Blog Tour: Cocktails and Dreams (A.L Michael) @ALMichael_ @NeverlandBT

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Welcome to the final stop on the Cocktails and Dreams blog tour! This newest novel (and first in a new series) by A.L Michael explores relationships, raw emotions and cocktails. I mean, come on, what more do you want?

Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 7.34.55 AM.pngI had never read a book by A.L Michael before, but, from what I have heard, I was very much missing out. What I discovered when I dove into this book was a quick read with complex characters and an interesting setting (a burlesque club). I didn’t have trouble getting through this book in a single sitting.

The novel opens with Savvy, a seven-year-old girl, being abandoned by her selfish, rockstar mother. Growing up seeking stability, Savvy, as an adult, is sticking around a relationship with a loser and avoiding her mother. However, when the relationships ends and her mother comes crashing back into her life, Sav is forced to question everything and re-evaluate what SHE actually wants. With the help of a handsome bartender, Savvy learns to discover her own dreams and finds forgiveness in the process.
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Book Review: The Address (Fiona Davis) @FionaJDavis @DuttonBooks

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The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis was a book that I had seen over and over again in the past year, so, when I found out that Davis had her sophomore novel, The Address, publishing this month, I added it to my top of my TBR pile and hopped on the Fiona Davis bandwagon.

I do not read a ton of historical fiction so I wasn’t sure what to expect; however, when I started reading, I quickly discovered that Fiona Davis is a masterful storyteller with the capability to completely entrance her reader.

I was transported back to 1884, where, after a chance run in with a wealthy American family, Sara decides to back up her life and move to America to be the head of house at The Dakota. Flash-forward about a hundred years, in the autumn of 1985, Bailey is out of rehab, fired from her job and without anywhere she goes. In a panic, she turns to her cousin and finds herself in The Dakota.  The novel goes back and forth between these perspectives where Davis weaves a tale of love, the quest for success and betrayal within one of New York’s most famous residences.

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BOMG Book Review: Single Minded (Lisa Daily) @lisadaily @StMartinsPress

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When I came across Single-Minded by Lisa Daily I knew immediately it would be added to my list of summer reads. I am always on the hunt for a solid palette cleanser that breaks the mould from a traditional chick-lit novel.

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BOMG Book Review: Her Surprise Engagement (Ashlee Mallory) @entangledpub @AshleeMallory

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When I find myself in reading slump, I always find myself drawn to a good ol’ fashioned romance. Her Surprise Engagement by Ashlee Mallory was just what I needed to lighten my load.

Single mom, Daisy, still struggling with her divorce and financial troubles from her prior marriage wants nothing but a stress-free family vacation at her sister in law’s vacation home. This is thrown for a loop when widowed, soon-to-be Governor Jack arrives with his daughter in tow. Thinking he has booked the vacation home, there is nothing much to do but wait for the morning and deal with the mix-up. However, when the paparazzi arrives, having followed Jack, things take on a life of their own and before she knows it, Daisy finds herself in an arrangement she cannot refuse. She will pretend to be engaged to Jack and he’ll help her open the bakery she has been dreaming of.  What starts as a business agreement, soon becomes tricky, as the pair develop feelings for each other.

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BOMG Book Review: One Week to the Wedding (Olivia Miles) @MsOliviaMiles @ForeverRomance

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Recently jilted Kate finds herself planning her best friend’s wedding. This is all fine and dandy, in theory, but after watching her ex-fiance run off with her sister, she would rather hide under the covers with her dog and a book than look at centrepieces and attend fittings.   With the wedding one week away, Kate is busy. But just because she is busy doesn’t mean she can’t hang out with the groom’s brother a little bit. Right?

When I stumbled across One Week to the Wedding by Olivia Miles, I knew I had to read it. As you know, I have been trying to incorporate some titles to get me excited for my upcoming nuptials and I have been trying to consume any summer beach read possible, so this one was a no-brainer for me!

