Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips










































“Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.” –Huntley Fitzpatrick
Faking Perfect
When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.
Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?                   

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My Review: 






























FakingPerfect by Rebecca Phillips
                                     
4.5 stars

Faking Perfect is the perfect title for this book. Lexi Shaw spends everyday faking perfect. She has spent the past three years reinventing herself and trying so hard to get the world to see her as she wants to be seen. Even if it's not the real her. But I mean really who could blame her? Her mother is a horrible alcoholic who dates losers and her father is an addict that hasn't been in her life since she was four. I think she's so desperate not to be like her mother that she is willing to spend everyday chasing that unattainable perfection that she craves. Although she uses Tyler and ignores him at school, not wanting anyone to know about them, I think there's also a poetic romance to the fact that for a long time he is the only one who truly knows the real Lexi. Of course she is caught up on golden boy Ben. She thinks he is perfect and that appeals to her. If she could be Ben's girlfriend then that means she's good enough for Mr. Perfect himself right? But people aren't always who we think they are or want them to be and Lexi has to find this out the hard way. Tyler is not as prominent in this story as I'd like but he is an ever looming presence. He starts breaking Lexi's rules and acting out but also Lexi can't seem to stop thinking about him. He is not who she thinks she should be with at all but she craves his touch. On top of all of that she finds out some things about her dad and has to try to deal with that as well.

Overall I really enjoyed Faking Perfect. It was a quick read and had believable and flawed characters just the way I like. I could really relate to Lexi struggling with figuring out that line between being better, being herself, and trying too hard to be perfect. One of my favorite things about this book is how raw and honest it is. The trials Lexi faced are a great representation of things that a true teenager may have to deal with in day to day life. Faking Perfect is a great YA contemporary about self discovery and I'd highly recommend it to fans of this genre. I would love to read more from this author.

** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review **


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Harvest Moon Cover Reveal



Harvest Moon - Moon Series Book 4
RELEASE DAY - Sept. 28, 2015


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Some wolves were never meant for a mate...
Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack's doctor, but he can't even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization's attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate...
In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can't afford to be attracted to a doctor-especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable...and Kilani's precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable.
All it takes is one touch to send Jason's wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can't protect her from himself...




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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: Family Trees by Kerstin March



Family Trees                                                                                                             Synopsis from Goodreads:       

In this moving and insightful debut novel set along the breathtaking shores of the Great Lakes, a young woman must decide which dreams are worth fighting for, and which roots to keep firmly in place…

Sensible and self-reliant, Shelby Meyers knows exactly what she wants. She'll never again depend on her errant mother, Jackie, who abandoned Shelby when she was a baby—and is forever searching for an elusive, glittering life. All Shelby needs is her beautiful, windswept Lake Superior, her loving grandparents, and the treasured-but-struggling family apple orchard she helps run—until a new love, Ryan Chambers, opens her heart to chance, and her eyes to a wider world than she ever imagined.

But just as Shelby is looking toward an exciting future, Jackie unexpectedly returns—determined to make up for the past and "help" her daughter get everything she never could. Her confidence shaken, Shelby finds herself at odds with Ryan, and with his wealthy family's overbearing expectations. Now, through wrenching change and sudden loss, Shelby must find a way to see herself, and her mother, in a new light, forge an all-too-fragile understanding—and risk the kind of freedom that brings its own unexpected, enduring rewards…                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Family Trees by Kerstin March
My rating: 4 of 5 stars 

Family Trees is a beautiful and moving story of love and self discovery with lovely imagery of the great lakes as it's setting. The main character, Shelby Meyers was abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandparents on an apple orchard in a small town on the shores of Lake Superior. No stranger to heartbreak Shelby has put up some serious walls around her heart after a tragedy in her life. She has everything she needs in her town and her grandparents. At least that's what she thought until she meets Ryan Chambers. But can their romance survive the many hurtles thrown their way?

My favorite thing about this novel was the vivid descriptions of the town and the lakes. The poignantly romantic setting had me feeling like it was already fall even though I'm sitting here in the upper 90's as I write this. Besides it evoking odd feelings of nostalgia for plaid, fall, and apple pie, I also really enjoyed the easy romance between Shelby and Ryan. I liked that they seemed to fit together so easily, despite the circumstances trying to pull them apart. I can't believe that this is the author's debut novel! Ms. March is definitely an author to watch for and I am anxiously awaiting getting to read her follow-up novel Branching Out. I absolutely recommend Family Trees to fans of romance with a beautiful setting.

** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. **


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review: When Grace Sings

Synopsis: 

When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion? 

Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths. 

Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.



After reading book one in this series "When Mercy Rains", I was really excited about reading When Grace Sings.  Although I personally am glad to have read the first book, for those who want  to skip straight into this one,  I think that any pertinent information from the first book has been expertly woven into this story as well. I felt that the multiple points of view really helped to keep things interesting and moving along nicely. Of course I really enjoyed the Amish aspect of the novel and have found it to be a favorite genre of  mine. Emotional, beautiful, and poignant, The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy is a must-read with a great message! I am anxiously awaiting to read the final book, When Love Returns! 

** I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. **

Friday, July 31, 2015

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Brody Singer took one look at Abby Dunn and fell in instant lust. Abby looks a lot like a woman he once knew, one who died years ago. But is his attraction merely a holdover from a secret crush from long ago? Abby’s definitely someone different. She’s a lot shier, a lot sexier, and despite her attempts to dissuade his interest, mesmerizing.

Abby isn’t having it. She’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex so kindly pointed out. She’s too short, too plump, too boring, too blah. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the picture that someone as handsome and built as he is should be with a woman far prettier. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy books, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.

Only Abby can write her own ending. She just has to decide which version to keep: the one where she shows Brody she’s a woman worth keeping and he’s a man worth loving? Or the one where she settles for a rough draft of a life, alone and safe from ever getting hurt again?
 
Every time Delilah Webster runs into Mike McCauley, he practically bites her head off. The rough-and-tumble contractor clearly has baggage. Del has her own emotional scars and knows she’s better off keeping her distance, but Mike’s temptation in jeans and a T-shirt, and she’s always been good with her hands…

There’s something about the strong-willed mechanic that sets Mike’s motor running–-and scares the hell out of him. Mike has loved and lost and will never hurt like that again, even if that means walking away from a woman who makes him feel alive for the first time in years.


When a simple kiss turns hot and heavy, Mike discovers he can’t stay away, no matter how certain he is they’re destined to crash and burn…

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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