Book Review: Faking It

Thank you to Netgally and Harper Collins UK/One More Chapter for my advance copy of Faking It in exchange for my honest review! (This is a LATE review, I have previously read this one and am just catching up on writing reviews…my apologies to the publishers!)

Faking It is the perfect lighthearted, fun read if you’re looking for something not so serious. We meet Hannah Thompson, who is a relatable mother and wife, trying to juggle it all. She is working on publishing her first novel, a work of erotica, while trying to hide that from her kids because…well…she doesn’t want them to know what she’s been (tastefully) writing.

What I loved most about this book was how supportive her husband was. That is ALWAYS appreciated when I read novels, especially with moms. Being a mother myself, if my husband wasn’t supportive between everything I do I would absolutely lose it.

Hannah decides to take on an alter ego and write a little more on the naught side and finds herself about to be the guest speaker at a sex convention. The research she does with her friends was just hilarious. I could see myself in her shoes!

4 stars.  If you’re a fan of chick lit, you’ll enjoy this one!

Title: Faking It

Author: Rebecca Smith

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Publisher: Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter

Release Date: August 7, 2020

Find it here on Goodreads


Book Review: The Night Before

*blows dust* WHAT?!?!? A book review?!? You know what…it’s long overdue for myself to get back in the saddle. Why? I’m tired of reading books and then forgetting what they’re about…haha. But, honestly I have a HUGE backlog of books I have read and I MISS blogging about them. So…hopefully I will stick with it a little longer. I don’t plan on posting as often as I used to, but I am definitely aiming for weekly posts!!!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advance copy of The Night Before in exchange for my honest review! (Oops, I’ve had this book for 3 years…I am so, so sorry it took me THIS long to read it, I wish I picked it up sooner!!!!!)

Wow. The Night Before opens up with a bang. Laura is plagued by a murder from her high school years that she is adamant she didn’t commit (even though not everyone may truly believe her).

Laura moves from New York City after a sudden breakup into her sister’s home, in her hometown. She thought she left everything behind and finds herself back here. Laura decides to jump back into dating and her sister, Rosie, thinks it is a bad idea.

Walker takes us through an alternating timeline, Laura in therapy, Laura on her date, and her sister after her date. There were twists and turns and a shocker I did not see coming. When I stopped and reflected on the book, I smiled. It was just THAT good.

I loved the alternating timelines. We hear from Laura in realtime on her date (which was in the past) and then immediately get thrown into the present with Rosie and what is going on there. This kept me hooked and kept me up past my bedtime!!!

4 stars.  SOLID read, great thriller. I never saw one specific part of the book coming…it was a total shock. I love how the book ended and everything came into place. My heart broke a little for Laura, but in the end, I am happy with how things turned out for her!

Title: The Night Before

Author: Wendy Walker

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

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 6 Your Local Library & Your Kindle #Overdrive #Libby #Library #Hoopla #Ebook #Digital #Kindle

😦  Here are we are to Part 6 of my Amazon & The Kindle series!  This is my LAST one in this informational series!!!!  I hope you have learned a new thing or two with your Kindle device!  This week we are focusing on…if you reside outside of the United States, please read on because there ARE options for you too!!

Your Local Library & Your Kindle




Here is where having a Kindle and a library card can become DANGEROUS.  The first thing you need to do is get yourself a local library card.  Consult with your local library and see what services are offered through them.  Each library district is different with what they offer, I will be going over the most popular options and what exactly they are.  Bottom line, they are SIMPLE to use with your Kindle!!  Even my 80+ year old grandmother can check out library books to her Kindle!

*Let me interject here.  Some library districts are small and do not offer a lot.  I am going to highlight a few public libraries that you can buy a yearly membership to.  Some people like to go with these libraries regardless because they have a much bigger library to choose from.  I am lucky enough to have 2 library districts in my area that I am a member of and I have found what my smaller district does not have available in an ebook format, the larger one does.  Check with your local library first and see if they have any reciprocal or sister libraries you are eligible to borrow from too!  These are just a few options…

Orange County Library System (Florida) 3 months $75, 6 months $100, 1 year $125 (They allow membership to lose who live OUTSIDE of the United States as well!)

Brooklyn Public Library (New York) 1 year $50

Free Library Of Philadelphia  1 year $50 (They also allow membership to those who live OUTSIDE of the United States as well!)

Fairfax County Library (Virginia) 1 year $27

Check this blog out for even more options!

