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

Technically nothing.  I started reading a book on the train and it didn’t catch my interest.  But I finally found Swear by Adriana Locke and I’ll be starting that later.


recently finsihed

against the rules Didn’t like this one much.  My review is on goodreads only.

Beauty and the Mustache Least favorite book of the KITC and Winston Brothers series.  Couldn’t relate to the “hero” at all.

full package Decent read, nothing to write home about.


read next

I downloaded a bunch of stuff on Kindle Unlimited today by authors who are all new to me.  They are:

Say You’ll be Mine by Maria Luis

Fire on the Firm by Betty Shreffler (good reviews on goodreads)

What You Do to Me by Barbara Longley

Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybe

Stone Rules by Samantha Christy

I’m also close to getting the book about Scott Peterson written by his sister and the new Harper Sloan book from the library.  I wish everyone knew they could return library books on Amazon!


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

Book Review – Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland’s hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn’t afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she’s forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.

Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie hasn’t been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn’t think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he’s got a handle on what life can throw at him and he’s not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can’t forget.

Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?

4 out of 5 stars

Kristen Proby is one of those authors who could write the phone book and I would read it. I just love her.  Book 3 in the Fusion series is no exception.

Book 3 is the story of Kat Meyers, one of the owners of Seduction, one of the hottest restaurants in Portland.  Kat needs to attend a wine convention in California, and is forced to fly.  She is seated next to Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie, and Mac instantly comes to her aid (she’s terrified to fly).

They discover that they are at the same convention, and decide to have a “sexcation” while there.  Kat never asks any questions about Mac, assuming he lives in California.  Imagine her surprise when she discovers he is on her return flight and that they live in the same building.

I absolutely loved Mac.  He was so kind and romantic.  There was some drama with his father and a gambling addiction, but it was written in a believable way and didn’t take away from the story.  I really enjoyed Kat as well.  She was strong and funny.  She is also fiercely loyal to her friends.

I’m really excited that the next book is about Mia!  She’s a firecracker and I love her, so I’m excited.  And the new Boudreaux book came out today so I have more KP to look forward to!

Happy reading!

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Book Review – Tonic by Staci Hart

Goodreads Summary

Joel Anderson doesn’t take anything seriously.  Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he’s not the kind of man you cross, or you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.Tonic

Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.  Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements — affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn’t take lightly. When she’s tapped to produce a reality show at Joel’s shop, she doesn’t think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.

The second Annika walks into Joel’s shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she’s not having it. He’s all wrong — too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn’t take her long to find out there’s more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.  Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he’s found his tonic.

Rating 

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

Tonic is the story of Joel Anderson, owner of Tonic Tattoo Shop.  Joel’s brother Shep convinces Joel to do a reality show set in their shop as a way to boost business and focus on their art.  On the first day of production,  Joel meets Annika, the Executive Producer of the show.  Annika is an uptight woman, the only child of Russian emigrants.  Joel is the opposite of every guy she’s ever been with – hairy and covered in tattoos.

I detest reality television for one main reason – it’s not real.  It’s scripted and producers try to find conflict and exploit it.  This book did the same thing – used conflict to exploit the situation.  While it’s factual, it doesn’t make it any less irritating.

Joel is awesome.  He’s funny and laid back.  He’s very protective of his staff.  Annika was a little harder to like in the beginning, but she eventually grew on me.  Her boss, Laney, was annoying and vindictive.  I really liked her cousin Roxy and her cousin’s daughter, Kira, was adorable.

The story had  a little “side story” involving Annika’s parents, and there was a some predictable drama caused by the show, but overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Garrison’s Creed by Cristin Harber

A SPY RUNNING FOR HER LIFE
Nicola is an injured CIA agent on the run from a failed undercover operation. Her escape plan shatters when she slams into the man who buried her a decade ago. Cash Garrison. garrison's creedHer first and only love. Now, sexier than her best memory and cradling a sniper’s rifle, he has questions she can’t answer. Why was she alive? And armed?

AND THE MAN SHE COULD NEVER SEE AGAIN
Cash is an elite member of a black ops organization, The Titan Group. He thought Nicola died his senior year of college and swore off love to focus on a decade of military missions. But when she shows up behind enemy lines, bleeding out and wielding a weapon, his heart and mind are unsure how to proceed.

BATTLE BETRAYAL TO SAVE THEMSELVES
Titan and the CIA join forces to uncover a mole hidden in a network of international terrorists and homegrown mobsters, teaming Cash and Nicola again. They fight old wounds and re-ignite sparks while closing in on a double agent. When disaster strikes, Nicola’s hidden past makes her the hunted target and Cash’s best kill shot may not be enough to save them.

