martedì 27 giugno 2017

Single-Minded by Lisa Daily


Release Date: 06.27.2017


Synopsis:

Alex has planned and executed her life with laser focus since she first met her future husband at the play-doh table on the first day of kindergarten. They have a terrific life, a gorgeous house on the bay, and fantastic careers they love. There's only one problem: Alex's husband Michael is gay, a fact he neglected to mention in the 23 years since they first met.


Now, Alex's perfectly planned life has completely fallen apart, her biological clock is starting to feel like the timer on a nuclear device, and she finds herself drooling over her completely-dreamy-but-definitely-off-limits client, a star chef opening a hot new restaurant. Armed with dating guidance from her oddball collection of advisers including her gay ex-husband, a foul-mouthed political consultant, a perkily masochistic yogi, and a pot-smoking octogenarian Alex navigates the booby-trapped world of modern dating, in her search for a second chance at love.


Review:


This was a lovely and funny read.

I really liked how our heroine tried to go on with her life after the most shocking news that left her without her husband,her best friend.When she got divorced she finds pretty soon how difficult is to find a nice man who will be her forever love.

I've enjoyed to follow Alex during her journey towards her "fish",perfect man, through disastrous dates and awful guys until the end that left me with a big smile on my face.

Looking forward to reading more Lisa Daily stories.



Excerpt:

You know that feeling when you’re suddenly startled out of a deep sleep, and you’re in that hazy middle world where you’re not sure what’s real – like maybe you actually could be chasing after an ice cream truck wearing only fishing waders and a canary yellow bridesmaid’s dress, or you’re just one answer away from winning a year’s supply of adult diapers on a Japanese game show?

My cell phone is in my hand, although I have no recollection of answering it.

"Don't panic," says Darcy, as I struggle to rouse myself.

Darcy is my closest friend, aside from my husband Michael, who’s been the love of my life since the first day of kindergarten when I convinced him that the blue Play-Doh tasted exactly like cotton candy. He ate the whole can, just to prove me right. Michael was like that.

Darcy is a one-woman hurricane: a fiery, tell-it-like-it-is political consultant who is as hard on the men she dates as she is on candidates: As Darcy likes to put it, “I don’t have time for screw-ups.” She never calls me in the middle of the night.

“Oh my god, is someone dead?” I ask.

“Why is that always the first thing out of your mouth?” she says.

“Because someone always is,” I say.

It’s still dark outside and I check the clock: 5:04 am. Clumsily, I grope around on my nightstand until I locate the lamp switch and flip it on.

"Darcy, what's going on? I ask, propping myself up in bed. "Did somebody die? Or not".

"Ugh. You're about to," she says.

"What do you mean?" I ask, feeling completely freaked without knowing why.

"There's a story on one of the sports blogs. It's about Michael."

"My Michael? What about Michael?" I ask. My intestines do a nosedive and a nauseating cocktail of dread and adrenaline race through my body. Oh God, is he dead? He’s out of town for work, and I haven’t talked to him since last night.

And then, the more obvious, “Why are you up in the middle of the night reading the sports blogs?”

Darcy ignores me.

"It's a post about Michael having an extramarital relationship with a 21-year old college basketball player."

"That can’t be true,” I say with all the self-assurance a woman can possess while still wearing her pajamas. “What's her name?" Michael would never cheat on me. Never. I’d kill him. Kill him dead.

"Alex, it’s not a her. It’s a him. Bobby something. He plays for Michigan, graduates this year, thanks Jesus after every basket, leads his team in prayer before every game." she says.

"A him? “ Wait, wait, wait, what? I don’t understand. You’re saying Michael is sleeping with a man? A MAN?” And then it dawns on me. “Oh gawd. Did you say Bobby? Bobby Cavale?" I ask. “Michael wouldn't shut up about him. How talented he is. What a big career he’s going to have. How he was the next LeBron or something. I thought it was just his stupid jump shot."

"Apparently it was his layup." Darcy deadpans. I snort and then giggle involuntarily. Darcy cracks jokes at funerals, scandals, and tragedies. It’s her way of helping to break the tension. Because it's hard to contemplate throwing yourself in the path of a speeding termite truck when you're rolling around on the floor laughing.

“Wait, are you saying…do you think Michael is gay?” I ask, absolutely incredulous.

“Yes,” she says. “Most definitely.” I feel my chest cave in.

