Book Review: The Kiss Quotient @HHoangWrites @BerkleyPub #Romance #ChickLit #BookWorm #ReadMe #MomsWhoRead #Steamy

You all raved about this one, so I just had to read it.  

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*insert me blushing here* Guys…no one prepared me for this book.  No.  One.  You all failed to mention all the hot, steamy sex scenes!!!!!  GAH!  Apparently my prude self doesn’t mind one scene in a book, but gets blushy and out of sorts when there’s multiple, haha.  That is my only warning for you for this book!!  Hoang just hides it all nicely!

So, the book is about Stella who is looking to be well versed sexually (I get it, I know, how did I *NOT* see all the signs for sex coming).  She also happens to have Asperger’s syndrome.  She ends up hiring Michael, an escort, to teach her things in bed (stop laughing at me, I know, I know…all the signs for steamy sex scenes were there, weren’t they).  Michael is hesitant at first to book her for multiple sessions (he never rebooks girls anymore…one went crazy on him), but decides to help her out.  But who is he really helping out?

There’s a little bit of drama with the crazy girl.  It adds just enough to keep some conflict in the book.  I really, really fell in love with Stella.  She is just such a sweetheart.  I loved the story this book told.

4 stars.  It was an easy book to read and I ended up flying through it.  Stella ends up finding kissing repulsive to enjoying it…and everything and more in a relationship.  Michael ends up finding himself enjoying his sessions more than he should too.  Do they end up together?  You’ll have to read to find out!!

Details

Title: The Kiss Quotient

Author: Helen Hoang

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: May 30, 2018

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Book Review: Fishnet #Sex #Prostitution #Mystery #Scotland #BookWorm #MomsWhoRead

Thank you to Netgalley for the copy of Fishnet.  All opinions stated are that of my own!

Fishnet

I’m going to start this review off by giving you the blurb from Goodreads…

Twenty year old Rona Leonard walks out of her sister Fiona’s flat and disappears.

Six years on, worn down by a tedious job, child care and the aching absence in her life, Fiona’s mundane existence is blown apart by the revelation that, before she disappeared, Rona had been working as a prostitute. Driven to discover the truth, Fiona embarks on an obsessive quest to investigate the sex industry. As she is drawn into a complex world, Fiona makes shocking discoveries that challenge everything she believed, and will ultimately change her life forever.

Bittersweet, sensual and rich, Fishnet takes a clear-eyed, meticulously researched, controversial look at the sex industry and the lives of sex workers, questioning our perception of contemporary femininity.

There, now you know what this book is about.  A lot of reviews will talk about how it was hard to read because of the subject matter…maybe it’s living in a state where prostitution is legal in all but 2 counties, but I did not find the subject matter to be that crazy.  The book is based around women that have sex for money…ok.  This book takes place in Scotland where people want to criminalize it.  Honestly, this book does not dive deep in to this world…personally, The Kiss Quotient was a hell of a lot more to handle and take in than this book.

Here’s where the book lost me.  This book flip flops around from present to past and a few different points of view…there is never a clear cut understanding of who is talking or at what point in time something is taking place.  I honestly could NOT follow this book. 

I really wanted to DNF this book.  It became SO frustrating that I just sped read through it because well…I wanted to know what happened to Rona.  Knowing what I know now, I could have DNF’ed this book and been fine…ugh.

I don’t do this often…in fact, this is the first time on my blog I’m doing this…2 stars!  Yes, two stars.  It bounces around aimlessly making it very difficult to follow and then the end…that’s it.  Honestly, this book wasted my time.  I really wanted to love it because I thought the subject matter was interesting, but it was just done so at the surface of the sex industry, it was very disappointing.

Details

Title: Fishnet

Author: Kirstin Innes

Genre(s): Fiction

Publisher: Frieght Books

Release Date: October 15, 2019

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Book Review: Never Have I Ever @JoshilynJackson @wmmorrowbooks #4stars #FastRead #Suspense #Thriller #BookWorm #ReadMe

I love a solid thriller and many of you raved about this book.  I got it on my Libby app through my local library!!

