Review of How to Walk Away

I’m doing something I wouldn’t normally do, but I am just so excited over this novel that I wanted to share the review with you now. I will post again nearer to the publication date (probably after a reread) as well just in case someone missed it.

How to Walk Away: A Novel by [Center, Katherine]

How to Walk Away

Katherine Center

St. Martin’s Press

May 15, 2018

From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment. Continue reading


Review of ‘Til Death Do Us Part

‘Til  Death Do Us Part

Eliza Day

Crimson Romance

October 16, 2017

Blurb: Life and death matters take on a whole new twist when a quirky funeral planner tries her hand at matchmaking for a prominent playboy.

Six months ago, Cassidy Baldwin was among Milwaukee’s leading wedding planners, until she became the scapegoat for a corporate scandal. Now the only job she can land is organizing over-the-top themed funerals for her best friend’s family business. Continue reading

Review of Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck

Save a Truck Ride a Redneck

Molly Harper


October 16, 2017

Molly Harper brings her signature “clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists” (Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series.

Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can—with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought. Continue reading

Review of #famous



#famous by Jilly Gagnon

Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Rachel has been crushing on Kyle for a long time. At the mall, she begs hunger to her mother to go off on her own. Kyle is at the burger counter being cute. To give her friend, Monique a pick-me-up, Rachel snaps a picture of Kyle, which gets “reflitted” and Kyle is an overnight internet sensation.

If you feel in the need for a little “adorable” in your life, you might considerd picking up  #famous by Jilly Gagnon. The two main characters, Rachel and Kyle are sweet and funny and original. The novel will have you smiling constantly as you read it, which won’t be long because it’s very fast-paced, but it’s a very enjoyable ride for the entire length of it.

Besides visiting the implications of what it is to be a star overnight because of the thing that is the internet, #famous also takes a look at cyber bullying and the roller coaster ride that comes with getting a little notoriety, how the fates (aka internet) will hate you one day and love you the next.

Rachel is an original who likes to fly under the radar of the more popular kids at school so she’s stunned when it’s revealed that Kyle, who shares her creative writing class, even knows her name. She dresses unconventionally and pretty much behaves the way that many high school girls do who aren’t the popular ones.

Kyle, on the other hand, has been one of the popular kids and he’s also been doing just what his parents want him to do. But hanging around with Rachel allows him to begin to search out his own dreams and become something more than just an extension.

Besides being very funny, #famous has a lot of heart and truly falls into being a “feel good” read.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

From Amazon: #famous

rating: 4-and-a-half (4 butterflies and a ladybug)


C-I-O: Skirting the Ice Release Blast, Excerpt, and Giveaway!


Skirting the Ice
Bannister Brothers #3

By: Jennie Marts

Releasing December 8, 2016

“The Bannister Brothers series has everything I love…hockey, humor, and heart!” – Kristin Miller- New York Times Bestselling author 

Buttoned-up accountant Jack Bannister lives an uncomplicated life until his teenage crush moves back into the house next door…all grown up and sexy as hell. Murphy Ryan is still wild and reckless, and danger has followed her to Colorado.  Jack will do whatever it takes to protect her, even it means letting her go…again.

Murphy Ryan is focused on building a new NHL women’s hockey team. But staying on her game is hard with the distraction, and the memories, of the hot nerd in the house next door. Jack Bannister had been her first kiss, and she wants him to be her last. With his dry humor and sexy glasses, being smart never looked so good.

Jack’s been given a chance to win back the one that got away, but worries this gorgeous hockey player is still out of his league. He’s kept his heart on ice, but now that Murphy’s back, she might be the one to finally thaw it.

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jennie-marts-200-pixJennie Marts is the USA Today Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.



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His eyes widened, and he swallowed, his Adam’s apple bobbing in his throat. Frozen in place, he only stared at her as he labored to breathe.

“Are you okay? Do you need your inhaler?”

“Yes. No. Wait.” He pulled in a deep breath. “I’m okay. It’s just that I’ve thought about this so many times. Dreamed of what it would be like. But I never imagined it would be like this. You’re a goddess. You literally take my breath away.”

Oh. My. Gosh.

Her heart ached at the pure honesty of his words.

He shook his head, letting out an embarrassed sigh. “Sorry. That’s pretty nerdy, huh? It’s gotta be so sexy to take your top off and have a guy have an asthma attack just from looking at you.”

If you only knew.

She sat up, pressing him back against the sofa as she straddled his lap. Pushing his hair off his forehead, she gazed into his eyes, trying to match his sincerity. “You just told me that seeing me half naked literally took your breath away. That’s actually sexy as hell.”

A grin tugged at the corner of his lips. A grin so cute that she couldn’t help but smile back.

“Jack Bannister. You are like no man that I have ever known. I’m sitting topless in your lap, and instead of mauling me, we’re grinning like loons.”

His smile widened. “I know. It’s ridiculous. I want to maul you. Well, I mean I want to everything you. It’s not like I’m normally a real suave guy or anything. But holy hell, when I’m around you, I feel like a gawky teenage boy again that’s never kissed a girl and is completely transfixed by an amazing pair of breasts.” His gaze flicked down to her chest and color brightened his cheeks. “I don’t even know what to do with my hands.”

She cocked an eyebrow at him. “Amazing, huh?”

He nodded. “Spectacular.”

His words made her bold, the way he looked at her bringing out her brazen side. “How about this—how about if you stop worrying about what you’re not doing and let’s focus on what we could be doing.” She pushed off his lap and shimmied out of her pajama bottoms.

Reveling in the sharp pull of his breath, she stood before him, wearing only a tiny pair of white lace thong panties. Even though she worked out consistently, no amount of skating could shave off the extra curve of her hips. But tonight she didn’t care.

He’d just told her that he thought she had the body of a goddess. Leaning forward, she took his hand and pulled him up to stand in front of her. “And don’t worry, I have plenty of ideas for what you can do with your hands.”


Review of The Sweetheart Racket


The Sweetheart Racket by Cheryl Ann Smith

Publisher: Lyrical Shine, Kensington Publishing

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

Every once in a while you come across a book that just works on every level. The writing is good, the characters engaging, and the plot is a twisting turning roller coaster instead of a carousel. This describes The Sweetheart Racket to a T.

Taryn Hall and her best friends, Summer and Jess, have just lost their jobs as professional football cheerleaders because Taryn refused to let the team owner pimp them out. Left in the middle of nowhere, they start walking. A car pulls up and an older gentleman refers to them as “Angels” a la Charlie’s. Thus begins the trios’ lives as Private Investigators.

Taryn takes on the case of locating a man who habitually marries, defrauds, and then abandons vulnerable women. The case is brought to her by the son of one of the defrauded women. Rick Silva’s a DEA agent with tats, a motorcycle, and bad boy written all over him.

“You think I’m not perky?”

“You are perky’s brooding Goth sister.”

Right off the bat, the repartee between Taryn and Rick is flaming. It’s full of playfulness and innuendo and so very much fun to read. They are combustible and the energy and sizzle continues throughout the well-paced novel.

Both characters are different from the norm. They have idiosyncracies. When Rick asks Taryn, “Is there anything about you that’s normal?” You can’t help but think, thank goodness no! Except she does have normal parents. Despite Taryn’s penchant for fantastic but crazy driving, being a good heart, she’s far from perfect as evidenced by a laugh-out-loud funny karaoke scene.

And, Rick is pretty much the perfect hero. Arrogance, swagger, all of the interminable BS that goes hand-in-hand with a lot of romance heroes is not present. Rick is engaging, funny, smart, and has a smart mouth, and is good-looking and sexy to boot. The seeming anti-hero and DEA agent juxtaposition works fantastically well.

The Sweetheart Racket is the first book (yay! a first book in a series, yay!) in the Brash and Brazen series; Brash and Brazen is also the name of the detective agency. Summer and Jess will be the heroines in those books. Already, from what I’ve gleaned from both of those characters in The Sweetheart Racket, I imagine the subsequent books will be just as entertaining. Summer is blonde and beautiful in the Marilyn Monroe-vein of smart and ditzy and Jess is the tough girl. I look forward to reading both of those stories!

A lot goes on in The Sweetheart Racket. It falls into the category of romantic suspense. There are lots of twists at the end, lots of unexpected fun. Looking for some laughs, romance, and mystery? Read The Sweetheart Racket!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.

From AmazonThe Sweetheart Racket

rating: butterflybutterflybutterflybutterflybutterfly (5 out of 5 butterflies)


Review of Shizzle, Inc.


