Review: Ready to Fall by Daisy Prescott

My Thoughts

Refreshingly real and wonderfully entertaining
with the sexiest lumberjack ever!

A captivating story about embracing the kind of life one desires, falling into the right kind of love with the right kind of person.

5stars

Synopsis

ready to fallWhen you fall, you fall hard… 

Every girl dreams of meeting a man like John Day. Tall, dark, and handsome is an understatement. With rugged good looks, his ever present plaid shirt, and a dog named Babe, John is a modern alpha male lumberjack in more ways than one. 

Lurking beneath the flannel and beard could be the heart of a romantic. Or is John a wolf in flannel clothing? 

After his favorite neighbor rents out her cabin for the winter, John finds himself playing fireman and tour guide to Diane Watson, a beautiful brunette with her own messy past and recent battle scars. 

Will he be ready to fall in love? Or will he fall back into his old, flirty ways? 

Hold onto your heart… and get ready to fall with John Day.

My Review

Holy hot lumberjacks!!! Ladies, grab on to your flannel because you will fall hard for John Day. This 6′ 4″, dark, bearded, handsome man is real and relatable, sexy and swoony. Told entirely through his point-of-view, John shares his story of how he reluctantly fell for a girl, finally letting go of the ties that tethered him to the past… to a way of life that really didn’t fulfill him. This is the second novel I read by Daisy Prescott and the second novel I have loved. This author has a unique writing style that seems really honest and easygoing. The moments are never overdone, never too extreme one way or the other… they are perfectly balanced, with exactly the right kind of pacing. There was even a time in the book where I thought, okay, I think this is where we need to start seeing some drama again, and literally, the very next page something happened. I am so impressed at her ability to take me through the story in exactly the right way, with characters that are real and with a story that is thoroughly engaging. It’s so very refreshing to read and I truly enjoyed every minute of it.

John Day is a man comfortable in his own skin. He loves his life. Loves Whidbey Island. Loves his dog Babe and his cabin by the beach.  He knows what to expect out of every day, working as a logger, hanging out with his friends and spending time with his girlfriend, Kelly, who is in the midst of a divorce. He likes to keep things casual and easy and that’s the type of life that has worked for him for so long. But things begin to take a turn for the ugly unexpected when he discovers Kelly’s ex is less of an ex than he thought. There’s no way he’s playing second fiddle, and certainly not the kind of guy to step in the way of a marriage. Then, he meets a stranger who is renting his neighbor’s house for the winter. Diane seems sad and broken and soon after he learns that she too, is going through a divorce.  She doesn’t know anyone on the island and as much as he wants to be a friend, his recent troubles with Kelly make him reluctant.

“The last thing I needed was another woman in my life going through a divorce. Divorces were messy, and like marriage, avoided at all costs.”

However, as neighbors, they begin to get to know each other and they begin to slowly become friends. Diane is having a tough time. Her husband was awful and her confidence has waned as a result. I love, however, that you see some fire in her. She’s vulnerable, but not weak. She’s feisty and witty and direct despite her broken heart.  She’s from New York and new to the island vibe, but somehow, John and her work as friends and they make a pact to keep things friendly… to not muck things up with all things relationshipy. They’ll hang out, have fun, enjoy each other’s company, free of all complicated encumbrances.

“The thing I’d learned about pacts in my life so far was they were made to be broken. I was curious to see how long this one would last and who’d break it first.”

I loved seeing them spend time together. John is six feet of rugged manly man and very flirty and she just flirts and zings right back. Their banter is effortless and fun and you can almost feel them begin to soften around each other. Both of them are very different people than to whom they are accustomed and there’s something striking about that. John is able to instill confidence in Diane, making her feel sexy and cared about, opening up her world to a simpler, freer life. Diane, in turn, begins to chip away at the wall that John has built around his heart over the years… finding the goodness and vulnerability in his rough and rugged exterior. I could almost physically feel their attraction intensify, feel their hearts open to one another, feel them fall in love and fall hard. But at the first real taste of happiness, John’s insecurities take control. Would he ever let himself be open enough to love and be loved?

“I wasn’t sure you knew how to fall or would ever be ready. Or would let yourself.”

Once again, I just really loved everything about the story… the protagonists, the flow, the background of the island… it was perfect.  I connected with the characters immediately and wanted their happily ever after. Now, I should note I met our sexy lumberjack in Daisy Prescott’s debut novel, Geoducks Are For Lovers (read my 5-star review) and was immediately drawn to John Day and so I was so happy to read his book. Geoducks and Ready to Fall can be read as standalone novels, although I highly recommend you pick up Geoducks as well, which is a wonderful second-chance romance with a witty cast of characters that had me grinning throughout. I look forward to reading more of what this author writes, especially since she has such a unique and invigorating style which frankly just makes me feel good and warm and all those things I just love about reading.

“I wanted it all. It wasn’t until I fell in love with Diane I believed I could have everything.”

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Excerpt 

“You think I’m beautiful?”

“You are. There’s no thinking about it. It’s a fact.”

“You’re just being nice.”

“I’m not and I’ll prove it.” I flagged over our dreadlocked and Patchouli bathed waiter. “Hey, what’s your name?”

“Gabriel.”

“Nice to meet you, Gabriel. I’m John and this is Diane.”

Gabriel gaped at me like I was crazy, but said hi.

“Do you think Diane is beautiful?” I asked, ignoring Diane’s embarrassed groans.

Gabriel scrutinized, his eyes lingering on her face before sliding down her curvy frame highlighted by her sweater.

“Yeah, sure,” he said, not sounding exactly enthused.

“See? A neutral and unbiased opinion. Thanks, Gabriel.”

“Sure, man,” he said before wandering back toward the kitchen.

I smiled at Diane, who looked as if she wished the floor would open up and swallow her.

“Do you really think he was going to say no to my face? That completely doesn’t count!”

“Fine. We can do a wider survey and ask everyone on the ferry too.”

“Please don’t. I get it.” Her crossed arms and defensive posture disagreed with her words of agreement.

“Somewhere in there is a confident woman. I know it. I’ve seen glimpses of her. She’s sexy and she knows it.”

“Ugh, I feel like a loser who needs self-improvement lectures. Can we drop it?” Her tone was light, but she’d closed up again same as she had in the bookstore.

“There’s only one way to prove it to you.”

She crossed her arms and stared at me. “Prove what exactly?”

“You are desirable and sexy and beautiful.”

“More surveys?”

“No.”

I leaned over the table and took her chin in my hand. Her mouth opened slightly with her surprise. I studied her eyes before leaning closer, as close as we were before. “By doing what I should have done in the bookstore.”

I kissed her. It wasn’t hard or deep. More of a soft whisper with only enough pressure I could feel her begin to return the kiss before I pulled away and slid back in my chair.

Slowly, she opened her eyes, but remained speechless.

“You’re beautiful and deserve to be kissed.”

About Daisy Prescott

Daisy Prescott

Before writing contemporary romantic comedies, I worked in the world of art, auctions, antiques, and home decor. I earned a degree in Art History despite being convinced I would major in English and endured a brief stint as a film theory graduate student. Over the years I’ve acquired many titles: baker, art educator, antiques dealer, content manager, blue ribbon pie maker, fangirl, blogger, freelance writer, gardener, wife, and pet mom are a few of them.

Born and raised in San Diego, my husband and I currently live in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with our dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat.

Ready to Fall, my second novel, will be released on December 17, 2013 and features John Day, the hot, sexy neighbor in Geoducks. I’m busy researching my next novel, which will not feature any bivalves.

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Spotlight + Fun Facts: Ready To Fall by Daisy Prescott

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I’m so excited to read Ready To Fall, the spin-off from Geoducks Are For Lovers, a book I truly loved! This book is all about John Day… Maggie’s sexy neighbor and lumberjack!!! Check out some interesting facts about John below and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post! Note that it is not necessary to read Geoducks prior to reading Ready To Fall.

Synopsis

When you fall, you fall hard…

Readers first fell in love with John Day as the hot next-door neighbor in Romantic Comedy Best Seller Geoducks Are for Lovers. Tall, dark, and handsome is an understatement. With the beard, a dog named Babe, and his ever present plaid shirt, John is a modern lumberjack in more ways than one.

Lurking beneath the flannel and beard could be the heart of a romantic. Or is John a wolf in flannel clothing?

After his favorite neighbor rents out her cabin for the winter, John finds himself playing fireman and tour guide to Diane Watson, a beautiful brunette with her own messy past and recent battle scars. When an ex shows up unexpectedly, their lives will be changed forever.

Will he be ready to fall in love? Or will he fall back into his old, flirty ways?

Hold onto your heart… and get ready to fall with John Day as he tells his story in this contemporary romance/romantic comedy told in male POV.

