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Release Blitz & Review: Love My Way

 

Title: Love My Way
Author: Kate Sterritt
Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction
Release Date: May 31, 2017
Blurb
Her name is Emerson
Hart and she is the love of his life.
 
Unfortunately, he’s
not the only love of hers.
 
And therein lies the
problem.

 

My Review:

We all say or hear the statement, “I couldn’t put it down” when describing books, right? If the saying wasn’t much older than Kate Sterritt’s new novel, Love My Way, then I would swear the phrase was coined specifically for this novel. I’ve said before that there are times when the hubby will come interrupt me to chit-chat while I’m reading and although I love him, it drives me crazy. He attemted to interrupt me while reading this but I resisted. Finally he said, “wow, that must really be a good one.” I read hundreds of books a year, but this one completely grabbed me by my heart, mind, and soul and I was entranced until the final page. Other cliche descriptions of novels include “unique” or “different,” but this goes beyond those terms. The author has told a story unlike any other, and I can ensure you that you’ve never read anything along this lines of this novel. Now that I’m done gushing, I will try to write a normal review. 

You will notice very early in the novel what a likable character Emerson is. It starts in her present, then flashes back to when she was ten years old, seventeen years old, and then back to the present. Saying she came from a troubled childhood and home doesn’t begin to scratch the surface when describing Emerson, but that all changed the day she met Mereki. He became her first friend and first love. She discovered her love of art and the depth in which she could love another person.

Back to the present, we meet an older Emerson and also, the yummy, adorable, sexy, caring Josh. Things did not work out as planned regarding her and Mereki’s plans for the future and her career as an artist. But upon walking into Sarah’s home one afternoon, and then meeting Josh, her desire to be an artist is reawakened. 

This is one of those novels that is extremely challenging to review without spoilers, so I’m going to quit while I’m ahead. However, my hat is off to author Kate Sterritt for not only creating a wonderfully romantic novel but one that completely shocked me. You won’t understand that until you read it, but I did not see the big surprise coming at all. Although heartbreaking, there is so much love and beauty to this novel. I cannot recommend this enough, and honestly I place this in my top 5 reads this year. Bravo the author and I cannot wait to read more from her in the future!

*Thanks to the author and Give Me Books Promotions for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Author Bio

 

Kate Sterritt lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband,
three young sons and highly energetic German Shorthaired Pointer puppy.

 

When she’s not madly juggling the logistics of soccer
trainings, play dates and volunteering at the school, she can be found at her
laptop, writing the types of novels she loves to read. Her characters are
inspired by her own experiences, blended with her imagination and a healthy
dose of wishful thinking.
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What Am I Reading?

Happy Memorial Day!

Best-Overall

Before I do my weekly reading list, I want to thank you for the nomination of Best Overall Blogger for the 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash! I appreciate being nominated and would greatly appreciate any votes here!

**Voting closes June 2nd at 12 pm! 

 

Now, onto my books I plan to read and review over the next week. I have read some great novels lately so I’m hoping this trend will continue, which I’m sure that it will 🙂 

Better in the Morning, by Fern Ronay

Publication: Red Adept Publishing, LLC; April 26, 2016

better in the morningAbout the book: 

Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer. And when he tells her he has big news, she’s certain he’ll pop the question. But instead of proposing, John informs her that he’s moving to London.

Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman.

Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.

Crazy in Love, by Annabelle Costa

Publication: Rose Bud Press; March 31, 2017

crazy in loveAbout the book: 

They call her Crazy Anna.

Anna Flint won’t shake your hand. She collects tin cans. She cleans her cubicle at work with Lysol several times a day. But Anna doesn’t care that they call her crazy. She’s absolutely satisfied with her life of perfect organization, cleanliness, and most of all, solitude.

Matt Harper likes Anna Flint. He likes that she’s the smartest person he knows and he likes her big blue eyes. He doesn’t even mind her can collection. In fact, he pretty much likes everything about Anna. As his body and his world are falling apart, she still manages to make him happy.

Matt is the only person Anna has ever wanted to be close to. But how can she go on a date with him if the thought of dinner at a restaurant fills her with terror? How can she ever kiss the man she loves if she can’t even touch him?

Maybe it’s time to stop being Crazy Anna. If only she could.

A Desolate Hour (Point Pleasant),

by Mae Clair

Publication: Lyrical Underground; July 18, 2017

desolateAbout the book: 

Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures . . .

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

When I Wake Up: A shocking psychological thriller that you won’t be able to put down, by Jessica Jarlvi

Publication: Aria; June 1, 2017

when I wake upAbout the book: 

When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?

As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife’s secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal, and jealousy. 

As the list of suspects grows longer, it soon becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she’s lying silent in a hospital bed…

All the Roads, by J Cotter

Publication: December 7, 2014

all the roadsAbout the book: 

All the Roads is a romance unlike any other. “It has been so long since we’ve seen each other… It seems silly that we can’t, you know, chat and catch up.” She tried to play at being casual and nonchalant, looking calmly in his direction.
“No,” Jay replied slowly, “it isn’t silly at all.”
On a rainy spring morning, Jay stops for coffee in a small Alaskan town. The last thing he ever expects is to see her, after almost 18 months of silence between them.
Jay and Elle have a past; running into each other leaves them both uncomfortable. Elle returns to a rented apartment in Maine, where she is set to begin working on a small film. Jay leaves for Anchorage before heading back to California. Their distance is minimized, however, by a constant flow of memories and thoughts, which hauntingly intertwine the two of them. Sometimes moving on really is impossible.

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Book Review: The Breakdown

THE BREAKDOWN, BY B.A. PARIS

PUBLICATION: ST. MARTIN’S PRESS; JULY 18, 2017

breakdownAbout the book: 

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

My Review:

I’m not sure where to begin this review or what I can say without giving spoilers, but oh my God, what a book! The Breakdown is one of the best suspense/thrillers I can recall reading – ever. This novel has that special magic that makes it addictive, surprising, horrifying, and amazing all at once. The basic premise is that the main character, Cass, took a creepy short-cut home from an end of the school year bash with her fellow teachers. While driving home in a blinding rain storm, she passes a car on the side of the road. The next day, it’s all over the news about a woman being found dead in that car on that road. Cass starts freaking out because her husband warned her not to take that short-cut at night and especially in a storm, so she can’t tell him what she saw. Then a ton of strange things start happening and she’s struggling to try to determine if someone saw her drive by, or if she’s just losing her mind.  

I’m a huge fan of suspense/thrillers, but this one completely floored me. I think I retold 95% of the story to my husband once I finished reading, all the while commenting over and over that this should be made into a movie. What I loved about The Breakdown is that the theories I developed early on proved to be absolutely wrong. When things started to come together, I couldn’t believe it. There are no words to describe the love I feel for an author that can shock me like this. I never saw this coming and was suspecting someone else the entire time.

The Breakdown will evoke several emotions including fear, creepiness, suspicion, sadness, and so on. But I promise that you will quickly be drawn into these characters’ lives and circumstances and will not be able to focus on anything else until you’ve finished reading. It is not often that I am so surprised by the outcome of a novel and I adore the fact that this was so shocking. This is a must-read for any fan of suspense/thrillers and I promise that you will not be disappointed. 

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Book Review: Unexpectedly Hers

UNEXPECTEDLY HERS (STERLING CANYON BOOK 3), BY JAMIE BECK

PUBLICATION: MONTLAKE ROMANCE; 

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

unexpectedly hersAbout the book: 

By day, bashful wallflower Emma Duffy works at her family’s bed-and-breakfast. By night, she secretly pens erotic romance hot enough to melt the snow in their cozy Rockies town.

But Emma’s real life is about to heat up when her mother books the entire inn to a professional snowboarder, hoping the publicity will put them on the map. In a karmic twist of fate, that guest is Wyatt Lawson, the man with whom Emma had shared the secret one-night stand that became the inspiration for her novel and its dreamy hero. Worse, a film crew is documenting his comeback just as her debut is about to hit the shelves. Emma’s only saving grace is that Wyatt doesn’t remember her—and hopefully, he never will.

When Wyatt arrives in Sterling Canyon for several weeks of intense training, the last tumble he expects to take is falling for a girl, especially one as shy as Emma. Unlike groupies with their hidden agendas, she isn’t using him—or so he believes…until the film crew uncovers Emma’s pen name and steamy novel.

