18.11.17

Blog Tour: In Between the Earth and Sky by Heidi Hutchinson (Review & Giveaway!!)



Title: In Between the Earth and Sky
Author: Heidi Hutchinson
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

About In Between the Earth and Sky
What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?

Remington Rohan was not a rule follower.

Former model (though not one of the “super” kind), successful influencer and life coach. Currently paid to tell people how to achieve the best from their lives and careers. In other words, a complete contradiction to how he preferred to live—namely, on his own terms and without input from others.
Everything about his life was going according to plan.

Until he started spending way too much time with a woman who defied his prejudices and challenged his beliefs.

Lydia Larkin was not a genius.

Gifted, clever, and stubborn. Raised on star maps and Hendrix, she was born an explorer. Temporarily tied down to a private sector science job, she knew she was biding her time before she was off to discover and build something new.

Not one to let society tell her who she was, she wasn’t about to let a professional influencer tell her she had to change to be happy.

Buckle up and brace for impact.
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Review: 

As soon as I read the summery for In Between the Earth and Sky, I knew I had to read it. Lydia sounded like an interesting and unique character, and as a scientist myself, I was curious to see how her private sector science job was worked into the plot. 

The Result? In Between the Earth and Sky is different, very different from any contemporary romance book I've read before. 

When I first finished it, I couldn't decide if it was a good different or a bad different, and after some thinking, I've come to the conclusion that it is a good different. 

In Between the Earth and Sky isn't your typical romance - it's messy, sometimes more sad than happy, and those HEA endings I've come to love often seemed more out of reach than in reach. 

Yet this book is strangely compelling - there's something about Lydia's narrative as well as Rem's that made me want to read more. I wanted to know more about Lydia's unorthodox upbringing, why her mother insisted on calling her on only landlines. I wanted to see Rem loose control, to let loose and let nature take over. 

The best way to describe Lydia is as a wild child. She's eccentric, focused more on living her life to the fullest than material possessions. She's carefree in most senses; however, throughout the book, there's something about Lydia's that's sad, and as the book progressed, more and more about that was revealed. 

As much as Lydia's carefree and a rule breaker, Rem is that much more of a rule follower and straight-laced. He's the typical business man, always focused on getting his next big project underway. Until Lydia comes along and changes everything. Suddenly, he's missing meetings, failing to meet obligations and dealings; instead, he's hiking to see an unusual plant or going on a non-stop road trip to Arizona. I loved seeing this change in him, seeing how with the help of one person, everything could change and for the better. At first, I didn't like Rem that much. I didn't like the way he treated Lydia; however, the further I go into In Between the Earth and Sky, the more I liked him.

I won't say too much about the plot, as I think it's something you need to experience for yourself. I will say, though, that it's adventurous and slightly chaotic in a sense. Heidi truly manages to channel Lydia's behavior and ideas into the plot lines and activities, and I loved seeing that. Additionally, I liked that romance wasn't a big thing in this book; instead, friendship was focused on - how it can be messy yet wonderful, how it change you for the better or worse. 

So in all, In Between the Earth and Sky is weird, eccentric - nothing like anything I've read before. And while sometimes the differentness threw me off, it's still a read I highly valued. Basically, there's something just so compelling and readable about it - something I hope you'll discover for yourself by giving it a chance. 

Grade: B 

Source: eARC provided by publicist for blog tour 


About the Author:
Heidi Hutchinson was born in South Dakota and raised the exact right distance away from the Black Hills. She had an overactive imagination very early on, and wasted no time in getting most of her friends in trouble due to her unrealistic and completely ridiculous ideas. Seeing as she was so lazy and also afraid people would think she was bonkers, she didn't write down any of the story lines that played out in her daydreams.

During her high school years, she took pen to paper and filled more notebooks than she is proud of with angsty, depressing, self-deprecating poetry. This led to her writing down more things: notes, ideas, character bios, plot twists that had no plot yet to twist. After years of cleaning up her own scraps of imagination with nothing solid to hold on to, she sat down and wrote the story that had been in her head the longest. Fueled by coffee and her unwavering and perfectly normal devotion to Dave Grohl, she discovered a writer living inside of her.

She still lives in the Midwest, though not as close to the Black Hills as she would prefer, with her alarmingly handsome husband and their fearless child. They eat more pizza than God intended and she listens to her music the same way she lives: loudly.
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Blog Tour: Dial Meow for Murder by Bethany Blake (Review & Giveaway!!)



Dial Meow for Murder
A Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #2
by Bethany Blake
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Even an experienced pet sitter like Daphne Templeton can be fooled by animal behavior: how can an adorably tiny fuzz ball named Tinkleston be capable of sudden flying leaps with cat claws bared? But human behavior remains even more mysterious, especially when Tinkleston’s owner is murdered on the night of a gala fundraiser for Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue.
Accompanied by her unflappable basset hound, Socrates, Daphne plans to take charge of Tinks the Terror and leave the crime-solving to handsome detective Jonathan Black. But while luring the prickly Persian out of hiding, she uncovers clues that might take suspicion off her own mother. Maeve Templeton already has a reputation as a killer—in real estate. How far would she go to bag Sylvan Creek’s most coveted property, the Flynt Mansion?
To expose the truth, Daphne finds herself donning a deranged clown costume on an autumnal adventure that might just be crazy enough to work—if it doesn’t get her killed.
Includes recipes for homemade dog treats!
“Doggone charming from start to finish!” —Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author on Death by Chocolate Lab


I can never resist a good pun; therefore, as soon as I saw the punalicious title for Bethany Blake's latest Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery, I was 100% sold.

