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Review & Giveaway of Beg, Borrow or Steal

  Title: Beg, Borrow or Steal
By: Susie Tate

Publication Date: Sept 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Jamie is proud of everything he’s achieved. A consultant anaesthetist and the Medical Education Director – he’s a pretty big deal. So when one of his medical students falls asleep, right in the middle of a tutorial, he is furious. He’s a bloody good teacher, damn it!

Maybe he could have been a little more understanding. Maybe he didn’t have to try and humiliate her. But the shock of how beautiful this particular student was when she finally opened her eyes, and his inappropriate reaction, only fuelled his anger. He’s tired of lame excuses from wild party animals burning the candle at both ends, and he’s going to make an example of this one.

For Libby, pride is a luxury and beauty is currency. Pregnant at seventeen and an aspiring doctor, she couldn’t afford to be proud, so she cashed in on her looks instead. She will beg, borrow or steal to achieve her dreams and give her daughter the life she deserves, even if she has to forgo sleep – even if she has to leave her dignity behind.

Only now that she’s not just sitting in lecture theatres like her first two years of medical school, now that she’s working in a real hospital, Libby is realizing that the thread she’s been hanging onto for so long may be about to snap. The last thing she needs is to have riled the gorgeous, judgmental Head of Medical Education. But there’s only so far you can push yourself, only so much pressure you can be under until you break. Libby’s been on that cliff edge for a while; her health may just tip her over.

A kick in the shin from a gorgeous little four-year-old girl and a confrontation with her tearful, exhausted mother soon forces Jamie to see what a bastard he’s been. Libby may not accept his help, but he’s relentless when he wants something, and it’s not long before he realizes that this mother and daughter belong with him. So when a stag night he’s on ends up in the best strip club in England and he sees who the main attraction is, his reaction is explosive.

Despite everything, Libby finds she still has some pride left. This man has made her feel small twice now. He won’t be getting a third shot. No matter how gorgeous he is, no matter how persistent …

This book is a full-length contemporary romance of approximately 90,000 words with no cliffhanger and its own HEA.

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Susie Tate is a General Practitioner and when she’s not working she’s looking after her four yummy boys under nine (okay, well one is actually over thirty-nine but it’s the mental age that counts!). She loves hearing from anyone who has taken the time to read her books.


REVIEW

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Libby will do anything to achieve her dreams. The fact that her dreams are centered on giving her daughter a wonderful life with a mom she can be proud of is not a secret. What is a secret from everyone except her best friend is how Libby is supporting her daughter and paying her medical school fees. Jamie knows medical school is difficult, but he’s shocked when Libby falls asleep in his class twice. Jamie knows what beautiful women like Libby do late at night to keep them up late, and he tells her in no uncertain terms that she needs to grow up if she’s to be a good doctor. However, when Jamie realizes that the assumptions he’s made about Libby are wrong, he can’t figure out how to make it right. Jamie continues to get it wrong with Libby and Libby isn’t sure when he’ll ever get her.

 

The primary storyline is one that most of us have heard before, if we’ve ever watched Grey’s Anatomy. However, I think Susie Tate is very successful at delving more deeply into the characters who make up this drama. Their motivations, their pasts, and their hurdles are on display in their interactions, conversations and choices.

 

I especially like Libby. She is this wonderful combination of vulnerability and self-doubt, while also being strong and determined. It would have been so easy to make Libby into a flat character either extremely self-confident to the point of arrogance or full of shame and low self-esteem, but she’s a beautiful, realistic mix of confidence and guilt.

 

There is a little dip, for me, with the action about two-thirds of the way through the book, but its pretty minor. I enjoy the secondary characters as well and look forward to the next books in the series to follow their journey. I will definitely be reading more of Susie Tate.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

Yes! I think it’s worth buying. And if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free, which is always worth it.

Something else you might enjoy:

Kristin Ashley wrote Daisy and Marcus’ tale in a short story in Rock Chick Reawakening. It’s a kind of prequel to the Rock Chick series, but you can read it as a standalone (except for the epilogue). Daisy is happy with her profession, which I love.

 

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New Book by Penny Reid: Beard in Mind

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Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is LIVE!

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.

She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.

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Sale & Re-release of A Different Blue

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A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Excerpt at bottom of post

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FREE ebook: June 26-28, 2017

Re-release paperback: June 27, 2017

 

Blurb:

Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing. 

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.

