Release Day and Review: Manbuns & Martinis by R.L. Griffin

My name is Brad Ellis. You think you know me. You
don't know shit. I've been a hustler my entire life. I work three jobs to get what I want, but I'm not there yet. I live with a roommate that has been my best friend for over a decade and we make it work, but life is hard. It's always been hard, until I met Megan Walker.
Sometimes people come into your life and you think it's just for fun and games. Then they turn into one of the most important people. Don't take anyone for granted, because as soon as you do they will be gone. 
I'm a cover model. 

I'm a dreamer. 
Never stop hustling. 

My 4 Star Review

Overall, this series is about friendships. The ups and downs... The glue that stretches yet holds them together over time. The bonds with these characters is heartwarming, charming, funny... real.

I loved reading this little story about the most unlikely character to get his own story. At least to me he was the more unlikely. He's in the forefront, yet in the background at the same time. Getting in his head and seeing him up-close and personal was a treat!

This story will make you laugh, cry, smile and sigh. It's just a novella, but there is so much meat packed into this story that you don't notice the length. (<--- Haha, like all of my puns there? They totally weren't intentional.) I think as long as it's written correctly, a story like this is a guaranteed hit. A book about a cover model? Hello?!?! That alone should tell you that you are in for a wild, fun time!

R.L. resides in the Atlanta area with some cool dudes: her husband, son and two crazy dogs.  She was born and raised in the South.  She attended Georgia Southern University and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate during the impeachment trial.  Falling in love with the city, she went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law.  By A Thread is R.L.’s second book, but is the first in a series that got her back into writing after a ten year hiatus.  She writes anything from romantic suspense to psychological thriller to romantic comedy. One of the things that readers always say is they never know what kind of story they will get from R.L.

Why do I write?
I seriously can't sleep! Once the characters get a hold of my brain it's hard not to get it all out. I just write it down. I wrote my first book as an escape and to de-stress from law school. (i know this sounds crazy!)

What do you like to read?
I love reading, have since I learned how.  My parents would take me every weekend to the book store or the library.  I had every single Babysitter's Club book.  I read three books at a time and I LOVE all the new adult fiction being published.   I like any book with interesting characters. I like a good story and authors who bring their characters alive --well they inspire me!

Are you a serial reader? 
My friends think I'm nuts. Yes, I love to read on the treadmill, in the middle of the night, on the weekend and even listen to audiobooks as I tour the state of GA for my real job! I am on my 2nd kindle in two years. First one just gave up and said I'm done reading!  When my first kindle broke my husband was excited because he thought we would talk again, I just bought another.  

Your books are Fiction Right?
Of course, but I've been known to take a few things from life experiences.  Also, I can't really curse in my real life (that much), so I do it in my books. (My mom can deal with it better that way!)


Stella's future was set, and it was a bright one. She was engaged to a man she adored, and was headed to law school in the fall. Tragically, her perfectly planned future ends just as it was beginning.

With no ties to family or friends, Stella finds herself alone in a new city, spiraling out of control. Her typical day comes to a close with her passed out on the floor; sometimes clothed.

Luckily, her new roommate, essentially a stranger, is dead set on getting Stella past her grief and back to functioning within society. Putting one foot in front of the other, she climbs up from the bottom of a bottle. Even with all her progress, Stella walks through life unfeeling, numb. Defiant, she sends out warning signals for the world to keep away. But, is that what she really wants?

With the steadfast help of a few tight knit friends, she gradually begins to feel again. She starts to savor the flavor of food again; lets herself notice how the handsome bartender glances at her. Still, after allowing herself a fling, she wonders if she will ever be able to let go of her shattered past, fully enjoy the present, or get over what she thought would be her perfect future and with the man who destroyed her heart.

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Sometimes the best things in life come from the unexpected. So if you lower your expectations, then you’ll never be disappointed. Sound cheesy? It is, but it's also true. Clich├ęs come from a grain of truth…like a man with a Porsche is compensating for something, or once a cheater always a cheater—you get the idea. Sorry, I digress. I'm supposed to be telling you what this book is about. 

I'm Megan Walker, a lawyer at one of the hottest boutique law firms in Atlanta. I'm on the fast track to making partner and have my entire life planned out...or I did. 
We all know how that goes, right? Best laid plans and all that. 
Life just threw me a couple curveballs, so I've set out to take things into my own hands. By throwing caution to the wind and getting out of my A-type personality bubble, I'm learning more about myself than I have in my twenty-seven years. 
Sound like a chick flick, doesn't it?
It’s not.

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