About The Hate Zone

The Hate Zone

THE FIRST RULE OF THE HATE ZONE: YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE HATE ZONE

♥ JANUARY MADISON:

My life has turned into a three-ring circus. My ex is tweeting for attention, my bodyguard is a psycho, the internet wants to burn me at the stake, and my dad’s a control freak. So when I meet my new driver Enrique, I revert back to my reality show persona.

And inadvertently start a prank war with him.

I want to say I’m winning, but he’s a master of strategy with his sly games and miles of muscles to distract me.

I’ve never met anyone as infuriating as Enrique Precio. So why do I feel like I’m falling for him?

♥ ENRIQUE PRECIO:

There are three things I’ve learned about socialite January Madison:

1: She’s the most spoiled woman I’ve ever known

2: She’s gorgeous and isn’t afraid to use it to her advantage

3: Sometimes she looks at me like I’m the first donut after a 7-day juice detox

What I don’t want to learn is why my whole body reacts to her sparring like I just guzzled five shots of espresso, or why I’m starting to get a little too much pleasure from her smart alec jabs.

And when she exposes the tiniest crack in her facade, I’m beginning to see there’s more to this poor little rich girl than meets the eye.

♥ Sizzling hate to love chemistry

♥ Red hot banter

♥ Rogue chickens

Fall in love with the Precio Brothers within the pages of this hilarious romantic comedy, book one in the new series by USA Today Bestselling author, Gigi Blume.

My review

This is one of those books that made me laugh so hard! I loved everything about it. And I definitely need to read about the next Precio brother right away.

January was an interesting character. I can’t say that I liked her through the whole book. She was spoiled and self-centered. And not at all nice to Enrique. But throughout the book January changed. Or maybe my perception of her did. Her circumstances were not quite what they seemed to be at the beginning of the book. And as I learned more about her, I did like her. And it became really funny how she tried to be mean to Enrique.

Enrique was a great character too. I liked the way he and January were together. Him calling her every other month but January was pretty funny. I loved the way he tried to be a gentleman, even when January did things that weren’t the nicest. And their pranks back and forth made me laugh so hard!

This book made me really happy! I loved it. And I can’t wait to read the next book.

I borrowed a copy of The Hate Zone using my Kindle Unlimited subscription. All opinions are my own.

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About The Opera Sisters

About The Opera Sisters

The Opera Sisters

Based on the true story of the Cook sisters, who smuggled valuables out of 1930s Nazi Germany to finance a daring, secret operation to help Jews find hope for a new life in England.

British sisters Ida and Louise Cook enjoy their quiet, unassuming lives in south London. Ida writes romance novels, and Louise works as a secretary. In the evenings, the sisters indulge in their shared love for opera, saving their money to buy records and attend performances throughout England and Europe, becoming well-known by both performers and fellow opera lovers.

But when Hitler seizes power in 1933, he begins targeting and persecuting German Jews, passing laws that restrict their rights and their lives. The sisters continue their trips to the German opera houses, but soon, Jewish members of the opera community covertly approach the sisters, worried that they will be stripped of their wealth and forced to leave their homes and the country. Danger looms on the horizon, threatening to spill across all of Europe’s borders.

Ida and Louise vow to help, but how can two ordinary working-class women with limited means make a difference?

Together with their beloved opera community, the sisters devise a plan to personally escort Jewish refugees from Germany to England. The success of the plan hinges on Ida and Louise’s ability to smuggle contraband jewelry and furs beneath the watchful eyes of the SS soldiers guarding various checkpoints. But how many trips can they make before someone blows a whistle? Or before the final curtain falls on Germany’s borders?

The Opera Sisters is a riveting and inspiring novel of two unlikely heroines whose courage and compassion gave hope to many Jews desperate to escape Nazi persecution.

My review

I’ve read a bunch of books about the World War II time period. The time period is pretty fascinating. I don’t think I’ve read one that touched me quite as much as this one did though.

