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Review: THE WINTER WEDDING PLAN by Olivia Miles — December 14, 2017

Review: THE WINTER WEDDING PLAN by Olivia Miles

Olivia Miles, you have done it again for me. The Winter Wedding Plan is effortlessly written which left me speed reading until the very end. If you haven’t read her first in the series, One Week to the Wedding, then you may not want to read further. Also, if you haven’t read the first in the series I hope you will read my review on that title here.
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Charlotte Daniels has made her share of mistakes, but now that she’s a single mom, she vows to do better–and that starts with a new career. Working at her sister’s event-planning company is just the fresh start she needs.

Kate Daniels has finally forgiven Charlotte for her betrayal, but forgetting it is harder. But as the holidays approach and Kate has her own wedding to plan, she has no choice but to turn to Charlotte for help to throw a high-profile client the holiday party of the season.

Charlotte leaps at the chance to redeem herself . . . until this irresistible client asks her to pretend to be his fiancée for the party. She knows their charade won’t come without consequences–not just for her fresh start with Kate, but also for her own daughter.

As Kate’s wedding draws near and Charlotte’s fake romance starts to feel more and more real, will she fall back into the mistakes of her past, or finally prove herself to Kate once and for all?

After reading the first novel of this series and stumbling upon it at my local Sam’s Club, I knew I had to have a copy. This novel continues the messy situation that Charlotte has gotten herself into but has her also trying to make things right. As I mentioned above, the writing is effortless and the build up was amazing. I loved this book all the way through until the end. Olivia starts to wrap the book up and you think “oh yes, the ending I want” and then the book ends. JUST! ENDS! I can see where she leaves room for the imagination but I would have been much happier with the story painted out by Olivia in a epilogue. I don’t want to leave you thinking I didn’t like this book because I did. However, I wanted it to end with conclusions. I can only hope Olivia has plans to continue this series, there definitely is room for more.

With the way the book ended so abruptly I give this book 4 stars.

 

What’s next? I’m not sure. I have so many new 2018 books rolling in and it’s going to be hard to pick one. Stay tuned and see what I read next!

 

*All reviews are my own opinion.

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SLACKER — November 19, 2017

SLACKER

Slacker; a person who avoids work or effort. Or Book Blogging Momma aka Heather (me). Being a blogger isn’t always as glamorous as it seems and sometimes I slack so hard. This time I slacked and haven’t reviewed four titles. Below I am going to do a very fast review for LOVE WARRIOR, LOVE RECONSIDERED, PERFECTLY UNDONE and CONSTANT CRAVING. I am doing a multi-review post because these books weren’t some of my favorites but I felt compelled to tell you about them anyways.

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Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

This title was sent to me by Booksparks as part of their #FRC2017. I want to first say that I am not a huge fan of memoirs. I’ve only ever read one memoir that I truly enjoyed, which is FINDING MY BADASS SELF by Sherry Stanfa Stanley. In Love Warrior, Glennon writes of her life struggles but rarely of her good times. Throughout the whole book I thought, “Man, she is SOO whiny.” Needless to say this book was 2 stars for me and I didn’t take anything away from this book that was useful.

Love Reconsidered by Phyllis J. Piano

This title was also sent by Booksparks as part of #FRC2017. I felt LOVE RECONSIDERED had great potentials but again I was let down. Throughout the book I felt it could possibly be two books in one novel, one book needed to be chosen. With that being said I thought the story should have been centered around Aleen and Ted leaving out Sunny & Stu’s relationship, it would have made for a better novel. Also, a lot of thoughts from the characters were mirrored and I felt they could have been different to make for a more interesting story. In my opinion, this novel was a 2 stars for me.

Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree

This novel held my attention better than the two above and for that I’m grateful. The only downfall to this story was I felt Dylan held on to the death of her sister, Abby, for too long. The storyline of this novel was good and I would recommend this novel to a friend. I am happy to be able to give this novel a 4 star rating.

Constant Craving by Tamara Lush

When signing up for this #popupblogtour with Booksparks this novel was compared to “Fifty Shaded of Grey”, and of course I had to sign up. While I didn’t think it was anything like FSOG this novel still left me craving more. Tamara Lush is a fabulous author and I’m happy to have had the chance to chat with her from time to time. I loved the storyline of Justine and Rafael with all of their many ups and downs. It’s a super sexy read and you’ll find yourself making time for this novel. I’m happy to give this novel 5 stars!

