Thursday, August 6, 2020

Book Review: The Menopause Support Group

Author: Heather Wardell
Title: The Menopause Support Group
Publish Date: June 30, 2020
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Three women, one menopause support group, and a whole lot of hot flashes.

Emily's perfect plan for becoming a mommy in her twenties has just been shattered by a cancer-removing hysterectomy, and her anger is all-consuming.

Michelle's been laser-focused on getting a promotion... until early menopause (at thirty-nine??) hit her hard last year. Now that she can't have a baby, she's obsessed with them. And also with getting that promotion.

Sixty-four-years-young Brenda takes care of everyone, whether they want her to or not. She's actually finished with menopause, but she's faking symptoms so she won't lose the group and the opportunities for "helping" others it provides. The three of them and their fellow group members work through career crises, marriage disasters, and the world's worst birthday celebration as they learn together what it means to be a woman in menopause and beyond.

Review:  Heather Wardell is one of my favorite authors, so when I had an opportunity to read her latest, I grabbed it.

Its three women going through "the change" at different parts of their life. Well one really isn't but that's part of her story. 

These women aren't always likable. especially Emily, who for me probably needed more than a menopause support group, she needed some hard therapy to deal with the life changing diagnosis.

Michelle is super career driven and at times her drive makes her seem almost not human, because she doesn't seem to want anything in her life other than her job.

It was super annoying Brenda that I felt the most for. She was a natural care-er at her own expense. She's the one that's trying to live vicariously through her children. She wants to micromanage and make everything perfect and comfortable for them even if they don't want it. I really wanted to hug her. I wouldn't have minded having her as an extra mom too, because she does spoiling well.

The things these women do in the course of the book will have you laughing, shaking your head and muttering, "OMG" quite a bit.

As always an enjoyable read by Heather Wardell. (Also, I now want to go to Canada's Wonderland, only they won't let us in!!)

Rating: 5 flowers

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Book Review: A Summer In Sonoma

Author:  Robyn Carr
Title: A Summer In Sonoma
Publisher: Mira
Publish Date: June 29, 2010
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: They've been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more than ever.

Cassie has sworn off romance. Yet deep down, she's still looking for Mr. Forever. A long-haired biker doesn't figure into her plans, so where's the harm in touring the back roads of Sonoma on a Harley with Walt Arneson?

Julie married her high school sweetheart—who can get her pregnant with a mere glance—too young and now wonders how her life became all about leaky faucets and checkbook balances. Maybe love isn't enough to sustain the hottest couple in town.

Marty's firefighter husband has forgotten all about romance, and an old flame begins to look mighty tempting.

Beth, a doctor trapped in a body that's betrayed her yet again, is becoming a difficult patient and a secretive friend. Life can change in an instant…or a summer. And having friends to lean on can only up the chances of happily ever after.

Review:  A Summer In Sonoma is a story about the lives of four friends at different places in their lives.  At times I had a love/hate relationship with most of the characters in this book.  All four of them were hard to like at times. I think Beth is the only one that didn't do something that make me think she was a nasty piece of work.

Julie and Marty are both nagging wives at times. Julie got the award for woman who needed to be shaken to have some sense brought into her. She pretty much stayed that way throughout the whole book. I had a hard time liking her from the start because she was really the nagging wife. Granted she had a reason, but she really nagged hard without sharing any information with her husband. And dear lord she was a baby factory, and she liked it that way. Cue more shaking from me.

Let's not get me started on Marty. I absolutely hated her. Nothing she did made me like her any better. Her relationship is on the rocks and rightly so. And then she attempts to have a fling. GAH! I hated her with every fiber of my being. Not that her husband was great. He was thick in the head, but he was trying. She needed a club over the head.

Beth I liked, but she was the one with the most difficult to deal with troubles and she didn't want to share with anyone. I don't know how any one person could face what she did, mostly alone until a friend found out her situation.

Then there's Cassie. The book starts out with her and a big triggering moment. A near rape, but she is saved by a big burly biker. Not the kind of guy she wants to fall for, but she does eventually, because looks can be deceiving.

I think what these characters are the most would be real. The only thing that really puts them in that fantasy fictional realm is that in high school they were all, you guessed it, cheerleaders.

