“Push your boundaries, that's what they're there for.” - Colleen Hoover

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker

   A couple months back I received an email asking me if I wanted to read Keep Her Safe for review. As I usually do I looked into the plot of the book to see if it was something that interested me. USA Today said "Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrate for her "propulsive plot twists and searing seduction." 
   If that doesn't sound intriguing I don't know what does. I finished this book very quickly because I simply couldn't put it down, that's how good it was!
   The book begins with two police officers, Jackie and Abe, who are not only partners but best friends. Abe is like a father to Jackie's son Noah, so when Abe is murdered in a hotel drug bust not only do they lose their friend but Abe's daughter Gracie and his wife are left behind as well.
   Flash forward many years later and Jackie -who's now Chief- is also a drunk who is constantly facing demons from her past. Noah returns home one night to his mother so intoxicated that he can't understand any of the cryptic comments she's making to him. He goes to take a shower and while he's gone Jackie commits suicide. Leaving behind not only a destraught son she also leaves behind clues for Noah telling him that Abe's murder wasn't what everyone thinks it was. She also leaves him money that she instructs him to give to Gracie who now lives in a trailer with her drug addicted mother who has never recovered from Abe's death.
   Gracie and Noah get off to a rough start but after things are explained and the two of them go on the hunt to find out the true story of her fathers murder things start to heat up not only between them but in the case as well.
   I loved that there was a relationship we got to watch form between the two of them but I also loved that I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what was going to happen. Who killed her father? Why was he murdered? Would Noah and Gracie be next for not leaving the past in the past?
If you're looking for something to keep you guessing and also will give you the romance you crave then I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Keep Her Safe.

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4.5/5 Donut Stars!!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

I've been reading Nicholas Sparks books since I was in 8th grade. I'm 27. That's a hot minute. The last one I read was Safe Haven and that was yeeeears ago. I've recently been going to my library a lot and by habit I go straight to the Nicholas Sparks section. I saw See Me and decided it was time to read another of his novels so I checked this bad lad out.
Oh goodness did I love it. If you're a fan of Mr. Sparks then you know he's known for writing romance and his characters don't often fare to well. In Safe Haven he introduces more of a thriller aspect and I loved it, it's actually one of my favorites of his. See Me also has you on the edge of your seat and it kept me intrigued the entire time - which by the way is a big deal considering this book is almost 500 pages.
Colin has been in trouble most of his life and is currently at the top of a cops watch list. If he screws up at all this dude is gonna lock him in a cell and throw away the key. Even though he has a troubled past Colin is trying to better himself by exercising religiously to calm the rage and is in college with the goal of becoming an elementary teacher.
Maria is a lawyer who is working for a firm that is home to a dude who is a serious creep in the "I cheat on my wife and sexually harass pretty girls" kinda way.
The two of them meet one night when Maria is stranded on the side of the road and Colin offers to fix her tire. Funny enough Colin is in one of Maria's sisters classes and they end up meeting again and hit it off.
Throughout the book we get to watch their relationship develop and really watch them grow as individuals as well.
However while we are experiencing their love story something more sinister is brewing. Someone is following Maria and watching her every move. She begins getting threatening letters and threats of other sorts. Together Colin and Maria are trying to figure out who is stalking her before it's too late.
If you're interested in romance with an edge then See Me is for you!!

I'm bringing back my donut "stars" rating system!
I'm giving See Me 4/5 donuts!!

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Top 10 Books of 2017

In 2015 I only read 17 books so my post last year was only my top 5. This year I read 32 so I'm going to do a Top 10! Enjoy :)

10. The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

9. All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
I thought I had reviewed this one but I can't seem to find it. I thought this book was so darn sweet and Cora Carmack can do no wrong!

8. See Me by Nicholas Sparks
My review for this is coming Thursday so please check back to see what I thought. I will say now that I loved it and it's in my Top 5 favorite Nicholas Sparks books.

7. Under The Lights by Abbi Glines

6. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

5. Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

4. To Hate Adam Connor by Ella Maise

3. Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

2. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

1. Confess by Colleen Hoover

Honorable Mention:
Retreat by Jay Crownover

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Bookish Goals

My Bookish Goals for 2017 Were:
-Read 20 Books
-Interview 5 people
-Post 2 times a week again
- Reach 100,000 pageviews
-Participate in at least 3 blog tours
-Review 10 books
-Post 6 more DUFF stories

I read 33 books this year which makes me super happy. I set my goal on Goodreads to 20 and then raised it to 25 and then again to 30. Lucky for me I had a really good reading month in December as well as most of the year.
I in fact did not interview 5 people and honestly I'm kinda bummed about it. I did interview an awesome author named David so many thank yous to him for taking the time to answer my questions. If you'd like to read that interview click HERE
For the most part I have posted 2 times a week and I have 6 more posts than I did last year!
We've reached 250,712 pageviews guys! I'm so thankful that you all take the time to read what I have to say, it means more than you'll ever know.
I participated in 2 blog tours this year so I didn't meet that goal but it's better than none! ;)
I totally surpassed my goal of reviewing 10 books by doing 24! Yay! :)
And for the DUFF stories I did not meet my goal and unfortunately only did the one, however it was a great one!