Shizzle, Inc by Ana Spoke

Publisher: Ana Spoke

Publication Date: September 4, 2015

Welcome to my most ambiguous book review to date (at least I hope it is). And, why so? you may ask. Because today, your friendly book reviewer will be taking you on a journey of dual personality reviewing. Again, why? you may ask. Because “we” think that you are either going to love this book or hate it. As such,  “love” and “hate” will be offering their opinions of Shizzle, Inc.

First, a brief unbiased synopsis: Isabella Maxwell, Isa,  has one main goal: to win back Brad, her high school boyfriend. In order to do that, she has to become a celebrity because he said that once he became a football player that he couldn’t date just anyone. It had to be a model or a celebrity. After watching a late-night paid commercial for Shizzle, Inc., in which the CEO, Mr. Hue, says that they are looking to hire a new Shizzle, Inc., assistant, Isa decides this could lead her on the path to celebrity status.

The “Love” reviewer. I needed a break from serious fiction and serious “life.” This book was funny. It was like an Anna Faris movie, but in book form with the crazy dumb blonde getting into all kinds of hijinks. Isa gets herself into incredible situations and by dumb luck manages to get out of them and somehow get out of them and win. She says stupid things and yet is rewarded, but becomes principled. There are lots of laughs and jokes. Shizzle, Inc. is pure escapist fun. It’s launched at a frenetic pace, so hold on. Turn off your brain, read, and enjoy.

“If life really were like a box of chocolates, then every now and then, when you bit into one, there’d be a turd inside.”

The “Hate” reviewer. Do we really need a book in which the heroine is so self-absorbed that she thinks everyone is in love with her when no one is? Or one in which the heroine has seemingly no functioning brain cells? Or one in which the first word a Japanese man says is: “Herro” instead of “hello?”

The book is manic. There are bits in which it seems all of the characters are verging on hysteria and that’s even before the climax.

Authors shouldn’t do all of their research regarding life in the US based on tv. Some states do have drive through liquor stores (for decades and more decades) and brew thrus for that matter. (Yes, thanks to NCIS, people are still converging on Virginia Beach looking for the beautiful cliffs there that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Fail.)

The dialogue is inconsistent. The action is somewhere “southeastern” US with intermittent “y’alls” thrown in. A lot of the jokes are recycled. If you read, watch tv or movies, you’re probably familiar with most of them.

Read this and your IQ may suffer.

The “Ambiguous” reviewer: Want escapism that’s funny? Read it. Know that you will hate anything that’s politically incorrect even if there’s a chance it might be ironic? Don’t read it. Want to laugh about steak tartare even though you know all of the jokes? Read it. Hate vulgar? Don’t read it. Loved Bruce Almighty? Read it. Loved Contact? Don’t read it.

Any more questions? Are we clear?

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Patchwork Press in exchange for an honest review.


The Love reviewer: butterflybutterflybutterflybutterfly (4 out of 5 butterflies)

The Hate reviewer:  butterflybutterflyladybug  (2 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies)

The Ambiguous reviewer: butterflybutterflybutterflyladybug (3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies)


Review of The Invoice


The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson

Translated from Swedish by Neil Smith

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Hogarth Books

A world organization, W.R.D., has just sent out invoices charging people for their life experiences. The hero of The Invoice receives his and quickly spins through a plethora of emotions and reactions because it is so very much, so much more than his friend, Roger.

How is this possible? He calls the support line for W.R.D. and waits a very long time to talk to someone, a pleasant woman named Maud.

Our hero begins to review his life. He’s seemingly done so little, has so little, that the amount of the invoice doesn’t seem justified at all.

The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson is a quick reading, optimistic novel about a man who, even if he’s unaware of it, finds joy in small things and extends that joy to those he encounters. It’s about being mindful and delighted, even in the rain, or especially in the rain. It’s thought-provoking and insightful and a pleasure to read. How nice to not be inundated with cynicism! The Invoice is philosophical, but easy philosophy, with a sugary coating.

I doubt The Invoice is everyone’s cup of tea, but if you fancy a novel in which a hero explores his experiences, which will then have you exploring your own and wondering if you achieve the same kind of satisfaction, I think you will find pleasure in devoting a few hours to this book.

I received a copy of The Invoice from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

rating: butterflybutterflybutterflybutterflybutterfly(5 out of 5 butterflies)