#Review – GOOD ME, BAD ME by Ali Land

Good Me Bad MeGood Me Bad Me by Ali Land

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are looking for a thrilling listen, this is a good book for you. Just be sure to be ready to listen for an extended period of time because you will want to know more about the life of Milly and her mother. You may think you know what is going on but as you listen, you begin to second-guess what you think. A gripping story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat while you listen! Maybe listen when you are cleaning because you won’t realize how long you are cleaning.

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#5Stars #Review – WINTER SOLSTICE by Elin Hilderbrand

Winter SolsticeWinter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness! This cannot be the last book – there needs to be more! I have grown to love the Quinn family and enjoy experiencing life through them. Nothing seems to be easy for the Quinn family but the way they come together in those rough patches warms your heart. A heartwarming read for the holidays!

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#Review – STING by Sandra Brown

StingSting by Sandra Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was suspenseful listen that I found myself sitting in the car longer just to listen for a few more minutes. Not only was there action suspense but romantic suspense. The narrator did a great job telling the story. The twist of who Shaw is was interesting, which allows the reader to understand why Shaw acts a certain way with Jordie. The story was gripping for the most part but at times, the details were a little drawn out. Suspenseful listen for a long road trip!

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#Review – CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The narrator for this series is amazing! He has an impeccable ability to bring the story to life with different voices and impeccable timing. I found myself driving longer and sitting in the car just to listen to the story. Highly recommend for your next long-distance drive!

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#Review – IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

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If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: April 2, 2009
Publisher: Speak

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Review

5 Stars

Talk about an ending! The writing and audio narration felt so true to life. This book makes you wonder if this really happens when someone is in a coma. Do they see what is going on and then make the decision to go or to stay? Gripping story line with a twist of romance.

Synopsis

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

READING ORDER

Book #1: IF I STAY

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Book #2: WHERE SHE WENT

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MeetTheAuthor

Award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman has written several bestselling novels for young adults, including the Just OneSeries, I Was HereWhere She Went and the #1 New York Timesbestseller If I Stay, which has been translated into more than 40 languages and in 2014 was adapted into a major motion picture. Gayle published Leave Me, her first novel starring adults in 2016 and her latest novel I Have Lost My Way comes out in March of 2018. Gayle’s essays and nonfiction work has appeared in publications like The New York TimesElleThe Nation and Time. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.

 

#Review – PART-TIME PRINCESS by Pamela DuMond

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Available in Audible narrated by Lesley Ann Fogle.

 

Review

4 Stars

This was an easy listen once I got used to the tone of the narrator. I wish I could be a part-time princess! Light, fun-hearted story that you can listen to while cleaning – it should make you smile while vacuuming.

Synopsis

Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, cocktail waitress desperate to find a job to keep her uncle at Assisted Living. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to impersonate her to keep the attention of Crown Prince Cristoph of Fredonia while she completes her pressing personal business in the States.

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people transform Lucy into a reluctant ‘Lady’ and she travels to Fredonia for ten days ‘tops.’ What could possibly go wrong?

Sexy, bad-boy Nick—Fredonia’s other Prince—that’s what goes wrong!

Nick has romantic history with Elizabeth and he wants to pick up the between-the-sheets action with her impersonator—Lucy. Even though Lucy’s wildly attracted to him, she has to resist—she can’t lose this job! Dreamy Nick’s courting Lucy hot and heavy when Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do?

Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess when another glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her! Besides Nick, the only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

A modern day, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)

MeetTheAuthor

USA TODAY Bestselling author Pamela DuMond discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie, and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

Pam writes Romance — especially Rom-Com — Mysteries, and Self-Help.

Pamela DuMond

She’s addicted to Game of Thrones. She likes dogs and cats equally, prefers her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, and her foods non-GMO. She lives for a good giggle in Venice, California with her fur-baby.

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#Review – TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT by Maria Semple

“Today Will Be Different” Review: Not quite as good as her first, but still funny.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
on October 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Narrator: Kathleen Wilhoite
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Review

3 Stars

Audio version review – I was looking forward to this book due to all the positive feedback it was getting but I felt a little disappointed with the audio version. I wonder if I were to read a physical copy, my opinion may change. The flashbacks were a little confusing at times for me. I did not necessarily bond with Eleanor (maybe it was the whiny voice of the narrator). The voice was worse when portraying Timby – I think I would have rather preferred to read a physical copy and not listen to this book.

Synopsis

A genius novel from the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions when she awakes to a strange, new future unfolding. 

Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

MeetTheAuthor

Maria Semple‘s first novel, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel takes place.

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#Review – PARIS FOR ONE by Jojo Moyes

REVIEW/GIVEAWAY: 'Paris For One & Other Stories' by Jojo Moyes

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4 Stars

This is a review of the audio version. While I did enjoy the different stories, I did not enjoy the audio version since there wasn’t a real distinction between the stories. Maybe a little music should have been played between the different short stories to symbolize the end of one story and the beginning of the next. I wish some of the short stories were longer or added more substance to last longer since I didn’t want the stories to end. All were pleasant stories.

Synopsis

From the sensational #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, the perfect gift hardcover, timed for Christmas–a novella and short story collection never published before in the United States.

Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a weekend away—to anywhere, and certainly not with her boyfriend. Everyone knows traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their romantic mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone and in Paris, Nell uncovers a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Adventurous, funny, and charming, Paris for One is vintage Moyes—as are the eight stories that round out the collection.

Paris for One
Between the Tweets
Love in the Afternoon
A Bird in the Hand
Crocodile Shoes
Holdups
Last Year’s Coat
Thirteen Days with John C.
The Christmas List

MeetTheAuthor

Jojo MoyesJojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30, she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University. In 1992, she won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.

Jojo worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.

Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide.

For more information about all of Jojo’s novels, please visit the books page here.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

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#Review – TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Lauren Layne

To Have and to Hold

The Wedding Belles, Book One (#1)

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Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true…but their own.

Synopsis

Discovering her fiancé is an international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet, if slightly spoiled, hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse springs.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?

Review

4 Stars

My first Lauren Layne book and I wasn’t disappointed. I will admit that I judge books by their covers, so when I saw this cover (and the rest of the covers for the series), I knew I needed to read this story! You often wonder about wedding planners falling in love while planning a wedding and this book gives you that and more. A fun read with some NSFW moments (don’t listen without headphones LOL)!

MeetTheAuthor

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 

 

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