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Roman’s Holiday Blog Tour

22 Dec, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Roman's Holiday

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Roman’s Holiday by Susan Aylworth

Four years after Roman Kincaid was catapulted into stardom as a country-western singer and A-list movie star, he is burned out: exhausted by a grueling schedule, drained by the ceaseless demands of producers and managers, weary of meeting the needs of others at the expense of his own. Leaving a sold-out show in Phoenix, he rents a car and drives north and east, landing in the Painted Desert town of Rainbow Rock.
Nearly three years after leaving her old life behind, Lottie Beale is feeding people and baking pies, managing the Kachina Café and tending secrets of her own. When circumstances conspire to give two attractive people some time alone together amid the world-class vistas of the Four Corners, they discover more than either had bargained for.
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Susan AAuthor Susan Aylworth

Susan Aylworth started her first book when she was nine. “It was called Buff, The Proud Stallion. I wrote eight whole pages.” For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become “a rich and famous author.” Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the ‘author’ part of that goal. A former university professor, she enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. “It’s one way to live many lives at once.” She lives in northern California with her husband of 45 years and two spoiled cats.

Excerpt

In the kitchen with the door swinging closed between them, she took a moment to gather herself, planning to be at her sunniest when she went back to the dining room. He’s leaving and I’m not going with him. At least I can send him away with a smile. She cut into her “Roman’s Holiday” pie and plated two slices, each on a swirl of chocolate sauce. Then she added another swirl and a dollop of whipped cream to the top. Picking up two forks, she took a deep breath, pretended a smile, and went to serve the man she loved. “Here it is, the new pie sensation of the century.”
“I can hardly wait.”
She set a slice in front of him. “Before you take a bite, I want you to know I made it to taste like you. No, that’s not what I mean! Not to taste like you taste—” She stopped herself. Then she grinned. “If I knew how to make that, every woman in the country would buy it.”
Roman acknowledged the compliment with a nod.
She tried again. “I wanted it to taste like who you are. Ugh, I’m botching this something awful. Just taste it and tell me what you think.” She waited while he cut a bite of the pie and lifted it to his mouth.
“Oh Lottie.” He closed his eyes, savoring the flavor. “It’s marvelous.”
“Really? You’re not just saying that?”
“It’s mar-ve-lous!”
“I thought it was a winner. Glad you like it.”
“Like it? I love it! Tastes like me, huh?”
“Well, like who you are, like what this time together has meant… to me.”

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Books Read and DNF’s for 2015

18 Dec, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Happy to announce I met my Goodreads goal of 85 books this year and am still reading. Thus far, 88 books in 2015.

Here’s the breakdown…

READ

Joyfully Yours
Lamont, Amy

More Than the Tattooed Mormon
Carraway, Al Fox

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses
Hale, Jenny

Bud’s Christmas Wish
Nemer, Ashley

The Billionaire’s First Christmas (Winters Love #1)
Rayner, Holly

Operation White Christmas: An Escape to the Country Novella
Edwards, Nicki

The Match of the Century (Marrying the Duke, #1)
Maxwell, Cathy

Fall Apples: Crisp and Juicy
Rustad, Martha E.H.

Fall Pumpkins: Orange and Plump
Rustad, Martha E.H.

Fall Harvests: Bringing in Food
Rustad, Martha E.H.

The Woodland Folk Meet the Gnomes
Wolf, Tony

Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey
Parish, Herman

Christmas at the Vicarage
Boxall, Rebecca

From Paris With Love This Christmas
Wake, Jules

I Need a Hero
Bennet, Emma

Mountains Between Us
Proctor, Jenny

Better Latte Than Never
Clark, Catherine

Secret Santa
James, Sabrina

Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology
Checketts, Cami

North for Christmas
Dymock, Christina

A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft (An Amish Brides of Pinecraft Christmas, #4)
Gray, Shelley Shepard

