Apr 30, 2015

Blog Tour of How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days and The Wedding Audition by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock -- REVIEW

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Title: How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days & The Wedding Audition (Runaway Brides #0.5 and #1)
Author: Catherine Mann & Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Published by: Tule Publishing
Tour Organized by: Tasty Book Tours
Source: Copy given by Author

"HOW TO LOSE A GROOM IN 10 DAYS" 
ARA’S NOTE:
The Booksnake Etc. took part in the release day blitz of these two books, and I knew that I had to read them too. Contemporary romance is right up in my alley, and the story line for How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days was pretty intriguing. Can't wait to share my review with you.

SYNOPSIS:
He thought their love was a grand slam, until his bride calls foul.

After an impulsive courthouse wedding with one of baseballs rising stars, Melanie Webb wonders if shes fallen victim to lust at first sight. She hardly knows Grady Hollis, the Atlanta outfielder who swooped into her Florida hometown and charmed the socksand more!right off her. She couldnt resist when he proposed under the stars right on the outfield. But when the aftermath means moving to Atlanta and following him around the country for his eight-month a year travel schedule, she gets cold feet. 



But Grady has never been a man to give up on a dream and Melanie is everything he ever hoped for in a woman. He knows if only he can persuade her to come along for the ride, hell convince her that their forever can be something special with a love every bit as fiery as the passion.

CHARACTER BACKGROUND:
Grady Hollis grew up in a competitive household. He was always pushed to do better and never really experienced being carefree. He's passionate, persistent, and loving. He wants to do everything to make his marriage work out, because unlike his bride, he knows they're meant to be.

Melanie Webb is a neurotic woman who branded herself "temp-job queen". She grew up in a household where love wasn't a faniliar emotion, and it caused her to believe that what she have with Grant will eventually fall apart. 

REVIEW:
This is a short book, about 60 pages (give or take) on my reader. I did not expect it to be that short, so I initially thought that the story would be rushed. It wasn't. It was very well-written. The details were clear and described aptly, there's effortless humor, and the chemistry was believable. Grant is the perfect man! Like, I-would-gladly-give-up-a-limb-to-be-with-him perfect. I imagine him being a guy who would remain quiet when pissed but wouldn't gloat when proven right. He's also not afraid to use Google. Oohhhh! A man not afraid to ask. What a revelation. 

His perfection is crazy that I hated Melanie more and more with each page that I finish. I mean, come on! How thick do you have to be to realize that this man will do everything to make you happy, and would readily give up his life rather than hurt you?! Melanie was so neurotic that she ended up pissing me off. You seriously have to be a she-devil if you would willingly hurt someone as in love and obsessed with you as Grant. *sigh*

SUMMARY:
But all's well that ends well, and they live happily-ever-after. At least that's what I assume. I give How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days 4 stars, no thanks to Melanie *glare*. It's a good short read that I'm glad I signed up for.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lose-Groom-Days-Runaway-Brides-ebook/dp/B00VQJ0GTE

"THE WEDDING AUDITION"
ARA’S NOTE:
Initially I thought Annamae was a typical primadona reality TV star whose biggest problem is what lip gloss she's going to wear. I was wrong. Hey don't blame me! The blurb sort of gives off that vibe. Anyway, here's my judgement of The Wedding Audition.


SYNOPSIS:
The tabloids call her the Hit and Run Bride after reality show star Annamae Jessup walked out on Atlanta's favorite baseball player on cable television. Eager to escape her notoriety, Annamae takes a road trip to find the grandmother she's never met and winds up discovering a whole lot more than a band of back woods relatives. There's no escape from reality TV, even in Beulah, Alabama, population 3000.  

The last thing Wynn Rafferty needs in his new life is a spoiled television princess who cant even know his real name. Hes in temporary witness protection as an apple farmer after his undercover work put his life in danger. He needs to lay low until the heat dies down from his last case even if he sucks at growing apples as badly as he sucks at relationships. 
But Annamae turns his new town into a media circus, unwittingly threatening the lives of him, her and most of Beulah. Wynn is an expert at keeping the world at arms length, but when it comes to Annamae, the only way he can keep her safe is too keep her very, very close.

CHARACTER BACKGROUND:
Annamae Jessup is a confused woman who wishes to find herself without cameras following her wherever she goes. She's known as the good girl in a 5-year running reality show, and she feels lost and suffocated. So she says enough and runs off.
Wynn Rafferty just wants to have the case he's an important witness for to be over. He has surrounded himself with solitude, apples, and cats. He knows he must stay on the down low, but his attraction for Annamae causes him to throw caution in the air.

REVIEW:
This is a light story even though a drug cartel's involved. Seeing a goody-two-shoes snap always make me smile, so seeing Annamae break made me admire her more. Though her methods had me cringing, the important thing is she got things done, right? Okay maybe she could've handled it a bit better, but the damage is already done. And what an amusing damage that was. The romantic involvement between the main characters was fast, but I already expected it when I finished the prequel. Besides, even if romance is fast, the characters' growth were not sacrificed.

SUMMARY:
I give this book 4 stars, because it was light in every way: humor, intensity, heat, etc. So wh didn't I rate it 5 stars? Because the novel was so light, I found that there wasn't anything special about it. I wasn't laughing, crying, giggling, or biting my lips. I was just...reading. With that being said, It's a good afternoon read. Have a tall glass of iced tea on the side, and you're all set.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like.
The author of over seventy novels enjoys writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms-- fits her life outlook perfectly. 

When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons. 


AUTHOR LINKS:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/93455.Joanne_Rock

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
USA Today bestseller and RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. 

With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-
legged, furry “children” (aka pets). 

Catherine is an active volunteer with an animal rescue, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering over 200 puppies, ill dogs, and dogs with service/working potential.

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