#BookReview: Links by Lisa Becker

linksAbout the Book

In high school, Charlotte Windham went through a typical ugly duckling phase – glasses and all, while harboring a crush on Garrett Stephens, the school’s athletic heartthrob.

Fifteen years later, Charlotte and Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett gave her.She’s a catch and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart!

Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario and is now a successful professional golfer suffering from a possible career-ending injury.

Can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be perfect for him?

My Review

I have been a big fan of Lisa Becker since reading her Click Trilogy, and was thrilled to discover she has yet another fabulous romantic comedy. The opening scene set the tone perfectly, and I had such a fun time getting lost in the worlds of Charlotte and Garrett. There is a lot of depth in this book besides just a romance, and Becker has a clever way with words that kept me turning the pages and becoming more and more invested in the characters. This was the perfect book to read when I needed a few spontaneous laughs, and I highly suggest you check out not only Links, but other books from Lisa Becker as well!

5 stars

#BookReview and Giveaway: Wicked For Hire by Lotta Smith

wicked for hireAbout the Book

Medical student Amanda Meyers thought she had her life all planned out until people started dying the moment they touched her. Being cleared of any wrongdoing didn’t stop the medical school from expelling her, and it didn’t rid her of the unfortunate nickname Grim Reaper.

Luckily, having a rep as the harbinger of death isn’t a total resume killer. Rick Rowling, Special Agent for the FBI’s Paranormal Cases Division recruits her to work for the Bureau. But the sexy, brilliant, outrageous loose cannon proves to be just as untouchable as the mysterious creature or creatures that may be responsible for the seemingly unsolvable murder that becomes their first case together.

Instead of treating patients, Amanda’s life becomes a test of her patience and a wild ride into the wicked paranormal world where her new boss runs the show. Together they face a ghoulish force that could destroy the entire city and a grueling family dinner that could leave Amanda contemplating harakiri.

It’s a battle of life and debt [student debt, that is] and saving the world has never been so funny.

Wicked for Hire is part of the Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries full of quirky characters and unexpected twists, you’re gonna love this book.

My Review

I felt like Wicked For Hire was so unlike a lot of other paranormal mysteries I’ve read. I loved the humor to it, quirky characters, snark, and plenty of unpredictable moments. Amanda was really a hoot to read about, and though I’ve never been in the majority of her interesting situations, she was quite relatable. This was pretty fast-paced and took me just over a day to finish, and is book one in a long series, that I look forward to grabbing more from. If you are a paranormal mystery fan, check this series out!

4 stars

whoever finds the wickedTour Schedule

September 11 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

September 15 – Chick Lit Goddess – Q&A & Excerpt

September 18 – Suzy Turner – Review

September 20 – Jackie’s Bookbytes – Review & Excerpt

September 21 – Beauty, Books and Cats With Brooke – Review

September 22 – Book Lover in Florida – Review & Excerpt

September 22 – Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt

September 22 – Turning Another Page – Review, Q&A & Excerpt

September 25 – T’s Stuff – Excerpt


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#BookReview: Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

do not become alarmedAbout the Book

The sun is shining, the sea is blue, the children have disappeared.

When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The adults are lulled by the ship’s comfort and ease. The four children—ages six to eleven—love the nonstop buffet and their newfound independence. But when they all go ashore for an adventure in Central America, a series of minor misfortunes and miscalculations leads the families farther from the safety of the ship. One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone. 
 
The disintegration of the world the families knew—told from the perspectives of both the adults and the children—is both riveting and revealing. The parents, accustomed to security and control, turn on each other and blame themselves, while the seemingly helpless children discover resources they never knew they possessed. 
 
Do Not Become Alarmed is a story about the protective force of innocence and the limits of parental power, and an insightful look at privileged illusions of safety. Celebrated for her spare and moving fiction, Maile Meloy has written a gripping novel about how quickly what we count on can fall away, and the way a crisis shifts our perceptions of what matters most.

My Review

Wow this book was creepy. Not creepy in a horror type of way, but creepy as in … I have no idea what’s going to happen at any moment type of way. I saw this described as a “relentless thriller” and I think that’s the perfect way to describe this, after the first few chapters. I wish the beginning had been a little bit condensed so we could get into the action right away, because that is really when the story held my interest and kept me captivated. The different POVs was incredibly intriguing and hats off to Meloy for solid writing with so many different characters having a voice. If you enjoy thrillers, I think you’ll need to pick this one up.

4.5 stars