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Review: Wait For Me by K.L. Grayson

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My life is a mess. Literally. 

I’m a single dad, which means If I’m not cleaning up spilled milk or changing a diaper, I’m pulling gum from my daughter’s hair. I barely have enough time to eat—let alone sleep.

And women? Forget about it. That ship sailed two years ago along with my ex-wife. My brother says I need to get laid. I say, screw that. I’m content with my life, until pop star Nora Hayes walks through my best friend’s front door and flips my world upside down.

She’s beautiful, famous, and completely off limits.

My life is a headline waiting to happen. Literally. 

It all started with fishnet stockings and ended with a baseball bat to my boyfriend’s Porsche, putting me on the front page of every newspaper and gossip magazine in the country.

My life is spiraling out of control and I’m ready to make some serious changes. What I’m not ready for is a hunky man to strut his jean clad tush into my life. Grayson Calhoun is as rugged as he is sweet. He’s also way in over his head with his kids, and I have an offer I’m hoping he can’t refuse.

What starts as an agreement, turns to a friendship, and quickly escalates to stolen kisses and heated nights spent wrapped in each other’s arms. What we have is temporary. I promise him that I won’t fall in love.

But I make that promise already knowing it’s a lie.

MY REVIEW

“Nora’s eyes are hot and commanding as she looks at me. I’ve never been stared at like this by a woman. It’s like she wants to devour me.”

“I’m the moth to her flame. Her body calls to me, and now that I’ve had a taste of her, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to stop.”

“Nora Hayes owns me. She ruined me for every other woman in the world.”

When I first picked up this book, my initial thought was bring it! Wait For Me started off with one heck of a bang and left me totally intrigued. Wait For Me follows the story of Nora and Grayson. 23 year old Nora wants nothing more than to break away from her child star persona. She knows what she wants and is finally starting to stand up for herself. However, it’s her cheating boyfriend that gives her the wake up call that she needed. And when your life spirals out of control, there’s nothing better than returning home……Grayson’s life is a total mess. He never imagined he would find himself a single father to 3 children, but here he is. He’s just one fight or accident away from losing his mind. And when Nora comes home to visit with her brother, she just so happens to knock Grayson’s world upside down….

Wait For Me captivated me from the very first page. While Nora had some growing up to do, it’s not hard to understand why she acts the way that she does. I found her very easy to connect with and loved that she was paired up with Grayson. Grayson is the ultimate catch. He’s sweet, caring and totally devoted. He’s not perfect, but is trying to raise his kids the best that he can. And when fate throws Nora his way, he tries desperately to fight the feelings that he has for her. What starts off as an innocent friendship, quickly becomes stolen moments and a romance that is destined to last a lifetime.

Wait For Me checked off all the boxes I was looking for. From a sexy single dad to a former child star trying to make a name for herself. To a beautiful and unexpected friendship. To a romance that has a terrific slow burn that leaves you rooting for the characters to find their way to a happily ever after. This book had it all. Grayson and Nora were impossible to not fall in love with and I enjoyed every second of their journey. Wait For Me had just the right mix of drama, misunderstandings, romance and swoon-worthy moments. I really enjoyed spending my day getting swept up in Nora & Grayson’s story.

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

Review: Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar by Rachel Higginson

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My name is Clover Calloway and I’ve lived two separate lives.

The first, I like to call “my past.” I never talk about it. I try not to think about it. My rockstar days of playing in one of the hottest bands on the planet are over. Along with the most volatile, beautiful, tragic love story of all time.

Over the past five years, I’ve settled into my second life. My “normal life.” The one where I work a normal job, hang out with normal people and fall in love with a normal, but wonderful guy. The life where I’m admittedly a little bored, but also safe.

My past wasn’t boring. But my past broke my heart into a million, unfixable pieces. So, I’m determined to keep it where it belongs—behind me.

And the man responsible for the shattering of me? Malachi Porter, lead singer and mastermind of Bright Tragedy, should stay there too. Far away from me and this idyllic life I’ve carved out for myself.

But what happens when my two lives collide?

