Friday, July 5, 2019

Three Reasons Why Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff Needs to be Read


***Thanks so much to Bookish and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC. The following review is my honest opinion of this selection.***

I have been in this weird reading space lately that has me choosing all different genres of books. Usually, I don't get too into thrillers but I have a small stack of them all of a sudden and this book was the second one I read (the first is actually getting ready to be published so that review will be added here in a week or two).   The first thing that caught my attention was the bright red braid on the cover paired with the book title itself.  Then I read the blurb on the book jacket (see above) and was hooked.  I was not familiar with the author so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect.

I really like books told from varying points of view and that's exactly how this one is. Claire starts the book off by describing her daughter Abby and the family trip they are on. It's a yearly routine that has been happening for just about all of Abby's 11 years of life but she informs her mother that this year's trip is going to be special.  Needless to say the trip turns into Claire's worst nightmare and she can't even explain to her daughter just how much danger Abby innocently just put them in.  The first 6 pages of this book sucked me right in and held my attention the whole way through. I couldn't put it down! The next chapter is from Abby's point of view a month after "the incident" and this is mostly the format for the rest of the book switching from person to person.

 I don't want to give too much of the plot away but I will say that Claire and her husband Michael are not who they seem. Claire was desperate to become a mother again after her first son died from a genetic mutation passed down by her. She learns of a fertility doctor who has developed a very experimental and very illegal procedure that will effectively remove any unwanted genetic markers. Claire decides it's her only chance at a healthy baby and goes for it. The outcome is Abby, the world's first baby born to 3 biological parents. This is the first reason you're gonna watch  to read this book.

Reason #2 to add this to your fall reading list ( this is set for publication in September) is the thrill factor. I was pretty surprised by some of the twists and turns in this book. I actually had to go back and read the opening chapters again because about 2/3 of the way through the author just dropped in some casual facts about Abby's Dad and I couldn't believe I had missed so many clues!

Reason#3 is the best reason. This book will make you sit back and shake your head at the science used to make Abby. I was intrigued by the idea and just as equally freaked out by the possibilities.

The tentative release date for this book is September 10.  It's a pretty quick read at around 288 pages. If you are interested in learning more about the author and her other books feel free to visit her website ( kirapeikoff.com) or follow her on Twitter (@KiraPeikoff ).  I will be rating this a 5/5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is back!

***Thank you to the author for the generous gift of an ARC so that I could leave my honest review.***

THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, book #3 (Stand Alone)

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes an uncomfortably hilarious
Mystery with a heaping help of sexual frustration, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT,
Book Three. (Yep! It’s a STAND-ALONE. But why not read them all because…fun!)
FALLING IN LOVE WITH A LIBRARIAN JUST CAN’T GET MORE AWKWARD…
Michael Vanderhorst is not your usual vampire. For starters, he works in a library, is in love with
Miriam, his hot nerdy human boss who has no clue what he is, and he looks like a college
student.
In reality, Michael is an ancient deadly vampire, an ex-assassin, and is currently the de facto king
of his kind ever since their ruling party disappeared. To where? He doesn’t know, but if he wants
his life back, he’ll have to find out. (Mystery!) Especially because a civil war is brewing, and
being king makes his librarian a mark for his enemies. She is, after all, his biggest weakness.
With a global uprising about to explode, Michael must give her the protection of his army. Only
one problem: She must become his queen first. But every attempt he makes to tell her the truth is
met with extreme hostility. “Vampires aren’t real. That’s crazy talk, Michael!” Clearly, the topic
frightens her.
With time running out and her life on the line, Michael is left with one option: Marry her.
Without her knowing.
Can he pull it off? And what will happen when the fight comes to their door?

My Thoughts:

Yep! This is hands down my favorite book in this series.  Michael trying to tell Miriam that he is a vampire is EVERYTHING.  I was laughing so hard just picturing the scene. I also find his hatred for his rental car delightful.  I can't give any spoilers away but they way the battle plays out between Michael and his warriors is done very, very well.  
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MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with
over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than
fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the
romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-
training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to
make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make
a big comeback for men.

