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    Book Review: The Fallback by Mariah Dietz

    The Fallback

    Ever since the start of this year, I have suddenly found myself out of the reading rut that I have been stuck in for the longest time. I had felt it slowly weaning off at the end of 2018, but something about the feeling of a fresh start that comes hand in hand with a new year has done wonders for ability to relax and peel myself away from simply binge-watching Netflix for an entire day and feeling so sluggish and disgusting by the end of it.

    I have no doubt that this will all change once my final semester at uni gets fully under way and I am up to my eyeballs with books to read and words to write, but for now, I am reaping the benefits. And that is why I am so glad that the second book I read this year was such a winner.

    About the bookThe Fallback

    By Mariah Dietz

    Publish date: 10 January 2019

    Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Page count: 465

    (ARC provided for review purposes)

    SynopsisBreaking up is hard to do.

    It’s even harder when you’re not expecting it.

    Brooke Jensen is a planner. Not only in her personal life but also professionally as one of the most sought after event planners in Chicago.

    But, when the ideal life she built for herself, complete with handsome, long-term boyfriend and perfect apartment crumbles, she realizes there are some things you just can’t plan for.

    While trying to start anew from her best friend’s guest room and discovering the best doughnuts in the city, an idea sparks to life when she meets Levi. He’s intriguing, funny, and shockingly good-looking, and what had been a few stray thoughts becomes a new passion for Brooke, a blog detailing learning how to be single. The project introduces Brooke to new people and experiences, and keeps returning her back to Levi.

    But, Brooke learns kismet may have been wrong when she learns Levi is the last person she should be interested in.

    Falling for the wrong guy once has Brooke hesitant to start a new relationship, but Levi is quickly proving that The Fallback might be even better.

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    My thoughtsI want to start off by saying that Brooke is a truly wonderful character. I have started writing this review mere minutes after finishing the book, and so it is all so fresh in my mind. I found her strong-minded and motivated, caring and generous, and just an all round great gal, to be honest. I really loved her commitment to work. Sure, she worked herself into the absolute ground but I couldn’t help but admire her ability to juggle a million things at once and be so successful in her field. It is rare to read about a working woman who is doing so well, and it was pretty inspiring actually.

    Now lets talk about Levi. If you read my feature last week on book boyfriends and how they give us an unrealistic outlook on love, but I adore them anyway – then Levi is exactly who I had in mind at the time, although I didn’t realise it yet. I only wish he was introduced slightly earlier in the book. It was around the 20% mark into the book that he first appeared, I think, so I felt like I was just kind of waiting for him to pop up before then. But, not to worry, because he more than made up for it.

    I also thoroughly enjoyed Mariah’s writing style. It was clean and easy to read, and not overrun with clichés (which is one of my absolute pet hates). It is a pretty long book at 465 pages, but I absolutely flew through it in no time at all. The characters were developed well, and I had such a clear image in my head of how I expected them to be. I really loved the dynamic between Brooke and her best friend Felicity. It reminds me of my own friendships and living with my best friend while being at university, which is the most fun. Admittedly, neither of us have young kids running around, but it is how I can imagine our friendship to be in ten years time.

    One other thing that I did pick up – as I am sure many of you would if you are like me – is how crazy it was that Brooke’s blog managed to get so popular so EASY. She doesn’t do anything in terms of promoting, she simply sits down and writes a post when she feels like it about whatever interesting thing she has done now. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely sounds like a blog I want to read. But, the way that she talks about it really just being for her and she doesn’t think she has much of an audience, and then all of a sudden she seems to be getting amazing recognition from it?! This is rather nit-picky of me though, and probably not something the majority of people would pick up on if they didn’t have a blog themselves and therefore didn’t realise just how much work goes on behind the scenes every day. And if that is the only real gripe I have, then that is not bad going.
    About the Author.pngMariah Dietz lives with her husband and three sons, who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon, where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

    She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, travelling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.

     

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    Book Review: Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering

    CSBTS Cover ImageIT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS.

    Actually, I don’t feel overly Christmassy right now which I hope changes in the next three days. Normally I am finished up with university work a lot earlier than I was this year so it seems like Christmas has actually come around a lot quicker than it should’ve. But, I’ve had my Christmas nights out (for both jobs), I have my last shift before Christmas tomorrow and then I’m off for a grand total of three days, so if that isn’t cause for celebration then I don’t know what is.

