Book Review #259

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Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published November 7th 2012 by Kristen Proby Publishing
Original Title: Come Away with Me
ASIN: B00A3XVP4E
Edition Language: English
Series: With Me in Seattle #1
Characters: Luke Williams, Natalie Conner
Setting: Seattle, Washington (United States)
HOLY FREAKING SWOON!!

Looking for a steamy, no angst, pure swoon-fest?? Look no further!

I still can’t believe this was a debut novel! The flow, the writing style, the feel of the story, the characters, everything just instantly hooked me from the first scene. Seriously, I read most of this book with this happy little smile on my face and my heart a-fluttering.

On a beautiful quiet morning, Natalie is out on the beach taking photos of the scenery when she is suddenly confronted by a gorgeous man enraged that she was taking his picture and demanding that she turn over her camera. Clearly surprised that she actually wasn’t, and even more shocked (and thrilled) that she doesn’t know who he is, and he apologizes profusely and asks her out to breakfast hoping to smooth over their rough start.

And so begins their relationship. Luke loves that Natalie doesn’t recognize him and that her feelings for him are based purely on what he’s shown her of himself, and Natalie can’t get enough of this amazing, charming man who stepped into her life. But Natalie is a up front, honest girl and when she eventually finds out what he’s hiding, the sparks fly.

“Are you having doubts?”
“Hell, no, I just want to make sure this is what you want, baby. If you say no, that’s fine, but please, God, don’t say no.”

Luke. Oh my god Luke freaking Williams! I have a new book boyfriend (shhh, don’t tell the others)! He was butterflies-in-my-belly, set-my-heart-a-flutter, clutch-my-chest-and-fan-myself swoony! He cooked, opened doors, gave foot rubs, bought flowers (by the truckload), planed surprises, spoiled his girl… and best of all, was completely devoted to and in love with Natalie. Over all, pretty much just pure fantasy man material.

“Is there anyone else?”
“Why is that any of your business?”
“Because you’re the first woman I’ve brought into my home and all I can think about is getting your beautiful body naked and fucking you senseless. I need to know if there is any competition. I don’t share, Natalie.”…
“Saying that you don’t want to share implies that I’m already yours, Luke.”
“Aren’t you?” he whispers.”

Their relationship was very romantic, very quick to develop (remember, this book is pure swoon-fest), and very functional. They each had their insecurities but I really liked how they compromised in each situation. Neither of them would just roll over and give in but would each listen to the other’s perspective and make a decision that respected their feelings.

This book has no external drama or bad guy. No cheating, major stupidity, long separations or anything will make you threaten bodily harm to your eReader. Its solely focused on the romance between Luke and Natalie!

And oh my Lord are there ever boat-loads of steamy sex scenes! Seriously, these guys can’t stop doing it! =) Everywhere! The wall, the bed, the bathroom, the shower, the limo, the airplane, the desk, the car, the beach… I’m sure I’m missing a few but this book basically goes from swoon to sex to swoon to sex to more swoon and more sex… mostly vanilla but all hottt!

The book is told in first person perspective from Natalie’s POV for the whole story up until the very sweet epilogue which is from Luke. The writing style was vaguely reminiscent of EL James’ in places. I kind of wavered on whether or not that was a good thing but overall, I guess the fact that I honestly smiled my way through most of the book meant that I really liked it. I love the style and it worked well for this story.

“I’ve fallen in love with a beautiful, sexy, sweet, jealous control freak.
Shit.”

So given all the boat-loads of swoon and steam, what made it 4 stars instead of 5? There were a few small things, nothing huge, though but there were a few moments that made me give the page the “squinty skeptical eye” and go hrmmmm (but nothing lingering, just kind of a moment that I got over quickly). I also found there was a bit too much focus on body image talk – at first it was fine, but it was mentioned several times over the course of the book and eventually got to be a little much for me. And while the heroine was definitely not what I’d call annoying, she did have a few (luckily, very short) moments that made me roll my eyes. And lastly, and this might sound weird, but some parts of the story just felt a little ‘too’ perfect at times. Too many endearments, too many ‘perfect’ scenes. But still, I mean, for a pure swoon-fest, that’s kind of what you want, right? 😀

This book left me completely satisfied with Luke and Natalie’s story. There is a HEA (no cliffhanger!) and I’m very much looking forward to more from this author. And she just told me we have a LOT to look forward to: Book #2 “Fight With Me” which will follow Jules’ (the best friend’s) and Nate’s story and is scheduled for release on Jan 4, 2013. Then Will’s story, “Play With Me” comes out in March!!! oh, and we get an Isaac/Stacy novella this December too! Seriously, Kristen Proby sure knows how to keep her readers happy 😀

If you love steamy romance without excess drama, then definitely add this book to your TBRs!

