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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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Weekly Book Club {12.6.17}

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I read 2 really good books by favorite authors this past week. You might recognize Suzanne Wright from last week’s book club list. She writes several of my favorite series. I’m a loyal reader. Once an author pens a series that I love chances are I will read all of their books forever. 

1. Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright– Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes. As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.

My Rating: 5 Stars

This is book 3 in the Mercury Pack series, which is a spin off of the Phoenix Pack series. Both are amazing and have lots of interconnecting storylines and characters. This book was really really good. I enjoyed it as much as all the others and stayed up way too late to finish reading it. What I love the most about the author’s wolf series is the way she blends humor, action, danger, alpha wolves, and badass women and somehow turns all that into an amazing story. It’s remarkable. 

2. Havoc by Laramie Briscoe– Holden “Havoc” Thompson – My job as the leader of the Moonshine Task Force is my life. I eat, breathe, and sleep it. The men under my command mean the world to me. Knowing they count on my guidance has kept my demons at bay for longer than I care to admit. The control I have over myself is an iron fist that sometimes threatens to squeeze the life out of me. What I want more than anything is to live again – let go of the hurt smothering every bit of light I have in this darkness. I don’t expect it to come in the form of a Moonshiner’s daughter needing my protection. Leighton Strather – My whole life has been defined by who my family is. In the state of Alabama, we’re number one with a target on our backs. The danger and prestige isn’t for me. I don’t care about the money, and I care too much about the families we’ve ruined. My brother and my dad are proud of it. They wear their arrest records like a badge of honor. Me? I want as far away from the lifestyle as I can get. It’s the only reason I ask Holden to marry me. At least that’s what I tell myself. I never expect his whispered yes to cause such upheaval in my life. Even though I resist, I learn some havoc is good – and this one? It’s a whirlwind of lust, hope, and love and all I can do is let it sweep me away. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

This is book 3 in the Moonshine Task Force series but full disclosure- I have not read the first 2. This book was good. I liked the marriage of convenience aspect, that’s always fun. I don’t feel like I missed anything by not reading the first 2 books but I will probably go back and read them because I enjoyed this one. 

 
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