Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Top 3 Reasons to Read The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan

town, farm, love letter



The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm by [Hilarie Burton]


**Thanks to HarperOne Books/HarperCollins Publisher and NetGalley for granting me access to an ARC of this book.***

I have read quite a few memoirs over the years but nothing has been as immediately enjoyable to me as this one.  I have, of course, been a fan of Hilarie Burton Morgan's since her days as Peyton on OTH and more recently on the Lethal Weapon series.  I saw she had written a book about her life on with her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan and since I love them both I had to read the book.  I was blown away.

1. The best thing about it is the conversational style of writing.  It feels just like Hilarie herself invited you in for a cup of tea and some chit chat.  The book covers everything from her MTV VJ days to One Tree Hill to all the acting roles she's done since but it's so much more than that.  She has personal stories from her childhood sprinkled throughout just like she does with some of her favorite recipes.  She talks about how she met her now husband and the difficulties of having children. Her family bought a farm in the Hudson River Valley and just like that her life on Mischief Farm begins. 

2. The loving way she talks about her new hometown and all the friends she's made along the way is a testament to all small towns in America, especially the farming communities. She has planted roots in Rhinebeck, NY  that will certainly last for generations to come.  She helped preserve a beloved candy store and she helped take a very outdated children's institution from sad and dreary to a place of bright colors and love.  She is so caring and creative that it made me want to grow up and be just like her! I just loved every moment of this book.

3. Last but not least, the recipes. Oh, those recipes.  I didn't expect her to include these lovely little gems in her memoir but I'm SOOO here for it.  I legit bookmarked each one so I could copy it to my own personal collection.  I'm making my first batch of the Sweet Hot Corn Cakes this weekend.

The only thing left to say is that I will be ordering a hard copy of this book to keep in a special place on my shelf because it's simply that beautiful inside an out and also.....thank you to Hilarie Burton Morgan for the awesome gardening tips!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Top 3 Reasons Why Loved Reading Wish by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff










**Thanks to the author for allowing me to be an active part of the review team.  All reviews are my own, honest opinions of the book.**

Blurb:
From New York Times bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a sexy standalone novel.

If I could wish for one thing, it would be to have never met my ex. He took my money, cheated on me, and saddled me with an impossible mortgage.

Now, just as I’m fighting to put my life back together, I find an unusual bottle with a note inside: “You get one wish. Make it count.” Har har. Someone’s idea of a joke?

But nothing could prepare me for what comes next or for the screamin’ hot man with piercing blue eyes who shows up at my door, making demands.

I should slam the door in his sex-god face, because this guy has trouble written all over him. But I can’t. Suddenly I do have a wish…
--


My Thoughts:

I literally will read anything that Mimi Jean has or will ever write.  She has such a gift for writing entertaining stories.  I have yet to be disappointed and this newest stand alone book just proves my point. So without further ado....I give you my top 3 reasons for loving this book!

#1.  I love, love, love that she puts a modern spin on the classic "Genie in the bottle" tale. The characters of Ginnie Angelico and "Mr. Wish" are easy to relate to and their chemistry is off the charts.
  
#2. It's wildly entertaining! I devoured this book in 1 shot and have been wondering every since just exactly what MY one wish would be if I had the same chance as Ginnie!  

#3. It gives you a few hours to escape from reality. I read the Kindle version but the print version is about 308 pages give or take. This is the perfect thing to read to take your mind off of all that is happening in the world during this difficult time.

Author Bio:
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. 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 dreams.
Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of 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.
Sign up for Mimi’s mailing list for giveaways and new release news!
Author Social Links


Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber



Description


Sunday, February 9, 2020



THE GOD GAME dives into our current obsession with the virtual world that games and technology provide and asks the question: what if your virtual life could affect your real life? And what if you can't escape it?
 
In the vein of Ready Player One and Black MirrorTHE GOD GAME is a chilling page-turner that will leave you questioning your own sense of right and wrong at the end.

