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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Audiobook Review: Eat, Prey, Love by Kerrelyn Sparks

I got a chance to continue the series, and I have to say that  Eat, Prey, Love was a pretty good listen. I strongly encourage to listen to previous stories, because there is some things that happen in the story that knowing background is a little funny. Especially, when one of his friends believe his believes he's gay. Yeah, he gets in a pickle with a friend.

Anyway, Carlos is a were-panther and is in search of a mate. He's looking in all the wrong places. Haha. Actually, he's been searching for years for a mate, and he heard a rumor that there might be some in South East Asia. The plan is set, but at the same time kind of thwart by an attractive Caitlyn Whelan. Caitlyn happens to be Shawn Whelan's daughter, and he doesn't want he involved with her older sister life. Anyway, they both feel an attraction to one another, but Carlos needs to find a were-panther. Adventure ensues, but bad things happen. Fortunately, they realize they need one another. More bad vampires are found.

Overall, a pretty good listen. The narrator wasn't bad. They are a pretty good couple.

Copy provided by local library

Rating:
4 Stars

Monday, May 18, 2020

Audiobook Review: The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks

I got a chance to listen to The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks. If you have been following the series you would remember Robby McKay was in pretty bad shape. He's barely recovered from his abduction, and it's affecting his performance. So, his grandfather sends him on a four month vacation. Forced. He's not feeling it, but he likes his job. Anyway, he goes to Patmos to recoup. He's not liking his forced exile until he meets the lovely Olivia Sotiris. Now Olivia is on vacation visiting her grandmother.

The Vampire and the Virgin was a pretty good listen. Both Robby and Olivia are suffering from a little PTSD. However, they help one another overcome their issues. I really enjoyed the story, but there were a couple of times where Olivia needed to be smacked. Yet, it was a pretty good. We have the romance, and we also move the story along with the Vamps and the Malcontents. I will continue with the series.

Copy provided by the local the library.

Rating:
4 Stars

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Audiobook Review: Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Spark

Let me say that I love Vanda Barkowski throughout the series. She has a fierce love her friends and would do anything to make sure of their safety. She's pretty tough, but she does fear that she's not strong enough. She's fiercely independent, so why does she need someone to watch over her; she can protect herself. Phil Jones used to be a guard at the townhouse when Vanda was part of the harem. He had a crush on Vanda, but he felt that she was toying with him.

In the Forbidden Nights with a Vampire we learn that Vanda has a fear of shifters. She has good reason, they killed someone she fiercely loved. There is a distrust. Funny thing is Phil has a secret that could destroy any chance for him and Vanda to be together, he's a shifter. Vanda has to overcome her fear to accept Phil. Can love conquer all in the story?

Anyway, both are loyal, and will help their friends. Phil will protect Vanda no matter what. They were a fun couple to watch. Yes, there is the heated scenes between these two, and also battles against the bad guys. There are a few surprises that popup in the story too. Overall, a pretty good listen.

Copy provided by local library.

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Audiobook Review: Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Finally finished Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. This was a pretty good listen, but there were some parts that absolutely drove me bonkers. I do love Giacomo Casanova, but his friends call him Jack. He's adorable. He's one of the children of Casanova. Anyway, he's sweet. He meets Lara Bouche who is police officer trying to make her way to detective. Jack's are little too rowdy at the bachelor party, and the cops are called. He tries to make them go away, but Lara's mind blocks Jack's mind control. He definitely left an impression, that she comes back to investigate the next day, but no one remembers the situation.

Anyway, Lara hunts Jack down and wants answers. Jack being a vampire can't give straight answers cause bad things might happen to him and his friends. We basically watch Lara and Jack develop a tentative friendship that develops a little more. Jack is trying to keep Lara safe, but Lara is strong independent woman can do this herself. However, bad things happen Lara realize she needs Jack's help.

Overall, I did like Secret Life of a Vampire. I really did like Jack. Lara got on my nerves, but her best friend really got on my nerves. I'm not going to lie, I was hoping the friend would get eaten in the story. Wishful thinking. Even towards the end I didn't really warmed up to the friend. Lara didn't understand the danger she was in until it was almost too late. Ugh. However, Jack really won me over in the story. He was definitely the hero here.

