Audiobook Review ~ The Vincent Brothers @abbiglines

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Title: The Vincent Brothers

Series: The Vincent Boys #2

Author: Abbi Glines

Release Date: Jan. 1, 2012

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Getting a boy to fall head-over-heels in love with you isn’t easy. Especially when he’s been in love with your cousin for as long as you can remember.

Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only boy Lana’s ever wanted—wrapped around her finger. But now things are different. Lana has a chance to make Sawyer see her, and she’s taking it. If only he’d get over Ashton—because Lana is sick of second-best.

Sawyer’s heart is broken. He’s lost his best girl to his best friend. And then Lana comes to town. Ashton’s cousin has always been sweet and soft-spoken, but now she’s drop-dead gorgeous as well. Sawyer doesn’t know if Lana can heal his broken heart, but spending time with her might at least make Ashton jealous.

What starts as a carefree fling becomes a lusty game of seduction. Sawyer and Lana may have different motives, but their scintillating hookups are the same kind of steamy. . . .

My *****5 Star***** Review

I was tearing up during the prologue, and it just kept getting better from there!

It’s been a while since I’ve read The Vincent Boys, but working on my Finishing the Series Reading Challenge, I knew this was a book I wanted to go back and read – although I’m seriously behind. This book was published 3 years ago!! Either way, I’m so super glad I decided to go back and read this gem!

Let me tell you Sawyer stole my heart before I hit chapter 1. I felt for him soooo bad! Oh, but I absolutely loved the change I saw in Sawyer as he’s dealing with his loss of Ashton. Lana is almost like a drug to him, and it’s HOT!!! There’s pleanty of chemistry and the sweetness that follows is enough to make any woman sigh.

But that awesomeness that is Lana and Sawyer isn’t the whole story. You get the bonus of Beau and Ash! They don’t just fade into the background and I so LOVED getting to see them overcome their own drama! Beau is just as alpha as ever, and I loved seeing that side of Sawyer start to come out, too, where Lana is concerned!

If you read The Vincent Boys and have been putting off The Vincent Brothers like I was, I soooo recommend you rectifying that NOW!!

About the Author ~ Abbi Glines

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Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Book to Movie Review ~ Confessions of a Shopaholic

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She’s a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money.
She spends her leisure time … shopping.

Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can’t. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something – just a little something…

Can Becky ever escape from this dream world, find true love, and regain the use of her Switch card?

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My Review

This will be a book & movie review/comparision combined. I give the book 3.5 stars and the movie 4 stars. Some will find this SPOILERISH!! Be forewarned! I don’t give specifics, though.

Starting with the book, I enjoyed the writing style. It was a fast-paced read. I just had a problem with Becky. I kept looking for some redeeming qualities. I wanted to like her sooo much. Now, there were some funny parts, and she did do some things that were honorable. Those things were just few and far between. I’m not sure that any real lessons were ever learned. A fellow friend that read it alongside me actually suggested the girl has a real mental illness. I wouldn’t go that far, but she definitely has issues that I couldn’t see past. It’s definitely not one I’d recommend to a young lady when trying to teach responsibility. So, I just couldn’t fall in love with it like I know so many others have. However, if her personality wouldn’t bother you, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you to pick it up. As I mentioned, I enjoyed the writing, just not the moral of the story so to speak. Having not read the rest of the series, I can’t speak as to if she ever really learns anything.

Now to the movie. I enjoyed it a WHOLE lot more. There are redeeming qualities and lessons learned. Becky still starts out the same way as in the book. But, you see a gradual change. You root for her and aren’t disappointed at the outcome. Obviously it deviates greatly from the book. Most of the time this drives me absolutely batty. In this case, I was thrilled. It’s definitely a fun chick flick to catch with your girls! Not to mention, there’s a nice romance thrown in.

To sum it up, I recommend the movie over the book. *GASP* I know, I know. That hardly EVER happens. It did this time, though. I’d be curious to hear from any fans of the series. Does she ever have a real turning point?

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Maybe Not @colleenhoover

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Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

My ****4.5 Star**** Review

I’m so happy that CoHo decided to write this story! I was intrigued by Bridgette and Warren’s relationship when reading Maybe Someday. If you haven’t read Maybe Someday, you can still read Maybe Not as a stand-alone. However, it will contain spoilers for Maybe Someday. My recommendation is that if you haven’t read the first book, then go ahead and do that first!

