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Weekly Book Club {9.7.17}

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Today is the first post in my new weekly book club series! Instead of doing one big post with all the books I read at the end of the month I’ve decided to do a post weekly. Partly because I feel like I can’t share as many good books as I want because the post would be sooooo long. And also because I find myself forgetting important details that I meant to share about the books at the beginning of the month. Clearly I’m getting old. So let’s give this a try!

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The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan– The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy. Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.

My Rating: 5 Stars

So this is book 2 in the Game On series. I read the first book, The Hook Up, awhile ago and it was fantastic. My local library finally added the second and third books to their online ebook catalog so I was able to check out book 2 and I’m on the wait list for book 3. I loved this book. I loved Ivy and Gray. They were real characters and I felt emotionally connected to both of them. This book had humor, conflict, love, anger…it touched on all the emotions. I loved Ivy’s smart mouth and I loved how Gray had to tear down her walls. The banter between them was hilarious and they built a friendship first, which was awesome. You all know how much I adore football and I really appreciated that this book was not about a quarterback! Give the tight ends some love! And I really appreciated that Gray was not a stereotypical dumb jock. He was very very smart! You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy this book though. The story is about much more than football. I will definitely read the rest of this series. 

Favorite quote- “The fact is, Ivy, for me, there is one absolute truth. The sum of my existence equals you.” 

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter– Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever.

My Rating: 5 Stars

This book. Holy cow. I almost don’t know what to say about it. I was hooked right from the very first paragraph and could not stop reading. It is definitely a dark book with lots of twists and turns and details. You absolutely cannot skim this book. You must read it, every word, which shouldn’t be a problem because HOLY COW. It deals with some sensitive issues and does have some triggers. But if you can get past the dark, the story is amazing. It’s shocking, and gritty, and real. It deals with the secrets in a family and how they can come back to bite us. It shows how hard it is to truly move on after a traumatic event and how those events shape us forever. It shows that not everything is as it appears at first glance. The relationships in this book are all very complicated. The relationship between sisters, between father and daughter, between husband and wife….I highly recommend this one! 

Book Club will be back next week with my current reads!

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  • Stephanie Burris Towne

    I love this idea! I always look forward to seeing your monthly book post so weekly is even better…not that I need more books to read in my pile. 🙂