Book Review: Where The Heart Is by L.S. Pullen + Q & A with Author

Where the Heart Is by [Pullen, L.S.]

 

Book Title: Where The Heart Is

Author: L.S. Pullen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4/5

 

 

Synopsis:

The story begins with Felicity Jamison returning home for a funeral. We see her combating severe anxiety as a result of a horrific incident in her past. Amidst her struggles and dealing with the loss of a family friend who happens to be Nate Davenport’s grandfather, she’s cornered by her feelings about Nate, her estranged best friend. 

Nate on the other hand, is enthusiastic about reuniting and closing the gap between himself and Felicity. However, Nate has questions. Why did she leave? Why did she distance herself?

You’ll have to read the book to see both Felicity and Nate overcome their demons and grief. 

 

My Thoughts:

Where The Heart Is, is a second chance romance filled with everything you need in one. From heartache to laughter, angst to affection…it’s all there. I enjoyed the read. I found both main charaters to be likeable and very relatable. L.S. Pullen handled anxiety with a level of authenticity I hardly ever see. The story was easy to fall into and experience from the main characters’ point of views. As a debut novel, I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely looking forward to the other stories in this series.

L.S. Pullen was gracious enough to do a little Q & A for my blog. Keep reading to learn more about her exciting journey and what’s to come. 

1) Firstly, a big congratulations on your debut release. I enjoyed every second of it. How has the responses been so far?

-Thank you so much. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. So far, so good. A lot of the feedback has been positive and very much appreciated.

2) How did your writing journey begin?

-I always enjoyed writing stories growing up, kept a diary, and said I’d love to write a book some day. Somewhere along the way I lost myself, but I fell back in love with reading in 2012. All because of Tarryn Fisher. After I finished The Opportunist I had an epiphany and it’s when I said “I’m going to write my book now.” And I did. I had been writing on and off but it was the last two years everything came together.

3) What inspired Felicity’s and Nate’s story?

-It was inspired by what was meant to be my first book Heart of War, and the story of their grandparents. But after losing the whole draft, with the exception of three pages, I decided to write this story first. Heart of War will now be the prequel.

4) I really enjoyed the supporting characters in Where The Heart Is. Can you tell us a little bit about what’s next for the series?

-Dysfunctional Hearts will be next, Charlie and Sophie’s story, I wrote it along side WTHI. I have a finished draft ready for some TLC hopefully I will be able to share it early 2019.

5) Every writer is first a reader. What books got you into reading and who are some of your favourite authors to recommend?

-Wow! How long do you have?! Growing up, it was books by Hans Christian Andersen and Roald Dahl. J.R.R.Tolkien LOTR and The Hobbit. Stephen King. Classics, I love a classic. Okay, and I admit it, Mills and Boon and the occasional Sweet Valley High book. Always Tarryn Fisher, Stephen King, Colleen Hoover, Willow Aster, Amy Harmon, Claire Contreas…so many talented authors out there. Not to mention a tribe of new to me authors.

6) Would you ever consider writing outside of contemporary romance?

-Yes, absolutely. I have a few sitting in a WIP folder on my laptop, itching to be free.

7) Because we’re on the topic of romance…what’s your idea of a perfect date?

-My idea of a perfect date…no idea to be perfectly honest! (Insert introvert here* ) I do love my home comforts, maybe a nice meal at home with someone who makes me laugh and a good film.

8) Tell us a little more about yourself. Besides reading and writing, what else makes you happy?

-I love photography, films, art and music. Being a dog mum was the best, I miss my pooch very much, memories of her bring me joy. But anything I can do to lift others. It makes me happy seeing others happy.

You can keep up with the author via the following social media links. As usual, thanks for stopping by.

Xo, Kat.

Website: http://lspullen.co.uk

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In This Moment by A.D. McCammon| Book Review

In This Moment by [McCammon, A.D.]Book Title: In This Moment

Author: A.D. McCammon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Summary:  Elizabeth Shea is a widowed mother of two who’s having a hard time healing from the loss of her husband, Xander. She meets Brendon Scott, a school counselor with a disturbing past of his own. Brendon likes Lizzy(as she’s called throughout the book) from the get go, and although it takes her a while to offer her friendship, she eventually does.