**Side note…I would love to have the ability to borrow from a library in England/Europe/Overseas (because you guys get a lot of books over there first that I want to read) so if anyone knows of any libraries like these, PLEASE reach out and let me know!

Let’s move on to the actual ways you will borrow from the library now…my favorite…


Overdrive is one of the main borrowing systems libraries use for ebooks.  They have a website and app you can use and your local library usually has a link set up on their website to their Overdrive library.  From there you can browse around.  You will use your library card and password to log in to Overdrive so make sure all of that is set up with your local library first!  Now…Overdrive has an app, but I don’t find it to be user friendly.  The also have Libby (presented by Overdrive) which is SUPER easy to use!  You can download it to your device and log in with your library credentials.  I have 2 libraries connected to my account and bounce back and forth between them.

On one side of the app is your shelf, which shows what you have borrowed and you can look at your holds shelf for what you have coming.  On the other side is the library side where you can search and find ebooks and audiobooks.  The audiobooks read right through the app, it’s easy and magical.  This is what I showed my grandmother to use and guys…she doesn’t need ANY help to navigate it.  That’s how easy it is!!!! Here is a quick look at the inside of my account just so you can see how pretty it looks…


Once you have a library book checked out to you, you will click on it and it will take you right to the Amazon website where you can check out the book to borrow.  Most libraries let you choose how long you want the hold for (7 days, 14 days, 21 days) so make sure you pay attention to that detail!  Once your hold is up the ebook will automatically go back to the library, no late fees!!  I do check my books back in early through Libby and AGAIN through Amazon (I go to and select the book and click on return, sometimes the book won’t go back to your library early unless you do this, you’ll get a note on your Kindle with the book saying return ended and you can just delete that off your Kindle and it’s off for good).  Just a helpful tip for returning through Overdrive!


Next there’s Hoopla…


Hoopla’s biggest perk?  There’s NO waiting period (unlike with Overdrive and the more popular books)…everything that is available in the library is available to you IMMEDIATELY.  The selection is not as big with the latest releases, but you can borrow so much MORE through Hoopla…the Hoopla app is available on iOS, Android, AND the Amazon app store.  You can access it via Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV.  Why would you need all that?

Because you can borrow ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and television!!  WOW!  My local library allows me to borrow 8 items a month.  The only downside is everything is done through the app so I can’t take the ebook I borrow and read it on my Kindle Paperwhite, I have to read it on a device that has the Hoopla app on it (it would work on the Kindle Fire tablet).  They even have a kids area to the app (which my kids LOVE) to explore.  They enjoy checking out movies and shows…just be careful of your library’s limit!!!  Even if you return items, you are only allowed that amount to be checked out each month!  


That’s really all I wanted to highlight as those are the 2 most popular eborrowing tools with public libraries.  Check with your local library to see what they have to offer.  My local library also offers extra services such as a free membership to Creativebug and the children’s learning program Socrates.  Support your local library!!  Please let me know if you have any other questions about any eborrowing abilities or if your library has a really neat feature.

I hope this series has helped you unlock the potential in your Kindle.  To recap all the series posts…

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 5 Kindle Unlimited #Amazon #Kindle #KU #Ebooks #KindleUnlimited

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 4 #FreeNewsletters #Free #Kindle #FreeReads #Amazon #FreeEbooks #Ebooks

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 3 #Kindle #AmazonPrime #Amazon #Reading #Ebooks #Perks

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 2 #Kindle #Amazon #KindleTips

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 1


Happy Sunday!!!!!!

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 5 Kindle Unlimited #Amazon #Kindle #KU #Ebooks #KindleUnlimited

Here are we are to Part 5 of my Amazon & The Kindle series!  I hope you are enjoying all of this information week in and and week out.  After this part, there is only one more part to my series left!


Kindle Unlimited



Personally, I do not subscribe the $9.99 a month to Kindle Unlimited.  I have a crazy huge Kindle library thanks to Amazon & The Kindle: Part 4 #FreeNewsletters and my local library with the Libby/Overdrive app (to be featured NEXT WEEK), so I would probably never read enough to justify the $9.99 a month!  It does not mean it won’t be worth it for you!


You can browse books in the Kindle store and if you see Kindle Unlimited above the book title it means it is within the Kindle Unlimited library.  Essentially you are paying $9.99 a month for the ability to borrow up to 10 books at a time.  You do not get to keep them and once you stop paying the monthly fee you lose access to all of those books.