Description



***Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC.  All reviews posted to this site are my own, honest thoughts on the subject matter.***

My Thoughts:

I typically go through a few types of genre binges in the course of a year.  I noticed that the last few months I have been pretty interested in Sci-Fi, Techy type things.  I've even been watching shows on TV that fall in these categories a lot lately.  I read the description of this book and was so intrigued that I had to get my hands on a copy.  I really enjoyed this book despite my 3 star rating.   Why only 3 stars?  This is why:

1. I found the main characters, collectively known as "The Vindicators" to be pretty interesting but sometimes a little too much.  All the kids have some pretty heavy stuff happening in their home lives and being super into coding and computer tech is their main source of bonding and escape. I just found the language is a little heavy on the technical terms for me.  I know next to nothing about coding or computer programming so the references in different spots lost me.

2. Each chapter has it's own title but sometimes I felt like it was more distracting trying to figure out the relevance to the chapter than helpful.

3. I actually didn't like the ending.  Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad one but it was not what I was expecting.  Although, I think a lot of readers may find the ending to be perfect.  I am used to reading some of these books where the characters go on this journey to Hell and back and then everything works out to a sort of HEA ending.  This did not.  The individual endings for each character was a pretty realistic one.  They learned from their experience playing "The Game"and were living with their consequences.  This part was absolutely fine for me with the exception that it leaves it open for the possibility of a series.  This makes me mad because in order for the story to continue it will mess with more unsuspecting people and Charlie in particular. 

I do think overall that the writing was pretty solid and the story line was unique. 

My Rating: 3/5🌟

V Wars is My Newest Vampire Addiction!


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

I know it's been a while since I posted about what I have been binge watching on Netflix or Hulu or even what I've gone to the theater to watch but this series got me.  I will admit I was late to The Vampire Diaries series but have probably watched it all from beginning to end at least 3 times by now.



So....let's talk about how amazing and also just a bit scary this new Netflix original series is.  I HIGHLY recommend watching this is you are a fan of anything science fiction.  I was determined to watch this show as soon as I heard about it a year ago because....IAN freaking SOMMERHALDER!  I will be honest and say that I really didn't know too much about the show premise other than he was the star and there would be vampires.  The second he trailers went live I was already hooked.  This show is not based in the supernatural realm and that makes it very different than I had anticipated. I think it's worth mentioning that Sommerhalder's real life wife Nikki Reed (think Rosalie in Twilight) stars in the show as his ex-wife and mother to his son Desmond.  I also liked that Laura Vandervoort and Greg Bryk are both in this series together since I became fans of them when they were 2 of the main characters on the series Bitten.

The Plot:

Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Sommerhalder)  is one of the world's top scientist in the study of viruses. He has spent his life studying climate change and the impact of ice caps melting and exposing us to viruses that have never existed in modern times.  His worst nightmare comes true when 2 of his team members in the Arctic go missing without a trace. He calls his best friend Michael (Adrian Holmes) to go with him to check out the site and hopefully come up with some answers.  They end up being exposed to an unknown virus that causes them to be placed in quarantine.  They both respond very differently to the illness as it runs it's course.  It seems like Michael was unaffected but the truth is the illness causes him to gain some super scary strength and cravings for blood among other things.

The virus spreads rapidly and as society breaks down and restructures itself into the Vampire and Non-Vampire factions, Luther finds himself rushing to develop a cure before he loses everyone he loves. 

My Final Rating:

5/5🌟


Monday, January 20, 2020

The Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1)



Description



***Thank you to NetGalley and Avon/Harper Collins for providing an ARC for me to leave an honest review of.***

"Rhiannon Hunter worshipped at the alter of no man".  This opening line had me hooked from the first page.  I love that Rhi is a smart, industrious woman of color that decides to develop a dating app that is geared towards real interactions as opposed to casual hook-ups.  I have never dated online but this was well written and gave me a pretty good understanding of what it must be like.  It was spot on with what my friends have described to me about it.  I think the chemistry between Rhi and Sam is hot, hot, hot and I am so here for it.

I can't wait to see what happens in book 2 of this new series.