Copy provided by the local library

Rating:
4 Stars

Audiobook Review: All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

I got a chance to finish listening to All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. I have to say I did enjoy this story a little more than the last story.

We get Ian MacPhie's story. Now if you have been reading the series you would know that Ian was a vampire that was stuck at the age of 15. No one wants to be with a lad, so in the previous story he did some aging. Again you would have had follow the series to know how this was possible. Now Ian looks like a man that he felt to be. However, no one believes that he's Ian they knew. Eventually, they realize its Ian. Anyway, Connor hires a new daytime guard Toni Davis. No one believes that Connor would hire a female to be a guard.

Toni has a hidden agenda when she took the job. Ian doesn't trust Toni, because she's hiding something. Of course, he needs to know. Like in previous story we get know more characters. Eventually, they aren't really important to the overall story, but you kind of want to know more about them. Oh well.

Anyway, All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire is a better read. I did enjoy the story. I was a little frustrated with Toni's hidden agenda. I understand why she needed to keep it a secret. Eventually, she does gain Ian's trust, and they fall for one another. They are pretty good together. There were a couple of times where I thought Toni was going to end up dead, but I was wrong. Like a said a better read, and enjoyable.

Copy provided by local library

Rating:
4 Stars

Friday, April 24, 2020

Audiobook Review: Idiot by Laura Clery

First off, I enjoy Laura Clery and her type of humor. She makes me laugh. Right now her Pamela Pumpkin videos are pretty funny. Especially with the quarantine workout. She's not for everyone, but that's okay. Anyway, she wrote her personal story about her life and trials she went through to get to where she is now.

I LOVE IDIOT! It's a fantastic story. Since I checked out the audiobook, I got to hear Laura read her story. She did a fantastic job. There are some parts where her husband Steven reads too. However, the story is about her journey. Her life was roller coaster that was turning into a train wreck waiting to happen. However, she manage to find herself and create this image that she image, but never thought she would get there. It's pretty amazing that she even made it, because she was lucky. Deep down she's a kind person. Some may not like her, because her language can be crude. However, it fits with her life. I totally recommend this book, and I would recommend checking out her content. She's funny!

Copy provided by local library

Rating:
5 Stars

Monday, April 20, 2020

Audiobook Review: The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks

About a week ago I finished listening to The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks. In the series it was an okay listen.  It was a little better than book two; not by much.

In this story we have Heather Westfield and Jean-Luc Echarpe. Heather seem like the stereo-typical Texan. She was like I can do anything, because I'm a Texan woman. That wore a little thin once, because she didn't understand the imminent danger. She's kind of impulsive. Where we have Jean-Luc. He's a pretty decent guy. He's trying to understand Heather, and help her. Yet, she's kind of bullheaded. Jean-Luc made the story bearable. Eventually, I did warm up to Heather, and she realized the issue. However, she would do something stupid, then I would be frustrated with her.

Overall, it wasn't a bad listen. It wasn't great. However, the narrator was all over the place with the voices and accents. It has been an interesting journey with this series as I listen. I hope I enjoy the next book more than The Undead Next Door. I was a fan of Jean-Luc; he really helped the story.

Copy provided by local library.

Rating:
3 Stars

Sunday, April 19, 2020

InkSlinger PR Blog Tour + Review: Do Me a Favor by Christina Hovland


Do Me A Favor 

Mile High Matched, Book 4
Christina Hovland 
April 17, 2020
Contemporary Romance



About Do Me A Favor: 
Some days things just click. Today is not that day.

Love is a battlefield, and divorce attorney Sadie Howard is entrenched on the frontlines. She thought she might have met the right man once, but he was a career military guy who got shipped overseas and left her heart on the tarmac. These days, the only commitment Sadie wants is the one she's made to her Denver law practice.

Combat photographer Roman Dvornakov is back. Fresh out of the U.S. Army, he’s using family connections to snap photos at a few weddings while he builds his civilian photography practice. After all he’s captured on film, a few posed wedding shots should be a cakewalk. Seeing so much death through the camera lens, he’s now ready to build something worth living for. A thriving photography business, definitely. But he’s certain his new mission also includes Sadie, the girl who slipped away.

Sadie isn’t convinced, and she's not willing to open her heart anytime soon. Besides, she’s got a high-profile divorce case taking up all her attention. Winning the case for her client will make or break her practice. So what if it's a custody dispute over a ridiculously expensive fish tank? When Roman discovers the soon-to-be divorced couple are still in love, he and his slightly-nutty grandmother, Babushka, are determined to convince them to cancel the proceedings. He’s not camera shy when it comes to matters of the heart, but interfering with Sadie's clients could wreck her career and any chance they'll ever have together...

WARNING: READ ONLY IF YOU LOVE A STRONG HEROINE, AN ALPHA HERO WITH A HEART OF GOLD, FAMILY MEDDLING, AND A GUARANTEED HEA. IF LAUGHING SO HARD THAT THOSE AROUND YOU ASK IF YOU ARE OKAY IS YOUR THING, THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

InkSlinger PR New Release + Excerpt: Do Me A Favor by Christina Hovland

Today is the release day for Christina Hovland’s new contemporary romance, Do Me A Favor!  Check it out and be sure to get your copy today! 


Do Me A Favor 
Mile High Matched, Book 4
Christina Hovland 
April 17, 2020
Contemporary Romance



About Do Me A Favor: 
Some days things just click. Today is not that day.

Love is a battlefield, and divorce attorney Sadie Howard is entrenched on the frontlines. She thought she might have met the right man once, but he was a career military guy who got shipped overseas and left her heart on the tarmac. These days, the only commitment Sadie wants is the one she's made to her Denver law practice.

Combat photographer Roman Dvornakov is back. Fresh out of the U.S. Army, he’s using family connections to snap photos at a few weddings while he builds his civilian photography practice. After all he’s captured on film, a few posed wedding shots should be a cakewalk. Seeing so much death through the camera lens, he’s now ready to build something worth living for. A thriving photography business, definitely. But he’s certain his new mission also includes Sadie, the girl who slipped away.

Sadie isn’t convinced, and she's not willing to open her heart anytime soon. Besides, she’s got a high-profile divorce case taking up all her attention. Winning the case for her client will make or break her practice. So what if it's a custody dispute over a ridiculously expensive fish tank? When Roman discovers the soon-to-be divorced couple are still in love, he and his slightly-nutty grandmother, Babushka, are determined to convince them to cancel the proceedings. He’s not camera shy when it comes to matters of the heart, but interfering with Sadie's clients could wreck her career and any chance they'll ever have together...

WARNING: READ ONLY IF YOU LOVE A STRONG HEROINE, AN ALPHA HERO WITH A HEART OF GOLD, FAMILY MEDDLING, AND A GUARANTEED HEA. IF LAUGHING SO HARD THAT THOSE AROUND YOU ASK IF YOU ARE OKAY IS YOUR THING, THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Deadly Surrender by Katie Reus (Review)

I'm excited that Logan MacNeil finally got his own story. Seriously, who doesn't love a reformed ladies man. He didn't help his reputation, because there wasn't anyone worth caring about it until Grace. Grace had been in a crappy relationship, and learning to stand on her own when she met Logan. She automatically friend-zoned Logan. However, he was bidding his time. He eventually gets his chance, but trouble comes knocking. Grace and himself have to figure out what the heck is going on, and maybe they can start a relationship.

YES Logan gets a story in Deadly Surrender. When the series first came out the twins were stories had hoped to happen. However, they took their sweet time to find what they were looking for. Yes, you are going to find romance in this story, but a little mystery on who is after Logan and Grace. There are couple of suspects, but always a surprise with Katies story. Overall, a pretty good read. The action does buildup toward the end.

Copy provided by author

Rating:
4 Stars

Monday, April 6, 2020

Changing Lanes by Season Vining (Review)

I got a chance to read Changing Lanes by Season Vining. Let me say that this was different from her previous works. Definitely a lighter read, more of a fun read. This has all the makings for a cute little rom-com.

We have Stella needing a change after her divorce. She decides to uproot herself and move north. She meets her handsome neighbor who works a bunch of odd hours. She has a hard time trusting, because her husband was a jerk and left her pretty damage. However, Lane is a pretty decent guy, and totally has the hots for his neighbor.