“No, seriously?” I say.

“Seriously,” she responds. The line goes quiet. Which is unusual for Darcy.

“You’re crazy! Why do you think that?” I ask.

“Well, even aside from the whole making-out-with-a-guy thing, I always thought he was gay. I’ve never seen a man more insanely happy, jubilant even, reporting from the locker room. And then of course there was that crazy Halloween party you guys threw last year. Michael was, hands down, was the gayest Count Chocula ever. Also, I’m pretty sure he only took up biking so he could shave his legs and giftwrap his package in spandex. But that’s just speculation.”

“Why wouldn’t you tell me?” I say, pressing my palms hard against my forehead in hopes of triggering some sort of twenty-minute amnesia, like a reset button for my brain. “Jesus, I feel like such an idiot.”

“It never occurred to me that you didn’t know. It seemed so obvious,” says Darcy. “I mean, you didn’t get your psychology degree online, or stuffed inside a box of cereal, did you?”

I sigh deeply. This is not making me feel better.

Darcy asks, "Look, do you want me to get my crisis team on this and check it out? My best guess is that it's going to blow up over the weekend, and depending on how it's handled, die out by Monday. Unless there's more. Or video. It's not every day that a top draft pick and an ESPN broadcaster get caught screwing around. Michael is going to need a good publicist if he's going to keep his job. The media loves to devour its own. Tell him to call me if he needs some names."

"Mmmmhmm," I respond numbly.

"Or, you can scratch that and just let him hang on live TV. Your call."

"I don't understand," I say. " Why does some stupid sports blog even care that two grown men are having sex, except for the fact that they both happen to work in sports?"

"Because Michael is married. Because Michael is a basketball commentator and Bobby is a top draft pick. Because Bobby is super religious and has felt the need to speak to the media extensively against what he calls the sins of blasphemy and homosexuality. And because Michael is higher profile than the average hook-up." 

She snorts, "Between the homosexuality, and adultery, all Bobby needs is for Michael to schedule an abortion and he'll have Satan's trifecta. "

"Are you sure it's even true?" I ask. "Maybe it's just a rumor." Please, please let it just be a rumor. A cruel, but completely false rumor. A case of mistaken identity. Something we’ll all be laughing about a year from now.

"It's true. There are… pictures." she says. "I'm so sorry. It was probably bound to happen one way or another."

"Pictures?" I sit straight up bed, gripping the phone so hard my fingers began to numb. What the hell? Was I serial killer, or a door-to-door magazine salesperson in a past life or something? Outrage and humiliation sear my every thought.

Disconnected sounds dribble from my lips, but my mouth can’t form any more words. Like I’ve been tasered. Actually, I’d rather be tasered. At least when you’re tasered things go back to normal after the eighteen million volts of electricity hit your heart. You lose your breath, your body seizes up, you twitch around on the floor, you drool, maybe you pee yourself. But you probably recover. There is no way I’m ever going to recover from this.

"Yes, pictures," she says. "Listen to me, you do not want to get involved in this mess. There are plenty of reporters who will be happy to agree you've been wronged and that Michael is a bastard. And then they'll put your puffy face and bloodshot eyes on camera and the story will last a week or a month instead of a couple of days."

"I'm going to kill him," I say.

"No you're not," she says. "Don’t answer any calls on your cell that aren't from people you know. Do you guys still have a land line?”

“What am I, eighty?” I ask.

“Lay low, stay home, order food, or rearrange your medicine cabinet or something. Don't watch TV. Don't surf the internet. Don’t even think about Googling ‘Craigslist hit men’ or ‘how to poison my husband with leftover pizza and household chemicals.’ Call your web designer right this minute and tell her to put a home page up on your website that says it's under scheduled maintenance. Do NOT speak to any reporters. The last thing you want to do in a firestorm is add oxygen. You need to lay low and hope it's not a slow news day.”

"On camera? Is this really going to go that far? Michael isn't Steve Phillips, he's just a college basketball announcer. Oh God. I just heard myself."

"Yes," says Darcy in her most soothing voice. "He's a college basketball announcer who’s screwing one of the top college players in the country. Not exactly some unknown intern. " I put my head in my hands. Darcy kept talking but I couldn't focus on the words.

"I can't handle this," I say. "What am I going to do?"

"Yes you can,” Darcy says firmly. “Just break out the liquor and pray for a natural disaster."

lunedì 26 giugno 2017

The Summer House by Jenny Hale


Release Date: 06.09.2017


Synopsis:

Some summers will stay with you forever... 


Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast. 

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks. 

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets... secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor. 

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them? 


Review:


I'm a fan of Jenny Hale's writing,I love to read her stories during Christmas and Summer times and this was not an exception.I really liked this lovely, warm, summery, colourful story.

The author made a beautiful work with the description of the landscape,I'm italian so when I closed this book I went on google to look to some Outer Banks pictures and they looked like what I have envisioned while reading.

Callie,our heroine,is so focused on the success of her business she thinks there is no time and room for love but she realizes pretty soon that to be happy she needs Luke in her life.I appreciated how their relationship developped throughout the book and I wished they could find a way to be together even during the hard times.

martedì 20 giugno 2017

The Accidental Honeymoon by Portia Macintosh


Release Date: 06.16.2017


Synopsis:

What happens in Vegas…
When Georgie discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, only a few days before her cousin’s wedding, her whole world explodes. Facing a romantic trip to Vegas alone, she decides to go out and have some fun…

…but Georgie never expected to wake up wed! And even worse, she can’t remember who to. So when gorgeous Jack reveals himself as her husband, she can’t believe her luck – he’ll act as the perfect wedding date!

Even if it is their very accidental honeymoon, surely the newlyweds can keep their emotions in check for just a few days more?

Review:


I've had a very good time reading this book during a hot summer day.

I loved the characters,every single one is very well depicted and has a unique personality.
My favorite is our heroine,Georgie,who tries to make everyone else happy only causing more troubles and making her story even more funny.
I couldn't stop reading Georgie's journey because I was intrigued,I wanted to know how and when she would have found her happily ever after.
I would have liked a long long epilogue but my heart is still pretty content like this.

This was my first read of a Portia Macintosh story but it won't be the last because I've really enjoyed her writing.

sabato 17 giugno 2017

Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin


Release Date: 05.13.2016



Synopsis:

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals. 

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing… 

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day. 

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides. 

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for? 


Review:


I was so glad to come back to White Cliff Bay,I love the lively atmosphere of this series and it is always a pleasure to read Holly Martin words.

Summer At Rose Island will make you smile and occasionally shade some tears but at the end you'll feel all warm inside.

I've enjoyed Darcy and Riley's sweet journey full of adventures,sexy times,mermaids and sharks.

martedì 13 giugno 2017

Eight by E.S. Carter


Release Date: 06.13.2017


Synopsis:

I'm sorry for your loss. 
Why do people say that? 
When someone you love is taken from you, when a part of you dies along with them, you haven't lost them like you would your car keys or mobile phone. They aren't stuck down the side of the sofa or left in the ignition of your car for you to find later. You haven't absentmindedly put them somewhere and forgotten. You will never lose them because they live in you. 
The soul crushing hurt that burns your lungs with every breath you take comes from knowing where they are and not being with them. 
The ugly and real definition of grief is being left behind. 
I'm sorry they left you. 
I'm sorry you are alone. 
I'm sorry it hurts to breathe. 
Loss; it doesn't even compare.
She was my first love. 
She is my last love. 
I am an empty husk who pretends to be filled with enough love for those of us she left behind. 
Our little girl and newborn son need me. 
I am both mother and father now. 
I am hollow and empty. 
I am a shell. 
So why does the girl with the face of an angel and eyes that mirror my emptiness, look at me like I'm her everything?
*Book #6 in the 'Love by Numbers' series. Can be read as a standalone.*


Review:


Eight was a good read.
I loved how E.S. Carter once again wrote an emotional story that will move you thanks to such an incredible writing and relatable characters.

Josh journey is about grieving and surviving and learning to live again for yourself and your dear ones.
Our Hero is drowning in his pain,it is so suffocating he can't even function enough to take care of his kids but thanks to a meddling family that will never leave him alone and a change of scenery he will finally find the strength to go on.

These characters will find a way to your heart, making you cry and smile throughout the book.

lunedì 12 giugno 2017

Redemption by Kelly Moran


Release Date: 06.13.2017


Synopsis:

Nearly the last remaining member of Olivia Cattenach's family has just died overseas and left her overcome by grief. But when a soldier shows up at her ranch with a final message from her brother, she finds new purpose. Nathan Roldan is as formidable as they come. Bulging muscles and inked to boot, he looks like every bit the bad boy he claims to be. Except, under his shuttered gaze and behind his walls lies a gentle giant. Determined to carry out her brother's wishes, she chips away at Nate's layers and discovers more pain than any person should ever have to endure. And a passion she never dreamed was possible.

