Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Short & Tweetish Review: A Gentleman Never Surrenders by Lauren Smith

I've had so much going on in real life and training for a half marathon is taking up so much of my time I think I'll be posting shorter reviews for a a while. Short & Tweetish Reviews (There's no way I can keep it to 140 characters!) style of reviewing was introduced to me by Mary@The Book Swarm  and Karen's @For What It's Worth.

A Gentleman Never Surrenders (Sins & Scandals #2) by Lauren Smith
Publisher:  Forever Yours
Publication date: September 12th 2017
My rating: 4 Stars
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Love is worth a little scandal.

Owen Hadley needs a wife. Preferably a wealthy one. Alas, there aren't a great number of heiresses willing to marry a rogue of no particular fortune---luckily, if there is ever a gentleman capable of melting a lady's chilly heart, it's Owen.

Milly has had enough of the marriage mart. If matrimony means giving up her freedom for a foppish husband, then society can take their idea of marital bliss and toss it. But when the ton's most notorious rogue mistakenly makes his way into her bedchambers, Milly finds herself unexpectedly and unwillingly at the altar . . .

Yet the more time she spends with her new husband, the more Milly starts to wonder if the marriage she never wanted may be the best thing that's ever happened to her. Now it's up to Owen to convince Milly that what started as a mistake is anything but---and that every night with him will be more wonderfully scandalous than the last.
My Thoughts:
Couldn't help but think Owen was some sort of a fortune seeking dirt-bag at first, but as I got to know his reasons, I couldn't help but soften towards this man. Owen wanted a marriage of love no matter the crappy start, so I admired his efforts.  Loved Milly soooo much! She was a sweetheart despite her initial goals and dreams being dashed (in her mind, only at first) by Owen's ruining. The physical part was no problem for these two and very hot, but the emotional bonds took a while to build, and I loved every step! 

There was a surprising amount of emotional depth for such a short amount of pages. Loved this story so much, and I'll be checking out more by Lauren Smith for sure.  Thanks to Alyssa at Eater of Books for the recommendation!


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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week they post a new top ten list and ask fellow bookish folk to share their lists on that topic.

This week's Top Ten post is: Ten Books on My Fall TBR List 
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These are five review books that I've been eagerly anticipating for some time now. I read and loved the first books in the series by Reader and Rai, and so can't wait to be with the characters once more in So Over You and Wrong to Need You. And Roomies, Now That You Mention it and The Ones Who Got Away sound just like my sort of reads. I've actually considered dropping my current reads several times, to dive right into these. 


So I also decided to pick five books from my own-tbr pile, it's totally out of control right now, so attempting to whittle it down this fall sounds like a good plan. I've been meaning to continue with James FBI/US Attorney series for a while now. so think the fall is the perfect time to do so! And I seriously don't know why I still haven't picked up Rites of Passage yet, I've read the best reviews for it.

Which books are on your fall tbr pile?  

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Readers Den Weekly Wrap up #10

Hi everyone, with Rachel and I's crazy work schedules, we miss sharing whats going on with us. We used to have a lot of fun with our Showcase Sunday posts, so thought we'd do something regular on the blog, where we share bookish news and life news in general as a weekly recap!

This week hasn't been too bad busy-wise, I'm not properly back at work yet, so I'm making the most of my time off to read all the books and catch up with my tv shows, the only thing is that the books I've been reading have been a real miss for me! I'm trying to go through my ARC pile for the year, so that I'm on top of things before I go on holiday. This holiday is so needed, I have a couple of exciting things coming up towards the end of the year, me and my cousins are going a WWE Monday Night Raw show, yes I've become a fan of wrestling once more since April! Then Allie and I are going to an author event where we get to meet Mariana Zapata!! And then I get to go on holiday, this year has been quite tough stress-wise, so these upcoming events are very much needed! 


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So a bit of a flop reading-wise this week, sadly I had to DNF Silver Bay, I've adored Moyes books in the past, but Silver Bay was just too slow paced for my liking, and I've made a promise to myself now, that if a book doesn't keep my attention, I'm not going to try and force myself to finish it! And I don't know what it is with Hoover's books lately, I've been so eager about reading them, but then when I do, they don't work out for me, I must be the black sheep here, as I know quite a few of my friends loved this one too. 

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Alex, Approximately was very swoony; a little like a teenage You've Got Mail.  Jenn Bennett's writing is amazing whether adult or YA! I loved the setting, a fictional coastal town in the area above Big Sur and Monterey! A Gentleman Surrenders was a wonderful, and well-developed even with the relatively short amount of pages. I LOVED The Summer That Made Us! Filled with such emotions with a lively and varied cast. The Cover of Night was fun, but the heroine was a little frustrating at the end.

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Okay, so this weeks haul was absolutely awesome, Kindle Unlimited has been great lately in terms of the books its been adding, this week I was able to get Sacked, Going the Distance and Lucas, books which had been on my tbr for ages! I started The Legal Briefs series on audio this week and I'm really enjoying it, Jason Carpenter is a great narrator, so I couldn't resist getting book two on audio, Sebastian York narrates this one *sigh*. Thanks to Michelle, who I won a copy of Letters to the Lost from, The Hate U Give was a great purchase for my kindle this week and of course I only realised this week that my library stocked books by Kristan Higgins. And last week I was just talking about the wait for Roomies and Now That You Mention it, so thank you to publishers for these copies. 

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I really enjoyed Maisey Yates' Part Time Cowboy so I snatched up a copy of Christmastime Cowboy on Netgalley.  Laura Florand's writing blows me away so of course I had to buy her latest A Kiss in Lavender when it released this last Tuesday. The Secret by Julie Garwood and Broken Grace by E.C. Diskin were on sale on Audible for $4.95 a piece so I bought copies after seeing great reviews on both.

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Nothing for me this week, which is like the first time ever, I've spent time this week on my Goodreads profile trying to cut down books in my to read list. I had so many on there that I had added when I first joined Goodreads, so now I've gone from 300+ to just 118 books to read. My own-tbr is a whole another issue, I have 300+ books on there to sort through. 

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I've seen good things about Not That I Could Tell. I'm still debating on requesting it from Netgalley. What do you think?



I'm still watching Season 5 of Scandal, it's been okay so far, but with all the angst, I needed something a bit more light-hearted, so finally made time to get back to Jane the Virgin season 2 and I'm so glad that I did because it's been so much fun.


Okay, I know I'm super boring because I keep listing Longmire and Justified, but I'm addicted. So sue me. I gotta say, I can't stand Ryland's ex-wife Wynona (Justified). I wish he'd kick her to he curb.  The shit hit the fan at the end of season four on Longmire, and I'm now just watching the first episode of season five.



So I kind of failed in going to the gym this week, but I did make it to a circuits and muay thai class, the circuits class was tough, as our teacher decided to do a insanity workout, which is a high intensity workout, I was absolutely shattered by the end. Also I forgot to share this from when I went to Birmingham a few weeks ago, they have the most gorgeous library, I honestly didn't want to leave! 


I've run a total of 16.4 miles this last week and I'm set to run 7 miles on Sunday.  Things are going well with my half-marathon training, but man I pass out at night! And I have weird running dreams! Like running for my life while zombies chase me!

I surf Pinterest for low carb recipes a lot, and I found this tasty low carb zucchini recipe. I substituted heavy cream for milk, so I guess it's a little more calories than listed, lol, but oh-so-good, and a little spicy. Make sure to use the Panko breadcrumbs. You can also dip them in sauce. I dip them in Trader Joe's Cilantro and Chive Yogurt dip. Yum!

How was your week?

Friday, 15 September 2017

Review: The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr

The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr
Publisher:  MIRA
Publication date: September 1st 2017
My rating: 5 Stars
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A perfect family masks the darkest of secrets in this emotional, compelling novel about lies, loyalty - and how the past can hold us captive.
That was then…
For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. Escaping the city the moment the school holidays started, the two families would gather at their holiday home on Lake Waseka: a magical haven, where everyday problems drifted away in sun-dappled contentment.
Until the summer that changed everything.
This is now…
After a drowning turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up for good. Torn apart, none of the Hempsteads speak of what happened that summer.
Just one woman is determined to draw her family together again. But she knows that the only way that can happen is to face the truth.
And to do that, they must return to the lake house.

My Thoughts:
Robyn Carr weaves an engrossing tale of family bonds, hurt, betrayal and tragedy that touched me deeply!

At the center of the story is Meg and Charlie, sisters enduring their own crisis’, but Meg’s is more urgent.  She’s been battling cancer for four long years and just had a bone marrow transplant after chemo and needs to recuperate.  Her prognosis is not good, and Charlie wants to be there for Meg in whatever way she can.  Life gave Charlie a great opportunity, freed up her time, because she just lost her job as a talk show host, and has no idea what to do next.  Add to that Charlie’s long-time committed man (they’ve been together for twenty-years) has just proposed marriage and for some odd reason this rattles Charlie.  Meg’s wish is to go to the lake house, a place that holds some of their fondest memories, but a place where tragedy changed their lives forever.  Meg and Charlie’s little sister, Bunny, drowned and their mother and aunt parted ways in an ugly way. For twenty-seven years neither family has been back, but that’s about to change.

Spending time at the lake house will stir up drama, but it’s Meg’s wish, and who can deny a woman what is most likely her dying wish?  To get to the heart of why everything went to hell they must travel back with their memories to the time when their mothers: Louise and Josephine, (sisters who married brothers) would take them out to Lake Waseka those summers long ago.  Was Bunny’s death the only reason for their estrangement or was it something more?

I loved this story sooo much! It made me cry, stirring up so many emotions!  It sounds like a lot is going on, but it’s not hard to follow as a reader.  I loved the sister dynamic between Meg and Charlie, they’re so very close, but Krista, Josephine’s daughter, and Meg and Charlie’s cousin quickly bonded with them again after so many years apart.  Krista had a hard life, but managed to see the positive, and I adored her little slow burn romance that was unexpected, but so sweet for her! 

Charlie has basically a marriage-in-crisis sort of situation even though she’s not technically married, her relationship is at odds and I so wanted her to work it out, because Michael was the best kind of man! Meg was just so centered and at peace with her situation, she just broke my heart, though!

Louise, Meg and Charlie’s mom, and Hope, Josephine’s daughter, are also notable characters, but not in a good way.  I was stunned and shocked by their behavior, but also less upset with them by the end, as details of their lives are revealed.  Each and every character, flaws and all came to life; felt realistic they were crafted so well.

The Lake Wasuka house and location was vividly depicted, and sounded gorgeous!  I could smell the pine and wood of the forest, feel the breeze coming off the lake and wish that I was there with Meg, Charlie and Krista having a glass of wine on the porch! 

The Summer That Made Us was a beautiful and intricate story of family and love that took my breath away!  

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #31: Still Me by JoJo Moyes

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm eagerly waiting on...

Still Me (Me Before You #3) by JoJo moyes
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: January 25th 2017

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world. Before she knows what's happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets--not all her own--that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Me Before You was one of my all time favourite reads, when I first heard that there was going to be a follow up book to Me Before You I was a little unsure, but I ended up loving the heck out of it. Also I can't wait to get more from Louisa! And Moyes hasn't failed me yet with her beautiful writing. I expect more tears will be shed with this latest instalment! Hurry up already 2018!

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

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