Wyatt’s comeback run can withstand a fall or two, but can his heart recover from this crash and burn?

My Review:

This was my first time reading Jamie Beck, unfortunately, and although I didn’t need to have read books 1 & 2 in the series in order to enjoy Unexpectedly Hers, now I want to! This story is about Emma who has always played it safe and tried to live up to the “good” expectations everyone has for her, although she does have a few secrets. A famous snowboarder, Wyatt, arrives at the Inn she runs with her mother in order to film a “comeback” documentary, and she immediately recognizes him, but he doesn’t remember her. As the filming begins, Emma builds a relationship with Wyatt, as well as, his brother who suffered a TBI from a snowboarding accident, but she never tells Wyatt her secret. The tension builds as they get closer, it gets closer to the time for him to leave, and the threat of him learning her secret grows. 

Although I loved this book and loved Emma, I personally didn’t fully understand the whole need for secrecy and her fear of others finding out her secret passion and ability. However, Emma was raised to be a good girl with Christian principles, therefore, I understood some of her apprehension. I also understood her reasoning for not reminding Wyatt of their previous meeting when he first arrived – who needs that embarrassment? I wasn’t crazy about Wyatt initially, but he quickly grew on me, especially as he became more accepting of the changes in his brother Ryder. 

The only thing I disliked about this novel were some of the characters, mainly Mari and Emma’s mother. However, I always respect an author’s writing and characterization when they are able to create such lovable characters in a novel, as well as, the characters that make you want to pull your hair out!

Unexpectedly Hers is a great romance that’s full of plenty of surprises and tension to give it that edge. I’m sorry this is my first time discovering Jamie Beck, but this is an author I will definitely read in the future!

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Under the Cherry Tree

UNDER THE CHERRY TREE: A FEEL-GOOD, HEART-WARMING, TEAR-JERKING LOVE STORY,

BY LILAC MILLS

PUBLICATION:  LILAC TREE BOOKS; MAY 31, 2017

cherry treeAbout the book: 

“My dog didn’t like men. Actually, that was a lie – she didn’t like the men I chose. The only ones who rocked her world had been my father (who was no longer with us), Ross (who was gay), and the butcher on the high street (for obvious reasons).”
When Jenni Meadows has the opportunity to expand her dog-grooming business she takes it, and when a nice man appears on her horizon but fails to make any sparks fly, she decides she has enough on her plate with her business without adding a boyfriend into the mix.Besides, Millie doesn’t like him and when her dog doesn’t like a man, Jenni knows all about it. So why does Millie take a very strange liking to the new vet, especially since he has a taciturn expression, wears a wedding ring, and wields a needle?Under the Cherry Tree is a tale of love and hope, waggy tails, and cold noses.

My Review:

What a fantastic book… Don’t get me wrong, this provoked all sorts of wicked tears, but I loved this novel. Jenni’s world pretty much revolves around dogs. Her best friend and companion is an 11-year old Westie named Millie and she also owns a dog grooming business. Her life suddenly changes when her sort of pushy Mom drops off a brochure for Cherry Tree Farm. Besides having a wonderfully quaint cottage, the land also has a barn, arena, and several outbuildings perfect for expanding her business. Along with the house comes a string of men that she meets but Millie doesn’t like them, and we all know what that means when our dog dislikes someone – they’re not good for us. Suddenly she meets a man that Millie approves of and they soon learn all the ways that they are connected. 

I instantly loved and connected with Jenni. My world basically revolves around my three dogs so I totally identified with her life and passion for working with dogs. One thing that frustrated me was that it took her so long to trust Millie’s judgment about men she was meeting. If the dog growls and/or bites in the man’s presence then he needs to go! 

The sub-plot involving the previous owner of the farm was also wonderful, although sad. I’m into sure if I would have been as accepting of the paranormal activities in the house, but, who knows until you have been there. Something that I was not at all prepared for was the emotional and heart-wrenching moments in this novel. Some of Jenni’s troubles hit way too close to home and I found myself crying like a baby, however, by the time I finished reading, my heart was full and happy! 

