Blog Tour: The CEO, The Puppy, and Me by Jennifer Faye | Review

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The CEO, the Puppy and Me
(The Bartolini Legacy #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook
256 Pages
June 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance

Has the search for her past…guided her toward her future?
Gia Bartolini’s determinedly searching for her real father. First stop on the enchanting Italian island of Lapri? A mysterious abandoned mansion…where, rescuing a trapped puppy, she falls straight into the arms of alluring Riccardo Moretti! Her passion for the all-business CEO burns bright, leaving Gia with a question: In uncovering her true roots, has fate led her to true love?

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My Thoughts

I found The CEO, The Puppy and Me to be a lovely, endearing story! This is the second book in the Bartolini Legacy series. After some surprising information, Gia embarks on a journey to find her real father. Along the way she meets Ricardo, and their adventures turn into one that shifts into romance! I enjoyed the interactions Gia and Ricardo have with one another, and there is a puppy that keeps their ties strong!

This story is equally warm and emotional, as Gia learns shocking secrets in her journey to discovering her lineage. Her siblings also maintain their strong ties with each other, despite the surprise of their lineage is thrown at their feet. Having Ricardo at Gia’s side make things equally enjoyable, especially since he is on his own journey to healing his personal life. I highly recommend Gia and Ricardo’s love story for those seeking a sweet, lighthearted read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.



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The Prince and the Wedding Planner
(The Bartolini Legacy #1)
By Jennifer Faye

Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook
256 Pages
March 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance


When different worlds collide…sparks fly!

With her family name on the line, wedding planner Bianca Bartolini needs this royal wedding to go perfectly—she can’t afford distractions. Too bad the bride’s dashing brother has other plans! Duty-bound Crown Prince Leo has mere weeks to announce his own engagement, but none of the candidates measure up to Bianca. They’re the most unlikely match, but might that just make them perfect for one another?

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And coming in September…



The Italian’s Unexpected Heir(The Bartolini Legacy #3)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook
256 Pages
September 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance

Her baby surprise proves…that one night will never be enough!

Reeling from the secrets that have torn his heritage apart, Enzo Bartolini is set on selling his family’s Tuscan vineyard and trying to forget the impulsive, dazzling night he and best friend Sylvie shared in Paris. While the sale moves forward, the thrilling awareness between him and Sylvie is harder to move past…especially when she upends Enzo’s world by revealing she’s carrying his baby!
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About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.
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Tour Schedule

June 8th:
Launch
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review (print)
Bookish Jottings – Review (ebook)
Woven From Words – Review (print)
Splashes of Joy – Review (print)

June 9th:
Historical Graffiti – Review (print)
Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt
reviewingbooksplusmore – Review (ebook)
Books and Zebras – Review (print)

June 10th:
Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review (ebook)
La libreria di Beppe – Excerpt
Baroness’ Book Trove – Review (print)
Red Headed Book Lady – Review (print)

June 11th:
Pause for Tales – Review (print)
Peaceful Pastime – Review (print)
Harlie’s Books – Review (ebook) & Excerpt
Locks, Hooks and Books – Review (print)

June 12th:
Teatime and Books – Review (print)
Reading Excursions – Review (print)
EmpowerMoms – Review (print)
Hallie Reads – Review (print)

June 13th:
Grand Finale



Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of THE PRINCE AND THE WEDDING PLANNER, winner’s choice of print (US only) or ebook! Open internationally. Ends June 17, 2020
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Book Review: ‘Formula For a Perfect Life’ by Christy Hayes/A Review

Formula For a Perfect Life by Christy Hayes
Publisher: CAH LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Acquired through Prism Book Tours
Release Date: February 19, 2020

My Thoughts

**I received a copy of ‘Formula For a Perfect Life’ through Prism Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review**

‘Formula For a Perfect Life’ tells the story of young love, and the consequences of having a careless approach to life. This particular love story has both characters figuring out how to move forward now that a child now intertwines their lives. It’s a journey filled with realizations about life needs, and how one’s personal values can shape the future of others.

This story has heavy religious overtones, but this didn’t sway me from appreciating the message of Kayla and Ben’s life journeys: patience and the willingness to build trust can benefit everyone’s well-being in the end. I really appreciated a different approach to the traditional love story!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis

Two practical strangers. One fateful night. Two pink lines.