3 out of 5 stars

This review won’t be long because is book was BORING.  Cash Garrison is an undercover agent and stumbles upon a scene where he runs into his dead ex-girlfriend.  Turns out she’s not dead after all.

The story was dull and predictable.  I liked Cash, but Nicola was a bit annoying.  She spent a lot of time trying to be a bad ass, when it really wasn’t necessary.

I liked her handler Beth and her brother Roman and the rest of the guys are cool.  But I didn’t love this book.

Happy reading.

 

 

Book Review – Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of anyride hard man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . .

4 out of 5 stars

Ride Hard is the story of Haven Randall, the daughter of a horrible criminal who runs away from her father and is rescued by the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club.  She stays at their compound for protection.  Haven is very timid, due to years of abuse at the hand of her father.  She has a hard time trusting anyone other than her best friend, Cora.

The club president, Dare Kenyon, meets Haven and Cora and wants to protect them.  It’s what their club does.  Dare feels like Haven is naïve girl, but she’s much stronger than she seems.  Haven also has trouble sleeping at night; when she has trouble sleeping, she bakes, and apparently she’s very good.

This story wasn’t terribly deep, but it was a good book.  The ending was pretty predictable but it didn’t take away from the story.  I really liked Haven; she was a very sweet and caring girl, giving to others though she was treated poorly for most of her life.  I liked Haven and Dare together.

I’m excited for this new series.  It should be good.

Happy reading.

 

Book Review – Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry

Goodreads Summary

In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family adnans storyfriend, has always believed him. By 2013, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in hopes of finding a journalist who could shed light on Adnan’s story. In 2014, Koenig’s investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners

But Serial did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State’s case: a potential new suspect, forensics indicating Hae was killed and kept somewhere for almost half a day, and documentation withheld by the State that destroys the cell phone evidence — among many other points — and she shows how fans of Serial joined a crowd-sourced investigation into a case riddled with errors and strange twists. Adnan’s Story also shares Adnan’s life in prison, and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice is yet to be achieved in this much examined case.

Rating

5 stars

Review

I should start this review by telling you that I’m a huge fan of Rabia Chaudry and her (and Susan and Colin’s) podcast, Undisclosed.  I’ve listened to every episode (some more than once).  I’ve read her blog and tweeted her.  I’m invested in this case.

It was really interesting to read the backstory of the phenomenon that was Serial.  I knew Rabia brought the case to Sarah Koenig, but to read Rabia’s thoughts about the podcast were incredibly enlightening.  Hearing from Adnan was also incredibly interesting.

I have believed from Episode 1 of Serial that Adnan was innocent.  Having listened to Undisclosed and the Truth and Justice (formerly Serial Dynasty) podcasts have proved that ten times over.   After reading this book, I have an even deeper respect and empathy for Adnan Syed.  He’s a genuinely good person.  I don’t believe he murdered Hae.

In terms of the writing, I felt the book was a little long and detail heavy in some places.  I would have liked to hear about Tanveer (Adnan’s brother) and his reconciliation with his family.  I would have liked to have heard more about Jenn Pusateri and Stephanie.

I could hear Rabia’s voice as I read Adnan’s story.  It’s a story that is still continuing, and will hopefully end with Adnan going home to his family.  I would recommend this book to anyone.  A well-written book.

Happy reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is: This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc).  My choice is:

Top 10 Books I’ve read set in the Midwest.

I thought this would be a fun topic since I’m from the Midwest.  Hope you enjoy!

Man Candy by Melanie Harlow., set in Detroit.  If you read the blurb, it says something about a flat, so I assumed the book was set in the UK.  But I was wrong; and this is a great book.

Crazy, Happy, Love series by Melanie Harlow, set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I live in Indiana, but have never been to the UP and want to go!  Maybe someday.  This was a good series about three sisters.

The Carpino series by Brynne Asher, set in Nebraska.  Yes, Nebraska.  I assumed this was a mafia book, but could not have been more wrong.  I loved this series and desperately want more.

Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora, set in Missouri.   If you haven’t read this series, please do yourself a favor and read it.  LOVE them.

My Coyote Ugly Life by Jessica Spoon, set in Iowa.  This book is really funny.

The Exquisite Series by Ella Frank, set in Chicago.  Good book series.

Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover , set in Chicago.  I read this 6 years ago but it felt very authentically Chicago.  I wish the author would have written more books in this series.

Changing the Game by Jaci Burton, set in St. Louis.  I enjoyed this series, even if they were a little fluffy.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, set in Minnesota.  I loved this series.

The Fault in Our Stars, set in Indiana.  I actually forgot this book was set in Indiana, because I remember Amsterdam so much, but alas, it’s in the Hoosier state.

What books are on your list?

Happy Tuesday!

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