Friday, 16 April 2021

Blog Tour: On The Road To Love by Melissa Baldwin*

 


'Successful Manhattan accountant Stacy Brown is shocked when her almost perfect life unexpectedly crumbles around her. Blindsided by her husband when he serves her with divorce papers and tossed aside by the women she considered her best friends, devastation and depression hit her hard. But when her mother sends her an old photograph of her and two childhood friends, Candace and Olivia, it fuels a desire in Stacy to find that person she once was. What starts as a chance to reconnect turns into an unforgettable road trip back to her childhood home and an encounter with a man from her past.
Gavin Kingsley, son of Stacy's old piano teacher and former annoying boy next door, sparks something in Stacy that she hasn't felt in a long time…maybe never? Despite her hesitation to jump into a relationship, Stacy can't help being drawn to him as she and her girlfriends take a journey of self-discovery, laughs, tears, and hysterical moments.
Can returning to her past give Stacy everything she's been searching for in her future?'

This is the story of Stacy and Gavin, which is told over 34 Chapters (+Epilogue). It is the first story in the Love in the City Series. The series is set around three friends Stacy, Olivia and CJ/Candace. You meet all three ladies in this book and readers will be left wanting the other books in the series. 

The story chucks readers in at the deep end from the beginning, a factor which really helps to draw them in getting them addicted. The character interactions between the three friends really helps draw the readers in. The interactions are witty and relatable. Readers will find themselves remembering situations they have been in that are similar. 

There are moments spread throughout the book that will leave readers laughing. No reader will be able to read the entire book without laughing. The funny moments are even funnier, as they are all very relatable. The story is completely addictive and will draw readers in and not let them go until they have finished.

Now let me tell you about the Author Melissa Baldwin, who is a planner obsessed Disney fan who still watches Beverly Hills 90210 re runs and General Hospital. Melissa is a wife, mother and journal keeper who finally decided to write the book she talked about for years. She took her dream to next level, and is now an award-winning, bestselling author of seventeen Romantic Comedy and Cozy Mystery novels and novellas. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious and real women, and she considers these leading ladies to be part of her tribe. When Melissa isn't deep in her writing zone, this multitasking master organizer keeps busy by spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, travelling, attempting yoga poses and going on rides at Disney World.

Overall I fell in the love with this book to the point that I was unable to pause reading in order to take notes. The friendships in this book are friendship goals, and I am so excited to get the other books in this series and read them as well. You can get your copy HERE.

There is also a Giveaway attached to this blog tour where you can be with in the chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. You can enter the giveaway HERE. But don't forget to read the Terms & Conditions: Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Until Next Time

Emma

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Sunday, 11 April 2021

Blog Tour: Strictly On Ice by Helen Buckley*

'When falling in love comes with the risk of falling flat on your face ...
Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is well known for her ‘ice queen’ persona in the press. On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she just can’t seem to let it go.
When Katie reluctantly agrees to take part in a new TV skating show, it’s only because she’s desperate for cash. What she didn’t count on is the drama – not only is she partnered up with infamous love rat rugby player Jamie Welsh, but one of the judges is none other than Alex Michaelson himself.
As the show progresses, will Katie be shown the hard way, once again, that romance on the ice should remain strictly off-limits?'

This is the story of Katie and is told over 24 Chapters. Now there two men mentioned within Katie's story and they are Alex and Jamie. Now both of these men are entwined in Katie's story in different ways. Both men are mentioned throughout the book. 

Now throughout this book the story journey's from present to past, as the characters all have a history. This history is explored throughout this book and a warning needs to be given as the topic of abuse is evident in this history. The past needs explaining not only for the reader but also to allow the characters to overcome their past.

The book is intriguing and engaging for it's readers as hints of this past are given before you are taken for the first time. This book also allows readers to see a different side to these shows, giving them an insight that is interesting. Especially if you like these kind of shows. 

Now let me tell you about the Author Helen Buckley, who lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and two sons. Helen started off working in the charity sector both in the UK and abroad. She then turned her hand to writing and her first novel, Star in the Shadows, got published in 2019. Helen writes any moment she can, enthralled by stories of fame, romance and happy ever afters. Apart from her addiction to writing and enjoying soft play with her sons, she is an avid readers, action-movie fan and chocoholic. 

