Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sky's the Limit by Elle Aycart Blog Tour

Tired of waiting for her big break in the fashion industry, Sky Gonzalez, eternal part-time student and overworked retail drone, quits her job, sublets her New York apartment, and embarks on a semester abroad study program in Paris. Paris! Time to throw caution to the winds and jump-start her dreams. What’s the worst that could happen?

How about getting sent to the wrong Paris? As in Paris-frigging-Minnesota?

Bye-bye career dreams. Bye-bye glamour and haute couture. Hello flannel shirts, mind-numbing cold, zero bars on the cell phone, and socially challenged mountain men with tons of unruly facial hair.

So yeah, let the truck barreling her way hit her, please. Less painful.

Logan should have dodged the little lost waif and kept on driving. Who in their right mind walked in the middle of the road, dressed in white from head to high heels, during a snowstorm? Clueless city girls, that's who. Sky is all that Logan has gladly left behind: stylish, cosmopolitan, and a massive pain in the butt. He wouldn’t trade a single day in his quirky little corner of the woods for all the high-maintenance beauties the city can offer.

Too bad this beauty has been deemed a health hazard and quarantined in his house. Damn his doomsday-prepper neighbors and their paranoid emergency protocols. Now he has to keep Sky in and the pandemic squad out until the roads are clear. The question is, will that happen before or after Sky realizes she's under house arrest?

Ah, the best-laid plans...

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Logan addressed the pandemic squad up on the platform. “Sorry to break it to you. This is a free country. You can’t go quarantining people at will.”

“Wrong. Exactly because this is a free country, we can.”

There were some mumbles of agreement from the crowd, “That’s right” and “You got it” and “Try to stop us.”

“We live in a democracy. Let’s take a vote,” Carol suggested. “All in favor of quarantining Patient Zero, please raise your hands.”

Everyone, including a smirking Ty, raised their hands.

“Oh, come on,” Logan grumbled. “Really? You serious?”

“Motion accepted,” Carol said, wrestling the gavel from the mayor and banging it on the podium. “Besides, Patient Zero doesn’t have to know she’s been quarantined. Just keep her indoors by any means necessary until she gets better.”

“Or she kicks the bucket,” somebody chimed in.

Nuts. The whole bunch of them. Down to the very last one.

“She’s not Patient Zero, people. Her name is Sky and she’s got the flu, damn it. Not Ebola. Just a common, garden-variety flu.”

“By our calculations, Patient Zero has been here almost twenty-four hours. We’re late on containment,” Carol said.

Logan shook his head in dismay. Man, like talking to a wall.

“You had her hidden away for a whole day?” Ty asked impishly.

“She was just sleeping on my sofa.” Logan realized his mistake right away and turned to Carol and the rest. “You are not burning my sofa. Are we clear?”

Whether it was clear or not, Logan didn’t know, because Carol ignored his words. “And we’ll be monitoring you,” she added while the rest nodded. “At the slightest indication you’re sick—”

“Yeah, yeah, you’ll quarantine me too, and if I don’t get better fast enough, you’ll shoot me and cremate my remains.” Along with the damn couch, of course.

Carol rolled her eyes. “Don’t be silly.”

“Yeah, don’t be silly,” someone interjected. “We’ll autopsy you before that. Dissect you into tiny pieces.”

Jesus fucking Christ. Why couldn’t his neighbors have been the gearheads prepping for solar flares that would fry the grid? More kumbaya. Less ready to dissect.

“This is all your fault, Megan,” he said to his sister, who was sitting two rows behind him. “Couldn’t you have moved somewhere else? A normal fucking place?”

She just laughed. “You heard the lady. Keep Patient Zero indoors—by any means necessary.”

“Ha. Ha.”

“What? Skills too rusty to keep a woman indoors?” she asked.

“I can help,” Ty added. “Is she pretty?”

Gorgeous, actually. Big, dark eyes. Olive-colored skin. Delicate features. But that was beside the point too.

“Fuck off, both of you,” Logan muttered. Raising his voice, he addressed the crowd again. “You’re certifiable. All of you.”

“I totally agree,” Carol said. “We give you far too much leeway. Look at how flexible we’ve been about your toxic contaminants.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

A quirky book that was a fairly easy read. As a lover of the prepper TV shows, I was definitely intrigued about the prepper setting, and I feel it made a great back drop for Sky and Logan's story.

The catch about Logan and his ex was surprising, you don't often find it in romance novels, but it did add authenticity to the story and how life today is more complicated.

A solid afternoon read.

Sky thinks she is going to Paris France to teach English. Thanks to a mix up, she ends up in Paris, Minnesota instead. She is a total fashionista and not prepared for life in rural Minnesota in the dead of winter. Stranded in the middle of storm after her car breaks down, Sky meets Logan when he almost runs her over. Logan takes her home to his town of No Name, which is full of Doomsday Preppers.

So that is the set up for the story, and it is a little contrived, but it works. Sky turns out to be a pretty amazing woman. On the surface she appears to be a well put together city chick and she is. She is also easy going, smart, resourceful, loving, and strong. Logan is an intelligent, sexy alpha male in a mountain man kind of way, and a sane guy living among a bunch of crazy preppers. He is a perfect match for Sky.

I had a blast reading Sky’s the Limit. This story is so much fun. The romance builds as the story progresses and Logan and Sky struggle to get alone time thanks to the interference of the townspeople. When they do get between the sheets, it is smoking hot.

There is a fantastic supporting cast. They include the fun but nutty preppers, Sky's dog Arnie, who when you meet him is not at all what you expect, and Logan's bitchy ex. Sky's talent with beauty and fashion makes are popular in town and she surprisingly fits in. This story is full of fun, romance, and has a dash of drama and it is pretty fabulous. It also has great nicknames and women who won't put up with crap.

Sky’s the Limit is the first in Doomsday Preppers series and I hope the author plans to write plenty more. I want to spend more time in No Name with these people who seem crazy but are ultimately pretty cool.

3.5 stars

At the start of this story, Sky is one of the most aggravating characters I’ve ever encountered. She is high maintenance, fashion obsessed, and completely lacking common sense. Wittering on about labels and shoes in a Minnesota blizzard, she is whiny and unapologetically useless. I’d like to say that she grew on me, but by the time we got to her YouTube hacks, she just seemed like a teenage girl who had forgotten to grow up.

Logan is better. I loved his diapers-to-mushrooms work and I love that he left his high paying city job and relocated for more meaningful work and relationships. But while I loved Logan, I just couldn’t understand his interest in Sky – a completely superficial city girl who regularly wears bum padding and contours her cleavage.

I continued with this story because there are some wonderful laugh out loud moments. I loved Logan’s bizarre little town and I enjoyed the various strains of Doomsday Preppers. So many of the characters in this story are exaggerated, larger than life, and wonderfully quirky. From Sky’s farting dog to the quarantine prone preppers to Sky’s religious landlady to Logan’s sister and her paramilitary crew – this is a fun and unusual read.

This book is at its best when it is light and funny. Some slightly darker threads about depression and illness are introduced that slow the story down and don’t necessarily fit the overall tone. These storylines needed more development to make them meaningful – as it was, I felt they just detracted from the book.

This will appeal to readers who share Sky’s passion for fashion and beauty more than it did to me. It will probably appeal to young urban female readers who enjoy chick lit and YouTube beauty hacks.

This story was fun, quirky, and different!

When city girl and beauty blogger Sky finds herself stranded in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard, she's completely unprepared. The social media addict, Sky, has no idea where she is, she has no connection with the outside world (no cell signal), and she is totally miserable. Thankfully she's "spotted" by a local who offers to save her from freezing to death.

Logan if familiar with Sky's "type": Fashion conscious, Self-absorbed, selfish – all of which Logan despises. Being a gentleman, he can't ignore the damsel in distress. This is where the story begins.

I want to visit No Name, Minnesota! It sounds like a completely different world; the citizens are an odd bunch. This is a complete town of Doomsday Preppers; each character has their own personality, which totally adds to the story. Funny at times, serious at others, there is always something happening.

I really enjoyed this story, it's unique and humorous. I liked every single character, and I must say that Sky isn't as superficial as I first believed. Logan's brand of "mountain man" is exactly what I would expect from a strong, alpha male. I want to read more about this town and these people!

After a colorful array of jobs all over Europe ranging from translator to chocolatier to travel agent to sushi chef to flight dispatcher, Elle Aycart is certain of one thing and one thing only: aside from writing romances, she has abso-frigging-lutely no clue what she wants to do when she grows up. Not that it stops her from trying all sorts of crazy stuff. While she is probably now thinking of a new profession, her head never stops churning new plots for her romances. She lives currently in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, although who knows, in no time she could be living at the Arctic Circle in Finland, breeding reindeer.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sky's the Limit (Doomsday Preppers #1) by Elle Aycart to read and review for this tour.

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