Thursday, May 25, 2017

REVIEW: "All the Forever Things" by Jolene Perry (Young Adult)

by Jolene Perry

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: April 1st 2017

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Description from Publisher:
“How many times have you saved me?” I ask Bree.

She grins. “Don’t you mean how many times have we saved each other?”

Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?

Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.

But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.
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My Musings:
Considering the fact that Gabe works (and lives) at a funeral home, I expected her to be more interesting. But instead, she becomes exactly who she hates people treating her like -a weird, closed-off, broody goth girl.

The way that she acted basically the entire book wasn't what I feel would be consistent with any 16 year old girl, but instead everything felt like it was middle schoolers. And I say that as someone who didn't have her first kiss until she was 18 and had graduated high school. The way she and Bree were about boys and dating, the way Gabe couldn't handle sharing her friend...

There were some nice messages about life and death in this, which was really the best part.

I liked Hartman, and thought that the way he pursued Gabe was pretty adorable. He was also eccentric and quirky, but in what felt like a very genuine way. I do wish that these characters had had more depth though, especially Gabe, since it was hard to make any real connection with any if them when we mostly just got shallow stereotypes and interactions.

For the majority of the story, not a whole lot seems to actually happen and it dragged quite a bit. Finally, at about 70% it picked up and became more interesting.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Jolene Perry
I wear juvenile T-shirts, worn-out chucks, and eat too much chocolate. I write. A lot. I make up words, drink Shirley Temples, and suffocate a little without my iPod.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ: "The Colors of My Life" by Linda Burson (Romantic Suspense)

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by Linda Burson

Publisher: Class Act Books
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: May 15th 2017

Description from Publisher:
Bank Robbers… Kidnappers… and a daring romance

Mrs. Caylie Lyon a devoted, but bored, unhappy housewife of 28 years makes a sudden decision that transforms her and alters her life.

When waiting with her husband, Nolan, in their local bank, a group of masked-men storm through the front doors. When the armed robbers grab a young mother of two to kidnap to ensure their escape, Caylie offers to take her place.

Caylie uses her memories of a handsome movie star, Landon Cordell, to help her deal with her confinement, until she falls in love with one of her kidnappers. They form a close bond, and Caylie’s life is forever changed.

Can their love survive the haunts of Cole’s past and can love be enough when Caylie’s opportunity to meet Landon Cordell becomes a reality?

About the Author:
Linda Burson, a Connecticut resident for over 27 years, has been writing ever since she was a teenager. She started out writing memoirs and continued writing by attempting several nonfiction pieces.

After attending college, pursuing other interests, and traveling, a lot of Linda’s free time was spent reading mysteries, romance, and women’s contemporary novels.

After several attempts at writing nonfiction, but having life get in the way, she put her passion on hold again. She gave up writing to focus on raising her daughters, being a wife, running her own custom computerized embroidery business and taking care of her dog, a Lhasa Apso named Nathan.

After a serious bout of breast cancer, Linda eventually closed down her business after almost fifteen years. She decided it was time to attempt writing again. This time, however, with nothing to distract her, she decided on tackling fiction, a contemporary, commercial romance with a dark edge.

In January, 2013, she sat down with her laptop and started writing notes about how her novel would progress. After that, the writing began and it never stopped. Before she was aware of it, her idea of a single book turned into a trilogy, which turned into a much longer series called the MARCY SERIES.

When asked about inspiration, Linda has this to say: “Nobody really inspired me to write, but I do remember my mother and father always saying ‘anything you put your mind to you can accomplish. Don’t ever let anyone tell you, you can’t do something.’ Having the support and encouragement of my family is also important. Having my youngest daughter, who works in the publishing field, offer advice and knowledge, has helped me to stay focused and continue to write.”

Linda’s first five books in the Marcy Series are published—and the sixth will be available in 2017. Her hope is to have her complete Marcy Series romantic thriller published in the near future. She is also in the process of writing a new thriller, and has just completed a murder mystery novel which she hopes to have published in 2017, along with her other Romance Thriller/Suspense, The Colors of My Life.
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REVIEW: "Public Relations" by Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolinito (Chick Lit, Romance)

by Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolinito

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Chick Lit
Publication Date: May 9th 2017

Standalone: Yes

Description from Publisher:
Young PR star Rose Reed is thrown into the big leagues when her boss leaves town the day of the firm's meeting with Archie Fox, a young, hot, internationally famous British singer-songwriter. The meeting is going badly until Rose suggests a staged romance with up-and-coming, young indie star Raya. He'll do it, but only if Rose becomes his publicist.

As the faux-mance begins to rehabilitate Archie's faltering career, Rose finds his herself having unexpected, inconvenient and definitely unprofessional feelings for the crooner. But do late night texts and impromptu burrito binges mean he feels the same? In the end, Rose will have to decide whether to let her fantasy crush go, or to risk her reputation to be with the charming, handsome, scoundrel-y but sweet pop star she's grown to love.
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My Musings:
I thought that this was cute and sweet, with a bit of sexy. Less a romance and more of a chick lit. I liked the PR angle a lot, and would have enjoyed a more in-depth look at that, especially involving Archie. The Raya aspect was interesting and felt mostly realistic.

I wanted more Archie though, for multiple reasons, including the fact that he seemed like a great character and because he was Rose's love interest. The guy Rose goes on a fee dates with, Neil, and how far things went with him felt unnecessary. I wanted more cute and sexy moments where the chemistry between Archie and Rose was undeniable.

I feel that this really needed the couple to be together sooner than 80% in. And/or this would have benefited from having dual POV where we knew how Archie felt. Until the dinner Archie cooks, there was nothing overtly flirty or romantic enough between them to do much to showcase their chemistry.

Overall, this seemed a bit slow and like we were in Rose's head too much for while.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

REVIEW: "Tracking You" by Kelly Moran (Contemporary Romance)

by Kelly Moran

Publisher: Kensington Books: Lyrical
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 23rd 2017

Series: Redwood Ridge, #2
Standalone: Yes

Best Friends to Lovers, Non-traditional Protagonist (deaf hero), Animal lovers (vet/vet tech), Slow burn
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Description from Publisher:
Love isn't always loud. Sometimes it's silent.

Gabby Cosette has always been dubbed the good girl of quaint Redwood Ridge, Oregon, and being permanently put in the friend zone has left her dating life stagnant. With no prospects in sight, she clings to her friends and resolves to not let loneliness drag her under. So when the town Battleaxes set their matchmaking sights on her, she figures it can't hurt. Yet the guy they think is perfect for her just happens to be not only her boss at the veterinarian clinic, but her best friend. Sure, Flynn O'Grady is attractive and the nicest guy around, but going there with him would topple both of their carefully constructed worlds and there would be no going back. Even if he is starting to make her girly parts zing.

Having been born deaf, Flynn has already felt like an outsider most of his life. Aside from his brothers, Gabby is about the only person who's gone out of her way to treat him as more than a handicap. Which is exactly why he's banked his secret attraction for his sweet, beautiful vet tech. Except his meddling family is trying to play Cupid and ruin the best thing to ever happen to him. Without Gabby, his work as a veterinarian, never mind his personal life, wouldn't flow. Determined to ignore the antics, he's secure in the knowledge she's not interested in him romantically. But then a kiss changes everything . . . and he's wondering if taking the ultimate shot at love might be worth the risk.
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My Musings:
Aww, I seriously loved these two! Gabby was a sweetheart (who "burped sunshine and farted rainbows", haha) and I loved her heart. Flynn was also adorable. Caring, sexy, and kind. Their relationship, from the friendship they share at the beginning to the romantic love they eventually allow themselves to embrace, is such a deep and loving one it was truly swoonworthy.

The relationship with the O'Grady brothers was also really wonderful and there were so many really sweet moments that brought a smile to my face.

The sign-language aspect and things from Flynn's point of view as a deaf person was really fantastic and I felt that it was really, very well-done. The issues Flynn had felt very realistic and I applaud the effort and skill that made it so enjoyable! It was a big part of the story while also feeling very normal. That us to say, Flynn wasn't portrayed as a "deaf guy," but a guy who happened to be deaf.

The chemistry between these two was off the charts, and felt very natural as well. The slow burn was perfect.

As an animal lover, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the animals in my review. Flynn's dog and Gabby's cat were adorable additions. And the discovery on the new client's farm was heartbreaking, but appreciated none-the-less as it deepened the story and the characters that much more.

This was the first book by Kelly Moran that I have read, but will certainly not be my last! The characters were rich, the romance and friendships deep, and there were just so many "feels"!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Kelly Moran
Kelly Moran is a bestselling romance author of enchanting ever-afters. She is a Catherine Award-Winner, Readers' Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and a 2014 Award of Excellence Finalist through RWA, plus she's landed on the 10 Best Reads & Must Read lists by USA TODAY's HEA.

Kelly's been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. Her interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and two dogs. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

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