Genre: Friendship

Jaded and Tyed by Penelope Ward

Posted May 30, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Novella, Review / 0 Comments
Jaded and Tyed by Penelope Ward

Okay normally I’m not someone who likes novellas, in fact I tend to kind of hate them. That being said, Penelope Ward must wield some kind of bizarre magic because she made me really enjoy a novella. I think it helps that I already had a lot of background information on the characters families from the book Neighbor Dearest, but honestly I didn’t think it was possible for me to feel emotionally connected to two characters whose story is so short. So Jade is Chelsea’s sister and Tyler is Damien’s sister, and honestly you won’t love this novella as much as I did unless you read Chelsea and Damien’s story first, so hurry up and buy that and read it. Any who Jade is very relatable. I mean she seems to be making terrible decisions about her love life, she’s dealing with the constant workload of being on broadway (seriously if you don’t know how much work goes into being a Broadway actor go look it up), and of course there is also the fact that her mom is sick and so she feels the constant pull of needing to be in two places, or rather two coasts, at once. I think everyone can identify with Jade. She also handles things really well, even when she is falling apart she still just comes off as one of those women who are always able to hold their head up. I liked that about her. Tyler wants to be an actor, but he […]

A Star to Steer Her By by Beth Anne Miller

Posted March 29, 2017 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
A Star to Steer Her By by Beth Anne Miller

I kind of wish there were more books coming out about the ocean, I mean sure there are books that take place in a tropical setting, and that’s nice and everything, but in the book the ocean is basically a character on its own, and I loved it. I spent a significant amount of time when I was growing up on an island, and my parents favorite form of family vacations was cruise ships, so it was really easy for me to fall in love with this book. And I have to say I’m pretty jealous of Ari and the experience she got to have. I’m not really one for sailing, probably because it’s not something I’ve ever done and lingo goes over my head, but the author did a great job explaining things but not making it overwhelming. Ari is going on this semester at sea experience, and she has been wanting to back out of it for some time, clearly when the book starts there is some sort of traumatic event that she is trying to get past, including what seems like a pretty substantial injury to her leg. It was so easy to like Ari right from the beginning, normally it takes me a minute to get to know a character and decide if I like them or love them, or whatever, but with Ari it was immediate. She’s complex and interesting, and sad but strong, she’s so easy to love and kind of identify with that […]

Dear Agony by Georgia Cates

Posted March 10, 2017 by Kate in Kindle Unlimited, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Dear Agony by Georgia Cates

Heads up, this book is sad, or maybe sad isn’t the right word, but it for sure pulls on the heart strings pretty hard. So if you are looking for a cheery, upbeat, fun romance, walk away now. This book ain’t named Dear Agony for no reason. I love books with older guys, so I was super stoked when I realized this guy is definitely an older guy, woot woot. So we meet Rose when she is literally on the street just trying to make enough money to eat so she doesn’t have to dig through trash in order to find her next meal. I felt for her right from the beginning, I mean there is poor and then there is homeless and starving, so right from the beginning of the book I wanted Rose to find happy. She is approached by a woman who basically offers her the world, to get her healthy, educated, well cared for, and all she is has to do is be a companion to rich men. I know, I know what you’re thinking, but I promise she isn’t a prostitute. She’s literally just a companion, a friend, who lives in. Generally to the older crowd. Bash is looking for a companion, he’s a hot guy, takes great care of himself, super successful, there is a big age gap between him and Rose, but he wants her for his companion. And the reason, man, the reason, he’s got a health issue, and figures he wants […]

Close to Home by Lily Everett

Posted February 13, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Close to Home by Lily Everett

I don’t know about you guys but I love books about a guy in uniform, and I was really drawn to the blurb on this book. I liked that this guy was coming off of a long term undercover assignment only to find out that his wife had left him while he was gone. Yes it sucks, but I liked that the whole book was going to be about him trying to fix his marriage, what can I say, I like people who work for it. So when the book starts I was pretty for a chapter or two. I liked Johnny, or rather I kind of liked where his story started. His assignment has just ended, it seems like it went really well and he’s getting all these accolades at his job for doing a great job on this long term undercover work. It’s clear he wants to get home to see his wife, and then of course the shoe drops. She left him a dear John letter, with divorce papers. I don’t know about you guys, but to me it made me kind of hate her right off the bat. I mean I’m sure it’s hard to live away from your husband for such a long time, I’m an army wife so I’ve been there, but to just leave him, move out your home, not leave a forwarding address, and basically just take off seems all kind of messed up. Of course Johnny goes to track her down […]

To See You by Rachel Blaufeld

Posted September 25, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
To See You by Rachel Blaufeld

I’ve been a fan of Rachel Blaufeld for a while now, I really do enjoy her writing style and the characters she creates. So this book was 1 part long distance romance and 1 part figuring out figuring out where life is going to take the characters. I really liked the way the characters met, on a plane. I think we have all been there, getting on a plane full of strangers, sitting next to people who are you aren’t sure are going to get along with you: will they chew loudly, fall asleep on your shoulder, snore, be obnoxious, and the list goes on. Charli is our heroine and when she gets on the plane and sees Layton is going to be sitting next to her, she is more than a little bit judgmental. Layton is chubby, in a nerd t-shirt, and is a little on the friendly side, something Charli is in no way accustomed to. I really wanted to just Charli for being judgmental, but honestly I think we are all a little judgmental, so while I wish she wouldn’t have had snap judgments, I understood it. After a somewhat weird conversation, and finding out the two of them work in similar industries, they go their separate ways. A series of e-mails and the occasional meet up results in more conversations and encounters between the two of them. It was really easy for me to understand and like Charli, she’s inherently flawed, but she’s also in this […]

