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Blog Tour with Review – One Broken Day by Melissa MacVicarOne Broken Day by Melissa MacVicar
Published by Melissa MacVicar on May 18th 2017
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 325
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
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The bullets missed her. The trauma did not.
After a notorious school shooting leaves her a shadow of the girl she once was, seventeen-year-old Lizzie Beringer moves to Nantucket Island. There, Lizzie vows to hide her identity as the shooter’s sister. All her efforts to fly under the radar, however, are complicated by her P.T.S.D. and the attention she receives from two competing boys. While fending off the not-so-subtle advances of popular athlete Michael Wickersham, she must also deal with her growing feelings for her shy lab partner, Gage Pike. Gage may act like he’s all wrong for her, but the pull between them is undeniable.
Under the threat of discovery and the possibility of testifying in a televised trial, Lizzie fights to keep her secrets and start her life over.
One Broken Day is a brilliantly imagined story exploring the ways we are all broken and at the same time, offered redemption in the most unexpected of places.

Lizzie Beringer moves to Nantucket to hide her identity as the sister of a school shooter. She is deeply traumatized by the day her brother shot four people dead at her old school. She feels she is so broken she’ll never be normal again. When she arrives at the school in Nantucket she gets the immediate attention of the most popular boy Wick. The boy that has her attention is quiet Gage. Gage comes with his own brokenness and feels Lizzie who he knows as Lainey is all wrong for him. Lainey has her secrets that are about to be revealed with the publicity her brothers trial is getting.

In an Oyster Shell – A most excellent story that has some disturbing content but is really well done.

The Pearls – The author was really bold with the concept of the sister of a school shooter. The author really gets in the head of the shooter. It’s disturbing but realistic.  She also gets in the head of the sister who is deeply affected by what happened. It’s deeply emotional and will tug at your heart strings. It was a unique concept that was well executed.

The author made the characters easy to empathize with. There were great supporting characters that added depth to the story. Lizzie was easy to believe as the main character. Her brokenness was tangible. How she worked through that brokenness really made the story what it was.

The romance was good. Lizzie’s relationship with Gage is moving. It get’s Lizzie out of her head and back into reality. Gage brings his own problems to the table which adds a dynamite dynamic. The two of them come together broken and work into something beautiful.

This book is well worth the read. It does have the violence of the school shooting which is disturbing. I think it was a really good book that dealt with a hard issue that needs to be addressed.

The Sand – It was a really good book.

5 Pearls!

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July 17th

Betwixt the Pages  Review

July 18th

The Avid Reader   Author Interview

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The Page Unbound  Excerpt

July 19th

Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog   Five Favorite Movie Scenes

CBY Book Club  Teaser

July 20th

Critic Uncritical Bookworm    https://criticuncriticalbookwormblog.wordpress.com     Review

July 21st

Haddie’s Haven https://haddieshaven.blogspot.com      Review

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Heather Bryant http://www.unratedbookshelf.com    Review

July 24th

Never Too Many To Read     www.never2many2read.blogspot.com    Review

Mama Reads Blog     http://mamareadsblog.wordpress.com   Review

July 25th

Writing Pearls    http://www.writingpearls.com    Review

Zili in the Sky      http://www.ziliinthesky.com     Review

July 26th

The Reading Mermaid   www.thereadmermaid.wordpress.com    Review

Kindle and Me   http://www.kindleandme.com/    Review

July 27th

A Leisure Moment    www.aleisuremoment.com  Review

Books Direct     https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com   Review

July 28th

Fishing for Books      Http://libraryofbooksblog.wordpress.com     Review

About Melissa MacVicar

Melissa was born and mostly raised on Nantucket Island, and she currently lives there with her husband and two teenage children. When not being a wife and mother and teaching writing toseventh graders, she enjoys binge watching shows like Big Little Lies, House of Cards, and Outlander. Despite the rumors to the contrary, she does not actually wish she was a teenager again, nor does she see ghosts like the main character in her first novel, Ever Near. She does, however, love to hear from readers so send her a message on social media orat her email: melissa.macvicar@gmail.c

