Sunday, June 5, 2016

Release Day Blitz - STRING BEANS by T.K. Rapp

Title: String Beans
Series: The Girls of Beachmont #2
Author: T.K. Rapp
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 5, 2016

Viola Banks had music in her blood. As an aspiring song writer, she grew up wanting nothing more than to have her words sung for all the world to hear. But that changed when she fell in love and married a man whose ambitions became more important than her own.

And when it all fell disastrously apart, she realized she was left with nothing but shattered dreams and empty promises.

A fairy tale without the happy ending.

Trying to pick up the pieces, Viola decides to move to Los Angeles for a new beginning.

Her chance to find the voice she thought she had lost.

Wyatt Jenson’s life was settled. He had a job. A girlfriend. A future.

Moving back to L.A. to take over the family business was the last thing he wanted. But obligation called and he found himself putting down roots in the last place he ever thought he would be. He finds himself the new owner of String Beans, the local music hotspot and coffee shop.

It only takes one night, one song, one random encounter, and lives can change forever.

Viola has to learn to open a heart that’s been broken. 

Because the only way to move on is to remember how to love.

String Beans is a standalone but it’s the second book in The Girls of Beachmont series.  We met Viola in Fumbled and she seemed to have the perfect life.  She was married to Will, her college sweetheart, but had always put her dreams on hold to make him happy.

When she suffers the worst kind of betrayal, she leaves everything and everyone behind to start fresh in a new town.  She is broken down and devastated.  Who can blame her after what she has gone through?  The more I read the first few chapters, the madder I was.

Wyatt had the perfect job, the perfect girlfriend, and was happy.  When his mom’s health declines, he leaves it all behind to go home and help them.  He takes over String Beans, the local coffee shop.  Finding out how the shop got its name was such a sweet moment and I would have never guessed that.  If you’ve ever watched the show ‘Friends’, then that’s what this place reminded me of.  A relaxing place to enjoy and hear local musicians play.

From day one, Wyatt is drawn to Viola and I fell for him the first time he met her.  He was so funny!  She feels the attraction, too but after her ordeal, she is avoiding every man possible.  The more she and Wyatt bump into each other, she starts to actually feel alive again.  I simply loved Wyatt’s character.  He’s a really good guy and so good for her.  He’s hilarious, sexy, and such a sweetie.  Who could blame her for liking him?  He just makes her feel so at ease.

Then, when he finds out Viola writes songs and gets her to play in his coffee shop, he knows his heart belongs to her, if she will just take it.  But, things aren’t always that easy and I felt so bad for him. But, Viola knows where her heart is at and I really liked seeing how independent she became.  She learned to stand on her own again and learned to love herself.  She got her writing groove back after being unable to write for so long and that really changed her so much and for the better.

I love everything about this series.  The characters are easy going, funny, and this is such a sweet read.  I just adored Wyatt and Viola blossomed so much after meeting Wyatt.  I loved seeing her blend in so well with his family right from the start and how much their relationship changed as they went from friends to lovers.  I think all of Viola’s friends were just what she needed to move on and I loved getting to see her friends from the previous book.  This is a quick, make you feel good kind of book that I give 4 stars. I would love to see more of this series in the future.

“I’m so hungry,” Callie said.
“Then let’s go,” Dallas answered, locking his door.
We got to the street and had started walking toward Callie’s car when Dallas stopped walking.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“Just waiting for Wyatt.”
“Yep,” I heard Wyatt say behind me.
“Um, guys, my car only holds four,” Callie said.
“Well.” Jolie grinned and I knew she was up to something. “Callie, why don’t I ride with you and Dallas so I can get the real story on my girl here. And Vi, why don’t you take Wyatt in your car? All set?”
“Sounds good.” Callie smiled.
“Works for me,” Dallas added. They started to walk away, leaving me alone with Wyatt.
“Where’s your car?” Wyatt asked while I looked at my friends with wide eyes.
Pure. Fucking. Evil.
I will get you all back—at least that’s what I tried to convey with my eyes, but all I heard was their laughter.
“This way,” I said, pointing in the opposite direction.
I climbed into the driver’s seat and waited for Wyatt to join me inside.
He started laughing and looked over at me. “They’re not subtle, are they?”
“Not even a little.” I smiled. “Sorry about them.”
“Listen, full disclosure, I’m very interested. But I know you have things you need to deal with, so no pressure.”
I opened my mouth to speak, but nothing came out. How could it? Wyatt winked sweetly and I shook my head, laughing at him.
“You’re something else, Mr. Earp.”

T.K. Rapp was born and raised in Texas. She would have stuck around there forever, but her husband was in the U.S. Navy, so they moved every 18 months. However, she didn't mind, because she had the opportunity to live on both coasts and met amazing people along the way. 

Now, finally settled back in Texas...for good, she is able to pursue her writing. When she's not at her desk, she enjoys being with her family, shooting and editing photographs, visiting with friends or just watching movies.

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