ARC REVIEW | Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

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Title: WAITING FOR TOM HANKS

Author: KERRY WINFREY

Released: 11TH JUNE 2019 by BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUP

Genre: ROMANCE


I don’t know if you’ve all noticed, but I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump these last few weeks. Between being so busy with my business and just life, reading some really wonderful books in the last few months, and feeling generally overwhelmed, I just haven’t been interested in much I’ve picked up. Enter Waiting for Tom Hanks, stage left…and I immediately felt pulled into this story!

Annie is a college graduate who thought she’d be further in life, love, and her career at this stage than she has gotten; however, her life hasn’t gone to plan. I must say, I didn’t love her as much as I expected I would, but she was necessary to the story. I wish she’d been a little bit of a stronger character, but I still enjoyed her. I loved her best friend Chloe, though! She was hilarious, down to earth, and totally not afraid of calling Annie on her bullshit when needed! Annie has some very high standards – her ideal man owns a houseboat, after all – and will settle for nothing less! Meaning she is waiting for her own Tom Hanks to show up in her life. I guess she’s lucky a romcom is being filmed in her hometown!

Drew is a very famous movie star who is cast in previously mentioned romcom, and Annie hates this idea of this jokester ruining this movie. So, obviously, she pre-judges him. There’s more to him than she knows, though. Turns out he’s a way better man than the gossip sites portray *shock*. She views their interactions way differently than himself and they take a little while to sort things out. But once they do, it’s magic! I loved them together and felt they were a really great match. AND THAT GRAND GESTURE – BE STILL MY HEART!

There are several minor characters I loved throughout -Uncle Don, Nick, and Tommy, to name just a few. They really gave the story added depth. I truly loved Kerry Winfrey’s storytelling and world-building. She’s a massively talented author, and I cannot wait to see what she gives us next!

This was a cute, fun story that kept me highly entertained start to finish! I just want to read Annie’s screenplay, now!

Definitely a FOUR STAR read for me. Keep reading for an excerpt!


A rom-com-obsessed romantic waiting for her perfect leading man learns that life doesn’t always go according to a script in this delightfully charming and funny novel.

Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect meet-cute. If she could just find her own Tom Hanks—a man who’s sweet, sensitive, and possibly owns a houseboat—her problems would disappear and her life would be perfect. But Tom Hanks is nowhere in sight.

When a movie starts filming in her neighborhood and Annie gets a job on set, it seems like a sign. Then Annie meets the lead actor, Drew Danforth, a cocky prankster who couldn’t be less like Tom Hanks if he tried. Their meet-cute is more of a meet-fail, but soon Annie finds herself sharing some classic rom-com moments with Drew. Her Tom Hanks can’t be an actor who’s leaving town in a matter of days…can he?

EXCERPT (Chapter 4)

I blink a few times, staring straight into Drew Danforth’s face. It’s like when you’re a kid and there’s a solar eclipse, and all the teachers are like, “Don’t look directly into the sun! You’ll destroy your retinas!” but there’s always that one kid (Johnny Berger, in our class) who can’t stop staring.

In this situation, I’m Johnny Berger. And I guess Drew Danforth is the sun.

“Are you okay?” he asks again, enunciating his words even more as if me understanding him is the problem. His brown eyes, I notice, are flecked with tiny bits of gold, which is something you can’t see when you watch him on TV. His hair is just as voluminous as it seems in pictures, but in person, I have the almost overwhelming urge to touch it, to reach out and pull on that one lock of hair that hangs over his forehead.

“She’s not responding.” He turns to Chloe. “Is something wrong?”

“She’s French,” Chloe says without missing a beat. “She only speaks French.”

“I’m not French,” I say, breaking my silence. Chloe and Drew’s heads swivel to look at me.

“I’m sorry about your coat,” I whisper, then I run toward Nick’s.

Chloe bursts in the door behind me, the bell jingling in her wake. “I’m not French?” she screeches. “Those are the first words you spoke to Drew Danforth? Really?”

“Well then, why did you tell him I was French?” I shout, ignoring the curious stares of everyone working on their laptops and the calming melody of whatever Nick put on to replace the Doobies.

“I don’t know!” She throws her hands in the air. “You weren’t talking, so I thought I’d give you an interesting backstory!”

I put my hands over my face. “This is ridiculous.”

“No,” Chloe says, grabbing me by the shoulders. “This is your meet-cute, and now you need to go back out there and find him and say something that isn’t a negation of your Frenchness or an apology for destroying his probably very expensive coat.”

“Meet what?”

Nick stares at us from behind the counter, a dishtowel in his hand.

“A meet-cute,” Chloe stands up straight, shoulders back, as if she’s delivering a Romantic Comedy 101 lecture to Nick and his patrons, “is the quirky, adorable, cute way the hero and heroine of a romantic comedy meet.”

Everyone stares at her blankly.

“Or hero and hero. Or heroine and heroine. Not to be heteronormative,” she clarifies.

“Like how me and Martha met at her wedding,” Gary says.

Chloe thinks about it. “I don’t know that I would necessarily call that one a meet-cute, but sure, Gary.”

“Did you just make that up?” Nick asks, arms crossed.

I shake my head. “No. It’s a thing.”

“Watch a romantic comedy, dude,” Tobin says.

Nick rolls his eyes.

“Anyway,” Chloe continues, “Annie straight up ran into Drew Danforth and spilled a cup of coffee all over his coat, which is, like, the cutest of meets.”

“That doesn’t sound very cute,” Nick says skeptically, rubbing the scruff on his chin. “Was it still hot?”

“Scalding,” I say, sinking into my chair and resting my head on the table.

“Sounds like a meet painful,” says Gary, and a few people laugh.

“Thanks,” I mutter. “I’m so glad you all find my embarrassment entertaining.”

“Annie!” Chloe sits down across from me as a customer walks in and the rest of the shop stops paying attention to us. “This isn’t embarrassing. This is merely a story I’ll tell in my toast at your wedding to Drew.”

I lift my head to look at her. “I hate to break this to you, but I don’t think he’s my Tom Hanks. I think he’s just a famous guy with a possible third-degree burn on his chest. And now my first day on set is going to be super awkward because I accidentally assaulted the lead actor with a beverage.”

Chloe’s about to say something, but then a song starts and she closes her mouth, looking up toward the speakers. “I swear to God, I told Nick not to play any more Bon Iver. It makes people look up their exes on Instagram, not buy coffee. I’m gonna go put on some Hall and Oates.”

As she walks away, I rest my head on the table again. As if it wasn’t embarrassing enough to have my uncle get me a job on set, now I have to deal with this.


Thank you so much to Kerry Winfrey + Berkley Publishing Group for the ARC.

four stars

RELEASE BLITZ: Legacy (PSU #4) by Kandi Steiner

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Legacy: Palm South University Season 4 by Kandi Steiner
Release Date: July 26, 2018
Genre: New Adult

Welcome to my stop on the Legacy Release Blitz tour! This is hosted by Social Butterfly PR, which is a wonderful PR biz to work with 😊 I was supposed to post a review today, but got the ARC late due to some technical issues. I’m nearly finished, but won’t be in time to review it for this post, so review to come!! What I will tell you, though, is you’re gonna love it!! It’s so freaking amazing so far. If you know about Kandi Steiner, you know she loves to break and then remake your heart. I must love pain because she’s one of my favourite authors… also, Legacy happens during the same semester as Black Number Four, so I’m reading them together for a fully immersive reading experience. It’s phenomenal!!! So much shock and drama happening!! You’ll LOVE it.

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Synopsis: Written like your favorite drama television show, the Palm South University series has been called “a mix of Greek meets Gossip Girl with a dash of Friends.” Follow seven college students as they maneuver unrequited love, teacher/student romance, the tangles of “no strings” relationships, love triangles and more. Each “season” has six “episodes,” and just like when your favorite show hits Netflix, you can read just one episode at a time or binge the entire thing. With the perfect mix of angst, emotional romance, and romantic comedy, the Palm South University series is your next guilty addiction.