When Malachi comes crashing into my perfectly normal world, he threatens to destroy it, promises to annihilate everything I’ve replaced him with.

He upends everything I thought I wanted and forces me to question the reasons I left Bright Tragedy all those years ago.

But I didn’t walk away five years ago, I ran. As fast as I could go. And while my heart is whispering that it’s different this time—that he’s different—my brain is screaming for me to run again.

Malachi Porter isn’t a normal guy. And he doesn’t belong in my “normal life.” But, nevertheless, he’s bound and determined to make a place for himself here.

I just hope my heart can survive him, that we don’t burn into another bright tragedy.

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MY REVIEW

“When the two of us were together, we were all that existed in the world.”

“This song was going to end us the same way we did five years ago—one gloriously intense bright tragedy.”

“I wanted normal. Simple. A love so deep I could feel it with every breath. A love so long and endless and consuming there were not words accurate enough to describe it. A love that would heal me. Hold me. Help me.”

“Kai Porter was the devil that had come back into my life, asking me to hand over my soul so he could what he wanted with it. And I was the idiot that had agreed. Okay indeed.”

Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar is a rock star romance destined to sweep you off your feet and make you believe in second chances.

When I heard that Rachel Higginson was writing a rock star romance, I was totally giddy. I couldn’t wait to see what she would bring to the table and I was not disappointed. Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar is an angsty second chance romance that will pull at your heartstrings and take your emotions on one heck of a rollercoaster ride.

Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar follows the story of Clover and Kai. Clover has a past that she doesn’t let most people in on. And when her boyfriend surprises her with concert tickets to see his favorite band, Clover’s quiet existence is about to be turned upside down. Clover suddenly finds her past and present together. Her once normal life is now anything but. Her secret is out of the bag, and she’s brought face to face with the one man who destroyed and still owns her heart. And when an opportunity of a lifetime presents itself, Clover can’t help but jump on it. It’s supposed to be just one song…Will that one song remind Clover of all that she’s missed and rejoin the past? Or will this proposition destroy her for good this time?? There’s only one way to find out….

Man, oh man, did I love this story. I fell in love with Clover the moment I met her. She is wickedly talented yet reserved. She loves hard and guards her heart. Walking away from Kai all those years ago was the hardest thing she’s ever had to do. But, if she wanted any chance at a real life, she had to do it. She couldn’t continue to be his crutch. She couldn’t continue to watch him spiral. It wasn’t easy trying to move on, but boy did she ever try. And then there is Kai. It’s no secret that Kai has struggled with addiction. Unfortunately for him, he had to hit rock bottom before any changes would made. It wasn’t easy getting sober, but once Kai sets his mind to something, you know it will get done. He’s a changed man, but still has his own demons and when life presents him with a second chance, he grabs on to it with both hands.

Kai and Clover’s journey wasn’t an easy one. They had a lot of pain and heartache to move past. They had to learn to become friends and rebuild their foundation. I loved watching them go through the motions and see them come out to the other side. I enjoyed seeing how they worked together and just how talented they both were. Their connection was stronger than ever, no matter how much they both tried to deny it. I loved the slow burn. I think it led to some incredible will they/won’t they moments. My heart ached for these two and I couldn’t wait to see how their story would play out.

Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar was a terrific read, from beginning to end. The characters were a lot of fun and the story-line was entertaining. I had a wonderful getting lost in Kai and Clover’s story and I really enjoyed this author’s take on a rockstar romance. We were introduced to a lot of terrific characters and I really, really hope that this won’t be the last that we see of them.

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

EXCERPT

Cade released me, setting my feet back on the ground and led me toward the bar area of the restaurant. It was set out of the way of the front windows in a darker, more private section.

 “We’re back here,” he told me.

Too happy to be spending time with him, I didn’t realize I was being ambushed until it was too late. “We’re?”

“Don’t hate me,” he murmured as we turned the corner.

Kai stood up as we walked into the empty space. Gray, Malcom, and Pete were there too, but I didn’t notice them. It was Kai’s blue eyes that surprised the hell out of me. It was Kai’s dominating, ferocious presence that completely stole my breath.

