Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: Rule

Rule Rule by Jay Crownover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say the Marked Men series is one that I think I could read over and over again. I love the people they got to do the audiobook too. They are perfect for this story.

Rule is ridiculous - sexy, hot, adorable, and totally Shaw's!
Shaw is prim and proper with an extreme side especially when it comes to her love for Rule.

They are a perfect fit for each other and makes me want to be sure that I read all of them in this series. Awesome read!

Definite 5 star read!!!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Review: See Me

See Me See Me by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I anticipated that this book would be a typical Nicholas Sparks affair and I was not disappointed. Complicated and easily anticipated. Honestly, nothing super special. But nothing bad either. Collin and Maria are likable characters but none that I truly wanted to have a story that would never end. I actually listened to this book instead of reading it as I tried to start it multiple times. The reader's voice was enjoyable. And I really liked it. I would give this a 3-1/2 star rating for sure. If the characters were better and little less complicated, I might have enjoyed it more.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review: Twisted Up In You

Twisted Up In You Twisted Up In You by Dawn Martens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I honestly am wrestling with this review. This book dealt with a lot of topics that separately could have created multiple books, but instead it was hastely thrown together as a mashed up roller coaster of emotions. Cori and Blake seem to be a good fit and a perfect "he loves her - she loves him- the stars aren't alining- now they are" kind of story. But then you need to throw in the messed up childhoods they both had, the horrid foster home, the using sex as a weapon or crutch by all involved, and the a rushed story line at times but also making it move frustratingly slow at others, and more. It seems like the author wanted to cram as much into the story as she could whether it truly enhanced the storyline or not. Sometimes the troubled lead does not have to have every tragic thing happen to her!! I think that these are good characters but they just seem to be overly tragic. A two and a half star book as it is not a really bad story just a jumbled mess.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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I accept the part I played in the demise of my marriage. I accept the things I cannot change. I’m a cheater. I’m a whore. I’m a felon in that place I left behind the second the first embers fizzled against the cracks of the night sky. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Anyone with the faintest understanding of decency would know this to be true. But it did happen this way. It went exactly like this, because maybe that’s the way things had to go. There was no way out, and just when I thought of pulling the proverbial trigger, he appeared to me. He was the student. And I was his teacher. And he saved me in every way I imagine one could ever be saved. So, he became my teacher and I became his student as he taught me how to love again… BLIND SIDE is a standalone novel in the Tainted Love Series and is intended for mature readers only. You can purchase the first book today!



I was young when I fell in love for the first time. Back then, my sanity and happiness depended on the one thing the deepest aches within my bones told me I couldn’t live without. Love. I loved Brock Hamilton the way we all loved someone when we were young—when we were na├»ve. But our relationship was different; that’s what we told ourselves. That’s what we believed. We spent years together, living a life painted under a blinding tapestry of blissful ignorance. We never saw it coming, but there was one obstacle we could never overcome. After college, we moved back to our hometown and everything fell apart. What—and who—I once lived for became the shackles holding me under while I fought to kick my way to the surface, if to only scream. And as each Friday night faded into Saturday hangovers where the temporary high of winning unmasked our pain once more, I fell further down the rabbit hole of loathing and despair. I was trapped in a loveless marriage, of which the man I had once loved turned into a vision of my imagination of what a monster looks like. There was no discernible reason for our own disconnect, but I resented him for dragging back into that same small town I clawed myself away from. I was supposed to be somebody, and instead I became just another typical nobody. There was no way out, and just when I thought of pulling the proverbial trigger, he appeared to me. And he saved me. He was the student… And I was his teacher.




I grew up on a farm in Ohio where the cows were soon replaced with an entourage of cats. When I'm not writing, you can find me doing one of two things -- getting lost on highways or getting lost in the lives of fictional characters.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review: Catching Summer

Catching Summer Catching Summer by L.P. Dover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a book I could not put down. I really enjoyed the characters and their in depth backstories. Evan was just what you wanted in a hero - sweet, tough, gentle, strong, and totally devoted to the heroine. And Summer was a good heroine - complex, sweet, strong, and totally devoted to the hero. But honestly my favorite characters were some that were on the side. Lara and Luke are a couple I would really like to get to know as well as Kate and Cooper. When you roll all of them into one, you come up with an amazing cast of misfits that totally fit together. I found that I had predicted the bad guy/antagonist very early on but honestly it did not take away from the ending/climax at all. It was well thought out plot-wise and well written. A solid four star book!

