Blog Tour – ARC Review for No Place Like Here by Christina June

blogtourHello loves and welcome to my Blog Tour stop for No Place Like Here by Christina June hosted by TLC Tours. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was an adorable and lovely story.

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Published: May 21, 2019 by Blink

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retellings

Format: Ebook, Paperback 272 pages

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synopsis

From Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be, comes No Place Like Here, a modern twist on Hansel and Gretel.

Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She’s just spent a year at boarding school and can’t wait to get home. But when Ashlyn’s father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a rehab facility for “exhaustion,” her life is turned upside down.

The cherry on top? Ashlyn’s father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn’t even know at a rustic team-building retreat center in the middle of nowhere. A self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” not even Ash’s habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes—inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere—can help her cope.

With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad’s marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home.

Fans looking for clean teen fiction, with elements of drama, romance, friendship, and an unflinching look into navigating and improving even the most difficult parent-teen relationships need look no further.

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Wonderfully Touched My Heart

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I think this story is simply beautiful. No Place Like Here by Christina June is a delightfully entertaining, fascinating, and riveting story that wonderfully touched my heart.

I haven’t read any books by June before, but that’s definitely something I’m going to change ASAP. This book is light, warm, and fluffy, but also really emotional in the loveliest way. I truly had an amazing time reading this book and cannot wait for you to meet Ashlyn, follow her on a life-changing journey, smile and swoon, and feel empowered.

This book is a gem! June blends adventure, friendship, drama, romance, forgiveness, and love in perfect harmony. I really enjoyed her writing style and felt this sense of wonder throughout the entire time I was reading. The storyline is charming, engaging, surprising, and so full of heart. It’s also a bit quirky, quite hilarious at times, whimsical in some ways, and even heartbreaking, but so genuine, real and incredibly moving. It definitely has all the best FEELS and I loved it!

I liked Ashlyn and her character development. She’s smart, hard-working, funny, and kind. She has a good heart and I rooted so hard for her. I thought Hannah is awesome. She’s actually my favorite and I just loved her personality. She can be blunt, but I admired her honesty. I adored Baxter so much. He’s encouraging, supportive, and really sweet. I was really hoping for more swoons, but I definitely enjoyed the cute and heartwarming moments he shared with Ashlyn.

I loved so many things about this story. I thought the setting is beautiful, the characters are likable and relatable, the plot is exciting with plenty of fun bread crumbs, the romance is sweet, and the overall message is important and inspiring. I loved the bond that blossoms between Ashlyn and Hannah, the friendship that forms between Baxter and Ashlyn, and the family relationships that are slowly healing. This is such a beautifully heartfelt story and an absolute joy to read.

No Place Like Here is utterly precious and unforgettable. I loved the story, the writing, the lessons, and the all the wonderful feels. I honestly can’t recommend it enough and I really hope you grab a copy of this charming book!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughs and opinions are my own. divider4

abouttheauthor

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Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become—whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal—the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.

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Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Monday, May 20th: Bookworm for Kids

Wednesday, May 22nd: @createexploreread

Thursday, May 23rd: @the_readers_nook

Thursday, May 23rd: ReadWonder

Tuesday, May 28th: @thegraduatedbookworm

Tuesday, May 28th: @booksandjil

Wednesday, May 29th: Amy’s Book-et List

Thursday, May 30th: Becca Leighanne

Monday, June 3rd: Teachers Who Read

Tuesday, June 4th: @_ebl_inc_

Wednesday, June 5th: The Book Return

Thursday, June 6th: @lovelyreadergirl

Sunday, June 9th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Monday, June 10th: Run Wright

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Thanks for stopping by bookish friends. Hope you have a fantastic Sunday!!!

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ARC Review – Fearless King by Maya Hughes

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The Kings of Rittenhouse Series is one of my favorite sport romances and I absolutely adore all the kings. If you love sport romances with amazing writing, humor, angst, friendships, swoons, and a lot of heart, then add this series on your TBR!!

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Title: Fearless King

Author: Maya Hughes

Genre: New Adult Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber, Qamber Designs

Release Date: May 30, 2019

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blurb

 

My first crush. My first heartbreak. My brother’s best friend.

 

The butterflies in my stomach turned into full blown eagles the second our lips touched. A kiss under the stars that changed our relationship forever.

