Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Political Parties by Rachel Magee {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

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Political Parties
Rachel Magee
Contemporary Sweet Romance
Paperback & ebook, 246 pages
September 25th 2018 by Clean Reads


Planning one amazing party is more complicated than it sounds.



Reece Ryan is known as the best wedding planner in town, but it’s time to take her company to the next level. Getting the contract from a prestigious law firm to plan their upcoming political related events is just the break she needs to prove that she can put together more than just the perfect nuptials. Sure, these events which will receive national coverage might be slightly out of her league, but it’s nothing she can’t handle. Managing the hotshot lawyer the firm has tasked as their liaison for the project is a whole other story.



Griffith Brighton always thought the start of his political career would come from hard work and his brilliant legal mind, not throwing some fancy party. But when the firm’s managing partner asks him to work with the event coordinator to organize a fundraiser dinner for the presidential candidate, he knows it’s the opportunity he’s been waiting for to get in front of some major political players. After years of goal setting and career planning, his future finally seems to be coming together …until two weeks of working with Reece make him reconsider everything he thought to be true about life and falling in love.



My Review: 4 Stars

There is one thing that both Reece and Griffith want--to impress the head of the law firm. Griffith has political aspirations and Reece is trying to shift her wedding planning business into planning events. When they are given two weeks to wow everyone, they set to work, together, and have to set aside their differences to do so. Who would expect sparks to ignite?

I loved the ambition that each character exhibited throughout the story. They each had little ways to dig at each other, trying to get higher on that ladder of success, but more often than not, those jabs turned into endearment. This opposites-attract story really exuded a strong chemistry, which stemmed from dislike, but quickly escalated into something tangible and sweet. 

Although the story line only covers a few weeks, plenty of events and emotion are packed in, giving it a realistic feel. I loved watching the walls crumble and the true, inner characters emerge, even through disappointment and challenges. 

I have a niece with the exact same name as the main character and that right there made me want to read it, and I'm glad I did. This sweet, clean romance delivers an impactful story that made me self-reflect on what is really important in life and what I do to accomplish my goals.

Content: mild+ romance (there was one scene when I thought it would go too far, but didn't. Just kissing and some light innuendo)

*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
 
About the Author



Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water. Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at rachelmageebooks.com.

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Flower Boy: noun 1. Slang for a really hot guy

Hannah Reynolds travels to Korea in search of her own drama hero come to life. What she gets instead is gorgeous, but surly tour guide, Jae Lee. He seems determined to ruin every romantic location they visit with his snarky comments, but Hannah can’t deny the crackling tension between them.

As they travel around the country with a busload of wacky K-drama and K-pop fans, their chemistry keeps drawing the two together. Hannah sees the mountain of problems standing between her and a relationship with Jae. They live in different countries. She’s flying home in five days. And he always takes an emotional step back whenever they get closer. But her heart doesn’t want to listen to reason. All it can see is the flower boy tour guide.

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image1.jpegSummer Henley is sick of playing it safe. Safe career path (accounting,) safe place to live (with her parents,) and a safe best friend (Mark.)
In her dreams she was a screenwriter with a home in a Malibu and a hot actor boyfriend, but that was saved in her someday file. For the moment, she’d play the part of a good worker, good daughter, and good friend. Even though her heart longed for something more, especially with Mark.
It wouldn’t be so hard to stay just friends if Mark would quit being so amazing to her. Knowing her dream, he’s secured her a spot as an extra in Korean television show⸺placing her directly in the path of the handsome lead actor. Now, two incredible men are vying for her attention and she has to decided if her dreams are really what she wants, or if her reality is better than she could ever imagine.

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The Sheriff's Bride by Kimberly Krey

Trent Lockheart might be the new sheriff in town, but he can’t stop Jessie Jean from stealing his heart.

Sheriff Trent Lockheart knew he’d be in for a challenge when he moved from the big city and a large police force to the small Wyoming town of Cobble Creek. But at least he’d be able to stick to his bachelor ways without temptation. So he thought. Cobble Creek isn’t overflowing with young, single ladies, but Jessie Jean—the gorgeous brunette who runs the Country Quilt Inn—proves more tempting than any woman he’s known.

Jessie doesn’t care much for the new sheriff in town. After an explosive first meeting that almost ends in Jessie’s arrest, she’s even more determined to plan on dinner for one for the rest of her life. Sure, the new sheriff is seriously attractive, and after a second, much less dangerous run-in, he might not be that bad, but Jessie has no plan to marry, date, or even let a man into her life. Still, as the days pass, Trent’s surprising charm works past Jessie’s determination, and she finds promise in their budding relationship.

After opening up about the difficulties in her past, Jessie finds that Trent is guarding a dark tragedy of his own, one that might threaten their chance at a future together.
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Of all the nerve! Who in their right mind would remove flyers for a fundraiser to help a single mother battling cancer? If Jessie came across this guy she’d let him have it. No doubt it was a guy; no woman had the heart to do such a thing.

