Thursday, 15 November 2018

Blog Tour: Helena Hunting's "Pucked Love (Pucked #6)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Helena Hunting's "Pucked Love (Pucked #6)."


Synopsis: 

As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date. 

Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty. 

I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I’ll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I've let her set the rules in our relationship.

But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her.

We’re all broken. We’re all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most.

Review: Jo 

"Sometimes the most broken souls find each other, 
as if their missing pieces exist in another person."

Out of all the couples from the "Pucked" series, Darren and Charlene have been the most mysterious. I have always wondered what was truly going on with the pair so reading this novel was a must. I was itching to get stuck into this final instalment and what an eye opening read it was. "Pucked Love" was full of surprises as I discovered the real Darren and Charlene. If you are fan of this series, you won't be disappointed. 

"My head is a mess of memories, 
and my heart is bleeding with emotions I can't filter." 

Charlene and Darren's story was a tale of secrets, love, and above all else trust as the couple attempted to pull down one another's barriers so they could take their relationship to the next level. After two years of keeping things casual, I was excited that things were finally progressing between the pair. I adored the development of both the lead characters and also the relationship and love that grew between Darren and Charlene . Now that I was finally discovering the real people, I became fully invested and hoped that they could find their fairy tale ending. 

"....I want this with you, and I don't care if it's messy 
and fucked up and no one understands it but us." 

Another thing that I loved about this novel was that every Pucked couple was featured throughout this story, and it made me so damn happy to have their input into Darren and Charlene's romance. I also enjoyed catching up with how they were all doing. I really do love the Pucked gang. Helena has created such a fun and easy to love group of characters and a fantastic series that never fails to put a big smile on my face. It's definitely up there with my favourites. I can't recommend this series enough. 

"I'll give you anything you want, Charlene. Just stay with me, 
let me love you like I'm supposed to, let me be exactly what you need." 

"Pucked Love" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 



Excerpt: 

You’re turning twenty-six. It’s your champagne birthday, so we need to do something fun.” Violet bounces, making her boobs shake and my mimosa slosh perilously. “It should be themed! We can all wear leather chaps!”

“Could you be any more cliché?” I roll my eyes. “Just to be clear, Darren doesn’t own chaps.”

“Just a ball gag and a mask with no eye holes, according to Alex.”

And we’re back to my sex life. I knew I was getting off so easy.

I wonder if Darren is catching this kind of heat today. I seriously doubt it’s worse than what I’m getting since I don’t think his friends are likely to push his buttons, but I’ll have to ask when I speak to him next. I’m not sure when that will be, either. The message I sent about Gertrude was pretty straightforward and doesn’t necessarily require a response. Maybe I should’ve worded it differently.

Sunny raises her hand, like we’re all still in middle school and she’s waiting her turn to speak. “Wouldn’t a mask with no eyeholes be dangerous? You wouldn’t be able to see where you’re going.” Her eyes widen, and she looks around the room. “And what’s a ball gag?”

I honestly love that Sunny has grown up in this highly overinformed society and still manages to be innocent. 

“Yeah, Char, wouldn’t a mask with no eyeholes be dangerous?” Violet props her fist on her chin and smiles. “And please, do explain what a ball gag is.”

“I’m not sure you really want the answer to that, Sunny.” Poppy gives me a look I can’t quite decipher.

Sunny twirls her hair around her finger. “Why not?”

“Where’s the harm in a little bondage-sex education? It’s not like Miller’s ever going to go out and buy either item for her. First of all, Alex would murder him, and secondly, I don’t think that’s Miller’s thing.”

Sunny’s face lights up, and she does jazz hands. “Oh! I think I know what Miller’s thing is!” 

Lily grins. “Eating your cookie?” 

“He really likes to do that, a lot. When my belly gets too big I’ll have to watch from the mirror.” She gets a faraway look in her eyes. “But he has another thing! Kind of like how you and Randy are always getting it on in bathrooms, except I think it’s a bit more sanitary.”

“And it doesn’t cause thousands of dollars of damage,” Violet adds.

Lily throws her hands up in the air. “That sink was already falling off the wall. It’s not my fault it broke!”

“That was one expensive orgasm,” I say.

“And Randy says it was worth every penny.” Lily’s smile is devious as she bites her knuckle, then turns to Sunny. “Anyway, back to Miller’s thing.”

