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Confessions of an Alli Cat by Courtney Cole

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Fifty Shades of Grey meets hilarious Contemporary Romance in this witty and sexy novel by Courtney Cole.

Caution! Only read this book if you want to laugh and are not offended by adult themes and language. This is not a Young Adult book.

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“You know what they say…a happy vagina is a happy woman. Well, they might not say that, but they should.” -Alli

Thirty-five year-old Allison “Alli” Lancaster has it all–a fabulous job, a beautiful 15 year-old daughter, a hilarious BFF and a gorgeous house with a pool and Jacuzzi in an exclusive Las Vegas neighborhood. What she doesn’t have is a husband, because she kicked her lousy, cheating ex to the curb nine months ago. Since then, Alli has paid her dues with seemingly endless self-improvement and seemingly endless mourning. Now she’s ready to move on and try new things.

Alli’s idea of “trying new things” is nothing like that devil-of-a-best-friend of hers. Somehow, Sara, the devil of a best friend, talks Alli into trying out a sex toy, sleeping with a younger man and letting a stranger in a lab jacket put hot wax on a place that should never, ever, ever see wax. And that’s only the beginning.

Alli never saw her life going quite like this. She also never thought she’d meet someone else who had the very real potential to change her life forever.

But she did.

Enter the new guy. He’s gorgeous, refined and mature. He’s also marriage material. But that poses a problem for Alli, who renounced the institution of marriage when she renounced her ex. What’s a girl to do?

They say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But what the heck happens when you can’t leave Vegas? Well, you spin the wheel, of course. You play the game and let the chips fall where they may.

Alli just hopes she can find them all.

Sandy’s Review:

My sister gifted me this book because she was getting sick and tired of telling me to buy it.  The first two pages had me laughing my ass off.  Alli has so many crazy moments that I can’t say which on is my favorite: Her boss telling her she forgot to put on underwear on or her daughter walking in her room while she had tea bags on her freshly waxed crotch.  I’m not sure if I would have been able to handle the gigolo I slept with coaching my daughter or being the son of my new boss that I have a crush on.  I hope everyone woman was as batshit crazy well adjusted as her after a divorce.  This book has great embarrassing moments that will make you LOL.

~ Happy crazy reading 🙂

Purchase book here:Confessions of an Alli Cat (The Cougar Chronicles, #1)

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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in book reviews

 

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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English: The Sea of Tranquility of the Moon. Infrared image in L band centred on 3.75 micrometres. Taken with the SIRCA camera by M. Gålfalk, G. Olofsson, and H.-G. Florén. Nordic Optical Telescope, Stockholm Observatory. More images can be found here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Sandy’s Review:

Wow I have to say this is not what I expected.  Nastya and Josh are not your typical characters, they do not even act like they like each other for a good portion of the book, they just ‘get’ each other.  When I first started reading about Nastya I just wanted to know what the hell happened to this girl that she was so traumatized that she didn’t talk. Then I got pieces very slowly so it frustrated me at times, I can understand how the other characters in the book felt.

Josh was just dealt a shit hand in life.  He just wants to get through the last of his heartache and Nastya shows up.  When she just pushes her way into his life he just shrugs and lets her. She’s like him, neither of them give a damn, wants pity, or questions. He wants to remember, she wants to forget.

I have to say the romance is real because they gradually fall in love out of respect for each other and the realization that life is better together than apart.  Good YA read.

Purchase book here:The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in book reviews

 

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Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

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“Ai,” the traditional Chinese character for love (愛) consists of a heart (middle) inside of “accept,” “feel,” or “perceive,” which shows a graceful emotion. It can also be interpreted as a hand offering ones heart to another hand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

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Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle’s death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn’t get involved, but he can’t help himself. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.

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Excerpt from Falling Into You:

It was just a single sob at first, a quick, hysterical inhalation. Then a second. And then I couldn’t stop it. Tears, a flood of them. I felt the sand grow cold and muddy under my face, felt my body shuddering uncontrollably. He didn’t tell me it was okay. He didn’t try to pull me against him or onto his lap. He kept his hand on my shoulder and sat silent next to me. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop. I’d let go, and now the river would flow un-dammed. No. No. I shook my head, clenched my teeth, lifted up and let myself fall down hard, sending a spear of pain spiderwebbing out from my arm. The pain was a drug, and I accepted it greedily. It was a dam, stemming the tide of tears….

Full length (80,000 word) New Adult Contemporary Romance: **Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language, and adult situations.

