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Release Blitz with Review: Curveball by Mariah Dietz

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 Title: Curveball
Author: Mariah Dietz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2017
Blurb
Shakespeare believed there was always humor in tragedy and
tragedy in humor.
My life proved his theory as fact.
At eighteen I was a single parent moving to this small town
to be with the man I loved. The one who was supposed to love and cherish me in
return.
Finding out he had a wife was tragic.
Remaining in love with him in spite of her was more tragic.
My mom and best friend setting me up on a long string of
blind dates was an ongoing tragedy.
Nine years later, I’ve learned to see the humor in most
situations.
My mom and best friend setting me up on disastrous blind
dates.
My son’s jokes.
The fire alarm going off each time I cook.
My constant bright spot always adding to the humor was my
son, Hayden. But when Hayden had a life-threatening allergic reaction, the man
who came to help my little boy became my own savior. His laugh, his smile, and
the way his eyes lit up when he spoke to my son made him a beacon of light in
both our lives.
But I wasn’t the only one who noticed him.
When I began having feelings for the man my best and only
friend had fallen for, I knew following my heart would once again lead to a fresh
round of heartbreak.
Love led me to this town.
Lies kept me there.
Would history repeat itself?
Or had life just thrown me another Curveball?
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My Review

Curveball is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Ella and Coen. Ella’s life has been anything but easy. She thought she found the man of her dreams at the age of 17. She moved to this new town at the age of 18, hoping to be with said man, only to find herself alone and pregnant. Over the years, the town has been anything but kind to Ella, with painful rumors that she can’t escape. Ella would do anything to forget the past, but it’s not just about her anymore. Ella tries to move on, but that is something easier said than done. Blind date after blind date, set up after set up, Ella is loosing all hope in men. That is until she meets her bestie’s new neighbor. Ella is ready to swear off men, but forgetting Coen is not an option. And when a life threatening situation arises, Coen will become a bigger part of Ella’s life than she ever imagined. Will Ella finally get her chance on love or will lies of the past destroy everything?

Overall, I thought this book was a great read. It intrigued me from the very beginning. I thought the characters were interesting and I was very curious about Ella. I felt really bad for Ella and her luck with men. She got dealt a bad hand, but was making the best of it. I think Coen came into her life at just the right time. He offered her friendship and companionship and showed her how relationships should be. The road to HEA wasn’t easy for these two. There were a lot of ups and downs along the way, as well as a few shocking twists that made you question everything.

Curveball was a quick and easy read for me. I thought it was a good second chance romance. It had just right mix of drama. lies, betrayal and romance. This is my first book by this author, and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Excerpt

“I don’t watch TV at night…” Her voice drifts off, and I know it’s because she realizes I’m going to ask why.And I do.

“You’re going to laugh.”

“Probably.”

“It’s because I can’t hear things.”

“What kinds of things are you trying to hear?”

“I don’t know. Strange noises and things…”

“Strange noises?”

“Do I need to spell it out for you?” She’s trying to sound annoyed, but I can hear the smile in her voice.

“Apparently, because I have no idea what you’re talking about. What kinds of strange noises are you going to hear? I usually turn my TV up to block out all the strange sounds like the neighbor’s kids and the lady behind me that sounds like Fran fucking Drescher.”

“You know who Fran Drescher is?”

“My mother was a big fan of that stupid show she was in. Stop changing the subject. What are you listening for? Hayden won’t sneak out.”

“What if someone breaks in?”

“You’re not serious.”

“Of course I’m serious!”

“What do you do all night?” I ask.

“Work,” she admits. “Well, usually I clean, and then I work.”

“I’m coming over.”

“You can’t.”

The panic in her voice doesn’t make her sound upset about the idea, but afraid.

Is it because she likes me?

“Why not?” I ask.

“It’s like nine o’clock.”

“Are you about to turn orange and sprout a stem?”

“That and I’m not wearing a bra, if you must know.”

“So put it back on.”

“You don’t understand. That’s like saying put your jeans back on.”

“I am in jeans,” I lie just to get a reaction out of her.

“What is wrong with you?” she cries.

“What’s wrong with jeans?”

“They’re stiff and uncomfortable. Wearing jeans all day is basically equivalent to walking on sandpaper. But at least you guys have pockets that will actually hold something larger than a thimble and don’t ride up your ass.”

“If your bra is riding up your ass, we have bigger fish to fry than being afraid of the boogey man.”
Author Bio

Mariah Dietz lives with her husband, two sons, and two four-legged children who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.

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