Unnoticed by Amanda Deed

unnoticedUnnoticed by Amanda Deed is a completely different take on the classic Cinderella story. This story is based in Australia and makes the story take on a different charm. I really like how Deed creates a unique plot line, settings, and character list that takes this Cinderella type story to the next level. We all have read that classic story and know how she always get her prince. However, this story is based in the Aussie outback with wildlife and interesting characters that help make this a really great love story. The prince does not have a castle and a royal court, instead he is the town dentist and barber.  Little does the town know that the family he left in America owns a major railroad empire. If you love a happy ending, this is the book for you. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. ** If you want to read this love story, you can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Plain Jane O’Reilly is good at being unnoticed. Detested by her stepmother and teased by her stepsisters, Jane has learned the art of avoiding attention. That is until Price Moreland, an American with big dreams, arrives in her small town.
Does she dare to hope someone might notice her? However, Price Moreland may not be the prince that the whole town thinks him to be. Was his desire to be a missionary a God-given call, or just a good excuse to run from his past? Complete with an evil stepmother, a missing shoe and a grand ball, Unnoticed takes the time-old Cinderella fairy tale and gives it an Australian twist.

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The Last Valentine (A Labyrinth of Love Letters) by Felix Alexander

The Last ValentineThe Last Valentine: A Labyrinth of Love Letters by Felix Alexander was released February 2017 and has received a lot of praise. After reading this book, I must admit that it was written for a true romantic. Now if you love the romantic love stories then this is the book for you, because Felix Alexander does a very lovely job a creating an amazing plot line, list of characters, and setting. Alexander does have a very poetic style of writing. I read this book within two sittings because I really found it hard to put down. The characters are easy to relate to and you can become attached to them wanting to know what happens next. The author makes you feel the way that the characters feel both joy and pain. I found this book an overall incredible read. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can your copy HERE.

Synopsis: When Olivia Villalobos finds a bloodstained love letter she endeavors to deliver it before Chief Inspector Sedeño finds it in her possession. A city along the southern coast of Puerto Rico emerges in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. Olivia, daughter of a drunkard police investigator who never knew the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, finds a bloodstained love letter in the hidden compartment of her father’s coat. Convinced it belonged to the man recently found dead she sets out to deliver it to the Labyrinth of Love Letters. A mysterious place believed to be an urban legend where the transients of forbidden love leave missives for one another. She enlists the help of Isaac Quintero to find the Labyrinth and they soon realize their quest has opened the door into Old Sienna’s darkest secrets—the perils, madness and depth of tragic love.

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity) by Victoria Schwab

this savage songI have heard a lot about This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity) by Victoria Schwab. So, I knew I had to read it! I loving reading books that other people review and talk about with high praise and lots of love. I feel this is a book that almost everyone who reads the book becomes a fan. I really like the writing style of Victoria Schwab. She does a really creative job with the plot line in this book. The characters are well thought out and so is the setting.  While the story is slow to start, I feel like it keeps building and building towards the big finale.  I love how the monsters are created out of the shadows of violence.  The story plots Kate Harker from the North side and August Fynn from the South side against each other. While peace between both sides begins to crumble and war seems to loom on the horizon.  I really like how Schwab does not create a romantic relationship between Kate and August, instead there is just a really strong friendship.  This friendship helps to create an amazing story that takes many unexpected turns.  I feel that the book was very slow to start and I begin to become hooked in the middle. However, after reading the ending I am excited to read the next book in this series. If you want to read this book for yourself to see what I am talking about, then get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within.

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Back in the Saddle: A Double S Ranch Novel by Ruth Logan Herne

back in the saddleBack in the Saddle is the first book in the Double S Ranch Novel Series written by Ruth Logan Herne. Colt Stafford returns home from Wall Street after becoming financially strapped. Being home also means he gets to help with the ranch while his father is ailing. Upon returning him he is met with a shotgun pointed directly at his chest by the beautiful Angelina who is the ranch house manager. Her job is to take the house, the meals, and his father. But Angelina has secrets that could change everything. These issues are revealed as the two brothers argue over several issues. Together the brothers work to save the cattle ranch while battling a crazy winter storm. This heartwarming romance that is well worth the read. Herne book is well-written with an amazing plot line, characters, and setting. If you love a cowboy romance novel, then this is the book for you! **I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** Get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again. He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye, and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.  Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick, who’s longbeen Sam’s right-hand man isn’t thrilled when Colt inserts himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the town’s people forces all the Stafford men to reconsider what it truly means to be a neighbor.  As Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district—or stay in the saddle for good?