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The Power (OH MY!!)

About THE POWER (Cover Attached):
The Power (Titan Series #2)
Spencer Hill Press
Releasing February 23, 2016
New Adult Paranormal

With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat.

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.
My review:

I re-read the first in this series in anticipation of this book which I graciously received from the publisher. What a gift to receive a book from one of your favorite authors before it is released!!!

I was wondering how this next installment would be and where it might go. I was not disappointed in the least. I am a Seth fan and believe that there is enough good in him to deserve Josie no matter what he thinks. I was tempted to move my thoughts to the other side of this thought after reading this book. You get to know Seth a lot more and enjoy his story and love of Josie. Which he really does even if he is a giant pain about it!! 

Josie grows in this book as well and you get to see the Demigod she can become. I really do love them together and believe they are stronger together.

Other characters are introduced and play vital roles in this story. They are amazing to read and enjoy and get to know.

Overall (yes I am wrapping it up as I do not want to reveal anything) I give this one a 5 star rating. I also feel you should all order this book now if any part of you enjoys Gods/Goddesses/mythical people. You will not be disappointed. And did I mention how HOT Seth is? Cause he kinds of melts me (literally he could and emotionally he does).

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The Return (Titan Series #1)
Spencer Hill Press
February 16th, 2015
New Adult Paranormal

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout :
# 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Review: All Broke Down

All Broke Down All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dylan And Silas!! Another awesome duo from Cora Carmack.

I appreciate how she writes these complex characters and story lines yet they are not so complex that you cannot easily follow along with them. And they are so real. I can see these characters pop to life and they are genuine. Others I have read from other authors are not as real - truly they are not. Not every bad thing happened to these characters - they made mistakes and they actually suffer through them.
I loved how Cora handled the drug issue in this book. It was done with care and compassion and yet enough OOMPH to make it realistic.
A true 4 star book for me. I love delving into Cora's world and cannot wait to do it again!

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Review: Cash Money

Cash Money Cash Money by Ali Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I have to say that this one broke me apart. I knew this series was coming to an end, but this was a very emotional end for me. There was always the Kate, Jon and Marcus triangle. And as with all, you find yourself on a certain side. And with this one, you need to choose between the cop and "good" guy Jon or the bad boy Marcus. Well, for a bit I teetered on the fence of who I really wanted to win. But like all good writers, Ali Parker helped me out by her amazing writing and the story that they are living. I am a Marcus girl for sure. I mean he has always been the one to put Kate first in everything so who couldn't love that??
The story continues in this last installment at the same high pace that the rest of it did. It continued to show you all of their perspectives and I fell deeper in love with these characters with each chapter. I could not put it down!! I finished it in a night and Ugly Cried at the end. Not because I did not like the ending because it fit but because this journey is over now.
So, yes overall I give this one a 5 star rating (when a book makes you cry, you usually do). And I can not wait for Ali's continued writing as I am always wanting more from her! (Thanks Ali Parker for being the amazing gift to writing that you are!!)

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Review: Needing Her

Needing Her Needing Her by Molly McAdams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Maci and Connor -- what a combo!!!

Yes, I remember Connor from "From Ashes" and knew then, that I wanted more information about him. And boy did I get that and did I ever enjoy this one.

Maci has an edge but obviously always wanted Connor and Connor seemed to always hold Maci to a high place in his life. Their chemistry is intense and so very real. Despite interference from her family and their friends, they stayed as true to themselves and each other as they could.

I love Molly McAdams way of telling a story. She has a definite gift and that always leads me to wanting to read more and more by her. A true 4 1/2 star book for me!

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Review: Ruthless

Ruthless Ruthless by Gillian Archer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am vacillating on this star amount a bit. On one hand, I did enjoy the story. The characters are the type that I typically enjoy the most. I think what has me the confused is my frustration with Insta-Love. It is not as cheesy as this book makes it out to be. If I were in a situation where I was almost raped and then rescued by a biker dude, I don't think that I would be as easy to all of a sudden be knee deep in a biker club. I mean, from what I know, people are not that trusting and protective of those they do not know or deem worthy. But whom am I to judge? Overall, the writing was ok, the characters were intriguing. I would recommend this one for those that enjoy a good biker story. A 3 (possibly 3-1/2) star book.

I was given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review from NetGalley.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Review: Never Too Far

Never Too Far Never Too Far by Abbi Glines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another fantastic story from Abbi Glines. I love these characters and getting to know them more. Rush is not one of my faves as he always seems to hurt Blaire. But I do love this series.

