Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Nerd Problems

So the mister has been getting onto my lately about letting my blogging go a tad.  But the truth is that there have been SO many good books, that my nose has been stuck in a book.


I guess maybe I've been reading a little TOO much... In fact, I had a dream the other night that involved one of my book boyfriends, Travis Maddox (from Beautiful Disaster).

In fact, in the dream, Mr. BUB had decided to become a MMA fighter and his first fight was against Mr. Maddox himself.  My alarm went off before a winner was announced, so we could have a debate over who would've won.  I mean, Travis Maddox is Travis Maddox.  But Mr. BUB is also 6'9" and no weakling.


So I when I got up, I of course related the dream to Mr. BUB.  His response?  "I'm sorry I had to kill you book boyfriend."

Ha.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Club!!


Today is Book Club Friday!

To link up, all you have to do is grab the button (above) and link up (below)!

You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:

The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. 

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red. 

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.
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Here are my thoughts:
Holy moly.  I finished this book, stared at my kindle for about ten minutes, muttering "what the heck just happened?"  The mister asked me what I was talking about and I responded "I can't even begin to explain..."

Then I picked it up the next day to read it again.

Let's just say that if you're a fan of the Beautiful Disaster series, you need to pick up BOB now. If you're not a fan, you should give the series a try.


What are you currently reading?



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


You're getting a bonus book review this week!  I'm over at Houston Mom's Blog reviewing Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park.  


Make the jump and see what I thought!  Also take a minute to vote on our August book club choice.

Our normal Book Club Friday will be tomorrow, as always!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Club!!


Today is Book Club Friday!

To link up, all you have to do is grab the button (above) and link up (below)!

You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:
All her life, Jordi Hemphill was told that she needed to change to fit in and be accepted. She talked too much, laughed too loud, and most definitely, indisputably and inexcusably weighed too much. In fact, she wore her size-20+ clothes without so much as an apology. She didn’t care to fit in. She didn’t want to be beautiful. Instead, she wanted to wear her hair in funky colors, she itched for tattoos and piercings, and dreamed of a life much bigger than working at the local Burger Palace for minimum wage. She had been born with the voice of a superstar, and something inside her told her it was OK to dream big, even if she had to do it in secret. 

On her eighteenth birthday, she takes every last cent she has and buys a one-way ticket for Los Angeles. She is sure her talent will get her noticed by those more open-minded to see it. Then and only then will she show all the naysayers in her hometown that she was a somebody no matter what they thought. 

Unfortunately Los Angeles wasn't any more welcoming. Jordi didn't fit into their pop machine no matter how well she sang. Other pop princess had the "full package," whereas Jordi still needed to change if she wanted her dreams to come true. It took a plus-size TV producer to take a chance on her, casting her for a reality talent show called "Fierce," which put attitude and talent far above the traditional pop star image.

Thanks to Giovanni Carnevale, the lead singer of "Dreaming in Blue" and “Fierce’s” rock star judge, Jordi gets a chance to fight for her place on a national stage.

But will America embrace this alternative diva? Or will they too expect her to conform in order to be accepted... to be loved? Despite the acceptance of new friends and supporters, old ghosts continue to haunt Jordi on her new journey. It will take handsome fellow contestant, Jace Riga, to finally help expose and exorcise the demons that drive her self-destruction.

"Fierce" continues the story introduced in the Ginger Voight novel, "Mogul," where Jordi joins a hodge-podge of other contestants to battle for the championship that dares every single hopeful to live large, to be FIERCE.

Ginger Voight, the author of the best-selling "Groupie" series, brings fame once again to the forefront with her new adult story, "Fierce." The characters you grew to love in the "Groupie" trilogy and "Love Plus One" are back to help the incomparable Jordi Hemphill carve a place for herself as a pop princess despite the odds in this coming-of-age Rubenesque romance.
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Here are my thoughts:
I picked up this book (the whole trilogy, actually) when it was listed for free on Amazon.  I actually enjoyed seeing Jordi take life by the reigns and start to control her own destiny.  I hated, though, watching her become weak again at the hands of her mother and boyfriend.  I really wanted to see her tell them to leave her alone and continue to go about her life without them.

I did enjoy that this book wasn't focusing on the perfect people- it celebrated those who are different, for just being themselves.  I may pick up the next books in the trilogy at a later date, but I haven't yet.  I guess I'm nervous about watching Jordi suffer any more.

What are you currently reading??

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An Open Latter to Toddler Moms

Dear Toddler Mom, There are smushed Cheerios on the seats of your car. You can sing the Doc McStuffins theme song in your sleep - in fact, your husband says you actually did the other night. You went to work with a Donald Duck sticker on your rear end...and didn't find it until this evening when you were cooking dinner...

>>>Click here to continue reading on Houston Moms Blog.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Club!!


Today is Book Club Friday!

To link up, all you have to do is grab the button (above) and link up (below)!

You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:
Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…
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Here are my thoughts:
I'm reviewing these together, because they're both about Woods & Della- and once you finish the first you'll want to pick up the second immediately.  In fact, I read the second before reviewing the first, so I'm not even sure at this moment I could separate the two for reviews.

I've reviewed other books in Abbi Glines' Rosemary Beach series recently, because I'm totally addicted.  I was introduced to Woods and Della (briefly) in the other books, but now I was given the opportunity to dive into their stories.  Woods is set to inherit the local country club.  He's also set to marry someone his father chose for him.  Della has a dark past and no intentions of staying around Rosemary Beach.  But there's so much more to their story.

I would recommend reading the other books in this series first, but these can also be read as stand alones.

What are you currently reading??

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Real Life: Book Nerd

What is this?!  A post that isn't Book Club Friday?  I know, crazy, right?  Life has been absolutely crazy in a good way lately.  

No, I'm not pregnant.  I know the typical reason for being absent on the blog is because you're with child.  But I'm not.  I do have that toddler still though.

Last night, my BFF Tara and I got to meet the fabulous Jamie McGuire!


She signed my hardback copy of her latest book, Beautiful Oblivion, and answered questions.  Of course, I forgot the only question I had until later, but oh well!  She couldn't have been more sweet.



I have an official Book Club Friday review of Beautiful Oblivion coming soon, but until then I'll say this: READ IT.


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