Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Southern Born Books Blog Tour: Pick Me by Erika Marks and Flirting with Forever by Kim Boykin

Welcome to the Southern Born Books Blog Tour, featuring Pick Me by Erika Marks and Flirting with Forever by Kim Boykin!

Pick Me Synopsis:
Recently dumped by the man she’d planned to marry, no-nonsense attorney Thea Dunn has returned home to Magnolia Bay to mend her broken heart. But when she learns her new neighbor is Calder Frye, the bad boy who sets the pulse of every good girl at Magnolia Bay High racing, Thea’s verdict to swear off men is in danger of being overturned…
Fourteen years after graduation, Calder has traded his rebel lifestyle to become an ER doctor—but his sex appeal is every bit as powerful as Thea remembers. Could her short-term residence be the perfect chance to live out a teenage fantasy? Or could their reunion be a chance for something more?
Erika Marks Bio:
Erika Marks is a women's fiction writer and the author of LITTLE GALE GUMBO, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, THE GUEST HOUSE and IT COMES IN WAVES (July, 2014). On the long and winding road to becoming published, she worked many different jobs, including carpenter, cake decorator, art director, and illustrator. But if pressed, she might say it was her brief tenure with a match-making service in Los Angeles after college that set her on the path to writing love stories (not that there isn't romance in frosting or power tools!) A native New Englander, she now makes her home in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, a native New Orleanian who has taught her to make a wicked gumbo, and their two little mermaids. For more on Erika’s books, visit her website at http://www.erikamarksauthor.com
My Review
Pick Me is the perfect short second chance romance book when you need a good pick-me-up.  A cute, sweet and fun read, it will definitely put a smile on your face.  I really enjoyed this lighthearted story.

The characters had depth and were very likable, though I found the youngest sister (Peach) a bit on the annoying side.  But the rest were like reading about old friends-even though I haven't even read the first book in the Magnolia Bay series (that's how comfortable I was with the characters).

I'm normally a fan of these types of story lines anyway, but this book definitely delivers with the second chance romance trope.  You'll find Calder to be a strong male character, and Thea-while sometimes a little frustrating when it comes to her prior relationship-will grow in this story into someone who realizes she needs to do things for herself, things that make her happy and not just what she thinks might be expected of her.

I rooted for Calder and Thea from start to finish...and give their story 4 stars :-)

Flirting with Forever Synopsis:
Forty-year-old Tara Jordan’s first book, The Perfect Marriage in 30 Days, is at the top of the bestseller lists, and her publisher wants her on a book tour ASAP.  Tara’s about to live her dream only there’s one problem.  Her husband of 15 years has just walked out, leaving Tara on the brink of financial ruin with no choice but to promote a self-help book about marriage when hers is secretly in ruins.
Enter publicist Jake Randall, 30, who’s had it with hand holding newbie authors channeling their inner divas on their first book tours, until he meets Tara.  Their instant attraction blossoms quickly into love.  Tara thinks she has achieved her dreams and earned her license to thrive until her husband, Jim returns determined to win her back.

Kim Boykin Bio:

Kim Boykin is a women's fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair, Steal Me, Cowboy, and Palmetto Moon (Summer 2014.) While her heart is always in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, 3 dogs, and 126 rose bushes. For more on Kim’s books, visit her website at http://kimboykin.com


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