“What are you doing here?” I demanded in a voice too breathy to be scary, echoing the same words he’d said to me last night.

Kai’s intense gaze held me prisoner, but it was Cade’s request that upended my entire world. “We want you to come back.”

Come back to what? “Come back?”

“To the band,” Kai explained.
“Come back to us.”

Review: My Only Reason (Men of Monroe #2) by Rachel Brookes

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Fall in love with my teenage crush – tick
Propose to him on a leap year – tick
Receive a sad look and a whispered ‘we can’t’ – tick, tick, tick.

Austin Hart was my first everything–crush, love, and heartbreak.

Seven years ago, he broke me to pieces and when my world imploded two years later, I stupidly fell back into his bed, seeking comfort only he could give. Accepting that we would never be together, I left Monroe and let him become a distant memory.

Five years later an opportunity I can’t refuse forces me to make the long trip back to Monroe.
And Monroe means seeing Austin again.

I’d be lying if I said the years haven’t been good to him. He’s undeniably sexy, smoldering, and he still makes my heart flutter regardless of how much I want to dislike him. My body may still react, but my mind will never forget.

Though I promised myself I’d never fall under his spell again, he has other plans— and the universe has even bigger ones.

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MY REVIEW

“Marnie was my one and only. My only reason. The only girl to get close enough to peel back my layers and find the real me. She knew all my secrets, fears and insecurities, and she accepted the best and worst of me while still offering every part of herself. And I’d fucked it up.”

“From the moment I met him, his eyes always told me the deepest parts of his soul. When he hurt or felt pain, happiness, and love, I knew. If he couldn’t express what he needed to say with words, I’d look into his eyes and see it all. I always loved it and craved the connection and pull, but tonight I was petrified of what his eyes would tell me.”

“She tasted like whiskey and second chances. She felt like new beginnings and chasing dreams.”

Man, oh man. Words can not even express how excited I was to see that My Only Reason was coming out. I have been waiting and waiting for a new book from author Rachel Brookes and I’ve got to tell you, Marnie and Austin’s story was sooooo worth the wait!

From the moment I picked up My Only Reason, I was totally sucked in. The prologue broke my heart and shattered it into a million pieces. I knew that Marnie and Austin’s story was going to put my emotions through the paces and I could not wait to see how everything would play out.

My Only Reason captured my heart instantly and had me begging for more. Marnie and Austin’s story was an epic one. Their love was intense and unforgettable. It’s the kind of love that no matter how much time passes, it’s just as strong as ever. But, things were not all sunshine and flowers for these two. Austin messed up and when I say messed up, I mean on an epic level. It will be five years before Austin is reunited with Marnie. And once he lays his eyes on her, all bets are off. He finally can make amends and fight for the love of his life.

The road to happily ever after is quite a bumpy ride for Marnie and Austin. Their love was intense, but the pain of the past was still very real. Marnie was afraid of letting Austin get close and didn’t know if she could trust him again. I really loved that she made Austin work for it. She made him prove himself over and over again. He had to give her a reason to put her faith in him again, show her that he was in it for the long haul, that he was sorry for the past and she still owned every single piece of his heart. Like I said, their journey wasn’t an easy one. So many moments tugged at my heart and left me begging for more. The tension and will they/won’t they moments just oozed off the pages. I loved watching these two go through the paces and try to figure out if their future was worth fighting for.

My Only Reason was exactly the second chance romance I was looking for. It was well written and entertaining. The characters were so much fun and easy to connect with. I loved all the cameos and friendship between all the characters. I loved the angst and drama. I loved the tension and swoon worthy moments. I loved the moments that made my heart sigh and root for Marnie & Austin’s happily ever after. This book hit all my marks and left me with a huge smile on my face.

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

Review Blast: Letters to Molly by Devney Perry

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Molly and Finn Alcott had the picture-perfect marriage. With two gorgeous children, a lovely home and their own business, they were the couple others aspired to be. But when news of their divorce spreads through town like wildfire, it sends their beautiful image up in flames.

