Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Moving blog sites! Visit my new page

Hello everyone! I thought I’d try out a different platform for a bit. I think it’s a permanent change, but I’m still getting a feel for it. 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Jessica Ward - The St. Ambrose School for Girls review

I really wanted to like this book. Ultimately, I didn’t hate it; I didn’t love it. I don’t think I was prepared for the heaviness of this story. Sarah hasn’t had an easy life. She’s had to fight her mental illness every day. She’s given the opportunity to attend St. Ambrose and life there isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. But this self-proclaimed loner does make a friend. I did enjoy seeing Sarah open up and start a friendship. I also liked how as things progressed, it opened Sarah’s eyes to her mother and changed her opinion of her. This book definitely had some twists I didn’t see coming and I still wanted to know how things ended.

Heathers meets The Secret History in this thrilling coming-of-age novel set in a boarding school where the secrets are devastating—and deadly.

When Sarah Taylor arrives at the exclusive St. Ambrose School, she’s carrying more baggage than just what fits in her suitcase. She knows she’s not like the other girls—if the shabby, all-black, non-designer clothes don’t give that away, the bottle of lithium hidden in her desk drawer sure does.

St. Ambrose’s queen bee, Greta Stanhope, picks Sarah as a target from day one and the most popular, powerful, horrible girl at school is relentless in making sure Sarah knows what the pecking order is. Thankfully, Sarah makes an ally out of her roommate Ellen “Strots” Strotsberry, a cigarette-huffing, devil-may-care athlete who takes no bullshit. Also down the hall is Nick Hollis, the devastatingly handsome RA, and the object of more than one St. Ambrose student’s fantasies. Between Strots and Nick, Sarah hopes she can make it through the semester, dealing with not only her schoolwork and a recent bipolar diagnosis, but Greta’s increasingly malicious pranks.

Sarah is determined not to give Greta the satisfaction of breaking her. But when scandal unfolds, and someone ends up dead, her world threatens to unravel in ways she could never have imagined. The St. Ambrose School for Girls is a dangerous, delicious, twisty coming-of-age tale that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Kerrigan Byrne & Cynthia St. Aubin - Brewbies review

Darby has overcome sickness in her life and she now lives life the way she wants! She gives back and also supports those around her. She’s trying to find her place in Townsend Harbor. Enter Ethan Townsend. There is an attraction and chemistry between these two. She gets under his skin! Ha! But Ethan is the kind of man who wants to do the right thing. Even if it’s difficult. Darby brings out something in him, but she’s a safe space for him, even if he doesn’t realize it. I enjoyed their interactions and watching Darby pissing him off! I liked the version of him he was with her. They were good for each other and I didn’t want their story to be over!!

Darby Dunwell is not—as her name might suggest—a Bond Girl, though she’s been blessed with the body of one. An east coast, ivy-league, trust fund kid, she flees a life of expectation, elocution, and executive board rooms to follow her one true love: Coffee. Isn't the Washington Coast the Mecca for all things brew related? The deeply eccentric seaside tourist hamlet of Townsend Harbor throws its doors wide open for her sex-positive, bikini-themed coffee shop named Brewbies. Her grand opening is an unmitigated success, until the county sheriff saunters in to shut her down.

Compulsive rule-follower Sheriff Ethan Townsend is known for helping old ladies across the road, breaking up bar fights, and keeping the sleepy town safe from the flood of seasonal tourists. One-night stands, not so much. After having his heart publicly stomped on, he no longer bothers to ask the name of the woman he’s going to forget in the morning. A policy he regrets when the woman who blew his mind turns out to be his nemesis. Not only is Darby’s salacious coffee shop causing traffic incidents on the Coastal Highway, its proprietress keeps making his life–among other things–as hard as possible.

Darby finds herself embroiled in a feud she never wanted with the cop who is as tight assed as his trousers suggest. But even as their animosity sizzles and the town begins to take sides, Ethan can’t seem to keep his eyes off Darby’s double D’s.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Erika Kelly - Truly, Madly, Deeply review

This book was so easy to get lost in! I absolutely loved it! I loved going back to Calamity Falls. If you've read other books in this series, you'll see people you know again. If it's new to you, welcome to Calamity! Grace isn't having a great day. She's learned some facts about her soon-to-be husband and cuts ties. Luckily for her, Jamie is able to offer some assistance to her. While Grace is close to her family, it was good for her to be away and take time for herself. The time in Calamity let her spread her wings and find her passion. It was fun watching her grow and do things that truly made her happy. If a grumpy, single dad happened to be nearby, that was an added bonus :) This book had me smiling and lost in ALL THE FEELS! Don't let this fantastic book pass you by. Grab your copy now.

What's the worst thing that can happen to a single dad trying to avoid temptation? Crossing paths with the sexy runaway bride who's looking to get as far away from her ex as possible.

When runaway bride Grace Giordano needs somewhere to regroup, groomsman Jaime Dupree offers her a guest house on his ranch. It’s no skin off his nose—she’s only in town a few days. Besides, between his daughter and his professional hockey team, he's got his hands full. Surely, their paths won't cross.

But when Grace gets the opportunity to run a food truck at the town’s annual music festival, she decides to stay all summer long. The singing baker’s a hit—at the festival and on the ranch.

Jaime might want to focus on his kid and his team, but the singing baker proves to be a mighty big distraction.

One he’s not sure he can resist.