They offer a 30 day free trial so you can try it before you start to commit to it.  Authors get paid by the pages you read, so that is how they make their money when they offer their books to the Kindle Unlimited library.  A few times a year Amazon will offer a 3 month subscription for 99 cents and that’s an even BETTER deal.  They just had this offering a few weeks ago so in another few months (probably around Black Friday) I would assume they’ll be offering it again!


Are you a member of Kindle Unlimited?  Do you enjoy it?  Any other questions?  Reach out and I will do my best to answer them!  I hope this helped you decide if Kindle Unlimited could be right for you!  Next Sunday will be my last installment of my Amazon & The Kindle Series, Your Local Library & Your Kindle.  This will be an absolutely amazing discovery if you did not already know how much your local library can offer with Kindle!!!!!



Amazon & The Kindle: Part 4 #FreeNewsletters #Free #Kindle #FreeReads #Amazon #FreeEbooks #Ebooks

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 3 #Kindle #AmazonPrime #Amazon #Reading #Ebooks #Perks

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 2 #Kindle #Amazon #KindleTips

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 1

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 4 #FreeNewsletters #Free #Kindle #FreeReads #Amazon #FreeEbooks #Ebooks

I have previously done a post on this over at Book In The Bag where I would do weekly guest blogs.  Not much has changed as far as my discovery of free newsletters has gone, so aside from a little updating, it will be pretty similar!



The focus of today’s post is FREE EBOOKS!  Yes, 100% (and even access to some cheap reads) ebooks you can download to your Kindle (and yes, other ereaders).  I find some of these are repetitive, but hey I won’t turn down a free book!


Newsletter: Book Bub

Web Address:

My Thoughts: This was the first eBook newsletter I was exposed to.  They offer a few free ones here and there (not as many as other newsletters), but have many offerings from 99 cents to $3.99, great deals!


Newsletter: Freebooksy

Web Address:

My Thoughts: This is my favorite newsletter.  This newsletter is always filled with 100% free books.  You just need to make sure you read it on the same day because the books are usually only free for one day!  I LOVE the format of their email too, it’s very eye pleasing!


Newsletter: Voracious Readers Only

Web Address:

My Thoughts:  You sign up with your e-mail and mark off the genres you enjoy (you can always change these later).  The send out individual e-mails when they get a new book and you can click on the link and then get the free eBook.  Many times when you click the link you are also signing up for the author’s mailing list.  I don’t feel they send out too many e-mails and they offer different ones I haven’t seen on any other newsletters.  They DO expect feedback on the books you select to read…you can’t just hoard these on your ereader and expect to read them at your leisure.  Only agree to read a book if you’re going to start it soon and will give them a small review!


Newsletter: Ereader News Today

Web Address:

My Thoughts: Again, you sign up with your e-mail address and select the genres you wish to receive.  Remember, don’t limit yourself, maybe you’ll find a book in a new genre you’ll fall in love with!  They offer free and heavily discounted priced books!  I love the ability to pick the genres I want in my newsletter.


Newsletter: Early Bird Books

Web Address:

My Thoughts: Early Bird Books offers great discounts on popular reads!  Yes, on occasion they have some big name authors!  If you’re looking for a deal, this is the newsletter for you.  This will have more bestsellers priced usually from $1.99 to $3.99 (and occasionally free).


Newsletter: Many Books

Web Address:

My Thoughts: Many Books offers a website filled with free eBooks, as well as a newsletter, which highlights free and discounted eBooks. I am not really a fan of this newsletter and I’m not sure why.  It would be the layout or that I don’t find many eBooks I’m interested in. But it is still something to take a look at.


Newsletter: Book Adrenaline

Web Address:

My Thoughts: This is for all my fellow thriller and mystery lovers out there!!  Book Adrenaline offers free and discounted mystery and thriller books.  You will not find any other genres here.  I love mysteries and thrillers so this is right up my alley.  I have put so many books from here on my amazon wish list I have yet to figure out when I will read all these books!


Newsletter: Pillow Talk Books

Web Address:

My Thoughts: Where are all my romance lovers?  This is a newsletter just for romance books!  They sent out a daily newsletter with cheap and free romance books.  If romance is your genre of choice, you definitely need to sign up for this newsletter!


Newsletter: Bookzzle

Web Address:

My Thoughts: Another newsletter for free & bargain priced fiction and non-fictions reads.  You cannot pick and choose what genres you are interested in, they just send you a newsletter with the deals for the week!