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The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring

the football girl picIf you are looking for a book that will encourage you to do something that you are unsure about or scared to try then The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring is the book for you. I really enjoyed reading this book about a girl named Tessa Dooley who loves football more than cross country. She decides to try out for her high school football team along side her boyfriend, Caleb McCleary. Caleb is not surprised by this because they play flag football together outside of school and he thinks she is a really good player. While Tessa is an outstanding cross country runner, there is something about football that she loves more. This book shows the challenges that many people face when they decide to face their fears and go for their dreams. I really like how Heldring creates a plot line and setting that is so real you can almost smell the fresh cut grass of the football field.  The ending of this book is a complete surprise, you will have to read it to find out why. This book is a really great read if you need some encouragement.  ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  You can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) The summer before Caleb and Tessa enter high school, friendship has blossomed into a relationship . . . and their playful sports days are coming to an end. Caleb is getting ready to try out for the football team, and Tessa is training for cross-country. But all their structured plans derail in the final flag game when they lose. Tessa doesn’t want to end her career as a loser. She really enjoys playing, and if she’s being honest, she likes it even more than running cross-country. So what if she decided to play football instead? What would happen between her and Caleb? Or between her two best friends, who are counting on her to try out for cross-country with them? And will her parents be upset that she’s decided to take her hobby to the next level? This summer Caleb and Tessa figure out just what it means to be a boyfriend, girlfriend, teammate, best friend, and someone worth cheering for.

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The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren

the last thing you saidWhen I got the chance to read The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren I was so excited! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this book and author. I will admit that this is a tear jerker but there are laughs along the way. The story follows Lucy (Lulu) whose best friend (Trixie) dies without warning. This leaves Lucy and Trixie’s brother Ben in shock and having a hard time excepting the fact that she is gone. The story takes places in a Minnesota resort town where Ben’s family owns a resort where they both work during their summers. It has been almost a year after the accident and they still are not talking. Lucy makes a friend with Hannah, a new girl at their school. While Ben spirals out of control drinking and going from girl to girl. However this summer takes a different turn from last summer. They find that they can’t stop thinking and worrying about each other bring them together at the end. While I could not put this book down, I found that it is really an emotional read with a happy ending, Biren  does an amazing job a creating a story that really pulls at your heart strings. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  You can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

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The Agent by Mark Dawson

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links**The AgentThe Agent by Mark Dawson is the third book in the Isabella Rose Thrillers series. After reading the first two books in this series, I was excited to read this book. Michael Pope and Isabella Rose are caught up in a conspiracy to blame ISIS by right wing elements in the United Kingdom and the United States. The pair travels across the globe to try to find answers. Dawson does an amazing job with the plot line in this book, always making you want more. I like how the characters develop more in this book then the others. However, I feel like this book does not end, instead there are a lot of loose ends that make you wonder if another book will be written in this series. I really like the action packed story that Mark Dawson gives us and I look forward to more from this series and other books written by Dawson. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  You can get your copy HERE. 

(from amazon.com) Isabella Rose is on the run, hunted by the very people she had been hired to work for. Trained killer Isabella and former handler Michael Pope are forced into hiding in India and, when a mysterious informer passes them clues on the whereabouts of Pope’s family, the prey see an opportunity to become the predators. Chased from the poverty of Mumbai’s slums into the sights of a sniper’s rifle amongst the lavish wealth of Shanghai, Isabella and Pope hunt fleeting shadows in a race against time. And they can’t afford to lose. The Agent is the third part in a continuing story involving Isabella Rose that also includes The Angel and The Asset.

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The Dinner: A Novel by Herman Koch

The Dinner

The Dinner: A Novel by Herman Koch has been made into a movie that is set to release in 2017 staring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, and Chloe Sevigny. I have to say that after reading this book I am looking forward to the movie! The book starts out a little on the slow side but watch out because it picks up quickly with surprises and a few disbeliefs along the way. Koch does an amazing job with his writing style that grabs you and sinks you into the story making you feel has if you are really there. The plot line, characters, and settings where equally impressive making it easy to picture in your mind what is happening  I must admit that this novel was a pager turner for me! I really recommend reading this novel before seeing the movie. However some people may want to read this during the day and not late at night, just saying. **I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Soon to be a major motion picture starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, and Chloë Sevigny. “A European Gone Girl.” —The Wall Street Journal An internationally bestselling phenomenon, the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal. It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content.

