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review 2018-01-16 08:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Last Chance

Please join us in celebrating the release of

Last Chance by Lauren Runow! 

 

 

Title: Last Chance by Lauren Runow
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Designed With Grace
Release Date: January 9, 2017

 

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Synopsis


Last Chance is a story of love and heartache proving that life is not always fair, but it's worth the pain to get the moments you’ll treasure forever.

Mackenzie

From the very first moment I laid eyes on him, I knew my heart was his for the taking. He was the boy who filled me with butterflies and made my palms turn clammy at the mere sight of him.

There was only one problem… he was my best friend’s older brother.

It’s been eight years since I’ve last seen him, and I refuse to live another day without telling him the truth. So here I stand, taking my last chance to get him to notice me, my last chance to see if he feels the same way.

I need to know if he is just a fantasy, or if he could be my reality…

Before my reality changes forever.

Connor

I never wanted a girlfriend; I was burned by love and vowed to never go down that road again. But when the beautiful girl I’ve known practically my entire life snuck her way into my arms there was something that changed in me. I wanted to be with her, next to her. Just simply kissing her lips made my life complete.

Now I have one mission.

To make hers complete, too.

 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mackenzie AKA "Kenzie" is best friends with Connor's little sister. He will always think of her like that. One night changes everything and she gets her fantasy. Is there room for more?

Connor's mind is blown. The little girl he never dreamed would become his everything is suddenly grown up. Right there. All he could ever want. With a secret that could ruin it all.

This story was a real different choice for me. I tend to stay to the lighthearted side of romance and this was just more real. Like real life in your face - real. I ended up completely loving it, because the story inside just captivated me. With a compelling plot, it moves along just slow enough to burn at the edges.... and leave you with fascinating singes. The characters are drawn to one another and the chemistry just sucks you right into its vortex. I eagerly turned each page.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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 About the Author:

Lauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, some more dirty than others. When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

You can also stay in touch through the social media links below:


Twitter at https://twitter.com/LaurenRunow

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/laurenjrunow

Instagram at https://instagram.com/Lauren_Runow/

BookBub at https://www.bookbub.com/authors/laure...

or sign up for her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/btD6j9

 

 

 

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review 2018-01-12 06:05
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Last Chance - Lauren Runow

Mackenzie AKA "Kenzie" is best friends with Connor's little sister. He will always think of her like that.  One night changes everything and she gets her fantasy.  Is there room for more?

 

Connor's mind is blown.  The little girl he never dreamed would become his everything is suddenly grown up.  Right there.  All he could ever want.  With a secret that could ruin it all.

 

This story was a real different choice for me.  I tend to stay to the lighthearted side of romance and this was just more real.  Like real life in your face - real.  I ended up completely loving it, because the story inside just captivated me.  With a compelling plot, it moves along just slow enough to burn at the edges.... and leave you with fascinating singes.  The characters are drawn to one another and the chemistry just sucks you right into its vortex.  I eagerly turned each page.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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text 2018-01-09 07:10
Release Day Blast - Last Chance

Please join us in celebrating the release of

Last Chance by Lauren Runow! 

 

 

Title: Last Chance by Lauren Runow
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Designed With Grace
Release Date: January 9, 2017

Amazon

Add to your TBR on Goodreads

 

 

Synopsis


Last Chance is a story of love and heartache proving that life is not always fair, but it's worth the pain to get the moments you’ll treasure forever.

Mackenzie

From the very first moment I laid eyes on him, I knew my heart was his for the taking. He was the boy who filled me with butterflies and made my palms turn clammy at the mere sight of him.

There was only one problem… he was my best friend’s older brother.

It’s been eight years since I’ve last seen him, and I refuse to live another day without telling him the truth. So here I stand, taking my last chance to get him to notice me, my last chance to see if he feels the same way.

I need to know if he is just a fantasy, or if he could be my reality…

Before my reality changes forever.