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Amy is living her best life in suburbia.  She has her best friend Charlotte, and other friends in her neighborhood.  This neighborhood is pretty chummy with each other; everyone knows everybody and they even have a book club with the women.  One day, a woman who is air bnbing a home in their neighborhood decides to drop in to the book club…

…the woman straight up overtakes the whole thing.  She ends up playing the game, Never Have I Ever where they all try to top each other with the most outlandish things they’ve done.  Amy gets uneasy with her and makes it her mission to find out what is going on.

Oh, hang on a moment…I almost forgot…Amy killed someone.  Did your jaw just drop?  Did I throw you for a loop?  Oh yes, it’s not a secret, we’re told this in the beginning…she was young and drunk.  Could Amy’s murder and this new neighbor be related?  The book does do flashbacks to that night and intertwines it with the present.

This book had a lot of crazy twists.  It also had its moment that was a little disturbing.   It kinda came out of nowhere.  It was shocking.  It all happens so fast and just bam, in your face.  Lovely, lovely, sneaky, disturbing twist!

4 star read!  You can’t go wrong picking this book up.  I think I’m starting to become jaded with all these thrillers because I wasn’t 100% a fan of the end…and for no reason other than, ugh, a secret was kept.  Haha…I mean, ok, one one hand I’m happy with how it ended, but on the other I’m like OH COME ON!!!!  I suppose if it was written with a secret coming out I’d probably be like, now why did that have to happen, come on.  Haha…I suppose I can’t win with this one…still a great read nonetheless!!!!

Details

Title: Never Have I Ever

Author: Joshilyn Jackson

Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Publisher: William Morrow Books

Release Date: July 30, 2019

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Book Review: I Will Make You Pay @TeresaDriscoll @AmazonPub #IWillMakeYouPay #Mystery #5stars #MustRead #Thriller #BookWorm

Fun fact: Teresa Driscoll is one of my go-to, auto buy no matter what authors.  I was ecstatic to get this advance reader copy on Netgalley!!

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Wednesday.  The horror day.  The only day of the week when bad things happen.  Alice is a journalist who starts to have crazy, stalkerish things happen to her on Wednesdays.  Eventually the crazy stalking ramps up and we find ourselves in the midst of of a great thrilling read.

I’m a huge Teresa Driscoll fan.  I loved how DI Melanie Sanders and investigator Matthew Hill appear in her latest novel as well.  Don’t worry, you do not have to have read any of her other books, but you should if you haven’t!  I love it when characters I enjoy and become familiar with make their rounds in other novels!!

Back to the book.  Alice’s past history is a little crazy.  I don’t want to say too much because it unfolds itself in the book and well, I don’t want you to read the book saying, “What is she talking about, she said this, but I don’t see it…” and then boom, I kinda ruined a pivotal part of the book.  Haha.

Alice’s boyfriend hires Matthew Hill to take on the case.  I mean, the police can only do so much and with every Wednesday things get a little more intense.  Hill essentially gets hired to do all of his investigating on Wednesdays when he acts as Alice’s bodyguard to keep her safe those days.  Alice ends up to start to do her own digging…oh yes, it’s a doozy!!

5 stars.  Sure, I may be partial to Driscoll, but I would also be the first to be disappointed if this novel did not hold up to her others and honestly…I think this may be her best to date!!  I thought I had it figured out, I really did…I didn’t.  It was so creatively done, just an absolutely well written, well done thrilling mystery.  It will be hard to top this one for me this year with any other thrillers out there, that’s for sure!!

 

Details

Title: I Will Make You Pay

Author: Teresa Driscoll

Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Release Date: October 10, 2019

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Book Review: American Royals @katharinemcgee @randomhouse @penguinrandom #Addictive #BestNewSeries #Unputdownable #BookWorm #Bibliophile #5stars

You have all been RAVING over this book with your fancy (lucky) advanced reader copy books.  After a few reviews I requested (months ago) that my library pre-order this one.  To my library patrons, you’re welcome ;).

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WARNING: this is a series.    

What that means is, there’s another book coming out.  So that means it ends on a, “NOOOOOOOOOOO, WTF,” note.  I’m not mad about it.  This is my new obsession.  Think Gossip Girl meets Princess Diaries…it’s everything I could ever hope for and more.

This book tells us the tale if America had a royal family.  At the beginning I found myself reading the book with a British accent, haha.  It took me a few pages to get that out of my head.  I’m going to do something I rarely do and give you the Goodreads blurb for this book…

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

Did I mention how obsessed I am with this book?  If I could I would pre-order book 2 NOW.  We have 5 points of view going on in this book…Beatrice (who will become Queen as she is first in line), Samantha (the spare), Nina (just a regular girl & Sam’s best friend), Jefferson (the spare’s twin brother), and Daphne (%#^^%%#*&%#%#, no other way to describe that b haha).

It is a fast paced read.  Everything intertwined just lovely.  I thought I was reading a true life story at times.  Now, heads up, I LOVE the Royals so this was right up my alley.  I’m also a huge an of young adult novels, which I would categorize this as.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see this optioned as a series.  I only hope that McGee sticks with this series for a long haul!  I cannot get enough!  5 stars from me!

 

Details

Title: American Royals

Author: Katharine McGee

Genre(s): Fiction, Chick Lit, Young Adult, Alternative History

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Release Date: September 3, 2019

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Book Review: Surfside Sisters @nancy_thayer @randomhouse @penguinrandom #Nantucket #Friends #BookWorm #ReadMe

This book looked like a lot of summer fun.  Thankfully my public library had this available to loan!

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Here we have two once inseparable friends turn into no more than mere acquaintances.  The story is told in the present day where our main character, Keely, lets us in on past stories so we can see how her and her best friend once were and how they fell apart.

Keely becomes a big time writer and moves to the city.  It’s the dream that her and her best friend.  It’s everything she wanted…so why is she so lonely?  When her father unexpectedly passes away she finds herself back in her hometown of Nantucket taking care of her mother…and maybe even dabbles in some love.

I loved everything about this story.  It had a broken friendship, strong family story, and even a little bit of romance.  The writing was superb and I felt at the end even Keely learned a small life lesson from her mother.

It is a fast paced read.  I managed to devour this across two days.  It pulls you in immediately because you just have to find out what went wrong between the besties.  It alternates between present and past perfectly and brings up to a lovely ending where Thayer ties everything into the perfect bow.

I’m giving this 5 stars because I can and I LOVED it!  It is a perfect chick lit read for anytime of the year really…don’t let the summery cover fool you!  If you enjoy chick lit novels, you will absolutely adore this one!

 

Details

Title: Surfside Sisters

Author: Nancy Thayer

Genre(s): Fiction, Chick Lit

Publisher: Ballatine Books

Release Date: July 2, 2019

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Book Review: Miracle Creek @AngieKimWriter @fsgbooks @SarahCrichtonBK #BookWorm #Bibliophile #Family #Drama #Mystery

Here’s yet another book a lot of you couldn’t stop raving about.  Shout out to my local library for having it!

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Angie Kim has knocked it out of the park with this one.  The characters are so vividly described, even with their accents and tone of voice.  There was never a time in this book where I was unsure of a character or the description of the setting.  Kim tops it all off with having this mind boggling mystery of who blew up the submarine.

I didn’t spoil anything for you.  We know in the beginning that the Miracle Submarine, a hyperbaric chamber, has been blown up by an arsonist and two people die.  The question is, who did it.  So many people are protecting so many people…everyone is a suspect.

The owners moved here for a better life for their child.  There are many parents who take their children into the submarine simply because they want a better quality of life for them.  There is even a man doing treatment for infertility because he wants a better life with his wife.  How far would you go to protect your family and give them a better life?  This book gives us some insight on that!

It is a fast paced mystery that has surprises throughout.  The amount of things going on with everyone involved and how they intertwine was so creatively done.  I honestly thought I had it begged with who did it, but I didn’t…ugh…so close!!!  This one will have you turning the pages past your bedtime because you’ll want to know more and more.  We get tempted every chapter with just a little more information until it all comes out in the end.

An absolute worthy 5 star read.  This heart-wrenching, emotional read is filled with poignant characters you’ll either love or hate.  As a mother this book was tough to read at times.  A child does die in the accident and Kim isn’t shy with describing the death.  This is such an evoking read, you would be foolish not to get your hands on this.

 

Details

Title: Miracle Creek

Author: Angie Kim

Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

Release Date: April 16, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads