BLOG TOUR: Leave the Lights On by Karen Stivali + GIVEAWAY

Title: Leave the Light On
Author: Karen Stivali
Publish Date: 11.05.13
Pages: 238
Acquired: Review copy per Blog Tour: 
Goodreads Rating: 4.07
My Rating: 4.0

When love throws you a curve, swing for the fences."

Parker Wood's dreams of becoming a professional baseball player are shattered when he's injured in a devastating car crash. After two years in hospitals and physical rehab facilities, he's ready to move back to his childhood home and take over the family landscaping company. The house and business are his, now that his father has passed.

Sophie Vaughn has suffered through a hellishly public divorce from a husband who couldn't manage to stay faithful for two months of marriage. Determined not to let her personal drama impact her successful wedding and party planning business, she buys her parents' old house, hoping the comfort of familiar surroundings will help her heal.

When Parker and Sophie discover they're neighbors once again, it's as if time has stood still. Their friendship is quickly rekindled, along with the decade-long crush neither of them ever admitted having. Then the heat between them exposes a long-held secret that threatens to tear them apart...unless they can detach from their painful pasts and move forward-together.

Warning: Contains sultry summer nights, steamy pool-side encounters, and you'll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again.

My Review: 

What happens when two childhood best friends who had feelings for each other without the other knowing move back to town around the same time. Will those feelings return? Will their friendship pick up where it left off?

As other reviewers have been labeling this story, this is one of second chances. I believe that we can all relate to having that childhood or teenage crush that we continuously think back upon and wonder "What If?" "What if I told them how I felt?" "Where are they up to now?" I know I have a certain someone in my past I ask these questions about. This is the beauty of this story and what made me enjoy it so much.. I loved seeing how Parker and Sophie came back together after both having been broken in love. And it exactly this kind of innocent, "second-chance" love that they needed to heal themselves and make them believe in love again! I really enjoyed this book and became a fan of the author's writing. I am looking forward to reading more books from her.

Author Info: 
Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she's not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day.
Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women's fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.
Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora's Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award - 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader's Choice Award - 2013).
To learn more about Karen you can visit her website where she blogs original recipes, sassy commentary on The Bachelor, and tidbits about her journey in the writing world. Karen can also be found attempting witty banter on 

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The author has been generous enough to provide a tour wide giveaway
 and individual giveaway's for each blog. Make sure to enter both! 

All winners will be drawn on November  11th and 
notified by The Novel Tease via email provided.”

Tour-wide Giveaway **Open to US ONLY** 
1 WINNER will receive: (1) $20 GiftCard to either Amazon or Barnes and Nobles, 
(1) e-book (winner’s choice) from Mrs. Stivali’s entire published collection. 

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  1. Yes! There was actually three guys I had crushes on in Elementary, middle and high school but I wasn't popular enough to catch their attention. Well, since college I've met up with two of them and let's just say part of my dreams came true! I'm simply waiting to bump into guy number three!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. That is such a great story! Thank you for sharing Meghan! I really hope you run into guy 3 too :)

  2. No, I haven't -- unless you count my fiance. :D


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