New Release: On The Way To You by Kandi Steiner

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One The Way To You by Kandi Steiner
Publication Date: November 16, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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Synopsis:
What makes you happy?

That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.

And then, I got in his car.

It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.

We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers.

One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.

Discovering his journal changed everything.

I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.

I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked — until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.

Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could.


MY REVIEW

Confession: I haven’t finished this book; but not because I don’t want to. It’s all due to lack of time! I’m currently 69% into it, and so far I’m really loving it! It deals with a much deeper topic than I originally thought it would. I want to do it justice by writing my review after I complete it, so I’m waiting. I’ll update y’all when I complete it, and I’ll update this post as well.

This probably is a no-no in the blogging world, but oh well. Sometimes life gets in the way (and by life I mean my 3 jobs…).


About the Author:

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Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist but also works part-time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.

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Blog Tour: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey – Review & Excerpt

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The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: November 1, 2017
Publisher: R.S. Grey
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: eBook
Source: ARC
3 Stars

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Synopsis: 
At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.


MY REVIEW

So, I have some mixed complicated feelings about this book. I did give it 3 stars, so my overall opinion of the book, in the end, was positive, but I do have my reasons for not rating it a 4 or 5 (which I’ll get to).

Positive things first – R.S. Grey is a great writer. Her romantic comedies are truly funny, and this book was no different. Grey did a fantastic job intermixing funny quips by Brooke even in the most serious or sad situations. I found myself consistently smiling and then highlighting these little brights spots.

He’s wearing a Nike hat and matching shirt, both black – the color of his soul.

It was great to see a supportive relationship between sisters. Sometimes romance heroines have fraught relationships with their siblings and parents, and while Brooke had some complicated feelings pertaining to her mother, father, and stepmother, her relationship with her sister was completely supportive and healthy. That was really nice, and I think an important aspect to the book.

I was able to connect with Brooke in some ways, particularly that it takes place in Texas (where I was born and raised), as well as the fact that Brooke is an au pair. Her experience as an au pair made me reminiscent of my time as an au pair in Switzerland. It made me remember how it took some time to get adjusted to my new environment, no matter how well I got along with the kids and parents.

One thing that irritated me, which this is nitpicking, but Brooke mentions she had that au pair job for a year and a half but never mentions getting her visa extended or anything. As far as I know, au pair positions are strictly for a year. If you want to be there longer, you have to be approved for an extended visa and it is really difficult to get. I know because I tried to do it. I was only able to get a 3-month extension. I even had a job offer from a museum and the country wouldn’t give me a visa. Perhaps the rules are different where Brooke was an au pair (being purposefully obtuse here to avoid spoilers).

Also, Brooke would have been required to take foreign language courses. That is a stipulation of being an au pair, no matter the country. Perhaps it’s different because she is fluent in that language, but I don’t think so. There are advanced conversational classes. I’m pretty sure she would have been required to take some sort of language course. I know there is this “fictional book world” and some rules get ignored and I get that. I guess, just knowing what being an au pair entails and the rules surrounding it, it bothered me. That said, if I hadn’t of had the experience of being an au pair myself, this would not have bothered me. So, don’t let this deter you from reading it. It’s just me being nitpicky, and I acknowledge that.

I didn’t care for the fairly decent sized age gap between James and Brooke. This is a personal preference, and I do know others that this doesn’t faze them. (I originally went into more detail but deleted it as I think it is superfluous to my point.) While I can understand why Grey made the age gap what it was, it caused conflict between James and Brooke and therefore moved the story along, it still doesn’t mean that I like the age gap.

Brooke and James both seem to be described as physically perfect human beings (aka super duper attractive). They are both noticed by everyone and the desire of everyone’s hearts. Brooke is one of those heroines who, for lack of a better word, resents her looks because of the unwanted attention she receives. For me, that sort of talk gets old, fast.

I know I haven’t given it the most glowing review, but it was still an enjoyable read. It isn’t my favorite R.S. Grey novel (THE FOXE & THE HOUND holds that spot) but it is still worth a read if you like truly funny romantic comedies. It’d be a great weekend read, especially now that the weather seems to be finally turning cooler (at least here in Southern California).

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

Read my review of THE FOXE & THE HOUND by R.S. Grey here!


EXCERPT

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“I missed you today,” he says, his heated gaze lingering on my body.

I step back, and he follows.

He looks like he’s cornering his prey.

“Apparently not enough to make it to dinner,” I point out icily.

“I called the restaurant and told them I’d be late. Didn’t they tell you?”

I cross my arms and glance away.

“Brooke.” He steps closer and gently lifts my chin, forcing me to look back at him. “Fight with me tomorrow.”

I narrow my eyes, angry with him for shelving this discussion so casually. To him, it doesn’t matter that I sat in that restaurant alone, looking like a fool for nearly two hours. He’s brushing off my anger, stepping closer and forcing his way past my defenses.

“I think I’d like to talk about it now.”

I catch the beginning of a smirk just before he leans in to kiss my cheek.

“Are you sure there isn’t anything you’d rather be doing right now?”

He uncrosses my arms and brings them up over his shoulders then steps closer, towering over me. My arms tighten around his neck, but still, I turn away, keeping my mouth from him. His breath hits my neck and he pulls me taut against his hard body, growing more impatient with every moment I try to resist.

“Brooke,” he whispers huskily.

My eyes flutter closed as he bends and presses a kiss to my cheek, my chin, then lower, tipping my head back so he can reach the smooth recess at the nape of my neck. I shiver and he groans, obviously aware of what his touch is doing to me.


About the Author:

authorR.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Cover Reveal: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

I’m so excited to help reveal the cover of R.S. Grey’s upcoming novel THE FORTUNATE ONES releasing November 1st. Continue reading for the cover, synopsis, and information on when and how to pre-order the book!

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Title: The Fortunate Ones
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: November 1, 2017
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THE FORTUNATE ONES releases November 1st. You can pre-order your copy for only .99cents starting October 29th! Keep an eye on R.S. Grey’s Facebook page for the link.

SYNOPSIS:

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Connect with R.S. Grey:

Blog Tour: Wild For You by Daisy Prescott – Review

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Wild for You by Daisy Prescott
Series: Love with Altitude #3 (Can be read as a standalone)
Publication Date: September 14, 2017
Publisher: Daisy Prescott
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: eBook
Source: ARC
4 Stars
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Synopsis:
Cowboy fantasies. Oh boy, do I have them. I blame the shiny belt buckles and those chaps. Mother of pearl buttons, those chaps.

After getting dumped by my Not Future Husband, I’ve decided to spend the summer in Aspen exploring new adventures. First on the list is rugged, sexy rodeo champion Justin Garrison, who seems Continue reading

ICYMI: Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker Cover Reveal & Excerpt

Earlier this year, I read my first K.A. Tucker novel Until it FadesI absolutely loved it, and immediately added all of Tucker’s backlist to my to-be-read list (my full review here!). If you aren’t familiar with her work, she writes a wide range of genres; from romance to fantasy to mystery, young adult to adult, Tucker is a versatile and talented writer.

Her next book, Keep Her Safe, is slated to release January 23, 2018 and I cannot wait! It is a mix between a suspense novel and a romance, and it sounds so freaking good. Below is a synopsis, along with the beautiful cover! Keep scrolling for a link to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog which has an exclusive excerpt of the book. Continue reading

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza – Pop-Up Blog Tour with BookSparks

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Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: BookSparks
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Synopsis:

When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin–the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin–her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or Continue reading

Blog Tour: Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino – Review

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32620360Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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Synopsis:

You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like 

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My Dream Author Panel

One of my favorite things about being a reader is talking to other readers about a book we both love. What’s even better is talking to the author who wrote that book! I’ve been lucky enough to go to a couple of panels, and I loved getting to hear the authors speak about their books, their process, and their inspiration firsthand. So today, I wanted to share who I would choose to be on my dream author panel. Continue reading