BLOG TOUR: THE LUCKY ONE

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of The Lucky One by Sylvie Stewart. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Rolling Hearts Press

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 11th May 2017

 

PAGES: 353

 

 

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When your luck runs out, do you run away—or do you stay and fight?

Bailey: Let’s get one thing straight. I am not your typical girl. Sure I’ve got all the parts, but I’ve been a stubborn, irreverent tomboy since the womb, as my Irish father would proudly attest. Despite my Irish blood, I’ve had a bit of bad luck here and there—I recently trusted the wrong guy and got derailed in my professional pursuits. But I’ve bounced back. With my shields firmly in place, I thought nothing, or no one, could touch me again. Until he did. And he just might make this tomboy do the girliest thing in the world—fall head over heels in love. Of all the damn luck…

Jake: I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have a phenomenal family, a career I love, and I’m building a brand-new life back in my hometown. And, not to be a jerk about it, but I do more than all right with the ladies. Everything’s been going according to plan—like I said, I’m a lucky guy.
That was, until my luck ran out. Until I met the girl I call “Irish.”
Irony can go kiss my a$$.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This adorable romantic comedy of a novel did not fail to leave me with a grin to rival the Cheshire Cat by the conclusion of the book. There were so many heartwarming and funny moments in this book that left me feeling wonderful.

I found Bailey’s relationship with Rocco to be adorable. The fact that she was struggling to babysit the boy and there were so many issues with regards to looking a child brought a level of authenticity to the novel that I particularly enjoyed.

Jake and Bailey both come with their own baggage and insecurities and it only added to the believability of these characters. Seeing the two work through this was half the enjoyability of the novel.

Overall, a heartwarming, treasure of a novel that is the true definition of romantic comedy. This is the third novel in the Carolina Connections series, I have read all three and loved every single one. They truly are feel good novels.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Sylvie Stewart is an author of Romance and Romantic Comedy. Like the characters in her books, North Carolina is where Sylvie calls home these days, and she can’t get enough of the great weather and fun adventures NC offers. She and her husband love arguing over which of them is the funniest. Sometimes, she lets him win because she’s cool like that. When she’s not writing, she is hanging out with her husband and kids or reading, Romance being her favorite genre, of course. And she knows that life wouldn’t be worth living without a lot of laughter, friends, and wine! You can always find out what Sylvie’s up to at her website http://www.sylviestewartauthor.com

Want free books? Join Sylvie’s Review Team! http://bit.ly/2fIuOV6

Author links:
http://sylviestewartromance.webs.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SylvieStewartAuthor/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15303783.Sylvie_Stewart

 

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LINKS: 

 

 

Goodreads:

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34567721-the-lucky-one?ac=1&from_search=true

 

 

 

Purchase:

Amazon – http://a.co/bFn0mHe
iTunes – http://apple.co/2lEclxt
B&N – http://bit.ly/2pz66Jg
Kobo – http://bit.ly/2lYekbX

 

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

$25 Amazon gift card

 

 

If you wish to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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UNBOXING – JUNE 2017 CRAFTEDVAN #READHAPPY PLAN

 

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My monthly bookmark mail has come in, lets have a look at what I got in the June 2017 CraftedVan #ReadHappy Plan.

 

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The first item in the envelope is the note from the curators. The theme for June 2017 was Nerd.

 

 

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There is a little print.

 

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The first bookmark is a little Einstein.

 

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The second one is some Scrabble tiles spelling out “NERD”.

 

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The third magnetic bookmark is a cute little lightbulb.

 

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The fourth and final magnetic bookmark is a little nerdy brain.

 

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I can never have enough bookmark and love receiving these monthly envelopes. The themes are always interesting and different. What did you think of the June envelope?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MEMORABLE MONDAY

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

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This is a quote from a book I recently read. It gives a message of hope, that there will be a tomorrow and that there is a reason for everything.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: UNLEASH THE NIGHT

 

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PUBLISHER: Piatkus Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 27th December 2005

 

PAGES: 269

 

 

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Wren Tigarian is a forbidden blend of snow leopard and white tiger who can pass as human. Marguerite, a law student and senator’s daughter, lives among the rich and the powerful. Both feel alone until Wren saves Marguerite from a mugging. A tentative, passionate romance builds quickly, threatened by the potential impact of hidden secrets and public lies. Will it survive before the Were-Hunters kill Wren or before her enemies kill Marguerite?

 

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REVIEW:

 

In this continuation to the Dark Hunter series readers get a more in depth look at the Were Hunter world, especially Sanctuary. In true fashion for this series the characters were likeable and the plot was fantastic. The pacing was consistent and had me hooked all the way through.

Marguerite is a smart and vibrant character who enters this world she knows nothing about. Wren has been abused and misunderstood his whole life. He is viewed as vicious and not to be trusted. Through the love of Marguerite he comes out of his shell and readers can see that there is more to Wren than meets the eye. This pair are too sweet and their developing relationship through the book really pulled on my heartstrings.

This is a great addition to the Dark Hunter series. Getting a look at the Were Hunter side of this world Sherrilyn Kenyon has created was an absolute pleasure. I loved these two characters and the side characters in this book. Amazing.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

JULY 2017 TBR

 

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We are now getting into July and are over halfway through 2017. How time flies. I think I have some great books lined up for my July TBR. Lets have a look.

