Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cupcake Overload by Bethany Lopez

Cupcake Overload (Cupcakes Book 2) by [Lopez, Bethany]



****I agreed to voluntarily read this book and this is my honest review.****

This is book 2 in the Cupcake series by Bethany Lopez.  I reviewed the first quite a while ago and enjoyed it just as much as this one.  The book itself is a fast paced and fun read.  Lila is back with her new hot Hawaiian biker Cade ( I keep picturing Jason Mamoa for some reason), her girls, and her twins.  She is now the owner of the only PI firm in 3 counties and she is not lacking for work.  She is out for an evening of fun with her ladies when a routine trip to the bathroom ends up in an altercation that comes back to bite her in the butt. She ends up having to figure out who killed the very girl her and her friends help save from a potential rape.  The murder and mystery parts of this book are a welcome addition to an already awesome and sexy romance story. This was such a fun read and I will absolutely be adding book 3 to my TBR pile.  I give this a solid 3 because it was a good read but I wish the characters were just a little more developed.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Catching A Witch by Heidi Eljarbo

If you are a fan of historical fiction then you should absolutely grab a copy of this book from author Heidi Eljarbo. Set in Norway in 1660, Clara Dahl has returned to the seaside home of her youth to spend time with her best friend Bess and to start a school for the local children. She is just starting to get settled in when she hears that the famed witch-hunter Angus Hill is coming to her town to help root out evil. Clara begins to get alarmed as she remembers stories from other countries of the witch trials that have been happening. Bess comes from a long line of healers and has helped many people in the town. Clara watches as the townspeople she has known and loved turn their backs on their neighbors and get swept up in all the allegations of witchcraft going around town. Angus Hill soon turns his attention to Bess. He holds her prisoner and it is up to Clara to find a way to stop the vile man before anymore innocent people get harmed.
This is a pretty fast paced story that sucks the reader in right from the beginning. I also recommend reading the author's note at the end since she goes in to detail about what was historically accurate in the book. I gave this one 5 stars on Goodreads.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Real Thing by Melissa Foster- My Review

Description



My Thoughts:

This book is super cute. It has all my favorite elements in a romance. It has humor, steaminess, touching moments, a sexy alpha male, and a happily ever after.  I love that Willow is such a natural beauty inside and out.  She cares about her family friends, and community. She is very easy to relate to.  Zane is the boy next door who became a huge celebrity.  He has been in love with Willow forever but as one of the hottest male actors around he comes with a very busy past when it comes to women.  Zane wants to make a change in his career and knows that it requires him to clean up his reputation.  His plan seems simple enough. He has loved Willow as a friend and maybe more so a fake engagement seems like the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.  The downside is that he MAY have overestimated just how hard it would be to keep the lines between reality and fiction straight.  I was rooting for this couple from page one. Willow and Zane are like the couple that you can't help but want to hang out with. Willow has a lot of siblings and Zane introduces a few characters of his own that I hope to read more about in the next installment to the Sugar Lake series.

****Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for granting me an advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions expressed here are my own.***

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

***I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine Books******


Description



My Thoughts

This is the first time I have read anything by Jamie Ford but I plan to change this pretty quickly.  This book has so many layers to it that I am not sure how to begin. It is a romance, a drama, and a glimpse into American history in the early 1900's.  The book is based on the true story of a boy named Ernest who was raffled off at the 1909 World's Fair.

The story starts with a 5 year old half Chinese boy witnessing his mother commit a truly violent act.  The boy and his mother are starving.  She wants to give her son the chance to have a better life so she sends him to America with a group of human traffickers/slave traders.  Ernest finds himself on a boat with other Chinese and Japanese boys and girls on their way to be mail order brides, laborers, and some other very unsavory positions.  He meets the first girl he will ever love on this boat.  Once in Washington, Ernest finds himself bouncing from 1 boarding house to another. He has a benefactor at his last boarding house and he decides that he should ask her if he can be released to make his own way in the world.  She has other plans and Ernest finds himself at the 1909 World's Fair being raffled off like some sort of prize. He is taken in by a madame at a very high end brothel in the red light district.  Ernest begins to embrace and even love his new life as a driver for the house. He also has 2 girls that he has fallen deeply in love with.  Ernest, Fahn, and Maisie form an unbreakable bond that helps them navigate through some pretty tough scenarios.  

