New Release + Double Review: Divining Elise by Jody A. Kessler

Title: Divining Elise
Series: Granite Lake Romance (standalone)
Author: Jody A. Kessler
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2018
Elise Martinez wished her date with destiny didn’t include being run off the road by the most caring, handsome, and intelligent man she’d ever met.
Moving to Granite Lake to manage a bookstore and coffee shop meant Elise could finally leave her haunted past behind, but being a psychic mom to a deaf child has its benefits and downfalls—and her guarded heart isn’t ready for a new romance.
Rob Everett never imagined giving up corporate law to open a brewery with his brothers in Granite Lake would begin with a car accident and the arrival of a surprise baby.
As if being a single dad and starting a new business weren’t challenging enough, Rob can’t get the beautiful, mysterious, and feisty bookstore manager out of his mind.
For Elise and Rob, falling in love is a complicated, sexy, and emotional enterprise.
Mix in a baby, a haunted brewery, craft beer, and a dangerous ex-husband into this recipe of love and their future isn’t as easily divined as the fates would have foretold.
**A steamy, fun, stand-alone novel with a happy ever after.
FOUR🎩🎩🎩🎩 hats from Britt!

Divining Elise was such a unique blending of sweet romance with just a hint of the paranormal sprinkled throughout! I wasn’t sure what to really expect after reading the blurb, I just knew I was throughly intrigued and had to read this. I’m so glad I took that chance because I was completely hooked on this one! The deliciously swoony single parent romance captured my heart and the glimpses of ghosts and premonitions snagged me even deeper into Elise and Rob’s story.

There’s quite a lot going on in this book which kept things constantly interesting, but occasionally felt like a bit too much all at once. You’ve got a beautiful romance, a woman running from a dangerous ex, a surprise baby, a sweet little boy, a haunting, and psychic abilities all happening at any given time. It definitely makes for a book that grabs you!


Julia’s 🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 hat review:

Moving away to escape an ex and protect your son is hard. Doing so and getting in a car accident when you aren’t that far from your new home makes it harder. Meeting the man of your dreams, literally, turns this new move into a disaster.
Moving to start your dream business and leaving the corporate world behind is hard. Finding out the day you are leaving that you are a dad to a newborn makes it harder. Meeting a gorgeous woman and her charming son and having an instant attraction to her after causing her to wreck turns this new move into a disaster.

Elise is awesome! She’s got a spine of steel, and humor to hide it. She’s a great mom to her son and always makes sure he comes first. She may also have a small psychic gift that gives her some pretty crazy dreams and let’s her see ghosts. Rob is such a delicious sweetheart! He’s strong and dependable, he’s also strong enough to admit his faults. He’s struggling as a new dad to a surprise baby, but he’s trying so hard that you can’t help but melt for him.

I knew I had to get this book when I saw the blurb, it was unique and quirky and drew me in. I wasn’t disappointed. I loved the writing style and the characters. Each one more unique and awesome than the last. This was my first in this series but I plan on going back to read the others, this world and town has a heartwarming old time feel to it and I can’t wait to visit it again!

“If we do this, I need you to make me a promise,” she said and leaned back so she could look him in the eyes.
“What is it?” he asked, the hint of challenge gleamed in his pale irises.
“You can’t ask me out tomorrow or act like you own me or anything else possessive. We can have tonight and no promises afterward.”
“You want a one night stand with me, Elise Martinez? Should I feel used or honored before we even do the deed?”
“You’re using me, too. It’s mutually beneficial.”
“I guess this is happening, then,” he said with that irresistible half-smile, half-smirk that made her insides quiver and her toes curl.
“Yes, it is,” she said and slid her nails over his taut stomach toward his beltline.
Rob stroked his fingers over her chest and up her neck until he cradled her jaw. He tilted her face up, firm, yet delicate in the way he handled her. He forced her to look at him again before she could lower his pants and find out what the rest of him looked like.
“Are you sure about this, Elise?” he asked.
She stilled, breathing in the moment, staring back into the most incredible eyes she’d ever seen and nodded against his cupped hand. Elise turned her face into his hand, then tasted his finger with a stroke of her tongue. A hint of cinnamon lingered on his skin. He gripped her tighter for the second it took to bring his mouth back to hers.
His tongue delved in. His mouth captured hers. Possessive. It scared and thrilled her.
“Jesus, I like kissing you,” he whisper-hissed when he came up for air. He moved to the pulse point below her jaw. “We should move this to the bedroom.”
Jody A. Kessler is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. Her debut novel, Death Lies Between Us, is the winner of the Readers’ Crown Award for Best Paranormal Romance. She also writes contemporary romance, historical time travel fiction, and new adult coming of age.
When she isn’t navigating the terrain of her imagination and writing it down, she can be found exploring the wilderness of Colorado with her family, teaching Hatha yoga, or in the kitchen baking cookies & brownies – and trying not to eat them all.

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