Molly spends years mending her broken heart. She finds joy in a life centered around her kids and career. Her happiness has a different picture now.

Then one day, she finds a letter in her mailbox. Written in Finn’s handwriting, dated over fifteen years ago, it’s a letter he wrote Molly after their first date.

Week after week, Finn’s letters appear. Each marks a date in their history. Each holds the confession of the man who still owns Molly’s heart. Each heals a wound from their past.

It’s just too bad Finn isn’t the one sending them.

MY REVIEW

“I put up boundaries to keep out the ugly. I embraced the beautiful. I found the Molly without Finn. This time around, I was holding onto her with a death grip. She was too important to loose again.”

“She tasted like mint and sunshine. She smelled like heaven and earth.”

“Be the man she needs or walk away.”

Letters to Molly is an emotional, second chance romance that is sure to take your emotions on a roller-coaster ride and leave you with all the feels.

Letters to Molly follows the story of Molly and Finn. Molly and Finn’s life appeared to be picture perfect. They had it all: great friendship, amazing sex, two adorable kids and a booming business. However somewhere along the way, Molly and Finn lost sight of what was important and their romance dissolved into flames. The following six years will really test Molly. She jumps into the roll of a single mom and tries desperately to mend her broken heart. Finally she’s at the point where she can be around Finn without feeling like she’s going to break apart. Molly’s life is anything but what she thought it would be. And even though her new happy is different than she imagined, she’s ok with it…. Just as Molly is getting ready to get out there and experience life again, her world gets turned upside down once again. She starts receiving letters that Finn wrote to her many moons ago. Letters that mark important moments in Finn and Molly’s story. Each letter pulling at her heart, and breaking it at the same time…..

Letter’s to Molly is angsty, heartbreaking and really tugs at your heart. Molly and Finn’s story is filled with anger, resentment, longing and hurt. Their journey is raw and unforgiving. The truths are real and not sugarcoated. Finn and Molly’s story, so incredibly well written, that it will feel like it is a part of you and that you are experiencing it right along with the characters. So many times, I was left wondering how these two characters could come back from all the damage they inflicted on one another. There was so much pain, so much devastation. I found myself on the edge of my seat, not wanting to put this book down. I had to know what would happen next. I had to know if Molly and Finn’s love was strong enough to survive the storm. And let me tell you, Devney Perry does not disappoint. Sure, there are lots of ups and downs and moments that feel like all hope is lost. But, I knew in my heart of hearts that this author would find away to make sense of the storm and see the characters come out to the other side.

Letter’s to Molly is an absolutely incredible read and I really enjoyed getting to know Molly and Finn. I thought the concept of the letters was really unique and I loved trying to figure out who was sending them. As painful as those letters were to read, I loved the honesty in them and how it forced these two characters to face their issues and finally hash things out.

Letter’s to Molly is a story that is going to make you feel. You will rage. Your heart will ache. You will get angry and want to put this book down. Your heart will swoon one minute and then break the very next. It is a story about the mistakes we make and owning up to them. It’s about letting go of the past and not letting go of that once in a lifetime love. It is a story that I know I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

In the end, all I can say is I’m glad that I trusted this author with my heart. The pain, the heartache, the journey…Ugh! It was so worth the ride…..

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

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley
series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working
in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls
and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves
reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own
stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! 
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Release Blitz with Review: Junk Mail by Kendall Ryan

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Junk Mail, a hilariously sexy standalone by New York Times bestselling author is live and available everywhere.

It all started with a sexy selfie. 🍆

A deliciously naughty, tell-everyone-you-know read!

About Junk Mail

It all started with a sexy selfie.

Texted to the wrong number.

Oops.

Not my finest moment—but I have nothing to be ashamed of.

She thought I was no better, and I quote, than the knuckle-dragging douche-bags she was never dating again.

It was a stupid dare from a girl I’d met online, but since she’d given me a fake number, I didn’t feel bad that my interests were suddenly focused elsewhere—on the fiery and sharp-tongued, Peyton that I found myself sparring with over text for the rest of the evening.

