Book Blitz ~ ‘Escorted’ by Claire Kent.

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Escorted by Claire Kent
(Escorted #1)
Publication date: December 15th 2012
Genres: Erotica, Romance

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She hired him to take her virginity…but now she wants even more.

Lori might be a popular romance writer, but she’s never been anything but a flop with sex and love in her personal life. Still a virgin at twenty-six and increasingly frustrated by her inexperience, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity.

She assumes one time with Ander will be enough, but she never dreams how much pleasure he can make her feel. Once isn’t nearly enough. Twice isn’t enough either. Soon, she becomes one of his regular clients.

Lori knows that nothing would be as foolish as falling in love with her paid escort, but she’s never been wise with her heart. And, despite his professionalism, he doesn’t seem entirely immune either.

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Ander looked over, his eyes automatically scanning her body in her cashmere tank and pajama pants. But his gaze didn’t linger. He handed Lori an unopened packet. “Dental dams,” he explained. “For oral sex. I don’t have unprotected sex of any kind.”

“Of course. I wouldn’t be using your services otherwise.” She’d never seen a dental dam before so she studied the packet with interest, glad for any sort of distraction from what would be coming next.

“These are the best quality I’ve been able to find. Very thin and the texture is good. It will still be very enjoyable for you.”

She swallowed hard. “Pretty smug about your skills, aren’t you?”

He made a brief choked sound, as if he’d smothered a surprised laugh. Pulling out a tube of lubricant, he carried it with two dam packets and a couple of condoms to the nightstand. “I guess we’ll have to wait and see whether I’m smug or simply realistic.”

His dry response made her giggle a little, and she walked over to join him next to the bed. When she looked from his slick, sexy good-looks to the large bed draped with a fluffy down comforter, her giggle changed to a nervous gurgle.

“You’re in control of this,” Ander said, holding her gaze with a cool expression. “We do whatever you want to do. I can act however you want me to act. Just tell me.”

“I don’t want you to pretend to be romantic or hot for me or anything. I want it to be…be real. I mean, don’t pretend we’re doing anything other than we are.”

“Understood. I can do that. Would you prefer me to stay in my clothes or take them off?” Ander replied smoothly, not appearing to notice her anxiety.

She thought for just a moment but knew the sight of his undoubtedly fine, naked body would be the end of her nerve. “Keep them on.”

“And you?”

She crossed her arms in front of her chest, suddenly conscious of the way her full breasts were outlined in the clinging tank she wore and that her nipples were visibly tight from her arousal. “I’ll keep them on for now,” she said, “Until …”

He nodded. “Lights?”

“Off.”

“Is there anything else you’d like? Questions or requests?”

“Um.”

He waited patiently, watching her with an oddly quiet look of scrutiny. When she couldn’t manage to get anything said, he asked softly, “What can I do to make you less nervous?”

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Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she’s not writing, she teaches English at the university level.

She also writes contemporary romance under the penname Noelle Adams.

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Blog Tour ~ ‘Choosing You’ by Allie Everhart.

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Choosing You by Allie Everhart
(The Jade Series #1)
Publication date: September 23rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.

Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.

As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.

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Book Review ~ ‘Choosing You’ by Allie Everhart ~ 5 Stars!

Sometimes there is a book that you just connect to immediately, and not in the way you expect. It wasn’t just the characters that drew me in, but also the way that the author so brilliantly, and realistically depicted University life.

I love a good romance set at University storyline because my own University experience could better be described as the Years from Hell. So to have a character who genuinely struggles to fit in during her first few weeks at University was just so relatable to me. Because unfortunately it is not always ‘Meet room or flat mates, become the best of friends and have lots of fun’. In a lot of cases its ‘Are not accepted by flat-mates because you’d rather not party and drink, and are kept awake all night by parties in the hallways and music played at full volume at three in the morning.’

Jade was not what I expected from reading the blurb, and that made me love her even more. She was a real person who was trying to get through life to the best of her ability, not wanting any unnecessary attachments or distractions coming in the way of her goal. I admired her for her complete dedication to her school work, working tirelessly throughout high school and earning herself a scholarship, but also her desire to be at University not for the social experience (as so many students do today), but for an education that will better her chances in life. She was real, raw and had issues that made her appear blunt and rude, but was just doing so to protect her heart which had been damaged so much in the past.

Garret honestly made me giggle, but in a good way, like a ‘I have a crush on you and don’t know what to say so just giggle’ kind of thing. His tireless pursuing of Jade, even when she was really not interested, was just really sweet, yet underneath his confident facade, he hides dark secrets that he wishes he had no part of. The way that the author had Garret forced between choosing to spend more time with the first girl that he has really connected to, and feels like understands him, and the obligations he has to his family gave the story an almost Romeo + Juliet kind of feel to it, which made the suspense and mystery of the story all that more exciting.