Yay so I just realized I should basically label this as a BOOKSPARKS blog because all of these books came from them. I really enjoy working with Booksparks and look forward to sharing more from them soon. Hope you loves have a great Thanksgiving and cozy up with a book instead of watching football.

Xo!

Tis the time to be THANKFUL! — November 10, 2017

Tis the time to be THANKFUL!

My fellow book loving friends, with the Holiday season upon us I will be focusing less on my books/blogs and more on myself/family. I’ve already taken a step back recently due to my new love for running. Let’s face it my book belly isn’t that cute. I’ve also been more MIA because LIFE.

However, I do frequently post on my Instagram page, @book.blogging.momma & if you aren’t following I hope you will. It’s just sometimes simpler and less time-consuming to post photos of books because again LIFE.

Lastly, it’s that time of year when I do my book/blog thankful post (my life thankful would be another post in itself). This year I’m thankful for the continued support of my husband. He proofs my blogs for spelling and grammar so that I don’t look like an idiot, haha love you dear. I’m also beyond thankful for Brandie, she’s not only my book friend but my health junkie friend. Even miles away I know I can count on you. Continued thanks to the publishing companies who send me books even if it takes me forever to review them, St Martins Press, Booksparks, Grand Central Pub, they get my crazy book obsession. And YOU, I am thankful for you reading my post, you are one the reasons I continue to write, so THANK YOU.

This year and every year I have so much to be thankful for.

I’ll close with,
Happy Thanksgiving
Merry Christmas
&
Happy NEW year.
Enjoy time with the ones you love the most.
XO

REVIEW: THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen — November 8, 2017

REVIEW: THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Thank you to St. Martins Press for sending me a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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While “The Wife Between Us” wasn’t quite what I had expected it still held my attention to the very end. Much of the beginning of the book I was still on the fence about whether I liked the book or not. This has nothing to do with how Greer & Sarah wrote the book but as to how I read the book. At times I was completely confused and even messaged another reader who loved this book for insights. See that’s the thing, one reader could absolutely love a book while the other, in this case me, is just meh about it.

While not giving too much information away, I must tell you I was lost up until Part Two, then I was like was “I knew it but couldn’t see it”. When I reached Part Two is when I could finally see the direction the authors were taking the book, normally I like already being hooked on a book by this point but sometimes it takes time. I stayed up late and read until I finished after getting to that certain point, just because I was invested and I had to know. Poor Nellie, but dang Richard. They were both “cray cray” but each on different levels.

Though I struggled with this book, I hope you will read it and give it a chance. I did and it ended up being a decent read. Be ready to be on the edge and maybe a bit confused.

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B/c in the end it was 4 Stars.

REVIEW: A DANGEROUS YEAR by KES TRESTER — October 25, 2017

REVIEW: A DANGEROUS YEAR by KES TRESTER

Thank you to Booksparks for sending me a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.  

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Booksparks Booksparks Booksparks, I know that’s all I ever talk about but they are just so amazing to work with. Whether you’re an author or blogger, you should definitely become friends with these people.

I received •A Dangerous Year• as part of Booksparks Pop Up blog tour. I have loved being able to review with these blog tours and this title may have been my favorite thus far.

“As the daughter of an American ambassador, seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world’s most dangerous cities.

She may have learned the art of politics from her dad, but it’s the lessons in survival taught by his security chief that she’s taken to heart.

When Riley is caught up in a violent incident, the State Department steps in, offering an all-expense paid senior year at Harrington Academy, one of the most elite boarding schools in Connecticut. The catch: she must use her tactical skills to keep her eye on heiress Hayden Frasier, the daughter of a tech billionaire intent on changing the world.

Immersed in American materialism and social media for the first time, it’s culture shock for Riley. Hayden resents her new roommate, and Riley learns nothing is ever private when there’s a cellphone around. She discovers allies in Von Alder, the cute class flirt; Sam Hudson, whose status as Hayden’s ex-boyfriend puts him on the forbidden list; and Captain Grace Taylor, Harrington’s tough new head of security, and the only one who knows Riley’s true purpose at Harrington.