Under the Cherry Tree is an effortless and light-hearted read that any romantic and dog lover will devour! Lilac Mills’ writing style is that of a seasoned author, pulling the reader in to become lost in her crazy and furry world. I thoroughly enjoyed the honor of reading this novel! 

*Thanks to the author for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Release Boost: The Rebellion

 

Title: The Rebellion
Series: Hard to Resist #5

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: STANDALONE Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2017
Blurb

 

I met my muse at fifteen. I’d just gotten busted
for smoking behind the school gymnasium. She inspired me with her laugh and
nonjudgmental attitude and, before I knew it, we were inseparable. Then I left
to pursue my rock star dreams—dreams she encouraged.
 
I got over Jaymes Grenier no problem. I never
think about that little bow at the top of her pink lips, or the way her green
eyes admired mine. Nope, I barely recall the way she fit so perfectly in my
arms when I held her at night. The sweet way she would whisper she loved me has
long faded from memory.
 
These are the lies I regularly tell myself
in hopes of believing them one day. Yeah, I was told I’d get over my first
love.
 
I didn’t. 
 
Derrick Masters marked me the moment we met back
in ninth grade. He called me over—all bravado and bad boy mystery wrapped in a
James Dean-esque package. Dark hair and blue eyes with a rebel without a cause
charisma. He was everything I was warned about, but I couldn’t resist. I
was his from that moment on.
His career took off almost as soon as he
did. I knew it would. I just thought I would be beside him as his partner in
crime, best friend, and lover. That’s what we had always been … before he left
me behind to fend for myself.

Fend? Fight is more like it.

 
I’ve been fighting ever since. 
 
Fighting for survival.
 
Fighting for a better life in a world determined
to keep me down.
 
I don’t have the luxury of letting my head live
in the lure of La La Land. His dreams may have come true, but mine were
extinguished. These days I fight for something bigger than me, bigger than we
were ever meant to be.
 
When his dreams come crashing back into my
reality, is this a second chance at that fairy tale ending or another
heartbreak in the making?

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On the front porch, leaning against the wood column in all
his new found glory, stands the most breathtaking man I’ve ever seen. As a
teenager, I thought he was the best-looking boy I’d ever seen,
and based on how I’m struggling to breathe just from looking at him now, I
think he still holds the title. But now he’s a man.
Ace is talking about what some kid named Shiloh got in
trouble for today at school, but I’m still staring at Derrick Masters.
Derrick Masters.
My very own Perseus, though right now I’m thinking he was
more my Achilles heel in the grand scheme of things.
Derrick Masters is standing on my mother’s front porch like
he belongs there. A smile that shines like the star he’s become appears and he
waves. Not sure if it was the grin on his face or the wave that sends me
tripping flat on my face into the grassy lawn, but I’m cursing the curb when I
lift up and look right into the dark blue eyes I’ve tried to despise.
“Are you okay?” he asks, trying to help me up. His voice is
deep, the timbre the same one that always made my heart beat a little faster.
It’s not that thought that runs through my mind. It’s his hands on me,
grappling to help me to my feet.
He’s touching me.
Derrick Masters is touching me and I consider lying there
longer just to savor the feel of his calloused fingers again. Ace tugs at my
ankle like that will help me up. “Mommy, you fell.”
Mommy.
Mommy.
Derrick knows I’m a mommy.
Oh my God. What does he think?
Does he hate me? Disappointed in me? Happy for me? Or not
care at all?
I would care if I found out he has kids.
Maybe he already knew . . .
Maybe I’ll just lie here as long as I can until he goes
away.
Ace lies down next to me and rests his face on my hand.
Looking at me with wide eyes, he asks, “Are we playing a game? This is fun.”
“Yes, I quite like it here.”
I hear Derrick chuckling just above me, enough to feel his
warmth covering my body like sunshine as I lie in the cool grass. I might be
mistaken but it sounds like he’s behind me now. On the ground with me.
Ace’s eyes look over my head. “My friend is here too.” He
giggles. “See? Right there.”
Lying like a dead fish, I smile at my cute son not quite
ready to face Derrick Masters. “What’s your new friend’s name?”
“Derrick. He plays a guitar like you, Mommy.”
After a tap on the back, Ace’s new friend speaks, “Hi.”
I miss Derrick’s hands on me, even if it was just helping me
up. Ace is a ball of laughter and gets up. I watch until he runs behind me.
“I’m here now. We’re all here. This is fun. Oh look, the moon.”
I can’t avoid him forever and the grass is grounding,
literally, and settles my anxiety over just this kind of thing happening. I’ve
embarrassed myself and he’s found out I’m a mother in the course of one sexy
smile and a wave. I shake my head and close my eyes annoyed with myself for
acting so foolishly in front of him. He was once my everything. When
I roll onto my back, the top of our hands meet in an innocent touch that
neither of us bothers to retreat. Finally building enough nerve, I turn my head
and look straight into his eyes again. “Hi,” I whisper.
That devastatingly charming smile reappears, and he says,
“It’s good to see you, Jaymes.”

