Blog Tour Review: The Best Man by Barbie Bohrman

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Today we have the blog tour for The Best Man by Barbie Bohrman! Check it out and grab your copy today!

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Title: THE BEST MAN

Author: Barbie Bohrman

Genre: Contemporary romance

About The Best Man:

Veronica Webber is single again after being in a loveless marriage way past its expiration date. For the first time in a very long time, she feels free and after being burned so badly by love in the past, any thought of romance is the last thing on her mind.

In walks a man from her past, Trevor Allen, a tall, dark, and handsome womanizer who is usually all about the bottom line. For Trevor that bottom line has always been made up of the countless notches on his bedpost. But when he sees Veronica after so many years, he can’t help but be drawn to her and know her again… even if that means being friend-zoned from the start.

As this unlikely pair spends more and more time together, they quickly realize that there might be something between them that goes past “just friends.” But there’s just one tiny detail that makes this situation slightly more complicated… Trevor was Veronica’s ex-husband’s best man at their wedding nine years ago.

So when past mistakes and indiscretions come back to haunt them, will their happily ever after end before it even gets started?

Or will the best man win this time.

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Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Note: I received an ARC from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

I loved the concept of this best man romance. It wasn’t the traditional bridesmaid falling for the best man. It was a woman falling for her ex-husband’s best man. It was a little bit forbidden and a lot of fun to read.

The first person dual point of view narration was really enjoyable. Veronica was a woman on a mission to recover from the life she had lost. She was all about reinventing herself and living life. There were moments her insecurities flared, but overall she was a very confident person. I loved that. Trevor totally fit the ladies man vibe. His point of view was cocky, yet likable. The times he spent figuring himself out were fun to read. I liked that he paid attention to Veronica’s wants and needs. He was a better guy than most cocky leading men you meet.

The best part of this story is the way Trevor woos Veronica. It was simple, yet swoon worthy. I loved how their friendship came about and how it slowly slipped into something more. The progression felt real. I could always see the drama that was coming, but I didn’t mind that. I wasn’t sure how it would all play out, and I have to admit I was a little surprised how it happened.

Overall, The Best Man was a great contemporary romance. It was fun, flirty and sexy. It’s filled with humor and just a touch of angst. I’m really looking forward to book two in this series about Trevor’s brother, Max.

About Barbie Bohrman:

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Barbie Bohrman dreamed of becoming an author. Long after she had given up, a book club’s prologue contest enticed her to give it one more go. What emerged were the beginnings of her debut novel, Promise Me. Now she’s living her dream and writing stories that entice readers to escape and break away from reality. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to get through the books on her Kindle (more than a thousand at last count) or watching Lost or Seinfeld. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Connect with Barbie:

FB~ https://www.facebook.com/Barbie-Bohrman-Author-170019943145037/

GR~ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6875784.Barbie_Bohrman

Twitter~ @BarbieBohrman

Instagram~ @barbiebohrman

Website~ www.barbiebohrmanbooks.com

Amazon Author Page~ https://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Bohrman/e/B00DJASPA0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1482419573&sr=8-1

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Blog Tour Schedule:

March 29th

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March 30th

a geordielass honest blog on reviews Review

A Literary Perusal Review

Friends Till The End Book Blog Excerpt

All Romance Reviews Review

SBB Reviews Review

MammieBabbie Review

March 31st

Booked All Night Review

Mixed Emotions Book Blog Review

Bookishly yours Review

Sweet Red Reads Review

Musings of the Modern Belle Review

A Novel Glimpse Review

Reviews from the Heart Review

April 1st

Books and Tequila Review

Woman who stare at books Excerpt

Books and Things Blog Review

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog Excerpt

April 2nd

From the TBR Pile Review

Fire And Ice Book Reviews Review

Evermore Books Excerpt

The Bohemian Bookworm Review

April 3rd

Readers Retreats Excerpt

The Ordinary Housewife Book Blog Review

Ramblings From This Chick Review

April 4th

My Slanted Bookish Ramblings Review

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Ashley Book Blog Review

April 5th

Shannon’s Book Blog Review

Books n Wine Review

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April 6th

Two Girls with Books Review

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April 7th

The Escapist Book Blog Review

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Book Bitches Blog Review

April 8th

Beneath The Covers Blog Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book Excerpt

April 9th

I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore Review

We Like It Big Book Blog Review

Stephanie’s Book Reports Review

Jax’s Book Magic Excerpt

A Naughty Girl’s Novel World Review

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April 10th

Shahla’s bookcorner Review

Four CHicks Flipping Pages Review

Alphas Do It Better Book Blog Review

Angels With Attitude Book Reviews Excerpt

April 11th

Shelly’s Book Corner Review

Dirty Girl Romance Review

Engaging Secrets Review

EskieMama Reads & Dragon Lady Reads Excerpt

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2017 New Adult Reading Challenge Update #3

Good morning!

As you know, I’m participating in the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. My goal is to read 100 new adult novels this year. So far I’ve completed 40 books! I’m 40% of the way toward my goal.

