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Thursday, September 30, 2021

LOVE, ONLY BETTER by Paulette Stout - REVIEW!

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Today's review post is for ADULT AUDIENCES ONLY, or at the very least, the book featured is, as we close out the month of September with a timely title. First, September is Self-Care Month as well as Sexual Health month, and while I won't dive into either topic very deep, I will say that our title on deck definitely does, and in rather healthy way, at least to this reader. It presents us with a problem that we know is out there, but even in today's wide open world, is still considered taboo by many, and shameful to those that suffer from it.  Have I peaked your interest?  Great!  Then let's turn down the lights, and get the mood music playing because today's blog tour guest and title of choice have arrived...

Love, Only Better
Paulette Stout

About the book...
For Rebecca, sex is a joke missing a punchline. No crashing waves. Only pangs of inadequacy. At twenty-eight, shouldn’t she have had one by now? Her snickering ex thought so. His taunts echo in her ears as he rolls out of her bed. Then out of her life.

Lost, Rebecca seeks expert help, joining a study for women who can’t “finish” in the bedroom. There is such a thing? It’s unconventional, for sure, but she’s desperate for answers. The no-sex mandate is a no brainer. Who’d want to be with her anyway?

Then Kyle moves in. Her blue-eyed, black motorcycle-riding dream of a neighbor lives a heartbeat away. Sparks flew immediately. But could the timing be any worse?

If he learns her secret, she’ll lose her best chance at love. But if her lessons fail, she’ll be left eternally broken. Unlovable.

What started as a search for fulfillment, has suddenly become a quest for something far greater.

Love, Only Better is an intimate quest full of heart, blending a fun next-door romance with steamy dates-for-one. Perfect for fans of Helen Hoang (The Kiss Quotient), Jennifer Weiner (Good In Bed), Jojo Moyes and fans of women's fiction full of wit, spice and soul.



Rebecca may not think she was a brave woman, but she was, really and truly.  It takes a lot to admit you have a problem, but to own it and do something about it, that's where the real winners are uncovered.  She was treated badly in her relationships in the past, and over something that really had no baring on the other person, but it did directly affect her...and if she wasn't complaining, who were they to?  Watching her feelings get hurt by even those she called friend, seeing her try medical advice, and then undertaking a place on that unusual study, understanding that while her interactions with Kyle stoked something, she was still far from where she wanted to be...all of these steps and missteps went into creating a character WITH character; someone that readers could feel a connection with, even if they didn't relate to her struggles, and ride the emotional rollercoaster by her side.  

I admit, I couldn't do it.  I mean, that study...talking to those people, even if I didn't really know Adam from Eva, the things shared were just beyond the boundaries of what I feel I'd be comfortable broaching.  I get where she was coming from, and where her mother was coming from.  Growing up a generation or two back, throw in the Catholic background, and you just didn't talk about these things.  You might get a crash course when you hit your first cycle, but the standard 'birds and bees', the late night relationship discussions, the curious questions about what happens when and what to just wasn't done.  You picked up things from either doing them, those that did do them, or read about them...and that was that.  It wasn't to be close minded, or prudish, just simply more private.  Bedroom talk was for the bedroom, not the living room.  So you see, her surprise, later on in the story, with her mom, didn't surprise me in the least because yeah, as time goes by and you've reached a more mature or elevated adult age in their eyes, some things get shared that you weren't privy too, but it still wouldn't be open season or an open bedroom discussion.  Anywho...

All in all, the story does well not only to entertain as any Contemporary Fiction, or Women's Fiction title should, but it also informs, and brings awareness to an issue that has long been there and still is, but remains shuddered behind closed hearts and minds.  There's no harm in seeking help for anything that ails you, so why should there be when you have a mental or emotional block keeping you from fully experiencing everything love has to offer?  Rebecca is a character that certainly champions this issue for women, and her relationship with Kyle, though it had its disastrous moments, felt realistic enough to root for.  I still feel that the book is better aimed at adult readers due to content as there are frank sexual discussions and some between the covers scenes, but once you've hit the age of majority, I'd say it's fair game.


About the author...

Paulette Stout is the fearless author of Love, Only Better, a contemporary novel and bedroom rallying cry for women everywhere.

Born in Manhattan, Paulette is the gold-star wordsmith and owner of her content marketing agency, Media Goddess Inc., where she crafts content for her list of global clients. Prior to MGI, Paulette led content and design teams at several tech companies, and one educational publisher where her elimination of the Oxford comma caused a near riot.

Paulette’s prior career as a media buyer/planner in New York earned her three industry awards, including a MediaWeek All-Star. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Cornell University and her MBA in Marketing from the Lubin School of Business, Pace University.

You can usually find Paulette rearranging words into pleasing patterns while wearing grammar t-shirts.



Special thanks to PR by the Book for the chance to bring this review to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, or the author, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today.

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

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

RRR presents... HOW NOT TO CHAPERON A LADY by Virginia Heath - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, I'm pleased as punch to bring you a stop along the current Rachel's Random Resources tour as it features an AMAZING new Historical Romance from one of my FAVORITE authors! Yes, my friends, Virginia Heath is back with her third (and final) book in the Talk of Beau Monde series, and as we've already beheld both Hope's and Faith's stories, it's about time we get to the youngest of the Brooke sisters, Charity. So, ladies and gents, grab your opera glasses, and bestill your heart because today's magnificent ebook of choice and blog tour guest has arrived center stage....

How Not to Chaperon a Lady
Virginia Heath
Mills & Boon

About the book...
His childhood nemesis…is the woman he can’t resist!

Chaperoning Charity Brookes while she’s on a singing tour should be easy for Griffith Philpot—he’s spent his whole life sparring with her over her flighty ways! But as he discovers that she’s much more than the impetuous girl he thought he knew, a passion ignites between them… Sharing a steamy kiss leaves him torn – he’s supposed to be responsible for guarding her virtue!


Alrighty then, so this review is coming to you fast and furious because I quite literally JUST got done reading it and have to get my thoughts done post haste! Quite honestly, I've adored every title I've read thus far from author Virginia Heath, and the Talk of Beau Monde series is no exception. Each time you pick up a new one, you find yourself ensconced immediately, like you were merely gone for a few moments, and can pick up just where you left off with nary a backward glance. I remember Hope and Faith both having a rather trying time with love, so I knew when it came to the youngest, the one that has always been doted upon by others for both her looks and her talents, there was going to be some fireworks at the very least...and I was not disappointed!

Charity is a kind soul with a flirtatious nature that she uses to her advantage...but not exactly how that might sound. Yes, she enjoys the attention, and no, she's never short on male suitors, but she wants more than all that. She wants what her sisters have with their husbands. She wants all the bells and whistles love can bring, but it's been illusive to say the least. Could it be despite her heavy handed attempt at swaying a particular Lord her way, he cap was already set without her actually knowing? Could it be that the one man that would definitely protest too much in spite of it all, actually likes her...or more? Could her happily-ever-after that started with less pomp and A LOT of circumstance be the unusual ticket that eventually gets her and Griff exactly where they need to be? You'll have to read it to find out, but suffice it to say that the story takes some unexpected twists that really take it out of BOTH their hearts, but in the end, the music they make together is THAT much sweeter for having gone through it.

All in all, a grand read from a wonderful author with characters you'll love and a story you won't soon forget. If you're a Historical Romance or Fiction fan, this is definitely an AUTHOR YOU NEED TO KNOW!


About the author...

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.


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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.

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

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Head back to Eerie-on-Sea with... SHADOWGHAST by Thomas Taylor - REVIEW!

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Today, we’re getting our SPOOKY on in preparation for the upcoming reading season as we travel back to Eerie-on-Sea with that infamous Lost-and-Founder himself, Herbert Lemon! This time around, he’s going to need all the smarts, all the hopes, and all the friends he can get, because of the few things you can count on in his life, the strange occurrences popping up and him being somehow at its heart is number one! Ready or not, fair readers, today’s book of choice is... 

Legends of Eerie-on-the-Sea, Book 3 
Thomas Taylor 
Illustrated by 
Tom Booth 
Walker Books US 
RELEASE DATE: September 14th, 2021 

About the book... 

In this third adventure, shipwrecked orphan Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, must square off with a creature of town lore as he confronts a shadow from his past. While other towns celebrate Halloween, in Eerie-on-Sea it’s Ghastly Night, and a grim spirit in a lantern awaits its moment. Legend has it that if people fail to light manglewick candles on Ghastly Night, and if no showman conjures shadow puppets on the pier as an offering, the insulted Shadowghast will seize and devour the shadows of the living. This year, a professional theater troupe has been summoned, including a raven-haired magician named Caliastra with startling news of Herbie’s origins. No sooner have the players checked into the hotel than townspeople start vanishing into thin air, including the guardian of Herbie’s best friend, Violet Parma. It’s up to Herbie and Violet to separate truth from sleight of hand and solve the mystery of the Shadowghast lantern before darkness swallows them all. 


It always feels like coming home when I step into another Eerie-on-Sea book; grant it, in a creepy, spooky, oh my word what will happen THIS time, and is the magical, mechanical monkey going to spit out another perfectly picked title, type of welcome, but who’s family is perfect? 

Herbert Lemon is once again at the heart of this mystery, but in an even BIGGER way. It seems a long lost relative has finally found him...and just in time to put on a performance that will not be soon forgotten in their spooky little town by the sea. Yes, it’s all coming together very nicely, but to what end? I mean, I’m all for Herbert finding his family, or even the other way around, but every find has been attached to a string of mishaps that he and his best friend, Violet Parma, have been lucky enough to get out of...but this time, the stakes are higher, and the loss even bigger! Herbert is plenty capable to save himself, if put to the test, but what about saving the whole town, including his bestie, from a fate worse than death? Will he have the courage? Will he have the know how? Have faith, dear readers, because what Herbert may lack in some of those areas, he more than makes up with HEART...and THAT, my friend, can take you a lot of places in Eerie-on-Sea, let alone life! 

The characters are great, the story spot on, and the adventure was memorable beyond belief.  I love how these tales take you back to this unusual town, immerse you in their culture, and bring to life something thought to only live in the stories we pass from generation to generation.  It feels authentic.  It feels like you could just pick up and drive to this mysterious place, walk right up to the Nautilus, and find Herbert (and friends!) waiting for you with a treasure you don't remember losing, but he managed to find nonetheless.  When the Shadowghast legend began affecting those near and dear to him, it was hard watching him find his way from what he always wanted to what he truly needed...but as I said, he has HEART and a whole lot of it for that matter, making it matter not what he chose in the moment, because when all is said and done, you knew you could count on him.

I wholly invite you to join Herbert and friends for a SPOOKY adventure you won’t soon forget. With secret rooms, secret passages, and secrets upon secrets, you’re just a lost-item-found away from discovering what madness this way comes...and LOVING every moment! It’s a great read for the coming season, or any season, drenched in the things that truly matter...friendship, the true meaning of family, and loads of heart. 


About the author… 

Thomas Taylor has illustrated many books for young readers, including the graphic novel Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick. He marked his debut as a middle-grade author with Malamander, the first book in the Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series, as well as Gargantis, its sequel. Thomas Taylor lives on the south coast of England. 

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About the illustrator… 

Tom Booth is an art director and the author-illustrator of several acclaimed children’s books, including Don't Blink!,This Is Christmas, and Who Wins?, as well as the illustrator of Malamander and Gargantis. He lives in Brooklyn, New York 


Special thanks to Raquel at Candlewick Books for the ARC for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is set to celebrated its book birthday earlier this month via Walker Books US, and imprint of Candlewick Press, click on over to your favorite online retailer or visit your local brick and mortar to snag your copy today! 

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

Saturday, September 25, 2021


Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're setting our sites on another title currently touring with Rachel's Random Resources, all about second chances and how looks can be deceiving. Curiosity peaked? Great! So, you'll LOVE today's post because we've not only got a SPOTLIGHT, but a special EXCERPT for you to feast your eyes on. Without further adieu, let's get this bookish party started as we welcome today's title in the spotlight...

The Landlord of Hummingbird House
Jane Harvey

About the book...
When April moves into Hummingbird House, she is intrigued by her mysterious landlord, Dai.

With a bruised heart and a distinct lack of furniture, she spends the summer getting to know the other occupants. As she smartens up her home and makes peace with her recent past, she befriends Paul, a solitary ex-chef, and Betty, an elderly lady who lives in the basement flat.

But Hummingbird House holds many secrets, and the relationships of the tenants are not as straightforward as they seem. April learns some shocking truths one eventful night, and realises that victims and villains can look the same.

