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Monday, June 25, 2018

Whatever life brings, LOVE IT!: Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're ALL about the LOVE!  Love for books, love for reading, love for the latest work that I literally JUST finished reading not only because of a lack of time off (work...*grumble grumble*), but also because I couldn't bring myself to speed through the passages just to cover ground.  I wanted to savor every moment, every experience, every...SPARKLE!  So without further ado, let's give a warm bookish welcome to today's book of choice via TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing...

Maddie Dawson
Lake Union Publishing

About the book...
Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancĂ©’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would.

When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. She’s even more astonished to find that she’s inherited Blix’s Brooklyn brownstone along with all of Blix’s unfinished “projects”: the heartbroken, oddball friends and neighbors running from happiness. Marnie doesn’t believe she’s anything special, but Blix somehow knew she was the perfect person to follow in her matchmaker footsteps.

And Blix was also right about some things Marnie must learn the hard way: love is hard to recognize, and the ones who push love away often are the ones who need it most.

A tale as old as time...was never nearly as charming!

Aunt Blix was a DOLL!  Unusual, creative, an old soul to be sure, and definitely not what you'd expect in an older family relation, but SO AMAZING!  She had a unique way of looking at life and a gift for simply knowing who belongs with whom.  Wouldn't that be lovely?  Just KNOWING who our other half may be?  Is it that guy over there?  Is it the one we're currently clocking hours with?  Is it a random stranger we meet by happenstance on a rainy afternoon?  Too bad for Blix, it didn't exactly work on herself...but thanks to her open heart and open view on life, she was able to live by a mantra that was true to her soul and served her heart rather well...Whatever life brings, LOVE IT!  Sounds easy enough, but what happens when what it brings you is that proverbial basket of lemons, time and time again?  Are truly up for making lemonade...lemon bars...lemon muffins?

Enter one, Marnie MacGraw.  Her life has definitely been nothing short of a lemon fest, especially in the love department.  From a boyfriend that forgot her come prom time to a friend who expressed interest too late to a fiance that should have never been (times two!), she's batting a thousand.  It's during one of the upswings in her love life that Aunt Blix enters her world and from the moment they recognize the magic in one another, neither will ever be the same.  That great big life Aunt Blix was talking about for's coming whether she likes it or not...and the only thing she can truly do is let go and see where love might take her.

I loved the concept of this book and how the author wrote in just enough magic to keep us guessing, but not so much that those leery of the topic would feel hocus pocused out.  It made you want to believe that there is someone out there for everyone...even those of us that feel most damaged...and the way those connections developed felt real.  It wasn't all TADA...we're a match made in was more hey, we're gonna struggle, we're gonna fight, but IT'S WORTH FIGHTING FOR...with the locked gate swinging open on hearts long left in the dust and lost souls reaching towards the light.  There isn't a soul in that charming Brownstone that wasn't worth the effort, that didn't deserve to love and be loved...and the sum of their struggles, the story they shared, made them a family in every sense of the word.

In the end,  I was so swept up in the magic of it all, I didn't even remember to add it to my CURRENT reading list...if that tells you anything.  The characters are memorable (Patrick!  Houndy!  Sammy!), the story quite charming, and the obstacles faced (Noah...*grr*), overcome with flair and sparkles to spare.  You'll have your favorites and some of the bumps in the road will stick more than others, but that's simply part of the story's magic...its ability to make each reader's journey personal, while reminding us that life brings many things, but how we choose to react to it makes our life path uniquely our own.

About the author...

Maddie Dawson grew up in the South, born into a family of outrageous storytellers. Her various careers as a substitute English teacher, department-store clerk, medical-records typist, waitress, cat sitter, wedding-invitation-company receptionist, nanny, day care worker, electrocardiogram technician, and Taco Bell taco maker were made bearable by thinking up stories as she worked. Today she lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her husband. She’s the bestselling author of five previous novels: The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness, The Opposite of Maybe, The Stuff That Never Happened, Kissing Games of the World, and A Piece of Normal.

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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you, and to Lake Union Publishing for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrated its book birthday earlier this month via Lake Union Publishing, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check out the other stops on this leg of the tour as well as those on Instagram!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

BOOK SPOTLIGHT on... Narcissistic Tendencies by Jennifer Peel - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers .

Today,  we're joining I Am a Reader to shine the spotlight on a new release from author Jennifer Peel PLUS share the awesome sale on the first two books in the series. Sound good? Yeah,  I agree,  so without further ado,  here comes today's titles in the spotlight. ..

Narcissistic Tendencies
Jennifer Peel

"*Warning* Clear all plans before you start this book, because I promise you will NOT want to put it down until the last page has been read!" -Kathy Jo from KJ's Book Nook ★★★★★ 

"Waiting for that first kiss was sweet torture but was it worth it? Yumma yes! Nick makes fanning yourself a necessity." - Aimee from Getting Your Read On ★★★★★

He wants her future. She can’t forget her past. 

Psychologist Kate Morgan loves her job evaluating clients for the matchmaking service Binary Search. That is, until the one and only Nicholas Wells becomes a client and the new face of the company. Now Kate must take on a new role as his relationship manager to “fix” the actor-turned-writer-and-producer—not to mention egotistical, possibly narcissistic celebrity—and save Binary Search’s reputation.Once upon a time this would have been a dream come true, but older, wiser, and live-within-her-rules Kate knows more than she would like to about narcissists. Annulment is an ugly word and one she can’t or won’t forget. But is Nick the man he says he is on paper or is he the man she sees before her eyes? An adoring father with a generous heart who’s willing to smooth out some of his rough edges for the right woman, making her think who’s fixing who?Can this Hollywood playboy and reluctant matchmaker make the ultimate connection?

Statistically Improbable

"Super delicious read." - Charissa, Joy in the Moments ★★★★★ "5 Stars isn't enough....LOVED it!" - Lilac Queen, Romance Blogger★★★★★

Two professional matchmakers. One fake relationship. He's a playboy. She's a good girl. What could possibly go wrong?

According to Binary Search's matchmaking service, Meg and Zander's odds of ever having a successful relationship are statistically improbable. Meg has run the numbers and knows the probability, but for some reason she can't quit thinking about her coworker, Zander--the self-proclaimed eternal bachelor. To make matters more interesting, Zander approaches her with an unusual proposition. He's in need of a pretend girlfriend. Meg thinks this could be the answer to get him out of her system,and maybe knock the arrogant man down a few notches in the process. But what she doesn't realize is there is more to this man, something he carefully hides behind his arrogant exterior. And when her feelings begin to be anything but pretend, she knows the odds of getting hurt are more than probable. Will they let the odds over come them, or will they find that all the reasons they are wrong for each other are exactly what make them a perfect fit?

His Personal Relationship Manager

"One of the best romantic comedies I've read in a long time!" - Becky Monson, Bestselling Author of the Spinster Series

"Oh, my gosh. This is THE PERFECT romantic chick lit story." - Brit Rossie for Readers Favorite

He's met his match. She just doesn't know it yet.

After suffering a very public humiliation, Kenadie Marshall realizes that love shouldn't be left only to personal judgment. Instead of wallowing in her misery, Kenadie creates Binary Search, the perfect balance between a software application and human intuition to help others find true and lasting love, all while personally swearing off relationships for good.

Attractive and loveable Jason Hadley is taken with Kenadie from their first meeting. Determined to prove that love isn't over for her, he does everything he can think of, even if it means using her firm's service and dating other women to stay close to her. Jason quickly gains a rally of supporters, including Kenadie's over-enthusiastic mother and meddling best friend, but will his ploys help Kenadie find her match, or jeopardize everything she's created and lead to further humiliations? In an epic battle of wills, this romantic comedy shows that love is patient, love is kind, and love can heal even the most broken of hearts.

Author the author...

Jennifer Peel is the award-winning bestselling author of the Dating by Design and Women of Merryton series, as well as several other contemporary romances. 

Though she lives and breathes writing, her first love is her family. She is the mother of three amazing kiddos and has recently added the title of mother-in-law, with the addition of two terrific sons-in-law. She’s been married to her best friend and partner in crime for a lot longer than seems possible. 

Some of her favorite things are late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and Southern Living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway 
  Ends 7/4/18 

 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


Special thanks to Kathy at I Am a Reader for the chance to bring this celebration to you.  (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the series, or the author, feel free to click through the links provided above. 

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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