December 31, 2017

Quick Review: Uncommon Type




Uncommon Type: Some Stories features a collection of seventeen short stories, as the debut novel by Tom Hanks.

These stories vary, yet they are intriguing, heartfelt, and entertaining. Also, several of the stories include a typewriter theme. Some of my favorite short stories include Three Exhausting Weeks, Welcome to Mars, Steve Wong Is Perfect, and The Past Is Important to Us.

I preferred some stories more than others, yet I highly recommend reading (or listening to) this book. The audiobook version is read mostly by the author, which is a special bonus for fans of Tom Hanks.

December 30, 2017

Quick Review: We're Going to Need More Wine


We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories is a collection of thought-provoking and heartfelt essays by Gabrielle Union.

The author shares stories from her personal experiences, which range from humorous to heartbreaking. Earlier this year, I was fortunate to receive an ARC of sample chapters. Since then, I've been looking forward to reading the rest of the book, which I highly recommend.

December 29, 2017

Book Review: The Ones Who Got Away


The Ones Who Got Away, by Roni Loren is a contemporary second chance romance that's tragically heart-breaking while also still sweetly romantic.

Liv Arias and Finn Dorsey are two of the ones who got away and survived after a horrific shooting during their high school prom. This tragedy splintered their secret dating relationship and caused them to abandon their friendship. Twelve years later, Liv, Finn, and their classmates are in their hometown to assist with a special project.

Both Finn and Liv are still attracted to each other, yet dealing with past issues and more current concerns in the lives. However, they quickly develop a new relationship, while dealing with these issues. I'm hoping for more books in this series that focus at least on the three friends, since I'm intrigued to read even more.

The Ones Who Got Away is geared towards those who are interested in second chance romances, despite the tragically heart-breaking underlying issues, yet still hopeful storyline.



Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 28, 2017

Reading Challenge: Read the Books You Buy Summary


In 2017, I participated in the Read the Books You Buy reading challenge. 

Books Purchased in 2017:
  1. A Family Under the Stars, by Christy Jeffries
  2. A Rancher's Heart, by Vivian Arend
  3. Accidentally on Purpose, by Jill Shalvis
  4. Artemis, by Andy Weir
  5. Charm School for Cowboys, by Meg Maxwell
  6. Chasing Christmas Eve, by Jill Shalvis
  7. Close Contact, by Lori Foster
  8. Don't Tempt Me, by Lori Foster
  9. Forged in Desire, by Brenda Jackson
  10. Fortune's Surprise Engagement, by Nancy Robards Thompson
  11. Hard Justice, by Lori Foster
  12. Her Kind of Doctor, by Stella Bagwell
  13. Holiday Wishes, by Jill Shalvis
  14. Led Astray by a Rake, by Sara Bennett
  15. Lost and Found Sisters, by Jill Shalvis 
  16. Miracle on 5th Avenue, by Sarah Morgan
  17. No Getting Over a Cowboy, by Delores Fossen
  18. No One Is Coming to Save Us, by Stephanie Powell Watts
  19. Once You're Mine, by Barbara Freethy
  20. One More Chance, by M. Malone
  21. Rodeo Rancher, by Mary Sullivan
  22. Seduce Me, Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
  23. Slow Burn Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
  24. Suspicions, by Cynthia Eden
  25. The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan
  26. The Last Single Garrett, by Brenda Harlen
  27. The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
  28. The Ship of the Dead, by Rick Riordan
  29. The Sword of Summer, by Rick Riordan
  30. Worth the Wait, by Lori Foster

In the list above, the books that are crossed out indicate that books that I've read this year, and I've actually read all of the 30 books that I've purchased in 2017. 

Now, I'm ready to purchase more books in 2018. :)

For more details about this reading challenge, visit The Book Date blog posts - HEREHERE, and HERE.

Book Review: Holiday Affair


Holiday Affair, by Annie Seaton is a contemporary romance with a few surprises throughout the story.

While dealing with her grandfather's recent death, Lissy McIntyre decides to spend time away from work on a tropical trip. After meeting Nick Richards, Lissy sets aside her serious mannerisms for a holiday fling. When Lissy returns to her job as a history professor, she realizes that her new boss is Nick. There are several twists and turns in their relationship with plenty of family drama.

It's the first book in Affair series, and I also have ARC copies of the other two books in the series to read.

Holiday Affair is geared towards those who enjoy reading holiday romances with plenty of drama.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Italian Affair


Italian Affair, by Annie Seaton is a contemporary romance, and the second book in the Affair series.

This book focuses on Nick's brother, Tomas Richards, who decided to revamp his entire life, by quitting his job, packing his belongings, and moving from Australia to Italy to start over. While on his departing flight, Tomas encounters Brianna Ballantine, who is struggling with her family history and recent discoveries, particularly that she must be married to inherit a house and belongings from her deceased birth mother. Tomas and Brianna's relationship is unexpected and quite dramatic, especially as they deal with adjusting to their new lives in Italy as a married couple and difficult family situations.

