The Cleansweep Counterstrike Blog Tour Plus Review! (Book #2)

Book Details:

Book Title: The Cleansweep Counterstrike by Chuck Waldron

Series: A Matt Tremain Technothriller Book 2

Category: Adult Fiction, 312 pages

Genre: Thriller / dystopian

Publisher: Bublish Inc.

Release date: April 21, 2018

Tour dates: Aug 13 to Sept 21, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult language)

Book Description:

In this sequel, Matt Tremain is back, facing an even deadlier threat. Deceit and intrigue lie hidden behind the collapse of Operation CleanSweep. It’s time for revenge.

Instrumental in exposing the evil behind Operation CleanSweep—a diabolical “cultural cleansing” plot masterminded by Toronto billionaire Charles Claussen—investigative blogger Tremain now faces the madman’s desire for vengeance. Claussen intends to settle the score personally by luring Matt into a deadly trap.

But the clock is ticking for Claussen, too. Fraternité des Aigles, The Brotherhood of Eagles—a shadowy group that secretly financed Claussen’s Operation CleanSweep—wants answers and their money back. Consumed with rage, Claussen risks everything to get to Matt before the Brotherhood gets to him. Tremain is once again partnering with a police detective, Carling. Knowing they are being lured into a possible trap, they decide to face their nemesis, Charles Claussen.

Across four continents, Claussen sets traps, pursues Tremain, and continues to execute his signature brand of global chaos. When his fiancé’s life is on the line, can Tremain stop Claussen’s madness and still avoid getting killed?

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My Review

Wow, this plot twist was definitely interesting! Just as Matt thought that Cleansweep was done for good, it turns out that Claussen managed to escape. Even though the military surrounded his buildings and arrested many people after the news report’s release, he managed to slip away. He still wants to get revenge on Matt for ruining his plans, so Matt has to track him down while simultaneously watching his back for any of Claussen’s attacks.

I have to say, the government in this novel is rather weak. They simply sort of thought “oh Claussen is dead that totally isn’t another person’s body” and left it at that. They never really assisted Matt and his friends as they tried to find Claussen, even though Claussen should have been an international enemy due to the horrible crimes he both committed and tried to commit. It was the incompetence of the government to actually go after Claussen that allowed him to go after Matt and his friends again. He should have been too afraid to show his identity to be able to plot to kill people.

Seeing the story from Claussen’s POV allows the readers to truly connect with this character, but I still felt that he was rather two-dimensional in some ways. Sure, he was evil and knew lots of ways to be evil. He was determined to get to Matt and the others, no matter how many other people he had to kill to get there. But, I really wanted the true reason why he started Cleansweep. We know that he wanted to rid society of “undesirables,” but why did he want to do so. Usually, that sort of hatred does not just stem out of nowhere. It has to come from a past event that made him decide to start eliminating people. This would have been the PERFECT opportunity to discuss why he became a villain, to make his character less morally black or white and more morally gray. Nevertheless, most of the time the story just told what Claussen was planning to do before he did it.

I loved how this story continued to include the stories of side characters. I grew to love several of these side characters and liked them more than some of the main characters. Even an 80-year-old man in a boat seemed to have more personality than Claussen. These characters truly made the story for me, and I appreciated every bit of story time that was spent discussing them.

Overall, I liked this book a lot more than the CleenSweep Conspiracy. It drew me in faster, maybe because I had a prior connection with the characters, and I was able to finish the entire novel in one sitting. There was a lot more suspense, and even though the POV changed in quite a few instances, I was still able to keep track of characters and keep track of what was going on in the story.

I would recommend this book to lovers of dystopian thrillers.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Chuck Waldron is the author of four riveting mystery, thriller and suspense novels and more than fifty short stories. Inspired by his grandfather’s tales of the Ozark Mountains and local caves rumored to be havens for notorious gangsters, Waldron was destined to write about crime and the human condition. Those childhood legends ignited his imagination and filled his head with unforgettable characters, surprising plots and a keen interest in supernatural and historical subplots.With literary roots planted in the American Midwest and South, and enriched by many years living in the fertile cultural soil of metropolitan Ontario, Waldron now resides on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast with his wife, Suzanne. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and the occasional Burmese python, visitors will find Waldron busy writing his next crime thriller.

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Love and Other Secrets Blog Tour and Review

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Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandelski
Publication Date:  September 3, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect…until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself.

Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU film school, Bailey Banfield has zero time for a social life. But then she meets Alex in her express lane at the grocery store, and their secret friendship becomes the only place she can breathe. She refuses to complicate that with more. No matter how charming Alex can be.

When Bailey decides to film outrageous promposals for her NYU application, she enlists Alex’s help to plan an over-the-top, epic promposal to someone else. Too bad the only prom date Alex wants anywhere near Bailey is him.

For a guy who seems to have it all, he’s about to lose the only thing he’s ever wanted.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Crush contains a cocky lacrosse player in over his head with his secret best friend, unexpected midnight kisses, swoon-worthy slow dancing, and movie-night cuddling that’ll make you ache. You’re going to want an Alex of your own!

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My Review

I love reading YA high school romances, so when I saw that this one was going to come out soon, I just knew that I had to read it!

Bailey was such a unique character. She wasn’t rich and worked two jobs to save up for college and film equipment. She had dreams to win awards for her films in the future, but to get there she must succeed at winning an award for a short film and getting into a local film festival. At first, she doesn’t think anything of just finding someone to ask out for prom. But then, she realizes that a promposal is harder than she thinks, especially when she can barely string a sentence together around the person that she wants to ask.

I thought that the main plot of this book could have been solved simply by Alex and Bailey really communicating with each other and discussing their feelings. They both liked each other, but Alex just thought that Bailey wouldn’t go with him and Bailey thought the same thing about Alex. It was really a lot of dancing around, even though people around them thought that they had been dating from the start. Some parts of the novel that I can’t say because of spoilers had me facepalming because the conflict could have completely been avoided had they spoken to each other. This had me just laughing at times and cringing at others.

The only thing that irritated me was when both Bailey and Alex’s relationships with their parents were shown. Alex was upset with his parents because they always left him to go on their own adventures. But then, later in the novel, he says that he went on vacations to other countries with them sometimes. He never even really gave them the chance to be nice to him, as he was constantly hostile, even when his mom was trying to be nice to Bailey. He even got mad when he got in trouble and they tried to “parent” him, saying that they had never been there before. So which is true? Were they never in his life and just left him at home as they traveled, or were they in his life sometimes and sometimes took him on their travels? Then, Bailey introduced Alex to her parents, and she was also hostile to them. Was this just a theme in this book? Hate your parents for just…existing? Her parents were poor, but they did care about her and did try to provide for her in their own way. They even had a weekly movie night with her, which was really sweet. This was the one thing that kinda turned me off the story.

Besides this hiccup, the overall story was pretty enjoyable! I even ended up liking the people who were supposed to be “villains”. It just seemed to be a realistic YA romance novel that could be relatable to actual YA readers. I also liked that the romance stayed clean, which means that young YA fans could still read it!

I would recommend this to any YA fans looking for a romance novel of decent length revolving around getting ready for Prom.

I received an advance copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at www.christinamandelski.com.

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The Cleansweep Conspiracy Blog Tour Plus Review

Book Details:

Book Title: The Cleansweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron
Series: A Matt Tremain Technothriller Book 1
Category: Adult Fiction, 310 pages
Genre: Thriller / dystopian
Publisher: Bublish Inc.
Release date: April 2018
Tour dates: Aug 13 to Sept 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult language)

Book Description:

In this riveting technothriller, investigative blogger Matt Tremain is covering devastating riots in Toronto when he learns of a plot to rid the city of “undesirables.” The operation is called CleanSweep, and appears to be led by billionaire Charles Claussen, who want to sweep Toronto clean of all street people and any citizens who don’t match his restrictive screening matrix.

Matt questions whether he has the courage, skill or influence to take on Claussen, but the murder of one of his sources convinces the blogger to put his life on the line. He gambles on the loyalty of a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter for help. If his trust is misplaced, Matt will become yet another victim of CleanSweep, and the truth will be buried with him forever.

