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

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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

End Of Month Netgalley Update


I have read AND reviewed SIX books this month for Netgalley (I doubled what I did last month)!!

My feedback ratio is currently 70%. Last month it was 66%…I know…6 more books, how did it only go up so little…weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell, I may have added some more books to my shelf. I KNOW! I KNOW! Someone slap my hand now…

What I read and reviewed this month…

What I plan to read next month (including one I am SOOOO close to finishing, grrrr)…

I’m giving myself a goal of 6 this month…let’s see if I stick to it (I strayed a little last month, haha). Are you on Netgalley? What are you reading on there??

End Of Month Netgalley Update

I have read AND reviewed THREE books this month for Netgalley!!

My feedback ratio is currently 66%. I keep being tempted by book tours that I keep getting invited on where the book is through Netgalley…I have slowed down, it’s motivating me to read more and more of my Netgalley shelves…

What I read and reviewed this month…

Here’s what I plan on reading AND reviewing (I may have read some of these, but I have not reviewed them yet) NEXT month…

I have faith in myself to knock out EIGHT books in July…wish me luck…at least if I get through 5 I will be THRILLED!

Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge #NGEW2020

I’m committing myself to Reading Between The Page’s Netgalley Challenge this year…6 months in to 2020, haha. I am fairly certain I did this in 2019 and failed miserably…I am determined to do it this year and commit myself to reading 10 books before 2020 rides off into the sunset! That’s the bronze level in this challenge and if I can reach that, I’ll be happy!

This challenge is simple…I read the books I have on Netgalley and link them up every month! Are you doing this challenge?? Interested?? Let’s chat about Netgalley and all those ARC books that pile up suddenly!

Netgalley Spotlight: 50 Reviews!

I DID IT!!!! LOOK AT MY NEW BADGE!

When I saw the badge I couldn’t believe my eyes! Next up, the 80% badge! I have been working tirelessly on getting through the titles I have on Netgalley…I currently have 26 books out that I need to read…8 are waaaaaaay past their publishing date, but I am determined to catch up!! I CAN DO THIS!

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Book Review: 29 Seconds @TMLoganAuthor @Netgalley @bonnierbooks_uk #Thriller #Suspense #LifeChanging

Thank you to Netgalley for my advance reader copy of 29 Seconds in exchange for my honest review!  This book is scheduled to be released TOMORROW, September 10, 2019 (in the US…yes, UK readers this has been out for you for a year now you lucky ducks)!

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29 Seconds changes Sarah’s life.  She’s a kinda single mom (her husband has ran off to find himself…with another woman) with 2 small children balancing her career and home life.  Her father is around to help her out at the drop of a hat and she couldn’t make it without him.  Her work life…

Her boss is an @$$hat.  She’s trying to make it as a permanent employee at the university she works at.  The only way she can guarantee herself to climb up the ladder is to get into her boss’ pants.  Yeah, he’s that kind of scum bag.

This books hits us with a little bit of drama as she witnesses a little girl almost get kidnapped.  What unravels after that will have you savoring every page of this book.  It becomes an unstoppable ride that will have your heart pounding until you know the outcome.

This kept me on the edge of my seat.  There was a lot of suspense built up.  Plans were drawn up and failed.  What was going to happen?!?  I can’t say much because I’ll give the whole book away.  I was pleasantly happy with the ending with finding out all that happens.  I felt the ending was a tad bit rushed, but it didn’t take away from the story.

Solid 4 star read.  There’s no doubt that this is a well written thriller.  It kept you in suspense and had you trying to figure out the mystery of everything.  It was such a clever plan…there’s no way you could guess it unless you have psychic powers.  If you did read this and you guessed how everything unfolded, you’re lying…and guide me to the winning lottery numbers, haha.  Great thriller to put on your bookshelf tomorrow!

 

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Title: 29 Seconds

Author: T.M. Logan

Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: twenty7

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads

Book Review: The Truth Behind The Lie @Netgalley #SwedishLit #Crime #Kidnapping #Mystery

Thank you to Netgalley and Minotaur Books for the advance reader copy of The Truth Behind The Lie!  This book is scheduled to be released TOMORROW!

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This book was a little weird.  It was just ok.  Pernilla hires a private investigator to try and find her daughter that has been kidnapped.  She refuses to consult with the police and Kouplan, our PI, is desperate for money so he takes the case.  What she doesn’t realize is that Kouplan is in the country illegally and has never investigated anything before.

