Friday, November 18, 2016

Virtual Book Tour: Freckles by Amy Lane (Review + Giveaway)

Virtual Book Tour: Freckles by Amy Lane (Review + Giveaway)

About Freckles

Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.

Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.

But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!

He can be the owner of a small dog.

Now available from Riptide Publishing.

About Amy Lane

Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.

She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.

She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.

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3.5* Nice intro to this author. We'd been considering getting a dog - no chance after reading about all the piddles and poop, LOL!

This is a nicely-written tale that ends in the start of a HEA for its leads. It's what I'd call a 'lite' tale - no major drama, no angst, no massive reveals, no crazy passion, just a couple of guys that I think could actually exist IRL, finding each other. 

There's no explicit sex in this and at one point in the middle, it got a bit Mary Calmes-esque, with all the rambling about Carter, his potential change of jobs, his mother and her attitudes and with Sandy's mother and her weird Thanksgiving habits. In fact, it got a lot MC-esque, to the point that I skimmed a little. None of that was really relevant and it came across as filler that should have been filtered out, instead of what felt like making up a word-count.

The piddles and poop thing? SOOOO much detail about little Freckles, which kind of started off funny, but got a bit much and in the end, made me rethink my decision to get a dog. I can't believe that much pee and poop wouldn't stink a house out.

ARC courtesy of Riptide Publishing for my reading pleasure.


To celebrate the release of Freckles, one lucky winner will receive Freckles in ebook and another ebook of their choice from Amy’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 19, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Dogs provide so much more than piddles and poop. Take a chance
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  2. Great review. I don't think dogs are too different from toddlers so if you have children, you probably already know how it feels.
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  3. Amy's tales are either VERY intense or very sweet, it's intriguing!


  4. really enjoyed this story

  5. Congrats on the release & thanks for the review!

  6. Don't give up on sharing your life with a dog! If accidents might stop you, don't miss out on rescuing an adult pet from shelters. Your life will forever be enriched! I promise. peachescon(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Do get a dog-- just maybe not a dog with a teeny tiny digestive system. Small dogs are a challenge in the potty training department, but all dogs are worth the trouble 😉

  8. Hi guys, thanks so much for all the doggy comments. I have had a couple of rescue dogs and also had a pup who lived with us until a month short of her 18th b'day - she was partly responsible for me getting pregnant with my only child, as she ate my pack of contraceptive pills and I wasn't careful! Best thing ever, as my kid is now 24, a great guy and a dedicated teacher.

    But, dogs are a commitment I don't have the patience for right now, as I work and also can't abide smells or dirt. I do have 3 cats who pretty much look after themselves, and I have a well-trained hubs who's on litter-tray duty, rubbish-duty, insect-removal-duty, etc, and he wants a dog when he retires in 2.5 maybe then?

    Thanks all!