Book Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

25111004Title: November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster
Page count: 310 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Rating – 5 stars

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

It’s been a little over a month since I read November 9 and I have now had enough time to process my abundant feelings about it. I started the book on November 9th with the intention of reading it on that one day but I ended up taking a few days to finish because I didn’t really want to finish it, if that makes any sense at all.

November 9 was actually my first Colleen Hoover book. I don’t know if it was the best one to start off with but that’s okay, because I really loved it. I ended up giving it five stars.

So, November 9 is a contemporary romance novel about a Fallon, who is a former actress turned voice actress. When Fallon was younger, her father’s house caught fire with Fallon in it and as a result she is scarred on half of her body. She is really self-conscious about her scars until she meets Ben, who is the first guy to make her feel as though her scars make her beautiful. They are both travelling two very different roads in their lives but there is not denying that sparks fly between them, unable to commit to a steady relationship for reasons of their own, they agree to live their lives (with one homework assignment each) and meet up every November 9.

Wow! So I really loved this story. It was definitely a very unique plot, or at least one that I haven’t yet read. I was instantly intrigued when I read the synopsis but it was actually better than the synopsis lead me to think it would be. It is told in the alternating perspectives of both Fallon and Ben. I loved them both as our main characters. They are both far from perfect, which I loved about them. They each have their unique set of problems that we got to see as they separated and lived their lives up to the next November 9th when they would meet again. It was wonderful how they would separate and pick right back up where they left off the year before. I loved seeing the different journey’s they both took during their time apart and how meeting each other shaped their lives and who they became while the years went by.

This book definitely went places that I didn’t think it would go when I started reading it and even towards the middle half. I am not going to spoil anything in case you haven’t read it yet, but yeah…I was surprised, which is a good thing. This book gave me a lot of feels…warm, fuzzy ones and then it also broke my heart and crushed it into tiny pieces. It definitely has some of my new favorite quotes in it. ❤

Needless to say, I loved this book and gave it five stars. If you haven’t read this book, you totally should! Especially if you are into contemporary romances, I believe this one qualifies as a New Adult Romance although I am not too well versed on that genre. It’s definitely possible to read this in one sitting, for sure! I am ready to read more Colleen Hoover, let me know if you have any recommendations on which of her books to read next. I do have It Ends with US ready to go on my shelf but I will probably read that one in January!

Blog Tour Book Review: The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

the-boy-is-back-coverAbout The Boy is Back

• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (October 18, 2016)

In this brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.

Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit.  Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night.  And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot. I received this book from the publisher Harper Collins through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.

Truthfully I have never read a Meg Cabot book, but I have always been curious about her books because I hear so much about them. Because of that, when I had the opportunity to review a The Boy is Back I jumped at the chance to read a book from this author.

The Boy is Back is a cute contemporary about a boy and a girl who lost touch after a very eventful prom night and are thrust back together when he comes back to town to take care of family business.

This book was a lot of fun for me to read because it was told in a way that I had not previously encountered, but that I ended up loving quite a bit. The story itself is delivered through a range of media such as newspaper articles, emails, text messages, instant messaging, speech to text transcription and Facebook. This really intrigued me because I was so curious about how well the characters and the events of the story would translate to the reader through alternating media rather than traditional prose. I really, really loved it. I thought it was a really fun way to read and interact with the story. I also felt like my reading time was far less because I was sucked in to the story through the various different ways it was being told. It felt a little bit like gossiping with my best friend. It did give me some feels, especially towards the end.

I really enjoyed the actual plot, although not a  complicated one, I thought it was fun. I always heard that Meg Cabot’s books were addicting and like a sweet treat and I definitely agree. It was a cute, fun romance with a small touch of mystery and a whole lot of family drama and I was all there for it. I was impressed with how the character’s separate attitudes and personalities came through so well in a book written in the different formats but now I’m thinking that I really dig that and am looking forward to reading more books like this! I also want to read more of Meg Cabot’s book so if anyone has any recommendations on which ones to read, let me know! This book is also apparently part of a book series, although I think this is a standalone in that series (I hope that made sense). I believe the other books in the series are told in the same format so, yes, I will be reading those! I am giving this book four stars!

Also, this cover is wonderful! I really love this style of book cover!

If you are looking for a cute contemporary to enjoy or to get you out of a reading slump, check this book out!

Photo by Ali Smith

Photo by Ali Smith

About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her award-winning adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of bestselling young adult fiction, including The Princess Diaries and the Mediator series. More than twenty-five million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Find out more about Meg at her website, follow her blog, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Book Review: Southernmost by Sarah Sadler

31080280Title: Southernmost by Sarah Sadler
Genre:  Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Blue French Press
Page count: 338 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Rating – 5/5!!

In this engaging new novel from critically acclaimed author of southern literature Sarah Sadler, Southernmost delivers a charismatic account of one woman’s journey through the rigors of starting over in life and love. Set in the charming city of Charleston, South Carolina, Southernmost is a satisfying spin-off to Sadler’s debut novel Southern Solstice and firmly establishes the sophomore author with a stand-alone release that is sure to capture new and return readers alike.

Former Alabama beauty queen Kayla Carter is given an ultimatum by her wealthy ex-boyfriend Jackson Winslow – either move to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina with their seven-year-old daughter or support herself on a waitress’s salary. She relocates only to discover Jackson’s life is suddenly in shambles, and he has become a broke, undependable and depressed alcoholic.

Kayla hesitantly establishes herself in Charleston’s bustling culinary scene and becomes involved in a delicious fling with a free-spirited and visceral photographer. While she navigates the turbulent waters of Jackson’s new emotional state and fights feelings for him that she’s suppressed for years, Kayla’s personal success is overshadowed by an unexpected complication.

With a secret from the past threatening the chance of restoring her family, Kayla forces herself to break Jackson’s heart – and her own – once and for all, or risk everything by facing the shameful truth that has kept them apart.

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Happy Monday everyone! Today I am SUPER excited to share with you my review for one of my most highly anticipated books of this year: Southernmost written by Sarah Sadler. I had the pleasure of reviewing her first novel Southern Solstice (click to see that review) back in 2015. I was really fortunate to have received a copy of Southernmost from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of it as well!

Southernmost is a contemporary fiction book about a woman named Kayla who at her ex’s request, moves to Charleston with their young daughter Avery. She has more or less  been living in the shadow of Jackson’s relationship with his ex, Larken and she immediately feels out of place in the new town. When Jackson’s bad decisions concerning Larken impact their lives in unseen ways, Kayla’s world is further thrown off kilter which may actually have been just what she needed to find her place and people in Charleston.

Since I absolutely loved Southern Solstice, I had really high expectations for Southernmost and it really delivered. Sarah Sadler has done it to me a second time. I loved this book but I am not at all surprised. It’s been a full year and a few months since I read Southern Solstice and while I remembered adoring it, I couldn’t exactly remember the specifics of why and reading Southernmost reminded me exactly why from the very first page.

This book was beautifully written. The language is gorgeous and the characters are so wonderfully fleshed out. My most favorite thing about a Sarah Sadler book is the characterization, she is an ace at characterization. All of the characters in this book made an impact on me. I cared so deeply for all of them (except Justin!) and each of them just really felt like old friends to me. Slipping back into this world was such a comfort, but it was also really thrilling to unfold Kayla’s story – her coming into her own and her romantic story line as well.

I also loved that this book, although it took place amongst the same people as Southern Solstice and in the same place, you don’t have to have read it to read this one. It can definitely stand on its own although it was definitely great to have that background on the people and certain events that had transpired in the first book to put a few things in this book into clearer perspective. This book is not more about Larken, so if you’re expecting that, you won’t get it in this book although we do see a bit of her. But don’t fret! Our main character Kayla, is every bit as wonderful of a character as Larken is. I do have to say that Jackson Winslow has impeccable taste in women.

I truly can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed my time with this book. I could have read it in one sitting but I chose to draw it out and enjoy it for as long as I could but there came a point where I just couldn’t anymore and I needed to devour it. My copy at this point looks pretty well read because I took it with me everywhere. This book will definitely give you all the feels…it certainly gave me all the feels!!

I am giving Southernmost a five star review, hands down. One of my favorite 2016 reads for sure…perfect for reading at the beach or to just curl up with at night for some good romance. If you are a fan of contemporary romances definitely pick this one up although I feel like the romance angle is just one piece of this book, there is so much more dealing with family, southern life and Kayla’s journey to really being comfortable with herself. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Southernmost, you purchase it on Amazon! (Isn’t the cover gorgeous?)

P.S. I’m still waiting for the first book to be adapted to film and now I also need a sequel. Ahhh!

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img_3040About the Author

With her first song published at the age of twelve, Sarah Sadler had a pretty good notion early on that words would be her compass.  Nurtured by a wildly creative family full of Opera singers, inventors, pianists, hippies, preachers, pageant girls, master gardeners, world travelers and fellow writers, Sarah explored every gamut of where words and their possibilities could take her.

A sixth generation North Carolinian, Sarah’s family moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming when she was nine (where an insatiable love of the Wild West was born) before returning to Nashville, TN where much of her writing is influenced by the rich cultural distinction of being born a southern woman.

