Wednesday, August 2, 2017

{Blog Tour} Summer on Firefly Lake - Jen Gilroy (Review & Giveaway)

Divorced mom, Mia Gibbs' family is her life, but her world is turned upside down when she falls for her one-time teenage crush Nick McGuire, a workaholic lawyer who isn't a family man. Fans of Susan Wiggs' The Lakeshore Chronicles will love this heartwarming friends to lovers story releasing this summer from Grand Central - Forever.


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About Summer on Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #2):
Title: Summer on Firefly Lake
Author:




Jen Gilroy
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing
Series: Firefly Lake
ISBN: 9781455569601

Sometimes love is better the second time around.

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband’s needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she’s building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire has turned everything upside down.

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn’t meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus, and after taking time out to help his mother, he’s ready to get back to the city…until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn’t take long to realize being “just friends” will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he’s always wanted…and the woman he can’t live without.

Add to your “Want to Read” shelf:  Goodreads

Available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes


Review

This book follows Mia who has recently gotten divorced from her very controlling husband.  She has moved back to the one place that she feels comfortable with and that is Firefly Lake.  Mia used to go to the lake during the summer with her family and always felt connected.  Mia has two daughters who are with their father during a portion of this book, but never far from Mia's thoughts. 


I loved Mia in this book she was working so hard to get her life together.  Mia was trying to make the best decisions not only for herself, but for her two children that she loved very dearly.  I loved that her children aren't with her during part of the book, but she is constantly thinking about them.  I feel that Mia is a devoted parent who just wants everything to be right for her children.   Mia is also looking to be herself and learn more about her own-self during the book.  I loved the growth that we saw out of Mia as she becomes a new person.

This story is told from multiple points of view, the three are Mia, Nick and Nick's mom.  Each chapter is told from another point of view and very easy to follow along with.  I enjoyed getting Nick's take on what was going on.  Nick has his own issues and he really hasn't worked on them at all.  I feel like if Nick could just talk about what is going on with him things would have gone a lot different in this book and in his life.  Nick keeps a lot bottled up inside. 


The story is very cute in nature.  Mia is helping out Nick's mother, which bonds them, while she is still trying to get her life together.    We also get the point of view of Nick's mother who is trying to move on with her life as well.  She has recently battled cancer and was on the full road to recovery.  She also wants to live her new life to the fullest.


The author does a great job with all of the descriptions of Firefly Lake.  I felt like I could imagine myself their with the characters. 


The ending of this book if perfect! I couldn't have asked for a better ending everything was summed up perfectly and exactly how I thought this cute romance would end!


My one complaint was I felt like there where sections of the book that felt very repetitive that could have been cut out.   The flow worked, but some sections if they just communicated better a lot of the misunderstanding would have gone away.


I would suggest this as a perfect beach read.  The book flowed very nicely and it was able to hold my attention.  It was a great book to just get lost in for the day. 


My Rating: 4/5



Praise for Summer on Firefly Lake:

“Has charm to spare...The delightful supporting cast...and expertly plotted story add depth and richness to this tale, leaving readers eager for another visit to Firefly Lake.” – Publishers Weekly


“Gilroy’s second Firefly Lake novel encapsulates the quaint, busybody small-town feel and the slippery slope of friends becoming lovers quite well…Engaging...(a) fast paced page turner.” – RT Book Reviews


Excerpt:

“I want this.” Mia lifted her face to his as a cloud scudded across the moon. “I want you.”
Even if it could only be for tonight, she was Mia, not a mom, not a sister, and not a wife who’d been tossed aside for someone younger and curvier. For this one moment, she didn’t have any responsibilities except what she wanted and needed.
I want you, too.” Nick took her hand and led her toward the car. “A part of me has wanted you since I was fifteen and you hung out at the town beach in that green bikini with the white flowers.”
Her heart lurched. He’d noticed her enough to remember the bikini she’d hidden from her mom. The one she’d bought because she’d heard Nick say he liked green. “You were always with the guys by the life guard station.” Everything about him was a lot sexy and a little bit dangerous.
“I wanted to see you.” His smile was forced, like the admission cost him more than he wanted her to know.
Mia curved her cold hand into his warm one. She’d guessed she’d hurt him the one time they’d gone out, but until tonight she hadn’t understood how much. She couldn’t regret the past, and she couldn’t predict the future, but she could do something about the present. “I want to be with you. Even though we’re not teenagers anymore and I don’t have that green bikini.
Nick’s gaze skimmed her body from head to toe and lingered at her breasts. Then he gave her a grin that was pure bad boy. “I was always a lot more interested in what was underneath that bikini anyway.”
He opened the passenger door for her to slide in.
She looked at him from under her lashes and flirted like she’d wanted to do all those years ago but had been too shy. “You were, were you?”
“Oh yeah.” He shut the car door and, in the sudden silence, panic rolled over her again. Except, there was excitement too…
Copyright © Summer on Firefly Lake 2017 by Jen Gilroy


Other Books in the Firefly Lake Series:
Title: The Cottage at Firefly Lake
Author: Jen Gilroy
Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing
Series: Firefly Lake #1
Date Released: January 31, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
ISBN: 9781455569595

Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven … but some loves can never be forgotten.

Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. Yet now that she's back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother's cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she's been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean's touch on her skin…True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?

Sean Carmichael still doesn't know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he's still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?

Add to your “Want to Read” shelf:  Goodreads

Book 1 is available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes


Praise for The Cottage at Firefly Lake:

“Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions…[the] protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.” – Publishers Weekly

“Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.” – RT Book Reviews


About Jen Gilroy:

Jen Gilroy lives in a small town in eastern Ontario, Canada where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She's worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write romantic women’s fiction to bring readers' hearts home.

Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband is her real-life romance hero, and her teen daughter teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the first book in her Firefly Lake series, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017.

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1 comment:

  1. Awww, that excerpt is sweet. I'd not heard of this series before. I'm not into second chance romance but occasionally I'll read one. Great post, Kristyn!

    Have a wonderful day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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