Book Review

Book Review: The Aubrey Rules (Chicago on Ice Series #1) by Aven Ellis-5 Stars!

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A NEW HOCKEY ROMANCE SERIES BY AVEN ELLIS! YEEEEEEEEEE! Just released today, August 26, 2015!!


Some of the Aubrey Rules to Live By:

*If I’m going to indulge in French fries, I must add extra time to the treadmill the next day.
*Always keep your work and private life separate.
*Being open to new experiences will never involve eating kale.
*Never, ever date a professional athlete.

For Chicago social media professional Aubrey Paige, the rules are everything. So much so that Aubrey has painstakingly written her rules for living into a polka-dot Kate Spade notebook that she carries with her at all times. It’s her personal guidebook to living her life. These rules are the Holy Grail—ones never to be broken. They guide her actions for everything, from dealing with workplace drama to finding a great guy to date. After all, these are her own rules, built from her life experiences and observations. So they have to be perfect, right?

Or are they?

Because when Aubrey meets a cute Canadian, she suddenly finds her rules being tested and challenged in ways she never dreamed possible. Beckett Riley is the shy, quiet, determined captain of the Chicago Buffaloes, a hockey team on the verge of turning the corner to becoming a winning organization. He’s Aubrey’s opposite, with so many qualities that Aubrey had listed as ones she’d never want in a man.

Yet Aubrey finds herself drawn to Beckett in ways she’s never known. And when she unexpectedly finds herself working with Beckett, she wonders if rules are meant to be broken after all . . .


I am a huge fan of Aven Ellis’s writing! She is my auto-read author. Literally anything this woman writes I am in love with it! She graciously emailed me a copy of the ARC and I couldn’t be more thrilled! As always, these thoughts and opinions are my own.

Aubrey has got to be my favorite female that Aven has written so far. She is awesome! She has curly red hair, is obsessed with finding her holy grail mascara, 😉 loves pastries and french fries, worries about being bloated and has to ninja move to get into her skinny jeans (uh, SAME-right over here) and just seems like a real girl you could be friends with. Aven does not make flat characters! Aubrey has a notebook where she keeps all of her rules to living her life. Yet as she begins to fall for Beckett, she has to make lots of amendments and notes to her rules, like “Never, ever date a professional athlete!” 😉

Beckett is in a word…dreamy. He’s got dark wavy hair,  is sensitive, sweet, easily embarrassed, and passionate about hockey. He’s the captain of the Chicago Buffaloes Hockey team- oh and he’s got a really cute Canadian accent! He is giving William Cumberland (the main character in Connectivity-my current fave Aven character!) a run for his money!

Beckett is a client at the Chicago Connect where Aubrey works as a social media assistant and she gets the perk of being Beckett’s coordinator for his social media accounts. They start spending more and more time together and you can just feel the romance start developing! The way they teased each other back and forth and just understood each other was just so sweet and funny. Another thing Aven does, besides making you fall in love with her characters, is make you laugh! Like fall out of your seat laughing! I love the sweet, easygoing romances and hilarious instances Aven never fails to deliver in all of her novels. I enjoy reading novels that allow me to connect and relate to the main character and I really felt that with Aubrey. I hate kale, and I freaking could live off of French fries and pastries, so she is seriously my girl! In all seriousness though, it is annoying when I read I book that I want to love but I just can’t get a grasp on the main female character, but I never have that with Aven’s books. If you are looking for a sweet, funny, and swoon-worthy novel, I recommend The Aubrey Rules!

Book Review

Book Review: Stupid Love by Cindy Miles (Stupid in Love #3)- 4 Stars

Goodreads Summary

Stupid Love is the final book in the Stupid in Love trilogy by Cindy Miles, but they can function as standalones. This is the first one in the series I’ve read but I will definitely be reading the other two!

Stupid Love is the story of Memory Thibodeaux and Jace Beaumont. Memory is a Cajun firecracker- that’s the only word I can think of to describe her! She loves to live life to the fullest, and is passionate about her friends, helping others, and classic movies! She’s tall, with gorgeous blue eyes and long black hair, she’s smart, sassy, and loves to eat, but at times Memory was a little too obnoxious for my liking. Jace screwed around when he was younger, but he’s getting his life back on track by working and going to school. He’s a sexy cowboy with green eyes and a big heart, plus he’s sweet and respectful. I absolutely loved how Memory and Jace’s relationship developed. While I guiltily admit I’m a fan of insta-love, this wasn’t that, and I still loved it. Their love took time, and it felt perfect. They would sing Queen and Aerosmith together, have picnics, and just tease each other back and forth in such a way that was so real and lovable. The author did a great job detailing all of the secondary characters in a way that wasn’t overdone or overwhelming, like Jasper! I loved that old man! He was so genuine and precious, and other than Jace, my favorite character!

No spoilers here, but Memory has a secret that she has kept from her best friends and and even after falling from Jace, she keeps it a secret from him. How COULD SHE keep something so big from them? I mean, I get her reasoning I guess, but still. Her friends and then later Jace love her unconditionally so she shouldn’t have felt like she had to hide that about herself. After Memory couldn’t keep her secret anymore, it made me love Jace and her friends even more after their reaction. And just FYI this book made me cry towards the end!

This book made me laugh, cry, and swoon! I can’t wait to read the other two in this trilogy. I highly recommend Stupid Love. It’s available September 10th!

*An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a review-thank you! This review is my honest opinion.*

Book Review

Book Review: You Can Trust Me by Sophie McKenzie-3 Stars

Goodreads Summary

You Can Trust Me is about Livy Jackson, who, with her two young children, find her best friend Julia dead when they arrive for Sunday lunch. Everyone is convinced, due to the evidence, that it was suicide, but Livy just can’t accept that. There are a couple mysteries intertwined in this novel. Livy lost her sister when she was in college and the killer was never caught, and now Julia has apparently committed suicide, but things aren’t as they seem.

This book was extremely slow paced. For over 50% of the book it dragged on and on. There were way too many people who could be pinned as a suspect, which I don’t really like in mysteries. That said, I figured out the suspect maybe 80% of the way through, but second guessed myself! The reason I  gave it 3 stars is because it moved too slowly for my liking, but we finally got some action, only to get to the end and be seriously ticked off because I wanted to know WHY he did what he did, and I also wanted Livy to find out what Brooke was calling her about!

In this book I seriously could not trust hardly anyone. That is the redeeming quality I found after it dragged on so long, it messes with your mind. I started to say “oh he’s the killer”, “no she’s the killer!” At one point I thought it would be one of those books where the main character is crazy and has imagined all this stuff with her schizophrenic self! I did not really like any of the characters except Zack and Damian. Hannah was a huge brat, Livy was irresponsible and obsessed, Will was a dirtbag, and Robbie was creepy. I even started to dislike Julia because she kept SO MUCH STUFF from her supposed best friend. The other thing I did like was how some chapters were actually written from the killer, like a diary entry, which was very interesting.

Overall, I didn’t really care for this book. I usually like psychological thrillers, but this one unfortunately didn’t appeal to me.

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*


Book Review

Book Review: Poison Town (The Crittendon Files #2) by Creston Mapes- 5 Stars

Goodreads Summary

Another winner by Creston Mapes! I read the first book in the Crittendon Files, Fear Has a Name, last year, so I was looking forward to continuing the series. The books are fast paced, non-stop action, with no boring lulls, but yet the storyline doesn’t feel rushed! Poison Town focuses on the Crittendon family, picking up after the first book left off. In Fear Has a Name, Pam Crittendon was harassed and kidnapped by a man she went to school with, whom, while others bullied, she was nice to. The series is also highlighted by the redeeming power of forgiveness and faith in Christ, but without a pushy religious agenda. Pamela has forgiven Grainger, but her husband Jack is still bitter, and sometimes lashes out over the unfairness of the situation with Grainger (If you read the first book before you read this one you’ll understand more). Poison Town could possibly be read on it’s own, since you do get some backstory, but I recommend reading in order.

In Poison Town, Jack, a reporter, comes across some info regarding the big fiberglass manufacturing plant in town. Several people claim to have been poisoned by the pollutants the plant puts off. One of those people, Galen Randall, and his two sons insist the plant ended up killing his wife, and now is making him sick. Jack, the persistent reporter he is, wants to help his friends and cover a story on the plant, Demler-Vargus. But they want to keep their business practices private, no matter the cost. People are paid off to stay quiet, or killed when they talk. It’s a tale of how money and power can make a person ruthless.

Poison Town was full of twists and turns. It was a wild ride packed with action, suspense, and shock!  I loved the characters, especially Travis Randall.  I thought the author did a great job with bringing all the characters to life. None of them fell flat for me; I was able to accurately picture them all while reading!

If you’re looking for a fast paced thriller with a happy ending, pick up The Crittendon Files and start reading!

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my own!*