It’s a fun romance despite the fact that Bridgette has had a rough life. Bridgette is a rough character, but the meaner she is, the more Warren is attracted to her. I really loved finding out there was a reason that Warren was addicted to porn – hilarious! It’s a steamy read, but there’s depth, too, as you see Warren trying to tear down Bridgette’s walls. Colleen is able to pack a punch with just a few words.

Why 4.5 stars instead of 5? Well, I really don’t have any complaints about the story. It just didn’t hit me as strong as her other novella, Finding Cinderella, which remains my favorite CoHo story to this date. I save my 5 stars for those that stand out amongst the others. I definitely recommend this to all the CoHo fans out there, and anyone really that’s into contemporary romance with a bit of steaminess!

About the Author ~ Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

I love to write and I love to give away things that I write, so follow me on my Facebook author page at www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover

Twitter and Instagram: @colleenhoover

I host a book-a-day giveaway on my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. I give something away every single day, so don’t miss out!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Starstruck in Seattle @Juliet_Madison

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Aspiring actress Anna Hilford might only have a small role in a leading television drama, but she longs to be dreamboat Karl Drake’s leading lady. Sick of being loveless and overlooked, Anna seeks the help of intuitive love coach, Lulu, from LuluTheLoveAngel.com to give her the courage and determination to follow her destiny.

But fate has different ideas, Lulu has undisclosed power, and Anna is about to realise that life happens while you’re busy making plans…

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My ****4 Star**** Review

To sum this story up, I’d say it’s a cheesy, cute, modern day fairy tale. Yes, it’s a little bit cheesy in places, but heavy on the cute so it works. While this is a novella, it’s the third story I’ve read of Juliet’s and she has yet to disappoint. This story had a much different feel from the other two I read from her, but I still very much enjoyed it. She even added in a little fantasy element with Lulu the Love Angel. It made me think of some of Debbie Macomber’s Christmas stories.

I look forward to reading more from Juliet. I’m eyeing Haunted Ever After as my next pick of hers. There’s some mild language, but other than that it’s a clean, cute short story for those of you looking for a quick dose of something sweet!

*I won a kindle copy of this book and I’m giving my honest review just because I want to! Oh, and because I think you should check out Juliet Madison’s books!*

About the Author ~ Juliet Madison

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Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing, and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. She likes to put those characters into extraordinary situations and take them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance, and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.
Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends as much time as possible writing and coming up with new ideas, while doing her best to avoid housework.
Juliet is a proud member and volunteer with The Romance Writers of Australia and she loves to interact online with readers and writers via twitter (@Juliet_Madison), and facebook (www.facebook.com/JulietMadisonAuthor). She can be contacted through her website at http://www.julietmadison.com where readers can also download some free short stories.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Seduction & Snacks @tarasivec

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Claire is a twenty-something, single mom that grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he’s asleep) toddler a better life.

When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time.

With Carter’s undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire’s panic that her stretch marks and slim to none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

Warning: contains explicit sex, profanity and enough sarcasm to choke a horse.

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My *****5 Star***** Review

Looking for a good romantic comedy, heavy on the comedy? Well, then this is the book for you! I read this one on my kindle with hubby asleep beside me, and I don’t know how I didn’t wake him up with my laughter. Normally I can contain it if I’m in bed beside him. Have you ever been caught off guard, maybe with a mouth full of soda, and something so funny and unexpected happens that you’re spewing it everywhere? Yeah, that was me with this book. I’m talking snorting here folks!

Ok, I have to comment on the romance, too. The biggest thing that stood out to me here was the lack of stupidity. Let’s face it! Most romance novels are full of one idiotic thing after another keeping the couple apart. There was none of that! Not one retarded thing! I was sooooo completely impressed with that! You get to see a natural progression of a relationship forming. It looks like there’s some of that to come with book 2, Futures & Frosting, though.

I can't dismiss 4 yr old Gavin. He really is the life of the party so often. But, then again all of the minor characters play such a great role in adding to the story. This novel is full of outrageous one-liners!

