Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway: Counting on You

By Sara Steven

Math teacher Haleigh Parde has no desire to change her single status until she receives an invitation to her high school reunion. With her ex spreading rumors she needs a date and fast. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Haleigh finds herself meeting a blind date at a neighborhood bar called Amarillo Sour...

After watching Haleigh crash and burn, app developer Ian Henning makes her a proposition. If she'll provide honest feedback on his new dating app, he'll guarantee her a date to knock the socks off her former classmates. Even better, he—and the other Amarillo Sour regulars—will help her navigate the rocky road of dating.

Through setups ranging from awkward to absurd, Haleigh discovers her matchmaker might just be better than the matches. And Ian wonders if she's the answer to everything he's worked for professionally. Or is she something much, much more...
(Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

I enjoyed the unique story line to Counting on You; the need for a date for Haleigh’s reunion, her use of a newly developed dating app, all while forging new friendships within the type of bar that felt reminiscent of the Sam Malone days at Cheers. It was fun to see her break out of her shell while going on various dates, mostly cringe-worthy, scenarios that are carefully monitored by Ian. It’s in the crash and burn moments that we get to really see who Haleigh and Ian are as characters, and as potential love interests.

I could see spending time with the both of them, right there at the Amarillo Sour. They’re the type of characters who feel true to life, a skill Laura Chapman excels at. A subtleness into the budding relationship between them, an honesty that develops over time. The kind of relationship that we need to root for. And having gone to my own ten and twenty year reunions, I know how stressful and awkward it can be. Usually, the first thing out of a former classmate’s mouth is, “What do you do for a living?” followed by, “Are you married?” Haleigh feels the pressure of not feeling as though she measures up to certain standards where her love life is concerned, and it doesn’t help that her ex will be there.

Initially, we’re introduced to Haleigh and the situation with her ex as merely a rumors situation- he’s spreading them, she’s working hard at dodging them. As the story unfolds, we learn more on why this particular failed relationship was so damaging for Haleigh. Another string of moments that felt real, and honest. While the central romantic theme to this story is incredible, watching Haleigh transform took the prize for me, with serious character evolution that many of us can easily recognize, and identify with.

Thanks to Lola's Blog Tours for the book in exchange for an honest review. 

This is our stop during the book blitz for Counting on You by Laura Chapman. Read on for more information about of this book and there's an US only giveaway (through the tour). This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. It runs from August 27th through September 2. See the tour schedule here.

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Counting on You (Amarillo Sour #1)

By Laura Chapman

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 28 August 2018

You can find Counting on You on Goodreads

You can buy Counting on You here:

- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo
- Google Play
- iTunes

Laura ChapmanAbout the Author:
Laura Chapman is the author of sweet and sexy romantic comedies. A born and raised Nebraska girl, she loves watching football, traveling, crafting, and baking. When she isn’t writing her next story, she is probably working at a museum by day and binge-watching Netflix with her cats Jane and Bingley at night. So, basically, she’s living large.

You can find and contact Laura Chapman here:
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There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Counting on You. One winner will win a Amarillo Sour Starter Kit, that includes two shot glasses, two coasters, a bottle opener and pens with the bar’s logo on them plus a $10 Amazon card. US Only.

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