Stuck With Me_Blog Tour – Book Review

STUCK WITH ME

By Cassandra Piat


Genre
Romantic Comedy

Publisher
Islandgirl Publishing

SYNOPSIS

 Can your perspective on life, happiness and love really change in a week?

Molly, known for her unflagging optimism and constant cheeriness, is thrilled to win an all-expenses paid vacation to Mauritius. She packs her camera and a few colourful bikinis and can’t wait to have some fun in the sun. Little does she know there’s a catch.

Adam is a journalist on assignment and his mission is to test Molly’s optimism and see how far she can be pushed before she breaks. Surely it can’t be that hard?

What happens when Molly meets the hilariously cantankerous Adam and finds that she can’t seem to shake him? How will Adam successfully complete his task when faced with Molly’s beautiful smile, quick wit and curvaceous body?

As they bicker their way around the island, Adam and Molly realise that there’s more to each other than meets the eye. An unexpected friendship develops between them which soon turns into much more. But what will happen when Molly learns the truth behind Adam’s trip to Mauritius?

A heartfelt, funny and touching story about life, love, and happiness.

REVIEW

After a lot of different genres of book reviews I am again back with a romance book review, this one goes by the name of Stuck With Me, which is a romantic comedy set in Mauritius.

Adam is a sports journalist, he is asked to write an article for real life feature section of magazines because the usual writer has to leave for her mother’s sudden illness. Molly is chosen as the subject for the article.She is always smiling and Adam had to find out whether she is fundamentally happy, chooses to be happy or just pretends. He has to become the bane of her existence, be cranky and grouchy for the week they were scheduled to spent in Mauritius to see that how far she can keep her happy demeanour. 

Molly is always smiling, she always looks at the positive side of everything. She chooses to be happy. But like every normal person she has her set of fears and problems. Her mother is anxious ever since her father died and often suffers from panic attacks, been the only child the responsibility of her mother is totally on her. She sometimes feel overwhelmed by all her problems but she tries to reminds herself of all the things she should be grateful for. I quite liked Molly’s character, she is someone I could take life lessons from. She is positive and strong despite her problems. 

“I love catching that exact moment when the groom sets eyes on the bride as she walks into the church; the look of love and emotion passing between the parents as their daughter says her vows; the look of pure delight on a child’s face when opening a present, or even a burst of laughter between friends – perfect moments made everlasting by me . . .”
~Molly

Now coming to Adam he is also a very likeable character. I laughed through his cranky side and loved his friendly and caring side. He was always there to hold Molly tight. He helped her and also understood her when she wanted to take things slow between them. 

There were some terribly funny moments especially during the first half of the novel. I laughed a lot throughout this part. But I would like to add that the book was not only funny, there were some really heart warming, intense moments that touched my heart. I absolutely loved Adam and Molly’s love story.

Finally I would like to add that I felt that this book could have been a bit shorter. Not that those extra pages made this novel boring but still it could have been shorter.

Overall I would say that I quite liked Stuck With Me and would surely recommend it to all romance lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐

(4 stars)

AUTHOR BIO:

Cassandra Piat is a part-time English teacher and a full-time disorganised mother and housewife. She spends her life trying to remember not to forget the 101 things on her things-to-do list, but seems to fail spectacularly most of the time! Whenever she has some free time she’s either with her head in a book, watching a romantic comedy or writing her own romantic comedies.

She lives in Mauritius with her husband, who prefers TV to books, and her three children who keep her on her toes and don’t leave her much free time to sit down and write.She published her first book What’s it Gonna be? in December 2014 and Stuck with Me is her second novel. 

She loves writing stories that take place on her beautiful tropical island of Mauritius and sharing the island life with her readers. She is currently writing her third book in her head and hopes that she will soon have time to get it down on paper.

Parker – Book Blitz



Parker
Jillian Quinn
(Face-Off Series #1)
Publication date: February 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.

Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.

Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.

She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.

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As my cell phone rings, Tony mumbles that he’s going to grab us a few more beers, and then he disappears into the hallway. I do not recognize the number on the caller ID, but I do know the 215 area code. Philadelphia.

I press the button to answer, and before I can even say hello, a woman on the other end of the line says, “Parker, this is Coach. Mickey wanted me to call personally, so here you go. You’ve got me for all of two minutes and thirteen seconds.”