My Review
This book discusses the societal issues of people deciding who are “desirable” for society and who are “undesirable” for society. The “CleanSweeps” who are run by Charles Claussen have decided that they want to get rid of the homeless, the “gangsters”, homosexuals, people with mental illnesses, and people of certain religions. They started their plan on a small scale, but now they have moved to mass exterminations of people. They don’t really care if some desirable citizens are caught in the crossfire, just as long as the majority of those killed are undesirables. Claussen has been given advice by his grandfather who was in charge of a work camp in Nazi Germany, and is determined for his CleanSweep policy to take over the world.
My favorite part of this story was seeing the workers try to help the people who were secretly fighting CleanSweep. As CleanSweep gained more power, they had to hide more and more just to even meet up. Nevertheless, they were each able to help in their own way, even if they thought they weren’t doing that much. The ordinary people were key to the investigation as a whole.
The one thing that irritated me as I was reading this story was that I could never really tell where the timeline was. If I am correct, the story starts off with the attack, then it goes back to talk about the details leading to the attack, and then proceeds through the attack and afterwards. This is not necessarily made clear, so I was confused and thought that there was going to be a second attack even though it was just the prequel to the first attack. If this timeskip had been made more clear, I would not have struggled so much to get into the story at first.
This world was built so uniquely, but it spoke about many of the issues that affect our world today. I think that anyone who likes dystopian fiction would enjoy this novel, and might even be creeped out by it since it is so similar to our own universe. Even if you would be interested in a political thriller, this could be the novel for you. Even though it is supposed to be in a fantasy universe, it seems eerily similar to our own and discusses many of the same issues.
I would recommend this book to lovers of dystopian fiction, mysteries, and political-based thrillers.
I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Chuck Waldron is the author of four riveting mystery, thriller and suspense novels and more than fifty short stories. Inspired by his grandfather’s tales of the Ozark Mountains and local caves rumored to be havens for notorious gangsters, Waldron was destined to write about crime and the human condition. Those childhood legends ignited his imagination and filled his head with unforgettable characters, surprising plots and a keen interest in supernatural and historical subplots.

With literary roots planted in the American Midwest and South, and enriched by many years living in the fertile cultural soil of metropolitan Ontario, Waldron now resides on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast with his wife, Suzanne. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and the occasional Burmese python, visitors will find Waldron busy writing his next crime thriller.

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Flip the Beat Blog Tour Plus Review

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Roxanne D. Howard will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR

Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, but without a devilishly sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into their undeniable attraction. But the swarm of ever-present groupies was so not part of the fairy tale. As much as it hurt her heart, she shut out rocker Evan Castle.Mbr>

Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris—she even hires a French life coach—Molly begins to realize Evan, who hasn’t given up on her, might be the man of her dreams after all.

My Review

Even though this was mostly a smutty romance without a ton of plot, I still got to know Molly and Evan enough to see their chemistry. Unlike some other romance stories where the characters instantly fall in love and stay together forever, this couple stayed away from each other for 6 months. Molly tried to date other guys in that time, but she had such bad experiences that she fell for Evan even harder the second time around.

There wasn’t that much character development as the story was fairly short, but it was interesting to see how Evan and Molly had changed in the six-month period.

The setting was also fairly unique, as Molly is a successful woman who wants to move to France and Evan is a mysterious guitarist in a small band. It seemed rather strange that Evan’s band was small, but he had a lot of groupies that caused them to separate at the start of the novel. Do the lead singers in small bands really have that many groupies while still playing at small bars and restaurants?

Also, I thought that this entire issue could have been worked out if they just had a real discussion about the groupies before separating. They seemed to be good at talking to each other after the six months were up, but these communication issues could still be “present” in the relationship since the story showed only a small part of it.

The only weak thing that I had really noticed besides the lack of communication was the “damsel in distress” scene. Almost all short romance novels have at least one, and I never really get mad at them for having it. However, most of them have a little bit of a unique quirk to the “villain” that shows up as a little bit of hero action for the main male character. This “villain” just seemed rather unimportant to the story, and it made the “hero” scene just seem random and a bit cheesy.

Other than this, I had no issues with the book. The plot flowed well, steamy scenes were steamy, and it was just a nice quick afternoon read for me. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a new adult romance short story.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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“Thanks, guys.” Evan’s smooth voice came over the mic while the guitar music died. “We’re gonna take a quick break, but we’ll be back in ten, so stick around.” He hopped off the low stage to scattered applause and whistles. Molly schooled the smirk on her face as he sidled past the flirting girls and made his way toward their table.

“Well, well, well, if it isn’t the Wonder Twins, TWT, Inc.”

He slid into the empty space beside Molly in the booth. She exchanged an amused look with Nell. He’d christened them with the moniker upon moving in. They were never Nell and Molly, but Fischer and Ivers, TWT. Their eye color, skin, and facial features couldn’t be more different, but they were both the same height, petite-figured, and had wide, generous mouths and lots of hair.

“So, where’s the right-wing Republican boyfriend tonight?” he asked.

