Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Sunday Post #58: Bye Bye Birdie



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This week has been a busy one. On Monday I came out of the Nightshift, so I was able to sleep for only three hours before I had to wake up again. I decided to get paint for our living room. And since I sometimes lack any patience, especially when I’m tired, I started painting two walls in our living room around 3.30 p.m. Let me tell you something.. Don’t go painting your walls when you’re tired and just got out of the nightshift. The result was good, but I was super clumsy and had to clean the floors even though I put some plastic sheets down. And I definitely spilled more paint than is probably normal.
My Face When I Wondered Why On
Earth I Started Painting After my Nightshift!!

So why did I paint our walls? Last Sunday my husband brought our agapornis a.k.a. lovebird to his new home. And without his cage there, you could see how dirty our wall was after having a little bird there for eight years. I was really sad about having to say goodbye to our lovebird. But I know it’s for the best. We just didn’t have enough time to clean his cage, and give him the attention he deserved. And he was really loud in the mornings, which made my husband unable to sleep long. We also have a cat, but it’s much easier to give him some attention when we get home after a long day of work then a bird who is sitting in its cage all day. I know it’s for the best.. but still.. I feel bad about not being able to take care of him. But having a nice clean wall definitely is a positive part.

The rest of the week went by really quickly. I had lunch with my BFF on Tuesday. And because the weather was so nice we were able to sit on a terrace for hours. Loved it!! 
I also had to work four days, including this weekend and our nights were also pretty booked. I can’t wait for Monday to come.. It’s time to do some serious reading.

Books & Blogging:

Reading wise I definitely didn’t get enough time this week. I tried, but time just went by so fast. Hopefully I will be able to catch up on my reading this Monday.
Blogging wise I had a nice week. I shared some reviews, and I shared my list of Books I Really Need To Read ASAP. I didn’t get to visit all of you guys this week, but I’ll keep trying this week.

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘Home Field’ by Laurie Winter
  • My Favorite.. Book As A Child
  • Promo Four Feasts Till Darkness series by Christian A. Brown 
  • Book Blitz ‘Wheeler’ by Sara Butler

New Arrivals:


Received by the Little, Brown Book Group

Random Pic:


Friday, July 21, 2017

Books I Really Need To Read ASAP


As a fanatic book reader, there are so many books on my TBR. I honestly don’t even think I will ever be able to read all the books on my TBR. Especially since I update that list almost every day. It’s just a part of who I am, and I’m perfectly fine with it. But there are some books that I really need to read as soon as possible. Not for any particular reason other than I really really want to!! Some books are new, some aren't even published yet and some books are already out there for years! And today I'm sharing them with you!


Come Sundown by Nora Roberts


Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen... COME SUNDOWN 

Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family's resort in Western Montana, there just aren't enough hours in the day - for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn't have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time...

But when a young woman's body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine's family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine's Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice's mysterious disappearance? 

As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth - before the sun sets on their future together.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb


A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced.

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/409207.A_Game_of_Thrones
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.



The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer


In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Stephenie Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.

Lost Rider by Harper Sloan


In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Which books do you really want to read ASAP?


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review 'Answers For Julie' by Cate Beauman


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25745199-answers-for-julieJulie Keller relishes the simple things: hot chocolate on winter nights, good friends she calls her family, and her laid-back career as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Julie is content with her life until Chase Rider returns to Bakersfield.

Bodyguard Chase Rider isn’t thrilled to be back in the town where he spent his childhood summers. His beloved grandmother passed away, leaving him a house in need of major repairs. With a three-week timetable and a lot to do, he doesn’t have time for distractions. Then he bumps into Julie, the one woman he hoped never to see again. Chase tries to pretend Julie doesn’t exist, but ten years hasn’t diminished his attraction to the hazel-eyed stunner.

When a stranger grabs Julie’s arm at the grocery store—a woman who insists Julie’s life isn’t what it seems, Chase can’t help but get involved. Julie and Chase dig into a twenty-five-year-old mystery, unearthing more questions than answers. But the past is closer than they realize, and the consequences of the truth have the potential to be deadly.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 18th, 2015
Series:
The Bodyguards of L.A. County #9
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
562
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


‘Answers For Julie’ is the ninth book in the Bodyguards of L.A. County series. In the last year I’ve read the first books in this series and totally fell in love with Cate Beauman’s characters and her writing. So since it had been a while since I read the previous book in the series, it was definitely time to read ‘Answers For Julie’.

