Blog Tour Review: Project Kaitlyn by Grayson Avery

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Perfect for fans of silly romcoms with clumsy protagonists.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Grayson Avery for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Grayson Avery is the author of The Sweet Water Circle Series, a romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30’s and 40’s as they help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce, and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty, and downright hysterical situations.

Review

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Meet Kaitlyn Colby, a clumsy, inappropriate blurter with self-esteem issues, but also quite handy with an axe. She’s certainly no superhero, but she fights the battles of a single mom with sweet snarkasm. Between work and pining for and co-parenting with her man-child ex (is there any other kind?), Kaitlyn has no time to find that special someone. And if she did, would he really want her anyway? Kaitlyn’s sister and friends (The Sweet Water Circle) say yes, so following a typical Kaitlyn slip up, The Circle intervenes to force her out of the funk that she fell into following her unwanted divorce.

When Kaitlyn makes a decision to pursue her advertising career over love, she tumbles (like no tumble you’ve ever seen…or heard) into the life of hunky, bay breeze-drinking Hunter Dixon, an ad exec who is intrigued enough by Kaitlyn that he hires her firm to revive a struggling project, much like herself.

Can Kaitlyn become the woman she needs to be to land the man of her dreams? Maybe. Maybe not. But you’ll laugh out loud as she tries. There’s no doubt you’ll be rooting for the lovable, hilarious, and relatable Kaitlyn. And you’ll probably love her friends, too, which is good, because their stories are ready to be told in the Sweet Water Circle series!

Project Kaitlyn could be the funniest book you ever read. It’s a hilarious romantic comedy that speaks the truth (well, most of the time) about life and love, and…hiking thongs? What the heck is that? Well, you’ll just have to read it to find out!

Review (No Spoilers)

I have so many mixed feelings about this book that I fear this review is going to be all over the place, so please bear with me if this happens.

Project Kaitlyn follows the story of an almost 40-year-old woman struggling to find self-confidence. Lack of self-worth is a problem that almost everyone experiences at least once in their lives, so I think everyone can empathize with Kaitlyn’s struggle. Unfortunately, I found her personality infuriatingly inconsistent when it came down to it. She was constantly going back and forth between seeing herself as worthy and seeing herself as useless. Whenever I thought she was getting better, she would do something upsetting once again.

The other main thing that bothered me was Kaitlyn’s terrible relationship with her work rival (Sasha). It was the classic case of two women fighting each other in extremely petty ways for no good reason. I don’t know how much “screen-time” Kaitlyn will get in future books in this series, but I’m really hoping to find out more about Sasha’s deal. Everyone was just so unnecessarily hostile to each other that I need to know how this all started to make more sense of it.

That being said, I think Project Kaitlyn is a book that a lot of adult women will love. It’s a romcom reminiscent of how I imagine Sex and the City to be (I’ve never actually watched it so don’t quote me on this). The novels includes many laugh-out-loud jokes, several one-liners, and an abundance of sexual innuendos. The middle portion of the book was the most pleasant to read in my opinion. The chemistry between Kaitlyn and Hunter was fantastic and they exchanged a lot of heart-warming, yet funny, banter.

I have to say that Hunter was, by far, the best part of the book (his only rival would be Kaitlyn’s extremely sensible sister Jenn). Ignoring the fact that the comments and behavior he had in the workplace were definitely not appropriate, he managed to be my main source of joy as I read the book. He not only had an amazing sense of humor, but he was also very good at pointing out Kaitlyn’s flawed behavior. He was basically the only person to talk about how Kaitlyn and Sasha’s catty behavior was unnecessary, and he was quick to call Kaitlyn’s irrational behavior out whenever she got too caught up in her own emotions. In the end, I think I was actually rooting for Hunter more than I was rooting for Kaitlyn.

Project Kaitlyn, as mentioned above, is the first installment in The Sweet Water Circle series. If you’re a fan of romcoms featuring tight-knit friendships between women, I’m sure Grayson Avery would be happy to provide you with some reading material.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of Project Kaitlyn, you can find it on Amazon US (affiliate link), Amazon UK, Apple Books, or Barnes and Noble! It’s a very quick read (I read it in a day) and is sure to pull a few (if not many) laughs out of you.


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#TheWriteReads #BlogTour Spotlight: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Today I’m bringing attention to the lovely book What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson! The tour for this begins TODAY so be sure to follow along to hear more about this amazing novel! You can follow The Write Reads Tours on Twitter to keep up with all of the posts!

Premise

ISBN: 9780241441718
Length: 368 Pages
Imprint: Penguin

When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?

Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.

So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.

Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.

Looking back, I think I did . . .


Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Daniel Woodrell, What Beauty There Is an unforgettable debut novel that is as compulsive as it is beautiful, and unflinchingly explores the power of determination, survival and love.

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Purchase on Amazon US (affiliate link), Amazon UK
Goodreads Link

About the Author

What Beauty There Is is Cory Anderson’s YA novel about brutality and beauty, and about broken people trying to survive—perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Laura Ruby, and Meg Rosoff.