Overall, Changing Lanes was a cute read with some steam. I liked how Stella was rediscovering herself, and willing to let Lane into her life. Lane does have a deep dark secret, but I don't think it was such a big deal. I felt that Stella blew it out proportion even her sister thought she was overreacting. It was a cute read, and I'm interested on what happens to Stella's new friends. It's a pretty good beginning to a new series. I also like the name, because it fits with the story.

Copy provided by author.

Rating:
4 Stars

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Audiobook Review: Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks

I was able to finished Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks, and I have to say this went a lot better than the last book. I think it was a better listen because it had something to do with the overall arc of the story. Yes, we had a focus on Emma and Angus.

We have Emma who believes all vampires are evil. When Angus meets Emma, he's instantly smitten by her, and willing to prove that vampires are not all evil. However, Angus has his work cut out for him. As Emma gets to know Angus, she starts to understand that there are two types of vampires. She ends up getting Angus and herself in serious trouble.

Anyway, this was a better listen than the last book. I did like Emma and Angus. Emma is strong and willing to fight for the good cause, and Angus would love to have Emma on their side. Be Still My Vampire Heart definitely gave me something to look forward to the rest of the series.

Copy provided by local library

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde (Review)

I got a chance to finished Lori Wilde's The Moonglow Sisters. There were parts I really enjoyed, and there were parts that were okay. The story wasn't oh my gosh I need to finished this story. I would started and I would get distracted with other things. However, there were  moments where I needed to find out what's going happen next. However, there weren't a lot of those.

So, we meet the Clark sisters who grew up in Moonglow Cove, Texas after their parents died. We have Madison, Shelley, and Gia. There grandmother has brain cancer, and needs the girls to come home and patch things up. She places the task on Gia. Gia is the baby of the family, and the peacekeeper. Maddie has some animosity towards Shelley. Shelley has been off in the land of paradise. Each of them have their own secrets.

Anyway, The Moonglow Sisters focus on how the sisters can rebuild their relationship. You don't think it will happen until Gia comes up with the idea of a fake engagement to bring them all together. It didn't magically happen, but it took a little time. I liked how we got to know each sister insecurities, and what really caused the drift. Overall, the story was an okay read. There were parts that I really enjoyed, and others that were meh. Not a bad read, and I could see as a beach read.

Copy provided by William Morrow via Edelweiss

Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Audiobook Review: Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks

Where do I go with Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks. I tried to like this story. I was willing to go a little higher, but the ending pissed me off. I get that Darcy missed being a human, and she couldn't hack it as a vampire. Spoiler ahead: However, it really chaps my hide that she decided to become a human again, because she wanted to be with a guy. I don't understand why he couldn't change for her. She gave the ex-harem a purpose to live without a master.

I was mad at the ending last night, and I'm still pretty upset. I guess I have to move on to the next story. We are done with Darcy, and I'm okay with that. The Harem was a bit annoying in the story, but when they were working together to find a new master they weren't so annoying. I'm okay with Austin, because eventually changes his tune about Vampires. By the way he works for Shana's father, so that's a big step for him.

Like I said, I wasn't a big fan of the story, and I'm going to stop before I nitpick this to death. I know that the series has to get better, because I absolutely loved Grigori's story. There is hope.

Copy provided by my local library

Rating:
2 Stars

Monday, March 23, 2020

Just Thinking: The Craziness of Today


Not many people know I suffer from anxiety. I normally can manage it on my own, but lately I'm having a hard doing that. With the media being bombard with Corona Virus, I have panic attacks about contacting it when I go to the store get groceries. The whole idea of being asymptomatic freaks me out. I have been trying to keep my fears to myself, because feed off my fears. I tend to project my fears on to them, so I'm really impress on how well have been handling.

We read the meme's about check on your extrovert friends, because they aren't okay. It's true. I'm not okay. I thrive in social situations. I read one of my introvert friends saying she's thriving in this situation, and I wish I could say the same thing. I'm not writing this to gain sympathy. I'm writing this cause it's an outlet. It might come off a little random, which is fine.

