8.17.2017

Mini Review: Any Other Way by Michelle Ziegler

Any Other Way by Michelle Ziegler
Published: August 31, 2014
Publisher: Smashwords
Format: free Kindle read
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis
Everyone wants to be someone’s first choice. Rebecca is no exception. She’s been in love with Tyler forever, but he’s one of her best friends. She knows you never cross the friendship line; not if you want to stay that way. Too bad for meddlesome friends. Now, she’s stuck on a camping trip with a bunch of couples, and Tyler. Will Rebecca be able to bury her feelings and stay friends with Tyler, or will she sabotage everything including the Labor Day weekend?

My Thoughts
Rebecca and Tyler are two friends who clearly like each other but due to some misunderstandings don’t want to cross the friendship line. I’ve seen this story line play out before and honestly I’ve seen it better. There was just something about this read that simply didn’t click for me. Maybe it was the characters or something but I just felt it was an okay read, nothing else.

8.16.2017

Mini Review: I'll Be Waiting by Michelle Ziegler

I’ll Be Waiting by Michelle Ziegler
Published: September 19, 2016
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Format: Free Kindle read
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis
Angela has pined away for Nick since they were kids, but he’s off limits. She’s supposed to plan a going away party with his sister, but Angela’s spending more time daydreaming than planning. Every glance from him drives her closer to throw caution to the wind and has Angela wondering if he might feel the same way. Nick has devoted his life to the military and is heading out on one more deployment. The party his sister and her best friend throw him is another excuse to spend his last few hours with the woman he can’t get out of his head. Nick chases off the competition but might have overstepped this time. Will one last parting gift be enough to keep her thinking of him until he returns?

My Thoughts
Angela and Nick have always had a thing for each other but never actually got together because of his sister and not wanting to ruin her friendship with Angela. However just before he is headed out on deployment he decides after seeing Angela with someone else he finally decides to tell her how exactly he feels no matter what. Will Angela and Nick finally come together or will his absence be too much for her? I thought this short story was cute and fun and the sparks between these two were electric. I liked the short story and it gives us a full romantic read without the feeling of being rushed. Definitely a cute quick read for anyone.

8.15.2017

Mini Audiobook Review: Starting Over by Barbie Bohrman

Starting Over by Barbie Bohrman
Published: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Format: audiobook
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis
Single mom Vanessa Holt has a daughter she loves, a supportive family, and her art. Having given up on finding true love—if that even exists, which she doubts—she’s content to put romance on the back burner. But not everyone agrees. Those nearest and dearest are ready to see Vanessa let down her long blonde hair and have some fun.

To put their grumbling to rest, Vanessa agrees to go on a date with the next man who asks. Luckily for her, that man is Cameron Thomas, her daughter’s extremely handsome science teacher. She’d felt a spark of chemistry the first time she’d laid eyes on him. Now she’s ready to lay a whole lot more on the sexy bachelor.

But just as things get hot, they also get heavy. When the man who broke Vanessa’s heart reappears, her old doubts and fears about love rush to the surface. Will her fresh start with Cameron be over before it’s barely begun?

My Thoughts
I loved this read! The story of Vanessa and her daughter who have a great family bond, they have always been there for each other but as her daughter gets older and wants to spend more time with her friends Vanessa doesn’t know what to do with herself. Her daughter encourages her to date and after much disagreeing, she finally agrees to finally put herself out there.

Vanessa finds a great connection with her daughter's science teacher and the rest is well history. Of course, there are a few bumps in the road but the sparks between these two are amazing! I loved Cameron he is the perfect guy for Vanessa he brought out the best in her and you couldn’t help but root for them.

I really did enjoy this audiobook, I loved the family dynamics and of course the romance! It’s a great storyline of throwing caution to the wind and finally putting yourself first and allowing yourself happiness for once. This was definitely one listen that was worth the time.

8.14.2017

Book Blitz: The Sullivans Box Set by Bella Andre

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Hi Everyone! This is my stop during the book blitz for The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-3 by Bella Andre. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 14 till 27 August. See the tour schedule here.

The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-3The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-3 (Sullivans #1-3)
By Bella Andre
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: December 5, 2015

Blurb:
More than 6 million readers have already fallen in love with the Sullivans! Now get ready to meet your new favorite family in Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romances with the first three books in the #1 hit series.