Italian Affair is geared towards those who enjoy reading holiday romances with plenty of drama.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 27, 2017

Book Review: Off Limits

Off Limits

Off Limits, by Clare Connelly is a romance story and a part of Harlequin's new Dare imprint.

Jack Grant is a billionaire and the boss, yet that doesn't stop Gemma from daydreaming about him. For the past two years, Gemma been a serious professional at her job and constantly hides her attraction from Jack, who is also secretly attracted to his employee. Jack is still dealing with the grief of his former spouse, which has hindered him from establishing any new relationships. However, Jack and Gemma decide to act on their secret mutual attraction in an affair.

This story consists of plenty of sizzling attraction, workplace drama, and, at times, humor. It's a part of a new imprint by Harlequin, called Dare, which will launch in January 2018.

Off Limits is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary passionate romances.


Note: I received this book from Bookish First, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 26, 2017

Book Review: With Love, From Me to You


With Love, From Me to You is a children's book by Mary Manz Simon and adorable illustrations by Corinna Ice.
 
Within sixteen pages, this board book features rhyming text about the importance of expressing God's love for everyone through words and actions. According to the back cover, this book "is a sweet reminder to little ones how important it is to love and be loved."

With Love, From Me to You an easy-to-read board book, and it's geared toward young children, particularly ages four to eight.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Outback Affair


Outback Affair is an entertaining contemporary romance, and the third book in the Affair series, by Annie Seaton.

Alex Richards is the brother of Nick and Tomas (who are featured in the first and second books of this series), and he's had a rough few years. About two years ago, the love of his life died in a tragic car accident. After the funeral, Alex discovered heartbreaking news about her, so he quit his job as a lawyer and moved to the far outback to become a fisherman. However, due to obligations, he also created an innovative bush tucker chef school at an exclusive resort, which quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, under the pseudonym of Alessandro Ricardo.

In hopes of landing an interview with the secretive and elusive Alessandro Ricardo, Jessica Trent traveled from the United States to Australia. She's trying to succeed on her own away from her wealthy and controlling father, by writing this interview and becoming an official food journalist. Unfortunately, Jessica isn't organized and prepared for this trip, and ends up in the Outback desperate for help. She encounters Alex, and he decides to help her reach the resort while hiding that he's also Alessandro Ricardo. Of course, there are plenty of misadventures during their short trip.


Outback Affair is a delightful and entertaining story for romance readers.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 25, 2017

Book Review: The Billionaire's Forever Family


The Billionaire's Forever Family, by Cate Cameron is an enjoyable contemporary romance.

Cassie Frost spends her days hard working at the town's diner, as well as being the sole caretaker of her thirteen-year-old niece. Since Emily's birth, Cassie has been the joint guardian along with her sister, until she passed away recently. Her sister refused to contact her daughter's father, and when Cassie discovered the possibility of her niece's biological father, she contacts him.

In response, Will Connelly sends his lawyers to make first contact, which makes Cassie hesitant to continue pursue this. However, Will wants to be actively involved in his daughter's life, especially since he missed out on most of his daughter's childhood years. As a billionaire businessman, Will is able to financially take care of his new daughter...and Cassie. Of course, there's plenty of drama and romance in this story.

The Billionaire's Forever Family is geared towards those who enjoy reading modern romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 24, 2017

Quick Review: Moonlight Over Manhattan



Moonlight Over Manhattan, by Sarah Morgan is the sixth book in the From Manhattan with Love series, which is an enjoyable and highly recommended romance book series.

This book focuses on the last single sibling of the Knight family. Harriet Knight is determined to be more confident and independent, while challenging herself to new activities each day in December. Due to an unusual incident, she ends up in the Emergency Room and meets Ethan Black for the first time. Later, she becomes the doctor's dog walker for his newly acquired and temporary pet dog.

Both Ethan and Harriet are dealing with emotional issues from their pasts, while trying to manage their new friendship, business relationship, and serious attraction to each other. Moonlight Over Manhattan is entertaining, heartfelt, and recommended.

December 23, 2017

Quick Review: Roomies


Roomies is an entertaining romance story by Christiana Lauren.

Holland Bakker is a unique character living in New York City, and this story is told from her point-of-view. Shortly after introducing herself to Calvin McLoughlin (her subway musician crush), Holland is attacked and shoved onto the tracks, and she is secretly rescued by her favorite street musician.

Throughout the beginning of the story, Holland and Calvin encounter each other in various spots, which eventually leads to a marriage of convenience. There's romance amidst plenty of drama and humor.

Roomies is an enjoyable book geared towards romance readers.

Quick Review: The Hidden Oracle


The Hidden Oracle is the first book in another entertaining series by Rick Riordan.

Apollo is a god cast down from Olympus by his father, Zeus. Now, he's living on earth as a regular teenager without his godly powers. In order to survive, Apollo travels to Camp Half-Blood. Readers are introduced to new characters, as well as various favorite characters from previous books by Riordan.

