Book Review! Why We Don’t Suck by Denis Leary

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Title: Why We Don’t Suck
Author:
 Denis Leary
Rating:
3.5/5
Release Date: 
October 24, 2017

Description from Goodreads: “From the author of the bestselling Why We Suck comes a searing comic look at these divisive times, skewering liberals and conservatives alike with a signature dose of sarcasm and common sense.

Denis Leary refutes the current highly partisan Right Wing Nutjob versus Left Wing Snowflake approach to American politics—where you’re either one or the other, with no gray areas in between. Leading a new protest movement called Gray Lives Matter, he takes equal opportunity aim at the screaming heads we see arguing every night on CNN (the Clinton News Network) and Fox’s Fair and Balanced Republican Report. With a devoted mission to Make America Laugh Again, Denis tackles the topics we all hold close to our American hearts: Twitter, Instagram, and the seemingly endless search for fame and diet vodka.

In a country so gluten-free that a box of jelly donuts is now a bigger threat than Vladimir Fucking Putin—where college kids are more afraid of Ann Coulter than HIV—it’s time for someone to stand up and stop the insanity. Or at least defend the double cheeseburger. With a side order of free porn. Denis is that guy.

He’ll answer such burning questions as: when will Hillary run out of pantsuits? And why wasn’t her campaign motto Hey America—It’s My Fucking Turn! As Denis says in the book “Trump’s election gave me faith that even I could be president. Look at his track record: canceled TV show, thin skin, angry tweets and an attractive wife. According to that formula, I’m one bad combover away from living in The White House.” We’re all in this together and Denis Leary is here to remind us what makes America #7 on the list of Best Countries To Live In—which may sound bad, but means at least we still make the playoffs.”

Review: First-do not read this book if you are easily offended. This is definitely a book for people who are fed up with the way the world is today. You will not agree with everything he has to say, this book is full of his opinions, be prepared. Also, he does cuss, a lot. If that’s not something you are willing to deal with, maybe find a different book.

I was a big fan of the TV show Rescue Me, so when I saw this book by good ol’ “Tommy Gavin” I thought it had to be good. I was surprised to see that he just like his character on the show. I was prepared for his brash sense of humor and his opinionated views, I mean it’s his book, of course he will tell it like he sees it. However, if you are not prepared for that, this book will be a big shock.

I enjoyed this book. I found it hilarious and well written. I did not agree with everything he had to say, but it was a funny read all the same. I wasn’t aware that he wrote more books so this is the first of his I read and I wasn’t disappointed. If you enjoyed Rescue Me, you will enjoy this book.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

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Book Review! By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

Title: By the Book
Author:
 Julia Sonneborn
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
February 6, 2018

Description from Goodreads: An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.

Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.

Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past…and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.

 Review: As stated in the Acknowledgments of this book, “This novel is a love letter to books, but it is also a love letter to book lovers.” I cannot think of a better way to describe this book. Filled with wonderful tributes to classic authors such as Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters, this book is sure to light your classic literature fires. From all the talk of the classic books, dream libraries, and first edition copies of books, I just wanted to curl up and keep reading forever. This is truly a book lover’s book.

I have read Persuasion by Jane Austen, but I couldn’t remember it real well to give a complete comparison to this book but it definitely had a similar feel and I think this retelling was really well done. Persuasion by Jane Austen was a very prominent part in this book as well,  it felt like a true tribute.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a nice light happy read and made me want to go out and read a lot more classics!

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

 

Book Review! Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

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Title: Troubled Waters
Author:
 Susan May Warren
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
January 2, 2017

Series: Montana Rescue #4

Description from Goodreads: Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.”

Review: This book was so amazing I don’t quite know where to begin. This was so full of suspense and romance, I couldn’t put it down. I devoured this book in two days, and then was sad when I finished it.

Finally we get Ian and Sierra’s story and it was well worth the wait. They have been dancing around each other for so long it was nice for them to finally be forced to face their feelings. Finally figuring out what happened to Esme was a great addition to this book. Her story has been so center for Ian and Sierra that without that wrapped up, it would have felt incomplete.

I was glad to get to know Ian better. We never got much information on him so he was more difficult to relate to. I was impressed with his character and history in this book. He seems so much more human than just the billionaire we got to know before.

With most series, the books start to get tedious after a while, definitely not this one. Each one is at least as good, if not better than the previous ones. I’ve decided this series cannot ever end, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I love this entire team, and the way they band together. They are a large family and protect each other at all costs. Susan May Warren has a knack for drawing me in from the first page and never letting me go. I always find myself clinging to the last page, desperately hoping there’s more.

This story took us away from Montana and into the Caribbean, but of course that doesn’t stop the PEAK team. The change of venue didn’t bother me like I imagined it would. Even some new faces were nice and a fun change.

Now that we have gotten Ian and Sierra’s story, I desperately need Pete and Jess’s story! They have been my favorites since the second book, and their part of this story made my longing for theirs so much more intense. It doesn’t look like they will be the next book but I am hoping for the one after that.

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons

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Title: The Girl in Times Square
Author: 
Paullina Simons
Rating: 
3.5/5

About The Girl in Times Square:

• Paperback: 608 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 19, 2017)

International bestselling author Paullina Simons delivers a riveting novel about a young woman whose search for her missing friend turns into a life-shattering odyssey.

The truth will change her forever.

Living in bustling New York City, Lily Quinn has plenty of distractions and is struggling to finish college as well as pay her rent. But that all pales in comparison when Amy, her best friend and roommate, disappears without a trace.

Spencer O’Malley, a cynical NYPD detective assigned to Amy’s case, immediately captures Lily’s attention. Though he is wary and wrestling with his own demons, he, too, is irresistibly drawn to Lily.

But fate has more in store for Lily than she ever expected. As she looks deeper into the mystery surrounding Amy’s disappearance, Lily finds answers she never imagined she’d find—answers that challenge everything she knows about her own life.

Lily’s search puts her on a collision course with tragedy and love, and gives her a glimpse into the abyss that swallowed her friend . . . until she faces a final confrontation with her own life-changing destiny.

“Part mystery, part romance, part family drama . . . in other words, the perfect book.”—Daily Mail

My Review: This book had a very slow start for me. I found the beginning rather dull, the mood was depressing and I found myself almost miserable just reading it. I wasn’t even sure if I could finish the book. However, around page 125 it got really good. After that, I got engrossed in this book and didn’t want to put it down.

I love how well Lily grew up and found herself. First she is really poor, then her boyfriend leaves her, taking her bed and his part of the rent money, next her best friend goes missing, and then a handsome detective complicates matters even further. Just when she thinks things are at their worst, she gets even more bad news. Through this all, she was able to grow stronger and use her art to learn more about herself and express her sorrow and joy.

I did find the parts about Lily’s mom and dad really annoying. Allison drove me insane, but once we learned a little more about her history, I understood a little more. I still didn’t like her, but it made it more bearable. George’s inability to deal with anything unpleasant, including helping his daughter, made me dislike him more and more as the story went on. Lily’s sisters were also entitled brats and I couldn’t stand them either.

Other than those small issues, the story was really good and I am glad I read it.

 

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*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! The Empowered by Craig Parshall

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Title: The Empowered
Author:
 Craig Parshall
Rating:
1/5
Release Date: 
January 9, 2018

Description from Goodreads: Just when a mysterious death in Washington, DC, appears to have voodoo connections rooted in New Orleans, Trevor Black also receives an invitation to speak at the national ABA convention in the city.

He knows he’ll be in enemy territory, both as a disbarred attorney and as a follower of Jesus, but he determines to travel there and confront the supernatural element. Right after a grisly murder in his hotel room puts him on the suspect list, his daughter disappears, leaving a note that suggests a connection to the local cult religion. Now Trevor must not only crack the case but try to protect Heather from forces of darkness clutching at her soul as well. And just as he discovers that his ability to sniff out the supernatural has its limitations, Trevor learns that this web of evil extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children, with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power.”

