Saturday, August 19, 2017

End of Summer Blog Tour: Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining the TLC Book Tours and Harlequin FUN as we celebrate the upcoming change in season in true bookish fashion.  Yes, that's right.  It's the END OF SUMMER BLOG TOUR! We've got all the thrills (they don't call it "falling in love" for nothing!), chills (keep those temperatures soaring into the night!), and spills (let's face it, love can be messy!), you need to send the season off with a BANG!  

For today's post, we're diving between the pages of the FIFTH installment of the From Manhattan with Love series by none other than Sarah Morgan!  If you haven't discovered her amazing work as of yet, it's high time you do...and while I'm a firm believer in starting a series from the start, this is one of those that you CAN pick up anywhere along the way and still be just as swept away.  So, if you're ready, the convertible is ready and waiting to whisk you away for a summer you won't soon forget!  Today's book of choice is...

From Manhattan with Love series, Book 5
Sarah Morgan
HQN Books

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About the book...
The perfect summer escape? 

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him—too gorgeous, and still too good for her—and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the ideal way to escape her past.

Their relationship might have lasted only a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss—if she’s run away to the Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog, Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…


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This is the story of Fliss and Seth...what was, has been, and might be.  Once upon a time, they fell madly in love and though their teenage hearts beat true, their pasts colored their futures and what might have been happily-ever-after turned into a nightmare neither could cope with.  It's true what they say, communication is one of the keys to a successful relationship and while physically they spoke volumes, mentally they weren't on the same page.  Flash forward ten long lonely years and let's just say that the potential for awkwardness is there in spades.  How does one handle THAT meeting?  In Fliss' case, she doesn't...avoidance is her tactic and she's sticking to least, she's gonna try to, but it seems as much as she curses the fates, they have a new ending in mind for her story and while HEAs are favored, sometimes they need a little attitude to make it fit just right.

At first, I wasn't as involved in this story.  I know, it shocked the hey out of me too....however, once the ball got rolling, the deception started, and I realized that not only was Seth not as bad as I had him pegged from his cameo in 'New York, Actually', but he was pretty darn smart too, I was reading with new eyes.  Fliss is a unique character in that she takes no prisoners in pretty much anything she does and her protective streak runs straight to her marrow.  True, it started in childhood as a way to combat her father (don't even get me started on that man!), but in adulthood, it's her way of showing how much she cares. The fact that she couldn't apply that same fierceness to her own heart hurt MY heart...but I had a feeling she'd find her way.  Seth is truly one of the good guys.  No, here's not witnessed by that scene in his new home where the words "goodbye" were uttered (bonehead!)...but he's come to terms with what he wants in life and won't stop until she realizes that it's her.  Seeing how in tune they were with each other despite the years that have passed warmed my heart, as did his patient pursuit of her as he sidestepped her defenses without her guard ever realizing.

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All in all, it was a wonderful trip to the Hamptons with characters you won't easily forget.  The story was filled with personal discovery, and understanding of both the mind and the heart.  When the final page is turned, we are left with the knowledge that while showing our true selves can be scary, it's the only way to build those bonds that last, and discover the love that was meant to be.  Recommended for adult Contemporary Romance fans for a bit of steaminess and spark.


About the author...


USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.

Romantic Times has described her as ‘a magician with words’ and nominated her books for their Reviewer’s Choice Awards and their ‘Top Pick’ slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family.

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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and HQN Books for the chance to bring this review to you as well as the ARC.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or those tours on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available NOW, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check out the stops along the TLC Book Tours promotion in the blogosphere as we speak.

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

TLC BOOK TOUR: Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're saddling up for a TLC Book Tours engagement starring the latest in the Wrangler's Creek series via Harlequin Books.  If you haven't caught sight of the cover yet, let me settle your mind about a few things...