This book tells the story of Ida and Louise Cook. These were ordinary young women who happened to love to go to the opera. Little did they know when they started attending that they would be able to use the opera to help Jewish people escape from Germany. These young women were heroes. They touched so many lives in ways that they could have never dreamed they would be able to. And that is amazing.

I loved the way the author wrote this one. Many of the scenes were from the point of view of Ida or Louise. But quite a few of them were from the point of view of the people who needed help as well. And that’s part of what made the book so powerful.

This is one book you will not regret reading. I didn’t want to put it down!

I was sent a copy of The Opera Sisters as a gift from the publisher all opinions are my own.

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About An Advent Carols Countdown

an advent carols countdown

Get in the Christmas spirit with this unique collection of the most beloved Christmas carols, from the warmly nostalgic to the majestically solemn and uplifting. The book features one carol for each day from December first to Christmas Eve and presents both the lyrics and the fascinating stories and interest-ing facts behind the creation of the songs. Each entry deepens our understanding of the music and enhances our appreciation of why these songs are culturally important and dearly treasured.

Sharing everything from popular, familiar carols to lesser-known but cherished hymns, author Michael D. Young combines his musical expertise with information specific to each song.

An Advent Carols Countdown is a beautiful gift book for the whole family to enjoy along with the music of the holidays. Each entry also features a QR code that will link to an audio or video performance of the carol performed by the choir most associated with Christmas, the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir.

My review

There isn’t much I don’t love about Christmas. But one of my absolute favorite things is the music. I loved looking through this book and getting to see stories behind some of my favorite Christmas Carols. And I can’t wait for the Christmas season to share it with my family. One carol at a time.

This little book is set up kind of like those chocolate Advent calendars. You know the kind with the chocolate that are just okay. Each day in the month of December has a carol. The author includes a brief history about the carol and a QR code to scan to watch a musical performance of the carol. I loved that the words for the carols are included. Some of these carols, like The Holly and the Ivy, I’ve never really even heard the words, just the tune.

This is one of those books I will use each and every year! Such a great idea.

I was sent a copy of An Advent Carols Countdown as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About The Bachelor and the Bride

The Bachelor and the Bride

London, 1866

Dr. Barnabus Milligan has always felt called to help people, whether that means setting a broken bone or rescuing the impoverished women of London from their desperate lives on the streets as part of his work with the Dread Penny Society.

Three years ago, he helped rescue Gemma Kincaid by secretly marrying her to protect her from her family of notorious grave robbers.

But six months after Gemma and Barnabus exchanged vows, she realized her love for her new husband was unrequited. To protect her heart, she left, telling Barnabus to contact her if his feelings for her ever grew beyond a sense of duty.

When Barnabus sends a letter to Gemma inviting her to return home, she hopes to find a true connection between them. But unfortunately, he only wants her help to foil the Kincaids, who have been terrorizing the boroughs of London, eager to gain both money and power.

Heartbroken, Gemma agrees to help, but she warns Barnabus that she will not stay for long, and once she goes, he’ll never see her again.

Yet as the couple follows the clues that seem to connect the Kincaids to the Mastiff, the leader of London’s criminal network, Gemma and Barnabus realize they might make a better match than either of them suspected. Perhaps the marriage that had once saved Gemma’s life might now save Barnabus―and his lonely heart.

But before the once-confirmed bachelor can properly court his secret bride, they’ll need to evade the dangerous forces that are drawing ever closer to the hopeful lovers and the entire Dread Penny Society itself.

My review

This is the fourth book in The Dread Penny Society by Sarah M Eden. And I’m going to highly recommend you read the first three first. It just helps to keep who each of the characters is straight. And you’ll understand a lot better if you do. I’ve put links to them in my what to read section below.

I love how this author includes a couple of Penny Dreadfuls in each of these. I look forward to reading them every time. And the ones in this book are fantastic! I loved how the second one ended.

