Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Starlight Bridge: review, excerpt, giveaway, book tour





A second chance for romance...
STARLIGHT BRIDGE
Harmony Harbor #2
Debbie Mason
Releasing Feb 28, 2017
Forever






Blurb 


A second chance for romance...

Hidden in Greystone Manor is a book containing all the dark secrets of Harmony Harbor, and Ava DiRossi is determined to find it. No one-especially not her ex-husband, Griffin Gallagher-can ever discover what really tore her life apart all those years ago. With Griffin back in town, it's more important than ever that she find the book before someone else does. Because her ex is still angry with her for leaving him. And he still has no idea Ava never stopped loving him...

Ava is no longer the vibrant, happy woman Griffin had once loved and married, and he would do anything to bring back the sparkle to her brilliant green eyes. But what's never changed are the sexy sparks of attraction between Ava and Griffin, and he won't give her up again without a fight. He knows there's the real possibility of a future together... if the truth doesn't burn the bridge between them forever.


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30364173-starlight-bridge

Goodreads Series Link https://www.goodreads.com/series/188462-harmony-harbor


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Excerpt  

“Ava, let go of your foot. You’ll hurt your arm.”
She ignored him, swearing in Italian while still holding on to her foot with both hands.
He released an exasperated sigh. “Stubborn as ever,” he muttered as he walked toward her and scooped her into his arms. She might be as stubborn as she used to be, but she was at least thirty pounds lighter. When they were together, she’d been all soft, lush curves. She released a surprised gasp and her arms automatically went around his neck. Beneath the smell of damp wool, he caught a whiff of the same perfume she used to wear—Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. It brought back memories of all the times he’d held her in his arms. Seven years of memories, most of them amazing.
He set her on the edge of the bed and cleared his throat. “Do you think your foot’s broken?”
She didn’t answer; she looked like she might be in shock. He crouched in front of her to remove her wet shoes. The old Ava wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing shoes like these. She loved heels, the higher the better. Sexy, strappy shoes that were colorful and blinged out. He never could figure out how she walked in them for hours on end without complaining. But damn, he’d loved watching her do it. He should probably be grateful her taste in footwear had changed too.
This pair though…“For Chrissakes, Ava, there’s a hole in the bottom of this shoe, and look at this.” He lifted the other shoe, flicking its flapping sole.
She made a small choking sound, her eyes huge in her flushed face.
He frowned. “What’s wrong with—”
“You…you’re naked.”
He scowled and rose to his feet. “It’s not like you haven’t seen it before,” he grumbled, stalking to the bathroom to retrieve a towel. She was gone by the time he came back.




 Such a lovely second chance romance. I have read a few books by Debbie Mason and in my experience they are always equal parts beautiful, fun, and emotional. Starlight Bridge is definitely all of those things and much more. It blends the perfect amount of romance, tension, heartbreak, rivalry, and humor. There's even a meddling ghost! This is definitely not just a fluffy romance. There is true depth and emotion in these pages and I for one just could not get enough!

 Ava and Griffin are both wonderful characters and you can't help but to become personally involved in their story, cheering for them to get back together and see through their past difficulties to see that they are meant to be. It just seems so perfect that Griffin helps Ava to overcome her current obstacles while they both work on trying to figure out how to overcome the obstacles from their past. It seems like poor Ava's life just took a dramatic downturn after the events that took place that caused her to ask Griffin for a divorce. So I was beyond thrilled to get to see her be happy again. The twist that is thrown in with Griffin's ex Lexi was a little nerve wracking at first because I thought it was going to keep them apart. But of course I don't want to give too much away. 

Overall this is a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it to all fans of romance with great humor and depth.



** Thank you Tasty Book Tours and Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy for review. **


Author Info




Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and the Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their three wonderful children and son-in-law, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review: Gilt Hollow





My Review: 
This isn't my typical genre, but I am so glad that I decided to read Gilt Hollow. There's lots of mystery and suspense in this book, which was very interesting and kept me guessing, but there's also some romance for readers like me who think romance makes everything a little better 😉. The characters are very intriguing, even the bad ones. You can't help but to ping pong around in your mind who you think the true killer might be. Even some of the seemingly nicer characters come under suspect a few times and really make you think about people's ulterior motives. Ashton was a very captivating main character and really made me care about him and the fact that he was falsely convicted. His and Willow's friendship/romance was very starcrossed lovers meets childhood sweetheart and I absolutely ate it up. I read through this book fairly quick because I just could not get enough. I think you would enjoy this book just as much as I did if you are a fan of YA with friendship, mystery, suspense, and some romance. 

