The Nowhere Child by Christian White

Thank you @minotaur_books for an advanced copy!

The Nowhere Child by @christian_white_author is a thriller and was originally released in Australia in 2018 but makes its 2019 debut in the US on January 22nd.

You meet Kim who is a photograph and lost her mom 4 years ago and has a stepdad, a sister and her sisters fiancé and their daughter. But someone comes from America and claims that Kim is Sammy West, who was abducted from her home in Kentucky when she was two years old. You are taken between then and now as Kim pieces together the story herself.

This book is a very fast read and I was hoping for a little more suspense and thrilling nature (The book Verity by Colleen Hoover ruined me). It’s a good book and a good story.

The author references Stephen King as being an inspiration to his writing. That made me scared to read the book and I wanted to put it off but I pushed through and read it. It didn’t give me anxiety like You or Verity gave me. I was left wanting more. The author leaves the book open for a sequel or at least it feels like it. I’d like to know more. I want to know more. Characters could have their past and stories expanded upon.

Especially Stuart and Emma. I wanted more about them and Jack and how he was able to be who he became.

I give it 3.5-4 stars

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies

So I don’t get the hype with this book! I read this book as apart of a buddy read via instagram and was really excited as others were reading the book and commenting how good it was.

Yeah no. It was a waste of a read. I get the whole thing about how it’s liberating and blah blah.

But there are so many things wrong with it. So many things that I don’t wish to bring to this blog or review.

I just didn’t like this book. It’s just that simple. I thought it was a great book and while I was reading it the more I got disappointed. I wanted it to be so much more.

I was generous and gave it 2 stars.

An Anonymous Girl

Happy Publication day to An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen!!!!

This is the 2nd book that Greer and Sarah have written together and oh my goodness! It was another hit out of the ballpark. I was so stinking excited when this book showed up as a Book of the Month choice for December. I loved there 1st book The Wife Between Us. I literally sat for 45 minutes trying to figure out what I had just read with their first book.

Although I didn’t have to do that with An Anonymous Girl, I did have a lot of Holy Crap moments because of how mind blowing it was at time.

I will admit the book started extremely slow. I was disappointed and wanted it to give me that same pow as their first book. Once you got past the first 15 chapters the pace picked up and it was a can’t put down book.

Things aren’t as they always seem with An Anonymous GirlWould you take a test of morality if you got paid? Would you continue in the study when it got more intense and you were bidding for Dr. Shields? What if you found out she was trying to set you up to be like a past patient?

But what if you were the one who was manipulating instead of being manipulated?

You just need to read An Anonymous Girl find out! PS buy it here.

I give this book 5 stars!

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak: A Review

I’ve been on the fence about Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak and how I felt about it. It was good although the audio was horrible and didn’t help the cause. I loved the characters but I just felt like some of the plot lines felt unfinished.

I liked the different points of view and how you saw the story from a variety of views. But one character George WTH?!?!!?! He was a major douschbag and like how could he just up and leave like that unless he had something to hide. Which I think he did and you will find out once you read the book.

The audio makes the characters seem whiney and dysfunctional, and running away from all of their problems. Although you do get the dysfunctional from reading the book.

The book does though show how everyone has a secret and how you need to come clean before they come out. Well also to not stick your foot in your mouth when you don’t know the full situation.

It’s good and heartbreaking all at the same time. You will want more after you finish the book and how everyone ended up.

My only problem now is my book club group picked this for next year to read in May when it is the perfect Christmas book.

I give this book a 3-3.5 stars.

My Favorite 1/2 Night Stand by Christina Lauren: A Review

OMG! How did I only start reading Christina Lauren books? They are the cutest ever!

I loved this book. I jumped on reading this book with some of my new bookstagramer friends who were doing a buddy read on this book. I quickly jumped on netgalley and found the book and got approved and started reading. I read it in one day and 2 weeks before the discussion.

Reid and Millie are the cutest and I really hoped that they would end up together from the first page. I loved the dialogue between all the characters and the chat dialogue. It almost felt like the Big Bang Theory cast all looking for dates using online dating service.

