Saturday, November 2, 2013

Review : Leave The Lights On

Leave the Lights On By Karen Stivali
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published Date: November 5th, 2013
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N

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“When love throws you a curve, swing for the fences. ”
Parker Wood’s dreams of becoming a professional baseball player are shattered when he’s injured in a devastating car crash. After two years in hospitals and physical rehab facilities, he’s ready to move back to his childhood home and take over the family landscaping company. The house and business are his, now that his father has passed.

Sophie Vaughn has suffered through a hellishly public divorce from a husband who couldn’t manage to stay faithful for two months of marriage. Determined not to let her personal drama impact her successful wedding and party planning business, she buys her parents’ old house, hoping the comfort of familiar surroundings will help her heal.

When Parker and Sophie discover they’re neighbors once again, it’s as if time has stood still. Their friendship is quickly rekindled, along with the decade-long crush neither of them ever admitted having. Then the heat between them exposes a long-held secret that threatens to tear them apart…unless they can detach from their painful pasts and move forward-together.

* * Warning: Contains sultry summer nights, steamy pool-side encounters, and you’ll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again. * *

My Thoughts:
Parker found out his girlfriend was cheating on him and leaving him for another guy. Looking for a distraction he drove off and was in an accident that ruined his chances of becoming a professional baseball player. He ended up in the hospital recovering from his injuries for 2 years. Sophie was seen as an embarrassment by her parents, when everyone around knew her husband was cheating on her and she didn't get back to settle things with him. Now Sophie is back to her hometown next door to Parker. Parker and Sophie both had crushes on each other but remained friends never knowing the feelings about each other. Will their relationship last when problems come their way?

Predictable and enjoyable. I loved the characters and I love that the readers get the point of view from Sophie and Parker. I loved the connection between the who and that they got together. I love that their relationship had some type of background, I read too many books with that instant connections where they would die for each other and thats too much. I like how this book slowly eased into a relationship and felt that this book was realistic. I loved how I was hooked to the very every and thought that this book was well written. 

I recommend you lovely readers to check out this. I know you'll like it as much as i did. 4 of 5 stars.

Karen Stivaliis a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.
Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.
Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora’s Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award – 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader’s Choice Award – 2013).

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