Drama. Lies. Sex.

Welcome to Palm South University.

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in South Florida. At a school where fraternities and sororities don’t exactly play by the rules, relationships are bound to be tested. Parties and sex are definitely key ingredients in the Palm South recipe, but what happens when family issues, secret lives, and unrequited love get tossed in the mix?

Follow Cassie, Bear, Jess, Skyler, Erin, Ashlei, and Adam as they tackle college at a small, private beach town university. Written in television drama form, each episode of this serial will pull you deeper and deeper into the world of PSU.

Where the sun is hot and the clothes are scarce, anything can happen. .

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About the Author:

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

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Wasted Words by Staci Hart

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Title: Wasted Words
AUTHOR: Staci Hart

RELEASED: 14 May 2016

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
MY THOUGHTS: Tyler is amazing! I absolutely love hot men who are down-to-earth and so sweet! He really has everything going for him and absolutely no reason to make friends with someone so different to him as Cam, but for moving into the spare room of her apartment.
Cam is a sorter – meaning she categorizes people and assigns them to particular shelves, then loves to matchmake her friends and customers of Wasted Words – the bookshop bar where she works. She never saw Tyler coming, which is so cute!
They’re such a great match, and the story they tell is so adorable! I love that they are so into each other and so oblivious to how the other feels. I was rooting for them from the beginning and hoping that Cam would get out of her own way, but I totally get that she was afraid of getting burned again.

Wasted Words is a must read for anyone who loves contemporary romance, whiskey, and bookshop bars.

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Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.
Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.
She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
*A standalone romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

Review

I adore ALL this authors books, but this one is my most FAV! 5 star read! – Angie’s Dreamy Reads

Cam and Tyler’s story is like looking in a mirror and seeing your own truths. Beautiful, romantic, and as always, hilarious. Staci Hart must keep writing forever, because I’m always awaiting her next read. 5 stars! – Brittainy C. Cherry

It’s perfection. If Jane Austen were alive, she’d agree. – USA Today Bestselling Author Lex Martin

Hart’s storytelling is like sitting across from your best friend and watching her share some experience she’s had. You know what I mean – she’s waving her hands, her eyes wide, her body language pulling you in and has you begging – BEGGING! – for the next word. – Adriana Locke

Staci Hart is the queen of romantic comedy. Wasted Words will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love with its uncommon freshness in a genre suffering from “same old same”. With a little Jane Austen flair and a lot of heart, this book is easily one of my top reads of 2016. – Author Kandi Steiner

Lovers of Staci Hart (and Jane Austen, for that matter) will have a major swoon-fest over Cam and Tyler in Wasted Words. Their personalities absolutely leap off the page with realism, thanks to Hart’s adept hand at characterization and dialogue, and you’ll find yourself unable to put this book down once you start it. – Author Karla Sorensen

Wasted Words is sensational. Together Cam and Tyler are stunning. So perfect. Just everything. I want to burn with them, burn in their fire, because burning together is pure bliss. – Bookalicious Babes

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RELEASE BLITZ – Piece of Work by Staci Hart

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I can’t wait for you all to read this! Staci Hart is an awesome author and this is such a great book!!

cover-powPiece of Work, an all-new sexy romance from Staci Hart, is LIVE!

Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.

His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.

You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.

But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.

And maybe my heart.

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About the Staci

StaciHartStaci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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COVER REVEAL – Piece of Work by Staci Hart

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SQUEEEEEE!!!!I’m so excited for this to release! Is it May 17th yet??

cover-wrap-380Piece of Work, an all-new sexy romance from Staci Hart, is coming May 17th!

Title: Piece of Work

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: May 17th

Cover Designer: Staci Hart

Photographer: Periwinkle Photography

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Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.

His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.

You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.

But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.

And maybe my heart.

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About the Staci

StaciHartStaci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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