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Pepper Langley, an unemployed preschool teacher with a fear of flying and boating, hopes a vacation to remote Key Lime Island will bolster her confidence and salvage her relationship with her rogue boyfriend. From tiny Nowhere, Arkansas, she scrimped all year to afford the lavish trip, but a deadly storm changes everything. Gorgeous Elvis impersonator Ty Townsend flees to Pepper Langley, an unemployed preschool teacher with a fear of flying and boating, hopes a vacation to remote Key Lime Island will bolster her confidence and salvage her relationship with her rogue boyfriend. From tiny Nowhere, Arkansas, she scrimped all year to afford the lavish trip, but a deadly storm changes everything. Gorgeous Elvis impersonator Ty Townsend flees to Key Lime Island between gigs. During this hiatus, he reevaluates his profession after twice forgetting the King’s lyrics. He craves the isle’s solitude—far away from social media haters—where he shares beach life with a cursing parrot. The last thing on his mind is a woman, especially one who isn’t supposed to be there. Will their secrets tear them apart or will they find happiness on the sand and stage?


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Pepper Langley, an unemployed preschool teacher with a fear of flying and boating, hopes a vacation to remote Key Lime Island will bolster her confidence and salvage her relationship with her rogue boyfriend. From tiny Nowhere, Arkansas, she scrimped all year to afford the lavish trip, but a deadly storm changes everything. Gorgeous Elvis impersonator Ty Townsend flees to Pepper Langley, an unemployed preschool teacher with a fear of flying and boating, hopes a vacation to remote Key Lime Island will bolster her confidence and salvage her relationship with her rogue boyfriend. From tiny Nowhere, Arkansas, she scrimped all year to afford the lavish trip, but a deadly storm changes everything. Gorgeous Elvis impersonator Ty Townsend flees to Key Lime Island between gigs. During this hiatus, he reevaluates his profession after twice forgetting the King’s lyrics. He craves the isle’s solitude—far away from social media haters—where he shares beach life with a cursing parrot. The last thing on his mind is a woman, especially one who isn’t supposed to be there. Will their secrets tear them apart or will they find happiness on the sand and stage?

30 review for Sleeping with Elvis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shirley McCann

    As an Elvis fan and an avid reader, I loved this story. It was playful and fun from the very beginning. This book had everything I like, romance, suspense, adventure and a happy ending. What a delight.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Gregory

    First time Beth Carter reader here and consider me converted! Sleeping with Elvis is just what the doctor ordered. This guy's been in a bit of a reading slump, but Carter pulled me right out with this easy going, fast-paced, laugh-out-loud read! Who would've thought a vacation to a Key Lime paradise would end in such commotion. Enter our female MC Pepper who's long overdue for a vacation... and a new boyfriend. When their vacation together ends up on the rocks (quite literally), she's lost in pa First time Beth Carter reader here and consider me converted! Sleeping with Elvis is just what the doctor ordered. This guy's been in a bit of a reading slump, but Carter pulled me right out with this easy going, fast-paced, laugh-out-loud read! Who would've thought a vacation to a Key Lime paradise would end in such commotion. Enter our female MC Pepper who's long overdue for a vacation... and a new boyfriend. When their vacation together ends up on the rocks (quite literally), she's lost in paradise without a paddle to keep her afloat. It's all up to her new mancrush Ty, who looks far too much like a certain King to be an accident, to pull her out of her funk and keep her on the straight and narrow. When life thrusts Pepper into the realm of Ty, music, Key Lime Island, and a foul-mouthed Parrot, anything can happen! An emotional roller coaster from beginning to end, Carter does a great job in keeping with the tone of the novel while still keeping our story well-within the navigational beacons with quick quips and eloquent prose. With such a fun setting, it was no wonder I enjoyed this quick read. Hailing from the Ozarks myself, it was a joy to see a glimpse into the mind of an author who knows the territory! The transition from Floridian Paradise to Missouri Backcountry was flawless! While this may have been a one-shot story into the lives of Pepper and Ty, I'd love to see more of this universe from Carter. I know I'll definitely be checking out more of her contemporary romance stories ASAP. Add this one to your TBR folks, you're in for a real treat! Carter definitely hits home and does it 'Her Way' with Sleeping with Elvis!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wulfwyn

