ARC Review: As Much As I Ever Could- Brandy Woods Snow

Title: As Much as I Ever Could

Author: Brandy Woods Snow

Publisher: Files Vertes Publishing

Pages: 300

Rating: 5/5

This is my first Brandy Woods Snow novel and I have to admit she’s easily become a fave author of mine now. The story was amazing. Snow is a great writer. Her descriptions throughout her writing were simply invigorating. The characters she brought to life left me speechless and I just wanted to learn more about them. This novel had a little bit of everything to satisfy your needs…romance, humor, sadness and so much more. 

We meet CJ whose gone through a traumatic event in her life. After getting into a fatal car accident that took her mother and sister’s lives, CJ has been feeling pretty guilty because she survived and they didn’t. After that accident she became afraid to drive a car ever again.Her dad also felt some type of way towards her because of the accident, and that just made her feel even worse. As a result, CJ decided to go and live at her grandmother’s home in Edisto beach. A tranquil place to get away. All she wants to do is to be able to heal from the tragedy and finally come face to face with the person who was behind the wheel of the car who claimed her mother and sister’s lives. She meets handsome and dreamy Jett Ramsey who turns her life around and makes her face her fears of being behind the wheel again. After all he is a race car driver.

I really just loved this book. I love CJ’s and Jett’s chemistry. They supported each other in such a beautiful way. It’s amazing how tragedy can bring two people close together, especially when both of those people have experienced it. That love for each other also helped bring down those stubborn walls that they both had put up for so long. Join CJ and Jett on their journey of love, healing, and facing your fears. Huge thanks to Files Vertes publishing and Candace Robinson for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I truly enjoyed it.

ARC Review: Tweet Cute- Emma Lord

Title: Tweet Cute

Author: Emma Lord

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 368

Rating: 5/5

Big League Burger was a family owned restaurant that somehow blew up overnight in success. They quickly became popular and they started to open many more locations. Pepper is a normal kid. She goes to school, she’s on the swimming team, and is on social media…but not how some people make think or know about. She’s actually the mastermind behind her parents’s twitter account for their restaurant.

We meet Jack and his brother. Everyone praises Jack’s brother and Jack always seems to be in his brother’s shadow. He just wants to feel special too. He still however helps out his family in their deli. When he discovers that a family recipe for grilled cheese has been stolen by Big League Burger, he gets upset and begins a twitter war with BLB. But, what no-one knows is that Jack has invented an app where he talks to Pepper on and pretty soon….sparks start to fly between them.

It’s a cute read with lots of social media referencing and yummy treats mentioned. I am a total sucker for a good book with yummy treats. It’s pretty cool seeing a book with two restaurants going at it, when realistically you see it in today’s society as well.
Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Harlequin Blog Tours- ARC Review: The Sea Glass Cottage- RaeAnne Thayne

Title: The Sea Glass Cottage

Author: RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: Mills & Boon

Pages: 384

Rating: 5/5

I’m a sucker for cozy and generational stories. Reading: The Sea Glass Cottage felt like reading one of my other fave authors. Debbie Macomb, whose stories give you all the feels The Sea Glass Cottage has.
Olivia Harper is a entrepreneur that lives and makes a living in Seattle. She’s been trying to keep it together, especially because she’s dealing with PTSD. A while ago she was in a coffeehouse and a barista got brutally attacked. It weighs so heavily in her mind because she froze when everything happened and she wasn’t able to help the barista. She receives a call that adds on to her already stressed out life.
Her mother, whom she already has a rocky relationship with has fallen off a ladder and broken a few bones. She immediately drops everything and heads to her mother. In the back of her mind she’s hoping she can rekindle their relationship as mother and daughter. Three generations of women with baggage, secrets, teenage angst, men issues, and everything else you can imagine under the sun. Will they be able to leave the past behind them and turn over new leafs? Will they become a happy family?

I really enjoyed this book and I related a lot to Olivia. Even though she’s been treated like crap by her family, she still manages to be there for them…or maybe we’re just pushovers?
Thank you to NetGalley, Mills & Boon, ,and HarperCollins for a copy of this awesome book in a exchange for a honest review!