    Today, though, it is the final stop on the Christmas Secrets by the Sea blog tour – clearly they were saving the best till last (lol).

     

    Christmas Secrets by the Sea

    Book #1 in the Seasons by the Sea series

    By: Jane Lovering

    Release date: 13 December 2018

    Publisher: Farrago Books

     

    About the Book

    Sometimes you don’t get the Christmas presents you imagined…

    Tansy Merriweather is down on her luck. She’s lost her business and her relationship, and instead of a glamorous London apartment, her home is now a campervan on a Dorset beach. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, a scruffy dog called Brian with a taste for sardines has adopted her as his owner.

    When Tansy’s new-found friends at the café in the bay help her to find a job as a location scout for a new TV show, things start looking up. However, she soon discovers that the show’s glamorous star, Davin O’Riordan, is as grouchy as he is  handsome – and just as Brian starts forging a touching romance with Davin’s elegant whippet, Seelie, Tansy begins to wonder exactly what Davin’s fans see in him.

    As Christmas approaches, Tansy and Davin discover each other’s secrets, and a new bond begins to grow between them. But how will they cope with the storms headed their way – and can they save the café from closing?

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    My Thoughts

    This could not have been more perfect to read at this time of year. It wasn’t the kind of fluffy Christmas romance that you may expect it to be, and instead was incredibly touching and special. In fact, it isn’t really about Christmas at all, apart from the time of year that it was set. Christmas books probably have a preconception surrounding them that they can only be read at this time of year, but I actually think this could be enjoyed no matter what the month is because that isn’t really the focus. Perhaps the title is slightly misleading in this way.

    I did slightly struggle to connect with the main characters to begin with, but thankfully this did change as the book progressed and you got to learn more about them and their backgrounds. My favourite characters were definitely single mum Karen and her son Rory though! I absolutely loved reading about their relationship, and could imagine the little café that they worked in perfectly because it sounded so like the one I work in myself whenever I’m back in my little tiny seaside hometown. I also could not shake the image of Jamie Dornan as Davin, which is certainly not a bad thing to happen. Maybe it’s just because they are both Irish. I wonder how Jane Lovering imagined him when she was writing this, but that’s how it turned out in my own mind. Again, absolutely zero complaints there.

    A special mention goes out to the dogs in this book, which I never would have imagined I would be saying. Brian (which just seems like a hilarious name for a dog) was such a fantastic addition to the storyline, and I knew right from the beginning that Tansy wouldn’t be able to resist him when he plonked himself down at her feet and decided to call her his own.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its sarcastic sense of humour and easy-flowing style that was a welcome escape after such a stressful few weeks at the end of this semester. I’ll definitely be following the series from now on. A big thank you to Fanny from Farrago Books for inviting me on to this tour!

     

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    Cover Reveal: Interlude by D. Kelly

    interlude COVER REVEAL BANNERINTERLUDE by D. Kelly

    Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Release Date: 29 January 2019

     

    About the Book

    Jordan Weston is good-looking, mysterious, and sexually uninhibited, but his life is more like the name of his bar – Just an Illusion. His cousins are the bad boys of Bastards and Dangerous, but their fame hasn’t made everything rainbows and sunshine for him. He’s haunted, flawed, and the sole survivor of a homicide that wiped out his immediate family.

    Allie Baker, the most recent hire at the bar, can see through Jordan’s façade. She knows he’s everything she doesn’t need, but she’s beginning to crave his cocky attitude and the way he looks at her. The more she tries to stay away from him, the more she wants to get to know him.

    Jordan knows falling for an employee is a bad idea, but Allie pushes buttons he never realized he had. Even though Allie desperately needs her job, she soon decides being with Jordan is more important. Will they be able to compromise, or will she let her chance at love pass her by for the sake of a paycheck?

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    Thoughts on the synopsis

    THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD. I am pretty excited to read this new release when it comes out (or maybe a cheeky little ARC…), although I have to say the blurb doesn’t leave too much to the imagination. We already know his entire back story and the fact that Allie is short on cash so needs this job, and I think we all know she isn’t going to ‘let her chance at love pass her by’ at the end of the book. Despite being able to predict the entire storyline from those three paragraphs, I’ll still definitely be reading this one. I haven’t read anything by D. Kelly before so I am looking forward to seeing her writing style.