I’ve also made great progress on the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge Bingo. I just need 3 more books to finish the card. I’ve listed them below and linked them to their Goodreads pages in case anyone is interested in finding out more about them.

  1. book set in college: No Bad Days (Fisher Brothers, #1)
  2. a re-read:
  3. book about friendship: Love Story (Love Unexpectedly, #3)
  4. book with only male POV: Undeclared (Burnham College, #2)
  5. book based on its cover: Maybe Never
  6. new to you author: Bossman
  7. diverse novel: Goodbye Paradise
  8. book you can finish in one day: Troublemaker (Prescott Family, #1.5)
  9. hyped book: A Boy Like You.
  10. book set in summer: Co-Wrecker
  11. book that makes you laugh: The Cad and the Co-ed (Rugby, #3)
  12. 2017 release: The Rule Maker (The Rule Breakers, #2)
  13. star (free choice): Sweet Soul (Sweet Home, #4)
  14. book with with music or art: The Feeling of Forever
  15. book about road trip: Unwritten
  16. book out of your comfort zone: Johnny and Jamaal
  17. book you knew nothing about: Sweet Home (Sweet Home, #1)
  18. new adult bestseller: Fake Fiancée
  19. start a new series: Lila (Boyle Heights, #1)
  20. debut novel:
  21. one word title: Cheater (Curious Liaisons, #1)
  22. book about sports: Cross Check (Bayard Hockey, #2)
  23. LGBTQ novel: Off Campus (Bend or Break, #1)
  24. book recommendation:
  25. bottom of your TBR: Sweet Fall (Sweet Home, #2)

If you have any recommendations for a debut novel, let me know! I have a re-read planned and I have a recommended book lined up. I just need a debut novel.

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?


I put off reading By Your Side for a while because I had read some reviews that weren’t all together positive about it. I didn’t want to tarnish my view of Kasie West’s outstanding writing, so I didn’t immediately pick this one up. I’m really sorry I did that. I should have had faith in West. I ended up really enjoying By Your Side for many reasons.

I do have to admit that By Your Side started out a little rough for me. I loved the idea of the characters being stuck in the library and forced to work together. My problem was that it took me a long time to connect to either character. Both seemed a little abrasive at first. It wasn’t until they started revealing their true selves that I began to connect with them.

Autumn had everything going for her. She had a group of amazing, popular friends and a close family. The guy she had been crushing on for years, Jeff, was interested in her. The only thing standing in her way of happiness is a closely guarded secret she hides from the world. Once I got to know Autumn’s secret I could completely identify with her. I understood why she kept her secret, but I felt so badly about how that affected her.

Dax wasn’t as lucky as Autumn. He, too, kept secrets. Dax would rather have avoided people than admit what his life was like. Despite his tough exterior, he was a sweet guy. He put himself on the line to help others. I loved how his friendship with Autumn developed and slowly turned into something more. I loved how he stood by Autumn. I also loved they way they ended up supporting each other.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my favorite part of this story wasn’t the library. It was what came after. The second half of this story was unbelievably good and completely made me forget those awkward library moments.

Overall, I loved By Your Side. Kasie West once again wove a beautiful coming of age story.

Review: Love Story by Lauren Layne

Love Story
Series: Love Unexpectedly, #3
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.


Lauren Layne is one of my go-to contemporary authors. Her romances are always filled with fun characters and sweet romances. Love Story was filled with both of those things. It also included two of my favorite relationship tropes: falling for the older brother’s best friend and a second chance romance.

In Love Story, Lucy is forced on a cross-country road trip with her brother’s best friend, Reese. Reese isn’t just her brother’s friend, though. He’s also Lucy’s ex and the last person she wants to spend two weeks in a car with. Reese isn’t exactly pleased to be stuck with Lucy either. Their failed romance didn’t just scar Lucy, it tore Reese apart, too. Two weeks on the road together will either mend their broken hearts or kill them both.

Love Story was written in first person dual point of view. I loved this because it gave me a glimpse at both Lucy and Reese’s true feelings about being around each other. I also loved the little memories of the past Layne included. They shed light on what really happened between the two back in high school. This love story wasn’t as simple as I was expecting. There were so many little revelations along Lucy and Reese’s journey. Some I saw coming, but many surprised me.

One of the thing that surprised me was that it took me a long time to warm up to Reese. He was pretty hard-headed. I could understand where he was coming from, but it was hard to empathize with his anger. He created the situation they were in, so I didn’t feel as bad for him as I did for Lucy. Reese had so many hang ups.

Lucy I could completely identify with. She had every reason to be angry with Reese. He broke her heart in the meanest of ways. I could understand and empathize with every feelings and thought she had. Personally, I thought Reese was lucky Lucy had an unconditional love for him that she couldn’t let go of. Lucy was a catch — even when she was being a bit of a witch.

The only thing that bugged me a bit about Love Story was that pretty much the entire book was filled with angst. The love-hate thing between Lucy and Reese was fun, but it went on entirely too long for my taste. I liked the sexual tension it built, but I got a little tired of the dramatics. I wanted their hot nights together to last longer than their hatred of each other.

