Quote – Tori Bergquist

Now that I’m in my late twenties I’ve made a habit of reading the daily local newspaper to stay updated on local and international current events. Last week there was an interesting article on a woman named Tori Bergquist, who runs a matchmaking company called The Agency. The company’s mindset is an old-school matchmaking ideology where two people are paired based on compatibility. No swiping or false profiles are included here, and there is a true authenticity to the way they operate. However, it’s got an exclusive club invite only vibe, and you’re only accepted into the club if you’re attractive and wealthy. Although it sounds ridiculously shallow, it’s also somewhat refreshingly honest.

Although Toni has had trouble finding the own love of her life, she has much experience on helping others. If you’re willing to take a little advice, here’s Toni’s words, directly from the article.

Toni’s Love Advice:

1. Love requires that you increase your emotional intelligence.

2. Prioritize relationships over possessions. “Without someone to share it with, it’s just stuff.”

3. Being nice is your most attractive quality.

4. Burn the checklist of what you think you need in a relationship. “Follow your heart.”

5. Look for love in your own age group, and try to find someone with similar life experiences.

6. Find someone who hates the same things you do.

7. Look for someone who wants to learn about life with you.

8. You don’t buy your way into someone’s heart, but you may laugh your way there.

This post contains information from the article written by Keith Sharon which appeared in The OC Register on March 24, 2017. 

 

 

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Review – Defining Her

Today I’m excited to share my review on Samantha March’s latest novel called Defining Her. I’m sorry to say that I’ve only read one of Samantha’s other books, even though I’ve purchased all of her novels and they’re all sitting and waiting for me on my iPad. This book definitely inspired me to bump those up the TBR list!

Defining Her by Samantha March

My Review:

Defining her is a wonderful women’s fiction novel about what defines us as individuals. We are not defined by who we were and what we’ve done in the past, but by who we are now and our current actions. We are not defined by where we come from and what our upbringing was like, but on where we are now and what we have made of our lives. Just because you have a history of being a good person, doesn’t give you a free pass to be a bad person now. And just because you’ve had a tough past, doesn’t mean that you can’t be a better person today.

We all have different experiences in life and have taken different paths to where we stand today. It’s so important to be true to yourself and sometimes that includes being 100% honest with those you care about, even if you have a rocky past.

One of the major themes of the novel is infidelity and the effect it has on both those that cheat and those that are cheated on. There’s a difference between having a physical affair and an emotional affair, and neither is okay but both have the capacity to be put in the past to move together towards a brighter future.

Samantha created complex characters that were thoroughly intriguing. The story is written in the first person and rotates between Prue and Nellie. It includes a bit from their past in order to help you understand how they got to where they are today. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it.

Side note: be aware that there is a blush-worthy sex scene, but it is not included just for the sake of including a sex scene and it does add something to the story. This story also contains emotional situations that one might find uncomfortable, but sometimes it’s good to get a bit out of your comfort zone to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see things from their perspective.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

I purchased a copy of this novel on Amazon for $2.99. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

About the Book

Title: Defining Her

Author: Samantha March

Published: March 11, 2017

Book Blurb: Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty.

Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne.

Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you won’t see coming.

This novel contains adult content, graphic language and disturbing situations.

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Exclusive Guest Post & Review – Laura Chapman

Today I’m excited to share a review for a new release by one of my favorite authors in addition to an exclusive guest post written by the author herself!

Playing House by Laura Chapman

My Review:

I loved this story of Bailey. She starts off as an assistant designer on a reality TV show that is being filmed in Texas. Bailey slowly becomes an important fixture in the crew and in their lives. But things aren’t always how they seem. There’s little secrets that pop up along the way and Bailey wonders if she’s getting more than she signed on for.

One of the main themes of the story is family and the lengths we will go to protect the people we care about. At the end of the day, the most important thing is taking care of the people we love and its always in our best interest to be open and honest in what we do.

This novel was highly entertaining and I wish there was another one to follow in a series, but I believe it currently is a stand alone novel. Can’t wait to see what Chapman brings on next.

