Quick update

I’m still alive..just been a bit busy!   I am currently reading these two books:

 

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New Books!

So the past week I won these books from Source Books  from retweeting online for the contest to win these beautiful books below!  It was through their romance twitter account sourcebookscasa

I am excited to read these books!

Which one stands out for you?
Which one should I start with?

Authors that are mentioned:
Regina Cole
Shana Galen
Stefanie London
Sharon Sala
Margaret Brownley
Samantha Chase

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I spy Playing with Matches

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Playing With Matches
Hannah Orenstein
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Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Touchstone
Date: June 26, 2018

In the tradition of Good in Bed and The Assistants comes a funny and smart comedy about a young matchmaker balancing her messy personal life and the demands of her eccentric clients.

Sasha Goldberg has a lot going for her: a recent journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a relationship that would be amazing if her finance-bro boyfriend Jonathan would ever look up from his BlackBerry. But when her dream career falls through, she uses her family’s darkest secret to land a job as a matchmaker for New York City’s elite at the dating service Bliss.

Despite her inexperience, Sasha throws herself into her new career, trolling for catches on Tinder, coaching her clients through rejection, and dishing out dating advice to people twice her age. She sets up a TV exec who wanted kids five years ago, a forty-year-old baseball-loving virgin, and a consultant with a rigorous five-page checklist for her ideal match.

Sasha hopes to find her clients The One, like she did. But when Jonathan betrays her, she spirals out of control—and right into the arms of a writer with a charming Southern drawl, who she had previously set up with one of her clients. He’s strictly off-limits, but with her relationship on the rocks, all bets are off.

Fresh, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny, Playing with Matches is the addictive story about dating in today’s swipe-heavy society, and a young woman trying to find her own place in the world.

I spy: Before and Again

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Before and Again
By Barbara Delinsky
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Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date: June 26, 2018

Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends―and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made―though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself―or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.

From a multimillion-selling master of women’s fiction, Before and Again is a story of the relationships we find ourselves in―mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair-weather friends―and what kind of sacrifices we are or aren’t willing to make to sustain them through good times and bad.

Monsters on Machine Picture Book

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Monsters on Machines
Deb Lund
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers;
Date: Reprint edition August 1, 2017

Meet Stinky Stubb, Dirty Dugg, Gorbert, and Melvina, the craftiest crew of monsters ever to build a house. With hard hats and heavy machinery, these feisty fellas dig, dump, hammer, nail, and—after a surprise lunch of Mama’s special monsteroni and cheese—they even squeeze in time for an afternoon snooze.

With backhoes, bulldozers, and mud mounds galore, here is a book that young construction enthusiasts will want to dig into over and over again.

I had to show off this cute picture book because the illustrations are awesome.  The story is cute and it is a great book for younger children.  Check it out.

Two Book Reviews by Samantha Chase

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Samantha Chase
Series:
Shaughnessy Brothers: Band on the Run (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date:  February 7, 2017

What the book is about:
MATT REED IS HIDING
…from his fans
…from his past
…from a failure too painful to contemplate
Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself.

VIVIENNE FORRESTER IS A WOMAN WHO GIVES HER ALL
…to her friends and family
…to her online food blog
…to the man she loves

Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway…

My Review:
Since I read “One More Promise” by Samantha Chase, I decided to check out her other books.  This one was the next one that I picked out.   To be honest the cover caught my eye! I then decided to read the summary of the book as I took the book home from the library!

While reading this book, I managed to read it in about three to four days since my time was broken up doing mom stuff and all that!   I enjoyed how both charcters Matt and Vivienne.   Matt comes across as a regular person who is trying to cope with his failed concert.  Rejection is a tough thing to deal with and since he is in the spotlight, it probably feels like everyone is out to get him.   He ends up talking with his manager as he decides to get away from the media circus.  So then he goes off to his friend’s house and does not tell anyone where he is.   He begins to be so hard on himself but that changes when Vivienne comes into the picture.

Vivienne is just a ray of happiness and wants the best for Matt.  She does her best trying to get him to see the brighter side of things. It takes Matt some time to realize this.   Of course, she introduces him to food since she is a food blogger.  I love this interaction between Matt and Vivienne and food!  It is so awesome.  I love how Vivienne is a blogger and does her photography and cooks!  I wish I could cook that well. ( I think my meals are okay.  They aren’t fancy meals or anything like that….)   Anyways sparks fly between the two!  It is so cute, sweet and may want to see these two last forever.

They do have have their hot and cold moments through the book which is gives you a great story.  In the end they both realize something about themselves and each other. This book left a smile on my face as I enjoyed it quite a bit.   Go check it out.

 

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Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date: October 3, 2017

What the book is about:
Darcy Shaughnessy has gotten used to her overbearing brothers chasing away any man she wants to date. But a chance meeting with a brooding – and deliciously handsome – artist is about to make this holiday season one to remember.

There’s only one thing Benjamin Tanner loves more than his woodcarving: solitude. Then he gets snowed in with Darcy in his cozy cabin in the woods, and their heated feelings begin to melt the icy barrier between them.

With Ben’s need for privacy and Darcy’s love of family and social life, will opposites still attract once the snow clears and the holiday festivities come to an end?

My review:
This is the next book I picked out to read.   It took me a bit longer to get into it for some reason.

Darcy ends up going to Ben’s place in the snow and mountains to help him out with his work.  In the beginning Ben and Darcy butted heads but in the long run they really were attracted to each other.  It takes them a little while to realize this in the book.  It was interesting to see how they play off of each other and how they sometimes both jump to conclusions on things.

Darcy is very family oriented where Ben is not.  They are both stubborn and set in their ways too.  They both have inner demons to deal with and somehow end up telling each other that they needed to deal with it.  Neither one of them did not want to deal with it!  They kept pushing their issues aside.  Slowly but surely they do deal with their issues towards the end of the book.  My reaction to this part was like “Yes they finally realize it!!!  Now hurry up and try to get back together?”

I loved how Darcy reacts to Ben’s house.  Ben is quite a handy man and also has an appreciation for fixing up the home he has.  He has a gift for woodcrafting which is pretty amazing.  I can picture the whole thing going down but I am a little nervous about those power tools!   (I did take a woodworking class back in the day of junior high school and it freaked me out but I did it!)  When you get to the part in the book about the mantle, I hope you will giggle like I did.   That part was awesome!

I hope you like this book as much as I did!   Samantha does a great job with stories including romance, drama, family and problems.