This book features Barnabus. He appears to be a confirmed bachelor. Until the reader finds out in the first chapter that he is actually married. I love his character! Barnabus is always trying to help some one else out. Even if it hurts him along the way. And the way he cares for his wife, Gemma, even though he hasn’t seen her in years is so sweet.

I really liked Gemma too. There are a lot of things about her that the reader doesn’t understand, especially at first. But little by little, who she is is revealed. And she’s a gem. I loved how concerned she was about leading danger to the group of Barnabus’ friends. And Barnabus himself. These two just work together so well.

I refuse to ruin the plot for you, so no spoilers. You’re just going to have to get this one and read it for yourself. But I will say that there was tons in the ending that shocked and surprised me. So many secrets were revealed to the reader. And I really need to know more, right away! But I’m just going to have to be patient and hope that the author writes another book soon.

I was sent a copy of The Bachelor and the Bride as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Hugging Olivia

Hugging Olivia

Olivia has the power to give magical hugs. But Olivia wants her friends to feel so loved that she begins to take her hugs too seriously. She gives too much of herself. Olivia’s people pleasing causes her to lose her magical power. It’s not until she finds the courage to love herself that she regains what was lost.

My review

I love to read a good children’s book. And this one is so cute! I loved our main character, Olivia. She likes to give people hugs and help them to feel better about herself. But one day, she’s not able to do that. And she knows she needs to fix it.

This book shows kids that they have power within them. Power to make others happy. And power to be happy with who they are. This is such a great message for us all to learn. I think we tend to learn it little by little as we go along. But this book can help teach that as well. And it’s rhymes were a lot of fun too!

I loved the illustrations in this one. They are just so cute! This would be a great book to read to your kids.

I was sent an e-copy of Hugging Olivia as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Eloise and the Grump Next Door

I’m not sure which is worse–the lawyer handling my grandmother’s estate or the attack pelican living on the screened-in porch. Just kidding–I’ll take the pelican any day.

After graduation, I thought I’d be off to grad school, doing research on my favorite poet. Instead, I’m renovating my late grandmother’s home and posting about the process on Instagram. Talk about a detour …

But here I am. Turning Gran’s beach house into a bed and breakfast–a process that would be a lot easier if I didn’t have to deal with the grumpy lawyer living next door. It doesn’t help that the night Jake and I met, I got a little tipsy, and he had to carry me back to my hotel.

But the longer I stay on Oakley Island, the more I feel a connection to my childhood and to my grandmother. This isn’t the life I dreamed of, but dreams can change. Especially when new dreams include a future with Jake. On the outside, he might be pricklier than a puffer fish, but I catch glimpses of a delicious, cinnamon roll center.

Did I mention the tattoos he hides underneath those crisp button-down shirts? Yowza.

When I’m suddenly presented with the academic opportunity of my dreams (former dreams?), my picturesque life on Oakley starts to unravel.

A part of me wants to stay. If only a certain tattooed grump didn’t seem so determined to send me away …

Eloise and The Grump Next Door is a grumpy sunshine, closed door romantic comedy. The Oakley Island Romcom series follows three very different sisters as they renovate the house they inherited and find love on the island along the way. Each book will have sizzling chemistry but no spice.

My review

I LOVE a good surprise release! And it’s even better when it’s written by two of my favorite authors. I LOVED this book. You definitely need to read it.

Eloise is one of my favorite things about the book. I love how she’s just turned 21 and she’s trying to figure things out for herself. Her plan was to head to Arizona after college, but she ends up on Oakley Island trying to renovate her grandma’s house instead. I love how she uses her Instagram feed to make decisions on that, even though her sisters hate that she does. Eloise is just a ray of sunshine and she made me smile!

Then there’s Jake. He is definitely the grump next door. And also the lawyer for her grandmother’s estate and the one who is supposed to help guide the renovations. Poor Eloise. It doesn’t help that she brings out his caustic side. These two were so great together. I laughed so hard at them.

There are so many great side characters. I can’t wait to see what happens to Eloise’s two sisters. And Jake’s sister. Don’t miss Steve either! So many great parts when he shows up.

