Blog Tour Review & Excerpt: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin


I have been so excited about this series! I even contributed to it being published because I really support what these authors are doing, writing clean Adult Romance. Thank you, ladies!! 

I will be reviewing each of the novellas in this series every couple of weeks. The book up for review this time around is...

Silver Linings
(The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series #2)
by Kaylee Baldwin
Adult Romance Novella
March 24th 2014

Summary

Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of "smart" business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he's broke and has nowhere else to go.

Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she have to sell her house to pay for her mother’s medical expenses, but she also had to drop out of school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn't the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Assisted Living. When she learns that her boyfriend's new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.
    


My Review

Silver Linings starts off with the hero having some really bad luck. He's left his life to make it out on his own and out from under his family's wealth and influence. I immediately remembered Drew from the first book in the series, Home Matters. We only get a glimpse of him and a little dialogue between him and the heroine, Olivia, in the last book. I was really curious to find out more about him.

Then we meet Eden. She is a beam of sunshine. She is constantly doing things for others and never taking care of herself or allowing others to help her. The tenants of Silver Linings were all really fun too. They really cracked me up in certain parts and added a lot to the story.

Drew and Eden don't meet under the best circumstances. Regardless, they immediately have a connection and attraction to each other. However, there are some things in the way of them having more than just a friendly relationship. What's nice is that they do become friends. There's no insta-love here. 

I really enjoyed these characters, the story-line, and the mostly happily-ever-after ending. It was cute, fun, romantic, and heartfelt. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick and sweet chick-lit. I easily read it in one sitting (I really couldn't put it down) and it left me feeling happy and ready to find out what Jace's happily-ever-after will be in Righting a Wrong.

Content: Clean

Source: From tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.


Excerpt

        Eden opened the door and hopped out. “I’ll be just a second, if you want to stay out here.”
Drew could tell a non-invitation when he heard one, so he nodded. He did get out of the car—where somehow it was less cold—and stomped his feet a few times while she walked up the stairs, a firm grip on the rail. She disappeared through the door.  A few minutes later, she came out, the worry lines back on her face. Instinctively, he moved closer, but before he could say anything, her heel slipped out from under her and she slid down several stairs. He rushed over to stop her fall, catching her just before she fell down the last three steps.
“Are you okay?” Drew’s heart pounded with adrenaline.
She moaned and used the railing and his hand to pull herself up to standing. “Guess I should have scraped and salted those this morning.”
“Your landlord doesn’t do it?”
She let out a short, humorless laugh. “No.” He noticed her limping when they started toward the car and he slid his arm around her waist. 
“Do you need to go get that looked at? Did you break something?”
“No. I just twisted my knee. It’ll be okay. This happens like once a week.”
Drew stopped walking and stared at her in disbelief. Once a week? 
“I’m fine. Really. But we’ve got to go before it gets too late. Thank you, though.” She glanced up at him and Drew’s breath caught in his throat. The sunlight kissed her pale hair, skin, and eyes, reminding Drew once again of an angel. She was so beautiful. So kind. And so taken.
He forced himself to step back and pretended nothing weird had just happened by running a hand through hair still slick with the gel he’d put in it after his shower. He discreetly wiped gel off onto his pants. “So, Silver Linings?”
“Yes. Silver Linings.” She wouldn’t meet his eyes, and he didn’t think it was his imagination that she sounded breathless too.

Kaylee

About the Author

When Kaylee Baldwin isn’t writing, she’s usually chasing after her four children, checking her email, trying to get motivated to train for that race she shouldn’t have signed up for, hanging out with her pretty awesome husband, and reading whatever good book she can find. She graduated from Arizona State with degree in English Lit. Her published books are Meg’s Melody, Six Days of Christmas (part of the All I Want collection) and Silver Linings.




The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series 
Updated Ripple Effect

Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.

"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford
Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin
Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson
Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White
Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Book 6: Immersed by Jennifer Griffith


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39 comments

  1. kindlemom14/2/14, 7:27 AM

    These all look fabulous!

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  2. Love the cover too and have been trying desperately to get my hands on a copy. Hope we both read it soon. Thanks for sharing ;)

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  3. kindlemom14/2/14, 7:56 AM

    I am a sucker for a good historical, I agree this one looks good!

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  4. I hope you get a copy. I would think with how big your blog is that you wouldn't have any issues getting one. I hope we both love it!

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  5. I just hope it ends up being good. :)

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  6. It's so nice to sit down and be able to read a book in one sitting with a sweet ending, especially right before bed.

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  7. aww how come I never heard of this! These sound super cute

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  8. Great pick, this does look great.

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  9. Thanks! I'll come and see what you've posted on your blog.

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  10. I can't say I'm a huge proponent of clean romance, but sometimes you really don't need to get physical to convey a sense of intimacy between two characters. I'll have to check out this series.

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  11. Oh my gosh. Cress is such an awesome book! Whoever wins it will LOVE IT!

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  12. It is an fabulous book. :D

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  13. awww i haven't read this book yet but sounds like a really good book <3 and the cover is so cute, i need to read it soon :)

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  14. This book sounds absolutely fantastic, and the cover is beautiful! I seriously am looking forward to getting the chance t read this one.

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  15. I actually read this one recently I did enjoy it. It has some steampunk elements to it as well. And an assassin who actually kills. I didn't realize it had been republished. Great pick! ~Pam

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  16. That's interesting this is actually a re-published novel. I'd not read/known that. This cover is definitely more eye-catching and like you I'm eager to read this one. Bring on May! :)

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  17. I am seeing this everywhere! They sound great!!

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  18. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover!

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  19. This one looks amazing! Excellent pick. I love this time-frame.

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  20. ooooh I'd love to read both of those books sometime!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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  21. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway!

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  22. They are both fabulous! I highly recommend them!!! :)

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  23. I really enjoyed this one and am really looking forward to the next book in the series!

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  24. Everyone is a little different. I prefer my books to be clean. I'm more of that kind of gal that loves the tension that builds up to the very first kiss. If you do end up reading this one or the other books in the series, I hope you enjoy them! :)

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  25. They are super cute. Definitely check them out!

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  26. Yes, that cover just pulls me right in, especially after reading the synopsis.

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  27. It's great to hear that you enjoyed it. Hopefully I will too! :) Thanks, Pam!

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  28. Definitely bring on May...and the rest of April...and June... ;)

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  29. Seriously! There's got to be an awesome and fierce heroine behind that cover! Right?

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  30. It was really, really good! :)

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  31. This sounds like a cute story!

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  32. I have to say this cover is very eye-catching. I know that one should not "judge a book by it's cover," but too often that happens. So when I see a great cover like this, I always want to congratulate those who created it! This book sounds awesome and they were able to show that in the cover too.

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  33. I'm glad you liked this one more than the first one. It sounds SO cute. No insta-love, good characaters, and a happy ending—my kind of book!

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  34. It was really cute and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. :)

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