Welcome to the blog tour for Black Tie Christmas by Jo Michaels! This is a quick read for Christmas. Please enjoy my review and an excerpt and then download your own copy. Follow the tour for more book fun!
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Title: Black Tie Christmas
Author: Jo Michaels
Genre: YA Sweet Holiday Romance
Editor: Tia Silverthorne Bach with INDIE Books Gone Wild
Publication Date: November 27th, 2018
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I love holiday romances. And I love YA romances that feel a bit more real and true-to-life where I can relate with the MCs. This book started out strong. Evie is a talented artist who has focused her attention on getting into the art school of her dreams and pursuing her career. She randomly meets Adam at a coffee shop and has a complete meltdown after doing so. You realize that something happened in her past, and meeting guys is very difficult for her to do. Bits and pieces of her past slowly come out to give you some insight.
And then she and her family go to the Caymans. Guess who is also randomly there on vacation? She decides to let herself trust Adam and try to get to know him and his family while they are all in paradise, and the two develop a close relationship. At this point, I'm starting to get all of the feels and love watching this relationship between them develop.
Then we get back to New York. Evie enters an art contest that has massive implications for her future. We get to the awards night. The story is still flowing along quite nicely. And then it abruptly ends. I felt like there was a much longer novel coming out of this author and then suddenly the wall was hit and word count meant the story had to end, because it just did and wrapped up too quickly. I really hope that this there is a sequel to this story, because there is so much more to Evie and Adam to be explored. You have her past, for sure, which could almost make for an interesting prequel if handled correctly. I think their relationship has so much more potential and their story just is not yet finished. But this was definitely an enjoyable start to it all.
Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.
I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.
At the risk of sounding cliché, I'm going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I'm married to. Along with my children, he's my whole world.
I've lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I've had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I've written about in Yassa.
One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I'd love to hear from you.
Ocean waves rolling over one another and birds cawing with the rising sun drove Evie out of bed the next morning. Someone had opened the sliding glass door, letting a light breeze blow through the room. She stretched, rose, and stuck her feet in her flip-flops to check it out. When she pulled back the curtain, she spied her parents cuddled together in the hammock a few feet away. They were mumbling to one another and stealing kisses now and then. Rather than disturb them, she went to the bathroom, brushed her teeth, and put her bathing suit back on, topping it with shorts and a tank.
Loudly clearing her throat before she stepped into the small yard, she plastered on a smile and pretended she hadn’t seen anything.
“Good morning!” Her mother grinned but didn’t disentangle herself from her husband. “Sleep well?”
“Like the dead. You?”
“Same. Benjamin up yet?”
“No. He was pretty tired last night. I’ve never seen him go to sleep that fast.” Evie laughed.
“You guys going to breakfast?”
Her parents exchanged a look before her dad shrugged. “Do you think you can fly solo this morning? We’ll wait here for your brother to drag himself out of bed.”
“Er… How do I pay and stuff? Do I need money?” Evie asked.
“Nope. Everything’s included,” her mom answered.
“Okay. Do you guys have anything planned for today?” Wondering if there was anything for teens, specifically, Evie stuck her thumbnail between her teeth.
“Not at all. Go. Have some fun. Check in with us now and again via text, okay? Every few hours?” Dad asked.
“I will.” She turned to leave but called back over her shoulder, “You guys can go back to canoodling now. See ya later!” After grabbing her small backpack and stuffing her phone inside, she marched out the door, determined to find something fun to do.