I purchased my kindle copy after a friend recommended it to me for a good laugh. I am now sharing that recommendation with all of you! I honestly can't wait to read more from Tara! I'm only sorry I waited this long to pick up one of her books!!

About the Author ~ Tara Sivec

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Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series, the Chocolate Lovers series, the Chocoholics series, the Fool Me Once series and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/tsivec
Website: http://www.tarasivec.com
Twitter: @tarasivec

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Sometimes You Know @melharrisauthor

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Sometimes You Know (The Fangirl Series #2)

by Melinda Harris

Blurb

Boats…

Sydney Campbell hates boats, almost as much as she hates unsweetened iced tea, mornings and people that insist on wearing pantyhose with open-toed shoes. But when it comes to sexy London Boys singer, Simon Young, there aren’t many things Sydney wouldn’t do. And that’s how she finds herself aboard a cruise ship to the Bahamas trying to not only win his business, but maybe even his heart.

Simon Young has spent the past four years drowning in a sea of booze and women, trying to dull the memory of a night he knows he’ll never forget. The only thing keeping him from calling it quits on life is a beloved silver locket that has somehow kept his sanity in check for nearly a decade. But it’s not until he meets his new confident and incredibly beautiful public relations manager that he feels like he can finally breathe again.

Simon and Sydney are both shocked by their instant connection, but even more surprising is how right it all seems. And now given the chance, Sydney hopes to repay a favor that changed her forever, but she may be too late. Simon may be too far gone to be brought back to life.

Only time – and a silver locket – will tell.

Note: The Fangirl Series is a stand-alone series. You do not have to read “You Never Know” prior to reading the other books in the series, but there is character crossover.

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My ****4.5 Star**** Review

First I want to give some cover love. Mel, I absolutely LOVE your covers! I have never been a fan of having models on the cover of a book. I think it tends to detract from the imagination. It’s just a personal preference of mine. However, I love all three of Mel’s covers. They give you a piece of an image, but still plenty to keep your imagination flowing. Plus, if I must be honest, I love that all the models are fully clothed so I can share them on my blog, since I try to keep my images kid friendly for all those moms out there with little ones running around while they’re sitting in front of their computers. LOL!

Okay. So, the basics. The story runs smoothly at a nice pace, and not once did I find it dragging. There were a few times that I thought the story was taking a predictable turn, but I was always wrong. I love that! I also really enjoyed the rotating point of view. It really helped give the “whole” story. Emotionally, this book will take you through a whole host of feelings. You can expect to find yourself laughing out loud, angry, all gushy feeling, and just seriously upset. The character development was great. I really connected to both Simon and Sydney. Content warnings: strong language and steamy sex scenes.

Simon. Mmm, Simon. He’s been on a path leading right to death’s door. He has some serious baggage he hasn’t been able to let go of. He’s just ready to give up, but has been fighting that urge. Sydney brings him hope. However, Simon finds it practically impossible to place his trust in her. Sydney has some issues of her own, too. They aren’t as glaringly obvious as Simon’s, but they’re there and holding her back.

For a while I started to wonder if the story was going to put out the wrong message. It didn’t. I really love the way it was all wrapped up. So, if you’re reading along and start to get concerned, just finish! It just says that much more about the author. She can take you to the edge and bring you right back!

Negatives? There were times that I really wanted to knock some sense into Simon. I really wanted him to think differently. But, then he wouldn’t have been Simon. Truly, I wouldn’t change him. I just wanted to while I was reading. LOL! Seriously, I don’t think I’d change anything about the story. Why not 5 stars? There are some stories (rare) that just speak volumes to me, and I know they’ll live with me forever. I’m not sure why some stories have that and most don’t. That’s just the way it is. I save my 5 stars for those rare books. Speaking of the rating…I was very surprised after reading the book to find my name in the acknowledgments section. Ecstatic is more like it. So, naturally I sent Melinda a little note to let her know how grateful I am. She was pleased, but so very adamant about not wanting it to affect my review. She’s just that awesome! Seriously! If you’re a book reviewer then you know what I’m talking about. There are so many authors out there that don’t want anything less than a five star review. Melinda just wants respectful honesty. I can’t say I’m not tempted to give her 5 stars because she’s just that sweet, though.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Check out my review for book 1 in the Fangirl Series ~ You Never Know, HERE!

