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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blog Tour Review: THE MARLOWE GIRLS series by Beth Fred

The Fate of a Marlowe Girl

When twenty-four-year-old Tiffany escapes her sister Kammy's too wild Cancun bachelorette party, she finds herself in a bar with the unwanted attention of a gorgeous local named Luke. Luke may be charming but Tiffany is leaving in two days and doesn't need any complications. But complications are exactly what she gets when the cops show up to raid Kammy's party. When Kammy is arrested, Tiffany agrees to have dinner with Luke, so he'll help her get Kammy out of jail. Kammy's arrest forces her to spend an extra day in Cancun, meaning she'll miss a crucial meeting, and as an accountant in tax season, she is already drowning in work. Not to mention, every second she spends with Luke makes it harder to leave. With Luke, Tiffany is almost ready to forget about work. Will the airport be their final goodbye?

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Audience: Adult
Genre: Romance, Novella
Length: 47 pages

Rating: *** (Liked it)

Review: First off, location. Who doesn't love a nice summer romance set in Cancun? Especially if you live in Wyoming and it's the middle of winter... Luke is a fun hero who charges in and saves the day. He's definitely the kind of guy I can dig. I liked Tiffany for the most part, just got a bit frustrated with the enabling way she treats her sister. She definitely needs Luke to give her a bit of spine when it comes to Kammy. As usual, I loved the quick way this novella developed and the ending it truly romantic.

Disclaimer: PG-13 for language


The Other Marlowe Girl

When twenty-four-year-old dance school drop out Kammy Marlowe is evicted by her mother, she goes to her favorite bar. She finds an unlikely friend in the blunt eye candy, Enrique. But Kammy knows there is no way she and Enrique have a shot because he's her brother-in-law’s brother and has been privy to her wild past. Enrique swears he’s only interested in the person she is today, but their relationship is tested when her ex-husband's drug dealer attacks her, looking for money. With no options and a money hungry drug dealer on her back, Kammy accepts a position as a dancer at a strip club. But when Enrique shows up at the club, their relationship is over. With no reason to stay in Texas anymore, Kammy auditions for the Bolshevik Ballet and gets the opportunity to go to Russia. Only Enrique is determined to stop her. Will she give up the chance of a lifetime to stay with the man she still loves?  


Audience: Adult
Genre: Romance, Novella
Length: 107 pages

Rating: ***+ (Liked it)

Review: I loved the way Ms. Fred stayed true to the characters from the previous novel. With Kammy as the main character, many authors would go the route to make her a lot more likable. While seeing Kammy's side of things makes me a bit more sympathetic, she's still Kammy and it takes the course of the novella for her to grow and understand he erring ways. I didn't like Luke as much in this one. Understandable that we'd see his tough side in dealing with Kammy -- the side I laud in my review above! -- it comes off as harsh, and he swings back and forth. Being understanding but firm to being rude. Tiffany has more of a spine, but again, it mostly comes from her now husband, Luke. As far as heroes, I still rank Luke over Enrique -- he just appeals to me more. A matter of opinion, that's all.

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Author Beth Fred

Meet Beth Fred! That's me! I'm a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I'm represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma'am, make promises they keep, and aren't afraid to profess their undying love. It's not breakfast if there aren't carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can't guess where I'm from ;) Wanna know more about me? You can find that here:    

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Did you like the Marlowe Girls series? You might enjoy THE ALISO CREEK series by Heather B. Moore. (THIRD TIMES THE CHARM and THE DAISY CHAIN.)

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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