Friday, September 04, 2015

Together With You by Victoria Bylin

About the Book
Sometimes the most unexpected love can be exactly what a heart needs...
When a Lost Child warning blares over the mall's PA system, Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that the child suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's past suddenly confronts her. Never again will she become personally involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart.
Dr. Ryan Tremaine is trying to put his life back together. With his ex-wife remarried and on a trip far away, his two teenage sons and Penny are living under his roof full time. Ryan has put his faith in his Sink-or-Swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruit Carly Mason to be Penny's nanny.
Ryan never anticipated being so drawn to Carly, an attraction Carly seems to fight as much as he does. Could Carly be the missing piece that helps his family stay afloat, or will their blossoming romance only complicate things further?

Known for her realistic and engaging characters, Victoria Bylin delivers an emotion-packed story reminiscent of The Sound of Music, one that reminds us all to believe in the power of faith and love.

My Thoughts
After loving this author's previous novel I had high hopes for this one. Sadly it didn't quite live up to my expectations but I did still enjoy it to some extent. This will be a rather short review since I'm really having trouble putting my thoughts about this book into words.
The author's writing was once again good but the story did drag at times and there were just a lot of things that didn't click or feel right/plausible to me. It was interesting to learn a little more about the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder but at times it was a little much. The characters were entertaining but they didn't really resonate with me.

Overall while I'm sure others will love this book it just wasn't for me!

Meet the Author
Victoria Bylin is a romance writer known for her realistic and relatable characters. Her books have finaled in multiple contests, including the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine's Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky, where their family and their crazy Jack Russell terrier keep them on the go. Learn more at victoriabylin.com.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday Memes 9/4

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
How many years have you been blogging, and is there a story behind your blog's name?

My Answer:
I have been blogging for almost four years when I took this blog over from my sister! I don't really think there's a story behind our name though!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Temptation sat before her, compelling as the sea. Gleaming silver, green leather, the nearly silent rumble of the engine...
Brook trailed a gloved hand along the door, cast one glance over her shoulder, and let herself in.
The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

My Thoughts
Beautiful beginning! 

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Remnants: Season of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren

About the Book
After tackling her first mission and coming to terms with her power of empathy, Andriana discovers her first battles were only a taste of what is to come. She and her knight, Ronan, have admitted their feelings for each other, but their bonds are tested when Dri is captured by their mortal and spiritual enemy—Sethos—and his master, Keallach, emperor of Pacifica. Andriana is certain Keallach can be convinced to follow the Maker's plan and join the other Remnants … but in time, she must decide whether she really can pull him back to the Way, or if Sethos's web of darkness has slowly and thoroughly trapped them both … forever.

My Thoughts
I apparently didn't learn my lesson after I forgot to review the first book in this series shortly after reading it and I have done the same thing with this book. So I want to apologize in advance if this review is a little short and maybe not as detailed as I would like!
That all being said I did love this book! The dystopian world this author created is genius and I love the her style of writing! It is so easy to just get lost in the story and be totally immersed in another time and place!
I also once again loved all of the characters and it was cool to watch as they continued to flesh out their unique groups dynamics! I love how different each of the Ailith were from each other yet together they were a force to be reckoned with!
Everything about this book was brilliant from the writing, to the characters, to the action that had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next! I highly recommend this series and I can't wait for book three!

Meet the Author
Lisa T. Bergren is Tim's wife, Olivia, Emma and Jack's mom, and an explorer of people, places and stories in many genres. She's written over 40 books and sold over 2.5 million of them, with the help of some good publishing people and readers like you. You can find more about her at www.LisaTawnBergren.com.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren

About the Book
Our coming was foretold by the elders— Those who would change the future, just as the planet teetered on the edge of darkness.
Born on the prophesied day with birthmarks in the form of a crescent moon, they knew us immediately. Swaddled and screaming, we were spirited away by those who hid us, trained us, and kept us safe until our time came.
They poured their lives into us. Some died to save us.
And now we, the Remnants, protected by Knights of the Last Order, have gathered.
Called until we breathe our last … to save the world.

My Thoughts
I read this book about a year ago but I read it super fast during a read-a-thon and I'm kind of ashamed of the fact that I remembered next to nothing about the story. So when I received book two for review I knew that I had to reread this one before I could even think about diving into the next one.
This author has an amazing talent with words and I am always impressed by her writing. This book was no different, from the first sentence I was drawn in. The whole premise of the story was brilliant and the author did a fantastic job of creating a unique dystopian world that was carefully thought out down to the last detail.
All of the Ailith were very different from each other but exactly what they needed to be in order to carry out their roles. And despite their differences they all blended well and it was cool how they became their own family. I loved all of the characters especially Andriana and Ronan and even though it was forbidden I was still rooting for them to admit their feelings and can't help hoping they find away to make it work!
There was a plethora of action and moments that had me on the edge of my seat wondering how it would play out. In short this book was amazing and I can't believe I forgot it as quickly as I did, I won't  be making that mistake again!

