Scandalized by Ivy Owens – A Book Blog Tour

Scandalized is a contemporary romance story by first time author, Ivy Owens. Set in the the present era, Scandalized takes us on a personal journey with main characters Georgia Ross and Alexander Kim. I was given an ARC for Ivy Owen’s debut novel and eager to dive into this new romance story.

What a story! This title should already give away some hints on the premise of this novel. We immediately see the fireworks between Gigi and Alec as a shared past ignites a dangerous spark between the two friends. Will their two-week stand be more than just that? Or will their secrets and past forge a newfound love that neither one has ever felt before? Read Scandalized by Ivy Owens and find out!

Scandalized is a steamy, contemporary adult romance novel. This books is best for ages 18 and above. You can purchase Scandalized on Amazon.

About the Book – from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster:

A one-night stand between two old childhood friends turns into something more, but when a scandal threatens to tear them apart, they must decide how hard to fight for love—a steamy romance debut perfect for fans of Tessa Bailey and Kennedy Ryan​.

Exhausted and on deadline with a story that could make or break her career, investigative journalist Georgia Ross is on the verge of a meltdown when a cancelled flight leaves her stuck in the airport overnight. But when a familiar face appears—the older brother of her childhood friend—and offers help, Gigi seems to have caught a break.

Alec Kim is handsome, humble, and kind—exactly the sort of man that Gigi has forgotten existed after her own painful heartbreaks. An evening of reconnection followed by a night of no-strings-attached passion with Alec feels like a gift—that is, until Gigi finally realizes that their childhood connection isn’t the only reason he seems so familiar to her.

Alec is determined to prove to Gigi that he is truly the man she thinks he is, even if it means coming clean about his fame—and his family’s connection to the story Gigi’s been working so hard to break. But as their feelings for each other grow deeper, Gigi and Alec must navigate a new reality…one where both of their hard-won careers are put directly in the path of an international scandal.

About the Author:

Ivy Owens

Ivy Owens has been writing for fun her entire life. Scandalized was a labor of love written in the wild paradox of boredom and inspiration during the pandemic. She lives in California with her husband, two kids, and two dogs, and is rarely seen without a book in hand. You can find her on Instagram at @HelloIvyOwens.

*** Thank you to Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster for the Netgalley ARC!

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The Goodbye Cafe Blog Tour with Mariah Stewart

Strong women. Supportive men. And a bevy of mysteries and intrigue along the way. This is the story of love, redemption, and self worth, all wrapped up nicely in the third installment of Mariah Stewart’s, The Hudson Sisters trilogy.

The Goodbye Cafe is the third installment in The Hudson Sisters. The Hudson Sisters – Allie, Des, and Cara are three estranged sisters, thrown together by a strange will left by their endearing but elusive father. Each of the three books in the series are told by the various sisters, with The Goodbye Cafe written from the POV of Allie, the eldest sibling. Allie is perhaps my most favorite sister out of the three because she is so relatable and heartbreaking and so very interesting. Her character is one of strength and innocence but she doesn’t realize her self worth until the ending of the story. Allie’s story is one of struggle and redemption and finding out that a family’s love is the one true love she never thought she had.

In the Goodbye Cafe, the old town’s theater, The Sugarhouse Theater is finally fully renovated and ready to be opened. The sisters all agreed at the start of the project that they would do their parts, take the inheritance, and then go back to their old lives. As with each book in the series, each sister starts to realize that their stay in the Pocono Mountains and working on The Sugarhouse Theater brought them more joy and meaning than their previous lives ever did. And as with each sister’s POV in the different titles, Allie starts to realize that she too, can have a choice. A choice that makes her happy for once, and to not live through her daughter or her personal transgressions.

I really enjoyed reading The Goodbye Cafe because it wraps everything up nicely. I’m also bittersweet because I don’t want this wonderful series to end! I adored the characters, the setting, the supporting characters, and the little nuances that speaks to the readers along the way. As I noted before, Allie was my favorite character because she resonated so much to my heart.

If you’re ever stuck wondering what new book series to pick up, then don’t hesitate for one second in getting The Hudson Sisters Series. The entire series is filled with laughter, intrigue, mystery, and love that you never quite thought you needed or wanted.

I was honored to have been able to interview Ms. Mariah Stewart for The Goodbye Cafe. Please read on for her interview:

The Goodbye Cafe (A Hudson Sisters Series)

Q- The Hudson Sisters series is a wonderful installment of finding love and self-worth. What inspired you to write about these three lovely ladies?

A- The inspiration for the story came from my mother’s discovering she had half-siblings when she was in her forties or fifties. My grandfather had a family in MA when he changed his name and moved to PA where he met and married my grandmother. The idea was too good not to use! Once it wormed its way into that portion of my brain where stories grow, I had to write it. The sisters just sort of presented themselves the way you read them.

Q- Do you incorporate real life experiences into your novels?

A- Other than thinking about my grandfather’s checkered life and his numerous offspring, not so much! Though the setting was personal, since my mother’s brother (the legitimate one!) lived in Clarks Summit, and I lived visiting my cousins. They lived half-way up the West Mountain, and there was always something fun to do there. I guess those memories were really stuck in my brain, waiting for the right time to show themselves!