Of course Reid is a normal guy and doesn’t realize that Millie was Catherine. Of course he gets mad at her since almost everyone knew but him. It’s just such a cute book in general.

It kinda reminded me of my husband and mine story. How we started off as friends and then started dating after years of friendship. We actually had about 5 fake dates before we started dating.

I’m now working on reading all the rest of Christina Lauren’s books.

5 stars!!!

The Adults by Caroline Hulse: a review

Thank you to random house for the advanced reader’s edition and physical copy of The Adults. 

So what could go seriously wrong with a divorced couple going on a holiday together with their new significant others so they could both spend it with their daughter?

EVERYTHING!!!!!

It’s like a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation meets Modern Family rolled into a British Comedy.

Claire and Matt want their daughter Scarlett to have kinda of a normal Christmas. So they plan a vacation with their significant others to give Scarlett that.

Alex, Matt’s girlfriend, wasn’t really on board with it and Patrick, not Pat, was really creepy. Oh and he was obsessed with training for an Ironman.

Scarlett and her imaginary bunny, Posey, watch as the adults try to get along and well they try and make Alex leave.

Then you’re trying to figure out what happened the last night of their vacation. One of them was hit with an arrow and one of the other three are responsible. You will also read in between the chapters interviews of people who were also at the holiday resort to try and piece together what really happened.

It’s a quick read and you figure it out really quick but it’s still very good!

4 out of 5 stars.

#NSFW Book Tour Wrap up

Thank you BookSparks for these lovely books! Also thank you for having me on your #nsfw book tour!!!!

Fetish Girl: a memoir of sex, domination, and motherhood by Bella LaVey

Fetish Girl is not for the faint of heart and it intrigued me although I did have a hard time reading this book. It’s just not my cup of tea of what I usually read. Sure I’ve read 50 Shades but I didn’t know anything about BDSM until I read 50 Shades. It’s so much more than BDSM, erotic wrestling and stripping. It’s a story of survival. It’s a story of a woman who does what she needs to do to survive in this world.

I give it 3.5 stars.

The Spiritual Vixen’s guide to an unapologetic life by Maureen Muldoon

I really didn’t know what to think of this book because of the cover. I sometimes judge the book by its cover. I thought the book was going to be saucy and sexy. The cover really didn’t match the story. Its really a story of divorce and getting away for a horrible life. Rising from the ashes is the theme of this book.

I give it 3.5 stars.

Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne

Season of Wonder was lacking for me. I really hoped it was going to pick up but it didn’t. I haven’t read any of the other Haven Point novels and probably won’t read them.

The characters were under developed just a little bit. I liked then don’t get me wrong they’re good but I was just left not being able to connect to the story.

Dani is trying to start a new life for her and her two daughters. To leave behind her past that she can’t seem to shake. Ruben is her next door neighbor and the son of her boss. Through a series of events, Ruben slowly intertwines himself into Dani and her daughters lives even though Dani continues to try and pull herself away.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter: a review

Oh my goodness another amazing Denise Hunter book! It’s always sad when an author wraps up a series but like I love that Denise’s series are 3-4 books. You fall in love with the characters and make them your best friends. You can always just reread the series to visit them again.

I’ve had the privilege of being on two of Denise’s launch teams for the Blue Ridge series and it’s a joy to get an early read to a series you love.

I loved Noah and Josephine (read Sweetbriar Cottage if you don’t know them)

I loved Cruz and Zoe (read Blue Ridge Sunrise if you don’t know them)

I loved Brady and Hope (read Honeysuckle Dreams if you don’t know them)

I love Jack and Daisy.

In the background there was always Daisy and Pastor Jack. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their story and where they end up.

Pastor Jack has always had a crush on Daisy but she’s member of his congregation.

Daisy is tired of waiting for Mr. Right so she’s started an online dating profile. Through that she starts talking to “TJ”. Who may just be Pastor Jack although Jack was set up by his friends (Noah, Cruz and Brady) and they nudged Daisy for him.