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Hearts at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers, #3) by Addison Cole
Published by World Literary Press on July 19th 2017
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Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!
Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.
In HEARTS at SEASIDE...Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident--except when she's around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother's new cougar lifestyle, Jenna's giving up on Peter--and is ready to explore other men.
As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He's looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who's so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.
When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete's true feelings, and he's unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete's not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux--the most alpha male she's ever seen--or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?
SWEET WITH HEAT: SEASIDE SUMMERS SERIESRead, Write, Love at SeasideDreaming at SeasideHearts at SeasideSunsets at SeasideSecrets at SeasideNights at SeasideSeized by Love at SeasideEmbraced at SeasideLovers at SeasideWhispers at Seaside
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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.
Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers
features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends! All books can be read as stand-alone novels.Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.In HEARTS at SEASIDE… 
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.
As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.
When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Review – 
In an Oyster Shell –  Another sexy sweet installment of the Sweet with Heat series that will leave you wanting more.
The Pearls –  The best part of this series is the characters. The books follow a group of friends that spend the summer at the seaside. It fun to see them come back book after book. Jenna was a strong character with a case of OCD. That little quirk gave her a nice definition. Pete is a great hero that gets a run for his money with Jenna.
The seaside setting makes for a nice summer read. It’s also set in the summer adding to the seasonal ambiance. It is a small town so it gives it a cozy feel as well.
The book tackles real life problems like Alcoholism and life after divorce. These aspects gave the book a sobering feel adding to the depth of the storyline. These issues challenged the main characters. This helped Pete and Jenna grow through the story. It was very satisfying.
The Sand – It was a good book.
4 Pearls!
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Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)

Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgetseverything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Dreaming at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.
Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.
After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?
Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

 

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Sunsets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4)

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.
Releasing August 23rd
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Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 5)

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.
Releasing October 25th
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Coming Soon!
Nights at Seaside (releasing December 13th)
Seized by Love at Seaside
Embraced at Seaside
Lovers at Seaside
Whispers at Seaside
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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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About Addison Cole

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

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Blog Tour with Review – The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. HighleyThe Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley
Series: ,
Published by Entangled Teen (Crush) on July 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Romance
Pages: 218
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “no girls” policy, so be it.
Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.
Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…
Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.

Dylan Dennings has a plan to become a major league pitcher at the age of 23. This plan includes a strict no girls policy. Lucy Foster is the big sister to Otis who is an aspiring pitcher himself. Lucy takes Otis to practice where she finds herself meeting his coach.  When Lucy finds herself in the company of Dylan sparks fly. They keep running into each other and the attraction grows. Dylan finds Lucy to be a welcome distraction and questions his no girls policy. Lucy struggles to balance family life with friends and work. Dylan is a distraction to her also. Neither one of them are looking for a relationship but that might be just what they find.

In an Oyster Shell – An adorable romance that left me feeling satisfied.

The Pearls – This was a nice opposite attract story. You couldn’t find two more different people than Lucy and Dylan. Them coming together made sparks tangible for me. It was a really great story.

The characters were well-defined and distinctive. Lucy was my favorite character. She was an oddball with lots of quirks. She had lots of chicken T-shirts that added to her charm. Dylan was a down to earth, disciplined athlete. The supporting characters like Lucy’s best friend Serena added a nice complexity to the story.

This story had lots of layers. There was the sports aspect to the story. Then there was the story about saving the chicken farm. You wouldn’t think two things like that would work together but the author makes them work. This story was a romance but there were a lot of other elements that made this a nice balanced story.

The Sand –  Dylan was a little bit too focused sometimes.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Kendra C. Highley

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate

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Wesley James Ruined My Life
Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

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Quinn Hardwick is working hard at Tudor Tymes as a royal servant. She is working to earn money for a band trip to London. She is surprised when the new employee is none other than her declared enemy Wesley James. Wesley let a family secret go at a family function years ago. Quinn hasn’t forgiven him. Quinn is determined to make Wesley pay by getting him fired. It turns out to be harder than she planned because she starts to fall for him.