Newsletter: The Fussy Librarian

Web Address:

My Thoughts: Last but not least, my other absolutely favorite newsletter: The Fussy Librarian.  They make sure you sign up and get the books YOU want. They also have 2 lists; one list is for bargain eBooks and the other is for mainly free eBooks.  Pick the genres you like, the days you want to receive e-mails, and away you go!  Yes, you can pick what days you want the newsletter!  If daily is too much you can pick any combination of the days of the week!  AWESOME!


I would like to note that many of these offer their books on multiple platforms (Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Google, etc) so don’t worry about how you’re reading an eBook, there will be books for you within these newsletters!!  Do you know of another newsletter?  Let me know about it in the comments!  Are you a member of any of these?  Tell me how much you love them and which one YOUR favorite is!  I tried to be as all encompassing as I could be and for research sake, I am on every single one of these lists.  I have created a monster of a Kindle library (thanks to these newsletters) and just need about 1,000 years to read all the books I have now!  At least I can say I will never not have a book to read or a plethora to choose from!  Next Sunday will be Part 5 in the series: Kindle Unlimited.  Happy Sunday!



Amazon & The Kindle: Part 3 #Kindle #AmazonPrime #Amazon #Reading #Ebooks #Perks

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 2 #Kindle #Amazon #KindleTips

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 1

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 2 #Kindle #Amazon #KindleTips

Welcome to part 2 of my Amazon & The Kindle series which highlights…

Kindle Owners’ Lending Library & The Amazon Store

The Kindle itself offers some unique perks, one of those being able to borrow 1 book each month from their owners’ lending library!  Sweet perk!  The only downside is you must be a Prime member to enjoy this perk!  Here’s how you can do it from a Kindle E Ink device (Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, or Kindle Oasis).

Step One:


You must be in the Kindle Store for this to work from your Kindle device.  Make sure you are in a place where your Kindle is connected to wi-fi!  At the top simply select all categories and go down to Kindle Owners’ Lending Library!

Step Two:


Any book that has the “Prime” logo next to it is included within the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.  YOU HAVE TO HAVE AMAZON PRIME IN ORDER TO CHECK OUT ONE BOOK A MONTH!  There are some perks to having a Prime Membership and owning a Kindle, but, I’ll get more into detail about that in Part 3.

Step Three:


Click on “Borrow for Free” and you have the title for one month!  I have also found that in order to get another title the next month, you must return the book first.  I have found it easiest to return a book from my computer.  You simply go to Manage Your Content and Devices, and then select the “Your Content” tab.  Select the “Actions” button next to the book you want to return.  Select “Return this book“, and then select “Yes” in the pop-up window.  If you do not return it, you will get a message that says “Monthly Limit Reached” when you try to borrow a book the next month.

(For Kindle Fire editions here’s your way of getting to the Owners’ Lending Library: go to the Fire bookstore, then to categories, and then to Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.  The same thing as above, the books eligible to be borrowed for free have the “Prime” badge.  Then click on “Borrow for Free.”  Easy.)

Something else I want to touch on is how easy it is to get books on to your Kindle.  You go to the Kindle Store on your device or visit Amazon and pick out a book you like.  To purchase it you simply hit “Buy Now” and it will appear on your device!  If you have multiple devices (like myself) make sure you send it to the device you want it downloaded on (there will be a drop down menu option if you have more than 1 device).

Something that I do find frustrating with the Kindle is how the books are stored on the device.  If a book is downloaded to the device, it will show a checkmark on the book cover.  If it is not downloaded to the device it will still appear in your library, potentially clogging up your screen.  I use folders to organize my Kindle books so books I have read stay out of my current screen, but it is up to your personal preference on this.  If you need more information on this drop me a line and I will go over this in more detail!  You can always go and delete the book off your account, but then it’s gone from your account and we don’t want that!

Tune in for Part 3: Amazon Prime & The Kindle next Sunday, August 11th!  Also being featured (by popular request) in Part 3 is Matchbook pricing offered by Amazon!  Tune in next week!



Amazon & The Kindle: Part 1

Amazon & The Kindle: Part 1

Owning a Kindle can be overwhelming.  Every day on Facebook I see people who are excited about owning their first Kindle and then suddenly become overwhelmed with all of the information thrown at them.  I get it.  In this mini series I am going to help you through all the perks of owning a Kindle and show you how to get the most out of it!