I am never one who can predict books easily, but I had this whole book figured out from the beginning.  It’s highly predictable and left little to be desired for since I essentially figured everything out early on…I just kept reading for confirm my thoughts were correct.  It didn’t make reading this one very enjoyable.

There’s not much more I can say about this book without giving too much away.  It’s quite a tale of Kouplan trying to locate Pernilla’s missing daughter.  From the beginning things feel off and not quite right.  Kouplan almost doesn’t know if he should investigating the case or not.  Eventually all comes to light at the end…

This was a 3 star read for me.  I don’t think I would recommend this to any of my friends as they usually are able to predict books MUCH better than I am.  If I could predict this one…that’s saying something!  I was so disappointed in this one!  Have you read any books that disappointed you lately because you were able to figure it out so easily??

 

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Title: The Truth Behind The Lie

Author: Sara Lövestam

Genre(s): Mystery, Crime, Swedish Lit

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Release Date: August 27, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

Book Review: Things You Save In A Fire @katherinecenter @StMartinsPress #5stars #MustRead

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advance reader copy of Things You Save In A Fire.  I am now a HUGE Katherine Center fan!  This book was absolutely amazing!

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I laughed, I cried, and at times I held my breath through this tale.  It’s a true feel good story where a woman conquers and achieves something in a male dominated field.  I was so proud of Cassie as a female firefighter she held her own and did what she had to do to prove herself…and she’s a damn good firefighter.

Enough about that.  Her mother (with whom she has a strained relationship) has asked her to live with her for a year as she’s having some medical issues.  Her father guilts in to going and so she ends up moving from Texas to Massachuettes to help her mother.

What ends up happening is Cassie herself grows a lot as a person.  She ends up repairing her relationship with her mother and ends up finding love as well.  She has never been in a committed relationship (and she’s 30), but she finds herself fighting love and her mother helps her to see what life is really all about.

This reminded me of a Hallmark movie.  I know this book won’t be for everyone, but if you enjoy feel good stories with some romance and a happy ending…pick this book up now.  I loved it, but I love these kinds of stories.  The growth that Cassie has in this novel is unreal.  Towards the end the book got a little cheesy and far fetched, but again in all things Hallmark, it’s totally acceptable and appreciated.  If you’re looking for a more realistic tale, this may not be for you.

5 star read.  I could not put this book down.  It stirred up every emotion in me.  There’s a FANTASTIC epilogue at the end so we can see a few years into the future.  Everything about this book just makes me so freakin’ happy.  I want to hug this book and relive it over and over again.  Maybe because I love a kick ass female lead, or maybe it’s because of the amazing writing, either way if you love this kind of book, pick it up TODAY because guess what…IT’S RELEASE DAY!!!!

 

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Title: Things You Save In A Fire

Author: Katherine Center

Genre(s): Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

Book Review: Lost You @HaylenBeck @stuartneville @CrownPublishing @Netgalley #Thriller #Surrogacy #Kidnapping #4stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for my advance copy of Lost You by Haylen Beck!  This book was released YESTERDAY, so you’re able to run out and get yourself a copy TODAY!

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I dove in to this book knowing nothing…and honestly, I loved that aspect.  I knew it was a thriller and I absolutely loved the surprise roller coaster ride this book took me on, so don’t expect much of a description on this book from me.

The main subject in this book is surrogacy.  At first I thought this book took place almost like a dystopian place, where (paid) surrogacy is illegal.  I became curious and so I googled the subject…much to my surprise surrogacy is NOT legal in all 50 states!  This book highlights a couple living in New York (where it’s illegal to have paid surrogacy) going through an agency to obtain their own baby.  They use the surrogate’s egg, husband’s sperm.  Oh what a tale that unfolds!

The opening paragraph is a sneak peek at the ending…it doesn’t spoil ANYTHING for the reader, just makes you more curious once we start to meet the characters!  At first I thought they had given the ending away and when I went back to reread it, oooooo, what a move…WHAT. A. MOVE.  I couldn’t put this book down after that realization!!

Fantastic 4 star read.  This was a fantastic, fast paced thriller with secrets and twists and turns throughout.  The only thing that bothered me throughout the book was that NO ONE took into consideration the fact that this was the husband’s baby too.  I would have to research more to see what all entails in this kind of situation, but man, what an eye opening read about the issue of surrogacy.  I could absolutely see this kind of situation happening…never mess with a parent and their child!  Hooked yet?  Get this book NOW!

Details

Title: Lost You

Author: Haylen Beck

Genre(s): Thriller, Kidnapping Thriller

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Release Date: August 6, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon