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The Boyfriend Swap

by Meredith Schorr

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GENRE: Romantic Comedy

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BLURB:

Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure. Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flaky actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

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Excerpt One:

“Give the idea a minute to percolate,” Sidney said calmly. Her mouth remained in a straight line, indicating she wasn’t joking.

My stomach quivered with unease, but I took calming breaths to settle down. According to Anne Marie, Sidney was very opinionated and sometimes wouldn’t shut up until she got her way. I’d just let her keep at it until her throat hurt or she passed out from too much wine.

Sidney continued, “If left to our own devices, the holidays are going to blow chunks, but if we pool together, we’ll all be better off. And it’s only for a few days. It’s the perfect solution to our mutual problem.”

I stood from the table and removed a bottle of water from the refrigerator. I poured a glass and placed it in front of her. Hopefully she’d take the hint. The wine was clearly going to her head.

“What do you say?” she asked the minute I sat back down.

The girl had to be on more than fermented grape juice. Hallucinogenics maybe? Whatever influence she was under, she clearly believed her ludicrous plan had merit and I was going to have to put my foot down. “I say that I’m a grown woman and shouldn’t need to lie to my parents about who I’m dating.”

Sidney nodded. “I agree. You shouldn’t.”

A breeze of relief zipped through my core. “Glad we’re on the same page.”

“You shouldn’t have to lie, but in our case, we sort of do. If we want to make it to the New Year without requiring a straitjacket, that is.” She smiled, a slick grin I was certain both assured her clients and put the fear of the devil in her adversaries in equal measure.

 

Where do I start with this gem of a book?  Seriously?  The premise sounded like a true winner and it really was.  I loved Robyn, Perry, Will, and Sidney.  But I did have my favorites.  Anna Marie is a hoot, too but I’ll get more into the secondary characters later.  What truly sets this book apart from any other chick lit/rom-com is that its clean.  I know, right?  I’ve read some really good rom com’s lately but this one is clean.  Sure, sure, the couples before the swap engage in the bedroom but we never see it and its only in passing do we even hear about.  Your’ grandmother can read this book or even better a teenager.  Did I miss it?  Nope, not one bit and you won’t either.  This is a story about two couples that need to grow up, figure out what they want in life and how they are going to achieve it.  With or without their current partner.

Robyn and Will stand out for me because of the trope, childhood friends to lovers.  Robyn and Will have a chemistry that is just there on the edge but neither one of them want to step off.  Robyn has had it in her head about Will since she was a teen and doesn’t want to spoil that image or fantasy.  Will, on the other hand, just to figure out if Sidney is the right woman for him.  You will cheer this couple on from the beginning.  I loved these two and their romance is a slow build with a broken heart or two.  I won’t go into anymore because of spoilers.  Let’s just say that I’m very satisfied how it…

Sidney and Perry are a completely different story.  If I had to pick the couple that needs the most work, it would be them.  Take an alpha female with severe daddy issues and pair her with a wannbe actor and its a recipe for diasater.  I never laughed so hard at them.  Perry is trying to shake her up and boy does he.  Sidney doesn’t know what to do and the pantry scene is priceless.  I saw it coming but I still loved it.  It finally showed a Sidney that I liked.  I didn’t like her very much until then.  She’s got a bunch of issues to deal with and when she FINALLY tells her dad “sorta” off, I cheered for her.  If I had one compliant, I would have liked to see where she and Perry ended up.  The scene at Lord & Taylor is just too funny.  Cherry Bomb!

Both girls have family issues that they need to take of in the book and with the help of their ‘boyfriends”, they succed on some level.  Peeps, this book is chopped full of laughs, two couples that shouldn’t be together but are and some major growing up for the girls.  Ms. Schorr has written a winner of a book.  I highly recommend it.  Plus, it has Lord & Taylor.  I know, I live in Texas but we had L & T in Dallas when I was growing up.  I used to get my hair cut there and my first ever Victor Costa party dress was bought there.  And yes, I still have the dress.  😉

I can’t wait to read another book from Ms. Schorr.  I loved her voice, style and most of her characters.  Anna Marie and both sides of the family are great, too.  James is a hoot for Robyn to sound off to and the two guys at the beach were priceless.  Pick this book up.  Tell your friends.  And then tell what book of hers next to read.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

A born-and-bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing romantic comedy and humorous women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hardworking trademark paralegal and her still-single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.