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...YES, there's a cowboy pictured.
...YES, it's a gorgeous specimen of a man.
...NO, I still don't like the hat, books, or buckle.
...YES, I will stop insisted that I don't read books with cowboys in them since I seem to have run across more than my fair share recently, have indeed enjoyed them (again, minus the accessories), and feel no need to shy away from them provided they run the contemporary gambit of those I've read of late.

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Sound good?
All better?
Do we agree?
Okay, moving on then because it's time to find out just what makes Roman the troublemaker he's made out to be...and discover why he may just be your next book boyfriend.  Ready, set, READ....

Wrangler's Creek series, Book 3
Delores Fossen
HQN Books

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About the book...
Every town needs a bad boy, and Wrangler's Creek's has been gone far too long

Getting his high school girlfriend pregnant was just one square in Roman Granger's checkered past, but it changed him forever. When his son's mother skipped town after the birth, Roman decided to do the same, baby Tate in tow, hoping for a fresh start.

Now Roman fears his teenage son is following in his wayward footsteps, so he returns home to Wrangler's Creek, aiming to set him straight. It's there he encounters Tate's aunt, Mila Banchini, the good-girl opposite of Roman who's had a crush on him since childhood. The old spark between them undeniably never died, though Roman worries it'll only lead to heartache. But if falling for Mila is such a bad idea, why does everything about holding her feel so right?

AMAZON  |  B&N  |  BAM


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If you're looking for an easy ride into the sunset, think again. Mila and Roman have been dancing around each other for decades... it's not gonna change overnight. No matter what mojo Vita works. No matter how many not so subtle hints are dropped. No matter how many people seem to know about her "v" status that really shouldn't (no, really...they shouldn't, WHY is this public information?!). However, if one of them happened to take a step in the other's direction, play the game by the rules of the other, and make an offer that could hardly be refused... well then, that just might change things. For better or worse though, now that remains to be the mean time, I highly suggest you watch out for the sparks because like it or not, they're gonna fly.

Roman is the "branded" one, but aside from teenage pranks and a bad judgment call when it came to bedroom activities, he's really not a bad guy.  Sure he can be surly (he also has a teenage son, so there you go), he's on the road A LOT (but he's gonna pay the bills), and he has this odd little "three times" rule when it comes to the women he beds (commitment phobe, natch), but that's only half the man before us.  Roman is also fiercely protective of those he cares for (seriously, don't mess with the family), tries his hardest to be a good father (did I mention, don't mess with the family?), and follows that dumb rule to a "T" so that neither he, his son, nor the women involved get hurt.   See?  Tip top guy...even when he does have to kick some butt.  As much as I was surprised by Roman's depth and character, I really loved the way Mila was written.  

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Mila is the good girl in this equation and we're talking squeaky clean. The fact that her singular status is so well known boggles my mind...I mean, it's not like she wears a scarlet "V" on her forehead, or took an ad out on the local billboard, or something, and yet somehow, EVERYONE knows.  Cie la vie, she doesn't let it get to her, so why should we?  She was a breath of fresh air to the typical leading lady profile and a lot of fun!  (Hello...fantasy dates?  What the heck?  Have I missed something?  Is this a thing?)  She rolled with the punches (her infamous status, paternal dilemmas, etc), navigated having a mother who was certainly outside the norm (not even mentioning the cousin, ugh!), lived well, and loved fiercely.  Everything she did was done with heart, and everyone who's life she touched was all the better for it.  Now don't get me wrong, she's not a saint...and under someone's tutelage will definitely be exploring other sides to herself...but she is a good person and perhaps just the right match to break someone's superior control skills.  *ahem*  

When all is said and done, I really enjoyed this one...characters, story, and community included!  The only downers for me were the crass language at times (Roman is a typical guy, foul language and all), and the darn cowboy hats, boots, and buckles. Otherwise, color me a fan!  Recommended for adult Contemporary Romance fans due to some smexy content.


About the author...

USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.




Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and the Harlequin Books team for the copy for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizons, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via HQN Books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

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