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BLOG TOUR: The Man Next Door by Roya Carmen

Book: The Man Next Door

Series: Orchard Heights #2

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 21 May 2020

Main characters: Abigail Cooper, social worker, who has managed to rise above her childhood circumstances. Noah Reed, new neighbour, who’s keen to know about Abigail, but reluctant to share his own past…

BLURB:

I was just a girl, a young neglected girl with issues. I was a mess. A mess he wanted nothing to do with. He knew better. But I certainly didn’t. All I knew was that I liked what I saw.

I grew up in small town Michigan, raised by a single alcoholic father and two older brothers who never gave me the time of day. All I had were my best friends, Izzie and Gavin, a reclusive broken man, ten years my senior. My father forbade me to see him, but I didn’t listen. I was crazy about him and he adored me. Even when our small community was rocked by a heinous crime and Gavin was the main suspect, I still loved him.

When tragedy struck, I finally escaped. As far away as I could.

I’ve been in Chicago ever since, trying to forget all about my past. Yet, I find myself still thinking about my past, about Gavin and Izzie, about my other life. I’m not truly living anymore, just going through the motions. Until…

Noah Reed. My new neighbor. Beautiful, sweet and intoxicating. There’s something about him I just can’t put my finger on. He’s the first man since Gavin I truly let myself fall for. I think he might be the one. Until…

… the day I discover his secret.

Why you should read it: Well, if you thought book one (The Girl He Loves) was a wild ride, you’re going to lose your mind at The Man Next Door! It was a well-told story which moves between the present and past with frequent flashbacks to Abby’s youth. I found her childhood story captivating as it really contrasted who she was then versus now. You really get a strong sense of the trailer park she grew up in, and the lingering sadness that seems to follow all of the characters around is tangible. It’s not an idyllic adolescence by any means and there were scenes that some may find disturbing, so proceed with caution. The balance between Abby’s first love story and the potential for her present one was quite a contrast.

What you may struggle with: Abby’s relationship with Noah was based on comparatively few interactions, so at times I was sceptical as to how they could claim to be so in love so quickly. I guess this may be because her relationship with Gavin grew over years, and Noah and she was a matter of weeks. At times it felt a little ‘Tell me’ rather than ‘Show me’.

The small-minded attitude of the place Abby grows up in is claustrophobic but very true to life. The era of slut shaming and misogyny is alive and well in the story and it rankles, but I cannot say it’s not realistic.

Rating: 3.5/5. All in all, it was an engaging story – not perfect in terms of the pacing in the present narrative perhaps, but an engaging tale, if I did guess the twist early on, it wasn’t a problem. Can I also say that I was very excited by the appearance of a very familiar, much-loved character from another book who will be featuring in book 3 at the end of the year!

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Blog tour: One Week Hating You by Roya Carmen

IMG_5341Book: One Week Hating You

Series: One Week #2

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 25 October 2018

Main characters: Maeve Gallagher, Blake Taylor, childhood friend and frenemy. Peter Walker, Maeve’s former fiancé.

Blurb:

Maeve is over the moon: life is good and she’s about to get married to Peter.  But when she loses her job and gets jilted at the altar, her world crumbles and she runs into her momma’s arms.

She’s back in her small hometown for a week, and she has a plan – make Peter insanely jealous and win him back.  Enter Blake Taylor, the boy who broke her heart.  She’d rather avoid him at all costs, but with his ‘bad boy’ good looks and their shared history, Blake is the perfect man for the job, as long as she can stand him long enough – it’s just one week, after all.

She’ll show Peter that she’s not the sweet wallflower he thinks she is, and he’ll come running back soon enough.

But when he does, will she still want him?

Why you should read it: I loved One Week so much, so when I heard there would be a sequel, I was beside myself. The end of book one ended on a cliffhanger, and I really wanted to know how Maeve was going to cope with being left at the altar. The action picks up pretty much from where book 1 left off, and I felt a lot of empathy for Maeve. She’s left questioning an awful lot about her life. She’s essentially homeless, jobless and fiancé-less. Life is coming at her from all sides. She returns home and I enjoyed getting to know her family and see where she came from. Her relationship with Blake was pretty antagonistic, and I really didn’t see how they were ever going to get along.

What you may not like: While I empathised with Maeve, I felt that she was altogether too lenient on Peter and what he did to her. I wondered at her lack of self-preservation, if nothing else. Yes, she’d invested a lot of years in her relationship, but come on! Love yourself! Maeve’s relationship with Blake was also a head-scratcher. It was turbulent; most of the time, the pair seemed to just want to hurt each other. Blake was really unsympathetic to what had just happened to Maeve, but for the most part, Maeve just retaliated or brushed it off. I have to admit that the burgeoning relationship and back and forth didn’t really work for me. they both came off as immature – which is realistic, when you return to your family home. You tend to regress, but there’s teasing and then there’s just being downright mean. It wasn’t until Blake finally started to open up that I could see a way clear for them and he became a fully-formed character. The chemistry rang true, but  I wasn’t 100% convinced they brought the best out in each other…

Rating: 3/5 for an entertaining, but slightly problematic read. I like flawed heroes and heroines, but I guess I don’t like cruel ones. It didn’t work for me but there was plenty in it to make me smile.

