book review

#BookReview ~ “Ever After” by Rachel Lacey

Ever AfterSUMMARY:

Olivia Bennett is not having a happy birthday. Instead of blowing out her twenty-nine candles, she’s stuck in jail, caught red-handed in a graffiti incident that (perhaps) involved one too many strawberry margaritas. Worst idea ever. The only bright side is that she ended up in the strong arms of the most gorgeous lawman she’s ever seen.

Pete Sampson (aka Deputy Hot Stuff) faces intense pressure from the sheriff to find out who’s behind a string of vandalisms. And after her spray-painting spree, Olivia is suspect number one. Still, Pete can’t stop thinking about her. Wanting her. Now he’s torn between his duty and his overpowering desire for the vivacious waitress. But he may have to bend the rules because true love is more important than the letter of the law . . .


Endearing Romance! I loved the characters!! I loved the animals!! This story was so much fun!

We meet Olivia Bennett on her 29th Birthday. After her night out celebrating, she is caught red-handed spray-painting the side of the building of a local chicken farm…sending a message about their mistreatment of animals. She is an Animal Activist on a mission! She is arrested, and spends the night in jail. Deputy Pete Sampson was the arresting officer, and he is very handsome. They crush on each other right away…their chemistry was electric.

This is the story of their romance. I cannot tell you more, as you will enjoy the story more with this tid-bit of information.

This is the beginning of a wonderful adventure between Olivia and Pete. Olivia’s passion for animals and their humane treatment is awe-inspiring. She is a force to be reckoned with…and, Pete knows this…yet, he cannot stop thinking about her. Olivia thinks of him often, too.

Olivia was so sassy, with Pete being more reserved. I think this is what made them great for one another.

This story is told so well, with both their love for one another blossoming and their love of animals being front and center. They are both in a place where they are figuring out their next step in life.

Pete rescues a dog….Olivia rescues a cat….Can they rescue one another??

4 Stars.

Author interview

#INTERVIEW & #GIVEAWAY – Get to know Rachel Lacey, Author of the Romance novels, “Unleashed”, “For Keeps”, & “Ever After”

Rachel LaceyRachel Lacey is giving away an autographed copy of her newest book, “Ever After”!! (US Residents Only) YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

Please comment below to Enter. The winner will be announced after 5pm on Monday, October 15th, 2015.

First, I would like to say that I adore your covers!!  They are very endearing…
Thank you so much! The art department at Forever Romance does such a great job. They have really spoiled me with beautiful covers.

Annie: Your books look great on my shelf, and I loved EverAfter!!

Q:  When did you realize you were a novelist?
I don’t think I had a specific moment; it was more of a slow progression for me. I had been writing for fun since I was a teenager, but it wasn’t until about five years ago that I decided to get serious and see if I could actually publish a book. Even then, it took a while before I truly felt like an author and not just a shy girl writing stories on her laptop! 🙂

Annie: Well, I believe you are a very talented author!  I am in love with your storytelling! I really enjoyed this story because of how you had the main characters love animals so much…and, everyone was so likeable, they felt like friends.

Q:  As you gear up for the August, 25th, 2015 Book Release of your third story in your “Love to the Rescue” Series, what was the most exciting part(s) for you?
Great question! For me, the most exciting part of release day is seeing my book “in the wild.” I always ask people to send me pictures, because for me there is really nothing more exciting than seeing my books on the shelves, or on your e-reader, or in your hands (or anywhere really!) It makes me so happy!

Annie: Makes your fans happy, too!

Q:  Will you always write love stories about beautiful couples and rescued dogs?  Is that your favorite topic to explore?


(Here is Rachel with her Rescued Boxer, Lacy…sooo cute!)

For now, contemporary romance is all I write, although I can’t say for sure that it will never change. But I love creating the magic of helping two people overcome all the obstacles in their way to fall in love. Animal rescue won’t be as prominent in my next series, but you can definitely expect to see future heroes and heroines of mine who have a rescue dog (or cat!) in their lives. 

Q:  Is there an author that you feel resonates with you and your writing style?
Jill Shalvis was the first author I read before I was published where I said “Yes! This! This is what I want to write.” I love her style. She writes with so much humor, but she also packs a lot of emotional punch. I want to laugh *and* cry when I read a great romance. I want to feel all the emotions that the characters are feeling, and Jill does that perfectly. 

Q: When do you typically write?  Where do you write?  Set this up for us….IMG_20150916_231836
Ahh, the non-glamorous truth comes out! 🙂 I do most of my writing late at night after my son is in bed. My “work day” generally starts around 9pm, and I work until at least midnight. I have an office, but the truth is I usually write on the couch. It’s comfy!
Annie: I love this picture of you working with your Assistant, Luke!!

Q:  May I ask who your favorite authors are?  Books?
Well, as you might have guessed from my earlier answer, Jill Shalvis is one of my favorites. Her Lucky Harbor series is my all-time favorite romance series. Julie James is another auto-buy author for me.  And Lori Wilde. Her Jubilee, Texas, and Twilight, Texas, are two of my favorite series. A few other recent favorites are Carolina Man by Virginia Kantra and Need You For Keeps by Marina Adair.

Annie: I love getting recommendations from other authors! This is great!

Q:  What is your favorite part of being an author?
I get to actually do my dream job! How many people can say that? I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to do what I love and get paid for it. Without a doubt, my favorite part of being an author is hearing from readers. Knowing that someone read and enjoyed one of my books is just the best thing ever. I can’t even explain how much it means to me! 

Annie: Posting your review for EverAfter! I will be sure to send you the link!

Q:  When can we expect your next book?  Do you want to tell us a little bit about it?
My next full-length book is called Run to You, and it will be out August 30th, 2016. It’s the first in a new contemporary romance series that follows three men who met as children in the foster care system and have reunited as adults to open an extreme outdoor adventure facility in the small mountain town of Haven, North Carolina. I am so excited about the new series and can’t wait to share more information soon! 

Annie: Please make sure I get this to review!! SO EXCITING!!

Lastly, Book or eBook??
You know, I love both! I probably read more on my Kindle these days, but I definitely still buy and read plenty of paperbacks. I can’t imagine I’d ever give them up completely.

Thanks so much for having me as your guest, Annie, and for the fun interview. I’m so happy to be here on The Write Review.

Annie: Rachel, Thank you for being here…You have a loyal fan in me!!

Book Spotlight, chick lit

#SPOTLIGHT: “Unleashed” & “For Keeps” by Rachel Lacey

Book 1 & 2 in Rachel Lacey’s “Love to the Rescue” Series….I am reading “Ever After” right now..and, I have to say that I am totally engrossed in her story.  The heroine, Olivia Bennett is such a multi-faceted character. I love how there are a bunch of animals in the story line…


UnleashedUNLEASHED –

What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?
Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it’s not because of all the foster dogs she’s rescued. She’s got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don’t get attached. It’s served her well with the dogs she’s given to good homes and the children she’s nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt’s sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.

Matt Dumont doesn’t need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he’d never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there’s no way he can start a relationship just as he’s about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they’ll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go…

For KeepsFOR KEEPS –

Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue – even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It’s hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children’s camp where she’s just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry’s style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.

TJ Jameson isn’t looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family’s ranch with a wife and kids. “No-strings” Merry Atwater doesn’t fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ’s a goner. If he doesn’t give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .