Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Second Chance Girl Review

***Picture and  book description courtesy of NetGalley and Harlequin.***
***I requested an ARC of this book and voluntarily reviewed it below. All opinions expressed are honestly my own.***


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


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******


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.