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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Taking the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux

Welcome to my stop on the Taking the Ice Blog Tour
hosted by IFB Tours.

Taking the Ice (Ice #3)Taking the Ice (Ice #3)
by Jennifer Comeaux
Release Date: August 17th, 2015

 Olympic rings and an engagement ring.

Courtney Carlton is ready for both.

She and her boyfriend Josh have skated together and dated for four years, and they’ve reached a critical point in their partnership both on and off the ice. With the Winter Games coming up and their career nearing an end, they are fighting to win a spot on the Olympic team, something Courtney has dreamed of since she was ten years old. She also has another wish she hopes comes true soon. She’s waiting for a marriage proposal from Josh that she expected to happen by now. Will she realize either dream or will her heart be broken from disappointment?

Cindy's Review:
Taking the Ice leads us to the conclusion of Courtney and Josh. This is the dream come true. Some say it's an ending. Some say it's the beginning of something new. I say it's a wonderful way to wrap up Courtney and Josh's relationship. 

It's time Courtney achieved her long-time goals and this time SHE IS GOING TO DO IT. No on can stop her. No bustling future mother-in-law that's trying to get in her face. No plotting rivalry's crudeness will get to her. Not even her own complicated mindset and mistakes. Courtney will get into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and nothing can stop her. The only thing out of her control is that she can't really get Josh to propose to her sooner.

Taking the Ice is a short, yet satisfying closure to Courtney and Josh. There isn't really a huge plot, but the question mark to whether Courtney gets a happy ending or not. And the answer is obvious. Not getting a happy ending means this isn't the last book of the series. And I'm pretty sure I just said this is. Oops, not trying to spoil anything. Yes, there isn't much plot, but the emotions you feel when you live through the end with Courtney is rewarding. That's the point of Taking the Ice. It's not about knowing how it ends. It's about feeling how it ends.

Although I fell in love with Court and Josh's chemistry, I'm excited for them to move on and get their future. I'm ready to say goodbye and let them start their family. It will be great if I get a glimpse of them in the future, but for now, I am ready to let go. 

The Rating: (1-10): 7.5~

Author Bio: 
Jennifer Comeaux Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit for contact information and to learn more about her books.

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Happy Reading~ 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Blog Tour: Riding by Cassia Cassitas

Welcome to my stop on the Riding Blog Tour
hosted by iRead Book Tours.
by Cassia Cassiatas
Release Date: April 30th, 2015

Synopsis: Amidst real events and landscapes, men and women like us wander the cities we inhabit, rehearsing happier lives in the pages of this motivational narrative. From each one, destiny took a part to make them perfect.

When he is born, Andre propels his mother's life in a new direction. His father, an executive who organizes Olympic competitions around the world and doesn't know when to come back home, strives to make him a worldly citizen. Cycling, his life acquires purpose: becoming an Olympic para-athlete.

Together with his friends, he experiences disappointments and new beginnings. A doctor that builds robots, the daughter of a lonely teenager, and a retired athlete teach André how to overcome his limits and live his dream.

Set in Curitiba with breaks in Los Angeles, Seoul, Johannesburg and Soweto, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, the narrative ends in 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.

As a tribute to all those who choose to sign the next episodes of their lives, this book is about overcoming one’s self amid achievements, obstacles, love and heroism, written behind the scenes of life.

Cindy's Review:

Riding starts off following Mario and Elizabeth, then shifting gears to Andre. This book was told in three different POVs, Mario's, Elizabeth's, and Andre's, so readers get to know each character individually and see the events at different angles. The way Cassitas had written the story makes it seem like it has been easily flowing out her mind.

The dialogue and plot of the story flowed on as time went by. Readers get glimpses of Andre and Elizabeth as they travel through each city. These snippets have enough detail and content to understand the story and Andre's goal in being in the para-Olympics.

Readers see Andre being guided to be determined for success and not let obstacles pull him back. Riding is a book of inspiration, telling readers to not give up on their dreams, no matter how impossible it is. Even if the dream isn't attainable, still continue and strive for your success.

I enjoyed Riding's unique writing style. It seems like memoirs of all three questions. Yet at times, it seems like it could be a scrapbook full of pictures following each chapter. Riding provided great details of the settings and a very inspiring lesson.

The Rating: (1-10): 7~

Author Bio: 

Displaying Cassia Cassitas.jpgIn my mind, words came in strides. They aligned themselves in arguments that were ready for combat after rebelling themselves - and that was just inkling. Where was my certainty to support the new image? And where were my emotions, with their brushes to bring color to life?"

Born in the interior of the state of ParanĂ¡, Cassia Cassitas accumulated various degrees throughout her career in Information Technology. The author of three novels, her texts convey ideas accumulated amidst the smell of coffee plantations, shoe factories, and the technology of the 20th century. These texts deal with life-altering episodes, in a path lit by a harmonious blend of memories and imagination.

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