Apr 16

Review * Hold Me by Susan Mallery

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Hold Me by Susan MalleryHold Me by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool's Gold #16
Published by HQN on April 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Until We Touch
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Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does.

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.

What I Thought…

• I love this little small town and watching characters I’ve already come to know while learning the stories of new ones. Fool’s Gold is a great place to come back to and I’m glad I came back for Kipling and Destiny.

• Destiny moves around a lot for her job and has recently come to Fool’s Gold, accompanied by her half sister Starr, whom she is now in charge of. Destiny and Starr’s father isn’t apart of their lives, hence Destiny being responsible for Starr.

• I liked Kipling a lot. He was easy going, and even though he couldn’t run the ski slopes anymore he didn’t overly mope about it. Destiny was a little harder to click with as she spent a lot of time working on being not attached to anything.

• Starr was one of my favorite characters in Hold Me. She had a fair amount of angst, but what else is to be expected when no one seems to want you. Her and Destiny have some struggles but I loved how they worked them out with some guidance from Kipling.

• The biggest reason why this isn’t a 4 or 5 star read is this: View Spoiler »

• The other reason is other than the subplot with Starr, I didn’t really care about the other ones. The putting together of the search and rescue program didn’t interest me nor did the issues with Kipling’s bar.

Overall Hold Me is a cute story, and worth a read, so long as you can set aside some of the unrealisticness of Destiny’s thoughts. (If that makes any sense).

Kimberly


Apr 13

Review * Play On by Michelle Smith

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Play On by Michelle SmithPlay On by Michelle Smith
Published by Spencer Hill Press on April 14, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 296
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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five-stars
In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma's flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius, she's also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there's something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek--he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.

As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa s pain, it forces him to look beyond the facade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn t everything--maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.

What I Thought…

• Play On almost broke me. When I first requested Play On I thought it would be a cute sports romance, but it turned out to be so much more. So many feels!

• I wasn’t sure if I would like Austin at first, he’s a bit cocky about his baseball playing abilities, but he has enough positive qualities to outshine that fault of his (plus faults make him more real).

• Marissa on the other hand was easy to like. She was cute and funny and generally easy going.

• Play On was narrated by Austin, which is a nice change from the typically female narrated or dual narrated contemporaries.

• Play On deals with mental illness, which I didn’t know going in, but made the book much better than the cute romance I thought it was going to be. I wish there were more books like this that addressed mental illness in some capacity, they are badly needed in the world.

• Everything that Marissa is going through made me ache for her and want to help her wish her problems away. Seeing Austin and her parents struggle as well absolutely broke my heart. There was a lot of heartbreaking going on.

Overall everyone should read Play On. It tackles a serious issue while still having humor and fun.

Kimberly


Apr 12

Sundays in Bed With… the End of Spring Break and Books!

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

Today marks the final day of spring break and that makes me both sad and happy. Sad that my week off work is over, but happy as it means that the end of the school year is only a eight weeks away! I had a great spring break though, so no complaints. My dad came to visit and do a few home projects, though of course, more popped up! We also went to DC to see the Cherry Blossoms and Arlington Cemetery, both of which were fantastic in there different ways.

Paper or Plastic False MemoryToday I will be spending time with Paper or Plastic and False Memory. I should be able to finish Paper or Plastic. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but it’s really picking up and I think if I wouldn’t have had company this week I would have finished. Started False Memory, but I’m only 1 chapter in so I don’t really have any opinions of the book right now.

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Apr 09

Review * Broken Open by Lauren Dane

Reviews 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Broken Open by Lauren DaneBroken Open by Lauren Dane
Series: The Hurley Boys #2
Published by HQN on November 25, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-stars
Beyond passion. And beyond their control…

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex…

Then she met him.

Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul…

What I Thought…

• I have a weakness for contemporary romances featuring families. I love the family elements and seeing my favorite characters grow and change as each book comes out. Broken Open is the second book in The Hurley Boys series and I couldn’t love this family more.

• This was a bit of a different read for me, I don’t do a lot of rock star romances, but this one was really good.

• I loved Ezra and Tuesday. They were a good match for each other and could help each other work through the pain that they had. In Tuesday’s case it was her late husband and his crazy family, in Ezra’s case his former addiction.

• I can’t remember if I’ve read a book where a character was a recovering drug addict (so I suppose it’s safe to say I haven’t) and I though Dane handled it really well. Ezra still thought about his former addictions, but wasn’t even close to relapsing. His story about how he finally got into rehab broke my heart.

• As an interracial couple Tuesday and Ezra have more to deal with than the average couple. I liked how Dane worked that into the story without it overwhelming the story. Also it sucks that people are asshats.