In an Oyster Shell – A story that turned out well in the end but was a little hard to get through.

The Pearls – I liked the idea of a mid evil restaurant as one of the main settings. The characters that were a part of the restaurant were a riot. Especially Alan who took his role as King Henry a little too seriously. The costumes were fun and well described. It felt as if you were there to smell the greasy turkey legs being fried.

The novel had multi-layers of the plot. This gave the story some depth. There was a lot going on for Quinn. The author wasn’t afraid to deal with hard topics like Alzheimers and gambling addictions. She handled the matters well. It made the story thought-provoking.

The romance was sweet. It redeemed some of the flaws of the novel. Wesley works hard to be friends with Quinn. Little does he know that he might win her over to something more. The conclusion of the romance was sweet. The last scene of the story was poetic and perfect. It’s the best ending to a book I’ve read in a long time.

The Sand – Quinn was irrational, unreasonable and immature for most of the book. The ideas she held about Wesley were unrealistic. I’m glad by the end of the book she grows up a little.

3.5 Pearls

 

Author Bio:

Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.

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ARC Review – Hate to Love Him by Jody HolfordHate to Love Him by Jody Holford
on July 17th 2017
Pages: 213
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Brady Davis is as happy as he is charming. Usually. Unless he’s in the same room with the frustratingly gorgeous antidote to his cheer. Mia Kendrick is headstrong and determined. She’s done with men who stand in her way—even if he has arms like Thor and a smile that makes her dizzy. Whenever they’re together, sparks fly—both the bad and good kind.
When Mia returns home to take over management of Kendrick Place, Brady is worried her focus on big business could be the end of his tight-knit home and the family he’s created there. Mia may have the power to change everything, but Brady could have the power to change her mind…if he can get inside her heart.

Mia Kendrick has come back from her stint in Europe to take the opportunity to run Kendrick place. She is trying hard to prove to her father and brother that she can handle business matters just as well as they can. Everything is going well except her run-ins with Brady Davis. Brady is concerned that Mia is just in it for big business. He’s afraid that it will interrupt the close-knit community that they have there. Sparks fly between the two and the more they butt heads the closer they get to something more.

In an Oyster Shell – A satisfying romance that is clean. It’s nearly perfect!

The Pearls – The setting is an old building where there are residents that have made a community. The camaraderie between the tenants makes for a cozy atmosphere that is tangible to the reader. The history behind the building helps set the ambiance for the book. The building is the setting for the whole series and it really works well.

The characters were distinctive and well-done. Mia was a strong heiress but she was compassionate and malleable. Brady was a heart-warming character that was down to earth. The compliment of Mia and Brady was nice. They were from different sides of the tracks but met in the middle somehow.

The romance was slow-burning. It really went from a hate to love relationship. It was clean which I really liked. Even though it was clean there was still some tangible heat.

This book was really good. It was nearly perfect the first 5 pearls I’ve given in a while.

5 Pearls!

5 Stars

About Jody Holford

a wife* a mom* a reader and a writer* a friend* a daughter* a teacher* a sister* a blogger and follower* a worrier and word twister* a gemini*

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Netflix — A writer’s inspiration for a cozy mystery series

Is it just me or is Netflix addicting? With an endless number of movies and television shows, and no commercials, us mere mortals don’t stand a chance. And, I must say that I am happy they’re around. In fact, there’s one series of shows, I have enjoyed many a night. The show is better than warm milk (and doesn’t give me bad breath), but we’ll have to become better acquainted before I give up what program I’m talking about. I also usually enjoy a bit of Netflix while I eat lunch, and during many of these, I was exposed to the television show Hart to Hart, which premiered in 1979.

