Friday, August 7, 2015

Book Club: In the Unlikely Event


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This week I'm reviewing...


Here's the synopsis:

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.
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Here are my thoughts:

My review is actually on Houston Moms Blog today.  Make the jump to see it!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Club: The Consequence of Revenge


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Here's the synopsis:

After losing his best friend to another guy, the notoriously too-confident Max Emory suddenly feels lost. He may have devastatingly good looks, an abundance of charm, and a claim to one of the biggest hotel empires around, but he has no ambition anymore. So when his fed-up friends decide they’ve had enough of his moping, they sign him up to be the next bachelor on the reality series Love Island. And between his pride and his forged signature on an ironclad contract, Max just can’t say no.

Now he’s stranded in paradise with twenty-four women, one terrifying goat, and Becca, the breathtaking barista who already turned him down back home. The closer Max gets to Becca, the more determined he becomes to win her over. As she gets to know him better, things start heating up. But is Becca really after Max’s heart—or is she after the cash prize she could claim once the cameras stop rolling?
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Here are my thoughts:

Disclaimer:  I'm a dummy.  No seriously.  I picked up this book because I've freaking loved Rachel Van Dyken's other books and this one had great reviews.  Then I read the whole book and kept feeling like I was missing some of the jokes.  After I finished I noticed that it's the second book in a series.  So, that's totally on me.

That said, just like every other RVD book, this is comical and quick paced.  I am definitely going to take the time to read book #1, then re-read this book.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, July 17, 2015

Book Club: Sincerely, Carter


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Here's the synopsis:

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend... 


Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve ...

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

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Here are my thoughts:

I really liked the concept of this book.  Best friends try their hardest to only be best friends, but then they fall in love.  And there were a lot of hilarious parts of this book.  But...

The romance part of the story seemed a little forced at times.  Overall, it was a nice summer read, but it won't make my top reads of 2015.

What are you currently reading?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Book Club: The Law of Moses


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Here's the synopsis:

f I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I added this book to my "want to read" shelf ages ago and just now got around to it.  And I wish I'd done it sooner!

I went into this book thinking I knew what to expect, because the synopsis is so descriptive.  I was totally wrong!  It went in a completely different direction than I expected.  It is one of the few paranormal books that I really enjoyed.

I can't wait to read more from Amy Harmon in the future.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Club: When I'm Gone


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Here's the synopsis:

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?
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Here are my thoughts:
This is book #11 in the Rosemary Beach series.  While each book reads well on it's own, I highly recommend starting the series from the start.

This is the longest series I've stuck with since Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.  I totally enjoy it and all of the books are fun, light reads.

That said, they're all starting to take the same tone.  Girl with a problem, privileged guy comes to save the day.  I still give it four stars, but I would like something a little different with the next books in the series.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Club: The Girl on The Train


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Here's the synopsis:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
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Here are my thoughts:

Call it cheating if you want, but my review is actually posted on Houston Mom's Blog this week!  We've started up the Summer Book Club and this was June's book choice.  Stop by to read my review and vote for July's book- even if you're not a Houstonian or a mom!  You're free to join.

What are you currently reading??


Friday, June 19, 2015

Book Club: Beautiful Sacrifice

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Here's the synopsis:

Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Having already left her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw Café. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois.

The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falyn’s section at the Bucksaw, she knows he’s trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and gorgeous even when covered in filth—making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isn’t interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge.

Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end, Maddox persistence is met with Falyn’s talent for leaving, and for the first time, Taylor may be the one to get burned.
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Here are my thoughts:

This is #3 in The Maddox Brothers Series.  The last book fell a little flat for me, so I was concerned how I'd feel about this one...but it totally redeemed the series for me.

I loved Falyn, because she was tough and she didn't need to be saved.  There was also a twist about halfway through I didn't see coming and left me in a serious ugly cry state.  Taylor Maddox definitely gave his little brother Travis a run for his money as my book boyfriend.

What are you currently reading??

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