The Great Christmas Knit-Off
Brown, Alexandra

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
L’Engle, Madeleine

Always Will
Jacobson, Melanie

Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
Waters, Kate

Archeology
McIntosh, Jane

I Want to Read
Wright, Betty Ren

The Grouchy Ladybug
Carle, Eric

Georgie (Georgie The Ghost, #1)
Bright, Robert

Marshmallow
Newberry, Clare Turlay

The Power of Determination: The Story of Ronald Reagan

Rasmussen, Della Mae

Now It’s Fall (Seasons, #2)
Lenski, Lois

Wheedle on the Needle
Cosgrove, Stephen

My First Golden Dictionary
Reed, Mary

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Kipling, Rudyard

The Berenstain Bears’ Nature Guide
Berenstain, Stan

Mr. Grumble
Hargreaves, Roger

Mr. Cheerful
Hargreaves, Roger

Little Miss Chatterbox
Hargreaves, Roger

Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove, #1)
Savage, J. Scott

Out of the Ashes
Buck, Alicia

Ignite (Defy, #2)
Larson, Sara B.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Smith, Jennifer E.

Westly: A Spider’s Tale
Beus, Bryan

Heart’s Journey
McKendry, Kristen

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)
Carson, Rae

Shades of Doon (Doon, #3)
Corp, Carey

Misty of Chincoteague (Misty, #1)
Henry, Marguerite

Everything, Everything
Yoon, Nicola

Simply Anna
Moore, Jennifer

Happy Bento!: Lunches on the Go
Adden, Anna

Red Scarf Girl
Jiang, Ji-li

The Secrets of Attraction
Constantine, Robin

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Annette Lyon Collection
Lyon, Annette

Love on a Whim
Mace, Aubrey

The Blueprint of Christ’s Church
Callister, Tad R.

Drive Me Crazy
McVoy, Terra Elan

Missionary: Possible: Preparation Tips from New Testament Heroes
Rigby, Eric

Emmy & Oliver
Benway, Robin

Lord Fenton’s Folly
Kilpack, Josi S.

Autumn’s Kiss (Autumn Falls, #2)
Thorne, Bella

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse, #1)
Cleary, Beverly

Maine Squeeze
Clark, Catherine

On the Fence
West, Kasie

Book Scavenger

Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss

The Prince and the Pauper
Twain, Mark

A Man for All Seasons
Bolt, Robert

The Fill-In Boyfriend
West, Kasie

Playing For Keeps
Clark, Ranee S.

Mighty Miracles
Olaveson, Breanna

Bondage (Moses Chronicles #1)
Moore, H.B.

The Power of Attitude: The Story of George Washington
Metten, Patricia

Enslaved to Saved: The Metaphor of Christ as Our Master
Litchfield, W. Reid

City Love (City Love, #1)
Colasanti, Susane

Model Misfit (Geek Girl, #2)
Smale, Holly

Wrong About the Guy
LaZebnik, Claire

A Heart Revealed

Kilpack, Josi S. 

Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1)
Childs, Tera Lynn

Silence
Lytton, Deborah

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #2)
Finn, Katie

Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics, #1)
Swendson, Shanna

The Recipe Hacker: Comfort Foods without Soy, Dairy, Cane Sugar, Gluten, and Grain
Keuilian, Diana

Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance
Jacobson, Melanie

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Perkins, Stephanie

Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery, #1)
Alexander, Ellie

 

The Testing (The Testing, #1)
Charbonneau, Joelle

Ash & Bramble
Prineas, Sarah

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Verne, Jules

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)
Carson, Rae

Secrets of Selkie Bay
Thomas, Shelley Moore

The Maloneys’ Magical Weatherbox
Quinlan, Nigel

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Ockler, Sarah

Clariel (Abhorsen, #4)
Nix, Garth

Falling into Place
Zhang, Amy

Extraordinary Means
Schneider, Robyn

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Kaufman, Amie

 

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Seaside Christmas Book Blast and $50 Giveaway

01 Dec, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

 

seaside christmasSeaside Christmas by Stacy Claflin

He can’t stand her. She thinks he’s crazy. Will their feelings stay etched in permanent ink?

