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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

RELEASE WEEK Celebration: DIGGING UP LOVE by Chandra Blumberg - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

The year is off to a great start, reading wise, but you may have noticed the posts are a bit scattered.  That's because alongside my other reading, I'm also participating as a Round 2 Judge for the Cybils Awards Middle Grade Fiction category, so add seven titles plus discussion time to the mix, and you see my calendar is a bit on the busy side.  No worries, I'll still be sharing things throughout the month, such as today's DOUBLE blog tour post!  That's right!  Two different reads are ready to be in the spotlight today, and though they are different as can be, the great stories within are definitely something they share!

For this post, we set our sights on a Contemporary Romance newly out as of January 1st, 2022 via Montlake.  It came to my attention via Pitch Lit and from there, took on a life of its own!  Being the first in a new series though, well that just gives me something else to look forward to...but, I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let's dig in to today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

Taste of Love, Book 1
Chandra Blumberg

About the book...
Alisha Blake works her magic in the kitchen, creating delectable desserts for her grandfather’s restaurant in rural Illinois. Though Alisha relishes the close relationship she has with her family, she can’t help but dream about opening a cookie shop in Chicago. She may be a small-town baker, but Alisha has big ambitions.

Then a dinosaur bone turns up in her grandparents’ backyard. When paleontologist Quentin Harris arrives to see the discovery for himself, he’s hoping that the fossil will distract him from a recent painful breakup. Instead, he finds Alisha—and sparks fly. The big-city academic and the hometown baker seem destined for a happily ever after.

But Alisha is scared to fall in love. And Quentin’s trying to make a name for himself in a competitive field, which gets even more complicated when the press shows up at the dig site. For love to prevail, the two may have to put old bones aside—and focus on the future.

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Alisha and Quentin...
...a match made in Jurassic heaven...
...if only they could get over the bones of their past!

Alisha was such a STRONG female character.  She knew what she wanted and how to get there...but she was also so scared of losing the family she has, or disappointing them in any way, that she disappoints herself time and again.  She may be able to bench press you into tomorrow (she's a, right?!), but that doesn't mean she takes the lead in her own life.  The people pleasing side of her, the side that feels it necessary to take care of everyone around her, more often wins out.  Even she needs a little boost from time to time....and that boost now has a name.

Quentin is the epitome of her dino loving dreams.  He's not hard on the eyes, is a man of science, and seems to have a good heart.  Problem?  Well, let's just say that that same said good heart may have been stomped on before making him a bit gun shy of pretty much anything resembling a relationship, not to mention he's got family issues.  Their miss steps and mishaps bring a smile to your face, and a light to their lives, but if they're ever going to get anywhere, complete honesty in all areas of their lives will be absolutely necessary...but are they up for it?  What can you do when the thing you want the most is the thing that scares you the most?

For me, I initially had a hard time connecting with the characters...they just seemed to be on opposite ends of life and so ready to fight at the drop of a hat...but once I cut through to the heart of the matter and saw just how much their inner selves shined, I was sold!  The premise of the story was unique...can't say I've read one where dinosaurs featured in a love story before...and the draw to the scientific man with heart and looks was a no brainer fantasy come true for most of the female population.  (Just admit it!)  All in all, their journey towards love was riddled with holes the size of the Le Brea Tar Pits...but the end was well worth any amount of digging required.

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About the author...

Chandra Blumberg is a Michigan native who loves writing funny, heartwarming love stories about characters that feel real and relatable. When it comes to her writing process, getting to that happily ever after is half the fun.

After majoring in English at Michigan State University, Blumberg moved to the Chicago area, where she enjoys exploring museums and the beauty of Lake Michigan in all seasons. When she’s not writing, she’s usually making a mess in the kitchen with her kids, lifting heavy barbells at the gym, or traveling with her family. Digging Up Love is her first novel.

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Up for grabs...
...(1) $20 Amazon Gift Card and...
...a Digital Copy of DIGGING UP LOVE
by Chandra Blumberg!

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Special thanks to Morgan at Pitch Lit for the chance to bring this title to you as well as the special features included in this post. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY January 1st, 2022 via Montlake, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing!  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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