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Book Review: The Inbetween Days

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The Inbetween Days by Eva Woods– Rosie Cooke is “in between.” In between consciousness and oblivion. Life and death. And though some say that when you’re near death your entire life flashes before your eyes, Rosie can’t remember anything at all—not even how she ended up in a coma. At least not at first.

Then something strange starts to happen. Rosie finds herself revisiting scattered moments from her past: a beach vacation, a play rehearsal, the day her brother was born. But why these memories? And what do they mean?

As each piece of the puzzle comes into focus, Rosie struggles to face the picture of her life that forms. But with every look backward comes a glimpse of what might be: A relationship with her sister. The opportunity to pursue her passion. A second chance at love. And Rosie just might discover that she has much to live for.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: January 22, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: I was really intrigued by the premise of this story- being in a coma and reliving moments from your life over again with a different perspective. I had really high hopes that the story would just suck me in, but it kind of fell flat. Rosie and her sister, Daisy, were very disconnected and I struggled to find any real emotions between the two. That was really disappointing because their connection had the potential to be extremely powerful in the story. To be honest, I struggled to feel any connections between any of the characters except Rosie’s parents. I think that might have been a product of the way the story was told with the flashback memories. There was a really significant event from Rosie’s childhood that was pretty much just thrown in and then glossed over. I was really disappointed by that because it could have taken the story to a whole other level. 



Book Review: Opening Belle

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Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry– Getting rich on Wall Street would be a lot more fun if the men would keep their hands off her assets. A whip-smart and funny novel told by a former Wall Street insider who reveals what it’s like for a working woman to balance love, ambition, and family in a world of glamorous excess, outrageous risk-taking, and jaw-dropping sexism.

In 2008, Isabelle—a self-made, thirty-something Wall Street star—appears to have it all: an Upper West Side apartment, three healthy children, a handsome husband, and a high-powered job. But her reality is something else. Her trading desk work environment resembles a 1980s frat party, her husband feels employment is beneath him, and the bulk of childcare and homecare still falls in Belle’s already full lap.

Enter Henry, the former college fiancé she never quite got over; now a hedge fund mogul. He becomes her largest client, and Belle gets to see the life she might have had with him. While Henry campaigns to win Belle back, the sexually harassed women in her office take action to improve their working conditions, and recruit a wary Belle into a secret “glass ceiling club” whose goal is to mellow the cowboy banking culture and get equal pay for their work. All along, Belle can sense the financial markets heading toward their soon-to-be historic crash and that something has to give—and when it does, everything is going to change: her marriage, her career, her world, and her need to keep her colleagues’ hands to themselves.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: February 2, 2016

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: I was really excited to read this book for a couple of reasons. One- the Wall Street setting is about as far from my real life as possible. Two- the financial industry setting is my husband’s bread and butter so I was excited to see a bunch of those boring terms he’s always talking about in this book. Ha! This book was reminiscent of “I Don’t Know How She Does It” but not to the point that it felt like a copycat. 

I liked seeing the main character, Belle, try to navigate motherhood and her career. It felt very authentic and real to read about her struggles trying to balance it all. However, I really hated the character of her husband, Bruce. I mean, I really really hated him in a big kick him in the balls kind of way. He seriously detracted from the story for me. But the main reasons this book ended up at 3 stars for me is the lack of development.  There were several plot points that just felt under-developed or glossed over. The Glass Ceiling Club was one, Belle and Bruce’s marriage was another, and Henry was the third. I just couldn’t overlook the lack of depth in those story lines. 



This Week New Releases: March 19

New Releases for the week of March 19 that I’ve added to my wish lists! Only a couple this week, which is probably a good thing because my TBR lists are insane!

Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken- March 19- What else can a virgin do when she’s ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart. Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty. Now there’s only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they’ve told, the secrets they’ve kept, the mistakes they’ve made, and the attraction that still burns between them.

Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk- March 19- Nikki Griffin isn’t your typical private investigator. In her office above her bookstore’s shelves and stacks, where she luxuriates in books and the comfort they provide, she also tracks certain men. Dangerous men. Men who have hurt the women they claim to love. And Nikki likes to teach those men a lesson, to teach them what it feels like to be hurt and helpless, so she can be sure that their victims are safe from them forever. When a regular PI job tailing Karen, a tech company’s disgruntled employee who might be selling secrets, turns ugly and Karen’s life is threatened, Nikki has to break cover and intervene. Karen tells Nikki that there are people after her. Dangerous men. She says she’ll tell Nikki what’s really going on. But then something goes wrong, and suddenly Nikki is no longer just solving a case–she’s trying hard to stay alive.



Book Review: Legend

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Legend by Sawyer Bennett– Everything is clicking for the Vengeance. We may be new, but we’re well on our way to winning the championship, and I’m having the time of my life headlining the sports media as the hottest goalie—hell, player—ever. I for one am going to live up to my name . . . because I am Legend Bay.

Dragging my ass home from the gym, I’m blinded by some gaudy, glowing holiday lights. As usual, my hot-as-hell neighbor Pepper Nantais has gone way over the top. But just as I’m about to tell her off, something else catches my eye . . . Seems like Santa left me a present, and not one I was expecting.

As life takes an unexpected turn, I realize that there’s much more to Pepper than meets the eye. Sure, she’s gorgeous. And exasperating. And her taste in decorating may be a bit . . . unique.

But beneath her carefree demeanor is a fierce determination and a heart of gold. And before I know it I’ve fallen for her. Hard . . .

Pepper is exactly the woman I never knew I needed.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #3 in Arizona Vengeance series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed Pepper’s character in the second book in the series. She was sassy and funny and didn’t take crap from anyone. Those are my favorite kinds of female characters. So I was really excited to see that she would be the main character in this next book in the series. I’m really a sucker for an enemies-to-lovers story and from the fireworks that flew between Pepper and Legend in the previous book, I knew this one was going to be good. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a deep and emotional story though. Pepper really steps up in this book and becomes the one person that Legend can count on when his life takes a very unexpected turn. She was the strength and the voice of reason when he needed one the most. I can’t wait for the rest of the books in this series!



Five Things Friday {3.15.19}

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New to my Queue

                                    

                 

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Favorite Book of the Week

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What I’m Reading Now

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New Books I Borrowed

                              

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What I’m Reading Next