** I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. **


Monday, December 26, 2016

Prayers and Answered Prayers - Published by Thomas Nelson

Prayers and Answered Prayers



Published by Thomas Nelson






My Review
I knew that we would love Prayers and Answered Prayers. Right away it is cute and glittery and pretty neat because it is two books in one. Plus most kids love books that have places for them to write and that ask them to answer questions. This one not only does those things but is special because it helps your child to learn and think more about prayer and ultimately to bring them even closer to God by doing such. If you want to encourage your child in prayer and help them to understand it even more, then this is a great book to do just that. It would make a wonderful gift. My only note about it is that it is glittery and has flowers on it, so you may want to consider that and to make sure the person you are getting it for would appreciate those things in it's appearance. 
** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission.**

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Doodletopia Fairies - Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-magical and Beautiful Fairies




I love to draw and I love fairies, so this was a fun book to get my hands on. I love that you can draw, design, and color in this book or use the drawings and tutorials to draw on a separate piece of paper as well. The drawings are adorable and fairly easy to duplicate. My daughter and I enjoyed spending time together copying the pictures from this book and making up a story for our new cute fairy creation. I liked that it starts with learning how to draw the faces, then the bodies, then clothing, accessories, and such. There is even a section with some cute fairy homes as well. There's a variety of different fairy looks and the fairies are all doing different things which makes this really fun and makes you want to try to draw them all.This is my first doopletopia book but I will certainly be looking for more of them to explore with some other fun new things to draw. 


** I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. **






Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shift by Sidney Bristol

Shift by Sidney Bristol


Shift (Hot Rides, #2)




3.5 stars


Shift is the second book in the Hot Rides series by Sidney Bristol. The first book Drive, introduces Aiden and his team, who work at a classic car garage that is also a front for their FBI operations. Shift picks up shortly after the happenings in Drive and focuses on Emery aka "The Walking Brain" and Tori who is hiding from the Russian Mob. When things hit the fan we find out that they have both been harboring a secret crush on each other without the other ever knowing. Emery is a tech genius and Tori is a mechanic but boy when these two get together do they seem to be just the right fit. Things get hot, fun, and a little crazy while they're on the run but that only helps to bring out the feelings they might would otherwise hide.

I really liked both Emery and Tori and thought it was nice that they were both a bit of an unconventional character. Emery has a limp and is conversationally challenged and Tori is a bit of a Tomboy who would rather work on cars than fix up and who wears a sports bra instead of lace. It was rather refreshing actually. The glimpses of Aiden and Madison were nice for me since I have read Drive but I liked that you wouldn't necessarily have had to read the first book to be able to get into this one. The characters were my favorite part of Shift. I felt that after a while the chase and all that jazz got a bit dull and dragged out, but I still liked the story plot overall. So although I didn't love this one quite as much as I had hoped, I still think it was a solid read and am ready to get my hands on Chase ( Hot Rides #3 ).



** I received this book from the publisher solely in exchange for my honest review.**


Friday, November 11, 2016

Review: The Night Voyage - A Magical Adventure and Coloring Book by Daria Song



My Review:

 I absolutely adore Daria Song's work! The Night Voyage is breathtakingly lovely and I love that there is a story to go along with all the beautiful illustrations. The drawings are gorgeous and range from simple to complex and very intricate. Which is great to suit your many coloring moods. The quality of these books are superb and would make a fabulous gift. Of course you would probably want one for yourself as well! I like using color pencils most of the time but the paper is nice and thick so you could even use paint or watercolors if you like, without having to worry about leak-through. The Night Voyage is one of the most magical coloring books I have came across yet and I am going to love exploring this coloring adventure. 

P.S. There's even a card for you to color and cut out in the back! How cool is that?! 


** I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. **

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: With All Due Respect 40 Days to a More Fulfilling Relationship with Your Teens and Tweens By Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock





My Review: 
We are soon to be moving into the tween stage here in my household and when I saw this book I thought it would be a great motivator to keep things positive even as the hormones start to rage. In all sincerity I have a great relationship with my daughter but still thought this sounded like a nice read. I've never read a parenting book from the Christian perspective. I think it makes a big difference in the type of advice you receive. I believe this book has the right approach with lots of prayer and focusing on things that you can do as a parent instead of trying to manipulate good behavior from your child as some other books suggest. One of the first things this book mentions is for the parent to stop clinging to your our expectations of  your child. While this doesn't sound like a mind blowing revelation, it is sage advice. I think it's easy to put too many expectations on our children because we want better for them and from them. I think this book lays out lots of good reminders to help us to keep a healthy relationship with our kids and ourselves. The name is very suiting as I believe the whole book is very respectfully and tastefully done. 
 ** The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers for review purposes. **