If you like alpha males and feisty heroines with plenty of sparks... Shut the Front Door by L.M. Karen (Review & #Giveaway) #romancebooks #cleanromance #newbooks #5starread #5starreview @celebrate_lit

Welcome to my tour stop! This was such a fun read! I loved
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Shut the Front Door
(Oak Street Series #2)
By L.M. Karen
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
July 15, 2021 by Oak Street Publishing House


The zany story of an alpha male pursuing a headstrong woman and the hilarious entanglements that follow.

Maddy’s dating profile couldn’t be more together. Maddy, however, feels utterly not together when Derek is in the room. She thought living next to her best friend Brittany, (who happens to be married to her brother, Matt) would be the best move of her life; not realizing it came with the complication of Brittany’s older brother Derek. Their undeniable chemistry and passionate personalities make it hard for Maddy to continue ignoring his determined pursuit. This is a feel good romantic comedy with a hint of excitement.

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My Review

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR is a romance between a feisty heroine and a very determined alpha male. Full of chemistry and sparks, but also wonderful character development and a great family dynamic. A completely entertaining read!

I really enjoyed the last book in this series and had been looking forward to this one. This story... I literally ate it up. It was fun and snarky and full of sparks while also keeping on the clean side. The characters were fun and loveable. I loved seeing the couple from the first book, particularly the son/nephew. I loved how the title of the book actually makes sense in the story since the heroine tends to leave her front door unlocked and sometimes even open, which drives her police officer boyfriend crazy. I loved the dialogue and the banter (oh, the banter!!). And did I mention chemistry? Lots of that. I also appreciated that there is quite a bit of depth to both of these characters. They have some things they have to work through, particularly the heroine. I wasn't quite sure how it was all going to come together, plus there's a bit of suspense to add a bit of a twist. There is a touch of an inspirational/Christian element, but nothing preachy or overbearing making this a great read for the general market as well. I loved every minute!

My only issue might be that it's a bit weird to have two siblings marry two siblings, so two kids from one family marrying two kids from another. Even then, the story is so great, I didn't really care.

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you want a lot of swoon-worthy moments, like alpha males, feisty heroines, adorable kids, and a bit of danger then this story is for you. Highly recommended to romance fans! Now for a re-read...

Content: Some innuendo but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Other Books in the Series

Summertime Lilies
(Oak Street Series #1)
By LM Karen
Adult Contemporary Romance, Christian
Paperback & ebook, 196 Pages
January 30, 2021


A sweet and sentimental contemporary romance with a uniquely witty voice.

There are three things you should know about Brittany Masters:
She’s a single mom and a nurse manager at the local cancer clinic
She has big plans for a quiet summer
She’s convinced that fudge pops are the answer to almost all of life’s most important questions

A new neighbor, Matt, making friends with her son while simultaneously pursuing her blow plans for a predictable summer right out of the water. A chance meeting at the cancer clinic where she works renews a connection with an old friend and gives her the perspective she’s been missing. From quiet nights on her front porch swing in Matt’s company to long talks in the clinic with her old/new friend, Brittany’s summer is anything but routine.

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About the Author

LM Karen writes contemporary Christian fiction romance. As a longtime lover of words, she can generally be found behind her laptop or with a book in her hand. A graduate of Toccoa Falls College, her heart is in the mountains. She eventually made use of the voices in her head by putting them on the page.

More from LM Karen

I like writing characters who are flawed but are loved anyway. Who have maybe made a mess of things, or are consumed by fear, or have some growing to do, because isn’t that all of us? All of my characters get happy endings because as Christians we all get the happy ending. We are flawed, we are human, we are sinful, but we are loved. We are forgiven.

One of my favorite things about Maddy in Shut the Front Door is that she is fearless. She is bold and unapologetic about who she is. But even Maddy with all her confidence still has insecurities about being accepted, and just wants to be loved at the end of the day. She just wants to know that she will be received for all she is by the one person she loves the most. I think that’s a very relatable desire and what we all really want. One of my favorite things about Christian fiction is that we are reminded within the fun and sweeping nature of romance that we are always and eternally loved by God.

Tour Schedule

CarpeDiem, November 10
Texas Book-aholic, November 11
Genesis 5020, November 11
Living’ Lit, November 13
deb’s Book Review, November 15
Kayem Reads, November 17
Wishful Endings, November 18
By The Book, November 19
Remembrancy, November 21
Simple Harvest Reads , November 23 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, LM is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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