On tour with S’more to Lose by Beth Merlin: chatting with the Author, my review, and a Giveaway

Hi all,

today I’m on tour with S’more to Lose by Beth Merlin (The Campfire Series #2) that will release tomorrow!

Because her novel is all about fashion and royals, I’d like to know which royals Beth thinks are the most fashionable, and what look she preferred for each. Here’s what she tells me.

The Top 5 Most Fashionable Royals according to Beth Merlin.

  1. Kate Middleton – Her ability to mix high and low-end pieces is unparalleled. She always looks incredibly polished, modern, and classy.
  2. Princess Diana- Two words…STYLE ICON. She paved the way for modern royals and completely changed the game.
  3. Princess Grace Kelly – Hollywood glamour in a tiara. So fabulous, Hermes even named a bag for her.
  4. Elizabeth I – Her wardrobe was specifically designed to impress foreign royals and her own subjects. The rich fabrics and jewels were all chosen to convey wealth, power, and prestige.
  5. Anne Boleyn – Anne brought French style and fashion into the English court. She was quickly plucked out of the crowd by Henry VIII who responded favorably to her more forward fashions.

I so agree with her!

SmoreToLoseTourBannerAnd now, the story:

Synopsis:

Four years after her life-changing summer, Gigi Goldstein thinks saying goodbye to Camp Chinooka means saying hello to a brand new life. Now faced with a second chance at her career, she is filled with more hope than she’s felt in a long time. Her design house is taking the fashion world by storm, even attracting notice of Victoria Ellicott, the fashionable British socialite who just happens to be engaged to the future king of England. When Gigi is chosen to design the royal wedding dress in London, she is forced to confront her ex-fiancé, Perry Gillman, now a successful composer with a hit show on the West End.

But when Gigi learns Perry’s been dating Victoria’s sister, who rivals her in looks, style and sophistication, Gigi can’t help but feel inadequate in everything. Her world begins to crumble as she develops a creative block so debilitating, she fears that a wedding dress of royal proportions is never going to happen. Even a budding relationship with the handsome, wealthy, and rich Viscount of Satterley can’t make her forget about Perry and her inability to get over him. As the world gears up for the wedding of the century, Gigi is on the brink of buckling under the immense pressure of the uncertainties of her future and failures of her past.

Will she be able overcome her creative paralysis to design the dress of Victoria’s dreams, or will she break down now that she has even s’more to lose?

Pre-order:

 

I had the pleasure to read the book, and here’s my review of it: 

This is not a simple review for me to write. Actually,  it’s simpler than that. In few words: I loved everything about it, except for the heroine.

Let’s be technical for a moment. The book is wonderfully written, makes it for a smooth and enjoyable reading. Maybe it’s not exactly smack dab in the middle of the romance genre because even if the romance is there, it’s not the point of the book. How Gigi deals with love is.

This is the second book in the Series, but honestly, I never felt like I was missing on something, the Author was very good at referencing and explaining what happened before.

As for the characters, I’ll quickly go through what I thought about them: I loved Jamie with no reserves. Perry is one of those people who’ll never be happily in love with a woman because, like Jamie pointed out, he’s too in love and devoted to music. The guy tries, but keep failing.  Gideon is a nice guy, and to this moment I struggle to see why he keeps going back to Gigi.

And we arrive at the trouble I had for this book. Gigi is a Bridget Jones with great taste and fashion sense. She’s also stuck in this routine where she falls in love, become somehow obsessed with the guy, only to fall in love with the next, which is when she realizes she wasn’t in love with the first one any longer. Beside her insecurities, what I really disliked was her silliness. SPOILER ALERT. This is the most resounding of her missteps. You know there are paparazzi everywhere, you even said they are in the hotel halls, and what do you do? You let your ex-fiancé, now involved with someone else, into your room and when he leaves, you lean in and whisper into his ear. Seriously. And that makes the whole world explode, basically ruining months of work (hers, Jamie’s, and many many other people’s) because you didn’t think about it. And you know what? that just fit with the character. There is a neurotic, brainless energy in Gigi that made it hard for me to like her. That being said, I gave the book 4 stars because my issues with Gigi are of personal preference toward a type of person. The plot works, the characters work, the writing works. If you like Bridget Jones, read it and you won’t be disappointed.


beth-merlinAUTHOR BIO:

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.
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Don’t forget you can read more interviews, reviews, and more by following the whole tour.

You can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2017/09/26/tour-sign-up-smore-to-lose-by-beth-merlin/). It will be updated daily with direct post links.

Giveaway:
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • S’more to Lose Prize Pack

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