Blog Tour Review: A Highlander Walks Into A Bar

Title: A Highlander Walks Into A Bar

Author: Laura Trentham

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: July 30, 2019

Synopsis:

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same…

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

Review:

When I got the email for this blog tour, I initially had no interest. The title sounded goofy but then I read what it was about and decided not to judge a book by its title and I’m so glad I didn’t. I felt in love with Laura Trentham after reading her book The Military Wife. I think Highlander actually topped that book.

There is just so much humor in this book that I caught myself laughing out loud several times. Izzy is such a relatable character with her awkwardness and lack of grace and her aggressive, overprotection of her mother. The mixture of culture between Southern Charm and Scottish sirehood added an authentic flavor that I wanted to last forever and ever.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5 out of 5) I really look forward to being an on going fan of Laura Trentham’s. My favorite character in this book was actually one of the supporing characters, good ol’ southern boy Holt. I hope and pray that he gets a story in the series for his HEA because he totally stole my heart.

Buy-book link

: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250315021

Blog Tour: Announcing Trouble Exclusive Excerpt

BOOK INFORMATION
Title: Announcing Trouble
Author: Amy Fellner Dominy
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush)
Release Date: August 5th 2019
Genre: Young Adult
Synopsis:
I may know everything there is to know about baseball, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Or like him.

Garrett Reeves: sidelined player and the embodiment of everything I’ve learned to hate about baseball. He’s gorgeous, he’s cocky, he’s laser-focused on getting back in the game, no matter the cost.

When he convinces me to call games alongside him, our chemistry heats up the booth. We’re good together, whether I want to admit it or not. I’m finding that I like baseball again, but even worse, I’m liking Garrett. A lot.
But when he has to decide between our future and a new shot at his dreams, I know baseball will win out every time.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has tons of hilarious banter, lots of sexual tension, and a hero who will throw a wild pitch right at your heart.

Exclusive Excerpt:

We meet on my driveway with plenty of space between us. He’s completely still, and yet I can feel the thrum of him…the thrum in myself because he’s near.
Why him? Why is it him who makes me feel like this?
His face is in shadows, his hair dark gold in the porch light. I don’t want him here, and yet there’s no one I’d rather be with.
I try to read his expression, prepare myself for what’s coming. He looks as tense as I feel.
“So he didn’t drive you home,” he says.
My mouth opens, surprise filling my lungs and silencing my voice. He sounds upset. Jealous.
“Did you have a good time? With Bryan.” He’s in front of me, his shape blocking the light, casting us both in darkness. There’s something sharp beneath the words. Something close to breaking. “Did he kiss you? Did you let him kiss you?”

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AUTHOR INFORMATION
Amy Fellner Dominy is the award-winning author of books for teens, tweens and toddlers. An MFA playwright, Amy’s novels include The Fall of Grace; Die for You; A Matter of Heart; Audition & Subtraction; OyMG and the picture books series, Cookiesaurus Rex. Amy was recognized in 2017 by the Arizona Library Association with the Judy Goddard Award. Her novels have been recognized as Bank Street College of Education Best Book Selections, and OyMG is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Amy lives in Phoenix with her husband and a puppy who is training them. To learn more, visit http://www.amydominy.com or find her on Facebook at amyfellnerdominyauthor and Instagram at @amydominy.

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Release Day Review: Stay With Me by Nicole Fiorina

Title: Stay With Me

Author: Nicole Fiorina

Release Date: August 3, 2019

Goodreads Description: In a desperate final attempt to save nineteen-year-old Mia from herself, she gets transferred to Dolor University, a reformatory college in the UK that housed deranged and dangerous young adults who viewed the private institution as their own personal playground. Mia didn’t care. She needed feelings to care. She’d keep her head down, ignore everyone, and make it through the next two years effortlessly.

Though Mia never anticipated Ollie Masters.

With green eyes, tattoos, and the voice of a poet, she is quickly drawn to him. But because of her sociopath tendencies, she knows it could only end in one of two ways. Either he will be the one to free her from her past, or she will be the one to destroy him.

I stummbled upon this book on Instagram. The author had been sharing graphics to promote it and I knew that I needed to read this book like NOW. I did do some second guessing right before reading it because I was nervous it was going to turn into this huge book porn fest and granted there are quite a few sex scenes the story and character build up were great enough to even outshine those.

