A book a day...keeps insanity away! I am an avid book reader. When I am not reading, I love to play the piano, sing, or shop until I drop! Reading has been a huge part of my life since I was young and my Mom introduced me to the public library! Since then I have not stopped reading! I hope you enjoy my reviews!
Charlotte Wells does not date. After surviving a broken engagement, she’s taken a leave of absence from the social scene. So when her best friend and coworker, Jack, challenges her to get back in the game, she’s not so sure she’s ready to play. But ultimately, curiosity gets the best of her, and Charlotte accepts the daunting challenge: she will attempt to have fifty first dates in her effort to find “the one.” Unfortunately, she quickly realizes that the dating pool mostly holds clown fish as she goes on one lousy outing after another. Without a good man in sight as summer ends, Charlotte cuts her losses and sets her sights on a fun-filled trip to her cousin’s destination wedding in Brazil.
Brazil is a land of beautiful sights and delicious offerings—including Max, the charming brother of her cousin’s new husband. Max has all the makings of a Prince Charming in soccer cleats, and Charlotte’s happily ever after seems to be within reach. But love is a funny thing, and soon Charlotte finds herself wondering: could it be that her true love has been right in front of her all along?
I cannot lie, I was super excited when I saw that Michele Ashman Bell had a new release coming out! She has been a favorite author of mine for years and I may or may not have squealed like a schoolgirl at the chance to read and review her newest book! I loved Wish Me Love! Charlotte and Jack were larger than life, fun characters that I wanted to be friends with! I could completely relate to how they turned comments into a chance to break out in song! They were just so much fun! The more I read the more I wished that they could be together instead of just best friends! They supported each other and they just got each other!
When Jack suggested that Charlotte go on fifty first dates I was like WHOA there Nelly! But she was brave and decided to tackle it head on and oh my word, those guys and those dates! I mean, where do these people come from?!? I think the majority of women could relate to Charlotte in that she did not see herself as beautiful or special, yet she was. Sometimes it takes time to realize that we are awesome just the way that we are. I really connected with that part of the book and it is a nod to Bell that she can write a fiction novel that can make you connect and reflect on your own life. You will love this book and wish it would never end!
Psychologist Natalie Marsh’s dream is now reality: her mental health services clinic has opened and is housed in an elegant, newly renovated nineteenth-century building. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the clinic’s presence, including Heather Osbourne, a troubled young woman who wholly objects to the occupation of the building. Heather has spent years wandering the halls of the abandoned structure, convinced she’s communing with her ancestor’s ghost. When Natalie thwarts Heather’s attempt to leap from a window, the shaken psychologist soon realizes Heather’s failed jump is merely one piece of a disturbing puzzle. Greed and deceit are weaving a web around Natalie, and someone will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get what they want. Stretched to her breaking point, Natalie struggles to learn the truth, but only one thing is clear: nothing is as it seems. My Review: I have been a huge Stephanie Black fan for awhile now, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review her newest release, Mind Games! So truth, it took time to get into this book. I usually like my books to take off from the first chapter and keep the pace going so I stay interested. This book took more time than that and time to figure out who was who and what they were doing in the story. Once you get all of that straightened out then you are golden and the pace picks up and keeps you on the edge until the very end! Black has a mind for the suspenseful thrillers so watch yourself and don't read at night! Or alone! Happy Reading!!! You can pick up your own copy via Amazon. Source: Publisher for review a Rafflecopter giveaway
Ivy Nixon is the student body Vice President at Franklin High School. Each year, the school holds a date auction to raise funds for the senior class graduation party, and this year, Ivy’s in charge. Planning the event is a huge task and Ivy is determined to prove she can get the job done right. Unfortunately, she’s still one participant short and her deadline is looming.
Andy Walker, her cute but socially reclusive art class table mate, is her last resort. He may not be popular, but he’s funny, talented, and full of surprises. With a makeover and some major social marketing, Ivy is sure he could fetch a decent price at the auction.
Andy reluctantly agrees to help, but the more time Ivy spends with him, the more her feelings shift from professional to romantic in nature. To top it off, she’s done her marketing so well, that other girls are starting to notice Andy too. Come auction time, will Ivy be able to let him go to the highest bidder? Or will she find a way to keep him for herself…
Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels set at the same high school. It contains minor language, innuendo, and crude humor, some steamy kissing, a party scene where underage drinking is taking place, and a brief but tasteful conversation about sex. The author has attempted to write characters who make good choices in questionable situations, in effort to keep the content appropriate for teens. This book contains no sex, written or implied, and no explicit language. Recommended for ages 14 and up
"Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you." I lunged forward in an exaggerated show of gratitude and threw my arms around his waist, embracing him tightly. He flinched and tensed up for a moment. I'd caught him off guard. Eventually he relaxed and put one arm around me, awkwardly patting my back in some semblance of a hug.
