Monday, May 20, 2013

Blog Tour Review for THEN, AGAIN by Karen Stivali

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*this book was given in exchange for an honest review*

 Then, Again

by:  Karen Stivali

Publication Date:  May 21, 2013


Sometimes you have to lose it all to find what you really need.

Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head.

Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.

James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinary secrets.

But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.

Warning: This foodie romance contains sensual scone baking, a heroine who discovers one bad apple hasn’t spoiled her appetite, and a delicious hero you can’t help but crave. Blend well, serve hot.


Star Rating: 4 out of 5 

Heat Rating:  HOT

Then, Again is a story of how James and Kay fall in love.  Yes, I get that this is what most Romance books are about but this was different, a palate cleanser in a way.  Then, Again is a story that is truly focusing on how two people who have known each other in some way for years and years cross paths to meet again and fall in love.  It was simple, sweet and steamy sexy.  It was the perfect book to sit down and gobble up in one evening.  (and by simple I don't mean the story was bland by any means, I mean there was no mysterious agenda or hidden secret life that comes out at the end,  no angst and hair pulling frustration; it was simply about the journey of two people falling in love)

Kay and James. *sigh*  I LOVE this couple!  They didn't hold back, they felt a simmering spark for each other when they reconnected and they didn't over-anaylze anything, they jumped in and decided to see where that spark would take them.  One of my favorite plot lines in a romance novel is when a crush from your past resurfaces and becomes your chance at love, and this is what you get with these two characters.  James and Kay are entwined in each others past and know each other really well so the transition from friends to lovers isn't long or drawn out, it the perfect amount of sigh worthy romance and steamy heat.

This was the first book I have read from Karen Stivali, and it won't be my last.  I really enjoyed her writing style and how she develops her characters.  (I can't wait to dig into her back list of books!)  The pacing of the book was great, never dragging and keeps your interest.  The cast of characters were so well written that the reader feels like you know them and could hang out with them on the porch sipping sweet tea.  

If you are looking for a story that will touch your heart, make you laugh out loud, make you mist up (if not cry) and leave you with a huge smile on your face (and a wicked craving for scones) then I would definitely add Then, Again to your BUY list this week!

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Author Bio: 

Karen Stivali is 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).

Her works of women's fiction, Meant To Be, and its sequel, Holding On, (published by Turquoise Morning Press in August and November 2012, respectively) both made multiple  Best of 2012 lists and are rated as true gems and recommended reads.

Karen's latest release, Then, Again is a contemporary foodie romance published by Samhain Publishing.

To learn more about Karen  and all her upcoming books you can visit her website where she blogs original recipes, sassy commentary on The Bachelor, and tidbits about her journey in the writing world. Karen can also be found attempting witty banter on Twitter!/karenstivali

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