Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Girl He Needs by Kristi Rose - Book Review & Giveaway


The Girl He Needs by Kristi Rose | Lyrical Shine | July 5, 2016

The safe choice can be the riskiest of all…

Ever since her beloved older brother disappeared after an accident, Josie Woodmere’s been on a mission to find him—and maybe herself—along the way. That’s meant leaving her pampered, parent-approved life behind. Two years, four moves, and a body piercing later, she’s finally got a lead on her brother’s whereabouts, and she’s headed to Florida. She didn’t plan to ditch her sputtering car and accept a ride from Brinn McRae. But she didn’t plan to be attracted to a straight-laced guy like him either, much less land in his hometown, Daytona Beach…

A self-made man with a tough past, Brinn is a workaholic who allows very little room for pleasure—until he meets Josie. Their powerful chemistry is a distraction neither wants, yet neither can resist. Hoping they can burn it off, Brinn agrees to a no-strings arrangement. But they can only hide their deepening feelings for so long—until a disaster strikes, exposing truths that threaten to ruin everything…

Now, not only will Josie have to contend with the troubling secret her brother has finally revealed—she’ll have to convince Brinn she’s more than a rich girl playing at being free. This time, she’s playing for keeps.

The Girl He Needs: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
 
About Kristi Rose
 

Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s lived by an active volcano, almost fallen off a mountain, and was married in Arkansas by a J.O.P in flip flops named Earl. Today, as a proud military wife and mother of two, she’s been lucky enough to travel the world. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering what’s their story? That’s what Kristi likes to write about: everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA. You can follow Kristi at www.kristirose.net, like her Facebook page: Kristi Rose, or send her a tweet @krosewrites.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

Book Trailer

Link: https://youtu.be/Thxmw3Qbrug
 
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Review by Suze

Josie's brother Will was her best and only friend. He checked out of the hospital after being there for several weeks and never returned. Josie has been looking for him for two years. She's traveling from place to place and hopes she will find him eventually. She left her parents' dreams and expectations behind, so she can solely focus on her brother. When Will tells her he's in Florida Josie packs her bags and moves. On her way to Daytona Beach her car breaks down and she has to hitchhike to get there. Brinn gives her a lift as she coincidentally is on her way to his hometown.
 
Josie finds a job and a home. The rent is high, so she needs a second job. That is when she meets Brinn again. He lives near her and they work for the same company. Josie is a no-strings attached girl and she wants to show the serious Brinn how to have fun. She's supposed to leave again after a few months, so they both know it's a temporary thing. Will they be all right with that and when Josie finally finds her brother, will she be able to say goodbye?
 
Josie has a fascinating personality. She's free, she's extremely intelligent, she's living by her own rules and she likes decorating her body with henna. She's a strong woman and she doesn't mind standing out in a crowd. I loved how Kristi Rose uses body art as one of the ways to define her personality. I enjoy reading about main characters who can take care of themselves and liked Josie from the start. Brinn is a sweet guy who works hard for his future. He forgets that there's more in life than work and Josie wants to show him how to start living again. They have great chemistry and their friendship is special as well. They're good together and I enjoyed reading about their ups and downs.
 
Kristi Rose writes about serious topics like illness, difficult relationships with parents and losing everything you have in a sympathetic way. She mixes it with sexy scenes and that works very well. Her story has many interesting emotional layers. I loved reading about Josie and her brother Will. There's so much about the past she doesn't know and it was intriguing to find out what it was. I read this book in one sitting, the story grabbed my attention from the start and I couldn't put it down.
 
Kristi Rose's writing has an easy flow. She uses creative ways to describe her characters and she writes about them in detail, so the reader has the chance to get to know them through and through, which is something I really liked. I also loved the strong bonds Josie manages to form with people. She and Brinn are smart, which is something else I appreciated. It's clear that Kristi Rose has paid a lot of attention to the technical aspects of her story. There are many fabulous different parts and together they make The Girl He needs a wonderful complete book. I loved everything about this novel and think it's amazing.

Giveaway


This giveaway includes a beach bag with a Kindle Fire, adult coloring book and pencils, and a large assortment books for the beach, the bath, or red lights. :-) Also includes the first book in Kristi Rose's No Strings Attached series!
 
