Monday, August 18, 2014

What Are You Reading Monday #5

Come post weekly and see what others are reading too just so you can add to your tbr - I always do! For more information see Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books and join in!

Books Completed Last Few Weeks:
  • Four: The Son by Veronica Roth (mine)
  • Four: The Traitor by Veronica Roth (mine)
  • Flying by Megan Hart (audio for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • August issue of Vogue

Reading Now: 
  • The World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Amazon Unlimited)
  • Summer Temptation by Ashley Lynn Willis (for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie (audio for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (just because)
  • Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson (working on my health too) 
Next:
  • The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer (have to finish the series)
  • Heroes are My Weakness (to finish the whole Susan Elizabeth Phillips promo off)
  • The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (for review here)
  • Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau (from Amazon Vine)
Summary -
Not my best reading week, but I enjoyed finishing off the stories about Four from the Divergent series.  I also really enjoyed the audiobook of Flying.  I finished my steroids this week and felt a jump in energy and threw that energy back into working out, thus less reading time than when I was in my flare up.  A migraine on Thursday night led to reading Vogue (just needed something mindless yet enjoyable, but I learned Vogue is not mindless, but actually a really amazing magazine).  Hope to balance everything out this coming week with more reading, but the sewing bug is biting and also with at least two nights of practice to take Jacob to and I want to go to at least one night of Logan's, I see my reading continuing on a slow pace.  Oh well, at least I love  football and can use practice time to crochet, it's easier to look up and watch while crocheting (finishing up a pattern so it's a lot of repeat rows) than it is to read and look up.

My Amazon Unlimited expired over the weekend, and though I really liked it, I am already subscribed to Scribd and Next Issue so that's enough money spent on reading books and magazines each  month so I let that go. I think Scribd is a better service so I'm keeping it and I love to read magazines and Next Issue lets me read a variety and it suits my moods well.

Have you subscribed to any book/magazine services?  If so which are your favorites?  I'm always open to new things :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

What Are You Reading Monday #4

Come post weekly and see what others are reading too just so you can add to your tbr - I always do! For more information see Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books and join in!

Books Completed Last Few Weeks:
  • Marathon Man by Bill Rodgers (from library)
  • Before You by Amber Hart (for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Mean Streak by Sandra Brown (from netgalley)
  • Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (from publisher for a promo tour review before Heroes are My Weakness Comes Out)
  • Upside Down by Lia Riley (for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Bound By Night by Larissa Ione  (from netgalley, for review in prep for second book coming out)
  • Then Came You by Jill Shalvis (audio for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Power Play by Mallery Malone (from netgalley)
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (using a free month of Amazon Unlimited)
  • The Dead and Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (using a free month of Amazon Unlimited)
  • Sweet Talk Me by Kieran Kramer (audio for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Tell Me Something Good by Jamie Wesley (for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Call Me Irresistable by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (from publisher for a promo tour review before Heroes are My Weakness Comes Out)
  • Four: The Initiate by Veronica Roth (mine)

Reading Now: 
  • The World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Amazon Unlimited)
  • Summer Temptation by Ashley Lynn Willis (for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Flying by Megan Hart (audio for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (just because)
  • Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson (working on my health too) 
Next:
  • The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer (have to finish the series)
  • A Pinch of Ooh La La by Renee Swindle (for review here) 
  • Heroes are My Weakness (to finish the whole Susan Elizabeth Phillips promo off)
  • The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (for review here)
  • Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau (from Amazon Vine)
Summary -
It's been a few weeks, but hey it's summer, my husband turned 40 and I am in the middle of one of my wonderful flare-ups.  Which is made even more fun by how great I was feeling about a week ago.  I could do anything anytime, and now I am just barely making it to work and home each day.  The boys were gone on vacation again last week so that helped.  Our youngest stayed with my Aunt and Uncle while our oldest went with my parents to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Miami Marlins.  This was extremely exciting for him because they are his favorite team and it was his first MLB game.  Don't worry, the youngest was invited too but he chose to stay behind and be spoiled by my aunt and uncle.  I know one day they played golf, went to the dollar tree, bought candy, shot pool in the basement and also went out to supper for french fries and a milkshake.  I want to be 9 again (they spoiled me the same way!)  

How was your week?
Have you tried Amazon Unlimited Yet?  I already use Scribd so I don't think I'll keep it after the 30-day trial, but there are some great crafting books available and some interesting indie books as well as well-known ones, so I see the benefit.
What are your thoughts on subscription book services?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Review: Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Natural Born Charmer (Chicago Stars #7)
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 400
Format: Mass Market Paperback & ebook

ISBN: 978-0060734589










My Review:
Why oh, why have I let my reading of every new book and her old ones I missed slip lately.  There was a time I would read each new release, but then blogging took over.  So when I was approached by Megan, the publicist at Harper Collins, I had to jump at the chance to be part of this amazing blog tour.  I get to review two of Susan’s previous titles (watch for Ain’t She Sweet in two weeks) and then I get to read her new one, Heroes are my Weakness.  Three SEP’s in one summer, heck  yes!!

