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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Review – Kiss Me in the Snow

Kiss Me in the Snow by Rich Amooi

kiss-me-in-the-snowPublished: December 2016

Book Blurb: A fun, enchanting holiday romantic comedy!

Hollywood superstar Sophia Harris is trading stage lights for Christmas lights and spending a quiet, man-less holiday in snowy Lake Tahoe with her sister. At least that was the plan. But when a hunky ski instructor steals the show, Sophia finds herself up on skis, but falling hard.

Ethan Woods enjoys his laid-back lifestyle and relishes his time on the slopes. Things heat up with the arrival of Sophia, the stubborn vacationer who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The vulnerability she so desperately tries to hide draws Ethan in like a magnet.

But all vacations must come to an end and soon Sophia will have to choose. Will she go back to her life of glitz and glamour? Or will she follow her heart to a happy ending with the leading man of her dreams?

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

This book literally had me laughing from the opening sentence!

Sophia is one of hollywood’s highest paid actors, but none of her work has gotten her close enough to her dream of getting an oscar nomination. Her sister Chelsea’s divorce was just finalized and the sisters decide to take a vacation during the holidays to get out of town. They head to Lake Tahoe where they’re in for a fun-filled adventure.

I loved the story of Sophia and Chelsea and the adventures they have in Lake Tahoe. Amooi crafts lovely charming characters wrapped up in a non-stop hilarious story that will have you laughing the whole way through!

5/5 Stars for another hilarious romantic comedy by Rich Amooi

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

Connect with the Author – Rich Amooi

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Rich AmooiQuirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective.

Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster and has a hairy golden retriever/lab mix that likes to eat carrots, tuna, and Manchego cheese imported from Spain.

He believes (Rich, not the dog) in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Review – Summer at Rose Island

Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin

summer-at-rose-islandPublished: May 13, 2016

Book Blurb: Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

I loved this continuation of the White Cliff Bay series. Darcy, the main character in this novel, is a marine biologist and shark lover. Her passion links her to the coastal town, and also helps her connect with a young socially withdrawn child in the town. I liked the way Darcy began to build her life in the small town and I enjoyed both her background story that led her to where she was. I enjoyed the growing attraction and relationship between Darcy and a particularly handsome man in town. I loved the way the characters are connected throughout this story and prior ones in the series and the way that the townspeople band together to fight for what matters to them. 

‘Don’t let anyone tell you your dreams aren’t good enough.’ One of the main themes in this novel is working together to fight for something important. You shouldn’t let anything get in the way of working to accomplish your goals, even if you face setbacks along the way. It’s important to fight for what is right, especially if it’s something near and dear to your heart. You might not achieve your goals, but you’ll never know if you don’t try.

4/5 Stars for this wonderful charming story

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

About the Author – Holly Martin

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Holly MartinAuthor Bio: Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by an even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

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Review – The Christmas Cake Cafe

The Christmas Cake Cafe by Sue Watson

the-christmas-cake-cafePublished: October 14, 2016

Book Blurb: As the Prosecco chills and Bing Crosby croons, Jen Barker just knows that her long-term boyfriend is about to propose.  But instead of a diamond ring nestled in her champagne flute, Jen finds cold flat rejection.  Her once perfect life and dreams of a husband and family seem even further from reach.

A working holiday to the Swiss Alps with her younger sister Jody might not be the Christmas Jen had it mind, but it offers her the chance to recharge her batteries and recover from heartbreak.

When Jen meets handsome ski instructor Jon Zutter her hopes for a happy-ever-after seem within her grasp again. Jon is kind and gorgeous and as they bond over Sachetorte at the picturesque Cake Café, Jen thinks he might just be her perfect man. But a relationship with him comes with a catch – and there are some things even cake can’t fix.

As the snow falls and Christmas approaches, could this be the place that restores Jen Barker’s faith in love?

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

I absolutely loved this novel, because it conjured up a magical white Christmas for me. Sue Watson never fails to make me laugh, fall in love with her characters, and make me hungry for something sugary and delicious. I like that she tends to write about women in their late thirties/early forties at a point in their lives that they didn’t expect and never thought they’d be at at their age.

I loved watching Jen find herself and slowly learn what life is all about. One of the main themes of this novel is the idea that it’s never too late to be true to yourself and find someone that doesn’t try to change you. ‘I laughed, but what she’d said struck a chord. She was right –I was always trying to take photos, frame the moment, but now it was time to live in it.’ Living in the moment instead of constantly worrying about creating the perfect moment is one of the important lessons jen learns and it’s something we can all learn from. Yes, it’s fun to document fun moments with photos but life isn’t about creating the picture-perfect moment in order to be able to take a photo. It’s about finding those moments organically and embracing them while they’re happening. 

5/5 stars for this delightful Christmas confection!