Fun and endearing, I found myself completely wrapped up in the week leading up to the wedding and all the drama that surrounded it. Mostly narrated through Kate, our protagonist, as she tries to navigate the world of wedding planning while trying to mend her own broken heart.   We also get a perspective from her sister, Charlotte, who is trying desperately to make amends and, finally, from Alec, the groom’s brother who is a serious business man with a serious soft spot.  Continue reading “BOMG Book Review: One Week to the Wedding (Olivia Miles) @MsOliviaMiles @ForeverRomance”

BOMG Book Review: The Summer House (Hannah McKinnon) @HannahMcKinnon @EmilyBestler

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I’ve mentioned before that Elin Hilderbrand is one of my summertime guilty pleasures. I love to lay back and lose myself in her Nantucket stories. It just makes me feel like summer.

The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon gave me that same vibe, but better!

McKinnon breathes new life into cottage living with a little bit of added family drama and dynamics, colourful characters and many heartwarming and humorous moments.

In The Summer House, a different member of the Merrill family narrates each chapter. Clem, the youngest daughter, and a recently widowed mother is struggling with raising her family on her own and with her budding feelings for the boy (turned man) next door. Sam and Evan, trying desperately to adopt a baby. Paige, the know it all oldest sister, struggling to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job and her children starting acting out. They are all brought together by their matriarch, Flossy, who is trying to throw one last hurrah for her husband’s birthday before their family summer house is sold.

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BOMG Book Review: Mr. Right Swipe (Ricki Schultz)

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I’m always looking for a solid palette cleanser and Mr. Right Swipe, by Ricki Schultz, seemed like just the book to give me a little something different!  Rae is looking to find love after her divorce the 21st century way:  by going online.   When one of her hot co-workers ends up on her dating app, she swipes herself right into a new problem!

There were lots of funny moments in this book and some one-liners that had me laughing out loud.  Ricki Schultz is clearly quick witted and that transfers over to her prose.

However, so much of this book seemed so young.   Half of the time I struggled with the way the characters spoke and I struggled with the use of the hashtags. #ifeeltoooldforthis #idontneedthisasimreading  For a character that is in her early thirties, I felt like this made no sense and it didn’t feel as if they were being used ironically.  I kept picturing her as Amy Poehler in Mean Girls (you know where she states she isn’t a regular mom, she’s a cool mom).  I think I would have loved this novel WAY more if the language would have made more sense for a thirty something or if the character would have been in their early twenties.  I couldn’t take Rae seriously.

I gave this one 2.5/5 stars.

Thanks to the author and the publisher for the copy of Mr. Right Swipe; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review

This was also a #cjsreads pick! Keep reading to see what Chandra and Jessica thought of this one

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BOMG Book Review: New Boy (Tracy Chevalier) @Tracy_Chevalier @PenguinCanada

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As an English teacher, it is a bit of a no-brainer that one has to learn to like or at least learn to accept Shakespeare.   I have come to love the work of the bard, but some of my teenaged counterparts would disagree with me. It isn’t easy to make a group of teens translate this vernacular.   I was so surprised that I had never heard of the Hogarth Shakespeare series before. Where am I living? Under a rock??

Making Shakespeare more relevant and accessible to today’s society, I was so excited to read New Boy, by Tracy Chevalier, which was a play on the Shakespearean classic, Othello.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going in as I hadn’t read any of the other titles I this series and have read some pretty awful Shakespeare retellings over the year, but, I must say, after finishing this book, I was impressed.
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BOMG Book Review: The Nanny Arrangement (Rachel Harris) @RachelHarrisBks @entangledpub

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Welcome to another one of my “book outside my genre” reviews; I am really starting to look forward to these.  With summer approaching, I am finding myself in the mood for something light and cheery!

Every so often, I just want a truly feel good type of story. I want some fluff, I want something light and I want to know exactly what is going to happen. It really does feel nice to read something knowing the odds of someone being murdered are slim to none!

Enter, The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris, a romance novel that is the second in the Country Blues series. Although the second in the series, this one reads like a Karen Clarke or Nora Roberts series where the characters intertwine in each other’s lives but there are no story arcs that continue on. You absolutely can read this as a standalone.

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