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About the author:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA 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 seventeen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written eleven novels – the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as From Sand and Ash, 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 latest novel, The Queen and The Cure, book two in The Bird and The Sword Chronicles, was released May 9, 2017.

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A Different Blue – Excerpt

I stood and moved next to Wilson but kept my eyes trained on the sculpture so that I didn’t have to make eye contact with anyone in the room.  The class had fallen into stunned silence.  Wilson started by asking some basic questions about tools and different kinds of wood.  I answered easily, without embellishment and found myself relaxing with each question.

“Why do you carve?”  

“My . . . father . . . taught me.  I grew up watching him work with wood.  He made beautiful things.  Carving makes me feel close to him.”  I paused, gathering my thoughts.  “My father said carving requires looking beyond what is obvious to what is possible.”  

Wilson nodded as if he understood, but Chrissy piped up from the front row.

“What do you mean?” she questioned, her face screwed up as she turned her head this way and that, as if trying to figure out what she was looking at.

“Well . . . take this sculpture for example,” I explained. “It was just a huge hunk of mesquite. When I started, it wasn’t beautiful at all.  In fact, it was ugly and heavy and a pain in the ass to get in my truck.”

Everyone laughed, and I winced and muttered an apology for my language. 

“So tell us about this particular sculpture.” Wilson ignored the laughter and continued, refocusing the class. “You called it ‘The Arc’ – which I found fascinating.”

“I find that if something is really on my mind . . . it tends to come out through my hands.  For whatever reason, I couldn’t get the story about Joan of Arc out of my head.  She appealed to me,” I confessed, slanting a look at Wilson, hoping he didn’t think I was trying to butter him up.  “She inspired me.  Maybe it was how young she was.  Or how brave.  Maybe it was because she was tough in a time when woman weren’t especially valued for their strength.  But she wasn’t just tough . . . she was . . . good,” I finished timidly.  I was afraid everyone would laugh again, knowing that “good” was not something that had ever been applied to me. 

The class had grown quiet. The boys who usually slapped my rear and made lewd suggestions were staring at me with confused expressions.  Danny Apo, a hot Polynesian kid I’d made out with a time or two, was leaning forward in his chair, his black brows lowered over equally black eyes.  He kept looking from me to the sculpture and then back again.  The quiet was unnerving, and I looked at Wilson, hoping he would fill it with another question.

“You said carving is seeing what’s possible.  How did you know where to even start?” He fingered the graceful sway of the wood, running a long finger over Joan’s bowed head. 

“There was a section of  trunk that had a slight curve.  Some of the wood had rotted, and when I cut it all away I could see an interesting angle that mimicked that curve.  I continued to cut away, creating the arch.  To me it looked like a woman’s spine . . . like a woman praying.”  My eyes shot to Wilson’s, wondering if my words brought to mind the night he had discovered me in the darkened hallway.  His eyes met mine briefly and then refocused on the sculpture.

“One thing I noticed, when I saw all your work together, was that each piece was very unique – as if the inspiration behind each one was different.”

I nodded.  “They all tell a different story.”

“Ahhh.  Hear that class?” Wilson grinned widely.  “And I didn’t even tell Blue to say it.  Everyone has a story.  Everything has a story.  Told you so.”

The class snickered and rolled their eyes, but they were intent on the discussion, and their attention remained with me.  A strange feeling came over me as I looked out over the faces of people I had known for many years.  People I had known but never known.  People I had often ignored and who had ignored me.  And I was struck by the thought that they were seeing me for the first time.  

EBook Giveaway!

Penny Reid is giving away an ebook copy of her book Dating-ish on my blog! Read why this book is my favorite book of 2017 here: https://loveserially.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/my-favorite-book-of-2017-dating-ish/

To Enter: Simply read the review, like it, and comment. Giveaway will close on June 17.

This giveaway is not sponsored by wordpress or any other company. It is free to enter. The winner will need to send me their email address so the ebook can be sent. The ebook will be in English.

Tempting Levi

Title: Tempting Levi
Series: Cade Brothers #1
Author: Jules Barnard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2017

Blurb

Off-limits never looked so tempting…problem is,
she’s my ex’s little sister.

Cade men are known for two things: arrogance and competitiveness. I grew up in
one of the wealthiest, most dysfunctional families in Lake Tahoe, and all I
wanted was to get the hell out. I thought I’d succeeded. Until an accident
burned up my firefighter ambitions. Then Dad died and left me in charge of the
family’s luxury resort.

