Release Blitz : The One That Got Away by Magan Vernon

 

 

Title: The One That Got Away
Series: Friendship, Texas #4
Author: Magan Vernon
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 24, 2017

 

Blurb

A brand new standalone from Friendship, Texas featuring everyone’s favorite awkward baker and the one that got away.I looked up and standing there was my ex-boyfriend, Jordan Webber. Maybe ex-boyfriend wasn’t the right word. Maybe the boy who I dated for almost two years. Then he graduated early, leaving for art school in New York. He wanted me to come with him, but what future did I have in New York? My parents weren’t paying for me to go to school unless it was a state school with a real degree and all I ever wanted was to do photography. So the portrait studio worked for the time being until I realized I really needed to get out of the house and took the part-time job at the bakery. Between my parents’ divorce, work, and trying to get over my break up, I was basically a hot mess the first two years after high school. Joey came in at the right time as a distraction then the job at the bakery. But I still never forgot about the one that got away.

I hadn’t seen Jordan in over four years and there he was, standing there with a hand on one of the boxes and his blue eyes wide open like he’d just seen a ghost.

“Abbey Dillinger?” he asked, it wasn’t so much of a question as it was a breathless statement.

I hated him for leaving me. He could have gone to art school in Dallas. He could have stayed if he really did love me. I should have hated him. But seeing him, standing in front of me, I couldn’t hate him. The past four years had been very good to him.

**This book is a standalone in a series of standalones taking place in the fictional town of Friendship, Texas. You don’t need to read any of the previous books to understand this one***

REVIEW

~ 3.5 Stars ~

This is book four of the Friendship, Texas series but I can say that it isn’t all that necessary to read the previous books. There are some relationships in here that were clearly covered in the other books, but Magan Vernon makes it easy, fills in the gaps and as such you don’t really miss their stories. Although, they do sound intriguing and you’ll probably end up wanting to go back and read them if you are new to this series or author. Magan is not a new author to me as I have read another book from her a while back now. I was confident that I liked her style and could read the author no problem. And I did.

Nice easy read, with a little angst thrown in for good measure. I was a little disappointed that it read very YA for me, thus some actions and words came across a little childish and immature. I particularly found Abbey off putting at times, quite naïve in her relationships and somewhat ‘snooty’ in places. Maybe this added to her character who knows. The age of the characters and how they acted certainly lent towards that YA vibe, but with some of the sauciness you might find in a NA read. I struggled to get a handle on Jordan if I’m being honest. At times I felt that he flip flopped through his emotions and wasn’t steadfast in his convictions where Abbey was concerned. It was always made clear that he wanted Abbey back but I didn’t quite feel that ‘urgency’ in him, like she was his be all and end all.

The thing which stuck out the most for me within this story was the secondary plot line that concerned the group of friends that Abbey found herself with. She makes a few attempts to justify their actions, one friend in particular, but again it felt half baked. It’s quite clear from early on that the semi-adult relationships she has are not all that good for her, and where she thinks she has friends she’s sadly mistaken. I was happy to see a good conclusion in terms of this plot line.

Coming back to the main story – I would have to say it was your run of the mill book. Nothing flashy, nothing spectacular and the title says it all. The prose is good but didn’t sweep me off my feet, I didn’t find those all defining, melt your heart moments that drew the emotion from me. The read is steady, solid and enjoyable. If I had to say that anything really stood out for me, it was the ending. I wasn’t quite expecting the turnaround with Jordan and his truth so that part I really did enjoy.

Kindle Friends Forever reviewer Klaire recommends this book – steady and dependable, easy read.

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Magan
Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short
story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters,
pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this
all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.

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Release Blitz : Living With Doubt by Riann C. Miller

 

 

Title: Living With Doubt
Series: Regret Series #2
Authors: Riann C. Miller
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 24, 2017
Blurb

She’s hiding from everyone… I don’t need a happily ever after filled with fake promises, animosity and eventually a divorce to be content. I’m living the dream…my dream, regardless of what anyone thinks of me. My meager life was perfect until a cocky football player wormed his way into my existence.

Once upon a time, I played an unconscious role in my own life, a mistake I have no plans of repeating. I pride myself with my outspoken and frequently excessive nature. It’s the consistent reminder of the person I refuse to become ever again. 

He’s the ultimate playboy… 

Life is perfect. I’ve lived and breathed football since I was a kid, and now I’m making millions playing in the NFL. I keep women around for one reason, but never the same one. The only attachments I need are family and friends but life has a bizarre way of proving a person wrong. When a concussion leaves my best-friend’s life spinning out of control, the last thing I expected was to meet an outrageous woman who leaves me begging for more.

She lives in New York.

I live in Arizona.She promised me one night, but I discovered that’s not enough. Now, I need to figure out if I’m a pro off the field because I’m about to play the biggest game of my life. 

Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. Each book in The Regret Series can be read as a standalone.

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Excerpt
“You want to tell me why you’re here?” She tilts her head
back, gracing me with the view of those beautiful blue eyes.
My lips quirk up into a smile. “I told you already. My dick
misses you. I tried to tell him you aren’t interested in a repeat, but he
wasn’t convinced.”
“You’re seriously talking about your dick as though it’s a
person? I thought only horny teenagers did shit like that?” She raises an
eyebrow before pushing herself off my lap.
“What can I say, around you that’s exactly how I feel.” I
might be smirking, but I’m not joking. All I have to do is think about her and
I’m rock hard. “I’ve already agreed to be your dirty little secret, so what’s
the big deal? I’m going to be in town for…a few more days. A week or so tops,
so I don’t really see what the problem is.”
Her eyes dart around the room before finally stopping on me.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
“Why not?” I counter. “We’ve already been together, and it’s
not like I’m asking you to skip work or even fucking date me.” I attempt to
keep the frustration out of my voice, but this woman is starting to drive me
crazy.
“Look, it’s not you, it’s me—” She stops talking when I fall
back onto her bed in laughter. I end up laughing so hard I have to wipe my
eyes.
“Do you have any idea how many times I’ve had to say that?
Shit, the irony here is classic.”
“I’m serious, Girard.”
“So am I, Davis.” I hate it when she calls me Girard. I want
to be more than just a football player in her eyes.
“You’re just not my type,” she adds in a lame attempt to
prove some point about us not being together.
“I’m not asking to marry you, Davis. I just want to fuck
your brains out for a few days before I fly back to my side of the country.”

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Riann C. Miller lives in southeast Kansas and writes steamy contemporary romance stories. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time with her friends and family or you might catch her watching a baseball game with a beer in her hand.Riann who pronounces her name (Ry-an) also preoccupies a lot of her time on social media connecting with readers.

 

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