College senior and obsessive romantic Kayla Cummings’ dreams of a storybook life are spun off course by an unplanned pregnancy after a one-night stand with her secret crush. Devastated, Kayla turns to her roommates and best friends for advice. No matter what she decides, no matter how deeply embarrassed, she has to tell the father.

Ben Strickland’s future is written in stone—as long as he gets a decent score on the Law School Admission Test. Feeling pressure from all sides, Ben struggles to juggle his upcoming finals, another shot at the LSAT, and his needy girlfriend Darcy. When the girl he spent a memorable night with weeks ago shows up at his doorstep pregnant, his already chaotic life spins out of control.

With the clock ticking, decisions to make, and a boatload of people to disappoint, Ben and Kayla embark on a journey neither anticipated—a journey where falling in love might be the biggest surprise of all. But when old hurts and buried secrets pose a greater threat to their future than impending parenthood, will Ben and Kayla go their separate ways or forge a new path to happy ever after?

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November Wrap-Up

Here we are, at the end of November!

I read seven books this month. Three were physical copies of books, while the other four were e-reads. Two of these books were NetGalley reads.

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received Ruthless Gods through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this sequel to Wicked Saints! The pacing was much better than the first book, and more pieces to the pantheon story were added delightfully. And the blood was plentiful! Ruthless Gods will be released on April 2020.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received Lock Every Door through a Book of the Month selection in July. Being a former resident of the Big Apple, I really appreciated the New York City nostalgia! The story did move a bit slowly than I would have liked, but it thankfully picked up momentum, with a really good twist!

Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets #2) by Natalie Walters

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received a complimentary copy of Deadly Deceit from Revell Books as part of their blogger group. I found this to be a nicely tense yet feel-good read. I enjoyed the small town environment while figuring out a murder!


Home for Christmas by Catherine Lanigan

Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received a complimentary copy of Home for Christmas as part of Prism Book Tours. I was excited to read a fun, romantic read set around the holiday season. It was a ‘second chance romance’ story that melted my heart!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Becoming was purchased through Kindle. It was a memoir with a strong female at the forefront. I loved how Michelle told her story of achievements stet by step. She is a First Lady that truly had disadvantaged women and children at the top of her priority list.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received A Dog’s Purpose at Barnes & Noble. I LOVED this book! It was such an emotional and feel-good read. I’m such a dog person, so this story touched my heart!

Knot on Your Life (Yarn Retreat Mystery #7) by Betty Hechtman

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received Knot on Your Life through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a mystery novel filled with colorful characters and a continuous storyline. It was easy for me to follow along with Casey and her latest murder mystery, and having yearn crafting in the book was an added treat!

Home for Christmas by Catherine Lanigan/A Review

I’m happy to partner up with Prism Book Tours to review Home For Christmas by Catherine Lanigan!

Home for Christmas (Shores of Indian Lake #12) By Catherine Lanigan Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages November 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can a magical Christmas under glass…

…bring them back together for good?

Widowed dad Adam Masterson still doesn’t understand why Joy Boston left Indian Lake and broke his heart all those years ago. Now she’s returned to sell her grandfather’s beloved poinsettia greenhouse—and Joy and Adam’s connection is as strong as ever. But Joy has a life in New York. And Adam has only until Christmas to convince Joy that she belongs in Indian Lake—with him.

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My Thoughts:
Home For Christmas is a touching story that involves matters of the heart and community. Joy Boston returns to Indian Lake after suffering the loss of her grandfather. Her task is to sort the affairs of her grandfather’s greenhouses, a timeless staple of her youth during the holidays. Adam Masterson, an old flame from Joy’s past, aids her in restoring the greenhouses to its previous stellar condition. Joy’s life in New York is fast paced, but Adam and the community at Indian Lake show her the secret to a fulfilling, productive life.
Home For Christmas displays how the magic of community and holiday spirit come together to rejuvenate a person’s spirit. Even if you’re away from an extended period time, one can truly return home and find the key to inner peace. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a holiday tale with a strong sense of community!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, RESCUED BY THE FIREFIGHTER and HERS TO PROTECT (2019).

