RELEASE BLITZ: REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Making Changes by Lila Rose

“A buttload of laughs, sweet sentiments of love, and lots of steam!
Author: Lila Rose
Title: Making Changes
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Photographer: Wander Book Club
Cover Designer: Amity Cross
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Six years with my knight in shining armor.
Four years with my knight in dented armor
Two years with my knight in rusted armor
I, Makenzie Mayfair am leaving my husband.
This is my chance to begin again, to rip out my backbone and yell, “I’ve found it.” It may take time, it may take new friends, a job and even a jerk of a boss who is annoyingly handsome, but I will get there.
I’m determined to be who I want to be, and plan to have a whole heap of fun along the way.

In Lila Rose’s newest release, Making Changes, Makenzie Mayfair represents every woman who has ever been made to feel like a doormat…who has ever changed herself for her significant other to then be told that it’s not enough…who has been made to feel weak, fat, ugly, stupid, and unworthy. Makenzie’s story, in a way, is a battle cry for women who are sick of being walked on, and as Makenzie realizes her own worth and breaks free from a life she never truly felt comfortable in, she realizes that being herself – the sassy, crazy, no filter woman she is – is way more important than being in a relationship where she gives and gives and gets nothing in return.

Everything happens for a reason, so it makes perfect sense that the day Makenzie gets the gumption to finally leave her bastard of a husband, Robert, she finds herself with a new job opportunity, a new friend, and a new place to live – all things that allowed her be able to walk away without looking back because, for the first time in six years, she felt strong enough to take back her life and had the support to do so.

In a way, Dylan Jackson is Makenzie’s fairy godfather because he leads her to a new life and a new her, even though Makenzie’s always been the quirky, spunky, foot-in-mouth girl she feels free to be again. She learns to love herself again and she acknowledges that she spent far too long trying to be someone else for a man who only wanted someone he could control and berate.

But what kind of a fairy godfather would Dylan be without finding a dashing prince to woo the fair maiden, and while Dylan’s brother, Grayson, the bossy, Jekyll/Hyde music producer who Makenzie works for may not be exactly who Makenzie had in mind, it’s clear that she becomes a catalyst of change not just for herself but for Grayson as well, which gives her a sense of worth and helps her rebuild her backbone and perhaps even find someone who truly sees her for who she is – a beautiful, spirited woman whose odd behavior and reactions makes her even more endearing than she was when she initially walked through Grayson’s door.

I absolutely adored Making Changes. Its message is simple, yet challenging because it’s asking people to not care what other people think about them…it’s asking them to stand strong and to not allow themselves to be knocked down by others who should be building them up. And, while these actions are definitely challenging, they’re also necessary even if they’re scary as hell.

Makenzie Mayfair is one of my favorite heroines of all time, and the supporting cast of characters, including her father and sister as well as her friends at work, make Making Changes a must-read romantic comedy!

4.5 Poison Apples

“You single?” Hudson asked suddenly.
My cheeks pinked. “Y-yes, actually, no, ah, it’s complicated.” I sighed and noticed everyone was waiting for an answer. “All I’m willing to say is that I left my husband on Friday.”
Hudson whistled and opened his mouth to presumably ask more, but Angelia smacked him in the back of the head. “No questions.” She turned to me and added, “Just putting this out there, all men suck. If you want to turn the other way and start looking at women”—she pointed to herself—“I get first dibs at your new sexual experience.”
A quick flash of me licking a fish popped into my head. It was my turn to choke and cough on my food.
“Um… I’ll think about it.”
She threw her head back and laughed. “Joking. Not about me being gay, but I think we’d be better off as friends than lovers.”
“I have a feeling she’ll always be a penis lover, Ang,” Ryan piped up and grinned, throwing a wink my way. “I’m good for a rebound.
My head jerked back. Had I been too long out of the dating game? I didn’t know it was normal for men to state their intentions straightaway.
“Not all men are like these two,” Abby said as she threw a carrot at Ryan. “They’re just sex crazed.”
Dara snorted, then laughed. “You should have seen your face though.”
Grinning, I shook my head and went back to my food. I had a feeling I was going to enjoy lunch each day with my new colleagues. Even if they had bet on when I would leave. 
I was born in Brisbane Australia, my step-dad was in the army which caused us to move around a lot. We finally settled in country Victoria, Australia. I am the youngest of four children and I can say that I was spoilt a bit. I drove my mum crazy when I refused to eat meat at a young age.
Now I live with my husband and two children, and I find myself regretting all the troubles I put my parents through because my monsters are just as picky as I was.
I started writing in 2013 and self-published the first of the Hawks MC Club series, Holding Out. The next to follow was something different, I wrote Senseless Attraction, a YA novel. Soon, I was back to the Hawks series with number two, Climbing Out. I have more to write in the series, but there will be also be more novels in the humorous erotica genre, like Left to Chance.
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