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Happy Release Week & #Review of Miss Fix-It by Emma Hart! @EmmaHartAuthor @inkslingerpr

 

 

One handywoman.

One single dad.

One set of twins.

And the wall isn’t the only thing being drilled…

I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares—the assumption I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.

Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town.

Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession—me.

On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave.

In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone, on my couch, with Friends re-runs.

I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks.

And I most definitely should not be kissing my client.

Oops…

 

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“Deal with it,” I echoed, my mouth dry. “What exactly do you mean by that?”
He glanced at my mouth.
“Okay, but, um, here’s the thing.” I couldn’t breathe. I sounded like a panting idiot trying to get the words out between each short, sharp breath I took. “This,” I motioned between us, “is bad.”
“Bad.” His lips tugged to the side.
“Yes. Because,”—help. Someone help—“because this isn’t allowed. Company rules. No cavorting with clients.”
“No cavorting with clients.” That half-smile turned into a full-blown grin. “That’s very…proper.”
“Well, I can’t exactly put, “No sleeping with the clients” now, can I?”
“You could have, but it would have been unfortunately precise.”
“I should change that.”
“I disagree.”
I licked my lips. “You should agree. Because this is—”
“Bad. You said.” More lip twitching.
“I thought you were sorry you made it awkward by kissing me.”
“That was before I found out you were attracted to me. Now, I’m a lot less sorry I kissed you.”
Oh. Well. Fair enough.
“Should I take back my acceptance of your apology?” I asked.
“You should stop talking and see how you feel when I’ve kissed you again.”

 

This book had me laughing so hard in parts.  Yes, laughing.  Like out loud.  The snark, the kids, the hot dad that didn’t have a clue and especially Kali, our heroine.  She absolutely has no filter as does her stepmom.  Those two had me in stitches most of the time when they were together.  But let me back up and tell you I liked about the books.

  1.  Kali – She is strong, sexy without even knowing it, good at what she does and is set in her ways about no children.  I know, right?  Hey, I have friends that never wanted children and it works for them.  Heck, I even have a BIL & SIL that never wanted them.  I admire anyone that has that conviction.  Me, I love kids.
  2. Eli & Ellie – I swear their antics were hilarious.  I have twin aunts so I got the whole twin thing.  Plus, the dialogue that Ms. Hart wrote with them…Priceless.  I will say that Eli was my favorite.  He just captured my heart from the beginning and how Kali was able to communicate with him is wonderful.  Ellie is all over the place and a couple of times I thought she needed a good spanking but that’s just me.  Ms. Hart writes them not just as a plot element but as real characters.  To me, that is brilliant writing.
  3. Brantley – He isn’t the clueless father that some authors will use to make the heroine fall in love with him.  He is still grieving over the loss of the children’s mother but it’s not sad.  He thinks about what the “ifs” but also looks to the future…with Kali.  His feelings are real, relatable and let’s face it.  He’s hot.  I got the sense that he was hesitant in the beginning with Kali but once he faced his feelings for her, it was on.
  4. The plot – Its a basic simple plot but the layers that Ms. Hart wrote in it are beautiful.  Single dad, adorable kids and a reluctant heroine?  Been done but Ms. Hart gives us the emotions of will Kali be good enough with the children?  No, she won’t take the place of their mother but she has doubts.  The scenes with her stepmother are cry-worthy.  Her step mother tells Kali about her own feelings when she came into the picture and it really helps Kali in her thought process and how she sees herself with Brantley and the children.
  5. Dialogue – Snarky, emotional and laugh out loud funny.  This book is just hilarious when dealing with subject matter that is also heart-tugging.  Ms. Hart does a wonderful job of balancing the two.

I have to admit that this is my first book by Ms. Hart.  I know, sometimes I live under a rock but it won’t be my last.  I loved her pacing, dialogue, and her characters.  It’s a book that I think everyone should read.

 

 

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By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Happy Release Day & ARC #Review of Girl Crush by Stephie Walls w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @StephieWalls @stephiewalls

 

 

 