Sunny wiggles around excitedly in her chair. “So Miller paints my toenails for me.”

“Miller’s thing is painting your toenails?”

“Yes. Well, no. I think he likes my toes.” Her fingers go to her lips, and she looks around the room, her cheeks flushing.

“Say what now?” Violet asks.

”Sometimes he kisses them.” She covers her mouth with her palm and says something unintelligible.

Violet sits forward in her chair. “Hold on a second, does Buck have a foot fetish?” 

“Um, I don’t know.” Sunny looks worried now. “Is that weird? Is it, like, mask with no eyeholes kind of weird?”


About Helena Hunting:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Review: Stylo Fantome's "Preach. (Church #2)."


Synopsis: 

A shattered woman.

A changed man.

Church Logan wanted to kill someone, and Emma Hartley wanted to die - they were a match made in hell.

But one little cut, a pint or two of blood, and suddenly everything between them is different.

Are they still destined for greatness? Or has the darkness finally eclipsed them and torn them apart?

Looks like it's time for Church to practice what he preaches.

Ignition, meet explosion.

warning: if you have triggers - this story will touch on a lot of them. This book is a dark romance, 85,000+ words.

Review: Jo

What the hell did I just read? This duet has quite possibly been the most messed up story that I've ever read and this concluding instalment was the most blood curdling and twisted of the two parts. Emma and Church's not so conventional romance was dark, dangerous and completely different to anything that I have read before. 

"Is love still love if it's rooted in obsession?"

Emma and Church were both f****d up individuals who together made an evil partnership. In this final part of the duet, I saw their story become more distorted and a hell of a lot more deadly as the pair take their dark thoughts to the next level. What I was reading was shocking and intense, and I just had no idea how things were going to play out, or if Emma and Church's relationship would survive past their horrific plans. 

"You be the thunder"
"And I'll be the lightening."

Like I said in my first review of this duet, this is not the usual kind of love story. If you want hearts and flowers, this is not the book for you. However, if you enjoy a dark, twisted tale this will definitely tick your boxes. The only thing that I found disappointing was the way that the book ended - so abruptly and with no epilogue. Apart from that it was worth the read. 

"You, Church Logan are the cleverest sociopath I've ever met."
"Worthy of worship?"
"Worthy of hymns and gospels and all the books in the bible."

"Preach" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 



AUTHOR BIO:

Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Blog Tour: Laurelin Paige's "Dirty Sexy Games (Dirty Games Duet #2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to part of the Blog Tour for Laurelin Paige's "Dirty Sexy Games (Dirty Games Duet #2)."


Synopsis: 

The conclusion of the surprising love story begun in Dirty Sexy Player.

I didn't have a plan for him.

He was the means to an end, a workaround to the cruel terms of my father's will that would allow me to inherit his company.

I hadn't planned to fall for him.

I hadn't planned to enjoy every minute of our wedding, hadn't planned to gasp his name so many times that night, hadn't planned for the sexy games on our honeymoon.

He didn't plan for his secrets to come out.

And neither of us planned for heartbreak.

Review: Jo 

After the way in which "Dirty Sexy Player" ended, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this final part in the duet. I loved Elizabeth and Weston in the previous book, but I loved them even more in "Dirty Sexy Games." Filled with non-stop passion, romance and a touch of heartbreak. I was hooked with every turn of the page. Laurelin proved once again why she is such a fantastic romance author. Her novels really do tick every single box for me. 

"You're so far inside me, Elizabeth, 
that I don't know where you end and I begin anymore." 

In this conclusion to Elizabeth and Weston's story, I was taken from the highs of their love and what I thought was the HEA to the lows of a relationship that looked as though things were starting to crumble around them as secrets were exposed and the couple's future left in turmoil. I was so sad with how things were playing out. I adored Elizabeth and Weston together. They were madly in love with each other and their sex was off the charts red hot! I just couldn't believe that the pair couldn't work through their obstacles. 

"I was rocking his ocean. I was the storm on his main."

I certainly was taken on a roller coaster of emotions throughout this duet, but thankfully it all ended happily for Elizabeth and Weston. Laurelin delivered an ending that filled my heart with joy. After all the drama, things were going so perfectly by the time I had finished the gorgeous epilogue. I highly recommend this duet for anyone that loves a sexy and thrilling romance. 