He stretched his arm over the back of Molly’s seat in a casual way. His forefinger grazed the edge of her earlobe, and a pleasant shiver ran through her.

“I thought you two were attached at the hip.”

Molly went silent and looked at her drink. Great, here it came.

“They broke up,” Nell chipped in.

Molly gave her a look of mock gratitude from across the table as Evan turned to her in surprise. His sexy hazel eyes searched hers. She waited for one of his classic Evan Castle comments, but the solemnity in his expression told her he wouldn’t give any.

He whistled low. “Sorry, Ivers, that sucks. You guys were together for a while.”

She hid her cringe as she took another sip of her drink. “Yeah…” Gulp, gulp, uncomfortable silence.

The drummer in Evan’s band called over to him, and Evan told him he’d be right there. He rapped his knuckles on the table and flashed them both a flirty smile.

“Well, Ivers,” he said as he slid out of the booth. “You’ll have a lot of attention to deal with, now that you’re back in the jungle with the rest of us primates. Do me a favor, eh, and don’t forget to put a bag over your head when you go out from now on, or you’ll have every guy in the room at your feet and beating down your door. Then I’ll never be able to talk to you.” He gave her a cheeky wink and walked off.

Molly turned crimson. Nell mouthed, Wow! as she put her palm over heart, and her jaw dropped open. They watched him walk off.

“What a compliment and a half! I did wonder why you two never got together. He always looks at you like he’s about to walk you against a wall and have at you.”

“What? No, he looks at all the girls like that. He’s just sweet and being a total flirt.” Molly waved it off, but her heartbeat accelerated as she remembered when he had, indeed, taken her against a wall their third time the night they’d spent together.

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Roxanne D. Howard writes sizzling erotic romance with Boroughs Publishing Group and The Wild Rose Press. She is a U.S. Army veteran, and a Columbia College alumni. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, children, and furry companions. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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Everything Under the Sun Blog Tour and Review

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 30 July till 12 August. See the tour schedule here.

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By Jessica Redmerski
Genre: Dystopian/ Post apocalyptic
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Adult
Pages: 683 pages
Release Date: 28 August 2017

Blurb:
Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.

Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?

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My Review

This has officially been the longest book that I have ever read on my phone! I opened the epub file and saw that the book was 1000 pages long, and my hopes immediately fell. I thought that I was going to completely burn out before I finished reading the story! Even though the book was this long, I read the entire thing in around 4-5 hours. This book was just that good! It drew me in and wouldn’t let me go.

Let’s start at the beginning of the story. Thais and Sosie are sisters who live with their father in the woods. Sosie had the Fever, and so she is blind. Even though Sosie is the older sister, Thais does end up babying her a lot in the story, because the journey does not leave her in a good space mentally. When their father is killed in the raid, Thais must make sure that the two of them stay safe. Unfortunately, Atticus’ men find them, and the two are taken to a new land where they will face unspeakable terrors. Sosie is taken to the brothel, and Thais is supposed to be a wife of a soldier.

This is really when the story picks up the pace, as it is when Atticus comes into play. He is the soldier that is currently acting as the Overseer in the absence of the usual man. At first, we don’t see anything from his point of view, but then a tragic event occurs, and we start to see more interaction between Atticus and Thais. At first, I didn’t see how they were going to become attracted to each other. I saw barely any chemistry between them. Nevertheless, they didn’t disappoint, and I was completely rooting for them by the end of the story.

One thing that I wanted to point out in this story was that consent was definitely a big factor of any of the interactions that Atticus had with Thais. Atticus didn’t even want to be the first one to kiss Thais. This is something that I often see forgotten in YA or NA literature, so it was nice to see Atticus being such a gentleman.

The one thing that kinda took me out of the “fantasy” of the story was the fact that Atticus seemed to be Superman in so many scenes. His feet could be like blistered open, he could have cracked ribs and broken fingers, and his eyes could have been swollen shut, but he would still be able to magically wake up and save Thais, or able to still keep walking for miles and miles. I know that fantasy is SUPPOSED to be fake, but when Thais can barely handle a twisted ankle and Atticus can walk for miles with broken ribs and half the teeth knocked out of his mouth, it just seems fake.

This book has to be one of the most emotional books that I have read in a while. Rarely does a book ever make me cry, but I was literally crying at one specific part of the story. I won’t say what it is because it is a major spoiler, but it was closer to the end and when I read it I felt like I had been hit over the head with a shovel or something. I was just so shocked and saddened.

