Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Footnote by Alexa Gregory Blog Tour

Our love is the whole story. Not just a footnote. Footnote by Alexa Gregory. Available Now!

A moving second-chance romance where hope can turn history into a footnote.

Sasha Covey needs a rewrite. Or a really big eraser. Her past doesn’t belong in the life she’s trying to rebuild. Her future—and her recovery—depend on a fresh start. Moving to Colebury seems like the perfect test until Penley Brooks waltzes into the Busy Bean. The handsome veterinarian is just as charming as when she fell for him a decade ago. Memories come flooding back, and their connection is as potent as ever.

Trouble is, Sasha has good reason to keep her distance. Her recovery is still new, and the single dad has wounds of his own. After years of being an afterthought, Penley’s goals are finally within reach. As much as she aches to reconnect, Sasha won’t stand in the way of his dreams.

Somehow, that all melts away whenever she’s with Penley. Together, dreaming is a little easier.

But dreams don’t always survive in the real world. Not when the past comes knocking.

Footnote is a standalone small-town romance set in the Busy Bean series of Sarina Bowen’s World of True North.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Busy Bean series!
For book one, Sweetheart, click HERE.
For book three, Cakewalk, click HERE.
For book four, Friendzoned, click HERE.
For book five, Studfinder, click HERE.
For book seven, Sidetracked, click HERE.
For book eight, Fireproof, click HERE.


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Footnote by Alexa Gregory

Book 9
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The overhanging bell chimed as the door swung open, letting in a blast of frozen wind. I was slowly getting into the habit of looking up to greet patrons as soon as the tinkling sound echoed through the Busy Bean.

It wasn’t easy. If I was measuring coffee grounds for the espresso machine, I kept focused on that. If I was counting change, I couldn’t look up, too scared to stiff customers or my bosses. Zara, Audrey, and the other employees were pros at multitasking. They were like fireflies of activity, doing twenty different things all at once, including shouting out a kind welcome to the patrons.

I wasn’t exactly good at the whole chipper-greeting thing on a regular basis, let alone in the middle of a task. Besides, a cheerful hello demanded volume and a certain exuberance that I just didn’t have.

It sure wasn’t going to happen with this particular patron.

When I finally looked up to acknowledge the newcomer, I failed to remember a few things.

How to breathe.

Where I was.

Who I was.

My knees forgot how to stand, too. They buckled under me, threatening to twist together like Roderick’s pretzels before they went into the oven. I was a half-baked lump. The only thing I could do was blink. Fast and hard to remove the strange optical illusion standing in front of me.

There was no way in hell this was happening. Not after all this time. Not now. Not here.

And yet…

How many people had eyes the color of a starry night, complete with a twinkle? I knew if I looked hard enough, I’d see a sparkle in the blue depths, a tiny glimmer of stardust floating in the dizzying gaze.

That wasn’t even half of it. There was the smile. The one that was warmer than a preheated oven in the morning. The one that hinted at a dimple that never quite made its way into existence.

Penley Brooks.

He was the only man in the whole world that had all of those attributes. Unless I had finally lost my mind, he was standing in the Busy Bean, grinning at me. Like we ran into each other every day in Colebury. Like we talked all the time.

Like we hadn’t lost touch over a decade ago.

Like I hadn’t left without a word.

My body was still, refusing to move until he confirmed his presence. Maybe he would disappear. Maybe he wouldn’t recognize me.

“Sasha Covey.” He spoke my name like it was a benediction. But maybe that was simply the fizz of hope going off in my heart. I hadn’t felt that in eleven years.

If I had a tongue before, it was gone. Lost. Sacrificed to the gods of deep, rumbling male voices that made kindling out of a woman’s legs. Oh, he had not misplaced his charm. It had doubled. Tripled. Or maybe it was all me. I hadn’t shed my silly crush on him. It came roaring up like time hadn’t made us older.

“Hey, Pen.” Zara beamed at him before arching a brow at me, silently asking me what had turned me into an immobile pile of goo.

“Zara, hey. How’s the family?”

My boss shrugged. “Wonderful.” The oven dinged like a hangman’s bell. “Excuse me. Sasha here will take your order.”

Before heading into the kitchen, she shot me another look. I wanted to reach out and beg her not to leave me alone with Penley, but that would have been too weird. Even for me. I already won the Weird Award daily; I didn’t need to add to my collection of strange exchanges.

I tried to swallow, pleading with my voice to magically reappear, but then he went and did something completely in character. Something that made my gooey body turn to mush.

He leaned on the counter.

That smirk of his was on full display. Was there a spotlight on him? That was the only explanation. No one’s hair shined like that. Was I suddenly allergic to coffee? That was the only reason why my lips were tingling wildly.

A kiss couldn’t reverberate through the decades.

It was impossible.

Scientifically unprovable. Like almost-dimples and stardust eyes.

Kisses didn’t rebound. But then again, I was no expert in first kisses. Or second. Or third.

“How are you here?” Penley’s wonder echoed my own, effervescing in the pit of my stomach.

“I work here,” I answered lamely, even though I knew what he meant. I was definitely not going to tell him how I ended up in Colebury. I’d changed a lot since the last time we saw each other. Not exactly for the better. Penley was the last person in the world who would ever get the truth out of me. It would hurt him too much.

“I can see that you work here.” His smooth laughter glided against my bare arms as he slowly took me in. “It’s so good to see you.”

“Yeah. Same. What can I get you?”

There! A full sentence. Shake it off, Sasha.

Way easier said than done.



It wasn’t a kiss. It was so much more. It was holding on to the one person who had ever truly seen me.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the ninth book in this multi-author series based in Sarina Bowen's True North world. I have read many of them, and really enjoy catching up with old friends and reading about new loves.

This is a really interesting story, with quite an important issue which really is at the centre of the plot. Sasha has an eating disorder. One which has caused her to suspend her academic studies and move to where her mother is living. Her mother is, without doubt, a significant factor in her illness, and this move is her testing herself.

She starts working at the Busy Bean to keep busy and give her some money and, more importantly, a place to go away from her mother's home. By complete coincidence, she meets her teenage crush and son of one of her mother's boyfriends, Penley, the Colebury vet.

Faithful readers are well aware of the lovely single dad, who deserves some love in his life, and I was so happy that he was going to get his happily ever after. That his intended is the one who got away all those years ago and that she has a secret illness is a difficult combination, but he knows that it will be worth the effort.

I definitely recommend this book to you – it deals with a number of difficult issues, but at its heart is a delicious love story.



Her smile shot me in the responsibility.


Author Bio

ALEXA GREGORY writes love stories for the people that fate forgot. She believes that love should bring people together, especially in the darkest of times. She began writing before knowing what words were and never stopped. The home Alexa shares with her husband is overrun with filled notebooks, stacks of sticky notes, and enough books to build a bridge to another world. She is currently working on a novel or two.

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Kissing her was like breathing fresh air after a decade of suffocating.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Footnote (Busy Bean #9) by Alexa Gregory to read and review for this tour.

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