It takes me a minute to remember the name before I realize it’s Mickey’s girl, Charlotte Coachman. Her voice is so stern and confident, yet she’s exactly what I expected from what I’d heard about her from Mickey and some of her clients. She has made a name for herself in the sports world, and she’s one of the few women who didn’t sleep her way into that position, which is rare in this business.

“Hello to you, too, sweetheart.”

At first, she chuckles, but then her laughter slowly turns into a cackle. “Call me that again, Parker, and watch what happens. Let’s get something straight. I’m not one of your puck bunnies. I have a name. That name is Coach or Charlie, but it sure as hell isn’t sweetheart. You got that?”

This chick is crazy and feisty, and I kind of like it.

“One minute and thirty seconds.” She sounds like she’s chewing glass, the words harsh and painful on the tip of her tongue. “In the interest of saving ourselves the headache, I’ve arranged for my secretary to meet you at the apartment building. Please don’t look at her, smile in her direction, or flirt with her because I’m sick of replacing secretaries. I did you a solid with the Philly deal, so I’d appreciate you doing the same and keeping your hands to yourself.”

She went from intriguing to working my last nerve in a matter of seconds.

“Give me some credit at least. You make me out to be a total creep.”

“That’s not entirely off base, Parker. You seem to have a problem with keeping your pants on—or is it finding them?”

I can hear her covering the phone and chuckling to herself before she returns to being a mega bitch.

Damn those stupid YouTube videos.

“Forty-seven seconds.”

What is her problem?

She’s so uptight, she might snap in half.

“Like I was saying, Kayla will meet you at the building with the keys. If you need food, clothes, whatever, just let her know, and she will have it delivered. I put my ass on the line for you. Please make sure you’re at practice on time.”

“Sure thing, boss lady. Anything else?”

She sighs loudly into the receiver. “No. My cab is here, and I have to hang up. Mickey said you had the address and Kayla’s contact info. Just call her when you arrive. That’s all.”

I’m about to speak when I realize she already hung up on me and without even saying good-bye. I guess she sucks with them as much as I do.

Every second of our phone call replays in my mind as I try to wrap my head around what the hell just happened. It’s not hard to see why Charlotte is Mickey’s favorite agent and close friend. She’s the female version of him.


Author Bio:

Jillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she’s not reading, writing, or blogging, she’s obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.

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Of Life, Death, Aliens And Zombies_Blog Tour-Book Review

OF LIFE, DEATH, ALIENS AND ZOMBIES

By Dario Cannizzaro

SYNOPSIS

Misnomer on purpose, this amazing debut rocks nine short and amusing stories – a Zombie Apocalypse without zombies; the Vatican announcing contact with Aliens; a heroin junkie that loves poetry; a timeless love, and much more. 

Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humor, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary, and a fairy-tale like writing; those are the key elements of the style of this funny and thought-provoking collection.

The collection comprehends three previously published stories (“The Galway Review”, “Trigger Warning”, “Two Thousand Words” and “Chantwood Magazine”); five new unpublished pieces; and for the first time in English, the best-selling story “Impurità”, which was Selected Work in 2012 by Apple iBooks.

REVIEW

Of Life, Death Aliens and Zombies is a collection of  9 short stories, all quite different but gives away a bit of lesson about human nature.

As because it’s a collection of 9 short stories so I would like to tell a bit about every story. Don’t worry I won’t give out the plot much because it would be better that way. I would preferably tell you the feelings left by it.

The first story goes by the name of Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse.

This story made me laugh a lot.

 Going by the name, this story might seem to have a paranormal angle, but I must tell you this story was no way a paranormal story because the narrator never saw a single zombie. This story is definitely not about zombies. It’s a story of Survival in hard times, how internet goes buzzing over stuff that may not be true and people easily believing it.

The second story is Bathroom Love.

One of favourites. It’s a Story of loneliness, pain, betrayal. It’s very beautiful and also had one of my favorites qoutes of this book.

“Because after all you can love sex, despise sex, loathe sex, crave sex, but sex is nothing on its own, sex is just about connecting, just about feeling each other’s soul, just for a moment there, to know you’re not alone.”

