***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** 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
Warning: Contains sultry summer nights, steamy
pool-side encounters, and you'll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same
I decided I wanted to read this book after reading an
excerpt from Sophie’s POV. Her childhood neighbor and best friend, Parker, is
moving back home. It’s not just that though, for years she had hoped he would
look at her as more than a friend. Her
hopes had been squashed when the new girl caught his eye…
So Parker went his way and Sophie went hers. Unfortunately,
Parker’s girl cheated on him, got pregnant and married the other guy. He ends
up in a terrible accident the same night his girlfriend breaks up with him. His
entire future has changed and he’s very lucky to be alive.
Annnnd, Sophie finds
out her husband of two months is cheating on her! Everyone knew but her. Her
parents basically blame her for the scandal it caused and moved away. So she
decides to move into her old house and make it her new home.
Getting to know each other again over beers then dinner at
her house, they realize they want this. But they are both still keeping it to
themselves, afraid of being rejected. He didn’t know of her crush and she had
no idea how much he cared for her when they were in school. Well, I just have
to say that during a rain shower while standing outside, if she had no idea
then, she’s figuring out how he feels now. So things are going GREAT and they
are both very happy with the way things are going but after their first
official date, he up says he has to leave! Bam- I gotta go. I don’t want to say
much more but at this point I have fallen in love with Parker! When he
confesses why he left…sigh. I think it was a first for me in a book.
There are some not so easy moments in the book and I have to
say when the cheating ex-girlfriend tries to come back into the picture, I
really wanted to reach into my kindle and pinch her head off! *Deep breath. I
thought it was a sweet story with just enough conflict to make me nervous but
not out of my mind, thank goodness. I rate Leave the Lights On 4.5 out of 5
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.
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.
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).
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 https://twitter.com/karenstivali