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10 Fun Facts About John Day
  1. He’s 6′ 4”
  2. Drives a truck
  3. Wears a lot of flannel
  4. Likes jalapenos on his pizza
  5. Knows when to add whiskey to someone’s coffee and when to lose the coffee altogether
  6. Looks hot on a vintage Triumph motorcycle. And knows it.
  7. Has a thing for maple syrup, but not necessarily on pancakes.
  8. Will be silly to impress the woman he likes
  9. Loves outdoor showers
  10. Everything about him is in proportion (see #1)
About Daisy Prescott

Daisy Prescott

Before writing contemporary romantic comedies, I worked in the world of art, auctions, antiques, and home decor. I earned a degree in Art History despite being convinced I would major in English and endured a brief stint as a film theory graduate student. Over the years I’ve acquired many titles: baker, art educator, antiques dealer, content manager, blue ribbon pie maker, fangirl, blogger, freelance writer, gardener, wife, and pet mom are a few of them.

Born and raised in San Diego, my husband and I currently live in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with our dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat.

Ready to Fall, my second novel, will be released on December 17, 2013 and features John Day, the hot, sexy neighbor in Geoducks. I’m busy researching my next novel, which will not feature any bivalves.

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Review: Geoducks Are For Lovers

My Thoughts

Warm. Heartfelt. Original and engaging.
This book was a breath of fresh air.
A story about a group of friends coming together, pasts, presents and futures colliding… proving that it’s never too late for happily ever afters.

5stars

Synopsis

Geoducks amazon GR SmashwordsFood writer Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a weekend at her beach cabin on Whidbey Island. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends, artist Quinn Dayton and part-time erotica novelist, Selah Elmore, to play matchmaker. The two plot a surprise that will make the weekend, and her life, a lot more interesting.

Gil Morrow, a former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. Facing his own ghosts, Gil decides he’s waited long enough to get the girl. With the support of college sweethearts, a hot lumberjack, a few wishing rocks, and the world’s largest burrowing clam, Gil reminds Maggie that forty-something isn’t too old for second chances.

Can we learn to love the life we have and let go of who we expected to be? What happens when the generation from The Breakfast Club and Reality Bites meets The Big Chill? Come spend a weekend with these Generation X-ers as they share laughter, tears, life’s ups and downs, old stories, and new beginnings.

My Review

“We’re going to have a blast. It will be like The Big Chill without Kevin Costner and with better music.”

A lovely glass of red wine. A hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The smell of the ocean and the feel of cool sand on your toes. The smell of freshly baked scones. The laughter of friends that evokes the feeling of home, the warmth of unbreakable love. That’s this story. It’s all that goodness embedded into the pages of this book, both literally and figuratively. I felt happy, at ease, and enthralled with the story of this group of friends, in their forties, reuniting to invigorate their connection, rejuvenate their souls and even challenge each other in ways that only old friends can. It was such a welcome breath of fresh air… so different from what I typically read, but beautiful in its easy grace and style.

Maggie Marrion, a food writer, invites her closest friends from college for a weekend get-together. You’ve got a gay artist, an erotica writer, a businessman and a housewife, and lastly and very much a surprise guest, a history professor who is Maggie’s ex-love. Suddenly, 41 year-old Maggie is transported back to her twenty-something self as feelings deeply buried resurface.

“He still affects her the same way he did back in college. Gil is a friend, an old friend. He isn’t the same Gil she loved from not-so-afar in college, she reminds herself. No, he might be better.”

Both Gil and Maggie have been divorced and finally find themselves single and in the same place after not seeing each other for the past five years. Lingering embers of their chemistry are suddenly re-igniting and with the oh-so-very-direct encouragement of their fiesty friends, the weekend takes a turn into something she didn’t expect.

“There’s always been something between you and Gil. Stewing, brewing, steeping, fermenting between the two of you, but the timing was never right. Now the time is right.”

I loved seeing them around each other… I visualized the story so vividly, playing like a movie before my eyes. Daisy Prescott does an amazing job of describing the idyllic island environment, setting this laid-back, easygoing tone in the book. The story takes place at Whidbey Island at Maggie’s beach house. Maggie is very much the type of woman that likes to be in control… especially at 41 and living alone, she’s used to doing what she wants, when she wants, how she wants without the responsibility of considering anyone else’s wants and needs. When Gil comes back, unsettling all those feelings, she senses her control start to slip and old fears and insecurities consume her thoughts. At the same time, after some recent tragedy, she feels the fog begin to lift from her heart, finding herself happy and laughing amongst this group of close friends.

“It’s amazing to laugh and feel light after so much darkness and death, like the sun is out again after a long rain.”