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

About the Author – Sue Watson

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sue-watsonAuthor Bio: Sue Watson was a TV Producer with the BBC who combined motherhood and family life with a busy career. However, one day it dawned on Sue that Cosmo magazine may have been telling porkies about ‘having it all,’ and her life had become a slightly crazed juggling act.

So after much soul searching (and comfort eating) Sue abandoned her TV career, bought a pink laptop and wrote a novel. ‘Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes,’ tells the story of Stella Weston, whose life is a constant struggle with a nasty boss at work, the weighing scales and being a mum, wife and daughter.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire. When she’s not toiling over her latest novel, Sue bakes (and eats) cake and enjoys very large tubs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream all to herself while watching ‘The Biggest Loser USA.’

 

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Review – Coffee, Tea or Me

Coffee, Tea or Me by Rich Amooi

coffee-tea-or-mePublished: September 21, 2016

Book Blurb: Susie opens a tea shop next to Jack’s coffee shop and the war begins.

Jack Robbins has a booming coffee business, an eighty-year old customer who can’t keep his clothes on, and a rescue Chihuahua named Chimichanga that likes to kiss on the mouth. Life is good until the new business next door takes a bite out of his sales.

Susie McKenna has the new tea shop everyone is talking about, an over-protective brother, and a stubborn, good-looking neighbor who is trying to steal her customers.

Things really start to percolate when Jack and Susie both volunteer to help plan the downtown festival. They have to work together and soon Jack won’t be able to get by without his daily fix of Susie. But can a coffee lover and a tea devotee put their competition aside to get their happily ever after?

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

As a coffee lover, the title and subject of this novel hit home for me (as I’m sure it will with many others!). I’ve never been a tea drinker, though I know many that enjoy it. When Susie opens a Tea shop right next to Jack’s coffee shop, you know you’re in for an entertaining story. While Jack and Susie battle it out on the business front, they begin to develop a professional rivalry and working relationship. Written in the classic Amooi style, Coffee, Tea or Me is downright hilarious and will literally make you laugh out loud while you’re reading it.

I loved this story and thoroughly enjoyed the humorous dynamics written throughout the whole novel. If you’re looking for a fun, quick read, then this is the perfect book for you! Reading this story put me in the mood for a delicious cup of coffee and yummy scones!

Another fabulous romantic comedy from Rich Amooi.

5/5 Stars

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

Connect with the Author – Rich Amooi

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Rich AmooiQuirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective.

Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster and has a hairy golden retriever/lab mix that likes to eat carrots, tuna, and Manchego cheese imported from Spain.

He believes (Rich, not the dog) in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Book Spotlight – Falling For Grace

Today I’m excited to spotlight a new release from Kate O’Keeffe called Falling For Grace. It’s the third book in the Wellywood Romantic Comedy series. It sounds like a fab, fun read, so check out the info below and go get yourself a copy. If you haven’t read the first two, I suggest grabbing a copy of those while you’re at it and starting from the beginning. P.S. Wedding Bubbles, the prequel to the series is free, so you can kick-start the series for Free on Amazon!

Falling For Grace by Kate O’Keeffe

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | iBooks | Kobo

falling-for-graceBook Blurb:   If you’re going to fall off a catwalk and into someone’s arms, you could do a lot worse than choosing handsome Sam Montgomery’s, star of the hottest sci fi show on TV. So when twenty-four year old Grace Mortimer does just that, her life is turned upside down. 

Sam is gorgeous, funny, and too sexy for words. But he’s got a girlfriend, America’s newest sweetheart, the very beautiful TV star Vanessa Hudson. With his Hollywood lifestyle he’s got to be a no-fly zone, that’s for sure. So why does he insist on being Grace’s knight in shining armor? And why can’t she stop her legs turning to jelly every time he’s around? 

Just as her new career is about to take off, a disastrous TV appearance sends her spinning—right back into Sam’s arms again, the one place she shouldn’t be. 

Escape to beautiful New Zealand in this sexy, feel-good romantic comedy. 

Kate O’Keeffe

Author Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Twitter

kate-okeeffeAuthor Bio: 

I’ve loved rom coms, romance, and chick lit since I first encountered Bridget Jones as a young, impressionable writer. It really was a match made in chick lit heaven.

I’ve been a teacher and a sales executive, but am now content as a mother and writer, madly scribbling all the ideas I’ve accumulated during my time on this planet we call home.

I live and love in beautiful New Zealand–where my novels are all set–with my wonderful family and my two very scruffy, naughty dogs.

kateokeeffe.com

 

Thank you to Chick Lit Plus for letting me be part of the fun and organizing the blog tour! Check out the blog tour page and her website for more information about upcoming book promos or if you’re interested in signing up to be one of her awesome bloggers: Chick Lit Plus 

 

Check out the other stops on the blog tour

falling-forOctober 17 – Polished & Bubbly – Review

October 17- Chick Lit Plus – Review

October 17 – Shannon’s Bookish Life – Review

October 18 – Up Close and Literal – Spotlight

October 18 – Books Dream Life – Review

October 19 – Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Spotlight

October 19 – Sassy Southern Book – Review

Chick Lit Plus Blog ToursOctober 20 – The Phantom Paragrapher – Review

October 20 – Living Life With Joy – Spotlight

October 20 – Spunky n Sassy – Spotlight

October 21 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review

October 21 – Book Lover in Florida – Review

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Book Review | Bride Without a Groom

Bride Without a Groom by Amy Lynch

Publication Date: October 11, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.28.39 PMWhat’s the Story?