"Not since Nora Roberts has anyone been able to write a big family romance series with every book as good as the last! Bella Andre never disappoints!" Revolving Bookcase Reviews

THE LOOK OF LOVE
Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he's home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is--until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love--and protect--her, but will she let him?

FROM THIS MOMENT ON
For thirty-six years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all.

Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only, what no one knows about the twenty-five year old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is...or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger - and the sinful promises - in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets.

CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire...and can't stop thinking about.

Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her navy pilot husband five years ago, she has vowed to never suffer through loving - and losing - a man with a dangerous job again.
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The Look of Love Excerpt

Enjoy the following excerpt from THE LOOK OF LOVE...

Chase almost missed the flickering light off on the right side of the two-lane country road. In the past thirty minutes, he hadn’t passed a single car, because on a night like this, most sane Californians—who didn’t know the first thing about driving safely in inclement weather—stayed home.
Knowing better than to slam on the brakes—he wouldn’t be able to help whomever was stranded on the side of the road if he ended up stuck in the muddy ditch right next to them—Chase slowed down enough to see that there was definitely a vehicle stuck in the ditch.
He turned his brights on to see better in the pouring rain and realized there was a person walking along the edge of the road about a hundred yards up ahead. Obviously hearing his car approach, she turned to face him and he could see her long wet hair whipping around her shoulders in his headlights.
Wondering why she wasn’t just sitting in her car, dry and warm, calling Triple A and waiting for them to come save her, he pulled over to the edge of his lane and got out to try and help her. She was shivering as she watched him approach.
"Are you hurt?"
She covered her cheek with one hand, but shook her head. "No."
He had to move closer to hear her over the sound of the water hitting the pavement in what were rapidly becoming hailstones. Even though he’d turned his headlights off, as his eyes quickly adjusted to the darkness, he was able to get a better look at her face.
Something inside of Chase’s chest clenched tight.
Despite the long, dark hair plastered to her head and chest, regardless of the fact that looking like a drowned rat wasn’t too far off the descriptive mark, her beauty stunned him.
In an instant, his photographer’s eye cataloged her features. Her mouth was a little too big, her eyes a little too wide-set on her face. She wasn’t even close to model thin, but given the way her T-shirt and jeans stuck to her skin, he could see that she wore her lush curves well. In the dark he couldn’t judge the exact color of her hair, but it looked like silk, perfectly smooth and straight where it lay over her breasts.
It wasn’t until Chase heard her say, "My car is definitely hurt, though," that he realized he had completely lost the thread of what he’d come out here to do.
Knowing he’d been drinking her in like he was dying of thirst, he worked to recover his balance. He could already see he’d been right about her car. It didn’t take a mechanic like his brother, Zach, who owned an auto shop—more like forty, but Chase had stopped counting years ago—to see that her shitty hatchback was borderline totaled. Even if the front bumper wasn’t half smashed to pieces by the white farm fence she’d slid into, her bald tires weren’t going to get any traction on the mud. Not tonight, anyway.
If her car had been in a less precarious situation, he probably would have sent her to hang out  in her car while he took care of getting it unstuck. But one of her back tires was hanging precariously over the edge of the ditch.
He jerked his thumb over his shoulder. "Get in my car. We can wait there for a tow truck." He was vaguely aware of his words coming out like an order, but the hail was starting to sting, damn it. Both of them needed to get out of the rain before they froze.
But the woman didn’t move. Instead, she gave him a look that said he was a complete and utter nut-job.
"I’m not getting into your car."
Realizing just how frightening it must be for a lone woman to end up stuck and alone in the middle of a dark road, Chase took a step back from her. He had to speak loudly enough for her to hear him over the hail.
"I’m not going to attack you. I swear I won’t do anything to hurt you."
She all but flinched at the word attack and Chase’s radar started buzzing. He’d never been a magnet for troubled women, wasn’t the kind of guy who thrived on fixing wounded birds. But living with two sisters for so many years meant he could always tell when something was up.
And something was definitely up with this woman, beyond the fact that her car was half-stuck in a muddy ditch.
Wanting to make her feel safe, he held his hands up. "I swear on my father’s grave, I’m not going to hurt you. It’s okay to get into my car." When she didn’t immediately say no again, he pressed his advantage with, "I just want to help you." And he did. More than it made sense to want to help a stranger. "Please," he said. "Let me help you."
She stared at him for a long moment, hail hammering between them, around them, onto them. Chase found himself holding his breath, waiting for her decision. It shouldn’t matter to him what she decided.
But, for some strange reason, it did.

...Excerpt from THE LOOK OF LOVE by Bella Andre © 2015

                 About Bella
Bella AndreBella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of "The Sullivans", "The Maverick Billionaires", "The Morrisons", and the NYT bestselling "Four Weddings and a Fiasco" sweet romance series written as Lucy Kevin.

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Having sold more than 6 million books, Bella Andre's novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 32 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Steven King), and Publishers Weekly named Oak Press (the publishing company she created to publish her own books) the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella's "The Sullivans" series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her "One of the top writers in America" and she has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

You can find and contact Bella here:
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8.10.2017

Mini Review: When We Fell In Love by Eileen Cruz Coleman

When We Fell in Love by Eileen Cruz Coleman
Published: June 15, 2017
Format: free Kindle read
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis
Katie and Ben fell hopelessly in love when they were only nineteen and quickly settled into the idyllic life in the small coastal town of Solomons Island. Ten years later, their perfect life of morning talks on the porch and sunset strolls by the bay starts to unravel when a secret Katie buried long ago resurfaces and threatens to tear her and Ben apart. Now, Katie must decide whether to tell Ben the truth about her past and risk losing the man she loves, or to bury her secret again and risk losing both their lives.

My Thoughts
When We Fell in Love is the story of Ben and Katie and how they fell in love. I thought it was a cute read seeing how they met and how they got together but there seems to be something and someone dark from Katie’s past that has come back and is determined to get her back. I did like this short story but when it came to Katie’s past it just felt rushed all of a sudden. I wanted more of an insight into that but it was rushed towards the ending and I kind of felt cheated. Overall it was an okay read that kind of left me hanging.

8.09.2017

Mini Review: The Beach House by Lisa Herrington

The Beach House by Lisa Herrington
Published: July 17, 2016
Publisher: West Street Publishing
Format: free Kindle read
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis
A place to mend your heart.  The beach house has been in the Craig family for generations along with their secret lemon cookie recipe. Caroline returns for her son’s birthday because this is the place for family fun, laughter, and memories. When tragedy envelops the family, it will take more than sunlit days at the beach to set things right. Caroline’s son, Christopher, has a secret with the power to heal her heart, but it will take someone outside of the Craig family to pull them all together and fill the beach house with love, laughter and the scent of lemon cookies once more.

My Thoughts
I thought The Beach House was a sweet short story of mending after a loss. After the loss of her son, Caroline didn’t think she could move on, but she did it for Christopher who was always about family and love. The only thing that can bring her alive again is her granddaughter, Christopher’s daughter in her she sees him and that makes life worth living. This read shows how while a loss is hard life does move on and it’s the small treasures that make it less hard.

8.08.2017

Mini Review: Love Takes the Cake by Krista Ames

Love Takes the Cake by Krista Ames
Published: September 19, 2016
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Format: free Kindle read
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis
Bad breakups are never a good thing. Even if love is involved. Josh McIntyre has been avoiding his ex-girlfriend Annie for quite some time now. He’d left her, and their relationship on a sour note. Now thanks to their close friends and a wedding, he won’t be able to avoid her anymore because he was assigned a job by the groom. Annie Grimes owns the hometown bakery, Annie’s Place and she’s tasked with making the cake for her friend’s wedding. When she agrees, she decides to concoct a plan to get Josh’s attention. Will she get more than she’s bargained for and open old wounds by trying to trick her ex or does he really still love her?

My Thoughts
Love Takes the Cake is a cute romantic read about realizing what you had after its gone. Josh and Annie had a bad break up but when mutual friends are getting married, Annie hates to admit that she still has feelings for him. But does Josh? There are mixed signals and finally, everything comes to light. While I gave this 3 stars I did like it, I just thought it was an okay read, nothing I haven’t read before. It’s a very short read so if you want something light and fun this is perfect. 