Harlequin Blog Tours- ARC Review-The Little Bookshop in the Siene Review, and Author Q&A (Rebecca Raisin)

Title: The Little Bookshop on the Seine

Author: Rebecca Raisin

Publisher: HQN

Pages: 416

Rating: 5/5

The Little Bookshop in the Seine was a magical romance tale for all true book lovers. When I saw this title being offered for the Harlequin Blog Tour, I just knew I needed to get my hands on it. We meet Sarah, who resides in a small town in Ashford. She owns a small cozy bookshop, living a comfy but predictable life. The only thing that is troubling her is the financial situation she’s in. With the rent going up, she doesn’t know how she’s going to manage the bookshop. Until one day Sarah’s friend Sofie from France calls her. Sarah and Sophie have been keeping in contact after they met through Sarah’s book blog. The best thing is Sofie owns a bookshop as well, and they spend their time gabbling about each other’s lives as bookshop owners. After a embarrassing break-up Sofie proposes to Sarah that she take over her shop in Paris….One Upon a Time. Of course, Sarah is hesitant at first. It’s a huge transition from her fairly quiet and comfortable life in Ashford.
It means leaving behind her gal pals, her parents, her bookshop, and most importantly her love Ridge. Granted Ridge himself has a rather busy life. What with all the traveling he does for his job trying to become a great reporter. All his constant assignments make him miss those special moments with Sarah. And so Sarah sets off to her temporary life in Paris and she quickly realizes how different it is there. It’s always busy, there’s ton of paperwork to be done everyday, the constant disrespect of the staff, and the place falling apart is enough to wanna make Sarah cry. Let’s not forget that they also have stolen her luggage on the first day she arrived.
Sarah runs into an interesting character in Once Upon a Time that makes her question her future in Paris and her relationship. Sarah knows that Ridge as a reporter has to be on assignment when they call. But the calls are coming less frequently, they’re constantly playing phone tag…she doesn’t know if it’s worth pursuing the relationship anymore. The Little Bookshop on the Seines a great book and definitely has that Paris feel to it. Enjoy it as a hopeless romantic, or holiday book.

Thank You to Harlequin Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book in an exchange for a honest review. It was great participating in the Harlequin Blog Tours.

Author Spotlight!

Q&A with Rebecca Raisin

Q: Have you ever been to Paris?  If so, what are some of your favorite Parisian things?

A: I’ve been lucky enough to go Paris four times and do a bit of exploring for the books. It’s my favourite city in the world and if I could up and move I’d do it! I love the bookshops of Paris, particularly the secondhand shops that are dusty and musty and disorderly. You never know what you’ll find and that makes it magical. If you’re in Paris find the Abbey Bookshop, it’s full to bursting with English books and it’s a treasure trove if you have time to hunt! I also love French food – who doesn’t?! My favourite place to eat is the Christian Constant bistros. He has one for every budget and they’re all glorious. If you splurge once, I highly recommend it’s there. 

The Ritz is also a must-see, from Bar Hemingway to Salon Proust, it’s an experience like no other walking in the footsteps of those literary greats. Buly 1803 is the most beautiful perfume shop in all the world, it’s like stepping back in time. My favourite is the rose oil… ooh la la. And holding a special place in my heart is Point Zero Paris, the exact centre of the city and a place where magic happens – you’ll have to read the book to find out more…

Q: What authors were/are a huge influence on you as you began writing?  Or Now?

A: I have always loved Maeve Binchy and Joanne Harris and the style in which they write. I love Maeve’s ability to write everyday relatable characters, and I love Joanne’s sense of whimsy. I love writing foodie books set in exotic locations and I think I probably fell in love with France through Joanne’s books, they managed to transport me fully and I must’ve reread them a hundred times by now. 

Q: What’s some of your favorite novels? What are you currently reading and what’s on your TBR (to be read) list?

A: I loved Me Before You. I cried ugly, ugly tears at that. I must be a sucker for punishment because my all time favourite is The Fault in Our Stars. And also Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance. Three books that you need to read in the privacy of your own home with some cucumber slices to apply after for puffy eyes! I’m currently reading the Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley, so a nice change of pace from sobbing my heart out. I love how different each sister is and how you still find common ground with them. 

Q: What inspired you to write your The Little Bookshop on the Siene?

