Tuesday, August 26, 2014

review at Breezing Through

Wena and I have a buddy review up at Breezing Through.

Check out our thoughts on Megan Erickson's Make It Count here.

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Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Week in Review (100)

This past week started out rough. But things ended on a positive note. Work was good and we had a potluck on Friday, which was really good. Yesterday I went to a very informal wedding BBQ for my supervisor. This coming week Charlie hopefully gets the cast off for good. Special dog chewed through three casts over the past four weeks. Special special dog. And she got fat! My brother is going to have fun getting her weight back down. LOL She's not super fat but chunky.

BOOKS READ
Have Mercy by Shelley Ann Clark

This one was a quick read and I enjoyed it. Emme is the lead singer of a band and Tom has just been hired on for their latest gig as the band needed a bass player. Emme has a history (she supposedly split up a popular indie band by going after the married lead singer) and so she knows she has to keep her distance from Tom so rumors don't start. But her and Tom are drawn to each other. I liked the dynamic between Emme and Tom but  thought the I love you's came too soon. This was a novella so I blame the length on that.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Wena really enjoyed Isla's book and I've been wanting to re-read Anna forever so I can catch up on this series. Etienne is just too cute. He's really the perfect book boyfriend. He does take a long time to make up his mind and I don't know why I took that anger out on Anna. Like at first I thought she was selfish and dramatic but then I had to think about it and realize he held on too long to what's her face. But overall I still love Etienne and Anna and I have to return to Paris one day.
The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

I forget how this one came to my attention but I thought it sounded interesting. A woman in her early forties is attracted to her stepdaughter's boyfriend. This story was that and more. Jenn has a rocky relationship with her stepdaughter. She's been her mum since Emma was an infant but as Emma has gotten older, there's a distance between them. And her husband has a secret...but none of that matters when Jenn meets Nathan. The ending was not cut and dried and it kind of left me feeling depressed for Jenn. She would not get an HEA either way. But I was so drawn into this book! I couldn't put it down I had to know what happened and the setting? You're right there on that island. *sigh*

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Week in Review (99)

The past week was a weird one. I was extremely tired and no matter how much sleep I got, I just couldn't get my shit together. My reading was down...I'm wondering if I'm still adjusting to my work stuff. Probably. But yesterday I went to my Grampas and enjoyed the wonderful weather and my family. So today I feel good. :P I'm recharged.

BOOKS READ
Lay It Down by Cara McKenna

Ok, the cover is sooooo misleading. I thought I'd be reading about an MC but nope, that's not what this was. LOL And that's ok. It was still a good read in the end. Vince's friend Alex calls him up one night freaked out about something he saw and before he can tell Vince, he's killed. It's set up to look like a drunk driving accident but Vince knows Alex was killed. So more romantic suspense.  The ending was a bit corny though. Overall I liked it. I'll definitely read more in the series.

A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers

I've had this on my kindle forever so I thought I'd finally pick it up. I kinda forgot what it was about so was a bit shocked it was about a girl sleeping with her stepbrother and then maybe falling for a priest. And guess what? I really really liked this one!!!  Haha I loved the taboo-ness of Lexie and her priest. Very Thornbirds. But her relationship with her stepbrother was the heart of the story. Their parents married when they were teenagers and they became close right from the beginning. Best friend close. I liked this one. I'm definitely reading the next two books.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Week in Review (98)

I think I'm over my slump!!

Work was great. I really thought about it and I think my brain needed a reset. And I think work affected me more than I realized. I thought I was just brain-tired after working so freaking hard. But the thing with me is I'm an introvert. Big time. And in my old office, when everyone was let go in February, it was down to me and one other coworker. I was fine with it, it made my bubble more insular. LOL So moving into a new space (out of my bubble) and suddenly working in close quarters with three others (we're a pod cubicle) but really working with 5 more people in the pod, it took its toll. My introverted brain couldn't deal!  And that's my theory behind my reading slump. I'm glad I worked that out.

In Charlie news, her foot isn't completely healed. The vet decided to take the cast off for a few days to air her leg out. But she will get another cast on Wednesday. Poor poor dog.

BOOKS READ
Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh

The last couple of days of my vacation, I was skimming through Caressed by Ice because I've been wanting to re-read the whole Psy/Changeling series and that was where I left off and I wanted to reacquaint myself with Judd. Yum. From there I skimmed through Clay and Dorian's books (not my faves) but then delved into Branded by Fire. I thought a leopard wolf pairing was hot stuff and it was enough to pull me out of my slump! YAY. I like Mercy and Riley's story. Mercy is a sentinel leopard and pretty damn dominant and Riley is a dominant lieutenant wolf. So good!

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

When I read the blurb for Astonish Me, I just had to read it. I like stories about ballet (and yes I go to my city's performances) and couldn't resist this one. And what a doozy! Joan is a ballerina who was friends with a famous Russian dancer during the 70s and she helped him defect. She's not the most talented dancer so when she finds herself pregnant, she quits the company and marries her high school friend and raises her son. Her son eventually grows up to become a ballet prodigy as well. It was good drama! I loved how it ended and was actually surprised at the reveal. LOL

Make It Count by Megan Erickson

I'm a total loser. I didn't read the book Wena and I had picked out for our July review because slump. But now that my mojo has come back in a big way I decided to tackle our August read ASAP. And I enjoyed it! I flew through it and now I can't wait to review it with Wena. :P


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