Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday! 7.7.15


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for a 'Top Ten' list relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond and participate. All the details are listed on her site.

This week's question: Top ten hyped books I've never read


1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Isla and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 

4. Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

5. We Were Liars by e. Lockart

6. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

8. 1984 by George Orwell

9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

10. The Selection by Keira Cass

Monday, July 6, 2015

*Book Tour* [Review] Truly Madly Montana by Fiona Lowe


Truly Madly Montana
Medicine River # 2
By: Fiona Lowe
Releasing July 7th, 2015
Berkeley Sensation

Synopsis 

Summer in Montana brings heat with a chance of romance in the new Medicine River Romance from the award-winning author of Montana Actually

Sexy and charming Australian doctor Will Bartlett will do anything to help out a friend, even if it means moving to Bear Paw for the summer. Some small-town hospitality, and the uncomplicated friendship of his co-worker, Millie, is just the ticket to shake off the restlessness that’s been gripping him lately.

Millie Switkowski, RN and medical student, is home for her clinical rotation, and she’s determined to make this summer so much better than last. She’s got a year of medical school under her belt, her diabetes is under control and she’s kicked her crazy crush for Will Bartlett, who only ever treated her as “one of the guys.”

But when Will turns out to be Millie’s supervising physician, without warning the summer gets a whole lot hotter than either of them anticipated. With both of them holding onto thorny secrets, can they walk away with their hearts intact?

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My Review

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

Another great read by Fiona Lowe! I really enjoyed Montana Actually, the first in this series, so when I saw I had a chance to read the second, I knew I needed to jump on the chance! Set in the beautiful state of Montana, Millie and Will take us on a wild, romantic ride. Throw in some heart-pounding medical scenes and it's sure to suck you right in. 

This book had a little of everything you look for in a romance; it's hot and steamy, has great friendships, lots of fun, and a little bit of heartbreak. There's also another story mixed in of Ethan, the local librarian, and Tara, the new deputy sheriff in town. I really liked reading Ethan and Tara's story too. They were so different from each other, but fit so well. 

Millie and Will have an interesting relationship at first. I don't want to say too much without giving away the humor. But they're very good friends and enjoying being with each other. At the same time, they're both fighting feelings that they're developing and it's fun to watch! If you enjoy a good romance, I would suggest picking up a copy of this! It's a quick read but gives you sooo many feels! 

About the Author
Fiona Lowe is a RITA® and R*BY award-winning, multi-published author with Harlequin , Carina Press and, Berkley USA. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she's not writing stories, she's a weekend wife, mother of two 'ginger' teenage boys, guardian of 80 rose bushes, slave to a cat and often found collapsed on the couch with wine.


Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Giveaway 
$20.00 Amazon eGift Card (US/CA/UK)


Sunday, July 5, 2015

June 2015 Wrap-Up


Here's the thing: I've been really, really bad lately about keeping up with my blog. Every time I think about it, I feel awful, but it doesn't change what I'm doing. I really do love blogging and sharing my love of books with everyone! But I have to blame real life getting in the way. I thought I was busy last summer with planning a wedding. But that hasn't even come close to how busy Paul and I have been this summer! I can't get over how swamped we are!!! With recently buying a home, having a never-ending list of house projects, baseball, softball, golf, work, cookouts... the list goes on and on. (I'm actually writing this right before another one of my husband's baseball games) I can't believe it's already July! (Birthday month, YAY!) But I'm going to make a conscious effort to blog more and really get back into this!













What to look forward to in July? Definitely more book reviews and meme posts! Like I said, I really want to get back into this and I hope that since our house projects are slowing down for the time being, I'll have some more time. I also have a few ideas of things that I want to do in the months to come... including a month where I only read re-reads. Anyone else game for that? I've got a few on my list already that I really want to re-read and I know I'll think of more soon. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July! You'll definitely be seeing from me more this month! 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

[Review] Blame it on the Kiss by Robin Bielman

Blame it on the Kiss by Robin Bielman 
Series: Kisses in the Sand, #2
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Bliss
Publishing Date: June 9, 2015
Format: ebook, ARC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads rating: 5 stars

Synopsis 

The one guy she shouldn't want...

Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend's wish list, she's determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she's thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow--just by looking at him--she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop's pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce's near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend's best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn't. His trust in women is shot, but he can't help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex's list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans--and heart--in serious jeopardy.

My Review

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

I was so excited to get a copy of this ebook from Ms. Bielman! She's easily become one of my favorite romance writers! I always know that I'll get a great story from her and she's proved that again with this story. 

