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Joint Review: Sleepover by Serena Bell

Posted November 21, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Joint Review: Sleepover by Serena BellReviewer: Holly & Rowena
Sleepover by Serena Bell
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 224
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four-stars

A brand-new contemporary romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Head Over Heels.

The girl next door is the one that got away. He just doesn’t know it yet. . . .

Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miserable in our new town, so I’m pumped when he makes friends with the kid next door—until I recognize his mom from a one-night stand. Perky and upbeat, Elle Dunning is not my type for anything other than tearing up the sheets. So why do I keep letting myself get roped into game nights and get-togethers?

Elle: It so hasn’t been my year. That’s my first thought when I see my new next-door neighbor. I never would have hooked up with Sawyer Paulson if my husband hadn’t left me for his high-school sweetheart, but because our eight-year-old boys have become best friends, I’ve got to make nice with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent. Yet the more time we spend together, the more Sawyer opens up. We’ve both been hurt—badly. So it’s one thing to send the kids off to sleepaway camp together. It’s quite another to promise each other a lifetime of sleepovers. . . .

Sleepover is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Sleepover by Serena Bell follows two single parents that had a one night stand. They thought they’d never see each other again and that’s what they both wanted so when Sawyer moves in next door to Elle and their boys become best friends, things get interesting because well, they both are starting to want a repeat of that one naughty night.

Rowena: This was my first book by Serena Bell and though I was a bit annoyed about finding out there are other books linked to the characters in this book (making it a series), I still rather enjoyed this single parent romance. I really liked both Sawyer and Elle, loved their boys and how straightforward their romance was.

Sawyer’s journal of letters to his late wife really hit me with all the feels and I liked that Elle was understanding where all of that was concerned. I really liked how grown up their romance was. What about you? What did you think?

Holly: I really don’t like how these authors aren’t listing connecting books as series. It’s annoying. I might have liked to read the earlier books first. But like you, I thought this was an enjoyable romance. I love the single parent romances and I thought Bell did a good job with this one.

Sawyer’s Lucy journal got me in the feels, too. There’s a scene toward the end that made me tear up. I liked their grown-up romance, too. I liked how they dealt with their kids. The boys became fast friends and they both encouraged that, and tried to include them in their plans. They had a great family dynamic.

I did get a little frustrated by all the sexting. They definitely had good sexual chemistry, and the sexual tension was thick. I think I could have done with a little less sexting and little more personal connection between them.

Rowena: It was all straightforward and such an easy romance to fall into that I had this book read in just a few hours.

I know what scene you’re talking about and yes, I totally teared up too. I thought that was sweet but sad too.

I didn’t mind the sexting, I thought it was cute…and I loved that he couldn’t help himself. He couldn’t keep to his own rules where Elle was concerned and I loved that he couldn’t get enough of her. I also really liked that Elle tried to keep her cool but she wasn’t fooling anyone. She had it bad for Sawyer so it was good that he had it bad for her too.

Are you planning on reading Brooks book? What about going back and reading the other books? This was a fun romp that was perfect for what I was in the mood for so I give this one a 4 out of 5. You?

Holly: I was bothered a bit by some quirks of the writing (such as the author’s constant use of parenthesis to include asides in the narrative), but aside from the sexting, overall I enjoyed the book. I’m looking forward to reading more from Bell soon. I do plan to go back and read the first two and I’m definitely interested in Brooks’ book.

This was an easy, sweet read. It definitely hit the spot. 3.5 out of 5

Holly’s Grade: 3.5 out of 5
Rowena’s Grade: 4 out of 5

four-stars


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Guest Author Serena Bell Stops By (+ Giveaway)

Posted November 25, 2013 by Rowena in Giveaways, Promotions | 5 Comments

Please help us welcome Serena Bell to Book Binge this morning!

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Yours to Keep

Holly, thank you so much for having me here today! It’s a pleasure to visit Book Binge as part of my Yours to Keep Thanksgiving tour!

I didn’t write Yours to Keep as a holiday book—it’s the story, after all, of an undocumented immigrant and her struggles to find love without revealing the truth about her shadow life—but it turned out to be chock-full of holiday celebrations and joy. A troubled Thanksgiving Day that brings two families back together. A Christmas celebration that reveals how small acts of kindness can repair rifts.

