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April 2017

Book Review: Little Black Dress by James Patterson (Bookshots)-2 Stars

I thought this was going to be another Bookshots thriller but it was more of an erotic romance that left me a little disappointed.

Jane Avery is a divorced magazine editor whose family and friends constantly try to set her up on dates and she’s just not having it. On a whim, she buys a sexy, expensive, little black dress and she’s suddenly transformed. She’s jumping in to bed with a different stranger every day, picking out the most attractive man from a crowd and enticing him to go to a hotel with her.

It wasn’t a sexy romance, rather, it just seemed kinda sleazy. Meh.

Book Review: The House Husband by James Patterson (Bookshots)-5 Stars

This was crazy! I’m still enjoying these fast paced Bookshots thrillers!

The House Husband starts out with a stay at home dad taking care of his children while his wife works. He loves staying home and taking care of his children and helping out his wife whom he loves dearly.

Homicide detective Teagan Beaumont has just come back to work after  giving birth to her son via c-section. She is still in pain but determined to jump back into her job. Her first day back she’s investigating a familicide- a case where it seems like the husband killed his wife and children and then himself. Something doesn’t fit right to Teagan so she starts researching and finds two other similar cases that happened recently in the area also. Are these really cases of husbands and wives gone mad or is someone trying to make it look that way and murdering all of these families?

With a crazy twist I didn’t see coming, The House Husband kept me hooked the whole time!

{Coloring} Book Review: That’s So ’90s Pop Coloring/Activity Book Review-3 Stars

This was a little disappointing. I love adult coloring books as well as the pop stars from the ’90s so I thought, what could be better than this? Some of the illustrations of the singers are terrible and downright scary looking! It might be fun for children but for a true ’90s pop star lover, it falls flat. There’s pages to color, activities, and facts that make it an interesting premise, but it just didn’t wow me.
I received a copy via Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan-5 Stars

This story was pure perfection. Nina is a librarian whose job has been affected by recent budget cuts. Nina decides to make her dream come true of owning a bookshop, so she ends up buying a huge van and moving to Kirrinfief, Scotland, which works out perfectly as the little town there has no library or bookshops. Nina has a way of sensing the perfect book for each person that comes in to her shop. As Nina adjusts to farm life in the Highlands, welcoming the food, music, and traditions, she begins to create friendships with the locals that can sense her passion with reading and are eager to pick up a book again for themselves.

This is just such a feel good story if you love books, dream about books, cherish books…you will LOVE it. Every single character Nina encountered added so much dimension to the story. There is a little bit of romance in this story which I felt played out marvelously as it didn’t take away from the main plot of Nina running an extremely successful bookshop! Highly recommend for bibliophiles. I can’t say enough positive things about it!

Book Review: So Pretty it Hurts by Kate White-4 Stars

It’s been years since I’ve read a Bailey Weggins mystery and I was dying to get back to them! It’s just a fun mystery/suspense series with a kick-A heroine. Bailey covers true crime stories for a celebrity magazine called “Buzz” and she’s always in the midst of investigations, doing sleuthing on her own and trying to find the killer before the police do. In some novels that works for the main characters and in others it doesn’t, as the MC is an idiot who inevitably gets themselves in dangerous situations with no way out. Fortunately in Bailey’s case, it works. She’s pretty intelligent and is able to stay calm in scary situations and use her brain to come up with ways of getting back to safety.

In this novel, Bailey has joined her friend and coworker Jessie on a weekend retreat at the country home of Scott, a record producer. It’s a weekend full of being catered to by an in-house cook, massages, and guided hikes, and surrounded by pencil thin models and drug-addled musicians. When one of the models ends up dead over the weekend, Bailey is certain it’s murder, and not just a case of drug or anorexia induced illness. It becomes more apparent that Bailey’s hunch is correct because someone is trying desperately to throw her off course and get her to stop fishing around.
With the feel of a juicy tabloid, this mystery is an enjoyable, suspenseful ride!

Book Review: Killer Chef by James Patterson (Bookshots)-4 Stars

Killer Chef was a fast, fun mystery set in New Orleans. Caleb is co-owner of Killer Chef, a food truck that serves to-die for Po’ Boys. He’s cute, funny, flirty, and puts on the charm for his female customers. He’s also one of New Orleans best detectives, a job he’s working at more so than his food truck now, as couples out for a nice meal are poisoned and killed right at their restaurant table with no visible proof of food or drink tampering.
This little bookshot was definitely entertaining as you don’t have 50 pages of boring or unnecessary plot or dialogue- it’s fast paced and keeps your attention the whole time.

{Children’s} Book Review: God Loves Daddy and Me By Bonnie Rickner Jensen-5 Stars

This book is absolutely adorable. My husband and I are expecting in August and I couldn’t wait to show him this once it came in the mail! It tells the story of a little baby and daddy raccoon who love, play, pray, and do chores together, as well as show the love God has for us all. The pictures of the two of them together are precious! The baby raccoon even has a stuffed lion toy that goes with him everywhere. With beautiful illustrations and simple, quick to read sentences, this little book is great for daddies to read to their littles to remind them not just how much they love them, but how much God loves us too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via BookLookBloggers and Thomas Nelson publishers.

Book Review:Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines (Rosemary Beach #5)-5 Stars

Twisted Perfection follows after Blaire and Rush’s story in Rosemary Beach! This is Woods Kerrington’s story.

Through all of the “Too Far” books with Rush and Blaire, I always like Wood’s character. He just seemed sexy, sweet, and a little dark and mysterious. When he meets Della, they make it clear they are just in it for a one night stand. But neither of them can stop thinking about that night…

Della has suffered an abusive childhood and has witnessed something terrible that she’s running from, trying to see the world and live. Woods’ dad demands that he marry into another wealthy family to carry on the company. Woods doesn’t want to settle for a loveless, arranged marriage, but he can’t ever find the guts to say so and just walk away.

This story was HOT HOT HOTTTTTTT. I really love Blaire and Rush but I think Woods and Della just topped their story for me! It’s full of drama, heartache, and steamy scenes. The crap Della has gone through really messed with my emotions and made my heart hurt for her, but the sincere love and sweetness she experiences from Woods REALLY tore with my emotions! I loved it all!!

Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell-3.5 Stars

Three different stories: Alice, a single mum with three kids and three dogs, has a habit of taking in strangers to stay at her cottage. When she sees a handsome man looking lost on the beach, obviously she invites him in. He has no memory of who he is, he has no money, heck, he doesn’t even remember that you’re supposed to slice a bagel before putting it in the toaster….what?! He’s in a fugue state apparently, brought on by some traumatic event. Lily, a young Ukrainian woman is recently married to Carl, who doesn’t return home from work one evening. The final story takes place in 1993 with the Ross family on vacation, mum, dad, and teens Gray and Kirsty.  A local boy, Mark, takes an interest in young Kirsty, but he gives Gray bad vibes…

This story just fell flat for me. The reason for the 3.5 rating is the fact that I enjoyed the ending and how the stories and characters ended up being connected, it was actually pretty crazy! Otherwise it was slow moving and unbelievable. Alice has sex with “Frank” (lost memory man) without having a gosh dern clue who he is, if he’s married, she knows nothing about him! And I get the fact of losing memories like who you are, where you’re from, but to forget certain words or how to make a bagel, seriously? I wouldn’t really classify this as suspense or thriller like Goodreads has, but simply a mystery. There was a pretty scary and thrillery scene that had me on edge but that’s about it.

I received an ARC via NetGalley.

 

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