Overall this story really grips its reader and keeps them guessing, especially when it comes to the ending. The book is addictive and keeps the reader attached wanting to know more and see how the story plays out. One thing is for sure, I will be keeping an eye out for more by this Author in the future. You can get your copy HERE

Until Next Time

Emma

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Blog Tour: Uncork My Love by Rich Amooi*

 

'A sweet romantic comedy set in beautiful Napa Valley!

Ivy needs a miracle and a drink—not necessarily in that order. With a struggling winery, the only hope of keeping her dream alive is snagging a gold medal at the annual wine competition. She’s determined to win, but she can do it without the help of Ted Jacobs, aka Mr. Know-it-All.
Ted wants to catch lightning in a bottle and create the world’s greatest wine, but he’s smart enough to know he can’t do it alone. When he heads to Napa to keep his grandma from ending up in jail (don’t ask), he meets Ivy. She’s as complex and intoxicating as his award-winning cabernet, but as stubborn as the mule next door when she stomps on his offer to collaborate.
Ted knows it’s risky to mix business with pleasure, but if Ivy would only listen, they might just be the toast of the town.'

This is the story of Ted and Ivy and is played out over 25 Chapters, that will quickly disappear as you eat up this RomCom. The book jumps straight into the story which is intriguing and funny. Ted is a brilliant character who really knows his wine. While Ivy is trying to run her Vineyard without asking for help.

What makes this book a brilliant RomCom is that all the funny moments are so relatable that the readers can see themselves in the situations. This aspect of realness really takes plan funny moments to some serious LOL moments. 

This book is completely addictive to it's readers, the story will have them continuing to turn the page to find out what happens next and find out whether Ivy and Ted can resolve things between themselves. The interactions between these two character really are very witty. 

Although the book is filled with funny moments, it still manages to be romantic and have some very soppy romantic moments that readers will love. This romantic side will also help keeps readers addicted to this story until readers have finished the entire story. 

Let's tell you a little bit about the Author Rich Amooi, he is the Amazon umber 1 Bestselling author of 15 romantic comedies including It's Not PMS, It's You, Dying to Meet You, There's something about a cowboy and Madam Love, Actually. A former Radio personality and DJ who now writes romantic comedies full time in San Diego. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinte possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter and happily ever after. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain.

Overall I completely adored this book and it was further proof that Rich Amoii really is the King of RomCom. Though readers beware as soon as you have experienced one of Rich Amoii's books you will keep coming back for more. You can get your copy HERE

There is also a Giveaway attached to this blog tour where you could be in with the chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. You can enter the giveaway HERE. Don't forget to read the Terms & Conditions though: Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.
Until Next Time

Emma

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Sunday, 21 March 2021

Blog Tour: Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager*

'Emme starts dating a popular high school student who happens to be from a famous political family. It seems like everyone at school either wants to be Brendon Agretti or date him. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture-perfect ex seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend dumped her and her whole world is off kilter with her grandparents' health issues. Life suddenly seems easier pushing Brendon away and relying o nher crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.'

This is the story of Emme and Brendon which is told over the course of 30 Chapters. This is a young adult novel, which was quite refreshing for this reader as I haven't read a YA novel in a while. This is the perfect book if your love of YA novels needs re igniting. 

One of the things that we brilliant about this book is that it really does start at the beginning. It starts with Emme and Brendons meet cute, which really is quite cute and realistic. Throughout the book the reader gets to watch as their relationship grows and unfolds. 

This book is one that was definitely incredibly hard to put down. I was invested in this story to the point that the emotions got involved. So warning to anyone looking to get this book, make sure you have the tissues at the ready. 

This story also shows the real relationship these two have and that there really is no quick fix when it comes to relationships. Also it enforces the fact the communication is key. Now I should warn you that the book does deal with grandparents who are not well, so readers will need to take this into account.