"...even though I was still a queen on my own - 
Weston King was the one who ruled me."

"Dirty Sexy Games" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 



EXCERPT:

As soon as we were in our suite, the bomb exploded, the bomb being Elizabeth. “We’re alone now, so just tell me straight. You knew I was always going to France. If you wanted to be with me, you had to know it would involve living there. Is that not something you’ll even consider? Is it Sabrina? Is it Reach? Is it Donovan? Because if it’s fucking Donovan who’s keeping you from—” 

I grabbed her hands, which were flying in midair as she yelled, and pulled them behind her back at her waist as I cut her off with a searing kiss, my tongue plunging into her open mouth, robbing her of oxygen. 

When she was thoroughly kissed, her lips pliable, her body sagging in my arms, I let her go. 

“I’m tired, Elizabeth. I’m not discussing fucking anything tonight.” I took off my tuxedo jacket and threw it on the desk. Then I began working on my cufflinks. “What I think we both need now is to release some tension.” 

Her spine straightened, her neck growing longer as she stared at me in shock. “You think we’re going to have sex now?” 

I loved how she made it sound disgusting, like she wasn’t interested, even when I’d just been kissing her and had felt the lean in her body, had tasted the desire in her mouth. 

Two could play the indifference game. 

I shrugged. “I’m fucking someone tonight. If you want it to be you, you better take off your dress.” 

Her mouth slammed shut, and she only seemed to consider it for two seconds before she was fumbling with the zipper at her back. She struggled with it, but I didn’t help her. It made me stiff to watch her frantically trying to strip down, just because I told her to. Just because she thought I might find a better offer if she didn’t. 

Like there was a better offer than her. 

Like there was anyone but her. 

I didn’t take my eyes off her as I unbuttoned my vest and tossed it to the side with my jacket. I’d loosened my tie by the time she got her dress undone. It fell to the floor and she was left wearing a strapless corseted bra, one that had a low back so it couldn’t be seen with her dress on, and matching lace panties—both in a white ivory so virginal and bridal it seemed dirty. 

Jesus, she was a fucking wet dream. 

And she was my wife.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

With over 1.7 million books sold world wide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. She is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Review: Tiffany Reisz's "Picture Perfect Cowboy (The Original Sinners #10)."


Synopsis: 

Jason "Still" Waters' life looks perfect from the outside—money, fame, and the words "World Champion Bull-Rider" after his name. But Jason has a secret, one he never planned on telling anybody...until he meets Simone. She's the kinky girl of his dreams...and his conservative family's worst nightmare.

"Picture Perfect Cowboy" is a standalone erotic romance from Tiffany Reisz, set in her bestselling Original Sinners series. An abridged version was previously published in "Exposed: A Romance Anthology" as the novella "The Watermark." 




Review: Jo 

This book made me so happy! I smiled so much whilst reading it that I probably looked a little crazy, but I don't care because "Picture Perfect Cowboy" was so so good. A story about being true to yourself and listening to your heart, especially the kinky side. It was well worth the read. 

"....if I have your permission, Master Jason, maybe it would be okay if I fell in love with you."
"Yeah, I'd like that most of all."

The story of Simone and Jason was equal parts heat and equal parts heart. It was also a heap of fun to read. There wasn't one part that I didn't love about this tale of self discovery and love. It made me both scorching hot and made me swoon. There were even parts that were full of sweetness that made my heart sigh with happiness, especially as I finished the final chapter. 

"I want you to know something. I want you to know...I'll choose you every time." 

I can't recommend this book enough. It was just about perfect. This novel had brilliant characters, a story that captured my heart and I even got a glimpse of Søren and Nora in the bonus short story entitled "Flogging 101 with Professor S." Tiffany Reisz continues to be one of my favourites. If you haven't read any of Tiffany's books yet, this standalone romance is a good place to start. 

"You're everything I never knew I needed, What do you have to say to that?"
"Hit me, Master Dickhead."

"Picture Perfect Cowboy" gets 4.5 spanky ❤️'s from me.



Thursday, 1 November 2018

Review Blitz: Emma Chase's "Royally Yours (Royally #4)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Review Blitz for Emma Chase's "Royally Yours (Royally #4)."