Honor has a list from her best friend who passed away months before. Her mission is to complete all the items on this list before she's 25. And she's well on her way to doing this when she meets Bryce. But things become complicated when they start falling for each other. Nevertheless, Bryce tries to help her accomplish the items on Honor's list from Payton. 

This book is so much fun to read! Bryce is a good guy trying to act like a bad boy. Unfortunately  for him, that's not working out to well because his good guy side keep showing through. He character is a lot of fun to read about and I like the relationships he has with his friends and family. And Honor is really sweet. She's been hurt pretty bad in the past and doesn't think she is good enough for Bryce. But he tries his best to prove her wrong! 

If you're looking for a fun romance, look no further. This book has it all: hot, steamy scenes, heartache, a lot of laughter, great friendships, and a really cute couple. I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book - and all of Ms. Bielman's other books as well! You won't be disappointed! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tell Me Something Tuesday 6.23.15


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings. Each week a new question is presented. Check out Heidi's blog for all the details :) 

This week's question: What books or genres do you tend to avoid?

Hmm, I have to say this is a hard question for me! I like to give all books a chance and as a general rule, and don't avoid any genre in particular. I've read some non-fiction books, but I don't read them very often. I wouldn't say I avoid them... but it has to really intrigue me to pick it up. I would say the same goes for science fiction. While I really like some, it's not a genre that I'm drawn to. 

I know this isn't a very descriptive answer, but it's all I can come up with! I really try not to avoid certain genres and give all types of books a chance. But sometimes science fiction and non-fiction books aren't my favorite. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

[Review] The Manning Brides by Debbie Macomber

The Manning Brides by Debbie Macomber
Series: Those Manning Men, #1-2
Publisher: Mira
Publishing Date: Aug. 1, 2008
475 Pages
Format: paperback, purchased
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Synopsis 

Rich Manning and Jamie Warren have always been friends; and nothing but friends. However, that changes when she asks him to father the child she so desperately wants. Rich agrees; if she'll marry him. Because he thinks their Marriage of Inconvenience could become a real marriage instead.

Paul Manning, a grieving widower with three small children, turns to Leah Baker for help and comfort. When that comfort begins to grow into something else, Paul discovers that he wants more than a Stand-In Wife.

My Review

I've always been a big Debbie Macomber fan. I started reading her books when I was younger and she was one of the first authors to introduce me to the world of romance novels. I fell head over heels in love with her characters, so every time I come across one of her books, I love picking it up. 

Both of these stories were good and a lot of fun to read. Rich and Jamie have been friends for years. She asks him to be a sperm donor because she wants a child so badly. Their relationship takes a different road once this happens and they both realize how they feel about each other. Paul is leaning how to move on after his wife dies, and her sister, Leah, helps him cope with being a new single dad. 

I enjoyed reading these stories. Both were relatively quick and light reads. These weren't my favorites of hers, but nonetheless, still fun. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

[review] Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publishing Date: April 7, 2015
352 Pages
Format: ebook, ARC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads Rating: 5 stars


Synopsis 

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s.

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

Praised for writing that “explores the resilience of the human spirit” (The San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Genova has once again delivered a novel as powerful and unforgettable as the human insights at its core.

My Review 

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

Just like Still Alice, this book completely drew me in. Genova takes on another serious, but taboo, neurological disease. Huntington's Disease affects roughly 30,000 people in the united states. It doesn't sound like a lot compared to many of the other disease in this world, like breast cancer and Alzheimer's. But nevertheless, it's incredibly serious and deadly. But no one wants to talk about it. 

Genova introduces us to the O'Briens; Joe, his wife Ruth, and their four children: JJ, Meghan, Katie and Patrick. When Joe finds out he has HD, his children are left with the choice of finding out whether they are gene positive or gene negative. JJ and Meghan find out, but Katie and Patrick don't. The book takes us through finding out Joe has HD, to watching his disease slowly take over his body. And throughout this, Katie struggles with whether she wants to find out if she's HD gene positive or negative. 

I really liked how this book went back and forth between Katie and Joe's perspective. We watch Joe struggle with his growing symptoms and learning how to cope. And Katie struggles with her decision to find out about her future. The entire family copes with the disease so differently and I think it really shows how this disease can affect so many different people in different ways. No one is the same and the disease doesn't necessarily affect people the same. 

Genova is definitely a new favorite author of mine. I loved Still Alice and Inside the O'Briens lived up to my expectations. I can't wait to read her other work and I continue to recommend her books to my friends. I can't say enough good things about the awareness she is bringing to these terrible diseases.