Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Report & Giveaway: Made to Last, by Melissa Tagg

FUN STUFF!! Today we have a GUEST blogger, Laurie Tomlinson, here to review a FANTASTIC novel written by my friend and super duper writer, Melissa Tagg. I mean, can this get any better? AND we're giving away a copy! So enjoy Laurie's review, leave a comment, and enter to win a book that would make Ty Pennington scream, "ARE YOU READY?"


Hello, fellow CCC readers! I’m here to tell you a little about my friend Melissa Tagg’s debut inspirational contemporary romance, Made to Last, and what we can learn from it. I was fortunate enough to give Melissa a hug the day this released, and it’s been so much fun to witness her journey as a debut author.

About the book (from the publisher):

Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, thaat's how it looks when she's starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show--even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiancĂ© who ran out on her three years ago.
When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda's every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth--and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she's built come crashing down just as she's found a love to last?

My take:

With a unique premise like that, how can you not pick this book up from the shelf? A reality television star with huge secrets trying to stay out of the spotlight. A reporter desperately trying to unearth her secrets. That kind of tension is explosive!

And I have good news: it’s a page-turner. You see, Melissa Tagg is pure genius in one of the top writing techniques, reader incentives. I’m not going to give you any spoilers, but in every scene, she delivers some morsel that makes turning the page irresistible.  (Do not, I repeat, do NOT start this book just before bedtime. You’ll be in for an all-nighter.)

Whether it’s a moment of pure goodness, a decision that amps up the tension, or a swoon-worthy encounter that sizzles from the page, this romantic comedy is can’t-put-down good!

You can find Made to Last: (eBook on sale for $5.59):


Thanks, Laurie!! I totally agree! It's romance at its best! Sheesh!! And I'm a historical romance fiction junkie, but Melissa Tagg captured the spirit of the behind-the-scenes of Extreme Home Makeovers with a hunky hero that gives Ty Pennington a serious run for his money. In fact, the men in this book are worth of their own books ...hint hint Melissa Tagg (book 2 maybe?!?) :)
I thoroughly enjoyed the character banter. The tension between the heroine and her hero(s) is awesome. I love the fact the heroine is plucky but vulnerable and let's admit, it's about time we get a heroine who knows how to wield a hammer and use a table saw!

Way to go Melissa Tagg! You knocked this one off the roof and to the moon!

...and here's just a tidbit about our dear guest blogger. You'll have fun getting to know her too as you check out Melissa's debut read! 

About Laurie Tomlinson: Laurie Tomlinson is a wife, toddler mom, and pre-published contemporary romance author from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a member of ACFW and won the 2013 Genesis Award in the Contemporary category. Her work is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Agency.

She hit the jackpot with her critique partners.

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Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :) - Represented by: Books & Such Literary Agency

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  1. I LOVED this book!! I really am looking forward to more books from Ms. Tagg. :)

    1. Luckily we don't have to wait too much longer!!

  2. Oh this so made my morning, ladies. Thanks so much for the review, Laurie, and for hosting it, Jaime. did my heart good today. So glad you both enjoyed it!

  3. Woohoo! Loved Made to Last. Love its author. Love all of you ladies, too!

    Guess I'm just full o' love today! Hehe. Happy Friday!

  4. Sounds like something I would really enjoy! I hope I win!! Believe it or not I have a little rebellious streak in me...I got 2 tattoos after breast cancer (just 2years ago), I used to want to ride a motorcycle (never did), and I wanted to learn the drums after seeing Karen Carpenter play them (still can't play). I love the idea of a female with a hammer and saw in her hand!

  5. Okay, Jaime, I've been hearing RAVE reviews about this book for a while now, so gotta get my mitts on it! PLEASE drop my name in the hat, okay, and GREAT review, as always, my friend!!


  6. Thank you for featuring Mellissa. Her book sounds fantastic. would love to read it
    thank you

  7. Hi, Laurie, &, Jaime!

    Loved your review, Laurie, & know I would LOVE the book, also. Have heard SO many wonderful reviews! Sounds like a mix of romance, & comedy - great combo! And - I love the story line, something different! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


  8. Oh you make this book sound so fantastic. I will have to look for it!

  9. Would love to read this new author...

  10. Oh my...this is right up my alley and I do so love a good new book. :) Great review--I already wanted to read this, but now...I'm practically salivating.


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