Another meme popped up saying about military spouse have been doing this forever. The whole thing about make plans, and they getting shoved to the side cause you got orders. Yes, but this is way different. At least with military orders you know the target, and eventually you know it will be alright. At this moment I don't know if it's going to be alright. When you get to your next assignment you know where you need to go to get the answers, and there have been others who have been there before. However, this is uncharted territory. I guess we could compare it to Europe when bubonic plague.

I guess I'm done with my ramblings, and I feel a little better. I still have my anxious feelings, and my fears, but deep down I know I'm not alone. I hope that you aren't feeling the same way as me. I know there is a lot of judgement going on out there, but this a no judgement area. I think that is important to remember. If you have the same feelings as me, that is totally fine. Eventually we will get through this, and it will be one day at a time.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Audiobook Review: How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

At the beginning of the month I got a chance to start How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. I had to put the book on hold cause I was listening to another series, and the book was available. Since this isn't a hot commodity I knew I could recheck out the story. It probably was when it first came out. However, you will find a lot of humor in Kerrelyn's book, and it's worth checking out.

We have Shana Whalen who is wanted by Russian mafia, now she's in witness protection. Things are going south very fast. Roman Draganesti is in search for a dentist who can help him put his fang back in. He finds Shana, but she has a slight problem she kind of faints at the sight of blood. Pretty difficult to be a dentist. However, Roman realize she needs his help.

Anyway, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire is a fun listen. We have Shana trying to fight her attraction to Roman, because he's a vampire, and it could never work our for them. We have Roman trying to keep his mitts off her, because she's mortal. We find out that her dad works for the CIA in a department that hunts vampires. On top of it all Roman is trying to make the world a safe place for vampires and mortals alike, but there are the ones call the Malcontents. Anyway, we have a lot going on as we beginning this series. However, Shana and Roman do find happiness at the end, but the story still has more going on.

Copy provided by my local library.

Rating:
4 Stars

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Audiobook: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

I got a chance to listen to Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews. I really liked this novella. There are some points where it the story is a little bit awkward or a little rush, but that happens with novellas. However, I like this story, because it's a great transition from Nevada to Catalina. In Wildfire we finished Nevada and Rogan love story, and now we get their wedding. Catalina is starting to be able to understand and control her power. We get to see a her use her power to solve what is going on that might stop Rogan and Nevada wedding.

Yay! for transitions. Now I'm reading to start on Catalina's story. I might hold off on continuing on with the series at the time, because I need the complete story with Catalina and Alessandro. This way Catalina's trilogy will be done. However, I'm really enjoying the series.

Copy provided by local library.

Rating:
4 Stars


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis (Review)

I had a chance to ready Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis. This wasn't my favorite story. I had a hard time connect with the characters. I would find myself kind of putting the book down and trying to find other things to do. I even was thinking of DFN the book. However, I pressed forward thinking I could finish it. Honestly, it took me two months to finish.

I had a hard time connecting with Piper, and her siblings. Her siblings kind of drove me nuts. Their relationship was a bit strain cause Piper was more like their mom than their sister. Her siblings were kind of selfish. Her siblings kept so many secrets, granted I could understand why, because Piper would blow a gasket.

Anyway, Almost Just Friends wasn't a bad read, but I did struggle with the story. I know that there were a good number of people that enjoyed this story, and I hope you are one of them. I guess I'm ready to move on to the next story.

Copy provided by William Morrow via Edelweiss

Rating:
3 Stars

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Audiobook: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

I got a chance to finish listening to Wildfire by Ilona Andrews. We are drawing an end to a couple's saga, but the mystery of who is Caesar is still a mystery; it's like one step forward, two steps back. Anyway, we have a couple of bumps in the road for Nevada and Rogan. Nevada is trying to become a house, and there are other Primes that interested in her. Another issue that has popped up is Rogan's ex-fiancé husband is missing, so she needs his help even though she hired Nevada. Rynda is annoying, and needs to find her own husband. I love how Rogan team can't stand her, and they are on Team Nevada.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun listening to this story. Don't get me wrong there's a lot of action going on in this story. The title suits the story. We get to see Nevada and Rogan claim each other, and they have no problem telling others it's going to be that way. We also get to see that recurring characters that help Rogan and Nevada solve cases. We get to see other characters that are memorable. One of my favorite is characters is Sargent Teddy the pacifist Kodiak bear. Anyway, I did enjoy Wildfire, and I can't wait to continue on with the series.

