Review: Undecided by Julianna Keyes. Breath of fresh air in NA.

Title: Undecided
Author: Julianna Keyes
My rating: 5 of 5 Stars

MY THOUGHTS

When reviews began to appear in my feed, I was intrigued. What was in this book that everyone seems to love it? After finishing it I see its appeal. I read a lot of NA. It saddens me to admit, but average NA book usually brings instant-love romance with two broken characters healing each other, spiced up with sex and dirty talk. It often features your usual womanizer athletic hero and nerdy virginal heroine. After some time this concept loses its appeal. Read More

Life update

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been around lately or maybe not. Anyway, where have I been? Read More

Review: Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe. Beautifully written deep romance.

Title: Wild Child
Author: Molly O’Keefe
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while. Read More

Audiobook review: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Story rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 3 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love… Read More

Review: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols. Their passion for music was contagious

Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away. Read More

How Sam Claflin ruined 3 movie adaptations for me

Don’t get me wrong. I like Sam Claflin. I really do. He is a talented actor, and he has a great smile. Actually my post is not about Sam Claflin, it’s about downsides of reading a lot of books. I should probably name this post Difficult Life of a Reader.

I’m one of those readers who watch a book-to-movie adaptation only after reading a book. Well, except this time. I never was a big movie fan. If I have to choose between spending evening with a book or watching a movie, I guess I would take book over movie. But I do love movies and I used to watch a lot of new releases. Used to, because it looks like the more I read the less number of movies I can enjoy.
You are asking yourself what Sam Claflin has to do with this all. He just happened to play main characters in book to movie adaptations of my favorite books. Read More

Nonreview: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young. Where I incoherently blabber.

Title: Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3)
Author: Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident. Read More

Review: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. I wasn’t prepared for that ending.

Title: Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love #1)
Author: Jessica Park
My rating: 3 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

It’s not what you know—or when you see—that matters. It’s about a journey. Read More

Review: The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen. Breaking NA stereotypes

Title: The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years #5)
Author: Sarina Bowen
My rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks. Read More

Review: Down London Road by Samantha Young

Title: Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2)
Author: Samantha Young
My rating: 3 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control… Read More