Monday, July 31, 2017

Blog Tour ~ Unscripted Love (Road to Blissville Series, Book 1) by Aimee Nicole Walker (Review + Giveaway)

Blog Tour ~ Unscripted Love (Road to Blissville Series, Book 1) by Aimee Nicole Walker (Review + Giveaway)

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Road to Blissville Series, Book 1

RELEASE DATE: 07.11.17

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COVER ARTIST:  Jay Aheer/Simply Defined Art

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Kyle Vaughn had three goals in life: become a vet, find the man of his dreams, and start a family. He easily checked off the first item on the list when he took over his grandfather’s veterinary practice. Too bad he wasn’t as lucky in love.

Chaz Hamilton took a leap of faith when he decided to pursue a career in writing, but one best seller didn’t mean he could quit his day job. All work and no play threatened to make Chaz a very dull man when the only romantic action he saw was in the pages of his manuscript. Too bad he couldn’t write his own happily every after.

Circumstances pushed the two men together, and one magical kiss beneath fireworks and stars changed everything. Kyle knew his luck had finally turned around and Chaz found a man far better than any book boyfriend ever written. There was just one problem. Chaz has kept a secret from Kyle that could ruin their chance at a beautiful life together.

Kyle and Chaz learn that the best-laid plans often go awry, the heart has a mind of its own, and the greatest love is unscripted.

The books in the Road to Blissville series can be read either as standalone books or as part of the series. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 and older.

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Dr. Vaughn!” A familiar female voice exclaimed. “Oh my goodness! You’re the answer to my prayers.”

            I spun around and faced Jenny Davis who operated the Carter County Animal Shelter. “That’s what he said,” I replied, jerking my thumb in Chaz’s direction without thinking my actions through. Chaz gasped, Josh threw his head back and laughed in delight, and I’m pretty sure that Andy growled. I chanced a peek at Chaz’s and caught him staring at me with a dumbfounded expression on his face. How much more obvious did I need to be that I wanted to see where things could go between us?

            “Is this a bad time?” she asked nervously. “I’d like to ask a favor of you.” My staff and I volunteered ten to fifteen hours a week treating the dogs and cats at her shelter. The last time I was there, she mentioned that she needed to raise money for the shelter. I figured that she wanted to discuss a fundraiser with me.

            “Not at all, Jenny. Josh will be delayed a few minutes, so I have time now.”

            “Well, it’s a big favor,” she said hesitantly. “Remember how I mentioned a fundraiser to you?”

            “Sure and I’ll help out however I can,” I told her.

            “I’m so glad you feel that way because you play a big part in what I have in mind.” She clapped her hands and bounced on her feet. “I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner,” she said to herself.

            “How big?” I asked, narrowing my eyes as an uneasy feeling came over me.

            That feeling only increased when she broke eye contact and looked down at her feet. “We’d like to do a calendar with the animals at the shelter. One of my staff is an amateur photographer and is willing to donate the time to take and edit the photos.”

            “So you’re looking for donations to cover the cost of producing the calendars? I’ll gladly help out with that,” I told her. Jenny didn’t meet my offer with as much enthusiasm as I expected.

            “Not exactly the kind of help I was looking for from you,” she said.

            “No? How else can I be of service to you?” I asked, clearly confused. I provided free veterinarian services and offered to…

            “She wants you to pose for the calendar,” Chaz said, interrupting my thoughts.

            I looked over at him and rolled my eyes. “No, she doesn’t.”

            “Oh, I think that’s exactly what she’s working her courage up to ask,” Chaz told me. “Isn’t that right, Jenny?”

            I looked at Jenny, expecting her to brush off his idea, but all I saw was a hopeful gleam in her green eyes. “Me?” I asked in disbelief.

            “Why not you?” Jenny asked, seemingly emboldened when I didn’t refuse the idea outright. “You’re gorgeous, built like a brick house, and adore animals. Who else would I ask?”

            “I don’t know, Jenny,” I said hesitantly. “I’m not very photogenic.”

            “Stop being so modest,” Jenny told me. “You’re exactly what we need. I can see it now…” Her voice trailed off while she envisioned something in her mind. “Shirtless poses with a kitty, cowboy hat and boots while standing beside a horse…”

            “I’d be wearing more than just a pair of boots and a hat, right?” I asked, needing clarification before the conversation went any further.
“Dr. Vaughn!” Jenny’s said in shock. “Why, I’d never suggest such a thing.” Then she covered her mouth with both hands and giggled nervously. “Oh my,” she answered, fanning herself. “That’s not at what I meant at all. Dear me, I meant my offer as a complement, Dr. Vaughn. I thought your love for animals combined with your hunky looks would make a great fundraiser.”

            “It would probably sell a lot of calendars,” Chaz said, chiming in.

            I looked over at him and caught him staring at me speculatively. “But would you buy a calendar?” I asked.

            “Duh,” Chaz said, then added, “it’s for charity.” 

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I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I'm a girly tomboy
who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees.
I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever-after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.

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4 Stars!

So this is Chaz and Kyle's story. Both men we met in Josh and Gabe's series.

What I Loved: I adored the beginning of this story (as well as the bonus at the end). Chaz was a lot funnier when I got to see things from his POV. He had me laughing on more than one occasion for sure. It was a whole different feeling reading a story about his life because now he felt more real. I understood his character more. The same with Kyle, as well.

I also couldn't help enjoying hearing about the connection from the past that both men have, I thought it was cute. To find out what Kyle was like as a teenager was a good surprise because as far as the town cares now, he's one of the most eligible bachelors in town. You'd never imagine he was perfect growing up as well.

What I Liked: I liked how we got to see what was going on in the town and the other characters we've gotten to know.

What I Didn't Like: Have you ever found yourself feeling completely apathetic about a book even though you know it's a good story, or at the very least well written? It's hard not to feel bad about it and wonder if it's not just you. In my case, I know my mood had a lot to do with why I felt this way. I have found myself bored lately, I've been craving something different, something that will blow my mind. Unfortunately, it tainted my enjoyment of Unscripted Love, which is a little disappointing.

The story started off well, Aimee did an excellent job of giving the background of what has happened in previous books leading up to this one. Chaz is funny, Kyle is cute and I was really loving the interactions between the men. It had me laughing at Chaz's awkward behaviors or his inability to filter what came out of his mouth. He was obviously nervous when facing Dr. Dimples aka Kyle and that was fun.

Of course after a little bit, what was cute and fun just simply seemed to drag on. I quickly lost interest in the chase that was going on. It was obvious each man was interested in the other but Chaz made it so difficult and for something that could have been cleared up in the beginning. The whole idea of his "secret" (which if you've read Josh and Gabe's series you know what it is) just became this hurdle that I impatiently needed to be resolved so we could get on with it. I wanted to feel more invested in them but I just didn't.

Overall, I definitely think this story will appeal to a lot of readers and obviously, I can't deny that Aimee is a great author. We've got quite a few characters in this story that have potential for their own books so we will probably get many more chances to fall in love with the series.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requiremen

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