Sandy’s review:

This book describes how holding onto pain and guilt can really consume your whole world.  Nell and Colton have a loss in common Coltons younger brother Kyle.  Nell feels the guilt of Kyle saving her and then having to witness his death.  Colton feels the guilt of his shady life and not being there for his brother.  They both deal with their losses the same way, pain and alcohol.  I think everyone has felt such loss that they’ve wanted to cut it from their soul. These two are survivors in every sense of the word.

This is a lovely story about two lost souls that find and heal each other in every way possible.

On a side note, I love when authors add music to their stories it gives a better understanding of the characters and tone to the story.

Purchase it here: Falling Into You

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in book reviews

 

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Wanted (B&S Volume 2) By Kimberly Knight

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English: Picture of San Francisco at Sunset. Français : San Francisco au coucher du soleil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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From the moment she first saw him running on the treadmill next to her, Spencer Marshall had fallen head over heels in love with Brandon Montgomery. After Spencer has a near-death experience she would rather forget, they do their best to move on with their lives, leaving their past behind them. Thankful for a fresh start and eager to move on with her life, Spencer focuses on helping her best friend Ryan Kennedy plan her wedding. Everything seems to be going as planned when someone from Brandon’s past reappears. Can Spencer and Brandon survive the coming days as they struggle to deal with ghosts from the past?

Sandy’s review:

This is the second book after Where I need to be.  It was still just O.K.  There was some drama with Brandon’s ex and people from his past but as soon as it started it ended.  This book was just like the last, I really was not attached to the characters and skimmed through the book.

Buy book here: Wanted (B&S) (Volume 2)

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Where I Need to be by Kimberly Knight

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English: Vector image of the Las Vegas sign. Português: Imagems vectorial da placa de Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Spencer Marshall was done moping. After catching her boyfriend cheating with his secretary, she decides to have a girl’s weekend in Vegas with her best friend Ryan. Lady Luck must be looking out for Spencer, because that weekend will change her life forever. Despite what people say, not everything stays in Vegas.

Sandy’s review:

This book was O.K. but it felt more like a soap opera then a novel.  Spencer’s boyfriend of 2 years is caught cheating with his secretary, she morns, starts to recoup, see’s a hot guy and falls for him.  There are hot scenes in the book but the rest of the story doesn’t seem to hook me, I tended to just skim through the daily stuff that did not seem to add to the story.

Buy book here:Where I Need to Be

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Stealing Harper by Molly McAdams

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Chase Grayson has never been interested in having a relationship that lasts longer than it takes for him and his date to get dressed again. But then he stumbles into a gray-eyed girl whose innocence pours off her, and everything changes. From the minute Harper opens her mouth to let him know just how much he disgusts her, he’s hooked.

But a princess deserves a Prince Charming who can make her dreams come true. Not a guy who can turn her life into a nightmare.

All good intentions go out the window when Harper starts to fall for the guy Chase has come to view as a brother. He wanted to protect her by keeping her away, but he can’t stand to see her with anyone else, and he’ll do anything to make her his. But when it comes down to Harper choosing between the two, will Chase have the strength to step back from the girl who has become his whole world if it means she’ll be happy?

Lines will be crossed. Friendships will be put to the test. And hearts will be shattered.

Sandy’s Review:

I read this book knowing how it would end but I had to hear Chase’s side of the story and boy was it enlightening.  I really wanted to hate him at times while I was reading Taking Chances but couldn’t.  Now I know why, he was trying to be the better man by letting Harper go so she could be with some he thought she deserved, Brandon. After reading the last page I am heartbroken, I cried cause even though I knew what would happen it still hurt like hell.  I just hope Molly McAdams doesn’t pull this shit again cause her and I will no longer be friends.

Buy it here: Stealing Harper

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

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“I have a proposition for you…” Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all. Four days. She could do four days! But she wasn’t counting Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement. One thing is for certain. One brother is right for her. One wants a lifetime. And one is in league with the devil. She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood. * This is a New Adult novel. There is mild profanity and some sexual content.

Sandy’s Review:

My sister recommended this book to me and I have to say I laughed a lot.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was so happy with the ending.  Kacey is that girl that everyone has met in their life that is just more comfortable around the opposite sex and of course females are catty to her because of it. Jake and Travis Titus have been in her life since she was a child and events have brought her to the Titus house to do a favor for Jake.  Jake is now an arrogant billionaire playboy who wants to save face so he needs Kacey to play a part for him.  Travis on the other hand just wants to live the simple life and make up for all the years he’s tortured Kacey.  These three together have moments that will make you smile ear to ear because of the closeness they once shared and the “bet” that was made by two young boys.

~ Happy reading :))

Purchase here: The Bet

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in book reviews

 

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