Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Complete Philadelphia Series by Taryn Plendl ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Book Description:

Philadelphia Series Box Set

In My Arms- Book 1

He's deliciously handsome and completely arrogant. Exactly the last thing Ava needs on

her first night out following her bad breakup.

New to the Philadelphia area, Trevor is instantly taken with Ava's beauty and witty attitude. After

sharing an unexpected but amazing kiss, Trevor manages to stick his foot in his mouth and watches as

Ava walks out of his life before he has a chance to explain.

When the two unexpectedly cross paths again, they struggle with the undeniable chemistry between

them. Ava fights to keep it platonic, afraid to get hurt again, as Trevor sets out to change her mind.

With a little bit of humor, a lot of drama, sexual frustration, dancing and plenty of alcohol, Ava

realizes that Trevor just might actually be perfect for her.

A Part of Me- Book 2

You don't always need a chance at a new beginning. Sometimes you just need a chance at

a different ending.

Tom and Talia aren't strangers. They've been walking a tight rope of attraction since the day they met,

but after an accident rocks Tom's world to the core and changes it forever, he spirals into a free fall of

emotions. No longer the laid-back, happy guy, he now worries that he will never be enough for Talia.

After all, who could possibly love such a broken man?

Talia is a tenacious ER nurse by day and a fun-loving loyal friend and party girl by night. Her

developing feelings for Tom are put to the test after his accident as she fights to break through his

walls and show him how much she cares, even as he continues to build them back up, determined to

keep her out.

As Talia tries to take care of Tom, stronger feelings emerge for both, and neither of them will come

out untouched. Everything they thought they knew about themselves and each other will be put to

the test as they finally realize it isn't important how many times you fall down, but only how many

times you get back up.

Out of My Element- Book 3

"We are playing an entirely different game, Nick. While other girls might wait patiently

until you breakup with your many girlfriends, I can't. You see, I have been waiting all my life for

something real. And if this isn't real, no way am I spending another hour on waiting."

Nick has never allowed himself to get attached to a woman. While his friends were settling down, he

was having the time of his life, a womanizer with a heart of gold. Right up until Chelsea came into his

life. He was drawn to Chelsea from the first time he saw her ... well, actually it might have been the

second time, but it didn't take Nick long to realize he might be over his head and completely out of his


Chelsea wrote Nick off after their first encounter, but soon she realizes she has found a good friend in

him. Falling for Nick was never Chelsea's intention, but sometimes even the best intentions prove to

be out of your control.

The closer Chelsea and Nick get, the more they push seem to make a mess of things. Can Nick figure

out how to have a healthy relationship before he loses Chelsea forever?


3.75 Stars

This series contains 3 stories. I found them to be an enjoyable summer read.

#1 - In My Arms

Ava Murphy is a little gun-shy or should I say guy-shy regarding men since she caught Kyle, her boyfriend of 2 years with someone else in their apartment. She’s sworn off relationships for awhile. But then she meets Trevor at a nightclub while out with her friend Talia. Yes, the attraction’s there for both of them and she fights the chemistry & things he’s making her body feel.Monday morning, at work, she finds out during a staff meeting that the CEO of Jameson & Cartwright Advertising has paired her up with the new guy to the firm, Trevor Dawson, to work on a new advertising account for nightclubs. Trevor is attractive and definitely makes Ava feel like the A/C isn’t working properly. When these two seem to get a few steps ahead, Ava’s mistrust, misreading of Trevor’s actual intentions send them backwards. Can Ava work through her issues with men in general and give Trevor a chance? A sweet story about a young woman learning to trust and open her heart again.

#2 - A Part of Me

Here we attend Ava & Trevor‘s wedding. I found the wedding ceremony to be one of the sweetest ones I have ever read. But this story is about Ava’s best friend, Talia & Trevor’s longtime buddy, Tom. Tom is a PE teacher and soccer coach at a local school. On his way home one day, tragedy strikes. Talia is an ER nurse and loves her job. She also doesn’t do serious relationships. These two have met before and have talked when the group of them are all out together. And while Talia likes Tom, she’s never taken it anywhere further. When Tom is brought to the hospital after this horrific accident, Talia does not even know that it’s him. This will take you from the accident, thru Tom’s recovery/rehabilitation, the struggles that Ava & Tom will go thru & finally realizing what you want & need is right there in front of you.

#3 - Out of My Element

This story is about Nick, another friend of Trevor’s, & Chelsea. Nick is the player of the group. These two have a lot of hurdles to jump before they can have that HEA. I did enjoy Chelsea saying this to Nick….”I’m not angry, I’m not sad, I’m not mad, I’m not even hurt anymore. You know what I am Nick? I’m so disappointed that you are exactly who I knew you’d be. Why would I waste time giving you a second chance, when there are still plenty of nice guys out there waiting for a first?” Guess you can gather that Chelsea is someone that I admired. I was just keeping my fingers crossed that Nick didn’t mess things up so badly that there wasn’t any chance for him & Chelsea.

I recommend reading this series & look forward to reading more from this author. The characters, their insecurities, hopes & dreams were real to me and I enjoyed reading about this group getting together & finding their HEA.

Review by Jessie L.

About the Author


 I discovered my love for books at an early age, spending many hours lost in someone else’s story.

It wasn’t until well into adult hood that I discovered, late at night while the house was quiet, that I had just as many stories inside me just waiting to be let out. Writing has been a way for me to step away from reality and live a bit through my fun and sometimes damaged characters. You will almost always find a Happy Ever After at the end of my stories. I can’t help it, it’s an addiction.

I’m a Southwestern girl living a Mid-Atlantic life with my husband of seventeen years and two incredible daughters who inspire me daily. I am proud to be an advocate for my child with autism, and feel incredibly blessed to be able to see the world through her eyes. She teaches me more than I could ever teach her.

I enjoy reading, writing and spending time with my family, but cherish those quiet nights after everyone is asleep when I can curl up on the couch with my fifteen year old dog (Shh, don’t tell…He’s not supposed to be on the couch.)
Keep an eye out for more from me!

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  1. This sounds like a perfect read for me, good characters, real stories with HEA!

  2. thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read this series!

  3. thanks so much for the giveaway denise smith

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks great :-)

  5. Thanks for the series and giveaway

  6. These sound like entertaining quick reads. I hadn'tt heard of this author and always enjoy new to me books. Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

  7. Sounds like a great read Thanks for for the amazing chance.

  8. Thank you for participating in my book your! <3

  9. Definitely a series Im looking forward to reading :)