Check Me Out: A Review

 

 

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Check Me Out

By Becca Wilhite

368 pages

Published 2/18 by Shadow Mountain

Review copy provided by Shadow Mountain

Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a “battle of the bands” book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance–with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac–that reminds us that it is what’s on the inside that matters most.  Goodreads Synopsis

 

I know I have said it here many times before, but I truly adore the Proper Romance series that is released from Shadow Mountain Publishing.  There’s just something refreshing about a simple love story without all the extra “stuff”.

In the past, the Proper Romance titles have all been historical fiction stories.  They have since branched out and created a present day contemporary line.  This is the second I have read, and loved it as well!

Check Me Out is a great title for anyone looking for a wholesome coming of age love story, with the added perk of being a book about books too.

Thank you to Shadow Mountain for sending me a copy to review and including me in the blog tour!

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The Beau & The Belle is OUT NOW!!!

One of my favorite authors, hands down, is R.S. Grey.  (see, I told you all I have varied tastes in reading as my other favorite author is Stephen King…)

R.S.Grey is queen of romantic comedy books.  One of the reasons I’m a huge fan of her work is the fact that she doesn’t load her books down with smut.  While those super steamy scenes going on at least once per chapter might work for some of you, it definitely does not work for me.

The Beau & The Belle does not disappoint!!  It is the R.S.Grey standard of writing we are used to.  I liked how this one went in depth with the past, and then got into the meeting of Beau and Lou in the present day.  Not only is the book set up between past and present sections, it also switches perspective between Beau and Lou throughout.

As you all know, I am very anti spoiler and don’t want to give away too much in my reviews.  Just know that this book had me actually laughing out loud many times.  I highly recommend The Beau & The Belle to anyone looking for a refreshing, light read for fans of contemporary or romance books.

Now, please, read on further for more information on The Beau & The Belle, as well as where you can pick up your own copy today!  Thank you to R.S.Grey herself for sending me and advanced eBook copy of The Beau & The Belle as well as having me in your blog tour.  Congratulations on another awesome release!!

THE BEAU & THE BELLE by R.S. Grey is available now! Don’t miss your hands on this new romantic comedy – read for free with Kindle Unlimited or grab it for just $2.99!

 

About THE BEAU & THE BELLE

Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.

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The Social Affair: A Review

I know about Britney King thanks to Instagram. I happened to win one of her books (Water Under the Bridge) a few months back and from there went out and bought all of the rest of her books!  When I was chosen to be part of her blog tour and receive a free ebook of her latest book, there was zero hesitation when I answered yes!
The Social Affair is one of those books you can easily read in a day.  It’s fast paced, and once you start, it’s very difficult to set it down.  Trust me!
There have been many parallels said of this book and Girl on the Train.  While I can see the similarities, they are TOTALLY DIFFERENT.  The Social Affair was new and kept me guessing throughout the book.
 Told from multiple perspectives, it’s almost as there are two stories that are interlinked but seperate, weaving themselves together throughout the book and the reader is set to work at figuring how the weave together long before truths come out!
I don’t like giving away too much in my reviews, especially when they are psychological thrillers.  I think every reader should be surprised at the twists and turns.  I will say that I HIGHLY recommend The Social Affair to anyone who like thrillers and books that get in your head.  Now, I’m off to go post a beautiful post on my Instalook, I mean Instagram account and you can read on for more information on The Social Affair……(and don’t forget to click on the GIVEAWAY link!!)
Title: The Social Affair
Author: Britney King
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: January 18, 2018 

In the tradition of Gone Girl and Behind Closed Doors comes a gripping, twisted, furiously clever read that demands your attention, and keeps you guessing until the very end. For fans of the anti-heroine and stories told in unorthodox ways, The Social Affair delivers us the perfect dark and provocative villain. The only question—who is it?
A timeless, perfect couple waltzes into the small coffee shop where Izzy Lewis works. Instantly enamored, she does what she always does in situations like these: she searches them out on social media. 
Just like that—with the tap of a screen— she’s given a front row seat to the Dunns’ picturesque life. This time, she’s certain she’s found what she’s been searching for. This time, she’ll go to whatever lengths it takes to ensure she gets it right—even if this means doing the unthinkable.
Intense and original, The Social Affair is a disturbing psychological thriller that explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience.

Britney King lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.

 

When she’s not wrangling the things mentioned above, she writes psychological, domestic and romantic thrillers set in suburbia.

 


Currently, she’s writing three series and several standalone novels.

