Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: Getting Out of Hand by Erin Nicholas

From the publisher:
Genius scientist Mason Riley can cure world hunger, impress the media and piss off the Vice President of the United States all before breakfast. But he’s not sure he can get through his high school class reunion.

Then he meets the new girl in town.

Adrianne Scott loves Sapphire Falls. The sleepy little town has been the perfect place to escape her fast-paced, high stress lifestyle. Her only plans now include opening her candy shop and living a quiet, drama-free life.

Until Mason Riley bids four hundred dollars just to dance with her.

Mason sure doesn’t look—or kiss—like a genius scientist geek. In fact, he makes Adrianne’s heart pound like nothing she’s ever experienced. Passion like this with a guy who travels the world and parties at the White House should probably be a red flag for a girl who wants a simple boring life.

Good thing no one falls in love in a weekend.

*******

Review:
I geek nerds. I geek hot guys. And now thanks to author Erin Nicholas, I geek Mason Riley, socially awkward nerd turned hot guy.

After graduating high school at the age of sixteen, Mason Riley leaves Sapphire Falls, never looking back. Now eleven years later, Mason is a successful agricultural expert who has it all: money, smug confidence, killer looks and style, and a vast knowledge on how to please the ladies.

Having nothing but bad memories of his hometown, Mason Riley never thought he would ever step foot in those city limits again. When Mason’s former high school crush and mayor of Sapphire Falls, Hailey Conner, asks him to come back to his hometown for the annual town festival and to donate a vast sum to help develop a new shopping area, Mason wants to do anything except go. However, after much coaxing, Mason sees this as the perfect opportunity to show Sapphire Falls he is not the same nerdy boy he was when he left town.

Two years ago, after having a heart attack brought on by stress, long hours at work, and an unhealthy lifestyle, Adrianne Scott fled Chicago in search of a slow-paced lifestyle. Now Adrianne is enjoying her peaceful life in Sapphire Falls.

Paralyzed by fear of another heart attack, Adrianne plays it safe in her quaint little town. But when Mason storms in and sweeps Adrianne off her feet with just one dance, her heart is pounding in ways it never has. Will Adrianne be able to learn to live her life again, pushing aside her fears…fears of living, of loving, and of letting go? Has Mason Riley find something that could change his opinion of Sapphire Falls?

Author Erin Nicholas has a way with words. It was through Nicholas’s descriptions and imagery that I was able to lose myself in the story and easily imagine I was in Sapphire Falls with the rest of the characters. Sapphire Falls is such a cute little town, one I wish I could actually visit. I guess I will just have to settle for another sojourn through the eyes of a reader with her next book in the series, Getting Worked up.

While I live for realistic settings, I love realistic characters even more. Erin Nicholas gives her readers just that: perfectly flawed characters who have mounds of inner struggles to overcome. The reader is left wondering how our hero and heroine will conquer their insecurities and fears and how will they manage to break down those barriers that threaten to keep them apart.

Nicholas also knows how to bring the steam! Find the nearest fire hydrant, and get me a hose because this couple is on fire! The instant spark Mason and Adrianne feel on the dance floor quickly ignites and these two are about to combust with passion for one another. And it isn’t just the steamy passion I’m talking about. Mason and Adrianne’s understanding of each other makes their connection and the passion they feel even hotter. I found myself wanting to see how their story continued.
 

Getting Out of Hand is the first book by Erin Nicholas I have read, and let me say it will not be my last. I am looking forward to getting my hands on Nicholas’s other stories.

FTC Disclaimer: I purchased my own copy of Getting Out of Hand.



Getting Out of Hand is currently being sold as part of an anthology: Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Longbourn to London by Linda Beutler Blog Tour!


It's a new month and time for a new blog tour! This month I am so excited to announce that IPPY award-winning author of The Red Chrysanthemum, Linda Beutler, is publishing a her next novel with Meryton Press, Longbourn to London!! Linda Beutler is quickly becoming a JAFF favorite! 

Please join me August 18-30 for the Longbourn to London blog tour!

If you are a reviewer or blogger and interested in taking part in this blog tour, please fill out the form below, and I will contact you! 

A courtship is a journey of discovery, but what do we know of the official betrothal of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet? We may assume there were awkward social events to navigate, tedious wedding arrangements to negotiate, and Bingley’s toplofty sisters to accommodate. How did Darcy and Elizabeth manage these travails, and each other?
     Longbourn to London is not a Pride and Prejudice “what if,” nor is it a sequel. Rather, it is an expansion of the betrothal of Jane Austen’s favorite couple. We follow Lizzy’s journey from spirited maiden scampering about the fields of Hertfordshire to nervous, blushing bride in Mayfair, where she learns the unexpected joys of marriage to a man as willing to be teased as she is to tease him.
Join us as IPPY award-winning author Linda Beutler (2013 Silver Medal, Independent Publishers Awards, for The Red Chrysanthemum) imagines the betrothal and early honeymoon of Jane Austen’s greatest couple.
Includes mature content.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Winner: The Second Chance by Joana Starnes!!


CYN209!!!

Congratulations, Cyn209 on winning The Second Chance by Joana Starnes!! What a wonderful book to have won! 

Special thanks to the lovely Joana Starnes for kindly offering an ebook for a giveaway and to all of the wonderful commenters! Thank you so much, each of you, for your participation and support! You Rock! 

And thanks again, Ceri, for your delightful review! 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and staying cool!





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