Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Retrieval by Ally Martinez






Book: Retrieval
Genre: Romance
Series: series (book 1)
Source: Amazon purchase


Overall Rating: 4 Stars 













This book was exactly what I needed.  Lots of excitement.  A ton of angst, and of course-----hawt sexy times :-)

It was a pretty quick read, but having said that, it never felt rushed or choppy.  It felt like a complete story.  And quite honestly?  I've read more than my fair share of books that could have been cut down by a few hundred pages.....<grin>  LOL.  I applaud an author who can get a great story out in a short amount of time.  Bravo, Ms. Martinez!

I love the romance story here.  It's very KA-esque.  So if you love Kristen Ashley, I think you will love this as well.

Roman is a gorgeous, successful hero.  Elisabeth is a feisty, beautiful, conflicted heroine.  Their story is heart breaking.

I was highlighting like a crazy person.


"And it was that moment when I realized it had been a God's-honest miracle I'd been able to breathe a single breath in the two years I'd lived without her.  It was also then that I decided those days were done."

BOSSY!!  LOL, I loved that.  sighhhhhh.

"So I went to work.  All day.  All night.  Busting my ass so I could offer her the world.  Only in the process, I lost it all.  And, in my stupidity, she lost it all, too.  Money fixed exactly zero of my problems.  I could buy anything I wanted.  Except her."

Do not even get me STARTED on "Roman's Order of Operation".  Siiiiiigh.  That man KNOWS how to please a woman.

"Fisting the back of my shirt, she moaned.  "I'd like to feel more.  Let's go back to my place."  I could give her more.  But I was taking forever.

SERIOUSLY????  I was taking "forever"?  Yes, please.

"Today would be different.  Tomorrow would be different.  Forever would be different."


I freaking LOVE a good "second chance" story.  


I need to thank my Book Buddies for reading this with me <3
It's always more fun to read with a great group of gals. 




Friday, September 9, 2016

Moving On

Hi everyone!

For the past year I've been trying to decide how much I wanted to continue blogging. I've met so many wonderful people, had lots of fun, and spent countless hours putting this blog together, learning along the way. Those things are all hard to give up and are the reasons why I've hung on. But I've also realized that sometimes things that fit in your life 3 years ago, don't quite fit as much now. I have a new job, two teenagers, and a busy life. I'm proud of what we have created but I think it's time to move on and make my life a little simpler. Thanks so much for all of your thoughts about books, recommendations, and general support. I will still be writing reviews on Goodreads so if you'd like to follow me there I'd love to keep in touch. I also have found a new love in Instagram. I often post about what I'm reading. I'll still get to talk about books, but I won't be stretching myself too thin. 

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Take care,
I'll miss you. 

Hildy

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Only With Your Love by Lisa Kleypas





Book: Only With Your Love by Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Romance
Series: series (book 2)
Source: Amazon purchase


Overall Rating: 2 Stars 





This was my first Kleypas book, and I must say........I wasn't impressed.

A bunch of you have recommended her.  I even had a soccer mom tell me to read her.  I'm REALLY hoping that this novel was just an early "try", and that her other books are much better.

It started out all PIRATEY and delicious!  I mean, hey........who doesn't like a good pirate fantasy?  There were some HAWT PIRATEY scenes.  Yep!

Well, shortly after that, it just went downhill.  Idk exactly what it was.  Weak writing?  Weak characters?  But I just stopped giving a shit.  I did manage to finish, but I really wish I would have just put the sucker down and gone on to something else.

If you love a good pirate book, try these instead.  OMG, they are smart, awesome, fun books.  Trust me on this one.

I definitely will try another Kleypas book.  Maybe you guys can recommend one?


Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Travises Series by Lisa Kleypas

Books: The Travises by Lisa Kleypas 
Genre: Contemporary Romance  
Series: 4 books in the series 
Source: Library downloads  
Overall Rating: 4 Stars  
Panty Changer Rating:



I've been pretty lazy with reviews lately because I've been enjoying reading so much that I just quickly want to get to the next book and not stop to write my thoughts down. I decided to write a review for the whole series all at once. So far, I've read 3 out of the 4 and I just started with Brown-Eyed Girl. 

