Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host a virtual book release day event for Lost Without You by author Heather Thurmeier!
Author Guest Post
I love when I find a new great series to sink my teeth into. Best of all, I love when the series is completed so I can read straight through. There’s something about following the characters through multiple books that is so much more satisfying to me as a reader than reading a single, stand-alone novel. So I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to write my reality TV romance series!
When I wrote the first book in the series, Falling for You, it was just a single story. But the book had a lot of amazing secondary characters that I found myself becoming more and more curious about as I got closer to finishing the book. By the time I reached The End, I knew I had to give a couple of those characters more attention with their own story. And so the series was born!
I was lucky enough to be writing and editing the series novels all within a short time frame. It gave me the opportunity to go back to the 1st book while writing the 3rd to add in details I’d just learned about my characters. I hope that when readers pick up the series, they learn a little bit about each of my main heroines in each of the stories. Falling for You is Cassidy’s story, but you actually learn a lot about who Paige and Zoe are too. By the time you get to Paige’s story, Stuck on You, or Zoe’s story, Lost Without You, you will hopefully feel like you already know the characters and will be eager to see what’s in store for them next!
In Lost Without You, we finally get to find out the truth about Zoe Oliver. There were hints along the way in the first two books, but now Zoe gets to be in the spotlight. I hope that when readers get to her story, they are surprised by who Zoe really is. I know I was! And I really, really hope readers feel satisfied with the series conclusion!
Do you like to read series with continuing characters or do you prefer stand-alone books? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
About The Author
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders and a reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in New York with her husband and kids where she’s become some kind of odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and pets, Heather’s writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes that make your heart pound, laugh out loud moments and always a happily ever after.
Praise for Heather Thurmeier:
"Heather Thurmeier's hunky heroes and feisty heroines will have you laughing out loud, falling in love ... and coming back for more!" ~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author
"Heather Thurmeier writes sweet, funny romances that capture your heart!" --NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst
Lost Without You by Heather Thurmeier
Book 3: Reality TV Romances
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
Format: eBook - 209 pages / Kindle - 380 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
BUY THE BOOK: Lost Without You
BUY THE SERIES: Reality TV Romances
Book 1: Falling For You
Book 2: Stuck on You
Book 3: Lost Without You
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
My Book Review:
Fans of author Heather Thurmeier's Reality TV Romance series, our wait is finally over! The third book of the series, Lost Without You, features Zoe's story! Yay!
Zoe Oliver is the bad girl/snarky bitch that America loved to hate in the first two books of the series. With hints of her story sprinkled in the other books, the reader's interest in reading about Zoe was peaked, and now we finally get to see who the real Zoe is when she returns to participate as the host in Wild Expedition, producer Chip Cormack's latest reality TV show!
Zoe's carefully cultivated facade of perfect hair, makeup, clothing, stiletto shoes and a standoffish bitchy persona is put to the test once again during a month in the Montana wilderness. A mutual interest between Zoe and reality TV producer Chip Cormack provides lots of sparks in a rugged camp setting. Even though Zoe fights their obvious attraction every time they get close, Chip is determined to break down her protective walls. With a very flirty contestant pursuing Zoe, and a blackmail attempt by another contestant who is from her childhood, Zoe's carefully hidden past is threatened to be revealed, and may ultimately cause her to lose a chance at happiness and love with Chip.
In the third book of the Reality TV Romance series, Lost Without You, author Heather Thurmeier weaves an entertaining tale of romance and intrigue that finally reveals the true story behind Zoe's public facade and persona. It is a story that will not disappoint the fans of this series. Set in the rugged Montana wilderness, the story is written in the third person narrative with alternating perspectives by Zoe and Chip. The reader follows Zoe and Chip's month long journey of developing a HEA relationship mixed in with the reality show's quirky trials and tribulations in a survival camp setting.
I really enjoyed how the author gradually revealed Zoe's hidden past, it kept my interest peaked as each little piece of the puzzle was revealed. I also enjoyed the backstory of Chip's attraction towards Zoe, since he was more of a mystery in the first two books of the series, it was fascinating to see how his plan to get close to Zoe once again was planned out and revealed. The author does a wonderful job of developing Zoe and Chip's relationship, it was intriguing, sizzling, emotional, and frustrating, it kept me turning the pages in search of how it would turn out for them.
While Zoe's hidden past and her developing relationship with Chip is the highlight of this entertaining story, the author also provides a reality show setting with a cast of quirky contestants who compete in a wilderness survival competition with humorous and dramatic trials and tribulations in true reality TV style. And if that isn't enough to peak your interest, all of our favorite cast of characters from the first two books in the series make a cameo appearance at the end of the book, which nicely wraps up the finale to the series in a thoroughly enjoyable way!
I really enjoyed reading each book in this series, but I have to admit that Lost Without You is my favorite! Zoe simply won me over, and even though I did enjoy her snarky persona in each of the books, I loved getting to know the real Zoe, as well as getting to know the mysterious Chip Cormack.
While each book in the series can be a stand alone read, I would suggest that you read the books in sequential order so you can enjoy the seamless flow of each story with intertwining threads running through them. This series of books is just like reality TV shows, they will get you hooked from the start!
RATING: 4 STARS ****