Sunday, November 29, 2015

Virtual Book Tour: One More Sunset by Jolyse Barnett

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by my blog today. The spotlight is on One More Sunset by Jolyse Barnett. Ms. Barnett will be giving away some awesome One More Sunset swag. Make sure you follow the link below to enter!

One More Sunset by Jolyse Barnett

Publisher & Release Date: Booktrope Editions, September 18, 2015

Time and setting: Present Day, Key West, Florida/NYC

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Paranormal/Romantic Suspense

Length:  171 pages

Heat Level: 2 Scorching Hot Flame

Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns

Book Description:

Some people run for exercise while others run for fun. Abby Stone spends most days running for her life.

After Abby Stone’s ex-boyfriend shows up at her new hideout and she uses a bottle of wine as an impromptu weapon, calling the police is out of the question. His family has a knack for erasing charges and pesky restraining orders. Desperate, she prays for help. A magical suitcase appears and she’s compelled to play an unsettling game involving a sexy, kind stranger while staying one breath ahead of her stalker.

Dylan Reece has overcome tragedy and enjoys life as a single Key West handyman and fisherman. Yet Abby’s sad, wary eyes hold secrets and a chance for his redemption, if not more…

Will the magic of their love be enough to save them?

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Vikki’s Musings

One More Sunset is a fantastic book. When I agreed to read and review in exchange for an honest review, I almost passed on this one because of a heavy load of commitments. I am so glad I didn’t. This book has a bit it all.

Abby Stone is on the run from her stalker ex-boyfriend. Just when she thinks she save, he shows up. The last time, she ended up in the hospital with a broken wrist. When he finds her yet again in NYC, she barely gets away from him. While Kyle is knocked out, she accepts delivery of a red suitcase, then dashes for a cab. Inside the vehicle, she finds plane tickets and a lot of cash.

When Dylan Reece sees Abby in the airport waiting for the same flight he is, he is immediately attracted, but she isn’t interested. When he gets home to Old Town, Key West, he can’t seem to get her out of his mind.

When Abby shows up, this is Dylan’s chance to see if she is the woman of his dreams, or an illusion. But when her crazy ex shows up again, can he convince her to stay instead of run?

Abby Stone is a great heroine. She determined, brave, and a truly nice person. I became fully vested in her character from the first page, which is an awesome opening scene, by the way. The fear she feels when her diabolical ex-boyfriend shows up just jumps off the page.

I loved Dylan Reece’s character. He’s the super nice, yet good looking kind of guy most females want to meet and fall in love with. He’s kind, considerate, has a great sense of humor and very protective, a perfect alpha male without being a playboy.

There is an unusual aspect to this story, one I wasn’t sure would work, but I was so wrong. The mysterious red suitcase adds a lot to the book. I’m normally not into books with magic, but it is sprinkled in and the two magical females add a bit of humor to this dramatic tale of romance and suspense.

The pacing is excellent throughout the story. The details of the scenery are just right, enough to paint a picture, but still allowed me to use my imagination. At times, this is a hold onto your seat as one exciting scene after another happens. This really does have it all. A wonderful love story, great characters and plenty of action makes this a book one you will not want to put down.

If you like an action-packed tale of love, intrigue with great sensual tension, then you will love One More Sunset. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend you give it a try. Happy reading!


“Uh, sorry.” She shoved the phone back into her shorts pocket, checked the number on the pump, and strode into the station. The place was empty at this hour of the morning, aside from the clerk behind the counter and a middle-aged man helping himself at the hotdog rotisserie. The other customer turned and gazed, a heartbeat too long for Abby’s comfort, before he looked away. The overhead lights flickered and hummed, lending a creepy mood to the cramped space. She fumbled for her cash.
Note to self. Stop watching Hitchcock movies at all hours of the night.
Abby jumped when the clerk spoke. “Pump four, right?” At her nod, he asked, “Anything else?”
She felt the other man’s gaze settle on her once more as she shook her head. “No, thanks.” Too freaked out to look back, she fled the building, anxious to refill the tank and put more miles behind her. Had Kyle been the one on the line?  How had he found her number?

Quaking with fear, she jammed the nozzle into her car and squeezed the trigger, willing the gas to pump faster. She tapped her fingers on the hood of the car. The bell on the gas station’s door rang as the middle-aged man stepped out and moved toward her. He stared at her, and she couldn’t help but stare back. Did she know him? Worse, did he recognize her?


Author Jolyse Barnett writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. As a little girl growing up in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, she enjoyed chasing fireflies, riding her ten-speed bike on winding country roads, and playing horseshoes at family picnics through endless summers. Winter was another kind of adventure for an active kid, with skiing in the Adirondack Mountains, trips to the local public library to feed a voracious reading habit, and ice skating with her siblings on a frozen pond near her childhood home. 

Much to the confusion of her peers, she discovered the thrill of storytelling at a young age, often forgetting to differentiate between fact and fantasy. Thankfully her fifth grade teacher encouraged her to memorize poems and create her own—unleashing her inner writer. 

After graduating from high school, she developed a more practical side. She earned a degree in Writing, fell in love with her best friend, and now lives her happily-ever-after in Long Island suburbia. Who knew the dream home would include a leaky kitchen faucet, piles of laundry, and a too-hairy cat? But with love, it's all good. She enjoys a fulfilling day job where she shares her love of language and explores the world one vacation at a time with her two children and real-life hero. Jolyse loves to connect with her readers. You can find her social media links blow.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Vikki!

    Thanks for hosting me on your blog and sharing your reaction to Abby's journey to freedom and happily-ever-after love. I'm thrilled you took a chance on One More Sunset, the first book in the Mystic Escapes series.

    The two funny Greek women you mentioned in your musings will be at it again in Book 2, assisting another kori via the mysterious magic suitcase. (I promise to shed more light on Lysis and Elpida in each story.)

    Here's a sneak preview about the next book: One More Touch is set mostly at a hedonist resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where a wallflower heroine is thrown together with the man she’d secretly desired all summer. Soon, she realizes the man she’s in danger of falling for is facing a different kind of peril from an unseen enemy…and only she can help.

    I plan to release One More Touch in 2016. Enjoy the holidays and happy reading! oxo Jolyse