Say You’ll Stay by Corrine Michaels

Posted June 23, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Say You’ll Stay by Corrine Michaels

Man I was in no way shape or form ready for the way this book started, I mean seriously, it seems like just an ordinary day in the day of a woman who could be just about anyone, and than WHAM, the unthinkable happens. I mean I was in shock. I was also really happy with how well the whole thing was written, it felt authentic, it felt painful, and it was exactly what the subject matter needed it to be. So Presley is our heroine, and man oh man, do I feel for her right from chapter one. The unthinkable happens to her, and basically her whole life blows up. I can’t imagine what it would be like going through your day thinking you have such a great life, great kids, great business, great friends, great husband, and then in an instant it all just blows away. I mean could you imagine? Picking up the disarray of her life means taking her twin boys back to where she grew up, because she had no other options. With debt piling up and basically being homeless, she had no other choice. As if dealing with what had happened wasn’t hard enough, it turns out the reason why she hadn’t returned back home was because she was avoiding a very painful memory for her, in the form of an ex, Zach. Now Zach, I liked him. I will say him and his brother Wyatt are a little bit pushy when it comes […]

Missed Connections by Tamara Mataya

Posted June 7, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Missed Connections by Tamara Mataya

So the whole idea behind missed connections is really interesting, I’ve seen that section on Craigslist before and the idea for it it just kind of bizarre, but yet interesting. I always wondered if people actually read these things and actually connect with people. So the fact that this book has a lot to do with missed connections made it appeal to me. So when the book starts we meet our lovely heroine, Sarah. She is down on her luck, she’s lost her job and apartment, she’s boyfriendless, and she is crashing on her best friends couch while she tries to get a job pretty much anywhere on the planet. I totally understood how she felt about the whole picking herself up after following down, and oh my gosh the interview with the crazy hippies at the beginning, that was absolutely hilarious. So Sarah gets this job that finally gets her life going on the right track, but honestly its the job from hell, I mean she works for a bunch of new age hippies, but they are some of the most judgmental new age people I have ever seen (or read). So there were actually a lot of things I liked about Sarah, how she pushes forward to make a life for herself and doesn’t stop, I like how she handles herself in a horrible working environment, but there were also some things I didn’t love about her. I felt like through a lot of the book she was […]

Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane

Posted March 17, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane

I have been dying for a really good cowboy book, I think it’s because it’s been cold and I’ve been missing Texas and my husband and I can’t stop talking about buying horses. Whatever the reason, I was pretty excited about this book, because not only is it cowboys but it is rodeo cowboys, and I adore the rodeo, some of my best memories growing up. I thought this was an interesting concept though, the heroine used to be married to the hero’s best friend, so if that doesn’t spell out a complicated situation I don’t know what does, and I love a little drama. So the book starts out and we meet Zac, who has apparently had a thing for Delaney since the day he met her, only she went out with his friend and married him instead. Now it’s years later and she’s divorced, doesn’t seem to even want to be around Zac, and now he finds out she is looking to have a baby solo. Zac does not like the sound of that, he does not want his dream girl having a baby by herself, he wants to be the guy by her side. I liked Zac, he tries really hard to get Delaney to take him seriously, and he is constantly trying to be nice to her or do nice things for her. I’m glad he wasn’t overly pushy, but I’m glad that he also made sure that she understood where he was coming from. Delaney […]

Jackson’s Trust by Violet Duke

Posted March 15, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, loved it, Review / 1 Comment
Jackson’s Trust by Violet Duke

I have made no secret of my love of sports romances, and generally speaking every time I read a book blurb about something having to do with sports, I know its a book for me. Normally the books tend to be about the players or sometimes the coaches, but this was a little bit different. The main characters don’t actually play or work for any sports team, instead they work for a television station devoted to football. Our hero is the senior analyst and our heroine is new to the network, and works as a sideline reporter. This really intrigued me, and I had high hopes. High hopes that thankfully panned out beautifully. So our book starts and first off the chemistry is just off the charts between Leila and Jackson, I loved it, they have a great dynamic. Also the first thoughts Jackson has about Leila is that she’s a beautiful liar, which was just perfect, I know that sounds horrible, but the context was just right, and trust when you read it you will get it and you will love it. The thing about both Leila and Jackson is that they both know they like each other and have fantastic chemistry, but neither one them has any intention of acting on it. Leila doesn’t want to mix work and sex together, she wants to excel at her job and be taken seriously. Whereas Jackson has a complicated life (one that won’t be revealed until pretty far into the […]

Welcome to Forever by Annie Rains

Posted March 12, 2016 by Kate in Review / 0 Comments
Welcome to Forever by Annie Rains

I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this book, I’m not entirely sure why but the whole single dad thing only works for me sometimes. So this book takes place in a small town, and basically centers around the elementary school, after all our single dad, Micah, has an 8 year old, Ben, who attends the school, and our heroine, Kat, is the principal of the school. I always get a little bit leery when kids are involved, sometimes it just doesn’t work out for me, I think I prefer my kids in books to be closer to the baby age or older in the teenage department. But hey that’s just me. That being said, I thought this book worked for me, even though we were dealing with an elementary age child. He was a special kid, Ben is living with cerebral palsy, and it definitely caused more then just physical challenges in his life. What worked for me was how devoted of a dad Micah is to Ben. Micah is a marine, but he wants to be around more for his son, so not only does he work as a marine but he also works part time landscaping at the school. Micah is so unbelievably devoted to his kid, all he wants is the best for him, he wants him to stand up to bullies, to try and be as independent as his body will allow him to be, and just in general he wants happiness […]