Maybe it was because I haven’t read a Cate Beauman book for a while, or maybe this book was just very good, which is the right answer I think, but ‘Anwers For Julie’ really blew my mind. I loved this book! And I just didn’t want to stop reading! I read all 562 pages in only one day and I read till late at night. It really was just so good.

Julie Keller lives a nice and quiet life in the town she grew up in and has so many beautiful memories. What she didn’t expect was to see her best friend, and once love of her life, to walk back into her little hometown after ten years.
Bodyguard Chase Rider has come back to the little town of Bakersfield to sell his grandma’s house. But when he sees Julie, a lot of painful memories come back. Julie and Chase try to ignore each other. But the chemistry and connection they shared all those years ago is still there. And when Julie’s life suddenly turns upside down, Chase can’t help but try to help her out.

Julie and Chase were two amazing characters I loved reading about. From the very first page their chemistry was coming out of the pages. And I just didn’t want to stop reading about them. I loved how ‘Answers For Julie’ was just as great a romance story, as a mystery and a thriller. Just like the characters I was dying to know what was the deal with Julie’s past. And it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

Although ‘Answers For Julie’ is already the ninth book in this series, I still can’t get enough of this amazing series. Each book is filled with romance and mystery and I just love getting to know all these characters.

‘Anwers For Julie’ is definitely my new favorite Cate Beauman book. And if you haven’t started this series yet, I suggest you’ll start ASAP!

My Rating:

About the Author:


International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015,  ‘Justice For Abby’ was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while ‘Saving Sophie’ took the Silver Medal. ‘Saving Sophie’ was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and ‘Falling For Sarah’ received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards. Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. For information on Cate's new releases, monthly giveaways, and upcoming events, sign up for her newsletter.

For more information about Cate Beauman please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Favorite.. Book Friendship



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

This was a favorite I didn’t have to think about long. I’ve read about some great Book Friendships. But the one I think about immediately when I see the word friendship, is the friendship between Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermoine Granger. Yes, I know you probably are thinking I need to stop talking about my Harry Potter favoritism.. but I just can’t help it.

The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermoine is one I’ve always envied. They are family from their very first year at Hogwarts. And not only are they friends, no they all meet each other’s families and soon it’s just one big happy family. Harry really had no one, but after meeting Ron the Weasleys became his family too. And I loved that.

Harry, Ron and Hermoine are brave, very different from each other and (most of the times) they are really supportive of one another. Not in the beginning off course, when Harry and Ron were a bit nasty to Hermoine. (But then again, she was being a nosy know it all.) Their friendship was definitely something that made the Harry Potter series what it is today. And it doesn’t matter how many times I read the books.. I love reading about these three.

What is your favorite book friendship? And Why?

Link Up Your My Favorite.. Post:


Want to help me improve the My Favorite.. Post? Give me some feedback here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blog Tour 'The Rainbow Player' by David Kerby- Kendall


Today I’m super excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘The Rainbow Player’ by David Kerby- Kendall. ‘The Rainbow Player’ is a LGBT novel and shines a spotlight on the issues surrounding homosexuality in professional sport. 
Check out this post for my review and for and excerpt!


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35420236-the-rainbow-player
England footballer, Sammy Hatchington, has never considered sexuality before. As a teenager, Sammy broke the mould of his youthful peers with his desire to open the door to life’s endless possibilities. He escaped a deprived estate and, with the help of Old Thomas, his surrogate father, Davey, his soul-mate, and Gran, the connoisseur of footballer’s bottoms, launched himself on a path toward his personal and professional goals. Now, several years later, he must make a decision that could destroy everything he has fought for, and create a furious media frenzy………

David Kerby-Kendall’s joyous and witty novel challenges preconceptions about professional sportsmen and love, and is also a delightful and moving story of a young man’s journey to self-knowledge.


The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 20th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
LGBT
Pages:
292
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


The thing that grabbed my attention first about ‘The Rainbow Player’ was definitely the cover. I love this cover! It’s just really colorful and grabs your attention. And when I read that ‘The Rainbow Player’ is partly about the issues surrounding homosexuality in professional sport I was even more interested in reading this book. I haven’t read any LGBT books before, not because I have something against it, just because I never came across a book like this and ‘The Rainbow Player’ seemed like a great book to start.

