18.8.17

Latte Girl Book Blitz & Giveaway!


Latte Girl
Katia Rose
Publication date: August 17th 2017
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance
Hot coffee is a regular fixture in Hailey Warren’s life. Hot guys? Not so much.
Her grueling shifts at a cafe in the heart of the city’s business sector are rarely punctuated by anything special, so when the gorgeous heir to the security company next door strides into Hailey’s life, it feels like punctuation with a capital P (or D, depending on your preferred terminology).
Jordan Knox is enough to send her heart racing faster than a triple shot of espresso, and when the attraction proves to be mutual, no hidden corners or empty offices are safe from their game of cat and mouse.
But when she’s ready to drop the pretenses, Jordan continues to hold back, and Hailey realizes he’s been hiding secrets that could make whatever’s brewing between them boil over and burn.
‘Latte Girl’ is a full length, standalone novel, and the debut title from author Katia Rose.
EXCERPT:

I manage to get my head out from under the desk, and find myself face to face with his crotch.
Interesting development, notes my very unhelpful brain.
I move my eyes from his crotch to his horrified face.
“I’m— I’m not. A stalker, that is. I wasn’t hiding. I mean, I was just— wait. Let me get out of here first.”
Wondering how I managed to get under the desk so quickly in the first place, I try to contort myself enough to escape. I scoot out with my legs still bent up to my earlobes and then try to haul myself to my feet by grabbing the top edge of the desk.
This, of course, overbalances me and I reach out for the only thing I can find to keep me from falling, which just so happens to be the armrests of Jordan’s chair. I catch my balance with my arms braced on either side of him, our faces inches apart.
A soft “Unph” sound escapes my lips.
He blinks.
“Hey,” he finally says.
“Hi,” I reply, my voice breathy.



Author Bio: 
Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home. 

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Blog Tour: To Win Her Smile by Mackenzie Crowne (Review & Giveaway!)

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Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
Sometimes love and luck collide . . .

When sultry British Baroness Piper Darrow falls on desperate times, she needs a diversion—and cash. As a talented photographer, she jumps at the chance to travel to the U.S. for a Manhattan Marauders football event. But she gets more than she bargained for when buff quarterback Wyatt Hunter’s errant pass lands…in her face. And when it results in Wyatt’s comeback of a lifetime, the superstitious athlete is convinced Piper is his good luck charm . .

With his sights on the Super Bowl, Wyatt will do anything necessary to keep Piper close. The fact that she’s a feast for the eyes is a bonus. And as they get closer, he discovers that beneath her proper English surface is a sweet, sexy seductress. Soon the notorious playboy finds himself genuinely smitten, and surprisingly open to love—until his powerful family uncovers something about Piper that threatens to shatter his trust. Now he’ll have to decide whether to team up with his fears, or his heart.
Review:

I don't know about you but sometimes all I want is a nice little romance book. Therefore, when To Win Her Smile, the latest addition to the Players series, landed on my radar, I jumped at the chance to read it. The football vibes it was giving off reminded me of one of my favorite YA books, Miranda Kenneally's Catching Jordan, so really how could I resist this one. Luckily, To Win Her Smile turned out to be yet another perfect beach read - romantic and full of heart!

To Win Her Smile begins the story of British Baroness Piper, but don't let the title full you - Piper just wants to fly under the radar and not be defined by her title. Arriving in the United States to see one of her best friends and participate in a charity auction, Piper expects nothing more than to catch up and head back to her complicated life in Europe. Everything changes, however, when Wyatt Hunter, a star football player, throws a football that ends up smacking her in the face. Piper wants nothing more than to forget the embarrassing moment, but Wyatt is immediately taken with her, deciding that he's  going to try his hardest to get to know her. His plan? Hire her to be his lucky charm for the season and to take a few photos for some promotional items. Piper, desperate for some cash and low-key wanting to know Wyatt better, takes his offer up, thinking nothing major will come from it. However, as they're  soon to find out...it's going to be one eventful season!

To Win Her Smile alternates between the perspectives of Piper and Wyatt, both of whom I found to be incredibly likable! Piper, however, tended to be my favorite. I admired how resourceful and determined she was. Here's this girl who's been beaten and broken down before, but she doesn't let it get her down. She gets bad press from a past relationship? She just sits it out, knowing it will pass eventually. Her dad leaves her with finical ruin and a house she can barely afford? She turns it into an inn with the help of her friends and family. Her cousin is after her for every penny Piper's dad promised her? Piper takes on a complicated job with Wyatt. Piper really is the kind of girl who will go to any length to keep her family and the home she loves safe. I also loved her humor...it's very dry yet effective at the same time! Wyatt was the ultimate swoon-worthy football player. One of the most surprising aspects of his characters was how much of a family man he was. I loved how far he went to protect his sister as well as the little girl who had the majority of his heart.

