Monday, May 12, 2014

Tasty Book Tours Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Daisy Does It All by Kylie Gilmore

Daisy Does It All
Book Two Clover Park Series
By: Kylie Gilmore
Releasing May 8th, 2014


Reality is overrated…

Exhausted single mom Daisy Garner is shocked when her blog about life with Darling Husband and Baby Delight in their charming Victorian home brings a national talk show to her door.

Amazing! Except she made the whole thing up.

Panic! Now she needs to borrow a Victorian house and find a man to play her fake husband on TV.

Travis O'Hare steps up for the role, as long as she'll marry him for real. He wants their son to have the stable home life Travis never had.

But before the wedding can happen, Travis and Daisy have to get through the interview with a ratings hungry host and a slick producer with ties to Daisy's troubled past. When a winter storm traps them all, it begs the question: can two people pretending at love finally discover the real thing?

My Thoughts:

How many of you all have ever done something impulsive without thinking about the consequences? I'm sure we all have; I know I have. However, now is not the time to air out my or your dirty laundry. Nope; today's focus is on Daisy Garner who is the heroine of Daisy Does It All

Now when we first meet Daisy in the story she has two lives: Real life and her imagined life. Now her imagined life is blissful. Who wouldn't want to live in their imagined life? Anyway, she did a big no-no; she posted her imagine life on line and passed off as real. Then she gets the break of a lifetime. Of course, problem is it's all imagine. So, basically goes to Travis for help and he sees this as the opportunity of a lifetime. After all, he's been wanting to marry Daisy ever since he found out he was going to be a dad. 

All right, Daisy Does It All is definitely a chic-lit read. It's a fluff read, plain and simple. It's one of those reads you just think the characters are crazy and just go with the flow. Daisy, I just had to shake my head at times. By the way she acts, you would think she was the younger sibling and you would be wrong. She's viewed as the family screwup and is trying hard to change that. However, she finds herself struggling, because her stubbornness won't let her ask for help. Travis is a handsome guy who believes 
"Love is something made up by corporations to sell more cards."
Yep, that's pretty jaded outlook on love. However, he wants Daisy to marry him so they can be family. So, he pushes hard to get what he wants. I know that doesn't sound romantic, but he does love Daisy on some level. He just doesn't know how to express himself well.

Now some people might find the whole situation silly. However, I viewed this more like a romantic comedy. Yes, it has a recipe for a romantic comedy in book form. We all know that every romantic comedy needs certain things to happen to make it a romantic comedy:

  1. Need a problem: Daisy lying about having a wonderful life and blogging about it.
  2. Solution: Travis comes in and rescues Daisy from the mess.
  3. Hiding the lie: Pretending to be a happy family during the interview
  4. The Reveal: Everything comes out in the open, every dirty secret.
  5. Happy-Ever-After: Must have in the story
Overall, Daisy Does It All was a light fun read. It's definitely a beach read, something that doesn't make you think to much. Yes, the characters are flawed, but their flaws make the story. So, if you are looking for that light read that's not going to bog you down, you could give Daisy Does It All a try.

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Author Info
Kylie Gilmore was lucky enough to discover romance novels at a young age as they were strewn all over the house (thanks, Mom!). She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor. Her Clover Park series features the O’Hare brothers, three guys you’d definitely have a drink with and maybe a little more.
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.

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“Don’t call me wifey,” Daisy snapped, marching upstairs to her second-floor apartment.

“What do you want to be called?” Trav asked, keeping pace with her up the stairs.

“I don’t know…honey or sweetie.” She jammed the key in the lock and burst into her apartment. She snatched a baby rattle, some blocks, and a stuffed rabbit off the floor. “Just grab everything.”
Trav stood there, doing absolutely nothing.

She glanced back at him. “Why aren’t you helping?”

He set down his toolbox. “Are you okay, honey-sweetie?”

She knew he was joking with the endearment, but it still made her throat go tight over the caring she heard there. She threw the baby toys on the sofa. “I really screwed up.”

“How so?” He stepped closer, but didn’t touch her, for which she was thankful. She didn’t want to cave and sob in his arms, letting him take care of everything. Still, she couldn’t help sharing her misery.

“I’m pretending to be happily married with a beautiful house and a darling sweet baby on TV. It’s all a lie! I’ll probably crack under the pressure and admit I’m a fraud. Everyone will hate me.”

“No, they won’t,” he said firmly. “It’ll be fine. Besides, we’ll be happily married the next day.”

She shook her head. “This is my worst one yet.”

“You’re really doing a number on my ego here.”

“Nothing personal,” Daisy rushed to say.

He cocked his head. “It’s a little personal.”

“I’m sorry. You’ve been a dream through all this. I’m fine. Let’s pack up.”

She turned and gathered the toys off the sofa, yelping in surprise as Trav scooped her up. He settled on the sofa with her on his lap. She dropped the toys and gave him a good glare over her shoulder. 

“Trav, stop fooling around. We’ve got to get everything set up.”

She leaped off his lap. He grabbed her and put her back in place.

“We’re gonna take a little trip in the ol’ Trav time machine.”

She fought to get up, but he had her hips clamped firmly in his strong hands.

“Stop wiggling, honey-sweetie, or we’re gonna take a very different kind of trip.”

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  1. Thanks for reading! Check out my FB page or website (under Fun Stuff) for a pic of my inspiration for Trav O'Hare.