Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Better Man by Amy Vastine

A Themed Tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance 
Paperback, 379 pages
January 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Kendall Montgomery's six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall's husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance…until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won't take off just when they need him most?

My Review

I loved this author's debut novel from earlier this year and so was excited to get my hands on her next one. The Better Man was quite an original story and one I haven't read before in this genre. The leading man looks almost exactly like the heroine's dead husband and this causes all sort of issues because they have to work together. Sparks definitely fly, both good and bad, but the author kept a great balance between heavier issues (such as Kendall's son who has become mostly mute as a way to deal with his father's death), humor, and then those sweet romantic moments.

These characters were so imperfectly perfect! I loved Kendall while also wanting her to figure out how to better help her son and hold herself together. She does have it pretty rough. Then there is Max who has his own issues, but is willing to fight for what he wants and has such a huge heart. It doesn't hurt that he is also attractive and that he and Kendall make such a good match. There were a bunch of other characters that I also really liked, especially Kendall's sisters who will be the focus of the next two books in this series. I loved when Kendall's family saw Max for the first time. Their reactions were priceless.

The Better Man was another enjoyable romance from this author. It's one I'd recommend to those who are looking for a sweet romance. It was a story with great characters, heart, some bitterness, family, friendship, and some swoon-worthy romance.

Content: There were a few mild swear words, but otherwise clean.
Source: I would like to thank the author, Amy Vastine, for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

- Gift Card Grand Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and a signed paperback (US) or ebook (INT) of The Better Man
- US Grand Prize: Signed paperback of The Better Man plus swag (shown above)
- 5 copies of The Better Man (paperback for US and ebooks for INT)
- Ends October 5th

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  1. Thanks so much for your sweet review! I am glad you liked it! Can't believe the tour is almost over! <3

  2. Thank you for the kind words and great review. I appreciate you reading and participating in the tour! :)

  3. I've not visited Chicago, only had a layover at O'hare.

  4. I have had a layover, our daughters want to go, as a couple of people from our church moved there, so it is on our schedule someday :)

  5. Lola Havisham9/26/14, 11:49 AM

    I have been several times and I love it! Such a great city to visit!

  6. Melinda Dartmann9/26/14, 3:49 PM

    I've been to Chicago many times. I have family in Michigan so I make a pit stop there to do some shopping!

  7. I'm trying, Lisa. :) I'm surprised I've been doing so well since I've been so busy.

  8. I'm looking forward to your next book, Laura! Hopefully I'll be able to help promote that one too. :)

  9. I feel the same way - that the tour should be longer. :) It was a great book, Amy!

  10. That could still count, right? ;)

  11. I hope you eventually get there.

  12. That's what I think too.

  13. That was some time ago. Thanks!

  14. Nurmawati Djuhawan9/27/14, 2:47 AM

    i haven't been to chicago ...someday i want to go to USA for holiday ^^
    thx u for hosting...

  15. This is a very cute book! I would love to visit Chicago someday. :)

  16. You're so sweet, Tressa! Next book comes out in March, and I would LOVE your help. Thanks again!

  17. Darlene Cruz9/29/14, 2:24 PM

    Never been to Chicago, layover to New York


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