Sunday, October 9, 2011

Feature & Review: Forever Contemporary Romance Blog Tour

Home Sweet Home by Bella Riley
Released: October 1, 2011
Publisher: Forever
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 368 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Author Site: Bella Riley
Ten years and two hundred miles. That's what separates Andi Powell from quiet, secluded Emerald Lake-and that's exactly how she likes it. But now her job brings her back to the hometown she's tried so hard to forget . . . and to Nate Duncan, the man she's never been able to.
In one word--Wonderful

Home Sweet Home is a story of going home only Andi Powell has ulterior motives. I really have to say I didn't like Andi at all. She came across as one of the coldest excuses of woman I have read. Her priorities are just all wrong for me from her younger years when she turned her back on Nate when he needed her so badly up until present day when she bounces back into her hometown head strong on trying to make huge changes to a place she left ten years ago and expecting folks including her own family to just step aside and not question her.

On the other hand I adored Nate who took on a huge responsibility when he was too young to really have to and he went on to become mayor of the beautiful town of Emerald Lake. He deserves a good woman in his life and I so totally felt he was to dang good for Andi.

Bella has created a wonderful town that makes you just wanna hop in your car and take off even if for just a weekend getaway and the hometown folks remind me of most small town people who know everybody and everything about each others business but who are usually always there when needed. I do eventually come around on Andi but not until towards end of story when she quit acting like a horses......well you know what I mean.

Bella Riley has always been a writer. Songs came first, and then non-fiction books, but as soon as she started her first romance novel, she knew she'd found her perfect career.

Since selling her first book in 2003 (under the name Bella Andre), she's written more than twenty "empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publisher's Weekly). Her bestselling books have been Cosmopolitan Red Hot Reads twice and have been translated into German, Thai, Japanese and Ukrainian.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading, hiking, knitting, or lunching with her favorite romance writing friends. Bella lives with her fabulous husband and children in both Northern California and a ninety-year-old lakefront log cabin in New York's Adirondacks.

She also just released a new series book in June 2011, The Look of Love (Chase & Chloe - The Sullivans Book 1) writing as Bella Andre

Home at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay
Released: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Forever
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 352 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Author Site: Hope Ramsay

Dear Reader,

You won't believe what's happened. My son Tulane has come back home! You remember Tulane? He'd set out to find fame and fortune in the big, wide world outside of Last Chance, and I'm mighty proud. But that's not the half of it-Tulane isn't only back, he's brought a young lady with him.

Now Sarah-she does PR for Tulane's stock-car team-she's from Boston, but she's just about the sweetest girl you could meet. I think she's meant to keep Tulane out of trouble after that story in the papers, but he doesn't want to talk about it. Anyhow, the Ladies Auxiliary can't wait to start matchmaking and introduce Sarah to our Reverend Ellis. But mark my words, Sarah is tired of being a good girl. And no one is better at breaking the rules and raising Cain than my son . . .

Listen to me going on and keeping customeres waiting. I best get back to work, but you come round again. The Cut 'n' Curl's got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip in town.

See you real soon,

Ruby Rhodes
In One Word--Fantastic

I gobbled this book up in just one or two sittings! It was so totally Southern and I just LOVED it! The characters were so easy to relate to and fall in love with as much as the Southern locations; not to mention I am only about 45 minutes away from one of the places mentioned, Florence, South Carolina!

Tulane-(I love that name) just kept me in tears laughing at him and his teasing nature to Sarah who was handling public relations for his stock car team all the while driving her up the wall. I felt kind of bad for her though because bless her heart no matter how hard she tried to not be a good girl she would fail miserably. She cant even curse without blushing!

Her boss is wanting her to get some dirt on Tulane so they can get a new person to represent their new project but Sarah is fast falling for Tulane's charm not to mention his hometown and family.

I want to read all the Last Chance Books now! I have found a wonderful new author and series!

Hope Ramsay was born in New York and grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you’ll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. Hope earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Buffalo, and has had various jobs working as a Congressional aide, a lobbyist, a public relations consultant, and a meeting planner. She’s a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart, and is married to a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar.


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