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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

RELEASE BLITZ
THE SMALLEST PART by AMY HARMON

Heart breaking. Heart healing. Heart melting. The Smallest Part, a contemporary friends-to-lovers romance is now available on all platforms.

Blurb:

“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown
It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.
This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

For my review, see below.

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★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

About the author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels – the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The Queen and The Cure, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.

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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

Contemporary Romance

Thus far, I haven’t seen any hints that people who are sensitive to mental health issues would be aware that these kinds of serious issues are addressed in this book. Since I think it’s important to know in advance, this book includes serious thematic issues particularly around mental health.

Overall Rating: 3.5 (xoxo)

The Smallest Part (1)

Quick & Dirty summary: Mercedes, Noah and Cora have been friends since they were 9 years old. They are the 3 amigos, who eventually became the love birds plus a third wheel. Not that Mercedes minds. Noah is still her best friend. She would still do anything for Cora. In fact, she does do everything for Cora, backing away from Noah so that the 3 amigos stay the 3 amigos. But after a terrible accident, Noah and Mercedes must figure out how to navigate their relationship in the midst of sorrow and heartbreak.

There is a lot to like about this book. If you haven’t read an Amy Harmon book before, you’ll enjoy this one. Mercedes and Noah are vividly painted. Their interactions are honest and heartfelt. And the emotion pouring from the book, especially at the end, is overwhelming in the best possible way.

That being said, I do not think this is Harmon’s best work. I found at least one part of the storyline unconvincing. It felt like I had seen that on tv somewhere and it didn’t add dimension to any of the characters. I was also disappointed with how lightly the secondary characters were described. I love Heather and Alma and yet they weren’t fully developed. And my biggest sadness is in how Cora is described. After years of them being together, the memories Noah and Mercedes share give little insight into this woman. She is alternately described as suffering from depression and bipolar disorder but with little coherency. At the very least, she needed intensive therapy due to her childhood, and yet Noah, who has a doctorate in psychology, doesn’t talk about any of it. She feels like a phantom limb, but without knowing which limb is missing.

So, there was a lot I didn’t like. Full disclosure here, I do not like love triangles, so perhaps I was never going to love this book as much as her other stories. The thing, though, about Amy Harmon, is she is a wonderful writer. Even though I thought a few areas could have been better, this book is still amazing. I love the portrayal of Cuddy and Abuela. And of course I was happy to see Moses and David make an appearance in the book. More generally the dialogue is smooth. The characters are sympathetic. And at the end of the day, I’m happy I read the book.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

If you are a fan of Amy Harmon, especially the Law of Moses series, then you probably want to read this. But, if you are a fan of Amy Harmon and have not read Law of Moses, then I’d say remember this is a contemporary romance. If you are expecting that going in, then I think you’ll really enjoy this book and see the value in it. If you are new to Harmon’s writing, start with Law of Moses.

Something else you might enjoy:

You have to read the Law of Moses. You just have to.

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A Cowboy’s Kiss

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Kiss (Book 7)

I received a free copy of this book. I love it so I’m sharing my opinion. If you’d like to read my reviews of the other books in the series, you can do so here.

A Cowboys Kiss

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Luke Bennett has just moved back to Eagles Nest and his consulting business is doing just fine. In fact, he’s on his way to a meeting when he sees a shivering dog on the side of the road. Knowing the snow will get to the dog at some point, Luke rescues the poor thing. When Abigail sees Luke with the dog he’s recused, she knows she can depend on him to help her bakery make a profit. But as Luke tries to rescue Abigail’s business, Abigail will need to learn to put her pride aside to take Luke’s advice to heart. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to balance business with pleasure as he realizes Abigail is everything he didn’t know he wanted.

This is another sweet story to add to the McGavin series. The brothers all make appearances, as well as Luke’s sister Hayley and the fun-loving Badger. Luke and Abigail make a good couple, although there were times when I wanted to roll my eyes at Abigail. But Luke is a standup guy who I love!

I was a little disappointed with the climax of the novel. It seemed weird to me, Abigail’s reaction, but since I don’t want to include any spoilers, I won’t say anything more than that. It wasn’t enough to make me unhappy with the book, but I thought it strange.

In any case, this is a great book. The secondary characters are all wonderful, even the secondary characters that are new. And I can’t wait to see what happens with the matriarch of the McGavin clan. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series!

 

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes! This is a sweet read for under a dollar. Well worth the money and the time spent reading it.

10 Books by Charlotte Stein

Romance and Erotica by Charlotte Stein

Past Pleasures
All Other Things
Addicted
Closer
Run to You
Never Loved
Intrusion
Almost Real
Doubled
Never Sweeter

I have been on a Charlotte Stein kick. I first found her through my public library when I was just figuring out how to use OverDrive five years or so ago. I quickly read everything they had by her and in the past month I’ve had a chance to catch up books that have been added over the years. Some of these titles are older, but I had never read them. Her most recent release on this list is Never Sweeter.

