Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Club!!

Today is Book Club Friday!

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You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:

Secrets. 
Everyone has one. 
Some are bigger than others. 
And when secrets are revealed, 
Some will heal you ... 
And some will end you. 

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks. 

They both feel it. 
But they each have a reason to fight it. 
They each have a secret. 

And when secrets are revealed, 
Some will heal you … 
And some will end you. 
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Here are my thoughts:

So I picked this book up on recommendation from Colleen Hoover herself.  In hindsight, I KNEW Colleen likes making people cry.  I KNEW there was a Facebook support group for those who've read this book.  But, oh my goodness, I wasn't prepared.

It's hard to explain how this one hit me so hard.  I definitely saw the big secret coming.  It was like watching something fly straight at my face and being completely incapable of stopping it from knocking me over.

In the end, I'm just very glad that Part #2 of this book is being released in 2015.  That said, there is no major cliffhanger.  This book can stand on it's own, so there's no need to wait until 2015 to read this one.  But it will leave you wanting more.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Club!!

Today is Book Club Friday!

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You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:




Here's the synopsis:

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He's a professional soccer player, America's favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

• A face that makes girls weep – check. 
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check. 
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley's already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.” 
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Here are my thoughts:
I can't remember where I first heard about Wilder, but I mentally put this one down as a "must read" and have been meaning to get to it forever.  I'm glad I did!

This was another really good read.  It has equal parts entertainment, romance, and fun.  I will definitely be picking up more R.S. Grey books in the near future!

What are you currently reading??



Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Club!!

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This week I'm sharing:




Here's the synopsis:

Before there were bikers, or fighters, or even good old-fashioned jerks, there were Navy SEALs. They put the bad in badass because, well…it’s their job.

Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. Little boys want to grow up and be like him. The job, the glory—it’s all his. Not because it’s handed to him…because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it—or destroys it. Unfortunately he does both at the same time. 

Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she’s ever loved, the very last thing she’s looking for is a relationship—especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering. Hesitant, yet trusting to a fault, she gives in. 

She knew she shouldn’t take the chance, especially a second time, but love is irrational and their love is perfect, infallible. Or so she thought…

The downfall to having everything is you have that much more to lose. A man like Maverick can’t have it all without something slipping out of grasp. 

Crazy people perish for love. 

Good people live for it. 

Love doesn’t die. No matter how many bullets you put in it. 
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Here are my thoughts:

I came across Rachel Robinson's blog years ago and it was always one of my favorites.  I remember her blogging that she was writing a book but with life being so crazy, I just now got around to reading it.  I wish I hadn't waited so long!

I read this book a couple weeks ago and it's still in the back of my mind.  Maverick Hart really came to life through the pages and he's the first character in a long time that really makes me swoon.

Add this one to your "to read" list.  You won't regret it!

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go hunt her blog down again...I need to catch up!

What are you currently reading??

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Club!!

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This week I'm sharing:




Here's the synopsis:

One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn't want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels. 

Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control ... and doesn't want to. 

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.
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Here are my thoughts:

I picked this book up while it was a freebie on Amazon.  Overall, I like Aspen as a character, but this book fell a little flat for me.  I did like Aspen's growth and I didn't really see the ending coming, but I'm still giving this one three stars out of five.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Club!!

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This week I'm sharing:




Here's the synopsis:

Grace Riley is on the run—from her past and from her fears. The victim of a violent rape at the hands of a rich politician’s son, she must “disappear” to escape his constant attempts to recapture her. Moving from cattle drive to cattle drive as a cook, she avoids her tormentor for nearly twenty years. When she discovers that the brother she gave up for adoption after their mother died in childbirth was orphaned at an early age, she is frantic to verify that he’s safe. She tracks him to a cattle ranch in Montana.

Widower Adam Morgan owns the Twin Springs ranch, but finds himself falling into a life of loneliness. Although he enjoys spending time with his grown daughter and the two men he rescued when they were living on the streets, he longs to meet a woman he can love. Living in the Montana territory where men greatly outnumber women makes finding a new wife difficult. Weary of working cattle, he is ready to make some changes in his life.

Grace falls ill on her journey, but she manages to make it to the Twin Springs ranch where her brother is supposed to be living. Adam takes her in, concerned for her health and the reason she’s searching for one of his adopted sons. Their chemistry is immediate and intense, but can Grace heal from her past of pain and fear? When her secrets are finally revealed, can Adam forgive her deceptions and learn to love again?
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Here are my thoughts:

I like the thought process behind this book, I just wish it had been executed a little differently.  There's no real major plot twist because you pretty much know Grace's secrets from the start, you're just waiting for the other characters to figure them out.  The one part that was supposed to be a twist wasn't completely surprising by the time it came around.

Overall, I gave this on three stars out of five.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Club!!

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Here's the synopsis:

Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow's half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.

Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love...

But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work - or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.
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Here are my thoughts:

This is Grant & Harlow's second book in Abbi Glines' Rosemary Beach series.  Grant and Harlow are both very likable characters, but this just wasn't my favorite book of the series.  {Spoiler alert!} I think that had a lot to do with the fact that their baby was a preemie and I felt like a lot of the preemie facts were just a little off.  But of course, anyone who isn't a preemie momma probably wouldn't be annoyed by that.

Abbi Glines revealed on Facebook that she's going to write a book focused around Nan and I really can't wait to pick that one up!


What are you currently reading??

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Club!!

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This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:

To Whom it May Concern, 

It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates. 

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn't plan to stumble into Joe's bar and have Daniel's music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss. 

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons. 

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.

It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.

It was ours. 

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels. 

-Ashlyn Jennings
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Here are my thoughts:

Oh, holy moly.  This one was good.  Five stars good.  I would laugh, then cry, then laugh again, then ugly cry...you get the picture.  This one needs to be at the top of your "to read" list.

I admit, I at points found myself comparing Daniel and Ashlyn to Ezra and Aria from Pretty Little Liars, but the story was so different, that the tie didn't last long.  Stop reading this and go read this book instead.  You will thank me later.

What are you currently reading??

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