Chapter Reveal – Handle With Care by Helena Hunting


Handle With Care, an all-new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is coming August 27th! Check out the Sneak Peen below. 

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Expected Publication: August 27th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Format: Paperback, 320 pages


Between his parents’ messed up marriage and his narcissistic younger brother, Lincoln Moorehead has spent the majority of his life avoiding his family. After the death of his father, Lincoln finds himself in the middle of the drama. To top it all off, he’s been named CEO of Moorehead Media, much to his brother’s chagrin. But Lincoln’s bad attitude softens when he meets the no-nonsense, gorgeous woman who has been given the task of transforming him from the gruff, wilderness guy to a suave businessman


Wren Sterling has been working double time to keep the indiscretions at Moorehead Media at bay, so when she’s presented with a new contract, with new responsibilities and additional incentives, she agrees. Working with the reclusive oldest son of a ridiculously entitled family is worth the hassle if it means she’s that much closer to pursuing her own dreams. What Wren doesn’t expect is to find herself attracted to him, or for it to be mutual. And she certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Lincoln. But when a shocking new Moorehead scandal comes to light, she’s forced to choose between her own family and the broody, cynical CEO.


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Excerpt from Chapter One

What Have I Gotten Myself into?


I slip onto the empty bar stool beside the lumberjack mountain man who looks like he tried to squeeze himself into a suit two sizes too small. He’s intimidatingly broad and thick, with long dark hair that’s been pulled up into a haphazard man bun thing. His beard is a hipster’s wet dream. His scowl, however, makes him about as approachable as a rabid porcupine. And yet, here I am, sidling up next to him.

He glances at me, eyes bleary and not really tracking. He quickly focuses on his half-empty glass again. Based on the slump of his shoulders and the uncoordinated way he picks up his glass and tips it toward his mouth, I’m guessing he’s pretty hammered. I order a sparkling water with a dash of cranberry juice and a lime.

What I could really use is a cup of lavender-mint tea and my bed, but instead, I’m sitting next to a drunk man in his thirties. My life is extra glamorous, obviously. And no, I’m not an escort, but at the moment I feel like my morals are on the same kind of slippery slope.

“Rough day?” I ask, nodding to the bottle that’s missing more than half its contents. It was full when he sat down at the bar an hour ago. Yes, I’ve been watching him the entire time, waiting for an opportunity to make my move. While he’s been sitting here, he’s turned down two women, one in a dress that could’ve doubled as a disco ball and the other in a top so low-cut, I could almost see her navel.

“You could say that,” he slurs. He props his cheek on his fist, eyes almost slits. I can still make out the vibrant blue hue despite them being nearly closed. They move over me, assessing. I’m wearing a conservative black dress with a high neckline and a hem that falls below my knees. Definitely not nearly as provocative as Disco Ball or Navel Lady.

“That solving your problems?” I give him a wry grin and tip my chin in the direction of his bottle of Johnnie.

His gaze swings slowly to the bottle. It gives me a chance to really look at him. Or what I can see of his face under his beard, anyway.

“Nah, but it helps quiet down all the noise up here.” He taps his temple and blurts, “My dad died.”

I put a hand on his forearm. It feels awkward, and creepy on my part since its half-genuine, half-contrived comfort. “I’m so sorry.”

He glances at my hand, which I quickly remove, and refocuses on his drink. “I should be sorry too, but I think he was mostly an asshole, so the world might be better off without him.” He attempts to fill his glass again, but his aim is off, and he pours it on the bar instead. I rush to lift my purse and grab a handful of napkins to mop up the mess.

“I’m drunk,” he mumbles.

“Well, I’m thinking that might’ve been the plan, considering the way you’re sucking that bottle back. I’m actually surprised you didn’t ask for a straw in the first place. Might be a good idea to throw a spacer [CD3] in there if you want tomorrow morning to suck less.” I push my drink toward him, hoping he doesn’t send me packing like he did the other women who approached him earlier.

He narrows his eyes at my glass, suspicious, maybe. “What is that?”

“Cranberry and soda.”

“No booze?”

“No booze. Go ahead. You’ll thank me in the morning.”

He picks up the glass and pauses when it’s an inch from his mouth. His eyes crinkle, telling me he’s smiling under that beard. “Does that mean Imma wake up with you beside me?”

