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Weekly Book Club {1.17.18}

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1. Roomies by Christina Lauren– Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally. Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

My Rating: 5 Stars

I’m a sucker for those marriage of convenience stories and this one was really good. I couldn’t stop reading it until I knew how it would end. I loved the connection between Holland and Calvin. It was insta-love. Their relationship grew organically even though they were technically married. There were definitely characters in this story that I really really really hated. No spoilers, you’ll know immediately who I’m talking about if you read the book. I hope there’s a follow up book! Hint, hint Christina Lauren!

2. Personal Security by J. Silence– I am not a bodyguard. I am a Personal Security Agent. While it may seem like a matter of semantics, I do more than guard a person’s physical well-being. I protect everything they hold dear, everything they cherish – their bodies, their families, their property, their sanity. Everything. And I’m not just good at what I do. I am the top agent at the best personal security firm in the country. I am also a woman, but don’t let that change your opinion of me. Very few people can do what I do, and even fewer can do it as well. Most of us work for Sentinel Security. My name is Agent Nicolette Alessi. I left a successful career in the FBI as a special agent and profiler to watch over some of the richest, most famous, and most powerful people in the world. I’ve brought down drug lords, killers, and weapons dealers. I’ve earned kudos, high marks, and special requests from senators, national security directors, billionaires, and most notably to me- my dad. He taught me to fight, to shoot, to look for the hidden stories in body language, and to never accept good enough when excellence is achievable. My brothers try to claim credit for my skills, but it all belongs to my dad. While I’ve always been his little girl, I have also grown into a strong, capable, and completely kickass woman. After a string of air-headed actresses and demanding heiresses as clients that have left me wishing for something more exciting, my boss gives me what just might be my most challenging client yet. He is arrogant, entitled and whiney; an actor getting death threats delivered – literally – to his front door. He is also tall, dark and sinfully sexy. He is a serial dater, doesn’t do commitment, doesn’t do the girlfriend thing. Everyone in Hollywood knows that. Everyone, that is, except my boss. My job is to keep the pretty boy alive while the rest of my team works with the police to figure who is trying to kill him. I can’t allow myself to want him, but when my assignment has me posing as his girlfriend, I’ll be forced to spend lots of time with him in some compromising positions. I’ll grin and bear it in the name of a job well done, but will I be able to keep my focus on the job and not on the delicious man with the softer side the world doesn’t get to see? Or, will my client pay the ultimate price for my distraction? 

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I love books with kick ass heroines and this definitely qualifies. But there were things within the story that rang a bit far-fetched or untrue for me. I had a hard time believing some of the stuff that happened and that detracted from the story for me. But the romance was good and the story was well paced. I will probably read more of the series because I’m invested in the secondary characters now. 

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Weekly Book Club {1.10.18}

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1. Blame by Jeff Abbott– Sometimes the person you thought you knew best…Turns out to be someone you never really knew at all. Two years ago, Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first, everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane’s note: I wish we were dead together. From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die? Most of all, she must find out who has just written her an anonymous message: I know what really happened. I know what you don’t remember.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I borrowed this one from the library when I was in a bit of a book genre slump. I’ve never read anything by this author before but the premise intrigued me. I’m glad I gave it a chance though. I enjoyed it and read it really fast because I had to know how it ended. I will say- I thought I had it all figured out. I was so wrong. There were twists and turns and shocks throughout this story. I highly recommend this one!

2. Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout– It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago. First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more. But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I enjoyed this one too. I enjoy the romantic suspense genre but too many times those books end up with the heroine making too stupid to live decisions that have me rolling my eyes and totally take away from the story. This one was a great mix of suspense, mystery, and romance. The suspense and mystery were good- I didn’t figure out the who or the what until the end. And the romance was good too- Cole and Sasha were HOT together! Definitely recommend this one. 

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Weekly Book Club {1.4.18}

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I had some free time over Christmas break to get caught up on some books I’ve been planning to read. I’ve been in kind of a book slump- nothing really appealed to me and I wasn’t invested in some of the books I was choosing. I have probably 8 unfinished books on my Kindle app right now. I was craving time to read but none of the books was exactly what I was wanting. I hate when that happens. I finally found one deep in the recesses of my TBR list that appealed to me and I’m fully invested in that one right now. Today I’m sharing a couple that I read during Christmas break that I did really enjoy.

1. Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker– Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season. And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling. Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. For a time. But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust. Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

My Rating: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. I grew up in a smallish town full of judgy Judy types so I completely understood and empathized with the main character. This book kept my interest and I was totally invested in the ending. I loved the relationship between the main characters and how it developed- it was real, not that fake insta-love that I hate so much. The relationship evolved over time and they faced challenges and doubts like every real life person. It was refreshing. Highly recommend this one. 

2. Catching Caden by Samantha Christy– It was my home run ball that shattered her face. Right along with her modeling career. Now it’s my mission to help her rebuild her life. And get her to love the game that she hates. The game that dictates my life both on and off the field. But when the lines of our friendship become blurred, I worry she’ll just be another casualty of my three-strikes rule. The rule I have to protect my money, my future, my heart. No girl has ever broken it. I’ve never wanted one to. Until now.

My Rating: 5 Stars

This was another book I devoured over Christmas break. It was interesting and different- I’ve not read one like this before so I wanted to see how it ended. I liked the main characters- they were both real and had very real issues and doubts. This is book 1 in a new series and I will definitely read the rest of the series when it’s published. I’m not really a big baseball fan but I love sports so I gave this one a chance. It was definitely worth the read!

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Weekly Book Club {12.20.17}

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I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year! I’ve read some great books this year and next week I’ll be sharing my top 10 favorite reads of the year. Today I’m sharing 2 good reads from the last week or so. 

1. Friend Request by Laura Marshall– Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she? 1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends. 2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever. Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.

My Rating: 4 Stars

This book was really good. It kept my attention from start to finish and I needed to know how it ended. It was full of suspense, angst, drama, and creepy feelings. The premise was pretty interesting- a dead girl friend requesting you on social media? Creepy. Finding out what really happened all those years ago? Super creepy. Definitely recommend this one.

2. Natural Disaster by Ginger Zee– ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee pulls back the curtain on her life in Natural Disaster. Ginger grew up in small-town Michigan where she developed an obsession with weather as a young girl. Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that range from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some-it’s just that Ginger’s personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field. This book is for all the mistake makers who have learned to forgive others and themselves-even in the aftermath of man-made, or in this case Zee-made, disasters. It’s a story that every young woman should read, a story about finding love and finding it in yourself.
Beloved by Good Morning America’s audience, Ginger is a daily presence for millions. Zee’s gained fame for her social media presence which is as unfiltered as Natural Disaster-from baby barf to doggy doo-doo. She’s shattered the glass ceiling for women in meteorology, but admits here first, she’s the one natural disaster she couldn’t have forecast.

My Rating: 5 Stars

This book was SO GOOD. I love Ginger Zee on Good Morning America. I would never ever have known that she has dealt with a lot of the same issues that I have dealt with in my life. I love her even more now. The book is full of stories from the early years of career and I loved every single page. If you’ve ever dealt with depression or hard times in your life, you will find something to relate to in this book!

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Weekly Book Club {12.13.17}

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I’m counting down the days until Christmas break. I want to curl up in my fleece pj’s on the couch in front of a fire and just read. Just read and read and read. I have SO MANY books still on my TBR lists that I’m dying to have time to read. I’m sharing 2 amazing books with you today that I loved! I hope after Christmas break I will have a bunch of books to share!

1. Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan– There are good moms and bad moms—and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who’s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably. When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she’s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley’s story reminds moms that there’s no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.

My Rating: 5 Stars

I loved this book so hard. I devoured it. I’m dying for her to write a sequel. I could relate to the envy the main character felt towards her idol. I laughed out loud so many times during this book, y’all. The main character’s antics were hilarious but not in an over the top, unbelievable way. She was easy to relate to, easy to sympathize with, and easy to like. This book is for every mom who ever got down on herself for not being super mom. 

2. Justice for Erin by Susan Stoker– Part-time bartender Erin Gardner is friendly to everyone who bellies up to her bar, including the local law enforcement and firefighters who keep her city safe. That’s where she meets game warden Conor Paxton, a regular who she asks to join a canoeing trip she’s leading for her university day job. When the trip leads to something more, Erin couldn’t be happier. Conor adores Erin, more than enough to help her continue to get over lingering self-esteem issues from her childhood. He’s thrilled he’s found someone who enjoys spending time in nature as much as he does. Just when the couple thinks they’re on their way to a happily ever after, Erin finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. But there’s no way she’ll just lay down and die. She’s woman enough to save herself—and lead her man to her when she’s done. 

My Rating: 5 Stars

This is the 9th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings. I love this author and I love this series. I love how the main characters are flawed human beings that I can relate to. They aren’t living a perfect life, they have struggles and scars and past hurts. This was a fantastic addition to the series. 

 
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