Disturbing signs begin to appear that Riley’s assignment wasn’t the walk in the park she’d been promised. She learns the death of Hayden’s former roommate might not have been an accident after all, and she spars with classmate Quinn, whose attempts at social sabotage causes Riley to take drastic measures.

As Riley’s relationship with Hayden thaws into her first opportunity at true friendship, the danger around her roommate heats up. Riley must fight for her life and Hayden’s – and the security of a nation – as those around her reveal themselves to be true friends, or the ultimate betrayers.”

Riley Collins was born to be nothing less than bad to the bone, as she was born to an American ambassador. While I was impressed with Riley kicking butt in the first chapter and getting prepared for her sworn duties to protect Hayden Fraiser I did get little bored for a moment. However,  the rest of the book is super fast paced and held my attention. I may be 28 years old but I loved the high school girl drama this novel delivers. The best part, it’s a book and not my real life. Kes sure did well with delivering suspense and girl drama in this title and I can only imagine what she’ll come up with next.

Grab your copy of • A Dangerous Year• today, but be prepared because you’ll have it finished by tomorrow.

Xo

 

ps, if you couldn’t tell already this was a

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Review: WHAT ARE THE ODDS by KIMBERLEY HATCH — October 18, 2017

Review: WHAT ARE THE ODDS by KIMBERLEY HATCH

Thank you Kimberley Hatch for sending me a copy of WHAT ARE THE ODDS in exchange for my honest review.

Life doesn’t always turn out the way you planned, especially when you’re Sutton Payne.

A long way from the bright lights of Las Vegas, the tiny town of Broken Bow, Nebraska, might as well be on a different planet as far as she’s concerned. But that doesn’t stop Sutton from taking a chance on a better life there.
Everything in Broken Bow seems perfect–except for Gwen’s grandson, Austin. The town veterinarian might be easy on the eyes and a huge help to his grandmother, but Sutton can’t see past his cold demeanor.
Until Gwen needs them both.
Forced to spend time together for the sake of Gwen, Austin rolls the dice and opens his heart to Sutton. But when you’re Sutton Payne, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. As her past catches up with her, and her new life comes crashing down around her, Sutton wonders if Austin will still bet on her, or if the odds were never in her favor to begin with.

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After traveling with this beautiful book on vacation and snapping some pictures I was finally able to sit down and read WHAT ARE THE ODDS. Kimberley Hatch is one of my favorite Instagram authors to follow and when she asked me to read this novel I jumped all over it.

This book captured me, kid you not, from page one. I loved the characters Ms. Hatch created especially main character Sutton. Sutton’s stubborn self had me smiling as the book went along. Speaking of smiling, I found myself smiling a lot throughout this novel. It was just that light-hearted, make you smile, read as fast as you can type of book and I needed it. I can’t speak highly enough of this book as it was just fabulous. I hope you will grab a copy of WHAT ARE THE ODDS and feel what this book makes you feel.

 

Without a doubt, this book is

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RELEASE BLITZ: THE WINTER WEDDING PLAN by OLIVA MILES — September 29, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ: THE WINTER WEDDING PLAN by OLIVA MILES

A few months back I reviewed the first book of this series, “ONE WEEK TO THE WEDDING”. Olivia Miles can write and I have no doubts that this new novel will be just as good.

Releasing September 26, 2017. Order your copy now!

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All she wants for Christmas is a second chance . . .

Charlotte Daniels has made her share of mistakes, but now that she’s a single mom, she vows to do better–and that starts with a new career. Working at her sister’s event-planning company is just the fresh start she needs.

Kate Daniels has finally forgiven Charlotte for her betrayal, but forgetting it is harder. But as the holidays approach and Kate has her own wedding to plan, she has no choice but to turn to Charlotte for help to throw a high-profile client the holiday party of the season.

Charlotte leaps at the chance to redeem herself . . . until this irresistible client asks her to pretend to be his fiancée for the party. She knows their charade won’t come without consequences–not just for her fresh start with Kate, but also for her own daughter.

As Kate’s wedding draws near and Charlotte’s fake romance starts to feel more and more real, will she fall back into the mistakes of her past, or finally prove herself to Kate once and for all?

Thank you Forever Romance for letting me be apart of this release blitz.

 

Xo