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Weekly Book Club {2.21.18}

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The Soul Mate by Kendall Ryan– The smoking-hot one-night stand I was never supposed to see again? Yeah, well, I might be pregnant, and he’s my OB-GYN. Get ready to fall head over heels madly in love with the hottest OBGYN doctor you have ever met! This full-length standalone contains the most hilariously awkward lady-doctor visit, lots of playful banter and some good ol’ fashioned baby-makin’! One-click now for this summer’s swooniest read.

My Rating: 4 Stars

This book was not at all what I expected. It was good, it was just not the story I thought I was getting. At all. I enjoyed it but the blurb is misleading. It’s well written and I really enjoyed the banter between the main characters. I liked Mason more than Bren, I found her to be annoying for most of the book. This was a quick enjoyable fluffy read which is what I needed after a couple of heavy books. 

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Built by Jay Crownover– Sometimes you have to tear everything down to build something new. Sayer Cole is frozen inside. At least, that’s what it’s felt like for as long as she can remember. She’s yet to let anyone past her icy exterior – and the one guy she thinks might melt her heart couldn’t possibly be interested in someone so uptight. Rough, hard and hot-as-hell, Zeb Fuller has rebuilt his life and his construction business since protecting his family sent him to jail all those years ago. His elegant client, Sayer, makes him feel like a Neanderthal in denim, but despite the many hints that he’s been dropping to get to know her better, she seems oblivious to his charms. Just as things finally start to heat up, Zeb’s past comes back to haunt him and he needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. As these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, fire and ice collide in an unstoppable explosion of steam.

My Rating: 5 Stars

I knew I would love this book. This series is a spin off of the Marked Men series, which was so fabulous. The characters in this new series, Saints of Denver, were secondary characters in the Marked Men series. I enjoyed every bit of this book. Sayer was a tough cookie who I was so frustrated with for the majority of the book but one you get into her history it’s easy to see why she was that way. Zeb, on the other hand, was swoon worthy. They had to really work for their relationship and nothing came easy for them. But man, it was an amazing read! I had this one in my unread shelf for so long and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t read it long before now. 

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Weekly Book Club {2.14.18}

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Today I’m sharing 2 books that have been on my unread shelf for awhile. I was really excited about both of these books and then they just got buried underneath all the other books.

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The Man I Thought You Were by Leah Mercer– One fine autumn evening, Anna returns from work and starts making dinner, eager to welcome home her husband, Mark. It’s just like any other day in their ten-year, Pinterest-perfect marriage—until he says he’s leaving her. Discovering that the man she thought she knew better than anyone else is capable of abandoning it all sends Anna reeling. She believed the life they’d built together—and the bright future they’d imagined—counted for everything. How can he walk away? The truth is Mark is battling secrets of his own—secrets Anna knows nothing about. A painful past and an uncertain future threaten to bring his life down around him—and he’ll do anything not to expose her to that. But unravelling the past is lonelier than Mark could ever have imagined and, as the days turn to months, Anna worries the separation will break them forever. Can she bring him back from the brink of self-destruction before it’s too late, or will she discover that she never really knew him at all?

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

I’m not sure what I expected from this book but it was very different than I anticipated. I was expecting a big dark secret life of some kind so I was a bit thrown off by the direction the book went. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. The writing was good but I had a hard time feeling the connection between Mark and Anna. There was very little build up to their relationship so it made what happened less shocking. I wasn’t invested in their marriage so the big reveal was a bit ho-hum for me. 

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Enough by Dawn L. Chiletz– My name is Everly. I’m a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful kids. I have a husband who provides for our family, but I don’t think he loves me anymore. Inside I die a little every day. I am not enough. Not enough of a mother, a wife, a friend, a woman… I’m not enough to get you to stay, to love me or to accept me. There’s a battle I’m fighting. It’s a battle within myself. I’m a fixer; I help others. I try to make everyone around me happy and whole, yet I haven’t figured out a way to fix myself. When time and circumstances push me to my breaking point, I’m forced to take a hard look at what I’ve become. A failed marriage, a failed attempt at a career, and a failed attempt at being a mother. I’m not enough to hold any of it. This is my story. It’s about trying to figure out how to be happy with who I am, how to love myself again, and how to allow others to love me. When a second chance at love is standing in front of me, will I be able to see anything more than my broken reflection in his eyes? Will I be able to rebuild and reinvent myself when everything falls apart? Can I find the love I truly deserve? Will I ever be enough?

My Rating: 4 Stars

This book has some definite trigger warnings attached to it. It is a very realistic portrayal of emotional abuse within a marriage. It was hard to read, uncomfortable to digest, and it made my heart ache for Everly. I was fully invested in this story. I was cheering for her, I was hoping a large piano fell on her husband’s head, and I was completely all in for her new relationship. All in, y’all! I highly recommend this book!

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Weekly Book Club {1.31.18}

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I knocked a couple more books off of my Unread Shelf 2018! This was such a great idea. I’m finding so many books that I forgot I even had!

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Birthquake by B.L. Berry– WARNING: Highly prone to spontaneous fits of delirium, irrational logic and violent, unpredictable mood swings. This individual has been sober, swollen and hungry for the past nine months, so proceed with caution and handle with care. Anything said during the course of labor and delivery should not be taken seriously. Side effects may last up to eighteen years. Please consult your physician should castration occur. And never forget, this is all your fault.

My Rating: 5 Stars

I loved loved loved this book! It was hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud more than one time. The one-liners were often and hysterical. I loved Henley and Jeff as a couple and it was so funny watching them navigate a surprise pregnancy was so much fun. I highly recommend this one!

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This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp– 10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting. Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

My Rating: 3 Stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. The premise was great. Telling it from 4 different perspectives was the perfect approach. I should have really enjoyed the story. But it felt too….black and white. The motive, the ending, the good kids versus the evil kid. It was just too singular and lacking in depth. This could have been an amazing story. I had high hopes. I’m not sorry I read it but I would not read it again and I probably won’t read anything else by this author. 

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Weekly Book Club {1.24.18}

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I’ve been busy adding books to a new collection on my Kindle app called the Unread Shelf 2018. I’m determined to read as many of these books as I can this year. Some of the ones I’ve added to the collection are books that I was so excited to see released but then I forgot all about them and they got lost in the depths of my Kindle. Both of these books came from the Unread Shelf 2018 collection!

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Here and Now by Cheryl Etchison– Former Ranger Medic Lucky James feels right at home working long night shifts in the ER, but less so during the day, when his college classes are filled with flirtatious co-eds. When his 19-year-old chem lab partner shows up at his work with dinner for “her Lucky,” he quickly enlists the help of Rachel Dellinger, a nurse and fellow third shift “vampire”. Rachel is a people pleaser at heart, but she’s finally decided enough is enough when it comes to her on-again, off-again boyfriend. When Lucky begs Rachel to help him ward off the advances of his teenager pursuer, she blackmails him into helping move her things out of the apartment she shared with her ex into a place all her own. From there a friendship is born between two people just trying to make it through the night. Neither are living in the past or planning for the future. Until one day changes everything.

My Rating: 4 Stars

This is book 2 in the American Valor series. Book 1 was a 5 star read for me and I had very high expectations for this one to live up to. It didn’t quite hit me the way book 1 did but this was still a really good read. I adored Lucky but I had a hard time liking Rachel. She just came across as selfish for most of the book. I enjoyed the story and the build up to their romance though. I will definitely read book 3!

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 The Tattered Gloves by J.L. Berg– Head down. Don’t look up.  Never make eye contact. Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me. Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe. But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression. And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step. Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?

My Rating: 4 Stars

This book hit me with all the feels. Poor Willow had an awful childhood with a neglectful mother who allowed her to be hurt. This book grabbed me from the very first page and wouldn’t let go. I had to finish it and see what happened. I felt a connection with Willow and I found myself rooting for her. I don’t read a lot of young adult or new adult books anymore but this one made me want to explore the genre again. Definitely recommend. 

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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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