The third story is The Name of the Rose

Yet another very beautiful and different story. It is a kind of memoir, the narrator remembering the time he was fifteen. That year changed a lot for him. He bunked classes to go to a book shop where he learnt a lot about life. Things changed, times changed but the impression of different incidents of that time left with him.

The fourth one The Announcement

Sorry this one is my least favourite but I must say it’s still very beautiful. It was quite unpredictable, a story that held my suspense. The underlying message: the showing off, boastful nature of humans. In this story each country was trying show how they are superior than the other.

The fifth story The Best Place To Plan a Mass Shooting.

This was yet another hilarious tale. Very enjoyable. This is also a memoir. The narrator wrote a story in it, which had elements that were not acceptable to his principal or other teachers of his school. Though he himself was quite proud of it. 

Next one Summer’s Ended

Another beautiful story. It’s a story of loneliness and human desires.

The seventh one Fake plastic trees

This was definitely my favourite. This story tells how we all are a living lie. We are good at pretending and what we think and what we tell are sometimes completely different. We all are trying to paint a picture of ourselves that would be likable to others even if we ourselves hate it.

The eight story Terrorism Marketing

This is another funny and hilarious tale. This story tells about a time when the narrator was able to escape terrorists by bluffing them.

The last one Inpurita

This story was longer than others. It’s a tale of unfulfilled desires and it’s repercussions. Four different people with different backgrounds came together for few hours, and these few hours change their lives.

“So while Lukas was reading that thing in his hands, he also read about himself, about someone thirty-three years old, thirty-three years of non-life, all accompanied by the hand of destiny – someone else’s dreams, someone else’s life, someone else’s desires.”


Overall I would say that I loved each and every story of this collection. All the stories were well written and I would recommend this book to everyone. Because the tales are from different genres so this book would, I believe would suit everyone.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸

(4.5 stars)

GoodReads linkhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31568483-of-life-death-aliens-and-zombies

TOP REVIEWERS’ COMMENTS

“Very strong voice, reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges, John Fante, Kurt Vonnegut” 
– Lyn, GoodReads Top Reviewer

“An author who will stun and amaze you and make you laugh and perhaps cry” 
– Pam S. Dunn, author of Sunflower

“I haven’t really been introduced to a voice as Zeitgeisty as this since Alex Garland”
– Fabian, GoodReads Top Reviewer

“Would calling it a literary masterpiece be an exaggeration? I hope you will be able to tell me that after you read it” 
– Bernard Jan, author of Cruel Summer

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Death-Aliens-Zombies-ebook/dp/B01M0MUVWD/

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AUTHOR BIO

DARIO CANNIZZARO was born in the sun-eaten Naples, Italy in 1982. He moved to Ireland in 2011, and has called it home ever since. He started writing short stories at seven, which are shamefully lost forever, but has never stopped writing since. His works have been published in Italian and English in Literary Magazines such as The Galway Review, Two Thousand Words and Chantwood Magazine.

Website: www.dariowrites.com

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Deepest Corners Of My Heart

In their third morning tryst,
Just in those first sunrays,
He looked into her eyes,
Big, bright eyes,
Love, deep pure love those eyes told,
A fear they expressed,
What a combination he thought,
He asked her, “what do you fear?”
“Losing you, my love,
It had been long since we met,
And my love increased day by day,
All I think of now is you and us,
Us, us, us.
You never told me how you feel,
I dare not ask you might leave.”
Closing the distance he whispered,
“Love needs no voice,
Am I right?
Even if I don’t say, you know I do,
Love you from the deepest corners of my heart”

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The Sheikh’s Forced Bride-Book Review

THE SHEIKH’S FORCED BRIDE
By Leslie North

The Sharjah Sheikhs#1

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Genres: Romance, Young Adult

SYNOPSIS

Sultan’s eledest son Sheikh Khalid Al-Qasimi’s playboy ways have finally caught up with him. After creating a scandal during a diplomatic visit to America, Khalid is given a choice by his father—marry or face banishment. Rather than lose his family, Khalid bows to his father’s wishes but an outspoken American interrupts Khalid’s would-be wedding. Now Khalid has a new plan that might please his father, secure his inheritance and leave Khalid still able to go on with his life …he’ll take the beautiful American as his bride—and then his father will hate her so much he’ll beg Khalid not to get married after all. 

