Friday, February 23, 2018

Blog Tour: The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World by Kristin Rockaway (Book Review)

Adult, Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date:June 6, 2017
Published By:  Center Street
Website:Kristin Rockaway 

The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World on Goodreads

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Fans of Sophie Kinsella and The Devil Wears Prada will love this smart, sexy debut novel of wanderlust.

Objectively, Sophie is a success: she’s got a coveted job at a top consulting firm, a Manhattan apartment, and a passport full of stamps. It isn’t quite what she dreamed of when she was a teenager dog-earing pages in exotic travel guides, but it’s secure. Then her best friend bails just hours after they arrive in Hong Kong for a girls’ trip, and Sophie falls for Carson, a free spirited, globetrotting American artist. He begs her to join him on his haphazard journey, but she chooses responsibility and her five-year plan.

Back in New York, that plan feels less and less appealing. As Sophie recalls the dreams she’s suppressed, the brief international jaunts she sneaks in between business trips no longer feel like enough. Carson isn’t ready to let her go either, but as they try to figure out their relationship, Sophie realizes she may have to pursue her passions with or without him.

“With its spirited yet credible plot and vividly intricate characters, this debut novel shines.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“…a fun, sexy debut perfect for readers who love exotic settings and a great love story. For those wishing to indulge their wanderlust, or who have dreams too big for tidy little boxes, this is an incredibly satisfying read.” — Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away With Me

“…brilliantly navigates one woman’s quest to let go of what is practical to pursue her passion and surrender to her inner dreamer.” — Kerry Lonsdale, bestselling author of Everything We Keep

“Can a novel be smart and loads of fun? Kristin Rockaway’s debut is proof that it’s possible. Warm, witty, and completely delightful, this book had my inner escapist itching to hop on the next flight out of town.” — Camille Pag├ín, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

“Kristin Rockaway is a wise and fresh new voice in women’s fiction and this book was a delight from start to finish.” — Anita Hughes, author of Christmas in Paris


Sophie has everything she has ever wanted in life. She has a great job that lets her travel the world on their dime. She has a great apartment in Manhattan. She has freedom from her loving, but over protective Grandmother. But most of all Sophie has her five year plan on track and she's heading for success. That is until her best friend leaves her in China by herself on their first girls getaway. That's when Sophie's life takes a drastic turn for the better or worse? You decide.

She meets Chase, a sexy, romantic traveler just wandering through China with out a care in the world. He is traveling on his trust fund and is the total opposite of Sophie. He lives for today and definitely doesn't think about tomorrow. He has no five year plan and ends up falling for Sophie fast. Sophie on the other hand feels the same but can't let herself fall for a guy without a plan or can she? 

Sophie is intelligent, adventurous and just an all around likeable protagonist. I fell in love with her quickly, and found myself routing for her all through the story.

Chase is a dreamer, but the reader can tell he's fun, sexy and a great person deep inside.

I really enjoyed this read and was so disappointed when I read the last page. I didn't want it to end!! I want more Sophie and Chase. I think it would be great if there was another book just saying..... This was easily one of my favorite books this year and I would highly recommend this read. An enthusiastic  5 stars from this reader!

About the Author

Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of software.

Her debut novel, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World, was released from Hachette Book Group in June 2017. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her neighborhood bookstores, and planning her next big vacation.

Find out more about Kristin at her website, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Coffee Break

Hello! How are you doing today? We're mid-February and that seems crazy to me. And not because I feel like time is moving fast, but I feel like this past month and a half have taken forever.

January lasted 743 days and thus far February has lasted 744. Slight exaggeration, I know. But is anyone else feeling this way? Are you falling in to the "Time is dragging" category or the "Time is flying" category?

Let's just take a break from our day. Whatever you're doing, hit the pause button, take a deep breath, grab your favorite drink, and let's chat.

What I'm doing

Being a mom. Being a wife. Being a friend. Being me.

It's easy to feel like we're getting pulled in many directions, but it's important to remind ourselves that each piece makes up who we are. The facets of our lives don't make us or's, they make us and's. And while sometimes certain aspects will have the upper hand and be more prominent, it doesn't make the other aspects less important.

What I'm watching

Masterpiece's Victoria. Season 1 of Victoria aired while I was on maternity leave last year and I watched every episode with intense interest. Season 1 takes place from 1837 when she becomes Queen at 18, to 1840 when her daughter Victoria (Vicky) is born. Season 2 picks up a month later and focuses on Victoria balancing life as reigning monarch while being a wife and mother.

What I'm reading

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6) The Princess Bride

I'm finally getting around to reading Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. I've had the book since it came out last September. Pre-ordered it, in fact. Just for one reason or another I never got around to reading it.