Let’s break it down into simple steps:

  1. The Kindle Device itself (Part 1: released today)
  2. Kindle Owners’ Lending Library & The Amazon Store (Part 2: released August 4th)
  3. Amazon Prime & The Kindle (Part 3: released August 11th)
  4. Free (yes free) Newsletters For Kindle Reads (Part 4: released August 18th)
  5. Kindle Unlimited (Part 5: released August 25th)
  6. Your Local Library & Your Kindle (Part 6: released September 1st)

First thing first, you need a Kindle.  If you have been on the fence about getting a device I am going to break down all of the e-readers Amazon has to offer.  If you are a Kindle owner, feel free to skip this part, but, come back when I review the perks of the Kindle.

If you are unsure about purchasing a Kindle here is the best advice I can give.  Try it out first to see if you will even enjoy reading on a device.  Some people do not like it and cannot get into it and that is ok.  It is not for everyone.  I still read physical books, but, I love the world of books my Kindle has opened up for me!  So how can  you try it before you buy it?


YOUR PHONE!  Using your Smartphone, download the Amazon Kindle app.  Find a book that looks appealing and interesting to you (there are cheap & free options out there, keep browsing) and download it to the app and read it!  If you can keep your attention and find yourself going back to your phone to read, viola, invest in an e-reader (trust me, the Kindles offer a much more eye appealing, larger screen than your phone).  If you find yourself uninterested in reading (and make sure it is not the book itself) then you know you probably would just waste your money on a Kindle.  Personally, I find this is the best way to know before you make the Kindle plunge if you’ll enjoy it or not!

Now that you have decided you want a Kindle, let’s learn about the different ones out there. **DISCLAIMER** I am not going to include the Kindle Fire in this review, it is NOT an e-reader, but a tablet.  The screen is the same as your phone and personally I enjoy reading on a screen that emulates a book page.  Let’s review the current Kindles available out on the market today; the entry Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Oasis.

***I did not receive any compensation from any company for this post.  I wrote this post purely to inform you, the consumer, on e-reader options out there.  I chose to highlight Amazon Kindles because I personally own the Kindle Paperwhite…and LOVE it.  But, Amazon, if you’re out there, feel free to send me one of the new Paperwhite models, or an Oasis if you’re feeling froggy!***



Kindle $89.99 or 5 monthly payments of $18.00

What You’ll Get: 6″ screen, 4 GB storage (~2,200 books), wi-fi only, built in audible (you’ll need a bluetooth speaker), and ads (for $20 more you can opt to not have ads, but, they aren’t that big of a deal, they just show up on the lock screen)

Note: They just came out with the new Kindle and it has an adjustable front light setting now!  We have an old version of this Kindle and I absolute cannot stand that the screen is not lit at all.  My 6 year old uses it so she doesn’t mind clamping on the reading light to it.  Keep this in mind if you buy an older generation of this one!



Kindle Paperwhite $129.99 or 5 monthly payments of $26.00

What You’ll Get: 6″ screen, waterproof, 8 GB storage (~4,400 books) (or 32 GB +$30, ~more books than you’ll ever read in your lifetime), wi-fi (or option for cellular service), built in audible (you’ll need a bluetooth speaker), ads (again you can upgrade to get rid of them for $20 but I wouldn’t bother), and built in adjustable light

Note: For this Kindle and the Oasis you have the option to have your Kindle work on free cellular connectivity based off of AT&T’s towers.  You also will be able to roam in over 100 countries and connect to the Kindle store without needing wi-fi.  WARNING, to get that on the Paperwhite, it will cost you $249 total.  Personally, you don’t need the cellular connectivity, wi-fi is all around us.  Just make sure if you are going on a trip you download all the books before you go and you’ll be fine!  I feel this is the best bang for your buck.  You get a lot of storage, waterproof device (I’m jealous, mine isn’t, it’s the version before), and the backlit display.  This is the most affordable option where you get the most bang for your buck.  I appreciate that Amazon also lets you make monthly payments to help ease the up front cost!



Kindle Oasis $249.00 or 5 monthly payments of $50.00

What You’ll Get: 7″ display, waterproof, 8 GB storage (~4,400 books) or 32 GB storage (+$30, ~more books than you’ll ever read in your lifetime), wi-fi (with cellular option), built in audible (you’ll need a bluetooth speaker), ads (again, you can pay for the upgrade but I would not waste your money, you’ll hardly notice them), customizable and auto-adjusting screen from white light to warm amber

Note: If you really want that cellular connectivity for some reason it will cost you $349.99 for the Oasis.  This Kindle boasts a better processing speed and has the built in page turn buttons.  Is that worth a difference of $120 from the Paperwhite and Oasis?  If you have the money to burn, sure, otherwise get the Paperwhite!


