Jennifer Millikin – The Day He Went Away

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REVEW

I admit it, I’m the type of girl that cries at those commercials on television where the military father unexpectedly reunites with their child and the child jumps into their father’s arms. Sometimes a girl just needs a good cry. This book pulled the tears from my eyes.

The story line is very predictable, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. It is a testament to the author’s writing that she still captures the attention of the reader. The fact that the author was able to compel me to fervently turn pages is amazingly beautiful. The characters are sincere and believable and absolutely sensational.

I don’t think I have ever said this about a book, but I think I liked everything about it.

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It took 20 years for perfectionist PR pro Kate Masters to fall for her best friend, Army scout Ethan Shepherd, but only seconds for their lives to shatter. When an ill-fated deployment cuts short Ethan’s life, Kate’s perfectly planned future vanishes. Heart in pieces, Kate abandons who she is for a reckless and dangerous existence.

Army medic Nick Hunter made a promise to Ethan, his brother-in-arms, before tragedy ripped his friend away. Upon leaving the military, Nick moves to Ethan’s hometown, his determination to uphold his promise as strong as his need to heal his own broken heart. What he finds when he arrives isn’t at all what he thought he was getting into. Kate isn’t interested in healing, making it impossible for Nick to keep his promise.

To survive grief this profound, Kate must learn how to forge a new path, and open herself up to the possibility of an unplanned happiness.

The Day He Went Away explores the devastation of loss, the beauty in losing yourself, and the transcendent power of grief.

PURCHASE LINK

https://www.amazon.com/Day-He-Went-Away-ebook/dp/B01M7WWL6S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482409988&sr=8-1&keywords=the+day+he+went+away+jennifer+millikin

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AUTHOR BIO

Jennifer Millikin is a romance and women’s fiction author who enjoys writing about strong female protagonists. Her next project, The Day He Went Away, is available on November 10th. Jennifer graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Communication Studies and lives with her husband and two young children in Scottsdale, Arizona. When she isn’t chasing after her little ones she can be found gulping coffee in her office, typing furiously at her keyboard and reenacting scenes. Find Jennifer on jennifermillikinwrites.com and facebook.com/JenniferMillikinwrites.

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Lisa Torquay – Igniting the Countess

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REVIEW

The author’s background shines through in this beautifully articulated old English story. The tone of the dialog and narrative never deviates from the old English style. I truly felt like I had travelled back in time. The language painted the time period outstandingly well.

The romance was scintillating. The connection between the characters was intense.

However, I had issues with the plot. The crux of the story revolves around a woman being stubborn and materialistic. I did not care for the character. In fact, I felt no investment in her happiness and thus became detached from the story.

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With the shadow of scandal looming over her, the countess, Loraine Durant, had to stay away from Garth Evans.

Loraine Durant, widowed Countess of Crawford, lives her life for her toddler son, the heir of the late count. But the world seems to go out of its axis when she lays eyes on the new breath-taking footman. She fights arduously the flaming attraction she feels for him, deeming it inappropriate, failing notoriously. With the shadow of scandal looming over her, she had to stay away from him. When she discovers he is much more than a servant, it is too late and he already hates her.

Garth Evans is the bastard son of a Marquis, trying to make his unprivileged way in the world and holding back from trouble with women. Being constantly in the presence of the Countess proves to be a hellish temptation and he can hardly keep his hands off her. After they part, he thinks she is as whimsical and frivolous as any other lady of her rank. Now, he hates her for all she represents. Wrenching passion threatens to break his resolve to keep her at arm’s length, his desire for her about to burst at any moment.

BUY LINK

https://www.amazon.com/Igniting-Countess-Lisa-Torquay-ebook/dp/B01LX6OYY0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481847981&sr=8-1&keywords=Igniting+the+Countess

Thank You Arc to Lisa Torquay

Author Bio

Lisa Torquay comes from a multi-cultural family. She graduated in History and got a Master degree in British Empire. She has worked as an English and History teacher at high schools. She got married to a Norwegian and moved to Norway, where she lived for three years. Writing has been her passion since she was thirteen. She hopes you enjoy her books and would love to know your opinion about them.

Camilla Isley – Love Connection

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REVIEW

This is a wonderfully inventive romance novel with a refreshingly new way to present a story.

Essentially, the story is told from two perspectives in alternating chapters. The story starts out where Gemma is at a fork in the road and must choose between using one of two plane tickets that will determine her future. The alternating chapters are based on which airplane ticket Gemma chose to use. It was a bit confusing at first, but after two chapters it became apparent. The titles of the chapters could have made it more clear. I don’t care for chapter titles that mark everything by time. After I got used to the constant switching at chapters, I found the format to be remarkable.

Once into the story, the dialog drives the story really well. It is a combination of happy and sad throughout. Unlike most romance novels where there are periods of happiness and sadness, this story weaves the two concepts at the same. Again, I loved the new writing approach.