Hopefully the next books in this series hurry! I just can’t wait!

I was sent a copy of Eloise and the Grump Next Door as a gift from the authors. All opinions are my own.

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About Murder is Delivered

Murder is Delivered

When you don’t trust anyone, you risk everything.
 
Would you rather eat school lunch alone, or be locked in with a killer? 
Esther and Sophie didn’t know there would be a multiple-choice test when they arrived at the ancient library of Oceanside High, or that the person with the answers would die when breakfast was served. 
 
When the school board meets, the girls learn they are arguing about tearing down their beloved Victorian school and replacing it with a modern structure outside the Tsunami zone. But, before the board casts the final vote, two of Esther’s friends become suspects in a murder investigation. To catch a killer and save their friends, Esther and Sophie join the board for a weekend retreat in a haunted house.
 
No one could have predicted how the vote would go, or that a storm that would trap the girls with a killer, while another breakfast was about to be served. 
 
If you like Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie, you will love Esther and her best friend Sophie in, Murder is Delivered, Book #5 of the By The Sea Cozy Mystery Series.

My review

I love a good cozy mystery. This series of them by Shannon Symonds just keeps getting better. I love her characters. And the quirky little town of Necanium they live in.

This book starts off with a bang as a creepy character is murdered during their breakfast. Except the police think he died of natural causes. And they don’t even want to look into what may have happened. That leaves Esther, Sophie and their friends to try to figure out what happened.

I love that Esther and Sophie are not afraid to do what needs to be done. There are tons of parts in this story where the two of them are in danger. And that’s usually because they’ve put themselves into a dangerous situation.

I really loved how Esther has to learn about herself in this book. She recognizes that she has a hard time trusting. And that she should be able to trust those around her. But she’s not quite sure how to fix that about herself. I felt like she learned at least a little in the ending of this book.

I loved this one! And I can’t wait for more!

I was sent an e-copy of Murder is Delivered as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Critical Consequences

Critical Consequences

As a member of the coast guard, Mike Weaver is guided by a single objective: to locate and protect those in need. So when his cousin Martie and her new husband disappear, Mike has no doubt that he possesses the skills necessary to find answers. What he doesn’t anticipate is that the truth he seeks is buried deep within a tangled network of greed and deceit.

When Mike’s past violently collides with his investigation, he is forced to accept help from virtual strangers—Angelia and her family anticipated a quiet family picnic in the mountains, but when they encounter a wounded Mike, Angelia and her father, with his military background, spring into action. When they discover that Mike’s search for his cousin has a surprising connection to their family, they join his dangerous hunt for answers. Search and rescue is in Mike’s blood, and with the help of his unconventional team of investigators, he’ll stop at nothing to bring his cousin home safely.

My review

There wasn’t much about this book by Clair Poulson that didn’t intrigue me. I loved his characters, the plot and the way everything fit together in the end.

This book follows several characters through the timeline. I love that each of the characters experiences something different. And that, especially in the beginning, the reader isn’t sure how everything will fit together. It all just worked together beautifully.

Mike is one of the main characters. He works for the Coast Guard in San Diego. One thing about Mike is that he is really loyal to his family. He goes out of his way to help them. And that almost gets him killed. More than once. I also really loved that he is able to piece the clues together and read between the lines, and that helps the officers working on these cases figure things out.

Angelia and her family are gems. There aren’t many people who would put their own lives on the line to protect someone else. But that’s just what they did for Mike. And they were also really good at figuring out the puzzles. I really loved the protectiveness Angelia felt toward Mike, someone she met at the very beginning of the book.

The plot of this one is quick moving. It really keeps the reader interested from the very beginning!

I was sent an e-copy of Critical Consequences as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Kiss and Tell

Kiss and Tell

Her ex is back to hold her to a marriage pact they made ten years ago . . .

Tabitha Winters, glamorous celebrity chef, loves her life and growing empire in New York. But when her best friends buy the old summer camp where they worked as counselors, she can’t turn down their invitation to appear at the opening week fundraising gala . . . even if it means confronting the memories of her first love and its disastrous ending.