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    About the Author

    D KellyD. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

    Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better [a woman after my own heart, by the sounds of it].

    A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.

     

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    Book Review: Heavenward by Olga Gibbs (Blog Tour)

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    Hello, hello. How are we all? I am writing this on my couch in a big thick cardigan with a bowl of chicken noodle soup to my left and a pile of disgusting used tissues on my right as I sniff roughly every five letters typed. Thank you so much to my lovely flatmate for passing on this cold before jetting off to Canada this morning to visit family and leaving me to wallow all alone.

    Today it is my stop on the Heavenward blog tour, as organised by Melanie from Fraser’s Fun House and the author herself, Olga Gibbs. I want to start by saying this is the best blog tour/ARC/whatever that I have been involved in, simply because of the way it has been organised and how interactive it has been. Not only are both Melanie and Olga so lovely, but they also created a group chat on Twitter so we could read each other’s reviews and share them, share our thoughts with Olga, and generally just have fun with it all. THIS is how a blog tour should be.

    Now, on to the review…

    SYNOPSIS

    With the power to end the world, would you protect humanity when it broke you or would you take revenge?

    Meet Ariel: a quiet, unnoticeable girl with an incredible gift…

    Ariel never had an easy or pleasant life, but the arrival of three gorgeous strangers meant her measured life is turned upside down, as she discovers that angels exist.

    But when three new students appear in her sleepy town’s school, Ariel’s dull and measure life is thrown into turmoil, as she is drawn into an ancient celestial conflict that is bigger than her and which she will need to survive to remain herself.

    Now against her will, she’s drawn into an ancient celestial conflict, where her powers will decide the fate of humanity.

    Deceived, threatened, hunted, and now on the run, who can she trust?

    Heavenward[2626]MY THOUGHTS

    Even though I was sent a copy of this to review, I just want to point out that in no way does that affect my review.

    First of all, I really enjoyed the blend of the fantasy and the real. From my (admittedly limited) experience in fantasy, many novels in this genre don’t have two distinctly different worlds. Heavenward, however, starts off in a perfectly human world, one which has absolutely no elements of fantasy other than the fact it is a ‘sleepy’ town (a description which I actually really hate lol) so you know that something is about to go down. Ariel is also a pretty strong female lead, one which I really enjoyed getting to know. She is another one of those take-no-bullshit characters that I love so much.

    Read Yourself Happy said in her review that she thought it was a little too fast-paced for her liking and this maybe suited newcomers to the fantasy genre more, and she was absolutely right. As I have mentioned on here before, it wasn’t until earlier this year – summertime I think – that I really got into YA fantasy, pretty much as soon as I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. It had never interested me before. To this day, I still haven’t read very much in the genre at all, so I am by no means an expert, but that is what made me accept this review when the email came through inviting me onto the blog tour.

    But, as much as I wanted to absolutely adore it because of how lovely the tour itself is, I do have a few small gripes.

    Is this England? America? With ‘arse’ and ‘feds’ in the same sentence, I really have no idea. I think it is meant to be a small town in England, from what I remember, but there were so many Americanisms that I am sure were probably not deliberate that made this less than believable.

    I think because of what I am studying at university and it is all so fresh in my mind I can be a little harsh and nitpicky with other writers, and some sentences just went a liiiiitle too far for me, like the description of his smell when they first meet. It was all a little too fluffy and overrun with metaphors for me to truly get into the story.

    The dialogue also wasn’t always completely believable for teenagers either. ‘I’m new here and would like us to be friends’? They would never say that. And what about ‘Rachel thinks he must be a nerd because he wears glasses’? Was going to say I wear glasses but I am actually a nerd (lol) but the majority of people aren’t. There were a bit too many sweeping generalisations and stereotypes. And a town that small and she actually has to question if THREE new students all in the one day could maybe mean something is up? OF COURSE IT BLOODY IS.

    One final thing – was the cover designed on Paint?

