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Weekly Book Club {11.8.17}

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I read 2 books from one of my favorite authors last week! I loved one and liked the other. I have so many books that I’m trying to get to by the end of this year!

1. Protecting Dakota by Susan Stoker– Dakota James’s life has become the stuff of nightmares. The leader of the Ansar al-Shari’a terrorist group has become obsessed with her, determined to take her as his wife. On the run, she’ll have to pin her hopes on the retired SEAL charged with finding and stopping Aziz Fourati before he can carry out plans to bomb more US airports. Recently recruited to join a sleeper SEAL team tasked with fighting terrorism on US soil, Slade “Cutter” Cutsinger, with the help of some Special Forces friends, has located the one woman who can identify the deadly Ansar al-Shari’a leader. That was the easy part. Keeping her safe proves more difficult than anyone ever imagined. When she and her new friend, Caroline, are kidnapped by the terrorist group, Dakota can only pray Cutter and the SEALs will reach them before they’re taken out of the country—and away from Cutter forever.

I loved this book! It was full of action, full of romance, full of badassery. The main characters were awesome, they were both older and wiser. They made good decisions, had great chemistry, and the story was fast paced. My favorite thing was seeing characters from her other books. It’s like catching up with old friends! This book is a standalone with a HEA ending. But you should read all her other books because they’re amazing!

2. Rescuing Bryn by Susan Stoker– When you’re a Delta Force soldier, you see a lot. Often too much. But nothing can ever prepare you to see your entire team die before your eyes… The loss of his Delta brothers—and his arm—has Dane “Fish” Munroe still struggling months later. He’s moved to Idaho, where an isolated lifestyle is making things worse, not better. Not that there’s anyone left to care. Actually, Bryn Hartwell cares. In fact, she tries to surreptitiously make life just a little easier for the mysterious man who comes into the grocery where she works late at night, only to get a tongue lashing for her trouble. Still, he’s obviously hurting; someone has to worry about him, spurring Bryn to nurse Dane when he hits a particularly low point. Intrigued by the quirky, kind, socially awkward woman, Dane allows himself to get close to someone for the first time in ages. A potentially epic mistake—because when her interest in the prepper lifestyle puts Bryn in the hands of a homegrown terrorist, losing her could put Dane’s mental recovery permanently out of reach. But once a Delta, always a Delta. And there’s a team in Texas who are ready to have Dane’s back at a moment’s notice. 

I enjoyed this book but there were things that bugged me. First, this book is number 6 in the Delta Force Heroes series. It was a good edition to the series but definitely not my favorite. Bryn was a difficult character. I understand why the author wrote her the way she did but she was still annoying. She had more than a couple too stupid to live moments that frustrated me and slowed down the story line. I liked Dane and I liked them together but it was hard to believe the chemistry between them. 

 
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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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Weekly Book Club {10.18.17}

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This past week was a heck of a difficult one in our house so I didn’t have time to read a whole lot. But I did finish a book in one of my most favorite series by one of my most favorite authors. I took my time with it, mainly because I didn’t want it to end. 

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Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan– In a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city—when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire. Now, it’s his voice that haunts her…that calls to her in the dark…that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian protectors, Emeline knows one thing: She must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm.

I’m totally biased about this series. I love it so much. And I’ve read every single book multiple times so the characters feel like family. I love that you see a lot of the old characters in the newer books but it’s not over the top. The story still very clearly revolves around one couple. The side characters add to the story rather than compete with the main characters. That’s a hard balance to achieve when you’ve written 27 books in one series, I think. And Christine Feehan does it beautifully. I really loved the main heroine in this book, she was strong and brave but she also knew her limits. She didn’t have any too stupid to live moments that required the big strong man to rescue her. I hate that. If you have not read any of this series I highly recommend it. While each book is a standalone story you will enjoy them so much more if you read them mostly in order. 

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Weekly Book Club {10.11.17}

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I finished 2 books in the last week and made good progress on a third. One book I loved. One book made me uncomfortable. And the last one that I’m still reading is by a favorite author. So it’s been an up and down reading week for me. 

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A Beautiful Terrible Thing by Jen Waite– What do you do when you discover that the person you’ve built your life around never existed? When “it could never happen to me” does happen to you? These are the questions facing Jen Waite when she begins to realize that her loving husband–the father of her infant daughter, her best friend, the love of her life–fits the textbook definition of psychopath. In a raw, first-person account, Waite recounts each heartbreaking discovery, every life-destroying lie, and reveals what happens once the dust finally settles on her demolished marriage. After a disturbing email sparks Waite’s suspicion that her husband is having an affair, she tries to uncover the truth and rebuild trust in her marriage. Instead, she finds more lies, infidelity, and betrayal than she could have imagined. Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment from the last five years that isn’t part of the long-con of lies and manipulation. With a dual-timeline narrative structure, we see Waite’s romance bud, bloom, and wither simultaneously, making the heartbreak and disbelief even more affecting.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I’m not quite sure how to rate this one. It was a hard read. It’s a non-fiction first hand account of a marriage crumbling. It was intense and emotional and difficult to read. I almost felt like a voyeur peeking in the windows of a neighbor’s house watching their marriage implode. The story alternated between the past and the present giving readers a glimpse of how the relationship started and what went wrong. Definitely a story that made an impression. 

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Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason– Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone. In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories–and the depths of the heart–Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley’s past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won’t quit.

My Rating: 5 Stars

This is book 4 in one of my favorite series- the Elite Guardians series. It can be read as a standalone with no problems but the characters from the other books are in this one too so it will be a more enjoyable read if you start with book 1. And honestly these books are so great that you should read them all anyway. There’s action, suspense, romance, and bad ass women….it’s everything I love!

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Weekly Book Club {10.4.17}

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I’ve got 2 good books to share with you today! Both of them were books that I’ve been anxiously waiting for at the library. 

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Cemetery Girl by David Bell– Four years after Tom and Abby’s 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I read another one of David Bell’s books a couple of months ago and enjoyed it so I added this one to my queue on Overdrive. I was not disappointed. I don’t want to say too much because you really need to go into this one blind. I will say that the first part of the story was how I expected, but then it went a direction I was not anticipating. I can’t say that I agree with the actions of the father. I didn’t understand him for most of the book and I really did not understand him by the end. But that inner conflict made the story better for me. 

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Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker– Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it. But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right.” Struggle doesn’t mean they’re weak; it means they’re alive. Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change (“Everyone, be into this thing I’m into! Except when I’m not. Then everyone be cool.”) or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip (“Why are we in San Antonio?”), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold.

My Rating: 5 Stars

I adore this book. I adore it so much. Reading one of her books is like sitting having a glass of wine with a friend. I laughed so hard while reading this one. Full of funny stories about her family in addition to some real talk about some difficult topics, this book hit all my buttons. I especially related to the chapter on grocery shopping. I may or may not have read half of this book out loud to Matt in between laughter. I highly highly recommend this one!

A couple of my favorite quotes:

“Oh sure, MTV hit the scene in 1981, but we couldn’t watch it because of the devil. Apparently we could watch a show starring two outlaw brothers, their half-naked cousin, and a car painted with the Confederate flag but couldn’t watch Madonna sing “Like a Virgin” because we might get secondhand pregnant.” Hahahahahaha!

“If these children don’t like it, they can grow up and move out one day and make their own dinners, and may God bless them with kids who only eat processed cheese slices on white bread.” Thank you and Amen. 

I highlighted about a hundred more but you should just read the book so I don’t get a cease and desist letter from Jen Hatmaker’s lawyer. haha!

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