Monday, September 19, 2016

Almost Like Being in Love

GIVEAWAY

VOGT, BETH K.
ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE

From the author of Somebody Like You, a RITA finalist, and one of Publishers Weekly’s top ten books of 2014, comes the story of a woman who has everything for a perfect wedding—except the groom!

Winning an all-expenses paid Colorado destination wedding might seem like a dream come true for some people—but Caron Hollister and her boyfriend Alex Madison aren’t even engaged. How is she supposed to tell him she’s won their wedding and honeymoon when he hasn’t asked her to marry him? Being “perfect for one another” seems like the absolute best reason to get married. But what if their supposedly faultless relationship is merely a safe place to protect his secrets and a way to keep their families happy? After quitting her job, Caron accepts her best friend’s offer to visit Colorado. She needs to catch her breath. Who knows, maybe visiting the destination wedding site will make a future with Alex seem like a reality.

Kade Webster just landed the biggest deal of his life with his company, Webster Select Realty, participating in the Colorado Springs Tour of Homes. He never imagined he would run into the woman who broke his heart—Caron Hollister—right when his career is taking off. Seeing her again, Kade can’t help but wonder why Caron walked away from him years ago, leaving him with no explanation. When Kade learns his home stager won’t be able to help with the Tour of Homes, he vaults past all the reasons he should stay away from Caron, and offers her a temporary job helping him on the project. This time, their relationship is purely business.

Spending time with Kade has Caron questioning everything. The man intrigues her—at times infuriates her—and reminds her of what she lost. Has she been settling for what everyone expects of her? Just because others believe she and Alex are an ideal couple, does that mean they should get married? And how can Caron say “I do” to one man when she’s wondering “what if?” about another?
  

My Review:

Wow -- I'm an emotional pretzel after reading this book! My tummy's in knots and my heart feels like it's been stretched inside out. But, hey, I'm an emotional reader so it's all good and I enjoy basking in the glow of a story well told...and this one certainly is!

First thing you need to know is...I hate love triangles. Second -- I didn't hate this love triangle! It's one of the reasons I feel like somebody's punching bag though. Because I fell for both Alex and Kade and I didn't want one of them to be left out in the cold. The author kept my romantical sensibilities on tenterhooks all the way through!

And that's because Vogt's characters are so relatable -- real people with real problems and hurts and the challenge of being forced out of their comfort zone. That's a common thread that binds Alex, Kade and Caron as they each face demons that need to be conquered.  Vogt has deftly woven these three lives together in a fascinating exploration of grace and hope.

A complex story about relationships and love and finding the courage to follow your heart.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Almost Like Being in Love please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September  25 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

46 comments:

  1. I can see why you're an emotional pretzel (love that phrase!!!!!). Beth Vogt can do that. What a great review, Kav. You and your blog YOU ROCK! I would love to win. Thank you for the chance

    mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

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    1. She does know how to play with a reader's emotions, doesn't she? Good luck, Marianne.

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  2. Oh this sounds so interesting. I have mixed feelings about love triangles myself. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. They are so hard to read. This one was delicious agony. Good luck, Loraine.

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  3. Enjoy reading her books. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Yes. Thank you for giving away this book. teshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    1. You're welcome, Tammie. Good luck!

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  5. Never read Beth Vogt but would love to. Thanks!
    mindyhoung (at) msn (dot) com

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    1. And you'll love her when you do! Good luck, Mindy.

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  6. Ooh, this sounds good! When I was young and foolish, I had strong feelings for two guys at once! I can totally relate to this book! Lol

    mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Oy -- the drama. Good luck, Karen.

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  7. Fantastic review, Kav! I've not yet read Beth's books. Thank you for the chance.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Caryl. She's a fantastic contemporary author. Like Denise Hunter and Susan May Warren. Good luck!

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  8. Why did you mention pretzels? I would love to have a whole bag right now. Gatorade and Miralax, need I say more?
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL...and a good book to read while you munch! Good luck, Janet.

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  9. I agree, not a huge fan of love triangles as someone always "loses"....but the author usually redeems themselves be featuring that character in the next book :-) So definitely a love/hate relationship...lol!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. This one is very well done...even if the author put me through an emotional wringer first. LOL Good luck, Trixi.

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  10. This sure sounds like a great book to spend a lazy day reading. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. It definitely is. Good luck, Donna.

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  11. I "met" Caron and Alex in Beth Vogt's previous book Crazy Little Thing Called Love. I really liked that book so would very much like to read Caron's story. Thanks for the chance to win Almost Like Being in Love.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Oh, you are in for a treat!!!!! Good luck, Pam.

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  12. I really enjoy Beth's iBooks and I would love to add this one to my library. Great review Kav, and thank you for the chance to win it. 😀
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  13. I always love your reviews, Kav. The emotional pretzel image made me laugh. :)
    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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  14. I usually hate love triangles, too. Good to know that this one has enough going for it to make you get over that love triangle angst!
    Dianna

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    1. Love triangles are a tricky thing to write but this author did a good job. Good luck, Dianna.

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  15. I'm getting ready to read the first book in this series. I've been able to snag some of her back list at second hand stores, so I'll be bingeing all of her books soon. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I have to check and see how many she's written. I've only read three and loved all of them. Good luck, Terrill.

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  16. I Love Beth's early books, particularly Someone Like You. Haven't read any of this new series...

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's scrumptious, Patty. Good luck.

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  17. I've read so many rave reviews for this one!
    betherin02 at gmail dot com

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    1. They are all true! Good luck, Beth Erin.

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  18. I always enjoy Beth Vogt books.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  19. I love Beth K. Vogt! Her romances are supreme.

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Currently reading Crazy Little Thing called love and really enjoying it. Looking forward to reading this one!!

    mo1202007ATyahooDOTcom

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  21. I'd love to be entered for this one please!

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  22. I've never read any book by this author, but I heard a looooooooot of good things about them. Your review sure makes me want to pick up this book right this second ;)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You'll love it, Samantha. Good luck.

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