The Bohemian and The Businessman by Katy Regnery

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Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye.

Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry.

In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after.

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I can honestly say I went into the book not sure what to expect. I mean, I knew what it was about but I wasn’t sure it would be for me. It has so many things I don’t necessarily love (arranged marriage, hidden baby, etc). But somehow, it actually really worked and it was incredibly enjoyable. I think the reason why is that while we see a variety of tropes in this storyline, no one aspect really overtakes the entire story.

Priscilla and Shane have a bit of history between them. Not much, but its enough to plant the seeds of attraction. Again, I think that worked in this story. Had either one of their characters been way into one or the other, I don’t think this would have worked as well. Shane is a straight-laced Wisconsin farm boy. (He easily reminded me of a variety of guys I went to school with in farm country in Wisconsin) But he’s smart and ambitious and wants to be promoted at Story Imports. The issue is Priscilla’s dad only wants this company to be turned over to a male family heir. And he has none. But if Shane could marry one of the Story sisters, that would change everything.

Thus, our arrangement is made.

I really enjoyed Shane and Priscilla. Even though they have a marriage of convenience, getting to watch them get to know each other, and slowly realize their true feelings was refreshing. Everything is backward but its moving forward.

Fans of Katy Regnery will love this story. Even if this author is new to you, this lovely lighthearted story will have you swooning as you root for this incredible couple.

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Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

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I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed. But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

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All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

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All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

So I have been looking at this book for awhile now and just finally snagged a physical copy from a bookstore. And wow. I regret having waited so long.

This author weaves an incredible tale that will keep you confused, intrigued, and completely baffled. I say that as a compliment. For someone who loves reading thrillers, there is nothing worse than being able to “figure it out”. The joy truly comes from being shocked by the ending.

Obviously, based on synopsis, this story is told backwards. Trust me, you will think you know what happened but you really won’t. For me, as a reader, my natural inclination is that going backwards would basically kill the story. But by going in reverse, this story takes on a whole other dynamic that kept me completely hooked for hours at a time.

Nicolette Farrell is our main character and she is incredibly progressive. This story follows the present, but also truly takes the reader back to the ten years before, when Corinne Prescott went missing. We see the friendship that this group had, and as a reader, I felt a variety of emotions. We see Nic reminisce on the past, and we see glimpses of her friendship with Corinne; we also see the type of friendship that it really was.

One character that, while missing, is just pure insanity is Corinne herself. Depending on whom you’re talking to, Corinne is a different person. We see a beloved friend, but we also see something darker. We see a nastiness within her, that’s always on the cusp of coming out to play. She is in a constant game of truth or dare, pushing everyone to the brink. What brink that is depends on the person and the situation at the time.

You know I’m going to recommend this book. I know its already a super big hit but I could easily see this becoming a show or a movie because its complex, horrifying, and will have you torn from start to finish on who to love and who to hate.

Going to the 2017 RT Convention in Atlanta, GA?

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Well, are you? We are officially 11 days away (a fact that slipped my mind until about 5 days ago- time really does fly!).

I’ve only been to one RT, but I’ve gotten the chance to go to other signings, and I felt like sharing some tips. If they help you, fantastic! If they inspire you on another idea that works better for you, that’s great too! I only share because when I went, I was alone and to tell you I was nervous would be an understatement. I truly had no idea what I was doing.

First things first: YAY!!! Welcome to the most amazing, crazy, fun, exciting group you will ever meet. Did you know that its estimated that over 3000 people attend the RT Convention? I mean…WOW!

This year we’re in Atlanta, Georgia! I can finally be the Georgia Peach that a Wisconsin girl never thought she’d be! The weather, as of posting, is estimated to be at highs in the mid 80’s, with lows in the 60’s. Humidity is in the 50-60’s. I know for some of you sweet southerners, this isn’t that warm. But its been barely 50 degrees in my part of the country.

Tip 1: CHECK THE WEATHER! 

You’re thinking, of course I’d look at the weather. But what about your skin, hair? I am someone who runs warm. But in non-stop AC, my hair literally looks like I was electrocuted. Now, you want to do what makes you comfortable. But you also want to feel confident. Expect to fangirl over someone. This will also warm you up. Also, remember all the other people attending. It can get warm. So its really great to think about how you run on average and what makes you feel the best about yourself. Plus, you most likely will take pictures and be in pictures. (I hope you don’t have to see it but I can assure you that I am an extremely unattractive sweaty person)

Tip 2: Wear comfy shoes! (You’ll hear this over and over…some of you won’t listen…I didn’t).

I do recommend that if you insist on fancy shoes (like myself *cough cough*), try them out ahead of time. Wearing your beautiful, super high heeled shoes with no wear beforehand is just asking for more torture than you’re already putting yourself through. You’ll be beautiful either way, but at least you will know you can rock those heels.

Tip 3: Relax. 