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Have you ever wondered what might have been?
Gemma Dawson is at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two possible futures. She’s at a crossroads.
Be maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding or crash her ex’s?
Gemma’s decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks–will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she’s not even met yet?
In concurrent storylines, Gemma lives out the consequences of each journey. Different stories unravel with unpredictable outcomes for Gemma and her loved ones. As the alternative realities run their course, humor and romance intertwine raising questions about fate and chance. Will these parallel universes converge? Is true love meant to be? Is everyone destined to have a soul mate? Or are one’s cards just a choice away from reshuffling?
Love Connection is a romantic comedy about one woman, life’s infinite possibilities, and the destiny that lies beyond two different choices. First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel.

BUY LINK

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Connection-First-Comes/dp/1537364219/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480954881&sr=8-1&keywords=love+connection

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Emily Ruben – I Was A Bitch

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REVIEW

I love how the author puts the reader in the position of Lacey’s perspective, clueless as to what had happened in her life. I couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out what had transgressed in her life. I love how the author slowly reveals Lacey’s story.

There were a few too many issues thrown into one book. Some of the minor incidents involving ancillary characters seemed to slow the progression of the story more than just heighten the angst. Perhaps I was just antsy to have “mystery” revealed. On the other hand, some of these extra characters were written in an extremely credible manner.

Finn is an adorably lovable character. He was a bit too perfect. If he had some flaws he could have been a bit more realistic and interesting. His character was too much of a prince charming.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and I would give it 4 stars.

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After waking up from a coma, Lacey Jones discovers that she is the ruling queen bitch of high-school and in the middle of a love triangle with two guys. If only she hadn’t lost all memory of it!

When Lacey Jones wakes up after a horrific accident, she realizes that she’s lost all memory of the last two years. In this time, she has turned from a wallflower into the gorgeous and popular Queen Bee of her high school. Adding to the confusion, she is confronted with two guys who claim to love her; her football star boyfriend and the mysterious and attractive Finn.

Now Lacey has to figure out who she can trust as she starts to put her life back together and slowly discovers what really happened on the night of the accident.

Will she be able to resist her developing feelings for Finn and stay loyal to her boyfriend?

BUY LINK

https://www.amazon.com/Was-Bitch-Romance-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B01MAUYQT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480429885&sr=8-1&keywords=I+was+a+bitch

Thank You Arc to Emily Ruben!

Bruce Miller – I Came, I Saw, I Coffeed

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REVIEW

I love the humor and light heartedness in this title and the stories within were equally entertaining. The short stories about a man’s online to real life dating experiences are a cornucopia of happy, funny, delightful, and engaging stories. Between each story, the author includes an apropos quote. These too, are remarkably on point and funny.

I would buy this book for somebody that was feeling down about the dating process, recently out of a relationship, as a funny grab gift, or as a humorous Valentine’s gift.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is

“If you don’t look anything like the person in your online picture, you’re buying me drinks ’till you do.”

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I Came, I Saw, I Coffeed Online Dating: Why Didn’t He Call Me Back? What Goes Through a Man’s Mind on the First Meet? Impressions from a Man Who Had Over 350 First Meetups. Have you ever wondered what goes through a man’s mind when you first meet? “Why didn’t he ask me out again? What did he think of me?” “Did I say the wrong thing?” I was newly singled after an unwanted divorce and retired early, so I had time on my hands to find a girlfriend. I didn’t want to be alone, and hadn’t dated in years. I was eager to meet a woman, and became discouraged trying to find someone to be your love, your best trusted friend, a confidant and companion — a very difficult task. Seeing my low spirits to get on with searching to find a woman, a good friend simply told me dating is “Just a game of numbers — the more ladies you meet, the better decision you’ll make.” So, I ventured into the field of online dating and over three years met over 350 ladies. Many women asked me what goes through a man’s mind when he meets a woman. In this book I spell out my thoughts about the women I met, her walk, her appearance, demeanor, clothes, habits, figure, etc. in detail.

BUY LINK

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1537691546?ie=UTF8

Thank You Arc to Bruce Miller!

Bruce Miller is a member of the Team at Golfwell and has written about various topics – mostly golf humor.  Bruce worked hard to fight off his depression caused by an unwanted divorce and adventured boldly into online dating and recorded his impressions in his new book “I Came, I Saw, I Coffeed, Online Dating: Why Didn’t He Call Me Back?”
Bruce met a few hundred women over three years and found many women wondered what goes through a man’s mind on the first meet. Women would wonder what went wrong?  Did I wear the wrong dress? Did I come on too strong?
“So, I wrote a book on what goes through a man’s mind on the first online meetup.  I hope my thoughts will give women more insight into a man’s mind and make them more relaxed on the first online date with a gentleman after reading my book.”
An early retired businessman, Bruce has traveled extensively and has also written, “Absolutely Hilarious Adult Golf Joke Book” and “Beware the Ides of March”, both top ten Amazon Hot New Best Sellers in their category.
Twitter:@Golfwellnet

