Friday, January 17, 2020

Review-St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin


Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published: January 14, 2020
Genre: Fiction
Source: Finished copy
Rating: 4 stars


Blurb:
IF YOU LOVE SUSAN MALLERY AND JILL SHALVIS, YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS NEW NOVEL OF SECOND CHANCES, DOGS, AND KNITTING, FROM THE AUTHOR OF 'PUPCAKES' AND 'SIT! STAY! SPEAK!'

Laid off, cheated on, mugged: what else can go wrong in Maeve Stephens' life? So, when she learns her birth mother has left her a house, a vintage VW Beetle, and a marauding cat, in the small town of Timber Creek, Washington, she packs up to discover the truth about her past.

She arrives to the sight of a cheerful bulldog abandoned on her front porch, a reclusive but tempting author living next door, and a set of ready-made friends at the St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets, where women knit colorful sweaters for the dogs and cats in their care. But there's also an undercurrent of something that doesn't sit right with Maeve. What's the secret (besides her!) that her mother had hidden?

If Maeve is going to make Timber Creek her home, she must figure out where she fits in and unravel the truth about her past. But is she ready to be adopted again - this time, by and entire town. . .?

©2020 Annie England Noblin (P)2020 HarperAudio
 

Review-
Immediate connections to characters are a huge thing for me when it comes to reading. If I can’t connect to a character, then ninety nine percent of the time I won’t  like it. I’m happy to say that’s not the case here. I immediately connected to Mae as she navigated throw some tough changes in her life. She’s reeling from a very public humiliation and her birth mother just passed away. 

Maybe I wasn’t looking at my visit to Timber Creek the right way. Maybe it was an opportunity. Maybe I was being given a chance to start over in a new place.

What starts as a closure for Mae for the mother she felt never wanted to know her—begins a story of love, secrets, and ultimately finding family in the most unlikely places.  I loved that the story goes into Annabelle’s past. We grow to understand all the whys and the hows of her life. Mae will finally earn some much needed answers. 

Things really started to pick up for me once Mae decides to stick around in her mother’s hometown and where she was left with everything Annabelle owned. That included a house, car, some money, and a cool group of women in a knitting club. 

I thought that I would be getting a light-hearted read about a woman who finds herself after a bad breakup. What I got instead was something much deeper and meaningful that I couldn’t help but tear up. Adored this to the moon and back!

*Thank you to the publisher for sending a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own. 

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About the author:
Writer. Mother. Wife. Bulldog enthusiast. Curly hair afternoon.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Review-Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business (Mindy Kim #1) by Lyla Lee


Publisher: Aladdin Books
Published: January 14, 2020
Genre: Children's Lit
Source: Finished copy
Rating: 4 stars

Blurb:
Alyson Heller at Aladdin has acquired at auction, Lyla Lee’s debut chapter book series, pitched as FRESH OFF THE BOAT meets JUNIE B. JONES, the first book entitled MINDY KIM AND THE YUMMY SEAWEED BUSINESS, in which a Korean American second grader moves to a mostly Caucasian Florida community. In an effort to adjust to her new school, she starts a snack trading ring with the Korean food from her lunch to make new friends. Publication is set for Spring 2020, Summer 2020, & Fall 2020; Penny Moore at Empire Literary negotiated the deal for World Rights.

Review:

As a child, one of my most favorite books in the whole wide world was Junkie B. Jones. I loved her sassiness and all the shenanigans she would find herself getting into. I felt like Junie and I were kindred spirits. Fast forward to now and the new girl in town, Mindy!

Mindy and her father have just moved from California and Mindy is officially the new girl. Being the new girl can be very hard, especially for a young girl who doesn’t know how she’ll ever fit in. 

As luck would have it, things start looking up for Mindy when she starts trading out her snacks with the other kids snacks at school. But could this have consequences that could end badly? 

This was a super cute and super fast read perfect for children looking for something to help them not feel so alone. I look forward to the next book! Mindy is the best. 


*Thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own. 

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About the Author:
Lyla Lee is the author of the Mindy Kim series as well as the upcoming YA novel, I’ll Be The One. Although she was born in a small town in South Korea, she’s since then lived in various parts of the United States, including California, Florida, and Texas. Inspired by her English teacher, she started writing her own stories in fourth grade and finished her first novel at the age of fourteen. After working various jobs in Hollywood and studying Psychology and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, she now lives in Dallas, Texas. When she is not writing, she is teaching kids, petting cute dogs, and searching for the perfect bowl of shaved ice. She is represented by Penny Moore of Aevitas Creative.
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Review:Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2) by Tessa Bailey


Publisher: Avon
Published: January 14, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: E-ARC
Rating: 5 stars


Blurb:
New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation.

Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.

Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret... and it could demolish everything.

Review:
Rocky relationship troubles between married couples are very addictive to me. I love watching the husband fight for what he so casually threw away or took for granted. Rosie and Dominic. Wow. What other words could I even say or come up with?

Honestly, I absolutely loathed the first book. So much so, that I almost didn’t want to read this one. But I’m glad I took the chance because I loved it. More than that? I adored it! Rosie is just the kind of female lead I can be behind—she’s strong yet isn’t afraid to let her vulnerability show. The book was emotional and deep, and absolutely beautiful!

Dominic is your next book husband, ladies. Yes, he could be a bit rough around the edges at times. One thing I was absolutely positive about though was the love he had for Rosie. Hell, they’d been with each other since they were kids in high school. The love and respect they have for one another couldn’t just have gone poof. Right?

This is a story about following your dreams and never settling for anything less than what you deserve. Rosie fought and there was Dominic, fighting just as hard for their love. This is one for the books, maybe one of my favorites so far this year.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own.


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About the Author:
Tessa Bailey is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Line of Duty Series. She lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and exuberant daughter. When she isn't writing, eating cheese, listening to true crime podcasts or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.
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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Review-Almost Just Friends (Wildstone #4) by Jill Shalvis


Publisher: Willam Morrow Paperbacks
Published: January 21, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: E-ARC
Rating:


Blurb:
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Wildstone with the touching story of finding your place in the world—and the people who make it home.

Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free.

When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other.

Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself…and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks—just as the new life she craves may have already begun.

Review:

“You’re the one always fixing everyone’s life, everyone’s but your own, of course. But even the Fixer needs help sometimes.”

Boy, those Jill Shalvis books are everything. Every time I open one up, I just know I’m going to fall in love. This is the story of Piper, Cam, and all the family that comes with them. The romance was on point. The male and female leads made me swoon. It was the family dynamics that’s truly made Almost Just Friends what it was—a masterpiece.

Lifе Rulеs
  • Occasionally maybe make an effort to look nice.
  •  Don’t cut your own bangs no matter how sad you are.
  •  Never ever, EVER, under any circumstances fall in love.


Piper is my kind of gal. She’s that one whose always making lists upon lists. The organized one—the one who needs to let loose a little bit. Cam is works as a DEA agent and is also in the Coast Guard. The way these two start out is wonderful!

The romance was sexy, sweet, and explosive. After spending most of her life taking care of others (including her siblings) Piper is finally learning that it’s okay to put herself first. Cam is right there by her side helping her along. He has some demons in his past that have caused him tons of guilt...among other things.

Overall, this is a classic Shalvis and will no doubt put a huge smile on reader’s faces!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own.

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About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Look for Jill's ALMOST JUST FRIENDS and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold. Visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and fun blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Blog Tour Review-Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning



Throw Like a Girl
by Sarah Henning
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 7th 2020
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson's The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she'll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched... Every. Single. Day.

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he'll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland's halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who's got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.

Review:
I’ve always loved the saying “throw like a girl”. People say it as an insult; but I ALWAYS took it as a compliment. That meaning has no merit in terms of trying to put down a woman because she isn’t as “strong” as her male counterpart. Instead, I’d like to think of it as meaning you’re badass and why the hell wouldn’t you want to throw like a girl? Being one is AMAZING!

That was the attitude that our main character, Liv, has. She’s an amazing athlete and she knows her worth—I loved her immediately. But she gets into some trouble at the start of the book, which causes her to get suspended from the team and lose her scholarship. Therefore, she ends up going to another school, the school that she punched a girl at no less, and has to earn her way on the softball team. She’ll do this by showing she can be a team player.

Enter football. What better way to show you’re a team player than by playing one of the most brutal sports in the world!? The star quarterback, Grey, sees Liv messing around while she’s throwing a football with her brother. It’s there he recruits her to be the second string quarterback. It’s also where sparks start to fly between the two. Have I mentioned that her ex boyfriend is also on the team?!

