Author: B.A. Paris
Rating: 3/5 stars
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
This book had me suspending my belief in all kinds of ways. I thought, that just doesn’t make any sense, why would they… more than once. With no forthcoming explanation. That being said, the author did an amazing job of creating a feeling of claustrophobic unease that compelled me to keep turning the pages. This book does its job as a thriller.
That ending. Wow. Not that it wasn’t predictable, just those last pages were… wow.
I will read more from this author.
Author: Karole Cozzo
Rating: 3/5 stars
Book Blurb: When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can’t shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.
Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?
First, I LOVE this cover. I enjoyed carrying this book around. It has summer vibes.
This was a good read. The author doesn’t shy away from the emotions Jordyn goes through as she is dealing with her autistic brother. Some of this book makes you uncomfortable battling the tendency to judge how you “should” feel vs. the reality. There is a beautiful part at the end that attempted to put you in the shoes of her brother Phillip, it made me cry.
This book does have the normal angsty teen romance. Those will-they-or-won’t-they moments. But it is the handling of the relationship between Jordyn and her autistic brother, and the rest of the family for that matter, that elevates this book.
Note: The author has another book where the love interest is in a wheelchair, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall. I definitely recommend that book as well!
I could not even with this book…
I made it 60 percent of the way through and the main character just did something so vapid… and I was already trying so hard to like her. The selfishness, the narcissism, ugh.
There are too many books waiting to be read for me to waste another paragraph.
Since I started this blog late -July there are only a few books I have left to read. These are the books left on my TBR for the month:
I am about 100 pages into The Singles Game.
I have already read 100 pages into Red Mars and really liked it, but that was so long ago I am just going to re-start it again. I have no doubt this book will probably take me into August, and I am ok with that. As I am trying to get back into my sci-fi roots, I paired it with The City of Ember which is a middle grade sci-fi, dystopian book I have been wanting to read.
On the lighter side, for YA contemporary I am reading How to Say I Love You Out Loud and The Summer of Broken Rules.
Author: Katherine Center
Rating: 4/5 stars
She’s got his back.
Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka “bodyguard”), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.
He’s got her heart.
Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid.
They’ve got a secret.
When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it.
What could possibly go wrong???
Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.
This was a fun read. I so needed this after my last book. While it did deal with some weighty issues like grief, the tone was hopeful and forward looking. It made me laugh out loud. Katherine Center has an ear for dialogue and humor. There was great banter in this book between Hannah and Jack. I looked forward to picking it up and would definitely re-read.
I do love a good fake dating book, it’s a guilty pleasure.
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Rating: 2/5 stars
Book Blurb: Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful, her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night?
While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?
Well, we started this one off with a doozy. Trigger warnings for sexual assault and rape should have been somewhere, anywhere on this book. The blurb failed. This book looks like a light beach read. IT. IS. NOT. The rape is a focal point of the book, as is the aftermath. It also was too long, just way too long for what the book wanted to say. At one point I wanted to DNF it, but I had paid for it and I wanted to review it. Next time? I will put it down and move on, cuz it left me feeling so awful and triggered and I didn’t appreciate it.
The pros of this book is that it felt authentic when it came to the subject matter, and I did like the actual writing. But the misleading advertising? Nope. On Goodreads, all the reviews are basically the same – many versions of ‘this is NOT the book I thought it was’. Which makes me wonder – why? Why did they choose to market it like this? Oh well, on to the next book…
Well as many as I can while taking care of my dog Addie, traveling with my hubby and just living life…
My first review is coming soon…