Review of “Walking Disaster” by Jamie McGuire

First of all, a HUGE shout out to Netgalley for affording me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.  I was shaking in my shoes hoping to be one of the first 250 to respond but I wasn’t.  I thought I had lost my chance but then a couple of days later, I was rewarded with a congratulations email and started reading it THAT DAY!

This is book is FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC…5 huge stars for this book and the Beautiful Series by this author.  The first book “Beautiful Disaster” is written from the perspective of Abby while this book “Walking Disaster” is in the same time reference but written from the perspective of Travis.  Never before have I read such profoundly and beautifully synced books.  The first book was intense and I fell absolutely in love with Abby and Travis but to get Travis’ perspective on things made the story that much better. 

I loved the epilogue at the end and am so glad that it was added so that the reader can develop some level of closure for this beautiful couple.  I was surprised by the turn of events in the epilogue to be honest because I just didn’t see that as their future but wow, what a great ending for this couple. 

I highly recommend this book and this series to anyone.  I have found two new favorite books and will re-read them together next time.  AWESOME…FANTASTIC…SUPERB…PHENOMINAL!!! 

READ THESE BOOKS! 

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Review of “The Practice Proposal” by Tracy March

This book is about the coming together of two teenage acquaintances from a camp managed by the parents of the girl Liza Sutherland.  Liza had a major crush on Cole Collins when he was nothing but a good looking teenage kid at the camp.  Years later and a devastating loss for Liza finds both Liza and Cole thrown together yet again through a charity auction in which Cole has donated a date with himself as an item up for bid.  

Cole’s manager wants him to clean up his wild ways and settle down in order to renew a contract from his  baseball team.  His manager cooks up this scheme after Liza wins the auction to have Cole get serious with Liza unbeknownst to Liza of course.  As so the story plays out…

This book was a good read that left you with warm feelings and a smile that a great couple found their way to each other.  The book wasn’t too long and didn’t get too descriptive anywhere in which you were wishing that they would just move on.  It had a nice pace and was easy to finish quickly.  There really wasn’t any suspenseful moments or anything that would keep you at the edge of your seat or dying to turn the page.  I thought the author could have created more drama with Cole’s past and what he discovers about his past as well as more drama between Liza and Cole so that you could make the union at the end that much more sweet. 

Over all 3 stars out of 5.  I liked it.  I’m glad I took the afternoon to read it and would probably read another book by Tracy March.

 

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Review of “Just for the Summer” by Jenna Rutland

A short story about a young woman that gave her son up for adoption eight years ago and now she wants to know that her son is loved and with a caring family.  Her only mission in the beginning was to just check and see if her son, Sam, was ok and happy…until she came across Sam’s SINGLE dad, Matt.  Matt is your typically hottie Sheriff that of course turns out to be irresistible.

This was a quick refreshing story.  It took me about half a day to read (with interruptions) and moved at a nice pace.  At times I found myself wishing it was longer with the story a bit more dragged out and the love scenes a lot more steamy.  However, all in all it is a nice clean NC-17  book that gave steaming flirting a new name.  I loved the banter between Matt and Dani and found myself disappointed when the book took a more serious turn.

There was ample angst and tragedy for the couple to overcome and the story progressed such that I didn’t want to put it down.  I give it a solid 3 stars and would recommend it for a quick filler between longer or emotionally deeper books.

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Review of “Once Tempted” by Laura Moore

First a sincere thank you to netgalley for offering up this title for an honest review.  I hope I have satisfied your expectations…

Hot and sexy cowboy…check
Broken beautiful lady needing said cowboy to mend her broken heart…check
Gorgeous ranch…check
Great family running said ranch…check
nasty, jealous ex-fiance…check
Untold secrets threatening to break up the fragile new love…check

If you are looking for all of the above, you will definitely find it in this book.  The characters are lovable from the beginning and the main cowboy, Ward, is super hot and sexy as all get out.  Tess is strong and beautiful and has been through the wringer in past love encounters.  She is reluctant to love Ward but eventually succumbs to him and eventually falls in love with him.  Only then does trouble ensue where Ward’s ex-fiance enters the picture and wreaks havoc on the couples progress.  So…what did I think?  The book is ok, however, I think it could be great with some more editing.