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Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.
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Book Review: The Boy Friend

THE BOY FRIEND, BY MIKA JOLIE

PUBLICATION: APRIL 23, 2017

boyfriendAbout the book: 

According to the law of attraction, women and men can’t be friends.

Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We’ve been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut.
She’s hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we’re like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven.
She’s the bomb.
Did I mention she’s smokin’ hot? I’ve checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I’m a guy.
Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations.
Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry.
Now I want more. I want her.
All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends.
Right?
If only it were that easy.

My Review:

I am beyond excited to review The Boy Friend, by Mika Jolie! I was already a huge fan of hers but this was her best yet in my opinion! 

Let me start with Dean… Oh my goodness, how do I describe Dean? He’s incredibly handsome and sexy, he’s smart and successful, absolutely hilarious and honest, and of course – he is Cori’s friend. Cori (Coriander) is a free-spirited artist that has been best friends with Dean and his sister Kate since elementary school. They have always been just friends, strictly platonic. But when Cori decides to start dating again in attempts to find Mr. Right, things start to shift between these two friends. Dean has always been a “one night stand” guy, but once Cori wants to find the man of her dreams, Dean starts noticing things about her that he had ignored before and especially noticing strange feelings about Cori that he hasn’t experienced before. 

His friends Cam and Lucas, as well as, several of his family members and Cori’s grandmother, have all been secretly rooting for Dean and Cori to fall in love some day. Dean has never considered it and with the story being written from his point of view, it’s difficult to know how Cori feels, adding wonderful suspense to this romantic comedy. Poor Dean has always been a fantastic friend to Cori, but while he’s trying to see if there is something between them, he screws up repeatedly. I still adored him but it was as if he was reading a manual titled, “how to lose a woman in 5 minutes.” 

I was in love with this novel from the first page until the last and can literally think of nothing negative to say about the plot, characters, writing style, length, dialogue – anything. Mika Jolie is the master of building a connection between her characters and readers, and this is certainly no exception. There are some frustrating and/or sad moments, but overall The Boy Friend is a feel-good, hilarious tale of one man’s “aha moment” and his own internal struggles with his newly discovered feelings.

I know that The Boy Friend is described as a stand alone but I am soooooo hoping that she decides to continue with this story and these characters. Perhaps Lucas and Kate? Or even Cam and Meredith?  Regardless, if you are a fan of romance and especially funny romance, this needs to be next on your reading list!

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The Boy Friend, by Mika Jolie

Publication: April 23, 2017

boyfriendAbout the book: 

According to the law of attraction, women and men can’t be friends.

Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We’ve been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut.
She’s hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we’re like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven.
She’s the bomb.
Did I mention she’s smokin’ hot? I’ve checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I’m a guy.
Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations.
Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry.
Now I want more. I want her.
All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends.
Right?
If only it were that easy.

Infinite Us, by Eden Butler

Publication: May 23, 2017

infiniteAbout the book: Love is timeless…

Nash Nation loves zeroes and ones, over-sized monitors and late office hours. He’s too busy taking over the world to make time for relationships—that is, until his new neighbor Willow O’Bryant barges into his life, and now Nash can’t shake the feeling that this isn’t the first time she’s interrupted his world.

Then, the dreams start. And in the dreams—memories.

Memories of a girl named Sookie who couldn’t count on love or friendship, never mind forever. Memories of a library and a boy called Isaac and secrets made in private that destroyed his world.