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Review: Half-Blood

Half-Blood Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I usually fall completely in love with this authors books. I really struggled between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I went with 3 because I did not neglect my world like I usually do when reading her books. I enjoyed all the aspects of this but was just not as immediately drawn in as usual.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Capturing Peace

Capturing Peace Capturing Peace by Molly McAdams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised with how this story ended up evolving. I thought it would be a quick read of girl loves boy, boy is player and doesn't want love, boy realizes girl is what he wanted when she finds happiness elsewhere, and boom - happily ever after. But what I found was an amazing tale of 2 people who truly only want each other and their own demons make it difficult. Enter a kiddo into the picture and it is a complicated yet simple story of love and understanding. And this close to Valentine's Day, how can you not love that? Great characters and great writing!! Love this one!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Review: Me Before You

Me Before You Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So perhaps I am a bit judgy in this review. I honestly do not know what it is about it but it was just an okay read for me. Nothing spectacular.

The writing was fine. A bit confusing in those rare occurrences where the point of view changed and you were not sure if it changed back or not. But overall, it was written well.

The characters are definitely some that I did not care for and maybe that is why I did not think it to be as spectacular as others did. Will was an adventurous guy who had a tragic thing happen to him. And thus when all that he cared about failed him, he gave up on life. Louisa was irritating to me at best. She never seemed to be in love with her guy Patrick, her family treated her as a source of income not as a family member, and she never seemed to enjoy anything.

Overall, I would give this a 3 star rating as the characters may have irritated me but the writing and story were okay.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the Stars - Molly McAdams

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We are so excited to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Molly McAdams’ TO THE STARS! TO THE STARS is a contemporary romance novel being published on February 9th by HarperCollins’ William Morrow Impulse imprint and is the second novel in Molly’s Thatch Series.

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About TO THE STARS: In the second standalone book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together. He promised to wait for her. She told him he was wasting his time. Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life. When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else. Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?


“Happy birthday, Low. I waited for you.”

The instant his voice filtered through the phone, my body stilled and warmed at the same time. My breath came out in a soft, audible huff, and my eyes shut as hundreds of welcome memories flooded my mind.

I didn’t have to look at the screen to know who was calling. I would know that voice anywhere, and I should have been expecting his call. Not just his call. This call. We’d been preparing for and talking about this call for two and a half years now.

My lips and fingers trembled, and I almost dropped the phone as I tried to make my throat work.

“I waited for you”, played over and over again like a broken record. A broken record with the most beautiful music still coming from it.

Turning my head just enough to look over my shoulder, I eyed the guy shrugging into his shirt, and my chest ached when I faced forward again.

No longer seeing the dorm room I was standing in, I let our memories consume me. “I—” I took in a shaky breath, and my voice came out as a strained whisper. “I didn’t wait for you.”

There was nothing. No sound, no response—only the most heartbreaking silence I’ve ever endured.

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My Review:
This book is not for the faint of heart.  And I cannot imagine the emotional rollercoaster that this would have taken to write!  The ride it takes the reader on is incredible and one that left me crying and smiling and overwhelmed emotionally. 
Knox loves Harlow from the moment he sees her and there is no denying that one.  Harlow is a skeptical young girl who is worried about everything in life it seems.  Together they make sense even when everyone tells them otherwise.
The subject of abuse is not an easy one to think about.  I can imagine many will be put off by it, but PLEASE read this one.  It handles it with the graphicness it needs yet the tenderness you would expect from Molly McAdams.  As a huge fan, I am always impressed in how this author creates characters that you come to truly love.
And allow me to fangirl here!!  I was gifted this ARC by her publisher.  Are you kidding?!?!  What a true honor for me.  I am incredibly lucky to say the least!
I give this one a 5 out of 5 because I put off sleep to complete this book.  And sorry my little e-reader for draining that battery, but I could not leave off and not finish into the early hours of morning.  I couldn't!

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About Molly McAdams: Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.        