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Outlander Season 3 Set for September Premiere Date

Mark your calendars, Outlander fans! The Droughtlander is almost over because Starz has announced the Outlander season 3 release date. They’ve also shared the gorgeous new poster for the third season of the wildly popular time-traveling drama series based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestseller:

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Starz will premiere season 3 of Outlander on September 10 at 8 p.m. EST.

14 New World War II Novels for Your Book Club

If your reading group loves historical fiction, we’ve compiled a list of the best World War II fiction books for your book club that have been released so far this year. These new 2017 releases feature compelling storylines, courageous and heroic characters, and a fascinating glimpse of history that will drive interesting and thought-provoking book club discussions for readers. You won’t want to miss these exquisitely crafted titles from acclaimed authors such as Kate Quinn, Susan Meissner, Pam Jenoff, and more. Publishers’ descriptions included below.

 

The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

From the multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II — a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day.

On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country.

Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

In the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves — contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.

But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope — the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.

 

The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor

A historical novel of love and survival inspired by real resistance workers during World War II Austria, and the mysterious love letter that connects generations of Jewish families. A heart-breaking, heart-warming read for fans of The Women in the Castle, Lilac Girls, and Sarah’s Key.

Austria, 1938. Kristoff is a young apprentice to a master Jewish stamp engraver. When his teacher disappears during Kristallnacht, Kristoff is forced to engrave stamps for the Germans, and simultaneously works alongside Elena, his beloved teacher’s fiery daughter, and with the Austrian resistance to send underground messages and forge papers. As he falls for Elena amidst the brutal chaos of war, Kristoff must find a way to save her, and himself.

Los Angeles, 1989. Katie Nelson is going through a divorce and while cleaning out her house and life in the aftermath, she comes across the stamp collection of her father, who recently went into a nursing home. When an appraiser, Benjamin, discovers an unusual World War II-era Austrian stamp placed on an old love letter as he goes through her dad’s collection, Katie and Benjamin are sent on a journey together that will uncover a story of passion and tragedy spanning decades and continents, behind the just fallen Berlin Wall.

A romantic, poignant and addictive novel, The Lost Letter shows the lasting power of love.

 

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women — a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 — are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth… no matter where it leads.

 

 

The Diplomat’s Daughter by Karin Tanabe

For fans of All the Light We Cannot See and Orphan Train, the author of the “thought-provoking” (Library Journal, starred review) and “must-read” (PopSugar) novel The Gilded Years crafts a captivating tale of three young people divided by the horrors of World War II and their journey back to one another.

During the turbulent months following the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, twenty-one-year-old Emi Kato, the daughter of a Japanese diplomat, is locked behind barbed wire in a Texas internment camp. She feels hopeless until she meets handsome young Christian Lange, whose German-born parents were wrongfully arrested for un-American activities. Together, they live as prisoners with thousands of other German and Japanese families, but discover that love can bloom in even the bleakest circumstances.

When Emi and her mother are abruptly sent back to Japan, Christian enlists in the United States Army, with his sights set on the Pacific front — and, he hopes, a reunion with Emi — unaware that her first love, Leo Hartmann, the son of wealthy of Austrian parents and now a Jewish refugee in Shanghai, may still have her heart.

Fearful of bombings in Tokyo, Emi’s parents send her to a remote resort town in the mountains, where many in the foreign community have fled. Cut off from her family, struggling with growing depression and hunger, Emi repeatedly risks her life to help keep her community safe — all while wondering if the two men she loves are still alive.

As Christian Lange struggles to adapt to life as a soldier, his unit pushes its way from the South Pacific to Okinawa, where one of the bloodiest battles of World War II awaits them. Meanwhile, in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, as Leo fights to survive the squalor of the Jewish ghetto, a surprise confrontation with a Nazi officer threatens his life. For each man, Emi Kato is never far from their minds.

Flung together by war, passion, and extraordinary acts of selflessness, the paths of these three remarkable young people will collide as the fighting on the Pacific front crescendos. With her “elegant and extremely gratifying” (USA TODAY) storytelling, Karin Tanabe paints a stunning portrait of a turning point in history.

 

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. This new novel from the award-winning author of the Booker Prize short-listed The Dark Room tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process.

Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of deportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons, missing since daybreak.

Come in search of her lover, to fetch him home again, away from the invaders, Yasia must confront new and harsh truths about those closest to her.

Here to avoid a war he considers criminal, German engineer Otto Pohl is faced with an even greater crime unfolding behind the lines, and no one but himself to turn to.

And in the midst of it all is Yankel, a boy determined to survive this. But to do so, he must throw in his lot with strangers.

As their stories mesh, each of Rachel Seiffert’s characters comes to know the compromises demanded by survival, the oppressive power of fear, and the possibility of courage in the face of terror.

Rich with a rare compassion and emotional depth, A Boy in Winter is a story of hope when all is lost and of mercy when the times have none.