Cruz Hunter has always stuck out in his small hometown. Now that he’s covered in tattoos, the residents peg him as even more of an outcast. It seems like the whole world is against his dream of opening a local tattoo parlor.

When he finally finds the perfect place for his new business, Cruz discovers a pastor and his daughter have already bought it. The only thing more irritating than the change in his plan is Talia, a beautiful and feisty argument in a dress. Cruz would like nothing more than to have her out of his life and his mind, but for some reason, she’s the only thing he can think about.

If Cruz and Talia can stop arguing long enough, opposites may do much more than attract.

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Meet the Hunter brothers of Kittle Falls…

The Seaside Hunters novels are a series of contemporary sweet romances. They’re set in the beach town of Kittle Falls, following the Hunter brothers as they make their way back to their hometown and find the loves they couldn’t elsewhere. Each book is a standalone.

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StacyAuthor Stacy Claflin

I don’t stick to a single genre in my writing, reading, or viewing. My favorite shows include Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, Lost Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time.

I’ve been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble because I would try to convince others that my stories were real.

When I’m not busy writing, I like spending time with my family and friends. I also educate my kids from home.

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Sweets and Treats with Six Sisters’ Stuff Blog Tour & Review

30 Nov, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I received this book for free from Shadow Mountain in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sweets and Treats with Six Sisters’ Stuff

by Six SIsters' Stuff
Published by Shadow Mountain on September 29, 2015
Genres: Adult, Cookbook
Pages: 169
Format: Paperback
five-stars
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After growing up in a close-knit family in Utah, the sisters scattered across the country when they went off to college, got married, and had kids. To keep in touch, they started the Six Sis­ters’ Stuff blog, which (much to their surprise!) attracted a massive following. Today, SixSis­tersStuff.com is an Internet sensation filled with recipes, meal planners, DIY projects, and more!

At the core of the Six Sisters’ brand are home-grown values: a devotion to family, love, and togetherness. And delicious, lovingly prepared food, of course!
SWEETS & TREATS is a treasure trove of ideas for the fun parent. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a festive after school snack, kids will be dazzled by Homemade Twix Bars, Circus Animal Truffles, Samoa Cupcakes, or Churro Chex Mix! Rock the school bake sales with spins on the classics —from Reese’s Brownies to Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. And the recipes are so easy that kids can even bake along!

For party time, after dinner, or even just some well-deserved self-indulgence , SWEETS & TREATS is filled to the brim with cakes, pies, and other swoon-worthy delights like Brownie Caramel Cheesecake, Mini Pumpkin Pies, Berries and Cream Trifle, or perfect raspberry sorbet. This book features classic recipes derived from the Six Sisters’ family heritage (like their Fresh Peach Pie!) alongside innovative creations (Peanut Butter Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes, any­one?), that will give you options for easy entertaining.

Also included are these magnificent delights:
Hot Fudge Sundae Ice Cream Cake
Microwave Caramels
Frozen Grasshopper Cookie Pie
Rocky Road Fudge
Brownie Caramel Cheesecake

Every recipe is accompanied by a colorful photo and there are lots of whimsical sidebars throughout the book that offer great family activities, tricks for parties, crafts, and even ideas for cute, easy date nights. The Sisters know first-hand what it’s like to juggle a hectic life, and they’ve designed everything so that you can concentrate on putting a smile on your family’s faces.
The proof is in the pudding (and also the cakes, brownies, and cookies!): With the Six Sisters you can put dessert first!

Review

I do believe there were actual squeals when this cook book arrived in our mailbox. My oldest daughter is quite the chef and she went right to work cooking up a recipe from Sweets and treats with Six Sisters’ Stuff. We’ve enjoyed various brownies over the past few weeks. She loves the presentation, the photos and the glossy pages. We also enjoyed the fun ideas for families like a neighborhood cookie walk, decorative ways to package treats, and new holiday traditions. I can not wait for the frozen grasshopper cookie pie or microwave caramels! Six Sisters’ Stuff cookbooks are among our very favorites and they are a must have for anyone who loves comfort food and family togetherness.