My Review:

In This Moment is a sweet, cozy tale about second chances, healing and love. I’m a very character driven reader and I loved the way Brendon’s carefree attitude balanced Lizzy’s restricted one. The story revolves around their friendship which eventually blossoms into more. The author did a great job assessing the feelings of her characters, something I appreciate in the romance genre. It didn’t feel rushed at all, just progressive. Rated four stars on Goodreads, I think this is a great fast paced read for anyone looking for a fulfilling story about two broken people coming together.

Thanks for reading!

xo Kat

Working Stiff by Blair Babylon|Book Review

The full title of this book is Working Stiff (Runaway Billionaires #1:Casimir).

With a character’s name like Casimir who wouldn’t want to read this, right? So in between longer books, I like to pick up these quick reads on Kindle mainly in the adult romantic genre. Blame it on my Mills & Boons discovery in high school. I enjoyed this one, and although there was a super rich billionaire in it, I was not annoyed.

Brief Synopsis: Rox works as a paralegal for hot shot lawyer, Casimir who is known for his playboy ways. Deciding not to fall for his antics, Rox pretends to be married for three years. Early on in the book, Casimir meets with some trouble and it draws him and Rox closer together, all the while she’s unaware of his royal roots in Europe.

That’s basically all I can share without giving too much away. If you enjoy a Nora Roberts kind of book with racy scenes, this might be a good read for you.

December 2015 Kindle Book Review

These are mostly holiday romances, I get into that mood around the holidays. The majority of these I got for free using bookbub.com, so don’t judge the cheesy, happily ever after stories. If it’s not your cup of tea then move along.

WARNING: Includes sexual content, not for children.

*Finding Southern Comfort (Barbara Lohr)
Harper performs in costumes at kids’ birthday parties, she is tricked by her agent to perform at a bachelor party.She decides to go with it because she is tight on money, however it ends up with a very embarrassed Harper. Weeks later she ends up landing a job as a Nanny to a little girl named Bella, at the same house she embarrassed herself at during the bachelor party. Sparks fly between Harper and Bella’s widowed father Cameron. It’s an enjoyable read, but I will give it 4 stars only because the writer called a 29 year old man, old. Helloooo! She wrote Cameron as if he was in his mid forties, kept stressing how older he was while Harper was in her mid-twenties, I didn’t catch that. Harper was written more like a 19 year old college student, which I had no problems with but it really irked me the way the writer made Cameron feel so old at just 29. To be noted, old and mature is very different.

*Three Wise Men Series (Serenity Woods)
Book 1. The Perfect Gift
Steamy, fast paced December romance. Like I said, I quite enjoy these around the holidays. Brock King, a widowed pediatrician, meets a single mother with whom he has been chatting with for the past year. They both know instantly that they like each other a lot and they want more. Brock is a billionaire owner of a huge foundation for sick children along with his two brothers, Charlie and Matt. Erin, a single mother is struggling to make ends meet, so she always feels intimidated by Brock’s money. She doesn’t want him or herself to feel like she is interested in him only for financial security. Brock does a very good job of directing the relationship where he wants it to be and helps her remove her confusion.

Book 2. The Ideal Present
This is the second book in the series, I have not read the third. This one is about Brock’s brother Charlie who is a bit of an introvert. He has had a long lasting crush on Ophelia, who is another single mother. Well not so single, since her husband with whom she is only separated with is trying to get back together. Charlie is a very calm character, doesn’t act on impulse, thinks before he acts. I like how they ended up together but not in an unrealistic way.

Overall I like the way this author writes.

*Winter in Sweetwater County (Ciara Night)
Lisa Mortan buys an antique shop in a small town with a woman that she met online. Lisa is escaping a relationship from the city with secrets. She and Eric, her co-owner’s son have an undeniable and irresistible attraction from day one but they both have secrets. Eric is dealing with tragedy from his past and Lisa is carrying her ex-boyfriend’s baby that he doesn’t know about. She left him with the impression that she had an abortion before she left the city. It turns out well of course. A nice cozy read.This is also part of a series, I haven’t read any more of it though.

Happy Reading!
xo Kat