Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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
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
Colel has a solution, but it’s drastic. Even for her. And what if he says no?
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!
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Monday, April 8, 2019
***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.***
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.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
A few weeks ago I was feeling stressed out by work, weather, and family and decided I needed a "Self Love" day. I took myself out to a matinee movie. I love Taraji P. Henson and romantic comedies so it seemed like a perfect fit. I got the largest tub of popcorn with extra butter and a giant cherry soda ( my guilty pleasure) then settled in to the newly remodeled reclining (and heated) chair at the AMC theater and prepared to be entertained. I know a lot of people think it's weird to go out to eat or to a movie alone but I don't mind it at all. The best part of going to see this movie in the middle of the work day was that there were only about 5 other people in the ENTIRE theater.
This movie was freaking funny! Ali Davis ( Henson) is a woman in the male dominated sports agent business. She has worked twice as hard to be successful as her male coworkers but she keeps getting passed by for a partnership. Her best friend is getting married and in honor of her last night of freedom they decide to have psychic readings done before they hit the club. The psychic (played by Erykah Badu) tells Ali that until she truly understands what men want she will never get her promotion. FYI... Erykah Badu was my second favorite character in this whole movie. She was awesome. Anyways, Ali ends up getting a little to turnt at the club, hits her head, and wakes up with the ability to hear men's thoughts. The rest of the movie is just amazing. Watching Ali try to land the biggest deal of her life while balancing a new relationship and her powers is comic genius.
This movie has something for everyone so fellas don't think of this as a chick flick or you will miss out on Tracy Morgan and all the other amazing men that make up the cast. I will be adding this to my home library for sure when it drops.
***Thank you to St Martin's Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Between the Lies by Michelle Adams for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.***
Monday, March 4, 2019
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes BATTLE OF THE BULGE, Book Four of the
OHellNO Series. (A Standalone.)
“Chicks can’t be bodyguards. Especially hot chicks.”
MY NAME IS MITCH HOFER. I’m a world-famous swimmer from Australia, best known for three things:
my gold medals, my looks, and filling out a swimsuit with my…eh-hem—bulky equipment. Let’s just say
there’s a reason my nickname is “the Bulge.”
But beyond the fame, sponsors, and glory, there’s more to me than people know, including one hell of a
mess I’ve gotten mixed up in. Life-or-death stuff, so bring in the professionals. Just don’t give me a chick
bodyguard. Especially a young hot one who distracts me at every turn and hates my guts…
MY NAME IS ABI CARTER, and I hate Mitch Hofer. Yeah, he might be the sexiest champion swimmer in
the world, but I’d give this guy a gold medal for being a first-class jerk.
Unfortunately, my boss has given me a choice—guard Mitch or get another job. And I really need the
money. I can be professional, but if Mitch says “chicks can’t be bodyguards” one more time, I just might
strangle him myself.
Still, something about the way Mitch keeps looking at me makes me think there’s more to his story. It’s
almost as if he’s trying to drive me away. But why?
NOTE: The below general Battle of the Bulge page link is preferred over each of the links
●Amazon US➙ https://amzn.to/2M51PJx
●Amazon UK➙ https://amzn.to/2TR1ihl
●Amazon AU➙ https://amzn.to/2CfRlm7
●Amazon CA➙ https://amzn.to/2Cmk2Oi
●Amazon OTHER➙ smarturl.it/sb9kc9
●Apple Books➙ https://goo.gl/jZBCL3
● Goodreads ➙ http://bit.ly/2HdKPlP
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.
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I have said it before and I will say it again.....I LOVE MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF! Her stories always make me laugh and root for the characters. I swear she just gets better with each series. This particular book can be read as a stand alone or as book 4 in the "OHellNo" Series. Mitch and Abi are my favorites. I love their chemistry and the fact that Abi pretends she's immune to Mitch " the Bulge"Hofer's very obvious charms. This book had some pretty creative scenes where people were trying to kill Mitch but the funniest was at the beginning when it's a little old lady that Abi brings down before she passes out. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to escape into a world of hot men, pretty women, and sarcasm at it's best. 5 out of 5 stars for sure.
Monday, February 25, 2019
This is a sequel to the original book published in the 80's. If you haven't read the original than perhaps you saw the movie of Widows that came out last year. I did and it was phenomenal. I couldn't wait to read this second book and it was even better than I hoped. I quickly got lost in the story of these 4 widows all of whom are very different and the aftermath of pulling off one of the greatest heists ever. Dolly is the unofficial leader to the woman just as much as her husband Harry had always been to his crew. Dolly and the ladies end up in Rio trying to bid their time and clean the stolen money, not to mention hide from Dolly's husband Harry. He is a ruthless man who will do whatever it takes to get his hands on some money and since the widows stole his heist right out from underneath him that is the first place he goes looking. He tracks them down in Rio then back to London in the process he sets up a new crew to take on a job that will earn him more than 8 million dollars.
The friendship and almost family like bond the widows have with each other is what makes the book so good. This is not a happy ending type book so don't go into it thinking it will be. It is pretty action packed and real page turner. I loved everything about it and now just can't wait for their to be more. There just has to be! Thanks to Bookish for the ARC for my review.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
From the author of Surprise Me comes an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything.
Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?
It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?
***All opinions that follow are my own, honest thoughts on this title. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC.***
Sophie Kinsella is an amazing author. I have read several of her books and loved them all. This book was no exception. Fixie Farr is the poster child for being a family doormat. She has spent her whole life feeling guilty and going above and beyond to make sure her family and friends have all they need. She got her nickname as a child because she has an obsessive compulsive need to "fix" things. I won't lie, I really wasn't a fan of Fixie for the first few chapters. I HATED the fact that she was constantly not speaking up for herself. The more I read thought the more understandable it was to see why she behaved in such a manner. I LOVED how far she grew as a person by the end of the story and how great everything turned out for her once Fixie started putting herself first. This is a really great read. It is very addictive so don't say I didn't warn you.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
I read this book and then had to just sit quietly for a minute to reflect on everything that happened in it. Liza and Molly have been best friends their whole lives and find themselves gradually drifting apart as adults. Liza moves to Chicago while Molly marries and has 2 kids. They try to keep the friendship going but over time they realize it's more about going through the motions than the actual relationship. Liza has reached a point where she is trying to figure out what she wants in life and what her next step is going to be. Molly has become a shell of her former self bogged down by guilt and chronic pain. One chance web chat that revealed an intruder in Molly's home changes everything for both women and their relationship. The story that unfolds is one of lies, pain, secrets, and leaves you wondering how well you can really know someone. I found this to be a fantastic read with the exception of Molly being slightly annoying in the way she handles things.
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's for the ARC and the chance to leave my honest review here.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
***Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and St. Martin's Press for the chance to give my honest opinion of this ARC.***
Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted on any sort of regular basis but what can I say....stuff happens. The holidays came and went and with my daughter home on Christmas break I spent a lot of time watching TV and not a lot of time reading. The good news is that I was able to put a nice little dent in "My List" of things to watch on Netflix. Here is the list of shows/movies I watched and what I rated them:
Birdbox: This Netflix Original film stars Sandra Bullock and it was.....weird but good. It's basically about people trying to survive some sort of supernatural epidemic. Sandra Bullock is the main character and she is trying to get her family to a safe haven. There no one has to wear blindfolds to avoid looking into the eyes of the infected and they have plenty of food. The issue I had is that you never actually see what infects everyone that makes them kill themselves. It leads you to believe that it is their worst fear that causes them to take their own lives upon seeing it. The movie is worth watching for sure. It's dark and a little scary. I would say 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: This is a new series based on the comic book character. If you are around you watched the movie/TV series starring Melissa Joan Hart when you were young. I loved them then and I love, love, love this reboot series that is so far from the original you would hardly realize they are based on the same characters. I love Riverdale because it has dark and dangerous undertones and this show has the same type of feeling. The cast is fantastic. I watched the whole season plus the holiday episode the same nights they were added and now can barely stand the wait for a new season. The first series is about Sabrina turning 16 and being forced to choose between her witch side or her human side. This series is so fun! 5 out of 5 for sure!
You: This is another original series that I sincerely hope gets picked up for another run. Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl) stars as a bookstore manager in NYC who for all purposes appears to be your average, slightly nerdy, good guy who's looking for love. His character also narrates this series so you can understand why he does what he does. It turns out there is way more than meets the eye. Creepy and dark doesn't begin to describe all the emotions the viewer feels while watching this show. I would be lying if I said I haven't started looking at people differently. 5 stars all the way!
Sex Education: This is a British series that had me dying. The plot is all about a teenager whose mom is a famous sex therapist and he begins a side business, with the help of friends, giving sexual advice out to the kids at school. It's very funny stuff. I give it 4/5 stars.
Bad Education Series & Movie: This is also a British series about the worst teacher ever and his high school students. We actually watched the movie first and then realized there was a series that led up to the movie. Holy Hell did I laugh out loud watching all of this. 5 stars.
Trevor Noah-Son of Patricia: This is a stand up special. I will be the first to admit that my experience with Trevor Noah had been limited to the occasional video clip from his show or listening to his podcast. I have had a good chuckle from time to time but I was NOT ready for how freaking funny his stand up comedy is. I can't lie. I have watched this special 3 times and each time is just as hilarious! His accents are so on point it's insane. 5 stars, 5 stars, 5 stars!!!
Monday, January 14, 2019
Alison Bannister and Mary Seymour were cousins orphaned at a very young age and sent to live in Wolf Hall. They did not like each other but over time they did in fact grow to trust each other a bit. Alison began an affair with Mary's cousin Edward Seymour that resulted in a child. Flash forward 400 years and Alison spies an old painting in an art gallery falsely listed as Anne Boleyn but Alison knows that it's actually a picture of Mary. Alison has spent years trying to figure out what happened to Mary because she is the last hope Alison has of ever finding out what happened to her son.
This is a time travel book that covers all the bases. It has historical fiction and facts all wrapped up in one not to mention magic, romance, and intrigue. I loved every facet of this novel. I only rated it 4 stars because I found Alison to be a tad bit on the obsessive compulsive side.
Thanks so much to NetGalley, the author, and the publishing house for the preview of the book.