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review 2018-09-07 09:40
Once Upon a Real Good Time (Heartbreakers, #1) by Lauren Blakely
Once Upon a Real Good Time - Lauren Blakely

 

And they say actions speak louder than words. Blakely continues to take that saying to heart with her captivating characters and witty dialogue. Once Upon a Real Good Time is the start of something marvelous. Amidst bumbling cluelessness and magnetic attraction a family is made. Campbell and Mackenzie find that sometimes the most embarrassing moments can have an everlasting impact. Imperfect can turn out to be just right. Can't wait for what comes next in the Heartbreakers series.

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text 2018-09-04 14:59
Monthly Run Down - August 2018
Too Late - Colleen Hoover
The Rehearsal Dinner - J.R. Ward
A Little Big Rock - Lauren Blakely
Creative Quest - Ahmir Questlove Thompson
The Reception - J.R. Ward
The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook - Olivia Hops
Eternal Beast - Laura Wright
Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - Charlamagne Tha God,Charlamagne Tha God,Simon & Schuster Audio
Consumed - J.R. Ward
Seriously... I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres

*Better late than never right?



Books I Read:

 

Too Late - 3.75 Stars - Super intense.

 

The Rehearsal Dinner - 4 Stars - Hot, and not just because the characters are firefighters

A Little Big Rock  - 4 Stars - I need to figure out where I can sign up for a Spencer of my own.

 

Creative Quest  - 3.5 Stars - Interesting, made me think more about creativity than I think I ever have, and that’s a good thing.  

 

The Reception   - 4 Stars - Just as hot as I thought it would be. So ready for Consumed

 

The Edible Cookie Dough Book - 5 Stars - So many fun and delicious recipes that I can’t wait to try

 

Eternal Beast - 4 Stars - So many layers of story.

 

Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - 4 Stars - Inspirational

 

Consumed - 4 Stars - Great start to a new series. I love these characters

 

Seriously… I’m Kidding - 4 Stars - lots of fun

 

Rough & Ready - 3.5 Stars - Tanner Green is swoonworthy






DNF:

 

Single and Looking Daisy - Balinda Austin - Daisy is a hot mess who needs psychiatric help.



Currently Reading:



Sexsomnia - Anya Omah - So far I dislike the “Hero”

 

Lies  - T.M. Logan - Just started so nothing much has happened




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

 

2018: 69 books

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review 2018-08-25 18:43
Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely
Unbreak My Heart - Lauren Blakely

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was really good! I usually try to go into books as blindly as possible and I don't think that I beyond Lauren Blakely's name and the shirtless guy on the cover when I made the decision to read this book. I thought that I had a pretty good idea of what kind of book this would be and expected a fun little romance. I did get a romance but to me this book was really all about Andrew. I am so glad that I had the chance to listen to this audiobook.

When we meet Andrew at the start of this book, he is at a very low point. He is deep in grief after losing his brother who was the person he was closest to. He is not handling things well at all. I felt so bad for Andrew but I completely understood some of the things he was feeling. I thought that his thoughts during this time were very well done and felt very authentic.

Holland and Andrew have known each other for a very long time. Their parents were friends and they dated for a while. Their relationship ended largely because Holland was living in Tokyo while Andrew needed to be in the United States. I love a good second chance romance and these two were really great together. They never stopping caring about each other and the chemistry between them was great. Holland seemed to understand exactly what Andrew needed and was very clear with her expectations.

Both of the narrators really nailed this performance. I had never listened to any of Joe Arden's work before a few months ago but I think that this is the third time that I have listened to him in just a few weeks. I am really impressed by his work and I thought that this was an exceptional performance. He does such a good job with the wide range of emotions that Andrew goes through in this story. Since this was Andrew's story more than anything, I think that Joe Arden read a bit more of the book than the female narrator, Erin Mallon. This was my first time listening to Erin Mallon and I really liked her narration. I thought she did a great job with Holland and really helped to bring the story to life. These two worked really well together and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to either narrator again in the future.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I love second chance romances and books that deal with grief are also a favorite so this was a great pick for me. This audiobook does include a short story, The Story of Us, that takes up the last hour or so of the total running time. I cannot wait to read more of Lauren Blakely's work.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Lauren Blakely Books via Inkslinger PR.

Initial Thoughts
This was good! I will be honest that I picked this up because when I saw the shirtless guy on the cover and Lauren Blakely's name I had a pretty good idea what would be waiting for me. But this book was different. This is really a story about grief and moving on. Yes, Andrew and Holland do find love in this story but it was really more about getting over loss. Both of the narrators completely nailed their delivery of this story. This audiobook also contains the short story, The Start of Us, which accounts for around the last hour of the audiobook.

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review 2018-08-15 15:50
Audiobook Review: Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely (Author), Joe Arden (Narrator), Erin Mallon (Narrator)
Unbreak My Heart - Lauren Blakely

 

How do you find the courage to walk away even as your heart is begging to stay? Andrew and Holland have a fight on their hands. Blakely pens the most haunting love story of the year. Unbreak My Heart is a story about love at the best and worst of times. To reach the rainbow, you have to survive the storm. From heartbreaking grief, to unanswered questions, shocking revelations and undying love, there's turbulence at every turn. Yet despite the pain there are moments of intense joy. Lauren Blakely has written a prolific masterpiece that deals with real emotions. Arden and Mallon bring that intensity to life with sincerity and soulfulness that speak to the pain, inspire the heart and lay claim to the soul.

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review 2018-08-03 22:40
A Little Big Rock
A Little Big Rock - Lauren Blakely

Big Rock, Book .5

I Picked Up This Book Because: I need a palate cleanser and this should fit the bill.

The Characters:

Charlotte:
Spencer:


The Story:

First I would like to say, I need a Spencer in my life. He is seriously swoon worthy. Although I like seeing Charlotte’s POV I still feel like I don’t know here. She likes Castle, has a douchey ex and her sister teaches her Karate… I suppose that is enough.

All and all this is a prequel that leads up to the situation we work through in Big Rock. I enjoyed it but I can’t say it added anything to the main story.

The Random Thoughts:

Loved the Hamilton reference.

The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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