The Result? Mysterious, charming, and fast paced, Dial Meow for Murder serves up an excellent mystery with a side of small town hijinks, one grouchy, aggressive cat, and a cast of characters you can't help but utterly adore. 

Dial Meow for Murder is actually the second book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series, and while I hadn't read the first book, I had almost no issues following along. Bethany did a great job of describing who everyone was as well as giving a good overall run down of what occurred in the last book. 

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the setting. What can I say I love a good small town setting, especially when it offers up an eccentric cast of characters. Better yet, this book is actually set in my neck of the woods (the Poconos) so that was a lot of fun to see as well. I thought Bethany did a great job of capturing the small town feel the Poconos has to offer. 

Daphne, the main character in Dial Meow for Murder, was someone I liked from the get-go. She was sort of a mess, especially in regards to her romantic life as well as her constant need to go sleuthing where she shouldn't, but it just made her all the more lovable as well as relatable, in my opinion. Additionally, I loved seeing her different friendships and relationships evolve as the book progressed. Her relationship with her mother was laugh-out-loud funny, especially when she got her mother going about something. I also loved the dynamic between her and detective Jonathan Black. It was a classic love-hate relationship. 

Now for the mystery....I thought Bethany did a great job of developing it. There were cleverly placed clues throughout the novel that constantly kept me guessing and attempting to figure out who the killer was. I completely didn't see the killer coming - I have to say that 100% surprised me! I also enjoyed that in addition to the murder mystery, Bethany introduces several other mysteries, such as who's stalking Daphne and what is is Daphne's on again/off again boyfriend is trying to tell her? All these plot lines and more made for an easy, fun read. 

In all, Dial Meow for Murder is a great addition to the cozy mystery world. I look forward to reading more by Bethany Blake. 

Grade: B 

Dial Meow for Murder is now out! 

Source: eARC provided by publisher 

Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she's not writing, cooking for pets and people or riding horses, she's wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley's Premium Pet Care.

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17.11.17

Blog Tour: The Sweetheart Mystery (Brash & Brazen, #4) by Cheryl Ann Smith (Review & Giveaway!!)




The Sweetheart Mystery
Brash & Brazen #4
by Cheryl Ann Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Harper Jane Evans is so over pro cheerleading but she’s not quite ready for prison. Good thing she’s got a badass ex-boyfriend ready to go to bat for her . . .
Sure, Harper made a few unsavory threats against her team’s manager—she’d had a few drinks and she despised the skimpy uniform he expected her to wear. That didn’t mean she wanted him dead. But when the sleazy dude is found murdered in his tighty whiteys, Harper is the number one suspect—and former FBI agent Noah Slade is the one man who can help. Too bad she once told Noah she never wanted to see him again . . .
Noah may have done a number on Harper’s heart all those years ago, but he’s determined to do right by her now. Yet the fiery beauty isn’t the only demon from his past, which makes hunting down a murderer by her side . . . complicated—never mind the powerful attraction still pulsing between them. Good thing he’s willing to do just about anything to keep from losing Harper again. And an old love just might bring her a new career—assuming she can stay out of jail . . .




The Sweetheart Mystery, Cheryl Ann Smith's latest addition to the Brash & Brazen series, combines two of my favorite things: romance and mystery. So it's no surprise that I dove into this as soon as it arrived on my iPad. 

The Result? The Sweetheart Mystery is such a fun read! The mystery kept me on my toes, the romance was sweet and sexy, and the main characters always had me laughing. Plus, it had a fainting goat, and really, how can you not love that? 

The Sweetheart Mystery introduces us to Harper Jane Evans and Noah Slade, teenage sweethearts turned adult enemies. 

Harper Jane Evans is feisty, stubborn, and maybe a tad bit too loose with her mouth - the later of which is what has gotten her in so much trouble lately. Everyone thinks she's murdered her nasty, womanizer boss, but that's far from the truth - she was just caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. From the moment Harper is introduced, I liked her. I loved her sass and her determination, and I could relate to her foot-in-mouth disease, because been there done yet - thankfully, not bad enough to land me in Harper's position, though. I especially loved how she was able to take life's lemons and turn them into lemonade. Her and her dedication to driving her  junker rental car always had me laughing out loud. 

Noah Slade, on the other hand, is strong, slightly aloof, and handsome - all traits I love in a hero. What made him so relatable, though, was the fact that he did screw up, especially when it came to Harper. While sometimes it made me want to yell at him - even more so when it came to light what he did to Harper back in high school - I respected him for trying to make things right by winning Harper's innocence and maybe even her heart back in the process. The only real compliant I have about his character is that I wish more was discussed regarding his FBI background, but overall not the biggest of issues. 

The romance and mystery, both of which attracted me to this book in the first place, were great. Harper and Noah were great together, and I just loved the funny back-and-forth banter they constantly had going on, especially when Harper's junker rental was in the picture. Better yet, I loved Noah's determination to always bring Harper down to Earth, especially when she was going a little bit crazy from all the bad going around. The mystery was a suspenseful whodunit, and I have to say, I completely didn't call the killer correctly. Additionally, I loved the edition of the fainting, drama queen goat, a goat that was in love with Harper, as well as its eccentric owner. Both brought some quality moment to the book as well. 

In all, The Sweetheart Mystery is an enjoyable romantic mystery read! I'm excited to read more by Cheryl Ann Smith in the future. 

Grade: B+

The Sweetheart Mystery is now out! 

Source: eARC provided by publisher  


National bestselling author Cheryl Ann Smith became hooked on romance at age fourteen when she stayed up all night to read The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Her own writing journey happened much later, when one afternoon she ran out of books and decided to write her own. Previously, she has published five sexy Regency novels and one novella with Berkley in her School for Brides series.



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