Saturday, January 21, 2017

Weekend Ramblings #14


Are you ready for another Weekend Ramblings a la KJ?!

Well then... let's get ready to raaaaammmmmbbbbbllllleeeee!!!!!

This week's rambling questions are...

*What do you do when you come across content in a book that you are not comfortable with? Do you skip over it and keep reading or do you stop and move on to another book? What if the content didn't show up until you were about 75% into the book? What do you do then?*

This has happened to me a few times this week and it's rather frustrating and discouraging.

The first book was part of my 2017 reading challenge. I got about 58% into the book and finally just said.. I'm done! I do have to say that I skimmed through the book to see if my suspicions for the bad guy was correct and stumbled upon more content that I didn't really care to read about. But I found out I was right about one part but not the other. While I'm curious to see what happens, I am not curious enough to pick up the rest of the books in the series.

I only got about 5% into one of the other books I started this week before the author had a 14 year old character drop the F-bomb. That book got sent right back to Amazon. Thank you Kindle Unlimited! I didn't waste any of my money on that author. Well... maybe a couple of pennies. Lol.

The last book I ended up doing lots and lots of research on before I even started. Why? Because the previous two books were duds and the page count was 674 pages. Six. Hundred. And. Seventy. Four. Pages! That's just crazy! Needless to say an honest reviewer informed future readers that there was a lot of language including several F-bombs. Thank you Ms. Reviewer for your honesty!

If you couldn't tell the F-bomb is an absolute no go for me. I will stop reading any book, no matter how far I am into it, if I see that word. Yes, I know people use it all the time... I hear it constantly. But that doesn't mean that I have to put up with it in the books that I read.

And the sad thing about all three of the above books is that they were all in the Young Adult genre. To me that mean teenagers and it just ticks me off! While I am not a mom, I am an auntie to 16 AMAZING nieces and nephews. I would not want any of them reading any of the above books. I honestly don't understand why some of the content is needed in said books. It's really sad that some authors and/or publishers feel the need to add this content. I would love to share my passion for reading with all my nieces and nephews but it's really hard when I can't even trust that a Young Adult book is going to be clean. :(

Some of you might think I am going a bit overboard and you might be right. I am not a mom and do not have to face the challenges of raising teenagers but I would think that books should be a safe place for them to escape all the negativity that is out there. Not a place that fills their head with more negativity and bad ideas on what they could be doing as teenagers. Society is already bad enough in my opinion.

And on that note, I better stop. I could go on and on when it comes to content in books. Haha.

Now it's time to hear from you! What are your thoughts on the above questions? Inquiring minds want to know! :)

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Daring One by Cami Checketts


Synopsis:

Summer Anderson has the perfect life—designing toys and traveling the world—until the venture capitalist company, Mumford’s Sons, helps her dad sell his toy company to the highest bidder. Summer loses her designs, her job, and her lifestyle, and is forced to work for a friend in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Chance Judd, owner of Mumford’s Sons, takes a mountain biking trip to Crested Butte and accidentally runs Summer off a running trail. He asks her out repeatedly, but she always has a sarcastic response ready for him. When he finally convinces her to go to dinner, he realizes that he is partly responsible for her losing her job and designs, and knows she’ll hate him if she finds out the truth. He has no choice—he lies. 

But how long can a secret this big stay hidden and will Summer ever forgive him when she finds out the truth?

My Review: 4 Stars

After losing her job, her toy designs and her lifestyle, Summer is in need of a fresh start. What better place than Crested Butte, CO where one of her best friends lives for said fresh start?! Working at Sugar N' Spice until she can figure out her next move and find a new job, she embraces all the beauty around her. So what's a girl to do when a gorgeous stranger runs her off the trail? Why she embraces him too! ;) 

Chance is visiting Crested Butte for a much needed vacation. He's out enjoying the beautiful scenery when out of no where he runs a beautiful hiker off the trail. After their first encounter he decides that he must get to know her better. She's sassy, feisty, funny and can definitely keep him on his toes. But Summer isn't going to make it easy on him. 

Things are going great between the two of them until Summer discovers the secret that Chance has been keeping from her. How can they move forward when he was the on responsible for ruining the life she had? Does she care enough about him to overlook everything and forgive him? Or will she force herself to move on breaking both of their hearts? 

While I loved the setting, the banter, the swoony kisses and good ol' Chance, I have to say that I didn't love Summer. :( While I found her sassy in the beginning, it got to the point where she was a bit snotty and I wanted Chance to run far away. Haha. Maybe it's just my mood? But I absolutely LOVED Chance! I thought he was a pretty amazing guy. He can come rescue me any day! ;) Hehe. 

It never fails... Ms. Checketts always has me waiting not so patiently for her next book. I can always count on her to sweep me into a suspenseful, swoony adventure. I can't wait to see what she has in store next! 

As for the casting... for those that have already read this book already... please don't be disappointed in me! I just couldn't picture anyone else! Haha. The heroine is all me though.. ;) Hehe.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Weekend Ramblings #13


Are you ready for another Weekend Ramblings a la KJ?!

Well then... let's get ready to raaaaammmmmbbbbbllllleeeee!!!!!

This week's rambling question is...

*What is a quote from a book that has always stuck with you?*

For me it's from Making Faces by Amy Harmon. I loved it so much that I downloaded an app to create the below...


I can't wait to hear what quote has stuck with you!

Author's Corner #1

Welcome to our newest Book Blog Meme hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month Author's Corner will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.

We love finding and sharing amazing authors with others! We thought this would be the perfect way to share the love not only with other bookworms but with the authors that we absolutely adore! So... without further adieu... may we present our first...

Author's Corner! 


For my first Author's Corner I am going to choose...



Jennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-two years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.

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Picking only one book of Jennifer's is pretty much impossible! I have loved them all! Each time I finish one of them I think this one is my favorite! But then I reread one and think no this one is my favorite! But then she releases another one and I think no this one is my favorite! And then I realize... I just cannot choose! 

But if I have to pick only one I think I will choose... 


Rachel Whitney’s life changed forever when Drew, the son of her twin sister, Sydney, was placed in her arms—and there he stayed. At twenty-two, she had no idea what she was doing, but in that moment, she knew that raising Drew was what she was meant to do with her life.

Fiercely independent, Rachel makes her own way managing her family's insurance agency. Decidedly against introducing any men into her life, or Drew’s, she protects her heart against all romantic entanglements. But what she didn’t count on was a letter from her sister that leads a famous secret to her door eight years after her sister’s death. A secret with the same eyes as her son’s.

Desperate not to get the courts involved, Rachel allows Drew’s previously unknown father, Andrew Turner, into their lives, and to her surprise, little by little into her heart. But for Rachel, taking that step could open her family to a firestorm of media attention that not even Merryton can protect them from. Is love worth the risk? Or will Andrew's fame and ambition ruin their chances?

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Sounds amazing, right?! Well it is! You can check out my review here

And don't for get to check out Kathy's post here and Katie's post here

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Do you have a blog and want to join us for Author's Corner? Then grab the picture and post with us! We will be posting the 2nd Saturday of each month. Make sure you share your link with us so we can check out your favorite authors as well! 

Happy reading my fellow bookworms! 💗

Friday, January 13, 2017

First Line Friday's #13


Ok party people! It's that time again! First Line Friday's hosted by my amazing friend Kathy over at Bookworm Nation! Are you ready?! 

This week's First Line Friday is:


The Daring One by Cami Checketts

Summer Anderson has the perfect life—designing toys and traveling the world—until the venture capitalist company, Mumford’s Sons, helps her dad sell his toy company to the highest bidder. Summer loses her designs, her job, and her lifestyle, and is forced to work for a friend in Crested Butte, Colorado. 

Chance Judd, owner of Mumford’s Sons, takes a mountain biking trip to Crested Butte and accidentally runs Summer off a running trail. He asks her out repeatedly, but she always has a sarcastic response ready for him. When he finally convinces her to go to dinner, he realizes that he is partly responsible for her losing her job and designs, and knows she’ll hate him if she finds out the truth. He has no choice—he lies. 

But how long can a secret this big stay hidden and will Summer ever forgive him when she finds out the truth?

FIRST LINE

"Summer plodded along Snodgrass Trail, waiting for the promised views of Mt. Crested Butte, but so far it was a dirt path with lots of lush greenery - mostly aspen and pine trees. Crested Butte, Colorado, was beautiful, and she didn't completely loathe exploring the trails on foot, but she would've traded Diet Coke for life to be on a mountain bike."

I have to tell you that I have LOVED The Billionaire Bride Pact Series! I was sad to hear that this is one of the last books in the series! :( I have a feeling I am going to be savoring every minute of this book. I really do NOT want it to end! Thank goodness I'll be able to reread them over and over again! ;)

Do you want to participate in First Line? Yes?! Then tell us what your First Line is! Are you going to do a blog post? Then don't forget to link your post back to Bookworm Nation! Post your link in the comments. Don't have a blog? No worries! Just leave a comment with the title, author name and first line.

