Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blog Tour 'Love Comes Home' by Kristi Rose

Today I’m excited to participate in the blog tour of ‘Love Comes Home’ by Kristi Rose. This is a Collection of Second Chance Short Stories. This book was published on August 18th.


About the Book:

A collection of 5 sweet, heartwarming contemporary romances about forgiveness, second chances, and loving through difficult times. The perfect length books to satisfy your need to read when time is limited. Great for the carpool, waiting in line, running kids to practice, or lounging on the beach. 1: Second Chances
Fourteen years ago Lorelei Parker fell in love with her best friend, Cole Williams, but instead of forever she ended up with a broken heart. Now, if they can put their past behind them, Lorelei and Cole may find a second chance.

Book 2: Once Again
Evie Barker works hard, takes care of her ailing mother, and finds pleasure in her simple life. The memory of a complicated childhood is all that remains of the old days—And good riddance.

Grady Duke blew out of town before the ink on his high school diploma was dry. A six year stint in the Marine Corps gave him a good dose of the real world. Returning home, sixteen years later, Ph.D in hand, the last person he expects to find next door is Evie.

Neither can escape the memory of one reckless summer together nor the wild attraction they still feel. But taking risks is not in Evie’s disposition. Even if Grady is the one man who can offer her the happiness she’s been missing. But he could also break her in an unimaginable way. Regardless, Grady must atone for the past and prove he’s worth a second chance.

Book 3: Reason to Stay
Shea Barker ran away on a greyhound ten years ago. Now a rising Nashville song-writer, determined to make it on her own, she’s set her eyes on everything but her past.

When her momma’s funeral forces her back to her hometown, she has no intention of staying longer than necessary. Until she meets Leo Marshall, the soft spoken journalist who sees her for who she wants to be, and suddenly a future she never expected opens up. Maybe her lyrics aren’t the only place where love is found.

Book 4: He’s the One
Having given up on the dream of a husband but refusing to give up the dream of a baby, Melinda Bane is putting her eggs into the sperm bank basket. When a fire puts her dreams on hold, she turns to her oldest friend Jared to help her through, like he always has.

Jared doesn’t mind running to help his brother’s ex-wife, Melinda, whenever she needs him. But while helping her repair her sunroom and learning of her hopes for a family, Jared has an idea of how he can fix even more than her home.

Book 5: Kiss me Again
Andee’s ten-year marriage has lost its spark. Whether it’s attending couples counseling or a BDSM dungeon, Andee will do whatever it takes to reignite the flame. But when all her measures fail and leave her frustrated, Andee wonders if anything will rekindle the fire she so desperately desires.

This book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks


Guest Post 'Evie and Grady: Then and Now':


Evie Barker had a hard childhood. There's no doubt about that. One highlight of her youth was the one summer, before her sophomore year, that she spent with Grady Duke. With him, she found laughter and moments of carefree happiness. For Grady, Evie was the one girl who expected nothing from him other than his company, and that he was more than willing to provide. She was easy to be with.
Their summer together began when Grady saw Evie walking to work. He, a stocker for the local grocery story, Publix, recognized her as one of the new cashiers. As she walked the busy four lane road, the early morning and already hot Florida sun beating down on her red hair, True by George Strait played on the radio and the urge to see her up close made him cut off several cars to get to the shoulder. He can't look at her now without hearing that timeless ballad.

Coincidentally, their work schedule always seemed to line up and before they knew it he was coming by her house to take her to work and waiting outside in the parking lot to take her home.
Their story spans years. Two people afraid to love, neither sure if they deserve it or are worthy of it, come together for a second chance, ready to take a leap that will change their lives forever.

Here is their playlist: Many of the songs were simply played often on the ride to or from work and set the backdrop for those memories.

