The Runaraound by Sylvie Stewart is the 6th book in the Carolina Connections series. I am new to this author and I am IN LOVE! I love her style of writing. She has a way of making the characters really come to life with their emotions and quick wittiness. I was hooked on this story from the moment I started this book until the very last page. Ariana was an amazing character all together and I loved her throughout the whole book. She is very strong and quite humorous. I felt the strong connection between her and Jax. I felt his frustration with his newly discovered teenager. I feel as if this book couldn’t have been any better… it was written perfectly. I will be honest and say that I have not read the other books in this series. However after reading this one, I’ll be going back and giving them each the love and attention that they deserve.
Taming Zane is book number two in the Almost Perfect Series written by Lisa Lanay. I read the first book and as usual I would recommend reading any series in order. I have loved both books from start to finish and finished both of them in pretty much one day. In this installment Shannon is off to California to have an interview at a College. While on the plane she meets Zane Taylor who is smoking hot and charming, with his beautiful smile and dimples. A few hours in to her trip, Shannon finds herself in a tight spot and low and behold, Zane comes to her rescue. The character descriptions in this story were amazing. You were able to feel all of the emotions of the characters. You can feel the pull and connection of the attraction between the two. I loved how it progressed from a friendly conversation to slightly flirty. I liked how Lisa built up a rapport between the two before they had any kind of relationship. Shannon and Zane go so well together and I really enjoyed their story. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment in the series.
The Fat Girl’s Guide to Loving Your Body by K.L. Montgomery is an inspiring book written in hopes of making readers come to see worth and value in the body they live in. I feel as if seeing your body in a positive manner is really important. It is so easy to go down the rabbit hole of depression and self-loathing while picking apart all the things that you see wrong with yourself. I like that this book is motivational and encouraging. I found it easy to relate too because of the personal experiences throughout the whole book. I love this author’s style of writing and I found myself giggling out loud several times. I have always loved to journal, it has always been therapeutic for me. Throughout this book there is journaling assignments, they may seem silly at first, some may be hard to do… but do them. They help so much. I will say that there were parts of the book that were slow and I struggled to keep interest, but those were far and few between. At the end of the book I’m not going to say “oh yea I LOVE MY BODY” but just like Montgomery said… it is a long process, it isn’t going to happen overnight. I will continue to work on my body image and one day I’ll get to where I’m going.
Rule by Via Mari is book one in the in the Larussio Legacy series. I previously read the Torizal Affair series by Via Mari and was thrilled to get my hands on this one. She is an excellent writer. Her stories have a way of drawing you in and holding you captive until the very last page. She paints the story so well. Her characters and their descriptions are so strong and you can’t help but love them. There is the perfect amount of romance, steam, and suspense in all of her novels and that includes this book as well. In this installment, there are so many powerful men and families. I like how this book goes through each person’s point of view so seamlessly. When I first saw that there were 4 different point of views I was a little skeptical of how it would work… but Via has done it again… it worked out perfectly. Chase and Katarina are just precious and I fell in love with them in the previous series. In addition to my 2 favorite characters we were introduced to Giovanni and Serena. His attraction to her is instant but her distaste for him, which stems from her family history, is discovered just as fast. I really enjoyed watching the two become acquaintances and more once they sorted out the misjudgments of their pasts. The end of the book is kind of a cliff hanger, so I am very eager to get my hands on the next one.
Naughty & Nice by Phoebe Alexander is the 4th book in the Spicetopia series. I will rave and rave forever about all of the books in this series but this one takes the cake!!! I loved every book in this series but this one with the perfect characters and the perfect story opened my own eyes to so many things! The story of Natalie and Micah is just pure perfection. Micah is a minister of sorts who has been asked to marry Cy and Jolie at the Spicetopia theme park for adults. Ya’ll who would have thought to bring a sweet and innocent hunk of a minister into a giant adult park… Phoebe Alexander… THAT’S WHO! And boyyy is he out of his element here at the park. Thank goodness he has a sweet vixen, Natalie, to show him around the park and keep him as inside of his comfort circle as she can. Because she is the parks event planner she is balancing between helping Micah adjust to what goes on in the park and planning the wedding. Natalie soon challenges Micah to have an open mind with the things going on inside the park and as the two get to know more of one another, and the beliefs of both come out, there may be no turning back the realizations that are happening to the both of them. This book was flawless… I am sad that I finished it so quickly but I just couldn’t put it down.
