Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Marlowe Girls Blog Tour: Review, Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the Marlowe Girls by Beth Fred, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here:  Tour Schedule.  In addition, there is a giveaway going on for an Amazon gift card, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Fate of a Marlowe Girl  When twenty-four-year-old Tiffany escapes her sister Kammy's too wild Cancun bachelorette party, she finds herself in a bar with the unwanted attention of a gorgeous local named Luke.Luke may be charming but Tiffany is leaving in two days and doesn't need any complications. But complications are exactly what she gets when the cops show up to raid Kammy's party. When Kammy is arrested, Tiffany agrees to have dinner with Luke, so he'll help her get Kammy out of jail. Kammy's arrest forces her to spend an extra day in Cancun, meaning she'll miss a crucial meeting, and as an accountant in tax season, she is already drowning in work. Not to mention, every second she spends with Luke makes it harder to leave. With Luke, Tiffany is almost ready to forget about work.Will the airport be their final goodbye?
My Thoughts: The Fate of a Marlowe Girl is a short story that is really romantic, and even with its short length, Beth Fred enables you to get a really good feel for the characters.  Kammy is 24 years old, kind of uptight, especially because she is in Cancun during tax season, and then her sister Tiffany pulls a stunt at her bachelorette party that winds up getting her arrested and getting them all kicked out of the hotel.  Luke is her night in shining armor who is determined to help her, though Kammy can't understand for the life of her why.  A relationship ensues and love quickly follows, resulting in a happy ending, just like a Hallmark movie.  I really love these kinds of stories and if you a romantic at heart, you will to.  



The Other Marlowe Girl  When twenty-four-year-old dance school drop out Kammy Marlowe is evicted by her mother, she goes to her favorite bar. She finds an unlikely friend in the blunt eye candy, Enrique. But Kammy knows there is no way she and Enrique have a shot because he's her brother-in-law’s brother and has been privy to her wild past.
Enrique swears he’s only interested in the person she is today, but their relationship is tested when her ex-husband's drug dealer attacks her, looking for money. With no options and a money hungry drug dealer on her back, Kammy accepts a position as a dancer at a strip club. But when Enrique shows up at the club, their relationship is over. With no reason to stay in Texas anymore, Kammy auditions for the Bolshevik Ballet and gets the opportunity to go to Russia. Only Enrique is determined to stop her.
Will she give up the chance of a lifetime to stay with the man she still loves?
My Thoughts:  The Other Marlowe Girl is Tiffany's story, Kammy's younger sister.  A few years have passed since the events that took place in book one.  Tiffany has always been a little on the wild side, which has gotten her in trouble more than once, but when her sorry ex-husband gets himself in deep with a drug dealer, Tiffany finds herself in a really bad place.  On top of that, her mom kicks her out of the house.  She winds up in a bar where she meets Enrique, who is really hot by the way.  One thing leads to another and despite her reservations, Tiffany and Enrique begin to date.  Determined to pay back the money she owes, Tiffany makes some more bad decisions that could cost her everything.

The Other Marlowe Girl is quite entertaining.  It is a novella, so it's really not that long, but there is quite a bit of entertaining romance packed into the pages.  I enjoyed getting to know both Tiffany and Enrique's character, as well as getting to see what was going on with Luke and Kammy.  This can definitely be read as a stand alone, but I found it nice to be privy to the more detailed background provided in the first novella before going into the second.  The Other Marlowe Girl also read like a movie you would see on Hallmark, and I really enjoyed it.  Beth Fred seems to have a talent for these kind of stories.  This is a really great short and romantic read that contemporary romance fans would enjoy.  


Excerpt


When we got back to Tiffany’s, he walked me to the door. He cupped my face in his hand and leaned in inching his lips closer to mine. I’d never wanted anything so bad. He was so close I could smell the mint of his breath and feel the heat on my face, when he moved away from my face and hovered over my ear instead. Geez! What was he doing? Just kiss me already. He brushed my hair behind my ear and whispered, “I’m sorry. I forgot you asked me to wait until the fifth date.”
He became more vertical and dropped his hands around my waist pulling me to him. Locked in his arms, I felt so safe. “Forget I asked you to wait.” I did.
“No ma’am. I have to think you asked me that for a reason, and my girl needs to know I respect her.”
“Fine. But last night was a date… Did you say I’m your girl?”
“Do you want to be?”

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Author Beth Fred
Meet Beth Fred! That's me! I'm a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I'm represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma'am, make promises they keep, and aren't afraid to profess their undying love. It's not breakfast if there aren't carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can't guess where I'm from ;) Wanna know more about me? You can find that here:

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13 comments:

  1. Event though these are novellas and pretty short it sounds like there were both still fun reads for you and you enjoyed them!
    Sometimes that is what I love about novellas, a good story you can read in one short sitting.

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  2. I really enjoy novellas and these seem great! Thanks for sharing, Ellen!

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    1. They were really romantic and sweet.

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    2. The Other Marlowe Girl is free today, so check it out! ;)

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  3. O.O Quick novella about a Tax Accountant! Yes please!! :) Ok so I'm slightly biased because I happen to be a tax accountant..but hey, this still looks like a pretty entertaining group of books.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Meagan @ Reviewing Wonderland

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    1. LOL - you will have to check this out for sure then. I bet you were glad to see April 15th come and go this past week :)

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    2. Meagan, I think you will love Tiffany!

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  4. Thanks so much for the reviews!

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