Cory is a winner of the League of Utah Writers Young Adult Novel Award and Grand Prize in the Storymakers Conference First Chapter Contest. What Beauty There Is is her debut novel.

First Week Tour Schedule!

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First Lines Fridays – March 12, 2021

Welcome back to my blog! It’s that time of the week again where I bring you another First Lines Fridays post! Click here to read my post from last week!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Today’s First Lines

I am going to tell you a story you already know. But listen carefully, because within it is one you have never heard before.

The story you know is about a boy named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

You recognize his name. Even if you do not, you know him well, because you have heard his music all your life.

He was here and then gone, a brief, brilliant shard of life, a flash of stardust that ignited the sky.

Can you guess what book it is? I’ll admit that these first few lines probably give it away if you’re familiar with the book, but maybe they wont! Scroll down for the reveal!

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish: to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in eighteenth-century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

As Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.


If you’re interested in The Kingdom of Back, you can purchase it on Amazon (affiliate link)!


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Blog Tour Review: Acts of Kindness by Heather Barnett

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A unique premise and a mystery that is sure to make pique your curiosity.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Heather Barnett for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Heather Barnett gained a degree in English and French from the University of Leeds and has written ever since: from copywriting to stand-up comedy and sketches. She is now focusing on writing novels. Heather’s influences span Jane Austen and Douglas Adams at one end of the alphabet through to PG Wodehouse at the other.

Heather’s debut novel, Acts of Kindness, is an uplifting, light-hearted mystery. It was inspired by witnessing commuters helping a woman who’d fallen down the stairs at Paddington station; intermingled with wondering what was behind some grand stone gateposts that she used to drive past in Wiltshire.

Her second novel, Lord Seeks Wife, is a romantic comedy and will be published summer 2021.

Aside from writing, Heather’s interests are classic literature, cats and comedy.

Heather is head of marketing at an agency near Oxford and lives by the river Kennet in Berkshire.

For more information on Heather and her books, please visit her website: www.heatherbarnettauthor.com or join the discussion on Twitter @WritesHeather.

Review

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Dream Job. Fresh Start. Big Mistake.

When Bella Black arrives in a sleepy Wiltshire village, it seems like the perfect place for a new start: a lovely home, exciting job and an attractive colleague or two to take her mind off her recent divorce.

When people start disappearing, she realises she holds the key to a mystery bigger than she could have ever imagined.

Who is really pulling the strings at the secretive OAK Institute?

Can anyone be trusted?

Will Bella make the right choices before it’s too late?

Review (No Spoilers)

I’ll be upfront and honest and say that the main reason I signed up for this tour was because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve also been trying to read more mystery/thriller books and this seemed to be a book that would fit right into that goal. In a funny turn of events however, I totally forgot that this was a mystery when I picked it up and went into it thinking I was reading an adult romance. It didn’t take long for me to start thinking to myself, “why is everyone in this book so sketch?” and it was only then that I remembered what I was actually reading.

As hinted in my previous paragraph, Acts of Kindness is a book that definitely succeeds in making you wonder what the heck is going on. From the very first chapter it does. a good job of unsettling you and making you suspicious of everyone the main character encounters. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that the main character isn’t necessarily trying to be a sleuth, she just keeps finding herself in the wrong places at the wrong times. The plot device of making her clumsy in this way was a new one for me and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

I will say that the mystery is founded on an idea that I think is very unrealistic (much like a campy spy novel/movie) and the conclusion was pretty straightforward for me to guess. I think I had hoped for something more shocking to happen at the end but as it stands this would be a good book to read if you’re looking for something on the lighter side. A lot of mystery/thrillers nowadays can get really dark and triggering at times, so if you’re looking for a mystery that is interesting but relatively light, this would definitely be a good book for you.

Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour listed below! If you’d like to purchase a copy of Mr Right Across the Street, you can find it on Amazon US (affiliate link), Amazon UK, or on bookshop.org!


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Blog Tour Review: Mr Right Across the Street by Kathryn Freeman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A cute romance about two people who are trying to figure out what they want in life.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Kathryn Freeman for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero.

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

Review

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Mia Abbott’s move to Manchester was supposed to give her time and space from all the disastrous romantic choices she’s made in her past. But then the hot guy who lives opposite – the one who works out every day at exactly 10 a.m., not that Mia has noticed thank-you-very-much – starts leaving notes in his window…for her.

Bar owner Luke Doyle has his own issues to deal with but as he shows Mia the sites of her new city he also shows her what real romance looks like for the first time. And when he cooks up a signature cocktail in her honour, she realises that the man behind the bar is even more enticing than any of his creations. And once she’s had a taste she knows it will never be enough.

Review (No Spoilers)

Once again I find myself reading an author I’ve read before without realizing it *insert face palm emoji*. It was only when I got to the end of the book and saw the promo for other books by Kathryn Freeman that I realized I read her Up Close and Personal book last June for another one of Rachel’s amazing blog tours. If you’d like to read my review of that book, click here.