Sarah lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and their young son. When she’s not writing books and songs, she’s riding horses.

Blog Tour Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game coverAbout The Hating Game

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 9, 2016)

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

                       2) A person’s undoing

                       3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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It’s Monday!! Today I’m fortunate to share my review of a really good book! I’d like to start off by sending a big thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher Harper Collins for giving the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

The Hating Game is a contemporary romance about two people who can’t stand each other, Lucinda and Joshua. They both work at a publishing company that is headed by two co-CEOs and they are basically rivals; each other’s polar opposite. This game of rivalry has been going on since day one. They exchange banter all day that is witty, biting and often borders on flirtation. But the two are convinced of their long time hate for the other and it seems to spin into overdrive when they are pitted against the other for a promotion. With this new development and also their not so subtle flirtation, the game just gets a little more intense every day.

I haven’t read a contemporary romance in quite awhile although I have been itching to read one (evidence of this exists on my bookshelf right this moment). When I first read about The Hating Game it sounded like it would be a fun read for the summer and  I loved that it was described as a rom com. I don’t read many rom coms but I am definitely a rom com movie fan!

I was hooked from the beginning of this book. I loved pretty much everything about it…I loved the writing, the characters, the pacing of the plot. It is straightforward, hilarious, witty and most importantly, biting. I love these characters. I loved the dynamic between our two main characters right away. Their banter is super entertaining and super hot! They were like the modern Darcy and Elizabeth if they had met in the workplace and had rival careers. Their banter just reminded me of that sort of dynamic – which is one that I love.

I definitely was not expecting to love this book to the degree that I did. It was a super fun read that kept me ripping through the pages, totally a “read in one sitting” kind of book. It was really fast paced. It’s 363 pages but it didn’t feel that way because how fast the plot moved which kept me up reading all night because the sauciness of these character was just off the charts.This may actually be my most favorite read of this year. I think this book has some of the best sexual tension between characters that I have read thus far. I also didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was. I found myself giggling out loud and I HAD to put it down a few times and gush to my husband about how good it was.

I want this book to be a movie. Hollywood please make this a movie and cast either Emma Roberts or Anna Kendrick as Lucinda. I’m not sure who I would pick to play Joshua…maybe Liam Hemsworth?

If you are a contemporary romance fan, do yourself a favor and pick up this book now! You will not be sorry, it is awesome! I HIGHLY recommend giving this a read if you are looking for a great contemporary romance read. The author’s next book is coming out in 2017 and I will be highly anticipating it! Sally Thorne is definitely an author to watch. Five stars!

P.S. This book is beautiful. I love the cover design and the colors that were used.It’s super attractive and cute and it’s one of those floppy, soft matte covers that is so comfortable to read. Love it!

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Photo credit Katie Saarikko

Photo credit Katie Saarikko

About Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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Book Review: Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by JoJo Moyes

15507958Title: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Genre: Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Length: 385 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication date: January 5, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books
Rating: 5/5

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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I am so late to the JoJo Moyes train. I bought Me Before You about a year ago and have had it sitting on my shelf ever since. When I heard the movie was in development I was thrilled and knew I had to move it up on my “to read” list. Since then I have been hearing great things about it and couldn’t wait to pick it up. I was in the mood for a romantic read, something light and it conveniently happened to be a read for one of the book clubs I belong to so I finally had the chance to sit down and give this book a read.

I am happy to say that I was not disappointed and it really was exactly what I needed to get myself out of my recent reading slump that March has been proving to be. This book is about a mess of a girl named Lou who loses her job and has a douchey boyfriend that she has been with for years and a family that seems to be always ragging on her. She lands a job as a caretaker for a young paraplegic man, a job that she definitely did not want in the first place but takes in an an attempt to make ends meet. It just happens to be a job that completely changes her life. And that is really all that I want to reveal to you guys about the plot because I think everyone should read this book and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone because it is so good!

This was a slow burn romance for me and I am really glad for it. I devoured this book but I also felt like I took my time with it and really fell into the story. It was beautiful, tragic and just heartbreaking. I had heard from multiple people that this book is a tearjerker and I’m a big baby so yes, I did indeed cry in multiple spots during my read of this book and there were definitely swoonworthy moments throughout the book. I just love the image of love presented here…of a love that grows and is pure and unconditional. It was so, so beautiful.

I had not yet seen the trailer for it because I didn’t want to spoil myself but once I finished the book I put that baby on and ugh, I cried during the trailer so I know that when the movie comes out I am going to be balling my eyes out. I’m going to see it with my book club so that should be fun and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be this row of people just heartbroken and sobbing. Anyway, I need to read the sequel to this book After You, because I must know what happens next. If you haven’t given this book a read and are in the mood for a contemporary romance, I definitely recommend picking this book up. Five stars from me!