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COVER REVEAL: One Week Hating You by Roya Carmen

Hi all – happy hump day! What better way to celebrate making it to the middle of the week, than with a little sneak peek at a book by one of my fave romance authors?!

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Title: One Week Hating You

Author: Roya Carmen

Genre: 2nd Chance Love/Hate Story

Release: October 25, 2018

Cover Design: Calico Images

Blurb:

Maeve is over the moon: life is good and she’s about to get married to Peter.  But when she loses her job and gets jilted at the altar, her world crumbles and she runs into her momma’s arms.

She’s back in her small hometown for a week, and she has a plan – make Peter insanely jealous and win him back.  Enter Blake Taylor, the boy who broke her heart.  She’d rather avoid him at all costs, but with his ‘bad boy’ good looks and their shared history, Blake is the perfect man for the job, as long as she can stand him long enough – it’s just one week, after all.

She’ll show Peter that she’s not the sweet wallflower he thinks she is, and he’ll come running back soon enough.

But when he does, will she still want him?

A second chance love hate story.

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Excerpt:

As soon as he closes the door behind us, he grabs my wrist and pulls me in to him.

The sudden tug makes me jerk. “You’re hurting me.”

His eyes are darker than I’ve ever seen them, as dark as coal. “No way in hell I’m letting you do this, Maeve. I’m not going to let you ruin our last night together. You’re mine tonight.”

He presses a hand gently on my cheek. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said all that.”

The anger that had overwhelmed me just a second ago, instantly fades. All that remains is longing and desire. He’s right – I can’t ruin our last night together.

He draws my mouth to his. “I’m going to miss you,” he whispers.

“Me too,” I tell him, and get lost in his kiss. It’s as sweet and sexy as the kisses we shared years ago, but as he presses me against the door, it grows in intensity, and the boy’s kiss I remember so well morphs into the man’s kiss, the kind of kiss that makes you melt, and wet with want.

I get lost in his kiss, never wanting it to end. My fingers dig into his hair wildly as I wrap my leg tightly around his waist. I can’t get enough of him.

He tears himself away, and my heart jerks. He’s teasing again, or playing games. “What?”

He smiles, an impish grin. “No more kissing.”

“What?!” I say, incredulous. There’s no way we’re not kissing all night. This is what tonight’s all about.

He takes my hand and leads me to the chairs by the window. “Not another kiss until I get you completely naked.”

I smile. “How about you?”

He grins widely. “You be patient, Freckles.”

He slides a long finger along the curve of my dress. “I love this, but it has to go.” He spins me around, and presses his hot mouth on the nape of my neck. My whole core responds to him, so easily. He slides the zipper down slowly. “You’re too good for me,” he says quietly.

I want to protest and tell him that no, I’m not too good for him, but I get completely lost in the feel of his hand sliding down my back.

“You should go back to him,” he goes on. “He can give you the life you want, the life you deserve.” He slides the sleeveless dress over my shoulders and lets it drop to the floor. He bites my shoulder gently and I close my eyes. “I’ll always want you, Maeve. I’ll always remember this… the way your skin tastes and feels under my touch.”

I reach for him and fiddle with the buttons on his shirt but I can’t quite get at them – I’m a mess. He’s turned me into rubber. His hands slide over the curve of my waist, draw circles around my navel, and finally settle on the band of my lace panties. “I know you’ll always remember this too. When you’re fucking him, you’ll be thinking about me.”

He’s right, and he knows it.

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Author Bio:

author pictureRoya Carmen is a busy mom, romance writer, designer, bookworm, chocoholic, and hopeless romantic. There’s nothing she enjoys more than making up stories about love, and sharing them with her readers.

Social Media Links:

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Blog tour: One Week by Roya Carmen

PrintBook: One Week

Series: One Week #1

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 21 June 2018

Main characters: Gabriella Moore, mum to two adorable kids; easy-going wife and artist in her own right. Eli Anderson, artist who will flip Gabriella’s life entirely.

Plot: Gabriella Moore is a great mum, a great wife and a talented artist. Life is comfortable and simple – she and her successful husband have a great life together, but lately she hasn’t seen much of him, due to his book tour commitments.

She’s not unhappy per se… She has friends and two great kids, but she never thought she’d be doing the parenthood thing alone most of the time. If she’s honest with herself, she’s lonely.