So in general all of these books are fun to read. Most of it is erotic in the traditional sense. Heavy on the sex no matter how short the novel. But what I like about her books is there is always a psychological element, the exception, perhaps, being Past Pleasures. I’ve written a blog post about Never Loved, which you can find here. I re-read Never Loved during my Stein binge, along with Intrusion, which is why it’s listed here again. The Dark Obsessions line of novels is really good and they deal a lot in taboos. It’s important to note that after reading 10 of her books in close succession, I can say without a doubt that Stein is not a formulaic writer.

Never Sweeter

My favorite of all of these books is definitely Never Sweeter. I do not like enemies to lovers stories. Let me be really clear—I don’t even read them if I get a sense of that in the blurb. But for some reason I decided to read this one and I’m so glad I did. It’s kind of a crazy book. And by crazy I mean, it is almost incomprehensible to me how Stein turns Tate into, not only a sympathetic character, but an adorable, vulnerable, sweet character who I love!

Of course the book has really intense sex scenes. That’s kind of a given when you read Stein. More than that, though, the sex really adds depth to the psychological aspects of the book. The confusion, the hesitancy, the vulnerability—they all get highlighted and enhanced by the physical relationship between the characters.

I’ll be continuing to stalk Stein at my public library. I hope they add more of her books to their collection because she’s a prolific writer. As I mentioned briefly, though, she is never boring. None of her books feel similar to me and no matter how short or how long, I am always engrossed in her stories.

 

Everest by S.L. Scott Release Blitz

 

Title: Everest

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2017

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SYNOPSIS

From New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott, comes a ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STANDALONE that will have you on the edge of your seat and swooning over this ALPHA BILLIONAIRE.

Six foot three. Dynamic green eyes. Utterly irresistible.

Ethan Everest stole my breath the first time I saw him. He romanced me with skill, dazzled me with his charisma, and proceeded to steal my heart right after.

I might have fallen for his easy going smile the first time we met, but I fell for him the second time.

Honey-colored hair. Cherry-kissed lips. Captivatingly gorgeous.

Singer Davis was the first, and only, woman to ever intimidate me. She spoke to my heart with her wit, seduced me with her eyes, and became the only thing that made sense in a world that made none.

I let her slip through my fingers once. I won’t make that mistake twice.

Secrets broke us apart. Can a second chance bring us back together?

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EXCERPT

Singer

Slipping off my shoes, I dim the lights on the wall panel. I take my clothes off and hang them on a hook near the door before returning to the tub.

   The tub, warm and inviting as I step in, eases my aching feet from my high heels and the tension in my shoulders. I pour some of the bubble suds and giggle. That was so cute and showed me a whole new side to Ethan—the at-home Texan who relates to his roots—instead of the strong, quieter, broodier man I see sometimes.

   While the suds foam and the tub fills, I look out the window. The sky is clear up here. The buildings are far enough apart to avoid spying on neighbors. It’s like floating in heaven.

   I hear his knock on the door, so I call, “Come in,” while making sure the bubbles cover all the important parts.

   Ethan walks in with two glasses of champagne in one hand and the bottle in the other.

   “You came prepared,” I note, leaning back on one side of the tub.

   “I thought I might join you.” He waggles his eyebrows.

   I giggle and reach for a glass. “Come on in,” I reply and wonder if he will really take me up on my dare.

   He sets the bottle and his glass down on the side of the tub. His tie was removed before he came in and I notice his shoes are long gone, along with his jacket. When he starts on the buttons of his shirt, I sit up, scooping suds over me. “Wait, for real?”

   “Yep. I think that tub’s big enough for the two of us.”

   “But you said you don’t take baths.”

   “I also said I’ve never used this one. Seems like an opportune time.”

   “But I’m naked,” I say, worried about everything—his body naked next to mine, not shaving my legs before I went out tonight. My mind flickers through my flaws. Ugh. No. Just no. Not like that. That stuff should be shared in the dark of a bedroom under the influence of alcohol and desperate sex. We’re too sober for this. I’m too sober for this. What does he possibly see in me when he has women like Nicolina waiting?

   He’s more than I’ve imagined, and in some senses, it scares me. He’s the sort of man women like Nicolina land. For once though, it was as if she saw me as competition. The feeling is exhilarating.

   “Like I said, seems like an opportune time.”

   His shirt is dropped, his undershirt following quickly behind. Good God Almighty. What does a guy who looks like that see in me? “I see you like to work out.” I clear my throat and want to bonk my head on the side of the tub for saying it out loud.