He's not the hero she thinks he is...

Nate's mistake got a fellow comrade killed, and a deathbed promise to take care of the guy's sister lands him in Wyoming with the hope of redemption. But he wasn't expecting...her. Beautiful, witty, and sweet, Olivia is everything he doesn't deserve. Born a nothing, he'll die a nothing. Though guilt is a living thing, temptation is too hard to resist. Somehow, she's unleashing his restraint and unearthing feelings he buried long ago. He wants her. More, he's worried he needs her. She's trying to save him, but when she learns the truth, he'll lose the only happiness he's ever known.

Review:


This story is so good I didn't want to finish it too soon.
I recommend you all to read it if you like your romantic stories full of emotions and chemistry and struggles and hope.

Nate is an ex soldier,he was released from the army after an accident that cost him a few months in a german medical center and the life of his only friend.
He went to the Cattenach ranch to honor a promise, to take care of Justin's sister,but he didn't know yet that he will also find his friend last gift over there.
My favorite character is Olivia,I loved her strength,her pure heart and her ability to empathize with every other character.I liked how she subtly (and not) pushed Nate out of his shell,making him show his real self and making him understand his real value.

You cannot not love these characters and cheer for them to find their happily ever after.
I can't wait to read the second book in this series.

lunedì 5 giugno 2017

Sweet Home Cowboy by Marin Thomas


Release Date: 06.01.2017



Synopsis:

When Marietta newcomer Elena Puente is coerced into attending a speed dating event at the popular Copper Mountain Chocolate Shop, she’s blindsided by a serious attraction to local cowboy, Wesley Banks.

Still recovering from a broken engagement, the first-grade teacher from Las Vegas isn’t looking for romance. She’s in Montana to get to know the great-grandfather she never knew existed until she found some hidden family letters. Judge Kingsley is a grouchy recluse and he’s far from welcoming, but Elena is determined to stay in town long enough to give his neglected estate on Bramble Lane a facelift.

Elena’s resolve to avoid romance is tested when she discovers Wesley is the caretaker of her grandfather’s rural property. Soon, she and the cowboy are attending more speed dating events at the chocolate shop and she’s seeking his advice on how to deal with his ornery boss. Local gossips wager the old Judge will run Elena out of town before anything serious develops between her and Wesley. But Wesley’s a determined man, too, and he’s betting Elena belongs in Marietta forever…with him.


Review:



Sweet Home Cowboy was a nice,cute book.
I've had a very good time reading this story,my heart melted and I couldn't stop smiling till the end.

Elena and Wes are some lovely characters,their chemistry is clear since their first encounter at the chocolate shop but their lives are so different that they have more than one reason to slow down their relationship.
Let me sum up by saying that all is well that ends well.

I loved Elena "take no prisoners" personality,she is so adamant to know her great grandfather and to make him finally feel alive after a long time.

This was one of my favorite story in this series,i hope to read more about Marietta's villagers soon.


sabato 3 giugno 2017

Unrequited Alice by Sarah Louise Smith


Release Date: 03.16.2017



Synopsis:

"I stared at my suitcase, contemplating the following three facts:
1.After months of planning, it was finally time for Hannah’s hen weekend.
2.In just one more month, she’d be getting married to Ed.
3.I really had to fall out of love with Ed before the wedding."

A bridesmaid really shouldn’t be in love with the groom...but Alice just can’t help herself. Ed is her perfect man, and she can’t get him out of her head.

Until she meets Toby – who offers to help her move on. But what if he’s just setting her up for an even bigger fall? 



Review:


This story was so nice but at times a little hard to read because our heroine's life is not too joyful.

Alice is a character that grew on me page after page,she is not too lucky,she fell in love with her friend's fiancèe and she can't try to win him over.I've appreciated her moral integrity to not act on her feelings and to endure every moment shared with them putting a smile on her face.
At the end of the book I cheered for her and supported her choices like she was one of my real friends because she deserves to be happy.

This was the first time I've read a book written by Sarah Louise Smith but it won't be the last,I already have another of her books ready on my reader.