay, and she has transformed her love of books into a career as an author.

A recent move to North Carolina inspired Sylvie’s debut Romantic Comedy series. Carolina Connections is a collection of standalone novels based in her new hometown, and it combines her love of romance, humor, and sexy times. There is also some wine drinking incorporated in there, as this is another of Sylvie’s passions. Perhaps a future story will also involve kayaking, a new interest in Sylvie’s life. Experience has taught her that you can’t kayak and drink wine simultaneously, though, so don’t try this at home!

The Fix, The Spark, and The Lucky One are now available. The fourth book in the Carolina Connections series will release in Fall 2017. That is, if Sylvie’s eight-year-old twins will stop trying to peek at her laptop while she’s writing. That might lead to some awkward parent-teacher conferences.

My Review

I dove into this book having not read the first two companion novels in the series. Because of this, it took me a chapter or two to get myself orientated, but by then, there was no turning back - Stewart had me firmly within her grasp, and I did not want her to let go.

I love, love, LOVED the variety of relationship dynamics - mainly Bailey's interactions with her friends. Her and Mark, her brother-from-another-mother and bestie since forever, are the greatest. I think my favourite scene with them is when he gets Bailey all riled up, and she starts crying. Of course, he does what any male does in the face of female tears - he gets all awkward trying to make the leaking stop, while also trying to hide his rising panic. *chuckles and rolls eyes* Males.

Jake was a bit of a bone-head, but I've decided to give him a pass for most of this behaviour, because, a) he can be so darn sweet and caring, and b) to quote Bailey, he is Mr. Tall, Dark, and Smart-ass. It was this bone-headedness that prevented me from being able to give this book 5-stars, but more often than not, Jake managed to get his shit together and pull his head out of his arse before he caused too much damage.

Bailey is a hoot and a half. Her and that damn lizard, Satan, I mean Pickles, was a pairing that I didn't think that I needed in my life, but I'm so glad that it found me. Inside of her head is one wacky place to be, and I don't think that I have laughed that hard at a novel in the longest of time. Stewart's witty writing style made it seriously hard to put this book down, even though there were a pile of time-sensitive things I really should've been doing.... worth it.

The Lucky One is a Rom-Com-esque novel that is difficult to put down. BRB I have to go read the other two in the series now...


4 out of 5

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12 June 2017

Book Blitz: Amnesia by Cambria Hebert

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Amnesia
Cambria Hebert

Published June 12th 2017

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I washed ashore in a little lake town.

A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…

No one knows me.

I don’t know me.

If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?

I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.

I am invisible.

To everyone, to everything, even to myself.

Except to him.

I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.

I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.

His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.

I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.

They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.

I don’t even know mine.

I am amnesia.

About the Author

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Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Slivers of light pricked my eyelids, which up until this moment seemed far too heavy to lift. As I lay against something soft at my back, thought and awareness barely registered.

The gritty feeling as I struggled to raise my eyelids scraped and burned over my eyeballs as if warning me it wasn’t a good idea. Swallowing past the sandpaper in my throat, I stopped working and lay still. Cognizance slowly came forward in the form of something weighing me down and the echo of footsteps nearby.

Adrenaline jackknifed through me, and my body arched upward with the force of my gasp. The weight of whatever held me caused severe panic to fill me, and I began to fight against it.

“No!” I screamed, flailing about, trying to escape the binds. “Let me go!”

High-pitched beeping filled my ears, and the footsteps I’d heard grew more insistent and much closer.

He was coming!

“No!” I screamed.

Strong hands grabbed my arms and pinned me down. I tried to fight back, but they were much stronger than me. Kicking my legs, I tried to free them, but even more weight came down, holding them still until I was gasping for breath and ready to beg.

“Please!” I pleaded as wetness coated my cheeks. It made me realize the grittiness under my lids was rinsed away, and my eyes sprang open.
A man was leaning over me. He had graying hair and wore some kind of white shirt. The scream that ripped right out of me scared us both.

More hands and voices came out of nowhere, and I thrashed around again.

“Miss!” the man yelled. “Miss, calm down.”

“Get away from me!” I screamed again.

“Miss!” another voice yelled, a woman this time. Turning in her direction, I saw a pair of kind brown eyes staring at me. “We aren’t trying to hurt you.”

I calmed some, but the thundering of my heart made me feel as if I might spiral out of control. “You aren’t?”

