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Fat Girl Begone!_Blog Tour: Book Review



Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Date Published: May 1, 2017

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I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.

Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.


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REVIEW

It had been​ a long time since a book made me laugh so much. Right from the beginning I was smiling and laughing. Everly’s​ thoughts, action brought out a lot of humour.

 This is story is narrated by Everly, the main character. Everly is a complete package. She is smart, clumsy, witty, awkward​. She suffers from every other problem that a ordinary girl does. She has job issues, boyfriend issues, lack of self confidence issues and loads of other issues. But she also copes with them and comes out victorious. Through the course of this novel, Everly somehow taught me that it is possible achieve what we always thought impossible with self confidence and a little help. Her character and her story both are very much relatable. 

There is a romance that is really beautiful. The man our girl falls for is a perfect gentleman, a man who loves her no matter what and is always there to help her whenever she needs him. This romance is filled with both funny and heartwarming moments.

Another thing I have to mention is Everly’s group of friends. They were as fun as her. Fat Girl Begone! would not have been this much enjoyable if they hadn’t been there.

From the first to last page, not once did I lose interest so I am definitely going to recommend Fat Girl Begone! to all romantic comedy lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🎐

(5 out of 5 stars)

About the Author

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom’s Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Fat girl Begone! is my eleventh book.

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Terrence_Blog Tour: Book Review



Terrence: A Short Story
Alice Rachel
(Under Ground, #0.8)
Publication date: May 15th 2017
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Romance

Bullying is nothing new to Terrence Young. The teasing and harassment are constant. His family is less than understanding as well. To them, Terrence chose to be gay and complicate their lives. Their little rejections sting and cut him deeply.

But when the Deviance Act is passed, Terrence’s life takes a turn for the worse overnight. Under the new law, a mere look, a simple touch, or a small kiss in public could mean death. Terrence attempts to hide his orientation to survive. That is until a gang attacks him in a bar and Chase Martinez interferes.

Chase is gorgeous, kind-hearted, and he’s a rebel in the Underground—all qualities that attract Terrence so much there is no stopping the fall. Loving Chase might be dangerous, but Terrence is done living in fear and letting others dictate what is right for him.

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Review

Terrence is a short story with a unique plot. I liked the dystopian setting of the book that the author created. This book talks about the time when people don’t have freedom to be who they are. How painful it can be is really well shown through this story.

This book is not only dealing with a world where being gay is crime but also where people are divided into classes. Though it is not major part of this story but still it’s worth mentioning.

Now coming to the romance part of the story. I found the romance between Terrence and Chase to be heartwarming and beautiful. 

Terrence has a big cliffhanger at the end but the author had already said that their would be unanswered questions after the readers would finish reading this story as the story is a part of a series, so I am not judging the book by this. I just need to mention, I think to get a better idea about the dystopian future that this short story is set in, I would suggest you to read the books of this series before this short story.

Finally I would say in spite of the unanswered questions I had after finishing this book, I found this book to be really enjoyable and interesting.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐

(4 out of 5 stars)

author Bio:

Alice Rachel is the author of the YA Forbidden Romance/ Dystopian Romance Series “Under Ground.”

Her time is divided between teaching French, writing, reading, drawing, and spending time with her hubby and guinea pigs.

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Good Grief: Book Review

GOOD GRIEF

By Vera Elle Unita

Publication Date: May 26, 2017

Genres: 
Adult, Contemporary, Romance

SYNOPSIS

Jasmine Frost had imagined the first day at her new job quite differently. How on earth could she have known the arrogant billionaire Cole Ward would insist on her leading the renovations of his mansion?

To oversee the renovations, Jasmine moves in with Cole. Turns out, the mansion needs more than a little makeover, and she is stuck with that growly bear of a man for weeks. He doesn’t even like her French bulldog—who the hell doesn’t like puppies?

Still, they can’t withstand the strong attraction between them. The dark look in his eyes is intriguing and Jasmine can’t keep herself from digging into his past. But what if she doesn’t like what she finds?