New Adult romances are literally my drug of choice these days and Nicole Fiorina just solidified herself as my top dealer. The unexpected plot twists that had my jaw on the floor and the intense emotions that are all over the place really made this book. The basis of this story is very relatable in the fact that a young girl has been hurt and shut herself off to everyone to avoid that hurt again. However, its not that cut and dry or black and white for Ollie and Mia. This ride was a rollercoaster of emotions for me and to think this is a three book series makes me think I’m going to need some Xanax or maybe lots of wine.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5 out of 5 stars) With the level of detail and expertise Nicole Fiorona writes with I never would have guessed this was her debut novel but if this is how she kicks in the gate and announces she’s here then I can’t wait to see what else she has for us.

Release Day deal – Grab your ecopy for 99 cents today on Amazon.

Jess’s Review: The Warehouse by Rob Hart

Title: The Warehouse

Author: Rob Hart

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Release Date: August 20, 2019

Goodreads Description:

Paxton never thought he’d be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he’d be moving into one of the company’s sprawling live-work facilities.

But compared to what’s left outside, Cloud’s bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouses…well, it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s more than anyone else is offering.

Zinnia never thought she’d be infiltrating Cloud. But now she’s undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the company’s darkest secrets. And Paxton, with his ordinary little hopes and fears? He just might make the perfect pawn. If she can bear to sacrifice him.

As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme—one that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world he’s so carefully assembled here.

Together, they’ll learn just how far the company will go…to make the world a better place.

Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon that’s at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business–and who will pay the ultimate price.

I received an ARC of The Warehouse at BookCon directly from Rob Hart, signed and all. BookCon was for sure the ComicCon for us book nerds! I heard many things about The Warehouse being the next big YA Thriller, there was some big hype to live up to. Did It?

I believe it did. I had to be in the right mood to start The Warehouse but once I was I finished it very fast. It took me awhile to digest the book, I was really thinking “WTF Rob?” The scary part is I could see what happens in The Warehouse actually happening to us in the world if things continue as they have been. Cloud is only too close to a certain online retailer that is currently taking over our world. Consumerism is key and that is the driving force behind what keeps Cloud in business.

The story is told through multiple viewpoints. Paxton and Zinnia who go to work at Cloud and the owner of the company. There was decent character development and the secret behind Cloud was sort of science fictionish but it made sense in the context. You won’t expect some of the events that occur in The Warehouse. I hope you’re like me at have a WTF face.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 out of 5 stars) Not many books have taken me this long to digest. This also has a special meaning to me because it traveled across the country with me in The Traveling Book on my bookstagram (@therealjessclaysbookshelf).

Kat’s Review: The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry

Title: The Favorite Daughter

Author: Patti Callahan Henry

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: June 4, 2019

Goodreads Description:

Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home–until she learns of her dad’s failing health.

Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

I struggled a bit with this book. What Lena’s sister did was pretty unforgivable and the way her family acted like it was no big deal really had my self righteous attitude up in arms. A few times I had to put the book down because I was so angry that Lena didnt punch someone.

A majority of the book is Lena and her two siblings trying to put the past behind them to create something for their fathers birthday in fear that it may be his last coherent year. As their fathers illness progresses, so does the drama. Secrets are discovered and truths revealed.

🌟🌟🌟💫(3.5 out of 5 stars) This was a decent book. Probably not my prefered type of genre and I think the way Lena handled her sisters backstabbing just blew my freaking mind. If my sister had ever done something like that to me police would have been involved. So I really just had a hard time getting over that in order to really enjoy the book.

Release Day Review: Falter by Carrie Aarons

Title: Falter (Book 4 of the Nash Brothers series)

Author: Carrie Aarons

Release Date: July 24, 2019

Goodreads Description:

Ryan Shea has sworn off men.

After her last relationship imploded in front of her eyes, she decides to take a break from swimming in the dating pool … possibly forever. The brilliant computer whiz loses her brain when it comes to love, and jumping feet first burns her every time.

Without a home, or much of a clue where life is headed, taking a trip back to the small town of Fawn Hill to stay with her best friend seems like the only option.

