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Book Review: For Better and Worse

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For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt– On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: December 11, 2018

Acquired: Public Library E-book

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I got completely sucked into this book. I literally read the entire 336 page book in 6 hours because I could not put it down. The premise was intriguing and the prologue hooked me immediately. Throughout the entire book I could easily put myself in the position of Nat, the mother. Having been a foster parent, let me just say that I have seen the worst that society has to offer. The storyline was very authentic to me and the legal details were well researched and realistic. I knew where the story was going but part of the great suspense in the first part of the book was wondering when and how. After the main event happened the story did not drop off at all. The suspense level stayed high and the tension ramped up as I waited to see the resolution. The only reason this book is not a 5 star for me is the ending. The resolution was too neat and unrealistic for me. 



Book Review: Ryan’s Bed

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Ryan’s Bed by Tijan– I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident. I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should’ve left…I didn’t. I didn’t jump out. I didn’t get embarrassed. I relaxed. And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved. I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept. The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have. He became my sanctuary. Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.

Genre: Young Adult

Published: January 22. 2018

Acquired: Purchased

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: Tijan is one of my favorite authors. I love her Fallen Crest series and her Carter Reed series but I haven’t really connected with one of her books since those. Until this one. I loved this book. It invoked a range of emotions as I was reading and the characters felt very real. MacKenzie was a great main character- she was grieving the loss of her twin sister and I just wanted to give her a hug. Her reactions and the way she processed her grief were very believable for a teenager. The way she swung between rage and emptiness, the inner dialogue she had, and her connection to Ryan- it all felt very authentic and real. The only parts of the story that felt a bit off were the scenes involving the high school mean girls. While I enjoyed watching MacKenzie’s ways of dealing with them I think they detracted some from the powerful emotions of the rest of the book. But the ending…the final 3 words. Oh holy cow, I did not see that coming at all. I am rarely shocked by an ending but I was totally flabbergasted by this one. The ending is what made what would have been a solid 4 star read into a 5 star one for me. I read this book late last year and it still has stuck with me, which is a great indicator to me how fabulous it truly was because I read a lot of books!



Book Review: Across the Horizon

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Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez– “Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair. 

I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike. 

Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six.

Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it… 

So does heartbreak.

Genre: Romance

Published: December 6, 2018

Acquired: Kindle Unlimited

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: Across the Horizon is a spin-off of the Darkest Sunrise duet, which was one of my favorite duets ever. The couple in this story are Porter’s younger brother, Tanner, and Charlotte’s best friend, Rita. We saw Tanner and Rita in the previous story and  while readers knew they became romantically involved we never got their backstory until now. Their romance starts at about the same time that Porter and Charlotte’s did but this isn’t a retelling of the previous story. 

This story starts with infidelity and heartbreak but soon you’ll see the strength and resilience of the Rita. Rita meets Tanner not long after her marriage falls apart when she finds out her husband has been having an affair. I really enjoyed the way her character was portrayed- sassy and strong but still vulnerable and cautious. Tanner is a celebrity chef with his own cooking show on television whose claim to fame is when he takes off his shirt mid way through the show. He also has a few successful restaurants with his brother Porter. Rita and Tanner were a really great match. There’s a fair amount of angst and drama in this story but there’s also enough moments of great romance and levity to keep the book from being too heavy. 



Book Review: An Anonymous Girl

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen– Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: January 8, 2019

Acquired: Public Library e-book

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I loved the first book written by these two amazing authors, The Wife Between Us, so I was waiting anxiously for this one. I may or may not have stalked my public libraries e-book new releases for days waiting for it to show up (I totally did). I had some anxiety over whether this newest release would live up to the hype or if I’d be left disappointed that it wasn’t as good as The Wife Between Us. Oh friends, no need for any anxiety. This book was fantastic. I was afraid I would be comparing the two books the entire time I was reading this one but I honestly didn’t even think of the first book while reading this one. It’s a very unique story that stand on it’s own. 

I went into this book blind. I skimmed the blurb but didn’t read any reviews or any spoilers. That’s how you MUST go into this book. Trust me! I’m trying to be very careful about how I review this one because you need to discover all the twists and turns yourself. And there are a lot of twists and turns, shocks and OMG moments. I waffled for a good 70% of the story about who the “bad guy” was going to be. I kept flip-flopping with every chapter, which made the story all the more enjoyable for me. I thought the ending was very satisfying and made my inner mean girl smile. Definitely one not to miss if you enjoy suspense, thrillers, and mystery. 



Book Review: Strawberry Hill

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Strawberry Hill by Catherine Anderson– As a camp cook, Vickie Brown loves feeding any size crowd in the great outdoors–with one notable exception. She never would have predicted she’d join the crew led by gruff cowboy Slade Wilder, the man who broke her heart just days before their wedding.

Life has gone on since Vickie left him, but Slade can admit his attraction to the one woman he’s ever loved remains stronger than ever. If he wasn’t in such desperate need of an experienced cook for his paying guests, he would send Vickie packing. He knows better than to seek out the company of the woman who broke off their engagement so many years ago.

Except there’s no escaping each other in the confines of the wilderness area, especially once their anger begins to soften in the shared close quarters. But after Vickie finds the courage to confront Slade, it will take a leap of faith for them to put their past behind him, even if it’s the only way to recapture their once-in-a-lifetime love.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: December 1, 2018

Acquired: Public Library E-book

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: I’ve been a fan of Catherine Anderson for a long time and I’ve read every book she’s ever written. It pains me to say that I did not care for this one. This is book number 5 in her Mystic Creek series, which I have loved up until this point. In fact, several of the books in this series have been favorites of mine. Unfortunately, there are 2 book descriptions out there and I was expecting this book to be about Wyatt, a deaf ranch foreman, and Erin, the new deputy in town. Instead the book is the second chance love story between Vickie and Slade who were torn apart 40 years prior. I think if I had known who the book was about I wouldn’t have been so disappointed by the lack of development with Wyatt and Erin. I was really feeling their interaction in the beginning of the book so I was sad that it didn’t go anywhere. I found Wyatt to be a very interesting character and wanted more of him. 

I think one of my major problems with this book, other than the error in the first blurb, was that the drama was completely caused by a lack of communication. I felt that Vickie’s actions, both past and present, were juvenile and immature. I did not find her to be a likable character at all and therefore I wasn’t invested in her finding a happily ever after ending. She was portrayed as the wronged character but I felt that Slade was the one who was wronged. It was nice to read a book about a couple in their 60’s but Vickie’s juvenile behavior made her seem so much younger. Honestly the star of the book for me was 4 Toes, a bear cub! I’ll definitely keep reading the Mystic Creek series but I probably will continue to borrow these from the library instead of purchasing them.