Serenity Harbor

SerenityHarbor_BookCoverBest-selling author RaeAnne Thayne

Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne

384 pages

June, 2017

Computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. As far as she can see, he’s arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. But Kat is, especially if it brings her closer to her goal of adopting an orphaned little girl. And as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there’s more to sexy, wary Bo than she’d ever realized.

Bo never imagined he’d be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn’t know existed. Then again, he never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight. Now he’s ready to make her dream of family come true…and hoping there’s room in it for him, too…Goodreads Synopsis

Serenity Harbor is book 6 of the Haven Point series.  I have never read any of the other Haven Point novels until this one.  My biggest pet peeve is going into a book that I didn’t know was part of a series and being completely lost the first 100 pages or so.  This book was not that at all.  It is 100% a stand alone novel, but just to warn you, you will probably want to read the other 5 books after you finish!

Haven Point is where I want to live.  It’s quaint, it’s small town, it’s water and mountains.  Really, the town is a main character.  Without it, there would be something lacking in the story.

Even though this is a romance read, it’s not smut.  (big difference!) Kat is probably the most patient person in the world, and this is coming from a former pre-k teacher!  Her relationship with Milo, the little brother of Bo who has autism, is just as important and developed as her romantic relationship.

The book is very well written and a perfect vacation read!  I know some more books from this series are going to be on my summer reading list this year!  I hope you enjoy Serenity Harbor as much as I did!

 

Thank you to Little Bird Publicity for sending me a digital copy for review and having me be a part of the blog hop!

Woman No. 17: a Review 

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By: Edan Lepucki

320 pages

May 2017

General Fiction
A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear. 

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation. Goodreads Synopsis

Woman No. 17 has been billed as a mystery .  This, I would need to strongly disagree with.  Yes, it’s mysterious,  however not really a mystery novel.  I finished the book and still haven’t solved what I thought was the biggest mystery of the book.  I think it would be better categorized as general fiction.

The artistic vibe of the book  and characters added another level.  Figuring out S. was a fun ride.  Such a multilevel character.  The relationships throughout the book were complex and very well developed.

This would be a great read for fans of general fiction, not too literary, but plenty of depth.

🌟🌟🌟.5/5

Thank you, Blogging for Books for sending me a copy if Woman No 17 for review.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Review

IMG_4577The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid

400 pages

June, 2017

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth. Goodreads Synopsis

 

This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid novel, the first being One True Loves.  I was ecstatic when the mailman had delivered this beauty to my door!

However, reading the book left me wanting more. Parts throughout the book I became bored.  This makes me sad to even say because it really is a good book and story, I just wanted something more from it.

 

 

For me, this is one of those books that I come to appreciate more after the words on the page have sunk in and settled.

I loved the strength that Evelyn possesses and tries to imprint on Monique.  I think every woman can gain something from Evelyn Hugo!

Taylor Jenkins Reid created such a realistic story that I found myself googling some of the characters because I just knew they were true Hollywood starlets.  (not so spoiler alert: it’s all fiction)

I think fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid and general women’s lit will be pleased with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

The Foxe & The Hound Blog Tour


I had the honor of reading an ARC of The Foxe &The Hound.  It was my first R.S. Grey novel, and I can promise you it will not be my last.  Such a cute little romance story (some graphic love scenes, but not over powering to the book) It was the perfect book to kick off my summer reading!  If you are a contemporary or romance fan, do yourself a favor and pick this up today!!!
THE FOXE & THE HOUND

by R.S. Grey

June 2017

 

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.
It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

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Hag-Seed:a Review

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Margaret Atwood

301 pages

October 2016

Literary Fiction. Retelling.

When Felix is deposed as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival by his devious assistant and longtime enemy, his production of The Tempest is canceled and he is heartbroken. Reduced to a life of exile in rural southern Ontario—accompanied only by his fantasy daughter, Miranda, who died twelve years ago—Felix devises a plan for retribution.

Eventually he takes a job teaching Literacy Through Theatre to the prisoners at the nearby Burgess Correctional Institution, and is making a modest success of it when an auspicious star places his enemies within his reach. With the help of their own interpretations, digital effects, and the talents of a professional actress and choreographer, the Burgess Correctional Players prepare to video their Tempest. Not surprisingly, they view Caliban as the character with whom they have the most in common. However, Felix has another twist in mind, and his enemies are about to find themselves taking part in an interactive and illusion-ridden version of The Tempest that will change their lives forever. But how will Felix deal with his invisible Miranda’s decision to take a part in the play? Goodreads Synopsis

 

This is one of the books in the Shakespeare Retelling series.  Various authors retold and modernized Shakespeare’s work.  I have read Vineagar Girl and absolutely adored the retelling of Taming of the Shrew.  I was really excited to read Margret Atwood’s version of The Tempest.

Sadly, it fell short of my expectations.  It’s hard to review this one, as I personally didn’t care for it.  However, fans of Atwood shouldn’t turn away from it.  Her writing is still so well done, and there were definite aspects of the novel that I liked.

The problem for me was that there was too much of the Tempest in there and not a lot of “retelling”.  I get that The Tempest is a play within a play, and the playwright goes crazy and that’s where Atwood was going with this novel.  I just wasn’t thrilled with how it was going.

Please, don’t rule out this book just because I didn’t love it.  As I said, Atwood’s writing style is fantastic.  The retelling just fell short for me and was almost bored at times, but I still liked the story as a whole.

Thank you to Blogging for Books for sending me a copy to review.