A tornado sweeps through their town and harms only one home for girls who are in foster care. Through a series of events Daisy is put in charge of helping raise funds to find the house so the girls can move back in. Daisy is also dealing with some repercussions of her decreased dad’s past that she seeks Jack’s help for.

Can Jack finally tell Daisy his true feelings and not hurt her feelings by telling her that he is “TJ”? Can Daisy see past all of her busiest to see that Jack has always been there for her?

You’ll have to travel down Magnolia Lane to find out!

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

The Dimarco Series by Jennifer Hanks

Oh my gosh! I just found my new obsession. So I ran across Lucy, Sydney, Gianna, and Elaina on NetGalley and immediately fell in love with their covers. I let them sit in my kindle app for a little bit and then I opened them when I needed to fall away from the world. Like literally. My anxiety is extremely bad right now and I just don’t want to function.

I read them all in two days and even got through one of The Elite Securities series books. OMG! I knew I had to see if there were more out there. Then I found Kate. I read Kate in one day. Oh, my heart I need more. I feel so invested in this family that I can’t help myself but hope that the author writes really fast to get Grace and Ben’s stories written. I also saw on her website that she was doing a novella for Jax.

So, in the beginning, you meet the Dimarco brothers. There are seven of them with one sister. They are a big Italian family that once you’re in the family there is no way to leave. I laughed I cried and I felt like they were all my family.

In Lucyyou meet Christian and Lucy and follow their story of how they fell in love. Can Chris keep Lucy from running away from her problems?

In Sydney, you get to know Cameron the one brother you do not meet in Lucy because he’s undercover and no one knew where he was. Through lies and betrayals, Sydney and Cam fall in love and work through their battles.

In Giannayou meet Gia and Lexi and Gia’s search for that man that she had a one night stand with just so her little girl will know her daddy. After confronting the wrong brother, Brody takes to them and never lets them go.

In ElainaLanie, the girl next door and her dog Beasley, who helps Jake come out of his sea of guilt and Jake does everything in his power to protect her but can he really?

Then we have Kate, Luke survived being gunned down for his involvement in a case that could lead him to lose everything. Kate is a single mom who is just trying to keep her head about water and make the best life for her son Andy. For Kate and Andy the unthinkable happens they are adopted by the Dimarco family and how much they knew that she needed them, the added bonus was Luke. Will Luke give up everything on the police force to have a life with Kate and Andy or will he lose everything?

I love everything about the Dimarco family and feel like I know them. The books give you get background stories of all.

All 5 are 4 out of 5 stars!!!

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More about Kate and Jennifer Hanks!

BLURB

Disappointment.  Rejection.  Loneliness.

Feelings that have been suffocating single mom Kate Miller for years.

Moving to New Hope to raise her six-year-old son is supposed to be a fresh start, a way to put her past in the rearview mirror and focus on the road ahead. She isn’t looking for friendship or a relationship, especially with one very sexy detective who won’t stay out of her life or out of her mind.

No matter how hard she pushes him away.

Luke Dimarco is a man who’s faced his mortality.  After surviving a shooting, in which he was the target of revenge, he understands life is fleeting.  When Kate explodes into his world, showing him a glimpse of a future filled with all the things he craves, he makes the decision to grab a hold and not let go.

Even if it means sacrificing what he already has.

However, a darkness still surrounds the small town of New Hope and they will learn the only way to keep each other safe is to stand together.  Luke will need to show Kate that trust is not just a word, but given to the right person, a promise.

But is it a promise he can keep?

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AUTHOR BIO

Jennifer Hanks is the author of The Dimarco Series as well as The Elite Securities Series. Her stories are contemporary romance and romantic suspense, all with the underlying message of the power and strength in love. She’s also a sucker for a Happily-Ever-After. Her love of reading and books in general started at a very young age and has steadily grown into a love of writing as well. She admits to being addicted to all things romance and has no plans of quitting her habit. Jennifer lives in Pennsylvania with her two children. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found with her kids at their various activities. Her house is frequently filled with any combination of her children’s friends, nieces, nephews and a variety of pets.

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