Monday, November 2, 2015

Blog Tour Review: Put a Ring On It by Beth Kendrick



I'm excited to be a part of this tour because not only is Beth a new author for me but one that I fell in love with her writing style right from the get go. As most of you know I haven't been reading a lot of romance lately, I think I got burnt out on it but Put A Ring On It pulled me right out of my romance funk so definitely give this one a second look. 




Title: Put A Ring On It
Author: Beth Kendrick
Series: Book Three in the Black Dog Bay Series
Published By: NAL (November 3, 2015)
Source: An ARC copy was provided by the publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
The author of New Uses for Old Boyfriends returns to the Delaware seashore town of Black Dog Bay, where one woman learns to put passion before practicality…

Brighton Smith doesn’t do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, it’s her job to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he’s married someone else on a whim (“I looked at her and I just knew!”), she snaps…

That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorensen—hot, rich, and way out of her league—buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they’re exchanging vows at a drive-through chapel.

Brighton knows Jake is a bad bet, but she doesn’t care. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she’s finally having fun. Until the whirlwind romance gives way to painful reality...and Brighton finds out the truth about why a guy like Jake married a girl like her. With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.







About the Author:



This is the part where I’m supposed to brag about all my illustrious accomplishments, but honestly, I’d rather talk about my dogs and brag about some of the things I haven’t done:

I’ve never been to prison*, court-ordered rehab*, or splashed across the cover of a salacious weekly gossip tabloid with my ladybits on display**.

I’m a Leo, a middle child, and a formidable Trivial Pursuit opponent. I read everything I can get my hands on, from the classics to comic books. I don’t drink coffee because, frankly, I’m high strung enough without adding caffeine into the mix. Here is the true story of how I became a novelist:

So I had just started seeing this guy, and on our second or third date, he invited me to be his guest at a family wedding. Being young and free and a bit commitment-shy, I was about to decline until he casually mentioned that the bride was a successful romance novelist. Well, the second I heard that, I had to go. Being a writer had always been my dream job, and I’d never met anyone who’d actually beaten the odds and made the leap into big-time publishing. So I RSVP-ed, sidled up to the bar at the reception, waited until the bride and all her author friends uncorked the good champagne, and then peppered them with endless questions about writing, editing, and landing an agent. They were so funny and encouraging and generous with their time and advice. (And drunk!) Next thing you know, I had joined a critique group and was knee-deep in the manuscript that would eventually become MY FAVORITE MISTAKE. The open bar at that wedding changed my life forever.

Oh, and the guy who invited me to the wedding? I ended up marrying him. All together: awww…

I live in Arizona in a very cute fixer-upper that my husband and I bought in a burst of can-do, pioneering confidence. We thought it would be fun to embark on a series of do-it-yourself renovations. Yeah. I know. Turns out, replacing baseboard that’s been painted over 15 times since 1958 is not as easy as those Home Depot commercials would lead you to believe. Also, freshly-installed lawn drip systems and “helpful” dogs are a bad mix.

Friday and RoxieSpeaking of dogs, here we have the indefatigable canine lawn maintenance crew: Roxie and Friday. Both were rescued from the pound when they were puppies. I think they’re Rhodesian Ridgeback mixes. (Probably. Maybe? Anything’s possible.) Roxie is the brains of the operation and Friday is…well, he’s very sweet. And so indolent he could be mistaken for a piece of furniture, which I consider a very desirable trait in a family dog.

I absolutely love hearing from readers, so please feel free to email me, with the caveat that I am often on deadline/on the road/on the ragged edge of sanity, so it may be awhile before you get a reply. Just know that it’s not you; it’s me!

Have fun exploring the site, and if you have any questions about my new book, my backlist, or finding an agent…I’ll be right over there at the bar.

*Yet.



**That I know of.









Every once in awhile we need those super cute, super fun reads that melt our hearts and leave us with a huge smile on our faces when we are done, Put A Ring On It, is one such read.

Set in a fictional town that is every bit as fun as the characters, this is one series that had me within the very first chapters. 

