June Wrap Up

Hard to believe June is over already!  It was a busy month for me personally, with a high school graduation and a baseball trip to Kentucky.  Here is my wrap up.

Read

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Favorites – The Last Guy by Isla Madden-Mills

Least Favorite – Bad Penny by Staci Hart

Watched

Spotlight.  The Keepers made me want to watch other stories about abuse in the Catholic Church.  Spotlight was a really well made movie.

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Beware the Slenderman on HBO.  This was a tough documentary to watch.  Kids with mental illness is part of the story, but the rest is about believing what you read on the internet.  Good story.

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Kardashian: The Man who Saved OJ.  I’ve watched so many movies and documentaries about the OJ trial, but I had no idea that he got rid of OJ’s suitcase when he came back from Chicago.  It’s on tape.  Lost all respect for him now.

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I participated in a few tags this month:

Greek Mythology Book Tag

Soul Ripping Romance Tag

Would You Rather Book Tag

 

Happy 4th of July to all of you in the US!

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Book Review – Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett

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sex in the sticksValentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.
 
Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.

rating

4 out of 5 stars

review

I devoured this book in less than 24 hours!  Such a cute, fun read.

Valentine French is a wealthy socialite from Manhattan, who also happens to write a popular dating/sex blog called Valentine’s Couch.  Tired of the guys in New York, Val’s cousin Jeremy suggests a change of scenery – namely, Alaska, where men outnumber women 15:1.

Val takes Jeremy’s advice and heads to Alaska, and makes plans to stay in East Merritt.  Upon getting off her airplane, she’s shocked to learn there are no ubers or taxis (such a New Yorker).  Lucky for her, the police chief from East Merritt, Logan Burke, happens to be in town picking up a shipment.  He offers to drive Val to town.

Val is immediately the most popular girl in town.  She’s beautiful and funny.  Everyone takes to her right away, including Logan, though he’s a little slow to admit it.  Val has some misadventures in Alaska, like getting lost in the woods before nightfall and not realizing how cold it gets in Alaska at night.

Val’s plan is to date some of the local guys, which she does, to no avail.  After getting lost in the woods, and Logan finds her, she ends up at his house (because he has a bath tub) to warm up.  Their relationship changes from there.

I love small town stories like this.  I liked the people in this fun little town.   I will admit I didn’t like the way Logan acted when he found out about Val’s blog.  He was kind of a douche for 15% of the last 20% of the book.  He sure wasn’t acting like a 37-year old man.

Val’s blog didn’t bother me, but it was odd that she would blog about things in the town, and talk about the town by name.  And talk about the fact that Logan was the police chief.  Maybe she thought people outside of New York didn’t read her blog.

Val’s action in the last 20% of the book made me like her even more than I already did.  It’s odd when I like the woman more, but in this case, I do.

This was a super cute and fun read and I would recommend it.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

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shacking upRuby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.

Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.

Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.

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4 out of 5 stars

review

After reading two 3 star books in a row, this was so refreshing!!!  Shacking Up is the story of Ruby Scott, daughter of a wealthy businessman who is a struggling actress in New York.  After being evicted from her apartment (due to daddy cutting her off), she is almost homeless until her best friend Amie comes up with an idea of having Ruby move into her friend Bancroft’s apartment to take care of his exotic animals.

It turns out that Ruby and Bane (his nickname) have met before – notably, when he kissed her at Amie and Armstrong’s engagement party.  Bane thought Ruby was his date (she wasn’t), and he ended up getting her deathly ill (he was ill) and causing her to blow an audition.

Bane moves Ruby into his apartment, where he introduces her to his ferret, Francesca, and his tarantula, Tiny.  Turns out Bane is leaving the country for five weeks and needs someone to watch his pets (and ferrets are illegal in NY apparently).  Ruby hits it off his with pets right away.  She also hits it off with Bancroft, and they begin a “long distance relationship”.

Their relationship is not conventional.  They know each other for a few days when Bane leaves, but once his in Europe, he begins video calling Ruby daily, and they form a friendship.

One thing that really annoyed me about this book was the whole “old money” scenario.  Ruby’s dad is super rich but won’t give her money because she’s pursuing her dreams.  She gets a job at an interesting place to make money.  She struggles to pay rent because she wants to do it on her own.  Bane, on the other hand, has a rich family as well, and his mother was a little annoying.  As a side note, Amie’s fiancée, Armstrong, was an annoying twit.

