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.

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Love In Lingerie by Alessandra Torre

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I hired her to fix my company, to bring Marks Lingerie back to life. I didn’t expect her to become my friend. I didn’t expect to fall in love with her.

The first rule of business is to never touch your employees. I think there is another rule about not falling for your best friend—a rule against imagining the curves of her body, or the way her breathing would change if I pulled down her panties and unzipped my pants.

Now, I can’t wait any longer. I’m tossing out the rules.

Damn the company.
Damn our friendship.
Damn my fears.

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I’ve often felt that the mark of a good writer is someone who can make you love something you hate. For example, I don’t enjoy horror but yet I love Stephen King’s work. The same can be said with this latest release from Alessandra Torre. She took many aspects that I normally dismiss and made me LOVE it.

This story actually spans years. You would never realize it though; its so very subtle. Yes, the characters physically tell us the time has passed, but the author just wove this together seamlessly. I normally don’t like books that do this but in this book, it was perfection and it worked. It also made sense. We need that time to pass for our characters.

Kate and Trey are attracted to each other the first day they meet. But Kate initially has a soon-to-be husband. Trey has some more interesting sexual appetites that Kate isn’t aware of. Things just never really fall into place for them; even though everyone can see the chemistry they have.

Another facet I loved was that we see Kate and Trey be successful elsewhere; not just as a couple. As the story goes on, we get to watch their hard work pay off professionally. This just tightens their bond. Trey brings out the more relaxed side of Kate, and Kate brings out a more tender side in Trey.

Kate’s character is really fantastic. She is one confident woman. Now, she may not always feel confident, but when she is at work, Kate knows what she is doing. There is a scene in the book where Kate makes a big change at Marks Lingerie, and Trey confronts her about it. Instead of being meek and scared of her boss, Kate immediately defends her actions and has the reasoning to back it up. It was so refreshing to see that!

I actually finished this book while on a plane and I’m sure the look on my face was priceless. I was so happy at the way this story wrapped up and I can say that I felt true elation for the characters.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I can truly say it has become one of my favorite books of all time. It was so fantastically thought out and I left this story feeling happiness, sadness because it was over, and all around satisfaction over such a great story.

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Home Run by Heidi McLaughlin

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Title: Home Run
Series: The Boys of Summer #2
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Release Date: Jan 17, 2017
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Synopsis:
LOVE ISN’T A GAME . . .
I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .
Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.
But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine.
All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.
Playlist:
Into You by Ariana Grande
Don’t Let Me Down- The Chainsmokers & Daya
Animals- Maroon 5
Treasure- Bruno Mars
This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherfucker- Maroon 5
Want To Want Me – Jason Derulo
Where Are You Now – Skrillex & Justin Bieber
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Dancing On My Own – Calum Scott
Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Let Me Love You – Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne
Constant Crush – Verite
Something to Believe In – young the giant
Can’t Stop The Feeling Justin Timberlake
Boyfriend – Tegan & Sara
The One – Kodaline
House Party – Sam Hunt
Sippin on Fire – Florida Georgia Line
Smoke – A Thousand Horses
Wild Child – Kenny Chesney
Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw
Break Up in a Small Town – Sam Hunt
I Met A Girl – William Michael Morgan
Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Record Year – Eric Church
Author Info:
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production for a major motion picture.
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Its 4:51AM CST. I am awake because I just finished reading this amazing book. Am I in a book hangover? Am I still drunk off this book? I have no idea, but I can tell you that this book was seriously amazing.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was how the story kept moving at a good pace. Our characters go through a lot and normally, I wouldn’t like that. The reason it works for this story is that nothing is dredged on for too long. Its enough so that we know what is happening, we can feel the emotion, but then life keeps moving. As I read this story, it reminded me of when my mom will say “it sounds like life”, usually after I’m complaining about something. Yes, these characters have highs and lows, but life doesn’t stop because of them.

As a huge baseball fan (Go Twins!), I really enjoyed the environment of this story. I really loved that we see a lot of baseball in this story. The reason I mention this is that in other sports romances, it seems like we never see much of the sport. Only the funny sexual innuendos or other comedic references. I appreciated seeing Cooper being so dedicated to the game and everything he went through to get where he was. I think we see athletes and sort of forget all the sacrifices they make for the game they love.

In this story, Ainsley deals with a lot. I related to her character immensely. I thought the author wrote some of these tough scenes really beautifully, without torturing the character or readers.

This book was fantastic. I found myself smiling, blushing, crying, then smiling again, more tears, more laughing. I do have the book’s playlist above and now after reading this book, the playlist is so accurate. Just seeing the songs made me see how they fit right into the story and I doubt I’ll be able to hear them and not think of Cooper and Ainsley.

I can’t resist the baseball pun: this book is a Grand Slam! Heidi McLaughlin keeps readers on the edge of their seat, and even with a full count, bases loaded, in the bottom of the 9th, Cooper and Ainsley bring us the win we all need.