 

After a lifetime of wishing, I stared up into Ford’s eyes with his fingers caressing my cheek and my heart racing.

 

The evening ended with my heart bleeding on the ballroom floor.

 

He destroyed my heart two years ago…but now he wants back in my life.

 

This time I won’t fall under his spell. I’ll resist his sexy, scruffy beard, and panty-melting smirk.

 

I thought I was over him. Hell, I fully planned to wave to him through my rearview mirror…but with one text, in the middle of the night, I know I’m in over my head.


Ford: I need you.

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Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU || Amazon CA

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The Fearless King short, The Wedding Kiss is complete! Read it today.

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Beautifully Written, Absolutely Swoony, Sweet and Sexy,

and Emotionally Engaging 

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Maya Hughes has once again captured my heart with another emotionally engaging and wonderful story about friendship, forgiveness, family and love. Fearless King exceeded my expectations and I’m honestly running out of amazing things to say about Maya and her books because I LOVE them ALL so damn much.

Ford is Colm’s best friend and has a reputation in bed with puck bunnies. Liv, Colm’s younger sister, has had a crush on Ford since she was a little girl. On their friends’ wedding night (Declan and Mak), Ford and Liv share a steamy kiss they both will never forget. With unexpected interruptions and an unwanted surprise, their evening was ruined. What should have been the beginning of something more between two friends became their worst nightmare and they haven’t spoken since that night. Will Ford and Liv find their way back to each other? And if they do, how will they deal with Colm’s overprotective and controlling personality? Can Ford and Liv be fearless enough to fight for their love?

There’s nothing juicier than a forbidden romance trope and falling for your big brother’s hot best friend. This book is absolutely juicy… no doubt about that. I loved all the sexy scenes between Ford and Liv and trust me, they’re sinfully titillating. I loved the chemistry between them, their playful bantering, delicious flirting and so much more. Their romance is everything I imagined it would be. It’s intense, swoony, sweet, and really fun. I enjoyed the slow-burn as Ford and Liv tried to ignore their desire and feelings for each other and savored every moment they shared. Ford and Liv simply belonged together and I could not get enough.

That being said and as much as I enjoyed all the fun and sexiness, I loved that this story is also beautifully affecting and had me in tears quite a few times. I liked the drama, the tension, the humor, the angst, and all the heartwarming moments not only between Ford and Liv, but also between the other characters. Maya has proven time and time again that she is incredibly passionate about her stories. She writes fun and entertaining romances that are also amazingly meaningful and filled with so much HEART. I love reading about supportive, caring, and awesome parents like Ford’s mother, Sylvia. I love the brotherhood between the kings and the friendships between their queens. I also love the inspiring and important messages weaved throughout the story that really touched my heart. Maya also creates strong, realistic, and lovable characters who’ll become your book best friends and you’ll care about them as much as she does. Maya just makes me feel so many wonderful emotions and I honestly can’t rave about her enough.

The Kings of Rittenhouse Series is one of my favorite sport romances and I don’t know how I’ll be able to say goodbye to these awesome characters. But, I don’t really want to think about that yet. Colm’s story is up next and I just have this feeling that Maya is going to end this incredible series with an emotional ride I would not easily forget. I may not want everything to end, but I am so READY for Colm’s story and to meet the queen that will thaw his heart and break down those damn walls. It’s going to be a sensational read for sure! Oh, and I just want to say that I totally squealed when I read the crossover between the Fulton U series. It was such a fun little treat to get a glimpse of LJ and the Brothel.

Fearless King is absolutely delicious, angsty, emotional and fun. It made me laugh, swoon, breathless, cry, and just so darn happy. You really need to meet the Kings of Rittenhouse and their queens to experience the adorable steamy romances, the fabulous friendships, the delightfully emotional moments, and all the hilarious and playful bantering between all the characters. Everything about this book and series is just so amazing and will make your heart ache in the best ways.

If you love sports romances with addictively intriguing storylines, beautiful writing, charming characters, and adorably heartwarming relationships, then this series is simply perfect for you.

A milllion HUGS to Maya for sending me an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, swoons, and opinions are my own.

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abouttheauthor

Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

 

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.

 

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies and don’t forget to grab your copy today!

 

sincerelykjologo