The following day, my case of mistaken identity came back to bite me in the banana.

When I strolled into the office, I was introduced to Peyton as the new client I needed to win over. The Peyton , in case you’re not tracking.

And let’s just say she had my full attention.

Brains? Check.

Beauty? Oh yeah.

And the best part? She hated me on sight.

Dear God, do I love a challenge.

Let the games begin.

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MY REVIEW

“Ordinary is the last word I’d use to describe what just went down between the two of us. Not unless you tack an extra in front of it. Because, goddamn, Peyton is extraordinary in every possible way.”

Who would have known that a sexy text sent to the wrong person, would turn your entire world upside down, leaving you chasing the most epic love of all….

Words can not even begin to express how much I adored Peyton and Josh!! Their story hooked me from the very first page and I was honestly powerless in devouring it. I couldn’t put Junk Mail down. Junk Mail is everything that I’m looking for in an office style romantic comedy. The story-line was fresh and entertaining. I couldn’t help but laugh at the initial meeting between Peyton & Josh. Their start was definitely unconventional and once they realized who the other was, well, all bets were off. The pull between Peyton & Josh led to some fantastic will they/won’t they moments that just left me desperate for more. These two tried super hard to keep things strictly business, but their attraction would prove too hard to ignore…

Junk Mail was exactly the book I was looking for. It captivated me from the very first page and Josh totally stole my heart. From embarrassing moments to ones that had you laughing out loud. To moments of flirtation, undeniable chemistry, and steamy encounters. To men being men and not realizing that it’s the little details that matter and can lead to terrible miscommunication. This book had it all and had just the right amount of drama, steam, humor and angst. I even adored the side story of Gram & Duncan. Gram was a total hoot and I loved her meddling. I was happy to see her find some love as well.

Bottom line: I LOVED Junk Mail. I loved every single moment of this story from beginning to end. I laughed. I swooned. I got annoyed. And in the end, I was left with the biggest smile on my face. Junk Mail was the perfect read to spend my day getting lost in and is definitely a top read from this author.

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

 

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Release Blitz with Review: Pieces of Us by A.L. Jackson

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A second chance stand-alone romance in A.L. Jackson’s Confessions of the Heart Series.

“I absolutely adored all of the sweet emotion, angst, and just all of the feelings “Pieces of Us” inspired. The characters and their growth had me hooked from the first page. Read it. You will not regret it.” ~NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Kylie Scott
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My loves!! PIECES OF US IS LIVE!!! I am so freaking excited, I can hardly stand it! This book is EVERYTHING!
✓ Second-chance romance
✓ Sexy AF hero
✓ All the feels
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TITLE: PIECES OF US
SERIES: A Confessions of the Heart Stand-Alone Novel 
RELEASE DATE: April 22nd, 2019
Maxon Chambers has a way of stealing all the attention.
All my affection, and all my dreams.
What I needed to remember was he’d stolen my good judgment and my virginity, too.
When he broke up with me, I ran across the country and swore I’d never return to Broadshire Rim.
But here I am, thirteen years later.
Maxon is all grown up.
Sexier than sin and more tempting than ever.
A detective on the Charleston force, he lives on the outside of safety, devoted to protecting the people of his city.
But with the way he’s looking at me now? I’m pretty sure what needs protecting is my heart.
Can we mend the pieces of us? Or will he leave my heart shattered forever . . .

MY REVIEW

“She was the kind of beauty that you couldn’t look away from. The kind that you got stuck on, wondering if you stared long enough, you could figure out if it was real.”

“My entire life had been nothing but a string of hurdles. No finish line in sight. Except for Izzy. She’d been my beginning. The girl had breathed her beauty and grace and goodness into my being. Made me think I could be something better. Saw me in a way I’d never seen myself.”

“He took a step forward, and I swore, I could feel the planets shift their orbit. Or maybe they’d shifted the second I’d crossed state lines. Our destinies had always felt dependent on the other, though I’d never imagined it’d twist our paths up quite like this. We had come alive in the other. A million mismatched pieces strewn between us that had magically fit.”