But there’s no denying that her source of happiness is primarily coming from Gil. They are just so perfect together… it felt to me like he conjured up this feeling of home and happiness, even though those memories were rooted in the past. They’ve both gone through so much since then and despite the twenty years of not being together… being together now, is well, almost effortless.

“I’m glad you’re here. Even if it has taken us too long to come back together.”

Effortless perhaps laced with a little… scratch that… a whole lot of sexual desire.

“What? We are friends. Friends who kiss every twenty years.”

All the friends in their group are all really captivating characters. Each of them adding their own special sprinkle of uniqueness to this unlikely medley of friends. And despite the fact that they each lead very different lives, I loved that they all had the wisdom of their age, sharing experiences that were relatable and not angsty and insecure as we would see in a YA/NA novel. At the same time, it brings to the forefront, that even in your forties (or really at any age past your twenties, I think), there are parts to our personality that still suffer from the insecurities we cultivate over the years. We just get better at living despite of them. So when Gil is brave enough to reveal that he still has feelings for Maggie, that sends her into a frenzy of questions she’s afraid to ponder.

“I think you know I love you. Not past tense, not friendly love. Love. Love that lassos the moon and lays it at your feet.”

With the story falling into place like puzzle pieces, you realize that sometimes things have to happen in a way that may not make sense at first, but that somehow brings the present to its rightful destiny. I just really loved everything about this book. From its music and movie mentions, to the vivid setting and the endearing friendships… it’s just so enjoyable to read.  It’s not some explosive, angst-ridden, high highs, low lows read… it’s a soft swirling of nostalgic and intimate moments with more subtle peaks and valleys of emotions and humor that grip you with relatable experiences and heartfelt feelings. There are two more books planned in the series, but they are spin-offs, not a continuation of Maggie and Gil’s story. Although I will say, I would love to see more of how their story evolves. After all, with a wish of a “little extra hope and faith”, you never know what life holds in store for these two lovers.

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The series features a group of friends, but each book can be read as a standalone. Click the cover to purchase from Amazon U.S.

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Spotlight Saturday: Geoducks Are For Lovers

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Food writer Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a weekend at her beach cabin on Whidbey Island. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends, artist Quinn Dayton and part-time erotica novelist, Selah Elmore, to play matchmaker. The two plot a surprise that will make the weekend, and her life, a lot more interesting.

Gil Morrow, a former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. Facing his own ghosts, Gil decides he’s waited long enough to get the girl. With the support of college sweethearts, a hot lumberjack, a few wishing rocks, and the world’s largest burrowing clam, Gil reminds Maggie that forty-something isn’t too old for second chances.

Can we learn to love the life we have and let go of who we expected to be? What happens when the generation from The Breakfast Club and Reality Bites meets The Big Chill? Come spend a weekend with these Generation X-ers as they share laughter, tears, life’s ups and downs, old stories, and new beginnings.

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“…The telescope is perfect for star gazing, whale watching, and following the container ships in the Sound. I like to imagine what’s in all those containers.”

                Gil walks over and looks out the telescope that is, in fact, pointed at the shipping channel. “What do you imagine inside them?”

“Sometimes random stuff. If the ship is bound for port in Seattle, then I assume it’s something from Asia like squid flavored candies or Apple products. Outbound ships are probably filled with Starbucks and geoducks.”

“Do they even ship their coffee from Seattle?”

“Good point. I don’t know.”

“Where are the geoducks going?”

“Japan and China, of course. They’re an expensive delicacy in Asia and thought to improve male virility.” Maggie scrunches up her nose.

“Not a fan of the giant clam?” Gil says, clearly amused by her reaction. “Geoducks are resolutely phallic.”

“Visually, not so much. They’re pornographic.” Maggie laughs at the fact she’s standing in her bedroom talking about phallic bivalves with Gil.

“You have a dirty mind, Maggie May. They’re our alma mater’s mascot.” He points at the stuffed Speedy the Geoduck on her desk.

“Hmm.” She hums. “No one has called me Maggie May since college. Actually, no one but you has ever called me that.”  Her cheeks warm at the familiarity and small thrill she has from the name.

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“Quinn claps and lifts the bottle of Jameson. “Everyone remember the rules? If you are guilty, you drink. If you’re an innocent babe in the woods, you abstain. And if some scandalous revelation occurs, even better. I’ll go first. I never saw Nirvana play live.”

Everyone else drinks.

“How’s it possible you never saw them live?” Ben asks. “We all went to their show at the Paramount in ‘91.”