 

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FANTASY NOVEL: 

 

The Flame in the Mist by Renee Adhieh

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CONTEMPORARY NOVEL: 

 

Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney

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NOVEL RELEASED IN 2017: 

 

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

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READER’S CHOICE: 

 

THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE BY PATRICK NESS

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TBR JAR PICK: 

 

INK AND LIES BY S.L. JENNINGS

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ARC: 

 

ALL THE WRONG CHORDS BY CHRISTINE HURLEY DERISO

ALL THE WRONG CHORDS

 

 

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What do you think of my July 2017 TBR? What are you planing to read in July? Let me know in the comments.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

COVER CHARACTERISTIC

 

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It is Sunday again and that means it’s time for another Cover Characteristic meme post. This meme was created by Sugar and Snark. Every week a characteristic is chosen and we post 5 book covers with that weeks characteristic on it.

 

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FACE IN THE SKY

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5. Shadowbound by Bec McMaster

4. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

3. Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron

2. Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

 

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And, my favourite cover was…

 

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The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

 

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What do you think of this weeks covers?

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SUNDAYS IN BED WITH…

 

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Welcome to Sunday’s in bed with… The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which boom you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Kate from Midnight Book Girl.

 

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This morning I am reading…

 

SCARLET BY MARISSA MEYER

 

 

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The second book in The Lunar Chronicles. A retelling of Red Riding Hood in a Sci-Fi setting. I am listening to this on Audiobook and loving it so far.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE ROYAL TREATMENT

 

ROYAL TREATMENT

 

PUBLISHER: Kensington

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 01st May 2004

 

PAGES: 256

 

 

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MaryJanice Davidson creates an alternate contemporary world nearly identical to ours in which Russia never sold the Alaskan territory to the United States. Instead, Alaska has won its independence and established itself as a constitutional monarchy…and now, the King of Alaska badly needs a bride for his son and heir… The country of Alaska is as forbidding as it is beautiful. And the royal family is as rough-around-the-edges as they are coolly civilized. Other royal families may find them shocking, but after all, in this wilderness kingdom, being a crack shot and expert trapper is just as important as knowing your salad fork from your dessert fork. Unfortunately, when the rest of the royals find you mildly savage, marrying off your royal brood can be a royal pain. King Alexander II is desperate. Why, he’d settle for any girl. A commoner. An American, even! Stranded tourist Christina Krabbe is American, and a commoner, but she has zero interest in enduring a royal wedding, producing royal heirs, and becoming Queen of Alaska…until she gets a good look at Prince David. He may be a bit unruly–actually, the words untamed and slightly dangerous come to mind–but Christina’s no delicate flower herself. And when His Highness discovers Christina can give as good as she gets, he’s Prince Charmed, if not quite charming. But can a wild man Prince and a modern American girl make a life together? And will the palace still be standing when the dust clears?

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This is really a charming little novel. It’s an alternate history novel, where the only big change is that Alaska is its own seperate country, not connected to the United States. Alaska is ruled by a particularly quirky monarchy. When an American girl enters the royal family there is nothing but hilarious times ahead.

All the characters here had their own quirky charm. From the King, Al, who enjoys fishing has a fun sense of humour and disguises himself to go fishing. To Prince David who has a PhD in Marine Biology and a fascination for Penguins. The other royal siblings are without their quirks too. Christina brings with her a dry sense of humour and an unshakable determination to be herself, even if she does become Queen.

The relationship between Christina and David develops through the book and slowly builds. This makes for an interesting read with a slow build romance that was thoroughly enjoyable.

Overall, a funny royal romance with some dry, snarky humour. The characters were fun and the character development believable. The plot had drama, love and family with great pacing.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: MAY 2017 FANDOM OF THE MONTH CLUB BOX

 

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Fandom of the Month Club is a monthly subscription service based out of the U.S. They create fantastic Fandom inspired jewellery and each month a box will focus on a particular fandom. But it’s a surprise… you don’t know what the fandom will be until you open the box.

 

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This is what you see when you first open the box.

 

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The first item out of the box is the postcard with a teaser to the fandom featured in the box. Can you guess what it is?

 

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I can honestly say I was stumped at the fandom at this point and had to look it up. The fandom was Legend of Zelda. This is the magnet included in the box. The little blue ball is apparently Navi and “Hey Listen” is apparently his catch phrase.

 

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Each month the jewellery is sent out in a specially designed pouch. What do you think of this pouch?

 

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The first jewellery item in the box is this necklace. It is themed after Ocarina of Time. The little circles are meant to be the buttons you press to play Link’s Ocarina.

 

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The second item is this Zelda Rupee Bracelet.

 

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The third item is this set of Zelda Triforce Stud Earrings. These are cute.

 

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The final jewellery item is a Zelda Triforce Hylian Shield Ring.

 

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While I am not a Zelda fan I appreciate the items in this box and am considering looking into trying out Zelda. I might like it. What do you think?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

SEARCHING SATURDAY

 

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Searching Saturday is a new weekly meme created by Nikki at The Night is Dark and Full of Books! The aim is to search a book (or multiple books) that is new to you and fits the weekly theme. This could be a book to add to your TBR, or just to address on your blog. It’s up to you! You can search as many as you want, wherever you want.

This weeks topic is: Books with Something Extra

 

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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This is an amazing Sci-Fi book with a mixed media format. The sequel is written in the same way. I absolutely loved the unique element of this book.

 

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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The art in this book is showing the creative process of the protagonist. It allows for an interesting perspective of the main character.

 

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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The author has incorporated old creepy photos into the book that adds something extra.

 

 

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

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This book is told exclusively in letters backwards and forwards between the two protagonists.

 

 

The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine

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Look at this absolutely stunning book map that was included in this book! It is amazing.

 

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What did you think of my list of books with something extra? Do you have any recommendations for books with something extra? Let me know in the comments.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati