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Review and Excerpt Tour: Tattered: Devney Perry

Tattered (Lark Cove #1)
Devney Perry
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Release Day – June 19, 2018


Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour.

So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again.

Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself.

But for their daughter.
This new world by Devney Perry brings all new characters and places to fall in love with. And I was totally sucked in. And it has a small tie in with the Jamison Valley series that fans will pick up on, but this is a complete stand alone story.
Thea Landry is a single mother who runs a bar in Montana. She has had a rough life and has now made a home and  family with people that care about her. She is fierce, protective, and loving when it comes to her child, but untrusting and fearful when it comes to giving her heart.

When Logan Kendrick walks into a bar in Montana during a business trip, he never expected to run into his one night stand from years ago...or discover that she had his child. He is a rich, successful, work-a-holic who lives in New York. He can win any case or business deal, but winning over his almost six year old daughter and her mother might be the hardest task yet.
I loved seeing Thea and Logan reconnect. The separation and secret was not a malicious thing, but just a result of bad timing and failed communication. They had such strong chemistry and this magnetic pull that they could not deny. But at the same time they were both dedicated to their daughter's comfort and happiness. During the present time they are given to learn about each other, they become close. But they are from two different worlds, not just in distance but also circumstances and experiences. And they are both strongly attached to where they live. They are stealing happiness, but living in limbo with no real solution for the long term.

This is a sweet, heartfelt, second chance love story. And it is not just the love of a man and woman, but also of a man falling in love with his child. It is told in dual points of view and I really liked both Thea and Logan. They were well developed and their pasts and circumstances shaped the people they had become. I loved them together and how they interacted with their daughter, Charlie. She was a precocious tomboy who was a scene stealer. My heart broke for them because they knew what they wanted, but it seemed impossible. Separations were painful. Duty and obligation seemed to be in the way of happiness and love. And either option left someone unhappy and made them sacrifice something important.

I loved the contrast of the small-town lakeside feel versus the chaos of New York. 
The side characters were interesting and I am already looking forward to seeing some of them in future installments of this Lark Cove series. There was also a bit of suspense and mystery in the background that added some drama. But this was not incredibly angsty. The characters were mature and responsible. It was more about priorities, passion, and figuring out what home really means. My heart was invested from beginning to end. 


 I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Thea Landry knows where she belongs. She has worked hard to build what she has -- bartending in the bar owned by the family she created after growing up in an orphanage. The small Montana town is everything she wants from a home. An amazing one night stand leaves her wishing she had asked the man for his phone number or last name, even though she knows he is out of her league.

Years later, when her one night stand walks into her bar she is determined to make things right, but not for herself. She needs him now for their daughter.

I loved both of these main characters. Thea is so strong. She does what needs doing to make the most of her situation. Carrying the emotional hurt from her childhood, she is determined to give her daughter the love she felt like she was missing as a child. Logan is a driven businessman, with a strong sense of loyalty to family.

Their story made me sigh and want to fight right alongside them to clear their obstacles, because they have some big ones! From location, to parenting, to blending families, and work responsibilities there are a lot of pieces for Thea and Logan to sort out, especially as it becomes clear that the “thing” they felt during that first night still simmers between them.

The side characters were a great addition to the story, both as an individual story and as the beginning of a series. I loved Charlie’s personality. She showed influences from her mom, but was uniquely her own person. Several of the other side characters should make for an interesting focus as the series develops, and I look forward to more from Lark Cove and Devney Perry.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

He stared at me for a long moment. “You’re sure she’s mine?”
“She’s yours.”
“Then that’s good enough.”
“I—really?” I blinked. He didn’t want to verify paternity? He just . . . trusted me?
He nodded. “Really.”
“I swear, I tried to find you, Logan. On my life, I swear it. But the hotel wouldn’t give me your name no matter how much I begged. And you paid cash for your drinks and never mentioned your last name. I tried, but I just . . . didn’t know where to start.”
“It’s not your fault. I believe you.”
The sincerity in his voice made my throat burn. Goddamn it. I was going to cry.
I’d worked so hard not to cry today. I’d fought to keep my emotions in check and my head from spinning out of control. But this was going to make me break.
I wanted so badly for Logan to believe that I hadn’t kept Charlie from him intentionally. The fact that a man like him would trust someone like me without proof meant more than he’d ever know.
“Thank you,” I choked out past the lump in my throat.
“So, um, is Charlie inside with your husband? Or boyfriend?”
The urge to cry disappeared and I barked out a laugh. “Smooth.”
He chuckled. “It’s been a long day for me. Give me a break, will you? This morning I was in New York, then I came to Montana for a business meeting and discovered a daughter. I’m off my game.”
Timid (#2)

Tragic (#3)

Devney Perry
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Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.