Football is a big sport here in the Netherlands. It’s something I grew up with watching. So reading a book about a guy who becomes a famous England Footballer was definitely interesting to me. And ‘The Rainbow Player’ was definitely a nice book to read. The writing is easy to follow, and the main character Sammy Hatchington has something about him that made me want to keep on reading. Although this book is about a footballer, it’s definitely not a ‘sports’ book. If you don’t like sports, this can definitely still be a nice book for you.

Sammy’s character was one that I enjoyed reading about. Sammy was kind, enjoyed reading and playing football, and he lived with his parents who were terrible to him. Everything seemed to work out perfectly for him. Sammy had a lovely best friend called Davey that supported him through everything. And there were more friends Sammy could count on. 

I definitely enjoyed reading ‘The Rainbow Player’. Reading about how Sammy discovered his homosexuality was different, but interesting and reading about how the football world reacted to his homosexuality was definitely mind-blowing. Although this book is fiction, I can easily imagine people being so simpleminded that they would really react like that, especially in the football world. Disgusting, and it definitely makes you think.

The one part that I didn’t really like about this read, was that it was a little slow at moments. There was more than one moment that I wished this book would go faster. Reading about Sammy’s different relationships, was interesting, but could have been a lot shorter if you ask me. If it wasn’t for Sammy’s character, and my determination to find out what happened I wouldn’t have been able to read all of this book.

But in the end I definitely think ‘The Rainbow Player’ was a nice read that definitely makes you think about the world we live in. 

My Rating:

Excerpt:


Sammy and Davey are in a fairground. Davey has asked him to spend the rest of their lives together. Sammy now has to make a decision to admit totally to his love for Davey, and to being gay.

“Would you like an ice-cream?” he says.

Suddenly the world has stopped; all movement frozen in time. And I know what the ice cream signifies. I know that I have to make the decision now.

The moment runs through me like an electric shock and a thousand maybe’s spark another thousand what if’s.

Because I know that if I accept the ice cream, I accept Davey. That I admit this total love. Not just the spiritual, unbreakable, wordless love that has always existed between us, but a sexual love as well. And I know that this will mean an admittance of a sexuality, until recently, unknown to me. That Alex was not just a dalliance, but a precursor to the real thing. Until a year ago I’d never positively wanted to have sex with another man (though, if someone had asked me, who knows what I would have said?). But this would mean changing me. Or would it? Maybe it would just mean using a piece of me I’d never used before; not turning to the last page. I know that I love Davey ultimately because, how do we know what degree of love we feel unless we have something to compare it to. And the thought of lying in bed with him, throwing toast at him, texting him my daily thoughts when we weren’t together, lying in his arms when we were, letting this absolute love flood over me as mine flooded over him, is making me faint, making me happy, making me almost strong enough to leave the fear behind.
And if I don’t accept it? What then? I continue to live, to move forward. I find happiness somewhere else, with someone else. I keep Davey as my friend, he said that; but in a different capacity; because we have come all this way only to go back a step. But I could have a girlfriend, a wife, children, happy convention. And I would be happy. I would make it happen.

But would I be happiest?

In fifty years’ time, sitting in my old chair, watching some ravaged autumn evening turn into night, reliving the smiles and falls of my footballing youth, would Davey appear to me in some wind-blown dream, standing tall and beautiful, like the perfect statue of what could have been.

About the Author:


Originally from Leicester, David Kerby-Kendall now lives in Muswell Hill, North London. He is an actor who began writing in 2007. From the success of his first play, Save Your Kisses For Me, he became the in-house writer for Heartbreak Productions, writing and adapting plays for national tours, including three David Walliam’s novels (Mr Stink, Ratburger and Billionaire Boy) as well as several other novels: Pride And Prejudice, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan and Dracula. His second play, The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven, was produced at Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He has two new plays in the pipeline: 20:40 which deals with depression and Gay Pride And No Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel.

For more information about David Kerby-Kendall please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter.

I received this book from Authoright in exchange for my honest review.

http://www.authoright.com/

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Sunday Post #57: Slow & Steady



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This week was one of those that flew by without me really noticing. Not a lot has happened, other than that I had to work the dayshift Wednesday till Friday, and this weekend I have to work two nightshifts again. 

On Monday I had a free day and went to the office of the ‘Nursing’, a Dutch magazine for nurses. I was asked to help them test their new website, and I must say I really enjoyed doing that. It was fun, and different than my normal job. And as a thank you I got a really gift card. Definitely a nice treat.