If you want to see the trailer I have linked it from the MovieClips Trailers Youtube Channel. Warning: You may get a little spoiled if you see the trailer. This looks like it is going to be a pretty faithful adaptation so I am soooo excited and the casting is amazing.

I just finished watching this again and OHH MY HEART!! Anyway, I hope you all are having a wonderful week and I have some reviews coming tomorrow and this weekend as well as, an update post on some book collecting I have been doing and maybe even a book haul post and TBR post for the next few months! I hope you all have a great Thursday!!
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Book Review: Sweet Revenge: A Scandalous Proposal From The Rogue Billionaire by Serene McCarthy

51IJ+dSea-L._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_Title:  Sweet Revenge: A Scandalous Proposal From the Rogue Billionaire by Serene McCarthy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Length: 88 pages
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface Kindle App)
Publication Date: August 14, 2015
Rating – 4/5 – really liked it!

An incidental mishap after a lunch break sends Kaitlyn Monroe skidding onto the path of a commanding debonair of a billionaire – Roy Hearst – the heir of Hearst Group. Half swooning from the chance meeting with him, she never expects to bump into the sexy stranger again! Lo and behold! He makes his appearance at the personal shopper store that she works at and makes her conclude he’s out to get back at her for colliding into him earlier by reporting on her non-punctuality. Little does she realize that this is just the beginning of a forbidden attraction between the charming playboy and her? Not only does he hire her to be his personal shopper, he even offers her an indecent proposal to play the role of his private social escort whom he can string along to various socialite functions. Can she escape from the clutches of the scheming billionaire, game for a casual cling with his new playmate? Or, is she destined to be treated in a similar fashion as one of his usual conquests after he’s gotten tired of her?

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Hello everyone! Today I am happy to share with you my review for Sweet Revenge: A Scandalous Proposal From The Rogue Billionaire, Book 1 in The Seduction Romance series by Serene McCarthy. I want to start off by mentioning that I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This story is about a young girl who is working as a personal shopper to earn enough money for college. One day a billionaire enlists her personal shopping services and she soon realizes that she is in for much much more.

I ended up really enjoying this story. At 88 pages this story is a very light read and went by really fast. I liked the storyline a lot but found myself always wishing that there was more detail in some scenes or that there were scenes left out that would have added to my enjoyment of the story like when Kaitlyn plays the piano at Arthur’s party. I would have loved to have seen that in the story and seen Roy’s reaction to her but that may also have been giving too much away about his true feelings for her.

I really enjoyed the little twist the story took at the end, it definitely surprised me and was a really sweet ending. I liked Kaitlyn a lot as our protagonist, I really liked how she blossomed towards the end of the story into a more confident and sassy character. I feel like she was still pretty sassy to begin with but I think being jilted gave her a bit more edge as it does in most of us as well. I wasn’t a fan of Roy at first though he definitely seemed intriguing and sexy but he grew on me and at the end I was like yes!

I thought the steamy scenes were great and I would definitely be interested in reading more stories in this series. When I finished reading this I found myself wishing it was longer so I could have spent more time with the story and more time basking in their romance. I love a good romance and am so late on getting on the billionaire romance train but I think I like it! You can purchase this story on Amazon (click the link). If you are a romance fan and specifically a fan of billionaire romances, check this one out! Happy reading!

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About the Author

Serene McCarthy enjoys reading contemporary women’s fiction and historical romances to get some inspiration for her own writings. A true romantic at heart who’s residing in New York together with her family, she loves to dream up new heart-warming, spicy romance comedies, coupled with some sensual details to tickle and amuse her readers. In her spare time, she loves listening to jazz and piano pieces, other than playing the game of Reversi online. As for her exercise regime, badminton tops her list of favorites.

Blog Tour Book Review – A Perfect Man by Cecilia Dominic

PerfectMan-A72lgTitle: A Perfect Man by Cecilia Dominic
Genre:  Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Page count: 293
Format: EPUB
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Rating – 4/5

How far will she go to find her perfect man? How far will he go to be one?

When Karen Hardeman sets foot on the Foothills University campus, it’s her first step toward proving her abusive ex wrong. Just her luck, her first writing assignment in Intro to Romance sends her in search of the perfect hero—a quest she’s never managed to conquer.

Worse, her professor forces her to collaborate with the most overconfident, annoying guy in the class.