Author Social Links
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Giveaway
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review of The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey


**Thanks to Amelia Grey and St. Martin's Press for the ARC. The review to follow is my own honest opinion of this book.***
Adeline, the Dowager Countess of Wake, has been enjoying the freedom that being a widow has given her for the past 2 years.  She knows that Society believes she has been in mourning but really she has just been allowed to finally breath and feel like an actual human again.  Her marriage was filled with hurt and disappointment but now she is about to re-enter Society and start a new life for herself.  Her best friends have also suffered from the same premature ends to their marriages.  All 3 widows decide that they must use their status and money to help those less fortunate.  They do this by starting a boarding school for the surviving daughters of a horrible shipwreck.  The school is located on the back of Lady Wake's property much to the disappointment of her neighbor, Lord Lyon Marksworth, the Earl of Lyonwood. Lyon has just returned from his other estates to be in London for the upcoming Season and is rudely roused from his sleepy the sound of laughing, screaming girls.  He decides he needs to put an end to it even if that means upsetting the very attractive and intriguing Lady Wake.

Lyon and Adeline are great characters.  I love the chemistry between them. Also, who doesn't like an old neighbor with a spy glass? This story sets the reader up pretty nicely for the rest of the series to come.  This was a fairly quick read but I felt like at some points the book was moving just a little too fast. Usually I would complain about a book taking to long to reach the obvious conclusion but with these characters I found myself wanting the game of cat and mouse to drag out a bit more. This is ANOTHER truly great read from Amelia Grey.

4 out 5 stars is my opinion of this 1st book in the new First Comes Love series. This waas released on May 28 so grab a copy form Amazon or wherever you buy your books

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Stop Everything and Watch Someone Great on Netflix!


***Trailer courtesy of Netflix and YouTube*****

I would gladly shout from the rooftops about my love for Netflix but I feel like anyone who reads these posts will know that about me already.  I have been been watching so much Netflix lately that my TBR pile of books has slowly overtaken a whole counter.  I have so many reviews to put up but first.......

Someone Great is a new Netflix Original film starring Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, Miss Bala), Brittany Snow (all the Pitch Perfect films), and DeWanda Wise (She's Gotta Have It).  They are best friends just trying to live their best lives when Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) lands her dream job as a music writer for Rolling Stone and has to move from NYC to San Francisco. Her excitement is cut short when her long time boyfriend played by Lakeith Stanfield decides that their relationship isn't working and breaks up with her. Jenny turns to her best friends Blair and Erin to help her get through it and find some way to move on to the next phase of her life.

This movie was perfection!  I could totally relate to being in that phase of life where you are grown-up but not quite ready to accept all the shitty things that come with it.  I remembered looking at some of my friends and thinking that a responsible adult wouldn't go out on a Wednesday or Thursday night when they have a job to be at bright and early the next day (and being super jealous because I didn't go out).  I absolutely related to the feeling of a relationship falling apart and knowing in the back of your mind that it really was time to move on , even if you don't want to admit it.  I laughed, cried, and sang right along with the ladies in this film.  Well done Netflix! I can't tell you how happy this movie made my heart!  5 stars all the way!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

5 Reasons You Should Read The Defender



I want to start by giving a huge shout out to the author of this amazing book, Nicole M. Opper.  I really appreciate the copy and I hope u plan to write another:)

I promised to give you five reasons that will make you need to read this book.

1. It has such beautifully descriptive writing.

2. Alexa starts off as the original child whose parents died and left them wards of the state.

3. Three headed monsters, magic, romance, and intrigue.

4. The epic fight scene at the end.

5.The speed with which the reader becomes completely engaged in reading.

Do yourselves a favor and grab a copy of this as soon as you can.