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Melinda’s Playlist for “Sometimes You Know”

This is a small sampling of my favorites, including any that inspired specific scenes in the book.

“Here’s Where We Begin” – Joshua Radin

“Raging Fire” – Phillip Phillips

“Echo” – Jason Walker

“Bleeding Out” – Imagine Dragons

“The Way I Am” – Ingrid Michaelson

“Fall Away” – The Fray

“The World Spins Madly On” – The Weepies

“Still On My Brain” – Justin Timberlake

“In Her Eyes” – Joshua Radin

“Roar” – Katy Perry

“Patient Love” – Passenger

“Cross That Line” – Joshua Radin

“Kiss Me” – Ed Sheeran

“Empty” – Ray LaMontagne

“Bulletproof Weeks” – Matt Nathanson

“Warm Whispers” – Missy Higgins

“Lovely Tonight” – Joshua Radin

“A Falling Through” – Ray LaMontagne

“Naughty Girl” – Beyonce

“Can I Stay” – Ray LaMontagne

“All of Me” – John Legend

“You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

About the Author ~ Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris currently resides in the great state of Georgia with her family. When she’s not writing, she likes to spend rainy nights with her nose in a good book and sunny days on a playground chasing her son. And most anytime – rain or shine – she can be found engaging in her favorite pastime, which of course is eating ice cream…lots and lots of ice cream.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7091610.Melinda_Harris
Website: http://melindaharrisauthor.com/
Twitter: @melharrisauthor

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ The Miracle Girls (Miracle Girls #1)

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Synopsis

Ana Dominguez was happy in San Jose, but everything changed when her dad moved the family to Half Moon Bay, California, to open a law practice. Her parents think she’s settling into her new school nicely, but she has them fooled. Riley, the most popular girl in school, has picked Ana as enemy #1, and Tyler, Ana’s crush, doesn’t even know Ana exists.
When Ana ends up in detention with Riley, her life suddenly changes. When Ana, Riley, Christine, and Zoe share their essays on “The Day My Life Changed,” it turns out they have more in common than they ever would have imagined. Now as Ana lives out her faith, she and Zoe are determined to befriend Riley and Christine. But the drama of high school life has only just begun. . . .

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My ****4 Star**** Review

Meet the miracle girls: Ana, Zoe, Christine and Riley. This unlikely group is thrown together for a project during detention. Don’t get the wrong idea. These aren’t your typical troublemakers, but they each have circumstances which led them to this fate. The project is to write an essay about the day their life changed. After they’ve written their essays, they are then told they have to share them with their groups. None of them are interested in sharing, but then they’re notified that they won’t leave detention until they’ve done so. Upon sharing, they all learn that by some miracle, they all escaped a life and death situation. Zoe immediately feels that there’s some higher purpose as to why they’ve all been thrown together. Their group isn’t easily formed, though, especially considering a couple of the girls, Ana and Riley, appear to hate each other.

The story is written from Ana’s perspective, so you really get a good glimpse at all of her personal struggles. These struggles vary greatly, too. She’s new to the area and has zero friends. Her housekeeper and closest confidant has just been diagnosed with lupus. She’s a little obsessed with Tyler, lead singer of the Christian band Three Car Garage, but he doesn’t know she exists. Then there’s her overbearing parents, who have very strict rules and expect nothing less than perfection when it comes to school and looking forward to college. Oh, and don’t forget her role with the miracle girls, particularly her struggles with getting along with Riley.

Ana’s only a freshman and has a lot of growing up to do still. She comes off as a bit judgmental and self-righteous. She obsesses over Tyler for no reason other than his looks. She disregards Dave, bass player, for his looks, despite his amazing personality and interest in her. She also behaves like an airhead at times. Now these qualities would normally put me off in a main character, but it’s obvious that Ana is behaving in a manner typical to her age, and that she’s taking gradual steps in the right direction. Oh, and I couldn’t help but love her because she eats her Oreos and marshmallows the same way I do!

There’s a romance in the story, but this is sooo much more than a romance. This story is about learning some tough life lessons, forming the right kind of relationships, and honoring your parents even when you don’t agree with them. There are some very tense situations that arise, but you get to see Ana mature through them and learn some profound truths.

This story is perfect for younger adult females looking for a story with good morals! There is a romance, but it’s extremely clean. Hand holding is the extent of the physical aspect. There’s no foul language.

I picked up my copy on Amazon when it was being offered for free.

About the Authors ~ Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt

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Anne Dayton

Website: http://anneandmay.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/135729.Anne_Dayton

May Vanderbilt

May Vanderbilt

Website: http://anneandmay.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/135728.May_Vanderbilt

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Only With You by Lauren Layne

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Title: Only With You


Series: The Best Mistake Series


Author: Lauren Layne


Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy


Release Date: July 29, 2014

Book Description

Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . .

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn’t exactly have a life plan. She’s perfectly happy being everyone’s favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it’s time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn’t take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he’s been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

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My ****4.5 STRONG STARS**** Review

This was my first Lauren Layne novel, but it definitely won’t be my last! After my initial introduction to Sophie, I never would have guessed that I would have fallen in love with the book, but it was no time before I was laughing. Then laughing, laughing some more, oh yeah…and laughing some more. I’ve always enjoyed a good romantic comedy when it comes to movies, but I think there are slim pickings in the book world when it comes to combining comedy with a great romance. This book covered both well!

I really can’t even describe how I fell in love with the characters the way I did. Gray isn’t your typical hero when it comes to romance. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read about a character like him. He’s your uptight professional that lacks in the communication skills department. He’s just not sociable – at all. Don’t mistake him for being a shy wimp, though. He’s all man!

Besides their contrasting personalities, Sophie and Gray have other obstacles in their way. Plus Sophie doesn’t know whether she should love him or hate him. Because of this, you get a nice slow build up to their relationship. It’s the second half of the book before you see the steamy action start to come in. I can’t deny that there are some intense and upsetting scenes added in the mix. At one point I was tearing up.

Most of the book is from Sophie’s perspective, but you do get a little glimpse at Brynn. Brynn is Sophie’s uptight sister who’s fighting her feelings for Sophie’s bff Will. There are plenty of tempting teasers thrown in to keep your tongue wagging for book 2 in the series! I personally can’t wait! Don’t fret if you’re not into cliffhangers. This is a complete stand-alone.

Negatives?? I don’t have many. I’m not crazy about the cover. This is just personal preference. I tend to prefer my romance covers to lack models. I like to let the words put the images of the people in my mind. No biggie here. Other than that, it just lacked that certain something that would make it unforgettable.

Overall, I highly recommend it to all romance lovers out there, especially if you want a good laugh and maybe a cry, too! As I mentioned at the start, this won’t be my last Lauren Layne book. I can’t wait for Made For You, book 2 in the series, set to release Oct. 28th!!

Warnings: strong language, sex scenes

*I received a copy via NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is a snarky smartass with a serious weakness for happily ever afters.

Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.*

But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time.

Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books.

Don’t worry. You will.

Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she’s on the laid-back train in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she’ll probably buy you a drink. Maybe.

Website: http://www.laurenlayne.com
Twitter: @_laurenlayne
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6969772.Lauren_Layne

Happy Reading,

Alison

The Baby & the Bride ~ Spotlight & Giveaway

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Blurb

Poppy and Jazz’s lives sound perfect on paper. Jazz has a new baby and Poppy’s getting married. But their realities are very different.

Poppy must strive to keep her cool new job with crazy hours, while trying to keep Ryan happy. Before she knows it her wedding has got out of control, thanks to her mother, the runners at work are bullying her, her parents are in financial difficulty and she’s doubting everything and everyone she ever knew.

Meanwhile Jazz is struggling with motherhood, something a credit card won’t fix. Why won’t this baby give her a break? Will Jazz be able to cope before she loses it?

And will Poppy make it down the aisle? Will Ryan even be waiting?

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The Baby & the Brided is the sequel to the Amazon #1 best-seller in Humour and winner of Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013, The Debt & the Doormat. This is available for FREE download.

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Blurb

Poppy and Jazz have been best friends from the first week of university. Whenever these two get together trouble isn’t far away and things haven’t changed much. When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and help her get over her broken heart.

Poppy is thrown into a new life, full of crazy housemates. There’s fitness freak Izzy, horrendously beautiful bitch Grace and the slightly gorgeous, if not incredibly grumpy Ryan.