The plot in this mainly reveled around Piper and Wyatt's developing romance and the complications that came up because of it. It was easy to tell they were going to achieving the ultimate HEA from the start; however, I still loved watching the ups and downs unfold. It was always interesting to see the problems that Wyatt's father political campaign introduced as well as the problems that Piper's past occasionally brought to the table. My favorite part of their romance, though? The big moment at the end. I don't want to spoil anything but I will say - OH. MY. GOODNESS. It was so adorable and sweet...I think I died a little inside. Besides the romance, I also enjoyed the sub plot involving Piper's family problems. They caused some good tension and even a tad bit of suspense (Will she keep her family's home? Will she let her cousin win? I just wanted to know!!). Plus I loved how it introduced the UK as one of the settings!

The only aspect of this book I didn't particularly like was the pacing. Towards the middle it dragged a little, and I found it somewhat hard to trudge forward. However, by the end, everything was once again put into full swing, and I was dying to know what would happen next.

Perfect for fans of romance, To Win Her Smile is sure to leave readers with a big ol' smile on their faces as well! Additionally, while this book is part of a series, it can easily be read on its own!

Grade: B 

To Win Her Smile is now out!

Source: eARC provided by publicist for blog tour 

About the Author: 
Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie Crowne shares her home with her high school sweetheart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Arizona home because the southwest feeds her soul. Her love of the romance genre has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened her resolve to see her stories shared with others. Today, she’s a seven-year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will too. 






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Do you enjoy sports related romances? If so, what are some of your favorites? My personal fav is the Hundred Oaks series! 

17.8.17

Review: Latte Girl by Katia Rose


Summary/Cover Image from Author's Website:
Hot coffee is a regular fixture in Hailey Warren’s life. Hot guys? Not so much.

Her gruelling shifts at a cafe in the heart of the city’s business sector are rarely punctuated by anything special, so when the gorgeous heir to the security company next door strides into Hailey’s life, it feels like punctuation with a capital P (or D, depending on your preferred terminology).

Jordan Knox is enough to send her heart racing faster than a triple shot of espresso, and when the attraction proves to be mutual, no hidden corners or empty offices are safe from their game of cat and mouse.

But when she’s ready to drop the pretenses, Jordan continues to hold back, and Hailey realizes he’s been hiding secrets that could make whatever’s brewing between them boil over and burn.
Review:

Katia Rose's Latte Girl was fantastic! Full of swoon worthy romance, lovable characters, and terribly awkward yet incredibly funny moments, Latte Girl had me reading until I could barely keep my eyes open. And when I woke up the next morning? The first thing I did - besides make myself a chai latte of course - was finish it! 

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the two main characters - Jordan and Hailey! 

Jordan and Hailey were not only incredibly likable but also relatable. Both weren't sure what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives. Jordan knew he didn't want to work at his father's company for the rest of his life while Hailey knew she doesn't want to work as a barista for the rest of hers. A big portion of this book involves Hailey and Jordan reaching for their dreams and taking the leap, no matter the outcome. I not only respected that but understood it completely - as a 20-something myself, I thought Katia did a fanatic job of getting the voice of one (the hope, the confusion, the wanting more, etc.) down pat! 

Additionally, I loved Hailey's humor. Throughout the book she unintentionally did/said so many awkward yet funny things! There were so many scenes that just had me laughing out loud. Better yet, I loved how Hailey just took the awkwardness in stride. Jordan, on the other, hand, was 100% swoon-worthy. SIGH...where can I find my own Jordan? He was charming and sweet, and while he sometimes made some questionable choices, I still couldn't help but root for him!   

As one can expect, the plot of this mainly revolved around Jordan and Hailey's romance. It was the stereotypical boy-meets-girl, boy-and-girl-fall-in-love albeit a few miscalculations and hiccups, and I loved every single minute of it. I loved seeing Jordan and Hailey's relationship develop, and luckily, it wasn't one of those insta-love scenarios. Instead, their relationship developed at a steady pace, one that made their connection much more tangible, in my opinion. Better yet, their romance had the perfect level of steam - plenty to appease any romance reader! In addition to their romance, I really enjoyed seeing Hailey's home life - her mom and sister were adorable - as well as Hailey's life at the coffee shop -  yay for seeing positive female friendships, their nights out reminded me of my own  nights out with my best friends!  

My only compliant about Latte Girl was the pacing at the start. It took me about 2-4 chapters to get really into the story, but after that it was smooth sailing. 

Perfect for fans of Linda Kage & Layla Hagen, Latte Girl is well worth a read! I simply can't for Katia's next book, Thigh Highs. Here's to hoping it comes out sooner than later. 

Grade: A-

Latte Girl is now out! 

Source: eARC provided by author - thanks Katia!


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Tell Me in the Comments: 

Since Hailey works in a cafe, what's one of your favorite cafe related drinks? I'm currently a huge fan of skinny lattes made with unsweetened almond milk! However, when I'm in a sugar mode, I get a caramel macchiato. 
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