Overall I enjoyed Ezra and Tuesday’s story, but I am super excited to read Back to You which is about Vaughan and Kelly rekindling their relationship.

Kimberly


Apr 07

Top Ten Tuesday * Characters I’d Like to Check In With

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Check In With

What a fun TTT this week! I think about this all the time. What are my favorite characters up to? Would everything still be perfect and awesome? Or would trouble be on the horizon?

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1. Wade and the gang from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I loved pretty much everything about this book and I would love to see what new shenanigans Wade and his friends are up to.

2. All the characters from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn View Spoiler »

3. Nikki from the Everneath series by Brodi Ashton. The Everneath series is one of my favorites and I would love to see how Nikki is handling everything that happened and her life after things.

4. Addie from Pivot Point/Split Second by Kasie West. Addie is a favorite character of mine and I felt like the ending of Split Second left some room for more and I’m dying for it!

5. Gwen and Cassidy from What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. These two went through a lot and I’d love to see if they made it long term.

6. Sloane and Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Best friends that went through a lot and I hope their friendship survived the test of time.

7. Emma and Jack from In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins. Emma and Jack were so much fun. I’d love to see them married with some kids and how they are handling life.

8. Annie and Brody from Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross. I’m sure life is throwing more things at them and I hope they are surviving it because they were too cute together.

9. Everyone from The Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. Honestly, I just can’t get enough and would love to know what they are up to now.

10. Gia from The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. I know this one isn’t even out yet, but I read it, loved it, and want more. Gia did so much growing in the book, yet there is still more room for her to grow. I would love to see how her new relationship is holding up as well as her friendships.

Kimberly


Apr 02

March In Review

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Month In Review

March was a slower month for me. While I did have some time to read I just wasn’t feeling it. Work has me bouncing all over the place which leaves me tired. I also discovered Netflix (yes, I know, way late to that party) and I’ve been watching The Blacklist, Psych and Friends whenever I can.

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Best book of the month was The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. Love her books!

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New Books

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From Netgalley/Edelweiss

No One Like You by Kate Angell

Hold Me by Susan Mallery

The Revenge Playbook by Rachel Allen

Purchased

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper

Upcoming in April

No idea. Hopefully some reading and other bookish fun!

 

 

Kimberly


Mar 22

Sundays in Bed With… Work and Getting Ready for Book Club

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

I’m probably not going to have time to read today, but I’m still going to have a good bookish time. It’s book club day and everyone’s coming to my house. I’m super excited about today’s meeting because we are doing a brunch theme and I LOVE breakfast foods!

I’m going to be spending the morning cleaning my house and the early afternoon making food. I also have 70 tests and 50 quizzes to grade after book club. I’ll be doing that while I watch Wisconsin play their tournament game tonight.

Yes PleaseIf I get a chance I might have time for Yes Please by Amy Poehler. This is our book club pick for this month, and of course I am not going to finish. Sigh. Waited too long to start, but it’s all good!

Yes Please is also incredibly funny and touching. I have loved every minute so far and I highly recommend the audio version as Amy Poehler narrates it herself.

What are you reading today?

Kimberly



Mar 16

Review * The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

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Review * The Chapel Wars by Lindsey LeavittThe Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on May 6, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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two-stars
Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?

And then there's Grandpa's letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money—fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family's mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and... Dax. No wait, not Dax.

Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there's a wedding chapel to save.

What I Thought…

• I wanted to like The Chapel Wars so much, but I was a bit disappointed.

• My favorite thing about The Chapel Wars was the relationship between Holly and Camille, her best friends girlfriend. Holly doesn’t have any female friends but as Holly’s life changes her and Camille strike up a friendship.

• I also liked that Holly was left in charge of her family’s Wedding Chapel after her grandpa passed away. This might be realistic in the real world (she’s still in high school after all) but it made the book unique and fun.

• Learning about the other side of Las Vegas was cool too. The non-touristy side of Las Vegas sounds awesome and if I ever go back I want to see that side.

• I did not care for Dax at all. He was just meh. I also didn’t like the insta-love between them.

• I also found The Chapel Wars to be a bit slow and boring at times, I just wanted to get on with the cute and fun stuff and there wasn’t as much of that as I was hoping.

Overall The Chapel Wars was a bit of a disappointment for me, but I still plan on reading Going Vintage when I can.

Kimberly


Mar 14

Sundays in Bed With… Of Neptune (On a Saturday!)

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

Of NeptuneToday I’m listening to Of Neptune by Anna Banks. A couple of weeks ago I decided to attempt my first mermaid book and I loved it! So glad that I started this series after all the books were published or the first book might have killed me waiting for it!

I’m also hoping to finish Wild Hearts this weekend and start something new, but I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for yet.

What are you reading today?

Kimberly