Meet the Author
Lisa T. Bergren is Tim's wife, Olivia, Emma and Jack's mom, and an explorer of people, places and stories in many genres. She's written over 40 books and sold over 2.5 million of them, with the help of some good publishing people and readers like you. You can find more about her at www.LisaTawnBergren.com.

Waiting on Wednesday #177: Vendetta

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Vendetta by Lisa Harris
Revell-October 6, 2015

About the Book
No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Person Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels that this case is getting personal, and that she is not the hunter at all--but actually the one being hunted.

With this explosive first book in the new Nikki Boyd Files, Lisa Harris takes readers on a fast-paced pursuit of justice that will have them holding their breath until the heart-stopping finish.

Why I Want It
I loved this author's last series and I can't wait to read this new one!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

About the Book
Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit.

When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles--along with twists and turns aplenty--await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.

My Thoughts
After adoring this author's debut novel I was so excited to have the opportunity to be an influencer for this book! My expectations were high as I started the first page and Chivalrous exceeded every one of them! I loved it so much, maybe even more than book one!
Alan was such an amazing character in Dauntless and I just fell more in love with him over the course of this book. I loved his close relationship with God and the way he always put others needs above his own desires. He was determined to do the right thing no matter the personal cost.
And Gwen, she was a unique intriguing character and it was easy to love her. She didn't fit into society's mold and refused to be stuffed into it. She was a fierce woman with a hidden soft side and it broke my heart how she'd grown up believing she was not beautiful due to things her family said. I loved how she fought to get her heart's desires. Gwen and Alan were absolutely perfect for each other and I loved how Alan could understand her ways no one else could.
I really enjoyed the jousting tournaments and they were so vividly described that I felt like I was there. The story moved at a perfect pace and there were so many twists in the plot many of which I didn't see coming! All of the characters were extremely well-written even the ones you wanted to beat up! I especially loved Rosalind and Randel and I was beyond ecstatic to discover that book three would be about them! I can't wait!

Meet the Author
Dina L. Sleiman holds an MA in professional writing from Regent University and a BA in communications with a minor in English from Oral Roberts University. Over the past eighteen years, she has had opportunities to teach college writing and literature, as well as high school and elementary classes in English, humanities, and fine arts. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. She can be found online at www.dinasleiman.com.

I received a free copy of this book as an influencer and part of the author's launch group.

Monthly Reflections #43: August 2015

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August was another busy month, I started back to my full time nanny job and got my license! I did most of my reading this month during the Bout of Books read-a-thon, but I only was able to finish 8 books and post 4 reviews.

Books I Read
So many amazing books this month and it would be impossible to pick a fav!

Reviews I Wrote:

In September I Hope To:
Read at least 10 books
Post 30 reviews
Yes you read that right! I am going to try to get my backlog of reviews posted so I am attempting to post one review a day!

Top Ten Comfort Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today's actual topic is Characters I Didn't Click With but that was just way too hard and after throwing around topics for over an hour I finally just settled on books that are my comfort reads!

#1. The O'Conner Family Saga by Julie Lessman

#2. Melissa Tagg's books

#3. The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren

#4. A Bride for a Bit Novella Collection

#5. The Californians Series by Lori Wick

#6. Hollywood Nobody Series by Lisa Samson

#7. The O'Malley Series by Dee Henderson

#8. Wings of Glory Series by Sarah Sundin

#9. Team Hope by Susan May Warren

#10. Cowboy Christmas Novella Collection

Monday, August 31, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 188

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I sadly finished nothing this week due to being rather busy, but since part of that busy was me finally getting my license I'm okay with that!

What I am currently reading:
Chivalrous is amazing, and I'm enjoying the other two!

What I hope to read this week:
Looking forward to these two!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #187 & Bout of Books 14: Wrap-Up
Top Ten Authors That Would Be on My Syllabus if I Taught Humor 101
Waiting on Wednesday #176: Fire & Ice
Glory Days by Max Lucado

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Memes 8/28

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
What time of the year does your library have its library sale?

My Answer:
Random question...I don't really know!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

I am a knight.
Strong like steal.
Ready to conquer any foe.
Energy surges through me, striving to burst out my skin. The moment is ripe.
Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

My Thoughts
LOVE this beginning! Totally captures my attention, sucks me in, and sweeps me away!