May 24, 2017

Review: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Title: The Husband's Secret
Author: Liane Moriarty
Published: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Berkley (Penguin)
Hardcover: 396 pgs

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Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . . Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret. Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

I don't think there is a single book that Liane Moriarty can write that I will not fall in love with, and The Husband's Secret was no exception. I literally could not put it down. At one point -- and I kid you not -- I woke up in the dead of night and couldn't fall back to sleep without reading! I just had to find out what the husband's secret was, and it was well worth the lack of sleep.

I think what I love the most about Moriarty is that she creates these characters that are so relatable, you feel like they could be your sister, or your husband, or even yourself. And you watch these's characters go through these life-altering revelations and it breaks your heart...and it makes you laugh...and it makes you cheer...and by the time you're through, you've realized you've gone through a veritable rainbow of emotions. You wonder what you, yourself, would do in those same situations, and you wonder whether you could be as strong.

The Husband's Secret is full of twists and turns that you never see coming. It's full of sadness, happiness, and...plain old life. Life, with all it's relationships, love, and drama.

I adored this book and I hope you will too!

5 out of 5 stars.






May 12, 2017

Review: The Vanishing Girl (The Vanishing Girl #1) by Laura Thalassa

The Vanishing Girl (The Vanishing Girl #1)
By Laura Thalassa
Ebook 287 pages
Publication March 15, 2014
Lavabrook Publishing Group

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Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It's a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows.

A week after her eighteenth birthday, when frustratingly handsome Caden Hawthorne captures her, delivers her to the government, and then disappears before her eyes, Ember realizes two things: One, she is not alone. And two, people like her—teleporters—are being used as weapons.

Dragged off to a remote facility where others like her live, Ember’s forced to pair up with her former captor, Caden, to learn how to survive inside until she can escape. Only Caden’s making escape seem less and less appealing.

But even as Ember falls for the boy who got her into this mess, she knows that she is running out of time. Because the government has plans for those like her, and those plans might just cost Ember her life.

Okay, so this book is kind of crazy. Ember is an experiment, essentially. She's a young girl who has special abilities and she had no idea she wasn't the only one until the day the government came knocking on her door. She's then taken away from her family and whisked off to a secret facility.

I just want to say real quick that I can't really believe what the government is making these kids do. Like, these are teenagers. They're still kids. They're being sent into dangerous situations with no regard for their young lives. I mean, actually, I guess I can believe what the government is making them do. I'm not sure if this book was supposed to be a metaphor, but that's how I related to it, personally. But that's just me. You may get something completely different out of it than I did.

I also think, on some level that The Vanishing girl could be classified as a YA, or possibly coming of age. I kind of veered away from thinking of it as a YA because there is sex in it. I liked this story. I kind of had to put it out of my mind that these were just kids. It wasn't hard, the author did well in not always reminding us that these were just teenagers, though it was right at the back of my mind throughout the story. Of course they are mature. They have to be. They have to learn how to navigate very adult situations. So there is a bit of action in the book.

The story ends on a huge cliffhanger. I don't mind a cliffhanger, especially since I'm a series reader. I know they're just par for the course, but I wanted to make that clear. If you don't mind a cliffy, and you're one of the people who don't mind buying another book to finish a good story, I'd recommend The Vanishing Girl. If you're a cliffy hater, maybe skip this one. But personally, I'm going to get myself the second book asap.





May 11, 2017

Review: Born in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy #1) By K.F. Breene

Born in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy #1)
By K.F. Breene
ebook 437 pages
Publication February 18, 2017
Hazy Dawn Press, Inc.

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Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options. If people found out what I could do—what I am—I would kiss my freedom goodbye.

So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.

Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.


Okay, real quick before Raised in Fire comes out on May 16, I wanted to go ahead and talk about Born in Fire. Born in Fire is a bit of a crazy ride. With Breene's usual brand of kick butt heroine, and her women not taking any crap from anyone, this was a fun read. 

Reagan is a Supernatural Bounty Hunter. So, basically she goes out and hunts supernatural creatures. You know she's gotta have a backbone, some attitude, and a sword carrying skill set. No seriously, she kicks a**. There are some overlapping genres going on here. There are elements of paranormal, but there are also elements I would think would be classified as urban fantasy. There are witches and warlocks, vampires and shifters, mention of elves, though we don't meet any in this part of the story, and possibly Lucifer. You'd think that would make the story crazy, and it does, but in a fun and easy to follow way. It's also set in New Orleans.

The ending is wrapped up nicely. It leaves the possibilities open without a huge cliff hanger. If you like a story with lots of action, a fierce heroine, and a good cast of secondary characters, I'd definitely recommend this book. I can't wait to see what's next. 

May 09, 2017

ROAR BY CORA CARMACK VIRTUAL SIGNING!



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May 08, 2017

Review: Make Me (Sterling Shore #10) by C.M. Owens

Make Me (Sterling Shore #10)
By C.M. Owens
ebook 330 pages
Published January 30, 2017


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DALE 
I'm a mature and very pragmatic person, whom others like to call boring. 
At least I was...until Harley came back into town... 

What do you do when a girl comes back for some petty revenge against you and seduction is part of her game? 
You pretend to be a millionaire dom, of course. 
Yeah...it sounded better in theory. My execution keeps ending up in awkward messes, and this game between us gets even messier when I learn more about Harley. She's easy to fall for, even though she's hazardous as hell. 
What happens when all the games end? 

HARLEY 
One simple little goal turns into one giant disaster. 
On the surface, Dale Sterling seemed like an asshole from my past; the typical arrogant guy who boulders through life and anyone in his way. So a little revenge seemed plausible, considering what he did to me once upon a long time ago. In hindsight, it was immature. But revenge has kept me on top of the world since I stopped being on the bottom of everyone's shoes, so I make no apologies for my immaturity. 
But Dale is weirdly kinky... 
Everything is going fine...until it gets real. Now the guy I wanted to humiliate is the same guy I'm begging my heart not to stupidly fall in love with. 
Unfortunately, my heart tends to be stubborn. 

*Can be read as a stand-alone 
*Sexual content 
*Adult language


I wanted to talk about Make Me because I'm gearing up to May 8, when Taming a Maverick goes live. I actually love this whole series. I'm not sure I've laughed through so many books in one series. With that, on to talking specifically about Make Me.

Dale, I love him. He's the more practical cousin in this series. He's calm, cool, and laid back. Until he runs back into Harley, that is. Then he thinks it'd be a good idea to pretend he's a Dom. This is where all the hilarious begins. I'm not sure you'd believe the things that happen when a guy who has no clue what being a dom entails, tries to pretend he knows what he's doing. But it's laugh out loud funny.

Harley comes back to Sterling Shore to settle a couple of scores. One involves family. The other involves Dale Sterling. They went to high school together, and Dale unknowingly caused a bunch of drama for Harley for the remainder of her time in high school. Well, actually, all the Sterling boys did, but she took the brunt of the abuse. But, she runs into him again, and all of the confidence she's gained since high school just flies out the window.

Add the usual SS suspects, and Dale pretending to be a Dom, and you've got 330 pages of hilarious. Now, Maverick is next. I can only imagine Salem is going to run him through the ringer. I can't wait.

You can find the Sterling Shore series, and other titles by C.M. Owens here