Years ago, I read The Princess Bride by William Goldman and absolutely loved it. I've been meaning to reread it for a while, but after listening to As You Wish by Cary Elwes I knew I had to do it sooner rather than later. The audiobook is narrated by Rob Reiner, a producer on the movie, and he does an excellent job.

Send me your recommendations! What are you doing, watching, or reading?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Blog Tour: About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis (Book Review + Excerpt)

Heartbreaker Bay #5
Adult, Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date:January 23, 2018
Published By:  Avon
Website:Jilly Shalvis 

The Phantom's Apprentice on Goodreads
My review copy:
Received from the publisher

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When love drives you crazy...

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.


Oh, what a way to spend Valentines Day!!

Jill Shalvis has done it again. She has captivated me with her writing and characters in her newest addition of A Heartbreak Bay Novel series. Everyone of these books can be read as a stand alone but my suggestion? Don't miss a single one.

Kylie is no stranger to taking care of herself. She's been doing it for many years now ever since her grandfather passed away in a fire. She's a woodworker and she's very good at what she does. As good as any man, or even better. She has never been the damsel in distress and has never needed a man to help her. Then her most prized possession is stolen right underneath her nose and in walks Joe Malone to the rescue. Well maybe.....

Joe is a loner. He's dangerous and has a dark past. He doesn't believe in relationships and certainly doesn't believe in getting involved with the one women who could be his undoing.

One can not help but fall in love with this suspenseful romance made for curling up with a blanket and a big mug of hot cocoa. I highly suggest you get your copy today.


Joe studied her. “I asked you once before, but now I’m going to ask you again. Is there something going on between you two?”

She tossed up her hands. “Why do you both keep asking me that about each other?”

His eyes narrowed. “I thought nothing was going on.”

“And before today, I could’ve passed a lie detector test on that,” she said.

“What happened today?”

She paused. Not because she had anything to be ashamed of, but because she wasn’t quite sure what had happened.


She sighed. “It’s nothing.”

“Try again,” Joe said and gave her the very male universal go on gesture.

She rolled her eyes. “Fine. He . . . finally made a move on me.”

Joe didn’t budge. Not a blink, not a muscle twitch, nothing, but she could’ve popped corn off the electric tension coming off him.

“Describe ‘made a move,’ ” he finally said.

She crossed her arms. “And again, how is this relevant to my case?”

He just gave her that careful stare again and she thought wow, those eyes of his should be registered as a lethal weapon, because she found herself opening her mouth and spilling her guts. “He kissed me.”

“He kissed you.”

“Yeah,” she said. “Do you know that you often repeat what I say?”

“What kind of a kiss?” he asked.

She was momentarily bewildered. “I don’t know. It was a kiss. A normal kiss. A nice kiss.” She cocked her head at him. “How many kinds of kisses are there?”

He just looked at her for a long moment before coming toward her. He backed her to the wall and pressed his big hands on either side of her head.

“There are many kinds of kisses,” he said.

Her breath had backed up in her throat, where her heart had lodged, pounding wildly. “S-s-such as?”

“Such as this one.” And then he leaned in and covered her mouth with his. At the touch of Joe’s mouth, Kylie’s brain stopped being capable of rational thought. His tongue gave a knee-weakening stroke against hers and she let out a shockingly needy moan as she clutched at him, fisting her hands in the material of his shirt at his chest. Only when he’d thoroughly plundered and pillaged and left her boneless did he lift his head and look into her eyes.

“Wow,” she whispered, fully aware she was still holding on to him like he was a lifeline, but the bones in her legs had liquefied. “I mean . . .” She shook her head. “Wow.”

He nodded. “Yeah. So to be clear, that wasn’t ‘a normal kiss’ or even ‘a nice kiss.’ It was a ‘wow’ kiss. Any questions?”

“Just one,” she said softly. “Can I have another?”

Joe didn’t have to be asked twice. His mouth immediately descended again, his fingers sliding into her hair to change the angle of the kiss to suit him. It was a controlled, alpha thing to do, but she had only one thought—nothing about the usually carefully, purposely leashed Joe was in control at the moment.

And she liked it.

She had no idea how long they went at it because she was in absolute heaven. Who knew that the man could use his preferred silent mode to communicate in a way that she finally approved of?

Only when she was completely breathless and about to strip him down to his birthday suit did she manage to pull back.

“Any more questions?” he asked, also a little bit breathless, which was more than slightly gratifying. Dumbly, she shook her head. His eyes softened and he gently he stroked his thumb over her bottom lip. “And FYI? Gib’s an idiot.”

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Visit Jill's website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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