    I read this book after reading another book by the author. I was expecting a light, maybe comedic, story. Something to just pass the time. I was surprised with so much more. I was surprised with the storyline of a young woman in an abusive relationship. I was astonished to find a character that I could relate to. I was in an abusive relationship for many years, some of those years involved me being a domestic violence liaison. I knew about the circle of violence and the reasons why one should le I read this book after reading another book by the author. I was expecting a light, maybe comedic, story. Something to just pass the time. I was surprised with so much more. I was surprised with the storyline of a young woman in an abusive relationship. I was astonished to find a character that I could relate to. I was in an abusive relationship for many years, some of those years involved me being a domestic violence liaison. I knew about the circle of violence and the reasons why one should leave. I, oddly, never felt that I was anywhere in there. What was going on at home didn’t resemble the circle. I started reading books that had DV as a theme. I was looking for me. I finally found someone who resembled me a bit. I really understood Pepper. I was excited to see a character that represented women like me and didn’t downplay it or sugarcoat it or make her a superhero. Pepper was flawed and she was caught in the web that guys like Derek cast so well. Before you start thinking this is a triggering, dramatic story, let me assure you it is not. Only one instance of physical violence was mentioned and Pepper was questioning whether or not she should mention it. I often downplayed my injuries, sometimes outright lying about them. Most of Pepper’s abuse was emotional/mental. Balancing that was Pepper’s thoughts about leaving and a vacation coming up. She had to face some fears with that, too. She meets a few men who help her in her journey to escape. I adored George. The story had dramatic times but also had fun times. Saylor was absolutely a favorite character and I think everyone wants Ty. A lot of times, when reading books that have DV as part of the story, I have to stop and read something else, color, watch a movie, listen to music or hike. I just need breaks to breathe and soothe myself. I didn’t need that with this book. Whenever I had to put it down, I was itching to get back to it. I wished I had blocked out time to read it with no interruptions. I was hooked by flawed but courageous Pepper. I understood her weak moments. I knew why she was hesitant and easily led to believe appearances. I cheered every time she was fearless or faking it. This book that I chose just because I enjoy Elvis and I liked the author’s book Babies at Coconuts, became a story that touched me deeper than I expected. I recommend the book and hope you take the chance on reading it. If you are uncertain, ask your library to get it or borrow it through KU.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Traci Westling

    Lovely way to end my Valentine’s Day by finishing this ! First I’ll add that this is any Elvis fans MUST READ! I’ll add that I’m not an Elvis fan by definition BUT with that said it was quite a delightful refreshing read ! Let it be known that this author was new to me & I solely purchased this book because of the Title, amazing cover & because it was signed by author available for sale from a Fl gallery. I thought the setting was spectacular & that Beth did a wonderful job with her visuals . In Lovely way to end my Valentine’s Day by finishing this ! First I’ll add that this is any Elvis fans MUST READ! I’ll add that I’m not an Elvis fan by definition BUT with that said it was quite a delightful refreshing read ! Let it be known that this author was new to me & I solely purchased this book because of the Title, amazing cover & because it was signed by author available for sale from a Fl gallery. I thought the setting was spectacular & that Beth did a wonderful job with her visuals . Initially I’d hoped the EX Derek wouldn’t be in the storyline as much since we had a sexy Elvis in a budding beach romance but I can appreciate his appearance because his relationship with Pepper had influenced Peppers entire behavior in the story . Finally I’ve got to say that while I usually tend to enjoy more intensely heated graphic Romances , I was able to appreciate this for what it had to offer because of the creative way the author brought these two together despite all their ill timed interruptions for intimacy... but then again .. that’s how their story played out ! I’d love a mini novella follow up about them in a newsletter one day! :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chick Lit Shop

    A parrot, a shipwreck, and an unusual romance. What more do you need? :) (Caveat: I am a big Elvis fan and this book is made for Elvis fans! :) ) I won this book in a contest and it's hands down one of the best books I've read this year! :) Beth Carter's writing is smooth and enjoyable and envelops you into the unusual romance of the likeable and relatable main character. You feel her understandable fear, worry, and appropriate apprehension to the various situations she finds herself in, and yet, A parrot, a shipwreck, and an unusual romance. What more do you need? :) (Caveat: I am a big Elvis fan and this book is made for Elvis fans! :) ) I won this book in a contest and it's hands down one of the best books I've read this year! :) Beth Carter's writing is smooth and enjoyable and envelops you into the unusual romance of the likeable and relatable main character. You feel her understandable fear, worry, and appropriate apprehension to the various situations she finds herself in, and yet, Beth Carter does a great job at making the more flightful flights of fantasy seem plausible, and to be honest, enviable. I was totally absorbed in this story. A perfect beach read for 3-4 hours. Don't forget the sunscreen mid-way; it's that good! 5 Stars! (P.S.: I love the Elvis trivia; a must read for Elvis fans! :) )

