Monday, June 21, 2021

Review - The Layover

I picked up book last week to listen to at work and discovered this new gem by Lacie Waldon. The Layover is her debut novel, an enemies to lovers romantic comedy. I originally read about it in a Goodreads giveaway (which I didn't win) so I was delighted to find it on audible. I listened to it all in a day and loved every minute of it. 

I absolutely loved this book! I think it’s because I love to fly, but also because I have a couple of friends who worked as flight attendants and they always came back with some fantastic stories about the various goofy people on their flights. While the passenger antics make up a small part of the book, it adds depth to the overall story. 

Ava is a newly engaged flight attendant working her last flight which includes a 24-hour layover at a beach resort in Belize. She’s been working the skies for nearly 9 years now and has her job down to a science. Typically unflappable, her professionalism is pushed to the limit with an eccentric, yet lovable, young flight attendant who traded for this layover flight and Jack, a former Air Force pilot who is now working as a flight attendant in the civilian world. Never mind that he has a reputation as a player looking to date as many flight attendants as he possibly can. 

Sensing a spark of romance, Ava and Jack team up to play matchmakers to two other coworkers on this flight resulting in some laugh out loud exchanges between all the characters. 

Maintenance problems add an extra 24-hours to their layover on the beach in Belize which is when it becomes more and more apparent that Ava and Jack are falling for each other. Add a fiancé that wants her to be nothing more than a trophy wife and romance ensues.

I love the way they come together at the end, especially with a little help from the Captain along the way. 

In all honesty, the fact that her brand new engagement ended up being called off was a tad predictable. We knew it was coming from the beginning, but it was quite satisfying when it did.

This is the debut novel by Lacie Waldon that keeps you grounded with fun, but leave you flying high. I look forward to reading more! 

Now… where can I get my hands on some deep dish pizza?


Find Lacie Waldon on line - Website - Goodreads - Barnes & Noble - Amazon


This book just hit the shelves last week. I highly recommend adding it to your summer reading list! In the meantime, happy reading!

 - Heather


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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Grant’s Crossing Update - Overall for June

I’m making progress on Joey’s book. I’ve added close to 20,000 words since the beginning to June. 

I don’t actually have titles yet for the books I’m currently writing, so I’m naming each one by the main character whose story, or stories, I’m writing. Joey has been speaking to me lately. He has a good story to tell. 

CALLIE/DEREK     142K (It’s a mess = Editing / Rewriting / Dropping a lit match on it)

ABE     12,203K

JOEY     34,465K

KIRO/CELESTE     9,622K


Happy reading! 


 - Heather


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Monday, June 14, 2021

Review - Undercover Bromance

OMG This book was hilarious!

I wanted to share my review of Lyssa Kay Adams' Undercover Bromance. This is the 2nd in a (so far) trilogy of hilarious romances featuring a group of, shall I say, prominent, well-known, famous men in the Nashville sports and nightclub scenes. 

There's a group of men who are business owners, professional athletes, etc, who have started a romance book club because they believe that romance novels are, more or less, step-by-step how-to manuals on how to romance ladies. 

And of course, first rule of Bromance Book Club? 

Don't talk about Bromance Book Club. Obviously.

This is book 2 of the series which features one of the men from book 1 and Thea's sister, Liz. I'm glad I read this one first because I liked Liz in this. After reading the first book (well, listening to the first book) I didn't like her at all, so I'm glad this was my first taste of this series. 

From my Goodreads review

OMG This book was hilarious! Especially the undercover parts with The Russian, whose actual name I learned about 80% of the way through the book.

This story follows a pastry chef, Liz, and Braden Mack, a well-off nightclub owner in Nashville who, along with a bunch of other well known men, have a secret romance book club. While showing off for a date, he creates an accident that causes him to lose his date and for her to get fired from a fancy restaurant run by a cocky chef who feels that all his female employees are there for the taking and if they say no, he has them all blacklisted in town.

Seems he has a history of sexually harassing the women who work for him, so the story follows a pissed off Liz who wants to get back at him and Mack, who decides to help her after getting dumped for the first time in his life.

When she finds herself in over her head, the guys in the book club step in to help and OMG - it’s so funny. There were parts, especially in the scenes where Noah is recruited in. (Don’t want to give any specifics) I have not busted out laughing like that in I don’t know how long while reading a book.

Great story with a wonderful and quirky cast of characters that will leave you laughing while tugging at your heartstrings the entire way.

***

The 1st and 3rd books were fantastic. Each one of these books actually tackles some tough issues while making the romancing itself the hilarious part. Admittedly, the 3rd book was not as funny as the first two, but it really tugged at your heartstrings and you just need to read it. 

Lyssa Kay Adams - Goodreads - Barnes & Noble - Amazon

Book 4? Coming out July 20 and it features: THE RUSSIAN! I can't wait. Vlad is terrific, but don't feed him any cheese. 

Just sayin'.


 - Heather


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Monday, June 7, 2021

Review - The Man From Darke County

This book was awesome! 

Have you read The Man From Darke County by N. Sullivan? If you haven’t, pick it up today and read it this week. It’s a fun, super quirky, well-written detective novel that touches on a bit of the paranormal. And, it’s set right here in Ohio.

Last summer, I just wanted to read a few pages so I could reference this book in my own book that I’m writing and two hours later, I’d read the whole thing. I couldn’t put it down it was so much fun to read. 

The Man From Darke County was an enjoyable read that did not at all go a direction I expected it to go, which is probably why it was such fun. 

A detective, deemed crazy by his fellow policemen, is pulled off suspension to join in with a police detective from a neighboring county filled with a most unusual populace. 

Be warned: there’s a lot of snark in the dialogue which is part of what appealed to me. Anytime an author can fill a character’s dialogue with copious amounts of sarcasm, I’m a happy camper. 

If you like detective novels and are looking for something a little different, I highly recommend you read this book. 

As for me, I’m looking forward to reading the sequel!

Find N. Sullivan online at Amazon - Patreon - Twitter 

If you’re unfamiliar with Patreon, as I was, it’s a digital subscription service that allows you to support your favorite indie authors with their audio stories, podcasts, behind the scenes footage, and all sorts of other fun content. You’re welcome to support at a variety of levels established by the various hosts. I encourage you to follow the link above and learn more. 

Read my original Goodreads review.

In the meantime, thanks and happy reading!

     - Heather 


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