Leave the Lights On by Karen Stivali: Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Title:   Leave the Lights On
Author:  Karen Stivali
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  November 5, 2013
Published By:  Samhain Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


“When love throws you a curve, swing for the fences.”
Parker Wood’s dreams of becoming a professional baseball player are shattered when he’s injured in a devastating car crash.  After two years in hospitals and physical rehab facilities, he’s ready to move back to his childhood home and take over the family landscaping company.  The home and business are his, now that his father has passed away.
Sophie Vaughn has suffered through a hellishly public divorce from a husband who couldn’t manage to stay faithful for two months of marriage. Determined not to let her personal drama impact her successful wedding and party planning business, she buys her parents’ old house, hoping the comfort of familiar surroundings will help her heal.
When Parker and Sophie discover they’re neighbors once again, it’s as if time has stood still. Their friendship is quickly rekindled, along with the decade-long crush neither of them ever admitted having. Then the heat between them exposes a long-held secret that threatens to tear them apart…unless they can detach from their painful pasts and move forward-together.
Warning: Contains sultry summer nights, steamy pool-side encounters, and you’ll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again.

Alexis says…

After reading some very stressful, angst-ridden books that had my blood pressure soaring, I think Leave the Lights On is exactly what the doctor ordered.  This book was my book version of comfort food, filling and also very good.  It had all the right ingredients, a great love story with very likeable characters, a friends to lover romance, and last but not least, some great lovin!
Parker is finally moving back home after living the last two years in a rehab facility after an awful car accident.  The car accident was right after his girlfriend broke up with him.  While in rehab, his father passed away from cancer and Parker now has to take over his father’s landscaping business.  To say that Parker had anything but a crappy last two years is like the understatement of the century.  Also, his life-long dream of becoming a professional baseball player was also crushed the night of the unfortunate accident.  That is where Sophie, his next door neighbor, who he has always crushed on, comes in…
Sophie has also been burned in the relationship department, Sophie found her husband of only two months cheating on her…seriously, only after two months.  She is now living in her childhood home, working as a wedding planner while her parents are living in Florida to avoid the awful embarrassment that Sophie created.  Obviously, her parents are completely self-involved morons, how else can you say that about your daughter who was cheated on?
Parker and Sophie were so flippin cute together.  I loved how their relationship matured at a realistic pace and their chemistry was off the charts.  Both of them had obstacles to overcome, but for the most part Parker had a lot to deal with.  If there is one thing I need, it’s an epilogue.  I do wish the author had included one in the story because I would’ve loved a sneak peek into their future.
P.S. I totally learned a new use for peanut butter!!

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About the Author:

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.
Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.
Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora’s Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award – 2012) and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader’s Choice Award – 2013).
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