Standalone Romance │ No cheating but bad language, explicit scenes, and a happily ever after.

REVIEW

I loved Good Grief’s storyline because in most of the books that have read about the damaged hero, mostly the hero refused love and wanted to protect his heart from love but that didn’t happen in this story. Cole actually embraced aliveness that Jasmine brought and he did not push her away.

“Because when everything was dark, even the tiniest drop of color was valuable. Let it be a whole clash of colors and you sure as hell needed to hold on tight in order to never get lost to the darkness ever again.”

Both Jasmine and Cole’s characters were totally lovable. Their characters were relatable and I could feel their emotions perfectly as if I was actually in their head and heart. I loved the dialogues that the author gave them especially those of Jasmine’s.

“Because everything with him was intense—not only his stare, but him making her laugh, him making her feel safe and treasured, him loving her every single night.”

 Cole and Jasmine’s love story is filled with heartwarming moments and also heartbreaking moments. Heartbreaking moments like those when Cole opened up to Jasmine about his past or when he visited the grave were almost tear inducing. 

I feel Good Grief is really well written and it also has a very beautiful story that touched my heart. Good Grief is I think one of those books that I would remember forever and it is definitely one of my best romance reads in a long time.

I would like to recommend Good Grief to all the romance lovers​ out there.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🎐

(5 out of 5 stars)

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Stalker, My Love_ Blog Tour: Book Review

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Stalker, My Love by Zack Scott. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 21 May till 10 June. See the tour schedule here.

Stalker, My Love

Stalker, My Love
By Zack Scott
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/ Romance
Age category: New Adult, Adult
Release Date: 14 May, 2017

Blurb:
Welcome to Pine Bridge, a small town where secrets are rife, personal is everyone’s business, and passion is high.

With the disappearance of Rosalyn Ray, tensions soar and fingers point in every direction: the lover, the mother, the best friend, and the stalker.

Frustrated by the search going nowhere, Rhett Calloway makes it his mission to discover the truth, find the girl, and win her heart. Some people in Pine Bridge say he’s obsessed. Some say he’s dangerous. Some say he’s hurt Rosalyn. All Rhett knows is he’s loved Rosalyn since they were kids and he’ll do what it takes to see her again.

Stalker, My Love is an untraditional love story where fantasy clashes with reality, and happily ever after seems like an elusive dream. Told through four POVs, the story follows those closest to Rosalyn Ray.

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REVIEW

Stalker, My Love has a lot of suspense right from time Rosalyn goes missing. The story is unpredictable and has some really nice twists so you are never sure what would happen next.

“All the adrenaline rushing through Elliott came to a screeching halt. Coldness wrapped around her body. She lowered to the stairs and stared at her friend.”

The entire story is written from the third person point of view, where the narrator jumps between four minds namingly Rhett, Jennifer, Elliott and Earl and tells the story from these people’s point of view. 

This story is not only about mystery but somewhat also about human nature, the choices they make and having that moment of enlightenment when you realise what you truly want. The characters of this story are very well built. They are relatable and are very human. They have their own set of good and bad characters. 

Another thing about this book is that it makes you see certain things in different light that normally we would not do.

Stalker, My Love is a nice mystery book with a unique plot that keeps you engaged till the end.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🎐

(5 out of 5 stars)

About the Author:

Zack is the author of the zombie apocalypse trilogy, THEIR DEAD LIVES, the horror comedy, ONE PISSED-OFF SHARK, and the untraditional love story, STALKER, MY LOVE. He’s licensed to practice law in the State of California. When he’s not writing, he enjoys baseball, avoiding LA traffic and playing with the dogs.

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Falling for her Brother’s Best Friend_Release Week Blitz: Book Review

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Fifteen years ago, three girls were thrown together because their brothers were best friends. Now they’re all grown up, and their brothers are grown up too. The Tea for Two series tells their stories. Fans of contemporary women’s fiction will become engrossed in this new series by New York Times Bestselling Author, Noelle Adams.