The character and story development was paced brilliantly. I liked how the majority of this story was showing the growth of Garret and Jade’s feelings for each other. Even in the romantic moments, I really felt the strong friendship and bond that they had underneath the romance, which made me root for them even more. In particular I really hoped that Garret would be there for Jade to help her overcome her demons, as my heart ached for her when she believed that she had no chance at becoming a better person than her mother, and then when she discovers that her mother’s ill treatment of her was not as black or white as it seemed.

The tension in the mystery storyline was just amazing. I am on tenterhooks, desperate to know who it was that was trying to keep the truth from coming out and I can’t wait to read the next book.

This was a heart-warming, emotional, yet hopeful story and I can’t wait to continue the series and discover the answers that are plaguing Jade and Garret as they try to be in each others lives.

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Allie Everhart

Allie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, running, or binge-watching TV shows on DVD. Some of her favorites are Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl. When writing her novels, Allie likes to drink dark-roast coffee when writing suspense scenes and red wine when writing love scenes. And eating chocolate is good when writing any kind of scene.

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Book Review ~ ‘Love, Lex’ by Avery Aster.

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Love, Lex by Avery Aster
(The Undergrad Years #1)
Publication date: April 14th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance.

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This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.

Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right? —Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.

The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.

Reader warning: Contains mature content intended for readers 17 and up.

Swag and reader contests can be found on Avery’s blog at: AveryAster.com

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Book Review ~ ‘Love, Lex’ by Avery Aster ~ 4 Stars!

I can honestly say it’s been a long time since I’ve last laughed so hard whilst reading a book. The last time was with ‘It’s Got to be Perfect’ by Haley Hill (which you should go and read right now). Avery Aster drew me into the story with her clever and witty writing and hilarious characters who you feel like are your own best friends by the end of the book.

If you are looking for an angsty new adult read, then this isn’t for you, but if you just want to sit down with a good, funny book for a few hours and are in need of a good laugh, then this is definitely a book I’d recommend.

Lex was honestly the most bonkers heroine I’ve read of in a while, but even with her craziness I connected with her straight away, and after reading that her boyfriend told her she’d have to lose some weight before he would sleep with her, and her trying her hardest by chewing nicotine gum like it was going out of business was what made me really feel for her, and want the best for her. But the best thing about her was that she didn’t want sympathy or pity, she told the readers how she felt without putting on any masks, and then moved on.

The storyline of her being arrested for arson was done in such a brilliant funny way, especially when the story was told to us from Lex’s viewpoint, complete with hilarious acronyms for her best friends (BFF, GFF, GBF, I’ll let you read to find out what the last two stand for) and her complicated relationship with her famous rocker mother (You’ll see what I mean within the first few pages), it really was a light escape to read about. Of course no story is complete without a sexy male, and Officer Gotti fit that role perfectly.

This was a crazy story which made me laugh out loud throughout. The main characters were a new definition of crazy, but the fact that they stood by each other in times of crisis helped make the story a little more relatable to the reader and show the seriousness of their situation despite the way they try to cover their feelings with humour and sarcasm.

This book was clever, witty, bonkers and just such good fun. If you don’t mind a little over-the-top drama, and some crazy characters, but ones that you really connect with, then this story is the one for you.

4 Stars!

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Book Blitz ~ ‘Duty Bound’ by Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase.

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Duty Bound by Noelle Adams, Samantha Chase
(The Protectors #1)
Publication date: April 10th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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I used to think I could be a hero, but one deadly night destroyed that delusion. So I’ve come home defeated. My military career, my best friend, my purpose—all of it is lost.

What I find is her.

She’s my best friend’s sister, and she’s everything I shouldn’t want. She’s on a hopeless quest for answers about her brother’s death, but those are secrets that can never come to light. She’s always been a fighter, and she desperately wants the truth.

I desperately want her.

Someone is trying to kill her now, and she won’t let me keep her safe. I have to do it anyway, even if she doesn’t trust me, even if she hates me for it. A man protects what’s precious to him, whether or not he can ever claim her for his own. So she becomes my purpose.

I’ll become a hero for her.

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On my way out of the building with Maria, the friend who’d given me a ride, I glanced down at my phone, on the off-chance that Levi had tried to call back.

I’m not sure what he would have said if he called. After all, I couldn’t imagine him meekly saying he was sorry for his bad behavior.

I couldn’t imagine him being meek—in any circumstance, ever.

“Oh my God, that guy is hot,” Maria murmured excitedly, grabbing my arm as we walked down the four steps from the front entrance of the rec center.

This wasn’t unusual behavior for Maria. She found guys hot all the time and was never loath to share her feelings with me.

I glanced over with only half-hearted interest and immediately stiffened when my eyes landed on a tall, well-built man with dark hair and worn jeans, who was listening to something on his phone and leaning against a car in the parking lot.