Now I’ve got financially uptight advisors telling me what to do, and I need
someone I can trust working at my side. The perfect candidate walks through the
door in her pencil skirt, fitted white blouse, and that mass of wavy blond hair
she tries to contain.

The only problem? She’s my cheating ex’s younger sister.

Hell no. The last thing I need is another Wright female in my life.

But Emily’s good at the job, and she seems trustworthy. I should ignore the
desire I have for her. But after all I’ve lost, I’m tempted by what I can’t
have and ready to stoke the flame that smolders between us. As long as this
Wright sister doesn’t betray me the way the last one did.

Then again, I always liked playing with fire.

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Excerpt
She climbed to her feet and leaned into him, tracing the
scar above his eye. “I like this scar.”
He chuckled and dropped his cheek into her hand. “Glad it
pleases someone. It didn’t feel too good when it happened.”
“I don’t like it because you were hurt. It’s just—it brought
you to me. And it reminds me that you’re not the same person I met years ago.
That we’ve both changed… However”—she grinned saucily—“scars are pretty
hot.”
He tugged at her top and kissed her collarbone, tickling her
with his lips, because the naughty man had quickly discovered a sensitive spot.
“My scar looks hot, does it?”
She laughed as he continued to pepper her skin with light
kisses. She lifted her shoulder in defense. “Very sexy.” 
“Hmmm, don’t give me ideas, Emily, or I won’t let you go
home.”
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Author Bio

RITA-nominated author Jules Barnard began her publishing
career in 2014 with her first contemporary series, Men of Lake Tahoe, making it
onto romance bestseller lists. In 2015, she launched, Fates Divided,
the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls
“…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about
sexy men in Lake Tahoe or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins
addictive stories filled with heart and humor.
When she isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding
herself with chocolate, Jules spends her time with her husband and two children
in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the
ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
To learn more about Jules, visit her website at: http://www.julesbarnard.com./
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Enjoy Tempting Levi: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

 

Title: Tempting Levi
Series: Cade Brothers #1
Author: Jules Barnard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Blurb
Off-limits never looked so tempting…problem is,
she’s my ex’s little sister.
Cade men are known for two things: arrogance and competitiveness. I grew up in
one of the wealthiest, most dysfunctional families in Lake Tahoe, and all I
wanted was to get the hell out. I thought I’d succeeded. Until an accident
burned up my firefighter ambitions. Then Dad died and left me in charge of the
family’s luxury resort.

Now I’ve got financially uptight advisors telling me what to do, and I need
someone I can trust working at my side. The perfect candidate walks through the
door in her pencil skirt, fitted white blouse, and that mass of wavy blond hair
she tries to contain.

The only problem? She’s my cheating ex’s younger sister.

Hell no. The last thing I need is another Wright female in my life.

But Emily’s good at the job, and she seems trustworthy. I should ignore the
desire I have for her. But after all I’ve lost, I’m tempted by what I can’t
have and ready to stoke the flame that smolders between us. As long as this
Wright sister doesn’t betray me the way the last one did.

Then again, I always liked playing with fire.

 

Purchase Links
99c for a limited time
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Excerpt
She climbed to her feet and leaned into him, tracing the
scar above his eye. “I like this scar.”
He chuckled and dropped his cheek into her hand. “Glad it
pleases someone. It didn’t feel too good when it happened.”
“I don’t like it because you were hurt. It’s just—it brought
you to me. And it reminds me that you’re not the same person I met years ago.
That we’ve both changed… However”—she grinned saucily—“scars are pretty
hot.”
He tugged at her top and kissed her collarbone, tickling her
with his lips, because the naughty man had quickly discovered a sensitive spot.
“My scar looks hot, does it?”
She laughed as he continued to pepper her skin with light
kisses. She lifted her shoulder in defense. “Very sexy.” 
“Hmmm, don’t give me ideas, Emily, or I won’t let you go
home.”
Also Available
Men of Lake Tahoe Series
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS

Author Bio

RITA-nominated author Jules Barnard began her publishing
career in 2014 with her first contemporary series, Men of Lake Tahoe, making it
onto romance bestseller lists. In 2015, she launched, Fates Divided,
the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls
“…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about
sexy men in Lake Tahoe or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins
addictive stories filled with heart and humor.
When she isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding
herself with chocolate, Jules spends her time with her husband and two children
in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the
ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
To learn more about Jules, visit her website at: http://www.julesbarnard.com./
Sign up for Jules’s Newsletter and receive access to
FREE extra scenes!
Author Links

 

BOOK REVIEW

I received a complementary copy of this novel and decided to review it because I honestly enjoyed it.

