Monday, October 22, 2018

Love at the Electric by Jenn Hughes (Spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT




by  
Jenn Hughes

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Walking wildfire Sam Owens gets Lillian hot in all the right ways, but there's more to the software CEO than just a pretty face. And a great body. And… Oh, right. He’s the enemy, according to the contract she signed with his rival. So when they secretly meet up for movies at The Electric, Lillian can't get too involved with Sam. She could lose her job. Her reputation. And her heart.

Sam is in love with his company, his image, his video games, and his ability to avoid commitment--at least until he levels up with attorney Lillian Walker. With her love of campy horror flicks and a body that makes him want to howl like a cartoon wolf, Sam’s found his leading lady. Too bad getting close to Lillian means tangling with her boss, a supervillain in the making.

In the nights leading up to Christmas, movies at The Electric mean more than just mutant toads and cannibal fruitcakes. Between shenanigans with old flames and an arch nemesis out to destroy any future they might have, Sam and Lillian learn the hard way that falling in love isn’t as easy as it looks on screen. When the past gets in the way of a perfect “the end,” there’s really only one solution--if werewolf Santas can bring them together, zombie ex-girlfriends can keep them together.

After all, anything’s possible at The Electric.

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EXCERPT


The lights dimmed, the terrible background music stopped, and the movie finally got started. Sam settled down into the soft leather chair, letting his head drop against the bulging seat back. He occasionally lolled his head to the left, stealing glances at Lillian during the bloodiest parts of the flick.

She smiled at the most inappropriate times. Laughed when the werewolf Santa tore his elves to shreds. Rolled her eyes when Santa kidnapped the Queen of England. Near the end, Sam realized he’d lost track of the plot after watching Lillian more than the film.

As the end credits streamed down the screen, she glanced over and caught him staring. “I’d give it a seven. Honestly, the Queen of England? That’s tired. And there should have been a bit more gore during the elf slaughter, don’t you think?”

Sam nodded. “Yeah, maybe a little more. At least they didn’t CGI the blood and guts. I hate it when they do that. It needs to be corn syrup and red food coloring.”

After the lights came up, Sam followed Lillian out of the auditorium, oddly anxious about saying goodnight. By the time they walked out of The Electric and into the bitterly cold night, Sam’s heart had decided to perform a thrash metal drum solo.

“I’m heading back downtown,” he said, pointing to the left.

“I’m that way,” Lillian said, nodding toward the opposite end of the street.

He knew he needed to leave, but he didn’t move. The eager thumps of his heart started playing a beat he understood. Sam didn’t want to be anywhere else in the world other than standing in the falling snow at midnight with Lillian Walker.





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AUTHOR Bio and Links:




Jenn Hughes writes romance with a heavy dose of humor. A lifelong love of all things sci-fi, combined with her day job in marketing, IT, and graphic design, infuses her writing with tech-centric and geeky references.
When not reading and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and gardening at her home in North Carolina. You might also find her gaming, repairing computers and electronics, experimenting with mixed media art, or finishing furniture.







You can find her online at:

The Bristol Beagle, Port Bristol’s Trusted Source for News







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GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The tour dates can be found here


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My review:


4.25 out of 5 stars


Love at the Electric by Jenn Hughes follows lawyer Lillian Walker, whose inexplicable urge to help out the ex who broke her heart when they were both in college leads her into an unconventional relationship that threatens both her livelihood and her heart.


This contemporary romance with comedic elements is part of the ‘Port Bristol Novel’ series and at first almost convinced me that I wasn’t quite geeky enough to appreciate it. There are a lot of “in” jokes and allusions that weave thinly-veiled gaming and sci-fi references into the story and I am sure that I missed some of them, but my love of certain well-known science fiction series came to the rescue for others. 

Port Bristol itself is a character in the story as well, with its contrast between modern technology and traditional and sometimes old-fashioned treasures, as is exemplified by the theater named The Electric that plays both modern blockbusters and campy horror movies.

For me, the story started a bit slow but it built in momentum as the main characters began to let their true selves show and dared to become a bit vulnerable to each other. I think the initial premise is a bit too contrived and the interconnections between all of the characters a little too pat, but there are fantastic plays on words, fun repartee, and wonderful images (I really enjoyed Sam’s mom and her “Mom Smash” hugs as well as the thumbnail description of Sam’s partner as a “nextlevel genius with the conversational skills of a caffeinated squirrel on Ritalin combined with a cookie habit bordering on addiction”). Throw in a refrigerator that can make one feel guilty about sneaking ice cream and a personal assistant program that finds a way to keep one on one’s toes, and combine this with the lovely romance that SLOWLY builds and this was a fun and mesmerizing read with a delightfully romantic ending.

There are a few dangling threads that lead me to believe that this wonderfully quirky cast of characters will continue their adventures in another tale and I look forward to another story that will have me laughing out loud and sighing with satisfaction. Congrats to the author on a debut work that provides a breath of fresh air in its treatment of a couple of familiar tropes, can’t wait to see what new twists will show up in the sequel!


A copy of this story was provided to me for review
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20 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for hosting me today, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story!

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    1. It's a lovely story, Jenn and I hope you had a great tour!

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  2. I really can't wait to read this book. Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Happy to host. I appreciate you coming by to read the post!

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  3. I’ve really enjoyed following the tour for Love at the Electric, it sounds like a book I will love and I can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way and for the awesome giveaway :)

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    1. I appreciate that you visited, Victoria. I hope you get a chance to enjoy the book.

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    1. I think it is, Rita. Thanks for coming by!

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    1. I enjoyed it, Kim. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I love all I have read so far! Good job and I can't wait to read this. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. Happy to hear you love all of the excerpts. Thanks for taking the time to read them!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to. Thanks for popping in!

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  8. I really like the sound of this one. I think I would like this book.

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    1. I think it would appeal to your sense of humor, Mary. Thanks for coming by!

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