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Last year, I went alone. I’m going alone this year. I personally prefer to room alone and whatnot because it gives me a little alone time. I can leave stuff everywhere and not worry that I’m encroaching on anyone else’s stuff or room. But going alone also meant I was…alone. I was so incredibly nervous. I am not normally one to start random conversations. Its just not who I am. And I have resting bitch face. Like how would I ever meet anyone? I am telling you the honest truth that I had to sit and listen to Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” before I went to every event. It just got me feeling better.

But on some level, everyone is a little nervous. You certainly won’t be alone. And ironically, being alone forced me out of that nervous bubble that I really just wanted to hide in.

Tip 4: Meet Kathryn Falk. Love Her. That is all.

Kathryn is the person who started RT. She is so sweet. You have to meet her while you’re there, even if only for a moment to say hi. She is fantastic!

Tip 5: Bring snacks.

So last year was my first RT. I have to thank author Elle Boon for having Nerds in her swag because I am not joking when I say I lived on those Nerds for two days. That and alcohol. (I do not recommend this diet, for the record). So bring snacks. For example, this year I’m bringing Lucky Charms (a personal favorite), because I can have a few, and go. Yes, the hotels have restaurants and little general stores. But the first time I went to the one in Vegas and paid like,  $15 for a pop-tart, a pepsi (which I don’t even like) and a bottled water, I was regretting not having some of my own snacks. SAVE YOUR MONEY FOR BOOKS! 🙂

Tip 6: Meet new friends

Again, sounds easy. But maybe you aren’t that social. Or, like me, you have resting bitch face. One thing I started doing last year was literally trying to find something I liked about every person. Whether it was their hair, their shoes, makeup, eyes, tattoo, etc. I found something and tried to compliment them. The reality is some people don’t want to make new friends. Its just the truth. But I can tell you that starting off a friendship with a sincere compliment is a pretty okay way to do it.

Tip 7: Make a Plan

In my personal opinion, this is probably the most valuable tip. If there are authors you love, make sure you get to them. Last year, I missed having Kym Grosso and Jase Dean sign something for me. I cannot tell you how many times since last year I have regretted that. Still do. (Please excuse me while I fantasize about Jase for a moment…)

Okay, thanks, I’m back. If you’re rooming with someone you don’t know, make a plan on how you guys want to do something. I can honestly tell you that I’ve seen friendships ruined over someone thinking someone took their stuff, or they couldn’t get in the shower, money that was owed wasn’t paid. It just happens. But having a plan together will ease that stress for you and you won’t even have to worry about it.

Hopefully these tips helped you. Even if they gave you food for thought, that’s fantastic too. We’re less than two weeks out and I can’t wait to see everyone!

The Player by K. Bromberg

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The Player by K. Bromberg

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Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather, his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to maintain the club’s best interest, in regards to whether he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat, or is one of them bound to get burned?

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Designer:  Helen Williams

Photographer:  Perrywinkle Photography

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So let me start this off by saying this book is part of a duet. So while this story ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, it makes sense for the story and let me be honest; K. Bromberg knows what she is doing and I have absolute faith in her plans for Scout and Easton.

“I may not be Doc, but I sure as hell am a Dalton. It’s been a pleasure.”

So from that line, I fell in love with our girl, Scout. I swear this author writes some of my favorite heroines ever. Scout is no exception. Scout is the daughter of the infamous physical therapist, Doc Dalton. But when she meets Easton Wylder, he assumes she is part of prank being played on him. Not so much. Scout is tough as nails and she works hard. She knows what she is doing, and has a tough exterior that helps her keep everything together, both personally and professionally.

Easton Wylder is truly baseball royalty. His father is Cal Wylder, an equally famous member of baseball royalty. One thing I enjoyed about the chemistry between Scout and Easton is that both have fathers that are basically legends. But like many fathers do, sometimes their kind intentions aren’t always the best course of action. We see both Scout and Easton deal with this. I liked this part of the story because you know the parents are hard on their kids. They have expectations, but they do also love their children at the same time.

This story is one (like many) that I loved a lot and want to blabber on about forever, but that would ruin the story for you. So I want to focus on some of my favorite aspects of this story.

This story truly comes to life. Before I read romance, before I blogged, did social media, etc,  I read. I’ve always loved it. One of my favorite parts is when you get a really amazing author and they just transport you. K.Bromberg takes you to Austin, Texas with Scout and Easton. This story was one I could see in my mind. I felt like I could physically feel the warm air, the scents, the textures of the different environments the characters encounter. One scene that really stuck out to me is when Scout gets to see Easton’s home. And he has this amazing view of the baseball stadium.

Scout is feeling the hardwood floor, she’s seeing the dark house, and Easton’s outline. But then she sees this view. I think true lovers of baseball know that feeling. There is something so breathtaking about seeing your team’s stadium, empty and quiet. At one point, Scout refers to it as Easton’s church. I would not have thought of a better description for it. In that moment, I felt myself feel the awe and amazement, not only from seeing the scene in my mind, but also from knowing exactly how the characters would be feeling.