Copy provided by my local library

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Audiobook: The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

I got a chance to listen to The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis. We are heading back to Wildstone in this story. We have two sisters Brooke Lemon, and Mindy (I can't remember her last name). Anyway, they have drifted apart, and Mindy needs her sister. Technically they need each other, but you don't realize this until later in the story.

Both of them has a misconception of each others lives, and they don't realize it until they are in each other shoes. Actually Mindy believes that Brooke is living the high life, but doesn't have a clue. She actually makes a few rude comments about Brooke's life without even knowing what's really going. I didn't like Mindy for most of the story; she was b-witch. When she talked to her sister her inner b-witch would come out. She wasn't likable. Also, Mindy try to be the perfect mom, and started to crack. I did like Brooke. She did have moments that would drive some people crazy, but I felt for her. She had struggles, and she felt that she had to keep it all to herself. It wasn't until we go to the middle when she started sharing what she was really feeling. It slowly spilled out.

Now we have the sisters guys. Mindy is married to Linc. Linc's kind of clueless to his wife's needs, but that's partly Mindy's fault. Okay, it's a good portion of her fault. We have also Garrett. Garrett wasn't to forgiving to Brooke. Oh boy did he feel like a jerk for the way he treated her.

Anyway, I liked The Lemon Sisters. I laughed, and I did cry when it was painful to Brooke. I had a soft spot for Brooke, and that could be I have the middle name of Brooke. I really liked her. Mindy did have a redeeming quality, but it wasn't until the end. I really didn't like Mindy. Linc was great even though he was kind of clueless. I had to warm up to Garrett, because he didn't have all the facts. Overall, a decent read.

Copy provided from my local library.

Rating:
4 Stars

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Yours In Scandal by Lauren Layne (Review)

A few weeks ago I saw the cover for Yours in Scandal and I was like I want to read that. The main reason was the pink. I love the color pink, and the guy on the cover was pretty good looking. However, it was the pink cover that caught my eye. Plus, it looks like it's going to be a new series.

We get to meet Robert Davenport who happens to be the mayor of New York City. He's about to get out office, and looking to pursue his political career as the Governor of New York. He's just trying to find a way to take out the incumbent governor, so his team is looking for a way to get there. They might have found a way with the Governor's daughter, Adeline Blake formerly known as Addie Brennan. Robert never to intrigued by Adeline, and struggles with the idea of using Adeline to take down her father.

Overall, Yours in Scandal was an adorable read. Don't get me wrong they have some fun in the story, but they are pretty cute together. They do well with keeping each on their toes. I was pretty entertain with their banter. You want something light with a little touch of politics, you might enjoy Yours in Scandal.

Copy provided by Montlake via Netgalley

Rating:
4 Stars

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Just Thinking: It Seems Like I Have an Attention Span of a Gnat


Yes, I had grandiose plans for this blog. I FAILED! EPICALLY! You know what I'm okay with that. As I said with the titled of the this post I have an attention span of a gnat. I have been trying to finish these books that I have decided to take on. I'm just not in the mood to read. However, I have been slowly getting back into my mojo for reading.

YES! It is slowly coming back. I think what has been helping is my local library does digital audiobooks through Libby, by Overdrive. I thought the Playaways were awesome, but I love being able to check out any audiobook that is available. However, there is a downside: the waiting for a book you really want. The book I'm currently waiting for is Wildfire by Ilona Andrews. Seriously, the wait has been killing me. However, I finished The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis. Which I should have a review up fairly soon. I love being able to explore more books this way.

I know I have a plethora of books, but I love having this option. If you haven't heard about Libby, I would recommend checking it out. I knew my library did book checkouts with Overdrive, but you can do audiobooks too. I had a friend at work share how to do this with me and soooo grateful to her for sharing this tool. I'm sure you all have heard about this, and have been in the know a lot longer than me.

