Thursday, December 13, 2018

Review: Christmas Camp - Karen Schaler

Christmas Camp
(Christmas Camp #1)
by Karen Schaler
Published October 16th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

From the screenwriter of the Netflix Original viral hit, A Christmas Prince, comes another heartwarming holiday story about a beautiful Grinch who’s determined to get her dream job even if it means spending a week at a Christmas Camp where she discovers an unexpected love.

Haley Hanson’s idea of the perfect Christmas is escaping to the Caribbean to work so she can avoid all the traditional Christmas distractions. Over the years, she’s sacrificed her personal life to climb the corporate ladder at a prestigious Boston advertising agency. Now she just needs to land a coveted Christmas toy company account to make partner. But first, her boss, Larry, thinks she needs a holiday attitude adjustment, so he ships her off to a Christmas Camp at Holly Peak Inn to help her find her Christmas spirit.

Arriving at the charming mountainside inn, Haley meets the owner’s handsome son, Jeff, and feels an instant spark, but resists the attraction, refusing to be distracted from her goal of doing all the required Christmas tasks as fast as possible so she can get back to work.

At first Haley struggles with all the traditional Christmas Camp activities. It’s not until she finally allows herself to slow down, live in the moment, and let Christmas back into her heart, that she begins to grow closer to Jeff. But when he finds out Haley’s come up with a plan to help his dad save the struggling inn while he’s been trying to convince his dad to sell it, their relationship takes a serious holiday hit.  Now it will take the magic of the season to bring these two hearts together.

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Review
5 Stars

Where does one start with Christmas Camp? Do I start by telling you it's the perfect Hallmark movie in book form? Do I tell you the girl is relatable and Christmas really does bring magic and love into her overworked life? Or do I tell you it's all thanks to the smart dog? Oh, I tell you all of that? Okay, it's all true! Christmas Camp is the story of Haley Hanson and her desire to make partner at her advertising and marketing firm. Only the challenge has to do with Christmas and Haley's idea of Christmas is being poolside with her family...while still working. Meanwhile Jeff is all about the season, even if he wants his dad to give up the camp and move a little closer. He still believes and he's out to prove to Haley she knows nothing about the true spirit of Christmas. She struggles with the activities, referring to it all as boot camp, but as she learns to slow down she also learns how to open up allowing the unexpected to happen. But is Christmas just for a season or is it a forever feeling?

Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler arrived right on time for me. I love the holidays, nothing is better than brisk air, peppermint flavored coffee, and decorations everywhere, but work's had me exhausted lately and my spirit was more Scrooge than even Haley's. This book has everything you could possibly like about Christmas in it. From the decorations to the activities to the sweet, more personal moments, it's exactly like that first, untouched sparkly snowfall. I really connected with Haley's goal to reach the top and her desperate desire to give her parents everything after they had given so much to her. She's lost sight, for sure, but she's got the spirit in her. Jeff is a bit of a tough guy, all handsome and closed off. They bump heads the entire way, but it makes for a funny and cute story that was easy to follow and even easier to fall in love with.

Christmas Camp is a feel good story, the kind you'll want to read again and again. It's more than a romance though and I think readers will fall in love with the secondary characters we get to know during Haley's time at camp. It's the perfect book for the season and while I'm excited to see the movie, I'm more excited to read this year after year as the holiday season draws near.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Cover Reveal: Right Where I Want You - Jessica Hawkins

Right Where I Want You
by Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 12.28.18

There’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and it cuts right through the middle of their office.

Bad boys? They run right over good girls like Georgina Keller.

But after a confidence-shattering breakup, she’s determined not to let anyone at her new workplace push her around—least of all the brooding creative director, a “bad boy of publishing” who’s made it clear she’s enemy #1.

Sebastian Quinn's taste for fast cars, late nights, and beautiful women may have gotten him to the top of a leading New York magazine, but the reputation that made him is suddenly threatening to end his career.

Georgina can help Modern Man shed its bad reputation, but in order to do that, she’ll have to start at the top—and no amount of rakish charm or inconvenient attraction will distract her.

Because if Sebastian gets her right where he wants her, it means she’s going down.
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Audio Tour & Review: Tripping on a Halo - Alessandra Torre


Tripping on a Halo
by Alessandra Torre
Publication Date: December 7, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


It’s really hard to save a guy’s life when he keeps running from you.

You might be asking yourself why I’m waving an inflatable penis in the air and screaming at the top of my lungs. If I took time to explain, Declan Moss would get hit by a bus.

Let me back up. I didn’t ask for this. I was perfectly happy—and perfectly sane—before I was tasked with keeping Declan Moss alive. It was a thankless job until the moment that my panties dropped and his delicious smirk found his way in between my thighs.

