Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Club!!

Today is Book Club Friday!

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This week I'm sharing:



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!


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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.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Club!!

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Here's the synopsis:
One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.

Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.
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Here are my thoughts:
At first this book looks like the typical, predictable chick lit.  Girl and guy fall in love, she pushes him away, then they some how magically find their way to each other again.  But there's so much more to this one.

I enjoyed the drama that came into play with Noah and Chloe's stories.  The minor characters were entertaining and bizarre.  Overall, I give this one four out of five stars.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

What Helped Most When I Had Preeclampsia

I'd heard of preeclampsia before. I knew the matriarch of the well-publicized Duggar family suffered from it with one of her pregnancies. I also knew a high school classmate had a premature baby as a result. My mom even suspected it went undiagnosed with one of her pregnancies. However, I never imagined I would experience it myself.
I had a fairly healthy pregnancy. While I frequently indulged a serious pizza craving, I continued a regular exercise routine to prevent excessive weight gain. Yet, at 25 weeks pregnant, the symptoms started to show.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Book Club!!

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Here's the synopsis:
Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She's sworn off love, Prince Charmings, and happy endings and she's happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbor and the manager of her favorite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she's culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.

Charming, fun, and unwilling to give up on her, Jake doesn’t fit any of the profiles Darby has created from her case studies of ex-princes-gone-bad. Finally presented with her own Prince Charming, can Darby take a chance on a happily-ever-after?

Full of wit and sarcastic humor, Cinderella Screwed Me Over proves that sometimes the perfect love, like a perfect pair of shoes, is just within your grasp.
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Here are my thoughts:
I really think I would've liked this book more a few years ago.  Before I was married and before I was a mother.  But at this point in my life, I had trouble connecting with Darby and found her a little too cynical.

I understand that was burned by former boyfriends, but none of the heartbreaks seemed to be extreme enough to enact the measures she'd put into place to protect her heart.  Like I said, I would've appreciated this more in the past, so if you're currently unmarried and childless, I recommend you give it a try!


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Club!!

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This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:
My name is Lizzie Connelly, and I have it all. The gorgeous apartment. The new job most women would rip out their own souls for—working for Margaret Emerson at Emerson & Taylor. I have one of those lives you’ve always dreamt about, the kind you only see on HBO. But, the thing is, that life is a lie. A fa├žade.

It all started with one call. “Everything you know about your story—your father’s story—is a lie. It’s up to you to uncover everything.” One call, and I turned my world upside down to dig my way into Margaret’s life—the woman who I’d never laid eyes on until recently. My stepmother who took everything after my father died fourteen years ago.

The plan was simple—figure out what role she played in my father’s death and expose her to the world.

But here’s another thing: simplicity doesn’t exist, and my plans are flawed from the beginning because I never anticipated Oliver. Sexy, too smart for his own goddamn good, and infuriating, he’s the one person who could blow my plans to uncover Margaret. She’s his mother, and in another life, that would have made him my stepbrother.

I want to pretend that none of that matters, that I can simply finish what I came to do without sparing him a second glance and another thought.

Like I said, though, there’s no such thing as simplicity.

My real name is Gemma Emerson.

And this is my story.

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Here are my thoughts:
This is the first Emily Snow book I've ever read.  I can't remember who recommended her, but I wish I could, because I want to thank them.  This book has it all: a little mystery, a little drama, a little heat, and a few twists along the way.  I found myself sitting for a few minutes after finishing this book and processing everything that happened.  It was a quick, short read, but didn't lack anything.


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Club!!


Today is Book Club Friday!

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This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:
Recent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed an apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighborhood–and has her eye on the cute commodities trader just a floor above.

If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing assistant—but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions, too.

Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled, does it? 

When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good.

When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…

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Here are my thoughts:
I've reviewed Aven Ellis' other two books recently, so I had no doubt this would also be a good book.  At first glance, however, I was worried that this could be a slight play off of Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series - but it was so much more.

While Avery does have a strong appreciation for designer labels and living in the "it" neighborhood, she has a lot more depth than Becky Bloomwood did in the Shopaholic series.  Sure, Avery's goal does start out to marry well and be a housewife, but she shows a lot of growth throughout the book and I found Deacon to be absolutely swoon worthy.  I found myself up way past bedtime because I didn't want to put it down.  Overall, it was a great read!

This one hits the shelves September 10, so be sure to pick it up!

By the way, if you don't like Aven Ellis on Facebook, you should.  She shares daily posts of her inspiration for the various male characters in her books.  Yum.


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