I fell at the first chapter.. ︱ Chatty Post

Valentines Day.

The day of love. And oh how I despise this “holiday”. I know it sounds so strange to hear:  lover of romance novels hating Valentine’s Day. But I can’t be the only one right?? I do my best to show and tell the people who I love that I love them everyday. I do not need a “holiday”, a box of chocolates and a stuffed bear holding a heart that says love to say that. Whether you love it or hate it, today is the day!

Whether or not I like the holiday, I wanted to make a post about books that I fell in love with at the first chapter.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: I read this book back when I was in high school and I fell in love with it literally in the first Chapter. It sucked me right into the story and I read all three books quite fast. I had to know how they ended.This book aided in my obsession with romance novels and why I enjoyed reading them so much. Anytime I think about this book it honestly makes my heart happy and want to read the series all over again.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks: This book will probably be one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books ever. The overall storyline and the development that each character goes through throughout the story make it easy and enjoyable to read. Nicholas Sparks was the first author that I was introduced to in the romance category. The majority of the stories typically have the same formula. Though each are different in their own ways.

Frigid by J. Lynn (Jennifer Armentrout): I absolutely loved every second of this book. The way that the characters develop throughout the story is written beautifully. Jennifer really knows how to develop sweet, loving, swoon worthy and funny characters. Personally that’s why I love her books so much because they’re easy to relate to. Not only do Sydney and Kyler (the main characters) have sweet and innocent love for each other, but they also have the steamy, hot and spicy aspects as well.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Last year after reading the girl on the train and reading through reviews on Goodreads I decided to give Gone Girl a try. Almost everyone who reviewed both books compared both of them together and I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Girl way more than the Girl On The Train. I could not put this book down it sucked me in from the first chapter and I couldn’t wait to figure out how the story ended. I believe that Gone Girl is why I really enjoy psychological thrillers/mystery novels now.

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding: This was one of the only books that I actually enjoyed reading in high school. This book absolutely terrified me and I loved it. Not because of what the kids did but because of how absolutely true Golding nailed humans on the head when they are put in situations like this. I think this book has also helped me to realize how much I like learning about human behavior. Because this book shows you exactly what we are capable of without any societal boundaries. This will be forever one of my all-time favorite books.

Do you have a book or books that you fell in with at the first chapter? What are they?  Let me know in the comments. 

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In the Dog House ︱ Book Review


Publisher: Entangled Publishing – Bliss
Publication Date:
February 11th 2019
Price:
Amazon Kindle – $2.99
Paperback (Amazon) – $14.99

Ten years ago, Jackson Hardy joined the Marines, leaving behind a woman he still dreams about. When he’s called home to care for his ten-year-old nephew, no one is more shocked than he to run into Emma again. Or to still have those same feelings. But Jackson isn’t looking for love, and neither is Emma, especially not with him. His precocious nephew, though, and a retriever named Bandit, are about to change that. So what if Emma Mercer is an overachiever? She has plans to get her doctorate in psychology and create a no-kill shelter for the EST dogs she trains. Which leaves absolutely no time for romance. She’s fine with a furry family—dogs don’t teach you to love and then rip your heart to shreds. But young Matty’s situation tugs at her heartstrings and there’s no way she can’t help him…and Jackson. She may have hotter-than-ever chemistry with the soldier, but forgetting the past isn’t easy.

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing as an ARC for an honest review.

Jackson Hardy and Emma Mercer were high school sweethearts and each other’s first loves. When Jackson follows through and leaves Emma to join the military, she expects that she will never see him again. Ten years later, Jackson now a career Marine, is called back to to care for his 10 year old nephew, Matthew (Matty),  after his beloved sister gets into a car crash and put her into the ICU. When Emma, now a doctorate candidate who is also training emotional support dogs for people in need, run into each other at an event that Emma hosted at the local Middle school. Matty, Jackson’s nephew, attended her seminar about emotional support dogs and thought that one of these dogs could help his uncle with his bad dreams (PTSD).

This is a feel good read (but also heart wrenching at the same time) about two people who get a second chance at falling in love with each other. One of the main reasons I really thought this Romance novel was really intriguing and a great story was that it talked about the mental health of an active duty Marine and how the impacts of PTSD can affect your day to day “normal life” as a civilian. Traci was not afraid to integrate this topic into the story and I think it is so important. With opportunity to talk about mental health and how it really affects people, I believe lessens the stigma people have toward it if they hear, see or read about other talk about it openly.I was completely immersed into Emma and Jackson’s love story from the first page. They are both very likeable characters as well as sweet Matty. Overall this book was extremely easy for me to read. I was able to speed through this book with ease as it it written well and has great dialog. Traci doesn’t take long to describe things that has happened in the past with Emma and Jackson and what they have each gone through after high school. Which is something I enjoy.