The question of the day is do you utilize all that the library offers? If so, what do you use? Plus, I love using digital checkouts, because you don't have late fees. I hope you all keep enjoying reading or doing whatever makes you happy.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Audiobook: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

YAY! I got a chance to finish listening to White Hot by Ilona Andrews. We continue with our journey Nevada and Rogan. First off, you will need to read Burn for Me before starting this story, because at the end of the story we see them part. We know that's not the end of them, because fate has a funny way to bring them together.

At the start of White Hot, you're not quite sure they are evening going to get back together, because Rogan was stupid. We also have Nevada coming more into her power. Then trouble starts and she needs help with Rogan, but she doesn't really want to go to him. They slowly conquer their relationship issues. They are pretty big issues, and hopefully the issues will no longer be an issue. I guess I have to wait until the next book to see if they are going to make it. Ugh.

Anyway, I liked White Hot, and I can't wait for the next book. I like that we actually got to see Nevada and Rogan getting together. However, more stuff happens that make you go whoa. Yes, this story keeps you guessing, the surprise of another family member trying to do something bad. That's the only downfall with checking out from the library.

Copy provided by library

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Audio Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

The funny story is I checked out story from the library, but in audio form. I had a feeling I had the book, but wasn't 100% sure. I found it in my room, which is fine. I still listen to the story. I actually enjoyed listening to Burn for Me. I have to say that this is my first Ilona Andrews book, and I enjoyed the story. So much so that I have requested the next story. Which I will be listen to book two, but you need to hear my thoughts on Burn for Me. Here we go:

Burn for Me is market as a romance novel, and there are some hint of romance. Like I said a hint. The story focuses on Nevada Baylor trying to get Adam Pierce who is a pyrokinetic Prime. However, she gets tangle with Connor "Mad" Rogan. Rogan is trying to find his cousin's son. Yet, there is a lot going on in this story that you don't learn until the end. Kind jaw dropping with all that happens. Nevada and Rogan need each to stop what is going on. Yes, there is sexual tension between these, and they pretty much fight each other feelings through most of the story. They come pretty close.

Anyway, a good start to a new series. Yes, we get to see more of these two in the next book. Mainly cause they never completely get together at the end of this story, so we got to see if they will ever get together. There is a cliffhanger. If you are not a cliffhanger fan you might not want to pass on this, but if you are looking for adventure you might take a chance on Burn for Me.

Copy originally came from Buns and Roses, but checked out from the Library

Rating:
4 Stars

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Audiobook: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I think I have broke my reading slump. Well, at least with listening. This past week I got a chance to listen The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Let me say that I couldn’t stop listening to that story. Even the narrator that was chosen to read the story was a perfect fit. In the story we meet Stella Lane. She has hard time dealing with people, because she has aspersers. However, numbers speak to her more than people. She feels that in order to get a man, she needs to get better with sex and relationships, and what better way than a male escort. She happens to pick Michael Phan. 

Now Michael has decided to get into the escorting business, because he needed to help his family out. He sort of feels obligated to help Stella, because he had a fear that she might end up in the wrong hands. However, they are good match for one another. 

Overall, The Kiss Quotient was a pretty good listen. I laugh, I cried, and thoroughly enjoyed the story. I love the story so much that I requested the next book from my library to listen to my drive to work. I can’t wait to start the next story. If you are looking for something different, and a character that isn’t typical, you will find yourself enjoying The Kiss Quotient.

Checked out from the Library

Rating:
5 Stars

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Bishop's Endgame by Katie Reus (Review)

I finally got around to Bishop's Endgame. I don't know why I procrastinated on this story, because it was the perfect ending to the trilogy. Throughout the trilogy we hear about Ellis, but he's not seen or heard from for since he "murdered" his best friend. Always in the background until his story. Now he's trying to prove his innocence, which is a tough feat when the cards are stack against him. He has the feeling that taking the daughter of the one who killed his friend was the way to do it. Sounds like a winning plan.

However, there are a few things that he wasn't counting on when he kidnapped Arianna: 1. She wasn't like her step-father. 2. Sweet caring person. 3. Willing to help him. There's no love lost between Arianna and her step-father. When she learns more about her step-father it's an easy choice to help Ellis.

I love Bishop's Endgame, because we bring in Evie his sister. We get to see Lizzy from Redstone books. And we also get to see another character that has popped in a few series here and there. Overall, a perfect ending to a trilogy. We have Ellis managing to redeem himself. Since he was the last Bishop to find happiness, I guess it's time to move on to a new series.