My Rating:  5/5 Stars

I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

Guest Post by Laura Chapman: Tour of My Office

In my latest novel, Playing House, we go behind the scenes of a hit home improvement TV show. In that spirit, I thought I’d take you readers on a tour of my favorite room in my house: my office.

This is the room I have put the most work and time into. Every piece has a purpose and a story behind it. I’ll share some of those tales. Incidentally, despite my best intentions, my office also tends to be the room in which I spend the least amount of time. Well, after the guest bedroom, which I primarily use to hide clean laundry from my cats before I fold it. I tend to be nomadic with my writing, which means my laptop, notebooks, and I roam the house rather than hanging in my beautiful office.

With that disclaimer, let me show you where the magic (theoretically) happens . . .

I was going to tidy up my desk a bit before I snapped this photo, but I figured this is more honest. Also, I’m in the middle of promoting my newest release and writing a new series. I need to cut out as many procrastinating distractions—like shuffling papers around—as I can.

When I moved into the house more than a year ago, one of my first steps (after shampooing the carpets and scrubbing every surface) was to paint this room. I went with minted lemon from Behr. A friend turned me onto their primer and paint and one, and it is truly a Godsend. It takes just one coat, which is about all I have the patience to do. I wanted something both comforting and classy, and I fell in love with this color right away. Even the woman who mixed it fell hard and made a note to remember it the next time she painted at home.

My furniture is a mix of a black desk and black and white office chair from IKEA paired with black bookshelves picked up at Target over the years. I assembled all of the pieces myself, because I need to use my pink tool-set for something.

The shelves are particularly important, because they hold my (alphabetized) collection of fiction novels as well as my writing resources and copies of my books sold at signings. Organization—when I can manage it—is crucial to my Type A-minus self’s sanity.

I also have a loveseat, which I bartered for with one of my dearest friends, who moonlights as one of my first-sight beta readers. I sanded it down, painted it white and sewed new slipcovers and pillows for the cushions with fabric ordered off of Fabric.com.

What really makes this room mine and inspirational—beyond those shelves of books—is the varying pieces of art and memorabilia throughout.

On the wall opposite my desk, above the loveseat, I have movie posters for Jane Eyre (2011) and Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). I bought the Jane poster as a 29th birthday present to myself. The Fifty Shades poster was a gift from one of my best friends. It’s actually a one-of-a-kind mounted piece, created by the studio for a promotional event and given to him—then passed on to me. He knew how much I liked this poster, and I had no words beyond “Oh my God, oh my God,” when it was delivered to my door. Both are book-turned-movies, which motivates me to (hopefully) one day write a book-turned-movie. Also, I really like to stare at Michael Fassbender’s face and Jamie Dornan’s back.

Other literary touches throughout my room include the Persuasion poster my sister gave me to celebrate The Marrying Type’s launch back in 2016. It sits next to a framed Emma quote given to me by that same friend/beta reader who traded me the love seat . . .

A quote from Three & Out designed into laugh-out-loud cuteness by my cousin . . .

A poster designed by Katie Nieland, the cover artist for The Marrying Type and Playing House . . .

And various other pieces I’ve picked up over the years that screamed “romance writer’s office” when I saw them.

The room was designed and assembled on a budget, but ultimately with the goal of being a place where I could celebrate my life as a reader and writer. Until I have a house big enough to install a Beauty and the Beast-replica library, this room is my literary heaven and haven.

About the Book

Title: Playing House

Author: Laura Chapman

Published: March 9, 2017

Book Blurb: She’s a work in progress . . .

Bailey Meredith has had it. As an assistant at a prestigious interior design firm, she’s tired of making coffee and filing invoices. She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true.

He’s a fixer upper . . .

Wilder Aldrich knew she would be perfect for the crew the moment he saw her. His hit home improvement show only hired the best, and Bailey had potential written all over her. It isn’t just her imaginative creativity and unmatched work ethic that grabs his attention. There’s just something about her.

With chemistry on screen, it’s only a matter of time before sparks fly behind the scenes as well. But with Bailey’s jaded views on romance and a big secret that could destroy Wilder and everyone he cares about, are either of them willing to risk it all for love?

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Excerpt from Playing House

Keeping a close distance, she followed Waverly up the cracked path to the house. Bailey took quick mental notes of her surroundings. The exterior needed a lot of work. The sagging roof missing gutters made her think they’d find the inside in similar disarray. They stepped through the front door, nearly tripping over Wilder Aldrich, who was measuring the entryway.

“Hey!” He sprang to his feet and out of their way. “What did I tell you about waiting until I gave you the all clear?”

“You were taking for-frickin’-ever, and some of us were freezing our tits off.” She pursed her lips and took on a warrior stance, seemingly daring him to say something else.

Conceding victory to her, Wilder turned and flashed an apologetic grin at Bailey. “Hey.” He offered a hand. Warmth permeated through the thin material of her glove. “Welcome to Casa de Waverly.”

Giving him a smug grin, Waverly sipped her coffee and faced Bailey. “Do you have a smart phone?”

Bailey stared blankly for a second, still dazzled by seeing Wilder up close. But she quickly snapped to attention and dug her phone out of her coat pocket.

“Good,” Waverly said after inspecting it. “While you’re on the job, I’d like you to snap some photos for our social media accounts. I’ll want to vet everything before we post it, but we need to start building the buzz for the next season while we’re filming. In exchange, we’ll cover your phone payments to take care of your data usage. Understood?”

“I can do that.”

“Good. Now . . .” She pulled out her own phone. It was the latest model that had come out on the market a month ago. With all of its reported bells and whistles, it put Bailey’s poor phone to shame. “I’m going to make a quick call. I’ll be back in a few minutes, and we can get started on,” she gestured around her, “this mess.”

She spun on her heel and waltzed out of the room, cooing into the phone.

Wilder cleared his throat, and Bailey turned to give him her full attention. She estimated he was only a couple of years older than herself—maybe in his late twenties or early thirties. He looked younger in real life than he did on TV. He was leaner and a little shorter—though she still had to crane her neck a little to meet his gaze.

He was also more handsome. Not the GQ model, your tongue-sticks-to-the-top-of-your-mouth kind of sexy. But he was hot in the same way the guy you sat next to in Chemistry was. It was enough to distract you from formulas and Bunsen burners every so often, but not enough that you’d ever set the lab on fire or forget to finish your final exam.

So far, he seemed much more serious. Where was the guy who scared Waverly with a stuffed dummy in a closet in the last episode she’d watched before calling an end to the marathon?

He was, she realized, studying her every bit as closely, with those hazel eyes speckled with green. Noting that, she didn’t feel quite as rude taking mental notes on the man in front of him.

At least she looked good. She’d laid out three outfits that morning in the hotel room. The first was a long, silky turquoise tunic that she’d paired with a pair of black leggings and knee-high boots. It was similar to the clothes Waverly favored on screen—only hers weren’t name-brand knockoffs. Then she had the casual jeans, a gray T-shirt that she could dress-up with a navy blue blazer. And there was option three: dark-wash, fit jeans, a chambray shirt, and a scarf. It was an ensemble that fell somewhere in the middle. It was the one that looked the most like her when she inspected herself in the mirror.

It was the one that felt most like her now in the middle of the foyer.

She wondered what he saw when he looked at her. Did he see a confident young woman ready to tackle major projects adeptly? Or did he see someone who was desperate to create, no matter what happened? Both were correct, but which one shone through right now?

Like a light switch, that triggered something in her. She offered her hand again. “We haven’t officially met. I’m Bailey Meredith.”

About the Author

Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, The Marrying Type, and Playing House. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. She loves talking to readers. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also get the latest news from her website, blog, and monthly newsletter.

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Review – Perfect Girl

Although this novel has been sitting on my iPad for quite some time just waiting to be read, I was recently inspired to read this when I finished reading Kathryn R. Biel’s latest novel New Attitude because one of her characters is named after Michele, who is the author of this book!

Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman

My Review:

Perfect girl was a self-discovery type novel. Carol isn’t your average pushover, she does it out of the love in her heart and the desire to help those in her life. But years of being a people-pleaser has made everyone happy except for the person that matters most, herself. Watch as Carol goes on a journey to discover who she is when she’s being true to herself and what that life looks like for her.

The main theme of the novel is the idea that you shouldn’t always bend over backwards to make everyone else happy. Eventually they’ll take it for granted and leave you feeling resentment in a never-ending cycle of doing things for others. That’s not to say that you should never do anything nice for anyone else, but you should try to find a happy balance.

Another main theme of the novel is infidelity and cheating. Sometimes the person you thought they were turns out to be a smokescreen for who they truly are on the inside, and that person happens to have an ugly soul. Don’t waste time on soul-sucking lying cheating people, they’re not worth the effort and they’ll always be selfish.

The best supporting actress award of this novel goes to Zoe. Although she had a small role in this story, she was one of my favorite characters and I loved the comic relief she added throughout the story. I loved all of the ridiculous dating adventures of Carol’s best friend and literally laughed out loud at the crazy scenarios.

I loved this story and can’t wait to read more of Michele’s novels!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

I downloaded an e-book copy of this novel when it was free on Amazon for a limited time. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

About the Book

Title: Perfect Girl

Author: Michele Gorman

Published: October 2014

Book Blurb: Cinderella meets Falling Down in this wickedly funny tale about having it all

Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any easier. As the only woman on the bank’s trading floor she spends twelve-hour days trying not to get sworn at or felt up by colleagues who put the “W” in banker.

How long can she go on pleasing everyone else before she snaps and loses it all?

With humor and empathy, Perfect Girl lays bare the balancing act that working women face in a man’s world

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Top Ten Travel Essentials

Top Ten Travel Essentials

Getting ready to go on a vacation can be stressful for some and a breeze for others. I personally find it easier to pack when I have a packing list written out. Inspired by a cute passport holder I got recently, I thought it would be fun to share my top ten essentials when packing for a vacation.

1. Personalized Passport Holder

If you’re planning to travel internationally, you’ll want to make sure you have a passport holder. Even if you don’t have immediate travel plans it’s always a good idea to have your passport up-to-date. Keeping everything in one place makes life so much easier when you only have two things you ABSOLUTELY don’t want to lose; your passport/wallet and your phone (duh!). And when the holder is this cute, who wouldn’t want to be seen carrying it? Accessory Insanity has the cutest passport holders and they offer free shipping on orders over $100 if you live in the US or Canada.  

2. Travel packing cubes

These little guys take up almost no space and weigh next to nothing but they pack a major punch when it comes to organized packing, and they make it so much easier to stay organized. I got mine on amazon after my sister suggested them to me and they’re seriously the best!

3. Cosmetic/toiletries clear organizer

It’s not something I would suggest using on a daily basis, but when traveling, these things make it so much easier to get ready in the morning because you can SEE everything! I got mine from Target and I put all my makeup, makeup brushes, and toiletries in this when I travel. Tip: in order to make sure you don’t forget anything, pack this up a day or two before you leave. Get ready in the morning as usual and you’ll know if you forgot something you want/need on a daily basis. 

4. Travel storage containers for liquid skincare and makeup.

Not Chic – being limited to 3 oz of your favorite products

Chic – squeezing a small amount of said products into a handy travel container. I used to re-use the small containers from the cosmetic counters from samples, but now Sephora sells a 3-pack that’s clear and easy to clean.

5. An iPad or e-reader

I can’t go anywhere without my iPad if I’m going to have more than 30 minutes of downtime. The best part about the e-reader is that you can store countless books and magazines for your reading pleasure. Sure, there’s nothing quite like holding a real book, but when traveling, my iPad makes my life so much easier!