I cock a brow. “Are you propositioning me?”

“Shit, sorry.” He chugs the contents of my glass. “I was joking. Besides, I’m so wasted, I can barely remember my name. Pretty sure I’d be useless in bed tonight. I should stop talkin’.” He scrubs a hand over his face and then motions to me. “I wouldn’t proposition you.”

I’m not sure how to respond. I go with semi-affronted, since it seems like somewhat of an insult. “Good to know.”

“Dammit. I mean, I think you might be hot. You look hot. I mean attractive. I think you’re pretty.” He tips his head to the side and blinks a few times. “You have nice eyes, all four of them are lovely.”

This time I laugh—for real—and point to the bottle. “I think you might want to tell your date you’re done for the night.”

He blows out a breath and nods. “You might be right.” He makes an attempt to stand, but as soon as his feet hit the floor, he stumbles into me and grabs my shoulders to steady himself. “Whoa. Sorry. Yup, I’m definitely drunk.” His face is inches from mine, breath smelling strongly of alcohol. Beyond that, I get a whiff of fresh soap and a hint of aftershave. He lets go of my shoulders and takes an unsteady step back. “I don’t usually do this.” He motions sloppily to the bottle. “Mostly I’m a three drink max guy.”

“I think losing your father makes this condonable.” I slide off my stool. Despite being tall for a woman, and wearing heels, he still manages to be close to a head taller than me.

“Yeah, maybe, but I still think I might regret it tomorrow.” He’s incredibly unsteady, swaying while standing in place. I take the opportunity for what it is and thread my arm through his, leading him away from the bar. “Come on, let’s get you to the elevator before you pass out right here.”

He nods, then wobbles a bit, like moving his head has set him off balance. “That’s probably a good idea.”

He leans into me as we weave through the bar and stumbles on the two stairs leading to the foyer. There’s no way I’ll be able to stop him if he goes down, but I drape one of his huge arms over my shoulder anyway, and slip my own around his waist, guiding him in a mostly straight line to the elevators.

“Which floor are you on?” I ask.

“Penthouse.” He drops his arm from my shoulder and flings it out, pointing to the black doors at the end of the hall. “Jesus, I feel like I’m on a boat.”

“It’s probably all the alcohol sloshing around in your brain.” I take his elbow again, helping him stagger the last twenty feet to the dedicated penthouse elevator.

He stares at the keypad for a few seconds, brow pulling into a furrow. “I can’t remember the code. It’s thumbprint activated though too.” He stumbles forward and presses his forehead against the wall, then tries to line up his thumb with the sensor, but his aim is horrendous and he keeps missing.

I settle a hand on his very firm forearm. This man is built like a tank. Or a superhero. For a moment, I reconsider what I’m about to do, but he seems pretty harmless and ridiculously hammered, so he shouldn’t pose a threat. I’m also trained in self-defense, which would fall under the by any means necessary umbrella. “Can I help?”

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.




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Book Review – All That Compels The Heart by Erin Bowlen


Hello loves and Happy Friday! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for ALL THAT COMPELS THE HEART by Erin Bowlen. This book is so full of HEART and I really hope you get to read it and love it as much as I do. I also have a really fun interview with Erin and a few of my favorite quotes from the book so don’t forget to stay until the end.




Title: All That Compels the Heart
Author: Erin Bowlen
Published:  February 13th 2018
Genre: New Adult/Romance
Pages: Kindle Edition, 785


All That Compels the Heart is the story of Aoife O’Reilly’s unintentional journey towards self-discovery.

Aoife O’Reilly seemingly had the perfect life: a good job, successful boyfriend, and the two best friends a woman could ever ask for.  However, when tragedy strikes, she begins to feel like her life is unraveling.  After a visit to the monastic site of Glendalough brings her to the nearby charming village of Ballyclara, Aoife makes the bold decision to leave her friends and family in Dublin, and moves to the Irish countryside.

Purchasing the long-abandoned Aldridge Manor, she throws herself into the task of renovating the house with the help of local pub owner and contractor, Michal Flanagan.  While Aoife begins to settle in well with the other villagers, she finds herself perpetually at odds with Michael.  Aoife strives to find some common ground with him, but the more effort she puts into building a life in Ballyclara, the more she feels herself drifting apart from her friends and family back in Dublin.

