BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar

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“An absolute gem of a romance–thoroughly entertaining and uniquely charming..”- Frolic

Moti on the Water, an all-new sensational summer must read from New York Times bestselling author Leylah Attar is available now!

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Meet Moti Ferreira—spectacularly jinxed from the day she’s born.

Saddled with an eccentric mother, she stumbles upon the one man who holds the key to her freedom—the best man at her cousin’s upcoming wedding.

All Moti has to do is overcome her fear of water, board a yacht to the Greek Isles, seduce the dreamy Nikos Manolas, and survive two weeks at sea with her oddball family.

The only obstacle Moti doesn’t see coming is Alexandros Veronis, the onboard chef and star witness to her awkward mishaps. He transforms onions into chocolate and aroma into nostalgia. Day by day, his alchemy works its magic on Moti. But she’s not the only one falling under his spell. Everyone has a secret, growing round and ripe at Chef Alex’s table. When the masks fall off, they spill out one by one, and everything blows up in their faces.

Now Moti’s truth is exposed, and worse, she’s hooked on more than Alex’s midnight snacks. But this time, screwing up could be the best thing she’s ever done…


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My Review

Despite the number of Leylah Attar books I have sitting on my kindle, I haven’t had the opportunity to read one, so when I saw the sign-up for Moti on the Water, I immediately signed up to review, excited to finally be able to read Attar’s words and immerse myself into her story, characters, and the world she created.

And after reading Moti and Alex’s story, I know I need to find the time to read her other books because there’s a uniqueness to the way she crafts and voices her stories, and in a genre that’s saturated with so many similar story lines and characters, I appreciate the diversity that resonates in all aspects of Attar’s newest release.

Moti Ferreira is a heroine who many readers will relate to…she’s definitely at a crossroads of sorts, attempting to figure out where her place is in the life that seems to be leaving her behind because she’s never put herself first, remaining the family ‘pleaser’ and existing under the mandates of her controlling mother. She’s always felt a sense of duty to her family, aiming to take care of everyone but herself, ensuring that her path in life was made by those before her and based on foretold notions that she was more than pushed to believe.

I loved Moti’s journey to self-discovery, finding her own voice and going after her own needs and desires. It’s not easy to breakaway from the life you’ve always lived, but it was more than time for Moti to pave her own way, and she has Alex to thank for some of the courage she finds

Alexandros Veronis is quite the enigma; I loved the chapters that were told from his perspective. Everything about him spoke to Moti, even when she didn’t want it to and as irritating as she thought he was, she gravitated toward him because he offered her something she’s never had – his full attention and the fact that he watched out for her while she tried to take care of everyone else.

The dysfunction involved in Moti’s extended family as well as the other people traveling with them was mind-boggling. Their selfishness, their meddling, their degrading words directed toward each other as well as the bombs that are dropped at the end of the story speak to a group of people who weren’t truly living their lives because they were trapped in the past, fixated on what the future would be like or too afraid to branch out and take a chance. So, in some ways, because Moti was able to separate herself from everyone, making her own choices when it came to Alex, her family was forced to look inward, look at themselves and figure out how to make things better for themselves, however that may be.

I’m thrilled that I was finally able to read one of Leylah Attar’s story, and while I would definitely classify Moti on the Water as a romantic comedy, it’s so much more than a humorous read…it’s one that speaks of the importance of family, the strength of traditions, the relationship between fate and logic, and an array of other life lessons that are all brought to life amidst a group of eccentric, high maintenance, and over-the-top characters  who finally try to make things right before it’s too late.

4.5 Poison Apples


It was as if the Greek gods had orchestrated a cosmic game, put me in the center of it, and placed bets on what I would do.

This is who you’re supposed to be with,said Zeus and Hera, holding up a marble bust of Nikos. These two head honchos of Greek mythology threw their son off the top of Mount Olympus because they didn’t like the way he looked. You didn’t want to incur their wrath.

Aphrodite, Goddess of love, clapped her hands.Ah, but what you really wantto do right now is kiss Alex, don’t you? You really have to watch this gal pal. It was her husband who’d been thrown off Mount Olympus, so if it’s happily-ever-after that you’re gunning for, proceed with caution.

Always listen to your mother, Hestia piped in. She was the goddess of family and domesticity. She deserved a lot of kudos. Not many of the gods practiced what they preached, but Hestia stuck to her guns, and probably listened to her mother. Hence, she remained a virgin.

Dionysus, the Greek deity of wine and ecstasy, raised his glass. Pffft. Eat, kiss, and be merry! Pirates once seized him, thinking he was too incapacitated to fight back. Dionysus filled their ship with vines and turned them into dolphins. Moral of the story? Don’t mess with a Greek god even when he’s drunk. Also, he gave the kind of advice you could really get on board with.

About Leylah

Leylah Attar is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Best Selling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She is the recipient of the 2017 Indie Reader Discovery Award for fiction. Her books, which include Mists of The Serengeti, The Paper Swan, 53 Letters for My Lover (#1) and From His Lips (a 53 Letters novella #1.5), have been published in nine languages.

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