To review them side by side:

                                                  Kindle                           Paperwhite                      Oasis

Screen Size 6″ glare-free 6″ glare-free 7″ glare-free
Waterproof No Yes – IPX8 (2 meters, 60 minutes in fresh water) Yes – IPX8 (2 meters, 60 minutes in fresh water)
Resolution 167 ppi 300 ppi 300 ppi
Battery Life Weeks Weeks Weeks
Audible Yes – when paired with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones Yes – when paired with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones Yes – when paired with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones
Storage 4 GB 8 GB or 32 GB 8 GB or 32 GB
Built-in Light Yes – 4 LEDs Yes – 5 LEDs Yes – 25 LEDs + adaptive light sensor
Page Turns Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen + page turn buttons
Colors Black, White Black Graphite, Champagne Gold 
Connectivity Wi-Fi Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity
Weight 6.1 oz (174 g) Wi-Fi: 6.4 oz (182 g); Wi-Fi + 4G LTE: 6.8 oz (191 g) Wi-Fi: 6.8 oz (194 g); Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity: 6.8 oz (194 g)
Dimensions 6.3″ x 4.5″ x 0.34″ (160 mm x 113 mm x 8.7 mm) 6.6″ x 4.6″ x 0.3″ (167 mm x 116 mm x 8.18 mm) 6.3″ x 5.6″ x 0.13″-0.33″ (159 mm x 141 mm x 3.4-8.4 mm)


Final Note: In any of the Kindles the power adapter is NOT included.  It comes with a charging cord, but, not the actual plug.  If you need one, make sure you pick one up locally or order it when you get the Kindle.  I also recommend a cover for your Kindle.  It will help protect it!!  I am just drooling over the newly released and updated Oasis…I’m trying to think of a reason I need to upgrade from my Paperwhite!

I hope this has helped you in some way shape or form.  If you read on something that isn’t a Kindle drop me a line and let me know how it is!  Part 2 coming next Sunday, August 4th!

Pre-Ordering Books

When and where do you decide to pre-order books?  I am a bargain hunter and I really hate spending a lot of money.  There are a few exceptions to the rule and occasionally I will splurge on a new book.  Usually I will use the library, eBay, or used book stores for my reads, but every now and then I’ll get that crisp new book.


I recently had a bad experience with Amazon and a pre-order.  I had pre-ordered The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan.  It was slated to be released in June; however, the release was pushed back to September.  I had it on pre-order and had locked in a steal of a price.  The date was never changed on the order I had and so the day after the original release I get an e-mail saying it was cancelled.  What?  So to customer service I go and the rep was trying to tell me it was from a 3rd party vendor (and she linked me to a page where it was available, very odd) and they can’t honor the price and all this other nonsense.  Lesson learned, I will screen shot my future pre-orders from Amazon.  I escalated the issue and ended up getting a credit of the difference in the prices (I was just irritated as to why they created a whole new listing, it was a mess) and then decided…I’ll pre-order a different book.


Don’t worry, I have the order on screen shot, haha.  I have been DYING for the next winter in paradise installment from Elin Hilderbrand so instead of pre-ordering The Nanny again, I went with What Happens In Paradise.  A co-worker introduced me to this series and she’s retiring so I’m carrying the torch with our reading circle and will buy this one for immediate consumption when it is finally released.  Haha.  This is one of those books I can’t wait for.  I can wait for The Nanny, no big deal, but not this one!


So what determines how you pre-order a book, if you ever pre-order.  Favorite author?  Reviews?  For me, we were left at such a cliffhanger…I honestly think I think about this book DAILY.  I know a lot of your order books often and I’m just curious as to what makes you pre-order a book and when you wait.  Let’s discuss!!

Book Review: Belly Up @EvaDarrows @hillarymonahan @InkyardPress @HarlequinBooks @Netgalley #4stars #youngadult

Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for access to this book in exchange for my honest review.  I am a sucker for young adult novels.  I love them.  I don’t read them nearly enough.  When this book fell into my lap I was so excited!

