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Review – We Owned The Night by M. Venn

Review – We Owned The Night by M. VennWe Owned the Night: The impossible can happen in a blink of an eye by M. Venn
Published by Britain's Next Bestseller Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Millie is excited to go see her favorite band. She has a huge crush on the lead singer Dex but never expects it to come to anything. When she sees the show they make eye contact that stills time. She doesn’t know that it changes Dex. Dex goes wants to know who she is. This one night changes everything for both of them.

In an Oyster Shell – This was a fun and sexy read with some sex scenes, though not explicit.

The Pearls –  The concept of the book was very intriguing to me. A chance to be connected with your celebrity crush. Deep down we all have one and would love the chance at a story like this. I thought the concept was well thought out and executed.

The romance in this book was phenomenal. I like that there were a couple of different “love” relationships in this book. There was Millie and her best friend that was a friend love. Then there was Dex and Millie which was a love at first sight. In how the book ends shows friend love and romantic love quite nicely.

I really enjoyed the book. I thought the quality of the writing was great. The author had great talent for setting and descriptions that made you feel as if you were right there in the story. The characters made the story come to life. It was a good book.

The Sand –  The action was a little slow at times.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars
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Review – Leaving Amy by Julieann Dove

Review – Leaving Amy by Julieann DoveLeaving Amy (Amy, #2) by Julieann Dove
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on May 1st 2016
Pages: 270
Source: Caffeinated Book Reviewer
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Amy thought she had it figured out—followed her heart and moved forward…but life isn’t always so simple. Things tend to drag you back to familiarity, or in Amy’s case—people. Wesley returns from his stint of love and betrayal, and has a favor to ask of her. When Amy agrees to help, all that was moving forward in her life comes to a halt.
As Amy tries to fix the loved ones around her, she begins to lose all that she’s gained. And when the smoke clears, she’s more confused about what’s meant to be and who it’s meant to be with.

In an Oyster Shell –  I really loved the first book and was sorely disappointed with this book, I feel the author did not do the overall story justice.

The Pearls – All the basic elements of writing craft are present.

The author handled multiple sub-plots well.

The Sand – Character development is very critical in story development. The main character in this book didn’t grow she digressed. She seems to play the victim for most of the story and then hurts someone else just as badly as she was hurt. I guess it was a reasonable conclusion, not all stories turn out in happy endings. A character being worse then when they started is unacceptable to me.

I don’t usually post reviews lower than a three but I had an agreement that I would post the review.

2 Pearls

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About Julieann Dove

Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

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Sunday Post – May 22

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

This week in Review – 

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On Tour – 

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Giveaways – 

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Discussion – Am I too old to read Ya?

Question of the Week –  What is your favorite genre? Mine is Chic-Lit

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I am drinking a fresh roasted coffee from Costa Rica with cream. What are you drinking?

I have wondered many times should I be ashamed to read Ya? I am over thirty years old and the intended audience is not that! I enjoy a good story and YA seems to offer a lot of them. So I overlook the intended age range.

Some things that I don’t like about YA is when the author has explicit sex scenes containing youth. It just creeps me out! I don’t want to read about that. I am not naive enough to think teenagers don’t have sex, I just don’t want it thrown in my face. Though YA romance doesn’t bother me. Though young love is not very realistic it is  appealing.

In the end, I can’t tell you why I am drawn to YA. Does it make me feel like I am reliving my youth?  A little. Honestly, I got over the age dilemma after the Twilight series. A good story is a good story no matter what the intended audience. So I have to say I got over my shame.

How do you feel about adults reading YA?

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Slayed on The Slopes by Kate Dyer- Seeley

Slayed on the Slopes by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley
Series: Pacific Northwest #2
Published by Kensington on March 31st 2015
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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After talking her way into a job writing for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .
She's at Mount Hood's remote Silcox Hut, covering the the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers-- Oregon's elite high-altitude rescue team--during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she's still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg's now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!

Meg Reed is a journalist for Northwest extreme. When she got the job she might have exaggerated her outdoor prowess. She is not stuck on Mount Hood at Silox Hut with a team of skiing extremists. She is doing a cover on the team who is going to teach extreme skiing to whoever wants the lessons. Everything is fine until someone ends up dead. Meg once again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Will she find the killer before they get to her?

In an Oyster Shell –  Another great book in the Pacific Northwest series set on snowy Mount Hood.

The Pearls – The characters of this series are just unbelievable. A girly girl outdoor journalist is just funny. She is the exact opposite of outdoorsy. She is surrounded by a myriad of memorable characters. There are some from the first books and some new ones. They all work together to make a great story.

The plot line is strong. I like that the book has it’s own plot line. Yet, there is a strong series plot elements threaded through out the book as well. It’s like you get two for one.

The setting was really fun. Set out at Mount hood. I learned more about the area then I knew. The author is really good at giving a history of wherever the story is set. I learned some new things it was great!

The Sand- I felt the action was a little slow on this one.

3.5 Pearls

3.5 Stars

About Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing, featuring the rugged landscapes of the PNW and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

The first two books in the series, SCENE OF THE CLIMB and SLAYED ON THE SLOPES, are available now. SILENCED IN THE SURF and FIRST DEGREE MUDDER coming in 2016.