6. Makeup Remover Wipes

Makeup remover wipes eliminate the need for extra items such as makeup remover, and tons of cotton pads. These wipes make getting ready for bed easy and sephora carries a line that are moisturizing and exfoliating. Double-duty from one product equals travelling win!

7. A flowy cardigan or chic scarf that doubles as a blanket

If you’re anything like me, you’ll get cold at some point while travelling. Whether that hits you while waiting for your plane, on the flight, or in the hotel you’re staying at, it’s a good idea to bring something to keep warm. Bring something that’s comfortable on the plane but will also come in handy when lounging and getting ready on your trip. I got this ModCloth blanket scarf in a recent FabFitFun box, so amazing!

8. 360 degree spinner luggage

This should go without saying in today’s world of travel and technology, but you should invest in sturdy luggage that has 360 degree rotating ‘spinner’ wheels for easy transportation. 

9. Sleep eye mask

Falling asleep on a plane is a breeze when you’ve got a sleep mask with you. I could fall asleep just about anywhere, but a sleep mask gives that extra comfort and blocks out the light. I personally sleep with one almost every night. It also doesn’t hurt that they come in really cute styles and prints! I got this cute kitty sleep mask from a local TJ Maxx.

10. Lip balm

There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a plane with dehydrated lips. I always bring at least two of my favorite lip balms in case I lose one while I’m away. My favorite go-to pick is the Sugar lip balm line from Fresh. 

Additional Travel Tips – Do’s and Dont’s

  • Suggested packing items:
    • A go-to knit dress: These little babies are super packable and you can take them right out of the suitcase and be ready quickly. You can dress them up or down depending on the accessories you pair with it, and it can always be worn with tights in cold weather. You never know when you’re going to need a dress and I always think it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. 
    • If you’re checking your main luggage make sure you have a minimum of one outfit in your carry-on bag and a few pairs of underwear just in case the airline loses your luggage. 
    • If your hotel has a pool or jacuzzi, or if you’re going somewhere with the possibility of ending up at the beach, make sure you pack at least one bathing suit. If if you’re not planning to swim, you never know when you might end up in the water and wishing you had your suit with you!
  • I know this is really hard for some of us (and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t one of those people) but don’t overpack!! If you’re going away for the weekend, you don’t need five extra outfits on top of what you know you’ll need. Add one or two extra tops to pair with your pants will suffice. Same goes for shoes; unless you’re going to vegas for a bachelorette party, you really shouldn’t need 10 pairs of shoes. Limit it to one of each style that you’ll need; flip-flops, sneakers, evening shoes, done.

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February Reading

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I can’t believe we’re already half-way through March and I’m only just now recapping February! Today I’m sharing a round-up of the books I read during February. Scroll on to find out which one was my favorite. You can also click the images below to read my reviews for each.

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Books Read in February 2017

Books listed below in the order they were read

  1. Lift and Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein, 4/5 stars
  2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, 5/5 stars
  3. We Just Clicked by Sophie Childs, 5/5 Stars
  4. Love in an Elevator a Romantic Comedy Anthology, 5/5 Stars
  5. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham, 4/5 Stars
  6. Criminal Confections by Colette London, 4/5 Stars

My favorite books read during February were…

Honestly, this month was hard to pick a favorite, so I picked two. My two favorite books read in February were Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Love in an Elevator a romantic comedy anthology.

 

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Review – Love in an Elevator

Love in an Elevator, a Romantic Comedy anthology

My Review

love-in-an-elevatorI loved this book, I loved this book, I loved this book! Clearly I can’t say it enough times! Love in an Elevator has 8 short stories that incorporate a romantic story that involves an elevator in some way. Who would’ve thought that there could be so many ways that elevators can bring people together?! They’re all clever and funny and filled with unexpected romance and all the stories incorporate the elevators in completely different ways, yet the elevator plays a key role in all of the storylines. Some of the authors are personal favorites, some are authors i’ve been meaning to read, and some were completely new to me. Almost all 8 stories got a 5/5 star rating from me and I HIGHLY recommend these stories to all who enjoy romantic comedies and are looking for some major laughs!

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars

[Please note, these stories are no longer available as an anthology and are available to purchase separately as novellas from each author.]

1. Hold the Lift by Aven Ellis

I was looking forward to reading this short as I’ve heard of her work but have never read any of her writing yet! This story was about Sierra and Jude meeting in an elevator that gets stuck. They’re both young, hard-working professionals that work hard to accomplish their goals. I love that he’s a professional hockey player (It’s the only sport I truly enjoy!) and I love the tie-in with the Magic 8 ball. Sometimes the digital age can bring people together and sometimes it can make things more difficult, but I truly believe that when things are meant to work out, they very often times do.

5/5 Stars – super cute story of Sierra and Jude

2. Down, Then Up by Beth Labonte

This was a new author for me and I’m sorry to say I’d never heard of her before. Thankfully that changed now that I’ve read her story of Lauren and Jamie. Lauren runs into her old college boyfriend, of all places on a crazy bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas. They both have accomplished a lot since their college years, but could it be that neither of them ever moved on from their failed relationship?

4/5 Stars – mixture of silly, sweet and serious

3. Going Up? by Whitney Dineen

I’ve got a few of Whitney’s novels on my kindle app but haven’t made my way to them yet. This novella inspired me to read them soon!

Fiona Kitchen moves to New York to open a branch of her massage spa called The Rub, like her flagship store in Pennsylvania. After months of having trouble finding a new client base, Fiona gets a job as an elevator operator. That job leads to some interesting adventures and I was happy to be along for the ride. I would love to read a full length novel of Fiona’s story.

5/5 Stars

4. Taking a Chance by Becky Monson

Liza and Jay meet in the elevator that is supposed to take them to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City. Liza is a special type of socially awkward; she’s scared of crowds, small spaces and especially afraid of heights. But she has a promise to fulfill and perhaps Jay is the perfect person to help her accomplish her goals.
5/5 Stars – Such a cute story!

5. Happy to be Stuck with You by Rich Amooi

I was excited to see that Rich was one of the authors in this anthology, as he is one of my favorite authors! You can get a copy of this novella for free if you sign up for Rich’s newsletter (you’ll also get his new releases for a discounted rate when they come out): Sign up here!
Happy to be stuck with you is a cute story about seemingly unrequited love in the workplace. You know what they say about making assumptions about people right? You’re usually wrong! This was a funny one, a laugh out loud comedy from beginning to end, in the classic Amooi style.

5/5 Stars – classic laugh out loud comedy

6. Upstairs, Downstairs and the Lift in Between by Geralyn Corcillo

Another of my favorite authors!

This is the charming story of where Mark and Maisy meet and fall in love. I read the full length novel recently and it’s wonderful! I enjoyed reading how it all began, even though I read it out of order.

5/5 Stars

7. The Only Way is Up by Lindy Dale

This was a new author for me, but one I’ve heard great things about. This is the story of Bailey and Callum. I loved the dynamics between these two and would love to continue reading their story if it was a full length novel!

5/5 Stars

8. Out of Order by Dee Ernest

This was a completely new author for me. I loved the story and the relationship that brews between Seth and Grace and will definitely be checking out her other works.

5/5 Stars

Title: Love in an Elevator

Author: Multiple Authors

Published: July 2016

Book Blurb: Laugh, swoon, and escape with this romantic comedy anthology!

I purchased this book when it was available as an anthology. You can now only purchase the novellas separately from each author on Amazon.

Hold the Lift by Aven Ellis – Amazon Link 

Down, Then Up by Beth Labonte – Amazon Link

Going Up? by Whitney Dineen – Amazon Link

Taking a Chance by Becky Monson – Amazon Link

Happy to be Stuck with You by Rich Amooi – Newsletter

Upstairs, Downstairs, and the Lift in Between by Geralyn Corcillo – Amazon Link

The Only Way is Up by Lindy Dale – Amazon Link

Out of Order by Dee Ernst – Amazon Link

I purchased this book when it was available with all 8 stories together in one. They are now only available separately. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion. 

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