This book is so well written that the reader begins to feel what the characters do as the author tackles tough subjects like human trafficking, physical abuse, mental illness, and prostitution.  The chapters are set up so that each one just about is set in a different time period ranging from Ernest in the present (1960's) to Ernest in his childhood/teenage years (1900's).  The fact that a lot of places and events in the book are real as well as the overall treatment of immigrants speaks volumes on the American mindset at the time. I enjoyed this book very much.  I actually plan to add a physical copy to my bookcase. My final thought: 5/5 stars.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Review of The Dark Tower

 ****Trailer courtesy of Youtube and AMC*****

I promised in an earlier post that once I saw Stephen King's The Dark Tower that I would review it and that time has come.  The Dark Tower is actually a series of books.  King fans will recognize this as well as be able to point out that throughout this series you begin to realize that all of the books Stephen King writes are interconnected.  The trailer above will help tie some of this together for you.  I noticed a reference to about 4 different books while watching the movie. ( Talk about your Easter eggs).  If you are not a huge Stephen King fan or you are unfamiliar with the book series that is just fine because you can still enjoy the movie.

Plot:

 The Dark Tower is the only thing that holds the universe together and something or someone is trying to destroy it.  Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) is the last Gunslinger and as such has sworn an oath to protect the Dark Tower at all costs.  However, he has lost his way and now all he cares about is revenge.  He has been chasing the Man in Black, Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey) for what seems like an eternity.  Walter is responsible for the deaths of the previous Gunslingers including Roland's father but for some reason his magic does not work on Roland. Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a teenager living in modern day NYC who has been having horrible nightmares for the past year.  He wakes from each dream and draws what he has seen.  It soon becomes clear that he is drawing both Roland and Walter as well as places and events from Mid-World.  Walter is searching for the right child to bring down the Dark Tower so he can let in darkness and rule over everything. Jake finds himself being tracked by the Man in Black and so he decides he must find the Gunslinger if he has any chance of saving himself and possibly the world.

My Thoughts:

Truth time....I have not read any of the Dark Tower books except the first one when I was a teenager.  I have read several other books by King which was enough to help me spot the little connections shown throughout the movie.  This was a PG-13 rating so it was not filled with swearing or gory scenes. It ran for about an hour and a half but it felt pretty fast paced to me.  The action sequences were awesome.  I know there were some haters that felt like Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey were wrong for their respective parts but let me assure you they were cast perfectly.  McConaughey makes being a baddie look so good and Idris Elba was a badass with his weapons.  Both of these men have had plenty of experience playing both good and bad guys so it made the dynamic between them that much better.  I will not spoil too much of the movie but I will tell you what I saw that tied in other King novels. There were references to It, Misery, Christine,  and The Shining.  I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: You Say It First-Happily Inc. #1 by Susan Mallery


Book Blurb Compliments of NetGalley: 

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale 
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he's all in. 
Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.
Susan Mallery has done it again!  I have yet to meet a series by her that I didn't love and this one is going to be no different.  First of all, who doesn't love the idea of an entire town dedicated to falling in love and finding your happily ever after? The chemistry between Pallas and Nick is undeniable and had me cheering them on from the beginning.  The other characters  which include Pallas' group of girlfriends and Nick;s brothers all had me guessing as to who the next couple was going to be.   I loved the addition to Pallas' twin brother Cade and her cousin Drew to the mix of available bachelors in the town as well as reclusive writer Jasper.  My mind was literally going crazy trying to figure out what couples would be formed in upcoming books.I laughed so much throughout this book and now I can't wait to sink my teeth into book 2 which comes out in September.  No worries I will be reviewing that one as well since the wonderful people at NetGalley and the publishers were awesome enough to grant me ARC's of both.
If after reading the book, like myself, you can't get enough of the Happily Inc crew then I highly recommend heading over to Susan Mallery's website (www.susanmallery.com) and checking out all the fun extras she has like a map of town, coloring pages, a widget to create your own wedding story, and all kinds of behind the scenes info on the many characters.