Blog Tour: Release by Aly Martinez

Title: Release

Author: Aly Martinez

Release Date: January 4, 2020

Goodreads Description: From USA Today Bestselling Author Aly Martinez comes an all new standalone.

Growing up, Ramsey Stewart branded my soul in ways time could never heal.

At twelve, he asked me to be his girlfriend.
At thirteen, he gave me my first kiss.
By sixteen, we’d fallen in love, planned a future together, and had our eyes set on the horizon.

Love never fails, right?
But for Ramsey, it did.
Love failed him.
I failed him.
The entire world failed him.

At seventeen, Ramsey was convicted of killing the boy who assaulted me.

Move on, he wrote in his first and only letter from prison.
Start a new life, he urged.
I don’t love you anymore, he lied.

There was no such thing as giving up on Ramsey. Love may have been our curse, but he was mine—then, now, and forever.

So here I am, twelve long years later, waiting for a man I don’t even know to emerge from between the chain link gates.

Talk about an emotional read!! I’ve never read anything by Aly Martinez but I very well may go back and read everything she’s ever written. My heart was shattered during parts of this book. Other times I was laughing out loud. One point I even woke up my 4 year old cause I audibly gasped ‘What?!’. I could almost swear I physically felt the emotional gut punch that Thea experienced in the story.

Last year I read Eleanor and Grey by Brittany Cherry and I swore I would probably never read something even remotely as emotional as that book. Apparently that’s when Aly Martinez was like ‘Hold my beer’ because I was literally wrecked reading Released. Thea and Ramsey have an amazing story. From two young kids who find each other at a time in life where they can’t get any lower to adults trying to recover from life changing mistakes.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟(5 out of 5) There really aren’t enough stars to rate how amazing this book was for me. It was like reliving all my teenage heartbreaks but magnified by infinity. The emotional hangover I’m going to have from Release is going to take days to recover from. Aly Martinez has won my heart ❤ ok so maybe it was more the Ramsey Stewart special.

You can grab a copy of Release for $4.99 or check it out free on Kindle Unlimited

About Aly

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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Book Review: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Title: The Wives

Author: Tarryn Fisher

Publisher: Graydon House

Release Date: December 30, 2019

Goodreads Description: New York Times bestselling author Tarryn Fisher delivers a pulse-pounding, fast-paced suspense novel that will leave you breathless. A thriller you won’t be able to put down!

Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.

What follows is one of the most twisted, shocking thrillers you’ll ever read.

You’ll have to grab a copy to find out why.

I feel like the older I get the more gullible I get. I didn’t see any of these twists coming. This was my first Tarryn Fisher book and I know this is her first dabble with thriller writing and I am hooked!! I hope this is a route she continues to take cause she is great at it.

I just couldn’t fathom how these women were ok with this set up and had so many questions starting out. Thursday quickly became a favorite character of mine. Unreliable main characters always make for the best thrillers. Throughout a majority of the book I was left wondering what was real and what wasn’t.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5 out of 5 stars) Some parts felt like it was dragging on a bit but I did read the book in one day so that could have been more my fault trying to bang it out in a day. Any time an author can throw me off and keep me guessing I will give them all the stars. I had this book listed as one of my most anticipated for 2020 and it did not disappoint.

Important Notice

So my life is getting a bit hectic. It may just be the holidays but my depression has been acting up and my husband has been taking digs at me for reading so much to stay on schedule. With that said, unfortunately I have to slow down on my blog. I will no longer be signing up for blog tours for the foreseeable future. I will continue to read for fun and hopefully make a dent in my physical stack of books I own. I will do my best to stay on schedule with tours that I have already signed up for. So you may still see blog tour posts up through March I believe.

I am truly sorry that it has come to this but without the support of my family it makes it a lot harder to do this when I already work full time and have two kids. Maybe once they are older I can really dig back deep into blogging but for now I think I will do this mostly for fun.

Blog Tour: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Title: Regretting You

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Montlake

Release Date: December 10, 2019

Goodreads Description: From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a poignant novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters.

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

So I actually just got done reading this book tonight and my goodness 😭😭😭. I’ve heard Colleen Hoover is an emotional writer but I was not ready for that. Despite Colleen Hoover being a highly referred author to me this is only the second book of hers I have read and I am a freaking idiot!! Only one other author has left me this emotional during and after a book and that is Devney Perry, my absolute favorite author, and now I feel like I’m going to have another author on my automatic buy list.

Regretting You is so beautifully written. How Colleen makes the reader feel the emotions of the characters as if they were their own is just breath taking. So many times I felt like my heart was in a vice grip and I almost couldn’t breathe. Morgan and Clara’s story is so relatable on so many levels. Even without the tragedy and betrayal they are exposed to their mother/daughter relationship is so accurate. There’s one chapter that ends with Morgan looking over Clara while she’s sleeping and she says something along the lines of how she is driving her crazy but how much she loves her. I have a 3 year old and literally feel this every night. Every mother will be able to relate to that feeling.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5 out of 5 stars) I was blown away by Regretting You. I have only read Verity by Colleen Hoover because I thought I was more of a thriller fan up until this year. Now I feel like I’m going to need to devote a whole month to going back and reading all of Colleen’s previously released books. On second thought, I don’t know if my heart can handle a Hoover Marathon.

You can grab a copy of Regretting You by Colleen Hoover for $5.99 or if you have Kindle Unlimited for free!!!

FFBC Blog Tour: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins

Title: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

Author: Jacqueline Firkins

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: December 17th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Retellings, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Mansfield, Massachusetts is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. Edie has her own plans, and they don’t include a prince charming.

But as Edie dives into schoolwork and applying for college scholarships, she finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys who start vying for her attention. First there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love. He’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player. He’s totally off limits, even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help but get caught between them. Someone’s heart is going to break. Now she just has to make sure it isn’t hers.

Review: YA Rom Coms seriously are my weakness. Ever since To All The Boys I’ve Loved, I could just read them and watch them all. I was really excited when I got approved for this title to be included on the blog tour and get a chance to read it before release. I really enjoyed the modern take on the Cinderella fairy tale and how the author wasn’t afraid to even have the characters make comparisons in the actual story.

The Love triangles were fantastic. More like a love octagon really. It was hard to figure out if this was going to be a friends to lovers trope or an enemies to lovers. I will say that I was #teamhenry and that is not who I thought I would be rooting for when I read the synopsis.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5 out of 5) Oh to be young and in love ❤❤. This book was such a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed stumbling along with Edie as she tried to find herself in a new school with new friends. The author did a great job building the characters and then surprising you just a little bit with how they would turn out.

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/43261131-hearts-strings-and-other-breakable-things

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Nl96Gt

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hearts-strings-and-other-breakable-things-jacqueline-firkins/1130023338#/

iTunes: https://books.apple.com/cy/book/hearts-strings-and-other-breakable-things/id1454090961?l=el

Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/es/Hearts-Strings-Other-Breakable-Things-Jacqueline-Firkins/9781328635198?ref=grid-view&qid=1572211424484&sr=1-1

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/za/en/ebook/hearts-strings-and-other-breakable-things

Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Hearts_Strings_and_Other_Breakable_Thing.html?id=-ISJDwAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Jacqueline’s a writer, costume designer, and lover of beautiful things. She’s on the fulltime faculty in the Department of Theatre & Film at the University of British Columbia where she also takes any writing class they’ll let her into. When not obsessing about where to put the buttons or the commas, she can be found running by the ocean, eating excessive amounts of gluten, listening to earnest love songs, and pretending her dog understands every word she says.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: https://jacquelinefirkins.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18069690.Jacqueline_Firkins

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jfkillsdarlings

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jfkillsdarlings/

Check out the other tour spots at this link:

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Blog Tour: The Boyfriend Blog by K.L. Grayson

Title: The Boyfriend Blog

Author: K.L. Grayson

Release Date: December 10, 2019

Goodreads Description:

Boyfriend (n.)
1) A frequent or regular male companion with whom one has a romantic or sexual relationship.
2) A myth. A legend. Impossible to find.

According to her eighty-year-old neighbor, Lizzie Donovan is looking for Mr. Right in all the wrong places. Though it’s made great fodder for her blog, Lizzie is finally tired of swiping left and awful blind dates, and she’s ready to take Mrs. Skinner’s advice and find love the old-fashioned way. Goodbye dating app, hello grocery store, book store, dog park, and wherever else she might be able to meet a good man. And she really has nothing to lose. Not only will she be entertained along the way, but even if she ends up alone, she’ll always have her longtime best friend, Aiden, by her side.

Friend zone (n.)
1) A situation in which a friendship exists between two people, one of whom has an unreciprocated romantic or sexual interest in the other.
2) Location of Aiden Wallace.

According to his eighty-year-old neighbor, Aiden Wallace has been friend zoned. And that’s mostly his fault because instead of opening his eyes and seeing what was right in front of him, Aiden has spent the last several years enjoying the single life. But things have changed—he has changed—and now he needs his best friend, Lizzie, to stop shoving him into the friend zone so he can work at winning her heart. Until then, he’s stuck watching her string of dating disasters and wishing she’d believe him when he tells her he’s the one.

I am a day late on posting this review and for that I apologize. The holidays are really kicking my butt.

I had some really high hopes for the Boyfriend Blog. I enjoy stories involving dating and modern technology. However, it really just missed the mark for me. My one issue with romance is some books are just overly loaded with sex and The Boyfriend Blog was exactly that. The friends to lover storyline was resolved with 50% left in the book and so the second half of the book was pretty much nothing but sex.

Despite my issues with this book I do think I will try another book by this author. She’s local to me and from some of the reviews on goodreads it seems this isn’t her typical book style.

🌟🌟🌟 (3 out of 5 stars) I really enjoyed the first half of the book because it was cute and funny. The second half was just sex and over dramatics. It was actually kind of hard to finish it.

Blog Tour Review: The Pact by Amy Heydenrych

Title: The Pact

Author: Amy Heydenrych

Publisher: Zaffre

Release Date: November 28, 2019

Goodreads Discription: What if a prank leads to murder?

When Freya arrives at her dream job with the city’s hottest start-up, she can’t wait to begin a new and exciting life, including dating her new colleague Jay. However, Nicole, Jay’s ex and fellow employee, seems intent on making her life a misery.

After a big deadline, where Nicole continually picks on her, Freya snaps and tells Jay about the bullying and together they concoct a revenge prank. The next morning, Nicole is found dead in her apartment . . .

Is this just a prank gone wrong? Or does Freya know someone who is capable of murder – and could she be next?

This was such a good crime drama. Up until this book I had never heard of Amy Heydenrych but I have a feeling I am going to be a pretty dedicated fan. I really enjoyed the writing and the multiple points of views told from before the murder and after the murder. At first it was a little confusing due to the alternating time frames but once I got the hang of the flow of time it got much easier and really built the story up.

Getting the perspective from a crime journalist is one of my favorite ways to read crime fiction. Two other authors that I really enjoy writing from this perspective are Fiona Barton and Kate White. I think Amy Heydenrych is due for a long career in writing if she continues to write stories as intense as The Pact.

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 out of 5 stars) I really enjoyed this book and loved the pace of the story telling. The only issue I had was with the formatting of the ecopy I had. It was very difficult to read based on that. Otherwise, it was an amazing read and I’ve already grabbed her previously written title to read more from Amy Heydenrych.