A widow, Camille Young, wants nothing more but to have someone to call her own; with the right man of course. Just when she thinks she found him in Greg Langston – a smart, sexy, and brilliant attorney - who is very married and expecting his first child with his wife Michelle, their future gets put on hold. When things don’t go Camille's way as she hoped, the pain of her past resurfaces.
Camille has a plan that will affect everyone around her. When Greg's wife is targeted, Greg turns to Camille for answers. Was this part of her plan?...Suddenly Greg finds himself in a situation with a woman who will stop at nothing to make him her own, even if it means destroying his family and her own life.
Camille's entire world seems to unravel as she spirals out of control, not letting anything or anyone get in her way. Someone to Call My Own is a compelling story of lies, desperation and betrayal, and the consequences that follow when an encounter with the wrong woman has a man fighting to save the lives of the ones he love.
I will be honest I went back and forth on this one. While I enjoyed the story, I did feel it was lacking in certain parts. I felt the flow of the story went really well in some parts and others were lacking. The characters were interesting and held your interest with their predictable unpredictability. Although I have to say I just hated Camille's character, I wasn't emotionally drawn to her I just felt like she was bat $*%t crazy and couldn't believe she wasn't caught before hand I honestly just did not like anything about her character right out the gate. I had a hard time with some of the dialog as well, but I think that's more of a cultural difference with certain terms and slang. Over all I thought the book was okay. I had it read in a few short days.
I gave this book a 3 out of 5 star rating
I was gifted a reviewers copy of Someone to Call My Own in exchange for an unbiased review.
With his head down, bulling through various assignments to make his version of the American dream a reality, a troubled Marine reaches the end of his rope, only to let go and tumble into a turbulent affair with a high-ranking woman on the fast track to general. The first woman appointed to the US Air Force Academy has built a tinderbox wall around her salacious past and is now one of the good ol' boys on the Inspector General team. What the Marine doesn't know is that he will be the spark to ignite this powder keg of her past and in the end be left alone to rummage through the pieces.
This story starts out on the commuter train, the main character Brick takes this commuter train everyday to work. The story is told from Brick pov in a series of flash backs that begin with his childhood, unsuccessful forays in the dating scene and follows him through his life in the military on his quest to be more than mediocre.
I will be honest I went back and forth with this book, there were times were I was full of understanding and sympathy for the young boy and at other times frustrated with what seemed like a huge self esteem issue that has followed him through life, and made it seem like he just couldn't catch a break. There were characters I loved and loathed, and thou it took me a while to get through this book, at times I found it a little dry for my taste; with that said I have also been working ridiculous hours at my "real job" and might have just been too tired to really appreciate some of the parts I was reading at that point in time. Over all I thought it was well written and flowed well and never as a reader did I feel out of the loop when the author was describing military terminology or exercises. The author is very direct writing from the male perspective so there is no overly powerful flowery writing, which I will admit as a reader is a nice change. I think the author did a great job getting us into the lead characters head and understanding his life and emotions and why he is the way he is.
I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 star rating
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a unbiased review.
Title: Dreams of Perfection
Author: Rebecca Heflin
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing LLC
Release date: May 7, 2014
Page count: 252
Genre: Contemporary romance
Best-selling romance writer, Darcy Butler, is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.
Successful lawyer, Josh Ryan, is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.
But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?
This is a perfect beach read, or lazy day just to get absorbed in a book that didn't have too heavy of a subject line, which was perfect for me after the heavy subject matter of the last book I read.
This book reminded me of a Danielle Steel novel. It was a great story. Girl dreams of Mr Perfect but when Mr Perfect literally falls out of the pages of her most recent novel and shows up at her door, something is missing, while they have fun together, something is missing and she can't quite place it.
Its a classic friends turned lovers story the character are spunky and fun, there were a few lulls but nothing that wasn't too off putting. All in all this was a cute fun book to read, that was a perfect distresser after a long day at work.
I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
So if you are looking for a feel good read this is probably not your best choice of book, I'll let you know that straight out the gate. Me Before You has a pretty heavy and controversial plot covering the topic of assisted suicide and the morality behind such a heavy decision.