And food. Lots and lots of food—from cheese platters to chivo picante—to pumpkin pie, like in this scene where the hero is preparing for that fraught Thanksgiving meal:

Ethan used canned pumpkin and frozen crust to whip up a pumpkin pie. …

It was therapeutic, scraping pumpkin out of a can with a rubber spatula. It was the first time he’d felt semi-human in days. Not good—nowhere near good—but functional, at least. In a rhythm.

In a few hours James and his parents would be here, fighting with one another, griping about the food, and embarrassing Theo.

He broke the eggs and began whisking the pumpkin and the eggs and evaporated milk to a uniform texture and color.

In my family, we argued every year about which brand of canned pumpkin made the best pie—One Pie, or Libby’s. It was one of those endless, irresolvable debates. One of those weird comforting fights that, in a contradictory way, is not about differences but about similarities.

Food, in Yours to Keep, is what brings people—across cultures—together. It’s territory where people—even people who don’t agree on much—can find common ground. It’s a pointer to what matters to you—family, history, belonging, togetherness.

At some point, my mom began buying the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from a local orchard.

I miss the rituals. Yeah, it was a pain—trying to get those last clumps out of the can, wrestling open the condensed milk, and whisking an over-full bowl of custard that stubbornly wouldn’t blend. But I loved it anyway.

Most of all, I miss fighting over which brand made better pumpkin pie, because while we were fighting over something that didn’t matter in the slightest, we knew what did matter. We were there, together, as a family.

Please join the conversation in the comments by telling us about pumpkin pie in your household. Canned pumpkin, and if so, what brand? Fresh pumpkin? Orchard/store/bakery-bought? And—this might be the most important question of all—room temperature? Or cold? Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win books and/or a gift card, too!

Serena Bell makes her Loveswept debut with the captivating story of a woman living on the edge—and the man who’s destined to love her.

Ana Travares has been looking over her shoulder her whole life. Her U.S. visa expired when she was a young girl, and if her secret is discovered, she’ll be forced to return to the Dominican Republic. Ana allowed herself to get close to someone once before—and after he broke her heart, she swore never to make the same mistake again. But when a handsome doctor asks for her assistance, she fantasizes about breaking all her rules.

Even though pediatrician Ethan Hansen is a natural when it comes to little kids, as the single father of a teenage son he just can’t seem to get it right . . . except for the Spanish tutor he’s hired for his son, Theo. Ana has managed to crack Theo’s shell—and he isn’t the only one taken with her. The sexy tutor has fired up Ethan with a potent mix of lust and protectiveness. But as he starts to envision a future with Ana, Ethan is devastated to learn the truth about her citizenship. Somehow he’s got to find a way to help her—and hold on to the woman he’s falling hopelessly in love with.

Praise for Yours to Keep:

“A touching, emotional, realistic, and sexy contemporary romance with a thought-provoking them. [There’s a] hero to die for and a heroine you want to hang out with. What could be better than that?”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Theresa Weir (aka Anne Frasier)

“Sexy, emotionally rich, and heartbreakingly lovely.”—Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Roman Holiday

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About the Author: serenabell
Photo credit: Susan Young Photography

Serena Bell writes stories about how sex messes with your head, why smart people do stupid things sometimes, and how love can make it all better. She wrote her first steamy romance before she was old enough to understand what all the words meant and has been perfecting the art of hiding pages and screens from curious eyes ever since—a skill that’s particularly useful now that she’s the mother of two.

For a while, Serena took a break from penning love stories to explore the world as a journalist, where she spent time shadowing and writing about a cast of fascinating real-life characters.

When she’s not writing or getting her butt kicked at Scrabble by her kids, she’s practicing modern-dance improv in the kitchen, swimming laps, taking a long walk, or reading on one of her large collection of electronic devices.

Serena blogs about reading and writing romance at www.serenabell.com and www.wonkomance.com. She also tweets as @serenabellbooks and posts to Facebook at www.facebook.com/serenabellbooks.


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