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Operation White Christmas: An Escape to the Country Novella

18 Nov, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment


Operation White Christmas: An Escape to the Country Novella
Escape to the Country #2.5
by Nicki Edwards
Kindle Edition, 153 pages
Expected publication: December 17th 2015
by Pan Macmillan AU
Source: Netgalley

Hollie Douglas has dreamed of a White Christmas ever since she was a child, but her dream implodes when her fiancé breaks her heart two months before their big day. Convinced by her best friend to go ahead with her planned honeymoon anyway, Hollie doesn’t expect to find herself stuck in a snowstorm in rural Canada two days before Christmas.

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Review

Love, love, loved this book! Often I pick up a novella and am not satisfied because there just aren’t enough pages to being the story line to a full arc or truly enjoy the characters. Not so with Operation White Christmas. The first chapter was a little rough, but after that it was smooth sailing and a dream to read.

Hollie and Jim are wonderful, the setting makes for a quaint, quirky white Christmas and the romance was slow and sweet. This is one I would buy and read again. Short but packed with goodness. I love that the main man was a photographer who owned alpacas and that the main female had never seen snow being from Australia. A great go to for a short Holiday romance.

About the Author

Nicki Edwards is a city girl with a country heart. Growing up on a small family acreage on the outskirts of Geelong, she spent her formative years riding horses and pretending the neighbour’s farm was her own.

After spending three years in a regional city in New South Wales, her love of small country towns was further developed. One day she plans to escape to the country with her husband Tim and live on land, surrounded by horses, dogs, cows and sheep. Until then she lives vicariously through the lives of the characters in the rural romance novels she loves to read.

In 2006, when Nicki’s youngest child started school, she returned to university, juggling full time study, part time work and raising four small children, to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. Always a voracious reader, Nicki’s other dream was to be an author.
Nicki writes medical rural romance for Momentum and when she isn’t reading, writing or dreaming about rural life and medical emergencies, she can be found working as a Critical Care Nurse in a busy Intensive Care Unit, where many of her stories and characters are imagined.

Nicki and Tim reside in Geelong, Victoria with their four teenage/young adult children. Life is busy, fun and at times exhausting, but Nicki wouldn’t change it for anything.

Her debut novel, “Intensive Care” was released in January 2015 with Momentum, the digital imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia. Her second novel, “Emergency Response” comes out in October 2015. The third and fourth books in the ‘Escape to the Country’ series, “Life Support” and “Critical Condition” will be released in 2016.

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Christmas at the Vicarage Review

18 Nov, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

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Christmas at the Vicarage Review

Christmas at the Vicarage

by Rebecca Boxall
Published by Lake Union Publishing on Nov 17, 2015
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Christmas
Pages: 226
Format: eARC
four-stars
Source: Netgalley
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It’s been fifteen years since Rosamunde last lived at the vicarage in Potter’s Cove, the pretty coastal village where she grew up, experienced her first true love—and a heartbreak that changed her life forever. But now Potter’s Cove is calling her back: it’s time to make peace with the past and go home.

Rosamunde’s return to the vicarage in the days before Christmas is a whirlwind of festive cheer and heartwarming reunions with friends, family and her loving father, the vicar. And while seeing the old place after all this time stirs painful memories of long-ago grief, it also reminds her of all the love she left behind. Fifteen years ago she vowed never to let herself be vulnerable again—but now that she’s back she’s not so sure. Is it possible that real happiness could strike more than once?

Spanning three decades of family life, Christmas at the Vicarage is a warm, feel-good tale that examines what it means to love and to lose—and to be brave enough to try again.

What drew me to this book?

The cover and a promise of a Christmas story set on the English coast

What I Liked?