The Landlord of Hummingbird House is a contemporary novel exploring unlikely friendships, unexpected love interests, and family relationships. Here, everyone is in need of a second chance - and appearances can be deceptive.



~~~ EXCERPT ~~~

This scene takes place early in the novel and is part of April’s first – awkward – encounter with Dai (who she assumes is the landlord). She has been looking for a new flat following the end of a serious relationship. She has rented the flat without ever viewing it, simply from the Letting Agent’s photos, because she has found it so difficult to find a new home. Dai has met her outside the house and taken her inside. 

She followed him in. The hall was neat and clean but simple; the floor carpeted in a neutral beige. Absently, she wondered if there were still tiles, beneath it.
“Post,” he gestured to a shelf of cubby holes numbered from ‘Basement’ to ‘Four’. Then he was off again.
“You’re on the next floor. Number three.” 
“Yes,” she said, nervous of saying something foolish again. Best keep it brief. 
The key was already in the keyhole when they reached the flat. He had pounded ahead of her, hopping up the stairs adeptly. He stood still, waiting for her to draw near, and she found herself a little too close, trapped as they were in the narrow corridor once she caught up with him. There was a pause. She could feel the warmth of him, nearby. Hear him breathing. She looked up, and he was staring at her – those sharp, blue eyes under a furrowed brow. What was happening? 
He leant forward, even closer, and lifted his right arm up a little. She could see the tendons flexing in his forearm, fluctuating, and rippling like the strings of a grand piano. She noted how large his hands were. She wondered if he was about to touch her face.
He tapped gently on the door with the index finger of one hand.
“After you,” he said. 
He was expecting her to let them in. Into her flat. There was that foolishness again. She blushed.
“Right-o!” she said. Where had this new phrase appeared from? 
The door was light and opened straight into the apartment, which was exactly as it had appeared in the pictures. Thank God. 
So, this was it. Her new home. Hummingbird House.


About the author...

Jane Harvey is a pen name (shhh). She crafts fun fiction for the thinking woman, where she enjoys exploring unexpected friendships and writing happy endings. This is lucky, because in real life her (prize-winning) fiction is a little bleaker. She was born and raised on the island of Jersey, and lives with two males and a dog. She owns an admirable collection of animal vases and unusual lighting.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

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

Thursday, September 23, 2021


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Today, we're got Rachel's Random Resources on deck as we help shine the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on what very well might be your next must read! It all depends on your interests, what catches your eye, and what holds your attention. Our focus today is on the third title in the Arabella Stewart series, and if you're like me and sometimes need a bit more to chew on than simply the synopsis, you've come to the right place, as we've got a special excerpt just for you! Ready or not, fair comes today's title in the spotlight...

A Lethal Arrogance
An Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery, Book 3
D.S. Lang

About the book...
After returning home from her service as a United States Army Signal Corps operator in the Great War, Arabella Stewart’s goal, to save her family’s resort, seems within reach as the summer season progresses. She and her business partner, Mac MacLendon, look forward to re-establishing a successful championship golf tournament, once the signature event of the resort’s year. Problems arise when one of the contestants, an overbearing snob who has created problems at other competitions, clashes with more than one person. When he is found dead, the victim of a suspicious automobile crash, Bella once again helps Jax Hastings, the town constable and her childhood friend, investigate. As they pursue answers, Bella and Jax find several suspects who might have wanted to make the victim suffer for his lethal arrogance.



~~~   EXCERPT   ~~~

In A Lethal Arrogance, the third book in my Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series, amateur sleuth and resort owner Bella once again assists Constable Jax Hastings investigate a crime in their hometown. Cecil Lahey, a wealthy and arrogant snob, is found dead in his roadster after crashing into a ravine. Was it accidental? Or did another driver run him off the road?  In this scene, Bella and Jax interview one of the suspects.

After Bella and Jax took chairs across from Etting, the man once again sat behind his desk. “How can I help you, constable?”
Bella, who was pulling her notepad out of her pocketbook, glanced at the insurance agent in surprise. Floyd Etting had known Jax for many years, long before he was in law enforcement, so the use of his title, instead of his given name, seemed odd and off-key.
“As I said on the phone, I have some questions for you. I’ve been interviewing others today, as well,” Jax replied.
“A fine idea since I gather you haven’t found the culprit yet,” Etting observed in a wry tone.
Implicit criticism seemed to underscore the statement and, as Bella glanced at Jax, she saw his jaw tighten, which made her speak up. “It’s been less than two days, and Jax has narrowed the suspects down to a handful already.” A dark flush rose in Jax’s face. At the same time, he sent a scowl her way. She immediately flipped open her notepad and put pencil to paper. Obviously, he didn’t appreciate her intervention. Not a surprise. Later, Bella might point out that she would have jumped to her brother’s defense, too.
Etting’s bushy eyebrows rose. “Really? That’s good news.”
“That’s why I wanted to speak with you again,” Jax said. “I’m hoping to cull the list even more.”
“I’ll help in any way I can. We don’t want any killers on the loose.”
“No, we don’t,” Jax agreed. “There were two set of tire tracks, but we can’t be sure the other driver caused the smash-up. Even if he did, we don’t know that he intended to harm Lahey. He may have only wanted to scare him.”
“Really? What makes you think that?” Etting asked.
“Several things,” Jax replied with elaborating.
Etting’s lips flattened. “Why would someone want to scare Cecil?”
The insurance agent appeared to be genuinely puzzled, but perhaps he was a good actor, Bella thought as she briefly scanned his face. His expression gave away as little as his statement.
“The same reasons that someone might have wanted to kill him,” Jax said. “It’s common knowledge that Lahey antagonized many people. He enjoyed humiliating others, as you know.”
Jax presented his points in a calm, professional manner that made Bella smile. Despite his self-doubt, he was proficient at his job.
Etting’s placid demeanor disappeared. “I can’t disagree with that, but I’ve never felt humiliated by him.” His words and tone sounded defensive.
“How did you feel? After all, he blamed you for your team not winning the tournament,” Jax observed, “and he did it in front of a large gallery.”
The older man leaned back in his chair, but tension was evident in the set of his jaw. “He played poorly himself, so he couldn’t pin losing on me although he tried. Everyone knows that, and everyone knows Cecil. I was aggravated at the time, but I didn’t let it bother me much beyond the moment. I don’t let him get to me. I know better.”
“Even so, he made a scene when you left the eighteenth green. That couldn’t have been pleasant,” Jax observed. His tone remained calm as did his expression.
Etting rested his elbows on the chair arms and steepled his fingers together as a laugh escaped him. “He’s made many scenes.  There’s really nothing new to say on the subject. Cecil was a poor sport, a sore loser, and a spoiled rich boy.”
“Then, why did you partner with him?” Jax asked.
“He was a substitute. My original partner had to back out. By then, I didn’t have a lot of choices. Besides, Cecil was a good player, and we had a shot at winning,” Etting replied. “I’d never teamed with him in the past, but I’ve had other difficult partners. I muddled along well enough with them, and I did with him until the final nine of the last day.”
“You seemed very angry with him when you left eighteen,” Jax said.
A flush rose in Etting’s cheeks. “Who wouldn’t have been? He acted horribly.” The man paused as he tapped his forefingers together. “We discussed all of this when we spoke on the phone, constable. I don’t think there’s anything more to add.”
“I believe there is,” Jax told him. “When we last spoke, you didn’t tell me that you threatened Lahey shortly before he left the hotel.”