Just as Aoife makes a choice between her life in Dublin and life in Ballyclara, a career opportunity in New York presents itself and she is left with the question: will she choose to stay in Ireland?  Or should she take the job in New York and leave everything behind?




Beautifully Written, Engrossing, Heartfelt, and Profoundly Moving


All that Compels the Heart by Erin Bowlen is a heartfelt and profoundly moving novel about family, friendship, love, taking chances and chasing your dreams. It’s beautifully written, engrossing, and emotional. It was such a delightful read and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Aoife.

This story is simply lovely! Even though it is quite lengthy with some slow moving parts and a few moments that I thought seemed a bit drawn-out, the overall storyline without a doubt touched my heart. Bowlen’s writing is gorgeous, elegant and compelling. I have never read anything by her before so I was impressed when I found myself wonderfully immersed into the story that I could easily experience what the characters feel. I also think Bowlen’s descriptions are vivid, dreamy, and absolutely breathtaking, I really had fun exploring all the beautiful places in Ireland that I personally cannot wait to visit someday.

The pacing is good and the plot is well-developed. Bowlen wonderfully blends interesting family drama, hilarious and sad moments, important life lessons, and realistic relationship. While the story isn’t romance heavy, there are still many swoony moments sprinkled here and there that made me smile. I loved the chemistry between Aoife and Michael and I totally rooted for them. The story is also not emotionally intense like I thought, but it still managed to make tear up a few times. And that ending… ouch! It made my heart ache so much leaving me absolutely desperate to find out what would happen next.

The characters are not always likable. Sometimes, they’re frustrating and annoying. Some of them even had my eyes rolling. But, it’s their flaws that make them incredibly relatable individuals who have interesting personalities and unique quirks. I adored Aoife with all my heart. I liked that she’s down-to-earth, caring, adorable, sweet, and has a big heart. She does make mistakes, but Aoife is such a lovable heroine that I felt so protective of her. Michael has such an intense and strong personality, yet I found myself very drawn to him. Yes, he’s quite stubborn, blunt, and acts kind of a jerk at times…But, he also has an amazingly charming and tender side. He’s kind, genuine, and loving. Michael is definitely the type of character that will slowly make you fall for him as you get to know him and once you do all bets are off!

The secondary characters like Paddy, Bex, Millie, Brendan, Connor, and the Flanagans are utterly charming and I really liked them. I thought they’re fascinating characters and some even made me laugh. The rest or those that I didn’t quite like … well they’re great characters too and definitely added intrigue to the story.

This book is a nice cozy read with the perfect combination of drama, adventure, humor, romance, and so much heart. Bowlen paints a beautifully relatable narrative of Aoife’s life experiences, struggles, and triumphs weaving together an intricate and believable story that will grip readers until the last page. The story explores elements of tragedy, grief, friendship, family, love, and self-discovery. It’s ultimately about finding yourself, appreciating life, and doing what truly makes your heart happy.

I had so much fun going on this lovely journey with Aoife. All that Compels the Heart is a gorgeous story with lovable characters, realistic life situations, and meaningful themes and lessons. Erin Bowlen is such a talented author with a very promising career and I absolutely recommend you add this book on your TBR now!

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



You need to live a little, do something that will make you happy.

Promise me you will make the best of this world, because to my knowledge, you only get one try at it.

All that stuff in the books and the songs and the films are wrong. There’s no music playing or fireworks going off when you find the right one. There’s just his feeling deep down in your gut.

There was just this feeling in my gut that if I didn’t spend the rest of my life with her, that my life would be a whole lot sadder for it. I just knew that I needed her in my life and that I would do anything to make it happen.



Describe this book in 3 words – Engaging. Provocative.  Inquisitive.

Have you always loved writing? – Yes.  I’ve tried writing in many different forms (song-writing, poetry, academic writing) and I think I was drawn to all of them because of my curiosity in all things, and in fiction I found a platform within which all these forms function.  I’ve had varied success with all of these forms of writing over the years (no one should ever read the angsty poetry of my teenage years, or the teeny-bopper songs of my pre-teen years), but I think I’ve finally found where I’m supposed to be with writing fiction.

