Review: One Summer by David Baldacci

One SummerOne Summer by David Baldacci
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was blown away by this book. Multidimensional, with characters that make you feel for every second of the book. You are so caught up by the emotion you can't wait until the next "page" to come up.

It was nice seeing the growth of this story from heartbreak to miraculous circumstance to healing. Meeting Jack, Micky (Mikkie - whichever way it's spelled - hard to tell from audio book), Corey and little Jakie is such a great family dynamic.

This story covers:

* heartache
* second chances
* change
* betrayal
* forgiveness
* and so much more.

I love that the audiobook has sections of it that have music themes. There are tender moments with sweet music and suspenseful moments with that eerie music you just can't shake. The narrator was easy to listen to and did great in segueing into the next voice without grating on your nerves.

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Review: The Reluctant Bride by Sharon Kleve

The Reluctant BrideThe Reluctant Bride by Sharon Kleve
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another sweet read by Sharon Kleve. I love the fact that the author uses pets in all of her books! It adds to the characters and their ability to bring them right into your hearts. They are so relatable and sweet. The characters were very much in love early on in the book which proved to be simply love at first sight which is sometimes hard to believe in.

I would recommend to any person who loves a great read.

I'll certainly look forward to many more books by the author.

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Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren

RoomiesRoomies by Christina Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just found Christina Lauren by reading Love and Other Words and had to find another of her books, I'm glad I found this one.

I loved the dynamic between Holland and Collin. It's a crush, it's a ruse, it's love. The characters are easy to relate to and you root for them the entire book. There are some VERY steamy parts in the book that make the book just that perfect segway from sweet to sultry. As a woman, I'd love to rumple some sheets with Collin myself. :)

As with any romance, the storyline runs on a formula:

*girl meets boy
*insert positive storyline
*insert insurmountable problem
*insert resolution
*insert HEA

Luckily the storyline, writing style, character dynamic, and steam give the formula the kick it needs to be a good book.

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Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way DownTurtles All the Way Down by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was FANTASTIC.

I have never read a John Green book yet, so finding this gem from my local library system was a great find.

Aza has issues. Issues that none of would ever wish for our worst enemy much less a young girl. Her particular issue I don't have an exact word for, germ phobia with some invasive thoughts add some OCD in there?

Aza and her friend Daisy are looking to come into some money by doing some detective work. What she finds more than anything is an honest and open friendship with maybe a little love thrown in there.

My love for this book is amazing, now I have to find his other books and read them.

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Review: The Undecided Bride by Sharon Kleve

The Undecided BrideThe Undecided Bride by Sharon Kleve
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another short and sweet bite from Ms. Kleve!

There's nothing like knowing in your gut that you're marrying the wrong guy, but what do you do about it?
What do you do when your "friend asks you to get close to his new fiancee to see why she won't get married and help her get her feet headed in the right direction?
I don't want to give away any tidbits from the book because it's too sweet to give away all in one piece, you have to savor it for yourself. Grab your kitty and sit down for a well-written book with a well thought out storyline, and characters with depth. I think you'll really enjoy.

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Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other WordsLove and Other Words by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an utter delight.

The story of a love that blossomed from young adulthood into the late teens and beyond. This story explores what could have been, what could be and what was meant to be. You get a glimpse of the years leading up to the characters love and their current day selves. It's a sweet (and sometimes VERY hot) story that has you rooting for love from page one.

I fell head over heels for Elliot. Smart, sexy, confident, and a man that knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go for it. I'm extremely jealous of Macy because she's loved by such a wonderful man.

I was blown away by the author's writing style, ability to convey emotions and her ability to describe things in a way that make you feel as if you were right there with the main characters. From the first page, I was hooked by how smooth everything flowed. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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I received this book for free (digital version) in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Reunited by Their Secret Son by Louisa George

Reunited by Their Secret SonReunited by Their Secret Son by Louisa George
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A one night stand turns into a nearly instant family 18 months after the fact.

Boy meets girl.
Boy and girl sleep together.
Boy never calls back.
Girl shows up where boy works for medical treatment for her son.
Boy figures it out.
Girl tells boy.
Boy and girl discuss.
Boy has hangups.
Girl helps boy get past hangups.
Boy and girl have HOT HOT sex.
Boy and girl and baby live happily ever after.

I found that this book was a bit too cliche and the hero was a little too whiny. I will hand it to the author, the sex was HOT! It was nice to see the hero jump in when times got tough.

Overall not something I would want to read again.

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