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Berger

    Get some chocolate and a glass of wine and dive into Sleeping With Elvis. I bought this book at a conference and I am so glad I did. A delightful frothy beach read, but don’t wait for summer. Beth Carter’s written a beach that you can enjoy right now. Key Lime Island has sugar-white sand, tropical weather and a slew of townsfolk you can love. Plus a sweet heroine, a hunky Elvis impersonator, and a grey parrot that had me in stitches. And best of all for me, they end up in Branson, Missouri, a plac Get some chocolate and a glass of wine and dive into Sleeping With Elvis. I bought this book at a conference and I am so glad I did. A delightful frothy beach read, but don’t wait for summer. Beth Carter’s written a beach that you can enjoy right now. Key Lime Island has sugar-white sand, tropical weather and a slew of townsfolk you can love. Plus a sweet heroine, a hunky Elvis impersonator, and a grey parrot that had me in stitches. And best of all for me, they end up in Branson, Missouri, a place I’ve always wanted to go because a friend of mine has a theatre there. And she mentions it! And one of these days I am going to see Jim Stafford in person again. Thank you for a lovely read, Beth Carter. Keep them coming.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Gratton

    Fit For A King If you start with a likable but broken woman and an instantly hated boyfriend and an Elvis impersonator, you got something. Add a talk-dirty-to-me bird and you got a real rocker on your hands. Funny in all the right places, well-told, and compelling. A truly entertaining read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kim Terry

    A really great summer "read"! Beth Carter's characters are real, even Elvis! The plot points, characters, and setting details had me feeling Key Lime Island's salt and sand and Branson's down-homey excitement. Hated to finish. May read again. Can't wait to read THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS! A really great summer "read"! Beth Carter's characters are real, even Elvis! The plot points, characters, and setting details had me feeling Key Lime Island's salt and sand and Branson's down-homey excitement. Hated to finish. May read again. Can't wait to read THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS!

  10. 4 out of 5

    CAROL PRICE

    Excellent Great read couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more from Beth Carter. Hopefully there will be a sequel. Excellent Great read couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more from Beth Carter. Hopefully there will be a sequel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa Paugh

    Beth did an amazing job with this one! Witty and so sweet. I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Ty right along with Pepper.. Will be reading again soon! Beth did an amazing job with this one! Witty and so sweet. I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Ty right along with Pepper.. Will be reading again soon!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I really don't want to sound rude in my review, but I have to be frank. I wanted to like this book. I thought the plot sounded like a cute, easy, kick back and relax read, but halfway through the book I had to force myself to finish. There are several reasons why I struggled with this book and again, I don't want to be rude, but I need to be honest. One reason is that the internal monologues Pepper constantly had felt odd. The transitions from third person to random first person thoughts were aw I really don't want to sound rude in my review, but I have to be frank. I wanted to like this book. I thought the plot sounded like a cute, easy, kick back and relax read, but halfway through the book I had to force myself to finish. There are several reasons why I struggled with this book and again, I don't want to be rude, but I need to be honest. One reason is that the internal monologues Pepper constantly had felt odd. The transitions from third person to random first person thoughts were awkward and not necessary. Her internal thoughts could've been expressed in third person since the story was mostly focussed on her (third person limited). Another reason I struggled was because the transitions from point A to B with character actions as well as scenes felt abrupt. I'm not the type of reader that needs overly done detail, but in this case, there were moments where the author was strong in painting the scene and others where she really lacked. Somewhere along the way there was too much telling, and not enough showing of what the characters were feeling or doing. Which brings me back to the transitions. One moment a character would be sitting and the next they would be in the kitchen, for example. While that is something small, as a reader that can be confusing when it happens often and those little things add up, making you wonder if you keep missing something. I think what really started causing me to lose interest was when the story became very dialogue driven. When there is too much dialogue it begins to read more like a screen play, because there's little story being told in between. I want to get to know the characters I'm readng about, but instead I only scratched the surface. Again, I don't need too much detail or fluffy words, but I do need the story to continue being told and have a break from the talking. Most of the time the dialogue, even the internal thoughts felt repetitive or gratuitous. I started to wonder if the author was running short on ideas. Not only that, the dialogue and character actions started feeling juvenile. Example, Pepper constantly jumping to conclusions and running away. Or Derick's very immature behavior. I get it, he was supposed to be a jerk, but he seemed like a hormonal teen trying to get Pepper back. Which made me also wonder if the author was a teenager and therefore writing the characters with very young personalities? It made it hard for me to connect with, or even care for them after a while, since a lot of their actions and reactions didn't feel well thought out. There were too many "out of the blue" occurances. Example, when Derick just happens to show up on shore, conveniently in front of Pepper and Ty (after swimming for miles through a tropical storm, mind you), felt completely unrealistic and odd. Especially since he threw a tantrum, literally kicked sand and stormed away while flipping them off... um what? A man as stubborn and controlling as him just walks away because he's told to? Didn't seem realistic for his character. Plus having him show up after being missing could've been tackled in a less cliché way. When there are too many "pop-ups" it loses it's effectiveness and Derick has a lot of pop-ups. Later what puzzled me even more was how when Derick shows up again, begging for Pepper to hear him out, Ty just walks away, leaving Pepper alone to talk with Derick who was clearly unstable. If Ty was aware of Derick being abusive, why would he leave Pepper alone with him? That didn't seem realistic for Ty's character either. I could keep going, but overall, I feel this story could've been so much more. Instead it felt like there were missed opportunities to delve deeper with the characters and really pull the reader into the scenes. Towards the end it sped up really fast, to where it started reading more like a summary and finished with me feeling unsatisfied. I wanted more from this story. Balanced dialogue. More story. Better plots. Less out of the blue occurances, or at least ones that made sense. This was a miss for me, unfortunately. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zari Reede

