It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

It's in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor, #10)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was Sam and Becca's story, which from the teaser we got prior to publication, I was super excited about. I thought Sam would be a little bit different in character than he turned out to be...more quiet and darker. He actually turned out to be a quintessential Shalvis hero. Someone you can't help but fall in love with and drool over, nothing too dark or unlovable. I found this installment to the Lucky Harbor series to be another solid addition to the town we've all come to love and was not bored in the least. I'm curious and excited to move forward with Olivia's story.

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What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

What I Know For Sure
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There were a few great moments in this book, good reminders, and wise words to live your life by. However, though I do like Oprah, I found myself a little irritated or just tired at times of her voice and inflection in reading her own book. It may have been a better experience for me for someone else to have narrated. All in all, it was good, not great...and I will probably revisit again the bookmarked sections I appreciated most.

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Review: Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'd like to preface this review with a very important note:

I do not like books with pregnant heroines. Its just a personal preference. I've never been able to get into the story, connect or relate with the characters in a book with a pregnant heroine. In addition, our pregnant single mother in this story has 4 other young children - which puts me even further out of the story. How do you manage to have a meaningful relationship with a brand new person in your life with your attention and energies being pulled in so many directions - AND have the progression of that relationship be believable??? I've NO idea, but apparently Claudia Connor does, and quite, quite well at that!


Matt and Abby meet on a beach while both are on vacation and Matt is immediately and irresistibly drawn to not only Abby, but her children as well. What seems to be a fleeting connection that will quickly be let go, easily moves into something more long-term and deep.

I found this book to be a really really great read. I was shocked to find myself deeply involved and eager to return to their story time and time again. I loved all of the characters, the talent that Ms. Connor displayed with each character was amazing and draws you deeply into the lives of her characters. The love story is superb, steamy, realistic and romantic. No one is perfect in this story and conflicts that happen are not glossed over, but faced in a realistic manner that adds to the richness of the story and writing.

Give this one a chance as I believe, like me, you will find it time well spent as well as a very well written, tender and steamy romance. I'm so glad that I did and I will be checking into this author's future work.

**I was kindly gifted this book by the author for an honest review.

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Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This will be a short review because there are literally thousands of in depth reviews out there for this book, and I just didn't love it enough to put that kind of energy into a review of that magnitude. I do feel that this book has sort of become required reading for romance lovers everywhere. You can't go anywhere without hearing about Claire and Jamie, their love story and the epic that is Outlander. So off I finally went to tackle this notorious book...besides the series is out now and I love that a romance novel was taken to such heights.

In short...

1. I loved Jamie Fraser...I mean..what a man with the largest and most amazing capacity to love.

2. Claire was amazing as well. I listened to this book and it was my first audiobook which may have led me to miss some things, but I did find her ability to adjust to her circumstances of time travel just a little too smooth. I expected a little bit of freaking out.

3. This book was waaaaaaaaay too long. I really feel like we could have had the same sort of grand love story with at minimum 200 pages shaved off. I really just wanted so many things to move along and quickly.

4. I loved the ending, it was so so romantic, and loving and just sigh worthy and it made me feel that the whole thing was worth it.

5. This book is sufficiently hot.

Ultimately, I felt Outlander was a good book, but not amazingly great in my opinion. I suspect some of my feelings towards it may be because I listened to it. At times I did go back and read parts over, and stop listening in order to just read faster at exciting parts. I also suspect I'll enjoy the series more and that will possibly cause me to appreciate the book more. I have no plans to continue the series at this point, but am not opposed to checking out other titles by the author.


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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked Gone Girl. I loved that I flew through the book and was constantly looking forward to returning to the book. I love books like that. I love that Gillian Flynn is from KCMO, is an amazing writer, and is writing books set in the Midwest. I will read more by her.

For Gone Girl, though I was able to predict much of what happened, it still was a very entertaining read and quite funny. I feel this book was an extremely exaggerated, but honest and realistic look at how most marriages are. I think Nick and Amy's relationship contained most everything that every married couple feels at some point in time in varying degrees. I found the book hilarious and scary at the same time. Hilarious because -- well it just was funny and scary because I related with Amy on so many levels. Diabolical is a apt description of the book. In terms of the ending...I was ok with the ending ultimately. It was a good ending even if I didn't really want it to end the way it did, it was realistic. And as insane as it may be, I want to know more about these characters lives and futures...if there is one...

Check it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Review: Raw by Belle Aurora

Raw
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Where to begin with this book?!?!

Likes:

In the beginning of this book, I found the premise intriguing, disturbing, exciting and outrageous - all rolled into one. It was something you just couldn't put down. The writing is done well and draws you nicely into the story of these two people and their lives. I was able to easily fly through the book and found myself wanting to return again and again to find out what would happen - though not always happy with what I found.

Dislikes:

I really really really disliked much of what the author did with the hero; his profession, his erratic behavior, his CONSTANTLY HOODED eyes(I mean come on - all the time?!) and ultimately the freaking ending. It was done too fast, too outrageously and felt unnatural with the flow of the rest of the book. Ultimately, it just didn't feel well executed or planned out in its entirety as if perhaps when she got stuck, she just picked a certain idea and made it work.

All in all though, like another review said: it's not a literary masterpiece, but its not horrible either. It was intriguing, it was hot, and it was done well enough that I will look into other titles by this author and keep her on my radar. With more experience, I imagine she will produce great things!


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Review: The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

The Hook Up (Game On, #1)
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Unfortunately, as I could not relate in any way whatsoever with the characters or their lives, this was just not my cup of tea. It was not a book I could get swept away in, fall in love with the hero or fantasize myself as the heroine. Its about young, young 20 somethings in college. And it's a loooooong book about young, young 20 somethings in college. There is nothing wrong with the writing, however, the subject is just of no interest to me and the plot itself was a little bit predictable. On the bright side it was sufficiently steamy! So enjoy that! Needless to say I will not be picking up the next book in the series, however, should this author write something more relate-able to me, I will definitely be open to checking it out.

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