Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Paperback, 350 pages
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

My Thoughts…

Allie and Bea started slow for me.   I felt like it was kind of a pity party for Bea.   Poor her…having her accounts wiped clean, losing her husband, not being able to pay rent…nothing was going her way.     Then she went shady and ran.    I wasn’t sure of her.    Then there was Allie.   Her folks get arrested and she is taken to a group home where she has to run.     There was no fault on Allie’s part but I feel like she was living in a dream world with how she thought her life would end up.    Maybe it was due to her age but I have a 15 year old and I hope she would be less na├»ve that Allie and know that life can be tough and sometimes you have to put on your big girl pants and figure out how to get along with different people.  

My favorite part of the book is the travelling and the scenes they saw.   The coast, the lighthouse, the beaches, and the towns they visited captured my attention and had me dreaming of a fun vacation.     It was fun that Allie and Bea winged their trip for the most part.     They decided where to stop, where to eat, and which direction to head based on recommendations from locals, how much gas and money they had, and where they were at the time.     I think travelling this way would be fun.

Hyde  wrote a fun book.      I didn’t have to think a lot and could just fall into the story and follow along on their journey.     

Thanks to Lake Union  for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.   

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio

Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
After serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She’s free from confinement—and ready to tell her secrets before it’s too late.

She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who’s visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as “Port of Regret.” But they don’t anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.

Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della’s dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick’s present-day search for answers?about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.

My Thoughts…

  Before the Rain is told in a dual timeline format, Della Lee’s story from 1940’s and the current day in Puerto Pesar.   In the 1940’s Della Lee finds the love of her life in Tomas and she also pleads guilty to murdering her sister and is sent to prison.     In the present day granddaughter has returned to help care for her grandmother after she had a heart attack. 

I was intrigued by both timelines.     The idea of a new bride and loving sister killing her sister and being sent to a women’s prison was fascinating.    The things she had to do just to stay alive along with the interesting people she met while incarcerated had me intrigued.   The other time is Paloma’s story.  I felt for Paloma, coming home to a sister that has grown up and turned into a young women that is so different from who she use to be and a grandmother recovering from a heart attack could not have been easy.    Paloma ran from this place, she needed to get out of Puerto Pesar and do bigger and better things yet it is the place that needs her the most.     Add to her life the journalist Mick Anders, who has his own reasons for running from his home, and her life gets more intriguing.  

Before the Rain is a story of family, heartbreak,  and finding out what is truly important in life.  

Thank you to NetGalley and Ann-Marie Nieves with Get Red PR for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Going in Deep (Billionaire Bad Boys, Book 4) by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: May 9, 2017


He isn't Mr. Nice Guy…

Julian Dane thought he'd hit rock bottom — until he met a woman (isn't that what they all say?). He used her and broke her heart. Now he wants to turn things around but the damage he dealt stands in his way.

Kendall Parker's unique issues have made it hard to live a normal life. Very few people understand her and she trusts even less … but she believed in Julian once, and he only betrayed her.

Now Julian is back — a new man — and determined to win Kendall's heart. But this reformed bad boy just might find that Going in Deep is harder than it looks.

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My Thoughts…

I started Going in Deep without any background knowledge of the characters.    This is the first book in this series I have read.     My expectations were hot, heavy, sexy, steamy, and fun.    There was all that so more in the book. 

Julian had to prove himself to Kendall.   Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice shame on me came to mind and I was hoping that Julian would treat Julian as the queen she deserved to be treated as.    Both Julian and Kendall were good, nice characters.   I was invested in Julian staying clean, Kendall becoming her own person, and them coming together and finding their happy ever after.   

The secondary characters especially Lexi, Kendall’s twin, and Alex, Julian’s roommate, were wonderful.   I am interested in learning more about them both and seeing how they continue to live their lives.    I liked how protective the characters were of each other yet how much they respected each other’s opinions.     The things they did for each other were not meant to hurt but rather to protect, help, and show their love.    

Going in Deep was a quick and easy read.   The words flew off the page and I could not stop reading.     I enjoyed the story and look forward for more from Carly Phillips.

Thank you Rock Star PR for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.   

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After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sea of Love by Melissa Foster AUDIOBOOK

  • Written by: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:03-24-15
  • Publisher: Melissa Foster

  • Lacy Snow wasn't looking for love when she met strikingly handsome and seductive Dane Braden. But how could she ignore the six-foot-three, darkly handsome god who tagged and researched sharks for a living - and made every nerve in her body tangle into an overly sensitive knot? Even her fear of sharks could not suppress their intense attraction.
    As founder of the Brave Foundation, Dane Braden travels from port to port, educating and advocating on behalf of the mammals he adores - and spends his nights finding solace in the arms of strangers. The last thing Dane was looking for when he met Lacy Snow was a relationship, and the last thing he expected was to fall in love.
    Fifteen months - and hundreds of flirty emails, steamy phone calls, and sensual video chats - later, they reunite and take passion to a whole new level. But as Lacy's phobia meets Dane's past love life, their steamy romance is upended, and when tragedy strikes, Dane and Lacy are forced to face their deepest fears head-on as they try to navigate their own sea of love.

  • My Thoughts...

  • BJ Harrison is amazing.   I know, I know, I say this about every book that I've listened to that he has narrated but it is always true.     He has the perfect tones to share the feelings, the reactions, and just make the characters come alive.    Melissa Foster wrote the story but BJ Harrison makes it become real.   Together Melissa and BJ are the perfect audiobook pairing. 

  • Lacy Snow met Dane Braden at her half sister’s wedding. After the wedding they both went their separate ways, keeping in touch with daily emails, texts, Skype calls, and Face Time calls. Fifteen months later they are back together, face to face, at another wedding. The passion is hot and they both know they have to face their fears to make a relationship work.