Hello, toe-curling ecstasy. Goodbye, professional boundaries. And suddenly, there’s a new danger to avoid: the falling of my heart.
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Review
4 Stars
Prepare to laugh out loud, as Alessandra Torre gives readers an over-the-top romantic comedy with Tripping on a Halo. It all started with blinding pain and a handsome man jogging straight into danger, Autumn did what any guardian angel would do, she saved him. Of course, no one but her believes she's a guardian angel, but that's not going to stop her from stalking Declan to ensure he's safe and well at the end of each day. When a chance encounter convinces Declan that many the peculiar woman isn't so bad he lets her in, stalking tendencies and all.

I did not expect anything I got in this book at all, but it sure was enjoyable. Tripping on a Halo, for me, was unlike any other Alessandra Torre book and it's totally unique compared to everything else I'm reading right now. Autumn is a quirky character, one who is impossible to understand at first, but in time you find yourself loving her unique personality. Declan, on the other hand, is an up-and-coming architect that is handsome, sweet, and far too patient with the odd blonde following him around. Their meeting is perfect, probably my favorite scene of the book, and soon they become an odd couple, sort of. Declan sets out to woo the assertive angel and readers get to enjoy their seriously smutty hook ups.

It wouldn't be an Alessandra Torre book without a bit of heart though, so the book isn't all inflatable phallic objects, crazy talk, cuddly pigs, and smooching at every chance the characters get. Both characters have some things to work through, especially when it comes to romance and that little thing about Autumn thinking she's a guardian angel. Things take an odd and painful turn though and we get to know Declan a whole lot more. Without giving anything else away, Tripping on a Halo is an unexpected, hilarious, and romantic read, one that was a really nice escape for me during my hectic week. It's a sugary sweet read that you won't be able to put down, even if rom-com isn't your usual genre choice. Alessandra Torre can do it all!


Audiobook Review:

I only recently got into audiobooks and I had yet to listen to a comedy novel, at least until I got my hands on Tripping on a Halo by Alessandra Torre. Narrated by Tor Thom and Charley Ongel, we follow Declan and Autumn through their unconventional, hilarious love story. It was an easy listen, one that I could walk away from to run errands and jump right back into as soon as I pushed start on my car. It's lighthearted and the narrators, though I wasn't sure about Tor Thom at first, really embodied the characters well for me. The two narrate well together and I felt like they were really sparring during some of the dialogue scenes. For me, the audio was a hit and maybe made the book even better in terms of the comedy moments.

Audio ARC provided.


About Alessandra Torre


Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest-blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

In addition to writing, Alessandra is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink, a website, community, and online school for aspiring authors.



Thursday, December 6, 2018

Release Blitz & Review: Across the Horizon - Aly Martinez

 
“Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” 

That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair.
I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike.

Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six.

Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it...

So does heartbreak.

 
Review
4 Stars
Across the Horizon is a hot contemporary romance with a bit of humor from Aly Martinez, author of several of my favorite romance novels. Featuring a handsome chef and a beautiful divorcee, neither seeking a relationship by the way, Across the Horizon follows the fast paced love that blossoms between two people who aren't even looking for it. Tanner Reese is famous for his abs that feature prominently on his popular cooking show, what he really wants to be doing though is cooking. Rita is just recognizing her ex had shaped her into a trophy wife; she doesn't know what she's going to do next, but she knows she won't be standing beside her cheating husband. Caught off-guard by her husband's mistress, Rita grabs the first man she sees to prove she's moving on just fine. The two have instant chemistry, furthered by Rita's inability to recognize him at first and Tanner's willingness to play the part of a new lover. A chance for simple, no-strings attached romance pulls the two together and soon love is on the table, but each has complications that could ruin their chance at simple happiness.

Oh my word, this book was sweet, sexy, and surprisingly realistic. Both Tanner and Rita are compassionate individuals with personal life problems that any reader can relate to. The romance they strike up unassuming, much of their time spent together is spent sharing, giving each other the most honest version of themselves. Of course, there'd be no romance between the two if there wasn't drama and the two have plenty of it. Rita's ex-husband doesn't want to let her go, Tanner has an ex-girlfriend desperate for recognition, and both have trust issues they don't know how to recover from. The two are easy to love though and readers will find themselves rooting for the easy relationship that brings them so much happiness. Tanner was the most swoon-worthy hero, he fights for the girl regardless of what is thrown at them, proving the ladies man really has been holding out for the one. Rita is like all of us, a scorned lover who can't escape the past, but Tanner whittles away at her armor and as the book progresses further we get to know her on a deeper level.

Across the Horizon does feature characters from Aly Martinez' duet The Darkest Sunrise, but can easily be read as a standalone. It's a classic contemporary romance with heaping spoonful of sweet love, smutty passion, and just the right amount of angsty drama. It was an entertaining read that had me laughing and swooning from beginning to end.


Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.



Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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Cover Reveal: The Kiss Thief - L.J. Shen


THE KISS THIEF
by L.J. Shen

Release Date: January 9th
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They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.
About the Author
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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