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Blog Tour with Review – Clarissa Jean Homecoming Queen by Jessica GoodwinClarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen by Jessica Goodwin
on May 1, 2016
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 237

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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When Claire Bradshaw decides to end her dead-end relationship of several years, she only has one place to go - back home to the tiny town of Palmetto Park. Claire keeps bumping into people from her past as she struggles to shake her "better than everybody" reputation, make peace with her enemies, and even attempts to rekindle an old flame. Claire gets to know her old friends all over again and gets to know more about herself as she starts over - right back where it all started.

Claire finds out her boyfriend of seven years is cheating on her. She decides to move back to her hometown. Claire is at loss to what to do with her life so she hopes she finds some inspiration at home. When she gets there some people are happy to see her and some people are not. Some still see her as the better than everyone else. She does her best to remake her image and find what to do next with her life.

In an Oyster Shell –  A heartwarming read of having to grow up all over again.

The Pearls –  I really liked the idea of the “popular” girl having to eat crow and go back ten years later to her hometown. The story really encompasses how things change. The popular people don’t have it all together. The kids they used to make fun of are now friends that you want to have. This story is a great tale about how growing up changes things in unexpected ways.

I always enjoy a small town setting. It was especially nice because you kind of get to see the backstory as the book progresses. I enjoyed the traditions of the town that bring the characters together.

I really enjoyed the characters especially Claire’s aunt. She seems to be the most understanding to Claire’s situation.

This was a really good book that I would recommend.

The Sand – Not a book I would read again.

4 Pearls

 

4 Stars

About Jessica Goodwin

Jessica Goodwin lives in northern Virginia near Washington, DC with her husband, son, and their two cats. She likes cookies, coffee, and anything that sparkles. If she could have any animal for a pet, it would be a T-Rex. She loves experimenting in the kitchen, going wine tasting, singing in the shower, and taking pictures of the baby.

Two of Goodwin’s books, ‘Here We Go’ and ‘The One Who Got Away’ have been on the Amazon bestseller list. In March 2012, her third book, ‘One of the Guys,’ received an Honorable Mention in Sapphire Star Publishing’s Month of Romance contest. These titles were originally published on Amazon under her former name, Jessica Strassner, but have been rereleased under the name Jessica Goodwin.

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Love in Bloom Giveaway

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Thank you to Mary over at Bookhounds for hosting.

For this giveaway, I am featuring –

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I am giving away a 10$ Amazon gift card.

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ARC Review Winging It by Cate Cameron

ARC Review Winging It by Cate CameronWinging It by Cate Cameron
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 9th 2016
Pages: 190
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, ice-melting kisses, and a swoon-worthy hero. This fake relationship romance will have you wishing for a hockey player of your own... Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But when Toby's hockey career took off, their friendship was left behind. Now Natalie has a crazy plan to land her crush-Toby's biggest rival-and she needs Toby's help to pull it off. When Nat asks Toby to be her fake boyfriend, he can't say no. Not when it means getting his best friend back. But Natalie is all grown up now, and spending time with her-even when it's just playing hockey together-stirs up a lot of feelings, old and new. Suddenly pretending to be interested in her isn't hard at all...if only she wanted him and not his enemy.

Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up. They played hockey together until Toby made it to the semi-pros and Natalie was left behind. Their friendship falls to the wayside until Natalie gets the idea to pretend to date Toby to get the attention of his cousin Sean. Sean wants whatever Toby has and Natalie trys to use this to her advantage. Despite her friends trying to talk her out of it she thinks she has a full proof plan. The complications that come up are unexpected. Will she lose her best friend trying to get what she wants?

In An Oyster Shell- Another great installment of the Corrigan Falls series.

The Pearls – I have been really enjoying the premise of the love interests being hockey players. Hockey is one of my favorite sports. Having a whole series about hockey players falling love has been really fun. What makes this book different from the other two in the series is the main character Natalie is also a hockey player. A girl hockey player is a fun plot element.

The characters were well developed. The characters are standing true throughout the series. You see glimpses of characters from the previous books.

The setting really makes this series. A small town in Canada that is centered around hockey is classic. You get the small town feel which makes the story nice and cozy.

The Sand – It was a really good book, but not one I would read again.

 

4 Stars

About Cate Cameron

Cate Cameron grew up in the city but moved to the country in her mid-twenties and isn’t looking back. Most of her writing deals with people living and loving in small towns or right out in the sticks – when there aren’t entertainment options on every corner, other people get a lot more interesting!

She likes to write stories about real people struggling with real issues. YA, NA, or contemporary romance, her books are connected by their emphasis on subtle humor and characters who are trying to do the right thing, even when it would be a lot easier to do something wrong.

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Sunday Post – May 15

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

The weather is bipolar here in the Northwest one day it’s 80 and sunny the next day it’s 50 something and raining. I can’t keep up!

In Review – 

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On Tour – 

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Giveaways – 

Starting Tuesday

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Question of the Week?  What are you reading right now? I am reading Leaving Amy by Julieann Dove.

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OMG! Peeps. I have been sick. Slacking on the blogging. I am back today with a french press coffee and cream.

What are you drinking?

I have been blogging for a year. Eek! I have come to appreciate working with authors personally as my favorite thing of working a book blog. Some do it for the free books and that is nice. Though even though I get free books I still buy a lot of books. I read a lot. Working with the authors is really my favorite thing.

I have authors coming back a year later from when I reviewed their book to share book birthdays and promotions. I have some authors that send over their books as soon as they are ready to be reviewed The author that tickled me the most is the one that sent me her daughter’s books as well. They were really good by the way.

My favorite thing… working with authors! It’s why I do what I do. There are so many authors out there that don’t get the attention they deserve. I am glad to do my part!

What is your favorite part of book blogging?

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