“There’s never been a single day in my life when I didn’t want you. We are endless.”

To me, there is nothing better then seeing a new book from A.L. Jackson hitting my kindle. I know right away that I am about to go on an amazing, incredible, beautiful journey. I know that the ride is going to play with my emotions and leaving hanging on every word. I know that every moment will pull at my heart and leave me aching for more. And Pieces of Us is the latest book by this author to capture my heart and find its way into my soul…

Pieces of Us is a beautifully written and all consuming second chance romance. It is the most epic kind of love story. It’s the kind of story that grabs you from the first page and that will have you hanging on every word. From the moment you meet the characters you are totally swept up in their story and you might as well cancel all of your plans for the day. You won’t want to put their story down and you’ll be dying to see just how their story will play out.

Maxson & Izzy’s road to happily ever after is not an easy one. It’s filled with pain and heartache. Maxon and Izzy will be tested in ways neither one of them ever expected. There is so much for them to move past and so much more to lose this time around. But, the love these two share is real and true and is the kind that’s worth fighting for. Sure both of them made mistakes and Maxon definitely had some demons plaguing him. But, if any couple deserved a second chance at love, it was these two. They fell in love at a young age and had a friendship that many could only wish for. I loved watching these two navigate their way through the past and journey towards their future.

Pieces of Us is the kind of story that just sweeps you up and knocks you off of your feet. It is a story of second chances and love. A story of forgiveness and moving on. Of accepting your faults and opening your heart. A story of taking chances and believing in yourself. A story that just captures you heart and leaves you begging for more. A story of just how complex and tough love can be. How it it can put you through the ringer and test you in ways you never saw coming. It can break you, yet make you even stronger because in the end, true love is always worth the pain, the fight, the heartache…

I loved every moment of this story from beginning to end. Maxon & Izzy stole my heart and took my emotions on a ride that I won’t be forgetting any time soon. A.L. Jackson has once again delivered a heartfelt and emotional romance that will stand the test of time….

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Ahhh I can’t wait for you to experience this story! I’m so insanely proud of it! I can’t wait to hear what you think!
xoxo ~
Amy

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, and FIGHT FOR ME novels. Grab A.L. Jackson’s latest novel, PIECES OF US, the third stand-alone novel in her brand-new CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART series.
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Blog Tour with Review: When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

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April 9, 2019

Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction

Penguin/Berkley

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life–and heart–to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly. 

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez–her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future–but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything–not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart…

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Praise for When We Left Cuba:

A thrilling story about love, loss, and what we will do to go home again. Utterly un-put-down-able. —PopSugar

A beautiful and utterly transporting novel. Publisher’s Weekly

Bold, unconventional Beatriz makes a heroine for the ages…A thrilling, thought-provoking read! —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

A gorgeously atmospheric homage to a country and a past that vibrates with emotion on every page.  Historic events, espionage, and a Kennedy-esque romance make this novel a rich read, but the addition of a formidable heroine truly makes it unputdownable.  This is not just historical fiction, but also an unrequited love story for a country and a way of life, as well as a journey of self-discovery for a woman torn between love and the two countries she calls home. —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

Cleeton once again delivers a masterful tale of political intrigue tinged with personal heartbreak. Her ferocity and fearlessness can be found on every page, and Beatriz’s story—one of vengeance, betrayal, and bravery—astonishes and thrills. —Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Masterpiece

Atmospheric and evocative, When We Left Cuba captivates with its compelling portrayals of the glamorous Cuban exile community and powerful forbidden love set against the dangerous intrigue of the Cold War. Unforgettable and unputdownable! —Laura Kamoie, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Dear Hamilton

By turns a captivating historical novel, a sweeping love story, and a daring tale of espionage—I absolutely adored this gem of a novel. —Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Oozing with atmosphere and intrigue, When We Left Cuba is an evocative, powerful and beautifully written historical novel which had me completely captivated from the first page to the last. Take a bow, Chanel Cleeton! —Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter

With a sure hand for historical detail, an impeccable eye for setting, and a heroine who grasps hold of your heart and never lets go, Chanel Cleeton has created another dazzlingly atmospheric and absorbing story of Cuba and its exiles. A beautiful and profoundly affecting novel from a writer whose work belongs on the shelves of every lover of historical fiction. —Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of The Gown

Powerful, emotional and oh so real. One woman’s fight to reclaim her own country, against all odds and no matter what the cost is intertwined with the real history of our lifetime and creates an unforgettable story. —Rhys Bowen, New York Times and #1 Kindle bestselling author of The Tuscan Child and the Royal Spyness mysteries.

