November 6, 2018

Review: On Magnolia Lane

On Magnolia Lane On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was easy for me to connect to the characters in this story since I met my husband online! It was a familiar concept to me and made me think of some of the really good points of an online beginning to a relationship. And I totally related to how Daisy was feeling about ever meeting someone without resorting to the internet!

I felt like I had a lot in common with Daisy too. I love how well she related with her customers and I also loved how willing she was to help Millie with her schoolwork.

With Pastor Jack, I'll admit to feeling a little conflicted! He had some very wise counsel in this book and I appreciated much of the advice he gave Daisy and felt like it was even good advice for me...but there was another part that I didn't love...but I did love his date ideas throughout the book! No spoilers though!

I loved that this book had more than one story arc. I especially loved meeting Julia and I'm secretly hoping we see more of her in a future book. I also loved that Daisy's mom was more than just a tiny side character. I think that the mom and the grandmother both brought a great dimension to the book.

Overall I loved this sweet story. I loved the town banding together, I loved the friendships new and old, and I loved the romance. But I've never been a fan of any book with very much pretense or secrecy so I did struggle a little bit occasionally in this one even though I knew the storyline was quite plausible. But it was a very cute story and I'm so glad to have met Pastor Jack.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publishing company. This is my honest review.

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November 2, 2018

Review: Starstruck

Starstruck Starstruck by Carla Laureano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For me, this clean contemporary novella was an interesting look into steampunk fiction and a FanFest. It was really interesting to learn more about that genre while still reading one of my favorite genres - contemporary romance.

I really liked Christine. I especially loved how hard she worked to get to be a published author. Her perseverance was very admirable. I found her very interesting as she worked to impress her fans and pushed herself to be what her career needed. I liked Nick too, and in a very similar way. He had quite a knack for perseverance as well!

This novella was a quick read but Laureano managed to fit in comical scenes, serious conversations, fun dates, awkward moments, and steamy kisses. And she had a great plot twist that caught me off guard. It was really neat to go through the book with these characters. They weren't perfect people, but they were really fun to get to know. And the setting of London made it even better. While I haven't been, I have friends who have and have seen lots of pictures and heard lots of stories and it made the book even better. I really like international setting in books.

I am on the author's launch team, but I purchased my own copy of this book and this review is my honest opinion.

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November 1, 2018

Starstruck Release Day!


Having your book turned into a TV series is every writer’s dream come true…

Unless your leading man happens to be your ex.


Novelist Christine Lind has achieved her lifelong dream—a string of best-selling books and a cable-TV adaptation about to go into production. But on her way to London FanFest for the cast reveal, disaster strikes: their leading man is injured in a motorcycle accident… and his replacement is the one person she hoped she’d never seen again.

Nick Cleary has clawed his way to recognition as a Hollywood actor, but it’s long past time he get the chance to show he’s more than a pretty face and a chiseled set of abs. His big break comes in the form of a juicy lead role in a new steampunk fantasy series. There’s just one catch—casting has to be approved by the author… a woman he once devastated through his own youthful stupidity.

Christine is the last person to be starstruck by the handsome heartthrob, but as the clock ticks down to the cast announcement and Nick races to show that he’s really changed, she begins to wonder if there’s more to her ex than his Hollywood persona. Except now the consequences of being wrong no longer apply only to her career… but also to her carefully guarded heart.


(e-book only)



Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night. 

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