D.S. Lang, author of the Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series

A Precarious Homecoming-Book One
A Lingering Shadow-Book Two
A Lethal Arrogance-Book Three


About the author...

D.S. Lang, a native Ohioan, has been making up stories since she was a little girl, and she still is! Along the way, she studied English and social studies as an undergrad. After graduate school, she went on to teach government and American history in high school. She also taught English at the junior high, high school, and college levels. In addition, she has worked as a program coordinator, golf shop manager, and online tutor.

Now, she spends much of her time reading, researching, and writing. Most recently, she has delved into the Great War era and the years immediately after it. Her Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery Series was inspired by her Great Uncle Brice who served in the American Expeditionary Force during World War One, and by her love of historical mysteries. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, including her dog Izzy.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

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

Blue Collar Romance Series: MAKE ME by Evelyn Sola - REVIEW!


Falling in love is the last thing single mom Laci Hogan is looking for. Too bad her new neighbor didn’t get the memo. Cooper Stevens isn’t a stranger to hard work and when he wants something, he won’t stop until he gets it. Fall for this hard-working hottie in Make Me by Evelyn Sola, a Widow Romance, the next book in the Blue Collar Romance Series.

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Make Me
Evelyn Sola

About the book...
  Laci Hogan isn’t looking for love when she moves back to Oak Bend. Coming home is all about Laci gaining her independence she once lost. Besides, getting over a rocky past and losing her husband is more than enough for her to juggle while raising her two-year-old daughter but old acquaintance - Cooper Stevens can be persistent when it comes to getting what he wants. No stranger to hard work, he’s willing to do all it takes to prove to his new neighbor Laci that she doesn’t have to do life alone and that with the right person, a relationship makes life better - oh so much better. Will Cooper make her see that this could be all the happiness she never knew she was looking for?

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~~~  Excerpt  ~~~

Copyright 2021 Evelyn Sola

Just as I approach the corner, I’m hit on the shoulder by another body. I’m pushed to the wall, and the mountain of books in my hands crashes to the floor. The red folder holding my English term paper lands on top of the heap.
“Watch where you’re going!” the person who bumped says.
She doesn’t have the decency to stop, but by the sound of her giggles, I know who it is. And there’s no way the school’s most popular senior would give me the time of day. I sigh and drop to the floor to pick up my things. My heart starts to beat erratically because if there’s one thing I know—wherever Candace is, he’s never too far behind.
I’m proven right. A pair of black boots enters my line of vision. Cooper Stevens. Those are his boots. He was wearing them the very first time I saw him, and I remember wanting to be swallowed up by the ground. The only thing that saved me from total embarrassment was the fact that I know someone like him would never notice someone like me.
I hold my breath while he approaches and quickly turn to my books. Please leave. Please leave. Please leave. I busy myself arranging my books. I won’t stand up until he walks past me. Only he doesn’t. He drops down to my level and grabs my red folder. Instead of handing it to me, he opens it and starts to look through the pages.
I finally find the courage to look at him, and our eyes lock. For the first time ever, I notice the hazel flecks around his brown eyes. I look away and drop my head, and because this is the day from hell, my glasses slide off my face and land on the floor.
We reach for them at the same time, and his large hand ends up covering mine. I let out a small sound, and I say a silent prayer that he didn’t hear it. I note the contrast of our skin tones, his white hand covering my brown one before I pull mine away. He lifts my glasses and brings them to my face. I’m as still as a statue while I look down at the linoleum floor. He moves closer and slides the glasses back onto my face. I take a deep breath and bask in the smell of his leather jacket mixed with his fruity shampoo.
When he gets the glasses on my face, he moves his hands behind my ears to make sure they are secure.
“You okay?” he asks. He lifts my chin and forces me to look at him.
Like a deer in headlights, all I can do is stare.
“Be careful next time, Laces,” he whispers.
I lick my dry lips. “Um, my name is—” The words get locked in my throat. I grab my books and finally stand up. He stands right along with me. When we’re both upright, he takes a step closer.
“Your name is what?” he asks. He hands me my folder, and when I take it from him, his fingers touch mine.
“Um, my name is—” I clear my throat and try again. The entire time he stares at me with an expression I can’t interpret. “My name isn’t, um—” I never get a chance to finish my sentence.
“Cooper!” Candace yells in the hallway. She runs over to us and grabs the sleeve of his leather jacket. “Come on! What are you still doing here with her?” She points at me without bothering to look in my direction. “Let’s go. You did your good deed of the day. Maybe you should tell her to run a flat iron through that hair.” The entire time he was being dragged away, his head was turned in my direction, until they turned the corner and he disappeared.