 

Tour Schedule

July 5th - With Love for Books (Review)
July 7th - Archaeolibrarian (Excerpt)
July 11th - Cafinated Reads (Review)
July 13th - The Recipe Fairy (Coloring Book Download and Book Trailer - link in assets doc)
July 15th - Chick Lit Goddess (Q & A)
July 18th - Jersey Girl Book Reviews (Review)
July 22nd - Chapter 5 by Love Koko (Review)
July 25th - Jeri's Book Attic (Review)
 
 

123 comments:

  1. Good luck with the tour.The book sounds awesome!

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    1. Thanks Judy :-) I hope more people find it awesome than not. Have a good one!

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  2. I love the cover, and your review sounds interesting.

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    1. The cover IS great isn't it! Lyrical/Kensington did a fabulous job. The first book in the series started out with a different look and when this book was going through the publishing process they decided to redo the book 1 to match this one. If I could post pics here I would. The difference is amazing.
      Have a good one :-)

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  3. THANK YOU So much for the AMAZING review. I woke up to this and WOW. What a fabulous way to start the day. Thanks for being part of my tour as well.
    Have a great day!

    (P.S. I can't wait to see what you all have to say about Who Needs Mr. Darcy. That in my TBR pile :-) ).

    Kristi <3

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  4. I enjoyed the review and know after reading it is a book my oldest sister would enjoy reading.

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    1. James
      You are such an awesome brother! Mine would NEVER pick out books for me. He was more focused on giving me wet willy's as often as possible (you know, where they stick their wet finger in your ear. I still don't hear properly from that ear). Tell your sister that I think she's lucky :-)
      Kristi

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  5. Terri Lee Hurlbut CourtJuly 5, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    After reading the review I know this book will be a great read with a large following. I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw everything offered in your giveaway, I'm sure we could all use any or all of what's in it... Good Luck to all...

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    1. Terri Lee,
      If you like coloring books I offer a free download of this books companion Adult coloring book. I'd send you the crayons if I could ;-)
      Here's the link if you are interested http://www.kristirose.net/the-girl-he-needs/
      have a good one!
      Kristi

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  6. This book sounds very interesting. Would love to read. This is a new author to me!! Nice review and giveaway!!

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    1. I'm not sure if you like Facebook or not but we have a group called New To Me Reading Challenge- where we are all trying new authors. So many out there to be discovered and it's amazing how many well, established authors have yet to be discovered. You are welcome to join. Once a month we share freebies and sale info (that way you don't get spammed) and we have a meet and great with a new author every month. Last month was Christie Ridgway. I'm including the link. Everyone is welcome! https://www.facebook.com/groups/151605111907780/. If you decide to take a chance on my book- just know I am eternally grateful!
      Cheers!
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  7. I like the sound of this book, and I really like the sound of the Author's writing style. I like books where you really feel like you know the characters, and by the sound of your review, I think the Author has done that exceedingly well.
    Amanda.

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    1. Thanks Amanda. Chocolate pages, huh? Now I'm craving a chocolate bar. Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  8. sounds like a wonderful story

    denise

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  9. This sounds like a great read. I love getting to know and care about the characters in a book.

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    1. Me too! I love Jude Deveaux's characters so much I think about them years after I've read the book.

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  10. This sounds great! I love it when characters grow and they're not one-dimensional.

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    1. Right! But sometimes its easier in your head to make them grown than on paper :-) I'm glad she thought they weren't 1-dimensional (wipes brow).
      Kristi

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  11. I enjoyed the review. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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  12. We share the same pastime, that of people-watching. No matter where I am, I wonder about these total strangers walking past. Where have they come from, where are they going and why. Were his eyes red from crying or has he got hay fever, that sort of thing. Endlessly fascinating.

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    1. I know. Do you make up stories about them, too? Like I think the reason this guy walks fasts because he always had to in order to keep up with his brothers or this girl is the only one in her family with curly hair. Or I think- next big rock star, doesn't know she's a princess, or fun stuff like that. So many stories- so little time. :-)

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  13. Excited to read about Josie's story! Book sounds fantastic and your review was great :)

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    1. Her review made my day :-)
      I'm excited that you are excited :-)
      Have a great week!

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  14. I like that this book flows well with some good characters and strong personalities. Josie sounds strong and yet vulnerable too. Interesting. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Sherry.
      I sure hope people find her strong and vulnerable.

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  15. Josie and Brin are an interesting couple! I can't wait to read their story!

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    1. I love these characters, both broken in different ways. Yet, they overcome. I hope you enjoy the story.