Seth Sayers is also at Foothills to find new direction—preferably one that takes him far away from the family drama that’s followed him since his father’s death. He didn’t mean to humiliate Karen by rewriting her manuscript from the hero’s point of view. He blames the painkillers the ER doctor gave him after stitching up a wine-induced cut on his hand.

As their collaboration progresses, Karen begins to trust Seth with her manuscript, then maybe a little piece of her heart. But Seth’s half-brother resurrects Seth’s suspicions about his father’s death. Until he finds the truth, he can’t be the hero in anyone’s life. Even his own.

 Warning: Some alcohol consumption. Okay, writer amounts of alcohol consumption. There are also some adult situations, but nothing too explicit. It is a romance-writing class, after all.

A Perfect Man will be released May 12 from Samhain Publishing. If you’d like to read the first part of the first chapter, please check out: http://ceciliadominic.blogspot.com/2015/04/a-perfect-man-first-chapter-and.html

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Hello my beautiful readers and thank you for stopping by stop on the blog tour for Cecilia Dominic’s The Perfect Man. I want to give a BIG thank you to Cecilia Dominic for giving the the opportunity to read and review The Perfect Man and participate in the tour!

A Perfect Man is a dual perspective romance novel about a girl named Karen and a guy named Seth. They meet in a creative writing class in an MFA program where both are struggling to create their perfect stories. Sparks fly at first but then a trail of misunderstandings leads them apart until they get stuck collaborating on a romance story together for their class. It’s a bumpy ride at first but it definitely gets smoother!

A Perfect Man was just the read that I needed. I have been reading novels with some pretty heavy subjects recently and I really needed a good, light, funny, and romantic read. This book was just that for me.

I loved the dual perspective aspect of this book, as you know stories told in multiple perspectives are my favorite. I always love romance books told like this, in particular, because I love seeing the other party through the eyes of their admirer. It makes the story all the more interesting to me and just gives me another way to see the character myself. Without Seth’s perspective of Karen, I really wouldn’t have liked Karen. At first I thought she was far too dramatic but I also think that is a product of her past relationship with Marius, who sounds far too much like an ex of mine (which really made me laugh!). I’m sure we all have one of those under our belts. But, I really really liked Seth. He was a typical guy in some aspects but he was a rather sensitive type which I really loved and he was funny.

I loved how they both were attracted to each other at the beginning, sort of lose alot of that in their misunderstandings of each other (even though that aspect is still sort of there) but then start to fall for each other all over again. To me, the story that they are working on in class, is totally reflective of the evolution of their own story, which was really really cool. I also sort of liked Isaac, I think as we saw more and more of him in the story he grew on me…at first I thought he was just a jerk but no, I ended up liking him as a supporting character. I, however, detested Albie…I don’t think anyone can get more chauvinistic and I’ve definitely known these types in real life. Makes me laugh to think of him having read all those Romance novels for class!

Reading this book also made me want to go back to writing the novel I’ve been trying to write for years, so I think this book gave good writing advice which I think was inevitable since we are sort of sitting in on some of their writing classes and in their minds as they try to develop their stories. Really cool!

I ended up loving this book and read it just at the right time. I could totally see this book being made into romantic comedy movie. I’d definitely watch it and love it. I’d be interested to see who would play Seth and Karen. They are grad school students but for some reason I just kept picturing them as undergrads. I’m thinking it’s because they remind me of my friends and I when we were undergrads…probably because my grad school experience has been as a married distance education student which is vastly different from the book. Anyway, I am giving The Perfect Man a 4 star rating because I loved it. Please make this into a romantic comedy movie. That is all. I hope you enjoyed my review and please see the link below the summary above to pre-order your copy!

Discussion: What is your perfect pet and/or animal if you’re not a pet person? Do you prefer fur, scales, feathers, or something else? Imaginary animals are perfectly okay to talk about, too. Comment below for the chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card. Just please be sure to include your email address with your comment so Cecilia can contact the winner. By the way, she’s partial to cats and sharks, and she’s always wished fire lizards (from Anne McCaffrey’s Pern) were real.

To start the discussion, I’d like to say that I am a total dog person in my daily life but my favorite animal is an elephant. It’s super hard for me to choose an animal because I’m all about the animals. I’ve been vegan for the animals for 9 months! But yeah I love love love dogs, I have a super awesome, super cute dog who I feel is more like my daughter since I don’t have kids so I would be remiss if I didn’t say that she IS definitely my perfect pet. She’s a cutie, here’s a pic of her!

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About the Author

Cecilia Dominic became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. By day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each. She has been published in short story and novel-length fiction and currently writes urban fantasy, new adult contemporary, and steampunk for Samhain Publishing.

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