What is you favorite part about being an author/writer? – The community.  It’s a scary feeling when you start declaring yourself as a writer to the world, and what helped me get over that fear was the writing community I found through NaNoWriMo and, recently, through the #WritingCommunity on Twitter.  It’s comforting to know that all writers have gone (or are going) through what I’m feeling, and I’ve found everyone to be really encouraging and supportive of one another.

Which authors have inspired your writing? –  Diana Gabaldon – I love how much care and detail she puts into making her characters realistic.  She isn’t afraid to make her characters have flaws, have them make decisions that her readers might not like, or generally put her characters through hell sometimes and then show how that affects their personalities and behaviour.  Before reading “Outlander,” I had not come across characters that felt so real to me when I was reading them, and I haven’t found very many authors since who can make me feel as invested in their characters as Diana can.

J.R.R Tolkien – I have learned so much about world-building from Tolkien’s work.  I know that his level of detail and description isn’t for everyone, but I still find myself going back to “The Hobbit” or “Lord of the Rings” just to read some of the descriptions he’s used and finding ways to engage all of my readers’ senses to make them feel as if the story is happening all around them.

Maeve Binchy – I’ve always felt a connection to Maeve’s novels because, growing up in an Irish-Canadian family, I’ve always felt a connection to my heritage and reading Irish authors was the closest I could come to finding stories that related to the kind of family dynamic I grew up in.  Her novels were perfect for the pre-teen version of myself trying to navigate big topics, but still retaining that sense that everything was going to be alright in the end.

If there was a zombie apocalypse and you could only take 3 books with you, which ones will you choose? -I immediately thought of two ways to answer this question, based on two strategies of how to survive a zombie apocalypse.  The first is based on the fact that I’m terrible at running, so I wouldn’t make it very far by running away from zombies, and having some hefty books to use to throw at the zombies to keep them away from me might come in handy.  So I’d go for books like War & Peace (although I quite liked that, so I would be sad to lose it), Liddell & Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon (which sounds incredibly boring, but it’s actually quite useful), and The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks would also be pretty handy to have.

Now, if I was in a safe place where I wouldn’t have to run away from the zombies and I was looking for books that I could read over and over without ever getting tired of them, I would choose books like “The Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling, “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” by Diana Gabaldon, and “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? – Being able to manipulate time would be a useful superpower.  I love history, so just from a personal interest perspective, being able to go back in time and visit certain time periods would be extremely fun.  It would also come in handy when writing historical fiction, as it would make research much easier if I could just hop back in time and observe everything around me.

What is your favorite scene to write? Well, I can’t say what my favourite scene to write in “All That Compels the Heart” is without giving away spoilers, but I will say that, in general, I like writing emotional scenes.  It doesn’t matter if they are happy, sad or whatever; anything that makes my characters deal with some big emotions and, hopefully, make the reader feel something, are always fun to write.  I also love world-building, so any scenes where I get to be detailed and descriptive are interesting to me.

If you could have any other job/profession other than being a writer, what would it be? – Before I started writing fiction, I had plans to become a professor of Classics, and I feel like I’m in a place now where I would be happy going back to that.  I also really love archaeology, so working within that field is also something I would be interested in pursuing.

Any advice for aspiring writers? – Stop over-thinking it and start writing it!  If you are thinking of writing a story but you aren’t sure if you are good enough, just go for it.  You won’t know if you are any good at it until you give it a try.  And you might not produce something you’re happy with the first time; that’s ok.  Keep working at it and eventually you’ll produce something you believe in.

THANK YOU SO MUCH ERIN BOWLEN for taking the time to do this interview. 




Erin was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.  Growing up, she was influenced by her family’s artistic roots in the art of storytelling, which fostered a deep love for literature at a young age.

Erin began her writing career during her postgraduate studies at the University of New Brunswick.  Finding herself at a crossroads with her academic writing, a friend suggested that she try writing fiction.  Afraid she might be too much of a storyteller to be completely academic (and afraid she might be too academic to be a storyteller), she decided to participate in a 30-day writing competition.  At the end of the month she was surprised that she not only met her word count goal, but she had also developed several novel ideas.

After a few years of developing her craft, she finally took the next step and published her first novel: All That Compels the Heart.

Erin currently lives in New Brunswick.




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