 

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women — past and present — in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life.

February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Résistance spy.

Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark…

Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides — and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.

 

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.

First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war—each with their own unique share of challenges.

Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah’s Key, and The Light Between Oceans, Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

 

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

For readers of Lilac Girls and The Nightingale, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II.

As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar’s stuffy edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing,” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.

An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Jennifer Ryan’s debut novel thrillingly illuminates the true strength of the women on the home front in a village of indomitable spirit.

 

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.

As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?

Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.

 

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive — and to reunite — We Were the Lucky Ones is a sweeping novel spanning six years and five continents and a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.

It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.

 

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival.

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another — or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

 

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager — obsessed with music, food, and girls — but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier — a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

 

To Die in Spring by Ralf Rothmann

The lunacy of the final months of World War II, as experienced by a young German soldier.

Distant, silent, often drunk, Walter Urban is a difficult man to have as a father. But his son — the narrator of this slim, harrowing novel — is curious about Walter’s experiences during World War II, and so makes him a present of a blank notebook in which to write down his memories. Walter dies, however, leaving nothing but the barest skeleton of a story on those pages, leading his son to fill in the gaps himself, rightly or wrongly, with what he can piece together of his father’s early life.

This, then, is the story of Walter and his dangerously outspoken friend Friedrich Caroli, seventeen-year-old trainee milkers on a dairy farm in northern Germany who are tricked into volunteering for the army during the spring of 1945: the last, and in many ways the worst, months of the war. The men are driven to the point of madness by what they experience, and when Friedrich finally deserts his post, Walter is forced to do the unthinkable.

Told in a remarkable impressionistic voice, focusing on the tiny details and moments of grotesque beauty that flower even in the most desperate situations, Ralf Rothmann’s To Die in Spring “ushers in the post–[Günter] Grass era with enormous power” (Die Zeit).

Release date: August 29

 

The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy

In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II.

Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem.

On days when they aren’t playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys’ father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory.

When war breaks out, Jacob’s world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life — and his life’s mission — forever.

Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runnertells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad. Through one boy’s harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people’s stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails.

Release date: September 5

 

6 Things to Know About the Upcoming ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Adaptation

Exciting news for Ray Bradbury fans! HBO is adapting his iconic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 into a TV movie. Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman tasked with destroying books — the most illegal and threatening contraband in his society. As such, the book’s title refers to the temperature at which paper burns. It’s a riveting dystopian classic that has gripped readers for half a century. Here are some things to know about the upcoming Fahrenheit 451 movie.

What do you think of the new Fahrenheit 451 movie?

Book Review #258

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Paperback, 244 pages
Published January 29th 2017 by CreateSpace
ISBN: 1542662451 (ISBN13: 9781542662451)
Edition Language: English
It’s just a matter of timing…

***3.5…maybe 3.75…nearly 4 stars***

I read this book at the wrong time. I was actually looking for some smutty goodness and this one, I thought, had huge potential. Unfortunately, I was left waiting…and waiting…and waiting. Kind of like the heroine of the story.

Lizzie has not had a good run with men. Her long-time boyfriend who she helped and supported through his studies dumps her for a new and improved model. What follows is one bad date after the other. New Year’s Eve one year had huge potential until the man of the moment falls asleep at a really, REALLY crucial moment.

This very embarrassing moment sets Lizzie on a new path but unfortunately, she seems to still be faced with dud after dud after dud. No man in New York seems capable of romance and all of them seem to be interested only in the end prize. It’s time for a break.

A private post to her sister somehow manages to go viral and shares Lizzie’s frustration with men in the city. With a glass of wine under her belt, she expresses her feelings of frustration and disgust with their lack of wooing and romantic gestures. Determined to not lower her standards, Lizzie decides to go on strike…and not have sex again until a man makes an effort first.

Jake is a cynical bugger when it comes to love. He’s extremely good looking, a smooth talker and a favourite with the ladies. With a successful career in acquiring obscure treasure for the rich and famous, he’s relatively happy with his life.

When his latest job is to obtain Hollywood memorabilia for The Met, he looks forward to the challenge. At his first meeting with the curator, he’s shocked at the hostile reception he receives. The woman (not like any other woman he’s dealt with before) seems to detest him…and for the life of him he doesn’t know why.

As the story goes on we learn more about Lizzie and Jake. We see their history and what has given them such negative feelings towards love and romance. Lizzie’s expectation is high, while Jake’s expectations move no further than the bedroom. When Lizzie becomes a viral sensation, Jake starts to look at Lizzie in a different light. The more time they spend together, the more they start to feel.

I did struggle with this story a little. Lizzie is not the most logical of people and the situations she gets herself into could have easily been avoided if she had thought before acting or speaking. Jake’s arrogance stubbornness drove me a little batty. My biggest struggle was that IT TOOK THEM TOO LONG TO WORK THINGS OUT!! Bloody knuckleheads.