I'm definitely looking forward to future books in The Trials of Apollo series. This fiction book is geared towards younger readers, yet it's recommended reading for all ages...especially the enjoyable audiobook version.

December 22, 2017

Book Review: Miracle at Christmas


Miracle at Christmas is a contemporary holiday romance novella by Debbie Mason.

Charlotte Bailey is currently working in a little town in Colorado called Christmas, yet she's looking forward to moving back to New York City to celebrate the Christmas season. When she arrives back in NYC, Charlotte encounters her ex. Due to a particular situation, she's forced to return to the town of Christmas to proceed with closing the hospital. However, Charlotte is determined to keep the hospital running, as well as maybe give romance a chance with Dr. Matt Trainer.

Miracle at Christmas is geared towards those who enjoy reading quick holiday romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 21, 2017

Book Review: Rugged Texas Cowboy




Rugged Texas Cowboy, by Lora Leigh features two stories: Cowboy and the Captive and Cowboy and the Thief. Both stories are entertaining and steamy western romances with plenty of drama, family complications, and romance.

In the Cowboy and the Captive, Luc Jardin is ready for revenge against Maria Angeles, after she scammed him and his friend, as well as almost killed them. However, Luc kidnaps her twin sister, Melina, instead. After protesting her innocence, Melina accepts the situation and her unwanted attraction towards Luc, and he is confused by his new attraction as well.

In the Cowboy and the Thief, Jack Riley bought a Irish torque necklace, which belonged to Angel Manning. According to legend, this family heirloom is considered to lead Angel to the man of her heart. When Jack purchases the heirloom from her father, Angel is outraged and travels to Texas to reclaim it and finds the answer to her heart instead.

Rugged Texas Cowboy is geared towards those who enjoy reading steamy romances focused on cowboys.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 20, 2017

Book Review: Winter at Cedarwood Lodge


Winter at Cedarwood Lodge, by Rebecca Raisin is a new contemporary romance story.

With serious secrets forcing her away from New York, Clio Winters returned to her hometown of Evergreen and decided to fulfill her childhood dream of renovating the old Cedarwood Lodge. Clio is excited to be in the same town as her childhood best friend and attracted to the handsome contractor, yet hesitant to be near her distant mother. Plus, there are more secrets unknown to Clio surrounding the building she's renovating. In addition to Clio, this story focuses on several characters, particularly her family and friends. Even though there are plenty of secrets and drama, it's a mostly lighthearted book.

Since it's the fourth book in the At Cedarwood Lodge series, it's ideal to start with the first book. However, this is a stand-alone story, so it's not necessary to read the books in order.

Winter at Cedarwood Lodge is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 19, 2017

Book Review: Staying Stylish



Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude, is written by Candace Cameron Bure, who is a well-known

In the Introduction, the author shares, "The absolute best way to stay stylish is to stay true to you.... Staying stylish is a journey, and one that I'm happily still on. I sincerely hope that sharing my style with you will help to inspire your own!" This delightful book focused on a range of topics, including personal fashion and style, skin care and makeup suggestions, fitness and eating well options, and faith values.

This book is divided into the following three main sections: Fashion Is All About Balance; Skin Care, Makeup and Hair Care; and Health, Fitness and Nourishing Your Spirit. Other sections include the Introduction, As You Stay Stylish, Acknowledgments, and Index.

While featuring plenty of full-color photographs (primarily of the author), Staying Stylish focuses on fashion, skin care suggestions balancing faith values. This book is geared towards women of all ages, from young adults to older generations, yet it's especially enjoyable for fans of Candace Cameron Bure.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 18, 2017

Book Review: The Power of a SEAL


The Power of a SEAL is geared towards those who enjoy reading action-suspense romances, particularly stories involving music, water, marine life, and SEALS.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 17, 2017

Book Review: Wolf Hunger


Wolf Hunger, by Paige Tyler is an captivating paranormal suspense romance and part of the SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team book series.

Due to a tragic incident, Max Lowry almost died at the age of eighteen, yet he became an alpha werewolf instead. Now, he's living in Texas and working as a SWAT officer, along with with fellow werewolf shifters and pack mates.

During a work event, Max meets Lana Mason - a mostly vegetarian werewolf. However, Max soon realizes that Lana is unaware that she is actually a werewolf shifter, too. Even though they both act on their immediate attraction, Lana is hesitant about a long-term relationship due to her possible job options across the States and around the world. Max is still dealing with his past...his family had a rough life, while dealing with his abusive and alcoholic father. Plus, Lana's father is one of Max's bosses at work.

As the story unfolds, Max and Lana are forced to deal with dangerous hunters tracking and trying to kill them (and other werewolf shifters), while figuring our their new relationship.

Since it's the seventh book in the SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team series, it's recommended to start with the first book, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order. I was introduced to this series with the sixth book, titled Wolf Hunt, which encouraged me to read the entire SWAT series.

Wolf Hunger is recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading paranormal action-suspense romances, particularly stories involving military alpha werewolves.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.