FALLING FOR HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND
By Noelle Adams

Release Date: June 7, 2017

Publisher: Noelle Adams

Series: Tea for Two book #1

Word Count: 47K

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Tropes: Brother’s Best Friend

Price: $0.99 preorder; $2.99 regular

SYNOPSIS: 

After too many bad decisions in romance, Emma is going on a man-fast. For the next six months, she’s fasting from men. No sex. No dating. No soulful gazes. No fond memories of her first crush. She’s going to spend the time focusing on her career, getting in touch with herself, and helping her two best friends with the launch of their new tea room. No men.
And that includes her brother’s best friend, Noah Hart, who has just returned to their hometown.

She doesn’t want Noah anyway. He might be even hotter than he was before, but he’s not a nice guy anymore. He’s made a fortune by acting ruthless in business, and the last thing he’s looking for is small-town domestic life. He doesn’t even want to be in town again, but a sick grandmother guilted him into it. Then he has nerve to not even recognize Emma when he sees her again. Maybe it’s been seven years, but a decent guy would remember his best friend’s little sister.

Noah is not a decent guy. Anyway, Emma is on a man-fast. And she doesn’t want Noah.

At all.

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REVIEW

Falling for her Brother’s Best Friend is beautiful romantic love story with nice characters and a good storyline.

Doing justice to it’s mentioned genre of romantic comedy, this book had some really funny moments especially in the beginning of the novel which made me laugh out loud. The narrative was not only laugh out loud, it also had some emotional moments like when Noah’s dilemma and fear played havoc in his life and as a consequence both he and Emma got hurt.

One important plus point of this novel was that the author expressed the emotions and thoughts of both the main characters really well and I almost felt like I was with them.

Another thing about this novel is that as all the important characters​ have been friends right from the childhood (Falling for her Brother’s Best Friend shows these characters in there adult life) so there is a friendly atmosphere throughout the novel; this friendly atmosphere made me feel good while I was reading the book and was one of the reasons why I enjoyed it.

Finally I would say this love story of Emma and Noah is quite a enjoyable read that I would definitely like to recommend to all romance lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐

(4 out of 5 stars)

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She waited to see if Noah would complain about her walking home alone at night, but he didn’t. He just said, “I’ll walk with you.”
She started to object—automatically but for no particular reason—but she stopped the words from coming out. There was no reason he couldn’t walk a couple of blocks with her. He would probably insist on it, even if she tried to object.

“Okay,” she said. “Thanks.”

They didn’t speak as they walked down the sidewalk and crossed the street to her building. But she was intensely aware of Noah’s presence beside her. It felt so strong, so masculine, so… man.

Why the hell did she always seem to want him so much?

She should know better by now.

She was feeling strangely shy when they reached the front entrance to her building, and she turned to face him, dropping her eyes. “Thanks again.”

“No problem.” There was that husky note in his voice, the one she really liked.

She didn’t dare to look up at him. “I could have made it on my own, you know.”

“I know that.” God, just the sound of his voice sent shivers up and down her spine.

“No matter what you think, I’m not a little girl anymore.”

She had no idea why she was saying this. She was just rambling, too nervous to think through the words that were coming out of her mouth. And she was seriously having to hold herself back from reaching out toward him, taking hold his shirt and pulling him closer.

He smelled so incredibly good. Not anything as strong as aftershave, but something warm and expensive.

She wanted to smell him even more.

She wanted to feel him.

She wanted to taste him.

She wanted to…

He reached out and tilted up her face so she was looking at him. “I know you’re not a little girl, Emma.”

Emma.

He’d called her Emma.

“You do?” she whispered, the world shuddering in front of her eyes.

“Damn it, Emma,” he rasped thickly, raising his other arm so he was holding her face in both hands. “Surely you know I’m seeing you as anything but a little girl.”

She was trembling now, and there was absolutely no way she could hold herself back. He was holding her face like she was precious, and the look in his eyes…

So filled with heat and hunger. She’d never seen anything like it.