My car. The one I thought was still in the shop.

Levi. Naturally.

“Oh my God,” Maria said, her hand still gripping my arm. “He’s smiling at you. Do you know him?”

“Yes, I know him,” I gritted out through my teeth. He was indeed smiling, but it wasn’t a friendly, welcoming smile.

It was a superior smile of amusement, as if he was laughing at me.

I’d seen that look on his face before. I’d seen it for years and years, when we’d been growing up and he was hanging out with Gavin. My brother used to get annoyed when I pestered them, but Levi had always just laughed.

Nothing had changed. I might be an adult, a professional, and completely his equal, but he was still laughing at me.

I took a shaky breath and tried to control the wave of anger.

“Is that your car?” Maria asked.

“Yeah. He must have gotten it from the shop.”

“Ooh! Why didn’t you tell me there was a guy in your life?” Maria looked like she might jump up and down with excitement over news of potential romance for me.

“He’s not in—“

“No, don’t try to hide it. I can tell by the way he’s looking at you that he’s crazy about you. Plus, he got your car for you! You go on over, but you better call me first thing tomorrow and tell me all about him.”

I groaned and tried to object again, but she skittered off before I could. Rolling my eyes, I made my way over to Levi, who was still half-smiling with that superior amusement that I hated.

“Did you just tell me to take my overbearing, obnoxious meddling and shove it up my arrogant ass?” he asked, lowering the phone from his ear.

For no reason—for absolutely no good reason—I felt the urge to snicker, partly at his expression and partly at the way he’d repeated my words back to me in that dry tone. Snickering would hardly be an appropriate response, though, so I gave him what I hoped was a cool look of disinterest. “You should check your messages more frequently. I left that over two hours ago.”

His smile broadened into a grin, making him so attractive that I lost my breath. Seriously. I literally lost my breath, gazing up at him and his warm expression and his gorgeous dark eyes.

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Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances. For more information, please check out her website: noelle-adams.com.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40′s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, blogging, playing way too many games of Scrabble on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina. For more information visit her website at www.chasing-romance.com.

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Cover Reveal ~ ‘Wreck You’ by Jennifer Snyder.

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Wreck You by Jennifer Snyder
(A Coldcreek Novel #3)
Publication date: June 3rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Outspoken and flirtatious, Lauren Myers is more than most guys can handle. Even so, a disastrous trip to her boyfriend’s hometown in Greece leaves her reeling, forcing her to reevaluate her views on men and relationships all together.

Level-headed and reserved, Ian Mason is perfectly content with his life the way that it is—until a phone call from his mother flips his life upside down. Suddenly, everything changes and he’s forced to hold the weight of the family business all on his own.

After a chance meeting draws them together, the two will learn love often finds those who aren’t necessarily looking, and that there are moments in life that hold within them all the power to wreck you.

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Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing new adult and young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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Blog Tour ~ ‘Lost in Us’ by Layla Hagen.

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Lost in Us by Layla Hagen
Publication date: February 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Serena has learned to live with her past, locking her secrets and nightmares deep inside her. But when her boyfriend of six years abruptly leaves her, she’s catapulted back into pain, nursing a broken heart. When indulging in mountains of chocolate doesn’t work, Serena decides the best way to deal with her shattered heart is to indulge in something else. A rebound . . .

The night she swaps her usual Sprite for tequila, she meets James. The encounter is breathtaking.

Electrifying.

And best not repeated.

James is a successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. A man who has amassed a fortune by taking risks. A man who has shunned commitment completely, and still does. He’s the exact opposite of Serena. But sometimes opposites attract. Sometimes they give in to burning passion. Sometimes opposites are perfect for each other.

James is everything her damaged soul could want. His kisses are intoxicating, his touch out of this world. He makes her forget. He grants her peace from her pain. But as they grow closer, Serena discovers she isn’t the only one with a past. James carries the scars of a past much darker than hers. One that has left him damaged, hurt, and wary of love. A past that gives him the power to shatter her.

Now James and Serena must find a way to mend one another. Or risk losing each other forever.

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Book Review ~ ‘Lost in Us’ by Layla Hagen ~ 5 Stars!

‘Lost in Us’ is really a spectacular book. It’s one of those ones that I don’t even know how to review because there are so many things about it that I adored. Layla Hagen has created and emotional, heartbreaking and stunning literary debut with this story, and days after reading this book I am still caught up in the world, the characters and the storylines.