Here we have the good, the bad, and the ugly.

In the good category, most definitely Laci, her little girl, and her aunt, as well as Cooper and his rescue dog.  Laci was trying so hard to provide the type of life her daughter deserved.  Despite how she came into this world and to whom, she wanted her to have all the love, all the opportunities, all the freedoms and support that she could offer...all the things she never received herself, growing up.  I couldn't help but root for her, all the way through the story, and the ending, both the explosive scene and the epilogue, were spot on for the tale.  Moving forward, Laci's aunt was an absolute gem.  Despite have a horrendous mother, more on that in another category, she had an ally, a friend, and a stand in mother in her.  She wouldn't take crap from anyone, and she gave love like it had no boundaries.  Same can be said for Sam's rescue dog...and even Sam, himself.  The pupper is a sweetheart, and I love that the breed chosen is one that some can be frightened of, but the gentle side if shown here.  As for Sam, he's a sight for sore eyes, and a potential salve for a wounded heart, but if he wants to win the prize, he's gonna have to move slow, and let Laces lead the way.

In the bad category, Laci's deceased husband, and all those people that looked over her in high school...but mostly Brian.  Yeah, it's best to let the dead rest, but I can't help but hope this guy would have eternity restless.  The harm he caused emotionally and spiritually to Laci was obnoxious.  The things he said it her, blamed her for, and how he treated her...well, it may not have been physical abuse, but it was the next worst thing.  Stuff like that can really get under your skin, and for Laci, it takes her unexpectedly getting out from under him, and some really strong, and patient people to help her heart heal, and give herself permission to love again.

In the ugly category, we've got Laci's enemy since school days...Laci...and her very own mother, if you can believe it.  The former was a pretty girl on the outside that turned into a head turning woman, but what was on the inside was dark as tar, and three times as nasty.  She was overly concerned with her looks, and her weight, so much so that she couldn't accept others as they were simply because she couldn't accept herself.  Her lashing out when she wasn't getting her way was childlike and pretty easy to spot.  Her inability to walk away when she's been practically pushed, just made her immaturity shine brighter.  As for the latter, Laci's mom, you won't be able to believe the nerve of this woman.  She basically used her daughter for whatever was convenient at the time, just so she could hook her next man.  She didn't have enough self esteem to be on her own, and gave her self worth away to whatever Tom, George, or Harry happened into her life.  THEN, when things are starting to look up, she has a nasty habit of turning up...and you can imagine the fireworks that would ensue.  

All in all, memorable for many reasons with a story that will echo the "mean girl" tales many have from their own lives...but if you take a page from Laci, you'll know that the best way to win, the best way to come out on top of the naysayers, is to keep doing you, and don't let anyone steal your light.  Note for readers, there is a fair mention of Laci's weight being a bit over that of your standard twigs, and a good amount of spicy talk and/or scenes.  Sometimes those can be tipping points of interest, but if not, at the very least, it's good to know going in.


About Evelyn Sola

A Boston native, wife, mother, and wine enthusiast. If she’s not writing, thinking about writing, you will find Evelyn with a book in her hands. While a new publisher, she’s been writing for years, and she will continue to write for many years to come. Evelyn is obsessed with assertive and confident men who will stop at nothing to get their woman. Her stories are filled with love, passion and humor. She currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband and two daughters. 


About The Blue Collar Romance Series

Escape to Oak Bend where blue-collar hotties work hard and love even harder. From broody carpenters to sexy electricians, these eight standalones are packed with small town feels, heat, and heartwarming happily ever afters. Enjoy your favorite tropes written by an amazing group of authors: Jaymee Jacobs, Alexa Rivers, Evelyn Sola, Kate Carley, Tracy Broemmer, Mila Nicks, Claire Wilder, and Moni Boyce. Fall head over heels for swoon-worthy book boyfriends who aren’t afraid of a little hard work for that happily ever after.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... Lillian Lovecraft and the Harmless Horrors by David Neilsen - REVIEW!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're welcoming back to center stage an author whose previous works I've read, loved, and featured, right here on my site.  The first was Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom and the second was Beyond the Doors...both were memorable for their own reasons, and both made me eager to get on board with his next release when approached by the author himself.  