8.07.2017

Review: Bring Her Home by David Bell

Bring Her Home by David Bell
Published: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Berkley
Format: via NetGalley
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis
Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price's fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.

As Bill holds vigil over Summer's bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.

When troubling new questions about Summer's life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He'll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family.

My Thoughts
Oh, where to start?! First, this is the best novel I’ve read so far this year! Bring Her Home is a read that grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the very last page. It's the tale of Summer who disappears along with her friend Haley only to be discovered later in a park. One girl is found dead and the other badly beaten beyond recognition and time is ticking to find out exactly what happened and who did this to them. 

Without giving too much away, Bill, Summer’s father is determined to find out the truth about his daughter’s disappearance and he stops at nothing to find justice. He jumps on every clue and just about accuses anyone with any connection to Summer. I understood his concern and wanting to get justice but sometimes I was just wanted him to chill out. He was accusing everyone but the one person he never suspects who was literally in front of his face.

This story is more about just Summer's disappearance. There is also the issue of Bill's wife who has been dead for a few years and how both Summer and Bill are dealing with that. Bill feels that she was having an affair but was she? Her death was an accident but was it really? And is there a connection between the two? Not to mention Bill and Summer's relationship or lack there of. All of these things play into each other and things become clear towards the end.

I’m a fan of thrillers/mysteries/suspense and boy does this one give us all three. I wasn’t even at the half way point when I was thrown for two loops and had to stay up, I couldn’t stop reading. I felt this novel has everything that you could want in a suspense read. Lots of twist and turns, tons of suspects and you never knew how things were going to play out until the very end. The storyline is perfect with amazing characters, this one definitely delivery beyond my expectations. I’m new to David Bell’s books but after this one, I’m definitely checking out all of his past reads.

8.03.2017

Virtual Tour: Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham

Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge--
life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .
LEAVE THE NIGHT ON
Cottonbloom #4
Laura Trentham
Releasing Aug 1, 2017
St. Martin's Press


Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge--life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiance's classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton's whole world goes up in flames. . .

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton's shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage--and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she's got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along?
 


Excerpt
“Can I ask you a question? Something serious?” Sutton asked.

“Alright,” Wyatt said cautiously.

“Do you find me doable?”

His hand jerked on the steering wheel and sent the car skidding on the shoulder before he righted it. “Do I what?”

“Find me doable? Because that no-necked bouncer and those two brothers did.”

He choked on a gulp of air. What was happening? Had he crossed the river into the Twilight Zone instead of into Mississippi?

Her voice was as bland and conversational as if discussing commodity cotton prices. “Because I find you doable. Very, very, very, very doable.”

Her string of “verys” slurred together. She was drunk, which meant her thinking was impaired. Or . . . he glanced at her. Maybe, just maybe, the whiskey had stripped away her social niceties like turpentine to peeling paint, and she was being honest.

The woman had been put through the wringer by her best friend and her fiancé. Despite her wishes otherwise, she was nice. And sweet. And cute. And unbearably sexy in a way she didn’t even understand. Not yet anyway.

No way could he let this opportunity to be with her in whatever way possible slip through his fingers. While the ramifications went on repeat in his head, she slipped out of the car and headed to her door.

He rolled down his window and shimmed half-way out to see her over the top. “Hey, Sutton!”

She turned with only a slight wobble, jutted a hip, and set her hand on it. “What?”

“For the record, I find you extremely doable.”



An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. Then He Kissed Me, a Cottonbloom novel, was named as one of Amazon’s best romances of 2016. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she's shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as large as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.



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8.02.2017

Cover Reveal: Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer

Today is the cover reveal for Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Ugly Beautiful Girl
Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Coming of Age/ Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2017

Blurb:
Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That's me. And I don't want it to be anymore.
Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn't make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I've never felt before.

Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

But we can't be together because it isn't real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren't meant to fit together.

Even if I fall apart without him.

You can find Ugly Beautiful Girl on Goodreads

You can pre-order Ugly Beautiful Girl here on Amazon
Ugly Beautiful Girl will be available on Kindle Unlimited


        About the Author:
Tracy KrimmerTracy's love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She's been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.



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Mini Review: Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
Published: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis
Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of “defectives,” to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.