Scintillating…. An intriguing dive into the turbulent Cuban-American history of the 1960s, and the unorthodox choices made by a strong historical woman. —Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room

Rich in historic detail, When We Left Cuba has it all—the excitement of a page-turning thriller, the sizzle of a steamy romance and the elegant prose of a master storyteller. —Renée Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer

Cleeton draws you into the glamour, intrigue, and uncertainty of the Cuban exile community just after Castro’s coup through a heroine who could give Mata Hari a run for her money…. You’ll be rooting for Beatriz to change the course of history—and find her own hard-won happily ever after. —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The English Wife

With a richly imagined setting and a heroine worth rooting for from the start, When We Left Cuba is thrilling and romantic, and timely to boot. —Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Met Jack

A compelling unputdownable story of love—for a man, for a country, for a past ripped away, and a future’s tenuous promise. When We Left Cuba swept me away. —Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Lighthouse Beach.

Electric and fierce. Beatriz Perez’s romance with a handsome, important senator will sweep you away, but it’s her profound loyalty to Cuba and her formidable determination to be her own woman despite life-and-death odds that will really hold you in thrall. —Kerri Maher, author of The Kennedy Debutante

In a tale as tempestuous as Cuba itself, When We Left Cuba is the revolutionary story of one woman’s bold courage and her many sacrifices for her beloved country. An absolutely spectacular read! —Stephanie Marie Thornton, author of American Princess

Beatriz Perez’s brand of vintage-Havana glamour dazzles with equal parts intrigue, rebellion, and romance to make for an unforgettable story. —Elise Hooper, author of The Other Alcott

My Review

“Is this love? Who has time to worry about such things? At the moment, it is everything, and that’s all that matters.”

“He kisses like a man living on borrowed time, as the though the coming war will steal his remaining days from him, and he knows it. He kisses without guilt or reservation, the legendary skills I’ve heard whispered about in power rooms clearly not exaggerated one bit.”

“In another life, we might have been magnificent together.”

Ever since finishing Next Year in Havana, I have been dying to get my hands on Beatriz’s story. And let me tell you, Chanel Cleeton does not disappoint. When We Left Cuba was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Filled with danger, suspense, romance and a thirst for vengeance, When We Left Cuba left no stone unturned and left me totally glued to the pages….

When We Left Cuba is Beatriz’s story. What I loved about her story was how rich in history it was and how the author mixed together Cuban & American history. You really got a feel for how much Beatriz loved her country and how she wanted to avenge her brother’s death. Beatriz’s involvement with the CIA kept me on pins and needles. She was no spy, but would do anything to reclaim the life she once had. What she didn’t plan on was falling in love along the way. Her love affair is one for the books, but is forbidden due to circumstances. Beatriz has some difficult choices ahead and I for one loved going along for the ride and seeing just how her story would play out.

When We Left Cuba is flawlessly written with an intriguing plot that will leave you utterly spellbound and glued to the pages. The writing captivating you from the very first page and will leave you feeling as though you are right inside the story experiencing everything along with the characters. When it comes to historical romance, this author is totally winning me over and is constantly leaving me dying for more.

Beatriz’s story is everything that I wanted it to be and then some. It’s a timeless love story filled with espionage, danger, family duty, vengeance and love when you least expect it. I loved every second of this book from beginning to end. When We Left Cuba was thrilling and exciting and just everything that I was hoping for. This is a wonderful book to curl up with and spend your day getting lost in….

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Author Information:

Chanel Cleeton is the USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana. Originally from Florida, Chanel grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

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