Q- When did you find out you had a passion for writing?

A- I was very ill when I was seven and had to spend the entire summer in my room, most of the time in my bed. My brother brought me library books several times every week, but after awhile, I’d read all the books our small-town library had. So I started writing my own. It was just something I always wanted to do.

Q- How long do you envision writing novels?

A- Until I keel over and pass on into the next dimension – and I’ll probably be at my computer!

Q- Any plans on making your novels into movies or TV series?

A- That’s not something I have control over. I wish! But that’s something someone else would decide. Though I could totally see any of my series as a TV series – especially Mercy Street, the Chesapeake Diaries, and the Hudson Sisters.

Q- I have to ask: Who is your favorite character in The Hudson Sisters stories?

A- Barney, for sure, and Nikki, definitely! I love all three sisters, but if I had to choose, I’d say Allie, because she was the most complex and the most sharp edges.

Q- The ending of The Goodbye Cafe seems to elude to a possible sequel? Or perhaps a spin-off series?

A- I haven’t planned on doing that. I thought the ending worked either way, whether I did or didn’t write another book. But I admit it’s tough not to think about!

Q- How did you determine the various characteristics of the three sisters?

A- Because they are all quite different from each other, personality wise. Characters more or less announce themselves. They are who they are. My job is just to translate them into the story I’m telling. When I started thinking about writing this story, Cara, Des, and Allie were just there and I knew who they were and how they were going to interact with each other.

Q- Do you have any sisters of your own?

A- No, but I have two daughters, so I’m quite familiar with the interactions and the occasional drama, especially when they are younger.

Q- What are you working on right now?

A- Right now, I’m working on a book that’s very different from the ones I’ve done before, so I don’t want to say much about it! It’s a standalone – probably – so it’s not a new series. We’ll see how and where it goes!

THE GOODBYE CAFÉ
The Hudson Sisters series, Book 3
On sale March 26, 2019
Trade Paperback • Price: $16.00 • ISBN: 9781501145124
eBook • Price: $7.99 • ISBN: 9781501145162

California girl Allie Hudson Monroe can’t wait for the day when the renovations on the Sugarhouse Theater are complete so she can finally collect the inheritance from her father and leave Pennsylvania.
After all, her life and her fourteen-year-old daughter are in Los Angeles.
But Allie’s divorce left her tottering on the edge of bankruptcy, so to keep up on payments for her house and her daughter’s private school tuition, Allie packed up and flew out east. But fate has a curve-ball or two to toss in Allie’s direction—she just doesn’t know it yet.
She hadn’t anticipated how her life would change after reuniting with her estranged sister, Des, or meeting her previously unknown half-sister, Cara. And she’d certainly never expected to find small-town living charming. But the biggest surprise was that her long-forgotten artistry would save the day when the theater’s renovation fund dried up.
With opening day upon the sisters, Allie’s free to go. But for the first time in her life, she feels like the woman she was always meant to be. Will she return to the West Coast and resume her previous life, or will the love of “this amazing, endearing family of women” (Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author) be enough to draw her back to the place where the Hudson roots grow so deep?

You can purchase The Goodbye Cafe and all of Mariah’s Stewart’s titles on Amazon: The Goodbye Cafe

***Thank you to Mariah and Simon & Schuster Gallery Books for the paperback preview and the book tour!

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It Started With a Lie – Book Release Blitz

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It Started With a Lie, so how will it end?

There are always two sides of a story. Sometimes, if you’re lucky or you work really hard, you win. In the case of Brian Fox, in It Started With a Lie, he traded his good looks and fast talking with high expense extravagance to keep his company ahead of the competition. But his luck soon runs out when his exuberant spending puts his business at risk of bankruptcy. With his famous and rich brother as his only option, Brian seeks financial rescue. But his brother is tired of bailing him out and sets to teach Brian a “lesson”.

In comes Vivian Davenport, a woman his brother hires to straighten out Brian’s finances – both professionally and personally. Vivian is mysterious and stoic and doesn’t take Brian’s nonchalant attitude too kindly. She hates his playboy-ish ways and his constant flirting and flaunting. All she wants to do is get Brian’s company back on track so she can leave.

But of course, things don’t always go as planned when you’re working in the same office of a chauvinistic player. Brian and Vivian both get under each other’s skins, but is it really just a way of hiding their attractions with each other? Vivian doesn’t want to get involved romantically with Brian, and Brian – while attracted to Vivian – can’t stand her standoffish ways and her uptight business attitude. If only Brian can get serious about his financial problems as well as his attitude, then Vivian can just finish what she was hired to do and go back to her own life.

