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Weekly Book Club {10.25.17}

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I carved out some serious reading time this past week. Mainly while sitting in the waiting rooms for two different kids therapy appointments. But, whatever. Reading time is reading time, right? I read 2 books from two of my favorite authors.

1. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover– Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness. The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit. Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix. Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Oh this book hit me right in all the feels. Right in the feels, y’all. Colleen Hoover’s books always do that to me in the best way. These characters were flawed- every single one of them was flawed. And that made them so real and so easy to relate to. It was family drama and dysfunction at it’s finest and I loved every page. I highly recommend this one!

2. Shelter for Sophie by Susan Stoker– She’s shy, he’s stoic…not the hardest personality traits to overcome, but Sophie Carson and Roman “Chief” Proudfit have their work cut out for them. Sophie has a crush on the silent-but-studly firefighter next door. She’s been pining away silently while secretly helping the hardworking man by mowing his lawn—which he thinks is being done by her nonexistent husband and/or boyfriend. He’s definitely not big on neighborly chitchat, but with her stutter, that suits Sophie just fine. But now a misunderstanding at a bar has put him even further out of her reach. Roman’s difficult upbringing on an Indian reservation is a sore spot, so when he thinks Sophie is taking advantage of poor people for medical trials at her workplace, he lets her know exactly what he thinks. But when he discovers he misunderstood, he’s man enough to admit it…and also that he should have opened his eyes to his beautiful, sensitive neighbor sooner. As the couple gets closer, each helping the other overcome lifelong pains, for the first time in years, Roman has something to live for other than his job. And, as he discovers when Sophie puts herself in danger, something even bigger to lose.

This is book 8 in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. I love this author. I’ve read every series she’s written and my favorite 3 series happen to have intersecting stories and characters. This book was really good. I enjoyed the story and the way the author wove the hero’s culture into the storyline was authentic and interesting. I love that her main characters are real and have issues and sometimes make bad decisions. But all the women are tough and not afraid to stand up for themselves. If you haven’t read this series yet then you really should! And her SEAL of Protection and Delta Force series are just as great. Plus, a lot of the characters appear in various books so it’s really fun to revisit their stories. 

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