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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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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.

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June 19th Book Club Friday

1.Julie3.Shoshanah @ From L.A. To LA
2.Dara @ Not In Jersey4.Angela Tolsma
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Kenley Hunter finally has everything sorted out. Fresh from studying chocolate making in Europe, she’s
gambling everything on her new business, Confection Consultations.

All Kenley wants in life is people to take her seriously, to see the person on the inside rather than the
blonde beauty on the outside. While pursuing her passion of chocolate, Kenley discovered people seek her
knowledge. They see past the exterior and fall for the chocolate delights in front of them.

So with work as her focus, Kenley is ready to start her career in Dallas. Men are out of her recipe, because
she fears that once they get past her looks, they’ll be disappointed in what they find. Kenley decides she’s
all about the chocolate now.
Or is she?
Because a chance meeting with new Dallas Demon hockey star Nate Johansson might change everything.
Sent to Dallas in a blockbuster trade, Nate is somewhere he doesn’t want to be, for reasons that have
caused him heartbreak on multiple levels. Nate knows he will never trust a woman again after what
happened to him in Minnesota.

But when he meets a woman with an intriguing name and a passion for chocolate, Nate isn’t so sure about
his theory. And he might just learn a definition of icing other than the one used in hockey with Kenley as his guide…

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If I had a dollar for every time I told someone how much I love Aven Ellis, my full time job would be sitting on my couch, wearing yoga pants, and- well, reading Aven Ellis books.

The Definition of Icing is the second in the Dallas Demons #2 series, but definitely reads well as a standalone book too.  I did enjoy all of the references to Ellis’ previous books and catching up with her “old” characters.

Nate Johansson is smoking hot, a hockey player, and totally sweet.  His only downfall?  He made fun of Dirty Dancing at the beginning of the book.  We don’t even need to discuss my thoughts of this topic.

Despite Nate’s terrible taste in movies, I give this one 5 stars.


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June 12th Book Club Friday

1.Shoshanah @ From L.A. To LA2.Angela Tolsma3.Dara @ Not In Jersey
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Welcome to Pineapple Cay, the new hometown of Nina Spark.

Things seemed to get off to a good start. Nina’s new hometown is the charming village of Coconut Cove, with its narrow lanes lined with candy coloured houses and gardens overflowing with tropical flowers. Her back yard is a white sand beach and the mesmerizing turquoise sea.

But local big shot Barry Bassett has his eye on Nina’s cozy little beach cottage with the aim of tearing it down to build condos. Then Barry’s obnoxious wife Tiffany goes missing, and Nina finds herself sitting across a desk from the very serious chief of police, Blue Roker, wondering how her day dream of easy living in the islands got so far off track so quickly.

Join Nina Spark and her new best friends, the philosophizing mailman Danish Jensen and the ever cheerful Pansy Gallagher, as they careen around Pineapple Cay at the maximum speed of fifteen miles an hour in a golf cart, trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
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Nina buys a cottage in Pineapple Cay on a whim after finding her husband cheating on her in their New York apartment.  She arrives to her new home and lands right in the middle of absolute drama.

I really liked Nina as a character, but I think Danish (the mail man slash yoga instructor slash bartender) is my absolute favorite.  He’s the perfect level of crazy and somehow manages to get Nina involved with all of his hair brained detective schemes.

This is the perfect summer comedic mystery.  I advise lying on a beach with a fruity cocktail in hand while reading…but a couch and glass of wine will also do.

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June 5th Book Club Friday

1.Dara @ Not In Jersey2.Shoshanah @ From L.A. To LA3.Megan @ A Wife’s Life Blog
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“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”
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I reviewed Never Never Part 1 here.

I’ve been dying for Part 2 to be released ever since I finished Part 1 and was left with a complete cliffhanger.  While Part 2 answered some questions, I’m still dying for the full picture.  I actually can’t wait to get my hands on Part 3 when it comes out and read the entire series at the same time.  I feel like there are so many clues I am missing and I want to catch them all.

As always, Colleen Hoover just doesn’t disappoint.

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May 29th Book Club

1.Erica @ Silly Socks n’ Things3.Shoshanah @ From L.A. To LA5.Megan @ A Wife’s Life Blog
2.victoria @ mine to live4.Kristine @ Living Barefoot and Crazy
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Thirty-four year old, Mimi Finnegan is the third of four daughters and in her eyes, by far, the most unremarkable. She has no singular accomplishment that can stand up to any of her sisters. And if that isn’t enough, she is the only single sibling in her family.

Mimi’s sisters decide that it’s time she gets serious about husband hunting, so they begin a campaign to find Mr. Right for her. Considering her most recent dating encounters include a night club owner who stuffs bratwurst in his pants and a WASPy trust fund baby, living happily under his mother’s thumb, Mimi is more than ready to meet THE ONE. Enter celebrated British novelist Elliot Fielding.

Sexual tension and anger heat up between the duo and it isn’t until Mimi discovers that Elliot is almost engaged to another that she realizes she is head-over-heels in love with him.

