Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Happily Ever Afters by Rachel Magee {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Happily Ever Afters
Rachel Magee
Contemporary Sweet Romance
ebook, 286 pages
September 19th 2017 by Clean Reads

Lainey Stratton does not fall in love with strangers she meets on vacation. It simply doesn’t make logical sense. So when Lainey meets Carter Thompson on the first day of her Caribbean vacation, she knows it could never amount to anything more than a crush. At the end of the vacation she will return to Dallas and he will return to D.C., and that will be the end of it. Well, unless he wants to join her at a friend’s destination wedding, which would be considered vacation too, right?

But when an unexpected tragedy sends Lainey’s logical world spiraling out of control, she realizes her vacation crush might be the only one who can help her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. That is, as long as she can get out of the way of her own happiness. And as long as Carter’s past doesn’t catch up with him before she gets a chance.

My Review: 4.5 Stars

My heart and soul belongs on the beach and the first quarter of the book takes place in Puerto Rico (I've been there, so it was easy to imagine). Lainey and her two best friends, one of which is her sister, are celebrating her 30th birthday and a chance encounter with Carter leaves everyone involved (reader and Lainey) with a palpitating heart. The chemistry is definitely there, but after this long weekend, how can these two successful people from opposite parts of the country possible make a relationship work? 

Carter is an incredible friend and support for Lainey and I fell head-over-heels for him. Lainey is so strong and a character to truly admire. Both of their friend support systems are incredible and all were well-liked by me, especially as this couple tries to navigate a long-distance relationship and deal with incredibly tough heartbreaks. 

Can you see the tears on my face? No? Well, trust me--they're there. I knew there was a tragedy in this book, but I was completely unprepared for the punch-in-the-gut feeling that I was left to endure when it happened. I'm not a big crier and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing. Magee is a new-to-me author and I was blown away from the powerful impact of the emotion that I felt throughout, and not just because of the jabs to my heart. The romance was palpable; the friendships were strong; the joys were high and the sorrows were low. This is one author worth watching out for!

Content: mild+ romance (some innuendo, kissing); mild violence.

*I received a copy, which didn't affect my thoughts and opinions in any way.* 

About the Author

Rachel Magee 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
Tour Giveaway

Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 1 (US residents only)
· Happily Ever Afters coffee mug
· Tea Sampler Pack
· Happily Ever Afters notebook
· Lilly Pulitzer pen
· Chocolates
· ‘Vacations’ picture frame

Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 2 (US and International residents))
· $25 Amazon e-gift card

Giveaway ends October 4th

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  1. Thanks so much for reviewing Happily Ever Afters and hosting me on your blog. It's always fun to meet a fellow beach lover! However, right now my heart is breaking for the people in Puerto Rico. My thoughts and prayers are with them as they struggle on the road to recovery.

  2. I love Lilacs so the cover definitely drew my attention! Congrats on your release and tour and thank you for sharing your joy!

  3. Love the cover. Sounds like a good read.

  4. I loved your review. Love the cover. Rachel Mages is a new Author for me too. Congrats Rachel on the release of your book.
    Carol L
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