Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Weather Girl by Amy Vastine Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

A themed tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to my stop for the April Showers Book Tour for
The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine

The Weather Girl
The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine
Clean Adult Contemporary Romance
January 1st 2014 by Harlequin

Turbulence is in their forecast.

Summer Raines knows when it's going to rain. She can feel it. That's why the local weather girl's so good at her job. Too bad she couldn't have foreseen the tumultuous arrival of Travis Lockwood, everybody's favorite star NFL quarterback. Make that former star NFL quarterback. Sidelined back to Texas after an injury, the golden boy is trying to steal her precious on-air time. Summer is reduced to reporting from…football games. It's enough to make her quit and become a storm-chaser like her parents. She's stuck with a career that's going nowhere and a man who delights in her refusal to be charmed. Falling in love isn't nearly as easy as predicting the weather.

My Review: I've officially realized that I'm a nerd after reading this darling, clean romance. When I was in 6th grade, we had to watch the news and do a current event report every week. My parents wanted me to go to bed after the main headlines, but I loved to stay up and watch the weather reports. In fact, when I got a little older, I would flip back and forth between the stations to find the meteorologists that I liked best. Even now, I check the weather app on my phone many times a day. I don't storm chase and I don't know all the technical things about the weather, but I love it.

Naturally, this was the perfect story for me. I love a clean romance that tells the tale of how two people meet and their course to falling in love. It isn't easy; it isn't always pleasant; there can be a lot of misunderstandings and assumptions that stand in the way. Take this sweet romance and add weather and it's the perfect combination.

I loved Summer--everything from her name (Summer Raines) to the way she spouted off random weather facts. She's very spunky, quirky, and determined to do what she loves and doesn't really care much for what others think of her. Travis, on the other hand, struggles a little with his identity and self-esteem and is slowly learning who is he and what he wants out of life. I loved the way his natural instincts kicked in to protect and honor Summer (and women, in general) at all costs. He wins the title as my favorite from this book because he was so real, sweet, and imperfectly perfect. My very favorite line from the book was, "You were exactly what I never knew I needed." *sigh* How romantic! Sometimes opposites really do attract.

I also enjoyed the little bit of mystery thrown into the story. It added a fun dimension, but wasn't the main focus of the storyline. The supporting characters were perfect--Mimi, Big D, and Travis's mom, especially. I've found a terrific new author to keep an eye on!

Content: mild language; mild violence; kissing. Clean! 

**I received a copy from the tour host in exchange for an honest review**

Amy VastineAmy 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.

In September of 2012, she saw a tweet about Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write contest. She entered, hoping for nothing more than a little feedback from some people in the business. Amazingly, The Weather Girl made it into the semi-finals, thanks to the many wonderful voters out there! The manuscript didn't make it to the finals, but the editors over Harlequin were still interested. A few revisions later and The Weather Girl was contacted for publication with Harlequin Heartwarming - a dream come true!

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

Tour-Wide Giveaway

- Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card, red umbrella, signed copy of THE WEATHER GIRL, umbrella bookmark, and decorative box (US Only)
- 5 ebooks of The Weather Girl (INT)
- April 21 - May 11

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  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review!! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the weather aspects of the story as much as the romance! A lot of work was put into finding all those facts :) Thank you for participating in the tour and you have a wonderful blog! xoxo

    1. Thank you! I'm sure it was a lot of work and it was very enjoyable. Just a cute story all the way around!