This story is deep and moving and while it doesn't have a rosy happily ever after ending you would want or hope for
the author remains true to her characters and the story not pulling any punches with this controversial story line.
Will Traynor was powerful, successful handsome, and lived each day to the absolute fullest. He loved his life and filled it with adventures, that pushed his strength and stamina; that is until he was the victim of a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down; his once full active, independent life has now become, filled with being cared for daily by his nurse, unable to do the most basic of tasks that we all take for granted. Will is angry, sarcastic, and longs for the life he used to have.
Lou Clark is a waitress at a local cafe, happy with the status quo, with no ambitions to leave it; until the owner of the cafe informs her that the cafe will be closing down. Still living at home, Lou helps contribute to the family finances and immediately sets out to find another job, after a string of unsuitable positions. Lou is offered a position as a caregiver on a six month contract that will change her life in ways most unexpected.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story, the characters are flawed but so relateable the majority of the story is done in Lou's pov and we are limited to a few sections of Will's pov which I think was brilliant, so none of us can every really know what was going on in Will's head, how much pain he was in or how miserable he really was trapped inside his now broken body. I found myself thinking about the moral conflicts facing each of these characters and what is right and wrong when you are faced with looking at someone else's point of view, and what I would have done if I were in Will or Lou's shoes.
I think the author has done an incredible job getting right into the nitty gritty of the situation and the complexity of emotions going on with all the characters. It was an extremely thought provoking story, one that I am not afraid to admit had me crying, big fat ugly tears, wishing the story had ended differently but knowing that there was no other way for the author to remain so true and authentic any other way.
I gave this story a 5 out of 5 star review
These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.
Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.
Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?
Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.
But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.
Because it just got personal.
I will be honest it took me a while to really get into this book, I found it started out a little slow for me, and I set it aside for a bit and read something else and then picked it back up when I was ready for it. There were a few glitches with my e copy and the text for some reason was messed up on a few pages so I feel like a might have missed some very important information a long the way so I will definitely be getting another copy as this was missing the final chapters as well >( . Once I got into the book and I was feelin' all the characters I actually blew through this book pretty fast. It was a slow start for me but quickly got interesting when i got in the right frame of mind for the book. Wick is a bit of a loner having had a pretty crappy childhood, she uses her hacking skills (she learned from her conman dad and group of thugs) to hack into peoples lives and find answers for her clients, nobody gets hurt and she is making bank to get her and her sister to a different life. Until her ex best friend Tessa Waye's diary ends up in her possession, with the inscription Find Me written in it. We get small bits about Tessa through her diary entries about the events leading up to her eventual suicide and what prompted her to kill herself, Wick is determined to use her hacking skills to work out who is responsible. This book had a lot of potential to be absolutely great but, the story was slightly predictable and some of the characters fell a little flat for me, I would have liked a little more spark between Griff and Wick, and her foster family was too disconnected to get a real feel for any kind of relationship between them. While I enjoyed the distraction after I got into the book, I found it fell flat of my expectations; from the reviews I had read I was expecting exceptional and I found it was just okay for me.
I gave this book a 3 out of 5 star rating.
I had the perfect life.
Beautiful and loving husband.Three gorgeous little girls.
The only thing missing was the white picket fence. I really wanted that fence.
Three years ago, I lost that life. I lost my husband. And I lost myself. But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness. I’ve made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that’s all that matters. They are my world. I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse.
But then he came back into my life. On a freakin’ motorcycle.
There’s no way I’ll let him turn my life completely upside down. Absolutely no way.
The question is…
How long can I keep pretending that I’m happy with my life being right-side up?
Needing a break from my paranormal/urban fantasy norm go to book I found this book in my Kobo library while looking for something to read on my lunch break. Yes I am that girl in the break room with my nose in a book, while everyone is chatting it up I am trying not to spill the contents of my lunch on my lap and ereader. Shocking I know right. This book is a great little romance beach read, very similar in style to a Danielle Steel Novel. The Characters are broken and flawed but lean on each other and try to help each other through the unthinkable When Alex's husband Derek dies she relies on her best friend Harlow (I adore her, everyone needs a friend who will kick your ass and tell you what you need to hear like it or not) to help her put the pieces back to her shattered life. When she least expects it and old friend grudgingly rides back into her life just when she needs it the most. Blake walks back into her life and shakes her world to the core, and its all she can do to keep her walls built up and push him away. Alex is coping barely going through he motions and Blake through his patience and kindness helps her realize that sometimes love is worth the risk.