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Release Reviews: Rainy Day Friends: Jill Shalvis


Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone #2)
Jill Shalvis
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Release Date June 19, 2018 

Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build. 

I needed this book. I needed the sweet building of love, intimacy, and friendship. I needed to know that compassion and humanity still existed, even if it's just on paper. 

Rainy Day Friends was a heartwarming and affecting book about betrayal of the ultimate trust and learning to not just forgive others but yourself, as well. It is a story about finding companionship, faith, and loyalty when you least expect it. It is a story that focuses on family not always being blood; instead most often times, it is about those who are willing to hold your hand when you most need it. 

With each page I turned, I yearned to be a part of the all-encompassing Capriotti's. There was just so much to appreciate about this immense family who collected lost and damaged souls. Who were the epitome of family and what family stood for. Each and every one of endearing, especially the twins and Uncle Jack. 

I often felt as though I was sitting at their lunch table, right along with them. I wanted more time with them and was sad when I couldn't click to go further. So much so I immediately went to look and see if they were in the other books of the series. Alas, they are not. I feel like the nosy neighbor who had the curtains drawn on them. LOL

To me, all of this shouts GREAT READ!!!

If you're looking for that light and fluffy feel good read, look no further. Rainy Day Friends will deliver that and much more.

I received this book for free from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lanie Jacobs is escaping her life for a couple of months to stay on location at the Capriotti Winery while doing graphic design work for them. Her ex husband totally ruined her faith in men. She is guarded, anxious, untrusting, and likes to stay emotionally distant.

Mark Capriotti now lives at the winery with his daughters and extended family, but he is ex Military and now Deputy Sheriff. He also has major trust issues and is not looking for any kind of relationship. He is alpha, cocky, funny, and trying to get used to civilian life.

They both would like to explore the physical attraction, but each have rules about getting too personal. But what happens when secrets are revealed, things get messy, and feelings get involved?  Will Lanie stay or run?

The winery is home to a whole group of quirky, loud, nosy characters. Lanie has no chance to stay distant when they are all worming their way into her personal business and her heart. Mark's twin daughters especially like to spend time with her. And Mark and Lanie find they have great chemistry and similar goals of not getting attached. But they also have a lot of people watching and trying to help move things along. And there is another parallel story with a young woman named River that also comes to the winery who has her own issues and secrets.

Life with the Capriottis is crazy, messy, but also kind of wonderful. It is a big, smooshy, chaotic family love-fest where strays are welcomed into the fray with open arms. I liked Mark especially once he started opening up and figuring things out. I adored his precocious twin girls. and his relationship with them. Lanie was more frustrating. She had up huge walls. Little by little people started chipping away at them, but she was stubborn, resistant, and closed off. I seriously wanted to smack sense into her a few times. I got that she had a lot to deal with, but her head was really messed up, and she did not trust the idea of love at all. But the setting and busy family atmosphere made for an interesting background.

There was some drama, angst, secrets, and surprises. This was a love story between two people previously broken by love and commitment. But it is also their story of personal growth as they figure out what they want and need in their lives and make changes to try to move on from their difficult pasts. Lanie especially needed reinforcement in order to begin to feel worthy, heal, and find hope and faith again. And Mark, who was initially resistant himself and had his own issues, might be the only man strong and stubborn enough to try to convince her that their rules have changed. But can he?

I also liked the bonus addition of River and what she was going through, it just added more depth and drama overall. 


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Note these books do not have to be read to enjoy Rainy Day Friends. 
They are about completely different characters. 

Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone #1)
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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

The Good Luck Sister (Wildstone #1.5)
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This summer, romance blooms again in Wildstone!

After a difficult few years, Tilly Adams is ready for life to start going right. Though she has a case of first day nerves teaching art at the local community college, she knows it isn't anything a few snuggles from her rescue puppy won't cure. Until she sees Dylan Scott again, her one-time BFF and first love sitting in the front row.

Dylan knows he should've left well enough alone, but when he sees Tilly living her dream, he can't help but make contact. Ten years ago, he left Wildstone and everything in it behind, including Tilly. He had his reasons, but now he wants her back in his life, anyway he can get her.