Connor

I never wanted a girlfriend; I was burned by love and vowed to never go down that road again. But when the beautiful girl I’ve known practically my entire life snuck her way into my arms there was something that changed in me. I wanted to be with her, next to her. Just simply kissing her lips made my life complete.

Now I have one mission.

To make hers complete, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter to win a signed copy and a $10 Amazon giftcard!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 About the Author:

Lauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, some more dirty than others. When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

You can also stay in touch through the social media links below:

Twitter at https://twitter.com/LaurenRunow

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/laurenjrunow

Instagram at https://instagram.com/Lauren_Runow/

BookBub at https://www.bookbub.com/authors/laure...

or sign up for her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/btD6j9

 

 

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review 2018-01-06 10:30
The Accidental Scientist: The Role of Chance and Luck in Scientific Discovery
The Accidental Scientist: The Role of Chance and Luck in Scientific Discovery - Graeme Donald Snooks

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  With reservations.  I learned three things I didn't know in the first paragraph of the introduction, so needless to say I was off to a ripping good start.

 

(Showing the gaping holes in my knowledge of history I didn't know that 1. Serendip used to be the name of Sri Lanka, 2. that the UK didn't officially have a "Prime Minister" until 1937 - before that the title was First Lord of the Treasury - and 3. that the word 'serendipity' was invented by Horace Walpole.)

 

I continued to learn a lot, as Donald skipped across a variety of scientific and engineering advancements that were found accidentally rather than searched for.  Some I'd heard before: the invention of the Post-it note, lobotomies, and LSD; some were completely new:  Starlight (a material that can withstand temps over 3,000C but whose formulation died with its creator), Pykrete (would this work on the ice caps?), and cellulose.  The section on cellulose was my favorite - I laughed out loud at the end of it.  And a lot of sections covered topics I was familiar with, but learned a lot more about. I had NO idea Hedy Lamar slept with both Hitler and Mussolini, which has no bearing on the topic at hand but still...I did not know that.  And IBM should be eternally ashamed of their early history.  After reading that section I'm damn happy Apple stole their mouse technology back in the 70's.

 

The writing was engaging too, but here's where my reservations start to come into play, because what makes the writing so fun to read also makes the integrity of the information questionable.  Donald does not hold back.  He's witty, he's dry in the best possible way, and he's not at all un-biased.  It's refreshing, but it's also un-nerving when it's in a work chronicling  scientific advancements.  A glaring example of this candidness being a problem is when he bluntly calls Coco Chanel a nazi agent.  As I've mentioned, I have huge holes in my historical knowledge, but from what I've read there's no conclusive evidence one way or the other as to Chanel's definitive guilt. Or, at least, there was evidence that pointed in both directions.  If that's still the case, it's irresponsible to condemn her as he does. There's a short bibliography in the back, but no notes, so I can't easily track down his source for this statement.

 

There are two other errors made in the text that should have been caught by anybody with general scientific knowledge.  In the section on Darwin (in which he is weirdly harsh and determined to make Darwin sound useless and lazy), he refers to the Galapagos 'Turtles'.  They're tortoises.  There's a distinct biological difference. And in the section on scurvy he refers to "95% proof" rum.  Either it's 95 proof, which is 47.5% alcohol by volume, or it's 95% alcohol (by vol) – in which case everybody on board ship would be dead after their first day's rum rations – but saying 95% proof is like saying I'm 5ft173cm tall.  

 

For all my reservations, I still really enjoyed the read and I tortured MT with a constant stream of "listen to this!".  It turns out that I, by pure coincidence, have another of his books on my TBR that's been there for years.  Now that I know I can look forward to entertaining writing, I'll be picking it up sooner rather than later.  But I will be reading it with a certain level of caution.

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review 2017-12-30 14:56
Review: "Arrows Through Archer" by Nash Summers
Arrows Through Archer - Nash Summers

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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