The memories seem real, but who do they belong to?

When Nash and Willow discover the truth, life as they know it unravels.

The bridge between this life and the next is shored up by blood and bone and memory. Sometimes, that bridge leads to the place we’ve always wanted to be.

The Breakdown, by B.A. Paris

Publication: St. Martin’s Press; July 18, 2017

breakdownAbout the book: 

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

Under the Cherry Tree: A feel-good, heart-warming, tear-jerking love story,

by Lilac Mills

Publication:  Lilac Tree Books; May 31, 2017

cherry treeAbout the book: 

“My dog didn’t like men. Actually, that was a lie – she didn’t like the men I chose. The only ones who rocked her world had been my father (who was no longer with us), Ross (who was gay), and the butcher on the high street (for obvious reasons).”


When Jenni Meadows has the opportunity to expand her dog-grooming business she takes it, and when a nice man appears on her horizon but fails to make any sparks fly, she decides she has enough on her plate with her business without adding a boyfriend into the mix.Besides, Millie doesn’t like him and when her dog doesn’t like a man, Jenni knows all about it. So why does Millie take a very strange liking to the new vet, especially since he has a taciturn expression, wears a wedding ring, and wields a needle?Under the Cherry Tree is a tale of love and hope, waggy tails, and cold noses.

Unexpectedly Hers (Sterling Canyon Book 3), by Jamie Beck

Publication: Montlake Romance; February 21, 2017


unexpectedly hersAbout the book: 

By day, bashful wallflower Emma Duffy works at her family’s bed-and-breakfast. By night, she secretly pens erotic romance hot enough to melt the snow in their cozy Rockies town.

But Emma’s real life is about to heat up when her mother books the entire inn to a professional snowboarder, hoping the publicity will put them on the map. In a karmic twist of fate, that guest is Wyatt Lawson, the man with whom Emma had shared the secret one-night stand that became the inspiration for her novel and its dreamy hero. Worse, a film crew is documenting his comeback just as her debut is about to hit the shelves. Emma’s only saving grace is that Wyatt doesn’t remember her—and hopefully, he never will.

When Wyatt arrives in Sterling Canyon for several weeks of intense training, the last tumble he expects to take is falling for a girl, especially one as shy as Emma. Unlike groupies with their hidden agendas, she isn’t using him—or so he believes…until the film crew uncovers Emma’s pen name and steamy novel.

Wyatt’s comeback run can withstand a fall or two, but can his heart recover from this crash and burn?

 

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Book Review: Who is Rich?

WHO IS RICH?: A NOVEL, BY MATTHEW KLAM

PUBLICATION:  RANDOM HOUSE; JULY 4, 2017

who is richAbout the book: 

Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a weeklong arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. It’s a place where, every year, students—nature poets and driftwood sculptors, widowed seniors, teenagers away from home for the first time—show up to study with an esteemed faculty made up of prize-winning playwrights, actors, and historians; drunkards and perverts; members of the cultural elite; unknown nobodies, midlist somebodies, and legitimate stars—a place where drum circles happen on the beach at midnight, clothing optional.

One of the attendees this year is a forty-one-year-old painting student named Amy O’Donnell. Amy is a mother of three, unhappily married to a brutish Wall Street titan who runs a multibillion-dollar investment fund and commutes to work via helicopter. Rich and Amy met at the conference a year ago, shared a moment of passion, then spent the winter exchanging inappropriate texts and emails and counting the days until they could see each other again. Now they’re back.

Once more, Rich finds himself, in this seaside paradise, worrying about his family’s nights without him and trying not to think about his book, now out of print, or his future as an illustrator at a glossy magazine about to go under, or his back taxes, or the shameless shenanigans of his colleagues at this summer make-out festival, or his own very real desire for love and human contact. He can’t decide whether Amy is going to rescue or destroy him.

Who Is Rich? is a warped and exhilarating tale of love and lust, a study in midlife alienation, erotic pleasure, envy, and bitterness in the new gilded age that goes far beyond humor and satire to address deeper questions: of family, monogamy, the intoxicating beauty of children, and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance.