Title: Girl Crush
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Blurb
I was done.
Done with men.
Women say it all the time; they get fed up, throw their hands in the air, and vow a life of celibacy—until the next chiseled chest comes into view and then they’re foaming at the mouth and wiping the drool from their chins. But this was different, I really meant it.
I’d been manhandled by the last pig that would ever bring his sausage near me. After one of the nastiest divorces in history, followed by some of the crudest and raunchiest dates, I’d decided to bat for the other team. 
…At least I tried.
But creating the next Brat Pack hadn’t been on the agenda. Neither had Collier West. And I wasn’t prepared for finding true love at the end of my gal-pal tryst.
Ever read a book that lived up to more than you imagined?  Like the blurb is only the beginning of the laugh fest awaiting you?  And the author or heroine has the same obsession that you do with nail polish?  Especially OPI nail polish.  This is that book.  I swear, I read it on Sunday afternoon, I never stopped giggling.  When I read the blurb at first, I didn’t really know what to expect.  Honestly, I figure some F/F experimentation but we don’t get that at all if that’s what puts you off from reading it.  Don’t do that.  This book is a definite keeper on the Kindle.
This book is just too hilarious NOT to read.  Let’s start with Gizzy, the heroine.  She’s older (Thank God!), divorced and tired of idiotic men in her bed.  She is a basic dead-end job but it pays well.  Overall, I didn’t think she really liked herself and felt stuck.  Her bestie is Roxie and a lesbian.  Gizzy decides that she needs to start dating women and goes to Roxie for advice.  Needless to say, Ronnie isn’t that helpful at all.  In fact, at times, I really hated Roxie.  She was too abrasive for me and her treatment of Gizzy.  I felt like she was just projecting her own relationship woes on Gizzy which wasn’t fair.  That said, she finally did step up in the end when it really counted.
Beck, to me, is the best secondary character in the book.  She is Gizzy “first” but also someone that Gizzy counts on when the chips are really down.  I also felt that Roxie was there for Gizzy, too.  Those two really made Gizzy really look at herself and her relationship with men.  They never made fun of her (like Ronnie did) and I felt like they were true friends to her.  I won’t spoil the rest of the book but Gizzy finally gets to be herself around men and it’s a profound change for her.  No pressure, since the men in the book “think” that she bats for the other team.
The situations that Gizzy finds herself in are the hilarious parts of the book and there are many.  You will laugh out loud and then shake your head, too.  The hero in the book is a dream.  I didn’t understand him at first but once his relationship with Gizzy starts, I fell in love with him.  He is perfect for Gizzy and really gets her.  I’m going to leave it at that because you just HAVE to read this book.
Ms. Walls scores the hat trick, walk-off home run, winning field goal and the gold medal with Girl Crush.  She delivers one of the best rom-com that I have read in years.
Highly!!!!!
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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 The Dating Bender by Christina Julian w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @christin_julian

 

 

Title: The Dating Bender
Author: Christina Julian
Genre: Chick Lit/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Blurb
Here I am, on my knees in front of the Trevi Fountain, hoping like hell the legend is true. That the fountain gives you solace and love by a mere toss of a coin.
Why am I here, exactly? Let’s see…
It started with my parents telling me to get married. Of course, being the good Catholic girl I am, I did.
Needless to say, that marriage nosedived, and my parents weren’t exactly happy about it.
Newly ditched and shamefully disowned, I decided to follow the advice of Babs, a tart-of-a-mentor, who offered me a job in Colorado.
Her advice? Sex…and lots of it.
The temptation of freedom, to do whatever—whoever—I wanted was too damn strong for me to say no.
And that’s how it all started. The men, the sex, the journey…
The dating bender.
Because everybody deserves a do-over.
 Sorry, this is late.  School starts this week and I’ve been running around with my head cut off.  The kid starts 7th grade (Juinor High here) and I start working on Thursday.  Anyways, here you go.
This book had me laughing out loud at times, cringing the next moment and then sighing in the end.  This is a great coming of age story about a woman that has been repressed her whole life.  I’m not Catholic so the guilt that most mothers put on their daughters I just don’t get but I have a niece that is Catholic and her mother smothered her and it shows at almost 22.  It’s sad and I just hope that she doesn’t end up like Samantha in the end.  But what I did get is that Samantha needed to get on with her life, with or without her family.
The dysfunction was funny at times but since I’m seeing someone close to me go through her ups and downs (more downs) than most, it made me cringe.  I felt sorry for Samantha in the end but more importantly for her family with their treatment of her.  I’m a firm believer that some things are just not for everyone, marriage included.  I waited until I was 37 to get married and I married and have stayed married for all the right reasons.  I love my husband.  Samantha never had a chance to do that.
Babs is a great character for Samantha in the sense that she can finally be herself and figure out her own life…ON HER OWN.  Without the Catholic mother telling her what is going wrong, telling her what to do, etc.  It grated on my nerves at times but I realize that Ms. Julian was trying to make a point and she did.  I’ve had other people read this book and tell me that it was like a Sex in the City mash-up.  Guess what?  I never watched one episode of that show so I have no reference point.  Sorry.
Overall, I truly loved Samantha and how she finally became her own person.  I won’t even begin to tell you most of the story and if she ever finds someone to love or even how much sex she has.  You need to read the book to find out.  Catholic guilt or not.  🙂
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Christina Julian writes snarky rom-coms that celebrate the underdog and live to make people laugh. She adores dysfunctional leading ladies and the tangled twisty lives they lead. She adamantly believes there is nothing in life that can’t be conquered with a bodacious wine, strong cup of coffee, or a generously iced cupcake. When she is not tapping out her next novel or wrangling her 3-year-old twins, she can be found sipping and swirling in the name of research as a wine and food columnist in Napa Valley. She strives always to live her life to the extreme. 
Christina’s work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast, California Home + Design, 7×7, Weddings California, NorthBay Biz, Napa Valley Register, Napa Valley Life, Bohemian, Weekly Calistogan and beyond.
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