Journalist Casey Connolly has never been afraid to share her opinions. While researching an article on arranged marriages, she lands in trouble when she crashes a royal wedding to get a quote from the attending American guests.. The sexy groom offers to set her free if she’ll step into the role of his fiancée—just for a short time. Seeing a chance to get the scoop she needs, Casey agrees. 

Soon there’s no denying the chemistry they share. But Casey’s boss is pushing her to complete her piece and head back to the States, while Khalid’s father is still pushing for a hasty wedding. Will this pseudo-romance become the real thing or buckle under all the pressure being put on these two?

REVIEW

I picked up this book because of two reasons firstly because I have never read a love story of Sheikhs and secondly because the description sounded too good.

Now jumping straight to my thoughts about this book.

Casey and Khalid’s love story has the common theme of the playboy finally finding his girl. But still the way it was told touched my heart. They both complimented each other. There were many passionate, intense and heartwarming moments and also some in between sheets action.

“Closing his eyes, he let the world fall away until it was just his body joined to hers. Their breaths— rough and uneven— becoming one.”

I quite liked Casey’s character. She is absolutely fearless, strong and spoke her mind. She is not someone who is easily oppressed by anyone. Now coming to Khalid’s character. He was also a likeable character. You people may think that Khalid will be a male chauvinist, but actually he respected women. He was also a good person as he was respected all over Sharjah.

Another thing that I liked about this book was that it also showed a father son relationship apart from a love story. 

Lastly I would say that I also loved Sultan’s character. He was not the Sultan image I had in my mind. He seemed tyrannical but he had his reasons for it and by the end of the story they appeared quite justified too. Another point in his favour, he understood Fadiyah, Khalid’s ex fiancée’s desire to marry someone who is not of a comparable class even when her own father was against it.

Overall I would say that I loved this story and would definitely recommend it to all romance lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING
🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸

(4.5 stars)

*I got this book from Netgalley*

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Grow up Messy!_Book Tour-Fun facts

GROW UP MESSY!
 (A Hilarious Coming of Age Series Book1)

Author  : Paromita Goswami

Genre :  Middle School, Teen and YA

Publisher :  Ficus India

THE BLURB 

Childhood is considered to be the best time of one’s life. What if you get a chance to live it once more with a five-year-old? 

Misry, a naughty five-year-old girl, lives with her parents in a B.S.F border outpost near Indo-Bangladesh border. But with no schools and friends she feels very lonely. She tries to befriend some local village kids. But they find her incompetent in their rural antics. They nickname her Messy as most of the time she messes up their plan. Can Misry really be a part of the gang? 

Set in the early eighties, join Misry in the adventures of her life.

FUN FACTS

1. When I am not writing, my mind constantly explores the plots or I am lost in the facebook. Both the situation is dangerous for my family as I am unable to attend to their queries. Sometimes my hubby gets annoyed and shouts at me.

2. I have a cat, Bengal Tiger breed, named Chikki. She is very disciplined when it comes to her meal time. If I am away from my computer then she is like an alarm clock reminding me every second that her plate needs my attention. However, if I am at my computer then she supports me for few more minutes by occupying my bookshelf to take a micro nap.

3. I love to travel and I am very good at visualizing things too. So if any article or plot is based on any travel destination or remote location with minimal inhabitation it will easily attract my attention. Thrillers, horrors, romance any book with good setting I can finish in one sitting straight.

4. Writing on paper is fun and very engrossing. Although I draft my first writing on my computer however, it is always pen and paper first that grabs my attention for drafting the plot outline first. And sometimes I write out of pressure, more like using the loo. So when I am ready to vomit my first outline I have to rush for my pen and paper leaving everything behind. (It is an urgency you see).

5. I always have the habit of narrating my first draft to my family. Either B or D will hear it first or in some cases both. After ending I look at their faces for reaction. If they like it they will ask for more and if not they will simply say OKAY.

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About the Author:

Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to upcoming paranormal thriller and women fiction, Paromita Goswami‘s books offer the variety of life to her readers. Grow Up Messy! is her second book. She debuted in 2015 with Shamsuddin’s Grave, a literary fiction. Besides writing, she is also the founder of reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family.

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