Saturday 27 October 2018

Blog Tour: Five Reasons To Go by Candace Knoebel

A couple of months ago, I read book one of this duet 10 Reasons to Stay and it was fantastic but I must admit, I wasn't sure I wanted to read this one! I mean, the book is about the rat-fink husband from book one and it'd take a lot for me to want to see him with a happy ever after! However, I couldn't resist seeing if the author could take such an emotive subject and win me over a second time around...

One day a week. That was his rule. And it was also our downfall.

My marriage to Hank was one of convenience. When I got pregnant at sixteen, he took me in and kept a roof over my naΓ―ve head. We had an agreement—we could sleep with whomever we wanted so long as our children were kept in the dark. It worked great… until it didn’t.

Cocky Jack Swanson was never supposed to be mine. His marriage was open, but his heart was guarded… until he slowly let me in, revealing an alluring man with a painful past. With him, I felt what love could be. I felt wanted… needed. I’d never wanted to fall in love… but then I did.

And now… the rules have changed.

Jack isn’t the same man I fell for. Broken and gutted from his divorce, he’s a shell of who he once was. Sullen and worn down. I know I can bring the good in him back out, if only he’ll let me in. If only he’ll just stay, instead of giving me all his reasons to go.

*ARC received as part of the blog tour.*


Full-length novel

First person, alternating.

Jess's (ex-)husband is physically abusive and hits her several times during the course of the book which could be upsetting for readers.

You could read this without having read book one of the duet but I wouldn't.



This is an easier one to answer than with book one!
 Yes, there is infidelity in that both Jess and Jack are married at the beginning of the book but it's offset somewhat by the fact that both their marriages are open.
However, unlike book one where Corrinne is married to Jack throughout the entirety of her relationship with Cole (with the exception of the last few chapters), in this book Jack is only married for the first 25% and Jess is separated from her husband before picking her relationship with Jack back up again.

Nope. Jess is not in love with her husband and the majority of this book is set more than two years after the events in book one meaning that Jack isn't torn either.

Yes, Jess's (ex) husband is a dickweed.

Book one in this duet, 10 Reasons to Stay, blew my mind. It sucked me in from the beginning and didn't let me go until long after the final page was read.
That book was Corrinne's book. This book is Jack's book.
Jack was Corrinne's husband.
Jack was the one who wanted an open marriage. Jack was a complete bellend.
I really didn't like Jack in 10 Reasons to Stay so really didn't have high hopes for how this book would play out... But I was curious.
So, I read and I have to say that it wasn't what I expected.

The first quarter of 5 Reasons to Go was pretty disappointing. It was essentially 10 Reasons to Stay from Jack and Jessica's pov but presented in a way that felt like I was sitting down with an acquaintance who was trying to catch me up on their life over a quick cup of coffee. It was all tell, tell, tell there was no show. No emotion. It caught the reader up to speed on Jack and Jessica's history but it lacked the addictive and persuasive writing of the first book.

However, everything changed when "2 years later" appeared at the beginning of a new chapter.
It was then that this story truly began.

Two years after the events of 10 Reasons to Stay, Jack is a complete mess, struggling with what happened to his marriage, his choices, past behaviors and the loss of Jessica.

Jess is living her life, going through the motions in a loveless marriage (in name only) and dreaming of a time when she will be free while still mourning the loss of Jack.

I wasn't a huge fan of either character up to this point but as the book moved on in the present (aka 'two years later')  I came to really like and appreciate Jess's character.
She made a silly mistake as a teenager in thinking she was in love with an older man. She ended up pregnant and outcast by her family. She married the older man and lived in a loveless and sometimes violent marriage to provide stability and a home for her daughter and - later - her son. Over the years she made something of herself, ran a successful business, purchased a women's shelter to prevent it closing and then found the courage to stand on her own, kick an abusive husband to the curb and to go after the love of her life.
There was a lot to like and admire and I was rooting for her to find her happy ever after in whatever form that took.

Jack's growth throughout the book was impressive.
He went from a selfish, neglectful, thoughtless asshat to broken wastrel then to kind, thoughtful philanthropist. He became a loving, faithful partner who never takes a second of his happiness - or his partner's happiness - for granted. He fully acknowledged his past mistakes and failings and refused to repeat them. In the end, I admired Jack and even liked him a lot.

5 Reasons to Go didn't pack the emotional punch of 10 Reasons to Stay but in the end it was a pretty good read and it rounded off the duet nicely.
It won't be a favourite but I enjoyed it.

Sorry, I don't have much love for this cover at all.


"Maybe... Maybe we're all just comets, waiting for the right person to collide with to form something new and beautiful."


Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. She's a self-proclaimed Lost Girl. Words are her mirror.

With two completed series, her work ranges from  paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance. Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her fifteenth novel, Ten Reasons to Stay.


Thursday 25 October 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Fall by Kristen Callihan

Earlier in the week, I celebrated the books release and today I share my thoughts!
Aren't you excited?

P.S - You should be. Not about my thoughts but about this book. It's yummy and if you like rockstar romance it's a must.

Add it to your Goodreads!

In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip.
Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands.
Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor.
An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room.
Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun.
Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything.
All we have to do is trust enough to fall.


Full-length novel.

Alternating first-person.

Before the book begins, the author explains that the main character - Jax - had attempted suicide in the past. The book doesn't elaborate on it beyond it having happened and handles the topic of depression very well. That said, for those who are particularly sensitive on this topic, I guess it may not be for them.

No. This is book three in a series of interconnected standalones but you get all the info you need here. However, be prepared to immediately want to read the others in this series!






OMG, I loved this book! Like, seriously loved it.
I'd read the first book in this series forever ago and didn't remember much at all beyond it was pretty good. I skipped book two completely and only opted to read this one because the blurb sounded good, not because I'm a particular fan of the series. However, that's just changed people!
Fall has turned me into a fan-girl for this series!
I cannot wait for the next book in and while I wait, I'm going to re-read book one and read book two just so everything is nice and fresh in the brain.

Fall just might be one of my favourite books of 2018.

Jax was amazing.
 It's been a long time since a male character has sucked me in so completely but he was just so vulnerable but strong and sweet and sexy and awesome. He was written so well that I'm not kidding when I say I fell a little bit in love with him.
My heart broke over his struggles... They felt so real, and his humor and his kindness just made everything hit home that little bit harder that this wonderful guy with everything to live for got so tangled up in his head sometimes that he couldn't see how great he was.

Stella was lovely, quirky and sweet. A kind person with a big heart but she was also so achingly lonely that I just wanted to adopt her as my bestie.

On paper, a Stella and a Jax wouldn't work but the worked out beautifully. Both were exactly what the other needed but not what either of them ever expected.

I laughed a lot reading this book. I cringed. I almost cried. I definitely felt the romantic feels.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was gutted to see it end.

Fall is a cracking rockstar romance but I recommend it for anyone who is a fan of contemporary romances.
The story is full of heart and I'm willing to bet would capture just about anyone's who gave it a try.

I like it. It's... eye-catching. πŸ˜‰


"We can't protect the ones we love; we can only let them know we'll be there to pick them up when they fall."


Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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