Saturday, 22 November 2014

❤ Blog Tour ❤ Giveaway ❤ Not Quite Forever (Not Quite #4) ❤ Catherine Bybee ❤


Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, shes prepared to write him offuntil fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he
s determined to win her back. For the first time in years, he knows hes ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakotas doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want?

ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

This is the 4th book in the "Not Quite" series by Catherine Bybee, but can be read as a stand alone.  I have not read the first three books in the series - yet! - and I did not feel I missed anything.

Dakota Lauren is an uber-successful romance writer - with no romance in her life.  I guess when you write happy ever afters your expectations are going to be high for what you want in real life?

You know what I loved most about Dakota Lauren?  I loved that we got a glimpse - kinda - into a romance writer's head.  Wonder if she is at all based on our Ms Bybee here???

Dr Walt Eddy doesn't want love or a relationship.  No time, no inclination. As a worker with Borderless Doctors (think Doctors Without Borders) he is all about saving others.

When these two's world's collide there is sparks and maybe, just maybe, they could be just what the other is looking for.

I did have to chuckle at a scene with Dr Walt at a book convention.  I have been to signings and have seen the way ladies are around the cover models so this made it all the more hilarious while reading!  
Then again, when it is a hotty like Dr Sexy Walt, who could blame a woman?

I was so glad that this was not an easy relationship for Dakota and Walt.  Sure I get the insta-lust, but I can't stand it when a couple goes from meeting to I love You in 3.5 seconds.  Both our characters are flawed, have their dramas from their past that are affecting them and their relationships today.  I loved being taken along for the ride as they deal with past actions, move on with life and maybe, just maybe, fall in love.

I gotta say, I was not a fan of Dakota's parents, especially her witch of a mother!  Worried about her social standing rather than her daughter - grrrr makes me mad!!  I wanted to give a big middle finger salute to her!

So do the sexy doctor and sexy author get it together?  Is there a HEA just like she writes about in their future?

 Nope, for that you are going to have to read for yourself.

Ms Bybee write a sweet, funny romance like no one else.  I have read quite a few of her books and I have never been disappointed yet.

If you are after a quick, sweet, fun read, then give Not Quite Forever a go.

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.  


Friday, 21 November 2014

✿ Release Blitz ✿ Sugar Rush (Friend-Zoned #3) ✿ Belle Aurora ✿

"I could not put this book down. It was laugh out loud funny, hot, romantic, sweet, and it even had me tearing up in parts. A perfect addition to an incredible series." ~ The Romance Room 

"Ms Aurora has created a group of friends that you can't help but be envious of and want in your own life. You cannot help but fall in love with each and every one of them." ~ BJ's Book Blog (eep, that's me!!)

Max Leokov has watched the people around him find love.

At one point in life, he not only wanted that, but lived for it.
He loved once. He loved with all his heart.

His heart broken, he was left to care for his young daughter.

He deserves a second chance.

Helena Kovac has spent years studying.

She has worked her ass off to get her degree.

She doesn't have time for love. Hell, she doesn't have time to mess around, even.

Books and work are her life. Everything else comes second.

When Max and Helena join forces to help his daughter, Ceecee, they are shocked at the spark between them.

A cynic.
A workaholic.

When love hits, it hits hard.

And sometimes, love hurts.

 ARC received for an honest review

This is the 3rd book in the Friend-Zones series, and while it could be read as a stand alone, why the heck would you want to miss out on the goodness that is Friend Zoned and Love Thy Neighbour.

Since we first met Max in the first two books, I have wanted, no needed to know more about him!
Sexy, funny, and completely in love with his daughter, he makes women's ovaries explode with a smile and a wink.

Except Helena.

Helena seems immune to his hotness, seems to actually hate Max Leokov and no one knows why.

Oh wow, the attraction between these two!  The sparks fly whenever they are in the same room, and you sure as hell don't want to be caught in the crossfire!  You will come down with proximity lust if you do!

I could completely understand Helena's feelings, her hesitance to get involved with Max.  Though I cannot confirm nor deny that I wanted to take her place!!

I loved learning more about Max and CeeCee's mum - though I wanted to slap the crap out of her grrrr.  What a bitch is all I can say (cos I need to be polite on here, but I may have called her a few choice names while reading about her).

So, will Helena and Max get together?  Will they get their happy ending

Nope, for that you are going to have to read for yourself.

I love love LOVED that we got more of the guys and gals from the first two books.  I especially loved and laughed out loud at the interactions between Helena and her sister's Nat and Nina.  OMG the way they talk to each other is hilarious!  

Can't forget the other guys, and of course the girls Tina, Nat and the girls of the boutique.  And we needed more Nina.

And we can't forget Max's girl CeeCee.  She is just a scene stealer!

The only bad thing about Sugar Rush - all the talk about cupcakes had me craving them soooooooo bad!  Like seriously, I would have killed for a sweet, sweet cupcake while reading (and I was too lazy to make any for myself!!)

Ms Aurora has created a group of friends that you can't help but be envious of and want in your own life.  You cannot help but fall in love with each an every one of them.

But now we need more of Nina!

Belle Aurora is twenty seven years old and was born in the land down under. 

At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown's Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance. 

Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love. 

Humorous romance novels. 

Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles. 

Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013 Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love. 

With words. 

With writing. 

With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored. 

Friend-Zoned is the first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.