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: Changing Everything

Changing Everything Changing Everything by Molly McAdams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this book expecting a typical romance read where they finally get together and then something tragic happens and they break apart. I was pleasantly surprised by the sweetness of it and the diversion from the "norm" of the books I have read lately. I really liked the characters, and the writing was excellent. A great quick book to read and allow me to fall asleep with happy thoughts.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: You Were Mine

You Were Mine You Were Mine by Abbi Glines
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like all Abbi Glines books. That has become apparent. But an issue I had with this one to weigh my rating a bit lower than normal, is the mouth that Tripp has on him. When they are intimate, he takes dirty talk to a different level and that made me a bit hesitant that this was not just a romantic read. It kind of crossed something for me. That alone made me mark it down. I liked how given the history between Tripp and Bethy, it was not a magical "we will just fallen back into each others arms" story. I liked that they had to try to fight the feelings they were feeling to try to come to a decision together. And I was also happy there was not any unnecessary drama that just made stories like these cheesy. Well written and a quick read. Just not sure about that blurred romance/erotic line for me.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I have been intrigued by a book that is set in an independent bookstore. I find them to be fun places to visit. And depending on the owner/employee, they can be informative. But the struggle between them and the online/big bookstore has been one of great debate. And this little look into the life of A. J. Fikry was delightful. Not a long read, more like the short stories that he liked in the book. But overall a well written fun story that most book lovers can find themselves devouring.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: 99 Days

99 Days 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a frustrating book as I felt I never really wanted to like the guys in this book but couldn't and I didn't know why. Until the end!! Then I was unhappy beyond belief!! This had a lot of backstory that was given to you just a tidbit at a time. Then Wham! let me flood your mind with all the info you will ever need here. Ugh. Very frustrating indeed. Also, I never really felt invested in Molly. Nope nope nope.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To Review or Not to Review??

I have struggled numerous times this past year with what books to review and which not to.  At times my To Be Read pile (TBR) was out of control.  It made me feel like I was drowning in a sea of some of my most happiest of places.
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I made a career decision and took a full-time position at my work this year.  I thought for sure that my ability to keep reading as many books as before would be affected.  But I realized I just needed to become more choosy in my selection of the books I read.  And that I should not only try for books just because I can get them, but because I really want them.  And that if I do not read as many books as last year, that was fine.  But I wanted to choose books to read based on what I wanted to read and my friends recommendations.  Those always seemed to be pushed to the bottom of my to read pile because I had a deadline I had to meet on other books I requested.
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So, now it has been a couple months since I made that change and I am still on pace to finish at the same level as I did when I was asking for every book I could.  And I have read a few books that I have wanted to read for a while now.  I am realizing that this was the best avenue I could take on this reviewer journey I so wanted to take.  I am also realizing that by me being choosy, I can opt to read books my kiddos would want to read and then therefore I can share this love of reading I have with them even more.  I mean after all, isn't that what being a parent is all about?  Sharing something you love with someone you love?Sharing a piece of me with a true piece of me?  I feel super lucky to be able to do that now.

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So all this blog is today is a babble of why you will see more reviews on this blog this year.  You will not see as many cover reveals or publisher sponsored events on this blog.  And that does not mean you will not hear about books or my opinions on them.  It just means that I am choosing to be truer to me this year with the books I review and read.  So it is a YEAH ME!! moment indeed.

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Review: Landline

Landline Landline by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I appreciate that everyone is on a Rainbow Rowell roller coaster of fun. But I unfortunately am just watching the fun apparently.
I felt that this book was enjoyable to a point. I mean, the premise of this book is immensely enjoyable and had my hopes raised. But it fell short for me. The sci-fi element had me doubting my own sanity and had me (out loud) saying "Really????" Thanks, now my children are questioning what is wrong with Mommy.
The characters were not immensely interesting or exciting. I felt that they were not that intriguing and that is what I want when I read a book, an intriguing character. Do they really need to be outside the normal for people - having an intrinsic quality that no one in my real life could obtain? Not for my liking. I like real people as the characters, but they have to be able to draw me into their life. And these did not. I wanted to know why the kid meows more than any other aspect of the story.
Overall, I will give this a 3 star rating. Not really bad, just not something I will shout from the rooftops for others to follow suit and read.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen

The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have an obsession with Katherine Howe's books. Ask my kids - they mock me for how I have them all in hardbound editions often. It amuses me often actually.

I have to admit though that this one was a bit slow moving at first. But it was great once it got going. I really felt that it was right up there with the other books she has written. I loved Annie and Wes. Another great book for all to read!

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Review: His to Win

His to Win His to Win by Alison Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this story very much. It is a sweet love story that has characters that seem real and show their vulnerability. And sometimes those are the characters that you really want to read about. They know what a gift true love is and will do whatever they need to to keep it. A solid 3 star book for me. (Side note - I am very lucky to have received this as a ARC and look forward to more!)

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