Act One: The Early Years:

Smells like Teen Spirit- Nirvana
Bring me to life- Evanescence 
We Belong Together- Mariah Carey (On the radio the night they shared at the lake)
Time after Time- Cyndi Lauper
Welcome to the Jungle- Guns and Roses

Act Two: The do-over:

I Think About You Everyday- A Rocket to the Moon
Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
How You Get the Girl- Taylor Swift
So it Goes- Opus Orange
Godd**n You're Beautiful- Chester See


My Review:

A couple of weeks ago I received the invitation to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Love Comes Home’. Since I love reading romance novels, this collection of stories sounded like the perfect read for moments when I don’t have much time to read. So I was really excited to learn I got a stop in the tour.

‘Love Comes Home’ was a really fun read. The stories are sweet, romantic and very easy to read. ‘Love Comes Home’ exists out of five different short stories and it was perfect to read in my lunch break at work, or before going to sleep when it was already really late and I didn’t have a lot of time. characters in these different stories are not very complicated to get to know. With a short introduction you feel like you’ve known the characters for a while.  They work, they live in a small town and they fall passionately in love. A lovely concept for a book to read in this time-is-money era.
The stories are a kind of predictable, but the writing made it fun to read and I really loved how I just knew these were going to be stories with a happy ending. It’s the perfect read when you need to relax and need some easy romance.

The story I liked the most was ‘Second Chances’. I just loved the main characters Lorelei and Cole. Especially Lorelei’s character was fun to read about. I loved how feisty she was, and how she worked really hard to get to where she was. Especially the whole having a breakfast restaurant was something I really liked reading about. We don’t have those kind of restaurant’s here in the Netherlands, so reading about Lorelei and Andee’s place made my imagination go wild. I would definitely visit that place if I could!!

I definitely recommend this book if you are a romance lover with a very busy life. This book is perfect to read because the stories are just so short, and still very entertaining. I honestly wished this book was longer so I had more of these short stories to read. It was a perfect in-between book!

My Rating:



About the Author:

Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s been lucky enough to travel the world but now, a wife and mother, she's resigned to traveling to the grocery store. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering about their story. That’s what Kristi likes to write. Stories about everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA.

For more information about Kristi Rose and her books please visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Tour Schedule:

Monday, August 17th – Curling Up With A Good Book 

Tuesday, August 18th (Release Day!) – GReads!

Wednesday, August 19th – Maureen's Books 

Thursday, August 20th – The Book Corner

Friday, August 21st – We're Jumpin' Books

Monday, August 24th – Gemma's Giornale

Tuesday, August 25th – Juliette Cross

Wednesday, August 26th – LuLo Fangirl 

Thursday, August 27th – Deal Sharing Aunt  

Monday, August 31st – JeanzBookReadNReview 

Monday, August 31st – Stuck in Books 

Tuesday, September 1st – Refreshingly Riki

Wednesday, September 2nd – Kindle and Me 

Thursday, September 3rd – Books, Etc.

Friday, September 4th – Jersey Girl Book Reviews 


Grand Prize: One signed ebook or paperback, 2 fun diner/kitchen signs (see images), and $25 gift card of choice (US or FPO/APO address only). 

1st Prize: One digitally signed 'Love Comes Home' ebook, $15 gift card of choice  (international).
2nd Prize: One digitally signed 'Love Comes Home' ebook, and $10 gift card of choice (international)

a Rafflecopter giveaway This event was organized by Jen Halligan PR.


  1. Hey Maureen,
    Thanks for participating in my tour and for reading the books. I do get that time is valuable and fell in love with short stories for the same reason :-) I love how Lorelei is feisty, too and sometimes wish I'd given her a full length book to tell her story:-) Have a great day!
    Tot de volgende keer

    1. You're very welcome! I really loved reading it. Thanks for stopping by!
      BTW.. Your Dutch is great ;)

    2. Lol! previous Dutch boyfriend whom I tried to impress by learning Dutch. I had to check my dictionary to make sure I had it remotely close:-) But we eventually broke up and now all I really remember is how to count and a few random words:-)

  2. Thanks for hosting, Maureen! I love how these are HEA stories as well. :)

    1. You're welcome!! :D Who doesn't love a good and short HEA story?! :D
      Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour!


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