“No.” The woman, who was also dressed in white, spoke. “You’re at a hospital. You were in an accident.”

“W-what?” I stammered, collapsing back against the bed, no longer straining against the binds.

“You’re at a hospital.”

“You’re trying to hold me down!” I accused.

“We don’t want you to hurt yourself.” the woman explained. The hands, even the man’s, remained.

“I don’t like it,” I admitted, recoiling.

The man straightened, stepping back. The nurse was slower to withdraw, but she did so after a few seconds.

“My legs,” I rasped. Suddenly, my throat hurt.

“It’s just the blankets.”

A quick glance down proved I was covered with blankets. Between suspicious glances at the people crowding my room (there were four), I gazed around, concluding I was in fact in a hospital.

“I don’t understand,” I admitted, all my weight pressing into the bed.

“It’s okay,” the man replied. He was a doctor, with a name badge and a stethoscope. “It’s completely normal and expected to be confused after the ordeal you’ve been through.”

“What ordeal?” I asked instantly, anxiety pressing in on my ribcage.

“We were hoping you could tell us,” the doctor said.

“What?” My brows furrowed.

The nurse leaned close, over the side of the bed. I noticed the railings were pulled up on each side. It made me feel as if I were in jail. Instantly, I hated it and began shoving at the bars, trying to push them down.

“Okay, hang on,” the nurse said and put the rails down. Once it was done, she pinned me with an insistent stare. “You have to stay still. You can’t thrash around. You’ll rip out your IV and reinjure yourself.”

“What happened to me?” I asked for what felt like the fifteenth time. I looked around at the four people in the room, hoping one of them would just spit it out.

The doctor motioned to two of the nurses and then quietly left the room.

I glanced back at the nurse. “Can you tell us your name?” she asked.

“My name?” I nodded once, then opened my mouth… only nothing came out.

Anxiety spiked in me again; I started to become agitated. “I… don’t know.”

“Calm down.” The nurse reminded me.

How dare she tell me to calm down? I couldn’t even remember my name.

Oh my God, I didn’t know my own name!

“I don’t remember!” I gasped, jerking up into a sitting position. “Why can’t I remember?”

Before I could fling the covers off and jump out of bed, the doctor was there, pinning me back down. “If you don’t calm down, we’ll have to sedate you. I don’t want to do that. You’ve been out long enough.”

I stilled. “How long?”

“A while.” The nurse hedged.

I ignored her. She was terrible with questions. “How long?” I demanded.

“A little over two months,” the doctor replied.

I gasped. “What’s my name?” I yelled.

I’d been here for two months and they were asking for my name? Shouldn’t they know it?

The doctor wasn’t looking at me; he was looking at the nurse, giving her a curt nod. She rushed out of the room.

“No!” I shouted. “No drugs! Please! Tell me my name. I just want to know my name.”

“You need to calm down. You’ve had a great deal of trauma, miss.”

I dropped back against the pillow, boneless. He called me miss. “You don’t know my name, do you?” I asked, meek.

Sensing all my energy was drained away, he moved back. A frown pulled at his lips. “You were brought in with no identification.” He began.

Fear unlike anything I’d ever felt wrapped around my heart and squeezed. I searched every corner of my mind for something. Anything.

There was nothing.

“I don’t remember…” I whispered.

The doctor seemed to soften. “I know this must be very scary, to wake up and be so disoriented.”

I laughed, but it wasn’t a humorous sound. I wished I were disoriented right then.

“You’ve been through a lot. Give it a few days. Now that you’re awake, your mind will catch up and you will remember.”

“I will?” I asked.

“There’s a good chance.”

Disappointment speared me. “If I don’t?”

“Let’s take it one day at a time.” He placated me.

“Easy for you to say. You know your name.”

A ghost of a smile appeared on his face. “Time.” He reminded me.

The nurse came through the door, holding a syringe, and I cringed away.

“I don’t think we’re going to need that,” the doctor told her.

I let out an audible sigh.

He glanced around again. “Now that you’re awake, I’ll get you down for testing.”

“What kind of testing?” I asked.

“Routine stuff for someone who’s been in a coma.”

Nothing about this was routine. I was in coma… for two months. And I didn’t even know my name.

When both the nurse and doctor were gone and I was alone, my eyes overflowed with tears and a formidable feeling of dread crowded inside me. The doctor said there was “a good chance” I would remember my name very soon.

The problem was it wasn’t just my name I needed to remember…

It was everything.

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