When she strikes up a friendship online with fellow artist, Eli, everyone thinks she’s crazy and warns her to be careful. Their chats become more frequent and their appreciation for each other spills over into life outside of art. When Gabriella makes a painful discovery, she decides to go visit Eli in Denmark. She’ll take a week out of her life and live for herself. She can do what she wants for that week before returning to her normal life. Simple…

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! This was a stellar read! I love Roya Carmen and when she announced she was writing a book in a similar vein to The Ground Rules trilogy – I did an unbecoming happy dance (think of a chicken twerking and you’ll get the idea). I love angst-ridden married people struggling with temptation. I know it’s not for everyone but I can’t get enough of it. Roya really makes you feel for the characters, whatever their actions. I loved the budding friendship between Eli and Gabriella and I didn’t know how it was going to end up – I was quite surprised actually (but ecstatic!) by the outcome.

What you might not like: A lot of you don’t like cheating in fiction. Well, fair enough. Some of the best literature is based on infidelities, but I get it. It makes you feel icky. However, there is a pretty good loophole in this book so… is it really cheating?! Anyway – if you can’t handle it, maybe it’s not for you. But I simply adored it and inhaled it and now I’m re-reading The Ground Rules – because I need more angst!

Rating: 5/5 for an emotional story that resonated with me (my marriage is fine, I hasten to add!) and it made me want more. It’s also the start of what should be an exciting series! I’ll post more details on the series when I get them. It’s great to see Roya back with another exciting and angsty series!

Buy Links:

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Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2IlQSVw

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2InCE2i

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Kobo: https://bit.ly/2IP7ape

 

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The Ground Rules Rewritten by Roya Carmen

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It’s day one of Roya Carmen’s blog tour and we’re stoked to be part of it! The Ground Rules Rewritten is out tomorrow and we have not only a review, but a sneak peek for your delectation!

Excerpt

Just Plain Dirty – Mirella and Gabe 
He catches me staring and shoots me a playful smile. He knows exactly what I’m thinking. I walk over to the bedroom door and lock it – which is basically code for ‘let’s fuck…very quietly’.
He turns off the TV and slides to the edge of the bed, pulling me to him. “Tell me you didn’t fuck him.”
“I didn’t. I wouldn’t do that to you.”
He slides a hand under my tweed skirt. “But you wanted to. You wanted him.”
I grab his face and stare into his beautiful eyes. Words escape me.
He toys with my panties and presses his fingers against the cotton. I close my eyes. I’m already so aroused, and he’s barely touched me.
He teases. His stare is intense as he studies me intently – as if he’s trying to break through, to read my thoughts. He pulls at my panties, not taking his gaze off my face. I anticipate his next move. I want him so badly.
“Take them off,” I practically beg.
His smile is playful when he obliges. He doesn’t take his eyes off mine as he slides the cotton briefs slowly down my legs and over my feet. He kisses my knee, a soft peck.
His warm hand travels up the inside of my thigh. My breath catches when he reaches my sweet spot. He glides his fingers against my sex and I whimper at the sensation. His touch is so amazing.
His eyes close. A whisper of a growl escapes his mouth. “You’re so fucking wet, you dirty girl.”

 

Review **Contains spoilers if you’ve not read book 1**

IMG_0047Book: The Ground Rules Re-written

Series: The Ground Rules trilogy, #2

Author: Roya Carmen

Review by: Onnica

Release date: October 20th

Basic story: After the disastrous break up between the Keates and the Hansons, Mirella has been piecing her life back together, slowly. She’s functioning once more and only thinks of Weston every other minute of the day. When he tries to re-establish contact however, she’s angry, confused, but tempted as hell.

He pursues her with the intensity only he is capable of and once Gabe reveals that he wouldn’t mind reviving their arrangement, Mirella soon finds it impossible to resist. One thing is for sure though – it’ll be on her terms this time.

Weston realises he can’t be without Mirella, but doesn’t want to upset the the status quo. Instead, he resolves they’ll stick to their rules and keep their feelings between themselves. He’ll soon learn that feelings can’t always be contained…

Why you should read it: Holy crap, this was a great sequel to The Ground Rules! Every word, every glance was loaded with heat and angst and I loved every second of it. Despite all of Mirella’s better instincts, she’s fallen under Weston’s spell once again. And it’s getting COMPLICATED! I loved the dynamic between her  with her husband Gabe and also with Weston. We get to know even more about all of the characters in this book. What makes them tick, their vulnerabilities too. I cannot rave about this book enough – I started re-reading it after finishing it!

What you might hate: Hell if I know – you may not like the route the story is going down – there are some questionable decisions made and some major ‘bending’ of the rules, but for me it just made the story more complex and more exciting. I usually hate drama, this story has plenty but it’s so well written and believable that I wanted more! I also usually dislike trilogies, but I’m so glad this saga won’t end just yet. I care about all of the characters and I honestly have no idea how it’s going to go down.

Rating: 5/5 – another stunning read by Roya Carmen. I cannot wait for the finish. Hopefully it’ll be this year that I’ll get closure on this story.

The Ground Rules Re-written is out October 20th.

About the author

Romance writer, mom, book junkie. I have been writing for over ten years, finding my passion for romance in 2008. When I’m not spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, painting, and writing – there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down at my laptop and making up my own stories – and if those stories should include beautiful men, a little romance, and a few steamy scenes, all the better!

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