Review: ISN’T SHE LOVELY by Lauren Layne

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Book Info:

Title: Isn’t She Lovely
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group (Flirt)
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Source: eARC from the publisher via NetGalley


Book Blurb:

The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.

“Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?”

Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund… or does he?

As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan’s brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.

But when Stephanie steps into Ethan’s privileged world, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating “them.” And Stephanie faces a question she’s too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?




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Excerpt & Giveaway: SUMMERTIME DREAM by Babette James



Babette will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to two (2) randomly drawn commenters during the tour, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one (1) randomly drawn host.


Book Info:

Title: Summertime Dream
Author: Babette James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


Book Blurb:

The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life — love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?





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Blurb & Excerpt: ASKING FOR TROUBLE by Rosalind James

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Book Info:

Title: Asking for Trouble
Author: Rosalind James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2014


Book Blurb:

Sometimes you go looking for trouble. And sometimes, trouble finds you. 

Alyssa Kincaid knows she needs to make some big changes. A move to San Francisco is the first step. Now it’s time to get serious, and to get the rest of her life on track. If only her messy life would cooperate. And if only it had Joe Hartman in it. 

Joe knows one thing for sure: Making a move on his best friend’s little sister, the beloved youngest sibling in the closest thing to a family he’s got, would be asking for trouble. Unfortunately, Alyssa always does seem to be asking for trouble. And it’s getting harder and harder for Joe to resist answering.



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Pre-Release Sweepstakes Swag: LOVE LIKE THE MOVIES by Victoria Van Tiem




A contemporary romantic comedy from Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star by Victoria Van Tiem

In this irresistible romantic romp, movie fanatic, Kensington Shaw is thrown into love—Hollywood-style–when her gorgeous ex presents a big screen challenge to win back her heart. What girl wouldn’t want to experience the Pretty Woman shopping scene? It’s number two on the list. Or, try the lift from Dirty Dancing? It’s number five. One list, ten romantic movie moments, and a handful of shenanigans later, Kenzi has to wonder…should she marry the man her family loves, or risk everything for a love like the movies?


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