Collette West – Single

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Review of Story: I truly enjoyed the story. The story unfolded sweetly like a blooming rose. It was sweet like the scent of rose. It had some intensely difficult part to read like the thorns on a rose bush. I love the baseball backdrop for what amounts to a clean romance with the theme of conquering one’s past, with an added splash of the trials and tribulations of dealing with those with alzheimers’s . Roberta’s past was well constructed. Unlike most history of domestic abuse characters this character included a bit how she dealt with the issue before meeting the love of her life. I liked that there wasn’t anything simple about this character. Luke’s character was a bit more straight forward. I liked the realism that he was a minor league baseball player and not the tallest of the lot. His heart made him a very lovable character.

Review of Audio: Gary Furlong did a nice job of narrating Luke’s character. His voice and delivery seemed to compliment Luke’s easy going character and warm nature. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Aundrea Mitchell’s audio part for Roberta. The cadence of her voice made it agonizing to listen to her speak. She literally pauses after every grouping of 3 to 4 words. The repetition made it tiring to listen to her chapters.

I always finish every book that I agree to review. This book was difficult to finish because of Aundrea Mitchell’s poor audio part.

LOVED the BOOK; LOATHED the AUDIO

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Underdog Luke “Single” Singleton is yearning to make a comeback. After getting hit in the neck with a pitch—an injury that nearly cost him his life—he has one last chance to play for his hometown team, the Stockton Beavers. But his mom has Alzheimer’s, and he’s all she has to depend on. How can he pursue his career, much less someone special? Personal care aide Roberta Bennett is done dating baseball players. Having had her share of heartbreak, she heads to Stockton hoping for a fresh start. But after she finds Luke’s mom outside, lost, and alone, she can’t refuse when he hires her on the spot. Unbeknownst to Luke, Roberta is all too familiar with the violent tendencies of the pitcher who hit him. Now that they’re living under the same roof, the last thing either of them is looking for is a relationship. But it’s not long before they find themselves drawn to each other. And right when Luke is thinking about finally making a change to his single status, a secret from Roberta’s past emerges with the power to tear them apart.

Giveaway

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Buy Links

Audio

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28262812-single

 
eBook
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1P9v5uu
Thank You Arc to Collette West!
About the Author
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette‘s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
 
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as manygames as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.
 
She is the author of the New York Kings series which includes: NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER, GAME ON, PERFECTGAME, INSIDE GAME and GAME WINNER.
 
Narrator Aundrea Mitchell

After receiving her B.S. and MBA Aundrea fell madly in love and decided to start her family. Ten years and five children later she was quickly living the full time wife, mother and household management life. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Aundrea returned back to her first love – reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A5Mitchell/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/A5Mitchell

Narrator Gary Furlong
Gary is an up and coming Irish Audiobook narrator and Voice Actor. He has a true flair for accents and dialects and has lived all over the world including Japan, Ireland and Texas. He can make listeners laugh, cry, seethe, think and feel and loves working with authors and writers to bring their message to audio! Gary has over a decade of experience as an actor and improv artist. Do not be fooled by his rugged handsome exterior, on the inside he is even more rugged… too rugged really.  It’s becoming a problem.

Cindi Madsen – 12 Steps to Mr. Right

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Unlike the ’90s dating book “The Rules” this is a nice clean fictional romance story.  This definitely isn’t some crazy self help book.

Through various characters, there’s a glimpse of how the steps can help some find love, but how a lot of it is left up to interpretation of the steps.  I really liked the emphasis on the combination of respect and chemistry.

The book is filled with a fantastic mix of humor and great friendship. The HEA is sure to please any romance book lover.

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12 steps to finding Mr. Right, composed by dating coach extraordinaire Savannah Gamble

1: Admit to being powerless over your attraction to the wrong type of guy. (Like Lincoln Wells, who broke your heart after an unforgettable one-night stand.)
2: Believe Mr. Right is out there.
3: Take inventory of past mistakes. (See step #1.)
4: Make a list of qualities you want in a man. (Avoid charming baseball players/reason you made these rules in the first place)
5: Take charge of your own life.
6: Learn to love yourself.
7: Sort the hookup guys from the relationship guys. (Avoid a painful brushoff after an amazing night together.)
8: Never, ever settle. (Even if the chemistry is off-the-charts.)
9: Don’t believe you can change a guy. (Once a commitment-phobe, always a commitment-phobe)
10: Communicate your needs.
11: Open your heart & love fully. (Still working on this one…)
12: Don’t ever, ever stray from the steps.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31428210-12-steps-to-mr-right

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Steps-Mr-Right-Cindi-Madsen-ebook/dp/B01LM0F2Y0

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/12-steps-to-mr-right-cindi-madsen/1124511470?ean=9781633757370

Thank You Arc to Cindi Madsen!