Thursday, December 29, 2016

Book Review - Worth the Risk (St. James Book 3) by Jamie Beck

ABOUT THE BOOK




When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont’s Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn’t anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he’s making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive.
Gabby Bouchard refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn’t fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson’s smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces him to give in to temptation, Gabby’s jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life she has built for herself and her son.
With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.

REVIEW

Jamie Beck writes great emotional stories and Worth the Risk is no exception.  Jackson's story was the one that called to me the most it is obvious from the very beginning that he damaged and not quite ready to face it, but still a good person.  Books so often put characters in boxes, such as "mean alcoholic" or a character who has hit rock bottom before they can see they need help.  Jackson isn't quite at the bottom, and he isn't a terrible person, but he does have flaws.  Pairing him with Gabby, who is the daughter of an alcoholic and drug attic who did hit rock bottom and was mean, made for a great story and conflict and was well done by Beck.

Overall I recommend this story to anyone who loves a good romance.  Beck does a great job of tackling serious topics while still keeping it somewhat light and optimistic.  


OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her popular St. James and Sterling Canyon series. In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the ski slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. Fans can learn more about her on the web at www.jamiebeck.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Book Review - Light After Dark by Marie Force - Release Day with giveaway!



Light After Dark

A Gansett Island Series Novel 
by Marie Force

Gansett Island prize pack includes:
  • Gansett Island beach bag
  • Gansett Island fleece blanket
  • Tiki Bar hat
  • Gansett Island sweatshirt in navy, pink or grey*
  • Gansett Island “In Bed With” nightshirt in teal or hot pink*
  • Gansett Island pajama pants*
  • Map of Gansett Island
  • Signed copy of Light After Dark
  • Gansett Island charm bracelet in silver or gold
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Description

Mallory Vaughn is at a crossroads in her life. A year after learning that Big Mac McCarthy is her father, she’s spending more and more time on Gansett Island, surrounded by the large and boisterous McCarthy family. When she’s laid off from her longtime job, Mallory goes to visit her family on Gansett and tries to figure out the next chapter. An unexpected job offer will have her packing up her home in Providence to move to the island for at least the summer, if not longer. She decides to make this the “Summer of Mallory,” full of new adventures, new people and new opportunities. Will a new love also be part of the Summer of Mallory? Anything is possible on Gansett Island, especially true love. 

Take the ferry back to Gansett to catch up with the McCarthy family and their friends. Be on hand as Laura and Owen welcome their twins and the family comes back together for another summer of love and adventure on Gansett Island.

Review   

Usually, I love visiting Gansett in the summer for some beach reading, but as it turns out Gansett in the winter is pretty nice too!  It makes me dream about the summer and in this case the "Summer of Mallory!"  Of course, no summer all about yourself is complete without a little romance, and it finds her almost immediately.  I don't want to give away WHO the romance is with, Marie keeps you guessing a little at the beginning as the men start lining up, but as always the story is done well and the characters are smart and fun.  The romance is steamy at times, but tame compared to some of the past books, the perfect amount for these characters.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Book Review - Holiday with Twist by Shannon Stacey

ABOUT THE BOOK


New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey celebrates the season in this brand-new holiday novella 
After a messy breakup, Leigh Holloway is ready to start her life over. Until her parents put the family home on the market and call her back for one final, memory-making Christmas. The last thing she wants to do is deprive her mom of the perfect holiday, so she'll lie her way through the visit and worry about her future in the New Year. Too bad the only bar in town is owned by a guy she seriously wronged in high school.  
Leigh's best friend broke Croy Dawson's heart, and Croy knows it was Leigh's fault. They've never liked each other, but Croy isn't cruel: he'd never turn away a pretty woman in need of some family-Christmas fortification. He doesn't expect her to drink just enough candy-cane martinis to tell him her secrets—and he definitely doesn't expect to get caught up in her holiday madness. 
Despite the surprising love and laughter, Croy and Leigh can't escape the truth: he can't walk away from his family obligations and she has a life and career to reboot. But anything is possible if your holiday comes with a twist… 

REVIEW

I think that Shannon Stacey does a great job creating a full story in the novella form, something I think is very rarely done well.  While the story felt slightly rushed at first, things immediately become clear based on the history the characters have together.  From the first scene in the bar where Leight orders her cocktail, through the end the story moves quickly and easily and feels like a natural pace for this story.  This was a sweet and easy holiday read and I recommend it for anyone looking to get into the spirit of the season.


OVERALL RATING - 4 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Shannon Stacey, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she's not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Review - Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

ABOUT THE BOOK



#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner brings to life an irresistibly funny and relatable heroine in the novel The Boston Globe called “funny, fanciful, extremely poignant, and rich with insight.”

For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.

But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

REVIEW

This book isn't a Romantic Comedy.  If that is what you are looking for, read something by Catherine Bybee or if you want something really light-hearted, Janet Evanovich.  Both of those authors are great and write wonderful characters with happily-ever-afters and drama that wraps up nicely.  This book isn't quite like that.  The characters are realistic and possibly too realistic for some audiences who are looking for lighter women's lit.  They aren't perfect.  Sometimes they are a little whiney.  Sometimes they are a little selfish.  And all the time they are very real.  The story mostly follows Cannie through her struggles the year following the break-up of a serious relationship.  The story hits all of the plot points of a romance novel, but the story also gets a lot more real and a lot grittier than many readers are used to.  This is one of the reasons I loved this book but I feel like I need to warn off possible readers who will not love this book for the same reasons.  I get it.  Sometimes I want to read fluff because real life sucks and I don't need to read about other girls who lives suck too.  I think this book is worth it because the story is great, the character is complex, and the message it leaves you with will stick with you well after you finish the book.


OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in Bed, The Littlest Bigfoot, and her memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com