She took her frustration out on the stapler, pounding three staples into each corner of the page. “There,” she hissed. “Take this one down. I dare ya.”

The deep sound of a man clearing his throat sounded behind her. “Who are you talking to, Miss?”

She spun around, surprised to see an unfamiliar officer standing there. Wait, maybe he was familiar after all. Those sunglasses looked a whole lot like the ones she’d caught sight of a moment ago. She hadn’t noticed the uniform, as distracted by she’d been. In those tinted glasses, with that thick, dark hair and chiseled features, he looked more like a Hollywood heartthrob than a …

The thought was lost as a shock of lime green caught her eye. Why were those papers in his hands? A gasp tore from her throat. “Are you the one ripping these down?”

The man flicked the stack with the back of his hand. “As a matter of fact,” he mumbled around a toothpick between his lips, “that’s exactly who I am.”

It was the perfect clash – the ugly admittance of what he’d done, and the attractive features of his face. Everything about him boasted manly perfection. His well-defined jaw showed hints of a five-o’clock shadow, the scruff also casing that perfectly sculpted mouth. The impressive span of his chest and shoulders said he was disciplined too; muscles like that didn’t happen overnight.

Jessie forced her mind back to the less-attractive parts of him. Mainly, the part that was trying to sabotage her upcoming event. She reached out to snatch the stack from his grip, but he yanked it from her reach, a wry smile pulling at his lips.

She gasped once more, visions of grade school coming to mind. Mean Milton playing keep away after swiping her backpack.

“You’re a bully,” she accused.

“No, ma’am, I’m just doing my duty.” The sunglasses made it hard to dissect just what was going through his head. In the reflection, Jessie saw a ticked-off version of herself, looking somewhat small from the lowered angle.

A hand went to her hip. She leaned on one foot. “Did you take even one teeny tiny second to read what’s on those flyers? Huh? Because if you did, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

“Ma’am, I don’t care if you’re having a yard sale or warning the town that a UFO landed in your backyard. What you’re doing is illegal.”

Fire roared in her chest. “Who are you?”

The officer slowly lifted a hand, took hold of the sunglasses he wore, and pulled them off his face. Their eyes locked as he moved the toothpick from one corner of his lips to the next. “I’m the new sheriff in town.”







"One of the best books I've read... there were parts where I cried, laughed and cheered at the happily ever after." Ginny LaMere

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Author Kimberly Krey

Kimberly has always been a fan of good, clean romance, so she decided to specialize in writing 'Romance That's Clean without Losing the Steam'. She's a fervent lover of God, family, and cheese platters, as well as the ultimate hater of laundry.



















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#FallIntoBooks Reading Challenge: #ReReads

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I wish so much that I had time to #ReRead every single book that I loved, but I'll never get through my list (as we discussed before) the first time, let alone 2+ times. Having said that, there are a few books that I have reread and this one is one of them:


Years ago, our family went to Washington (State) to visit my sister-in-law and I just had to stop by Forks. I loved rereading this one while we were staying in a small cabin in the woods--it was perfect!

Do you reread books? If so, which one(s)? 

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Cover Love Results and Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cover Love Challenge for the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon, hosted by Wishful Endings. There were some beautiful covers submitted and I just may have added a few books to my list based on those alone. Here are some collages with the submissions and the winner is announced on the Rafflecopter below. Happy Reading!





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Rule #3: You Can't Kiss Your Best Friend by Anne-Marie Meyer {Review}

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Rule #3: You Can't Kiss Your Best Friend (Rules of Love Series) by Anne-Marie Meyer
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Publication: September 23th 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.

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It was supposed to be a simple kiss. That was all.

Whoops.


My Review: 4 Stars

This author has made a great transition to the YA genre and this one is my favorite of the series so far. 

Olivia and Ethan have been best friends forever and why would she want to ever ruin that? In an attempt to win over her crush and help the high school band get to Paris, she comes up with a brilliant plan--Match with the Quarterback. It's a way for everyone to take a matchmaking test and the draw is to see who is matched with the ever elusive Ethan.  

I remember back in high school, we had something similar. Everyone could take a test, for a small fee, and see who their top 10 matches were and I was sooo curious. Of course, I did it and of course, I was surprised with my matches. I don't recall if anyone "hooked up" because of their results, but that seemed to be the case for Olivia and her school. Because of my past experience, this aspect of the story delighted my inner teen and when the results caused Olivia to realize her true feelings, my heart nearly sang with joy.

Ethan and Olivia were great characters with a fantastic friendship that almost made me envious. I love the way the tangles were all smoothed out along the way, especially when Olivia asked for almost more than Ethan could give. In a typical teen fashion, communication is lacking, oblivion is prevalent, and the insecurities are strong, but it's ultimately swoon worthy. Please keep writing the Rules of Love Series!

Content: mild romance, some light innuendo, but perfectly acceptable and clean for any teen.  

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Dante’s Gift by Aubrey Wynne

Kathleen James has put her practical side away for once and looks forward to the perfect romantic evening: an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams—and an engagement ring. She is not prepared to hear that he wants to bring his grandmother back from Italy to live with him.

Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong—until his Nonna calls. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie’s life with the news that another woman will be under their roof.

When Antonia’s sister dies, she finds herself longing to be back in the states. A wartime bride from the ‘40s, she knows how precious love can be. Can her own story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?
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Excerpt Present day romance:

The scent of turkey met her at Dom’s front door. For a moment, apprehension swept through her at the thought of helping in the kitchen. Then a handsome man stood before her, and she couldn’t wipe the foolish smile off her face. Instead of saying something stupid, she held out the wine.

“In a holiday bag, no less,” Dom said, eyebrows raised. He stepped back to let her in, grabbed her hand, and spun her around to face him. “You look stunning.”

“I just thought that the burlap would give it extra protection if I dropped it, and they only seemed to have holiday wine bags in stock and—”

One finger covered her mouth. As his head slowly lowered, she could feel his breath on her face; heat raced through her core. By the time their lips touched, her legs had turned to jello; she clung to him for support.

Gently pushing her toward the wall, he pressed his length against her and whispered, “I need to make you mine, legally, before I lose all control. You have no idea the affect you have on me, do you?”

“I think that is the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me,” she said breathless. “Kiss me like that again… please?”

“I’d be happy to oblige if you tell me that isn’t my grandmother standing in the doorway watching us.”

Katie looked over to see Antonia, a wide grin on her face, and quickly pushed on the hard chest that pinned her to the wall. She ran a hand through her hair as the blood rushed to her face.

“Oh Nico, such good Italian blood in you. And not even any mistletoe out yet.” Antonia wiped her hands on her apron and waved to the young couple. “Come now, we have work to do before we play.”

The two followed her in like reprimanded children who showed no remorse, holding hands and snickering. This is silly but it feels so good. Katie accepted the apron and as she pulled the straps behind her, strong hands covered hers.

“Let me,” he whispered in her ear. “I’m good at tying knots.”



Excerpt WWII romance:

The pilot with wheat-colored hair put his elbows on the counter and leaned toward her. “I could buy thirty loaves of bread at home for that much lettuce.”

“But you are not home, soldier. You are here, in Benevento, and a sticky bun is 100 lire.” She meant to be rude but his soft brown gaze made her heart race as if she’d just chased Dante across the field. His smile went to his eyes, adding crinkles to the corners, and made her own lips turn up. “The cost of supplies is very expensive these days, as you know.”

“So I’ve heard. Give me five,” he said with a wink. “Maybe I can sweet talk the captain into putting me back into a plane.”

“Save your money, Ken. Your ears obviously ain’t got any better in the last ten minutes,” he answered, rubber-necking over the counter. “Get a load of that landing gear.”

Dante growled again but this time showed sharp, white teeth. “I don’t think he likes you much, Bob.”

“Well I don’t care for him, neither. Give me two of those, and we’ll get out of your hair.”

The men paid for the rolls and walked outside. She headed into the kitchen when that quiet, deep voice stopped her. “I’d like to apologize for my friend. He’s not a bad Joe once you get to know him.”

“I don’t think I care to,” she said without turning around.

“It looks like I may be making regular trips through your town. Do you work here often?” His tone dripped like honey from a ladle and poured over her; she felt her body turn toward him even as her brain told her “no.”

“My family owns it. I am here every day.”

“So your father is Guido?” He had resumed his place at the counter, balanced on his elbows again, inviting her back without a word.

She found herself leaning on the counter from the other side. “How do you know my father?”

“The sign says Guido’s CafĂ©.”

She laughed. “Yes, it does. So you are no private eye, eh?”

He whistled then. “You’d make Betty Grable green with envy when you smile. It makes those blue eyes sparkle like a fresh-cut diamond. You should do that more often.”

Her eyes lowered, embarrassed at the compliment and the image of the American pinup girl in a bathing suit. “You should go catch up with your friends.”

“My name is Ken Lawrence,” he said and held out his hand.

“Antonia Capriotti,” she replied and took his hand. A tingle shot down her center and curled her toes. “It is nice to meet you.”







Winner of the Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, and Heart of Excellence,
Rone finalist for audio

Reviewers Top Pick by Books and Benches

"The ultimate Hallmark Channel romance, this is an excellent read for a bad day or a lazy afternoon." - InD'Tale Magazine

"Truly romantic... a book that you will not be able to put down." - Books Are Love

"Dante's Gift is a wonderfully poignant holiday romantic tale that intertwines two love stories..." - Jersey Girl Book Review







Author Aubrey Wynne

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her
husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas.
Her short stories, Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete's Mighty Purty Privies have won
Readers Choice Awards. Dante's Gift and Paper Love received the 2016 Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, Heart of Excellence and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
In addition to her Chicago Christmas novellas, Aubrey will release two more Regency
romances in 2018. The Wicked Earls’ Club will release again in 2019. Wynne’s medieval
fantasy series launched in 2017 with Rolf's Quest, winner of the NTRWA Great Expectations and Maggie finalist.



















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