My Review: 

I just finished reading Who is Rich? by Matthew Klam, and overall I really enjoyed this novel. It was not a normal, everyday read, but a complex glimpse into the life of a married, middle-aged Cartoonist named Rich. Rich and his wife Robin do not have a very warm and fuzzy marriage, they struggle financially, have two small children, and basically tolerate one another day to day. However, it’s time for his once a year art conference where he holds cartooning workshops in a small beach town. This also means that he will see Amy, a super rich, unhappy wife and mother whom he has been intimate with before, as well as, carrying on communication with over the past year. 

This novel is told entirely from Rich’s point of view which I liked, but sometimes his thoughts or feelings wandered a bit too far away for me. Rich is obviously a very devoted father but is cynical about life in general. He struggles over his career not becoming what he had hoped, he feels slighted and beaten down by Robin (rightfully so), and appears completely confused about his ever-changing feelings, or lack thereof, for Amy. I love the honest exploration into Rich’s life and feelings about who he is, but there were also times it bordered on a pity-party. Money was a huge player in this novel, not only because he struggled with making and responsibly spending money, but also Amy’s enormous wealth as compared to his own. On one hand he wanted her to rescue him financially, but on the other hand, he refused any financial help and felt certain they could never really co-exist as a couple because of her wealth. 

I was torn throughout the entire novel as to whether Rich and Amy had any genuine feelings for one another, but I’m inclined towards it just being an escape and a moment to connect with someone. Sex seemed to make them both happy then sad then happy then sad again. It was almost as if they each gave too much power to sexual acts, expecting miracles from it, but instead felt dirty and disappointed in themselves afterwards. My hopes are that by the end of the novel, Rich came to realize his own enormous because of his two children, but I’m not sure because there was still the joy-sucking wife of his that was consistently uncaring and bitter. Rich also seemed to struggle with other social relationships, frequently replacing conversation with sarcasm and rhetorical questions, but this also prevented him from really looking at himself and the choices that he has made. 

Matthew Klam’s writing was beautiful, detailed, and honest. He truly provided a window into Rich’s soul and revealed so much about this man who so often doubted himself and others. I can’t say it left me feeling happy with my spirits lifted, but I appreciated the overall themes of his internal and external struggles. Rich is not a character that I will soon forget and I am rooting for him to enjoy a happier life!

*Thanks to First to Read and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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Learn more about Matthew Klam by visiting his web page. 

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Book Review: Tell Me How This Ends Well

TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS WELL: A NOVEL, BY DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON

PUBLICATION: HOGARTH; APRIL 4, 2017

tell me howAbout the book: 

Why is tonight different from all other nights?
Tonight we kill dad.
 
In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti-Semitic landscape at home. Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles. But their immediate problems are more personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, in various states of crisis, the result, each claims, of a lifetime of mistreatment by their father, Julian. The siblings have begun to suspect that Julian is hastening their mother Roz’s demise, and years of resentment boil over as they debate whether to go through with the real reason for their reunion: an ill-considered plot to end their father’s iron rule for good. That is if they can put their bickering, grudges, festering relationships, and distrust of one another aside long enough to act.

And God help them if their mother finds out . . .

Tell Me How This Ends Well presents a blistering and prescient vision of the near future, turning the exploits of one very funny, very troubled family into a rare and compelling exploration of the state of America, and what it could become.

My Review:

For those of you that read my blog regularly (thanks!), you will soon learn that this is the shortest review I will ever write. Tell Me How This Ends Well is an interesting title, because I kept asking myself, “does it get any better?” From what I gathered, Jacob and his boyfriend/partner Diet are visiting L.A. from Berlin because of Jacob’s mother being ill. But also, him and his two siblings – Mo and Edith – have all planned to kill their father Julian. Because he was a bad parent, they think he’s contributed to their mother’s illness, etc. I will admit that I was unable to force myself to finish this book. Most of the time spent reading was re-reading over and over because the writing style had me completely baffled trying to differentiate between the present and flashbacks. What I thought was going to be “dark humor” did not provoke the tiniest of a chuckle. This book has mixed reviews, with several being very positive reviews, however, I just didn’t get it. Moreover, I didn’t want to. It was a tedious read at best and rather than connecting with the characters and the story, I just kept wishing I was doing anything but reading this novel. 

*Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing this novel in exchange for an honest review.