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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*
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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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#Review of A Family for Christmas (Where Secrets Are Safe #13) by Tara Taylor Quinn w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @tarataylorquinn @ttquinn1 @PrismBookTours #HarlequinMyRewards @HarlequinBooks @prismbooktours


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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

Tour Giveaways

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)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:

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

Release Day, Reviews

Happy Release Day to Seducing the Defendant (the Conflict of Interest series #2) by Chantal Fernando @givemebooksblog @ChantalFernando

 

 

Title: Seducing the Defendant
Series: The Conflict of Interest Series #2
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Gallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Blurb

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns to her latest, steamy Conflict of Interest series with this electrifying tale of murder, justice, and intense attraction.Jaxon Bentley is a hardnosed criminal lawyer whose entire life revolves around his work. He’s been asked to represent Scarlett Reyes, a woman accused of murdering her police officer husband in cold blood. All the evidence points to Scarlett being guilty and Jaxon is sure it’s an open and shut case.

But when he meets his client, he can’t help but feel that she’s innocent and that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. With a bit of digging, he uncovers a connection to the notorious Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and realizes that Scarlett’s case is a complicated and difficult one. It certainly doesn’t help that the two share an immediate and passionate attraction. Will Jaxon be able to prove Scarlett’s innocence or are the two doomed to fail both in court and as a couple?

 

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I know what you are going to say?  Or maybe not.  I just love Ms. Fernando’s writing.  Keep in mind that this is only my 2nd book to read by her and yes, it’s one of the best books of 2017.  There is something to be said about an author that grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go.  I will admit that I read some of the reviews of this book that have come across my computer through other blogs and not a lot of them liked it as much as I did.  Here’s why:
1.  Insta love – I didn’t feel like Scarlett and Jaxson had the whole insta love thing going.  In fact, I felt like Scarlett held back until about 3/4 of the way in the book.  Sure, they had sex, a lot and went out on dates but it seemed like until Demon came around that she finally was able to truly love Jaxson for everything that he was and his past.
2.  Scarlett – I really thought that she was a great heroine.  She is definitely stronger than she thought and as she makes girlfriends in the book, she is finally able to do things her way and without judgment from her partner.  Her group of friends is diverse and the scenes at the strip club are hilarious.
3.  Jaxson – Besides being too sexy for his shirt and a brilliant attorney, he’s really a softie.  I didn’t figure out a plot point in the book but it explains why Jaxson could be, at times, closed off and why he resisted Scarlett at first.  There were tears in my eyes near the ending of the book for him.  Ms. Fernando does a great job through the last chapters of the book showing us what he is really made of and how early events in his life shaped him to be the man that he is today.
4.  The plot – I will admit that the plot is pretty simplistic but then again, this book is about the characters, not what the blurb tells you.  This is a great character study on the growth of Scarlett after the death of her husband and Jaxson dealing with the death of a loved one.  After all the years of isolation that Scarlett death with, it was like she had to learn to be herself again.  Finding friends, who to trust and how to be free.  I admit that I loved Scarlett.  She’s a feisty one and watching her relationship grow with Jaxson is a delight.  Jaxson’s growth is less subtle but it’s there.
5.  Secondary characters – I loved every single one of them.  Kat, Hunter, Tristin, Callum, Valentina, Faye, Gwen, and Dex.  Oh yes, the MC club, Wind Demons is here, too.  I haven’t read the books but I did buy Faye and Dex’s story because I just fell in love with Faye.  Demon…man, I teared up.  You just have to read it to understand.  I can’t wait to read Callum’s book next.
Overall, I loved the book.  I love Ms. Fernando.  What draws me to her books are the characters.  They are strong, flawed and relatable.  This book deals with some subject matter that may be sensitive to some but Ms. Fernando deals with it beautifully.  I can’t wait until February.

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Author Bio

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty years old and lives in Western Australia.  Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

Chantal loves to hear from readers.

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