Review: I hate when I am unable to give a book the love I was hoping to, unfortunately it does happen. This book was not my cup of tea.  I think a lot of the problem stems with me, rather than the book. I love Christian fiction and when I picked this book up, that is what I expected. I was expecting something similar to the other Christian suspense/thrillers that I have enjoyed over the last couple years. This book was completely different than anything I have read, and disappointingly, it was not in a positive way for me. I am not a big fan of science fiction or fantasy books and this book was too much like them for my taste.

I also could not relate to the characters in this book. I didn’t realize there was a prior book in this series so maybe that would have helped. I felt as though Trevor and Heathers relationship was thrown in there and it was hard for me to connect with. In addition, the storyline was difficult for me to sink into. It wasn’t a book that hooked me.  I didn’t enjoy the demon chasing aspect of this book and it made it really difficult to keep reading this book.

For people who like fantasy books, this might be up your alley. Other reviewers seemed to have enjoyed this book so it’s obviously not a terrible book, regrettably it just wasn’t the right book for me.

 

 *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

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Title: Oath of Honor
Author:
 Lynette Eason

Rating: 5/5

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Series: Blue Justice #1

Description from Goodreads: “Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she’s never without someone to hang out with–or fight with. And she knows they’ll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy’s investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll–including someone from her own family. With her dead partner’s handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy’s head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she’s had a secret crush on for years won’t leave her side?”

Review: This book was really well written and I was drawn into it immediately. Once I picked up this book I didn’t want to put it down for anything; I found myself staying up really late and reading in between anything I was doing, including helping my husband fix his truck.

This book was incredibly well written. I felt each moment along with Izzy and Ryan. I felt the pain and loss, the fear and adrenaline, and the relief and joy. I was able to get so lost in this book that when I was able to completely forget where I was.

I enjoyed this book so much and I am really looking forward to the next book in this wonderful new series!

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

The Cotswolds Cookery Club by Alice Ross

Title: The Cotswolds Cookery Club
Author:
 Alice Ross
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
December 6, 2018

Description from Goodreads: “‘One of the best stories I’ve read in a long time!’ Stacey Rebecca (NetGalley reviewer)

The Cotswolds Cookery Club was originally published as a three-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.

The Cotswolds Cookery Club is opening its doors!

Connie has had enough. Enough of the city, enough of her job – and most importantly, enough of her cheating boyfriend! Finally free to chase her dreams, Connie sets up her very own Cotswolds Cookery Club – a place to share scrumptious recipes and, more importantly, a lot of wine…

Trish always dreamed of living in a little chocolate box village – but she never expected to be starting over at forty. Could joining the Cookery Club be the perfect distraction from her stroppy teenage daughter and her ex-husband’s new girlfriend?

Kate spends her life juggling her three young children and running the busy Cotswolds veterinary practice. It’s time to take charge of the disparate ingredients of her life and transform them into the perfect pot-au-feu!

But with three delicious men turning up the heat, perhaps the sleepy Cotswolds village has a few surprises in store…

Fans of Milly Johnson, Caroline Roberts and Jill Mansell will love this heartwarming read!”

 

Review: This book was a light, delightful, and delicious read and I enjoyed it immensely. The dishes they made caused my mouth to water and caused some serious cravings. This was really well written and I will absolutely be looking for other books from this author.
The version I read was the three shorter books in one set. I enjoyed being able to go from one book right onto the next without having to switch books.

Each short book was told through a different woman’s perspective and I was really drawn into of their worlds. Each one had major issues going on but their lives were made so much better by the cookery club. I loved each of the women in this book, and most of the men, with obvious exceptions.

I loved how each of these books turned out and would definitely recommend these books to anyone who enjoys cooking, or reading about cooking!

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*