And her books are just like I remember them, full of great characters, lots of humor and banter and a wonderful love story.  Natural Born Charmer did not disappoint.  What was even better, this was my book I enjoyed on the houseboat we rented to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday.  There was no better place to enjoy this book! 

Is there a better place to relax with a book (note the Atlantic Ocean is just on the other side of those dunes and Cape Lookout was my other view, happiness!)

So Natural Born Charmer starts off with a bang.  A hot guy in a hot car picking up a literally hot headless beaver on the side of the road.  I mean it seems absurd but I could see it happening.  Said beaver has quite a bit of spunk, a jerk of an ex and no money so she embarks on a trip with hot hunky football player to get where she needs to go, not knowing at the time that where she needs to be is with said football-player.

Dean and Blue are amazing characters.  Dean is a natural born charmer which is one of the things that makes Blue hold off from him for awhile.  Blue is a flighty but smart woman who has grown up in several homes so she’s a little scared of commitment.  Dean is not all in from the beginning of the book either, he’s just intrigued by how different Blue is, but he is just as afraid as her that they can’t make it work because of their differences and because of his own issues in his life.

As they finally make it to Nashville where he is having a house redone as a second home (his first is in Chicago where he’s a Chicago Star football player).  But he wants a more permanent home and he loves the one in Nashville.  He comes home to a surprise or two that make the book interesting. I like how the book focuses on several other characters.  At times I almost felt Blue and Dean’s romance was secondary, but it was okay, it really worked in the framework of the book and once the storylines started coming together, I could hardly put the book down.  I was even reading it on the boat ride home and I never do that, I usually just enjoy the scenery, but it was that hard to put down.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips fails to disappoint as usual.  You get romance, you get drama, you get laughs.  I’m pretty sure I laughed and cried in this one.  I loved every minute even when I was about ready to kill the main characters becasue of their usual stupidity at not facing love.  But that just added to the story as well.  This is number 7 in the Chicago Stars series, but reads great as a stand-alone.  However it reminds me I want to go back and fill in the books I have missed and with a lighter review schedule I should be able to do that.  Thank you Susan Elizabeth Phillips for providing me with a wonderful beach read and I look forward to continuing my summer of SEP soon!

My Rating: 5.0/5.0


Summary
It wasn't every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road, not even in Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard's larger-than-life world. He slammed on the brakes of his brand-new Aston Martin Vanquish and pulled over in front of her.
The beaver marched right past, her big, flat tail bouncing in the gravel, and her small, sharp nose stuck up in the air. Way up. The beaver looked highly pissed . . .
She was definitely a girl beaver because her beaver head was missing, revealing sweaty, dark hair pulled into a scraggly ponytail. He'd been praying for a little distraction from his own depressing company, so he threw open the door and stepped out onto the shoulder of the Colorado road . . .
Funny, sexy, and touching, Natural Born Charmer is the unforgettable love story of a golden boy who might be losing his luster and a spirited woman who's learned never to depend on anyone but herself.

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Author Biography (from Goodreads)
The Huffington Post says the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips provide a “gateway drug to the whole [romance] genre,” which she assumes is a good thing. Bookpage magazine calls her “the crown jewel of romantic comedy writers,” which is definitely a good thing. Since she wrote her first novel on a typewriter in her kitchen, her books have been published in over 30 languages and appear on bestseller lists all over the world.
In addition to being a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, she is a hiker, lazy gardener, horrible singer, passable cook, passionate reader, wife, mother of two grown sons, and grandmother of two adorable little ones.


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***I received this book from the publicist at Harper Collins for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***

Monday, July 14, 2014

What Are You Reading Monday #3

Come post weekly and see what others are reading too just so you can add to your tbr - I always do! For more information see Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books and join in! 

Books Completed Last Two Weeks 
Sorry I didn't post last week!  It was a crazy weekend, we had Hurricane Arthur, no power and then family functions and visits to the Cape!

  • The Treatment by Suzanne Young (The Program #2) on audio for review
  • Vanished by Kendra Elliot (from netgalley) for review
  • Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi (mine)
  • Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West (for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Enemies on Tap by Avery Flynn (for Ramblings From This Chick)

Reading Now: 
  • Then Came You by Jill Shalvis (audio for Ramblings From This Chick)
  • Cop Town by Karin Slaughter (from netgalley, for review)
  • Bound By Night by Larissa Ione  (from netgalley, for review in prep for second book coming out)
  • Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson (working on my health too) 
Next:
  • Unlucky 13 by James Patterson (from the library)
  • Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau (from Amazon Vine)
  • Take Me If You Dare by Nina Crespo (for this blog)
  • Two Week Seduction by Kathy Lyons (for this blog)
Summary -

Lots of great books read during these two weeks.  Thankfully Arthur's main problem was loss of power over 24 hours, but we are blessed by family that loaned us a generator to power our fridge & freezer and also family that allowed us to stay at their house when our power wasn't back on Friday evening.  There was a bit of yard clean-up but with the four of us working first thing Friday when it was cool and breezy it was quick.

