Sunday, June 17, 2018

REVIEW: The Wonder of You

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The Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid

Modern Alice in Wonderland Re-telling 

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What it's about:

What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland: New York City. The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program. Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’. Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude. He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart. Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City.

No it’s not a PNR.  It’s a light, funny romantic comedy. Fast-paced with entertaining banter, it loosely uses the Alice in Wonderland concept. Alice, clin psych grad student just moved to NYC to finish her degree. This is one girl who has no problem standing up for herself and doing so in a southern belle way that lays down the smackdown, but with that sweet smile. Then she meets Dare, a celebrated artist. Liked this guy because he felt real and, perhaps, unlike many stories, he didn’t sleep around.
Not always a big insta-love kinda reader but it worked in this story. I was flipping pages to the end because this couple was magic together...and boy did they know how to argue. Love an author who can make this work.
Just a heads up these characters have some rather heavy emotional baggage to sort through. There’s a rich cast of secondary characters, especially Alice’s sister and friends who are strong and sometimes overpowering but all waiting in the wings for their stories.

  Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. For years, she was a jill of all trades and a master of none, but is now tickled hot pink to pen stories that break and mend people's hearts for a living. Kincaid believes seduction occurs from the neck up, which is why her characters are smart, sexy, and slightly quirky - and definitely worthy to be your next hard-core book crush.
When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh 'til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil' town, Vienna, Virginia.
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Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my own dad who taught me to show respect for others, to value education, and who taught me to never stop working hard to get where I wanted to go. He taught me preparation and hardwork is the foundation of success. Love you Dad!


Saturday, June 16, 2018

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Just Pretend by J.P. Nicolas

Congrats to J.P. Nicholas on his new release, JUST PRETEND ! 

About the book:

When yet another publisher rejects Hannah’s most recent book due to poor love scenes, she concocts a fail-proof plan to increase her creativity… spine-tingling, no strings attached sex. How can she write about love and lust if she's never really felt it? As the only man in her life she truly trusts, Logan is the perfect one to help her find this new side of herself—and stand in as her pretend boyfriend at an upcoming reunion. For Logan, a Broadway actor by trade and passion, Hannah’s proposal is both outrageous and intriguing—especially since he's fought for nineteen years of friendship to avoid thinking of her in a physical way. Against all reason, Logan takes the bait and agrees… then ups the ante by turning their pretend relationship into a pretend engagement in front of her entire family. Now, they just have to navigate their new situation while playing house… and somehow remember this is all Just Pretend…  

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My Thoughts:
A laugh out loud, fun ride. BFFs Logan, the actor, and Hannah, the aspiring novelist, decide to fake it for her family reunion. These two have been friends for a long time...since grade school even though they're now in their 30's. They hadn't recognized how well they would work as a couple until they fake it. Yep, there's a lot of simmering longing from both sides. Yet, they value their friendship. The premise sounds fairly cliché friends-to-lovers, but the story has some fun twists before they get their HEA.
The blurb promised a no strings attached sex in the name of research for a book, a premise of many a story that leads into a failed friendship-relationship. But it didn't exactly deliver on this premise Instead, I found the story focused on the evolution of their relationship than her need to do some sex research to boost her novelist career, which I must say was a relief.
The story is in first person and most is written from Logan's POV. We only get a few glimpses into her thoughts. It works, although his character becomes more emotional, almost out of character at times, as the book progressed. There were a few chapter-long flashbacks in her POV, which I must admit I skimmed since I'm not a huge fan of long segments on what already happened.
Overall, enjoyed this book tremendously.