Ready?! And GO!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Destiny Came Knocking by Cindy Roland Anderson



Synopsis:


When Piper Jensen’s dog has a litter of puppies that aren’t anything like their purebred mother, she immediately suspects the culprit responsible for the mishap is her neighbor’s derelict dog. Seeking restitution, Piper confronts the owner, Gabe Wesson, a single father of two children that likes to keep to himself. She isn’t prepared for Gabe to be so handsome, nor so disagreeable, and is irritated by his demands for a paternity test to prove his dog is the sire. As she and Gabe try to work things out, they both fight a growing attraction neither one of them want. But when Piper finds her heart falling in love with his children, it might be the catalyst that tips the scale towards a destiny she never dreamed possible.

My Review: 4.5 Stars

After being humiliated and fired from her last job, Piper decides that she's in need of a fresh start and a change of scenery. When the opportunity to breed her purebred King Charles Cocker Spaniel arises in Snow Valley, MT, she jumps at the chance. Everything seems to be going her way until destiny comes knocking in the form of her neighbors rascally dog, Rascal. Apparently her puppies aren't as purebred and she was lead to believe. She plans to confront her neighbor to see just what he's going to do to make it right. But when she comes face to face with her handsome neighbor and his two adorable children, all thoughts of making him pay fly right out the window. 

Gabe isn't' the most trusting of the opposite sex. He has been horribly hurt by his ex-wife and has sworn off women for good. But when his beautiful neighbor shows up on his doorstep informing him of the trouble his dog has caused, he will have to fight with his heart and his head to stick with his convictions. But the more time Piper spends with him and his two kids, the more he realizes that he doesn't want to fight it. He would love the opportunity to see where things can lead with him and Piper. 

But when they are faced with Piper's past, the relationship will be tested. Can Gabe find it in himself to trust and move forward with Piper in his life? Or will past hurts rear its ugly head and ruin the chance for their happily ever after?

Destiny Came Knocking is a super cute book! I was sucked in from the beginning and didn't want to put it down! Shane and Lindsey were such a fun addition to the story! The antics of kids can be quite hilarious as well as adorable! These two did not disappoint! I loved seeing all the relationships develop between our hero, heroine and the kids. I am definitely a sucker when it comes to single parents finding love kind of books. Everyone deserves a HEA! 

I have to say that Ms. Anderson is definitely becoming a favorite of mine. She has a way of making me feel every single thing the characters are feeling. I laughed out loud, got angry, had my heart drop to my stomach, got teary eyed, let out lots of dreamy sighs and had a permagrin on my face while reading this book. She really is an amazing author and I seriously need to check out more by her! :) 

And let's not forget my casting. I think these two are amazing! What do you think?!  


Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest


Synopsis:

On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

My Review: 3.5 Stars


A Shade of Vampire is part of my 2017 Reading Challenge... the YA Bestseller. This is actually the 2nd time I have read this book, Well, actually, it's the 1st time all the way through. A couple of years ago I made the mistake of picking up the old version... the one with 150 pages. I only got halfway through the book before I said enough is enough... I just can't! So I gave up on it and moved on.

But when I saw that on of my best book buddies read the longer version and seemed to enjoy it, I decided that I would give the longer version a try. It just goes to show you that mood reading is a real thing because I actually did get through the whole book! Haha.

While on vacation, Sofia is kidnapped by vampires and taken to an island called The Shade. There she is chosen to be part of Derek Novak's harem. Terrified and alone, she does what anyone in her position would do, try to escape. But she quickly discovers that there is no way she will ever escape. She must face her fate and do the best she can to stay alive. And the only way to do that is to stay in the good graces of Derek Novak.  

Derek has never met anyone like Sofia before. She is a marvel. There is just something about her that not only draws him in, but makes him want to be a better person. He is much more than his circumstances and with the help of Sofia he just might be able to become better and stronger than he already is. 

But when outside forces attack and plant seeds of doubt, they both will need to face demons within themselves and enemies if they are going to survive. 

My advice, if you are going to be reading this book/series, is to keep in mind that this is an urban fantasy. Not everything is going to be believable, there will be insta-love and warnings that you see will be ignored by the beloved characters in the books. I know there are a lot of people out there who have a hard time reading books like this because there is so much within the book that just wouldn't happen. If you are one of those, then I would suggest skipping over this one. If you are not, then you will probably enjoy this book. 

After looking into this series more, I have discovered that there are 39 books so far. That is definitely A LOT of books! I am not sure if I will continue on and read the entire series but I think I am intrigued enough to continue on with Sofia and Derek's story. This book does end in a bit of a cliffhanger so if you love this book, be prepared to want to grab the next book in the series. 

And of course I can't forget my casting... what do you think? 


Content: 
Language - Mild... a handful or so including both b's, h's and d's. 
Violence - Mild to moderate. A couple of fights, death, attempted rape... nothing is detailed though.