Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Tour: A Sweet Affair by Isabella Rae (4 Star Review)

A Sweet Affair (Atlanta Affair #2)
Author: Isabella Rae
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Published: December 12th 2013 

♥ Synopsis 
For Sage Mccarthy, life has not been all sunshine and roses, and over the years she's developed some deep seeded trust issues. So it's no wonder that when Connor Reed comes along, she thinks he is too good to be true. Despite the wall she's built, Connor quickly breaks his way inside and shows her how to love again. When the past shows up, and threatens to hurt the people she loves she has decisions to make. Will she embrace her new found trust, and the man she loves? Or will she put her walls back up to protect them both?
Connor is a broken man, slowly working his way back from a bad relationship. He meets Sage and knows his life will never be the same. When the unthinkable happens, he must act quickly; doing everything he can to protect the woman he loves.

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"I received a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review"

After finishing  A Workplace Affair I knew I had to read A Sweet Affair.  Sage’s story just broke my heart and I had to see her get her HEA.

Sage may have had a real scum ball of an ex-husband but she makes up for it in her choice of friends.  With as much bad luck as she has had with trying to accomplish her lifelong dream of owning a successful bakery she can finally say she is there and her best friends have her back.  Now what about her heart??  This is where the scrumptious Connor Reed comes into play.  Connor has his own past, a failed marriage, but he knows as soon as he sees Sage that she will be his undoing. 

This was a beautiful fun love story.  I just love Sage and Connor’s sense of humor.  Those two kept me giggling throughout the book with their witty banter.  One of the thing that pulled me into the book so quickly and had me cheering for these two was their downright honesty towards each other. You don’t see this much in books and it was refreshing to have the characters be so upfront.  What sold me on this love story was the twist.  So not expected. 

*High five Author Isabella Rae*

This may have been a fast read for me, but that was what made it so perfect for a great weekend read.  I spent my time in the -20 degree weather steaming up my kindle with Sage and Connor.  

♥ Meet the Author 
Isabella Rae has been writing for over 10 years but never published because she was discouraged by the publishing process. Recently a friend of hers released a book through self-publishing and inspired Isabella to release her first book. When Isabella is not writing she is busy being a single mom to 2 beautiful girls, and works as a baker, and server at a local restaurant.
Isabella was born in Peachtree City, Georgia, a suburb south of Atlanta, where she still resides. Her love of reading inspired her to move into writing. She uses personal experiences with baking and life in general to inspire her work. As a unique touch to each of the books in her first series, she has chosen to include personal recipes to give it a personal touch.

Isabella is active on social media sites 
Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.

♥ Author Interview   
What was your inspiration for the Atlanta Affair series? Isabella: Well, I live just south of Atlanta, so for me, that was an obvious setting. Honestly my characters were the inspiration. All three main friends (Victoria, Sage, and Nick) are all inspired by people in my life. I created all the characters first and then let them create the stories.

What is your writing inspiration? Isabella: I guess you could say that my daughters are the reason I write. I’m trying to make a better life for them. As far as for the books themselves I use personalities I encounter as well as fantasies to inspire me.

How did you become a writer? Isabella: I actually started writing in High School. Over the years I started several different stories, but always put them down and forgot about them. I thought I would never be able to get them published so I didn’t make them a priority. Recently I saw that Harper Sloan had released Axel. I went to high school with Harper and seeing her with a book out, inspired me to try again. She actually helped me a lot during this whole process.

What words of wisdom would you give to those wanting to get into writing or just starting out? Isabella: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The indie author community is amazingly supportive. I still have so much to learn, but they are all so willing to help. I’m proud to be included in such an amazing group of people.

Who is your favorite character from your book? Isabella: I honestly don’t know if I can answer that. I like all of them for different things. I love that Leland is willing to do what’s necessary to get what he wants. I love that Victoria is so self-aware. I really enjoy the friendship between Victoria and Sage, they fit together so well.

Who is your favorite author? Isabella: That’s a three way tie between Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, and Iris Johansen

Do you have a genre that you want to get into next? Isabella: I’m pretty happy with the genre I am in now, but if I ever ventured into another one it would have to romantic suspense.

Do you plan to start a new book or series (anything outside of your current work)? Isabella: Of course I plane to write more after my Atlanta Affair Series, but right now I am focused on “A Wedding Affair” the third book in my series, which will be Nick and Piper’s story. There will be a total of five books in the series.

What is your favorite color? Isabella: Turquoise 

What is your favorite food? Isabella: Potaotes

What would you die without? Isabella: My daughters

What is your favorite city you like to visit? Isabella: Out of the places I have been, probably New York

What place do you dream to visit? Isabella: Ireland, I traced my family back to County Donegal Ireland and would love to go there.

What do you do outside of writing? Isabella: I am a single mom, a server, and a baker.

What are you currently working on? Isabella: “A Wedding Affair” and plans for an untitled stand alone novel.

What’s your favorite book? Isabella: Wow, I don’t have an answer for this one. My favorite book always changes. I would say that whenever the new Janet Evanovich book comes out, I buy it!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Isabella: In 10 years I hope to be writing still without having to worry about working a day job. I know most indie authors don’t get that luxury, but I can dream!

What is your favorite guilty pleasure? Isabella: Probably reality tv, I can’t get enough of the drama. I hate drama in my own life, but give me the Real World/Road Rules Challenge and I’m hooked.

What is one thing that no one really knows about you? Isabella: That I am still technically married. We’ve been separated for 3 years, and still trying to get the divorce.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given? Isabella: “just be sure to realize you're dealing with men. Remember to think what would a man say or do in this situation, because me react and think very differently from women” from Ella Frank on writing my first m/m novel.

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