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Levi Cade is facing a challenge he’s never faced before. After his father dies and leaves him in charge of the family business, Levi has to don a suit rather than the firefighter’s gear that he planned to wear for the rest of his life. But a career ending injury has Levi giving this desk job a chance. His father has also left him a new assistant in the form of Emily, Levi’s ex-fiancé’s sister. He can respect her skills, but he’s going to stay away from her body… or at least, that’s his plan.

This book has a lot going for it. The writing is smooth, the dialogue is engaging, and the pace is brisk without being rushed. This is a solid start to a new series with all of the Cade brothers coming across the page as unique and interesting. It’s obvious that there are a few books from a previous series, as a couple of the guys are already paired up with their soul mates, but I think that’s great. I’ll look up those books and give them a try since I enjoyed the author’s writing style.

For me, the best part of this book is getting to see the insecurities each of the main characters struggle with. Emily feels like she’s always been in the shadow of her beautiful half sister, never realizing how attractive she is in her own right. Despite that, she is still a confident character in regards to her business credentials and her innovative ideas. I love that complexity. Likewise, Levi is a self-assured leader, but he struggles with his own feelings of inadequacy. He’s so concerned about doing the right thing that he often says the wrong thing. Each character is flawed and I love it.

Lastly, I really love how the novel is interesting and contains conflict without over the top drama. The storyline could have easily dissolved into an episode of Jerry Springer, but Jules Barnard takes it into a heartfelt and authentic direction instead. I think the resolution at the end of the novel is somewhat convenient, but developed in such a way that I’m happy with the way everything turned out.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 special)
Yes, this is definitely worth buying at the low price of 99 cents. It’s a nice story that will definitely make you smile in the end.

Something else you might enjoy:
Try Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie. I love Crusie’s books and always enjoy a good laugh with them.

Book Review of Plight + Giveaway!

Title: Plight
Author: K.M. Golland
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 29, 2017


Blurb
Plight
[plahyt]
Noun: a difficult, or otherwise unfortunate
situation.
Verb: pledge or solemnly promise. Be engaged to be
married.
I promised
myself to a man. Well, technically, I promised myself to a boy. We were eight
years old. Neighbours. He gave me a Cheezel, pushed it onto my finger, and
asked me to marry him.
I ate the
Cheezel.
I also
said, “Yes” but that we’d have to wait until we were thirty.
It was my
thirtieth birthday last week and now he’s calling in that promise.
Seriously,
Elliot Parker is insane if he thinks
that an out of the blue private Facebook message stipulating the binding law of
an oral contractual agreement is going to seal our twenty-two-year bullshit
engagement.
Insane.
I wonder if
he really does look like his profile picture, though.

 

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“I’m an author. I am married. I am a mother of two adorable
little people. I’m a bookworm, craftworm, movieworm, and sportsworm. I’m also a
self confessed shoe-aholic, tea-aholic, car-aholic, and bridge-aholic.”
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, K.M. Golland is a
best selling hybrid author, and a ranty, married mother of two with a very
healthy high heel obsession.
 
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Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Danielle Cunningham and Elliot Parker were childhood friends. Best friends in fact. The kind of friends who promise to marry each other when they turn 30 with cheese snacks as a ring. Now Danielle thinks Elliot’s crazy because he’s holding her to that promise even though they haven’t spoken to each other in years.

I really enjoyed this book. I found Elliot to be delightful and his love for Danielle authentic. Danielle is great too, but I think her backstory needs to be expanded a little. The resolution of the novel is somewhat complicated, emotionally, and I got a little confused. It made an otherwise satisfying ending less so.

I read this pretty much in one go. I laughed a lot, giggling, walking around with a silly smile on my face, as I read this book. It made me feel so good! I love books where the guy knows his mind and himself enough to know when he’s found love. It melts my heart every time!

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

If you are feeling a little bit blue, need a pick-me-up, or want a book that’s going to make you giggle, then yes, you should 100% buy this book.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Creed by Kristen Ashley. It’s a lot darker. But it’s another story about childhood friends who are reunited. You can read my review of the book here.