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Review–Arms Wide Open by Juli Caldwell

28 Sep

As I promised during the Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop here my review for the witty novella called ARMS WIDE OPEN by Juli Caldwell.

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Once in a while I come across a story that makes me laugh out loud. A story that within the first sentences captures my attention for its easy flow, characters’ traits and funny/witty mood setting. And I can’t stop reading or laughing, falling in love with the heroes and rooting for them till the very end.
ARMS WIDE OPEN by Juli Caldwell is one of those stories I’ll definitely read over and over again. Easy to finish in one sitting this novella follows Lauren, a grad student whose life measures in tiny breaths of sanity mixed with mending a broken heart. At her roommate’s insistence Lauren attends a speed-dating event where people meet others in five-minute short sessions. Little does she know that her life is about to change in ways she hadn’t expected (if you assumed it is because she meets Prince Charming, I hate to disappoint you but it’s not). It’s something totally unexpected that will have your eyes goggled and saying, “WHAT????”
For someone who wrote a crazy scary novel (called PSYCHED, which had me sleeping with the light on, seriously) I applaud Juli Caldwell for her ability not only to switch genre, but for doing it in such a great manner that her voice sounds different, really funny and above all, unique and clear.
I loved this story and in the end I found myself wanting more of Lauren’s humor and delightfully funny sarcasm. A well-deserved 5-star review.

Get your copy today for only .99cents. Worth every penny.

COVER REVEAL–ARMS WIDE OPEN by Juli Caldwell

3 Sep
When Juli Caldwell (one of my dear critique partners) sent her chapters for ARMS WIDE OPEN, we all were in awe with the story, her voice and her characters. Lauren, the main heroine is just a crack up, what you see is what you get, no messing around, telling things as they are. Her character is totally believable and real. ARMS WIDE OPEN (coming out 09/06/2013) it’s a short easy, fun and lovely read. I totally recommend you give it a chance.
And the cover fits perfectly. Isn’t it beautiful?
Coming Friday, September 6–Arms Wide Open: a novella 
BLURB:

Lauren Brooks is in a rut, and her roomie is determined to yank her out of it by convincing her to participate in a local coffee shop’s 5-in-5 speed dating event. Once she agrees, it takes her about 30 seconds to realize if there’s an oddball out there looking for love, he’ll find her. And creep her out. She confronts one weirdo after another until someone she used to know winds up in the same place, and she has to decide what she wants more: to make a break for it, or embrace the possibilities of another chance.

Fun Facts about Arms Wide Open:

Lauren Brooks is based on a real person…a real survivor.
Although the author doesn’t name a city as the setting, she imagined it happening in a little shop by the pier in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
The eyeball guy, Rico Suave, and the amorous hipster are all based on actual dates the author suffered through.

Check out Arms Wide Open, a novella about taking a chance on love!

About the author:

Juli Caldwell is also the author of Psyched, a YA paranormal novel, and Beyond Perfection, a latter-day romance. She lives near the shores of the Great Salt Lake with her husband, two bookworm daughters, and a dog who sheds too much. She will love you forever if you like her facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Check her blog often for updates on upcoming books, contests, and giveaways from her and other amazing authors!