Teen pregnancy.  This entire book is about a young teenage girl who makes one slight lapse in judgement and ends up pregnant.  This is her journey through her pregnancy with her friends and family.  She ends up moving a town away at the beginning of her pregnancy and probably was the best thing for her.

Understanding.  I hope as a parent I will be as loving and understanding as Sara’s mother.  Sara also has a supportive grandmother, Mormor, and the world’s greatest friends.  There’s even a little romance from Leaf thrown in here.  *sigh* There were such GREAT people in this one.

Snarky and laugh out loud funny.  With a topic as serious as teen pregnancy, this book manages to be a light, funny, and snarky read.  It is a lovely book to take your mind off of all the problems in the world.  It’s a quick read too!

There never was a lack of respect in this book.  Guys…sh#t happens.  Sara is still in high school and well…high school never ends so you know how kids (and people) can be.  It is important to remind yourself to surround yourself with respectful, solid friends.  I am so glad Sara manages to do that in this book.  Even though she is dealing with her life derailed from her ivy league college dreams, she changes her outlook and still remains positive.  This really was a feel good read, even with the heavy topic of teenage pregnancy.

4 star read.  This book made me glad I have the friends I do, who are just as supportive as Sara as they are of me.  It really made me feel good to know that in the real world, there are people like Sara’s friends and that’s important to remember.  Teenage pregnancy isn’t the end of the world (it’s not ideal I know), but this book serves as a reminder that no matter what you’re going through, things will get better and you can make it through.  Great young adult read!!  Go pick this one up now!


Title: Belly Up

Author: Eva Darrows

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Pregnancy Fiction

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Release Date: April 30, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

Book Review: Mine @Court_Writes @Netgalley @GalleryBooks #Revenge #Infidelity #Unfaithful

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

The author penned a letter to readers on Goodreads and I would like to copy that and put right here for you to read….

Dear Reader,

Before you begin reading this story, I should tell you… this is about every wife’s worst nightmare.
You think it can never happen to you.
It can.
You think you’re impervious to it because you do your best to keep your husband happy.
You’re not.
Trust me, I know.
The title of this story, MINE, has a double-meaning.
Ethan is Tessa’s, so from her point of view, MINE is self-explanatory.
But also… this story… is mine.
At least, parts of it.
My husband was unfaithful. It was a crazy circumstance, a perfect storm of irony and tragedy. It gutted me and brought my world down around me in bits and pieces.
When something like this happens to you, your mind plays tricks on you and turns you into someone you aren’t. I can’t tell you how often I fantasized about terrible things after I found out about the affair— things I would never truly act upon.
Then, one day, I decided to write this story. To unleash the darkness that dwelled in my heart, the things I would never actually do, in a cathartic way to channel my anger.
I’ll let you wonder and decide where reality ends and my dark fantasies begin in this story.

After reading Mine let me tell you what I will never do…and that is to cross Courtney Cole *insert wow face here*. I hope writing this novel was therapeutic for her!

The story is about Tessa, who discovers her husband of 20 years has been having an affair with a young bombshell.  She takes the opportunity when her husband is out of town to trap the mistress at her house.  How?  She sends her a text from her husband’s iPad he left open at home (where she discovered nude pictures and messages).  The mistress comes in, finds notes “he” left her, and ends up handcuffing herself to his bed, just waiting for “him…”

The book is told through the perspective of Tessa, the wife, and Lindsey, the mistress.  I loved how the story was told in present time with Tessa and Lindsey in the same room with going back to the recent past to tie in to what Lindsey was telling Tessa.  At first I felt bad for Tessa, then bad for Lindsey, then really bad for Tessa, and nothing for Lindsey.

I spent most of this book thinking that Tessa is going to end up in jail, if not prison.  She goes a little off the wall.  Tessa is very intense.  Then, the book takes an odd turn.  Suddenly Lindsey is free from being handcuffed to the bed and when you think bloodshed would occur, it doesn’t.  It almost becomes too surreal and it loses the oomph it had in the beginning.  We went from crazy intense to all of a sudden we’ve worked through being the wife and the other woman in a matter of mere hours??  It just seemed unrealistic for what was happening at the beginning.

This was an OK read, very fast paced.  I read this book rather quickly and it’s very easy to follow.  I think any woman faced with finding her husband in an affair would want to do what Tessa did.  I just don’t think I would ever be as gracious as Tessa is in the end.  You’ll have to read this one and be the judge for yourself.



Title: Mine

Author:  Courtney Cole

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: May 28, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon