Monday, November 3, 2014

**Blog Tour Early Review & Giveaway ~ Eight Days a Week ~ Amber L. Johnson**

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Amber L. Johnson's Eight Days a Week. My stop includes all the details on the book, my review, and a giveaway!

Eight Days a Week
by Amber L. Johnson
Release Date: November 6, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, 
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

A "manny" should always mind his own business. 
And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.  

Gwen Stone has secrets she’s not ready to reveal. After a recent promotion at work, she needs a caretaker for her children. She’s frenzied and in a lurch and pretty much ready to hire the first person who comes along. So she does.

Andrew Lyons needs to get out of his sister’s apartment, and a Craigslist posting may be the answer to his prayers. But what he thought was an ad for a room rental turns into a job offer he can’t refuse. Accepting the nanny position could change his life, if only he had a clue how to be a grownup.

A working mother, a shirtless “manny” who looks good in a towel, two children who need more than a babysitter, and hours of kids’ TV can only spell disaster for everyone involved. Because a manny should always mind his own business.

And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.

Not too long ago, I read Amber L. Johnson's Puddle Jumping and fell in love with her writing and her voice. So when I was asked if I'd like to read Eight Days a Week, I jumped at the chance. I was not disappointed.

Eight Days a Week was something a little different as Ms. Johnson wrote it from a male's POV. I think she nailed it. Andrew Lyons, when we first meet him, is cocky, rather narcissistic, but smart and talented, with a penchant for playing pranks on his older sister. I wasn't immediately enamored by him, although he did make me laugh. But it wasn't long after his taking a job as a manny that I could see the special man hidden behind the snarky prankster.

Gwen Stone is so selfless and giving, smart, beautiful, but not quite self-assured. When she hires Andrew as a manny for her two children, he, and I, got the impression things were a certain way. But you know what they say about assuming. When the truth of her situation is revealed, I along with Andrew fell even harder for Gwen.

Bree and Brady, Gwen's kids, well...I adored them! They made me laugh and cry. Bree was such an oldest child - so grown up before her time. And Brady, once he started talking to Andrew, stole my heart.

Eight Days a Week is so many things. It's a story of growing up. It's a story of forgiveness. It's a story of finding yourself and finding love. And it's a story about coming home - once you figure out where home is. It's a lovely, heartwarming, and emotional story.

Since I have an avid Beatles fan in my house, I quite enjoyed the song and album titles used as chapter headings. The way they related to the chapters was brilliant. I asked my son if there was a pattern to them but he didn't see one. I had thought maybe there was a correlation between the Beatles' growth as song writers and Andrew's growth. Whether or not it exists, I truly enjoyed watching Andrew mature - and Gwen, Bree, and Brady's role in it.

Eight Days a Week gave me another reason to love Johnson's writing. She has a way of creating rich characters and poignant stories. I look forward to reading more from her.

Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel.

If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop.

Praise for Eight Days a Week

"Laugh-out-loud story about a guy who goes to look at a room to rent and discovers it comes with a job - that of live-in nanny to two damaged kids. So Andrew Lyons accidentally becomes the "manny". Written in his POV, this book chronicles his hilarious escapades as he looks after and grows to love Bree and Brady, and his employer, Gwen. His pranks and spot-on observations about kids' TV shows had me giggling, but there were a few serious moments worthy of a sniffle as well. The star of the show may be Don, though - you'll just have to read this book to find out about him! Highly recommended." 

 - Andrea Goodreads Review


  1. A contemporary romance that's written from a male's POV, that's different! Or not? I don't read this genre, so you'll have to enlighten me. LOL I'm not normally a fan of kids in my books, but Bree & Brady sound delightful. I LOVE that the author included so many Beatles song titles, and that they represented their respective chapters so well. What a fun little bonus! I bet there was sex in this novel, Brandree! ;) I was re-reading last week's comments on my discussion post, and I couldn't resist. LOL

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

    1. Well, yeah that's a bit different. I only like kids in stories when they really impact the story - Bree and Brady *definitely* do here, Carmel. Oh, and yes, there was sex in this one. Really *ahem* nice sex. :) But the story took center stage, so it's all good! *haha*

  2. I do love TWCS books, they're different in a good way.

    1. Yep, I've loved every one I've read published by them. :)

  3. Now I have the Beatles in my head! How fun! I really enjoy movies and TV with mannies, so now I need to try a romance novel. Great review, Brandee!

    1. Oh Andrea, this one is sooo good! And it's by the same author that I read because of Courtney's review (Puddle Jumping). :)

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  5. Thank you so very much for this wonderful review and for being part of my blog tour! I wish I was clever enough to have the Beatles songs align to show their growth. As it was, I just researched all of them and found ones that I felt either matched the chapter through title or lyrics. I wish I had thought of that!



    1. You're so very welcome, Amber. I just loved Eight Days a Week. (and Puddle Jumping, too) LOL No worries about the Beatles titles - the way you used them was very clever!


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