Friday, March 24, 2017

Blog Tour 'Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop' by Isabella Louise Anderson


Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop’.  This is a Romance novel that was published on March 17th.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29923543-cards-from-khloe-s-flower-shop
As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she's kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn't ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor's guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe's shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 17th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Romance
Pages:
290
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


When I first read the book description of ‘Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop’ I knew I needed to read this book. This book sounded like a fun romantic feel-good read, and at times I really like books like that. 
In ‘Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop’ we read the stories of three different woman who are all in a way connected to Khloe’s Flower Shop. There is Khloe, the owner of Khloe’s Flower Shop. There is Connie, a lonely woman with an imaginary boyfriend. And Gabby, a widow who really wants to start living her life again. These woman are all very different but they all have in common they really want to find love.

‘Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop’ is the perfect book to read when you’re in need of a feel-good story. The story is very cliché and predictable but it still makes you want to keep on reading because the characters are just so nice and loveable. The romance stories are just way too good to be true, but I didn’t really expect more by reading the book description so it worked perfectly for me. 

From the three stories, I liked Khloe’s story the most. I loved how she was this hardworking, self-made woman and I loved how strong she seemed to be. The romance between her and Derek felt the most true to me and I loved reading their story.
Connie’s story was definitely nice too, but she was just so awkward and really didn’t care much about herself.  And although I definitely enjoyed reading about Gabby and Harry, I felt like their story was the most unreal one. I just didn’t feel their chemistry. But I did love the way Gabby became a part of Harry’s family. 

Overall this was a nice story that definitely made me feel-good. The writing was very easy to follow, and very descriptive. And I really enjoyed my getting-away moment while reading this book.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.

Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.

For more information about Isabella please visit her blog. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review 'Reaper's Rival' by Simone Elise


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34239380-reaper-s-rival
The steamy and dramatic sequel to the Best Selling Reaper's Claim by Simone Elise.

After the events of the first book Abby has joined her half-sister’s gang Hellbound. Can Reaper claim her back?

Reaper:
This life gives you regrets on a silver platter. This life makes you colder, and there is a coldness in you now Abby, and I don’t like seeing it. It is what I was trying to protect you from. You always had an innocent heart, but something got inside and messed around with it, and I don’t like it. You can come back from this. Let me take all the bad from you, so you can go back to being you. Ain’t ever gonna stop trying to make you mine.

Abby:
You have to lose yourself to really find yourself. You have to crawl through the dark times to understand and crave the light. And sometimes you need to lose the man you love to realize that what you had in the first place was in fact love. We had a history between us. But more importantly, we had love between us and time doesn't affect love, or at least I hope it won't affect our love. Right now I don't belong anywhere, but I know that no matter what happens or where I am, my heart will always belong to him.

Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 22nd, 2017
Series:
Satan’s Sons MC #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
345
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


A view weeks ago I read ‘Reapers Claim’ by Simone Elise, the first book in the Satan Son’s series. Although I enjoyed most of the book I had a view issues with it, for one it was a very very long book. I soon found out that more reviewers had the same problem with the book and the author and publisher decided to split the book in two, and some content which makes ‘Reaper’s Rival’. Since I read ‘Reaper’s Claim’ I already knew in big lines what was going to happen, but since there was so much new stuff added I still felt like I was reading a new book.

Splitting the first book in two was definitely a great idea. And probably necessary cause this is also not a short book. And I must admit that this book is much better now it has been split into two different books. In ‘Reaper’s Rival’, the main character Abby has joined another gang and her life has gone from being hard to being downright evil. But still after everything that’s changed, she can’t forget about Reaper.
Reaper has left Abby behind months ago with the idea of leaving her with a better life. But when he finds out that the opposite is happening, he is determined to get Abby back.

Although I enjoyed the new content, and definitely see the potential this story has I think MC novels are just not for me. It’s just way too harsh for me and I couldn’t connect with the characters at all. I honestly think the characters just acted a little childish at times. And then the murdering people? Really? I knew Abby did that after reading the first book, but somehow it just felt extra wrong to me.

There’s still a major cliff hanger in this book, and I find myself being curious about what is going to happen next to Abby and Reaper. But I’m not sure I’m going to read it. I enjoyed these two reads, but maybe that’s just enough for me.
But if you’re a fan of MC romance novels this series is definitely one you should check out.

My Rating:

About the Author:


My name is Simone, most know me as Explode. My passions are writing, tattoos and my family. Writing to me, is an outlet. I write every day, regardless of my mood or commitments. I can’t say I get inspiration for my books. They come to me out of nowhere and then I plot it out and before I know it I’m ten chapters deep.

I think everyone has a story in them but only certain people are able to tell them. Writing is an art and my work are far from masterpieces; but I still enjoy writing them. 

For more information about Simone Elise please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter.

I received this book from Inkitt in exchange for my honest review.
https://www.inkitt.com/?ref=v_18d09d90-d505-472f-9186-12c87a728655

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Favorite.. Animated Movie



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I love watching movies. I love going to the movie theater to watch all the new movies, but I also love watching movies at home, on the cough with my guy sitting next to me. It’s just a lot of fun getting lost in another world, another era. Seeing great places, visiting different countries. Just as reading, watching movies is a great way to get lost and forget your own life for a little while. And animated movies are definitely one of my favorite kinds of movies. Nowadays with all that technology there is so much possible and it’s just great to see what people can come up with. 

But my all-time favorite animated movie is the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast. I love that movie. I must have watched Beauty and the Beast probably hundreds of times while growing up. Beauty was, and still is one of my favorite characters. She loves books and reading, is very kind and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But most of all I love how she doesn’t care how someone looks.

The romance of Beauty and the Beast wasn’t lost on me, even as a little girl. I loved the idea of someone being able to change in your prince charming. Whaha.. I must have dreamed of being Beauty myself hundreds of times. 

And then that library.. Watching the library in Beauty and the Beast definitely made me love libraries even more. Who doesn’t want one of those right?!
The music in Beauty and the Beast is also amazing. I love listening to those songs. They always make me feel happy.

The new version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is almost out here too and I can’t wait to see it. Seeing one of my favorite actresses portraying one of my favorite characters is something I can’t wait to see.  

What is your favorite Animated Movie?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review 'If I'm Found' by Terri Blackstock


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30649227-if-i-m-found?ac=1&from_search=true
Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.

In this riveting sequel to the USA Today bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her, or another heartache yet to happen?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 21st, 2017
Series:
If I Run #2
Genre:
Christian Fiction, Suspense
Pages:
352
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


‘If I’m Found’ is the second book in the If I Run series. I haven’t read the first book, ‘If I Run’ but I was told this wouldn’t be a problem. Since I love a good thriller/suspense novel this book sounded really good to me and I started reading as fast as I could.

In ‘If I’m Found’ we meet Casey Cox. Casey is accused of brutally killing her best friend. And she has been on the run ever since. Casey didn’t kill her best friend, but the people who did are very powerful, and have a lot they want to keep still. In the previous book, Casey helped free a young kidnapped girl, which almost got her caught herself. But private investigator Dylan, let her go. But does this mean he believes her to be innocent? Or is it all a trap? Although Casey most hide, since her face has been all over the news, she also needs to find proof she is not the one who brutally murdered her best friend. And in order to this, maybe she needs to start trusting someone. 

From the very beginning I found ‘If I’m Found’ to be a very easy to read, very suspenseful novel. Although I didn’t read the first book, I definitely didn’t feel like I missed something big because the author made sure I still understood everything. Off course I think this book would be even better if you read the first one too, but it wasn’t a must. 

The main characters Casey and Dylan are easy to like and to relate too. Casey is very good at hiding her identity which is very useful since the people she is up against are very powerful. But the thing that impressed me most about Casey, was the fact she was just so kind. Here she is in the middle of her own personal hell, but when she finds out an innocent man is being accused of sextual assault, she does everything she cans to proof he is innocent. As a fan of her character I wished she wasn’t so damn good because she really put herself in jeopardy, but it was a great way to make this book even more suspenseful.

And Dylan is suffering from PTSD. Although his character was a little harder to get to know than Casey, I loved reading how passionate and determined he was to find proof Casey is innocent. And above all I loved how unselfish he was. Here Dylan was, being unable to get a good night of sleep due to his PTSD but all he wants is to save Casey. I loved that about him.

There were two little things I didn’t really get in this book. The first one was Casey’s sudden believe in God and everything having it’s reason. I don’t mind if a character is religious at all, but to me this sounded like it was coming out of the blue. And on a personal note, I find it hard to believe there is a God when Casey is dealt so much crap, but that’s beside the point.

The other thing that I didn’t really get was the romance part at the end of the book. Maybe I missed something because I haven’t read the previous book, but that romance bit I definitely didn’t see coming. I just didn’t get that, and I think it didn’t really fit the story.

But overall I definitely think ‘If I’m Found’ is a great read. And I would love to be able to read more in this series. If you’re a fan of suspense novels, this is definitely a book you would like.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Recent books include Truth Stained Lies (Book 1 of her Moonlighters Series), and her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Predator, Double Minds, the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re valued by God and that their trials have a purpose.

For more information about Terri Blackstock please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
http://www.smithpublicity.com/
 
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