Thursday, June 27, 2013

We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong

Here's my review of Mimi Stong's book released this week. We Are Made of Stardust (Peaches Monroe, #1)We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review.

This is another great story by Mimi Strong. In this book, a store manager falls in love with a famous actor. She never feels good enough for him because she has such a low opinion of her body. She doesn't understand what he sees in her. Body image is something a lot of people struggle with and can relate to her feelings.

Peaches was too funny. She made all these off the wall comments that I just had to laugh. It was easy to fall in love with her carefree attitude.

I knew something had to happen to their relationship, after all, that's what makes a book interesting. I just didn't expect what actually happened... and then to make that the cliffhanger, GRRR! I do love a good cliffhanger, though. I can't wait to read the next one.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Damaged 2 by H.M. Ward

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this FANTASTIC book from the author. If you haven't read her books yet, I HIGHLY recommend all of them. Damaged 2 (Damaged, #2)Damaged 2 by H.M. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story and you will too. It's the second in the series, the first one is currently $0.99 (don't hold me to that) so grab it before you read this one. It is also tied to the Arrangement series (which currently has 8 novellas and more to come), but you don't have to have read that series to enjoy this one, it just gives a little background of Peter's brother, Sean.

This book continues in H.M. Ward's style. Lots of addicting drama with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. This one also has a lot of humor. At one point, I actually had to shut off my Kindle because I was laughing so hard and I had tears rolling down my face. I was so glad I wasn't reading it in public.

The series ends with this book. There is another series coming out in the fall called Stripped that will focus on the third Ferro brother, Jonathan. Can't wait for that one.

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Friday, June 21, 2013


I did it! I created my first giveaway, now if I can just figure out how to make link buttons at the top LOL. I'm trying. Anyway, here's the link to the page you need. Rafflecopter Giveaway!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Kitchen Affairs by Brooke Cumberland

Kitchen Affairs (Riverside Trilogy, #1)Kitchen Affairs by Brooke Cumberland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought this book a couple weeks ago and finally got the chance to read it. It was fantastic. I had tears in my eyes (the sign of a good book with great character development to me) but only once or twice, don't like too many sad parts.

Molly is a young single mother whose fiance, which she loved very much, was killed in an accident when their daughter, Stella, was just 2 months old. Alone with a child, she decides to go to culinary school. She convinces her gay friend to move to Chicago with her to help her with Stella.

On the first day of her internship, she is approached by Drake, the restuarant's sexy manager. He approaches her 3 times that day, she says no each time. Although it's been 4 years since her fiance died, Molly hasn't let him go and hasn't dated anyone. He ends up convincing her to have dinner with him, OK, convincing probably isn't the right word, but it worked. Love grows from there.
Of course it isn't all smooth sailing for them. There's the ethical issue of her being an intern while he's the manager. She has to let go of her fiance. There's leaked pictures, possible love triangle, and a crazy ex-girlfriend, and amazing sex to hold it alltogether. Does it get any better than that?

Sex scenes are there, but they aren't described in detail and you get the idea they are absolutely perfect t.

I finished this book the afternoon I started it. It was hard to put down.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fifteen Unfinished Novels (Holiday Romances, #3)Fifteen Unfinished Novels by Elizabeth Krall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the fact that this book wasn't what I expected. The other two in the series were about two people and the events that lead up to their first dates. This quick read is about a couple that have been married for many years.

Janet and Larry have suffered a terrible loss when their son was killed in Afghanistan which has caused their relationship to suffer. They've grown apart and Janet's just about had enough. Janet's last attempt to force Larry to pay attention to her makes her realize there's still something between them. This is a very heartwarming story.

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Gone for a SoldierGone for a Soldier by Kathleen Kelly Garlock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I admired Lucy throughout this entire book. The author developed this character so well, I felt an attachment for Lucy and kept reading to find out what happened to her. Having a woman pretend to be and live among men would be tricky. As I was reading, I found myself saying things like "how did Lucy deal with______?" and the author came through with answers throughout the book.

My husband enjoyed the fact that I kept asking him questions about the Civil War since I remember very little about it from school. By understanding my history, I was able to visualize the story better. Although the war plays a very important part of the story, it's the characters that stand out more. So many wonderful people come into her life (a few figure out her true identity, but most don't know, they assume she is just young or a rather feminine man). They support her and protect her, just like friend should. That's not to say it was all roses, it was during a war after all. There is fighting, disease, and death. Ohhh, and love...

Overall, it was a great that I would recommend to anyone.

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Toast To Go (Holiday Romances, #1)Toast To Go by Elizabeth Krall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great start to a sweet series. It was a great, quick read, that left me feeling uplifted and hopeful. Each book in the series is about a different couple and the events that lead up to their first date. Very heart-warming.

Jemma isn't a fan of Valentine's Day, mainly because she doesn't have someone to make it special for her, a grand gesture. Who knew the man that man that runs the cafe she frequents was interested in her? He flirts with all his customers. He tries to find a grand gesture to show her that he's interested in her, that's she's different. Will she be willing to give him a chance? You'll have to read to find out.

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The Perfect Chocolate Martini

The Perfect Chocolate Martini (Holiday Romances, #2)The Perfect Chocolate Martini by Elizabeth Krall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Holiday Romance series, however, you don't need to read the first one, "Toast to Go", to enjoy this story. It is a stand alone.

Alice runs a chocolate shop. Gordon is a banker that stops in everyday to buy a single piece of chocolate. The story continues with some ups and downs until he finally asks her out for their first date. It's a great read, short and sweet. Makes you believe that love can happen when you least expect it.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Picturing Perfect by Melissa Brown

Picturing Perfect (Love of My Life)Picturing Perfect by Melissa Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of those books that I was still reading at 2:30 am while hiding in the playroom so I wouldn't wake my husband. I just couldn't put it down. I felt so connected to the characters I sighed many times, actually had tears running down my face at least twice (the sign of a great book to me) and a big smile crossed my face at the ending.

I fell in love with Jason, he's a wonderful man. Anyone would be lucky to have him in his life. Tucker needs his a$$ kicked. His actions (and his mother's) frustrated me. He demonstrated just how selfish and immature he was throughout the entire book.

My favorite quote from the book that gave me something to think about was "Six out of Seven Dwarves are not Happy?"

And the quote that summed up the book could be, "Just because things aren't as you pictured them, doesn't mean they're any less perfect."

And the one that made me smile, "Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary gives us a fairy tale."

This book was provided to by as an ARC by the author as part of a Facebook/Rafflecopter giveaway.

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