“Not me. I was in San Francisco that weekend for Halloween. Like I was going to miss the Castro on Halloween.”

They all stare at him, mouths open.

“Shut your mouths. I know. Greatest band of our generation, not to mention practically local, and I never saw them play live.”

“At least you saw Hootie live,” Ben teases.

“Yay for Hootie.” Quinn raises his cup and drinks.

A few rounds of ‘I’ve never voted Republican’ (Selah) and ‘I’ve never eaten veal’ (Gil) later, it’s Quinn’s turn again. He looks at Maggie with a glint in his eye that means he’s definitely feeling the effects of the whiskey, and says, “I’ve never had sex with Maggie.”

No. He didn’t. He really didn’t. Maggie stares at Quinn with her best bitch face.

He has the audacity to wink. 😉

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Q You have a very intriguing, funny title to your book! What are geoducks? How do you pronounce it? What do they look like?
A It is an unusual title, isn’t it? It was my working title for NaNoWriMo, but ended up sticking. There are several reasons for having geoducks in the title, but I’ll let readers figure those out. Geoduck is pronounced “gooey duck”, which is fun to say. Actual geoducks are the world’s largest burrowing clams. That means they spend most of their very long life buried deep in the sand underwater. What do they look like? *blushes* Well, they have a very, very long “siphon” that may or may not resemble a certain male appendage. *giggles* Yeah, they look like uncricumsized peens. I apologize to anyone who Googles geoducks and is shocked.(Note from Vilma, see geoduck pic here!)
Q Tell us a little bit more about the book. What can readers expect?
A Geoducks is a slow burn, sweet story. There really isn’t any angst. The majority of the book takes place over summer weekend. Readers have told me it reads like a slow, summer weekend spent with friends, which is exactly what it is. Other readers have compared it to Under the Tuscan Sun in terms of the place being a character too. There are a few surprises, twists and turns as we learn more about the group of friends at the heart of the story and a second chance at love unfolds.
Q The book features a group of friends. Can you talk a little more about each character?
A Maggie is the heroine and we see most of the book through her eyes. She’s single, a food blogger, and lives in her family’s beach cabin. Over the past several years she’s isolated herself from the world. She has a hot (and younger) neighbor named John Day, who is a real life lumberjack. A group of her college friends visit her for a weekend so we meet Selah, Quinn, Ryan, Ben, Jo, and Gil. Selah is single and childless by choice. She has a sharp wit, writes erotica in her spare time, and loves to play matchmaker for others. Quinn is Maggie’s other bestie. He’s a little bit of a modern Peter Pan, an artist, gay and married to a dreamy doctor, Ryan. Ben and Jo are married college sweethearts. Ben works in finance and is a workaholic. Jo is a SAHM of three quirky tween and teen kids who balances all that comes with being mom, wife, chauffeur, activities manager, etc. Last, but not least, is Gil. Sweet, charming Gil. He’s a man of conviction. Imagine Dave Grohl as a professor. (Did you see Grohl in his reading glasses at SXSW? Yeah, him.) I think that’s everyone! It’s a full house!
Q This is your debut novel, what projects are you working on after this book?
A I have a whole list of projects! I’ve been researching another stand alone novel, but I’m thinking I might write a couple of short pieces inspired by Selah’s books. I’m also playing with the idea of another book set on Whidbey with some familiar characters. I’ll keep you posted!

So, now it’s time to get to know you a little better!

Q Favorite classic book.
A The Great Gatsby.
Q Favorite recent book.
A Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. The ending and last line were perfection!
Q Next book to read.
A I started reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. It’s set in 1986. Loving it.
Q Hobbies?
A Reading, gardening, and if social media is a hobby, then that. I had a lot more hobbies before Twitter and Pinterest.
Q Tell us something that would surprise us…
A Hmmm… something that would surprise you…. *thinks for a while* One of my prized possessions is an autographed cocktail napkin from Simon Le Bon that says something very rude.

THANK YOU DAISY!!!

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About the Author

Daisy PrescottBefore writing full time as a freelance content creator, Daisy worked in the world of art, auctions, antiques, and home decor. She earned her degree in Art History and endured a brief stint as a film theory graduate student. Baker, art educator, antiques dealer, blue ribbon pie baker, fangirl, content wrangler, gardener, wife, and pet mom are a few of the titles she’s acquired over the years.

Daisy and her husband (aka SO) currently live in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with their rescue dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat. Geoducks are for Lovers is her first novel. She is currently at work on her second novel.

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