Synopsis: 

New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase returns with a sweet and sexy standalone in the Royally Series. 

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.

It’s a big deal.

When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.

What she isn’t… is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them.

**

Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there.

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

**

Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.

This is theirs.



Review: Jo 

Emma chase never disappoints when it comes to creating a romance novel that has everything that I love- a swoon-worthy and sexy hero, a captivating plot and an adorable tale of consuming love. Add a sprinkling of this author's hilarious humour and her books are the perfect kind of package. Containing all of the best ingredients to make me fall in love. I have yet to read all of the books in this wonderful series, however this one can easily be read as a standalone. I'm guessing it is a sort of prequel to the series so far. It was a story that kept me enthralled throughout every chapter as I discovered the beautiful story of Lenora and Edward. Theirs was a marriage of convenience that evolved into fierce love. A love that was I hooked on.

"You will never be lost. I will be with you, always. The vows were wrong. 
When death comes, he can have my body...but my soul will stay with you." 

I adored everything about Lenora and Edward. Their journey was one that appeared to be fate. They seemed to be truly made for each other, making a partnership that was full of passion and power. I loved the change in Lenora when Edward came into her life. He softened her hard edges but also made her a stronger queen, supporting Lenora in everything she did. It made my heart so happy to watch their love grow and strengthen. To see the pair together and the life they made for themselves was truly heart melting. It wasn't always hearts and flowers though, and I wasn't surprised by this. I expected drama, I expected twists but what I didn't expect nor was I prepared for was the ache in my heart and the tears in my eyes for a small portion of the book. Emma threw in a few emotional chapters that filled me with apprehension. 

"Christ, you are all I see. Don't you know that? 
Even when you're not with me...you're all I can see." 

If you haven't read a book by this author yet, you are missing out. Get clicking today. I have loved every single Emma Chase book that I've read and this was no exception. 

"....I know down to the marrow of my bones that whatever comes our way, 
whatever happinesses or heartbreak are in store for us, we'll face them together. 
Hand in hand, heart to heart, side by side, Lenora and Edward." 

"Royally Yours" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.







Thursday, 25 October 2018

Release Blitz & Review: J.A. DeRouen's "Waiting for Autumn."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Release Blitz & Review for J.A. DeRouen's "Waiting for Autumn."


Synopsis:

Sebastian

“Race me for it.” 
Four simple words. Five desolate years.

Sebastian Kelly believes he isn’t worthy of redemption, of a chance to right his wrongs. But an unexpected trip home, the place he dreads most, calls in question everything he’s come to believe. And who knows, he may find exactly what he’s been waiting for. 

Autumn

One broken promise. Two pink lines.

Autumn Norris knew in an instant her life would never be the same. Years have flown by in a flurry of sparkles and dress up, and Autumn has refused to let the anchor of regret pull her under. 

Until she lays eyes on Sebastian, and the wave of “why," “where," and "how could you" flood her every thought.

Old hurt and new betrayal twist first love into a reluctant partnership, and theirs may be a bond even pigtails and butterfly kisses can’t mend. But the past five years have felt like a lifetime, and Seb is willing to wait as long as it takes.

Because the truth is, he’s always been waiting for Autumn.

Review: Jo 

I was introduced to this author last year, when I read and loved the "Over" series. Since then I have been eagerly awaiting her next release, so of course it was a no brainer when this books came my way. I didn't even read the synopsis, I just knew I had to read it. 

"I've always been a dreamer, and when it comes to Autumn and me,
 I've always dreamed big." 

"Waiting for Autumn" was a sweet second chance romance that melted my heart. Sebastian and Autumn's love story was full of heart that made me swoon repeatedly. The things that I loved most about this book were the characters Sebastian and Autumn, their love for one another, and I also adored the style of writing. I always know how much I enjoy the writing by the amount of highlights I make, and with this novel, I did a lot. The words were beautiful. 

"Old memories intertwine with new, and the enormity of this moment...
this man....wraps around my heart and squeezes."

Sebastian and Autumn were both easy to like characters who had a ton of history together, but sadly things had gone wrong for them. Now, in this book the couple were given a second chance, a chance that Sebastian was not going to let go. He loved Autumn fiercely and I don't think he'd ever stopped, even when they had been apart. The way he loved Autumn was just so dreamy and I wanted nothing more than for that strong love to be reciprocated. 