This book is a solid  ★★★★ read.

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The Truth About Cowboys | Cover Reveal

The Truth About Cowboys out August 27th 2019!!

About The Truth About Cowboys:

I had my life figured out.

Engaged to a successful man.

About to make partner at my firm.

Bought a high-rise apartment in downtown Denver.

And then, poof, it’s all gone. Now, like in some cheesy romantic comedy, my car has broken down in the pouring rain on my way to “find myself” in The Middle of Nowhere, Texas. Cue hot guy coming to my rescue and changing my tire. This is the part where we flirt and have a meet-cute, right? That’s how it works in romance novels, and I should know—after all, I’m coming to Texas to write my own cowboy romance. But nope. This sexy cowboy lights into me about not being prepared for the country roads and how inappropriate my high-heeled boots are.

Little did I know, Michael Montgomery would tilt my world into a new dimension with his sinful smirk and his bad attitude. Every time I turn around, he’s there to reluctantly save the day. And every time, I think there may be something to that spark we ignite. But there’s a reason the majority of country songs are about broken hearts. The closer I get to this man, the closer I get to learning the truth about cowboys. 

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About Lisa Renee Jones:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with. In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa’s other bestselling series include: DIRTY MONEY and WHITE LIES. She is presently working on her LILAH LOVE series to be published with Amazon Publishing/Montlake Romance. Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine. Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her on her website and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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We Told Six Lies | Book Review


Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC – Teen
Publication Date:
February 5th 2019
Price:
Amazon Kindle – $7.99
         Hardcover – $17.99

Remember how many lies we told, Molly? It’s enough to make my head spin. You were wild when I met you, and I was mad for you. But then something happened. And now you’re gone.

But don’t worry. I’ll find you. I just need to sift through the story of us to get to where you might be. I’ve got places to look, and a list of names.

The police have a list of names, too. See now? There’s another lie. There is only one person they’re really looking at, Molly.

And that’s yours truly.

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing as an ARC for an honest review.

I am totally one of those people who judges books by their cover. The prettier the cover the more likely I am to read a book. I know, I know shameful. I just can’t help it. And I sure couldn’t help it with this book cover. I was in love with this cover when I first saw it and after reading the description I needed to obtain a copy of this ARC so I could read the book.

When I first read the description to this book I thought it might be something that I would be really interested in. I’ve been looking for a new mystery/thriller to read and this seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. The book is told in two perspectives. One of Molly and one of Cobain and the timeline goes back-and-forth between the Past and the Present. I really enjoy novels that have more than one point of view telling the story, it lets you know what the other main characters are thinking and feeling throughout the novel.

At the start of the book we are at immediately thrown into chaos. Molly has gone missing, so the police are interrogating Cobain to see if he knows where Molly might have gone and he is the main suspect in the case. Once I started reading it, I felt kind of bored. I didn’t connect with Molly or Cobain which made it harder for me to read since I couldn’t connect with either of them. I didn’t really understand the “relationship” that they had. It really confused me because they didn’t really act like a couple and Cobain seemed to be a little strange and obsessed with Molly and he came off as really really creepy to me. The book was fast paced and easy to read. I was on the edge of my seat toward the end of the book, because like Cobain, I had a list of people who I thought might have Molly. This was the one part of the book that really had all of my attention, the rest was just unsatisfying.

I’m going to give this book a solid ★★★ stars. I just don’t think this was the young adult mystery/thriller that was up my alley. Could you possibly like it? Absolutely. It’s not a terrible story by any means it just wasn’t for me.

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Confess | Book Review

Print Length: 321 pages
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication Date:
March 10, 2015
Sold by:
Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price:
Amazon Kindle/iBooks/Nook – $7.99
          Paperback – Barnes and Noble: $16
          A signed copy: $17 – http://www.colleenhoover.com/product/confess/

Quotes:

“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”

“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper. He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.”

“I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.”

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

Colleen Hoover. You are a mastermind. This is my first book I read by Colleen and damn, she left me wanting more. I am so glad that I have a huge stack of her books that I got from the library to read through.

Confess follows Auburn and Owen. Both with messy lives and not able to gain complete control over what goes on in their own lives we learn about what their secrets are and why they keep them hidden. All Auburn wants is for everyone around her to be happy and make sure they are okay, even when it hurts her in the process. Owen leans on expressing himself the only way he knows how, through his art. Creating artwork based on the confessions brought to him anonymously to his studio’s doorstep.

Both Auburn and Owen and the story overall are beautifully written. Colleen is adept at revealing meaningful things with perfect timing. Not when you think it should happen, but when it actually needs to happen. I was rooting for Auburn and Owen from the beginning. And at one point I said to myself  “I need to accept that Auburn and Owen might not work out so prepare yourself.” But Colleen didn’t disappoint. I felt a boatload of emotions while reading and her writing is unlike any other authors that i’ve read before. It was refreshing and to read a romance novel this way as it wasn’t the same old romance story like most others are.