The journey will make you laugh, cry and want to pull your hair out from frustration! Mimi eventually learns that she is quite remarkable in her own right and never needed to worry that she lived in her sister’s shadows.

The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan is the perfect laugh-out-loud, feel good book for any woman who has ever felt that she wasn’t good enough.
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Move aside Bridget Jones, Mimi Finnegan is the new it girl.  It has been a long time since I’ve issued a 5 star rating and Whitney Dineen has broken that streak.  Not only has she broken it, but she’s set the bar for future books incredibly high.

Mimi Finnegan is relatable, hilarious and someone I just rooted for the entire book.  She had her fair share of issues but took them in stride (although occasionally with the help of Ben & Jerry’s).  I want to be friends with Mimi and her family.

I’ve already added Whitney Dineen’s other books to my “Want to Read” list.  I can’t wait to get to them!

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May 22nd Book Club Friday

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ousins Abby and Juliet were born into one big, close family. But when Juliet’s parents divorce, it tears the family apart and sends the girls in very different directions.

Juliet grows up too quickly, forced to be responsible for her younger sisters as well as an alcoholic, single mother. Abby grows up a pampered, sheltered only child.

As women, they try to mend the rift and come to terms with the way their shared history connects them, in spite of the years apart.

Told in alternating narrative, A Long Thaw explores how the two women are shaped by the traumas and triumphs of childhood. It’s a story about the power of secrets and the unbreakable bonds of family.
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I generally get a little nervous when I see a book is being told from alternating points of view.  A  Long Thaw was told primarily from Abby & Juliet’s point of view, with a little from other characters thrown in- and it was executed very well.  No parts of the story were lost from the different perspectives.

I was very intrigued by Juliet’s father’s story and would have liked to hear more from him and see a little of Juliet’s mother’s perspective.  I loved the twist that surrounded them and led them to where they are in their lives now.

I enjoyed the growth that all of the characters experienced and connected well with their individual personalities.  I cannot wait to read more by Katie O’Rourke.

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December 15th Book Club Friday

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2.Shoshanah @ From L.A.to LA4.Erin O’Riordan
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I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.
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This is the first book I’ve read by Jasinda Wilder and it won’t be the last.  I loved the love story between Nell and Kyle.  I felt like I watched them grow up and fall in love.  Then I lived the hurt and pain with Nell when Kyle died.

My only wish is that there had been a little more detail about the beginning of Colton & Nell’s relationship.  But I think the sign of a good book is that it leaves you wanting a little more, right?

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April 24th Book Club Friday

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2.victoria @ mine to live4.Dara @ Not In Jersey
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Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the line between life and death blurs.

When an end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.
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Whoa.
Okay, so it’s no secret around these parts that I don’t read many paranormal books.  In fact, this is probably the first full blown paranormal book I’ve ever read and it certainly threw me for a loop.

I’ve read all of Jessica Park’s books to date and have absolutely loved all of them.  Clear is a complete change from everything she’s written before and it’s a crazy ride.  Stella’s journey to find Sam in Maine and build a life with some normalcy was one of my favorite story lines in a long time.  With Jessica’s writing, I could picture the Maine coastline and smell the salty air.

I’m afraid to say anything else and risk of giving away a surprise in the book, so I’ll leave it at this:  Clear is is a wild ride, with some unquestionably intense moments, but I enjoyed every minute (even the ones that freaked me out a little).

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April 10th Book Club Friday

1.Shoshanah @ From L.A. To LA2.Kristine @ Living Barefoot and Crazy
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Julia Merina always thought her life would be simple – go to college, meet Mr. Right, find her dream job, and live happily ever after. But just shy of 25, she learns the hard way that life rarely goes according to plan.

Now, at age 28, Julia’s life revolves around her three year old son, Carson, her career at Oceanic Marketing, and her supportive family. After the turbulent years of her early 20s, Julia resolved to never trust a man again. That is until Drew Parkington, an old classmate, suddenly comes back into her life.

Julia is forced to examine her life and decide if she can let go of the past and learn to trust again.
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I find it to be a rarity that an author’s first novel is well written and easily to read.  DK Hamilton hit the nail on the head with her debut novel.  The Other Side of Later follows single mother Julia Merina, whose life hasn’t gone at all the way she’d planned.

Julia is a hard working, stubborn character, but so likable at the same time.  Drew Parkington is swoon worthy.  And Carson is just insanely adorable.

There were two main twists in this book- one of which I saw coming and the other I didn’t.  Of course, I’m not giving any spoilers here, so you’ll just have to jump to goodreads and add this one to your list.

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May 8th Book Club Friday

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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
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I love Colleen Hoover insane amounts.  Her books always draw me in and hook me, always leaving me wanting more.  Confess was no exception.

The concept of Owen’s confession wall is so much fun and I loved how Owen and Auburn met.  As always with Colleen’s books, I couldn’t have predicted the overall direction of the book or how it would end.  And I certainly never expected Owen’s confession!

Side note: Colleen has been collecting confessions from her readers lately and some of them are CUH-razy.  You should look them up.

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