Weekend in Review…

I spent this entire weekend with my nose in a book…well to my Kindle. I got three books read and I adored 1, felt a little meh about the other, and couldn’t quite see where some of the 5 stars came from for the last. Let’s discuss

bestworstThe Worst Best Man by Lucy Score…This book was hilarious to me. It felt like I was reading two different stories all rolled up in one. The first half reminded me of an Amy Schumer comedy and the second half was that angsty romance that I love. Frankie is a tough girl from Brooklyn. She is funny and quick and cute to boot. Her two brothers had me dying laughing and so did her mom. Frankie is my favorite type of heroine because he isn’t a yes girl. She has strong opinions and isn’t afraid to give them a voice. Her leading man, Aiden, is the stuff that dreams are made of. He is our typical alpha but watching his walls come down for Frankie is the best part of this story. He doesn’t put up with her ish and calls her out when she is being over the top,

“I’m not trying to keep you from the wedding, you irresponsible, exasperating idiot. I’m on your side.” ~Aiden

Now, don’t take this as Aiden being a rude dude, he definitely isn’t. You’ve got to read that story to find this quote as hilarious as I did. Bottom line, I couldn’t put this book down and was genuinely sad when it was over. Those are my favorite types of books. The ones that you know you are going to miss when you get to the “Before you go” on your Kindle. The one that you know is going to give you a book hangover…well, I refused to be hungover so I did a read and rally (my version of a puke and rally) and was on to the next book. 5 fun stars.

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one last timeWhich lead me to One Last Time by Corinne Michaels. Ms. Michaels is usually an immediate One-click for me. I’ve loved most of her stuff but found this one lacking. It has GREAT potential. I loved the beginning of the book. It shows the ugly stuff that some marriages go through and most are afraid to admit to. It shows vulnerability in a way that I didn’t expect and I absolutely adore that. However, the insta-love that I loathe at times reared its ugly head. There are moments when it is warranted and this isn’t one. The heroine is going through an ugly divorce and even though she is a beautiful mom, I don’t get why Noah was so hell-bent on being in her presence, his reason for his pump ’em then dump ’em lifestyle isn’t a great one for me but I get it. I thought it had more to do with being a celebrity but I was wrong. That was the only shocking twist that happened in this story. It was so predictable that I was sadly disappointed. 3.5 stars

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babydaddyI decided I didn’t want to end on a sour note and picked up Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan. This was a struggle to finish. The premise was dumb AF and although I kept reading it, I felt myself rolling my eyes the entire time. I read the blurb and thought “this could be kind of fun.” I was wrong. The heroine is boring and the hero is a terrible alpha/playboy. He goes from pimp to wimp in 2.2 seconds. I usually like Kendall Ryan but this time she missed the mark which leads me to believe that some people dole out 5 star reviews just because they like an author and not because the work warrants it. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid y’all…I just wasted $3.99 on a book that I could’ve waited for on KU. 2 stars

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Resurrection…Review

e048f-resurection2bf2bcover2bd-2Blurb: Jenna: My life was perfect. I’d had it all: a doting husband, a career on the rise, and great kids. When all that comes down around me—when I lose the one person I need— it feels like my world has been swirling around the edges of a black hole. A never-ending despair that is consuming me. The vows I had made to him still haunt me, still feel as fresh as the day I’d spoken those words. But he’s gone and I don’t know how to move on. I’m not even sure I could.

Until… I meet him.

Chase:

I was happy. So happy. There was nothing more that a man could ask for. I had the kind of fairy tale that few get. I worked hard and played hard, but my family always came first. But when it all crumbled around me, I didn’t know how to carry on without the love of my life at my side. They say, ‘till death do us part’. I just never thought she’d go before me. Now, all I do is exist because I must, and my children need me. But some days, I can’t push past the pain and misery. Sometimes, I don’t know what the hell I’m supposed to do.

Then she comes crashing into my life. And in that instant, I know… My life will never be the same again.

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Review: I absolutely adored this novel. This book, the first of what I hope to be many from this author, is a joy to read. It takes you on an emotional roller coaster from chapter 1 and by chapter 2 I was reaching for Kleenex and hoping that his book was NOT going to be a cry-fest. We all need one every now and again, but in the middle of a trying semester, I was NOT ready for that type of release. Luckily I was not subjected to much more tissue grabbing. Thank goodness.

I love Chase (H). He is such a joy to read. Told from alternating points of view, every time I was reading him I felt myself smile a little bit, and root for him just a little harder to get the girl. The only thing that bugged me about Chase, he had no problems leaving the babies and as a mom, I get anxiety about leaving my little even if it’s with my sister.

Jenna (h)is a vulnerable mess, but she has every reason to be. I love how she cares for her babies and her commitment to them and work is admirable, but girlfriend needed to get laid. Bad. Enter my main man Chase (go get ‘er tiger!). The push and pull between these two is romance novel gold. Especially in a second chance romance. You don’t want to make the same mistakes as before so you’re cautious AND when you have kids dating’s even more complicated. I loved loved loved it because I could relate since my husband and I met when I already had a 9-year-old son. Anywho, the star of this book is and forever will be Lacey. The precocious three-year-old who stole every scene she was in. I fell in love with this cutie instantaneously. What she brings to this story is so innocent and precious you can’t help but love her.

Now for the not so greats…it ended too soon. Just when all the juicy bits are coming to light we get and epilogue that jumps us ahead 7 years. WTF!!wedding-crashers-wtf My feelings were hurt because dammit I needed answers! It doesn’t look like we are getting a second book so you will have to hit up the author for the answers to those questions. Maybe she’ll be a gem and do a Q&A with me some time??? So, 4.5 stars for this wonderful debut novel by newcomer Maggie J. Schuler!

Buy Links:

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/AmazonResurrectionUS

Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/AmazonResurrectionCA

Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/AmazonResurrectionUK

Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/AmazonResurrectionAU

iBooks:  http://bit.ly/iBooksResurrection

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/2lGSFZj

B&N: http://bit.ly/2n4i388

Happy Release Day MJS!!

e048f-resurection2bf2bcover2bd-2 Jenna:
My life was perfect. I’d had it all: a doting husband, a career on the rise, and great kids. When all that comes down around me—when I lose the one person I need— it feels like my world has been swirling around the edges of a black hole. A never-ending despair that is consuming me. The vows I had made to him still haunt me, still feel as fresh as the day I’d spoken those words. But he’s gone and I don’t know how to move on. I’m not even sure I could.
Until… I meet him.

Chase:

I was happy. So happy. There was nothing more that a man could ask for. I had the kind of fairy tale that few get. I worked hard and played hard, but my family always came first. But when it all crumbled around me, I didn’t know how to carry on without the love of my life at my side. They say, ‘till death do us part’. I just never thought she’d go before me. Now, all I do is exist because I must, and my children need me. But some days, I can’t push past the pain and misery. Sometimes, I don’t know what the hell I’m supposed to do.
Then she comes crashing into my life. And in that instant, I know… My life will never be the same again.

 


Maggie Jane Schuler is a wife, mother of three almost-grown children, and teacher by day. While she has always loved to read, the thought of writing her own prose did not strike until she was in the middle of writing her Master’s Thesis. From that point on she was hooked.

She Resides in Southern California. Besides the family and books, she loves baseball. Since the Dodgers, Angels, and Padres are all within a short distance, and the Giants and Athletics a nice weekend jaunt away, she’s got plenty of games to take in during the season. Additionally, she enjoys cooking, movies, the beach, and the local mountains. She’s most content being with her family engaged in whatever activity they have planned.

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