This time around, it's another Middle Grade title, but it falls into a rather curious duo sub genre...Comedy and Horror.  Now, how can you have BOTH at the same time?  You'd be surprised, and happily so, because it worked ever so well together, leaving another memorable story you'll be talking about long after the last page is turned.  Ladies and gents, readers of Middle Grade titles of all ages...okay, well maybe more the older end of the targeted age group and beyond, but still...get ready to be AMAZED, SURPRISED, a tad REPULSED, but ultimately ENTERTAINED as we roll out the red carpet for today's book birthday celebrant and ebook of choice...

David Neilsen

About the book...
Lillian Lovecraft has a problem. An demonic horror from another realm has latched on to her, following her around everywhere and continually asking her for mustard. No one else can see or hear the gelatinous horror (named Frank), so only Lillian can tell when it's trying to fit kids' heads into one of its three mouths or flopping on top of her teacher's head.

The annoying and obnoxious tag-along is only the tip of the iceberg. A demented genius is trying to open up a portal to Frank's realm, catching the attention of a monstrously-evil being who can only glare out at us with his double-decker bus-sized eyeball until the portal is enlarged. As the demented genius works to rip a bigger and bigger hole in the fabric of reality, more and more horrors slip into our world--many of them not nearly as harmless as Frank.

It is up to Lillian, Frank, and her friends to somehow corral and capture these horrors and stop the demented genius before he the portal is large enough to allow the being of ultimate evil to enter our world and devour all of humanity.


This book was WILD.
This book was DISTURBING.

We begin with a craftily snagged book at a basement bargain price that fits the bill for a great birthday present for Lillian's best friend and uber book (and other things) nerd, LeBron.  Does she get some satisfaction out of the fact that she purchased it right out from under a strange old man, gibbering on about only having $1 and some change, but the rest is in his car, and the seller looking at him like it was more than 3 cents shy of a dollar thinking she would change the price....CERTAINLY!  Don't we all love a good book bargain?  Thing is...this book was more than ANY of them bargained for.  The odd and extremely long title does not bare mentioning, just in case there's another copy out there and any of you get any ideas of following in Dr. Octavius blah-de-blah-de-blah's crazed footsteps, but mentioned in the story it most certainly is, and with it's appearance we are reminded just how powerful words can really be!  So powerful in fact that the mere utterance of something over and over in supposed gibberish can bring something otherworldly into being, rip a hole in time and space, and flood horrors (harmless or not) on unsuspecting people as something even bigger and crueler (though don't think that makes it any smarter) tries to take its turn at ruling the world.

Just where does Lillian fit into all this?  Well, she kind of feels responsible after getting the book in the first place, plus there's the whole "the-pink-gelatinous-thing-with-tentacles-seven-eye-stalks-and-three-mouths-that-I-shall-call-Frank" is haunting me situation, and its unexpected and slightly disturbing pet  to take into consideration.  I mean, she can't just let everyone fall victim to these hideous uglies being unleashed on them, even if they can't SEE them...can she?  True, it'd be less work for her, and it might take care of a few enemies she didn't really want anyway, but she has more class than that...and with the help of a ragtag team of humans and horrors, she might just have a chance...however slim...if she doesn't get eaten by the hothogthug...or fall into the river of lead...or, yeah, I'm goin to stop now.

Seriously though, or as serious as you can get with content like this, it was A GREAT READ!  I was going on about random characters, and situations, and yeah, those I was talkin to were looking at me like I had three heads, but once they got past the "what are you on" moment, they couldn't help but sucked into the FUN!  You'll love some of the creatures and loathe more than most, and that goes for the humans as well because, MY WORD, some of them I'd seriously consider siding with the horrors over them!  If you're looking for a well written story with a cast you won't forget, and a plot to take over the world that goes awry in some spectacularly awesome ways, this is so the book for you!


About the author...

David Neilsen is the author of Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom. He is also a classically trained actor and storyteller, a journalist, and a theater and improvisation teacher. During the Halloween season, David can be found telling spooky tales to audiences of all ages or performing his one-man shows based on the horror author H. P. Lovecraft. David lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his family and cats. Visit him at


Special thanks to author David Neilsen  for the eARC for review.  (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or his other works, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title celebrates its BOOK BIRTHDAY today, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!

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


Hi there! 
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 

Today, we’re shining the book spotlight on a tour currently circling the blogosphere with Rachel’s Random Resources. It’s a multi-point-of-view story that, from the sound of things, will really tug at your heart strings, so if you’re in the mood for a moving tale, I think you’re in the right place. Not sure? Let’s see if we can change that as we welcome our title in the spotlight and dive between the pages with a special excerpt to tantalize and tease! Today’s ebook of choice is... 