(On a completely random side note: The cover is outrageously cute but unfortunately the characters in the book look nothing like the characters on the cover. Mia is described as being blonde with colored highlights, and Luke is described as being super muscular with arms the size of melons. My best guess is that this is the result of limitations with the editing software used for the cover. Okay back to the review!)

Similar to Up Close and Personal, Mr Right Across the Street has a lot of feminist undertones that I can definitely get behind. The protagonist Mia Abbott has had her share of bad relationships and has moved to a new town in order to start her life anew. This time around she will focus on herself and protecting her privacy. Even if it means ignoring the attractive and charming bartender who lives across the street that has been trying desperately to get her attention.

The premise of sharing notes across windows (much like the Taylor Swift music video for You Belong With Me) is super freaking cute and I. Am. Here. For. It! On top of that, the two main characters, Mia and Luke, have excellent chemistry with their shared sense of humor and similar mindsets. At its heart, this book is about two adults who are only now coming to terms with who they are and what they want their lives to look like. And thankfully (since this is often too rare in books that I read) they have the endless support of friends and family to help them along the way.

Would a relationship with Luke conflict with Mia’s ideas of self-sufficiency? And since Luke has spent the past 16-or-so years only engaging in casual sex relationships, are they doomed before they even begin? I guess you’ll have to read it to find out!

Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour listed below! If you’d like to purchase a copy of Mr Right Across the Street, you can find it on Amazon US (affiliate link) or Amazon UK!


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First Lines Fridays – March 5, 2021

Welcome back to my blog! Today I’m bringing you another First Lines Fridays post! I’ve gotten SUPER behind on these and I think the last one I did was the first week of February. I’m going to try to schedule a few ahead of time so that I don’t miss anymore!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Today’s First Lines

When I close my eyes we’re all still alive and it becomes obvious then what the gods want from us. The myth people tell about us might start on that liquid blue day off Kona and the sharks, but I know different. We started earlier. You started earlier. The kingdom of Hawaiʻi had long been broken–the breathing rain forests and singing green reefs crushed under the haole fists of beach resorts and skyscrapers–and that was when the land had begun calling. I know this now because of you.

So what do you think? Have I got you hooked? Can you guess what book it is?

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

Nainoa’s family, struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods – a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa, working now as a paramedic on the streets of Portland, struggles to fathom the full measure of his expanding abilities; further north in Washington, his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics, obsessed with wealth and fame; while in California, risk-obsessed younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to forge her independence from the family’s legacy.

When supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawaii – with tragic consequences – they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.


If you’re interested in Sharks in the Time of Saviors, you can purchase it on Amazon (affiliate link)! I personally have not read this book, but my partner, Rob, is planning on reading it this month. As someone born and raised in Hawaii, this definitely sounds like one that would interest me.


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Publication Day Review: Our Little Secret by Rachael Stewart

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A very quick and enjoyable romance with an abundance of steamy scenes.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Rachael Stewart for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Giveaway!!!

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Review

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

A little secret sexy fun
Under the Tuscan sun!

It’s her best mate’s wedding week – and Faye Davenport is celebrating with a skinny dip under the Tuscan moon. Except she’s not alone. The sexy Italian dish is Rafael Perez – her mate’s off-limits older brother. But now it’s too late. This illicit, irresistible fire is already out of control…

Pick up your copy today!

Review (No Spoilers)

This was by far one of the steamiest romance I’ve read to date. Most of the time the romance novels I read are around 350 pages with 0-3 sexy scenes. This book was around 250 pages and had at least 4! (I’m not complaining though.)

Our Little Secret follows the deep forbidden attraction between Faye Davenport and Rafael Perez (Faye’s best friend’s brother). While I’ve seen this trope used in several movies (looking at you Kissing Booth), I don’t think I’ve ever actually read a “best friend’s brother” romance. I have to say that I think this was done very well!

Most of the forbidden romances between best friend’s brothers/brother’s best friend rely on the weirdly possessive attitude of “she’s mine so you can’t have her” (again, looking at you Kissing Booth). Our Little Secret, on the other hand, subverted this very tastefully. Faye’s best friend, Dani, knows her brother isn’t ready to commit and that if Faye falls for him, she’ll end up heart broken. So rather than a “you can’t take her from me!” it was more of a “I know you can’t give her what she needs, so please don’t lead her on”, which I really appreciated.

Another thing that I think Rachael Stewart handled really well was removing the toxicity from the “alpha-male” character. I’ve seen and read several of these types of relationships where the guy is actually just blatantly abusive/toxic. Rafael definitely has alpha-male qualities, but he never hurts or belittles Faye (or his sister Dani) in any way. In fact he’s actually very soft and loving underneath his hard exterior. Like…chocolate covered ice cream? An egg? A baguette? I don’t know. You get the gist.

I think my only real complaint about this was that it was a bit too insta-lovey for me. The majority of the book takes place over the span of one week so I would have preferred for there to have been more time for these two to develop romantic feelings for each other. Nevertheless, Our Little Secret is definitely a book that I could see myself rereading several times in the future.

Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour! If you’d like to purchase a copy of Our Little Secret, you can find it on Amazon US (affiliate link) or at the purchase link above! It’s out today!!


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