I have to admit that I didn’t love the epilogue.  It took place four weeks after the last chapter.  I prefer my epilogues be farther in the future.

Overall, though, this was a very enjoyable story and I would recommend it.

Happy reading.

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WWW Wednesday

 

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


currently reading

shacking up Ok, technically I finished this morning.  Really enjoyed this book.  Review to come later.


recently finsihed

bad penny I was disappointed in this book.  I just couldn’t connect with Penny.

foxe and the hound This was another disappointment.  Characters were too hot/cold.


 

read next

So, I have had 5 books on hold with the library for over a month.  Four of them came in within 2 days.  So I’m reading, in this order, due to return date:


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

 

 

Cover Reveal: Unfinished Business by Carina Adams

Title: Unfinished Business

Series: Bastards of Boston Novel 

Author: Carina Adams

Genre: MC Romance

Release Date: July 26, 2017

The Bastards of Boston live in a world most don’t understand. They follow their own rules, only accountable to each other, the innocents they protect, and the people they couldn’t save.

As president of the Bastards MC, Robert Doyle is the man behind it all. It’s his responsibility to keep his club safe, to be the smartest man in the room, and be ten steps ahead of everyone. He’d give everything he had, and sell his soul to the devil, to protect the ones he loves.

Until Rocker comes face-to-face with the pain he thought he’d buried. Old wounds are ripped open. Revenge consumes him. Once again he’s the teenager desperate to avenge his daughter’s murder and nothing else matters.

He calls me his angel, but the halo I wear caught fire a long time ago. There is no line I won’t cross, no law I won’t break. I’ll do whatever it takes to save him. If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, I’ll happily burn.

When past and present collide, we’re in for one hell of a bumpy ride.

I felt my eyes widen. In my mind she was still just a girl, short and straight, all gangly arms and awkward movements that come with being a young teen. Somewhere over the last few years, she’d grown up.

 

I hesitated for a brief moment, stunned. This woman was nothing but trouble; tall, athletic, and beautiful enough to make even me notice her. For a moment I stared into her eyes, completely blown away. If I hadn’t known better, I would have sworn there was relief in those depths. Something I’d thought I’d lost stirred in my gut.

“Don’t touch me!” She sneered, trying to get free as I caught her and gripped her shoulders tightly. When she couldn’t break the hold, she glanced over my shoulder, her panic clear. “Where’s Matty?”

 

“Not here.”

“Let go!” She shoved at me again. “I need Matt, not you.”

“You’re in my club, little girl.” I growled back, pushing back anything but the irritation that my stress free night had gone to shit so quickly. “If you didn’t want to see me, you should have stayed in that cushy little apartment I pay out the ass for.”

 

Blue eyes narrowed as she tipped her head back and looked at me. Seeing my shiner, she raised an eyebrow, her nose wrinkled in disgust. “Someone finally gave you the beating you deserved? Sorry I wasn’t here for that.”

 

The strong scent of alcohol on her breath made me clench my fists. She winced as my fingers dug into her flesh, and it took every ounce of self restraint I had to loosen my grip. I took a deep breath and tried to control my rage. “You’ve been drinking.” It wasn’t a question.

Her eyes narrowed in crystal clear hatred as she jerked her head back. “Go to hell.”

 

“Already been there, Brat. Fought my way out. I’m still here. Explain to me why you are.”

“I told Tonka Truck,” she sent Tank’s back a seething look, “I’m here for Matty. I meant it.” Her hands planted themselves on my chest. “Get the fuck away from me before I start to scream and these guys,” she leaned her head toward the table, “give you another black eye.”

I laughed humorlessly at that.

 

The stupid little girl was fucking clueless. She could scream all she wanted here and not one of the brothers us would step in to help her. She wasn’t at some college frat party where a good Samaritan was waiting to rescue the pretty damsel in distress. Tank and I were the closest things in this room, and if we were the ones causing the scene, everyone else would sit back, drink and watch.

 

“Let’s go!” I snapped.

 

Cris shook her head. “I’m not leaving. Not without…”

“Now!” I yelled, cutting off her words.

Her jaw set. “Fuck off. I’m not leaving.”

I’d had enough of her attitude and manipulation to last a lifetime. I wasn’t about to cause an even bigger scene with the drama queen in front of me, risk the chance that someone would figure out she was worth something. Her brother could deal with her shit. I was done.

 

If Matt had been here, I would have stepped aside and let him handle her. Since he wasn’t, she was my responsibility. Fucking bullshit best friend code. But, I knew he’d do it for me.

I did the only thing I could. I grabbed her, threw her over my shoulder, and strode out of the club.

 

When fists starting pounding into my lower back, and she started demanding I put her down, my hand itched with the need to spank the jean covered ass on my shoulder. As we made our way outside, I hoped the anger and hatred coursing through my veins was clear on my face. If any patched member stepped in, I’d have no place to argue – I wasn’t their equal yet, I was still a guest in their club.

A few brothers nodded my way, amusement clear, as I headed for the door, but no one tried to stop me. Thank Jesus. I wasn’t sure what I would have done if they had. Probably something dangerous and definitely something stupid.

Once the brat realized that she couldn’t fight her way down, she did the only thing an immature child like her would – she tried to pants me. I knew when she was quiet for a moment too long that she was up to something. I thought she was going to give it one final push and try to break free, but when her hands moved to my back pockets, and she gave the denim one solid yank, I almost laughed.

Instead, I yanked on my waistband, barely keeping it around my hips, and gave her thigh a warning squeeze with my free hand. The whole city could see my blue Fruit of the Loom’s, and I still wouldn’t put her down until I’d safely deposited her ass in my truck.

 

When she gave them another push, I snapped. “Cut the shit Cris.”

 

“Fuck off.”

Such a polite and sweet little girl my best friend’s baby sister was.

An avid reader who loves epic and unconventional romance, Carina has an unhealthy obsession with Jason Statham, loves the sounds of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, is the crazy friend your mom warned you about, and believes one day she will go through the stones to meet Jamie Fraser.

 

Carina has been writing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, allowing her to fall in love with the next man of her dreams with every new story.

None of which are anything like boring Prince Charming.

Thankfully, fate stepped in and granted her the ultimate wish – a life full of men. Carina lives in a picturesque New England town with her husband, the man who ruined the thought of all others, and two amazing sons who always keep her on her toes.

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best books of 2017 so far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Blog.

This week’s topic is The Best Books I’ve read so far in 2017.  Here is my list, in no particular order.

Only With Me by Kelly Elliott

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Fire on the Farm by Betty Shreffler

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All About the D by Lex Martin

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Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe

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Levi’s Blue by M. Leighton

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Delivery Girl by Lily Kate

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Trick by Laramie Briscoe 

trick

Challenge by Amy Daws

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Hooker by Brooke Blaine

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I Just Want You by Kaylee Ryan

i just want you

What are the best books you’ve read so far this year?

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Bad Penny by Staci Hart

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bad pennyNothing good comes after the third date.  Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way. So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.

rating

3 out of 5 stars

review

Bad Penny is a follow up book to Tonic, and sadly, it was much worse.

Penny is a tattoo artist with a foul mouth, tatted body and purple hair.  She’s brash, bold and uncaring.  She is also incapable of commitment, thanks to a bad relationship in high school (yes, high school).  She sees “Blondie” (please note the man on the cover is not blond – not jumping on soap box, but just saying) at an ice cream shop and thinks he is the hottest dude ever.

They meet up again in a club later, and end up going home together.  Turns out Bodie (Blondie’s name) went to the same high school as Penny, and he was friends with the boyfriend who turned her off to relationships.  In general, Penny gives guys three dates, then dumps them.

My biggest issue with this book is Penny.  I really just didn’t like her.  I couldn’t connect with her, and I didn’t empathize with her at all.  She strung Bodie along, and I didn’t like the way she treated him.

The other issue was this book was pretty darn boring.  I skipped over big chunks of this book that were Penny stressing about stupid shit.  The whole ex-boyfriend storyline was just plain dumb, and didn’t make me feel sorry for Penny at all.

I like to characters in this series, so if there is another, I will likely read it, but I hope it’s better than this one.  Disappointing.

Happy reading.

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