I think the first half of the book is slow moving and I must admit to losing my patience so much with this book that I had to put it down for a bit and read something else that progressed at a better pace just to feel like I was getting somewhere.  I did always come back to the book because I wanted to finish it and find out how Tess and Ward ended up but I would say it took a good 75% of the book in order for me to change from forcing myself to read it to actually looking forward to what was happening next in the last 25% of the book.  There was one really good love scene – the first one – then the others there after seemed rushed or pieced together sort of like a memory and disappointing.  The ending also seemed rushed which was broadly surprising to me because in the first half of the book the author spent 10 pages on a freaking conference meeting and at the end of the book she spent half a page getting Ward and Tess back together…seemed disproportionate if you ask me.  

In the end, I would advise the author to drastically cut some of the unimportant and quite frankly sort of boring detail in the beginning and add to the love scenes and the ending of the book.  

I liked the book, just not one of the best I’ve ever read.  But…NICE cover, biting my knuckle right now!

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Review of “Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park

This was a good representation of the various ways that people deal with grief and the lengths that they will go to to soothe someone they love.  

This is a story about a young girl venturing away from home to attend college only to find that her apartment that she purchased on Craig’s list of all places without confirmation is nonexistent.  Her mother’s college friend lives in Boston with her family and allows Julie to stay with them.  What was first a temporary situation became permanent.  The family is weird and that’s mild for how messed up they are.  The youngest is infatuated with a flat cardboard version of her oldest brother.  Without giving anything away, the book takes you through the next year where Julie uncovers the mystery of why this family is so messed up.  She ends up helping the family immensely and pretty much becomes a family member.  

This book was a very well written story.  There are hints throughout the book that clue you into the real situation of the family and what has happened if you pay attention.  This is great humor through use of intellectual puns and facebook postings.  It made me laugh, cry a bit mad and a whole lot of happy from time to time.

Definitely worth the read. 

 

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This is a GREAT!!!!! BOOK… True Love Story by Willow Aster

I learned about this book from my dear sister.  I had just finished reading another beautiful love story and so wasn’t sure if I wanted to read another tear jerking, heart breaking…warming, story but she was persistent so I did.  And I’m so glad that I read this book.  I had never heard of Willow Aster but I’m always up for trying a new author if I get a recommendation from someone that knows what I like and who better than your own wonderful Sissy!

Throughout the entire book, I loved, hated, loved, hated, loved, hated, loved Ian.  He was so angsty and indecisive of what he wanted and Sparrow was so forgiving and gullible at first.  I was soooo happy when she began to have a clue and allowed her subconscious to tell her what she was unwilling to see herself.  Yet I found myself feeling as she did and not willing to overlook the things that she didn’t.  I will say that my heart began to beg her to see Ian’s huge heart when you saw the destruction that the situation caused yet you saw the that he absolutely loved her so much.  I was pulling for this couple from page 1 with a few choice words when I though Ian was being an @$$hat.

The writing was phenomenal…Willow Aster is very good with Angst, I’ll give her that!  She built some great characters and a great story that while you may have heard of love and betrayal as if it’s common as sliced bread, it was never quite like this or this good.

I give this a phenomenal 5 out of 5 stars and would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good love story.  It’s a well written quick read and so worthy of your time.

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Review of “Defying the Odds” by Kele Moon

It’s official…I’m a Kele Moon fan. I kind of approached this series backwards in that I read book two “Star Crossed” first then this book.  I fell in love with book two (and this author) so much that I just had to go back and read Clay and Mel’s story and I was NOT disappointed.

And what a great story it was.  Clay is the ultimate fighter heavy weight champ yet he is so very lonely and doesn’t have a very high opinion of anyone but Wyatt and Jules Conner.  He lives in a small southern town where everyone knows your business and everyone is afraid of his moody self.  Then along comes this petite, broken woman, Melody who has an asshat of an abusive ex-husband and so evidently needs a protector and someone that she can rely on…Clay Powers.  YUM YUM!

Kele is a GREAT writer.  She has edge of your seat suspense,  Angsty, brooding characters, sad histories and steamy hot love scenes in her books and keeps you enthusiastically turning the page.  Within the first couple of pages, I was pulling for these two and just dying for them to be in love.  I was captured on page one and completely satisfied with how the book ended.  There wasnothing unresolved where you think…whatever happened here.  That did not happen in this book or at least I didn’t think so.  I got through the book thinking what a great writer!  I would read anything this girl writes!

Definately 5 stars!

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