Maybe you watched it on Netflix, as well, or know the show otherwise, but for those not familiar with it, Hart to Hart was about a self-made millionaire and his wife. They were both beautiful—inside and out—but murder was always around them. I fell in love with the couple and the interesting, yet light take on murder solving. This show inspired me to write the McKinley Mysteries—with twists thrown in, of course.

Meet Sean McKinley and Sara Cain. Two murder detectives working for Albany PD, who are partners on the job, but long to be far more than that. Unfortunately, love, it can complicate everything, and for these two, it’s best they remain friends for the sake of their careers. But, what if, by some miracle they could both walk away from their day jobs… Would that be enough to change everything?

I’m tempting you to find out for yourself in The Day Job is Murder. Oh, and did I mention there’s a murder investigation sprinkled into this series introductory short story, too? Yep… Romance. Humor. Murder.

Enjoy!
Carolyn Arnold

Book Overview:

The bad guys aren’t the only ones on his radar…

For Albany PD homicide detective Sean McKinley, catching killers is the easy part of his job. Working next to his beautiful partner, Sara Cain, is what’s difficult. It might have something to do with the fact that he’s fallen in love with her, though. Fortunately, she feels the same way about him. But she’s convinced they should just be friends.

If only there was some way to change her mind…

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About the McKinley Mysteries:

Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to HartCastleColomboMonkRockford FilesPsych, and Magnum PI.

Review – 

Sean McKinley is content working at his job except for the fact he is in love with his partner Sara Cain. They are homicide detectives and they are working on a case of a mysterious murder. Sean’s friend dies and he is left to mourn with regret that he is gone. Much to Sean surprise, he has left an inheritance that changes everything. He and Sara might just get their happily ever after.

The Pearls – It was a quaint storyline. Full of romance. It was short so the pacing was quick.

The romance was sweet Sean was head over heels for his partner Sara. She felt the same way but didn’t like the complications. How they overcome this obstacle in their relationship is really fun. It makes me want to continue with the series.

This book was unique in that the mystery wasn’t the main focus. What was going on in the personal lives of the detectives took more precedence.

The Sand –  It was really short and was more about the romance than the mystery. The mystery is was like an after thought.

3 Pearls!

About the Author

Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

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Blog Tour with Review – I Have Never by Camilla IsleyI Have Never by Camilla Isley
Series: ,
Published by Pink Bloom Press on July 13th 2017
Pages: 191
Source: Hello Chick Lit

I received this book for free from Hello Chick Lit in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don'ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right.
When Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she's had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade?
Never LieNever Pick a FightNever Make a SceneNever Make the First MoveNever Make Impulse DecisionsNever Mix Business and Pleasure...
With hilarious consequences, Blair will discover some items are trickier to tick off than she'd thought...
A laugh out loud romantic comedy perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella, and Mhairi McFarlane.

Blair Walker has the perfect plan to live the perfect life. She has a list of don’ts that keep her in line to fulfill the plan for her life. She gets dumped by her boyfriend and loses her job in one day. She starts thinking the list might be getting in her way. She goes to do everything that is on her list. The first thing she does lands her in Brooklyn in an unknown apartment. Ends up the apartment belongs to Richard the owner of an online magazine that wants to hire Blair. Blair takes the job and fights her attraction for her commitment-phobe boss. Denying the list takes her on adventures that she never dreamed possible.

In an Oyster Shell –  A wonderful charming read that’s clean. I highly recommend this book.

The Pearls –  I really liked the concept of this book. I used to play the I never game a lot in college. So turning that into a book was really fun for me. I like that Blair had her list and went against it to do things she never had. I really like that the author brought the I never game into the plot. It was appropriate to the plot and really fun. The concept was well-conceived and well executed.

The characters were distinctive and well-developed. Blair was a sweet character with a little bit of edge. She had great development through the story. Richard was a nice compliment to Blair. He challenged Blair to grow. Richard grew as well and the end result is a great romance. The supporting characters added a nice depth to the story line.

