Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: Happily Ever Afters by Rachel Magee

On Tour with Prism Book Tours. Ever Afters
Rachel Magee
Contemporary Sweet Romance
ebook, 286 pages
September 19th 2017 by Clean Reads

Lainey Stratton does not fall in love with strangers she meets on vacation. It simply doesn’t make logical sense. So when Lainey meets Carter Thompson on the first day of her Caribbean vacation, she knows it could never amount to anything more than a crush. At the end of the vacation she will return to Dallas and he will return to D.C., and that will be the end of it. Well, unless he wants to join her at a friend’s destination wedding, which would be considered vacation too, right?

But when an unexpected tragedy sends Lainey’s logical world spiraling out of control, she realizes her vacation crush might be the only one who can help her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. That is, as long as she can get out of the way of her own happiness. And as long as Carter’s past doesn’t catch up with him before she gets a chance.

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My Review
4 stars / I really liked it

First off, I just want to say that this book should not be judged by its cover. I got a totally different vibe while reading it, and I think that it would have served the book better to have more of a modern, chick-lit type of cover. Maybe with a cocktail or wine glass, since the characters did an awful lot of drinking (or there was just more info than necessary when it came to what alcoholic beverages were being consumed).

Okay, with those minor hang-ups aside, I really enjoyed the characters and story! Lainey has a special relationship with her sister and best friend, and it was fun seeing her interact with them while on her tropical vacation. Carter was charming and I loved that he stayed in touch with Lainey after the vacation through texting and visits. I was surprised they never talked on the phone though, and their texts were very impersonal and brief for the most part. It was a very separate/together/separate/together kind of relationship, but when they were together they had great chemistry!

The twist midway through the plot is what brought out the emotion and connection for me. Seeing Carter be there for her and support her through such a hard time was great, and I thought the author did an authentic job of portraying Lainey's grief and overwhelming emotions. Of course some external conflicts also arose that had to be overcome, and I was swiftly turning pages until I found Lainey's perfectly sweet happily ever after.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed are my own)

About the Author

Rachel Magee wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water. Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at
Tour Giveaway

Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 1 (US residents only)
· Happily Ever Afters coffee mug
· Tea Sampler Pack
· Happily Ever Afters notebook
· Lilly Pulitzer pen
· Chocolates
· ‘Vacations’ picture frame

Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 2 (US and International residents))
· $25 Amazon e-gift card

Giveaway ends October 4th

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