Not much to mention about this week really. I had a lot of traffic jams after work again, so I can’t wait for our scooter to arrive. It would be nice to not have to wait in traffic every single day. 

Ow.. and hopefully our wedding album will finally arrive this week. We did receive the pictures online already.. Gorgeous!! I just love watching them!


Books & Reading:


Blogging and reading wise it has been a slow week too. I was really tired this week, so I went to bed early a view evenings which really shortened my reading time. I hope to catch up next week. I did finish the first Harry Potter book, which I’m re-reading for the Wizarding World Book Club and I already re-started the second book. I figured since I read only a chapter or two a day I can start already. 


And not to forget I reviewed a great new book 'Summer's Lease' by Carrie Elks. I loved it!!

http://maureensbooks.blogspot.nl/2017/07/review-summers-lease-by-carrie-elks.html

Last Week on the Blog:



This Week on the Blog:


  • Blog Tour ‘The Rainbow Player’ by David Kerby-Kendall
  • My Favorite.. Book Friendship
  • Review ‘Answers For Julie’ by Cate Beauman
  • Books I Really Want To Read ASAP 

New Arrivals:


Bought myself for the Emma Watson Book Club

Requested on Netgalley

Random Pic:


I saw this one this week and just had to share!! LOL!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review 'Summer's Lease' by Carrie Elks


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34728527-summer-s-lease
Meet the Shakespeare family: four sisters, four stories . . . four ways to find true love

Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she's unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she's fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend's Italian villa for the summer, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That's before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.

When Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton sees his name splashed across a gossip rag, all he wants to do is hide. That's how he finds himself traveling to Italy, deciding to spend the summer in his family's empty villa on Lake Como. Except when he arrives it isn't as empty as he'd hoped.

Over the course of the hot Italian summer, Cesca and Sam have to come to terms with their pasts. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly grows into an intense attraction - and then a scorching fling. But they can't hide from reality forever . . . as their different worlds collide, Sam and Cesca face a choice: is this just a summer romance, or could their love weather even the coldest winds?

A brand new series from the bestselling author of Fix You and the Love in London series.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
July 13th, 2017
Series:
Shakespeare Sisters #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
368
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


After reading a lot of three star reads lately, I was really in the mood for a book that would blow my mind and I wouldn’t be able to put down. And ever since I saw the beautiful cover of ‘Summer’s Lease’ by Carrie Elks, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. It looked so pretty, and the book description sounded so good.

In ‘Summer’s Lease’ we meet Cesca Shakespeare. Cesca is a twenty year old who is trying to get by on her own in London. Ever since Cesca’s dream ended horribly 6 years ago, Cesca is trying to stay strong and move on. But when she losses yet another job, she starts to think things will never get better. So when her godfather offers Cesca the chance to go to Italy for the summer, to stay in a rich guys house, the choice is easily made. Hoping Cesca will be able to start writing again, Cesca goes into her new adventure with her hopes high. But when the rich guy’s son suddenly decides to get away for the summer too, things get heated very fast.

Well, I can’t say anything else before I tell you guys how much I loved this book! I loooooved it. Not only is ‘Summer’s Lease’ a nice, sweet and very romantic read, I also loved the main characters and their stories. From the moment I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down, and it was exactly what I needed.

The two main characters Cesca and Sam are really great and totally different. Cesca is poor, and trying to get by one meal after another. Sam is a famous Hollywood actor who is followed by paparazzi everywhere. But despite all their differences, they have one thing in common: they both want to get away from their life for a while.
This book was definitely very romantic, but also very funny at times. It really put a smile on my face, and I really felt like I personally knew these characters.  

I love everything about this book. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the scene in Italy and I loved the chemistry between Cesca and Sam. It was just such a great novel I didn’t want it to end.
Although I’ve only been to Milan, Italy ones for work last year, and I didn’t get to see a lot of the country, I always wanted to visit more of this beautiful land. I’ve heard some great things about the beautiful lakes and landscapes in Italy. And this book definitely made me want to grab a bag and go there. It really was that good.

The author did a great job on developing the characters and the scenery. And since Cesca is one out of four sisters, I’m really hoping there will be more books about the Shakespeare sisters. I for one can’t wait to read more!

