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Blog Tour & Book Review – Books, Blogs & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom

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Books, Blogs, & Reality

by Ryan


Publication Date: October 24, 2014

Genres: Contemporary, Humor, New Adult, Romance

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Life can suck…

When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while

this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.

Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a

glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors.

Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense

relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find

you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t.

Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use

keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of

achieving the perfection found in romance novels.

Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what

they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong

enough to choose wisely? Or will their happy endings escape them?

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About the Author

Ryan Ringbloom

Ryan Ringbloom is a YA/NA author who lives for anything Romance. The

passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks

off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her

five year old are the best part of her day.

Feel free to contact her, she would love it!

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This story is everything I love in a good romance/chick-lit read. When I sit down to read this type of genre I need to not want to put it down, and this book absolutely had me enthralled from the start. In fact, I started and finished it in just one sitting!

In this story we follow 4 women, all book junkies & bloggers and all part of a tight online friendship foursome. I love how the author captured the intricacies of online relationships. How we can spill some of our most intimate and mundane thoughts and life events to these people we have never met, yet still feel a connection with.

The book was very cleverly broken down so we get a good sense of each woman’s character. They all are clearly very different… different lives & different personalities. The back and forth between the four of them in cyberspace was SO entertaining. It had me giggling a lot of the time! I really enjoyed how their online catch-up were interspaced between what was really going on in each of their lives, things aren’t always so rosy in the real world that’s for sure!

There was a lesson to be learnt for each of the ladies in this book. While sometimes I found myself (good-naturedly) eye-rolling them, I quickly realized I had a soft spot for each one of them as I watched them navigate their romantic issues and dish out advice to each other. I could never pick a favourite, and that for me really proves the amazing job that this author has done in MAKING me love all of her characters. Not an easy feat at all!

This book has everything you need for an entertaining read. I love that I read a book that has variety, that had me laughing pretty much the whole way and that managed to wrap up the storylines so I felt content, something that is definitely not always a sure thing. It was a nice quick read and definitely one of the better books of this genre that I’ve read this year. Definitely a highly recommend for a weekend where you want to sip a hot chocolate and play voyeur…

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Book Review – Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott

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The Stage Dive series is one of the best ‘rock-star romance’ that I have read and I think one of the biggest draws for me, the ‘point of difference’, is that the leading character is a complete individual. Often when you read a book series all the male personalities blend into each other. It’s too same-same. With the Stage Dive novels EVERY ONE IS DIFFERENT, and I think Mal might be my absolute favourite. 

When Mal and Anne meet, their circumstances have forced them both into difficult positions. Mal comes up with a great plan to help them both out – a fake relationship. But the best laid plans often go astray and Mal’s manic personality and Anne’s refusal to put up with any bullsh-t is sure to send sparks flying. 

“It’s fate, Anne. Written in the stars. Leave it the fuck alone.”

“You’re crazy.”

It did take a little while for Mal to grow on me. My first impression of him  was “Uh, who the hell is this fool?”, but slowly and surely he snuck up on me until I found myself completely embracing his quirks and loving him for it. Much like Anne did. Anne was a great heroine. I loved her independence and fierce loyalty. She had the good girl thing going on but it wasn’t over done – she was a nice girl without being a complete Mary-Sue. I never felt the need to throw my kindle into on coming traffic, which is a nice change in a rock-star romance. 

“Mal: When are you on the rag? Davie said to find out if you want cupcakes or ice cream.

Anne: I want to not talk about this ever.”

Over-all, Play was a quick and fun read, perfect for a weekend. I enjoyed my time with these characters and I am looking forward to reading Lead (the third book in the series) when the rock-star mood strikes me again!

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Ten!! If only!! If I had ten books in my TBR kindle folder I would probably do a happy jig around the room. I need to be cut off from my supplier (aka Amazon). 

Book Review – A is for Alpha Male by Laurel Ulen Curtis (A is for Alpha Male #1)

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A is for Absolutely Freakin Hilarious! What a laugh! The sass, Haley’s smart-ass mouth,  the adorable and slightly scatterbrained mother, the amazing Dan Smith – it all made for a fantastically fun read.

Haley Whitfield is sick to death of boring mommas boys so she and her mother, Allison, make a list of all the things they are looking for in the perfect man and embark on an adventure to find him. Setting off on a cross country road trip, they plot their route and make a plan to track down their men.  At their first stop they encounter the delicious Dan Smith. He doesn’t have all the qualities on the list exactly, but the heart wants what the heart wants, right? For the rest of the book we get to witness Haley and Allison’s shenanigans on their trip and discover just who Dan Smith really is.

First off – I just LOVED this mother/daughter duo. Their relationship was fantastic and they truly were best friends. The banter between them was written in a comical and engaging way, and while I don’t share anywhere near as much info about my life with my mother as Haley did with hers, I think the open and honest communication in their relationship is definitely something I would want to have with my daughter. The ability to discuss absolutely any emotion, without judgement, is a rare quality a lot of relationships strive for. Allison was the perfect antidote to Haley’s crazy dramatics, and Haley had the street smarts that sweet (and slightly naive) Allison, lacked.  They really stole the show for me in this book.

“Haley, you need a shower. Sweet Lord, you look like you’ve been given a makeover by homeless people.”

I had to admit that reasonably early on I could see where the story was going with Dan. Not all of it, but the main twist, I think, is quite obvious. Even though I had figured this out, it didn’t take away from the story. After all, it’s a romantic comedy not a suspense novel. I enjoyed the cute exchanges between Dan and Haley, and loved how he seemed to ‘get her’ in the same way her mother did. I would have liked a little more background story on Dan. I think that just a smidge more info would have made me feel more connected with his character. 

“But there was something about Danny. Some kind of comfortable understanding. Some kind of pull.”

Which leads us to Haley. A warning – DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F WORD. Haley has a mouth on her like a sailor. But not just any sailor – a sarcastic, witty, inappropriate sailor. Her dramatics were just so ridiculous and over the top! Those who knew and loved her seemed to take it all in their stride but I think most people would film it for youtube if they were to ever run into someone like Hayley. She was priceless –

“I’ll admit, it was a struggle getting us both down to the ground gently under her weight, but I somehow managed it.
However, I would never, ever tell her that. If she asked I would be all ‘Light as a f-cking feather, Madre. You were so light I balanced you on my pinky finger for a few seconds, just to show off.’ Honesty is my policy. Always. Except when talking about a woman’s weight. When confronted with this timeless issue, lie, lie, lie your ass off.”


There was a lot of Kristen Ashley fangirling in the book so I think if you are familiar with Kristen Ashley books then you will probably get a little more out of the story than those who aren’t. There are a few things that may go over your head if you haven’t read any KA. However, it’s pretty easy to fill in the blanks. I really enjoyed this for my weekend read. Just what I needed!