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text 2017-07-18 13:05
Blog Tour: Not Through Loving You by Patricia Preston with Excerpt and Giveaway


Today’s stop is for Patricia Preston’s Not Through Loving You. We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 




In the Southern town of Lafayette Falls, a new life brings together a woman with everything to lose and a doctor with everything to prove.   When a sickly infant is surrendered at the Lafayette Falls Medical Center, and orphaned soon after, pediatrician Aaron Kendall arranges to adopt him. After a painful divorce, the busy baby doc is about to realize his own dream of becoming a father when the baby’s beautiful estranged aunt turns up. She doesn't exactly approve of the Kendall bachelor pad, complete with Aaron's cranky dad and wacky brother, forcing Aaron to form a risky alliance with her. Country singer-songwriter Lia Montgomery barely knew her half-sister, but she's determined her tiny nephew goes to a good home. If only she fit the bill herself, but her stressful life on the road is no place for a baby. Yet despite her misgivings, as she gets to know Aaron, she realizes the smart and sexy doctor is everything a child could want in a dad—and more unsettling, everything she's ever hoped for in a man. After all she's put him through, is it too late to form a family—and maybe put a song in the good doctor's heart?






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Lia looked into Aaron Kendall’s irate blue eyes. She hadn’t expected handsome. She had thought he would be older, bald on top, definitely glasses, reserved with an adoring chubby wife at his side. She had pictured them as a sweet couple who were thrilled by the prospect of having a son and who would give Candace’s unwanted baby the home he deserved. How could she have been so wrong? “All right. Tonight.” She needed time to think through this latest wrinkle in her life. “I’m staying at the Lansdale Hotel. There’s a small restaurant in the hotel. We can meet there.” She glanced at his hand that was still on top of hers. He was the kind of guy who was available because that’s the way he wanted it. Why else would he be single? He was attractive. Tall with the lean, athletic build of a man who was no stranger to physical activity. The deep crow’s feet on the sides of his eyes revealed that he was in his mid to late thirties. He had a little scar on the side of his chin. She wondered how he got it. She wondered why his wife had left him, and when she met his gaze, she wondered if he realized they were close enough to kiss. “I’ll see you at eight.” He released her hand and stepped back. The tension rolled off him in waves. “It would be good if your sister joined us as well.” “Yes, that would be good,” she said before she slipped inside the Jag. She let down the window. “Unfortunately, Candace is dead.” She left Aaron Kendall standing speechless in his driveway. Four days ago, that news had left her speechless, too, when a scruffy girl named Kelly had shown up on her doorstep with a duffel bag containing Candace’s belongings as well as a box holding her ashes.
Patricia Preston is a Mississippi author who writes witty mainstream historical and contemporary romance as well as humorous short stories. She won the William Faulkner Award for Short Fiction, the Lone Star Writing Competition for Historical Romance, and Harlequin’s World’s Best Romances Short Story Competition. Besides working as a medical office manager, she has also worked as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere of small towns but would love to live in New Orleans or Nashville, her favorite cities. Her other interests include history, cooking, photography, and getting together with friends and family. She is happiest when she is in her writing cave with a glass of sweet iced tea and ideas flowing. Readers can visit her website at patricia-preston.com, fine her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

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text 2017-06-22 13:23
The sweetest taboo.
Too Close To Love: Loving, Book 1 - M.A.... Too Close To Love: Loving, Book 1 - M.A. Innes

This was recommended to me by a friend and they assured me it was not as naughty as it sounded. I was sceptical but I trust them. Then I read the blurb and cursed my friend because clearly they don’t know me. So first I was like Loretta on Ronny ~

gif cher snap out of it


Then I started reading and the story had such a sweet tooth, two bros realise the loving they have for one another is real and not just because at 14 the younger bro was nearly kidnapped and the older bro saved him as he fought the bad guy off. They each think that the other bro is the hero and then because of the nightmares, and because a therapist told their parents to let them, they start sleeping together and they’re still doing it 4 years later. Honies, let me tell all, I was sucked in like a lollipop in a celebrity’s mouth.


dem lollipops


Ohemgee, they say the cutest things to each otther: “I love you. You know that, right? And not like—you know…like regular.” My eyes teared up and I reached over and put my hand on his leg. I could feel his body vibrating, and I knew how hard it had been to say it. “I know. I love you, too. And who cares what regular is?” Me to Kevin and Jeremy: Mebe the authorities? But they’re such downers, you know? Because, for real, I don’t care. I want to see how you two adorkables make it in the big bad world with your swoony sweetness.  “No, like actually hold you. Like…” This time I blushed. “Like touch you and stuff. Not just sit on the couch all PG and shit.” “Like PG-13 or R?” Kevin grinned, and I could tell he was liking how dysfunctional I was becoming. Me to you: Totally dysfunctional but we’ve established that I don’t care so keep going with your love of the word like and your PG R rating.


cuties cuddling in bed



Kevin. Jeremy. You may be incestuous but, you guys, you’re SO totes romantically adorkable!  People always hoped their secret crush would want them too one day—Jeremy had made me watch a thousand sappy old movies with that storyline—but it never happened in real life. But this time…it did.