So, I’m just going to flat out say that I couldn’t really stand Brian at first. He was brilliantly written as a chauvinistic pig, picking up on women left to right just to hide his own insecurities. He has a caring brother and two business partners who are also his best friends and yet he treats them like they’re nobodies. Brian would rather solve his problems on his own and sort of wave his middle finger to those around him than realize he has some serious issues – both professionally and personally. But as we start to see why he has such insecurities and has to hide behind his careless manner, it became easier to sympathize with him and cheer him on. Vivian on the other hand is a completely different story…

I didn’t care much for Vivian either. I wish she had more of a backbone instead of hedging between the Will I or Won’t I scenarios. There’s something mysterious about her as the author doesn’t really let on about her personal life and it’s towards the end of the story that we see why – and you’ll have to read the book to find out. While she finds Brian handsome and hot and all that, I just don’t like female heroines who fall for the playboy only to end up being hurt in the end.

However, that’s not to say that It Started With a Lie isn’t a good book. It’s very well-written and the pacing is quite steady. The interactions between Brian and Vivian are comical at times and you can see Brian changing to a better person right before your eyes. There is a cliffhanger which throws a wrench into Brian’s plans once his finances cleared up and of course, we’re left wondering what’s going to happen with Brian and Vivian after that bomb drop! Author Lisa Suzanne promises book two will answer some questions but bring up some new ones as well!

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Synopsis:

Brian Fox is desperate for cash. When his business falls into debt, he turns yet again to his rock star brother. Only this time, his brother refuses to throw money at the problem…he intends to solve it. Enter Vivian Davenport, business fixer extraordinaire, supreme professional, and Brian’s new boss.
 
Brian has always called the shots, but now he’s the one taking orders. When the tiny lie that Vivian is his new girlfriend slips out, he’s forced to play the role of doting boyfriend to a woman he can’t stand.
 
It started as a lie, but what happens if it turns into the truth?

It Started With a Lie is written by author Lisa Suzanne and it’s book one of the Truth and Lies series. It’s contemporary romance but definitely for adults only as there are some explicit scenes and language.

You can purchase It Started With a Lie on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xlkYQy and follow Lisa Suzanne on her website: http://authorlisasuzanne.blogspot.com/p/home-page.html

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AUTHOR BIO

Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with her husband and baby boy. She’s a former high school English teacher and college composition instructor. When she’s not cuddling baby Mason, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.

*Thank you to Lisa Suzanne and Give Me Books Promotions for the ARC and Blitz Tour!

 

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Storm Siren – A BookLook Book Review

STORM SIREN COVER There is just something magical about picking up a hardbound book, flipping the pages and touching their gritty texture and feeling the weight of words transfer into vivid imagery inside your head. Books transcend time and place and when you pick up a really good book, you become involved in the author’s world and in essence, the hero or heroine’s world as well. As a BookLook blogger, I was given a great opportunity to review an advanced reader’s copy of Storm Siren written by Mary Weber. As an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction literature, the moment I saw the cover to Storm Siren it instantly drew my interest. I may have mentioned before but covers on a book can really make or break a deal. It is the first step in engaging a reader and a possible fan. But all those pretty images are just images until you dive into the book and decide for yourself whether the book truly belongs on your bookshelf, or in your Kindle library, or…you get the idea.

Giddy with excitement at receiving my hardbound Storm Siren, I told my family to leave me alone for a few hours while I enjoyed this fascinating book. From the synopsis alone, I had a feeling that I would be drawn into this new world and become immersed into the drama of intrigue, suspense, and the paranormal. And I was right. The first sentence of the book captivated me and I couldn’t put it down from then on. Storm Siren is a book about triumph, hardships, and discovery. But through all the intricate weaving of storytelling, there is a tender love story between all the fighting, misconceptions, and drama.

I really liked the heroine, Nym and the story is told in the first person so it was easy to follow along. Nym was brave, tempestuous, yet held an abundance of control and dignity throughout the book. She was young and passionate and didn’t always make the right choices but through the heart of it all, she believed in doing the right things. Then there was Eogan, the warrior charged to train Nym to fight for the kingdom in which she is also a slave. I liked that Eogan burned for her just as she burned for him and the dialogue between those two was so much fun to read! It was like watching first love being discovered and blossomed. And then the ending, the abrupt ending which had me going, “oh no! What happened to Eogan?” But fear not, the author’s second installment of Storm Siren will continue next June 2015. I hope I will get a chance to review that book as well.

I’d say this book is best for ages 16 and above. Although there isn’t anything too explicit in the book, the writing style is a bit mature and definitely not situated in a teenage world although the characters in the book seem quite young. But it was an easy read for me as the author transitioned smoothly and had very little grammatical errors. And the author’s usage of Faelon’s language was quite ingenious. It reminded me of Lord of the Rings where they had their own languages. Mary Weber is definitely a very good storyteller and her writing draws you in the moment you read her words. I like discovering new authors and will keep an eye on this one. If you’re interested in paranormal abilities set in a world of fantasy and war, you’ll definitely enjoy reading Storm Siren by Mary Weber. Storm Siren is set to be released on August 19, 2014.

Thomas Nelson Book’s summary of Storm Siren:

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth—meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Editor’s Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions made on this book are entirely my own and has not been influenced in any way. I have not received monetary compensation for reviewing this book other than receiving a copy of it. I may reveal spoilers from time to time but I will always preface it so you can skip that part or read them for the sheer fun of it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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’s 16 CFR, Part 255