Right away I was intrigued by the small town that is all about heartbreak and while this is the third book in the series but my first, it wasn't hard to pick right up in the series and be entertained. These read as a stand alone so no worries about feeling lost or confused, that wasn't the case for me at all. 

And I loved this read. It made me remember all over again why I use to crave this slow burning, slow building romances set in a small town that is every bit as lovable as the characters are.

I gobbled this up and was ready for more. I will definitely be picking the other books up in the series soon because it really was, just that much fun. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*






50 comments:

  1. It looks super cute so I'm glad it is! Thanks for the great post!

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  2. Aw. I like this kind of story, Ali. Thank you for sharing. Now I have to find myself a copy. Lol.

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    1. Yay! I hope you do and that you like it as well. ;)

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  3. I love small town books with romance. This looks cute so I will have to check out the series. Great review!

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    1. Happy to hear that Grace, I hope you enjoy it!

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  4. Gosh, I love love love the cover.

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  5. I love a cute small town romance, thanks for bringing this to my attention. And the cover is adorable.

    Simply Angela

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    1. I really do too, they are some of my favorites. :) Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  6. I've been binge reading romance lately Ali since I've been in a YA funk, so I'm adding this to the list for sure. If it pulled you out of your romance funk I know I'm going to love it. And that story about the open bar at the wedding? LOVED IT. You just never know when or where things are going to happen:)

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    1. So true. ;) I hope you like this one too Jenny!

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  7. Oh my gosh! This cover is beyond loveable! I love how adorable this one sounds. Plus it's a small town, slow burn romance! What a perfect combo.
    Lovely review, Ali!

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  8. This sounds adorable. I love that the author wound up marrying the guy who invited her to a wedding. Of a romance author, no less! Smart woman, lol

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  9. That cover totally caught my eye and your review makes it sound very lovely! I'll have to get myself a copy :D

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  10. Oh it sounds good! Yay for getting pulled out of the romance funk :D

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  11. Small town romances get me every time :) Cute post, too. Their house reminds me of the "character" our first house in England had. I say character, but what I mean is a bottomless hole of need - needing updating, touching up, occasionally being dragged up into the 21st century. Lol, what fun (read "despair")... That's century-old houses for ya :)

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    1. I always think I would love to own one until I think about all the remodeling and upkeep it would take so I know what you mean Ramona!

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  12. This sounds so adorable with the small home town vibe and slow burn romance, Ali! And the cover is too-cute. The author is new to me, so thanks for sharing the great guest post with Beth. :)

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    1. You're so welcome Kim! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking it out!

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  13. I am craving some sweet, light and fluffy romances after reading so many dark books for October. This sound delightful.

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    1. This would definitely be perfect for that Heidi. ;)

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  14. This sounds wonderful! I absolutely love the title and cover art too! Thanks for your honest review :)

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  15. this does look like a sweet read heh, the dog on the cover <3

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  16. Glad you really liked this one and it got you interested in a romance book again. I like when companion stories can stand alone.

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    1. I really do too it is nice to be able to jump right in sometimes. ;)

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  17. Oh this looks good and I'm so glad it is as cute as that cover! Oh and love that author's story! :) I think I did say aw! :)

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  18. Small town romances are the best right? It's just so personable

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  19. I have got to read this. I just looked at her other books and they look fun too.

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    1. They do, I definitely want to read more of them.

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  20. I am glad you liked it. It sounds like a cute series.

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    1. I haven't read the first two but I really think it is if they are anything like this one. ;)

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  21. Sounds pretty good. I love the cover. Yay dogs!

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  22. I am glad you enjoyed this one, seems like a cute read. And, I'm rather in love with that adorable cover!

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    1. It really was and yes, that cover is very adorable!

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  23. Hey Ali! I always enjoy reading about the books you love because you express some awesome enthusiasm and it's really quite infectious! I love the sound of small town romances (and duh, the whole slow burning romance is a HUGE PLUS!!) I'm super duper happy you enjoyed this book chica! xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much for all the kind words Keionda!

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  24. There you go making me want to add yet another book to my TBR pile.I'll have to check it out on GoodReads. Thanks!

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    1. I hope you like it if you decide to try it. ;)

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