Copy provided by author.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan (Review)

I finally finished Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan. First off, I would recommend reading Dirty Little Secret first. You can read this without reading the first book, but it will make a lot more sense if we you do so.

In this story we get to know Austin Hubbard, who is trying to pick up the pieces of his life after his father takes everything away from him. His best friend's girlfriend send her friend Sonya Tucker. They didn't have a great start, but it's partly his father's fault.

I liked this story, because Austin and Sonya has the same dreams. They both want a home and a family to call their own. Yet learn this as they remodel Austin's grandfather's home. However, there is more than desires to rebuild a new life. We find that we have a terrible father, and you don't realize how terrible he is until you draw closer to the end. Jennifer does a wonderful job in drawing you into the story. Yes, you have romance budding between Austin and Sonya, but you also he him rebuild himself.

Overall, a pretty good read, and I can't wait to see what is going to happen with the series. Especially with the little sample at the end of the story.

Copy provided by Avon

Rating:
4 Stars

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Getting Healthy: Week 1 Done Many More to Go


First week: Started out strong. I was making lunches for work, and made good choices. Then the weekend happen. Oh boy, I really need to focus there. I know I have a habit of eating when I'm not hungry. I tend to snack when I'm bored. I guess I should focus on that this week. So, for week 2 I'm going to work on avoiding being bored so I don't over snack.

Hopefully next week I will have a little more to say. Any-who; are you guys developing healthy habits? If so, what are they? Do you have tips on overcoming boredom to avoid snacking too much?

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Weekly Recap Jan. 1-6


It's looking like I'm off to a good start with my goals. I have been doing all right with my healthy changes. I still fall a little short, but it's a work in progress. I should have a review posted sometime next week. Which means a I have been reading more. In the process of posting other stuff, but it hasn't come to fruition. Unless you count Getting Healthy post. I have finally learned how to use the banners I have purchased a few years back. Yay; it only took me about 2 years. I'm so excited about this. I also slightly modify my title; not by much. However, it kind fits in my new year.

How was your guys week? Yes, I know I haven't really counted the whole week, but this is a new thing for me. Like I said it goes with my new year. I'm currently finishing up Restless Rancher, and we will see what books I will read this week. I hope you all have a great week.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Getting Healthy: Time for Change


In yesterday's post I mentioned that I plan to take a healthier look on my life. Healthy living is not always easy to do, especially since I have been eating crappy for so long. I'm tired of being the way I am, so it's time for the change. You have to do the change when you are ready. If you aren't ready, you're not ready. Don't force yourself. You are welcome to come along with me on my journey or not.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard (Review)

I eventually finished The Beast of Beswick a while ago. It was a about the middle of December, but I just couldn't get myself to write the review for the book. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a bad story. I actually loved the first half the story. The banter between Thane and Astrid was good. They kept up with one another pretty well. However, as the story progress I was fell less enchanted with these two. It was a struggle for me stay engaged with the story. I would sit there try to force myself to finish the story. I know there were others who absolutely loved the story. The story had absolutely promise. We have a bluestocking heroine with beastly hero. I don't care that Thane wasn't the standard of handsome hero. I didn't really see these two draw closer together in the story, and by the time story ended they were madly in love. They magically came together, because he realize he wanted his wife.   I like Astrid, but there were times she drove me mad with her behavior with Thane. 

Overall, The Beast of Beswick was an all right read. Would it be something I picked up again, probably not. The writing isn't bad, but there was something I can't put my finger on. I did like Astrid and Thane individually, and I think they would work. However, I wasn't feeling this story. I guess you can say it was a beast to read. Hey it might work for you, and you can totally ignore my words. 

Copy provided by Entangled via NetGalley

Rating: 
3 Stars

It's a NEW YEAR! It's NEW GOAL!


For the past couple years I have kind of falling off with this blog (and it seems like I have continue the tradition), but this year I plan to recommit to my blog. I mean I totally didn't celebrate my 5 year mark a few years back, and I was okay with that. I mean I have been readjusting my life. Here is my new commitment to here.