Monthly Archives:: July 2016

Jul 30

Review * To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne

Reviews 0 ★★★★

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

Review * To Have and to Hold by Lauren LayneTo Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne
Series: The Wedding Belles #1
Published by Pocket Books on July 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars
Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin's business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya's fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning... is theirs?

What I Thought…

Seth and Brooke’s story blew me away! I read it in one day, and would have read it in one sitting if it wasn’t for the fact that I had an appointment. I loved their instant attraction, and unwillingness to follow through on it…. at first. Their banter back and forth and unease with the situation could be felt through the pages. Their relationship wasn’t just built on lust and they had some fairly big arguments (and good ones too).

I also loved the how the whole situation with Seth’s sister Maya getting married. It’s tough to see someone you love have a whirlwind romance and marriage and while Seth did not handle things well, he handled it realistically. I enjoyed the roll that Seth’s best friend Grant played and his no b.s. way of dealing with Seth’s boneheaded moves.

Overall I loved the other two wedding planners, Heather and Alexis (especially Alexis – she’s just got to be with the Brit!) and I can’t wait to read their stories.

Kimberly


Jul 26

Top Ten Tuesday * Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do

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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 Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Breathe Annie Breathe 11.22.63 Nefertiti Wild Master of Murder Ruby Angels Fall Confessions of a Shopaholic The Client Twister

 1. Breathe, Annie, Breathe made me want to become a runner. I still sometimes think about becoming a runner, but…. it’s probably not ever going to happen.

2. 11/22/63 made me want to learn more about the assassination of JFK, which worked out good because my mom knows a lot about JFK.

3. Nefertiti made me want to learn more about early Egyptians. I’ve read a couple of other books similar in nature and enjoyed all of them.

4. Wild made me want to go hiking, which is completely ridiculous because I am not an outdoorsy person AT ALL. I really, really hate bugs.

5. Master of Murder made me want to become a writer. This was a short lived fantasy as I realized rather quickly that I don’t like writing.

6. Ruby made me want to go to the bayou, which I got to experience a bit of two years ago when I went to New Orleans.

7. Angels Fall made me want to become a chef. After I read this I got all gung-ho about cooking and like the writing, I quickly realized that I am not meant to be a chef.

8. Confessions of a Shopaholic made me want to go to England. It’s still on my list of places to go!

9. The Client made me want to become a lawyer, until I realized how much more schooling I would need to do. Sometimes I still wish I had become a lawyer, but then I remember how much I love my job.

10. I know it’s not a book, but Twister is the reason why I love any and all natural disaster stories. I gobble them up like nobody’s business. I know this sounds awful but when they happen in real life I am enthralled with the tv coverage, but please note that I do not ever want them to happen or to see anyone get hurt/die because that’s just not cool.

Kimberly


Jul 21

Review * Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

Reviews 2 ★★★★

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

Review * Cream of the Crop by Alice ClaytonCream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #2
Published by Simon & Schuster on July 12, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars
Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be...love?

What I Thought…

• I really enjoyed Natalie. It’s not often that you find a truly plus sized girl in a contemporary romance but she’s here and she’s likeable. My only issue with Natalie is that given her back story I didn’t see the connection between how she got from there to having confidence in herself and her body and I wish those connections would have been made.

• Oscar was equally as awesome. He is a farmer and a cheesemaker and while I NEVER want to see cheese being made, I do love me some cheese. He was a little awkward at times, but that just made him more adorable.

• Cream of the Crop is not Clayton’s most hilarious book (that honor still goes to Wallbanger), it is still funny and there are quite a few ridiculous moments to get your laughs in. Don’t worry, there are plenty of steaming moments too.

• I love a good small town and Baily Falls does not disappoint. I also loved that it provided the tension between Oscar in Bailey Falls and Natalie who resides in NYC. They are such contrasting places and I enjoyed their fish out of water experiences.

• Natalie and Oscar are cute together but other than their great physical relationship and love of cheese there didn’t seem to be much for them to go on, but by the end you see there love and you know all will be well.

Overall Cream of the Crop is another fun read from Alice Clayton!

Kimberly


Jul 17

Sundays in Bed With… Moon Called

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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!

Moon CalledToday I’ll mostly be working, but I hope to have time later to finish up Moon Called. It’s our July book club book (yes, our book club is awesome enough to pick non traditional book club books!). So far I’m enjoying it, though there seems to be a lot going on right at the moment!

I also might start an audio book today, but I’m having trouble deciding which one so I might not. We’ll see how I feel!

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Jul 15

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things!

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Guys, I’m really trying to get back into the swing of things. I love my book blog but lately I haven’t been reading as much and just generally not feeling it. However, I’m back from vacation and feeling relaxed and refreshed and reading to get back into it. I hope to have a few reviews, a TTT or two coming in the next few weeks. For now, enjoy these pics of my vacation!

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Kimberly


Jul 05

Top Ten Tuesday * Under 2000 Ratings on GoodReads

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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 Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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  1. Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis – A ghostly story that kept me on my toes!
  2. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuenert – I don’t normally read hard to read stories like this one, but it was so incredibly worth it. I would recommend this one to almost anyone.
  3. Leaving Amarillo, Loving Dallas and Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn – This trilogy gave me so many feels, and the last one almost broke me.
  4. Play On by Michelle Smith – Cute and fun, boys and baseball!
  5. Trouble From the Start by Rachel Hawthorne – Another cute and fun, though I didn’t care much for the companion novel.
  6. From Russia with Claws by Jacey Conrad (aka Molly Harper) – Read this for a fun book club read and it was so much fun (as are all of Molly Harper’s books).

Kimberly