Addie: To Wager on Her Future by Leenie Brown is book 5 in the Mansfield Park series. This book wasn’t necessarily out of my comfort zone, but something that I wouldn’t normally pick to read because of the writing style. I decided to read this book because of the horse racing reference, as I have spent a lot of time out with my family watching horse races. Overall, I thought the book was great. There was the perfect amount of suspense, action, and emotion. The characters were all strong and well developed. Most of them have charming personalities and are easy to love. Addie was my favorite character. She is different than all the other women in her time, who are taught life is just about looks and finding a husband who matches well. She thinks outside of the box and loves horses and racing. Her brother, James, has been off at school and has made some poor decisions that have got him into trouble. Addie is doing her best to keep things in good standing and out of harm’s way, as things in her life seem to be falling apart. Robert is taken with Addie the first time he meets her and will do whatever he can to ensure her happiness, even if that means taking on the despicable Mr. Camden. This book was short and sweet and I am happy that I read it; it is a good book to curl up all cozy like and spend the afternoon reading.
Hula Girl by Laura Ward Cosio is a wonderful stand-alone novel. The authors writing was flawless. She beautifully created a story with a great punch line, excellent character descriptions and many heart touching moments. Ava is a lawyer and has been busting her hinny off for the last 6 years to get herself where she is. Her boss forces her hand at taking a vacation in Hawaii. While on her vacation, taking a trip to the store, she is forced down a side road to avoid smashing a wayward chicken in the middle of the road. With no turn around point, she follows the road to the end, where it leads her to Ford. What ensues is just a pure blissful, steamy, vacation fling. After Ava’s vacation is over and she returns home, she buries herself in her work once again… only to run into her surfer boy in her hometown at a prestigious law firm event. Feelings are shared and explored, hurt and hidden. The chemistry between these two is way more than what a small vacation fling allows… but they live in two different states so how will they ever make it work? This book was excellent and I am glad I stumbled upon it. I laughed a lot, teared up in a few places, and felt my heart swoon at all the charm. You’ll definitely want to add this to your reading list.
Summer Break by Autumn Sand was a very short but precious book. Unfortunately, I didn’t read the book that came before this one so I feel as if I missed a lot of background story and information pertaining to the characters but it didn’t take anything away from this book. I was able to follow along and understand things just fine. I enjoyed the characters, their personalities, and the storyline of this book. A group of friends going off on a summer vacation… what can be better than that? There was a lot of emotions packed in to this book in the form of secrets and the ins and outs of friendships. It was written very well and gripped me from start to finish.
Holiday Terminal by Gwyn McNamee and Christy Anderson is a short and sweet little Christmas read that is full with emotion. On the flight home for Christmas Penelope, Max (her son), and Jolynn (her mom), are forced to land their plan in a very small town because of a snow storm. Unfortunately, fate would have it that her ex from years ago, Artemis Warren was also forced to land at the same tiny airport. The separate worlds of the two of them collide again, only this time there are a lot of scars and secrets… big secrets… secrets that could change both of their lives in a major way. The secret is soon revealed and so it begins the back and forth of the emotional pull between the two.
This book was delightfully pleasant. There was so much emotion packed in to this book and the character were very favorable. The story-line was great and I got the ending that I had hoped for all along. This is a quick read that would be perfect by a day spend by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate.
Loving Jake written by Lisa Lanay is the first installment in the Almost Perfect series. I decided to read this book on a whim because it seemed like one that I would enjoy… I was correct. This was a short and sweet book that I highly liked! The writing in this book is flawless and paired with the perfect character descriptions and catchy story line, it was hard to put down. The characters in this book were likable as well as being easy to relate to. This story is more than the simple “two people meet and fall in love” because Jake and Kimberly have known each other most of their lives. Throughout this whole story I was on the back and forth of “man ya’ll need to get it together” and “no, don’t do that”. It was frustrating at times with some decisions that were being made but in all honesty I can see why things were the characters were making those awful decisions. Things finally fall in to place and IT WAS PERFECT! The ending of the book is the sweetest thing ever. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!