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  16. Hi!! Thank you so much for this giveaway :):):)

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  17. I can't enter because I'm intl but I just added your book to my wish list. It's just my kind of read.

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    1. Almost all of Suze & Anniek's competitions are international. I can't see where it says USA only so I entered and I'm in Ireland.

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    2. I wish I could figure out how to do something international. I tried book depository once but that didn't go over so well. If you have any suggestions I'm open to them :-) email me at kristi@kristirose.net and let know. Thanks :-)

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    3. Amazon eCards are always welcome, as are eBooks!

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    4. Amazon eCards are always welcome, as are eBooks!

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  18. Josie sounds like a character I would like and what is the secret her brother has! book sounds great

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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    1. We can't tell you. We want to make you read the book. But I'll give you a hint...if you can see the first few pages before the book starts you'll see a note in there. :-)

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  19. Great cover! I like the premise of this book. Romance and mystery.

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    1. I LOVE this cover. My publisher redid the first book to match this cover. SOOOO Good and I'M SOOO thankful.

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  20. Thanks for the review. It sounds like a good one.

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    1. Thanks. I hope it lives up to people's expectations :-)

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  21. I've been to Daytona a few times in my youth. It's a fun place.
    Thanks for the review! :)

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    1. Daytona's a blast. Those were the good old days. Before marriage and kids ;-) Not that these aren't good days. Ahem, but those were insane ;-) That HOT DONUTS NOW light would go on at the Krispy Kreme at midnight and we seemed to catch it every time. Awesome!

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  22. I love the cover. Retro but classy, like a memory! Thanks!

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    1. Cool way to describe it! Thanks. I love it too.

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  23. Sounds like very interesting characters. Look forward to getting my hands on this book to read. Love a book with meat on the bone.

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    1. I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by:-)

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  24. Book sounds great, thanks for the giveaway

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  25. I'm curiouse with the book :) good luck with the hard work in tour

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  26. This sounds great I love Romance and Finding yourself books, and I like it has a bit of mystery with her missing brother. It would make a perfect beach read

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    1. I hope it's a good beach read. Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  27. This is amazing!! You are a new Author for me and the teaser has me beyond intrigued!! Thank you for this chance❤📚

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    1. Maria- if you are on Facebook come join the New to Me Reading Challenge. We list the new authors we are trying for the year. No reviews. No bashing. Just talking about what we like and don't like (without specifics- like cliffhangers). Every month we showcase a different author, like last month was Christie Ridgway. You are always welcome to join. If you are interested and can't find it on Facebook drop me an email and I get you the link (kristi @ kristirose (dot) net. Thanks for trying a new author!!!

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  28. This is amazing!! You are a new Author for me and the teaser has me beyond intrigued!! Thank you for this chance❤📚

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  29. A very nice swag pack to win, thank you :) I've added this on my goodreads and Amazon lists!

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    1. Thanks :-) I do giveaways on my Facebook page in case you were looking for one more place to like :-) Just saying.

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  30. Wonderful giveaway. I can't wait to read. Shared & added to my GoodReads.

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  31. On my list for my next beach holiday reads :) On my 'to read list' on Good Reads:)

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  32. Amazing giveaway - *fingers crossed* ;)

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  33. This is now on my list to read. Great choice for the cover. Thank you so much!

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  34. This is a fun giveaway and I cannot wait to read the story.

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    1. Hi Kristi,
      You have the best name ever ;-) Do you ever type so fast that you sign your name Kriti? Seems like I have a problem with 's'. But it will work out because if we are ever at a party together you can go by Kristi and I will go by Kriti - my friends call me that already :-) Good luck with the giveaway!

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  35. I would love something to read on vacation this year. Nothing better then going to the lake and sitting in a chair and read. Once I start reading I cant put it down. Thank you for a awesome giveaway.

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    1. Do you mean to tell me that you have the ability to read a book in one sitting without being disturbed? You are my idol. Lake+chair+ book+ no interference =Awesome.

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  36. I put it on my list. The cover is very cool, looks really AMAZING! Thank you for the chance at this AWESOME giveaway!

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    1. You're welcome. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  37. This giveaway is wonderful. Thanks!

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  38. I'm already in love with Josie,really want to read this one.

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    1. Thanks :-) She's got a bit of a potty mouth but she's the kinda friend that would have your back no matter what.

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  39. OMG I have to read this one soon!! added in my to read list :)

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  40. OMG I have to read this one soon!! added in my to read list :)

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  41. Well Kristi, you certainly sound like you have wonderful life experiences to draw from for your writing. This book sounds interesting and something I would enjoy. Love the cover too. Congrats!

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    1. Thanks :-) I have been really fortunate. Its all about finding laughter, right. Doing things you love with people you love. Plus, I try not to take myself too seriously or I become a real bore.

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  42. This would so helpful & exciting to win! I could not think of better ways to relax & have much needed "me time" than a good book, coloring book & Kindle (a device I don't have to share w/ my kids😂) & a cute bag to put all of it in! So generous & genius!! Love to read this book nothing like holding a real book, I prefer that to digital books. Thank you

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    1. I like paper books too. Good luck with the giveaway. I stuffed some fabulous books in here. Sorry that you have to share with your kids. I know what thats like ;-) They never give anything back intact.

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  43. Love the cover, good luck with the book tour.

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  44. Great cover - a very good luck to you

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  45. I like that Josie is in search of her brother. It's nice to see siblings who care about each other!
    Dianna

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  47. I like stories with siblings. I like family connections. Those seem to appeal to me more than others:-)

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  48. Sounds like a fun series Perfect for the season.
    Interesting food comment about Kristi Rose. Boiled Peanuts? I don't think I have had those before. Interesting!

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  49. I've added this book to my book wishlist, and I'm looking forward to reading this story.

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  50. I'm very anxious to read this one. I love the cover and it sounds like one that I would end up really enjoying! :)

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  51. Sounds like an awesome beach/vacation read. I love to read stories like this, light yet intriguing with little twists and turns.

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  52. I love the cover for both these books. They look great. I'll be checking out this series for sure.

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  53. A little mystery, a little romance -- sounds good to me. Great review!

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  54. The book look like is interesting and would certainly pull me in it hope to read the series .

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  55. What a wonderful review! Just the type of book, I would like to read. :)

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  56. I think I'd like a Road Trip Mystery. This sounds like it could be a very good read. I like independent characters who are unique.

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  57. Sounds like a very intriguing book! I look forward to reading it.

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  58. sounds a great book, love been introduced to new authors!

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  59. Good cover design for attracting summer readers.

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  60. added to my TBR!
    Looks like I would like this one :D

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  61. Sounds a perfect book for summer (:

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  62. I love strong female characters in books! Sounds like a book I'd love :)

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  63. What a amazing review! You explained it in such away that makes me extremely excited to read this book!!

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  64. really looking forward to reading this - I've read a few reviews from other bloggers and everyone seems to like it :)

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  65. Thanks for sharing. I hadn't heard of this one but it seems like a good fit for the summertime!

    -Lauren

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  66. I just love a good book you have to read in one sitting. It's great to see that I'm not the only one that will do that. Awesome giveaway, I've been meaning to try this new adult coloring craze.

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  67. Sounds like an intriguing read -perfect for summer!
    -CL Chin

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  68. This sounds like a great read. I love getting to know characters in a book.

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  69. This seems like a book that would hold my interest for sure. Great summer reading!
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  70. Love the cover! And the synopsis too! I am adding it to my tbr! I am hearing of this book for the first time only and loving how it sounds so thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!

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  71. Looking forward to reading this ... Good Luck with the tour xxxx

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  72. I shall look out for this in my local book stores. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  73. Looks like a good book to curl up with during the winter months when it's too cold be do much else. Look forward to reading it.

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  74. Marvelous cover! Can't wait to read this book!

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  75. I enjoy sitting down and reading a good book, especially sitting outside listening to the birds as I read.

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  76. I can certainly see why any author would want to expand their readership to other countries, and there are certainly many that could benefit by the Amazon gift card method, especially if the material in question is available by Kindle. It would not help for those countries who block some internet use, but those probably don't allow access to the contests in the first place. For a little more direct comment on this, the book sounds interesting, although I generally prefer historical stories.

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  77. I liked the book description and review - looks really good.

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  78. The cover is beautiful, can not wait to read the book

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  79. The book looks great, and I am putting it on my TBR list!

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  80. Please leave a meaning comment about this post or THE GIRL HE NEEDS!

    Thanks for the contest, would love to win a Kindle Fire and Kristi Rose looks like the Girl I Need!

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  81. Josie and Brinn sound like a great couple who complement each other and bring something each one needs to the relationship. It might be friendship at first, but hopefully more by the end of her stay.

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