My absolute favorite part of the story was when Thais and Atticus had a space to rest for a little while when they were on the run, and they started acting almost like an old married couple. Either that or like newlyweds. I was able to forget the turmoil of their world and just focus on their relationship blossoming.

Even though this book was long, there was never a point where I felt like asking when it was going to end. I was entertained throughout the entire story, and the plot pacing was perfect. I wasn’t bored for a second and even when people asked me to do other things, I asked them to wait until I had finished the book. The last 30% actually felt like the longest part of the book but the middle which is usually when I start to get tired felt like the most lively part of the story.

The setting was unique. In this world, there had been a fairly recent “Fall” where all electrical things stopped working and Nuclear power plants basically melted down. Then there was the Fever, which killed many people. There are survivors, but many parts of the former US has been taken over by rebel groups, and those groups are killing people left and right.

I could go on and on about the little parts of the story that just make it so unique, but I just suggest that you read it yourself. I hope that this gets made into a good movie someday!

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a new dystopian NA novel to read with an amazing romance and immersive storytelling.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

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Jessica RedmerskiAbout the Author:
Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.
She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.

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Winter Flowers Blog Tour plus Review

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 flowersbook_front.jpgWinter Flowers (The Flowers Series #2)

by Tani Hanes

Genre: NA Romance

Release Date: July 20th 2018

Summary:

What ever happened to Pete and Daisy?

When we left them, their daughter had just been born, and some momentous decisions had been made.

It’s now four years later. Their family has grown, as has their love for each other. Clio is a rocky smart, precocious four year old, and she’s been joined by baby sister Francie. Pete’s career as a musician is finally taking off, and things should be rosy; however, fame and fortune bring their own pitfalls, and a voice from the past arrives in their lives, threatening to upset everything they’ve worked for.

Can they survive Pete’s success, and the long shadow cast by Daisy’s past? How will Pete deal with groupies, temptation, and prolonged separation from his family? And how far is Daisy willing to go to protect those she loves?

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My Review

Daisy and Pete have an amazing relationship with their two girls, Clio and Francie. They seem to have a perfect family life, but then Clio’s birth father wants to come back into the picture. He’s still in Pete’s band, which means that they can’t avoid him for the next few months.

Just before Pete’s band is going on tour, Daisy has a miscarriage and starts drifting away from Pete. Pete worries that while he is on tour, she will not be faithful and will instead find someone else. Even though when he left they were on good terms, he still worries about what will happen while he is away. He also doesn’t want Richard to try and confront him while he is on tour, because if he tries to defend himself, Richard will try to tear their family apart and take Clio.

I loved reading about Pete and Daisy’s family in this story! Francie and Clio were adorable, and it was a treat to see them grow and learn from their parents. I was also happy that Pete loved both his daughters equally, even though only one was biologically his. I was always rooting for Clio to be able to stay with the family that raised her.

I got upset a few times when Pete seemed to be putting the blame on Daisy, basically asking her why she chose Richard of all people to sleep and have a child with. I understood that Richard was a horrible person, but Daisy wasn’t expecting to have a child by him. It wasn’t even her fault for anything. Sometimes he would say that nothing was her fault, and then other times he would say that the whole situation was her fault, even if she was literally crying and saying that she wished Clio was his and not Richard’s.  He eventually realizes the error of his ways though, and I was able to overlook this flaw in his character.

I still root for Pete and Daisy, but there were several other people in this book that tried to be with both Pete and Daisy. They did try to turn those people down, but they did entertain them sometimes. I think that the main moral of this story was that communication matters. If they had communicated more, those other people would not have even tried to enter their lives. Because they didn’t communicate, it opened up the possibility for others to try and take their spot.

Clio was an adorable little girl, but she was portrayed as being wise beyond her years. I think that she was maybe a little too wise for a 4-year-old, but it was still hilarious to read some of the things that would come out of her mouth at certain times of the story. Her younger sister wasn’t like this at all, but I don’t know how she will have grown int he next story when she is a little older.

I enjoyed this book, despite the lack of communication between Pete and Daisy and the mixed messages being sent by Pete. My favorite part of the story was just them coming together as a family and growing past their issues.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a non-conventional contemporary adult romance with strong family themes.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. I’m from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I’m punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I’m very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn’t spell “acoustic” for 40 years. I’ve wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don’t wait as long as I did, it’s pointless, and very frustrating!

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