My Rating:


About the Author:


Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. When she isn't reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

For more information about Carrie Elks please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Favorite.. Music



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

Over the years my music style has stayed pretty much the same. I’m one of those girls who loves all kinds of music. Pop, Country, Rock etc. There are songs from all genres I like. Growing up I was a big Backstreet Boys fan, but I also liked listening to Britney Spears and even some classical music. (You can see My Favorite..Music Growing Up here). 

Nowadays I usually listen to Country artists like Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, although her music is more Pop at the moment, and Jessie James Decker. Which is funny really, since this isn’t music that’s being played a lot here in the Netherlands. So I listen to my kind of music on Spotify and You Tube. And I buy albums on iTunes. 

Other music that I like to listen to are Movie Soundtracks. At the moment I listen a lot to the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. And particularly this one… Sigh…


What is your favorite music?

Link Up Your My Favorite.. Post:


Want to help me improve the My Favorite.. Post? Give me some feedback here.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Review 'Girl Ghosted' by Lucy English


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35062533-girl-ghosted
Heartbreak isn’t the only thing she has to survive.

Online dating seems the perfect distraction for Boston social worker Penny Wade as she tries to forget her painful past. After a string of disastrous first dates, she finally meets a man and tumbles into love. But digital dating turns deadly when a killer scans profiles to select his targets. Penny must unravel the secrets lurking behind the men she meets before she’s “ghosted” for good.

She never thought falling in love would mean fleeing from death…





The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 15th, 2017
Series:
Penny Wade Mystery #3
Genre:
Mystery, Thriller
Pages:
296
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


When I read the book description of ‘Girl Ghosted’ a view weeks ago, I immediately knew this was a book I wanted to read. I love mysteries, and a mystery involving a social worker just sounded so new and interesting that I decided to request a review copy. And I’ve been super lucky to get approved and was able to start reading ‘Girl Ghosted’ soon after.

In ‘Girl Ghosted’ we meet social worker Penny Wade. Penny is working a new case involving a young mother and her two young children. This case is definitely hard for Penny. But Penny is determined to make this case one of her bests, and to get on her boss’s good side. Unfortunately not everyone seems to work with Penny, but thankfully Penny doesn’t give up soon. This also come in handy in her personal life. Next to her work, Penny is trying online dating. After a view bad dates, she now finally has a nice date, followed by a second one and a third one. But soon Penny finds out that online dating is not as save as she thought it was.

When I first started reading ‘Girl Ghosted’ I found myself needing a little time to get used to the main character Penny. She seemed a little off at times and I wondered if I was missing something. But what I didn’t know was that this is the third book in the Penny Wade Mysteries series, and, I probably missed some stuff that was explained in the first two books. For example the reason why Penny has these kind of panic attacks every ones in a while. But since I just found out about this book being part of a series after I finished the book, I can definitely say it can be read as a standalone.

After the first view chapters this book started to get more and more interesting to me and I found myself being intrigued by the characters. Penny was different, and very passionate about her job. Although her boss didn’t think that was a good thing most of the time, I admired her for her passion. The way Penny worked the case of a young mom Ashley and her two young children.. I loved it. I would have like to read more about that case though. In the end I kind of felt like that part of the story ended rather abruptly.

‘Girl Ghosted’ was definitely a fun mystery novel which made me want to read more books by this author. It wasn’t a perfect read, I found the ending a little rushed for example, but this book definitely kept me hooked till the very end.

My Rating:

About the Author:


I’m an intuitive, dreamer and doer. I never slow down until I sleep. My expectations of myself are unrealistic (write three books per year, raise two boys, and have a successful day-career), but I can’t resist the relentless pursuit because I love all the things I do in my life passionately.

I chose to self-publish because I love the democracy of it. Technology has given us so many avenues to share creativity that may never have made it out into the world in the past. My approach to life is that I’ll work my hardest to put good work into the world. I know it won’t be perfect, but I need to push past the vulnerability involved because I have one lifetime and when I die I want to be able to say “I tried really hard to make contributions that were good for the world.”

Technology allows all of us to put our best thoughts and creations out to connect and share with others without gatekeepers. I’ve found fantastic editors who totally get the mission behind what I write. I cherish my ability to keep my work close to my heart and to connect with readers. I also like being able to keep prices low because this is more about celebrating the heroism of social service professionals than about profit.

For more information about Lucy English please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book by Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
http://www.smithpublicity.com/
 
Imagination Designs
Artwork from: www.createthecut.com