    I feel like I am coming across as a little mean here, but I promise I am just trying to be constructive! I really love the idea of angels, which aren’t something I have read about since joining the fantasy-loving crew. And, there wasn’t a biblical feel to it all, which may have put some readers off if they didn’t know that. I am actually really looking forward to reading the sequel, Hallow, when it is released next year to find out what happens next with Ariel, Sam, and Rafe.

    Which, btw, TEAM RAFE ALL THE WAY <3 <3 <3

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    Visit the rest of the tour (updating as the tour goes on):

    Perpetual Fangirl

    Hannah’s Bookshelf

    A Lovely Book Affair

    Like Herding Cats

    A Mixed Up Mummy

    Fraternal Philosophising

    Fraser’s Fun House (Heavenward dream movie cast)

    The Bold Mom/The Forsaken Cellar

    Read Yourself Happy

    Completely Chelle

    Ezzie’s Bookshelf

    Paperback Adventures

    Booking Good Read

    A Book Devourer

    Rambling Mads

    Rainy Days With Amanda

    Lozzy’s Things

    Books in the Skye

    Floral Cars

    Bookish Fawn (blog currently under construction – link will be added soon!)

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    FEATURE | Is ARC reading a chore?

    is arc reading becoming a chore.jpgI’m sure every book blogger reading this post right now will be able to relate when I say getting an ARC of a really interesting book sent to you is one of the best perks of the job.

    Free books, you say? Yes please.

    When I first started my blog just before the summer, the idea of getting FREE books was incredible. Don’t get me wrong, it still is. I couldn’t wait for the first offer, waiting for it to just fall into my lap. Then, I got an email from a very obscure writer offering me a weird children’s fantasy book that made me physically cringe when I read the description and I thought I maybe had it all wrong.

    Fast forward a few months and I am now on a couple of different blogger/PR lists and regularly get sent emails that actually do fit with what I like to read, and I am receiving opportunities to receive free books left, right and centre. If I wanted to, as I am sure is the case with most book bloggers, I could probably manage to not actually buy any books again and still be kept going well into next year.

    And that right there is my issue. I often find myself getting a little bit overexcited and agreeing to all different blog tours and reviews and you name it, only to find that, actually, I don’t really have time to read all these books. As an English Literature student in their final year, I already have plenty to read without doubling the number of pages every week. The books I have been sent to review are piling up and are going to take me the rest of the year to catch up on, never mind all the ones I most likely agree to in the meantime. We forget that these free books are all fine and dandy, but we have to actually then find the time to read them.

    I am definitely what you call a ‘mood reader’, preferring to choose my next book to read purely by what I fancy picking up at the time. I already struggle to read my books for classes for this reason, absolutely hating having to read for a deadline, and reading because I have to instead of because I want to. Sticking to a strict date for book reviews is incredibly difficult when you have a busy life going on outside your blog, which is like a part time job in itself. I am in my fourth year of my degree and have two (paid) part-time jobs, as well as being the Arts editor of the student newspaper on campus, and also quite like to have a bit of downtime and occasionally – heaven forbid – a social life.

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    New In #2

    new in 2 - writing finch (1)How many times in your life have you spoken or thought the words: “I need to stop buying books.”

    Every. Damn. Week.

    The wonderful thing about being back in Glasgow for university is my mum can no longer see how many parcels arrive for me all containing new books and therefore I have no one moaning at me for how much I am spending on them and where on earth are you gong to put them all, Holly???

    I thought I would share with you today some of the books that have been added to my collection recently. I haven’t read any of these yet, but I might do some reviews on any that I have strong feelings about when I have. Let me know if there is any in particular that you would like a follow up on!

    Vagina – Naomi Wolf

    I kept seeing this pop up on Chloe Plumstead’s insta story and earlier this week I finally gave in and ordered it. From the author of The Beauty Myth, this “combines cutting-edge science with cultural history to explore the role of female desire and how it affects female identity, creativity and confidence.” It ” goes to the very core of what it means to be female” and examines the vagina in relation to women’s sexuality. I feel like this is going to be such an interesting read and will be so important in better understanding the female body and mind.

    Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

    I feel it is a pretty safe assumption for me to make that every single person reading this will have heard of the film version of this. Like many book lovers, I much prefer reading the book version first before delving into the cinematic performance, so this is pretty near the top of my list.

