Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Better Man by Amy Vastine Review/Giveaway

A Themed Tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance 
Harlequin Heartwarming
January 1st 2014

Kendall Montgomery's six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall's husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance?until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won't take off just when they need him most?

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My Review: First of all, I can't imagine losing my spouse, but then trying to deal with the effects it has on my kids would be overwhelming. Kendall has a son who is mute most of the time since his father's passing. It's now up to her to build a name for herself in her new business, with her friend, partner, and design school buddy, Owen, as well as deal with her son's issues--and it seems that the school is constantly calling her.

One day, Max is spotted by this mother and son and his resemblance to her deceased husband is shocking. All of the sudden, her son is speaking again.

Max hasn't been the best father, but it's never too late to start. Moving to Chicago in order to be closer to his three year old son, Max is trying to change who he is and to line up his priorities. I love that Max isn't perfect, but he's trying to be a better person, a better man. His relationship with his ex is very rocky, but the effort he makes to be better is very evident in these situations. I loved watching the results that occurred by Max's efforts.

Kendall is facing reality now. She's a very talented and gifted designer and artist and is now able to use those abilities to make a living. Based off of her life experiences and relationships, she's a little gun-shy, with good reason. I loved watching her evolve. Being a mother isn't easy and doing what's best for your kids isn't always easy, either, but, as Kendall learns, the hard things are often the most rewarding.

There were some twists and turns that were shocking and almost a little uncomfortable, but it was still a great story!

Content: mild language; no violence; kissing, talk of infidelity, but necessary to the storyline and not graphic. Clean!

Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

- Gift Card Grand Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and a signed paperback (US) or ebook (INT) of The Better Man
- US Grand Prize: Signed paperback of The Better Man plus swag (shown above)
- 5 copies of The Better Man (paperback for US and ebooks for INT)
- Ends October 5th

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Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon Update: Day 9 (September 16)

Day 9 (September 16th) found me back on track. I started the day on page 170 (out of 207) pages of Waiting for You and 20% through Summer Kisses.

Today's challenge:
9/17: Challenge and Giveaway hosted by Katherine Reay (Dear Mr. KnightleyLizzy and Jane)

Day 8--September 15th
Participating Blogs Visited: 10
What I read today: I finished Waiting for You and Summer Kisses
Today's finished books: 2
Total number of finished books: 9
Titles of finished books: What Dreams May Come, The Better Man, An Event to Remember...or Forget, Someone Like You, Rewind to You, Thirty-Two Going on Spinster, The Missing Heir, Waiting for You, Summer Kisses


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Cover--Blog This by Cami Checketts 

Blog This by Cami Checketts
Published: 2013 by Birch River Publishing, 265 pages

Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family?

Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler’s violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him.

Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children, but after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha won’t hide any longer.

In a race against time, can Natasha expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?

This book now has a new cover and is currently being offered for free for a limited time on Smashwords! I haven't read this one yet, but plan to in the near future.
Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: EC45R
Expires: October 18, 2014

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon Update: Day 8 (Sept. 15)

Day 8 (September 15th) was a rough day. For some reason, I was up for several hours on Sunday night with a KILLER headache, which made for a tough reading day. I still managed to plow through, but it wasn't easy and I didn't accomplish as much as I wanted to.

Today's challenge:
 9/16: Book Cover Challenge hosted at Wishful Endings

Day 8--September 15th
Participating Blogs Visited: 12
What I read today: 170 pages of Waiting for You and 20% of Summer Kisses
Today's finished books: 0
Total number of finished books: 7
Titles of finished books: What Dreams May Come, The Better Man, An Event to Remember...or Forget, Someone Like You, Rewind to You, Thirty-Two Going on Spinster, The Missing Heir