Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Crushed By Deborah Coonts Review & Giveaway


About Deborah Coonts
 

My mother tells me I was born in Texas a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. She’ll also tell you I was a born storyteller. That I believe—I have the detention notices and bad-conduct reports to prove it. However, the path from minor hyperbolist, or as I prefer to think of my former self, Grand Master of the Art of Self-Prevarication, to the author of the New York Times Notable Crime Novel and double Rita ™ finalist, Wanna Get Lucky?, the book that launched the bestselling series, was a bit tortured.

Someone once told me I lived a peripatetic life—yes, I had to look it up. And he was right. I’ve been everything from a mom, business owner, accountant, wife, pilot, flight instructor, lawyer …worse, a tax lawyer… to a writer. The three personas I’ve kept suit me the best: mom, flight instructor, and writer. And the other personas I’ve tried on then shrugged out of and discarded like an itchy coat were great grist for the story mill.

Chasing stories keeps me busy and out of jail…for the most part. Researching in Vegas can be a bit… sketchy. Prodded by the next adventure and the police, I keep moving. Right now I have a house in Texas, but that will change soon. I lived in Vegas for 15 years—the longest I’d stayed anywhere. And I get back there often. But other places, too, are calling.

Someone asked me the other day where I lived. The question stopped me cold. Finally, I said, “On Southwest Airlines, third row, window seat, either side.” Always in search of a story. And the adventure would be perfect if they could just stock a split of nice Champagne.

Find out more at:

Website: http://deborahcoonts.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeborahCoonts
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deborahcoonts
 
Review
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Review by Anniek
 
Sophia is a woman who has always put the needs of others before her own. When she and her husband Daniel were blessed with children she became a stay-at-home mom and took care of everything. Ever since her husband died Sophia has tried to heal from losing him. Now it's time to think about what she needs in life. Sophia's home has a lot of land around it. On this land she is using two acres to grow her own grapes. They are a legacy of her grandfather and she hopes to be making great wine with these exceptional grapes. There is only one problem, the land itself and the house standing on it are not her own. Her landlord has financial problems and decides to sell the land and everything on it to the highest bidder. Sophia is devastated, but she won't give up without a fight.
 
Nico once was a phenomenal winemaker, but ever since his brother Paolo died he has lost his passion. He's taking care of his twin nieces and he doesn't have the luxury to be picky. He needs to have a steady paycheck to support the girls. He has a one-year contract with a large company that produces wine for the masses. Nico loathes everything that this company stands for but he feels like he has no other choice. He wants nothing more than to be free again. To see if he can be as good on his own as he was together with Paolo. Maybe he just wants to go do something completely different, ever since he was a young boy there was never another path for him than the wine business.
 
When two kindred souls open up to each other they need to accept that first impressions are not always right. Sophia and Nico complement each other and find out that they are a very good match in making exquisite wine. What will Sophia do when she discovers just how much value her grapes actually have? Will she be able to trust the one person who completes her best work?
 
Crushed really surprised me in a positive way. I was expecting an easy romantic read, but this story has so many layers that are making it so much better. Deborah Coonts really made an effort to give her characters depth and I found it easy to connect with them. I was so proud when Sophia chose to stand up for herself. She is very strong, even after all the loss she had to deal with. She found her confidence again and stood up for everything she believes in. It was heartwarming to read about how the main characters of this story overcame loss and found new things to be excited about. I am really glad I picked up this book!
 
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48 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the review and giveaway. I appreciate it!

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  2. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

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    1. I do. At the very least 1000, but preferably MANY more. The beginning of the book is more difficult so the words come more slowly. Toward the end, with decisions made, the tend to gallop.

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  3. Thank you for the opportunity :) sounds like a great read !

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  4. This sounds like a really great book. I love rmance books even more so when they make me swoon so lets hoping! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Ooooh, Nico is swoon-worthy, I think:)

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  5. I love the sound of the book and the other sounds very interesting too!

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  6. Sounds fabulous, the book cover is so appealing :)

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    1. Thank you! Makes my mouth water for a nice dry Sauvignon Blanc:)

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  7. Thank you for the great shout-out for CRUSHED!

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    1. I hope you like the story. It goes down best with a glass of fine wine:)

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  9. It sounds like my kind of book with the different layers and romance.I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Yes layers and romance....and wine...and a swoon-worthy guy. they always tell us wordslingers to write what we want to read, so there you go:)

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  10. I enjoy reading romances, especially those with "layers."

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    1. When you do, let me know what you think of it!

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  12. This book sounds awesome I'd love to have the chance to read it!

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  13. I love the sound of this book and am looking forward to reading it. Thank you.

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  14. I love reading your blog, thanks for the competition too .

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  15. This sounds like a really great read.
    Great giveaway, thank you

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  16. I was really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

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  17. I really like the review of this book, in so many romantic books the characters have no depth

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  18. How do you take criticism (if any!)?

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  19. How do you take criticism (if any!)?

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  20. Wow what journey Deborah Coonts has travelled in her life, such diverse occupations it is amazing and I am sure enhances the books she writes immensely

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  21. Great review, makes me want to read it! Thank you for the giveaway also :)

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  22. How much of your books, if any, is autobiographical? Are you your heroines to a degree?

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  23. Wow this sounds great. Do you wake in the middle of the night with ideas?

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