    The Infinite Pieces of Us – Rebekah Crane

    I think this might have been my choice for November’s Kindle First. I have no idea what it was about, and like to choose my ebook option each month without really reading any of the descriptions so I can really surprise myself and find something I might not have picked otherwise (a method which is working pretty well so far and I can recommend).

    We Were Mothers – Katie Sise

    I feel absolutely no shame in saying that I bought this book for one reason and one reason alone – the beautiful cover. I mean, look at it!!! It also turns out that it is a really well-made book to, and the pages feel so beautifully soft and thick and luxurious that I just want to stroke it and flick through it all the time. The physical act of reading this is going to be so satisfying. This one is about a scandal in a boring, perfect town which makes me picture the Desperate Housewives houses. The “web of secrets” mentioned in the synopsis had me sold.

    The Rule of One – Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders

    It isn’t often that you manage to find something in Kindle Unlimited that you have actually heard of before, so I quickly downloaded this while I had the chance. This dystopian novel is set in a version of the United States in the future where they have enforced a Chinese-style one child policy to tackle the population issue. Hence, the rule of one. Naturally, this novel then explores what happens when a pair of identical twins, Ava and Mira, who have been living as one for their entire lives and trading places every other day, suddenly find that their charade has been exposed. This sounds fast-paced and exciting, and I hope it lives up to that.

    ARCs/Review Copies

    HWFG – Chris McQueer

    This is one I actually received to review as part of my role as the Arts editor of my student newspaper, so I won’t be reviewing it on here (but I will still put something up on my Goodreads about it when I have finished it). Chris is a truly fantastic young Scottish short story writer, and his first book, Hings, had me in stitches.

    Heavenward – Olga Gibbs

    I am part of the blog tour for this, and my review stop is on the 10th of December, so keep an eye out for that. A big hallelujah to Melanie who is running the tour for actually giving me a decent amount of time to read it and not three days like you quite often get. Do people not realise we actually have lives outside of reviewing books… Anyway, the synopsis of this doesn’t give too much away, but “a quiet, unnoticeable girl with a hidden strength” has me hooked.

    Korrigan – Rebecca F. Kenney

    I was really interested in the premise of this book but I had to say that I am going to be so crazy busy over the next little while that I wasn’t sure if I would have time to read this and do it justice. But, Rebecca was so lovely and sent me a copy of the book anyway under no obligation to review it. Sometimes doing this would possibly annoy me and would make me feel pressured to do it anyway, but she was really nice in the way that she came across and so I don’t mind in the slightest, and actually really appreciate it.

    The Things We Learn When We Are Dead – Charlie Laidlaw

    I’ve have had this ARC for so long it is beginning to get a little bit embarrassing, but I just haven’t got round to reading it yet. I really need to move it to the top of my list. On the way home from a dinner party, our protagonist Lorna Love gets hit by a car, and what follows is a book about consequences, second chances, memories, and where we go when we die.

     

    Let me know if you have read any of these books, and what I should expect from them! And then tell me I am NOT ALLOWED TO BUY ANY MORE BOOKS UNTIL I READ SOME OF THESE.

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    Book Review: Fortunate Encounters by Caterina Passarelli

    First up, apologies to Ink Slinger PR for the fact that I *may* have forgotten about writing this book review which is why it is so ridiculously late…

    I was involved in the cover reveal for Fortunate Encounters by Caterina Passarelli, so I was really excited about receiving an ARC to review. Juliette is a young, single school teacher who has had some epically bad dates and extreme bad luck in romance. She shows up at the next date she has planned, only to promptly seat herself at the wrong table with the wrong man. After this first encounter, they begin to bump into each other everywhere they go (of course, this is a fiction novel after all, and it would be pretty boring if they had to actively seek each other out after that). The new love interest Clark is not one for relationships and suggests a friends-with-benefits situation instead. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you in the slightest that problems occur when real feelings start to arise. Read more

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    Release Day: Whiskey Sour by Nazarea Andrews

    Happy release day to Nazarea Andrews for her new standalone novel in the River Street Bar series with Whiskey Sour!