Except it puts Ryan directly in the path of the one man she can’t fall for. Fletcher Nash reminds her too much of the dark past she’s always run from; his demons are the things of her nightmares. And it’s no help that, when he looks at her, she feels as if Fletcher is the one person who truly understands.

Fletcher Nash vowed not to fall in lust.

Five years of sobriety, and he hasn’t broken the chastity promise yet. Not that it had to keep for this long … he’s well over the normal year addicts are told not to get involved.

But, aside from a busy schedule and trying to chase his dream of becoming a full-time artist, he has no intentions of committing to a woman until she is the one.

Why is it, then, that sassy, city girl Ryan Shea comes dangerously close to resembling the exact woman he could break that promise for? Like sand through his fingers, there is no way she’ll stay put … but his heart just won’t listen.

They pledged not to love anyone until it was the real thing.
So what happens when two people terrified of falling head-over-heels, actually do?


Reading this book was bitter sweet. Knowing that the Nash Brothers series is over leaves me heavy hearted. Finally getting Fletcher’s story is everything I hoped it would be. Seeing his struggle with addiction and leading into sobriety in previous books and finally getting to be inside his head and getting a taste of those struggles was really powerful.

It was interesting to see how Ryan’s relationship with her addict mom affected her relationship with Fletcher as a recovering addict. At times I felt some of the people especially Penelope were insensitive to the fact that Fletcher was recovering and it kind of makes you think of how people should act. Do they have to put their life on hold for that one recovering addict or is it the addict who just has to avoid certain people and situations? Where’s the proper breakeven point?

🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 out of 5 stars) Now that all the stories have been released and read I think my favorite book was Lily and Bowen. Individually, my favorite characters are Penelope and Fletcher. I’m sad to leave Fawn Hill behind but luckily Carrie Aarons is a busy woman and keeps popping books out almost as fast as I can keep up.

Blog Tour Review: Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson

Title: Before I Disappear

Author: Danielle Stinson

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: July 23, 2019

Goodreads Description:

Rose Montgomery parks her family’s trailer in Fort Glory, Oregon with one goal: to carve out a new life for herself and her little brother, Charlie. They need a fresh start for their family, and she thinks she’s finally found it in a town where nobody knows them.

But Rose’s plans come crashing down when, in an instant, Fort Glory disappears and every person in town vanishes into thin air—including Charlie.

Rose and four other teens become trapped in the Fold, a patch of woods caught halfway between the real world and the lost town. In the Fold, a mysterious force suspends the laws of physics, and everyone’s inner darkness has the power to kill.

To survive the Fold, Rose must unravel the clues Charlie sends her from the missing town. And Rose has to find Charlie soon—or he’ll be gone forever.

Stories were a central part of Danielle Stinson’s childhood. Growing up in a military family meant frequent moves across the US and abroad. She spent many summers in her room surrounded by unpacked boxes and stacks of library books. She currently lives with her husband and four boys in Virginia, where she writes fiction for young adults. Before I Disappear is her debut novel.

Before I Disappear is the perfect book to fill the void of Stranger Things minus the 80s nostalgia and snarkiness. I am usually not a huge sci-fi fan but when it’s kids trying to figure out alternate planes then I’m on board. This book was like the Breakfast Club of YA Sci-fi. There were multiple characters with different backgrounds and other than Rose all of them had crossed paths prior to the mess they are in.

The premise of the story is just insane. A whole town just disappearing!! Just that fact alone is what drew me to this book because I had to know how this happened and how it all played out. I really liked the message the book portrayed as well. We are not our past and we have to learn to forgive ourselves.

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 out of 5 stars) As much as I liked this book the sudden ending really left me with so many questions. After getting that invested with these characters to not know how it all turns out really disappointed me. This book is worth the read and I recommend it for any fans of Stranger Things.

Check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour of Before I Disappear

July 18th

Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post
Moonlight Rendezvous– Review & Favorite Quotes

July 19th

July 20th

July 21st

Story-eyed Reviews– Guest Post
Booked J– Review

July 22nd

hauntedbybooks– Review & Favorite Quotes
Downright Dystopian– Review & Favorite Quotes

July 23rd

Cafeyre– Review & Favorite Quotes
Wishful Endings– Guest Post

July 24th

Bookish_Kali– Bookstagram
Never Too Many To Read– Review & Favorite Quotes