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Happy Release Week to Stephie Walls Unexpected Arrivals! @givemebooksblog @StephieWalls

 

 

Title: Unexpected Arrivals
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Coming of Age/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Blurb
It had to be a joke.
Any minute now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open, laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.
But nothing happened.
The words on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less accept.
Please consider this letter as a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA).
I barely remembered Chelsea Airy.
That wasn’t true—we’d gone out once, and we’d been friends for a while after. But I hadn’t heard so much as a peep from her since I’d gotten married. I’d reached out a
handful of times, but she’d quit responding and fell off the face of the earth. There hadn’t been a text, an email, a phone call, not even a Facebook message, much less a stork in the last five years.
My wife could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.
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Wow.  Just wow!  This is one of the best books that I have read this year.  And yes, I read a lot but I haven’t given out tons of 5 Harlie’s lately.  Lots of 4.5 but not 5’s.  This one is definitely a 5.  I’ve read Ms. Walls before (Girl Crush is hilarious and one of my top 10 this year) and with each book she just gets better and better.  She writes with such emotional depth with her characters and just when you think that you have things figured out, she throws a curveball or two at you.  There are many curveballs in this book but they are definitely worth the swing.  None of them are misses.  Just pure, OMG in the sense that they make you appreciate certain characters more later in the book than you did when they appeared earlier.
Don’t let the blurb give you the sense that there is cheating in the book.  I hate a cheater but *spoiler* there is no cheating.  They broke up for a couple of years.  Trust me, this book starts off when they are in high school and continues until they are adults.  Ms. Walls takes her time letting you get to know Cora and James (Carp) throughout the book.  They are not perfect by any means and are products of their upbringing but on the flipside, they are very grounded.  I loved how we really get to know these characters throughout the book.  Each has some growing up to do and yes, even to the last page.  *sniff*
This book does not have the angst that you would think that a YA/NA/Adult book would have.  It’s about redemption, true love, second chances, and long-buried secrets that affected many of the characters that have long-reaching consequences.  Cora and Carp are wonderful separately and together.  Yes, they broke up for a bit but it was necessary for their character growth and of course, the child to be conceived.  Chelsea is such a wonderful character.  Seriously, I just loved her and she was exactly what Carp needed during his time awhile from Cora.  He realized that he could have a friendship with a woman that wasn’t based on sex and she really helped him when it came to Cora in the long term.
I would be remiss to not talk about the secondary characters.  Neil and Hannah are the perfect friends that Cora and Carp need during the story.  They have a story, too but it doesn’t overshadow theirs.  Carp’s parents and Gwendolyn/Dottie are great, too.  They add the needed wisdom when Cora and Carp need it the most in the end.  The secrets that revolve around Chelsea, Cora, and Dottie are just…OH MY.  Never saw it coming and I really cried for Chelsea and Cora at that point.  They would have been great friends with each other.  Plus, then there is the child.  I won’t go into a lot with the child but the child isn’t stupid.  Chelsea made sure of that.  Dottie, too.  The child MAKES the story.  And yes, Cora never wanted any children but once she realizes that she can truly help him through his grief and the child through hers, she’s a goner.
I usually don’t recommend a book that runs the gammet of emotions.  Swooning, laughing, crying, cheering for characters and overall, just loving everything about a book but this is one of those rare treats that a reviewer lives for.  I hated to see the story end.  I was sad but the ending couldn’t have been more perfect.  Or Promised.  *wink*
Author Bio

 

Stephie Walls is a literary whore – she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.

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A Family for Christmas
(Where Secrets Are Safe #13)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

A second chance for Joy

While recovering at a remote cabin, Dr. Simon Walsh stumbles across Cara Amos. Injured and left for dead, Cara is harboring dark secrets. Yet Simon can’t help falling for his mysterious patient. As her memory returns and her injuries fade under his gentle care, he vows to help her find her missing daughter.

At The Lemonade Stand shelter, managing director Lila McDaniels is helping Cara’s estranged father, Edward Mantle, bond with his traumatized granddaughter, Joy. And his feelings extend well beyond gratitude.

Bringing this family together seems impossible… Luckily, Christmas is the season of miracles.