A: My love of Paris and its bookshops! And truthfully, I wangled the family there so I could do some ‘research’ which included eating my body weight in macarons and walking until I couldn’t feel my feet anymore and feeling that I was a little bit French on the inside if only the locals could see that! 

Q: What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

A: I hope you do something reckless, something that scares you, jump out of that comfort zone and do that thing you’ve always dreamed of! What’s stopping you – fear, money, work, life? You can make it happen if only you take the plunge! Open yourself to new experiences and people and don’t take the taxi, walk until your feet are numb and find those lost laneways and hidden alleys and see what you find! 

Q: What drew you into this particular genre?

A: I love love, but Little Bookshop is also about another kind of love, the love of a place, or a feeling…writing this genre leaves it open to interpretation and anything goes as long you tie it all up at the end in a satisfying way! 

Q: If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

A: I’d sit down with bookworm Sarah and ask her what she really thought of Luiz… I am still conflicted about that thread and what I could have done but didn’t!

Q: What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

A: They’ve all been good in different ways but I’d say Facebook is my favourite. I have a great group of people who follow me there and really interact. It’s a nice place to stop and chat and they’re all really lovely. Instagram is good too. I love how creative book bloggers are with their photos, they’re very inspiring to me. 

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

A: I’ve said this before and it’s really this simple. Write every day. I think it was Stephen King who said writing is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets and it’s true! Carve out a time and stick to it. 

Q: What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

A: I’m currently editing Aria’s Travelling Bookshop, which is about a Van Lifer who sells her wares as she explores France! (Are you detecting a pattern here!?) It’s the follow up to Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop, which was released last March. Both books are about a different way of living, about having less but gaining more as you go. I’ve loved writing Rosie and Aria! 

ARC Review: Seeing Double- Alyssa Lynn

Title: Seeing Double

Author: Alyssa Lynn

Publisher: TBD

Pages: 195

Rating: 5/5

In “Seeing Double” we meet Ava and Jett, who are best friends and unfortunately have the bad luck of being in a orphanage together, but that doesn’t stop them for hanging out and going on adventures outside the orphanage. During these adventures Ava notices that she’s starting to get all these mixed feelings towards Jett, but she doesn’t want to reciprocate on them because all she’s ever known between them has been friendship. One day Jett and Ava go on one of their many outings and come across a eerie looking building with men in navy suits. The curiosity gets the best of Jett and something intense happens that alters the life of Jett and Ava.

Flash Forward 10 years later:
Ava is a successful research geneticist and overworks herself a lot. Her fellow gal pals (and also fellow lab partners) advise her to take a little vacation. Ava agrees and decides to go back to where it all started 10 years ago. As she goes on her search for answers, Ava comes across someone from her past and all her emotions come to surface again, but they get caught by the navy suits and Ava must come up with a plan quickly before it’s too late. 
I must say there was so much action and suspense in this book. I was definitely on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next. And let’s not for get the steamy sex (nothing too raunchy)! I definitely enjoyed this book and I will be looking out for future books from Alyssa Lynn.

Thank you to Alyssa Lynn for providing me with a copy of “Seeing Double” for an honest review.

Review: Anytime Soon- Tamika Christy

Title: Any Time Soon

Author: Tamika Christy

Publisher: BQB Publishing

Pages: 278

Rating: 5/5

Anaya Goode and her family suffer a great tragedy in their family; everyone grieving in their own way. Anaya’s brother Andrew is killed at a party one night and a year later, there’s still no leads. Anaya returns from college to help her family out. When she comes home she’s bombarded with all of her family’s problems and drama. Let me tell you, those people were a handful! I honestly don’t blame Anaya for always feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and depressed. She was always put in the middle of everyone’s issues.
Not only does Anaya have to deal with family issues but she also has to worry about her friends and their issues. Especially when it comes to her fired Sophie. Sophie is also doing cocaine. Sophie’s continual flaky behavior has made Anaya say enough and do her own form of intervention with Sophie. Then comes Anaya’s own personal and love life. Anaya starts working at a law firm after one of the professor’s from her previous job at her college recommended her. As time passes both of them start to fall for each other, sometimes Jeff showing more interest than Anaya. Why? Anaya also has to worry about Carl. A young man that worked with her at her previous job as well. So much drama .What I find a little disturbing about Jeff and Carl is their obsessive behavior towards Anaya. To me they didn’t even know a lot about her that much to spring the “L” word on her. Even Jeff has his little demons and secrets. After a year of up’s and down’s another tragedy hits the family and Anaya is forced to make decisions that will alter her life and everyone else’s around her. For this being the author’s first book it was an excellent story. There’s instances I wish there was more background on certain characters to see how they ended up in their situations. I overall enjoyed the story. I’m looking forward to reading part 2 of the Anaya Series.