Rebecca has chosen the most luscious, five tiered, wedding cake – as featured in Hello! Magazine. The engagement ring that she has selected is celebrity inspired. The wedding singer is on speed dial. He doesn’t usually do Michael Bolton, but as it’s for a first dance he’ll make an exception. Father Maguire is checking dates for the parish church as we speak. The deposit on the white sand honeymoon is paid for in full on Barry’s card. Sure, the resort was good enough for Pierce Brosnan when he tied the knot. She has fallen for an ivory lace couture gown that is to die for. The down payment may require her to sell a left kidney, but it will be worth it. Isn’t that why you have two?

There’s one teeny problem. It’s nothing, really. No need to panic! It’s just that Barry has yet to propose. Says he’s not ready! He can be a bit of a kill joy that way. It’s time to face the harsh reality – she is a bride without a groom.

Truth be told, Barry’s had enough. There’s only so much wedding talk that one man can take. Discovering the credit card statement is the final straw. Now he’s leaving for a conference in Bangkok and frankly, he’s looking forward to the peace and quiet. He says he needs time to think about their relationship. As the Tiger beer flows and the tie loosens, his colleague Shelley is providing more than a shoulder for him to cry on. Maybe Shelley is right. Maybe Rebecca only wants the big day.

Back in Dublin, Rebecca worries. Maybe she has pushed Barry too far this time. Best mates Pam and Emer are on hand for counseling and cocktails. With the help of family, friends and a well stocked drinks cabinet, Rebecca puts her cunning plan together. Operation ‘Win Back Barry’ is in full swing. She needs to convince Barry that she’s not crazy – just crazy about him. But wait… who is the mysterious woman that is so keen to talk to her, and what is it that Barry needs to get off his chest?

My Review

I’ve gotten into the habit of enjoying my books through the Kindle app on my iPad, however, because I was generously given a PDF copy of the novel from the author, I was not able to mark up the digital copy the way I normally do. I decided to use the Notes app on my iPad to keep notes and make witty remarks for later use. However, due to my iPad Notes app being faulty, I lost all of the notes I made while reading Bride Without a Groom, so I apologize in advance for not writing a review as thoroughly as I normally do.

Bride Without a Groom is a laugh-out-loud novel about a woman named Rebecca that is one step away from saying ‘I do’, when she hasn’t even been asked to be engaged! She does the most ridiculous things in preparation of a wedding that hasn’t even been proposed yet, from putting a deposit on the honeymoon, choosing the dress (how many fittings?!) and practically planning the whole day down to the smallest details. Although she’s been in a relationship with Barry for years, he just doesn’t seem to be ready to take the plunge and make the all important commitment.

Rebecca is completely wedding crazed, yet she doesn’t seem to be as thrilled at the prospect of ever becoming a mother, though she loves the idea of being a wife and never having to lift a finger again. She dreams about filling her days with shopping and manicures and all things lovely. With a loyal best friend in each arm, a job that she doesn’t exactly live for and a husband that can’t quite figure out if he’s committed to their relationship, Rebecca’s got herself a recipe for a lot of laughter and disaster!

Bride Without a Groom was a fun, quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, one thing I didn’t like was that Rebecca was more obsessed with the wedding and not so much on the marriage. It’s always been a major pet peeve of mine, the type of woman that wants the wedding but couldn’t seem to care less about the marriage. That’s the main reason why I’ve given it a 4.5 instead of a 5, though on single digit scales, I’ll rate it a 5. I’m not entirely convinced that Rebecca learned a lesson about not overspending or about being a loving wife and mother. However, the hilarity of the way that Rebecca does things and reacts to her situation, more than made up for my dislike of her personal viewpoints on relationships and weddings. Well done Amy, on a fabulously fun novel!

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

ARC was provided by the author via a fellow book blogger Librarian Lavender, in exchange for an honest review. Receiving the novel free of charge in no way reflects on my honest opinion and no monetary compensation was provided for my review. Writing a review is the best way to say thank you to an author. I encourage you to write reviews and let the world know what you think!

About the Author

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Amy Lynch

51qb6Ih6R1L._UX250_A bit about the author found on her website:

I’ve been writing since I realised, at the tender age of nine, that I could make a classroom laugh at my silly stories. Shortly afterwards, a teacher gave me a notebook and said “here, you have a lot to say. write it down!”

I’m a chatterbox and love to tell stories. As the old saying goes – “dreamers dream, writers write”.