Friday, October 28, 2016

BLOG TOUR: MARRY ME MAD by KATY REGNERY

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Marry Me Mad is one swoon worthy read!



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Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery's New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in 2016!
For as long as Madeleine “Mad” Rousseau can remember, she’s been the “sweet” twin to her sister Jax’s “sassy.” But after an especially painful break-up, Mad decides she’s had enough of being sweet. Children’s librarian during the day, she begins visiting Philly’s seedier nightspots on a quest for adventure. When Cortlandt “Cort” Ambler, the ex-boyfriend of Mad’s sister, Jax, saves her from disaster on one such evening, an unlikely friendship is born between the rebellious librarian and the moonlighting pianist…and two broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.

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*All books in The Blueberry Lane Series can be enjoyed as standalone novels.*


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Marry Me Mad by Katy Regnery is the second book in the Rousseau’s series. I enjoyed Jonquils for Jax and was looking forward to reading the sequel. I was eager to read Madeleine’s story and as such was excited when I was provided with an ARC.

Marry Me Mad tells the story of two people who have been in love with each other since they were teenagers.  However, circumstances prevented them from being together.  Now fate has provided them with a second chance as adults. Will they cease the opportunity or will they allow events of the past to derail their chance at happiness?

I was on the fence about the rating of this installment. I was wavering between three and four stars. However, after going back through my notes, I decided on a rating of four stars. Granted, there were aspects that I love, but there were some areas that I had an issue with. Let me begin with what I loved about this book.

STORYLINE:
 I found the storyline rather intriguing. I was curious to see how the author would approach the matter of the heroine falling in love with her sister’s ex-boyfriend, as this is generally considered a no-no in the relationship department.  Well, I was impressed with how the author approached the matter and liked how the entire situation unfolded.

CHEMISTRY: 
I thought the chemistry between the hero and heroine was raw, gritty and hot.  Not only did they have a physical connection, they had an emotional one as well. I loved that their feelings were not instantaneous. This was something that was brewing for years and the opportunity has now arisen for them to act on it.

CHARACTERS:
I admired Madeleine’s loyalty to her sister. She loved Cort, but she was not willing to sacrifice her relationship with her sister for one with him. She honestly believed that being with Cort would mean betraying her sister.  This demonstrated that she was a woman with honour.
Cort was a true romantic. I loved how he made Madeleine feel special.  He was not the type of person to give up. He was determined to win Madeleine over and he was not afraid to bring out the big guns to do so.

What I did not like:
There were times when I found Madeleine’s actions frustrating.  The constant wavering of her mind was bound to give me whiplash. Her actions indicated that she did not know what she wanted. I understand her not wanting to break the girl code, but then when certain information came to light, providing her with the opportunity to cease her happiness she failed to act on it.

I am all for ending a relationship with someone who has cheated on you. However, to rush into another relationship so soon after, without time to heal didn’t sit too well with me
    
I thought the ending was rushed. It was as if the author was in a rush to tie things up.  It would have been nice to see what transpired between the time Madeleine came to her senses about Cort and when he became aware of her presence on the airplane.

VERDICT:
I enjoyed this installment and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Recommended for fans of contemporary romance.

N.B. This book can be read as a stand-alone.






EXCERPT:

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She stood on the sidewalk facing him, a sweet smile on her lips.

Cort gestured to his front door with a flick of his chin. “Want to come in?”

“Yes. But we have to talk first.”

“What happened to ‘Take me to bed’?”

She sighed. “Fresh air cleared my head.”

He glanced down at his swollen cock, all but bursting against the zipper of his jeans. “I’m dying a little here, baby.”

Her eyes followed his, dancing with mirth when she looked back up at him. “So I see.”

“I’m not alone either,” he said, dropping his eyes to her nipples, which strained against her thin, billowy blouse.

“No,” she said, her voice slightly lower, her smile giving way to a hotter, more needy look. “You’re not.”

“So let’s talk inside.”

She shook her head no. “Here.”

Cort sighed, hitching her flowered bag a little higher on his shoulder, waiting for her to continue.

“No talking about Jax or Thatcher,” she said. “If you talk about Jax, I won’t be able to stay. I’ll feel too guilty. And if you talk about Thatcher, I’ll feel too angry. Promise?”

“I promise.”

She took a step closer to him. “And this one’s big…No falling in love with each other. We’re just about impossible, you and me, so we can’t—you know—bring that sort of emotion into this. We can enjoy each other, but that’s all, Cort. Promise.”

He flinched as she finished. He could feel the involuntary muscle reaction that narrowed his eyes and told him that it was too late. It was a lifetime too late to tell him not to love her, because he’d loved her for most of his life. Her gentleness, her quiet grace, the peace he’d always found in her presence now combined with the scorching chemistry between them that couldn’t be denied. Over and over again throughout his life, he’d looked for her, tried to find someone like her, but his heart had fixed on hers so long ago, it was all but impossible for him not to love her. The only way he could promise her was to promise not to “fall” this weekend, only because he’d already fallen years before.

“I promise not to fall.”

She smiled at him, though the smile had lost a bit of the lightheartedness it had held minutes earlier. “Do you need any promises from me?”

He nodded, closing the distance between them. “Yeah, I do.”

Her eyes widened, flaring with heat, the black of her pupils obliterating the green of her irises as she pressed her breasts against his chest.

“Promise to leave nothing on the table, Mad. Give me everything you’ve got for twenty-four hours.”

“Except…” Her voice broke. “Except my love. I promise.”

His heart clenched at her omission, and it made him want to push her out of her comfort zone a little. “Promise to touch me everywhere with your hot little mouth.”

“I promise,” she murmured, her throat moving as she swallowed.

His eyes narrowed. “Promise to open your legs so I can slide inside of you as if I’ve been doing it all my life.”

“Cort,” she whimpered, her eyes fluttering closed as she looked down at where her chest heaved into his. “I need you.”



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About the Author:
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home
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