    Fun, warm, witty and with a saucy parrot to boot! Author, Beth Carter, had me from the first page. When Pepper an Derek set their sites on a much needed vacation on Key Lime island, there is anything but romance in Pepper's plan. After scrimping and saving all year, Pepper is on the fence about facing her fears to fly and boat her way to vacation bliss. Her loser boyfriend doesn't help her feel secure and actually feeds her anxiety with his bad behavior. The recently out of work preschool teache Fun, warm, witty and with a saucy parrot to boot! Author, Beth Carter, had me from the first page. When Pepper an Derek set their sites on a much needed vacation on Key Lime island, there is anything but romance in Pepper's plan. After scrimping and saving all year, Pepper is on the fence about facing her fears to fly and boat her way to vacation bliss. Her loser boyfriend doesn't help her feel secure and actually feeds her anxiety with his bad behavior. The recently out of work preschool teacher has nothing to stay in Nowhere, Arkansas for and could really enjoy a little sand and sun. After arriving in Paradise with the one ball and chain that you can't wait for her to break free of, she finally goes ashore by herself to explore. What she finds is handsome, Ty, and he is trying to break free of a different nuisance. Pepper is the breath of fresh air he desperately needs. I love that this is not a formula romance. The author introduces characters that have real problems and make real mistakes. Though the book is a fun beach read, I hope it will send a message to women in terrible relationships that there is a way out, even if they don't get to sleep with Elvis. Cute, charming and funny, I look forward to reading more from this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Stockwell

    Average I got too frustrated with Pepper's character. She keeps putting off breaking up with loser Derek. Then when she has a great guy, Ty, in the palm of her hand she thinks Derek deserves to be herd?! Then she runs away from Ty because of a story that comes out that he got a porn star pregnant before she even met him. The writer made it sound like he cheated on Pepper. Not a great or believable story. Average I got too frustrated with Pepper's character. She keeps putting off breaking up with loser Derek. Then when she has a great guy, Ty, in the palm of her hand she thinks Derek deserves to be herd?! Then she runs away from Ty because of a story that comes out that he got a porn star pregnant before she even met him. The writer made it sound like he cheated on Pepper. Not a great or believable story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Books

    Sleeping with Elvis is a fun fast dread with some definite suspense mixed in. The characters are easily identifiable. I love Beth Carter and the way she tells a story. You really can’t go wrong reading anything written be her I definitely recommend this book. It has a fantastic ending!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cyrene Olson

    Uncaged Book Reviews: So Pepper is meant to be going on holiday with her boyfriend Derek. Who is a jerk in every way possible. There both going to Key Lime Island But the only way to get there is a boat ride and then a plane ride. Two things Pepper is scared of forced to go nevertheless. It isn’t smooth sailing and some unexpected tragedies hit. But on the plus side there is some fun holiday times to enjoy. A swearing Parrot and let’s throw in an Elvis singer to mix things up. This book has some Uncaged Book Reviews: So Pepper is meant to be going on holiday with her boyfriend Derek. Who is a jerk in every way possible. There both going to Key Lime Island But the only way to get there is a boat ride and then a plane ride. Two things Pepper is scared of forced to go nevertheless. It isn’t smooth sailing and some unexpected tragedies hit. But on the plus side there is some fun holiday times to enjoy. A swearing Parrot and let’s throw in an Elvis singer to mix things up. This book has some sad moments but a lot of funny and heartwarming moments. Plus it’s a perfect read for on holiday or just a beach read. I really enjoyed this book and wouldn’t mind visiting the Key Lime Island myself.

  17. 4 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    Elvis fans will be attracted to this book and may well feel that they’ve been to a show themselves by the end, as the author is obviously not short on knowledge of the star. Read full review in the 2016 November issue of InD'tale Magazine. Elvis fans will be attracted to this book and may well feel that they’ve been to a show themselves by the end, as the author is obviously not short on knowledge of the star. Read full review in the 2016 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Slusher

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joan Boxell

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara A Hudson

  22. 5 out of 5

    judith sietmann

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Proskin

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Hook

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sheree Smith

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cora

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lacey Funke

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen Jennings

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Holmes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

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