Love Hate Love by Marita Hansen

On the first day of university, I found out that the gorgeous boy in my Fine Arts class was also the half-naked stripper who’d ground against me at the hen party I’d attended. And he wanted to continue what he’d started…
But I didn’t want to be another notch on Nico Bilan’s belt, I just wanted to concentrate on university, not its resident bad boy. Yet, he made it impossible to concentrate on anything but him, chipping away at my resolve one sexy smile at a time. Though, I resisted him, unintentionally hurting Nico in the process, turning his love into hate.
And that was when I knew I’d made the worst mistake of my life, what was to come not something either of us could have predicted.

New Adult Romance/ 469 pages/ Amazon Digital Services LLC

Buy it: $3.99 on Amazon

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I’m at odds with this book, mostly because the author chose to explore just how far mental instability and sexual violence could affect a relationship.

I love that it’s set in 2005/2006 and from that viewpoint if you compare with the recent insight and awareness on mental health, you cannot help but feel the frustration, fear, anger, hope, restlessness and simply put the feeling that Kady has around Nico of always walking on eggshells.

The writing has dialogue that is more in tune with new adult. It’s the first I’ve read of the author’s work and halfway through I was more impatient with the characters being caught in a web of he said/she said that I had to step back, set it aside and resume reading it when my mind was settled. Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.

About the author: I am a New Zealander with Croatian heritage. I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honours degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh. I’m a major procrastinator that can’t seem to earn money to save myself! Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.
Visit her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marita-A-Hansen/113130742120676Marita A. Hansen

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David Mitchell’s “The Bone Clocks”

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I was told that you cannot read a book by David Mitchell and not want to indulge in another one immediately.

I was lucky enough to buy two of his books at once: Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.

Both have multiple first person narrators and there’s an essence of realism and hyper-realism, that you cannot help but sweep in and out of, without feeling like you had a one of a kind experience.

Crispin Hershey, one of the six narrators in this book says, “a book can’t be half-fantasy any more than a woman can be half-pregnant.” As I was reading, I couldn’t help but wonder how he does it, how stories are interwoven that you cannot help but take each word into account and have characters slip in and out of narration.

I’ll definitely look out for more of his works, however one thing is certain after reading Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks back to back (and keeping them in my library) I am not ready to delve into another realm with David Mitchell just yet.

You can get a copy of the book on: Amazon

 

What She Gave Away by Catharine Riggs

348 pages/ Thomas & Mercer/ Santa Barbara Series/ Mystery/Thriller/Women’s Fiction

This is a delicious read, thrilling enough for you to know just how revenge is best served cold.


 

About the book: Imagining the best way to destroy a person’s happiness is Crystal Love’s favorite game. Devious and unpolished, the plus-sized loan analyst couldn’t be more out of place in her new town of Santa Barbara, where the beautifully manicured women never age and the ocean views stretch farther than the million-dollar lawns. And yet her eye for the power dynamics at play in this tony community is dead accurate.

Kathi Wright, on the other hand, has made it her life’s work to fit in with the plastic people who surround her. But when her husband—a wealthy bank president—dies suddenly, she’s left with nothing. Then the FBI shows up, asking questions she can’t answer and freezing assets she once took for granted.

While Kathi struggles to outrun the mess caused by her husband’s mysterious death, Crystal seems focused on her game. But why? And who are her targets?


This has got to be the first book I read where I did not empathize or sympathize with the lead characters. Crystal is very aloof at first and as you read on, the layers to her icy nature unravel, but even then, I neither pitied her or rooted for her. Mimi, on the other hand, well, she’s quite the sidekick.

I love how we get both Crystal and Kathi’s perspectives.

I do wish however that for some reason Marco did not get shoved out of the action like he did. I have a feeling that he’d be the one card that Crystal could pull if she ever needed to get even with someone years down the line.


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Reading Seven Seasons of the Man in the Mirror by Patrick Morley

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I bought this book from a vendor on the streets of Nairobi and perhaps the greatest feeling of reading it is that though it is a one-on-one for men, it certainly speaks on some of the challenges I’ve faced in a relationship.

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With Christian insights, it highlights the myths that men believe that ultimately affect their relationships with their families, work, friends and in the end they feel so exhausted, frustrated and think they’ve failed in life.

I’m taking notes as I read along.

For more details: book’s on amazon and

 

The Messy Joys of Being Human by Helen Rosenau: A Book Review

About the book: Feeling stuck? You’re not alone. Whether you’re in or out of a relationship, job hunting or retiring, making a life transition, or wrestling with Big Questions, a joyful life can feel elusive. After nearly two decades as a life coach, offering motivation, inspiration, support, and problem-solving in her Ask Your Jewish Fairy Godmother column, Helen Rosenau embraces the deeper, more complex struggles of fellow messy humans to help you get unstuck and find your joy.
This book is for anyone who wants to be happier. Amidst stories plucked from her life and thousands of advice columns, plus insights, writing prompts, coaching, and cheerleading, Rosenau walks the walk towards self-knowing with you. She’ll help you toss old crap that keeps you from making progress, get brave enough to risk change, and create greater authenticity and happiness in your life.

You deserve joy. The Messy Joys of Being Human offers you tools to discover it—because life will always be a glorious mess and you will always be beautifully human. Are you ready?


My take: The thing about self-help books is that they do not offer the quick fix. Some readers take it to be instant redemption, but rather, they are just a nudge in a direction that when pursued could bring about change.

I highlighted this book so much that I believe it’s got to be the most highlighted book in my Kindle Library.

The author looks at why we worry, how we feel, how negative perceptions can cause us to think and feel less about ourselves. She also explores faith drawing from experience and literature to share insights.

The writing is simple and makes for easy reading.

I loved the take-away questions at the end of every chapter that make you pause to reflect on your life in relation to the chapter you’ve read.

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Visit the author’s website: https://yourjewishfairygodmother.com/

I am glad that I got to read this book courtesy of Netgalley and hope it’d be a nudge in the right direction for other readers.

 

 

 

Book Review: Desire in the Everglades by Stacy Hoff

Desire in the Everglades by [Hoff, Stacy]

266 pages/ Romance/Soul Mate Publishing (September 2014)

Available in Ebook & Paperback on : Amazon


About the book: Stephanie Lang’s successful career as a television producer can’t give her everything she wants out of life. Her personal goals of writing a romance novel and finding true love languish. Emotionally scarred by her fiancee’s affair with her cousin, she doesn’t have the confidence to go after either goal again. At least she has professional confidence to fall back on; she is ready to produce the company’s next hit show.

But when her boss reveals what the show is about, a survival documentary starring a sexy hunk, Stephanie’s life is turned upside down.

Colin Brandt, billed as “The Evergladiator,” will tackle Florida’s Everglades with nothing more than his bare hands and a knife. Stephanie, instantly attracted to handsome, rugged, enigmatic Colin, worries he will not survive his twelve-day odyssey. If he does, he’ll win a million dollars. If he fails, his beloved family’s farm will go into foreclosure. Can Colin conquer the Everglades? And can he conquer her heart?


What I loved about the book: Colin’s humor and optimism. It countered Steph’s pessimism and caution. Just like the gods of romance demand, this would make you swoon and believe in the little joys that come with attraction and love, plus the settings provide two contrasts of New York and the marshy lands of the Everglades, but Colin’s experience in New York does make it seem more like a jungle than the Everglades.

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About the author:  Stacy Hoff is the recipient of the 2017 Southern Magic RWA Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She is a writer, as well as an attorney. She has practiced law for two decades, primarily handling contracts. Romance novels have always been her secret passion. She writes her romantic stories until the wee hours of the night while her husband and two boys are fast asleep.
For even more about Stacy, you can find her on social media:
www.facebook.com/authorStacyHoff , Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorStacyHoff
Web: www.stacyhoff.com

Visit her Amazon author page for more titles: here

Book Review: On the Same Page by Penelope Janu

Humor Romance/ 368 pages/ Brio Books

About the book:     Sometimes a girl just has to do what’s in her heart …
By day Miles Franklin, named after the famous author, is a successful lawyer. But by night she writes historical romance novels under the pen name Emma Browning. When Miles’s assistant covertly enters her boss’s novel in one of Australia’s biggest literary awards—and it wins—Miles’s perfectly ordered world is torn apart.
Lars Kristensen smells a rat. As the CEO of Iconic International, the company publishing Miles’s prize-winning novel, he’s determined to meet the author and uncover her true identity.
But Miles is equally determined to protect her privacy—and to keep writing—even if it means mastering pole dancing, and choreographing a love scene in the back of a horse-drawn carriage … Well, she is a romance writer, after all.

Miles has the grit to keep her secret, but Lars has the smouldering looks and arrogance of any romantic hero she has ever imagined.
Hmm. Sometimes a girl just has to turn the page …


My review: This book is a page turner. If you love historical romance and enjoy reading books where characters make literary references then trust me, you’d enjoy a thing or two about this book.

Miles Hamilton comes from a family of writers and her parents do not have an ounce of patience and love for historical romance. She tries her best to write anonymously but when her PA, Pippy enters her book into a contest, she learns that she’s got more than her heart to protect from the public.

It’s quirky, fun, enigmatic, light and full of suspense.

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Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.

The book is available on: Amazon and Brio Books