Litfuse Blog Tour + My Review: Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell

by Siri Mitchell
Copyright 2013
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764207976
The story:
Lucy Kendall returns from a tour of the Continent, her luggage filled with the latest fashions and a mind fired by inspiration. After tasting Europe's best confections, she's sure she'll come up with a recipe that will save her father's struggling candy business and reverse their fortunes. But she soon discovers that their biggest competitor, the cheat who swindled her father out of his prize recipe, has now hired a promotions manager--a cocky, handsome out-of-towner who gets under Lucy’s skin. 

Charlie Clarke's new role at Standard Manufacturing is the chance of a lifetime. He can put some rough times behind him and reconnect with the father he's never known. The one thing he never counted on, however, was tenacious Lucy Kendall. She's making his work life miserable...and making herself impossible for him to forget.

My Thoughts:
At first I thought this was going to be a pretty interesting and romantic tale as Siri Mitchell's books usually are but as the story progressed I found myself becoming more and more detached from the characters and story. Both hero and heroine were ruthless! I know that the candy business and really any business in general in the early 1900s required some bit of cunning but Charlie and Lucy were cutthroat! I really didn't see how their relationship ended up the way it did and so quickly with everything that went on between them that had to do with the business side of things. I loved the whole process of making candy but the characters became more and more unlikeable as the chapters went along. I love Siri Mitchell's style of writing but this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I'd suggest reading She Walks in Beauty or A Heart Most Worthy if you're looking for an excellent story set around this same time period. I'm still a big fan of this author and won't hesitate to read her books in the future. 

~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

To read what others are saying about Unrivaled go HERE.

To order a copy of the book go HERE or visit your favorite bookseller.

Meet Siri:
Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists "Chateau of Echoes" and "The Cubicle Next Door". A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area. Visit her WEBSITE.


Celebrate Unrivaled with Siri Mitchell by entering to win a Kindle Fire and joining her on April 18th for a Facebook Author Chat Party!

One "swooning" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Vintage Candy Kit
  • Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell (one for you and one for a friend!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 17th. Winner will be announced at the "Unrivaled" Author Chat Facebook Party on 4/18. Connect with Siri, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be gift certificates, books, vintage candy kits, and more!

So grab your copy of Unrivaled and join Siri on the evening of the April 18th for a chance to connect with Siri and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

Happy Reading!


  1. Agree with you, Renee. I did like how pleasant and "easy" this book was to read (didn't expect to like the alternating POV's) however I thought the ending was too convenient and "quick" to be all that genuine.

    Lots of Siri's fans are suggesting I read some of her contemporaries, so... I may try one. :)

    1. DEFINITELY try her other books, because I loved them! We seem to have similar taste so I think you might like 'em. ;-)

      Renee C.

  2. Thanks for your honest review. (If the characters are not likeable, the book is usually not my cup of tea, either.) Perhaps you did need to be ruthless to succeed in those times. Thank goodness we have a more enlightened "business model" today.

    Have a lovely Easter, Renee!

    (P.S. I didn't know there was a Siri except for the Apple/iPhone Siri!)

    1. I know about the whole Siri thing, it's cool! I think she was around before the Apple thing which is totally awesome. I hope you had a great Easter too!


  3. I had such problems with the characters-they were just brutal people and I kept flipping back and forth on my feelings about them. I really wanted to like them but I just couldn't.

    1. Same here. I definitely was flip flopping the entire book too, so in the end, even though I think I was supposed to like them I didn't. :-(

      Thanks for stopping by!


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