I did love the climax of the story, though. It was pretty perfect. The way Lucy and Reese resolved their problems was so much fun. And that ending! It totally made me swoon.

Love Story wasn’t my favorite Lauren Layne novel, but it was still a ton of fun. There was some great witty dialog, a believable romance and a swoon worthy happily ever after. Contemporary romance fans will enjoy this second chance romance.

WWW Wednesday: March 29, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

I’m about to start Alex & Eliza.


Recently finished

I read a ton of books this week, but they were all romances and some of them were more like novella length. Here is what I read:

Holding (Playmaker Duet, #2; Prescott Family, #5)
The Storm (The Hurricane, #3)
Tempt the Boss
By Your Side
Maybe Never
Read Between the Lines
Say I’m Yours

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.


Reading Next:

Some Goodreads friends and I are going to be doing a re-read of Confess so that we can be ready when the show begins on April 4th on the Go90 app. (P.S. I do not like the cover change.)

Review: The Storm by R.J. Prescott

The Storm
Series: The Hurricane, #3
Author: R.J. Prescott
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Marie Kelly is a survivor who doesn’t know when to quit. Against all odds, she’s living a life she never dreamed she could have. It was enough… until a stubborn boxer makes her want more.

Irish charmer Kieran Doherty has been a fighter at Driscoll’s Gym for most of his life. He’s been content to let his best friend take the spotlight, now it’s his turn to make a name for himself in the world of heavy weight champions. Falling in love is the one thing he vowed never to do, but meeting Marie changed everything.

It’s easy to imagine a happy-ever-after when the sun is shining. But when the storm comes, and all hope seems lost, they both learn that if you want something badly enough, you have to be willing to fight for it.

The Storm is a full length boxing romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhanger and no cheating. Mature content means that it is intended for readers aged 18+


I cannot believe that I did not know The Storm was going to be released last week! I am so ashamed of myself! I absolutely loved The Hurricane series by R.J. Prescott, and I’ve been waiting for her to release the next book. I needed to get to know more of the Driscoll boys better. I am so happy the boys are back in The Storm! It’s been too long since I’ve been graced with their presence.

The Storm features Con’s (“The Hurricane”) best friend, Kieran. Kieran gets his chance at a boxing title and love in this book. Unfortunately for Kieran, his sights are set on Marie. Marie isn’t exactly eager to jump into a relationship with the hot boxer. Her past dictates her future, and Marie knows love isn’t in the cards for her. Kieran isn’t one to give up easily, though. He’s determined to make Marie change her mind.

R.J. Prescott included a little bit of everything in The Storm. It could have easily been overly angst filled, but she included just the right amount of wit to make this love story fun. There was also actual boxing in the story. I know a lot of romance novels are labeled sports romances without any mention of the actual sport being played. The Storm gave a look at what it’s like to be in the ring, or watching the one you love in it.

I loved, loved, loved being back in the world of Driscoll’s. I was immediately pulled back into the camaraderie and friendships of the boxers. I also adored seeing all of my favorite characters again. I was so happy that this was Kieran’s story. He’s always been one of my favorite characters of the series, and I was so excited for him to fall for someone as sweet as Marie. Kieran was everything I hoped he would be. He was a big, alpha male with a super sweet side. Marie was sweet, but wasn’t one to be taken advantage of. There was a lot of strength in her tiny frame.

Kieran and Marie were perfect together. Their personalities perfectly balanced each other. They had a connection that was so primal and intense. As sweet as their love for each was, their story was a complicated one filled with health issues, crazy exes and many surprises. Kieran and Marie had a lot to overcome, and their journey to happily ever after was so worth it.

Obviously, I absolutely adored The Storm. I had so much fun reading it that I didn’t even put it down. My only regret about reading it in one sitting is that now I have to wait for the next book. I really, really want Tommy’s story!

My reviews for the rest of The Hurricane series:

The Hurricane (The Hurricane, #1)
The Aftermath (The Hurricane, #2)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do). I am going to do both of these, so you’re getting a two-for-one post today. 😉

All author photos are courtesy of Goodreads or their author websites.


Ten Twelve Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met

1. Al and Tipper Gore

My BFF dragged me to their book signing for Joined at the Heart back when it was released. Kind of cool.

The rest of the authors on my list I met at The Emerald City Author Event last year.

2. Claire Contreras

3. Tarryn Fisher

So Tarryn Fisher wasn’t on the event list, but she came to hang out and support Claire Contreras.

4. Jay Crownover

5. Emma Chase

6. Tillie Cole

7. Penny Reid

8. L.H. Cosway

9. K.A. Tucker

10. Barbie Borhman

11. Harper Sloan

12. E.L. James

E.L. James wasn’t on the guest list, but showed up to sign autographs anyways.


Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet

1. Ginger Scott

2. Colleen Hoover

3. Sarina Bowen

4. Elle Kennedy

5. Krista & Becca Ritchie

6. Kim Holden

7. Beth Flynn

8. Jessica Park

9. Kasie West

10. Emery Lord