Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Newbie by Jo Noelle

Newbie (1)

by Jo Noelle
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 360 Pages
August 16th 2014 by Little Box Press LLC


The housing market is crashing, and Sophie’s life is crashing with it. At twenty-four, her successful real estate career evaporates. She’s broke, can’t find a job, or pay her bills, leaving Sophie wondering how her successful lifestyle became so fragile.

At the urging of her roommate, Sophie accepts a job in her fallback career—teaching six-year-olds. She hopes it’s temporary. After all, how long can a tanking economy last anyway? The best part of the new job is Liam, another employee at Rio Grande Elementary. The worst part of the new job is, well, teaching.

Sophie has a surprise real estate closing from a contract she wrote months ago, leading her to a niche in the real estate market and to a new partner, Kevin. Sophie must choose between Liam or Kevin and between a lucrative career or recess duty.

My Review

Newbie is the second book I've read from this author team and so I was expecting to like it. Happily, I wasn't disappointed. The characters were fun, the story was about more than the romance, and the plot kept me engaged pretty much the whole way through.

Sophie was an interesting character. She thinks she's heading for the top among her real estate team when the market and her career comes crashing down. She ends up finding a job as a first grade teacher and some hilarious and stressful situations ensue. The bright spot in her day is when she gets a peak at a handsome guy, Liam, who works at the same school. I enjoyed her craziness and internal dialogue. The kids she teaches were hilarious and because I have kids of my own, I could relate with her experiences. There's a teacher who gives her the cold shoulder. I never found out exactly why, but it added some extra tension to the plot. There is also an older lady that Sophie befriends and brings into her circle of friends.

Kevin, her real estate partner at one point, was also an interesting character. He's confident, suave, successful, and good looking. He turns Sophie's head a little. Counter to him is Liam. Liam is sweet, humble, attractive, great with kids, and definitely turns Sophie's head. It was interesting to see her interact with both of these guys even though it wasn't a true triangle. There were also quite a few preconceived notions from first impressions, some that were completely wrong. Sophie had some things, situations, and people to kind of struggle through.

I really liked that the story didn't completely focus on the romance. It was there and I would have liked a little more depth and banter there, but the story was a lot of Sophie figuring out what she wanted. Did she want to be a teacher? Could the kids worm their way into her heart? Did she want a huge house and nice car and a hefty paycheck and was getting back into real estate what she wanted for those things? I also loved her blog posts that documented her struggles, questions, and life as she figures things out.

If you enjoy chick-lit, romance, or women's fiction, then I'd recommend Newbie. It was full of friendship, finding that one can learn new things and rise to challenges, that some things aren't really that important, and that romance can come in unexpected packages. I'll definitely be checking out Noelle's future books.

Content: Some innuendo, but I would consider this clean.

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

About the Author

Jo Noelle
Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people—

Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.

They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation.

Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family.

Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

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  1. Since it's also lent and I'm abstaining from meat, I'll take green beer instead. Happy St. Patrick's day 🍀🍀

  2. I have Cinder but haven't read it yet, I'm sorry this one disappointed you :)

  3. These look so good! I'm more into YA than Christian lit, so I'm most excited to (hopefully) see reviews for The Fill-In Boyfriend and Illusionarium!

  4. Sounds like a cool book, thanks for sharing your review!

  5. Cali Willette3/17/15, 3:06 PM

    Good review. I found this book to be more like a novella. I felt Levana sort of turning selfish towards the end.

  6. Glenda Hefty3/17/15, 9:20 PM

    I was curious to read a review of another book by Karen as I just got her A League of Her Own. I didn't see very many familiar names listed in the many new authors and new books!

  7. I see we had a lot of overlap! I should have remembered the Fill-In Boyfriend! I love Kasie West. Dang. Next time! Thank you for stopping by Rex Robot Reviews.

  8. This one was certainly darker than the rest of the series. I'm sorry you didn't really like this one. It was pretty depressing at parts, but I thought it fit Levana's character well. Great review :)

  9. Thank you for sharing NEWBIE! Our goal in writing Sophie's story was just to make the readers laugh and forget about their own troubles. I hope you and your followers enjoy it. :) p.s. I love the bird rating system--so cute.

  10. Love these, Tressa - and how you put this list together. Excited for Kasie's and "Miss Mayhem." Oh, and of course "Crimson Bound" sounds epic. Yay for Becky's, Melissa's and Ronie's too! Cannot believe I forgot that one. Oh, and of course, Rachelle's has lots of great buzz surrounding its release. Should be awesome. :)

  11. I keep hearing similar things about this book. I bought it and it's sitting on my shelf, but every day my interest lessens. It just sounds like a depressing read and I don't want that. It's fairly short though so I guess I should power through. Sorry you didn't enjoy it! ~Pam

  12. It did, but it was still well written and I think this is one that many will like. I just wanted it to be happier and it so isn't, which I should have known. Obviously.

  13. True that. :) She did. I thought she could have gone the other way if he would have just loved her or someone really had, you know?

  14. It definitely fits Levana. I think I would have liked it more if it wouldn't have been so sensual and blatant in parts. It was still good, but not anything I would ever re-read.

  15. I was pretty honest in not liking it. It is depressing. It's like ship that starts off bad and still plunges deeper. You just have to expect with who Levana is that she would have this type of story. I loved getting to meet the two little girls who are so important in this series.

  16. I have been a little annoyed that I have so many tour books right now because I have an ARC of both and haven't gotten to them yet. I have heard The Fill-In Boyfriend is Kasie's best to date, so I have high expectations for that one!

  17. We did have some good overlap. Been following you for years - even before I blogged, but I get so busy that I don't get to stop by much. Thanks for returning the favor. :)

  18. Well, I only bow to your excellent graphic skills. There are too many books I want to read, seriously. I think I need time to freeze for a couple of weeks so I can just read and read and read and then time can continue when I've gotten to everything. Lol! Thanks for stopping by, as always!

  19. I rather liked it, quite honestly. :)

  20. Thanks! It was good and the kids totally cracked me up. :) Looking forward to your guys' next book!

  21. I moved Cinder up my to-read list, along with the Weird girls series :)


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