When Tilly agrees to design the logo for Dylan's new helicopter touring company, it's business only...until she finds herself falling into his arms once again. Can she possibly open her heart back up to the only man who's ever broken it? But soon they're both realizing the truth - love always deserves a second chance.
Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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Cover Reveal: Moore Than a Feeling: Julie A. Richman

   

From USA Today bestselling author Julie A. Richman, comes a companion title to her Needing Moore series, MOORE THAN A FEELING. Check out the beautiful cover below! Then get MOORE of what you want and preorder your copy today!
   
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"Holly and Aiden broke up? Seriously? No way. Not those two." 
 
Dumped. 
No, not only dumped. 
Blindsided and dumped. 
 
I thought that Aiden McManus was my forever, my soulmate, 
That was until he told me he was still in love with his ex.

I didn't want to believe him. 
So, I convinced myself that our break-up was because of his upcoming deployment, and not because he didn't love me. 
Believing that, helped me get through those first months.

But after a while, I realized I just might be lying to myself. 
And it was time to move on...

So, I moved on. Or tried to move on, anyway. 
But that didn’t work out so well for me, either. 
And it practically got me disowned from my family.

After that, I finally started to get my life back together, 
I had everything back under control… 
…Or so I thought.

Until I found out Aiden was back 
 
And now he’s everywhere I turn, 
Still pushing me away, 
telling me he doesn’t want me.
 
But every time he calls me Angel or reaches out to touch my cheek, 
I know what he's not admitting to himself – 
He still loves me.
 
And I'm going to prove it to him.
         

 USA TODAY Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas, home to great music, BBQ, and awesome Tex-Mex. An award-winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust, Julie spent many years scratching the travel itch while helping non-profit organizations and corporations with their marketing and advertising programs. Currently, Julie has published Searching for Moore, Moore to Lose, Moore than Forever, Bad Son Rising, Needing Moore:The Complete Series, Henry's End, Slave to Love, The Do-Over and Love on the Edge of Time. She has works included in Pink Shades of Words 2014 & 2015, Tempting Fate Boxed Set, Intense Boxed Set, Intense 2 Boxed Set and the Cocktales Anthology.

 
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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Crazy Sexy Love: Alison G. Bailey

 
Crazy Sexy Love, an all-new Standalone Romantic Comedy by Alison G. Bailey is releasing July 19th!
 

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Doug and Sophie from the International Bestselling book, The Dance get to tell their own crazy, sexy, love story.

Sophie is an intelligent independent woman. After her parents’ divorce when she was a child, Sophie tossed the idea of “happily ever after” out the window. No personal attachments or commitments is the way she lives her life. After her best friend, Bryson reunited with her soulmate Hart, Sophie is forced to allow his friends into her world. Luckily, she is fond of her new circle of friends, except when it comes to one handsome, six foot, green eyed buffoon who won’t take no for an answer . . . Doug Truman.

Doug is everything women want in a man. He is a self-described hottie, very witty, and quite the charmer. He can’t imagine any woman not wanting his attention. And they do. The problem is, Doug has a very short attention span, except when it comes to one woman . . . Sophie Cipriano. At first all he wanted was one night, thinking it would be enough to shake his obsession. If only his best friend, Hart, hadn’t deemed Sophie off limits. Now Doug can’t get her off his mind or out of his system. 

When they met, they were enemies. When their best friends got married, they were acquaintances. When they became roommates, they got to be friends. And when they were friends, neither realized what was happening until it was too late.

Read Hart and Bryson's Story Today!
 
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The Dance is the story of what happens after the happily ever. 

Bryson Walker stumbled heart first into the steady rhythm of her life, never questioning whether other possibilities existed. She had been Will’s girl since their junior year in high school, followed him to college, and married him soon after graduation. 

In every respect, they were a loving and successful couple, until a series of missteps shattered all of Bryson’s truths. Maybe their life was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. A performance that was never based in reality.

Hart was barely an acquaintance. He and Bryson shared one brief moment during senior prom, full of friction and heat that ignited a spark. But that night Bryson walked away and Hart let her go. 

Years later, twisted fate brings Bryson and Hart together again, causing her to wonder if this is her second chance at once in a lifetime.
   
 
Alison G. Bailey

Alison G. Bailey is an award winning, Amazon and International bestselling author living in Charleston, South Carolina. At an early age she fell in love with writing, reworking scenes from her favorite TV shows and movies with new dialogue. Alison wrote and produced several stage plays before turning her sights on the book world.

Under the influence of a copious amount of Diet Pepsi and nonstop listening to her Spotify playlists, Alison writes unique emotional stories full of love, laughter, and romance.

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