Believe in the wish, by Christi Snow: Blog Tour, Interview, Giveaway and my review

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Title:  Believe in the Wish
Author: Christi Snow
Publisher:  Self-Published
Release Date: May 11, 2017
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: ~55,000 words
Genre: New Adult, enemies to lovers, forbidden love, twins, contemporary romance, mourning death


Synopsis

I buried my twin sister six months after she found out she had cancer. Her funeral was three months ago. Today is our birthday and it started with delivery of letters from her.

It seems she didn’t trust me to move on after her death. She knows me too well. But how can I go on when my other half is just...gone? That’s not something I can recover from with a snap of my fingers. But I also can’t ignore her instructions even though I’d be perfectly content to cuddle up with my buddy, Johnnie Walker, and call it a year.

She has a list of things for me to do and there are rules attached.

There’s one major problem besides the fact it’s been three months since I left the house. I have to do all these things with her jerk of an ex, Hawk Simmons. He abandoned her shortly after she found out she was sick. If that wasn’t enough to make this a really bad idea, the fact that he makes an appearance in all my nighttime fantasies probably does.

I don’t think I can do this, but I owe it to my sister’s memory to try.

**********This is a stand-alone male/male contemporary romance novel.**********





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I really love this book. I enjoyed it so much and here you can read MY REVIEW

One of the best books I've read this year. I loved it! I loved every single page of it! so I rounded up my 4.5 stars, to 5.

In his 25th birthday, Ethan Roberts (drunk and hurting) receives a letter from Emma, her recently dead twin sister, with a list of things he must do, assignments to accomplish with the help of Hawk Simmons, her ex and the hot, sexy man Ethan hates more than anyone in the world.

Ethan is mourning his sister death and, in the first page, we can read the really sad motto he wants to follow in that right moment:
"Sleep, that beautiful place where pain didn't exist. Where memories didn't exist. His goal in life now is to spend as much time in that space as possible"

And even if it sounds depressing as hell, it's not. This whole story is far from it.This is not a story of death. This is not a book about cancer and loss. This is the complete opposite. This is a love story. A story of life. A perfectly well written book, about how people can connect in life and be happy getting over the bad things, getting past the sad parts anyone, unfortunately, have to experience. A story of people who deserves happiness.

And after that super long introduction, if you are still with me ;) let's start with our MCs. And here, I don't want to say too much because this is a book you have to read and, discover by yourself, who Ethan and Hawk really are.

Ethan is a graphic designer whose twin has died four months ago and he doesn't seem to find his way out the hole he is in. And he doesn't want to, either. So when the help comes from Hawk, the sexy motorcycle designer who broke his twin's heart before she died, things gets complicated.

Ethan is hot, hot, hot (three times because I'm gonna give Hawk a fourth hot, a bit more, just a little bit). He is sweet, shy and he doesn´t know how to handle his life without Emma.

Hawk, on his behalf, is dealing with his own problems and loss. He is much more than Ethan thinks, much more than you reader could imagine in the first moment. He has a hard life to live too. It's not just Ethan who is mourning someone. Hawk has issues tormenting him, unresolved things hunting him.

As I said Hawk is hot, hot, hot, hot (there is four, right?) and both characters together are incredible, sexy, funny and the attraction between them is a constant turn on.
This is a couple you want to meet and know. They are full of surprises and I really love them both.

Emma deserves a special mention here, because she brought perfection to this story. She is the one who makes everything possible. She is dead, yes, and it´s very, very sad because she was young and full of life but, you are going to smile thinking about her and her fixing from the grave. This caring and beloved person, makes you believe in the wish.

This is a beautiful story you must read, nothing more and nothing else.

****An advanced reading copy of  this book  was generously provided to me   via Indigo Marketing & Design****



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And Now, We can meet the autor and read some interesting things about Christi Snow. Thank you Christi!

As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But…she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes.

When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she’d written over 150,000 words and hasn't stopped since.

She's found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. She's truly living the dream and loving every minute of it.

Her tagline is… Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She's loving this adventure!

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We are super lucky here, in Reviews For Book Lovers, because Christi has answered some awesome questions. Enjoy it!

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
Ooh, I don’t think I’ve ever had to answer this question, but wow it’s a good one. I’m female so if I’m a superhero that means I have to look badass in the spandex outfit, right? I’m thinking that right there would be amazing. But let’s see...superpowers. I actually have a dystopian paranormal series called Through the Veil where most of the characters developed various superpowers when the world “changed”. The heroine of the first book has the ability to manipulate matter. She can change a stick into a knife, throw up walls just by changing the ground, go through locked doors by changing the locking mechanism. I’m thinking that could be a pretty handy ability...as well as I want to look super-hot in the spandex (because that’s really important for a superhero, you know?)

If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Mac from Found at the Library. He’s this huge bestselling novelist that lives in a mansion in Denver with a to-die-for library inside. The visuals in my head from that book of his house and his hero, Tommy’s store (which is also focused on books) are Nirvana. Visually that book is magnificent for a book-lover and I’d love to live within those pages for a few weeks or months.

If you could sequester yourself for a week somewhere and just focus on your writing, where would you go and what would the environment be like?
I’m a mountain cabin girl. I’d love to have two full weeks in the middle of winter where I could rent a cabin stocked with firewood, cozy rooms, and close to a coffee shop where I could simply immerse myself in writing and nothing else.

What's the one thing, you can't live without?
Books

What internet site do you surf to the most?
Facebook, although I could meander through Instagram and Pinterest for hours just salivating over all the pretties. But Facebook is where all my writer/reader friends congregate. They are my tribe.

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three author guests be and why?
Wow, no hard questions here are there? OMG. Okay, let me think...
  1. Megan Erickson/Santino Hassell...I’m putting them together because I love them both individually and as a team for writing. I love watching them interact on Twitter and would just love to have them sit around and chat writing and their experiences...both as a writing duo and with their individual books.
  2. Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen...another writing duo that I adore. Unlike #1, I feel like I know these girls because I have chatted books with them so much online. These girls always write phenomenal stories AND give me incredible reading recommendations. But they both write in such a vast number of genres and tropes within m/m...although Felix and Zander, from the Chaos Station series will always be favorites of mine...I would love to just sit and chat book loves with them.
  3. Amy Lane...I’ll admit I don’t know anything about her personally, but her books speak to me. They are so emotional and many of them rank up there in my favorite books of all time (hello...Beneath the Stain). I’d love to simply chat with her about her writing process and her thoughts as she wrote various books. She can write deeply emotional to fun and light and I love that about her. She’s definitely one of my favorite authors.

When you got your very first manuscript acceptance letter, what was your initial reaction and who was the first person you told?
No acceptance letters here because I’m mostly a self-published author, but there have been many pivotal moments in my career...holding that first paperback, many release days, my French contracts, etc. My mom is a huge romance reader and she shared her love for books with me way early in my life. So, for me, those early days especially when everything was new, she was the first one I shared anything about my writing career with. While she won’t read my m/m stories or any of the sex scenes I write (hehe), she’s still one of my biggest cheerleaders.

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Excerpt

Katya ended her call and promptly pushed the ‘away’ button for receiving phone calls. “I’m sorry. No more calls. They may not think so, but they can survive without me for an hour or so while we have our chat.”

Ethan’s stomach rolled over. That brought them to the question of the hour...chat about what? But he was almost afraid to ask at this point. Instead, he redirected. “Do you have your own firm, or do you work for someone else?”

She raised an eyebrow at him, but with a slight tilt of her head she must have seen something in his expression because she answered, “I own my own firm. When I graduated from law school, I went into a partnership that was later dissolved when I bought my partner out. It’s all mine now, which keeps me very busy.”

He grimaced. “And that’s further complicated by hermits like me who refuse to answer phone calls or mail deliveries. Sorry about that.”

No.” She shook her head. “It’s time for you to stop apologizing. This is a hard time for you and that’s okay. To a certain extent, that’s the way it should be...”

She hesitated for a moment. “At least for a little while. You’re allowed to grieve. But Emma knew this would be an issue for you, so she made plans.”

What kind of plans?”

Katya reached into her briefcase and pulled out a file. She reached inside and pulled out an envelope that she handed to him. On the front was his name, written in Emma’s handwriting. Suddenly it was hard to breathe.

What is this?” he whispered.

The first of your instructions. You need to open and read it.”

He didn’t want to. He didn’t know why, but he really didn’t want to. “I’d rather wait until I’m at home.” At his house, if he fell apart, he could do it without witnesses.

She shook her head kindly. “No, that won’t work. She was very specific in how she wanted this all to go. I need you to open it now.”

Ethan swallowed against the huge lump in his throat as he tried to find air to breathe. His heart pounded in his chest. Surely, everyone around them could hear that.

It’s okay,” she said softly. “I promise.”

That’s where you’re wrong.” He glanced up at her. “It’s never going to be okay again.” His voice cracked.

She lowered her lids, and her lips compressed into a tight line as if his grief was too much for her.

His hands shook as he turned the envelope over, lifting the sealed flap. It had to be his imagination, but he could have sworn that he smelled a faint whiff of the strawberry lotion Emma always liked to wear.

For just a moment, he shut his eyes and tried to calm down his emotions going haywire. He didn’t know whether to be angry that she’d done this to him, sad that she wasn’t here to tell him whatever information this letter held, or scared at whatever Emma had cooked up for him.

Throughout her life, she’d kept him hopping. As the exuberant, outgoing twin, she’d always dragged him into trouble when all he’d wanted to do was stay home. In that regard, this whole scheme of hers was very apropos.

He took a deep breath and pulled out the single sheet of paper and unfolded it. At the very first words on the paper, his eyes filled with tears.

Happy Birthday, baby brother.

He glanced up in disbelief at Katya. “It’s May fifteenth?”

At her silent nod, he gazed down at the paper in his hands, his eyes filling with tears. It was their twenty-fifth birthday. The first birthday he’d ever celebrated without her. She’d only been twenty-four when she’d died. How unfair was that? To her. To him. To the world that missed out on everything she had to offer it.
Emma’s handwriting wavered in front of his eyes, but he continued to read, not knowing what else to do. His other option—sobbing in the middle of the restaurant—would be mortifying.

I’m sorry I’m not there to go out partying with you. Remember when we were little and you didn’t want to share your birthday with me? Now you get your wish.

He’d been a horrible person. The tears overflowed his eyes. He’d made that wish more years than he even wanted to remember. How selfish was that? How could he have wished for a life without her in any way? She’d been his light.

Katya shoved a tissue into his hand.

Right. He was in public. Time to get it together.

My bad. It was probably too soon for a joke like that.

I love you, Ethan.

I know I didn’t say that enough—you know emotional displays and I didn’t mix—but beyond anything else that happens over the next few weeks, KNOW THAT. I love you, and if I could have figured out a way to stay, I would have...for you.

But God obviously had different plans for me, so now I’ll just have to content myself with being your guardian angel for the next seventy-five years. I’ll have your back, bro. I promise.

And in the interest of having your back, that’s why Katya is here.

I know you. You’re stubborn, and right now, I imagine that you’re more than a little sad. I get that, but that doesn’t mean you stop living. My death means you have to live twice as much because you have to do it enough for both of us. I’m counting on you.

But, again, I know you, so I’ve enlisted some help from my friends just to get you going.

Make a Wish, Ethan. Believe in it. It’s time to live.

~Emma

When Ethan finished reading, he took several deep breaths. The sobs had welled in his throat, and it was all he could just to hold them inside.

You okay?” Katya asked.

Yeah.” His voice sounded husky, but he’d managed to say the word, so he figured that for a win.

Then it’s time for step two.”

He looked up just as she held a flaming lighter to the candle on top of a cupcake. She pushed it in front of him. “Make a wish and blow. All you have to do is believe.”

As he sat there, looking at the flickering candle, it occurred to him at just how sad this was. His twin was dead, and he was at some bizarre birthday celebration with someone he’d never even met before. Even from the grave, Emma was working to pull him out of his shell.

So he closed his eyes and blew as he made his wish.

I wish I wasn’t so alone.

But when he opened them, nothing had changed. He was still sitting in a restaurant with a woman he didn’t know, mourning the twin sister who’d died. Not that he expected a miracle, but Emma wanted him to believe.

Believe.

How was that even possible? She’d been the one who believed in the magic of things like wishes and fairy tales. What had that gotten her? She’d died before she’d even had the chance to live. What kind of magic could he possibly believe in with that kind of reality?

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, and Wow...that review is fantastic! (I also really love your visuals.) smiles...

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