Merry Mary

Merry MaryMerry Mary by Ashley Farley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting when I started this book. The idea of a Christmas miracle, made it seem like a permanent ‘solution’ to Scottie’s longing for a child.

As the book went on, I began to understand that it is not so much about actually having a child, but the growth that Scottie experiences through this process.

Lovely Christmas novella.

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Review: Off Limits

Off Limits (Aces Hockey, #1.5)Off Limits by Kelly Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Off Limits is the first Kelly Jamieson novel that I have read, and while I found it too short (although as a novella it is a good length) I quite enjoyed the characters. Taking the ‘older brother’s best friend’ and twisting it just a bit was really sweet.

I will definitely be looking into more of Jamiesons work, especially the Aces Hockey books.

Review: Wrong Number, Right Guy

Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys, #1)Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I recieved this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I am so torn with this book. Part of me LOVES it, and part of me HATES it.

I loved that the primary romance in the novel wasn’t ‘love at first sight’, that gets done all the time and it was quite refreshing to have characters take it slow. The concept of the security company and the family-like atmosphere is super adorable and each character- while a little underdeveloped for my liking, were all a perfect fit. The description of Ozzie is also a major plus ;).

I absolutely disliked May 99% of the time. Being the main character that puts a bit of a damper on the feel of the book. I do not understand how she is 29 and the owner of a company. It doesn’t make any sense.

With that being said, now that I know there are more books coming out– I will definitly be reading them, hopefully they will expand on the other characters, and spend less time on May, and her annoying purse-dog.

Review: The Summer We Loved

The Summer We LovedThe Summer We Loved by Wendy Lou Jones
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Summer We Loved is about two emotionally traumatized thirty-somethings who each feel strong connections, but act like teenagers about their feelings and spend the whole book pretending not to like each other. Their backgrounds are developed pretty well, the supporting characters help tremendously and, for the most part, I actually like the main characters.

I just couldn’t put the immature actions out of my head. That coupled with the short, choppy sentences and jumping from timeline to timeline, made this an almost did-not-finish for me.

Review: While You Were Gone

While You Were GoneWhile You Were Gone by Kate Moretti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While You Were Gone is a breathtakingly stunning account of a young woman’s struggle with the pressures of a broken family, a failing career, and a new relationship.

Karen has let her love of music distract her from the turmoil of her home life for her whole life. Now she’s passed over for a position she was ‘made for’ and an accident leaves her unable to even play for months.

A new relationship helps rebuild, but will it do more bad than good?

The elegant writing, heartfelt connections, and vibrant emotions make this book one that I will remember for quite some time.

While I suggest reading Thought I Knew You, as I will be doing, it is in no way required to understand this novela.

Review: Because of Sydney

Because of SydneyBecause of Sydney by T.A. Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mason, a self-made millionaire, is always looking for a new project and always gets what he wants. Until he meets Sydney. A business reporter who, despite her attraction to Mason, must make her deadline–digging up what ever she can on the work Mason is doing on the island.

The chemistry is clear between the two and is written in such a realistic way that it does not come across as fake or cheesy–a common problem among Chick Lit and Romance novels. The pair are navigating unknown territory for them both and hitting the ‘normal’ speed bumps of an accelerated relationship, along with some ethic and moral issues related to their work.

I adored this book, I loved the relationship between Mason and Sydney and their supporting characters–his Nephew and future niece-in-law. I have a slight personal issue with how controlling Mason came off at some points and I detested the way he always said ‘girl’. Those two little things just get under my skin and are the only things holding me back from a five star review.

I’m going to be picking up Grey’s story, as well I am sure there will be another novel–about Sydney’s sister, or at least one in which we find out about them.

Review: Cinderella Had it Easy

Cinderella Had it EasyCinderella Had it Easy by Jennifer Conner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I was going to really enjoy this, I was expecting a retelling of Cinderella. What I got was an extremely short, very rushed book about four grown women acting like teenagers. Now, don’t get me wrong, women (and men) of all ages can feel the pressure of societies body standards, but honestly it felt extremely childish.

Despite the length, I would have enjoyed it a heck of a lot more if there was more of an explanation, IE the ‘magic locket’ took away their insecurities and gave them self confidence. I also found the relationship between Cami and Lance overly rushed in some aspects, but then I enjoyed their History connection.

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Review: A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas (Smokin’ Hot Cowboys, #1)

A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas (Smokin’ Hot Cowboys, #1)A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas by Kim Redford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a stereotypical romance. I’ve read so many romances that end up reading almost the exact same. It lacked originality, but with that being said, it was adorable, there are some super-sweet moments, and it was well written.

This is a great quick read because it flows so well, a must read for romance fans.

Review: A Cottage in the Country

A Cottage in the CountryA Cottage in the Country by Linn B. Halton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Your spouse having an affair with your ‘best friend’ is probably the worst thing that can happen to a marriage–death excluded. The protagonist has had to endure just that, and feels that she is past her prime. She figures she might as well buy a little house, and get used to the solitary life.

Of course, everything that can go wrong does and she is left stranded and in the middle of a love triangle.

I adored the story and the characters were well written. I did find the ending a slight bit predictable, but overall a great romance, very similar to those of Mr.Sparks