Archives for May 12, 2016

** Book Review ** HEART BREAKER by Erin McCarthy

Heart Breaker


I liked the characters of this book, and I enjoyed what there was to it, but I wanted more. More background into the lives they hint about growing up with, more depth to their relationship other than just a few days of making up and breaking up, etc.  I would recommend it for a quick fun read at the beach.

Jolene Hart is a singer/songwriter in Nashville who had a very public break-up with her boyfriend a few months ago.  Now her manager is pestering her to get back to work writing the next album … only problem is, her songwriting partner and fellow duo performer is Chase Rivers, her EX!

Chase grew up in the fold of Nashville songwriting and it’s in his blood.  He doesn’t care so much about the getting famous part though.  He’s happy to be behind the scenes pumping the songs out.

When they agree to go away for a week to a secluded to cabin to work on writing together again, it turns into a free-for-all of fighting, then making up, then fighting some more!

ARC received via NetGalley.

** Book Review ** THE GROWING SEASON, PT 3: A TIME TO REAP by Leigh Duncan

The Growing Season Part 3


This third and final part to The Growing Season was touching!  These three siblings lost the mother they all adored to breast cancer, and it all seemed destined that they were falling apart afterwards.

Ann had held things together for as long as she could during their Mom’s battle, and then she basically was ready to wash her hands of the turmoil and resign herself to a life of simply existing … until things start to change in her life!

Cass was off the rails more than ever before with her pill addiction, and wouldn’t admit it, much less ask for help … until a bottom of the barrel epiphany finally makes her see the light of a brighter tomorrow!

Chuck had closed himself off and was on the verge of losing everything he wanted out of life if he couldn’t simply be honest about all that he felt and all that he wanted … and when he took the chance, everything started to roll into place!

This three part book was a pleasure to read.  It brought pain, loss, love and laughter to life between it’s pages.  A bittersweet loss … turned into a stronger than ever family.

ARC received from author.

** Book Review ** GHOST DANCE by Catherine Gayle

Ghost Dance


A gut-wrenching story of being on top of the world, but stupidly making a mistake that rips it all away in the blink of an eye!  A story of guilt, of punishment, and of redemption.

Dmitri Nazarenko was in his glory that night all those years ago when his team won the Stanley Cup.  It’s what a hockey player prays for, and he was lucky enough to be granted his wish … but what his mistakes that night cost someone close to him will forever haunt him.

Dima still plays hockey, now for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, but he is a different man.  He is surly and gruff, covered in tattoos and a beard to hide behind.

London Hawke has overcome her own trials in life, so when she sees Dima wasting his life on guilt, it really pushes her buttons.  She makes it her mission to get in his face and make him see things differently for awhile.  The fire that rages between them when they start sparring with one another burns even hotter when their dance turns physical.  Will she be able to get through to him and show him that living half a life isn’t truly living at all, or will he push her away so many times that she doesn’t even try anymore?

ARC received from author.

** Blog Tour / Book Review ** DOG COLLAR COUTURE by Adrienne Giordano

Dog Collar Couture


I adore Lucie Rizzo and her shenanigans!  This was another great book filled with her quirky life of business, family & love in the making.  I hope this isn’t the end, because I really want to see more of her enjoying life with Tim!

In her normal way, Lucie stumbles across trouble while out walking one of her dog clients. She may have witnessed a theft of a million dollar piece of film history, but no one is accepting the little bit that she can tell them and is making her out to be the number one suspect!

Her boyfriend Tim O’Brien, AKA Detective O’Hottie, has to walk a fine line of doing his job in investigating, and trying to keep Lucie out of trouble for simply being in the area.  Bring her best friend Ro, her brother Joey and her newly paroled mob boss father into the mix to try to clear her name and you have a comedy of errors bound to happen!



Title:                            Dog Collar Couture
Series:                         Lucie Rizzo Mysteries
Author:                       Adrienne Giordano

Release Date:           May 10, 2016
Publisher:                 SilverHart Publishing
Genre:                        Mystery

Buy Links:                 Amazon / iBooks / Barnes & Noble / Kobo



Mafia princess turned canine couturier Lucie Rizzo knows dogs are woman’s best friend. Thanks to her fashion-forward four-legged clients, Lucie’s dog walking/designer pet accessory business is booming. And for once her love life isn’t far behind.

Lucie devotes her days to building the Coco Barknell brand, but her nights are all about roguishly sexy Tim O’Brien. At least they will be if she and Detective O’Hottie finally take their relationship to the next level. But bring an Irish cop home to her mobster father? Fuggetaboutit.

Lucie’s knack for finding trouble lands her in the doghouse—and on the six o’clock news. Someone’s absconded with a million-dollar piece of cinematic costume history, with Lucie the only witness to the crime. Not to mention the prime suspect. To clear her name, she’ll need an assist from her entire wacky crew: friends, family…and future (hopefully) lover.


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Dog Collar Couture – Excerpt 3 – May 13, 2016

(Follow the tour to read a different part of the excerpt each day, as they are all part of Chapter One and in chronological order. You can find the list of blogs participating here:


Now she was a pro and whipped out her card to anyone with even a passing interest. Her growing bank account helped inspire this newfound aggressiveness.

Estelle took the card. “Thank you. I have a little guy at home myself. A mutt, but the cutest darned thing. Maybe I’ll buy him a collar or something.”

“Sure. Check out our Web site. If there’s something you see, let me know, and I’ll drop it by next time I walk Fin.”

“Oh, that’d be great. Thank you.”

Finally, Estelle bent over and gave Fin a good rub.

“Stay, Fin,” Lucie warned.

Please don’t let him launch. With Fin, she never knew. One second he’d be calm and the next—airborne.

But, lookie here, he stayed put. He’d definitely get a treat for that.

“Good boy, Finnie!”

Lucie pulled out another treat. Peanut butter this time. Although the carob seemed to be his favorite.

He made a move to jump, but Lucie tightened her hold on the leash. “Stay.”

“Well, now I’ve made a new friend.” Estelle gave him one last pat. “I’ll be sure to look out for you now, Fin.”

“He loves people,” Lucie said. A little too much.

“I see that. It was lovely meeting you, Lucie.” She held up the card. “I’ll check out your Web site.”


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USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

Connect with Adrienne:  Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Street Team


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