Quickly, with the help of Jazz, her life is thrown upside down. Madness ensues and her need to please everyone gets her in more trouble than she could ever imagine.

Before she knows it she’s got a fake boyfriend and is hiding so many secrets she’s scared they’ll spill out any minute. With a bullying boss, a sex crazed colleague, a mental mother and three brothers each with their own dramas, life has gotten pretty difficult for Poppy. And all of this would be much easier, if she could just stop falling over.

Will she get her life back to normal before her brother’s upcoming wedding? And will she want to?

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About the Author ~ Laura Barnard

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My name is Laura Barnard and I am an author from Hertfordshire, UK. My first chick-lit novel, The Debt & the Doormat was an Amazon number 1 best-seller and won Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013. It is available via Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks. Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and many more.

In my spare time I enjoy drinking my body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of my face, drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio…oh and my husband of course! I like wearing yoga clothes and reading fitness magazines while I sit on the sofa and eat chocolate. I’m a real fan of the power nap and of course, READING!

I write not to get rich or famous, but because I LOVE writing. Even if one person tells me they enjoyed my book it makes the midnight typing worth it!
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3490836.Laura_Barnard
Twitter: BarnardLaura
Website: http://www.laurabarnardbooks.co.uk/

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Review ~ You Never Know by Melinda Harris

You Never Know

Published: May 3, 2013


Genre: Romance

Blurb

Over the past eight years, twenty-six year old Sam Harper has come to realize a few things: her son is the light of her life, a pint of Cherry Garcia will cure all that ails you, her mother is a biscuit-and-grave-filled genius and nothing, absolutely nothing, ever goes as planned.

Still stuck in her tiny hometown of Delia, Georgia, Sam has sat idly by and watched as her life went from “prom-queen and head cheerleader” to “single mom with meaningless desk job”. So when Hollywood bad-boy, Ethan Grant, shows up to film his new television show – the very same actor whose posters wall-papered Sam’s teenage bedroom – Sam welcomes back her excited inner-fangirl with open arms. And when a chance encounter with Ethan confirms what Sam always knew – that behind Ethan’s green eyes and smoldering good looks is a perfect gentleman with the kindest of hearts – Sam finds herself in a romance worthy of “Cinderella” status.

But soon enough, reality seeps back in as the relentless gossip columns and Ethan’s busy schedule lead Sam back to a life she’s come to know well – one full of nothing but broken promises and disappointment. Sam begins questioning whether Ethan has what it takes to help lead her back to the confident and vivacious woman she used to be, or if Sam will have to do the unthinkable and actually figure life out on her own.

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My ****4.5 Star**** Review

So, first I want to share that the author personally gave me a copy of this book as a gift. She had zero expectations of my reviewing it. She even told me twice not to worry about a review. The book was simply meant as a gift. Next, I want to point out that that didn’t persuade my opinion of the book. I just had to write this review because the book is WORTH SHARING!I don’t want to share too much, though, because I want you to be just as surprised as I was!

When I first started the book, I really wondered if I would like Sam at all. She’s OBSESSED with a movie star, and in real life I’d probably think she was a fruit cake. The amazing thing, though, is that I still felt myself pulling for her in big ways. Now, she still definitely frustrated me at times, but I still connected with her. And Ethan Grant, wasn’t the kind of guy I’d find myself falling for, but through Sam’s character, I did!

The story is fast paced, and I never felt like it started to drag. The plot’s amazing – you MUST read the whole book, or you will SERIOUSLY be missing out! The characters are all well-developed. I really enjoyed Sam’s three friends. Even with the minor characters, the personalities were unique and came to life.

So, if you’re a romance nut, then I recommend this for the plot if nothing else! I’d consider this a clean romance. There’s a consummated relationship, but no detailed scenes.

I can’t wait to see what Mel has in store for us next!!

About the Author ~ Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris is an aspiring author, currently residing in the great state of Georgia with her family. When she’s not writing, she likes to spend rainy nights with her nose in a good book and sunny days on a playground chasing her son. And most anytime – rain or shine – she can be found engaging in her favorite pastime, which of course is eating ice cream…lots and lots of ice cream.
Website: http://melindaharrisauthor.com/
Twitter: melharrisauthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7091610.Melinda_Harris

Happy Reading,

Alison