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Book Review: You’ve Been Volunteered

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You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman– If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA President and the gamut of difficult parents. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it—most of the time. Jen is sassier than ever but dealing with a whole new set of challenges, in the world of parental politics and at home.

She’s been roped into room-parenting yet again, for her son Max’s third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen’s own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle.

Refreshingly down-to-earth and brimming with warmth, Dixon’s next chapter will keep you turning the pages to find out what’s really going on under the veneer of polite parent interactions, and have you laughing along with her the whole way.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: July 23, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #2 in Class Mom series

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: If you remember last year, Class Mom was one of my favorite books of the entire year. I laughed out loud so many times while reading that my husband banished me to the couch until I was done reading at night. If you’ve ever been a class mom you will certainly find the humor in this book series. I was class mom for 2 years and I’m taking a break this year to save my sanity. It’s not a job for the weak or the timid, that’s for sure. 

I loved that Laurie Gelman brought back the main characters from the first book. It felt like reuniting with old friends who still didn’t have their mess together. Jen’s emails to her class and to the micromanaging PTA president are as hysterical as ever and some of the situations she found herself in were not unfamiliar to me. By far the biggest draw to these books for me are the interpersonal relationships between the moms. They’re complicated, layered, and very real. In addition to being class mom for her son’s 3rd grade class this year, Jen has also been tasked with heading up the new Safety Patrol program which provides for some of the funniest moments in the book. I sincerely hope that Laurie Gelman is already writing book 3!



Book Review: Long Shots

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Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan– Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl? You don’t. My fairy tale is upside down. A happily never after. I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud. I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.

Now there’s a new player in the game, August West. One of the NBA’s brightest stars. Fine. Forbidden. He wants me. I want him. But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.

Genre: Romance

Published: March 22, 2018

Acquired: Kindle Unlimited

Series: #1 in Hoops series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I went into this book blind and it was a big punch in the stomach about halfway through. I don’t like spoilers but I don’t want anyone getting triggered the way I did. This book deals with both severe domestic violence and rape and the scenes are graphic. The author did a really good job with the domestic violence theme- to the point that it was very uncomfortable to read. Which if it’s done right, this theme should be hard to read. The story was really good- it held my attention and I finished it in one sitting. I was rooting for the main character, Iris. She had a rough time in the story and it was so painful to read. I will say that the polar differences between the 2 men were a bit extreme but I understand why the author depicted them in such a way. I will continue reading the series. 

 



Book Review: Her One Mistake

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Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks– Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter.

Genre: Domestic Drama

Published: January 8, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: This book was nothing like I was expecting. I honestly was underwhelmed because I knew fairly early on what the mystery was going to revolve around. I didn’t feel much of a connection to any of the characters and I wasn’t really invested in the story. The main characters, Charlotte and Harriet, were both pretty unlikable and I found their friendship to be really one dimensional and fake. The pacing of the story was too slow for my taste and I found myself skimming a few pages here and there. The domestic violence aspect that appears in the story was a bit too contrived and melodramatic for me. It was just too predictable for my reading tastes.



Book Review: Burden of Proof

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Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills– Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Published: October 9, 2018

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #1 in FBI: Rapid Response series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: The story starts off with a tense situation and never lets the foot off the gas pedal! There’s plenty of action, lots of mystery, and well developed characters. The suspense was intense, the romance was a bonus, and the Christian aspects added a whole other layer. You know from early on in the story who the bad guy is and he is awful! I spent the entire second half of the book waiting for him to get what was coming to him. I really enjoyed April as a character. She had a very stressful job and she still managed to be a caring, empathetic, and compassionate character. It took me a bit to warm up to Jason because of how he was introduced to the story but he grew on me once I got a good read on his character and what was driving his decisions. Definitely a solid read and I will absolutely continue the series. 



Book Review: Forget You Know Me

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Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser– Molly and Liza have always been enviably close. Even after Molly married Daniel, the couple considered Liza an honorary family member. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage.

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat after the kids are in bed. But then Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child. What Liza sees next will change everything. Only one thing is certain: Molly needs her. Liza drives all night to be at Molly’s side—but when she arrives, the reception is icy, leaving Liza baffled and hurt. She knows there’s no denying what she saw. Or is there?

In disbelief that their friendship could really be over, Liza is unaware she’s about to have a near miss of her own. And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either. But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: Honestly I’m not even sure how to start this review. I thought this was going to be a thriller. Instead it was a domestic drama full of marital strain and secrets between friends. I think I would have enjoyed the story a lot more if I had known from the beginning it was a domestic drama. My expectations were what killed this story for me. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters and I didn’t particularly like any of them either. The story started off with a bang, then veered off into the domestic drama and lost my attention for a good part of it, then the mystery from the first chapter was solved and that was it. The whole middle part of the story just dragged for me but again, I think it was my expectations that ruined it. I recommend this book for anyone who likes domestic dramas heavy on the drama of relationships. If you’re looking for a thriller you won’t find it here.