Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Paris Connection by Cerella Sechrist (Blog Tour & Review)

The Paris Connection
by Cerella Sechrist
Fiction / Romance
Available March 2014
Harlequin Heartwarming
380 pages

About the Book
Sparks are flying in the City of Light 

Emma Brooks, single mom and managing director at the leading recruiting firm in Paris, was against their merger with an American company from the start. Not only was her firm losing its autonomy, she was losing her well-deserved promotion to Cole Dorset—a handsome, arrogant interloper from New York! 

How did Cole's ex-girlfriend's dream of moving to Paris become his nightmare? Now he's got to find his way in a new country, and the woman showing him the ropes wants to string him up by one. But as he gets to know Emma and her daughter, he realizes Paris may have more to offer than he thought….

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My Thoughts
Cerella Sechrist is a new-to-me author, but this definitely won't be the last time I read one of her books! When I realized that we were going to dive into the world of inter-office romance, I was skeptical of how it would play out. But, the story played out nicely—with a decent amount of tension but still with a happy ending.

The Paris Connection is an incredibly romantic story. Not steamy, mind you, as this is classified as a "wholesome" romance. But there was just so much romance and sweetness throughout, and I loved watching how the relationship between the main characters grew.

While Emma was a single mom, living abroad, without much family to speak of (not at all similar to me!), I still found her super relatable. Cole was a great guy. He respects Emma's desire for a "friendship only" relationship but still pursues her in the sweetest way. And I'm a sucker for kids that play a big role in stories like this, so Emma's daughter was just icing on the cake for me!

In addition to the sweet romance and the lovable characters, Cerella does a fantastic job showcasing Paris. Although she has never visited Paris, she manages to make the city come alive. I enjoyed visiting some of the sites alongside Emma and Cole, and it made me really want to plan a vacation to Paris!

I fell in love with the story from the first chapter and literally read the book in one day! It was just too good to set aside. (Thank goodness I didn't have much going on that day!) I highly recommend The Paris Connection to anyone who enjoys wholesome romance novels!!! [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Cerella Sechrist lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. She has won various competitions and a scholarship for her writing, which include devotionals, full-length plays, and novels. She divides her time between working in the office of her family's construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. Her novels exhibit her love for both the written word and food in fiction. You can find her online at her website where she pens Literary Fare, a food-themed blog for readers.

Cerella Sechrist Online
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Be sure to check out my Blogside Chat with Cerella today as well! (Sort of a two-post stop on the tour!)

Cerella is hosting TWO amazing giveaways as part of this blog tour! You can enter them both through the Rafflecopters below. Both giveaways are open to residents of the US and Canada.

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  1. Thank you for such a wonderful and heartfelt review, Brooke! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story and felt as though the city came alive! I appreciate being featured on your wonderful blog! :)


  2. Lovely review, Brooke! You should definitely check out Cerella's previous two releases when you get the chance. :) Great reads!

    Thank you for participating in the blog tour!


  3. Great review! Paris seems like a great setting for a love story.


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