My Bookish Goals for 2018 Are:
-Read 20 books (I don't want to set my goal to high because then I get discouraged)
-Interview 5 people (I'm gonna achieve this one dang it!)
-Reach 300,000 pageviews
-Review at least 15 books
-Participate in 5 Blog Tours

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hello 2018

It's 2018! Whaaaaaat?
I for one I can't believe it but boy am I ready to embrace it.
Every year I do a post like this thanking all of the wonderful people who help make my blog what it is. This year I want to thank David Jolly for giving me the time to interview him, Heather for being so open in her DUFF article, all the people I work with at Atria who hook me up with ARCs, Loot Crate, Turo and mostly every single one of you who take the time to read my posts. Every single one of you mean so stinkin much to me and I will never be able to express to you how thankful I am.

I have a post going up Thursday for my Bookish Goals so you'll see those then, but before I close this post I want to tell you all that I'm hoping to make 2018 a great year on my blog and I hope you all are as excited as I am.

Please leave comments letting me know what you're most excited for in 2018. Also if you have any ideas on what you'd like to see on my blog please leave me suggestions. I love hearing from you all :) 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

The Mistletoe Promise is the 4th book I've read from my lovely Christmas themed library haul and it is tied for first (first favorite that is)!!
After reading so many Debbie Macomber books I was actually nervous going into this one. It bugged me because this was one of the books I was most excited for and yet there I was...palms clammy, lump in throat, total nervous mess. I may be exaggerating some but only a little.
Anywho I picked it up anyway and as with the other books I finished this in a day. Why has it taken me so long to read these? Geesh.
The Mistletoe Promise follows Elise and Nicholas who are so freaking charming it hurts.
Nick notices Elise sitting alone every day in the cafeteria of their office building and he approaches her with an idea. From then until Christmas the two of them will for all intents and purposes become a couple. They will attend holiday parties together, partake in Christmas activities, he will send her a gift every day, and all expenses will be covered by him as long as she agrees. Elise who has been divorced and admits hasn't taken care of herself since, agrees to sign the contract and become a faux girlfriend for 2 months.
Through out their time together it becomes more and more clear how perfect the two of them are for each other but they also have dark spots in their past that need to be uncovered before the two can completely commit.
Elise is one of the best characters I've read about in a while and I truly enjoyed reading her. Nicholas is every girls dream. He's handsome, kind, charming and funny. He is so good to Elise and during the book I kept finding myself day dreaming about him.
If you're looking for a very sweet read that also has a little more oomph then I'd definitely recommend this one!

I have watched the movie and while I thought it was very cute I actively had to tell my brain to not compare it to the book. I was getting upset while watching it because they are so far a part it's silly. The book has a lot more substance and I felt like the movie took away the integrity of the story. However if you go into knowing they are completely different I do believe you'll enjoy it.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Starry Night by Debbie MaComber

Last Thursday I reviewed Dashing Through the Snow and told you all about my lovely trip to the library and the beautiful Christmas display that convinced me to rent these magical books.
Starry Night was the first book that I decided to pick up because the plot reminded me vaguely of How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I mean very vaguely.
Our main characters are Carrie and Finn and oh my goodness do I love them so. Carrie is a columnist who is looking to start writing about things that she chooses - see why it reminds me of How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days? Her boss agrees to let her start writing whatever she wants if she scores an interview with Finn Dalton who is a notorious reclusive author.
Through a lot of investigation Carrie ends up figuring out how to find Finn and flies to Alaska to convince him to let her interview him.
However when the two meet Finn isn't exactly thrilled about her invading his privacy and isn't exactly pleasant at first. Obviously though they start to bond because if they didn't the book would royally suck. When Carrie goes to fly back home Finn kisses her and asks her not to write her article. From there the two have a whirlwind romance that is the sweetest thing ever and makes for a seriously enjoyable reading experience.
If you're looking for a book that is easy to read - I finished this in a day - and super cute then look no further book lovers I have found your next read.

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