Review: Blossom Street Brides (10)- Debbie Macomber

Title: Blossom Street Brides

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Pages:336

Rating: 5/5

I always have a sense of calmness when I read Debbie Macomber’s novels. I started reading the Blossom street series a few years ago, and I was hooked. Of course, when I saw a new one came out I had to get it.

Lauren: Lauren goes out with handsome news anchor Todd. She’s been waiting for years for Todd to pop the big question. Todd however is too caught up with his own job and life to even give marriage a thought. Frustrated and tired of waiting, Lauren decides to move on and give a certain different kind of guy a chance…

Bethanne and Max: Bethanne and Max are married and in love however, there’s one problem….Max has his job in California and Bethanne has her business in Seattle. Their marriage is suffering because of the long distance. To make matters worst Bethanne’s ex husband and her daughter are making her and Max’s life a living hell.

an who can forget Lydia Goetz. Owner of A Good Yarn. Of course, she’s happily married to her husband brad and has a wonderful family. However, lately she’s been real concerned about the future of A Good Yarn, her mother’s decking health, as well as the horrible nightmares her daughter, Casey, is having lately. But, when she finds out what her daughter did for her, it will make you happy.

Join these three women as they take you for an emotional roller coaster.

Original Review Published: 10/9/14

Review: Hotel Vendame- Danielle Steel

Title: Hotel Vendame

Author: Danielle Steel

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 336

Rating: 5/5

The hotel was old, run-down. But to Swiss-born Hugues Martin, a young, ambitious hotelier trained in the most illustrious European traditions, it is a rough diamond, tucked away on a quiet, perfectly situated Manhattan street. After begging and borrowing every penny he can scrape together, Hugues purchases the building—and transforms it into one of the world’s finest luxury hotels.Under Hugues’s tireless, exacting supervision, the Hotel Vendôme is soon renowned for its elegance, its efficiency, its unparalleled service and discretion—the ideal New York refuge for the rich and famous, as well as a perfect home for Hugues’s beautiful young wife and their daughter. But when his wife runs off with a notorious rock star, Hugues is suddenly a single parent to four-year-old Heloise—who will grow up happily regardless, amid a fascinating milieu of celebrities, socialites, politicians, world travelers, and the countless hotel employees who all adore her.As the years pass, Hugues and the hotel are the center of Heloise’s life, a universe of unexpected mysteries and pleasures, crises and celebrations that make every day magical. She longs to follow in her father’s footsteps and one day run the Vendôme with him. New challenges mark her way: an unexpected romance for Hugues and her own journey to hotel school in Switzerland. The lessons she has learned at her father’s side, in their exciting upstairs/downstairs world, will carry her through it all, as they illuminate a story no reader will forget.
Welcome to the Hotel Vendôme.
My View:
I love Danielle Steel. I love her writing and I love how easily lovable her characters are and how easily I can hate them too. I was immediately sucked into this book as many of her books do to me. I was actually surprised that nothing tragic happened like it always happens in her books besides the fact that hugues got a heart attack. I really admired the relationship that Heloise and her father had. It’s one that you don’t hear about very often in society. I was rather upset at how her mother left her and her father abandoned to go chasing after a druggie rockstar, and even more because she didn’t make the effort to try to be,communicate, or love her daughter like she deserved it. I was also very happy to read that Heloise wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and start being in the hotel business like her father. I felt bad for him when she went away for school and then the internship. He was truly heartbroken but, he was able to be a little happy with Natalie. When he told his daughter about him and Natalie and she overreacted the way she did she portrayed herself as being so selfish. I mean she left to go to school and be with a guy and didn’t care how her dad would feel alone? So why didn’t he deserve to be happy also?.Overall I enjoyed this book and am not going to tell you detail for detail because well…you have to see for yourself, but I loved how things came out in the end. I highly recommend this book.

Original Review Published: 5/15/12