Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Club: Women Are Scary


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Here's what I'm reviewing:


Here's the synopsis:
When you show up at the park for the first time with your little ones spilling out of the van, scan the swing set for anyone you might recognize, and notice that all the other moms are already hanging out in pairs, you realize that your awkward adventure of finding mom friends has only just begun. Too many women are frazzled and lonely, isolated in their minivans while schlepping bags, strollers, and munchkins to and fro across town. It doesn t have to be this way.

In this hilarious yet thought-provoking guide to momlationships, blogger Melanie Dale uses a dating analogy to help women get more intentional about bonding with each other.

We are better together, she writes. We make each other better moms, better humans. We need each other, because mothering is just too darn hard. Moms will discover how to make sure their kids aren't the only ones having fun, develop lifelong friendships, share their burdens, and join together to impact communities around the world."
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Here are my thoughts:

5 Stars.  Seriously.

We've all been there- new to parenthood and with few friends who also have kids.  As mothers, we need someone to relate to and someone (adult sized) to laugh with.  Of course, we have significant others, but there's something different about having a woman who really understands the exhaustion, stress, and utter joy of being a mommy.

Melanie Dell hits the nail on the head with her advice, stories and hilarity.  She's absolutely real- there's no sugarcoating the messes, the laundry and the literal poop.  Bonus?  She hasn't taken out a restraining order on me, despite my constant tweeting at her while reading this book.

Extra bonus?  The mulled wine recipe toward the end.

Read it.  You're welcome.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Book Club: Happenstance (Part 2)


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Here's the synopsis:

Erin Easter was now Erin Alderman, because Erin Alderman was dead. 

In the second installment of this USA Today bestselling series, follow protagonist Erin, a high school senior in tiny Blackwell, Oklahoma. After a terrible accident leaves two classmates dead, Erin learns that she was switched at birth. Shortly after, she moves into the home of her true parents, Sam and Julianne Alderman, transforming Erin over night from pariah of Blackwell High School, to the only child of one of the most affluent couples in town. 

Also being pursued by her childhood crush, Weston Gates, the dream she once had is now reality. But when Erin stumbles upon secrets that gives her the answers she’s been searching for, she also finds a truth she never wanted to know.
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Here are my thoughts:

Happenstance is a series of three novellas.  I reviewed Part 1 here.

I hated the secret that Erin discovered about both Weston and Alder.  It was awful to think that Alder was so sick and cruel.  But I held out hope that Erin and Weston would work through their issues, because they're such a cute couple.

All in all, it was a great book- so good that I immediately picked up Part 3.  I'll review that one in a couple weeks!

What are you currently reading??



Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Club: Riffs of Regret

I received a copy of this book in return for my honest, unbiased review.

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Here's the synopsis:

A weekend of discovering new music sounds like the perfect break from reality. Cori Stevens is bored with her job and jaded when it comes to the dating world. Luke Walker works hard but lost his creative drive years ago. Mutual friends invite them to one of the nation’s largest music festivals, and the four of them take off, eager to get away from their everyday lives. As the weekend unfolds, it proves to be a turning point in the lives of all four twentysomethings. Even as they return from their musical excursion, the missed chances, broken hearts and regrets are only just beginning. 
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Here are my thoughts:

Right off the bat, I had good feelings about this book, because the foursome of main characters were traveling to Austin City Limits.  As a complete coincidence, the weekend I was reading this book, the Mister and I were headed to- you guessed it- Austin.  So the details in this book had me all sorts of excited for my weekend away, both so I could enjoy Austin and get some much needed downtime with a good read.  Something that also makes me happy?  The author clearly did her research- as far as I could tell the Austin details were completely accurate.  And that makes this book nerd so happy.

It took me a little longer to connect with the characters than I'd hoped, but once I did I was hooked.  I found myself worrying about the characters when I wasn't reading and was completely caught off guard by more than one twist in this book.  I was extremely satisfied with how the story was tied up in the end.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Club: The Marrying Type

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Here's the synopsis:


Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).