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I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt

I Am

I enjoy reading daily devotionals and self-help books. I feel that they help me to learn more about myself and new things about my life. The book I Am by Michele Cushatt is the type of book that allows you to find you true self. She as a wonderful way of relating to people who struggle at times with what their purpose is and how god as a plan for you. I feel that this sixty day journal is a great addition to your day.** I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**   

(from  amazon.com) From the moment a woman wakes until she falls, exhausted, on her pillow, one question plagues her at every turn: Am I enough? The pressure to do more, be more has never been more intense. Online marketing. Self-help books. Movies, magazines and gym memberships. Even church attendance and social media streams have become a means of comparing ourselves to impossible standards. Am I pretty enough? Hip enough? Spiritual enough? We fear the answer is “No.” When a brutal bout with cancer changed how she looked, talked, and lived, Michele Cushatt embarked on a soul-deep journey to rediscover herself. The typical self-esteem strategies and positivity plans weren’t enough. Instead, she needed a new foundation, one that wouldn’t prove flimsy when faced with the onslaught of day-to-day life.With raw personal stories, rock-solid biblical teaching, and radical truths on which to rebuild your life, I Am will help you: End the barrage of negative self-talk with an empowering new narrative. Refuse to ride the rollercoaster of others’ opinions and start believing what God’s says about you. Stop agonizing over past regrets and failures and make peace with God’s sovereign plan for your life. Leave insecurity behind as you exchange temporary fixes for an identity established on God’s unchanging affection. I Am reminds us that our value isn’t found in our talents, achievements, relationships, or appearance. It is instead found in a God who chose us, sent us, and promised to be with us—forever.

 

Famous by Default – M.K. Harkins

mk harkinsFamous by Default – M.K. Harkins is a remarkable story of love, coming of age, life and loss. This story centers around two characters named Jax and Sivan. Jax is the youngest brother of a famous boy band. While he loves music and can play the guitar, he wants no part of that world. Sivan becomes a foster child of the state after losing her immediate family and having no relatives. She has seen more than her fair share of the abuse and neglect that sometimes accompanies foster care. They both get sent to Miss Betty’s, a farm in Iowa that is in the middle of nowhere. Betty is Jax’s aunt and Sivan’s foster parent. At first there is tension between the two, both have different pasts and are struggling to deal with their own issues. However, they soon begin to rely on each other and finds ways to help the other deal with their own demons. This book has many ups and downs making you want to cry one moment and smile the next. There are a few issues in this story that involve the hardships that some foster children have to face. Harkins does an amazing job of addressing such issues! His style of writing is easy to follow and he seamlessly goes from Jax’s point of view to Sivan’s. I really enjoyed reading this story and look forward to reading more of his books.  ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can purchase your copy HERE

(from amazon.com) Jax Buried, By my family’s fame. Dying to escape the limelight, And finally, I do. Being raised as a Jayne, I’m under constant scrutiny. The rock band my brothers formed makes it impossible to stay under the radar. Paparazzi, tabloids, rabidfans–you name it and I’ve got it. It all makes me sick. But getting shippedoff to crazy Aunt Betty’s house in my senior year of high school isn’t anybetter. After all, there isn’t a stray kid or pet in the world that my auntwouldn’t take in. Then I meet her. She’s cautious, suspicious, and not interested in me at all.But that’s fine by me. Sivan Holt may be beautiful and intelligent, but she’snothing I’m looking for.

Sivan Drowning, In my past. Struggling to feel settled. And finally, I do. Growing up in the foster care system, I longed for a sense of belonging. All Iwanted was a place to call home. At the age of seventeen, I’m finally startingto feel it here. Home. When he comes along, it unsettles me. I don’t want him to ruin everything we’vebuilt–everything that matters. Jax Jayne is arrogant, privileged, and I wantnothing to do with him. But those green eyes of his keep drawing me in. If Ilet down my walls, will it be my final undoing?

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