While reading this book I felt completely engaged the entire time. It amazed me how sucked in I got from the first page all the way to the last. She’s very detailed and writes extremely well. It was easy for me to move along through the story with Auburn and Owen. Solid  ★★★★★ out of 5 stars from me!

Connect with Colleen:

Website: http://www.colleenhoover.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/colleenhoover

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January Wrap Up

Wow! Can you believe that January is over already? It seemed like this month zipped by!

I had a pretty great start to my year. I turned 25, I am in my first full month with this blog and with my Instagram, I started a twitter account for my blog and I got an awesome box from The BookWorm Box (which I will be talking about next month!). It is such a great creative outlet for me! Two things really surprised me in this first month. One was how many ★★★★★’s I gave and the amount of time and energy you really have to put into while doing blogs and posting on Instagram. I am by no means an expert at it yet, but I hope to get better in the months to come!

I do wish I had more time to read, maybe I can work on that in February?

Here’s what I read and reviewed:

Finding Melodie (reviewed only – read in December 2018) ★★★★ ½

Pride and Prejudice ★★★★★

Moonlight and Whisky (reviewed only – read in November 2018) ★★★★★

Wrong In all The Right Ways ★★★

The Magician’s Nephew ★★★★★

Operation Sizzle ★★

The Billionaire’s False Fiancée (reviewed only – read in November 2018) ★★★★ ½

Confess by Colleen Hoover (read this month – review to come in February!)

Some other posts from this month:

Faking It | New Release

Birthday Blog 25 | Thing I Want to do in my 25th Year!

2019 Reading Resolutions tag

I am so happy that I am here on this journey with you and thank you for taking the time to read this. I appreciate you! How did your January go? Were you able to read everything you wanted to for this month?

Let me know in the comments below!

My 2019 Reading Resolutions

The end of January is just around the corner and I have been wanting to make a post about what my 2019 goals are for reading. When I saw that one of my favorite book bloggers Jenn at (https://jenniely.com/) was doing the 2019 Reading Resolutions tag, I wanted to join in and put my resolutions on here so I can hold myself accountable. Last year I kept track of all of the books I read via the Goodreads reading challenge. While I will be doing the same thing for this year, I thought it might be interesting to be specific about what I would like to read.

1. An Author You’d Like To Read That You’ve Never Read

I am really excited to a book by Meghan March (https://meghanmarch.com/). I have heard so many good things about her books and how addictive she makes her characters. I already have two of her books in the queue for this year I cannot wait to read them!

2. A Book You’d Like To Read

This could be such a long list. I have so many books that I would like to read. But for the purpose of this post, I will choose only one.

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

This is a 2019 new release coming out in June. Jennifer is one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to read this book!

3. A Book You’d Like To Re-Read

I would love to re-read The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han! I read these books as a recommendation from one of my friends (Hi Gabby! 🙂 ) when we was in high school. She basically shoved the book in my hands and said “You need to read this, it’s amazing!” So I did and I fell in love with these books. So I would love to go back and see if I still feel the same way again.

4. A Book You’ve Had For Ages and Want To Read

I would like to read the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. I got the box set on a trip to Barnes and Nobles with my Husband a while ago and it has been collecting dust on my bookshelf and think it’s time to be read!

5. A Big Book You’d Like To Read

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin has 694 pages in it! That is a big, but also sounds good to me, considering the average page size I tend to read is somewhere near 350-300 pages.

6. An Author You’ve Previously Read and Would Like To Read More Of

Michelle St. James! I have only read one of her books and I blew through it. I have most of her books on my lists to read.

7. A Book You Got For Christmas and Would Like To Read

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh (The Barnes & Noble Collectible Edition) by A. A. Milne. I only got two books for Christmas and one is a cookbook. The other was this book and I have been obsessed with Winnie-the-Pooh since I was little. It was such a sweet gift for my husband to gift me!

8. A Series You Want To Read From Start to Finish

I have started reading The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis. I will be reading these books in narrative chronological order (save the eye rolls please)!

9. A Series You Want To Finish That You’ve Already Started

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Is it bad that I am probably the only person in the world who has watched every single movie about 10 times each and I STILL haven’t finished reading all of the books yet!!

10. Do You Set Reading Goals? If So, How Many Books Do You Want To Read in 2018?

I would really love to read 60 books this year. I was only 5 away last year, so I think it is pretty feasible.

11. Any Other Reading Goals?

I would also like to read books from more diverse authors. Whether that be race, sexual orientation, or even neuro-divergent.

I am excited to see what this year has to offer and I can’t wait to read more. I’d love to hear what your reading goal are for 2019. Leave a comment down below with your goals!

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