    I haven’t read any of the books in this series before, but I am excited to get stuck into this one over the weekend before my review on Monday 1st October. (Apart from the fact all I can think right now is that it is WHISKY not WHISKEY. I’m Scottish after all. We know our whisky.) Read more

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    ARC Book Review + Excerpt: UNBREAK MY HEART by Lauren Blakely

     

    *A copy of this was sent to me for review purposes. This did not affect my opinion of it, or this review, in any way.*
    Good morning, all! Monday again. I have a busy week ahead of me with all sorts of exciting things happening, including a laser eye surgery consultation tomorrow (!!!) and signing the lease on my flat for another year so it is all-systems-go for me. Of course, I will definitely be able to fit some reading time in there… I lost the charger for my kindle for ages so I haven’t been using it, but I came across it during a clear-out (honestly, the things you find when you actually reach the bottom of drawers) and it has barely left my hands since. I’m loving how much reading I am getting done, especially because I read so much quicker on there than a physical book.
    Anyway, we are here today to discuss Lauren Blakely’s latest release, Unbreak My Heart
     
    SYNOPSIS

    I didn’t break her heart, and she didn’t break mine – we broke each other’s.
     
    I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway across the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she’s returned… but I’m not the guy I was before.
    Beautiful, kind, and loving, she’s the same – my hope. The only one who can make a day better, who can make me feel again with one kiss, one touch, one night.
    There’s so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I’m sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more.
    She says she’ll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart.. or destroy it.
    That’s the chance I have to take.

     

    MY THOUGHTS

     

    Well, this one broke MY heart.
    This isn’t a rom com or an easy going story. It is a story about loss and heartbreak and feeling utterly alone and destructive. It is a story about putting yourself back together so that you can feel love again.
    After losing his parents before, Andrew now has no one to lean on to deal with this next loss. That is most unimaginable pain that a person can go through and my heart aches for anyone that does have to go through that. Lauren Blakely portrayed this emotion so beautifully that I really felt it and cried along with the characters. That is exactly what I want a book to do – I want it to stir up some emotion from deep within me and imagine how I would cope (or not cope) if the situation was happening to me. Hats off to you, Lauren!
    It is also told through alternating POVs, and you know how much I love that style. I like getting to know both main characters equally.
    This second-chance-romance novel reminds you to live life to the fullest (as corny as that sounds, don’t worry – I hear myself right now) because you really don’t know what is around the corner. It shows the importance of having someone to lean on when you are going through a hard time, no matter what the circumstance.
    With so much emotion packed into these few hundred pages, it’s a real winner in my eyes. I can’t believe I haven’t read Lauren before!
    I’d give this FOUR stars out of five.
    EXCERPT
    I was also lucky enough to be sent a little teaser of the book to share with you all, in case my review is not quite enough to convince you to buy this.
    ~Andrew~
    She inches her hand across the counter just a little bit closer, and that hand, I want to grab it and hold on. I glance at our fingers, so close all it would take is one of us giving an inch.
    Give. Take. Come. Stay.
    I can feel the warmth from her hand. One stretch for us to reconnect, so I wait. Wait for her to put her hands on my face and press her lips against mine and kiss me like it’s been killing her not to.
    But I can’t wait.
    I break first, saying her name in a lonely, desperate rasp. “Holland.”
    “Andrew.” Her voice is a whisper.
    “Go with me,” I blurt out.
    She blinks. “What?”
    I shake my head.
    Leaving the kitchen, I stalk to the living room, pacing like I can sort out what to do if I get just a few feet away from her.
    She’s right behind me, her hand on my arm. “Say it again.”
    I swivel around, and with her blue eyes on mine, her body close, I break to pieces. With her, my heart beats too fast, my blood pumps too quickly. I have no will to tell her to stop being so near to me but not near enough to make everything better.
    “Say what again?” I ask, as if I’ve forgotten.
    “Ask me,” she presses.
    And she wins. She fucking wins. “Go with me. Come with me.”
    She squeezes my arm. “Is that what you want?’
    I cup her cheeks. She gasps. I’ve shocked her. Let’s shock her some more.
    Her lips part, and she whispers my name. “Andrew.”
    It’s like the stars are glowing. Like the sky is blazing at night. “You know what I want.”

     

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

     

    A #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller lists more than 95 times, and she has sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she will release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!
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