Sunday, August 3, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Pick Me by Erika Marks

Pick Me Synopsis:

Recently dumped by the man she’d planned to marry, no-nonsense attorney Thea Dunn has returned home to Magnolia Bay to mend her broken heart. But when she learns her new neighbor is Calder Frye, the bad boy who sets the pulse of every good girl at Magnolia Bay High racing, Thea’s verdict to swear off men is in danger of being overturned…

Fourteen years after graduation, Calder has traded his rebel lifestyle to become an ER doctor—but his sex appeal is every bit as powerful as Thea remembers. Could her short-term residence be the perfect chance to live out a teenage fantasy? Or could their reunion be a chance for something more?

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What I thought about Pick Me

Have you ever made a decision about something and then have that decision haunt you? Wish you had done something else? Or would you do the very same thing? Pick Me is a second chance love story that explores these questions and others.  What would you do if you had a second chance with someone?

I really liked Thea right from the start. Even though she's been dumped, she still has her chin up. She's got a great relationship with her sisters, who were very caring and considerate. I loved their family closeness, how the girls supported their sister. Thea needs a place to stay for a few weeks, and they band together to help which is a perfect reason for the girls to get together in their hometown of Magnolia Bay.

It seems like a whole lotta of fate when her neighbor ends up being the guy who rescued her fourteen years ago from a really bad prom. He's still gorgeous, sexy and an accomplished ER doctor. AND he still rides a motorcycle. It doesn't take long for the sparks to fly between Thea and Calder again and everything looks good for them to do what they denied themselves all those years ago.

But complications arise and soon everything just goes south -- sort of. Thea and Calder are both faced with decisions that will change the course of their lives and take them in opposite directions. Will they decide on what they know or take a chance on something new?

There's so much to this story and that's another reason I loved it. Besides Thea's breakup, there's the story of Calder's family farm.  It worked very well for me and I think the scene between Calder's older brother Pete and Thea had me rubbing my eyes a little. Lots of good drama there.

There is just so much packed into Pick Me, it's hard to believe that it's only approximately 130-some pages. I was really impressed by how Erika Marks was able to get me to feel for these characters in so few pages. The story grabbed me from the start and just kept getting better.

Pick Me worked very well as a standalone. I had not read the previous books in the series but I will definitely be keeping an eye on this author. 

If you are looking for a short, sweet, second-chance contemporary romance between thirty-something professionals, you might like this like I did. 

This is my honest review. I may have received this book from Netgalley, Edelweiss, a publisher, an author, a promoter or purchased it. How I obtained the book has no bearing on my review rating.

Erika Marks Bio:

Erika Marks is a women’s fiction writer and the author of LITTLE GALE GUMBO, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, THE GUEST HOUSE and IT COMES IN WAVES (July, 2014).

On the long and winding road to becoming published, she worked many different jobs, including carpenter, cake decorator, art director, and illustrator. But if pressed, she might say it was her brief tenure with a match-making service in Los Angeles after college that set her on the path to writing love stories (not that there isn’t romance in frosting or power tools!)

A native New Englander, she now makes her home in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, a native New Orleanian who has taught her to make a wicked gumbo, and their two little mermaids.

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Flirting with Forever Synopsis:

Forty-year-old Tara Jordan’s first book, The Perfect Marriage in 30 Days, is at the top of the bestseller lists, and her publisher wants her on a book tour ASAP. Tara’s about to live her dream only there’s one problem. Her husband of 15 years has just walked out, leaving Tara on the brink of financial ruin with no choice but to promote a self-help book about marriage when hers is secretly in ruins.

Enter publicist Jake Randall, 30, who’s had it with hand holding newbie authors channeling their inner divas on their first book tours, until he meets Tara. Their instant attraction blossoms quickly into love. Tara thinks she has achieved her dreams and earned her license to thrive until her husband, Jim returns determined to win her back.

kim Kim Boykin Bio:

Kim Boykin is a women’s fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair, Steal Me, Cowboy, and Palmetto Moon (Summer 2014.) While her heart is always in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, 3 dogs, and 126 rose bushes. 

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