And that Jeremy, he’s such a planner~ he has money saved and he’s organised college out of town and their scholarships, plus their own apartment for when the ‘rents go bananas. Speaking of the ‘rents, they’re suspicious and keep making a now 18 year old Kevin go back to a new therapist to catch 20 year old Jeremy out as a perv. Me to the parents: You’re pretty sick, Chubbs.  


Once Kevin does the Salome towel unveil it’s game over. EV-erything is about that towel drop. “I loved hearing how much you enjoyed it when I dropped my towel. Did you like seeing my ass on display just for you?” AND~ “You were so hot, you little tease.” He arched up again and pressed his hard cock against my leg. “When you dropped that towel and your ass was right there, I thought I’d explode. I was afraid you’d see how hard my dick was.”

Tyler Posey towel

Jeremy and Kevin sneak out of home, permanently, and their dad is pretty indifferent about his sons sneaking off for good. The new therapist is weirdly cool with it, as in here’s a number for a therapist near the new campus who doesn’t mind abnormal relationships. Say whaaaat?! Too Close to Love made me laugh and I buddy read it partly with a friend. That was fun and waaay better than being squicked the hell out. This book is the sweetest frickin taboo story of all time, I have decay now, but I liked it as a cutie-pie read not so much a sexy one. Whad’yaknow, my friend isn’t in trouble after all. I won’t sic Cher on them. Eh. Mebe I will. 


Quick  recap – Kevin and Jeremy are bros who are dreamily and sweetly in love with each other and they run away together, Jeremy is the most planful person alive, they cutely boff each and it ends. Fin. Wrap it up for me Loretta~ 


ma i love him awful gif

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review 2017-06-17 17:51
Good background and historical information.
Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America ... Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy - Sheryll Cashin

With the recent anniversary of Loving v. Virginia case I was excited to see this book become available at my library. I recently watched the 2016 film about the case and so thought this would be a good pickup.


This wasn't quite what I expected at first. Author Cashin takes the reader though the history of interracial relationships in US history, from the first settlers through the present. Sometimes when authors do this it can be a really dry and boring retelling but it was quite intriguing to see cases and stories of couples who were willing to defy convention, societal ridicule, violence/death, financial hardships, etc. to be together. That is not to say Cashin focuses solely on the happier and consensual relationships but it was nice to see examples that I had never heard of.


Unfortunately though, those were the exceptions. Cashin traces how these relationships were ignored, tolerated, etc. but eventually laws and slavery made these relationships illegal. Of course, that never stopped slave owners or even the Founding Fathers as Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings are discussed. Not being a Jefferson scholar by any means I was interested to know a bit more about Hemings and read a bit about her, her family and her descendants fared after Jefferson died. 


Cashin also notes how even rumors of these relationships were used as dog whistles in political battles, how sons of slave owners took public office during and after Reconstruction, etc. It was quite interesting and it was not an angle I had thought of or knew much about. 


The parts about the Lovings were admittedly a bit boring to me. I already knew some of this from the movie and research/reading I had done after (plus the various reviews and articles that reiterate the case's journey and the life stories of the Lovings). I also was not that interested in some of the post-Loving effects, although it reinforced the stereotypes of how people fear what they don't understand and what they are not exposed to. As an aside it reminded me of the need for greater diverse representation of all types in the media and of one recent story that told of a man who hated the idea of refugees moving into his town and apartment building. The man was afraid they were terrorists but when these people moved in he saw the changes in his neighbors go from drug addicts to being replaced with families who would bring food over or have children who'd knock on his door to ask him to fix their bikes. He admitted he no longer felt the same once he heard their stories and saw these refugees as actual people.


Overall I'm glad I read it. At times it does get a bit dry and academic but it was quite informative and I'd say it's a good compliment to the 2016 movie if you want more information. It's also not that thick but Cashin does an excellent job in packing in a ton of knowledge in the text. It was right for me to borrow from the library but I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up on a college syllabus either. 

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review 2017-05-24 03:04
Don't miss it!!
Loving Lilly (Lost and Found) - J.M. Madden

Loving Lilly by J.M. Madden is an amazing read.  Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down.  Ms Madden has delivered another fabulous, well-written book.  Her characters are fantastic and a perfect fit for the story.  Diego and Lilly's story is loaded with drama, suspense, humor and sizzle.  I totally enjoyed reading Loving Lilly and can't wait for my next book by the talented J.M. Madden.  Loving Lilly is book 4.5 in the Lost And Found Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is one of the best series I've ever read though so I suggest you read them all.  Loving Lilly is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I purchased a copy of this book at a book signing.

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review 2017-03-27 04:57
Sweet historical
I'll Never Stop Loving You (Cupid's Bow Book 3) - Melissa Storm

James found a photo of Gloria tucked in his bunk. The photo gave him hope while he was a prisoner of war and a determination to find the mysterious woman to thank her. Gloria has been barely keeping things financially together for her family, and she is worried about her father and brother as they work long hours. Both James and Gloria rely on a sign as to which way they should head, and they pass each other a couple of times before actually meeting. The connection between them is immediate and leads to an HEA.

I received an audio copy of this story, and this is my unsolicited review.

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