"...my body catches fire, knowing it's match, 
feeling how right we are for each other, deep down to my soul." 

As well as the romance, there was also a huge curve-ball that added an extra twist to the story and I'm sure I could sense something going on between Brady and Lexi. I'm wondering if the author is planning to write a novel for these two characters. If she does, I would by more than willing to read it. 

"It was always forever."

Wonderful writing, a heartwarming story and sweet romance made "Waiting for Autumn" the most perfect second chance love. It gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 




Prologue and Ch. 1 Sneak Peek: 



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Author Bio:

J.A. Derouen lives in South Louisiana with her husband, son (aptly nicknamed "The Professor"), and her furry friend, Scout. She has a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and nursing. When she's not writing or inhaling romance novels by the stack, she works as a women's health nurse. She’s been an avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, and she's never stopped turning the page to get to the next happily ever after.

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Friday, 19 October 2018

Review: Jo Watson's "The Great Ex-Scape."


Synopsis: 

On the scale of one to worst idea ever, agreeing to give the toast at her best friend's engagement party when she's been in love with him for three years was not Val's finest decision. Nor was accidentally confessing her love to him in front of all their guests, including his fiancee.

Boarding a plane that will take her literally anywhere to get away from the humiliation, Val is pleasantly surprised to find herself on the dazzlingly beautiful island of Reunion where she hopes she can heal her wounded pride, broken heart and bruised knees.

When a painful face mask experiment leads her to a fellow broken-hearted traveller, Alex, they decide to give each other a helping hand and follow a foolproof ten-step plan to get over their respective exes. And so begins their crazy adventure. What could possibly go wrong?

Review: 

Only a few months ago, I read my first Jo Watson novel and since then she has quickly become a favourite of mine. The books that I have read so far have been brilliant and a few will definitely be in my top reads of 2018. As such, I was eagerly awaiting this newest release from Jo. I couldn't wait to dive in. Like most of my previous reads from this author, "The Great Ex-Scape" was a summer holiday kind of romance, set on an exotic island. It was another story that was filled with plenty of sun, sea and swoon. 

"I was drowning and he was the oxygen I needed. 
I was burning and he was the water. I was lost and he was the way." 

The story follows Val and Alex, both nursing broken hearts and escaping to the beautiful reunion island to heal. Val spent her days giving out advice on a magazine column, whilst her own life was a bit of a mess, especially in the love department. Alex, the good guy and doctor just needed to meet someone who truly loved him. The pair found themselves in the same hotel and drawn to each other because of their connection. The story then continued as Val and Alex came up with a number of hilarious ways to improve their situation. 

"....will you fight of the evil creatures when they descend from the mist?"
"For you...I'll fight them to the death."

I loved reading the entertaining adventures of Val and Alex, but I was also desperate for something to happen between the couple. With each chapter I could feel the sexual tension growing between them, however it seemed to take forever before things started to happen. I'm a bit of a hit or miss with slow burns. Sometimes, I adore them, other times I find them so damn frustrating. Val and Alex's relationship was one of the latter, but when things did finally improve, I was swooning like mad and ready to stand up and do a little happy dance. This was why I love this author! She can write such heart-melting and swoon-worthy romance. I was excited for Val and Alex and certain that from that moment on, I could relax and enjoy my time in romance heaven. Wrong!! I was so stupid to think that the rest of the book would be all hearts and flowers. Jo threw in an evil curveball that made me want to jump into the book, stamp my feet and throw a huge tantrum for what was happening between Val and Alex. I found myself frantically tearing through the pages, praying that things would turn out okay in the end. 

"You kind of broke my heart a little bit,"
"Then let me put it back together."

Thankfully, I was eventually given an ending that I loved. It was absolutely the most perfect ending for Val and Alex and left my heart full to the brim. This turned out to be another fantastic read from this author. I also loved catching up with some of the familiar characters from Jo's other books. I especially loved discovering what was happening between Stormy and Marcus. Stormy is hands down one of my favourites. She just puts a big smile on my face. 

If you are looking for a novel that will make you chuckle and melt your heart, you can't go wrong with a book from Jo Watson. 

"The Great Ex-Scape" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me.