Blog tour: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • GoodreadsB&N
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Source: ARC via FFBT and Netgalley

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

It’s been a long time since I last did a blog tour and I’m so happy to be back at it again for one of my most anticipated YA releases of the year! I’ve followed Laura on Twitter for a while and I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first read the synopsis. And that cover only made me want to read it more!

Now, I might be years out of high school, but I related to Ariel so much. I mean, everything in high school being a breeze until you hit your senior year and suddenly you’re dying? My exact experience. We didn’t have AP classes (we did dual credit instead) and I waited until college to cry over calculus, but my goodness. Ariel’s experience with calculus was basically the same as my experience with college-level physics. And the whole thing about shutting yourself off from your friends so that they can’t see how much you’re struggling? ME. I was always the friend who had everything together academically, so it took a lot for me to admit that I just was not understanding that class. Again, this is me relating so much to a fictional teenager.

If I, a 28-year-old woman, can relate to this book, clearly teenagers within its target demographic will too. It’s just so well done, from the writing to the diversity to the teenagers who actually speak and act like teenagers. I’m so impressed and I can’t wait to read more from Silverman.

#ps19: a book that’s published in 2019


About the Author

 

My debut novel, GIRL OUT OF WATER, is a summery coming-of-age story about a California surfer girl sent to landlocked Nebraska for the entire summer. It debuted in May 2017. You can order it from most book retailers and of course request it at your local library! My second novel, YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT, is about the effects of intense academic pressure on a teenage Valedictorian-to-be. It comes out March 2019, and you can add it on Goodreads here.

I have degrees in English and Advertising from the University of Georgia, and I have an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. While I lived in NYC, I interned at Penguin and two different literary agencies. In addition to writing, I also freelance edit manuscripts and query letters. Please check out my services if you’re interested! I particularly love helping with those query letters!


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International Giveaway!

Prize: Win a copy of YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT by Laura Silverman (INT)
Disclaimer: INT as long as Bookdepository ships to the country of the winner.
Start Date: February 11, 2019
End Date: February 24, 2019

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Blog tour: The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads • Publisher
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Source: ARC from publisher

In this charming romantic comedy perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella, critically acclaimed author Teri Wilson shows us that sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize. 

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.

She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.

Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning.

Something you might not know about me is that I absolutely love Miss Congeniality. I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen that movie, so when I got an email from Simon & Schuster asking if I’d like to participate in the blog tour for a book that’s basically Miss Congeniality but with a librarian instead of an FBI agent, I had to say yes. This book ended up being just as fun as I’d expected.

The Accidental Beauty Queen is well-written and funny with charming characters and a sweet romance that takes a backseat to the relationship between Charlotte and Ginny. I loved all of the literary references and I loved that the love interest majored in English literature. I loved Buttercup, the French bulldog. I loved that despite their differences, neither Charlotte or Ginny thought that they were better than the other and that, by the end of the book, they really came to understand each other.

This book was just so cute, so lighthearted, and such an easy read. I would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a quick romantic comedy. Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for the free advance copy!


About the author:

Teri Wilson is the author/creator of the Hallmark Channel Original Movies Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Marrying Mr. Darcy, and The Art of Us, as well as a fourth Hallmark movie currently in development. Teri is a double finalist in the prestigious 2018 RWA RITA awards for her novels The Princess Problem and Royally Wed. Teri also writes an offbeat fashion column for the royal blog What Would Kate Do and is a frequent guest contributor for its sister site, Meghan’s Mirror. She’s been a contributor for both HelloGiggles and Teen Vogue, covering books, pop culture, beauty, and everything royal. In 2017, she served as a national judge for the Miss United States pageant in Orlando, Florida, and has since judged in the Miss America system. She has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses, Audrey Hepburn films, and good books. Visit her at TeriWilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonAuthr.


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ARC review: Night and Day by Andie J. Christopher

Night and Day by Andie J. Christopher
Series: One Night in South Beach #5
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: AmazonGoodreads
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Source: ARC via Netgalley

A Romantic Dreamer
Letty Gonzalez is a true romantic. She’s spent her life waiting for flowers, poetry, the grand gesture that will finally sweep her off her feet—without any luck. After her latest dating fiasco, she’s ready to give up on the idea of Prince Charming—but not on down and dirty fantasies about her new
boss—gorgeous, out-of-her-league Max Delgado.

A Restless Romeo
Max is more pragmatic than romantic—and with his looks and charisma, beautiful women usually fall at his feet. Bubbly, generously curvy Letty just isn’t for him, and maybe if he finally lets his grandmother set him up with someone new, Letty will finally believe it.

A Sultry Surprise
But the senior citizen’s matchmaking is trickier than anyone anticipated. And when Letty and Max find themselves stuck in Key West together for a seductively sexy weekend, one kiss is enough to light a fire neither of them wants to put out . . .

Although this is #5 in a series, it’s the third book of Andie J. Christopher’s that I’ve read. While I loved Break of Day, I was kind of ambivalent about Before Daylight. Unfortunately, I was also kind of indifferent about Night and Day.

It’s not a bad book, that’s for sure. Max and Letty seem to complement each other very well. While they have an instant attraction, it’s not instalove, which I appreciated. And even aside from that, they were able to build each other up and help each other overcome some unfortunate past experiences.

But why didn’t I love it? I think that there were two main reasons.

First, I was a little put off by how frequently Letty referred to herself as fat and undesirable. I get it, she feels out of place among the models and ballerinas in her life, but it was constant. I was rooting for her to find some self-esteem, but I was also frustrated by the fact that it seemed to come from the fact that Max wanted her and not from anything bigger than that.

Second, it felt kind of flat to me. There was no real conflict in the book, nothing that made me wonder whether everything would work out in the end. Max and Letty were attracted to each other from their first meeting, so there wasn’t really any build-up either. I mean, things happen, but nothing that had me on the edge of my seat and nothing that made it hard to put the book down.

I ended up reading this book in one night, although I frequently put it down to do other things. I don’t know that I would necessarily recommend it, but it was a quick read and a perfectly fine way to spend a couple hours.

Previously: Break of Day | Before Daylight


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Spotlight: On a Tuesday by Whitney G.

On a Tuesday by Whitney G.
Series: One Week #1
Links: AmazonAudibleGoodreads • iTunes
Publication Date: September 19, 2017

We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday… 

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell…And a virgin.

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday… 

**This is a full length second chance romance, inspired by Adele’s “When We Were Young”**

About the author:

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.
When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)
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Blog tour (+ playlist!): Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers

Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers
Series: Love Along Hwy 30A #1
Links: Goodreads ♥ Amazon
Publication Date: June 19, 2018

After her ex runs up her credit card, clears her bank account, and gets her fired, Seanna Perry makes her escape to the quaint beach town of Seaside, Florida. The houses are pastel, the ocean air heaven, and the men hot as the Gulf Coast sun…one in particular. But while paying the price, literally, for the last man she trusted with her heart, she’s not interested in any sort of beach romance, or so she keeps reminding herself.

Living in the idyllic coastal paradise of the 30A area hasn’t eased Blake Evans’ guilt over what went down three years ago. He can’t stop blaming himself, and certainly none of his wonderful friends can ever find out what happened. Blake’s done a good job of keeping romantic feelings toward any women at bay, and he needs to keep it that way. But when Seanna begins to show him how to live again, he finds himself struggling to keep his guard up.

Seaside Sweets is book one in the Love Along Highway 30A series, which features beautiful beach communities, a circle of unique and amazing friends, and romances that will have you cheering on the couples and fanning yourself from the heat. All books are standalone and can be enjoyed in or out of order.


Excerpt:

An M83 song came over the speakers, electronic dance music’s answer to the slow dance. She tilted her head to the side, lifting an eyebrow. “After that Chicken Dance, you got this one in the bag.”

He huffed a laugh, trying to hold back his grin, but not doing a good job of it. She hadn’t seen him smile this much the whole time she knew him. He pulled her to him, resting his hands on her hips. She eased her hands up to his shoulders, her stomach alive with a nervous flutter. She had always been fairly confident around men. It had been the rare bird who could put her insides into a tizzy. But there was something about Blake’s quiet cool, the fact that he seemed to listen when she talked and actually care about what she said. He wasn’t one of those straight guys where she felt she had a good thirty seconds then needed to wrap it up.

But more than anything, it was the way he looked at her—his blue eyes boring into hers like he knew her…like he was curious about her. And she wanted to know more about him—anything he’d be willing to share. He lifted his chin, seeming ten feet tall so close to her, sending her heartbeat up a step. She looked away, breaking under his gaze.

She leaned into his chest, as he pulled her there. She wasn’t sure who had made the move—maybe both of them at the same time. She breathed in the scent of his skin and lifted her chin to get a good whiff of his neck. The subtlest hint of his body wash lingered, causing her to close her eyes and drink him in.

Her hands wanted to wander down Blake’s back toward his ass—his perfectly proportioned, round ass. Tonight, it was covered by his blazer, but Halloween costume material was thin and cheap. If she could get her hands down there tonight, she could get a good squeeze in. He pulled back from her. “What are you smiling
about?”


I shared my review of Seaside Sweets a couple days ago, but now I’m so excited to share something else with you! It’s no secret that I’m a huge music fan, so I was thrilled when Melissa Chambers offered to create an exclusive playlist inspired by her book! I hope you like it as much as I do.

It’s summertime!

I’m a summer fanatic. It’s probably why most books I write take place at the beach! There’s nothing better than relaxing in a chair with your feet dug in the sand and a
sweet, summer tunes flowing through your earbuds.

So in celebration of summer, and of the release of Seaside Sweets, here’s an exclusive playlist for Sara’s followers!

Go get your summer on! And pick up a copy of Seaside Sweets for your beach bag
while you’re at it! 🙂


Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).

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Blog tour: Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley

Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads • B&N • iBooks • Kobo
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Source: ARC from Xpresso Book Tours

Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he’d nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There’s just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he’s stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him.

The weekend isn’t exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family’s lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax . . . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren’t the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alex Evansley’s debut novel, written from both Bennett and Teddy’s perspectives, will have teens laughing, swooning, and falling in love along with these fantastically relatable characters.

Let’s get one thing straight: This book is adorable. I fell in love with the book, the writing style, and Teddy Sharpe himself on page one. Just look at this opening line:

There are few things in life of which Teddy Sharpe is absolutely certain, and he’s absolutely certain this audition is going to be a train wreck.

I mean,

✔️ A teenage bestselling author
✔️ An up and coming actor who isn’t a total jerk
✔️ (He’s actually a really good guy)
✔️ The cutest pairing ever with totally swoony scenes
✔️ Just enough drama to keep things interesting

Was this book written for me?

I love that this book is YA written about the post-high school crowd. I love that Teddy lets teenage girls fawn all over him and take his picture and talk his ear off and he never once complains about it. I love that Teddy stands up for Bennett’s younger cousin over and over again. I love that Bennett calls herself out on judging Olivia, the main actress in the film adaptation of her book, before she even knows her. I love so many things about this book.

I had such a good time reading this book that I actually took my time. I didn’t want it to end, so I drew it out over almost a week. I could’ve binged it in a night — it’s well-written and so adorable — but I wanted the experience to last, so I only read a couple chapters each night.

Highly, highly recommended.

About the author:

Alex Evansley is a twenty-something-year-old writer from North Carolina. Her specialized talents include putting on workout clothes and not working out, sleeping during the day, losing socks, and procrastinating stories she’d like to write. Love Scene, Take Two is her debut novel.

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ARC review & PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY: I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

Today I’m doing things a little differently and bringing you the chance to win a copy of I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting! The publisher has graciously provided one paperback copy to be mailed to the winner. Check out my review and the giveaway details below!

I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Goodreads • Amazon • B&N • BAM • Indiebound • Powells • TBD
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Source: ARC from publisher

SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance—without burning down the house?

I FLIPPING LOVE YOU, set in the Shacking Up world, follows two people, both working in real estate, who find themselves vying for the same properties in the Hamptons, leading to a sometimes-not-so-friendly competition.

I was so excited to be invited to participate in this blog tour by St. Martin’s Press! I’d never read anything by Helena Hunting — and yes, this is book three in a series — but I think this was a good place to start. Before I get into my review, I just want to put it out there that you don’t need to read the first two books in the series to understand what’s going on here.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. Rian was such a spitfire, never afraid to speak her mind or put Pierce in his place. She could be really sassy when she wanted to be and I loved how focused she was on her goal of getting her life back by flipping houses. I also loved Pierce, who was a total gentleman and absolutely adorable. He deserves everything he wants in life and more! I loved that he was a rich lawyer who could get pretty cocky, but he never turned into a gross alpha male stereotype.

I also loved the setting! I know I’ll never be able to afford to vacation in the Hamptons, let alone live there full-time, but reading about the beaches and the restaurants and everything really made me want to see what all the fuss is about! I liked that even though all of the characters acknowledged that there was a lot of money in the area, nobody really came across as snooty or materialistic.

I suppose now I should mention the couple things that kept me from rating this book higher: the pacing and the big conflict. When it comes to the pacing, all I can really say is that it’s slow. The sexy scenes are pretty sexy, the conflicts can be pretty dramatic, but overall, it always seemed like it took awhile for things to actually happen. I know that a lot of people really go for this style of storytelling, but I’d rather see things happen. As for the big conflict, I saw it coming but thought that Rian was way off-base with how upset she got. I feel like I can’t really say more than that without spoiling it!

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I think I’ll add the second book in the series, which features Pierce’s sister, Amalie, to my TBR. I loved her character and would love to learn more about her and her fiance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
Giveaway Details
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Disclaimer: Giveaway runs May 30, 2018 – June 1, 2018 11:59pm EST. One paperback copy of I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting will be mailed to the winner by St. Martin’s Press. US only (sorry!) as per the publisher’s wishes.