For a moment, I forgot what I was doing and leaned into him. Wow, he smelled unbelievably good. Like soap and dryer sheets and something a little sharper that I couldn't identify. I needed to ask him what cologne he wore, because it was incredible. I could smell him all day. Not to mention that his chest was a lot firmer than one would guess, since he hides it under baggy button-down shirts all the time.
Andy cleared his throat and I pulled away. He looked embarrassed again. He really needed to get over that, and I was going to help him, starting right now. "Sorry." I grinned. "You smell amazing. Your cologne is yummy enough to eat. I could sit here and sniff you for the rest of the class."
He choked on his spit and quickly put his fist over his mouth to stifle his laughter. "Please don't." He was trying to sound horrified, but his face gave him away. He appreciated the compliment.
"Ok." I threw my hands up in surrender. "But fair warning...if I'm having a bad day, I may lean over and smell your neck to induce a calming effect. When that happens, don't punch me."
Andy shook his head, bewildered by the turn our conversation had taken. "I'll try not to punch you, if you decide to randomly press your face against my neck."
"When you say it like that, I sound like a psycho stalker."
"Psycho and stalker are your words, not mine. But, if the shoe fits..." He trailed off, and I smacked him on the arm.
"Ouch!" Andy rubbed the place I'd just hit. "I'm only kidding. I don't think you're a psycho stalker. I've never seen any indication that you're a stalker. You're more likely a plain old psycho." He was grinning nice and big now, and I couldn't help but grin back.
Perfectly You by Daniels is a breath of fresh air for the YA genre! I loved Ivy and her assertive and well meaning helpful ways. And then there was Andy, unassuming, low-key and a down to earth guy! The date auction was such a fun and interesting aspect of the book, I enjoyed Ivy looking for just the right guy and settling on Andy. Watching their friendship grow and develop was natural. I was rooting for them to see that there was more there than friendship! A wonderful and easy, Perfectly You was just the right pick me up from a long work week!
Author Robin Daniels
Robin Daniels is a wife, mother of five and avid consumer of books. She loves reading SO much that she was actually grounded from it as a twelve year old. No Joking! Her mom caught her reading when she was supposed to be cleaning, which was a common occurrence. At that point mom took the books and instructed her to go watch TV or play outside like a normal kid.
Robin is a sucker for home design shows and magazines, watches way too much Netflix and has a very codependent relationship with with a certain diet soda who’s brand shall not be named. (Though anyone with a similar problem could probably guess which one.)
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Decorated war hero Conall Stewart has spent ten years envisioning his return to his beloved Scottish Highlands. But now, with the days of battle finally behind him, it seems that his dreams of home have been in vain: the land of his youth lies in ruins, and his family is gone. Though he will never stop searching for his kin, Conall knows he must begin again. But when he takes on a rented farm in a nearby town, he finds far more than the fresh start he was looking for . . . After catching a mischievous local lad stealing, Conall returns young Jamie to his mother, Aileen Leslie—and finds the woman’s coddling of the child maddening. What Conall does not realize is that Aileen hides a frightening secret: her devoted protection of Jamie is all that shelters them from discovery by a dangerous man from their past. Drawn together by circumstance, Conall soon develops a fatherly relationship with Jamie—as well as romantic feelings for Aileen. But even as the couple accepts their growing affection for one another, time runs out for Aileen and her son: after years of hiding, they have been found. Conall lost his family once—he will do all in his power not to let history repeat itself . . ..
So I will openly admit that it personally took me a little longer than normal to get into this story. But once I was in, man, I could not put it down! Conall was such a strong, handsome and just good man. He cared about others and he was a giver by nature. And his Scottish accent could make a girl swoon! Aileen was a proud, stubborn and independent woman, she felt like she didn't need help from anyone at all! The two of them together were quite the pair and I wondered if they would ever see eye-to-eye. Aileen's son Jamie, stole a piece of my heart, and his character showed how children are good and aim to please. The climax of the story happened late, but it was action-packed and heart wrenching! It kept me up late because I had to finish it and find out if Conall would be able to save his new found family! Overall, a wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a sweet Scottish romance!