Friday, August 29, 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:
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.


What are you currently reading??

Friday, August 22, 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:
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…

-via

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.


What are you currently reading??

Friday, August 15, 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:
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

-via

Here are my thoughts:
Oh, holy book hangover.  Seriously, this was ridiculous.  I couldn't put it down and when I was done, I just couldn't stop thinking about it.  In fact, I finished this book pretty late one evening and I had the following to say right then:

Dangit Colleen Hoover and your stupid good books that make me stay up late and act all emotional.

I really think she lives off of the tears of her readers.  But it's so so good.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, August 8, 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:
Here's the deal... I learned a long time ago that sometimes you have to use what you've got to make things happen. What I happen to have is a pretty smile, long legs and the ability to make men believe anything I say. Before you get on your high horse and start judging me, can you honestly say you've never batted your lashes at some guy for a free drink at the bar? That's what I thought. 

Keep that in mind as I tell you my story of how I took it one step further. My story of lies, deceit, manipulation and love. Yeah, love. Believe me, it fits. Especially, when you factor in Nick and Tucker – one had my heart and the other one wanted it all for himself. Which one? Well, I can't tell you that. It would defeat the purpose of the story. If I'm going to fill you in about me, Lila Garrison, and my life as a con artist you're going to need to know all the facts, including the ones about the two guys who made me want to give up the life of fancy clothes, expensive jewelry, fast cars and easy money. Because sometimes, one person can give you something that's more valuable than all of that.

If you're still interested, stick around. Just remember, I'm pretty good at convincing people to do what I want, so if by the end of this whole thing you feel worked over, don't say I didn't warn you.
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Here are my thoughts:
I love the concept of a female con artist.  One of the first books I ever reviewed on this ol blog was of a woman spy an I hadn't found anything like it with a female main character until Give Me Something.  I enjoyed watching Lila con and then develop as a character.  There was a twist toward the end that I didn't see coming and the book as a whole was captivating.  I would definitely add this to your "to read" list.

What are you currently reading??

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

World Breastfeeding Week

It's World Breastfeeding Week!  Houston Moms Blog is hosting a series of Breastfeeding posts, all about each person's unique experience.  It's educational, it's emotional, and it's totally relatable!  Take a minute to read it.  Here's mine:
I always planned on breastfeeding Skeeter.  Even when I was still pregnant with her, I set a personal goal of exclusively breastfeeding for six months.  I ended up exceeding that goal by breastfeeding for thirteen months, but that wasn’t without it’s issues.
When I was hospitalized at 31 weeks pregnant {read about that here}, the hospital’s education department didn’t miss a beat.  They set me up with an unlimited supply of breastfeeding instructional videos.  My daughter would be born early and the need for mother’s milk was more important than ever.
>>>Click here to continue reading about my experience with the Triple Feed Breastfeeding Method.

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Book Release

I've decided that from time to time I'll feature a new book being released or just a fun quote I love from something I'm reading.  This week's book release is Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis.



Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista
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…

Friday, August 1, 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:
Boring Beth Lynn has always lived up to her nickname… until she wakes up in a hotel bed next to a sexy as sin state senator she re-connected with at a wedding the previous night.

The biggest problem? She can't seem to remember anything about the night before except for crying into a box of cookies, and she’s pretty sure Grandma Nadine slipped something in her drink. And what should have been a one night stand turns into a six day adventure when Grandma whisks them off to Hawaii to save them from the ensuing media firestorm.

Jace isn't looking for commitment — he believes he made that clear when he left the wedding with Beth. Then again, he can't remember much of anything other than the way her skin felt beneath his hands. Now he's stuck with her at some lame couple’s retreat and trying his hardest to fight the attraction only a woman like Beth could invoke.

He doesn’t think it can get any worse.

But one spider attack… A donkey ride from hell… And an unfortunate episode with Viagra tea — and there’s one thing Jace knows for sure: He should never have agreed to Grandma Nadine’s suggestion in the first place.
Because if this isn’t paradise, and it isn’t a vacation — that only leaves one option.

Survival.

But to make it through alive… they might lose their hearts in the process.
-via

Here are my thoughts:
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Grandma Nadine is one of the greatest characters ever created.  I want to be friends with her, but I also am afraid of the shenanigans I would be roped into.  Each chapter of this book begins with a scene with Grandma and every one of them laughing out loud.

Every Rachel Van Dyken book I've read has made me laugh so hard I've cried and The Dare is no exception.  She is fabulous and definitely on my list of favorite authors.  I've already picked up another one of her books.

What are you currently reading??

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