The romance was edgy but sweet. It was a romance that lasted the book. The romance grew over the span of the book. So it wasn’t an instant love. The tension throughout the book kept things interesting.

The Sand – It was a really good book I wish there were more like it!

5 Pearls!

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Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad.
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Excerpt That Crazy Perfect Someday by Michael MazzaThat Crazy Perfect Someday by Michael Mazza
Published by Turtle Point Press on June 13th 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 318
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The year is 2024. Climate change has altered the world’s wave patterns. Drones crisscross the sky, cars drive themselves, and surfing is a new Olympic sport. Mafuri Long, UCSD marine biology grad, champion surfer, and only female to dominate a record eighty-foot wave, still has something to prove. Having achieved Internet fame, along with sponsorship from Google and Nike, she’s intent on winning Olympic gold. But when her father, a clinically depressed former Navy captain and widower, learns that his beloved supercarrier, the USS Hillary Rodham Clinton, is to be sunk, he draws Mafuri into a powerful undertow. Conflicts compound as Mafuri’s personal life comes undone via social media, and a vicious Aussie competitor levels bogus doping charges against her. Mafuri forms an unlikely friendship with an awkward teen, a Ferrari-driving professional gamer who will prove to be her support and ballast. Authentic, brutal, and at times funny, Mafuri lays it all out in a sprightly, hot-wired voice. From San Diego to Sydney, Key West, and Manila, That Crazy Perfect Someday goes beyond the sports/surf cliché to explore the depths of sorrow and hope, yearning and family bonds, and the bootstrap power of a bold young woman climbing back into the light.
Michael Mazza is a San Francisco-area fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Other Voices, WORDS, Blue Mesa Review, TINGE, and ZYZZYVA. He is also an internationally acclaimed art and creative director working in the advertising industry. That Crazy Perfect Someday is his first novel.

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Google “Mafuri Long.”

Click video.

And voila!

That’s me, surfing the monster of all waves—an eighty-foot beast. I’m like a tiny knife slicing through a gigantic wall of blue that’s rearing up behind me, a total H2O Everest. Scale? Picture me standing next to an eight-story building. In 2023, I became the first “chick” to win the Nike XX Big Wave Classic: one of the few women in history to surf a wave that big, the only one to do it officially. I followed Daddy’s advice before we left the dock for the open sea. “Don’t ride that horse with half your ass,” he said, sending me off with a fist bump. “Go after it, cowgirl.”

The freaky part is that the wave is a hundred miles off the San Diego coast in the middle of nowhere. The surf spot’s called the Cortes Bank, where the fish around you are the size of Volkswagens and very big things can swallow you whole. The only way out there is in a decent-size boat, and the only way to be saved after a serious wipeout is to be rescued by that decent-size boat or plucked up by a Coast Guard helicopter, which one big-wave legend experienced firsthand after a three-wave hold-down. The bank sits just under the water and can kick up epic hundred-footers. It’s one of the biggest, scariest waves in the world, and I mastered it: little five foot three sandy-haired me.

You’d usually have to wait until winter for a wave like that, but weather patterns are so crazy with the globe heating up the last few decades, it’s monumental—like, who can predict? I had no clue how ginormous the wave was. I mean, nobody anticipated it—not my surf coach, the safety team, the other surfers, or the pilots in the choppers circling above—but a tiny voice inside and the never-ending elevator ride up confirmed it was going to be borderline cataclysmic. When the wave hit its peak, I was staring down a seventy-five-foot vertical drop, fear shrieking inside me. Ride or die, that’s what I thought. Like, seriously, flinch on a wave like that and it’s bye-bye girly-girl. I went supersonic after that, faster than I had ever gone before, my legs feeling the board’s feedback full force, completely in the zone, focused, the entire ocean an angry fist beneath me . . . Then I left the wave.

When the video hit social, it ping-ponged around the world, out into space, and back again, sending up a collective girl-power supercheer, pretty much locking up a ton of cash in surf-sponsorships and placing me on every news feed from here to Alice Springs.

