Shut the Front Door Blog Tour and Giveaway


About the Book


Book: Shut the Front Door

Author: L.M. Karen

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction

Release date: July 15, 2021

The zany story of an alpha male pursuing a headstrong woman and the hilarious entanglements that follow.

Maddy’s dating profile couldn’t be more together. Maddy, however, feels utterly not together when Derek is in the room. She thought living next to her best friend Brittany, (who happens to be married to her brother, Matt) would be the best move of her life; not realizing it came with the complication of Brittany’s older brother Derek. Their undeniable chemistry and passionate personalities make it hard for Maddy to continue ignoring his determined pursuit. This is a feel good romantic comedy with a hint of excitement.

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My Thoughts 

I was looking forward to reading Shut the Front Door after reading LM Karen’s first book in this series, Summertime Lilies. I had really enjoyed the first installment and couldn’t wait to revisit these characters. However, I ended up not enjoying it, and I struggled to get through it. 

I liked the writing style and the setting of the novel, and of course I loved getting read about Matt, Brittany and Grady again. However, I did not love the romance between Derek and Maddy at all. Honestly it seemed unhealthy from the get go, especially when Derek, who is a detective, practically stalks Maddy on a date, he also constantly shows up at her house and comes in uninvited and unannounced, even before they start dating. I know part of that is on her for leaving the door unlocked, but at the same time…he knows better. It also seemed like he manipulated her into wanting to be in a relationship with her, and I couldn’t tell if she genuinely liked him, or if she was convinced that she liked him because of his “persistence” in pursuing her. I don’t know, I just found Derek’s initial pursuit of her to be borderline creepy and when they did get into a relationship I felt very uncomfortable. It just isn’t romantic. I do know that there are some things that Maddy did that weren’t great either, but they honestly pale in comparison to what Derek did. 

Overall, I did not like Shut the Front Door, which makes me sad because I was really looking forward to reading it. However, I just could not buy into the romance and I found it borderline toxic at times. 2.5/5 Stars. 

About the Author

LM Karen writes contemporary Christian fiction romance. As a longtime lover of words, she can generally be found behind her laptop or with a book in her hand. A graduate of Toccoa Falls College, her heart is in the mountains. She eventually made use of the voices in her head by putting them on the page.

More from LM Karen

I like writing characters who are flawed but are loved anyway. Who have maybe made a mess of things, or are consumed by fear, or have some growing to do, because isn’t that all of us? All of my characters get happy endings because as Christians we all get the happy ending. We are flawed, we are human, we are sinful, but we are loved. We are forgiven.

One of my favorite things about Maddy in Shut the Front Door is that she is fearless. She is bold and unapologetic about who she is. But even Maddy with all her confidence still has insecurities about being accepted, and just wants to be loved at the end of the day. She just wants to know that she will be received for all she is by the one person she loves the most. I think that’s a very relatable desire and what we all really want. One of my favorite things about Christian fiction is that we are reminded within the fun and sweeping nature of romance that we are always and eternally loved by God.

Blog Stops

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Genesis 5020, November 11

Inklings and notions, November 12

Living’ Lit, November 13

For Him and My Family, November 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 14

deb’s Book Review, November 15

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, November 15

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 16

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 17

Kayem Reads, November 17

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 18

Wishful Endings, November 18

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 19

By The Book, November 19

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 21

Remembrancy, November 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 22

Simple Harvest Reads , November 23 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, November 23



To celebrate her tour, LM is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

6 thoughts on “Shut the Front Door Blog Tour and Giveaway

  1. I like the cover and Shut the Front Door sounds like a delightful read for me! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Meanderings of a Bookworm! Have a magical holiday season!


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