The Friend Request Blog Tour Plus Review


The Friend Request

By Charles Soto

Genre: Romance


Chase has it all. Owner of a successful business, social standing and respect, killer looks and not the fiancé of any man’s fantasy. His life is in control, just the way he planned; but everything is not as it appears. His brother, also his business partner and closest friend, is angrily rejected when he attempts to tell Chase the Truth. As Chase blindly races toward an empty future based on lies and deceit, his brother makes the dangerous decision to protect him.

Carly, a single and struggling mom, has always sacrificed personal happiness in an effort to protect her son. Lonely and stuck in a dead-end job, her life revolves around her special needs child; until the abusive father threatens to take him. Carly decides to take a chance on life and accept a friend request from her high school sweetheart. Can she let down her defenses and open her heart, or will the past cloud her future? Will a simple Facebook friend request bring Chase and Carly the happiness they so desperately desire, or will secrets from their past threaten to keep them apart … forever.

My Review: 

Out of all the second-chance romances that I have read, this is up there as one of my personal favorites. On Amazon, many people say that the book has many grammatical errors. However, the new Amazon version has be re-edited, and the story has actually been fleshed out!

I think the most confusing part of the story to me was about Chase’s company.  The governor of California accused him of trying to racially profile his employees. Chase never really denied or affirmed these allegations, so I could not tell if his character was actually in support of or against these policies. I just ended up ignoring that part of the story so that I would not become even more confused, and it wasn’t that hard to do so.

Other than that, the rest of the story flowed smoothly. This story emphasized the fact that sometimes people need to do some growing up before they find love. Chase was immature in high school, blaming Carly for an accident, and tried to turn the school against her on the basis of a lie. Carly was loving in high school, but they were not going to work out after the incident.

Chase thought that he would never be able to have a child, but with Caleb, he was able to have a son to call his own. This improved the story for me, seeing Chase and Caleb’s relationship grow. The romance was also so sweet, as they deal with their pain from past relationships and heal together. I do wish that Chase had cut things off with Heather completely before continuing his relationship with Carly, but I also understand that he was unable to do so. This was what made this second-chance romance successful, the love between Chase and Caleb and the personal growth of Carly and Chase’s relationship.

The pacing of this book is generally fast, even though it slows down at some points. There were no editing errors that I noticed, as this is again the updated version of the novel. The world-building is average, but it didn’t have to be that detailed since it is a contemporary novel.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of second-chance romances.

I received an advanced copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

257 Soto

Charles Soto is a moving and unconventional fiction author of Heartache & Sin, The friend Request, Pride and a Prayer and the ghostwriter of the Auto-Biography, Frias with Love (Where we come from, where we went).

Along with his diversity as an author and his capabilities of writing in a profound array of genres, his talents as a sculptor and expertise in the painting and decorating field has enabled him to supervise such projects as the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., Pantageous Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis, MN., as well as many more iconic Structures.

Charles Soto was born in Las Vegas NV., and throughout his childhood was raised in the Bay Area of Alameda County on the outskirts of San Francisco, CA. He now lives in Northern Minnesota with his wife of thirty years and their two daughters.

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First Crush, Last Love Blog Tour Plus Review

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

First Crush, Last Love
by Elizabeth McKenna
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 314 pages
August 1st 2017

Back in high school, Lee Archer made Jessie Baxter’s cheeks flush and her heart race. But the popular athlete never wanted to be more than just friends. Ten years later, after a failed marriage and with her journalism career on shaky ground, Jessie’s come home for her high school reunion—and Lee still has the power to make her knees weak and her pulse pound.

Lee’s teenage years were filled with more trauma and drama than anyone guessed. Though his damaged past has helped make him a successful police detective, it’s hurt every relationship he’s tried. But seeing the grown-up, stunning Jessie might just change his commitment-phobic mind.

Jessie’s psycho ex-husband had her convinced no one would ever love her, but Lee is ready to step out of the friend zone and into her heart. Can she learn to trust again before she loses her chance to turn her first crush into her last love?

Elizabeth McKenna’s novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the joy of finding true love at last.

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My Review:

I flew through reading this book. The first section of the book is dedicated to Jessie’s high school years, where she had a one-sided crush on Lee. After Lee seems to reject her for his on and off girlfriend Tina, she gives up on him and decides to go out with Billy. Fast forward 5 years, she is getting married to Billy and Lee has left town after high school. She is having regrets about her marriage, but she decides to go through with it. Her regrets only intensify when Billy ruins the wedding for her, but by that point, she feels that it is too late to back out. She thinks that she is going to make it work. Meanwhile, Lee is working as a policeman in Chicago, and trying to get his own love life together.

Even though the book focuses on the romance at the end, by the time I stopped with my own little summary, the book is about half over. My favorite part of the story wasn’t actually seeing Lee and Jessie grow closer, which definitely wasn’t disappointing. My favorite part of this story was definitely seeing Jessie grow. In high school, no one but Billy had ever shown her interest, and she only hung out with/had a crush on Lee. She grew from that girl who had never had anyone interested in her, to a scared woman stuck in a horrible marriage. She had to build up the strength to stand up to Billy, and she had to learn that the horrible things that he had said to her weren’t true. She had to re-learn how to love herself before she could let herself love another person

This book could definitely be a lesson to people who get married, even though they have cold feet/a bad feeling. There’s a difference between nerves and realizing that something may not be completely right with the relationship. If she had gone with her gut feeling about the bar proposal and never married Billy, she would have saved herself therapy, emotional abuse, and years of suffering. She also would have never had the horrible memories of their wedding, which could have been another sign. It is sad when people get married just to get married, even though they know that something is not right. Even though this book is fictional, it could serve as a real-life warning.

I also love how the book was paced. The high school years were a little slow, but it did allow the readers to truly appreciate the growth of the characters after seeing them in their immature 17-year-old stages.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new romance novel, or to anyone who loves second chance romances. I’m not sure if this counts as second chance, because they were never together in the first place. However, I still consider it to be one, and this is definitely one of the best if not THE best second-chance romance novels that I have ever read.

Overall Rating: 6/5

About the Author

Though Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read a romance novel until her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). With the urging of her children, she decided to write her own Happily Ever Afters.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.


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Locks, Hooks and Books
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
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