Melissa Foster has written another book about the Braden's that kept me reading all day long. The passion is hot. The feelings are real.

Dane is the type of man every woman wants. He goes out of his way to win Lacy's heart. Even when she tells of her intense fear of sharks, which is what Danes job entails, he goes above and beyond to help her come to terms with her fear and to terms with his job. As with any relationship there are bumps in the road to happiness.

Sea of love is the seventh book in the Love in Bloom series. It is also the fourth book in the Braden series. I recommend you read the others in this series but it is not necessary as each book can stand alone also. This entire series has quickly become one of my all time favorites so of course I recommend you read and enjoy the Braden's and the Snows stories.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Alone With You: The Walker Brothers Book 2 by Amanda Adams

Date of Publication: May 5, 2017


Claire Miller fell in love with Jake in the third grade. One hot night of reckless passion changed things between them forever. Jake rocked her world, but Claire had plans for her life. Knowing she could never be what he needed, she let him go and has missed him every day since.

Jake Walker knew the first time he saw Claire, when he was nine years old, that he wanted to marry her. At seventeen, he let her go. But seven years later, the sight of her hit him like a punch to the gut. Every cell in his body demanded that she was ‘The One'. But can he convince Claire?

My Thoughts…

This is the 2nd book in The Walker Brothers series by Amanda Adams.     Claire and Jake have been best friends and in love since third grade.    The Claire leaves town to live her dreams and leaves Jake behind.   Jake stays in town and works the ranch as his father did before him.   He knows that this is his destiny.  Yet, Claire and Jake are destine to be together also. 

I guess at 17 you know what you want but you don’t always know how to get it.   That is the problem for Claire and Jake.    They know they want each other but they also know their dreams don’t jive with what the other wants.       My thought is if it is meant to be it will be…sometimes you just need a gentle push (or full on shove) to get back to each other.     

The small town setting is wonderful.   I could picture the ranch, the gravel roads, and the quaint shops.   It is a town that every teenager can’t wait to leave, except Jake, but loves to return to.    It is a town that everyone knows everyone and there are no secrets.    It is an amazing setting that never fails to pull me in.  

The secondary characters, specifically the Walker Brothers, are so sexy, fun, supportive, and wonderful.   The relationships between the brothers is one of true family.    They fight, argue, love, support, and push each other out of their comfort zones.   It is true family love.   

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Amanda Adams fell in love with books at a very early age. Her earliest memories are of sitting on her mother's lap reading Cinderella and Snow White and Rose Red over, and over, and over again until she had them memorized –- she was too young to know the alphabet.
Amanda started writing stories in big, sloppy handwriting in a wide-rule notebook when she was bored, during class (of course) in the fifth grade. Her favorite stories always include excitement, adventure and a handsome hero guaranteed to sweep her off her feet.
Amanda lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband (her high-school sweetheart who proved the reality of "love at first sight") and three teenagers whom she reminds, repeatedly… "If it's not in my phone, it's not happening," because her mind is oh-so-often far away living a fairy tale. (That's code for – if an alarm doesn't go off, she forgets to pick up her kids from school…)

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Penalty by Jacob Chance RELEASE BOOST & GIVEAWAY

Title: Penalty
Author: Jacob Chance
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2017

He’s the bad boy quarterback of Boston University's football team. As the son of a former NFL player, he’s showered with attention and praise twenty-four-seven. One flash of his smile and all the girls fall at his feet - or should I say to their knees?

And then there’s me.

Brady Lincoln is the last person I want attention from. He’s the kind of guy my father warned me about. His play on the field is legendary and his play with the ladies, even more so. I’ve managed to stay off his radar until recently.

What happens when the cocky quarterback breaks all the rules to win my heart?

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Jacob Chance grew up in New England. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

An author of erotic thrillers, he plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One Good Thing by Wendy Wax

In her fifth and most exciting book yet, Wax returns to her Ten Beach Road series with ONE GOOD THING (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; April 25, 2017; $16). Picking up where Sunshine Beach left off, fans of the series will delight in catching up with familiar beloved characters and new readers will have no problem sinking into this witty and heartwarming story about loyalty, friendship and the secrets that test those bonds.   

Sure to resonate with readers of Elin Hilderbrand and Jane Green, ONE GOOD THING is a warm and insightful look at love and the bonds of true friendship.

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships.

Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and dealing with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, nor can she trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached.

But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

My Thoughts…

The women are amazing in this book.   Their friendship, support, and love are more family like than friends.   Without a question they accept each other’s faults and problems.   They worked together to help each other out of the problems they were each experiencing.  

My only struggle with the book is that this was the 5th book in the series and I had not read the first 4.  Throughout the entire book I felt like I was missing a piece of the story.   I wanted to know the background, the history, and the reasoning that each character was acting the way they were.    Wendy Wax did her best to catch the reader up without spending a ton of time and words on it but I was still missing some parts of the story.     There were a lot of characters to keep track of and it was sometimes confusing.  

Overall this is a fun beach story.     One Good Thing is an easy read that I enjoyed.   I do recommend reading the first books in the Ten Beach Road series.    

Thank you to Danielle Dill at Berkley/NAL and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  

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Praise for the novels of Wendy Wax:

“[Wax] writes with breezy wit and keen insight.”—The Atlanta Journal Constitution

“If you’re a sucker for plucky women who rise to the occasion, this is for you.”—USA Today

“Wax offers her trademark form of fiction, the beach read with substance.”—Booklist

“Wax really knows how to make a cast of characters come alive.”—RT Book Reviews