About a year ago, my sister started trying to push me into reading Smooth Talking Stranger. She kept saying, "Jack Travis this... and Jack Travis that..." but it was the third book in the series and I wasn't sure that I had time to start from the beginning. In June, I saw it on the shelf at the library and decided to book skip. Don't do that. Although I think you'd be okay with reading it as a standalone, I think there is much goodness to be had in the first two books and they definitely overlap with characters, especially with books 1 and 2.

The books are about 4 grown siblings (3 men and 1 woman) of the Travis family. Each book centres on one of them and their love story. Kleypas delivers some witty banter, and very clever dialogue. She also takes her time developing the stories. She doesn't just jump right into the quest for love, which I really enjoyed. Also, although the stories are light in places, they also cover some pretty heavy topics. The author handles this well and doesn't take any of the issues lightly. The men are alphas without being too brutish. They were definitely my kind of fictional men. I also really loved the women. They were all strong and independent, even when faced with tremendous challenges. Ella, particularly stood out to me. She reminded me so much of my sister that I couldn't stop picturing her delivering the lines.

I've heard that the fourth book is not as good but I'll give it a whirl and let you know what I think. Definitely start with the first 3. 


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Sugar Daddy: Amazon US / Amazon CA / Kobo / B&N
Blue-Eyed Devil: Amazon US / Amazon CA / Kobo / B&N
Smooth Talking Stranger: Amazon US / Amazon CA / Kobo / B&N
Brown-Eyed Girl: Amazon US / Amazon CA / Kobo / B&N



Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Book: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom  
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction  
Source: Library download   
Series: book 1 of 2 (reads as a standalone)  
Overall Rating: 5 stars  



Whenever I finish reading books that are so powerful and impactful, I sit down at my computer and wonder how the heck I'm going to capture this in a review. I don't feel worthy. I'm a personal blogger and I don't pretend to be anything else. I know that I can't always express myself as eloquently as I'd like. I hope that I can do this justice.

I truly can't remember the last time that I stayed up all night reading. I tried several times to put this down and a few minutes later I would pick my ereader back up and start reading again. I finished at 6:30 a.m. feeling emotionally worn out but also so grateful to have found this book. 

When I think about what this book is about, I could head in a few different directions, but what it really came down to for me was family. Even as I type that I get a little choked up, knowing what I know. Lavinia is a young Irish girl whose parents die on a ship as they are heading to the U.S. in the late 1700s. She is taken by the captain to be an indentured servant on his plantation. Lavinia is given to Belle, a slave in The Kitchen House, and together they take turns narrating. I don't want to give much more away but the relationships that are formed is what really makes this story work. The story is riveting and emotional and I read most of it with a sore stomach and with my heart in my throat, but where Kathleen Grissom truly shines is in her characterization. Her language was not complicated or overly flowery. Her characters worked their way into my heart so effortlessly that I couldn't let them go. 


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Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kathleen Grissom is now happily rooted in south-side Virginia, where she and her husband live in the plantation tavern they renovated. She is the author of The Kitchen House and most recently Glory Over Everything.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith


Book: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith 
Genre: Mystery/Crime
Source: Library download 
Series: book 1 or 3 in the Cormoran Strike series 
Overall Rating: 3 stars
Panty Changer Rating: 


I don't often take book recommendations from my boss but she insisted that I grab this series over the summer and listen to the audiobooks. I haven't read much mystery over the last 20 years but I used to love them. I was also interested in reading something by J.K. Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith). I've never read Harry Potter so I was looking forward to discovering her writing style. My immediate reaction was very similar to my reaction when I read my first book by Stephen King. I thought, "She is a born storyteller!" Her prose is so powerful that I was in awe of how she could say things so perfectly in just one sentence. I felt like I'd been missing out.

The reader of the audiobook was excellent. He had a really pleasing voice and I settled in right away.  I was intrigued by the set up of the murder mystery and enjoyed getting to know the characters. Cormoran Strike is not your typical investigator. Well, maybe he is, but I read a lot of romance so they all tend to be sexy, alpha men. Cormoran was refreshingly different. I enjoyed the way the author let both his professional and personal lives unfold. I also enjoyed his relationship with his office assistant, Robin.

The story started to lose its impact in the middle. I got a little bogged down in the details. I understand that it takes time to uncover the mystery but it felt too long to me. There were a few times when I wished it would hurry along. Near the end it picked back up and I was once again intrigued. A few hours after finishing, I realized that I missed Cormoran Strike and downloaded the second book. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.


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Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.