She never imagines she’ll run into Sawyer Reed again—her old flame has no business being at Oak Crest. And worse? He’s there to collect on a marriage pact they made ten years ago when they were clueless college kids.

But Tabitha never could resist a dare, and when Sawyer double dares her to give him a week to show her they still have their old magic, she’s all in to prove he’s wrong.

Only she doesn’t count on him knowing her better than he has a right to. Or having the perfect dates to charm her. And she definitely didn’t plan on their attraction still burning hotter than the end-of-season bonfire. But summer camp isn’t real life, and Tabitha won’t let the spell he’s weaving derail her well-planned future. Except no other guy has ever gotten to her the way Sawyer does, and as his knee-buckling kisses work their magic, Tabitha wonders: can she risk her heart again on the only man who ever broke it?

This swoony and hilarious new romcom from USA Today bestseller Melanie Jacobson first appeared as the novella “The Backup Plan” but has since been expanded to a full-length novel. It references characters from other Creekville books but is written as a standalone.

My review

It’s going to be almost impossible to tell you just how much I loved this book by Melanie Jacobson. I loved each of her characters, and the way they seem to jump off the page. I loved the camp vibe of this one. And the pranks! They might have been my favorite part.

I loved Tabitha! She seemed as though she could be someone you really know in real life. There were so many things she said and did that just made me laugh. I loved how she cared for her family and did things for them that they didn’t even know she had done. And I really loved how her story fits into the Creekville books.

Sawyer was not a perfect guy. He had made mistakes. But he realized that and he wanted to make things right. And he went out of his way and came up with an intricate plan to do that.

This book is so great! You’re just going to have to take my word for it and get your own copy so you can see!

I was sent an e-copy of Kiss and Tell as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About A Tenuous Betrothal

a tenuous betrothal

Rhianna Davies is well-acquainted with heartache after the painful loss of her parents. At the arrival of her ghastly uncle, she is brought even lower: Rhi has been banished from her family’s estate home and must rely on the kindness of her tightly knit Welsh miners for help. Without the protective love of her parents, Rhi has no illusions that hers will be a happy ending—until an addendum to her father’s will arrives in the hands of a prince.

Marc Wilhelm, Prince of Oldenburg, is in Wales with one purpose: to claim his betrothed. A long-ago promise between their fathers forges an indelible link between Rhi and Marc, but there remains just one problem: neither wants to marry a stranger. With no remaining ties to Wales, Rhi agrees to accompany Marc to Oldenburg, where he will forfeit their betrothal so she may have her pick of husbands. But their journey takes them down unexpected paths, from the depths of a Welsh mine to the marriage mart of London to a warm reception in Oldenburg. Rhi and Marc discover that their connection and their challenges run deeper than either anticipated, but whether from their own hesitations or from danger that threatens without, the couple might be thwarted before they can even begin the happily ever after they so richly deserve.

My review

I love a good historical romance and this one by Jen Geigle Johnson did not disappoint. Her characters seemed to jump off the page. And the plot kept me interested until the very end. It’s the third book in a series, but it stands alone just great too.

Rhianna overcomes so much in this book. Her uncle is a terrible person. She not only survives his throwing her out, but she thrives as she moves from Wales to London to Oldenburg. I loved the way she cared for the workers in the mine. Enough to get in and get dirty herself. And some of these parts had me googling just what the author was talking about. I love when I learn something from my reading!

Then there’s Marc. I was really excited to get to read his story. I’ve loved him in the other books. But he really needed someone to talk some sense into him. I didn’t love how he kept pushing Rhi away, when he knew he cared for her. These two make such a great team. I loved them together!

I loved that this one was set in such a wide variety of places. Oldenburg is one of my favorite fictional places. And I really need to see Wales!

Make sure to read this one, it’s so great!

I was sent a copy of A Tenuous Betrothal as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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