// Audio Book Review // When the Stars Lead to You by: Ronni Davis #AudioBook #BookReview #WhenTheStarsLeadToYou

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When the Stars Lead to You by: Ronni Davis
Published November 12, 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Young Adult/Contemporary

Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history? Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // When the Stars Lead to You by: Ronni Davis #AudioBook #BookReview #WhenTheStarsLeadToYou”

// Book Review // Temporary Wife Temptation by: Jayci Lee #TemporaryWifeTemptation #BookReview

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Temporary Wife Temptation by: Jayci Lee
Published February 4, 2020 by Harlequin Desire
Romance/Contemporary

Much more than he bargained for…

“You want me to find you a wife?”

“No. I want you to be my wife.”

Garrett Song is this close to taking the reins of his family’s LA fashion empire…until the Song matriarch insists he marry her handpicked bride first. To block her matchmaking, he recruits Natalie Sobol to pose as his wife. She needs a fake spouse as badly as he does. But when passion burns down their chaste agreement, the flames could destroy them all… Continue reading “// Book Review // Temporary Wife Temptation by: Jayci Lee #TemporaryWifeTemptation #BookReview”

// Audio Book Review // The Unhoneymooners by: Christina Lauren #Romance #ChristinaLauren #BookReview

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The Unhoneymooners by: Christina Lauren
Published May 14, 2019 by Gallery Books
Romance/Women’s Lit/Fiction

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky. Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // The Unhoneymooners by: Christina Lauren #Romance #ChristinaLauren #BookReview”

// Audio Book Review // By the Book by: Julia Sonneborn #JaneAusten #Retelling

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By the Book by: Julia Sonneborn
Published February 18, 2018 by Gallery Books
Fiction/Jane Austen Retelling/Women’s Lit

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.

Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love. Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // By the Book by: Julia Sonneborn #JaneAusten #Retelling”

// Audio Book Review // Imaginary Friend by: Stephen Chbosky #Horror #ImaginaryFriend #Audiobook

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Imaginary Friend by: Stephen Chbosky
Published October 1, 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
Mystery/Horror/Fiction

Imagine… Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.

Imagine… Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.

Imagine… Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.

Imagine… Something that will change everything… And having to save everyone you love. Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // Imaginary Friend by: Stephen Chbosky #Horror #ImaginaryFriend #Audiobook”

// Book Review // Little Sister: A Memoir by: Patricia Walsh Chadwick #Review #Memoir #Autobiography

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Little Sister: A Memoir by: Patricia Walsh Chadwick
Published April 2, 2019 by Post Hill Press
Autobiography

They promised her heaven, but there was no savior.

Imagine an eighteen-year-old American girl who has never read a newspaper, watched television, or made a phone call. An eighteen-year-old-girl who has never danced—and this in the 1960s.

It is in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Leonard Feeney, a controversial (soon to be excommunicated) Catholic priest, has founded a religious community called the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Center’s members—many of them educated at Harvard and Radcliffe—surrender all earthly possessions and aspects of their life, including their children, to him. Patricia Chadwick was one of those children, and Little Sister is her account of growing up in the Feeney sect.

Separated from her parents and forbidden to speak to them, Patricia bristles against the community’s draconian rules, yearning for another life. When, at seventeen, she is banished from the Center, her home, she faces the world alone, without skills, family, or money but empowered with faith and a fierce determination to succeed on her own, which she does, rising eventually to the upper echelons of the world of finance and investing. Continue reading “// Book Review // Little Sister: A Memoir by: Patricia Walsh Chadwick #Review #Memoir #Autobiography”

// Bookish New Year’s Challenge // Day 9: Physical Copies or E-Books?

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Can’t I love both equally? I do, indeed, still buy physical books. I love going into a bookstore, franchise or indie, and leaving with with a few books, regardless if my TBR hasn’t been touched. I have numerous E-books as well. Here’s the thing. When I get an email from an author/publisher, most of the time they do not have enough physical copies of the books to distribute. E-books make it easier for them to multiple book reviewers. There will probably come a time where printed books are obsolete (hopefully it’s far into the future where are genuinely living like the Jetsons – as in I won’t be around for it), but until then, I will love both the printed and digital equally.