Like I said, timing can make or break a book for me. When you’re looking for smutty smut and you get a slow burn…you’re bound to be disappointed. I still enjoyed Bet Me. I had a few laughs, nodded my head a time or two and shared a glass of wine in sympathy with Lizzie. I most likely will read another book by Lila Monroe in the future.

Stephen King Reveals the Title of His New Book

Earlier this month, Stephen King confirmed to Collider that he has a new book coming out in 2018, and we now have a title! In an interview with USA Today, he revealed that although he can’t say much about it, it will be titled The Outsider. “It’s too cool to talk about right now,” King said. “All I can say is it won’t be out in 2017 because I’ve got enough going on.”

 

That may be the understatement of the year. With a string of adaptations hitting both TV and movie screens this year, as well as a new novel coauthored with his son due out this fall, King continues to maintain his status as the master of horror and solidify his place in American pop culture for generations to come.

Stephen King’s name has been at the forefront of entertainment in 2017, and fans have plenty to keep them busy as they wait for a new novel. This summer, the film adaptation of his dark fantasy The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, hit theaters. Then, this fall, Bill Skarsgård plays Pennywise the clown in the big screen adaptation of King’s coming-of-age horror classic It.

On the small screen, DirecTV fans are enjoying David E. Kelley’s adaptation of King’s Mr. Mercedes for the AT&T Audience Network. The 10-episode series about a hard-boiled retired police detective and a psychopathic murderer stars Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway, respectively. Plus, Netflix just announced a September 29 release date for its adaptation of King’s 1992 psychological novel Gerald’s Game.

Also next month, King hits the road for a book tour with his son, Owen, for their collaborative novel, Sleeping Beauties, which drops on September 26. Set in a small Appalachian town, a disturbing phenomenon is occurring among the women who reside there — except for one.

The theme of The Outsider has fans buzzing with speculation that it might be a fourth book in the Mr. Mercedes series. We’ll have to wait to find out if that theory is true, but 2018 is just around the corner! Until then, there is an abundance of Stephen King projects to enjoy.

What do you think of Stephen King’s new book title?

 

Book Review #257

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eBook, 285 pages
Published January 19th 2015 by Entangled: Bliss
Original Title: Her Backup Boyfriend
ISBN: 1633751341 (ISBN13: 9781633751347)
Series: The Sorensen Family #1

4.5 out of 5

I’ve been reading a number of tense emotional reads lately, and enjoying most of them immensely. But sometimes I’m just in a mood for light and fluffy and this book fit the bill just wonderfully well.
Kate is quite the uptight focused lawyer who had her life all planned out. She came from nothing and rose above her rather sad childhood to become quite a success. But when the book opens, she’s been dumped by her fellow lawyer boyfriend. He’s a wimp and she’s actually much better without him. He comes from a high class family and Kate just wasn’t good enough for his snooty family. As if that’s not bad enough he’s now engaged to someone else AND his fiancé just happens to work at the same law office. And isn’t that a set-up to make one twitchy.

Kate isn’t satisfied with just being a lawyer in the firm. She wants to make junior partner with hopes of becoming a judge someday. As the book opens, she’s had a crappy day and is in traffic, stuck behind someone going real slow when all she wants is to get home. As she follows the car, he seems to be going the same route she is and much to her disgust, pulls into her neighbours place.

Turns out he’s our hero and nephew to her neighbour. Dominic is exactly my kind of hero, a blue collar hero. He’s helping out at his father’s construction company while his father is laid up but what he really wants to do is go back to school and continue his plans to become an architect. And as it turns out, Kate has recently purchased an old house which needs quite a few repairs and Dom does this kind of thing on the side. Though reluctant, she knows there is chemistry between them but she finds it inconvenient, but she does hire him to do the work. Meanwhile, back at the office, because of a social event she doesn’t want to go to alone, and because of the former boyfriend/now engaged to fellow employee, she makes up a boyfriend.

Due to a series of events, Dom becomes her made up boyfriend and all it entails if she will do some pro bono work for his sister who is going through a bad time. And in typical but nevertheless cute and sweet and very readable way, feeling develop but assumptions are made but boy and girl do get past all hurdles and end up happy.

I loved both Kate and Dom. Kate’s sad and lonely childhood really makes us feel for her. And on the other hand, Dom comes from a very close family and it’s clear he will do anything for family, from giving up his dreams to help his family, to bargaining to be a fake boyfriend. And the fact that he has a strong and sexy Latin vibe going for him, his mother is from Mexico, makes him most appealing.

I also love the author’s voice, very readable, very fun and humorous and I’ve already bought and am currently reading the next book, Her Accidental Husband which is about Dom’s older brother and Kate’s best friend. I very happily recommend this book and this author. The book is just what I needed.