At first I was a little unsure of how to rate this book as I felt the first quarter of the story was very fast-paced, almost so quick that I was a little surprised at how serious and deep rooted James and Serena’s feelings for each other were. So with this at the forefront of my mind I continued reading a little dubious, only to be blown away by the incredible story that followed. When making my decision between 4 and 5 stars I just knew that I couldn’t remember the last time I had felt so emotionally entwined with the storyline in a book. My heart ached so much whilst reading of Serena’s struggles with her feelings for James, and I honestly felt my heart break when they couldn’t be together, because I really admired Serena for putting her feelings first and not letting James walk all over her, but the pain that she felt when they were apart had me sobbing and holding my chest.

I couldn’t deny the impact this stunning writing had on me, so it just had to get five stars, so I say now to any potential readers, if you are a bit unsure of fast-paced starts, do try to get past that as the story that follows and the strength of the writing is just phenomenal.

I loved Serena as a character. She was just so human and so real to me. I loved her strength, yet admired how she let herself wallow in her pain for a time but didn’t let it win and have her crawling back to James. It always annoys me when young girls show no emotion, I think, we’re young, hormonal and we damn well need to cry. Serena did that and I admired her so much for it, for showing her emotions and not being ashamed to admit that she missed the man she loved.

James was one of those characters that had to grow on me. He had deep-rooted issues (which I love in characters) and had to overcome them. I liked how Serena didn’t fall to his feet everytime he apologised, and I liked how he had to understand that her feelings were just as important as his. His desperation to get her back was commendable, but I felt offended on Serena’s behalf when his friends said that it was her being selfish. What I liked was how James had to grow past his issues to understand the importance of Serena’s feelings and the way that their relationship plays out, whilst rocky, is beautiful and meaningful.

This was a beautiful story and I can’t begin to express how much I loved it. 5 Stars!

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My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough

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Book Review ~ ‘All My Restless Life to Live’ by Dee DeTarsio.

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All My Restless Life to Live by Dee DeTarsio.
Publication date: April 29th 2013
Genres: Adult, Romance.

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Fans of Marian Keyes and Jennifer Weiner will delight in Dee DeTarsio’s sparkling prose and lively dialogue as she takes readers into the heart of women’s lives.

Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who writes for one. (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her recently deceased dad’s computer and gets way more than she bargained for.

Elle unravels mysterious communications from his computer, while her mom decides to give Internet dating a try. As Elle tries to save her career at I’d Rather Be Loved with a storyline featuring a trip through Atlantis, she takes a trip to the Emmys, and finds herself in the middle of a romance between a real doctor and a hunk who just plays one on TV.

Friends, family, and clues from “the other side” all help Elle figure out the difference between living the good life and living a good life.

Filled with friendship, love, loss, betrayal, and challenges that force her characters to find their place in the universe, Dee’s novels give us that hopefully-ever-after we’re searching for.

Dee DeTarsio is a Winner of The 2013 San Diego Book Awards, Romance category, for Haole Wood, as well as a 2013 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist.

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Book Review ~ ‘All My Restless Life to Live’ by Dee DeTarsio ~ 4 Stars!

I had read a few excerpts courtesy of a book blitz I participated in, and they had me laughing, and intrigued by the characters so I went for it, and boy am I glad I did.

‘All My Restless Life to Live’ is a story that I think all contemporary chick lit readers will love. There was so much relatable humour, characters and actions that I just connected with the story so easily. I loved that there was seriousness and challenges entwined throughout the witty prose, and that by the end of the story I was thinking of the characters as real people that I knew, wanting to talk to them about their problems and how to help them in situations they were afraid of (In my defence, it’s the Psychology graduate in me.)

What made this book really stand out to me was that at some points in the story, I really wanted to shake the characters. Why is it good I felt this, you may ask? Because it made the characters human who make mistakes, just like everybody in life. Whilst it was veiled in humour, it was still poignant to readers that there are problems in everybody’s life, and that everyone has issues to work through.

Elle was a really brilliant heroine to our story. She was gutsy, witty and her thoughts had me in fits of giggles more than once, although sometimes I felt her internal dialogue digressed a lot from her original point before she went back to it, leaving me a little behind and speeding to catch up with her.

I really felt for Elle when it came to trying to accept and move on after her father’s death, and the spiritual element of her believing her father was contacting her beyond the grave was really cleverly entwined throughout the story, not dominating the novel, but linking neatly with the various other complications that come up in Elle’s life.

I was so pleased that I liked both of Elle’s love interests. Unfortunately I am one of those people who sets their hopes on the heroine being with one guy over the other, and then I become stressed, emotional, devastated and heartbroken if they don’t end up together. Dee DeTarsio did a spectacular job of making both romantic interests suitable candidates, and both were genuinely nice men who respected her and didn’t try to force her to choose them. I liked how the story ended, and the man that she chose, but I felt relieved that Elle and the rejected suitor could still be friends, as I thought they had a friendship that would be sad to go.

This really was a clever, witty and poignant story, that made me laugh out loud, smile wistfully, and muse over long after I finished.

4 Stars!

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