Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Lucky Charm by Beth Bolden

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Title: The Lucky Charm (Portland Series #1)

Author: Beth Bolden

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Publication Date: April 30, 2014

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

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IT ’S THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH . . .

Izzy Dalton’s about to strike out. Her new job as the sideline reporter for the Portland Pioneers major league baseball team is problematic on several levels:

  1. Baseball is her least-favorite sport. Falling behind golf, tennis, and maybe even curling.
  2. What Izzy knows about baseball could fill about three minutes of airtime.
  3. Her last experience in front of a camera was in college. Six years ago.
  4. The Pioneers’ second baseman has a wicked sense of humor and even wickeder blue eyes.

AND A FULL COUNT. . .

Jack Bennett couldn’t be more uninterested in a little sideline action. He just wants to show up at the park and win baseball games. Izzy is the one woman he should steer clear of, but she’s also the key to his success–and his heart, too.

All Izzy has to do is convince her misogynistic boss she’s competent, learn what the heck an RBI is, and stay away from Jack Bennett. Izzy tells herself it’ll be a snap, but 162 games is longer than she ever imagined and Jack more irresistible than she counted on.

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My ThoughtsI love baseball and I love romance.  I was really excited to get to read and review a book that combined the two.  Many sports romance books have a predictable plot and boring characters.  THE LUCKY CHARM was a delightfully, refreshing story.  Izzy is a sweet girl who is thrown into a job that she doesn’t care to do.  I love that the author did not transform her into a plastic beauty in order for her to do her job.  Izzy meets Jack Bennett and he’s not the good looking golden boy ball player.  Jack’s the normal guy who lives and loves baseball.  It was very refreshing that the two main characters didn’t fall in love at first sight and then fall in bed within moments of meeting each other.  THE LUCKY CHARM is a fun read with believable characters and a romance that felt very natural.

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Beth Bolden lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat and one fiance. She wholly believes in Keeping Portland Weird, but wishes she didn’t have to make the yearly pilgrimage up to Seattle to watch her Boston Red Sox play baseball. If only the Portland Pioneers weren’t only figments of her imagination.

After graduating from university with a degree in English, Beth unsurprisingly had no idea what to do with her life, and spent the next few years working for a medical equipment supplier, a technology company, and an accounting firm. Now Beth runs her own business as a Girl Friday for small business owners, assisting them with administration, bookkeeping and their general sanity.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. Her first novel, The Lucky Charm, will be available in the beginning of 2014.

In her nonexistent spare time, she enjoys preparing overambitious recipes, baking yummy treats, cuddling with the aforementioned cat and fiance, and of course, writing. She’s currently at work on the The Lucky Charm‘s sequel, featuring Noah Fox. She hopes he’s a lot easier to wrangle than Jack Bennett was.

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Giveaway$25.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

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Blog Tour & Review: Be With Me by J. Lynn

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By: J.Lynn

Release Date: February 4, 2014
Source: Purchased for my library

Publisher: William Morrow/Harper Collins

Series: Wait for You #2

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Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

What a GREAT book!  This story had everything…..romance, mystery, humor, and schmexy times.  I really enjoyed Wait for You, the first book in this series, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.  Cam and Avery are back for book 2 but the main story is focused on Teresa (“Tess”) and Jase.  Tess is Cam’s little sister and her world has just been turned upside down.  My first impression of her is that she would be a wallflower and pine over Jase.  She had been in an abusive relationship and was having a difficult time getting past those hurt feelings.  Boy was a wrong!  Insert Jase in her life and she is a fiery one!  Jase is a hot boy on a horse with a secret. (Oooooooo!) Tess wants more from Jase and I LOVE how she goes after what she wants.  I don’t want to give away too much because this story has several twists and turns that really surprised me.  You’re gonna love this one…..trust me!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Review: Pretty Little Dreams by Jennifer Miller

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By: Jennifer Miller

Release Date: January 13, 2014
Source: From Author to Review

There is a place in all of us where our deepest secrets lie in wait for their moment to surface, and surface they will.

After living through a real live nightmare, Olivia wants nothing but to forget. Forget and move on. But how do you forget something that has stained your soul and forces you to lie to your loved ones? Even if your intentions are to spare them the horrors of the truth?

Luke knows Olivia is not as recovered as she would have him believe. He can see the pain she tries to keep hidden behind her eyes, and knows she has not told him everything. But how do you save someone who won’t let you in? Where shame holds Olivia captive, Luke suffers through the guilt of not protecting the one person he loves more than anything.

Can two people who have suffered so dearly find a way to come together or will they risk the dreams they have placed in each other’s hearts? Can love find a way where forgiveness cannot?

 

Stunned!  That was absolutely me at the end of Jennifer Miller’s debut novel Pretty Little Lies.  A cliffhanger that I totally loved!  Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long to find out more about Olivia and Luke.  I was immediately captivated by Pretty Little Dreams from the very beginning.  I desperately wanted to know what would happen to this beautiful couple.  Jennifer did a wonderful job of telling Olivia’s and Luke’s stories through alternating points of view for each chapter.  I felt the different points of view helped give the reader much more insight into Olivia and Luke and their struggle to find their way.  Things aren’t easy for these two….but I know I would LOVE to have Luke help me when I’m down.  Olivia is a very lucky lady.  No review of this book would be complete without mentioning the wonderful best friend, Pyper.  She is a spectacular character…….loyal, fun and fabulous.  This story has so much to offer….romance, friendship, action, angst, and schmexy times too!  Pretty Little Dreams is a GREAT story!  I know you’ll love it too!

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Beautiful Beginning — Book Review and Giveaway

Beautiful Beginning

By: Christina Lauren

Published by: Gallery Books
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Source: From Publisher to Review

Back when not being able to stand each other also meant not being able to keep their hands off each other in Beautiful Bastard, neither Bennett nor Chloe could have seen this day coming.

An exasperated bride who just wants to elope. A determined groom whose only focus is getting to the wedding night. And—of course—a whole lot of name calling.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive this book from Gallery on my doorstep.  I had no idea it was coming and it was a WONDERFUL surprise.  Beautiful Beginning was so much more than I expected.  Bennett and Chloe were as passionate as ever but also laugh out loud funny mixed with some sweet A-HA moments.  All the usual cast of ‘Beautiful’ characters are involved and we also meet a few of Bennett’s and Chloe’s interesting family members.  I know you’re going to love this book.  I’m trying not to be too sad that this is the end of the ‘Beautiful’ series. Maybe we can convince Christina and Lauren to share more about these characters in the future. ::crosses fingers::

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