Now let me tell you about the Author Krysten Lindsay Hager, who writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves and values. Author of the young adult Cecily Taylor Series, the young adult Star Series, Dating the It Guy and the preteen Landry's True Colors Series. Her first novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Her book Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist. Best Friends ... Forever? is a 2019 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Children- Preteen genre. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient and a 2020 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner. Krysten received her BA in English and master's degree in liberal studies from the University of Michigan-Flint.  Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and Living Dayton.

Overall I was completely obsessed with this story from the moment I started until I finished. This book has left me wanting more from this author and re ignited my love of YA novels. You can get your copy HERE

Until Next Time

Emma

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Thursday, 18 March 2021

Blog tour: Project Kaitlyn by Grayson Avery*

'Sweet Water, we have a project....

Meet Kaitlyn Colby, a clumsy, inappropriate blurter with self-esteem issues, but also quite handy with an axe. She's certainly no superhero, but she fights the battles of a single mom with sweet snarkasm. Between work and pining for and co-parenting with her man-child ex (is there any other kind?), Kaitlyn has no time to find that special someone. And if she did, would he really want her anyway? Kaitlyn's sister and friends (The Sweet Water Circle) say yes, so following a typical Kaitlyn slip up, The Circle intervenes to force her out of the funk that she fell into following her unwanted divorce.

When Kaitlyn makes a decision to pursue her advertising career over love, she tumbles (like no tumble you've ever seen…or heard) into the life of hunky, bay breeze-drinking Hunter Dixon, an ad exec who is intrigued enough by Kaitlyn that he hires her firm to revive a struggling project, much like herself.

Can Kaitlyn become the woman she needs to be to land the man of her dreams? Maybe. Maybe not. But you'll laugh out loud as she tries. There's no doubt you'll be rooting for the lovable, hilarious, and relatable Kaitlyn. And you'll probably love her friends, too, which is good, because their stories are ready to be told in the Sweet Water Circle series!'

This is the first book in the brand new Sweet Water Circle Series, and is all about Kaitlyn and Hunter. Their story is told over the course of 32 Chapters. The story starts off strong immediately getting the reader intrigued, leaving them wanting to continue reading. 

This story in general is very easy to get stuck into, not only does the interactions between Hunter and Kaitlyn keep the reader intrigued in there ongoing relationship. You also have the interactions between Kaitlyn and her friends also known as the Sweet Water Circle group. These interactions not only keep the reader interested but also gets them intrigued about Kaitlyn's friends. 

Once the reader gets stuck into this story and absorbed into Kaitlyn's life they will have a hard time putting it down. Between the character interactions and the general plot there is nothing they wont love. The whole book keeps the readers on there toes. 

Now let me tell you about the Author, Grayson Avery who wrote The Sweet Water Circle Series. A romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30s and 40s as the help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty and downright hysterical situations. 

Overall this book was amazing and really got me invested in the Sweet Water Circle group. I was so happy to then discover that the 2nd book all about Kaitlyn's sister Jenn is out in April. Everything about this book I adored including the ending, which kept me on my toes. You can get your copy HERE

Until Next Time

Emma

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Saturday, 13 March 2021

Blog tour: The First Man by Alex Kelly*

 

'Shane
Do you want to know what it means to live like me? It means being forced not to look at him, not to touch him, not to be left alone in the same room as him. Not to seek him out. Not to want him. Not to love him. Do you know how it feels to spend your entire life pretending to be someone else? Do you know what it’s like to love someone who doesn’t want to be loved?
I’ll tell you how it feels. It feels as if you’re living in constant torment: you know which path you should follow, but you also know that, if you follow that path, you can never turn back. And I can’t do that to him. Every day I come back, because I know that he’s waiting for me.
Every day I promise him that he will never have to live without me.

Andy
Do you know what it means to live like me? It means being forced not to touch him, not to kiss him, not to be able to leave the room while he’s still in it. Not to breathe him in, not to lust after him. Not to love him. Do you know how it feels to spend your entire life pretending to be someone else? Do you know what it’s like to love the only person you’re not allowed to love?
I’ll tell you how it works. You can’t seem to feel anything other than him; when you walk away, you know that you’re turning your back on the only thing that’s good in your life.
Yet you still walk away. Every day I leave, knowing that he will be standing there, watching.
Every day I ask him to promise me that I will never have to live without him.'