There were plenty of plot twists to keep the reader absolutely engaged through the whole book. It is set in two time periods, life for Rosamnunde as a teen and life as a woman in her 40’s trying to resolve the past.

I loved the part set in Paris and the stories she hears about her mother as a young woman. While the ending was slightly predictable, I truly enjoyed the main male character and his gentle nature.

I struggled with

The “love her life” Stephen and his selfish ways.

The fact that some of the story elements were very convenient and far fetched.

Overall, while not necessarily a light hearted fun Christmas book, it shows hope in recovery from sadness and despair. Christmas at the Vicarage has a great cast of supporting characters and a feel good at the end conclusion.

Content: Adult (highlight to reveal) language, sex, extramarital affairs.

About the Author

Rebecca Boxall was born in 1977 in East Sussex, where she grew up in a bustling vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband and two children. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer, and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer’s Bureau. Christmas at the Vicarage is her first novel.

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Treasure by S. Smith ~Blog Tour and Giveaway

17 Nov, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

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Treasure by S. Smith

It’s 2077. There’s no apocalypse, but some things are different. Things like the weather, the internet, and food. In twelve-year-old Clare’s world, blueberry is just a flavor and apples are found only in fairy tales.

One day Clare meets Ana, who teaches her about seeds and real food, despite suspicions that such actions are illegal.

When the authorities discover the children’s forbidden tomato plant and arrest their mother, Clare and her brother flee. Clare has heard of a place called “The Garden State,” and with their bikes, a little money, and backpacks, the children begin a lonely cross-country journey that tests them both physically and spiritually.

Will they succeed in their quest to find a place of food freedom? And can they, only children, help change the world?

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Excerpt

Clare walked faster, clutching the tiny packet to her chest. The sound of the footsteps behind kept pace. She darted down an alley she knew well—turning right, then left, then right again. Standing still, her back against the wall, she listened. The footsteps had not followed her; she had lost them.
Twenty minutes later and safe in the apartment, she met with her co-conspirators: Dante, her seven-year-old brother, and Lily, her best friend.
“I have something to show you, but you have to promise not to tell.”
“We promise.”
Holding out her closed fist, she whispered, “What I have here will change the world.”
Dante’s eyes widened. “It’s so small.”
“It may be small now,” she told him, “but what I have in my hand will get bigger. It will grow and make more.”
“What is it?” Lily asked.
“Is it magic?” asked Dante.
She opened her hand.

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Praise for Seed Savers

“I haven’t been this in love with an individual young adult book since Lois Lowry’s The Giver… 221 pages of exciting young adult goodness! I devoured it, and it was delicious.” -Anakalian Whims Book Blog

“Here’s a great piece of “juvenile” literature that doesn’t lose sight of one key fact: kids can think.”- Lit Prof, Amazon Reviewer

“I highly recommend this book for tweens and teens who enjoy reading the dystopian genre and who are looking for a non-violent and thought-provoking story.” – Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews



S SmithAuthor S. Smith

S. Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can’t taste the soil on a carrot, it’s not fresh enough.

As an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Ms. Smith has enjoyed teaching students from around the world.

Smith is a member ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors) and saves seeds for her local seed bank.

She gardens and writes at her home in the beautiful and green Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband, two children, and two cats.

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That Girl, Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Story by James Ramos

13 Nov, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

 

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That Girl, Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Story by James Ramos

IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that geeky guys never get to date the pretty girls with permanent scowls.

To Elliott Bennett, life is simple. It’s all parties, skateboarding, and arguing over who would win in a fight between Hulk and Superman with his friends. It’s his senior year, and he wants nothing more than to soak up his final year of freedom before real life begins.

That is, until Darcy Fitzwilliam and her best friend Bridget move in to the only mansion in the neighborhood. When Elliott meets Darcy at a party, he finds out that she isn’t into skateboarding (which he lives for), she hates science fiction (which he loves), and she thinks his friends are a pack of morons (which, honestly, might be half true)—and yet, there’s something irritatingly intriguing about her.