I thought this was such a fun read about sports. Girl in sports, to be more exact. What I loved most about the book was the relationship between friends and family. The closeness between Liv and her siblings is what it’s all about! It made me love an appreciate my siblings more.  The romance wasn’t too shabby either! If you’re in need of a light read featuring a tough heroine and an equally kindhearted (and very cute!) hero, this is for you.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:
Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, which, despite being extremely far from the beach, happens to be pretty cool.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website: https://www.sarahhenningwrites.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14671253.Sarah_Henning
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shhenning
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shhenning/

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Review:Blitzed (Playbook #3) by Alexa Martin


Publisher: Berkley
Published: December 3, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Source: Finshed copy
Rating: 3 stars


Blurb:
Maxwell has finally met an opponent that he can't best in this new football romance from the author of Fumbled.

According to Brynn Larson, Maxwell Lewis is more trouble than he's worth. She doesn't care if he's a football god with a rock-hard body that brings most women to their knees. After an encounter that ends poorly, she's not interested in giving him a second chance. The last thing Brynn expects is for him to turn up at her bar months later, hat in hand. It doesn't matter if he brings more customers to her business--she's still not going on a date with him.

Maxwell knows he made a mistake. He'd been waiting to make his move on Brynn since the day he laid eyes on her and he was finally ready to go for it until he screwed up. He wishes he could tell her the truth about what happened that night, but he just can't. He can't tell anyone, so he'll make amends and hope she'll forgive him.

Brynn's not like other women, though. Playing for the Mustangs doesn't impress her and gifts make her scoff. Max will have to bring his A game if he hopes to win her over.

Review:
Blitzed was funny, romantic, and just plain fun. Alexa Martin is quickly making her way to one of my favorites when it comes to romantic comedy. There’s something about a humorous love story to keep you on your toes.

Max and Brynn were a decent couple. Although there were questionable times that I really felt like Brynn could step up for her man better. That’s just me though. I liked her and I love her bar HERS. If I went to bars, that would definitely be one I could find myself going to.

While I think Martin does well, (and is one of the faves, after all) this wasn’t my favorite book. The female friendships are what kept me turning the pages. The romance came second. I enjoyed most of the interactions but sometimes I felt underwhelmed with it all. Overall, good story and swoony hero!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own.


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About the author:
Alexa Martin is a writer and stay at home mom. She lives in Colorado with her husband, a former NFL player who now coaches at the high school where they met, their four children, and a German Shepherd. When she's not telling her kids to put their shoes on...again, you can find her catching up with her latest book boyfriend or on Pinterest pinning meals she'll probably never make. Her first book, Intercepted, was inspired by the eight years she spent as an NFL wife.
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Review-Justified / It's All About That Cowboy (Loveless, Texas #1) by Jay Crownover


Publisher: Forever
Published: June 25, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Finished copy for review
Rating: 5 stars


Blurb:
The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a romance about a rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy...

Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he's determined to do everything by the book--until he's called to Aspen Barlow's office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn't the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge...

Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she'll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there's a thin line between love and hate... because there's nothing Case wouldn't do to keep her safe.

Includes It's All About That Cowboy, a bonus novella by Carly Bloom!
 

Review:
Wow. So I’ve been in a HUGE book funk lately and nothing has caught my attention. Then I decided to go ahead and see what Justified was all about and ended up connecting with the characters within the very first page. Now I’m done and don’t know what to do with myself while I wait for Unforgiven to come out next month.

I guess it could be worse; I could have had to wait much longer if I read this when it first came out. Justified kind of has a enemies to lovers trope to it but that quickly changes when our heroine, Aspen, life’s endanger. We’ve got a hot-shot attorney and a sexy-as-sin sheriff who will stop at nothing to make sure the woman whom he loves to hate, is safe.

I’ve been a long time buyer of Crownover’s books. But I’m sad to admit I’ve never read any of them. That’s about to change fast. I loved Aspen and I equally loved Case. I liked how the two had so much history, that the next logical step was to get together. Even if they did sort of loathe each other.

This is a start of a new series and while the couple from this book have an ending romantic story line, there’s still a bigger picture to the story as a whole. I, for one, am mighty excited to get Kody and Hill’s story next. I was able to read a preview of their book, and oh man, I already know they’ll break me! Readers of romantic suspense and on going storylines will enjoy this.

Sidenote: I seriously thought I was broken. I’m a lifelong bookworm and for the entire month of December I was able to fully immerse myself in a good book. I’m glad Jay has finally taken me out of that funk!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own.

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About the Author:
Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, and The Point and Breaking Point Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.


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