About J.P. Nicolas:

J.P. Nicholas has the great misfortune to be A Male Romance Writer. Turns out, men are also hopeless romantics, given half the chance, and Nicholas’ fascination with love began long before he could write. His parents—high school sweethearts who are still mad for each other—left him enamored with the idea of true love, and its ability to transform and redeem even the most jaded soul. Nicholas lives to capture this magic, lust, and passion on the page; his characters known for their sizzling chemistry and chest-squeezing plot lines.   When J.P. Nicholas isn’t tapping away at his laptop, he can be found in his home state of Florida, binge-watching This Is Us with his girlfriend, or devouring Italian food with his family. His latest novel, Just Pretend, is a friends-to-lovers drama and the first in his new Sandy Heights series, to be released in June.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Splash into summer giveaway hop

Summer is here and a new giveaway hop is on! What are you looking forward to in the summer? Beach, mountains, somewhere else? Or maybe a staycation?

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Hooked on a Witch - Prism Finalist

Wowzers...Hooked on a Witch is a finalist for the prestigious Prism Award in urban fantasy romance.
So honored to be recognized amongst such great authors.

Did you miss this one? It's a stand-alone with a lot of magical elements.

The witch hunter cannot fall for the witch...

Pleiades witch Shannon Randolph has been framed for a theft she didn’t do. She has one week to return a stolen relic to the god it belongs or she will be executed. What’s worse? Evil magic-wielding wackos are coming out of the woodwork after her to get it. But the biggest danger is Merck. This sexy, dangerous witch-hunter who understands all forms of magic might be her only hope. Enlisting his help may require she be a very naughty witch.

The moment Shannon strolls back into Jason Merck’s life he’s in trouble. There’s something about the witch he can’t resist, but he must. The witch hunter cannot fall for 


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Giveaway/Review and new release: Just One of the royals by Leah/Kate Cooper

So happy to present this YA release to you. My thoughts are below.

What it's about:
Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.
Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.

Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever...


A hothead hockey player finds himself in the middle of the Princess Diaries. Only, he's the royal. Not her. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about teenagers being stupid teenagers who can't communicate how much they're into each other. Yep, it was totally annoying about their lack of social communication skills, but, hey, that's so true for any kid who's sixteen. I mean, how in the world could any teenager come to grips with suddenly taking on the mantle of ruling a kingdom? Especially a kingdom that doesn't like him, accept him and he doesn't particular fit into.
My one gripe was the story did have too many echoes of the Princess Diaries from the posse of royal's American friends to the butler-that's-on-my-side.
Overall, it's cute and fun...a great weekend read. 

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Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean and inside a temperate rainforest fed their sense of adventure as children, and nourished a curiosity for strange and distant lands. They fed this curiosity with books - lots and lots of books. After experiencing the magic of Middle-earth, they began creating their own worlds. When they're not writing, Leah and Kate spend their time blogging and vlogging about their travel adventures and their writing journey.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review and New Release: One Baby Daddy by Meghan Quinn


Meghan Quinn's got a new release!

What it's about:
"What are you doing now that your team is out of the running for the Stanley Cup?"
 I need to forget.
I need an escape.
 Only one person isn't falling for my reputation as the NHL's Golden Boy; she captured my attention the minute she called me out for snooping through my best friend's house. She didn't want to hear my reason--she only wanted to playfully give me a hard time. Adalyn is bold, sassy--and the perfect escape. She's everywhere. In town and in my dreams, and suddenly I need to spend every waking moment with her. And I do, making this summer the best off-season I've ever had. But in the midst of getting lost in Adalyn, what I don't expect is to get her pregnant. And what I definitely don't expect is having to fight for her affection.

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This one’s a slow simmer into a roller coaster ride between Hayden, the NHL superstar, and Adalyn, the nurse, who meet at a friend’s house. There’s a lot of chemistry between the two which they initially try to deny...the idiots. Then, of course, enter the baby angle, which adds mucho grande complications between the two of them. No worries these two worked through their angst to have a satisfying HEA. Entertaining read, no doubt. 

I’ve not ready any of the others in the Dating By Numbers series, but had no trouble following. I could tell when other characters made appearances who likely had their own stories.

     Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!