It was an enjoyable and often frustrating read. I'm just glad these ladies aren't in my life

Rating: 3 flowers

Monday, August 3, 2020

Forever Write PR Release Blast: Crash

Vivi has a pesky problem who goes by the name of Luke, but he thinks her bitter and combative mouth is just begging to be kissed. Find out if their hostility can be replaced by a single, scorching hot kiss in Evelyn Sola’s CRASH, the third book in The Clark Family series. Fans of hot, enemies to lovers reads will sink their teeth into this sexy, diverse romance.

Vivi For the first time in my life, I’m with the family I choose. Living with my cousin, who happens to be a newlywed, is the best thing ever. There is one pesky downside, and his name is Lucas Clark. He’s a spoiled rich boy who was put on this Earth to torture me. He thinks he can intimidate me, keep me in my place, but I have news for him. No way is he man enough. And it’s annoying. Like, why do his eyes follow me everywhere? Why do I lose all self-control, seeking him out whenever we share the same space? I should be running in the opposite direction, right? His words are harsh, hostile. Until one night, the hostility is replaced by a kiss that almost set us on fire.
Luke She’s a tiny ball of energy. Every bitter and combative word out of her mouth is aimed at me. My family thinks I walk on water, so I could use any excuse to stay away from her. She’s nothing more than a man-hating shrew wrapped up in a beautiful package. Those dark eyes of hers? I see them everywhere. Her red lips? They beg to be kissed. And one night, I do. I finally get a taste, but it’s not enough. I want more.
She says she hates me. I’m used to getting what I want, and what I want is to prove to Vivi that hate is the last thing on her mind when it comes to me.

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A Boston native, wife, mother, and wine enthusiast. If she’s not writing, thinking about writing, you will find her with a book in her hands. While a new publisher, she’s been writing for years, and she will continue to write for many years to come.
Evelyn is obsessed with assertive and confident men who will stop at nothing to get their woman. Her stories are filled with love, passion, and humor.
She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Book Review: A Holiday By Gaslight

Author: Mimi Matthews
Title: A Holiday By Gaslight
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Publish Date: Nov 13, 2018
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: A Courtship of Convenience

Sophie Appersett is quite willing to marry outside of her class to ensure the survival of her family. But the darkly handsome Mr. Edward Sharpe is no run-of-the-mill London merchant. He’s grim and silent. A man of little emotion—or perhaps no emotion at all. After two months of courtship, she’s ready to put an end to things.

A Last Chance for Love

But severing ties with her taciturn suitor isn’t as straightforward as Sophie envisioned. Her parents are outraged. And then there’s Charles Darwin, Prince Albert, and that dratted gaslight. What’s a girl to do except invite Mr. Sharpe to Appersett House for Christmas and give him one last chance to win her? Only this time there’ll be no false formality. This time they’ll get to know each other for who they really are.

Review: This is my Christmas in July read. I've had this book on my TBR since it came out. The end of 2018 was a bad time for me, so its been residing on my kindle waiting for me to decide to read it.

I've been struggling with books lately, and decided I needed a Christmas book to make me feel happy. Holiday romances have always been my thing. They always make me feel good, and this book did just what I needed it too, which was make me feel happy about reading again.

Sophie and Ned were a wonderful couple and their relationship was so sweet and it made me long for something like that in my life. They were an unconventional couple, forced together because Sophie's father spends money like it is going out of style.

Ned was going about the courtship all wrong and things were broken off and then Sophie took charge and suddenly love developed.

To see this relationship build because they acted like two people and not two romance novel characters made me love this book all the more. See these two people talked after their mishaps and they got to know each other and come to care for each other, the way "real" people do. They don't have sex and fall in love.

Ned was simply precious in trying to win her the way a Lord would, even though he's a man of the trade.

Sophie was a strong young woman that cared about her family and their problems, often putting them before herself.

It was so easy to love these two. Even Sophie's sister Emily who was a bit flighty and often selfish grew in the story.

The only character in this story you could't like is Sophie's father. Nothing he did endeared him to you and most of the time you wanted to smack him in the head.

It really was a wonderful little read with a whole lot of holiday spirit.

Rating: 5 flowers

Book Review: A Gift From The Sea

Author: Anna Schmidt
Title: Gift From The Sea
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical
Publish Date: May 1, 2009
Book Blurb: A steadfast faith kept nurse Maggie Hunter going through the darkest days of the Great War. But her fiance's death overseas shattered her trust in God and her heart.

Now an injured man has washed up on the shores of her Nantucket home, and to save him, Maggie must put more than her skill and dedication on the line....Wartime tragedy cost Stefan Witte everything--and converted him to the cause of peace.

But to deliver vital information to American authorities, he must fight Maggie's stubborn refusal to believe or forgive. Soon he will risk his life to win her trust--and their heaven-sent future together.

Review: I was so intrigued by a historical set in Nantucket during WWI. I just wish the story delivered more. When Stefan is found washed up on shores, Maggie's parents rush to care for the man they much later learn is a German.

Maggie has lost all faith from the loss of her intended to the Great War, and is full of mistrust for the injured man.

I wish I could say I loved this book, but the story offered little to recommend it for me. It sort of plodded along with things happening that finally saw the two main characters coming to a common ground. (Love?)

For me the romance, and I couldn't figure out how it actually happened was lackluster. While I came to care for all of the characters, and your heart could break for Maggie's loss as well as Stefan's the story is perhaps too "clean" for it to have any oomph in the romance department.

The premise of a love that crosses the sides of a war might have worked if this were set in Europe or if it just had a little spice, and by spice I don't mean sex. I'm not a huge fan of super sexy romance, but it needed a few stolen kisses or something that really would have shown these two people falling in love. It went from I don't trust you to I love you without enough development for me.

The ending had some nice drama though, both for the couple and family.

It was a sweet little story, but it was just a little bit lacking.

Rating: 3 flowers

Monday, July 27, 2020

Forever Write PR Cover Reveal: Unexpected Expectations

We’ve waited for months for this moment and now it’s time to share the first cover in the third season of the loved, 425 Madison Ave series. Check out the gorgeous cover for Unexpected Expectations by Lauren Helms, a must-read rags to riches romance!

With everyone around me settling down, I’m happy to continue living my life single and carefree.
That is unless I can convince the concierge, Lucy Wilson at 425 Madison to finally take me up on that offer to go out on a date.
She’s beautiful, friendly, and her compassion for each and every one of the residents is admirable. Something tells me that she doesn’t see herself that way at all though.
This is why I’ve made it my mission to break her out of her overly cautious shell starting with a lucky penny and a $10 raffle ticket.
It was all supposed to be a little fun but when a large dose of lucky graces us, everything suddenly becomes unexpected.
He thinks I don’t see him, but I do. Oh yes, I’ve been aware of the all too good looking Kevin Harper for quite some time now.
The thing is, I’m not sure that we have enough in common and I sure don’t have the free time for a social life between my job and school. Dating? That’s pretty far down on the list of things I’d like to check off - not by choice.
That is until Kevin convinces me that a little fun is good for the soul.
What started as a $10 raffle ticket turned into a vacation in Vegas and a whole lot of expectations that neither of us saw coming.
I always believed in fairy tales, but I wonder if what we have is too good to be true. I can only hope that it’s true what they say…
After all, 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.

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About Lauren Helms

Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best--video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month later, she had her first draft.

About the 425 Madison Series

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Rounding out the summer with some hot city nights and coasting into fall with more cool characters at this famous high-rise, 425 Madison is returning for a third season!
With some familiar faces and some brand new residents - you'll be sure to find an author you love and a trope to ignite your taste buds after all 425 Madison IS the perfect place to fall in love!
We’ve got an amazing line of up must-read romance authors including, Lauren Helms, Allie York
J Marie, Kay Gordon, Marcie Shumway, Aubree Valentine, S.L. Sterling, and Fiona Tulle
Prepare for pages packed with new romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC.
Season One and Two feature stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, KC Enders, Marci Shumway, and C. Lesbirel. All these authors came together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy. Covering all of your favorite tropes each tale offers you something new, something different.
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Friday, July 24, 2020

Love Affair With Book Book Review: Love Her

Title: Love Her
Series: Military Men of Lexington
Author: Andrea Johnston
Genre & Tropes: Contemporary Romance; Small Town Romance; Military; Single Mom; Slow Burn; Redemption of the Mean Girl

 The day I left that small town behind, I swore I’d never be back. I was better than Lexington and its small-minded residents. No one bothered to look beyond the mask I wore to protect my heart.
Then or now.
Sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way we plan. Having kids was the best thing that I ever did. Returning to the one place I’m least welcome might be the most humiliating. The one thing about this town is a reputation follows you. So despite life humbling me, this town won’t forgive easily, and my past bad deeds still haunt me.

Running from one war to another in the military, I spent years trying to find what was meant for me, to figure out where I belonged. It wasn’t in the city where I grew up or overseas. My soul needed settling and Lexington seemed like a good place to be alone.
Then I met her.
She owned my attention from the moment I saw her, my heart right after. Through the grapevine, I learned Felicity had a past worth gossiping about. So do I. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to her.
I moved here for a fresh start, a second chance to live a peaceful life, but she has me reevaluating that plan. Maybe it’s not peace I need but love that I’ve been missing all along.

**The Military Men of Lexington series is a series of interconnected, standalone, small town romances.**
This is the final book in the MMoL trilogy, and the end of Lexington.

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“Dating. Yes or no.”
“I don’t know.”
Because I don’t. Can I date? Sure. My parents would love it. Heck, I think my kids would love it more. Have I? Hell no. I’ve been too busy trying to figure out how I was so stupid to give a man nine years of my life to only walk away with a suitcase of clothes and a few photos.
“I would like to take you out. If I were to ask you, what would you say?”
He moves a fraction of an inch, one hand resting on the counter next to me. I’m not caged and could easily move if I wanted. I don’t.
“I think I would say yes.”
Slowly, he smiles. His big brown eyes brighten. I notice for the first time how long his lashes are. Slowly he blinks, his gaze dropping to my lips. My breathing increases in anticipation.
“I’d like to kiss you.”
He’s rendered me speechless already and he hasn’t even touched me. Slowly, he steps into my space, his free hand resting on my hip while he lifts the hand from the counter and cups my face. His thumb, rubbing circles on my cheekbone is rough on my soft skin, sending shivers down my spine.
Time stands still as he leans down, lips gently brushing across mine. It’s barely a touch, so light I wonder if I’ve imagined it. I know I didn’t when he brushes them again, this time with purpose. His lips are soft and full. I’ve wondered how I’d feel in this moment. The first kiss after Michael. I realize quickly this isn’t only the first post-divorce kiss, this is the best first kiss of my life.

Review: Love Her is such a wonderful read. I think once you get to know Felicity, you have to love her even though you want to hate her for her past. But every one can change if they really want it, and Felicity did.

Connor definitely wasn't the guy you'd expect to want to settle down, but I love the almost insta-love that happens to him, even though there's is a slow burn relationship. These two take things nice and slow as they find there way together, and prove that as a couple that things can work for them.

What I love is how good he is with Felicity's children and how much he knows that they are a part of whatever life he might build with Felicity.

Felicity is learning too. Sure her mean girl ways occasionally crop up, because they are sort of a self preservation thing, but she grows as a person too, with her new job and with Connor.

These two just worked so well together and I wanted good things to happen to them.

This is the last book in the Military Men of Lexington Series and I'm sad not to be visiting with them again.

Rating: 5 flowers

Meet the Military Men of Lexington
a series of interconnected, standalone, small town romances

Promise Her
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Cherish Her
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Love Her
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Andrea Johnston spent her childhood with her nose in a book and a pen to paper.
An avid people watcher, her mind is full of stories that yearn to be told.
A fan of angsty romance with a happy ending, super sexy erotica and a good mystery, Andrea can always be found with her Kindle nearby fully charged.
Andrea lives in Idaho with her family and two dogs. When she isn’t spending time with her partner in crime aka her husband, she can be found binge watching all things Bravo and enjoying a cocktail. Nothing makes her happier than the laughter of her children, a good book, her feet in the water, and cocktail in hand all at the same time.

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