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Yes, this is me right now.  So many emotions but these tears are both sad and good.  Good because if this is the last book in the series, it will end just perfectly.  The sad tears are because the series is ending.  If you didn’t know, the Superromance line will cease to exist late next year.  I have been privileged to read all the books in the series and many other books over the decades in this wonderful line and it just makes me sad to see it go.

The reason why this book is pure perfection is the way Ms. Quinn wrapped up all the loose threads that we didn’t know where there.  Lila has always been in the books but to FINALLY get her story is both heartbreaking, beautiful and romantic.  I loved how her relationship with Cara’s dad, Edward, carried on from the last book.  If there were two people that needed to be friends, it was these two.  Sad backstories but when they weren’t looking love, love snuck up on them.  Ms. Quinn does an excellent job of showing how an older couple act together and in the end, watching Edward finally butting in Lila’s personal business in the end.  Honestly, how Brett figures into the whole Lila/Edward relationship…SHOCKED ME!!!  Once I got over the shock, it totally made sense.  Highly emotional scenes with Lila and Brett but it is totally worth it.  I had tears…tears.  And more than satisfying.  Bravo Ms. Quinn.

Cara and Simon are dealing with much more than just emotional issues.  Cara is a secondary character in the last book but I just had a feeling that her story would be a doozy and I was right.  At the end of the last book, I knew that something wasn’t quite right and I couldn’t wait to see how the Cara/Joy/Shawn/Mary/Edward storyline would play out.  It is emotional, raw and deals with some definite domestic violence issues that will make you squirm.  I loved how in the end of the book Simon tells her that she never wanted to die.  Cara had her mother with her the whole time and just that realization had Cara believing that he was right…all along.  The scenes were Cara/Joy/Edward are finally reunited are brilliant.  While in the cabin with Simon, Cara finally comes to terms with everything that has happened over the last 12 years with her mom, her dad, Shawn and eventually Simon.

I loved Simon.  Patient and kind but also realizing that he just couldn’t let Cara do everything by herself.  He had to teach her that by herself, she is strong but with him on her side, there was nothing that she couldn’t do or deal with.  *swoon*  Plus, he had his own demons to deal with and Cara never let him down.  *sigh*  Never had two characters in the whole series deserved the happiness that they needed.

Again, I’m so very sad if this is the last book in the series.  I’ve come to love The Lemonade Stand and everything that it stands for.  Ms. Quinn has written that rare series that is relevant, relatable, emotional, swoon-worthy, at times raw but in the end of so satisfying.  *sniffs*

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(Books released as of August 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)



About the Author


The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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Tour Schedule

November 11th: Launch
November 12th: Becky on Books
November 13th: Harlequin Junkie & Thoughts of a Blonde
November 14th: Wishful Endings
November 15th: Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews & Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
November 16th: Book Lover in Florida & Harlie’s Books
November 17th: Grand Finale

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1ST RAFFLECOPTER:

1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

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1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

Both Rafflecopter giveaways end November 30th, 2017

Cover reveal, New Release

Cover reveal & new release for the Checkmate Duet Boxed Set: This is Dangerous & This is Beautiful by Kennedy Fox! @kennedyfoxbooks

Titles Included: Checkmate: This is Dangerous & Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second-chance Romance
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: November 16, 2017

Introducing the complete Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate series from the USA Today Bestselling duo, Kennedy Fox!

Checkmate: This is Dangerous & This is Beautiful is a second-chance romance that’ll have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?

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Logan Knight is a real-life knight in shining armor. 
Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder Kayla can’t help the way he makes her feel when she’s near him. 
Too bad he’s unavailable–or so he says.

Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real-life angel.

She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires Logan to be a better person.

Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.

Falling for her is inevitable, but losing her will destroy him.

Logan may think he has her all figured out, but Kayla is determined to prove him wrong.. This game of push and pull has her running in circles. One wrong move and they could both lose.

When unexpected tragedy strikes and Kayla forgets their relationship ever existed, Logan’s worst nightmare comes to life. He’ll do anything to remind her of the love they shared. It’ll be an uphill battle, but Logan won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by his rules.

Checkmate.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

 

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