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Saturday, November 18, 2017

ARC Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

This is what I would expect from a Lauren Layne Christmas Rom-Com. It has her typical style humor and gets-you-right-in-the-heart romance all at Christmas time. I’m not crazy over first person typically but I’ve always made an exception for LL because she does it so well. The characters are a hoot, Kelly is a third grade teacher who believes in astrology, and fortune telling, magic 8 balls, and that things happen for a reason, she’s also loves Christmas. This Christmas is going to a little different, she sent her parents away for their 30th wedding anniversary which is just days before Christmas, so she is going to be alone for Christmas well not alone she still has her best friend, Mark, to spend the day with. Mark and Kelly have been friends forever, Kelly has never seen Mark as boyfriend material because their zodiac signs aren’t ones that work well romantically. On Kelly’s way home for Christmas vacation a homeless woman tells Kelly that she has already meat her one true love and now Kelly has got it in her head that it’s one of her exes.

Mark is more serious, he keeps Kelly grounded and even though he thinks most of the stuff she believes in is nonsense he still stands by her, no one gets Kelly like Mark does. He understands that she is feeling lonely on Christmas and even though he’s not really a Christmas person he there for her to keep her company while she decorates the tree and drinks horrendous Christmas themed drinks. But every time she brings up her ex-list he loses it. They get into an argument and for the first time in ever the cool laid back Mark yells at Kelly. With every name that gets crossed off her list the more dismayed Kelly becomes but it’s not only that it’s the arguing with Mark; she’s so confused. She starts to think about Mark as more than her best friend and she’ not liking the jealous feelings she’s getting when his ex, Erika, is around.

Overall, the sexual tension is delicious and when it finally breaks it is steam up your glasses good. My only thing is that I have kind of a double standard when it come to the H/h, I always enjoy a good oblivious Hero, but when it comes to the Heroine being oblivious, I always find that annoying. So Kelly kind of not seeing what was so obvious got a little bit annoying, but she’s so quirky and adorable I can’t hold that against her. This is a great Christmas Romance, one I can totally see Hallmark turning into a movie.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall into Romance Event with Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed in the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

ARC Review: Love on the Edge of Time by Julie A. Richman

I have been a fan of Julie A. Richman's since I first read her Needing Moore series. I knew I wanted to read this book after reading the blurb, and I can honestly say that I haven't read a story quite like this one before. While it reminds me a bit of the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz, this one had several differences as well. I am a bit torn on this story though, and while it kept me on the edge of my seat, I also was left feeling as though this wasn't everything I had been hoping for so it was a bit bittersweet once I had finished. 

Jesse Winslow is a bad boy rocker and Kylie Martin is a former pageant queen. Both have demons that they continue to struggle with that keep messing up their lives. When the two of them meet though, their connection is one they can't explain or fight. But the one person that might be able to help both of them also has a secret, and that is that she knows the entire truth. Dr. Claire Stoddard knows everything that could help Jesse and Kylie, but she also has done the forbidden and fallen in love with her patient Jesse. Though Kylie and Jesse search and find each other in lifetime after lifetime, Claire isn't about to let Kylie take Jesse from her yet again. 

I really loved getting to see these characters and their history through the regressions. I was captivated by Kylie and Jesse and their pasts as well as the present. Their connection was undeniable and was one that nothing could stand in the way of. I loved seeing the growth and progress that each of them made here. This story was full of love and heartbreak, jealousy and history. There is so much more to this story than meets the eye, and is truly worth the read.

But if I am honest, this story was a bit hard to get into and the ending was what changed it all for me. Luckily while this one started a bit slow, it picked up and at that point I couldn't put it down. It was beautifully written and I was emotionally invested in what would happen for these characters. It wasn't at all what I thought it was going to be, with plenty of twists and turns. But what really left me wanting was the ending. I wasn't fully satisfied, and I felt like it didn't really do the story justice. I wanted closure and it didn't feel like we really got it. While I am sure that there are a lot of readers that will love this story and feel like it was exactly as it should have been, I just felt like for me it was a bit bittersweet.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Fall into Romance Event with Author Annie Seaton

Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia She is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing and has been delighted to discover that readers love reading her stories as much as she loves writing them. Annie lives with her own hero of many years. Their two children are now grown up and married, and two beautiful grandchildren have arrived. Now they share their home with Toby, the naughtiest dog in the universe, and two white cats. When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or walking on the beach... or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, camera in hand as the sun sets. Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. In 2014 Annie was voted Author of the Year and in 2015 was voted Best Established Author in the Readers' Choice Awards. Readers can contact Annie through her website or find her on Face Book, Twitter and Instagram.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ARC Review: Infamy by L.P. Maxa

I really enjoyed L.P. Maxa's Devil's Share series so I was really excited that she decided to continue writing in this world with the RiffRaff Records spin-off series. Infamy is the third book in this spin-off series, but you do not need to have read the previous books to understand this one. I would recommend reading both the Devil's Share series and the previous RiffRaff Records books for full enjoyment though if you can as they are great stories and really help you to know these characters better. 

As the daughter of a rocker from Devil's Share, Landry has been determined to forge her own path. Her childhood still affects her, but now surrounded by her family with their unwavering support she is in her fifth year of surgical residency. But when her uncle asks her to come out for the night to see the band Clashing Swell, she knows she can't turn him down. She never expects to feel the instant attraction and connection she does to their wild boy drummer, Brody Frost. But with him heading out on tour soon and her not having time for anything more, they both agree to a secret fling. What happens when it starts to become more for both of them though?

I loved these two. Landry was awesome! Smart and determined, the kind of girl that would be cool to hang out with in real life. She was genuine and the kind of heroine that makes reading fun. Brody was irresistible. He is a bit of a wild one, but he quickly becomes a new man with Landry. He is sexy and charming, but he was also so sweet and had me swooning the whole way through. I loved the connection and chemistry between these two and just couldn't get enough of them. Seeing how they were with one another is something that I think readers are going to really enjoy. 

Overall, this story is one of my favorites that I have read from L.P. Maxa though I have enjoyed everything I have read from her. Brody and Landry are two of my favorite characters and I just really loved their story. This is one of these feel good books that you just don't want to put down and at the end are left with a smile having really enjoyed the book from start to finish. I can't wait to read more from L.P. Maxa in the future, and I highly recommend Infamy.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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