Something I really admired about this book was getting to see more of Scout’s desire for Easton. We know they are both attracted to each other. That’s really obvious. But so many times in books, I feel like the man smells the woman’s hair, he notices the silkiness of her skin. But I don’t feel like we see that as much from the woman’s perspective. One thing I enjoy is how Scout notices everything about Easton. She truly breathes him in. It was such a refreshing change to see her being the one to comment on these fine little traits about Easton.

If you love sports romance, then you need this duet in your life. The Player is an absolutely phenomenal book. I truly had to temper my review because I kept wanting to tell more and more because I fell head over heels into home base with Scout and Easton.

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

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How to Make a French Family by Samantha Vérant

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How to Make a French Family by Samantha Vérant

Say bonjour to a whole new way of life!

Take one French widower, his two young children, and drop a former city girl from Chicago into a small town in southwestern France. Shake vigorously… and voilá: a blended Franco-American family whose lives will all drastically change.

Floating on a cloud of newlywed bliss, Samantha couldn’t wait to move to France to begin her life with her new husband, Jean-Luc, and his kids. But almost from the moment the plane touches down, Samantha realizes that there are a lot of things about her new home—including flea-ridden cats, grumpy teenagers, and language barriers—that she hadn’t counted on.

Struggling to feel at home and wondering when exactly her French fairy tale is going to start, Samantha isn’t sure if she really has what it takes to make it in la belle France. But when a second chance at life and love is on the line, giving up isn’t an option. How to Make a French Family is the heartwarming and sometimes hilarious story of the culture clashes and faux pas that , in the end, add up to one happy family.

I’ve been working on learning French for what feels like forever (more so me getting busy and French lessons being on the back burner. French isn’t THAT hard). So when I was given a chance to review this memoir about an American woman moving to France, I was already interested. I loved this book so much that I actually bought a paperback copy to have on my shelf.

The author is really funny. But not in a “I’m desperately trying to be funny in a dry way”. (Dear Author- don’t ever feel bad about that garlic press. You did NEED that). She’s funny because you can see her going through these experiences. I’ve not gotten to travel abroad, but I’ve traveled across the US a lot and I can tell you the weird insecurities you start to feel are entirely real.

There is a scene in the beginning and the author is going to the market. And she only has her basket. She’s quickly realizing her basket is heavy and then she still has more to get. Y’all, I swear I have done this so many times. As I was reading that scene, I felt my shoulders sag in defeat for our heroine. You arms are full, you’re walking in an environment you aren’t entirely used to and in the big scheme of life, its not a big event but at that time, it can feel so overwhelming.

One thing I truly enjoyed about this memoir was seeing true aspects of French life. Don’t get me wrong; I do enjoy seeing glamorized Parisian stories where everything is fabulous and beautifully outrageous and romantic. But that isn’t really reality, and getting to see a side of France that most don’t see was most enjoyable for me.

We also see this new French family coming together in other ways. Where kids are involved, there is always push and pull. While some of these scenes aren’t always the funniest/cutest/quirky stories that some want in a memoir, I appreciated seeing them here. The author has made a huge change in her life and not all change is pleasant. It can become pleasant over time, but that doesn’t mean everything you experience in the moment is this grand experience.

If you are interested in the French way of life, and also a heartwarming tale of love and life, then you’d definitely enjoy this memoir from Samantha Vérant.

A Perfect Obsession (New York Confidential) by Heather Graham

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A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham

Perfect suspense from New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham! The latest book in her New York Confidential series. 

Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead.

Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan’s, her family’s pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who’ve worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan’s in lower Manhattan.

As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it’s clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to “preserve” that beauty by destroying the women who embody it…

If I’m honest, this book was a bit hard to get through. Not because of the writing or the storyline, but this cast of characters was a little easier for me to dislike. And there were so many characters moving around that it also became a bit confusing. With that said, I feel like this bit of chaos also added to the story, since the story is dealing with murders and the FBI is working on it urgently. You have the nosy characters, the ones involved just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and then the characters who matter more.

I know Kieran’s character is important in this book (she is a main character), but there were many times where she made me shake my head. I did feel like her character was a bit disjointed. She is this incredibly intelligent woman, a forensic psychologist, and she’s dating this very incredible FBI agent. There is a scene where Craig is telling her to be careful with her curiosity and she says yes but in her very next thought, she’s planning to do some digging on her day off. It just didn’t necessarily make sense to me. Not just because her boyfriend tells her to be careful but her own career would call for her to be aware and to be paying attention. She just seemed sort of “blah” about the danger going around.

I loved the mystery within the story. Heather Graham can do suspense better than almost anyone. She always keeps me guessing and manages to keep me on the edge of my seat in anticipation. I always enjoy the rollercoaster ride I’m on: one minute, I’m working on solving the mystery. The next: I’m in the mystery and am giving myself the creepy crawlies.

Overall, I thought the book was good. I’ve read many Heather Graham books and in all fairness, I think if this had some of the paranormal aspects like some of her other stories do, I think this book would have connected with me more. There were just certain times where the characters would feel this gut reaction or nagging feeling and it just wasn’t really able to be explained more.