Friday 8 November 2013

**Blog Tour** Leave The Lights On by Karen Stivali




"When love throws you a curve, swing for the fences."

Parker Wood's dreams of becoming a professional baseball player are shattered when he's injured in a devastating car crash. After two years in hospitals and physical rehab facilities, he's ready to move back to his childhood home and take over the family landscaping company. The house and business are his, now that his father has passed.

Sophie Vaughn has suffered through a hellishly public divorce from a husband who couldn't manage to stay faithful for two months of marriage. Determined not to let her personal drama impact her successful wedding and party planning business, she buys her parents' old house, hoping the comfort of familiar surroundings will help her heal.

When Parker and Sophie discover they're neighbors once again, it's as if time has stood still. Their friendship is quickly rekindled, along with the decade-long crush neither of them ever admitted having. Then the heat between them exposes a long-held secret that threatens to tear them apart...unless they can detach from their painful pasts and move forward-together.

Warning: Contains sultry summer nights, steamy pool-side encounters, and you'll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again.
From the very first page I was hooked!  I couldn’t put the book down. 
Parker was living the perfect life.  He had a great girlfriend (he thought), playing college baseball, and living with his childhood best friend Joey. Then his girlfriend stops by the dorm.
“I’m so sorry. I never meant for it to happen.”
“There’s someone else”
Everything changed.  Parker couldn’t believe it his girlfriend had cheated on him. 
When Parker is involved in a horrific accident, his dreams of being a professional baseball player are gone.  When his dad passes away, he moves back home to take care of the family business.
Sophie thought she had the perfect marriage.  Then she found out from everyone in town her husband had been cheating on her.  They had only been married for 2 months!  So she moves back into her childhood home next door to Parker.
Parker and Sophie were childhood best friends. They both secretly wanted to date each other but never let the other know.  They were both so afraid of ruining their friendship.
“Parker took a long swallow of beer. Sitting by the pool with Sophie felt more normal – more enjoyable – than anything he’d done in the past two years. “
Parker and Sophie started hanging out a lot.  They really enjoyed being together. Things started moving from friends to lovers.  Oh boy did things heat up between them!!  Wow they had some hot steamy sex!! 
There are many twists and turns throughout this book.  And few shocking moments to keep you reading to see if they could make things work.
No spoilers here, let’s just say I really enjoyed the ending.  This is Karen Stivali at her best.
Review by Tammy



Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she's not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day.

Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women's fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.

Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora's Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award - 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader's Choice Award - 2013).

To learn more about Karen you can visit her website where she blogs original recipes, sassy commentary on The Bachelor, and tidbits about her journey in the writing world. Karen can also be found attempting witty banter on Twitter

All winners will be drawn on November  11th and notified by The Novel Tease via email provided

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