Monday, May 2, 2016

Review Tour! Frosted Cowboy by Charlene Ross

Frosted Cowboy by Charlene Ross
Genre: Adult (Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy)
Date Published: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press

Laney Delaney was living the dream. She had a fabulous fiancĂ© and a career as a couture wedding dress designer. But after catching her (not-so-fabulous) fiancĂ© cheating and being accused of upstaging one of her brides at a wedding, Laney finds herself with no boyfriend, no job and no plan. 

After some serious soul searching, Laney is determined to start over. She embarks on a design career that takes her from a Rodeo Drive boutique to a flea market stall, but it's worth it—even if it means she has to suck up to her childhood nemesis for help. 

At the same time, three very different men vie for her attention: a masseuse/screenwriter with an unfortunate reputation, a stable fireman who just doesn't spark a romantic flame, and the fireman's ridiculously hot co-worker whose illicit under-the-mistletoe kiss still burns Laney's lips. 

Professionally and romantically, Laney is on the verge of reinventing her life and finding her true passion—but can she learn to trust again and believe in herself? 

If you're looking for funny chick lit or a romantic comedy, Frosted Cowboy by Charlene Ross (a breakout voice in chick lit) is a must-read! 

Frosted Cowboy by Charlene Ross was a funny romance that was super hard to put down. Laney Delaney reminded me of an American Bridget Jones...minus the diary. She was hilarious, and her thoughts, and feelings of inadequacy, and behavior are just like what we do in real life. She has real strengths and real weaknesses. You never know what's going to come out of her mouth. I could relate to her in so many ways. At the same time, we were complete opposites in many ways. She is an "every woman", and because of that she's relatable to a wide variety of women. She just feels real. I would love a friend like her!

Frosted Cowboy by Charlene Ross was kindly provided to me by Chic Lit Plus Blog Tours through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.

Charlene Ross, a Los Angeles suburbanite, is co-author of The Making of a Picky Eater and has been featured in Skirt! Magazine and on NPR’s This I Believe series. Before life in the suburbs she backpacked through eighteen European countries, lived in London, worked in the music industry, and became engaged on stage at a U2 concert in Verona, Italy. (Bono even kissed her!) Now she drives carpool, embarrasses her children by dancing “in the pit” at free cover band concerts, and works hard at keeping the spark of her 20-year marriage alive.

To learn more about Charlene Ross and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tour! A Review of Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee

Doing It Over (Most Likely To #1) by Catherine Bybee
Genre: Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime? 

Doing it Over is the first book in the Most Likely To series by Catherine Bybee. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I think I'm going to have to read some more of her work. Life didn't turn out like Melanie expected, and when she returns to her home town, she finds that most of her friends lives went in a different direction from what they were voted "most likely" to do. Her friends are pretty amazing. They are her family. Mel's daughter is adorable. She steals everyone's heart...even the readers. Wyatt was a little surprising to me. He talks like a cowboy gentleman at times, then he'll say something in that smoldery, commanding way to show he has some Alpha in there too. This was a love story, but it was also a story of survival and new beginnings.

The ARC of Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee was kindly provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not
Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.

To learn more about Catherine Bybee and her books, visit her website & blog.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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