Craziest thing about the hurricane, being in the eye. It's not the first time for us, but night hurricanes are nerve-wracking and the wind was crazy so when it was so calm it was great.  But I would have loved peace and quiet especially since it was 11:30pm, but nope, people were running the roads, driving around.  Seriously, can't you just stay home??  Oh well.  I went to sleep shortly after the eye passed and I felt the risk of tornadoes was lower (they are always the worst on the backside of the storm).  I am thankful this storm is not as bad as it could have been!

How was your week?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fake It by Jennifer Chance (book review & giveaway)




Jennifer Chance is back with another novel that'll keep you hooked.
Anna Richardson meets the baddest (and sexiest) of bad boys in FAKE IT, the second novel in Jennifer Chance's sizzling Rule Breakers series, out on July 1, 2014 from Random House. This one is not to be missed, especially if you're looking for a bad boy fix!

My Review:
I really enjoyed Rock It, the first book in the Rule Breakers series so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Fake It.  As much as I enjoyed Rock It, I really think Anna and Jake make Fake It an amazing and fun read.

Anna is very uptight and trying to make her way in her job.  But she has a wedding to attend and a fake boyfriend she has been going on and on for months about to keep her ex-boyfriend at bay and her best friend, the bride from setting her up with any number of men.  So it's getting crunch time and Anna still does not have a man to be her fake boyfriend.  She's clubbing and her friends are trying to help, but then neighborhood hottie Jake steps in.  

What could be better, a hot willing man who she's already attracted to wants to be her fake boyfriend?  Well that fake boyfriend could want to be more.  Of course some hilarity ensues as it should.  Anna doesn't think she's his type.  Jake wants the relationship to be more, Anna wants it to be more.  The ex-boyfriend is a jerk and wants her back.  Her friend, the bride, just wants her happy.  There is conflict and heat and just a great read.

The characters are great.  I understand Anna. Jake is hot and even though he's a bad boy on the outside he's really a good man.  I was pulling for them through the book and really loved getting to know them and watch them fall for each other.  The plotting was great, never a lull or anything that I couldn't believe in.  Good girl and bad boy works again as a great plot and this is another great book in the series.

Haven't had your fill of bad boys for the summer yet?  And really who ever could? Fake It is a great summer or anytime read full of interesting characters and a fun plot.  So grab it now!

My Rating:  4.5/5.0
About FAKE IT:
As her sizzling new series continues, Jennifer Chance sparks some serious combustion between a sexy biker and a corporate go-getter who’s ready to let her hair down.

New grad Anna Richardson works hard—so hard that she’s given up having a romantic life. Anna has even convinced her friends that she’s dating an amazing guy—who they’ve simply never met. But now Anna has a wedding to attend and needs to produce the hottie she’s been lying about for the past six months. Enter Jake Flynn, her infuriating, motorcycle-riding, jaw-droppingly gorgeous neighbor, who’s more than willing to fake it for a weekend. In fact, Jake won’t be satisfied until things get real.

Though Jake is only playing the role of adoring boyfriend, he’s starting to feel the heat, and judging by Anna’s sweet blush, so is she. Letting chemistry this intense go to waste would be a real shame. Soon, though, the thin line between fantasy and reality fades. Jake may not be what every buttoned-up fast-tracker wants, but he’s sure as hell what Anna needs. And if she takes a ride with him, their adventure never has to end.
 


Also in the Rule Breakers series: ROCK IT by Jennifer Chance!

About Jennifer Chance:
Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series, which feature sexy, wish-come-true romances that launched with ROCK IT and FAKE IT in 2014. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio.




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***I received this book from Netgalley for the purposes of a tour and honest review with Barclay Publicity.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***

Monday, June 30, 2014

What Are You Reading Monday #2

Come post weekly and see what others are reading too just so you can add to your tbr - I always do! For more information see Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books and join in!

Books Completed Last Week:
Another good week, the reading slump is definitely over!
  • Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (on audio from library)
  • Fake It by Jennifer Chance (review tour stop on this blog, July 9)
  • Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg (for Ramblings From This Chick)

Reading Now: 
  • The Treatment by Suzanne Young (The Program #2) on audio for review
  • Vanished by Kendra Elliot (from netgalley) for review
  • Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson (working on my health too) 
Next:
Summary -

Awesome reading week capped off with two days out on the boat.  I love days with my toes in water and happily reading away.  Kids were also off to Myrtle Beach with my parents last week which led to a little extra time while husband was working or working on the boat where I could read in peace.  Though I have to admit it felt great to get them home on Friday.  Should be another great reading week, hoping for more boat days, but there is a tropical disturbance developing off Florida so we'll have to see how the weekend goes.

How was your week?

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