Alexa Kane discovers after a lifetime of going from one foster house to another that she has a whole family waiting for her.  She also learned her destiny has been foretold in a prophecy.  She goes looking for answers to her past and find herself to be the savior of all time!



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

5 Things I loved about Colel by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff


WARNING:
This book contains foul language, gratuitous sex against a truck, outrageously rude immortal
warriors in leather pants, snow, pigheaded gods, a sexually frustrated goddess, a very hot and
hunky florist guy with a bad attitude and a big secret, Brutus bubble baths, a sneaky invisible
unicorn, unrequited love, bees, bees, and more bees, and chocolates.

SOMETIMES LOVE BITES AND SOMETIMES IT

STINGS.

Colel, the Goddess of Bees, has been looking for Mr. Right for over seventy
thousand years. So when she meets the hunky owner of a small-town flower shop
and explodes with flutters and tingles, she’s almost certain that he’s the one.
Only two problems: her tiny black-and-yellow army suddenly won’t let her
anywhere near him, and…is that a freaking epinephrine pen in the fridge? “Dear
gods! He’s allergic to bees? Say it isn’t so.”
If simply dating the guy will kill him, how will she ever know for sure if he’s really
the one?
Colel has a solution, but it’s drastic. Even for her. And what if he says no?

My Thoughts:

I have said this before and I will keep right on saying it.....I LOVE Mimi Jean's style of writing.  She is consistently funny and inventive. I mean, what more could a reader want?  Colel is technically book #5 in the Immortal Matchmakers series ( I highly recommend you read all of the them.) but it can be read as a standalone book.  I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will just list the 5 things I loved MOST about this book.

1. Minky- An UnBeeLievably angry, lusty, invisible unicorn...


2. The warning at the beginning of the book had me cracking up before I even got to the first page of chapter 1.

3. Rhys- Super hunky alpha with a secret.

4. Colel- Mistress of the Bees ( who have quite the sense of humor I might add) and overall hot mess.  She takes the definition of celibate to a whole new level.  She may be my favorite Goddess in this series.

5. Vampires, Mermen, Gods, Goddesses, Warriors, bubble baths, and some steamy "adult" time. ( So maybe there are more than 5 things I liked)

I have yet to read anything by this author that is less than awesome.  5 stars all the way.  You should totally stalk her on all her social media channels. You won't be sorry!

Author Social Links:

http://www.mimijean.net/

https://www.facebook.com/MimiJeanPamfiloff

https://www.instagram.com/mimijeanpamfiloff/

https://www.instagram.com/mimijeanpamfiloff/

Monday, April 8, 2019

Oh Rea Frey! You've Done It Again!





***Thank you to St Martin's Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.***

Description



Lee is a single mother, hairdresser, and best friend.  On the surface, it seems like she has everything under control.  Her best friend Grace is also a single mom and their boys instantly become fast friends.  Lee's son Mason requires a lot of patience and special attention and it seems like Lee has forgotten that she has needs of her own.  Her friends are always trying to get her to let her guard down and have some fun but she worries so much about being there for Mason that it never seems like the right time. 
Lee does start to develop a crush on her son's teacher that could either turn into the real deal or he could just not even be interested.  Lee takes a leap of faith and decides to tell Noah how she feels only to have him respond by leaving.  She starts feeling like all her old demons are coming to the surface and isn't sure how to stop them.  She knows she needs to be able to confide in someone but who?  Lee's complicated and dark past have been hidden from everyone in her life and she wants it to stay that way.

Grace loves Lee and just wants her to find some balance in her life.  Everyone needs to find some love and happiness, right?  Speaking of happiness, Grace has some pretty big news of her own that she wants to share with all her friends and she thinks the upcoming girls getaway is the perfect chance.  Will Lee be happy for her or will this be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back?

I refuse to say anything specific about this book because I don't want to give anything away.  I 100% feel like this book is one of the best I've read in years.  I had no idea what was going to happen or just how twisted the story was going to get.  A true  page-turner.