When Elliott’s cousin Jake starts to date her friend Bridget, it complicates Elliott’s plans to ignore the scowling Darcy for the rest of the year. Why is Darcy so . . . ugh? Elliott doesn’t know, but for some reason, is determined to find out—even if she doesn’t know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars.

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Praise for That Girl, Darcy

This book was a blast! ~ Heidi J. Doxey (Author, Liam Darcy, I Loathe You)

I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend to everyone! ~ Kflan (Amazon Reviewer)

JamesAbout the Author

James Ramos was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the oldest of four siblings. He wrote his first story at age nine and counts Frank Herbert’s Dune as his biggest influence. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is studying English. He is a self-proclaimed “dorkasaurus,” and has a roommate (who is a cat). He is almost never without a sonic screwdriver.

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From Paris With Love This Christmas by Jules Wake

12 Nov, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
From Paris With Love This Christmas by Jules Wake

From Paris With Love This Christmas

by Jules Wake
Published by Harper Impulse on Oct 29, 2015
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Christmas
Pages: 332
Format: eARC
four-stars
Source: Netgalley
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The gorgeous, Christmassy feel-good follow up to the Summer best-seller ‘From Italy With Love’.

Just until Christmas…

That’s what Paris socialite Siena Browne-Martin keeps telling herself. She’ll stay with her estranged sister, Laurie, just until Christmas. Running away from the chateaux to escape her hot-tempered fiancé Yves’s wrath, may not have been the most rational decision. But Laurie had always said that Siena had a room at the cottage and right now she really needed it.

But arriving at the airport to be greeted by the grumpiest, most brooding—and dangerously gorgeous—man Siena has ever met, is not what she expected. And learning that Laurie isn’t living at the cottage anymore is even more of a surprise. Now Siena is stuck rooming with sullen Jason Landon, which is definitely not in the plan! Especially when his protective nature and quiet compassion threatens to ignite something in Siena that she never knew existed…

For Jason, Christmas can’t come soon enough. This pampered Parisian princess is the last person he wants to share his house with—he knows the destruction high-maintenance gold-diggers can cause and he’s never going there again. But Jason soon realises that there’s more to his unexpected house guest than meets the eye and suddenly Siena staying just until Christmas doesn’t seem like long enough…

This Christmas, fly to Paris with Siena and Jason and experience the magic of the holiday season in From Paris With Love This Christmas by dazzling contemporary romance author Jules Wake!

Siena is a rich up and coming Parisien who hasn’t seen her sister in years. She’s running from an uncertain future and finds herself being picked up at the airport by the most grumpy driver she’s ever met. Only, he’s not just a driver, he’s her housemate. What starts off as a trip to escape turns into an opportunity to start over in England. Siena needs to find a job, pursue her dreams of being a fashion designer and mend relationships long neglected.

The most stunning parts of the book are set in Paris. I wish more of England could have been fleshed out in the same manner. This is an adult read as there is a lot of swearing. In fact, so much so that it turned me off. I enjoyed the character arc both Siena and Jason go through and the message of escaping abuse for a more healthy relationship. I also loved the richness of each friend she encounters and the resolution.  Thanks to Netgalley and HarperImpulse for the review copy!

Content- adult, highlight to view: domestic violence, sex, swearing.

 

About the Author

Jules’ earliest known declaration that she planned to be a writer came at the age of ten. Unfortunately the urge to actually get her backside into gear and write a book didn’t revisit her for quite some time after that.

After a twenty year career in the glamorous world of PR, working on luxury brands, she switched profession to give her more time and energy to write. By day she works in a junior school and by night writes romantic comedy and happy ever after stories which are the sort of books she’s always enjoyed reading.

Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was published by Choc Lit in 2014, and her second, From Italy With Love, published by HarperImpulse was released earlier this year in May and reached the top of the Amazon Kindle Charts. Her third novel, From Paris With Love This Christmas, published by HarperImpulse is now available as an ebook and the paperback will be published on 3rd December.

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