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for Heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com.

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Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

– One winner will receive a $100 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally) – Two winners will each receive a signed copy of Home for Christmas with a bookmark (US only) – Ends November 27, 2019

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Book Review: Keeping Her Close by Carol Ross

I’m participating in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge.

Keeping Her Close by Carol Ross
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Genre: Contempory Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2019

I’m happy to be reviewing ‘Keeping Her Close’ for Prism Book Tours! Many thanks to Carol Ross for sending me a complimentary copy!

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The job sounds simple: teach a businessman’s daughter how to stay safe. But former navy SEAL turned bodyguard Kyle Frasier has a personal motive, too. Harper Jansen is his late best friend’s fiancée. Loyalty demands he protect her, not that Harper looks in need of rescuing. In fact, it’s Kyle who needs help—balancing duty with his desire to build a life with the one woman he shouldn’t want…

My Thoughts:

Keeping Her Close tells the story of Kyle Frasier, a former Navy SEAL hired by a wealthy environmentalist to guard his daughter Harper Jansen after an attempted attack on his life. Kyle and Harper’s first encounters were uneasy, but they soon form a deep connection that grew intimate as time went on, much to Kyle’s discomfort. To make matters even more complicated, Kyle is also tasked to uncover the mystery of his friend Owen’s death, who happened to be Harper’s ex-fiancee.

One thing that I enjoyed about this novel is the healthy tension between Kyle and Harper. Their decent into coupledom wasn’t immediate, which I appreciated! They both endured some experiences that caused them to learn more about each other.

We also learn that Kyle is a complicated figure, one who’s in a constant state of insecurity. He feels like he’s never living up to his family’s expectations, which flows into his circumstances with Harper as the story progresses. Kyle’s family serves as a welcoming respite among the tension brought from Kyle and Harper dealing with the ‘less-than-ideal’ situation of being supervised every minute of the day. The Frasier family radiates a loving dynamic, something that both Kyle and Harper were without for a long time. For Harper, a large family introduced an only child to a sense of community. For Kyle, it reinforces the fact that a strong family unit is always present, ready to accept and overcome any obstacle. The notion of inclusion and forgiveness is a recurrent theme throughout the book: Love and family will always prevail despite struggle.

If you love a romantic story with trust, community, and family as a focal point, then this is the book for you!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

September Reading & Writing Blog: Week 2

My writing has been kicked into high gear this month! I’ve been so inspired reading the many writer pitches in my Twitter feed that I’ve returned to my writing projects. I’m steadily toiling away with my next book idea, editing scenes and adding to my word count. As far as the genre, I’m still figuring it out! I have the main characters as two sisters, but the direction I want to take them varies day to day.

My reading progress is also coming along. I finished reading ‘Sweet Melody’ by Heidi McCahan, in time for the blog tour. I enjoyed reading a story that’s outside my usual reading preferences! I’m currently tackling ‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab. I’m about halfway through the story, and it’s very good! Cassidy is having such an eye-opening adventure in France! She’s getting more acquainted with her gift in crossing the Veil!

In non-related book news, I crocheted a few rounds of a pumpkin with no pain in my hand. I’m making progress day by day!

My TBR list for September

Summer is winding down, which usually means that spooky content is all around us! I saw these Peanuts Halloween cards displayed in Walmart yesterday, and got sooo excited!

I’m also looking forward to reading some books with dark content, as two pre-ordered reads are coming my way next month!

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

‘Tunnel of Bones’ is the second installment of the Cassidy Blake series. After almost drowning when she was eleven, Cassidy has the ability to see ghosts, crossing into the ‘Veil’ at any given moment. Her best friend Jacob, a ghost himself, is also back to accompany Cassidy on a new adventure!

‘A Dream So Dark’ by L.L. Mikinney

When I finished reading ‘A Blade So Black last year, I pre-ordered the sequel immediately. I had to. After reading such an action-packed Alice in Wonderland retelling, with THAT cliffhanger, there was no question about it!

Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan

‘Sweet Melody’ is a lighter read, as it tells the tale of Lindsay, a young entrepreneur and Rhett, a struggling artist as they work together to revitalize Lindsay’s food truck business. I will post my review as part of a blog tour in mid-September!