Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blog Tour and Book Review: Ties by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

Title: Ties
Authors: Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt
Series: Book Four in the Length Series (Reads as a stand alone)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: August 26, 2013

Book Description:
When a shiny new convertible arrives for her twenty-first birthday, Hattie Beckett has had enough of her absent dad trying to buy a place in her life. It’s time for him to face her--or get out of her life forever. 

She tosses some clothes in a bag, looks up her father’s last known address, and sets her GPS for Silver Stand, California.

When she arrives at a beach-bum paradise that’s totally foreign to her New England upbringing and finds nothing but an empty lot where her dad maybe once lived, her immediate instinct is to pack up her car and head right back to Connecticut.

But she also finds...Deo. The half-brother she never knew she had. He and his hippy-dippy mom insist that Hattie stick around—at least for the summer. And with all of her friends spending the summer abroad, what else does she have to do? 

Her ideas about family are blown wide open as Deo and Marigold pull her in with their charm and love. But there’s still a huge question mark where her dad is concerned, and that question mark definitely looms over her ideas about love and relationships. 

When Hattie meets Ryan, the college dropout turned competitive sailor, her perspective flips with her heart. Like it or not, Hattie is falling fast and hard for Ryan...even if it’s the last thing that she expected--and the last thing her newly found brother wants for her.

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About the Authors:
Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls Southwest Louisiana home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession.

Steph's works include Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last; My Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adult LENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt: Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties & Riptides.


Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.

She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

She is the author of the Brenna Blixen series (Double Clutch, Junk Miles, Slow Twitch), the Youngblood series (Fall Guy, Perfectly Unmatched), and co-writes with the awesome Steph Campbell in the Lengths series (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides).



My Thoughts and Review:
Campbell and Reinhardt are two author that I look forward to reading every single time one of their books comes out because I know I will get a story that will pull at my heart strings, make me laugh, make me cry and make me smile. I know that I will get a story with characters that are rich with life and a storyline that will stick with me long after the story has ended. 

I have loved this series from the very first book and the fourth one isn't any different. Once again they have managed to pull off a story rich in detail and brimming with emotion. 

I loved Ryan from the very start, although I did already have a soft spot for him since his brief stint in  Lengths with Whit, so it really was no surprise that he was able to capture my heart so quickly. If you can say one thing about this dynamic writing duo is that they know how to write a great leading man well. Each one is diverse and not like the others in the series and I love that they all aren't just a cookie cutter copy of the rest. I like variety in my stories and they always pull through with just that.

Hattie on the other hand, unlike the other heroines in this series, had to win me over, but, win me over she did. I had no doubt that she would with her gruff exterior and mathematical, analytical ways. She slowly worked her way into my heart and before long I was rooting for Ryan to win her over as well. 

One of the best things about this series is that even though it is a series each book reads as a stand alone. Not only that, but in each book we get glimpses of the past characters and where they are at in their lives and I adore that. I love seeing all of the past characters I fell in love with and grew to care about. In this one, we especially get lots of Deo, Whit, Marigold, Rocky and Grandpa time and I couldn't have been happier. It was all very fitting since our first glimpse of Ryan was in Lengths, which just so happens to be Deo and Whit's story. 

Grandpa, oh how I love thee. I hate to say it but some of the best moments in this one are between Hattie and Grandpa. He sort of stole the show. He is an amazing guy and he makes me long for a grandpa just like him. 

I loved that there was more going on in this than just struggles between Hattie and Ryan and their pasts. I loved that we got more background info on Deo and Hattie's ever elusive father and most importantly, we get to see Deo and Hattie interact and get to know one another. Deo is an amazing guy and to see his acceptance of Hattie and love for this girl that he barely knew was truly heart warming. Definitely some of the best moments in the story.

But, even though Deo and Grandpa sometimes stole the show, no worries on the romance end ladies, because Ryan comes through with the swoon worthiness. Such a hopeless romantic that one and I love that he never gave up on Hattie even when she was being less than lady like and pushing him away.

I devoured this book and in fact stayed up until two in the morning reading it because I just couldn't put it down. Once again Campbell and Reinhardt have blown me away with their combined writing skills and their swoon worthy love stories. I will forever be a fan. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influence by the authors or the tour host. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. I loved Lengths but haven't had a chance to continue with this series yet! These are great authors! I always enjoy their work. Can't wait to meet Hattie and Ryan and get to see more Deo.

  2. I have read the first book Lengths but haven't continued with the series after that. I simply lost track of it. It seems like these two authors did great job with this book. I'm so glad you enjoyed it :) Great review :)

  3. Great review! I have the first two books in the series, but haven't started them yet. I really want to though.

  4. I kinda forgot about this series. It does sound good though, I'll have to consider reading it in the future! So glad you enjoyed this one!

  5. These two really are a great writing duo!!

  6. Great cover would love to read the book.

  7. Thanks Joe! If you like the genre this is definitely a good series to read.