   Chuckling, he says, “I have a gym down the hall. It’s how I relieve stress.”

   “I thought that’s what sex was for.” I gasp and cover my mouth, wishing I could keep my crazy thoughts in my head where they belong instead of on my tongue. His eyes are heavy, a smirky smirk restraining a laugh. “God, you cannot let me talk when I’m nervous.”

   “If this is what happens when you’re nervous, I’ll make you nervous more often.” His pants come down and my curiosity is answered. Tonight he’s in boxers. When he catches my eyes on his package, I’m thankful I’m wearing waterproof mascara because I immediately go underwater. Screw my makeup. It’s really the only way to keep my mouth in check at this point. I count to five and then pop back up. With my hands covering my boobs, I ask, “You’re really coming in?”

   “Yes, scoot over.”

   Good God Almighty.

 

ABOUT S.L. SCOTT

Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.

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Title: Everest

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2017

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Surprise! Kissing Tolstoy

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Kissing Tolstoy, an all new standalone from USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid is available now!

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Proceeds for the month of November go to hurricane relief efforts!

What do you do when you discover that your super-hot blind date from months ago is now your super-hot Russian Lit professor?

You overthink everything and pray for a swift end to your misery, of course!

‘Kissing Tolstoy’ is the first book in the Dear Professor series, is 46k words, and can be read as a standalone. A shorter version of this story (28k words) was entitled ‘Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants’ and was available via Penny Reid’s newsletter for free over the course of 2017.

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USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, three kids, and an inordinate amount of yarn. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books.
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Wanted: Mom for Christmas

Cates Brothers series by Lee Kilraine

Contemporary Romance

 

Wanted: Mom for Christmas

 

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley. I decided to post this review because I think you might enjoy this book as much as I did, if not more!

Wanted mom for christmas

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Nora Joy needs some time to regroup. As an Olympic volleyball player, Nora is no stranger to set backs and losses, but the problems are beginning to pile up. Taking a temporary job as Rent-A-Mom, Nora is surprised to find herself face-to-face with her high school ex-boyfriend Hawk Savage. Hawk is pretty happy with his life, despite his son’s insistence that he needs a mom. When Nora Joy shows up at exactly the right moment, Hawk can’t help but spend the holiday season reliving some of his greatest memories with her. What happens after the holidays, though, is unclear to both Hawk and Nora.

I really enjoyed this book. Nora is great. She’s a strong woman with a good head on her shoulders who is facing adversity with grace. I love how the drama in this book is straightforward. Nora and Hawk have a past. They deal with the past and move into the present quickly and realistically.

There are a bunch of components that make this story interesting and lively. The pacing of the book is quick and while there aren’t a whole lot of secondary characters that stand out, Hawk’s kids Heather and Henry are sweet. There are a few life lessons that Nora is able to pass along to the kids that deepen her relationship with the kids in great ways.

A part of me wishes this book was longer, because I loved the last chapter/epilogue. I wish I could have seen more of what life was like during their happily-ever-after, but the end left me happy and smiling. I can’t really ask for much more in a holiday romance.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $1.99)

This is a quick read, but definitely worth buying. It’s a great Christmas story with some wholesome lessons snuck in between the naughty bits.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try the Time in Between by Kristen Ashley. It’s not a sweet holiday romance, but it does have a cute little girl who helps the romance along.

McGavin Brothers Book 5

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Courage (Book 5)

I received an advance copy of this book. I chose to review it because I like it and I think you will too. If you’d like to read my reviews of the previous books in this series, please click here.

A Cowboy's Courage

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Trevor McGavin has a busy life. He’s a volunteer firefighter on top of a full time construction worker. He enjoys building things and he enjoys protecting those things from fire. Olivia Shaw has been Trevor’s mom’s accountant for a few years now, but Trevor’s never paid much attention because Olivia was married. It’s been three years since her husband died and Trevor is working hard to save her house from a random fire. As Trevor pays more attention to Olivia, he can’t decide if she’s the one who needs saving, or if his heart will need saving.

I really love Trevor. He’s sweet, strong and incredibly kind. Olivia is a bit annoying and she’s the primary reason I didn’t rate the book higher. While there is a lot of action in the book that show Trevor’s sterling personality, Olivia seemed a bit oblivious. It is a little frustrating.

Despite that, the pacing of the novel is great. There is a lot going on that reveal the hero and heroine’s character and the McGavin brothers all appear in this book, so we continue to see their happily ever afters. This is a fun book to read with wholesome characters who do not engage in unnecessary drama. Just real life situations that would get the best of anyone, and sweet couples who work their way through them.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes, this is some change well spent. Enjoy the weekend or relax one afternoon with this sweetheart.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you enjoy firefighters, you might enjoy Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts. It’s really exciting with a very attractive smoke jumper!