She grabbed onto his shirt like she’d always wanted to and drew him even nearer, and then he was finally, finally kissing her.

Naturally, she was kissing him back.

ABOUT NOELLE ADAMS:

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.
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Remember: Book Review

Remember

REMEMBER 
by Joan Carney

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 7, 2016

SYNOPSIS

When a freak accident robs Gracie of her memory, the lines between reality and fantasy blur. Now there’s only one gift Gracie wants this Christmas, and the only man (Jack) who can bring it is not Santa.

REVIEW

Remember is a well written book with a interesting storyline. In mere 94 pages (of epub) it touches upon many different topics such as romance, emotional abuse and memory loss.

It is first person narrative alternating between three characters Jack, Gracie and Todd. All the characters were relatable, the emotions of all the characters were well shown and the narrative gave a direct entry into their minds. I think Todd’s character got only a little time in the narrative so I wished that I could see him more.

“The pain showing in his eyes could not have been more intense if he’d been hit with a grenade. But what could I do? No way could I start a relationship with someone else without knowing who I am first.”
~Gracie

Gracie and Jack’s​ love story is sweet, emotional, heartwarming and very beautiful. A special mention is Gracie’s best friend, the hero who helped Gracie and Jack to come together. Even though she had a short presence in the story but still she was able to make a mark in my heart.

“And even if no other memories returned to me, if my life before the fountain catastrophe remained a blank slate, I’d always have this moment and Jack’s love to remember.”~Gracie

Finally I would say if you are a fan of heartwarming contemporary romances then you would definitely love Remember.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐

(4 stars out of 5)

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This book is available in Kindle Unlimited. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Joan Carney

A transplant from the concrete sidewalks of New York City to the sunny beaches of Southern California, Ms. Carney enjoys writing stories about women who are strong—whether by nature or circumstance—and the men who love and respect them for who they are. Things that make her happy are rainy days (too much sun is a bore), writing the perfect first line, family get-togethers, reading books that grab her heart, and finding new connections in her genealogy research. Bold coffee and dark chocolate fuel the artistic fire inspired by her family, friends, and psycho, lizard hunting cat. You can find and contact Joan here: – WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreads 

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On Air: Book Review

ON AIR 
(Lorem University#1)

By Anna Viola-Peg

Genres: Erotica

SYNOPSIS

A sexy short story exploring the forbidden desire between a teacher and his student.

Maggie is a bright journalism undergraduate who loves writing but hates broadcast. So when the dreadful radio module comes along, she knows she won’t do well – so she spends her lectures fantasizing about the young seminar tutor.

Mr Finian is an exemplary academic, famous for making even the worst of students excel. And when he is faced with Maggie’s shy voice and dislike for his subject, he decides to teach her an unconventional lesson.

Anna Viola-Peg’s debut story ‘On Air’ is nothing but 6000 words of pure hot tension, dominance and a satisfying twist to the famous taboo fantasy.

REVIEW

Having already read and loved the author’s second book Soaking in the Cure, I had pretty high expectations from this book. Though I loved this book a bit less than the second one but still it was a quite enjoyable read.

“I will press this big red button here and from that point on you are not allowed to say anything. Making sounds is fine; I even encourage you to be as loud as you can. We have to build that confidence.”

“If you break this rule…” he paused and something dark passed through his face…

Maggie is a shy girl who loves journalism but only wants to do print stories because she doesn’t like the way she sounded. She had a bit of similarity with me so I felt Maggi’s character to be quite relatable and definitely likeable.

Mr Finian’s character is also good. I loved his unconventional way of teaching.

Been a erotic story it has sex scenes but that is not everything this novel is comprised off. I think that is what I like about this author’s erotic stories, they don’t only have steamy scenes but also have a interesting storyline.

After this book ended I was left wanting for more because I wanted to know a bit more about Mr Finian and Maggie’s​ relation after that last incident in the story. Though this is not a cliffhanger but I feel that I want a sequel where the relation of this two people will be explored more.

I would like to recommend this book to all erotic short story lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐

(4 out of 5 stars)

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