This book is very moving you can feel Alex's loss so poignantly her thoughts and emotions are beautifully described; She is angry, frightened and lonely using whatever is necessary to keep Blake at bay. But some things are meant to be and everyone deserves a second chance at love and who better to fall in love with than someone who knows you better than you know yourself. I love the interactions of the characters, (her kids remind me of my own) I laughed with them, cried with them and like Harlow wanted to yell at them and wring the necks a little. I was pleasantly surprised by this little jewel and can't wait to see what comes next.
I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 star rating.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...
Again this is why I prefer to read series when they are finished. I feel like I have waited an incredibly long time for this last book to come out, (2 years) and the impatient person that I am really hates to wait. I will be honest as much as I loved the other books in this series I found Clary incredibly annoying at times in the previous books. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Clary has evolved into the kick ass heroine that she was meant to be, she may never be a fluid as Jace, Alec and Isabelle but she is now capable of helping the team without putting all their lives in danger in the process. There is a lot of prep and planning as they struggle to keep up and get one step ahead of Sebastian which is a more daunting task than they ever imagined. Not all alliances in the Shadowhunter world are what they seem and the world is in grave danger as a result. I felt from the very beginning that the introduction of new characters and the appearance of some old beloved characters where setting us up for a new series as they weren't as necessary to the story other than passing interest, so I imagine we will be seeing more of Emma and Julian in Cassandra Clare's new series Dark Artifices. I was happy to see not just Clary's point of view but the perspective of the other key players in this novel. I think Cassandra Clare did a great job wrapping up the series in a way that makes everybody happy, there was action, romance, and everything in between. I think it tied the Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments perfectly and was able to set up the new series perfectly knowing that like the other series some of our favorite characters will probably be making an appearance as their present day selves as this book was set in 2008. So even though I was ready to say good bye to the shadowhunter world, and am actually really looking forward to the new series and I am sure in true Clare fashion it going to be AMAZING! This is a series that I am sure I will pick up again and reread over and over again. Come on who doesn't love broody/moody bad boys that can slay demons. Just Sayin'
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating
You can purchase City of Heavenly Fire and the rest of the books in the Mortal Instruments series at all major retailers in stores and online
For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.
Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
The One is the much anticipated final story in The Selection Series for my review on the first two books in the series click on the link. It has been almost a year since I read the last book and have been patiently waiting for this one to come out; so I was pleasantly surprised when I picked it up without rereading the others and fell right back into the story. I have to say it was well worth the wait. America really grows up in this story, she discovers who she is and who she is willing to become, to be with the man she loves; and what is a love story without a few bumps in the road. America shows a lot of courage with an uncertain future ahead of her knowing the King does not approve of her and wants her out of contention as soon as possible, he is constantly pressuring his son Prince Maxon to select a girl more suited to his agenda than America who he feels will destroy everything he and his predecessors have accomplished. Its not an easy road for America and Maxon and all is almost lost as she tries to let go of her past and move on to her future in an uncertain time, while trying to decide if Maxon and the crown is really what she wants for her future or is Aspen who safe and familiar really what she needs. With a rebellion in full swing, threats and attacks on the royal family and the castle, there is always collateral damage and not everyone makes it out in one piece. This book definitely lives up to the hype and anticipation and I think fans of the series who haven't read it yet will be thrilled with the book. It has a little something for everyone, action/adventure love/despair Keira Cass did a great job wrapping up the series. I can't wait to see whats next from this author.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating.
You can purchase The One and the other books in The Selection series at all major retailers online and in store.
Reviewers : Kathy & Di
Kathy :I love to read. I learned to read at a really early age and was never without something to read growing up. Reading is a cheap easy vacation, when you can become so engrossed in what you are reading that you can see, smell, hear and taste everything in your minds eye. I'm just a ordinary girl living life one page at a time.