This is the story of Shane & Andy, which consists of 75 Chapters and is a M&M romance. It is the second in the 'From Connemara With Love' series. This story is intriguing from the story and is a brilliant friends to lovers series full of character interactions. These character interactions are mixed in the respect that some are between family while others are between friends. 

One of the main themes I see in this book is secret love and being true to who you are. Throughout the book we are given both Shane & Andy's point of view on present events as well as how it all began in the past. The best thing about going to the past is not only does the reader discover how they became to be who they are but also because it switches point of view the reader is given a chance to see how they both really feel. 

The only thing that can be said about the character interaction is that it is on point. The author gives you just enough information about the different characters so they do not take away from the main two but also it's enough for the readers to be left wanting to know more about these characters. 

Let me tell you about the Author Alex Kelly, who writes uplifting, emotional and heartwarming romantic fiction and family saga. She is a bibliophile, a Yogi, a lover of English Literature and a baking enthusiast. Alex was born in Italy but now lives in Ireland with her husband their two children and a cat named Oscar. 

Overall I enjoyed this book immensely, it left me with the need to not only read the first book within this series but hope that this will not be the last one. Once I started this book I found myself unable to put it down, to the point that after I woke up the following morning the first thing I did was to continue reading. You can get your copy HERE

Until Next Time

Emma

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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Review: Flirting with Forever by Lasairiona E. McMaster*

 


'He’s got the girl of his dreams; he’s playing the game as captain of the team, and he’s working on getting the graduation gown. The finish line is in sight. All Jeremy has to do is stay focused, work hard, and keep pushing. He has finally gotten his life together, and he’s ready to rock this adulting thing.
Or at least he was.
Things unravel quicker than you can say ‘pass the puck’ when Chelsea’s ex, Johnny, moves to Alabama to play for the Chargers. Jeremy’s Chargers.
On thin ice with his girl, his team and his degree. Jeremy wonders… What if love really isn’t enough?'

I can't explain how excited I was when I was offered this book. This is the third and final book in the Jeremy Lewis series and what a book it is. This final installment about Chelsea and Jeremy consists of 27 Chapters, which seems long but when you are reading it. However readers will soon realize that it goes by too quickly. 

Just like the other two books in this series, this one is as addicting as ever. From the very beginning until the very last word. Once I was hooked I didn't put this book down until I had read every single word. One of the great things about this book is it really catches the reader up with how the second book ended as well as the missing time right at the get go. Meaning no matter how much time has past since reading the second book the reader will know what is going on. 

The book is filled with all kind of moments both intense and giggle worthy. Also the writer somehow manages to swap between the two so flawlessly that readers will be baffled that they have gone from some intense moments to then giggling out load like a child.  

There is something I feel I need to warn all future readers about so they are need aware, which is to make sure there are some tissues near by. Not saying that everyone will end up in tears but if you have a habit of getting so into books that your emotions get involved than tears can be expected. Now I am not going to say whether they are happy or sad tears, I will leave that for you guys to find out.

Now let me tell you a little bit about the Author Lasairiona McMaster, she writes sassy, classy and badassy women with strong, yet vulnerable men. She openly deals with mental health issues and challenges the readers expectations. She often explores tough-to-handle topics and 'taboos' and books with a whole lotta heart. She can either be found baking sweet treats in her kitchen while singing at the top of her lungs, or enjoying a gin and lemonade by the Irish Sea. When she is 'home' in Texas she can be found at Chuys eating her body weight in chips and queso, washing it down with a margarite swirl, that's if she isn't eating freshly popped popcorn while buying things she doesn't need in Target.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the character interactions are as on point as you will expect for this author. Not only that but it will leave the reader feeling all the feels and wanting more from the Author. This readers has yet to read AJ's story, however now that I have finished this series, I am more eager than ever to do so. You can get your copy HERE.

Until Next Time

Emma

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