 

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Sunsets at Seaside
(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #4)
by Addison Cole
Sweet Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 308 pages
August 23rd 2017

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside SunsetsThe stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In SUNSETS at SEASIDE…

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

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Dreaming at Seaside
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Nights at Seaside (releasing December 13th)
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I have to preface this review with the admission that I’ve already read this book with the high heat.  And if you read above the blurb, Ms. Cole is correct.  Take out the overly sexy parts and the book is much richer and emotional.  Now don’t get me wrong, I loved the sexy one but with the sweet romance, I was drawn more into the characters and not looking for the smexy times.

I’m no prude and believe me, I’ve read enough erotic books in my lifetime but I’m finding myself leaning towards the sweeter side of romance now.  Ms. Cole did an excellent job converting her sexy books into sweet.  You will never miss a beat with the general content but again, I found Jamie and Jessica’s rich because of the closed door.  All that said, this is a very sexy book in terms of the romance.  The build up is great and you can really feel the heat between them.  😉

Another thing about this book is it’s the perfect beach read.  I normally don’t get into the hype about beach reads but this one…I really felt like I was on the beach and in the town with them.  The town and all the secondary characters in the book are perfect for Jessica and Jamie.  You have two people that are overworked, feeling lost and trying to figure for themselves if their “work” can sustain them.  Jamie has a bit more to overcome in the book and the black moment is very black.  I wanted to slap him but he needed to FINALLY figure out what was more important.  And not have Vera (his grandmother) tell him what to do.

Overall, I loved the book clean and dirty.  I’ve read Ms. Cole and her alter ego, Ms. Foster before and she never disappoints.  I can’t wait to dive into the other sweet books in this series.

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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

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The Alaskan Catch

(Northern Lights #1)
by Beth Carpenter
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Where life’s currents take you…

Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…

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The Alaskan Catch: Excerpt 3

 

That evening, Sam and Dana sat with Ursula in front of the big fireplace. The three couples staying at the inn had turned in early after a full day of offshore fishing in Seward. Sam watched Dana struggling with a hook and a ball of yarn. Poor kid—she’d made the mistake of admiring Ursula’s crocheted afghans, not realizing it would lead to a crochet lesson.

Or maybe she did. She seemed to be trying to get it right. “So, down, loop, back through, and another loop, right?”

“That’s perfect. Now just keep doing that until you come to the end of the row and I’ll show you how to turn.”

Sam had purposely chosen not to reveal Dana’s last name yet. He wanted Ursula’s unbiased evaluation of her character first. And while he hadn’t talked to Ursula alone, it was obvious the two women clicked. It may have been when Dana offered to make the cornbread, or possibly when she complimented one of Tommy’s whirligigs, but at some point today, Dana had won Ursula over. He wondered if it would stay that way once Ursula knew her last name.

Dana held up the somewhat irregular row of stitches. “Look, Sam. A whole row.”

He nodded. “Looking good. Some mouse with a cold neck is going to love that scarf.”

She gave a little giggle, the sound almost like the tinkle of the wind chimes on Ursula’s deck. “I think I’ll keep going until it’s a pot holder.”

Kimmik repositioned himself on the rug and laid his head on top of Sam’s foot. The sun had shifted far to the northwest, peeping through the small upper windows along the west wall to paint diagonal stripes across the room. Sam leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes. A stomachful of moose chili, a good dog at his feet and the sound of soft laughter as Ursula and Dana put their heads together over their project—tonight, Sam was content.

Can I admit that this gem of a book snuck up on me?  I got so caught up in the mystery surrounding Chris and his leaving, Dana trying to do right by everything, that the romance portion of the book just slapped me upside my head.  It took me awhile to realize that with everything that was going on, Sam and Dana were making a connection.  Each of the had some things to overcome but in the end, it leads them right back to each other.

What I liked most about Sam and Dana is their honesty with one another.  That and they actually talked to each other.  A novel idea, I know.  They took the time to get to know each other even though they had some obstacles to get through in the end.  Chris brought another dimension to their relationship because he wasn’t the over protective brother that most romance novels have.  In fact, it was nice that he didn’t interfere with them as a couple at all.

I loved how Chris, Dana and Sam’s past were intertwined.  I’m not going to say anything else because it’s the crust of the book.  Hats off to Ms. Carpenter for her originality.  Brilliant, actually.  And also, that not everything was done in Alaska.  Dana still had some things to take care off back home with her new found strength.  Oh yes, Dana had some growing to do in the book.  It was subtle but in the end, it was well worth it.

I can’t wait to see what Ms. Carpenter brings to the table in her next book.  Hopefully, it’s Chris’ book.  The scenery is a character all its own, too.  I’ve never been to Alaska but Ms. Carpenter takes you there and it’s beautiful.  And she talked about food.  Not fair.  Now I want my husband to cook salmon.

 

 

About the Author

Once upon a time …

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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