With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.


Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

Here are my thoughts:

I was very excited when author Laura Chapman contacted me to review The Marrying Type.  As a former wedding planner by profession myself, a book about a wedding planner sounds just right up my alley.

I quickly related to Elliot as a character when she dealt with multiple wedding related crises with class- and a glass of champagne.  There is nothing like a novel set in the South.  It's guaranteed to be stuffed with classy women, a little gossip and a ton of drama!  I also enjoyed the wedding details woven throughout this book- from the fragrant flowers to the drunken bridesmaid- The Marrying Type does not disappoint.

Buy Now:

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Book Club: Beautiful Redemption


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Here's the synopsis:

If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn't love you, first? 

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case. 

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI. 

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all. 
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Here are my thoughts:

Beautiful Disaster remains one of my all time favorite books, so the more I get of the Maddox Brothers, the better.  Beautiful Oblivion absolutely rocked my world, so I've been waiting not-so-patiently to get my hands on Beautiful Redemption.

Seriously, Jamie McGuire, what's a girl gotta do for an ARC?

Anyways, I'm still completely in love with this series.  Although, I do have to admit that Liis may be my least favorite of the female leads in these books.  I do intend to give her a second chance and read this one again soon.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Club: Surviving The Rachel

I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest, unbiased review.  I received no compensation whatsoever in return for this review.

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Here's the synopsis:

Life after college graduation is not at all what twenty-one-year-old Bree Logan expected. Unable to find a professional communications job, dumped by the guy who was THE ONE, and stuck with a pricey city apartment she can’t afford, Bree ends up moving back home with her parents in the suburbs and working as a cocktail waitress at a posh Chicago hotel.

In a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, Bree goes to a hip salon and requests that the first available stylist chop off her long dark hair. Alarmed when the stylist suggests “The Rachel,” after the famous haircut from the show Friends, Bree is hesitant, but decides to go for it when she is assured it will be a “fresh, modern adaptation” of the infamous 90’s cut. Unfortunately for Bree, it turns out to be exactly the same cut, but with horrific heavy bangs added to it. Hideous doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Bree is convinced nothing will ever go right when she meets neighbor Jack Chelten, a twenty-five-year-old German translator. Not that Bree is looking to date anyone, but there's something quirky and intriguing about his freckle-splashed face and blue eyes. And suddenly Bree finds herself seeking out different opportunities and challenges . . . as well as the boy next door.

In her new adult life, Bree learns that sometimes you have to go through crises to get to where you need to be. And if you can survive The Rachel, you can survive anything, right?
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I've reviewed a few Aven Ellis books in the past year and I've loved them all.  But I'm pretty sure Surviving The Rachel is my favorite thus far.

True story: I had to take my car to get it's oil changed.  I sat in the waiting room with this book on my Kindle.  I never heard them call me to the front to say that my car was finished, because I was so engrossed in this book.  In fact, it was completely awkward when I finally realized that my car was ready and had to walk to the front, red faced.

But also totally worth it.  This book took me less than a day to read because I couldn't get enough.  Bree is a wonderfully relatable character- we've all had the post college struggle to find a job and yourself at the same time.  I loved the appearance of characters from Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista too.  And, most importantly, I'm pretty sure Jack Chelton is being added to my list of book boyfriends.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Book Club: Never Never


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Here's the synopsis:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. 
Complete strangers since this morning. 
He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget. 
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Here are my thoughts:

Once upon a time, I thought Colleen Hoover and I could be friends.  We could sit around, play with her mini pig, talk books, and hashtag #catsofinstagram together.

Then I read this book.

And Colleen, I'm officially imaginary unfriending you.  Until you release Part 2.

That's how serious this is.

I NEED PART 2.

Translation:  Excellent book.  Huge cliffhanger.

What are you currently reading??

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