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Friday, September 4, 2015

Love Comes Home: A Collection Of Second Chance Romance Short Stories by Kristi Rose (Author Guest Post / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Jen Halligan PR, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Love Comes Home: A Collection Of Second Chance Romance Short Stories by author Kristi Rose!

Author Guest Post

Kiss Me Again: Andee and Buck

Andee is co-owner of Two Chicks and Bacon, a breakfast diner that looks a little something like this~

Having grown up in a large family where he father was a house flipper before house flipping was remarkable enough for TV, Andee always lived in houses that were in transition and not conducive for cooking. So she never really mastered the art, however, she did develop a yearning for that down home kitchen where everyone gathered and things got done. That's what she channels into her diner and thankfully her BFF, Lorelei, is a fabulous chef.

Andee is a goal driven person as seen here in the journal her mother recently found while helping Andee clean out her attic space.  This is Andee's favorite entry:

Dear Diary,
I hate high school. It's loud and in between classes-crazy. Lots of pushing and shoving. If people lined up on opposite sides things would go so much more smoothly. Mom is all weepy because Lewis is a senior and she keeps walking around the house crying about how her baby is "all grown up." Well, she's got seven more behind him. I bet she won't be crying when she gets to Ty. No one ever cries when the last kid leaves. Ok, that's not why I'm writing to you. It's not because we moved- AGAIN (thankfully our parents have the good sense to keep us in the same schools). I'm not writing to complain about high school. I'm writing about lunch today. Where I stood next to Lorelei, staring at wilted leaves of lettuce and debated whether to get a salad or the nuggets (which Lore says are probably made from chicken beaks. I don't believe her-much). I'm writing so that I will remember this day FOREVER. Because today, magic happened. While in the lunch line staring at the options and wishing I had a car and could leave campus, Bucky - now he likes to be called Buck- Swift got in line next to me. We hung out this summer as he and Cole are good friends and Lorelei and Cole don't sneeze without the other wiping their nose. They should just get married already! Anyway, I figured with summer over and the pressures of high school before us- any thing more between Bucky and I would be forgotten. After all, I'm just a lowly sophomore. But no. There he is. Standing next to me and saying how he's been looking for me all morning. Asking me if I like my schedule. Telling me he saved me a seat at their lunch table. But that's not what's so amazing. It was how he looked over my schedule and gave me pointers about certain teachers. It was when he bumped me with his elbow and that small dimple appeared in his cheek and tingles of pleasure raced through my body lifting me high up into the clouds. It was when he walked me to my next class and asked if I needed a ride home after school. I didn't because Lewis has that stupid old pickup of his but I said yes to Bucky anyway. It was the pink tint the colored his cheeks when I accepted the ride and how he looked over his shoulder at me as he made his way to his own class. I'm in love. I know that's crazy to say. We haven't even been on a date or anything. But it's true. I've known him forever and he's never been anything but nice to me. He's sweet, he's gentle, and he's kind. And I'm going to make him mine. Forever. Watch and see :-)
Mrs. Andee Swift- I like the way that sounds.

About The Author

Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s been lucky enough to travel the world but now, a wife and mother, she's resigned to traveling to the grocery store. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering about their story. That’s what Kristi likes to write. Stories about everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA.

Author Website 

Book Review

Love Comes Home: A Collection of Second Chance Romance Short Stories by Kristi Rose
Publisher: Vintage Housewife Books
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Format: eBook - 150 pages
               Kindle - 1807 KB
               Nook - 2 MB
ISBN: 978-0692507186
ASIN: 978-0692507186
BNID: 2940152242546
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Buy The Collection:
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the collection from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Jen Halligan PR.

Book Description:

A collection of 5 sweet, heartwarming contemporary romances about forgiveness, second chances, and loving through difficult times. The perfect length books to satisfy your need to read when time is limited. Great for the carpool, waiting in line, running kids to practice, or lounging on the beach.

Book 1: Second Chances
Fourteen years ago Lorelei Parker fell in love with her best friend, Cole Williams, but instead of forever she ended up with a broken heart. Now, if they can put their past behind them, Lorelei and Cole may find a second chance.

Book 2: Once Again
Evie Barker works hard, takes care of her ailing mother, and finds pleasure in her simple life. The memory of a complicated childhood is all that remains of the old days—And good riddance.

Grady Duke blew out of town before the ink on his high school diploma was dry. A six year stint in the Marine Corps gave him a good dose of the real world. Returning home, sixteen years later, Ph.D in hand, the last person he expects to find next door is Evie.

Neither can escape the memory of one reckless summer together nor the wild attraction they still feel. But taking risks is not in Evie’s disposition. Even if Grady is the one man who can offer her the happiness she’s been missing. But he could also break her in an unimaginable way. Regardless, Grady must atone for the past and prove he’s worth a second chance.

Book 3: Reason to Stay
Shea Barker ran away on a greyhound ten years ago. Now a rising Nashville song-writer, determined to make it on her own, she’s set her eyes on everything but her past.

When her momma’s funeral forces her back to her hometown, she has no intention of staying longer than necessary. Until she meets Leo Marshall, the soft spoken journalist who sees her for who she wants to be, and suddenly a future she never expected opens up. Maybe her lyrics aren’t the only place where love is found.

Book 4: He’s the One
Having given up on the dream of a husband but refusing to give up the dream of a baby, Melinda Bane is putting her eggs into the sperm bank basket. When a fire puts her dreams on hold, she turns to her oldest friend Jared to help her through, like he always has.

Jared doesn’t mind running to help his brother’s ex-wife, Melinda, whenever she needs him. But while helping her repair her sunroom and learning of her hopes for a family, Jared has an idea of how he can fix even more than her home.

Book 5: Kiss me Again
Andee’s ten-year marriage has lost its spark. Whether it’s attending couples counseling or a BDSM dungeon, Andee will do whatever it takes to reignite the flame. But when all her measures fail and leave her frustrated, Andee wonders if anything will rekindle the fire she so desperately desires.

My Book Review:

Love Comes Home is a wonderful romance collection of five short stories that feature the themes of forgiveness, second chance, coming home, finding unexpected love, and rekindling the spark in a marriage.

Author Kristi Rose weaves a delightful lighthearted collection of contemporary romance short stories that easily draws the reader in and leaves them wanting more. I can't even pick a favorite from the five short stories, each of them had a smooth flowing storyline that kept me engaged, and the different themes that simply stir the soul are wonderfully interwoven with sweet romances that tug at the heartstrings. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I really loved all of the characters in each of the short stories: the men and women were all realistic, friendly, strong, sweet, and downright sexy.

If you are looking for a quick and entertaining collection of contemporary romantic short stories to wile away a lazy afternoon, then look no further, Love Comes Home is the perfect collection!


Contest Giveaway

Grand Prize: One signed ebook or paperback, 2 fun diner/kitchen signs (see images), and $25 gift card of choice (US or FPO/APO address only)

1st Prize: One digitally signed LOVE COMES HOME ebook, $15 gift card of choice (international)

2nd Prize: One digitally signed LOVE COMES HOME ebook, and $10 gift card of choice (international)

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  1. Thanks so much for participating in my tour, Kathleen. Thanks for closing it on a beautiful review and thanks for taking the time to read my stories. What a great way to start out the weekend- all the generosity :-) You're the best! Have a great weekend.

    1. Hi Kristi! Thank you for the opportunity to host the virtual book tour event. I loved the short story collection, it left me wanting more. :)

    2. There's another amazing compliment! Thanks:-) What a great way to start the weekend:-)

  2. Quick romance read, I would give it a shot. Glad you enjoyed it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Enjoying following this tour, thank you!