About Michael Mazza

Michael Mazza is a San Francisco Bay Area fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Other Voices, WORDS, Blue Mesa Review, TINGE, and ZYZZYVA. He is also an internationally acclaimed art and creative director working in the advertising industry. That Crazy Perfect Someday is his first novel.

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Review – Her Unexpected Hero by Kyra Jacobs

Review – Her Unexpected Hero by Kyra JacobsHer Unexpected Hero by Kyra Jacobs
Published by Entangled: Bliss on July 17th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 208

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Maddie Frye, the Checkerberry Inn’s snarky, introverted chef, just wants to be left alone. But with the inn’s upcoming gala, Maddie’s boss has matchmaking on the brain. So when the gorgeous new guy in town helps her out for a night, she comes up with the perfect solution to her problem…
Cole Granville is looking for a fresh start. When a part-time job opens in the Checkerberry’s kitchen, he takes it without a second thought. The only catch? He’s got to help his sexy new coworker snag a date for an upcoming dance. But as he coaches Maddie on attracting her crush, Cole realizes he’s the one falling for the curvy brunette.

Maddie Frye the Checkerberry’s Inn Chef is needing a date to a charity Gala. Her boss is trying to match her with the town’s singles. She doesn’t want to be matched with them. She tells a little white lie that she has a date. She doesn’t have a date and needs to get one fast. She has her eye on a guy that visits her laundry mat. She doesn’t know the first thing of how to approach him. Cole Granville is looking for a fresh start by trying to start a guitar studio. He needs a little bit more money than he has. So when he is offered a position working for Maddie as a dishwasher he takes it. She also hires him to help her get a date to the gala with the guy from the laundry mat. Cole helps her but finds himself falling for her. His past is haunting him and holding him back from what he really wants. Cole is determined to get her that date but not without sacrifice on his part.

In an Oyster Shell – A cozy heartwarming romance that was clean and satisfying.

The Pearls – I liked the concept of a Chef needing help getting a date to get her boss off her back. I thought it was unique. There are lots of stories that start off as the relationship being one thing and turning into something else. I felt like the Author had a fresh take on the story line.

The setting of the Inn was quaint. There was a lot of characters that were encompassed in this setting. It made the story shine. The Inn was set in a small town that provoked some of the conflicts that made the story interesting.

The romance was sweet and unsuspecting. It was a romance that grew over the span of the book. It was nice when it finally came to fruition. I read a lot of romances and I rank this one above most of what I read. It’s nice to have a romantic but clean book to read.

The Sand – It was a really good book. I wish there was more like it.

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 Stars

About Kyra Jacobs

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.

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Review – Artificial Sweethearts by Julie HammerleArtificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle
Published by Entangled: Crush on July 10th 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 229
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying student golf coach, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.
So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.
But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.

Tinka Foster is blindsided when she comes home from boarding school and finds out her parents have relocated to North Pole Minnesota. She sees a whole new side to her parents including their new friends who have a son they are trying to hook her up with. Sam Anderson is her next door neighbor. Sam is also having issues with family members trying to set him up with random people. He catches a glimpse of Tinka and tells the person he is not wanting to date that he’s dating Tinka. When they meet and Tinka finds out she’s furious at first. She then sees merit to a fake relationship. It could solve both their problems.

In an Oyster Shell – A really cute romance with great characters.

The Pearls – I always like the stories about people who pretend to be in a relationship. It almost always works out to be something more. Even though this is a storyline I’ve seen before, the settings and characters breathe new life into it.

The characters were adorable. Tinka was a spunky heorine. Tinka was a flawed character that got redeemed throughout the story. Sam was a guy-next-door type. The two of them together made for a cohesive match. There were strong supporting characters that added a nice layer to the story.

The romance was nice. It had a nice pacing to it. It wasn’t an instant romance but built up over the course of the story. The end result of the relationship made the story worth reading.

The Sand – The ending could have been a little more fulfilling.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Julie Hammerle

Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

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