Second to None by Nancy Herkness

Second to None by Nancy Herkness

A heartwarming story is one sure way of describing this book, but it’s not all there is to the book. 

Quick summary: Max is a Chemist who’s just sold his company for millions and while trying to nurse a headache in his office, Emily, storms in. She’s the woman he’s loved from afar but couldn’t make his intentions known because she was married to his friend and the guy he looked up to, known as Jake, a marine. Emily asks for financial support to keep her foundation running, a center that provides shelter and refuge for children and pets at risk. 

The story delves into the action and you are immediately drawn into Max’s dilemma as soon as he hears that Jake died and he never knew about it.
Whereas Max is still the young man who wore uncertainty on his sleeve, Emily, is a woman trying to make a better life for herself and her daughter and she’s busy running the center to think of anything else.

I loved it because it was about a second chance for both the lead characters. I do wish it was longer but a story comes to an end when it does so I guess that’s just it. I received a copy of this awesome novella from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review upon reading it.
I would however love to know what Violet’s story is, because I have the feeling that it’d be an epic one.

Coffee verdict: 2615261526152615

Reviewed also on: Goodreads

 

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The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle

The Year of Saying Yes The Complete Novel: A hilariously uplifting and heartwarming summer read by [Doyle, Hannah]

363 pages, Women’s fiction/ Romantic Comedy/Literature Fiction

Available for $2.15  on: Amazon 

What’s it about?

Dear Readers,

I hold my hands up: I’m stuck in a rut. For three years and counting I’ve been hopelessly in love with the same guy – and the closest we’ve ever got is a drunken arse grab (NB: this doesn’t count). My favourite hobby is googling cats for spinsters and I’m sick of my shoestring salary that barely pays for my shoebox flat.

I need a head-to-toe life makeover. Enter my ‘Year of Saying Yes’, which is where you come in. To help me sort out my sorry life, I need you to #DareIzzy. For the next 12 months I’ll be saying ‘yes’ to your challenges, no matter how wild, adventurous or plain nuts they are. ‘No’ is not an option!

Here goes… Wish me luck! I’m going to need it.

Love,

Izzy x

My take on it: Absolutely hilarious! 🙂
There’s no way I’d take to a task like Izzy did in this book. She’s a feature writer at Pulse magazine, it’s a new year and she’s spent exactly three years pining for a guy, George, so much so she’s named him Georgeous George. He also happens to be her brother-in-law. So, January rolls in and at a staff meeting she suggests that it should be a year of saying yes instead of writing down or making resolutions of things they wouldn’t do and it turns out to be her assignment. Readers write in and soon Izzy has twelve months, and twelve dares and the readers do actually #DareIzzy.

This was a funny book to read and once I was done I felt refreshed.
Izzy has a great team of friends and colleagues at the work place and they do give it their best to ensure that she gets the help to do a great job, I liked that.
So, for all the laugh out funny moments, this is a great read for a sleep over or a girl’s night in, and I can’t wait to have my friends read it!

Thank you NetGalley for an arc, it’s been a delightful reading experience and I never knew someone could love wine and champagne as much as Izzy.

Coffee verdict: 26152615261526152615

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro

Fire Sermon by [Quatro, Jamie]
Blurb: Maggie is entirely devoted to her husband Thomas, their two beautiful children, and to God. But then what begins as innocent letter writing with poet James starts to become something far more erotically charged, their meeting of minds threatening to become a meeting of bodies.

As everything Maggie believes in is thrown into doubt the reader is drawn ever deeper into the battleground of her soul. Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro is a daring debut novel of obsession, desire and salvation that shows the radical light and dark of love itself. This is a visceral, rich and devastating portrait of life and loves lived and lost that cannot fail to echo in your own experience.

Release date: February 22, 2018

My two-cents:

This is an in depth look into life and marriage. Maggie questions the institution and delves into the basis of a marriage to Thomas, being a mother and I was deeply moved by her delivery experiences; the natural birth of Kate and later on Tue c-section of Thomas and slowly the unraveling of having sex as a married couple.
It’s quite a stark representation of things not being as great and glossy on the inside as they seem on the outside.

When she finds herself drawn to an acquaintance, James, and a meeting paves way for what the world deems an affair, Maggie begins to question God, her actions, religion, poetry, and truth, but for me it was not just enough that she did this but how she did it.

The author’s writing is poetic and what you and I deem abstract is not so in her writing. She writes from different points of views, at one time she is the observer or she is taking the lead sometimes she is being led and these took a while for me to grasp.
I believe it was at the point when I was 41% into the story where I came to appreciate and acknowledge the poetic prose.
I’d say part two of the story was more interesting, but that is me being less serious, and trying to hide the fact that this is not your read in one sitting kind of book!
This is the “I need to reflect on my life” kind of book. If you’re in a hurry or are seeking to be entertained, back off. If you are looking to go on a journey into a woman’s reflection of her life, choices and actions, then give this book your time, attention and patience and you’ll definitely have some things to think about.
I am glad to have received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest views on it. It’s my second book off Grove Press and I’m beginning to scout for more of their published works.
Reviewed also on: Goodreads
Pre-order a copy today from: Amazon
Coffee verdict: 261526152615

Bloom (Thorn Tattoo Studio Book Three) by Leslie North

I love me some Leslie North steamy romance and with this Tattoo series she delivered.

