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REVIEW: LIFT AND SEPARATE by MARILYN SIMON ROTHSTEIN — May 18, 2017

REVIEW: LIFT AND SEPARATE by MARILYN SIMON ROTHSTEIN

It’s with great pleasure that I was able to receive and review “Lift and Separate” by Marilyn Simon Rothstein. After picking this book up off my TBR pile I immediately regretted that I had waited so long to read it. “Lift and Separate” is effortlessly written and I look forward to many more books by Marilyn!

“Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.

Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.”

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Oh Marcy. I felt her pain as I read her story. Harvey, husband of 33 years who owns a bra company, tells on himself that he has had an affair with a barely legal fitting model. Marcy is righteously broken, irate and confused. Not only is Marcy having to deal with her failing marriage but she is also taking care of a sick mother. Marcy’s children are grown but still have adult issues. Like Elisabeth, Marcy’s daughter, dating a married man. While Marcy tries to explain all the repercussions her relationships could cause if she continues to see him. Because after all, look what it is doing to her parents. Marcy knows best.

I loved everything Marcy and despised everything Harvey. How could he even?? Just when you think he’s done enough damage he comes up with more. Leaving me really feeling for Marcy.

I loved this book so much. From the writing to the storyline everything was perfect! I would recommend this book a million times infinity. Please, I beg you, buy this book! You will not regret it!!!

My rating for “Lift and Separate” is definitely

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Stay tuned for more on author Marilyn Simon Rothstein!!!

Xoxo

REVIEW: EVERY LAST LIE by MARY KUBICA —

REVIEW: EVERY LAST LIE by MARY KUBICA

“Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.”

 

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“Every Last Lie” is my second book by Ms. Kubica that I have read. While “The Good Girl” is still my favorite book by Kubica I still want to give you my thoughts on it her latest novel releasing June 27th 2017.
Let me cut to the chase with this review, the beginning to mid book was very slow for me. I enjoyed reading “Before:Nick” because it gives you clues to what maybe caused the wreck and death of Nick. Before Nick also tells secrets that Clara knew nothing about. I really felt for Clara as she was widowed with two kids, one of which is only days old. Clara thinks there is a killer on the loose and that Nick just didn’t wreck and die. Clara goes to no end to get answers.

Throughout the book Mary builds up the story and leads you to believe the ending will be just as good. I felt that this book has SOOOO much potential but was very let down with how it ended. After finishing the book I was let down. There is a lot of cat/mouse upside down running around then a flatline ending.

With that being said I give “Every Last Lie”
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It hurts me to give it such a low rating but I feel I have to be honest for readers. However, what I took from the book could be completely different for someone else. I’ll still be a fan of Mary Kubica!
Xo,
BBM

 

Review: IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell — May 10, 2017

Review: IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell

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“Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three women can be. Kate was beautiful, wild, wealthy, and damaged. Aubrey, on financial aid, came from a broken home, and wanted more than anything to distance herself from her past. And Jenny was a striver―brilliant, ambitious, and determined to succeed. As an unlikely friendship formed, the three of them swore they would always be there for each other.

But twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge, and someone is urging her to jump.
How did it come to this?
Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door. But how can these three women love and hate each other? Can feelings this strong lead to murder? When one of them dies under mysterious circumstances, will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

A suspenseful, absorbing novel that examines the complexities of friendship, It’s Always the Husband will keep readers guessing right up to its shocking conclusion.”

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It’s Always the Husband was a highly anticipated read for me. As always, I have St. Martin’s to thank for sending me only the best.

I really enjoy getting to know these Jenny, Kate and Aubrey. All three girls come from very different backgrounds but still find it easy to be best friends. They are typical college kids doing wild things and having no worries about the outcome. While Jenny is more hesitant, Kate and Aubrey are more out to do crazy things. I felt a connection with Aubrey as she came from nothing and was one of the lucky ones to get to go to college. However, I didn’t relate with much else about her. Kate is the girl everyone becomes addicted to but not me. I could see straight through her. She is all about Kate and really good at pulling that pity card out. I loved how Jenny had her head on straight and kept the other two out of trouble the best she could. As time moves on, the girls have indifferences and I still found myself not liking Kate. Buying and reading this book while show you why. If you love a good suspense girl drama, then this book will be good for your summer TBR.

I want to add that this book is a slow read. I didn’t have that, OMG I can’t put this book down until closer to the end. While it is a slow read it is still a good book. I’ve found myself thinking back to the storyline and these girls even after I finished the last page. I know I left out a lot of the storyline but I don’t know how to not give details away, you just need to read it.

I certainly enjoyed Michelle’s writing style and look forward to reading more from her!
I want to give this book

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Only because it took me a little while to really be into the book. And that ending!!! *Jaw drops*

Review: Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde — May 3, 2017

Review: Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. It also should be noted to “Not judge a book by the first few chapters”‘. Allie and Bea is releasing May 23rd 2017 and I want it to be on your TBR after this review.

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Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

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I actually did judge the book after reading the first chapter. I didn’t like Bea at all. Bea has been scammed out of money like so many people are these days. After being left with no funds, Bea sets out with all she owns, packed into her deceased husbands bakery van. Bea is very bitter and does things I didn’t agree with to get get money. Basically she becomes a scammer to make it by, thinking since she’s been scammed that the world owes her. It made me not like Bea at all.

Allie’s world is turned upside down when both her parents get arrested on tax fraud. Again, this happens a lot in this day in age. Allie was left with no family to take care of her and sent to a girls group home. Allie sets off to the group home with suitcases while most girls come with nothing. After a run in with one of the girls at the home she faces difficult decisions. Decisions to runaway from the home which eventually leads her to Bea. Life isn’t the easiest leading up to her encounter with Bea. Even upon meeting Bea, Allie still faces tribulations.

Allie and Bea will pull at your heart like no other book you have ever read. It is a book that you will still be thinking even days after reading. While I’ve left so many details out of the book, I hope it has increased  you enough to add it to your TBR pile. I look forward to sharing this book with my friends and hope you enjoy it as well.

For me the rating was a given which is why I rate •ALLIE AND BEA•

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Xo
Book Blogging Momma

 

ps,

In the end, I loved everything about Bea and all she stood for!!!

REVIEW: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda — April 28, 2017

REVIEW: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

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The Perfect Stranger is my first read by Megan Miranda. I have heard wonderful things about her novel “All the Missing Girls” and after Simon Books sent me a copy to review I couldn’t wait to read it.

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As the story has it, Leah is escaping Boston to get away from troubles. Moving to Pennsylvania with friend Emmy, who most know so little about. As we find out why Leah moved to begin with, lots of other mysteries are taking place. Her roommate Emmy hasn’t returned in a few days. Also, a body has been found near their shared house. The whole school where Leah works is talking and being questions by authorities. While reading POV of Leah, which is also the only POV, my view of who could have attacked this woman seems to keep changing. When Leah finally comes forward telling authorities her roommate is missing she is left looking like a crazy person, as there is not one piece of information to show Emmy really exists.

As Leah works her way to piece together what authorities can not, she learns a lot about Emmy and herself. There is a bit of romance throughout the book and I was left wishing for there to be more.

If you are looking for something different, this book is it. I will say, I loved “The Perfect Stranger” but yet I hated it too.

The was one particular chapter I literally held my breath while reading from suspense of what would become. Yet I still feel the novel lacked in some parts, one of which is the ending. This novel has so much potential of being a four star or even five star, in my opinion. However, it will leave you still thinking of the characters and story but I like an ending that I don’t have to come up with myself. And because of that I give this novel……

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Happy Friday & now I’m off to….

clean!!!!

 

Xo

BBM

KENNEDY FOX -Release Blitz & Review — April 25, 2017

KENNEDY FOX -Release Blitz & Review

Title: Checkmate: This is Effortless
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Drew & Courtney, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Friends to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: April 25, 2017


Introducing book 2 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox! This friends to lovers romance will have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?

Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.
Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.
She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.

All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat.
She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.

Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I’m not so sure she’ll stay for the ride.

Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I’ll prove we’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.

Checkmate, sweetheart.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

**This is book 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series–a friends to lovers romance. You must read book 1, Checkmate: This is Reckless first. Highly recommended to read the Checkmate Duet, This is War and This is Love first, but not necessary. This can read as a standalone duet.**

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2kXYv8O
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2lHUCCe
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Kobo: http://bit.ly/2lHVmae
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2misCIy
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2miCXnz

 

 

CHECKMATE: THIS IS RECKLESS (BOOK 1)
*MUST READ THIS ONE FIRST

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Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2hkirfW

 

THE CHECKMATE DUET (TRAVIS & VIOLA)

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ALSO AVAILABLE ON OTHER PLATFORMS

BOXED SET AVAILABLE IN KINDLE UNLIMITED
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Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2nzWSKR
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A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Email: kennedyfoxbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

  

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Back is Duo Kennedy Fox with THIS IS EFFORTLESS. I must say, Kennedy Fox’s writing seems effortless. I dived into this book and no sooner than I started I was finishing it. It’s that good and makes you sit until you finish the last page. Speaking of last pages, a bit of a build of for the next book I’ll say!

If you read “This is reckless” then we all know how it ended. Mia Mia Mia. She’s nothing but a psycho b….. and as soon as Drew realizes he is in bed with this psycho he is furious. Of course, Mia doesn’t leave without some sort of show. Threats, begging and of course lies.

Courtney wakes only to not know where. She’s no dumb blonde though and can figure out where she’s at and how to get back to Drew. The drama doesn’t end when Drewtney leaves vegas to go home. Cops, Mia and drama follow. Through most of it all, Drewtney stays strong. They do run into a few bumps in the road so to say but it’s one you will have to read about.

Throughout this book Drewtney’s relationship is really put to the test. So much happens in this book, it’s like a rollercoaster. Is this rollercoaster a nightmare or will it end with a happy ending? READ IT TO FIND OUT!

This book is a 5 star read and you are going to want to pre order this baby, as it releases in 3 days. GO now and pre order!!!!

** I received my Kennedy Fox Box as part of their INSTAFAM, which I’m honored to be apart of. Kennedy Fox, y’all are going places, literally! Catch them next February as these two authors finally reveal their identity! I can not wait!

Xo & keep reading!!!

CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH by COLLEEN OAKLEY — April 11, 2017

CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH by COLLEEN OAKLEY

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“Love has no boundaries…

Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she’s allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.

Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library where she gets a job. It’s there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who recently moved to town with his brilliant, troubled, adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can’t understand why she keeps him at arm’s length. So Eric sets out to convince Jubilee to open herself and her heart to everything life can offer, setting into motion the most unlikely love story of the year.”

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I know I say this about every book but lately every book I have read has been amazing. Colleen Oakley definitely did her research with this one and while the disease is also fictional she makes it come off to be legit. This year has so many promising great reads, and “CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH” is one of them.

Jubilee, such a fitting name for this character, is someone I can relate with. Jubilee’s life has been no part of simple but her will power to adapt after the death of her mother is inspiring. When she finds herself running into a past friend who helps her get a new job, she has to learn how to leave her house after nine years of staying inside. Anxiety is a powerful problem and one many of us face. I mean, I would totally have anxiety if I could possibly die from a human touching me.

Jubilee finds herself crushing over Eric who she meets at her library job with his adopted son Aja. As their friendship turns into a bit more she finds it harder and harder not to have physical contact with him. Talk about self control.

Eric and Aja like so many others have their set of problems and that pulled at my heart. I loved the bond that Aja eventually takes with Jubilee, one that helps him open up.

Close Enough to Touch is beautifully written and one you are really going to want to read. I loved the struggles and how in the end seemed to work out the way they were meant to be. I hope you will pick up a copy to see what I’m talking about. My review can not do this book justice.

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Hats off to Ms. Oakley!