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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Henry & Me by Sasha Clinton

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
I know, I know...another post?  Yep, another post.  What can I say?  There are just SO MANY amazing books out there to discover that sometimes a little over scheduling may occur.  No worries.  It just means YOU have more to read when you visit.  ^-^  Anywho...

Today, we're shining the light on the latest title from a new-to-me author.  It's a Contemporary Romance that tries to play matchmaker with a wannabe starlet and an engineering brain...with interesting results.  Ready to discover the molecular weight of uranium?  No?  Oh good, because that's SO not why I'm here...but if you're ready to meet today's book of choice, it'll appear below in 3...2...1...

Henry & Me


About the book...
When we were in college, Henry Stone asked me out and I shot him down in the most humiliating way possible.  He was a nerd and I was the golden girl of the theatre society, destined to make it big in Hollywood, so how could there be anything between us?

Now six years later, as an out-of-work actress who has to take on a housekeeping job to stay afloat, I run into him again—and boy, has he made it big.  As I begin to clean his house and take care of his precocious nephew, I realize how wrong I was about him. He’s sexy, smart, kind, everything I never though he would be. 

But I have demons that he can’t fight. Demons that keep me away from love.
One thing’s for sure: This housekeeper-gig is going to be the hardest role of my life.


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Sometimes things aren't what they seem...and then there are other times when they are EXACTLY what they seem, no matter how much you wish they weren't.  Such is the case with Henry & Me...or rather Henry and Max...

The latter part of that statement is how we high school with different areas of interest and one crushing on the other, in this case he on she because while the limelight loves her, he's more of a background attention non-seeker.  Too bad because he's really a great guy and Max, well...honestly, she had her head too far in the clouds to even know which way was up or down.  Really, I could not have cared less about her...she was THAT irritating.  *ugh*  Henry, on the other hand, I had a soft spot for.  He seemed nice, kind, and it took real gumption to approach Max one-on-one.  I felt for him when he left "her majesty's presence" wounded...but cheered madly when we flashed forward to the here and now.  Why the change in emotions?  For one thing, he did well for himself and deserves the cheering.  Secondly, the proverbial tables have been turned, but he still has that heart of gold and chooses to not lord  his change in status over the fallen, in this case Max.  Good thing too because her non-star status isn't a matter of a lack of talent, but of an unfortunate choice along the way that let darkness into her life, changing her from a confident star in the making to someone who second guesses almost everything, including matters of the heart.

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The path these two take from teen years to adulthood is riddled with more potholes than a road crew could ever fix.  From partner abuse to rejection, unfulfilled dreams to health scares, there are many more facets to this story than at first you might glean.  On the other hand, there was some disconnect for me with Max and the events she endured, as well as the relationship (or lack thereof) between her and Henry.  I just never fully settled into a good relationship with everyone in order to be fully content.  Still, it had its merits and moments...especially some of the side characters like Lucien (the little devil/angel!) there is definitely something there. 

In the end, it was unusual in the pairing, yet had a good bit of character growth shown, along with some unexpected dark issues stared down, but I'm not certain I was fully sold. What will you discover between the pages?  Only one person can answer that.... ^-^


About the author...

Sasha Clinton discovered romance novels at the age of thirteen and has been addicted to the genre ever since. After getting a degree in Chemical Engineering and realizing that there was no way she could ever be an engineer, she decided to follow her passion and write romance novels. Sasha has lived in New Delhi, Melbourne, Manchester and Boston and continues to move frequently. But wherever she is, she’s hard at work on her next book. 



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Special thanks to author Sasha Clinton for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or her other works, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in "e" and "tree" formats, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to order your copy today.

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


BOOK BLITZ: Tell Me That You're Mine by Victoria De La O - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Barclay Publicity LLC as we celebrate the arrival of the latest in the Tell Me series. In TELL ME THAT YOU'RE MINE Ryan McCallister and Eva Romero are two people trying to find a once-in-a-lifetime second chance at love. Fans of Tamarra Webber and Erin McCarthy will adore this emotional and heartfelt conclusion to Victoria De La O's RITA-nominated family drama.

Title: Tell Me That You’re Mine
Author: Victorial De La O
Publisher: SMP Swerve
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Tell Me #3
Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781250122100


Ryan McCallister is ready to come home and put the heartbreak of his first love behind him. But when he returns after teaching abroad, the home he once knew isn’t quite ready for him. The woman Ryan once loved is living with his brother; his friends have moved on; and his new landlady, Eva Romero, seems determined not to like him.

But Ryan likes Eva. A lot.

It doesn’t matter that Eva has a six-year-old son and a troubled ex-husband; when Ryan’s with her, everything makes sense. Eva isn’t convinced she’s ready to take another chance on love, but Ryan’s determined to show her he’s worth the risk.

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It’s feels like an eternity since I’ve been home. In reality, it’s only been a year.
My slow walk to the house is surreal. The lawn is as pristine as ever, each blade of grass shorn the same height by Jude’s meticulous mowing. The red geraniums I planted years ago are thriving. And the dent in the porch rail, caused by my foot accidentally connecting with the wood, is still visible. But I don’t remember the house being this uninspiring shade of blue, or the crack on the front stoop being this wide. This house, this city, used to be my whole world. It seemed a lot bigger then.
Discordance skitters over my spine: what should be familiar is foreign, relief mingles with anxiety. Time snaps and contracts as I knock on the front door, and suddenly it seems like an hour since I left. A nanosecond.
The door swings open, and the reason for my hasty departure is staring at me. She’s as pretty as I remember—maybe more, damn her. Green eyes that used to flutter when I kissed her, full lips that whispered confidences in my ear.
Now, her face is frozen in a hostess’ smile. Her fingers worry the bottom button of her pink cardigan and the threads begin to loosen. She doesn’t know what to do because she wasn’t expecting me. I guess it wasn’t nice showing up a day early.
“Ryan. You’re home.”
Home. Does she mean mine or hers?
I had almost forgotten what Lizzie’s voice sounded like, but its husky depth brings the memories of the six months we spent loving each other rushing back.
Well, I had been loving her. She’d been falling in love with my brother.
I wait for my heart to ache, but there’s only a small twinge. That’s a surprise. In my mind, this was all so much more dramatic and intense. Hard stares and pinched lips. A little social awkwardness seems so mundane by comparison.
And then the door swings open wider and Jude is there. My pulse stops—doesn’t slow, just ceases to exist for a second. Leave it to him to bring the fireworks.
Like the house, Jude seems smaller than I remember. Or maybe that’s because he has gone expressionless, his discomfort hard-crashing him. His hands dig into his pockets, searching for an anchor, pulling his shoulders into a hunch. It takes a lot to knock Jude off his game. Glad to see I can still have that effect on him.
When he opens his mouth, no sound comes out. It’s unusual for me to have to step up and be the better man when I’m around my big brother. But today is that day.

Copyright © 2017 Tell Me That You’re Mine by Victoria De La O


About the author...

Victoria De La O is the award-winning and RITA®-nominated author of the Tell Me romance trilogy, including Tell Me How This Ends. A native of California’s Silicon Valley, she spends time hanging out with her family, arguing about films, and practicing Wonder Woman spins...and she loves talking to readers!

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Victoria De La O is offering one (1) lucky Grand-Prize winner a $25 Amazon Gift Card and three (3) Runner-Up winners an eCopy of Tell Me How This Ends, book #1 in Victoria’s Tell Me series! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:


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Special thanks to Cameron and the Barclay Publicity LLC team for the chance to bring this promotion to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or those tours on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. 

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

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