Friday, January 30, 2015

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Here's the synopsis:

Forensic accountant Sloane Tobin and kooky pet psychic Willa may have the same face, but that’s the only thing these identical twins have in common.

How she can read the hearts and minds of animals has always been a mystery to Willa, and her rotten luck with men is equally baffling. Although she’s been looking for “The One” for what feels like forever (A teenage marriage to a French mime and dating a guy named Spider seemed like good ideas at the time!), optimistic Willa refuses to give up on love. When she meets Brody, the handsome rose expert hired to save her grandmother’s garden, she’s instantly smitten, but why does he keep sending her mixed signals? Does he return her feelings, or is their attraction all in her fanciful head?

Unlike her twin, Sloane has zero interest in romance. Her passion is her job, where she uses her gift for numbers to take down slimy embezzlers and asset-hiding spouses. When she’s assigned two high profile cases, Sloane feels confident the promotion she’s been angling for is within her grasp. But will her plan to climb the corporate ladder be thwarted by difficult clients, her co-worker-with-benefits, or – most surprisingly of all – her own sister? And how’s she supposed to stay focused on the drama at work when her childhood friend, Gav, moves in next door and the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore?

To get what they both want, can Willa and Sloane band together and rely on each other’s strengths? Or will their differences drive them apart once and for all?
 
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Here are my thoughts:

Twin Piques is told from the alternating points of view of twin sisters Sloane and Willa.  They have polar personalities and I found that I enjoyed Sloane's character more while I related more with Willa (despite my inability to read my pets' minds).  Overall, the characters in this book are some of my favorite I've read in a long time.  They all are easily likable and memorable.

This book had some moments that were predictable, but most were not.  There was a big twist I didn't see coming, but was a pleasant surprise.  And about 3/4 of the way through the book, I started to guess that everything would all tie together, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out how.

I am very glad that I've been introduced to Tracie Banister as an author and look forward to more from her in the near future!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

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Here's the synopsis:

Malaria is nothing a good dose of quinine can’t handle.

At least that’s what software training specialist Frannie Freeman thinks when her vile office manager Malia — aka Malaria — unexpectedly marries their boss Sam, with whom Frannie has been in love for years. Certain it’s only a matter of time before Sam comes to his senses, she hides her heartbreak behind sarcastic humor and copious amounts of tequila.

Exceptional at everything except romantic relationships, Frannie is still waiting two years later. When Sam suddenly confides that he believes he was roofied the night of his surprise Las Vegas wedding, it seems too good to be true. And it isn’t long before she realizes that’s exactly what it is.

A quick little divorce seems the ticket, but Malia’s father has other things in mind. Garland Harper is determined to stop his daughter’s downward spiral, and he isn’t afraid to use whatever means comes to hand — such as Sam’s “saving people” complex. And if that doesn’t work — as the CEO of the company for which they work, Harper has sufficient means to make good on his threat that if Sam reneges on his agreement to stay with Malia until she’s dry, the only bars Frannie will see for many years won’t be offering tequila.

Now, faced with letting Sam go forever or fighting for her heart’s desire, Frannie prepares for battle with a woman’s three best weapons — a loyal heart, a willingness to fight dirty, and the strongest margarita money can buy.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I had so many people review The Secret Dreams of Sarah Jane Quinn by Sharon Gerlach that I started to read it a couple weeks ago.  However, when I went to buy it, I noticed it was the second book in the two book series and Office Politics was the first.  Many reviews stated they'd only read the second book, but I just couldn't do it out of order.  I'll review Sarah Jane another week.

I loved Office Politics.  Honestly, the book's cover leads you to believe that it may be a little office romance smut, but it was so much more.  Frannie is hilarious and I couldn't get enough of her sarcasm and wit.  This book packed enough drama, humor and romance to keep me coming back for more.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Club!!

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Here's the synopsis:

As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent
complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn't relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren't easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night.

Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison.

Now thirty-four, Toni is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. This means having absolutely no contact with Ryan, avoiding fellow parolees looking to pick fights, and steering clear of trouble in all its forms. But nothing is making that easy—not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who doubts Toni's innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni's life hell in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night.

But the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I was just craving something different when I picked up this book.  I'd read Still Missing by Chevy Stevens ages ago and absolutely loved it.  Dang, can she write a thriller.

My feelings on Toni were complicated.  She wasn't overly easy to like, but she certainly hasn't had an easy life.  And she definitely...I mean probably...didn't kill her sister.  This book really kept me hooked.  Even once I was sure I'd figured out the "who" I didn't know why, when or where.  And I definitely didn't have half of the "who" figured out before it was all over!

I can't wait to read more Chevy Stevens.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Book Club!!

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Here's the synopsis:

What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn't look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding towards her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary "break" from her live-in boyfriend results in a "break-up," Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn't always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.
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Here are my thoughts:

This is my second Meredith Schorr read- I reviewed her novel Blogger Girl here.  I loved Blogger Girl and How Do You Know was just as wonderful.  This was the perfect "curl up in the massage chair at the nail salon and get lost for a while" read.  Which I totally did- check my instagram for proof.

I loved Maggie as a character.  I felt like I was experiencing her confusing alongside her and admit I wasn't sure where I wanted her to end up- or with whom- for a while.  I got annoyed at Crazy Aunt Helen and absolutely loved Maggie's girlfriends.  Overall, this was a refreshing and enjoyable start to the new year.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

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Here's the synopsis:

The year is 1992, and no one on the rock music scene is hotter than Kiro Manning, the lead singer of Slacker Demon. With a multi-platinum record, total ownership of the Billboard charts, sold-out concerts, and sinful amounts of money, Kiro can have anything—and anyone—he wants.

So when a dark-haired, conservative beauty rebuffs him at a concert after-party, his first thought is, “Who the hell does she think she is?” His second thought: “How do I make her mine?” Kiro has always loved a good challenge, but not every girl wants to get involved with a rock god. Especially this girl.

He let her go that night, but he never forgot her. And when they met again, he vowed not to give up again so easily.

As the world worshipped Kiro, he came to worship the girl, who became everything he never knew he needed. The only girl he would ever love. His Emily.
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Here are my thoughts:

In case you haven't already caught on, I'm hooked onto the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines.  This is book #10 in the series, but it was my least favorite of all the books.  Kiro was just a little too much for me.  Realistically, it shouldn't be surprising, since we've been fully introduced to Kiro (and his bandmates) in the previous books and seen their antics there.  I even knew a lot of Kiro & Emily's story from previous book.  But it just didn't do it for me this time.  That said- I will read the next one in this series when the time comes.

I promise, next week's review won't be from this series.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

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Here's the synopsis:

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from...

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she'd had one too many drinks--again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever...
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Here are my thoughts:

This is the 9th book in Abbi Glines' Rosemary Beach series.  This is the longest series to keep me hooked in a while.  I was really excited to see Bethy's story, because I knew there had to be a lot more to her.  I also was left with a bad taste in my mouth by her from previous books, so this was her chance for redemption.

Overall, this one gets 4 out of 5 stars.  I can't wait for the next one in this series!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Here's the synopsis:

Ginger Krinkles is crossing her fingers that this holiday season will be extra special, for once. She lost her job in San Diego and dreads moving back home to Ennui, Ohio, where she’s convinced she will end up like her mean ol’ grandmother (God rest her soul). Ginger has always been a holiday-hater. But she has a secret. Make that two. If you buy the first one, maybe it will be easier to unwrap the second: either Ginger is an elf, or there really is magic to be found in an old cookie recipe. 
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Here are my thoughts:

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Dee DeTarsio's books are just so darn witty.  This book is a novella, but it is packed with more wit than most 300 page books.  One thing I've always noticed about her books is that you can't skip through it.  If you do, you'll miss a hilarious nugget of goodness and you'll regret it.

This one was a great start to the holiday book season.

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