Bloom by Leslie North

Having read the second book, Thorn, just this week, I was thrilled to get started on Bloom because it focused on Antonio and in the previous book he’d come off as all business and one to never mince his words.

About the bookFrom the boardroom to the bedroom, Antonio DeRose is a man who always gets what he wants. And Antonio wants Evie. 
Antonio took a risk when he purchased Bloom Tattoo. The studio is a “fixer-upper” that could pay off in spades…or cost him Thorn, the family’s studio. He knows the key lies in making Evie Stuart, the tattooed sex kitten, head artist. He can see that beyond her beauty, that the fiery girl has some serious brains too. 
Evie, on the other hand, is more than happy to continue being a tattoo artist. She likes being free to follow the wild creativity of her imagination without risking the livelihoods of other artists. Because even though Evie can’t stop thinking about his scorching touch, she has no desire to share a boardroom with him. 

I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and this was more fierce than I expected because there was a different dynamic to the characters. Antonio and Evie are both stubborn. Each of them wants to have their own way, and they both want the new venture to succeed while trying not to mess up their relationship.
I loved the chemistry between Antonio and Evie, especially Evie’s ability not to back down from an argument with Antonio. I was intrigued by the essence of a tattoo parlor and something about the description of Bloom had me seriously considering visiting the place, even though it’s fictional.

It was quite a thrill reading this book.

Coffee verdict: 2615261526152615

Thorn (Tattoo Studio Book Two) by Leslie North

Thorn by Leslie North

I’ve read most of Leslie North’s books because she gives what she can to her romance writing. Some books are steamy, others spicy hot, and some you get a whole serving and topping of just what you need to keep you turning the pages.

I got this ARC from NetGalley yesterday evening and read it as I was cooking supper because I didn’t want to sleep without reading Luciano and Melanie’s story.
Luciano is running away from the grief even now that he’s back home. He can’t stand the memories of Cassandra and every day he misses what they could have been. He also knows that she’s dead and wouldn’t be coming back to him but it doesn’t make it any easier. Melanie is his personal assistant, confidante and also the woman he’s been attracted to but he’s busy trying to push her away and she’s bent on helping him move on, even if it means drawing closer to him.

The story’s pace was fast. I was on chapter one and the next second I was reading the epilogue and before I could take it all in, the happily ever after had been served!
I love the author’s style of writing and how she blends in the passion between her characters. You wouldn’t fail to swoon over Luciano when he’s teasing Melanie.

Check it out: here

Reviewed also on: Goodreads, Amazon.

Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes

Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes

This book served me a whole lot of southern vibes!
Set in Mississippi in the 1950s, it tells the story of a small town where the color of your skin dictated the treatment you got. Old family secrets and poor choices are the makings of this story. When, Valuable, a sixteen year old girl, gets pregnant and everyone in town knows that she’s no stranger to her boyfriend Jackson, because ’em gray eyes speak of the same father. An unlikely friendship forms between Valuable; Joody Two Sun (who seems to know everything including the future), Even Grade, Canaan, Grace and Joleb.
The events after this build up on a simple question ‘how far would you be willing to go for the one you care about?’
I loved the accent of the characters. Canaan is judgmental and he offers no apologies for it. Grace is forthright and forceful and she talks back to any white folk, including her employers when they make wrong decisions. Joody is mystical, what with the visions, rocks and chanting around open fire? Even…well, he’s contemplative and I enjoyed their bantering with Canaan! Honey, Even thought, Lord have mercy, the man said honey.
This book is not for the impatient- entertain me now, kind of reader (if there is such), but it is a book that tells of the story of humanity, a true form of kindness that springs up in people we least thought it would.
Review posted on: Goodreads
Available on: Amazon

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

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Norah gives birth to twins: a boy and a girl. The boy is born healthy while the girl upon delivery displays signs of Down Syndrome and so, her Doctor of a husband, David decides to give away the girl. He hands her over to Caroline Gill, the Nurse who assists during the birth and asks her to send the child to a home. Caroline being that she’s infatuated with David agrees and braves the cold snowstorm to do just that. When she gets to the facility she realizes that it’s not the place for the little girl and she raises her.

What would you do if you found out that your husband lied about the death of your child and instead gave her away?

How would you tell your wife that the daughter she thought was dead is indeed alive and being raised by someone else because you were afraid that they were not perfect, or is it normal?

I did not know what to expect as I started reading this book. What I knew was that at some point I was so sure that David would crack beneath the pressure of the guilt and tell Norah the truth. I now know that I was the reader and not the writer, for there were some twists and turns that I did not see coming.

Have a lovely weekend.

Currently reading: Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes