Genre: Contemporary Women

Someone Else’s Love Letter by Deborah Blumenthal

Posted March 1, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Just Okay, Review / 1 Comment
Someone Else’s Love Letter by Deborah Blumenthal

I loved the idea of a found love letter driving a story, that and the fact that this book takes place in one my favorite cities in the world was enough for me to want to read this book. I will say after finishing it, I was a little surprised honestly, it wasn’t what I was expecting. So we meet our heroine, Sage, just around the time she finds the love letter in question. She is really taken by the words on the page as well as the detail in choosing the ink and the paper, the whole package really appeals to her. She gets it in her head that she has to meet the person who wrote this letter, so she sets out to do just that. I have to say, right from the start, I don’t know how I feel about this. I mean it was intriguing to be sure, but I think I may have judged her, I mean she’s intrigued in the author in more than just a platonic way. But the author clearly has feelings for someone, does this mean she’s going to try and step in? Thankfully that’s not what happened, and the letter ultimately opened up a lot of people to her, it took on a journey with many people, new friendship, and definitely new experiences as well. This book is really one woman’s journey through a small fragment of her life, and sure there are romantic elements to it, but it isn’t […]

Nobody’s Baby but Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Posted August 4, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Nobody’s Baby but Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

So I found this book when I was on the lookout for a secret baby romance I could get behind, and while this book doesn’t really fit into that, because it wasn’t so much a secret, it was a book that dealt with a pregnancy (and one that wasn’t really wanted by one of the parties involved). There were some elements in the book I really liked, and there were some that I didn’t like, but on the whole I have to say I enjoyed the read. Since I normally start with what I liked about a book, I figured I would switch things up and address the things I didn’t like first. Jane is a super smart physics professor and having reached her 30s has a strong desire to have a baby, only she decides to do it on her own but she wants the man to be stupid (yes those are her desires). Basically she wants to insure her baby is normal and not super smart like her so she needs a dumb guy to average out the IQs. I kinda felt like this was ridiculous, and mentioned far to much, it actually really grated on my nerves, maybe it won’t bother some readers but it really bothered me. Second thing I didn’t like, but got over quickly, was that Jane wanted to have this baby completely on her own, and had no intention of ever telling Cal. She literally sabotaged the condom. Totally not okay. I hate […]

The Bitches of Brooklyn by Rosemary Harris

Posted May 24, 2014 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
The Bitches of Brooklyn by Rosemary Harris

I think this book had a lot of potential but it just didn’t end up being as great as I thought it would. I thought that the premise of the book was great, a bunch of women friends getting together for their yearly vacation, only to find out that one of this is not just a no show, but she also ran off with one of the other women’s husband. I really love books that deal with friendships between women, so I really thought this book would be right up my alley. Right off the bat I felt like the book started of slowly. The writing style didn’t jump out at me and grab my attention. I actually found the narration a little bit on the jump side, which actually made it even more difficult to connect with the characters in the story. And for me without a strong connection with at least a couple of the characters, I find it hard to get invested in the plot, which I think is why this book just didn’t click for me. The book did end up having a lot more of a suspenseful plot than I was originally expecting. And I will admit that about halfway through the book the pace picked up and the suspenseful element really helped me like the book a bit more. But the ending really didn’t do it for me either, I felt like to many smaller elements were wrapped up in an unrealistic way, and some […]

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

Posted May 15, 2014 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

So this book really didn’t do anything for me at all. I like a good memoir every once in a while, and I’ve read some really great ones, so I was actually really looking forward to reading this book when I finally got it on my kindle. So this book follows Kelly in two different and very distinct periods of her life, when she was a young adult kind of finding her way, and then the second part is when she herself is a mother and takes on a much more serious feel to it. I really thought I would enjoy this book because I love looking at family dynamics, and it was kind of clear to me early on in this book that it was going to really look at family dynamics and more specifically the relationship Kelly had with her mother. I myself am super close with my mother now that I am an adult, but as a kid/teenager we couldn’t have been more different or more combative, so I did kind of relate to some of the scenes in the book, especially the younger years ones. My problem with the book was mainly that I didn’t really ever feel bonded to Kelly, I wanted to, I really did. But the first part of the book nothing happened, if anything I found Kelly to be a bit on the shallow side, and just hard to be likable at all. There were glimpses of profound thought in the first […]

The Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

Posted February 21, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

I have been on a serious New Adult kick lately, just something about these books just make me happy and relaxed. Best Kind of Broken is a good addition to that new adult genre, and it was a pretty easy read. I thought that having one of the main characters named Pixie would annoy me, but I quickly discovered there was a lot more meaning behind that name and I grew to really like the nickname. Levi and Pixie without a doubt have chemistry. And it’s clear they have an extensive past. They basically grew up together as childhood friends, so there is a lot of history between them. At some point along the way that shifted from being the childhood friend to something more, and then of course, life got in the way and tragedy struck. So when the book starts there has been a year long rift between the two and to say tension is high between the two of them would be an understatement. Neither one of them is good at communication with each other about anything meaningful, so they spend their time bickering about hot water and blown fuse boxes. Really you can’t help but feel for Levi and Pixie, neither one of them is in the wrong, and you really wish they could just put all their baggage in the past and come together. But ultimately, it’s completely understand why they feel the way they do and why they just can’t communicate the way they […]

Break in Two by MJ Summers

Posted February 3, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Break in Two by MJ Summers

I love finding a book with a western theme that I actually enjoy. In my head, when I think about the perfect life, I imagine my husband and our six dogs living on a horse ranch in Montana or some other beautiful countryside. Of course the likely hood of this happening is unlikely, so I liked to find books that can transport me there if only for a few hours. This is definitely one of those books. So the book starts with Claire basically starting her life over from scratch, betrayed by her boyfriend she literally leave her life with him and her life her city in the rearview mirror. Looking to start a new life she takes a job on a ranch as a chef, and so her journey begins. As a character, I can definitely understand her motivation for leaving her life behind, and I can also understand why she reacts certain ways to some situations, after her situation with her ex-boyfriend it’s understand that she would have some trust issues. As a character, I really likes her, I rooted for her to get her happy ending, and more over I appreciated that she was both a good person and fallible at the same time. Cole is the owner of the ranch Claire goes to work at, and their attraction is both visceral and instant. He too has his own relationship baggage, but his is more in the past than her’s so it’s less of an impact on […]

Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

Posted February 1, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

So I have actually been pretty excited about the New Adult genre, mostly because I think it’s a great filler between YA and adult books, so I was pretty excited about reading this book. I also thought the concept was a pretty interesting one, someone who makes their whole life kind of revolve around being someone else’s alibi. I don’t know about you, but when I think alibi, I think crime or adultery, so it was cool that this was totally not what the “alibis” were being used to cover up. If they alibis had been, I don’t think it would have been as good of a book. Kelli was a pretty okay character, I don’t think I liked her as much as I liked her counterpart, Chase. I may have been too knit picky when it came to her, but at the end of the day I still liked and enjoyed her. Part of my problem with her was early on in the book she’s in the shower and a guy walks in and she is totally confident and sure of her body, and then it felt like for the rest of the book she was completely not confident and constantly covering up. It felt contradictory, which took me a while to get over. Also I think the author almost made too much of a point of saying she was a good girl and reminding the reader over and over that she went to church, it got a tad […]