The Bedrock Series features an unlikely heroine who should have known better. Turns out, she didn’t. Thus she finds herself tangled in a messy, dangerous, forbidden love story and face-to-face with a madman hell-bent on revenge. The series has been compared to Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, and Basic Instinct.

The Water Series follows the shady love story of an unconventional married couple—he’s an assassin—she kills for fun. It has been compared to a crazier book version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also, Dexter.

Around The Bend is a heart-pounding standalone, which traces the journey of a well-to-do suburban housewife, and her life as it unravels, thanks to the secrets she keeps. If she were the only one with things she wanted to keep hidden, then maybe it wouldn’t have turned out so bad. But she wasn’t.

 

The With You Series at its core is a deep love story about unlikely friends who travel the world; trying to find themselves, together and apart. Packed with drama and adventure along with a heavy dose of suspense, it has been compared to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Love, Rosie.

 


The Social Affair is an intense standalone about a timeless couple who find themselves with a secret admirer they hadn’t bargained for. For fans of the anti-heroine and stories told in unorthodox ways, the novel explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience. It is reminiscent of films such as One Hour Photo and Play Misty For Me. 

Without a doubt, connecting with readers is the best part of this gig. You can find Britney online here: 

To get more– grab two books for free, by subscribing to her mailing list at britneyking.com or just copy and paste bit.ly/britneykingweb into your browser. 
Happy reading.

 


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Grist Mill Road: A Review

 

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Grist Mill Road

By Christopher J. Yates

352 pages

Published 1/18 by Picador

Digital ARC provided by Netgally

 

Grist Mill Road is a dark and twisty Rashomon-style narrative which is expertly plotted. The year is 1982, the setting an Edenic hamlet some 90 miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends—Patrick, Matthew and Hannah— are bound together by a single, terrible, and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves could never have predicted, the three meet again–with even more devastating results.

Here is a triple helix of a story structure, a sharp-edged love triangle complete with an Atonement style revelation. Character-driven, gorgeously written and wrenching, it exposes the poisonous resentments, sexual longings, and reservoirs of violence that roil just below the orderly surface of small town life. Goodreads Synopsis

 

This. Book.  Wow!  What a great read to kick off the new year.  Classified as a psychological thriller, but Grist Mill Road is so much more than that!  This is a slow, literary burn of a novel that never feels slow up until the last 100 pages or so and all the questions are answered!  Highly recommend this book to just about anyone who reads!  Great for fans of thrillers, and literary stories alike.  Do yourself a favor and pick up this one, out now!

Thank you to NetGally and Picador for providing me with this copy to review.

The Wife Between Us Blog Tour and *GIVEAWAY*

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The Wife Between Us is one of those rare domestic thrillers that keeps you guessing.  The back cover warns the reader to assume nothing.   But I read a lot of thrillers, it takes a lot to keep me truly guessing, and by page 70 I had this story figured out.  Then I get to part two, little plot twist.  Ok, I’ll adjust and play along.  I still have this figured out.  Wait, no, what???  Maybe I’m wrong….

I don’t want to give away any more backstory, synopsis, review.  I want you to read for yourself and see if you outsmarted The Wife Between Us.

From now until December 12 I am partnering up with St. Martin’s Press as part of the Wife Between Us blog tour and they are so generously giving away THREE copies of the Wife Between Us to three followers of KD Reads!  Hop on over to my Instagram account (@kd_reads) to enter!

Happy reading!

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Unpopular Opinion Time

IMG_6249Murder on the Orient Express. Written by the Queen of mystery.  Classic whodunit fiction.  Cult favorite and one of the most read mystery novel writers of all time.

And I did not like it.  It was dry. It was drawn out.  I was bored and I didn’t feel that the solution was all that Earth shattering.  I’m sorry Queen Christie, I’m willing to give you another try, but not any time soon.

Do you read Agatha Christie?  Is there another one of her books I should try before I write her off completely?  What do you think?

Lies Jane Austen Told Me: a Review

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Julie Wright

312 pages

Shadow Mountain Publishing.  November 2017

Book given to me from Shadow Mountain in exchange for an honest review.

 

I read.  I love a lot of different books and I don’t live under a rock.  However, I am not very fluent in Jane Austen.  Have I read anything by her?  Yes. Have I read enough, recent enough to catch little Austen-isms in the book?  No.  Did I still love Lies Jane Austen Told Me?  ABSOLUTELY!

This is one of those romance stories that is slightly predictable, slightly in the “this wouldn’t happen” form, but it was so fun to read!

In true proper romance form, it was an entertaining love story without all of the smut.  The plot just focuses on creating likable characters and building a great love story.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a little love.

Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending this book my way!

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn’t until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas’s biological niece.

Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.