A Kingswater Summer 
Jo Lambert 

About the book... 

Newly returned from backpacking around Europe, Kiera Merrick has landed a dream job - working for actress Stella Wynter, helping set up a memory room at Penmarra, her beautiful riverside home just outside Kingswater.

Jake Paterson is currently staying with Stella after filming the final series of his popular TV drama. He is trying to work out how to get his co-star and long-term girlfriend Rachel Tyler back after she walked out on him. But Jake soon finds himself drawn to Kiera, developing feelings for her that have no place in his life. He realises painful choices will eventually have to be made. And someone is going to get hurt.

Stella’s godson, hapless Tom Armytage is also staying at Penmarra along with girlfriend Chantal. He dreams of becoming a successful property developer and hopes Chantal’s dynamic presence will boost his ambitions. To impress her he boasts that he is heir to all of Stella’s wealth.

Chantal Porter is a woman used to getting her own way. Tom is her ideal partner; weak and easily manipulated. Listening to him talk about his inheritance, she likes the idea of being Penmarra’s next mistress. But Stella and Jake’s close relationship gives her cause for concern. Who is he? And could he be a threat to her future ambitions?

As Jake comes to a difficult decision and sets off for London to sort things out with Rachel, a heart broken Kiera is left to watch helplessly as Chantal puts in place a plan to secure Tom’s inheritance. One that will change Stella’s life for ever.

Set on the south coast of Cornwall, A Kingswater Summer is a story of love, deception, and family secrets… 



~~~   EXCERPT   ~~~

After his brush with Kiera Merrick, actor Jake Paterson, who owns the four star Leigh Park Hotel where Ava’s hen do is taking place, heads for the club and orders a drink, only to find himself embroiled in another confrontation.

Moving away from the bar, Jake found a table tucked away in a quiet corner and sat down, still brooding on his situation. He watched the dancers; people enjoying themselves, their cares forgotten for the moment. About to take another mouthful of whisky, he was aware of someone standing on the other side of the table, and looked up to see a round-faced, overweight balding man pull out a chair and join him.

Thought it was you.’ Once seated, the man laced his fingers and leaned across the table, smiling. ‘I wondered if you had any comment to make, Mr Paterson.’

Sorry, who are you?’

Jeff Howard from the Daily Bugle.’

I’ve nothing to say. Go away,’ he said, his mood souring at the sight of this smug, greasy looking man.

I’m a local reporter. Wondered what you were doing here, that’s all. Need to keep our readers up to speed. Can we expect a new series of Coast Watchers? I know officially the series has finished but, if a new series is being commissioned, it would be good to have the local paper get an exclusive. Ms Tyler anywhere around?’ He turned, sharp eyes scanning the dance floor before turning back to face Jake. ‘Where you go, she goes. Or has something happened between you two love birds?’

I’ve no idea what you mean,’ Jake snapped. He was used to being in the public eye and usually had a good rapport with the press. Tonight, however, it felt like an intrusion. In fact, this grubby, overweight little man whose body seemed to be trying to burst out of his clothes, was totally out of order.

Jake stood up very slowly and picked up his glass. ‘No comment,’ he muttered and began to walk away. He needed to find somewhere quiet; somewhere out of the way where he could finish off his drink without interruption. He had only managed a few steps when a hand grabbed his arm and tried to spin him around.

No need to be like that,’ Howard said, as they knocked into a table. The glass Jake was holding tilted, spilling whisky onto the floor.

Jake wanted to hit him. Not a good move in a room full of people, especially with the likelihood of a photographer lying in wait somewhere. He tried not to think of such a potential nightmare scenario.

I’ve nothing to say.’ Jake said trying to untangle himself, and then breathed a huge sigh as two large, dark-suited bouncers approached.

As the men grabbed them both and pulled them apart, the music stopped, and the lights went up. A murmur went around the room. Suddenly everyone seemed to be watching. ‘Brilliant,’ Jake sighed to himself. ‘Now I’m a public spectacle.’

This man’s being aggressive towards me,’ said Howard loudly, as the bouncers pulled them apart. ‘I demand…’

Another figure pushed through the crowd behind them and stood for a moment frowning.

Jake? What the hell are you doing here?’ he asked, before his gaze fixed on Howard. ‘Get him out of here,’ he ordered, threatening to report him to his editor as they took him away.


About the author... 

Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of the city of Bath. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in rural West Somerset, were followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain was published 2017, 

In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall was published in 2019 under their Ruby Fiction imprint. 

Her latest novel A Kingswater Summer is the second of a three-book series. The first, Shadows on the Water, was published in 2020. Both books can be read as standalone stories.
When she isn't writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and music and long as it has a great melody and lyrics. Oh, and she often takes the odd photograph or two… 


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

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

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