What Markie doesn’t realize is that Mrs. Saint has big plans for the divorcée’s broken spirit. Soon, the quirky yet endearing woman recruits Markie to join her eccentric community, a world where both hidden truths and hope unite them. But when Mrs. Saint’s own secrets threaten to unravel their fragile web of healing, it’s up to Markie to mend these wounds and usher in a new era for the “defectives”—one full of second chances and happiness.

My Thoughts
In Mrs. Saints and the Defectives, we met Markie who has decided to move to another town after a humiliating divorce with her son and is trying to pick her life back together and moving on. She decides she will move and keep to herself to lick her wounds but soon she realizes that nothing beats neighbors, most notably Mrs. Saint, who want to care and soon friendships blossom and Markie is richer than she ever realizes.

What I loved most about this novel is…well, everything! I loved the quirky neighbors and how they rally together to pull Markie out of her funk. I enjoyed how though Markie had everything in her previous life she now sees how much more she has since her fall from grace. She realizes that money isn’t everything and how friendships and people truly caring about you is worth more than anything in the world. This is truly a gem of a story one that is a pleasure to read and demands to shared with everyone.  

8.01.2017

Review: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
Published: August 1, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: via Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis
When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.

My Thoughts
The Secret History of Us follows Olivia as she wakes up from a coma after a terrible car accident. She finds out she doesn’t remember the last four years of her life. When she finally goes home she not only has to try and get over her injuries she’s also trying to find out who exactly she is. Her family and friends including a boyfriend she doesn’t remember let alone has feelings for, try and tell her how she was before but nothing feels right until a boy named Walker enters the picture. Walker not only saved Olivia she feels that there is something more there, she just has to piece everything together to try and find out what exactly that is. She feels this connection to him that she can't explain but doesn’t want to rush into anything. Olivia must find a way to live in a world she doesn’t remember.

I really enjoyed this novel it’s to date my favorite Jessi Kirby read. I love the storyline and I loved how Olivia stood up for herself and didn’t just buy into everything people were telling her. She didn’t just fall back into the life or way they told her she lived and was. She knew she wanted to know what happened but also knew she couldn’t just do and be the person they wanted her to be, she needed to find a place that was comfortable for her in the now.

This is a wonderfully written novel about second chances and standing up for yourself. It’s all about finding your true self even if it meant letting go of who you were before. While there is a dash of romance this read wasn’t all about that, it was about loving and healing yourself and sometimes that has to happen before you can focus on anyone or anything else.

Monthly Wrap Up: July

Hi! I’m hoping everyone is having an amazing and relaxing summer so far. I’m so excited because I can feel football in the air! As a Texan, this is the time of year we live for so I’m getting ready. This month book wise was pretty good I read some great books and I found some awesome podcasts that I’ve been listening to.  So here is how my July looked book and other wise.
Books Read
 38. I’ll Be Waiting – Michelle Ziegler
  37. Any Other Way – Michelle Ziegler
  36. The Secret History of Us – Jessi Kirby
  35. Girl in Snow – Danya Kukafka
  34. Under the Mistletoe – J. Parker
* 33. The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
  32. When We Fell in Love – Eileen Cruz Coleman

*=Super Faves

Books Received via Publishers
Seeing Red - Sandra Brown
The Party - Elizabeth Day
Best Intentions - Erika Raskin
Careers for Women - Joanna Scott
Beautiful Bodies - Kimberly Rae Miller

Thank you so much to these amazing publishers:
Grand Central, Little Brown and Co, St. Martin's Press and Little A

Arcs via NetGalley/Edelweiss
Bring Her Home – David Bell
Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
Poison – Galt Niederhoffer
Summer Hours at the Robbins Library – Sue Halpern
I’ll Be Your Blue Sky – Marisa De Los Santos
The Best Kind of People – Zoe Whittall

Purchases
Camino Island – John Grisham

Podcasts
I’ve always been into podcasts I love them! I mainly listen to football related ones and books of course but here are a few I’ve recently been into. I give credit to Sarah @ Sarah's Bookshelves for these fabulous recs!


 Upcoming Reads
Bring Her Home – David Bell
The Best Kind of People – Zoe Whittall
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng


Well, that’s my month how was yours? Please feel free to link up yours I love to see all things bookish!