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review 2018-02-10 18:18
She Regrets Nothing: A Novel - Andrea Dunlop

Do not, I repeat, do not eff with Laila. This girl is cray, cray. Hellbent on a mission towards the way to reach her goal. Be rich, like she should have been in the first place! I felt all kinds of sorry for Laila at the beginning. Yeah, she will do that to you. Her naivety and wonderment, so endearing.

A cousin of a major wealthy NYC family who has been denied her due. That would be the huge share of the wealth that was kept from her due to her deceased parents being ostracized from the family when Laila was very young. She regrets nothing is a great title for this book which I truly discovered at the end.

I loved how the author gave me an insight into what the character's are thinking. It really added to my enjoyment, a lot. 

Lesson learned for me: You can have all the money in the world and it won't keep you from being cray, cray.

Sooo many times I wanted to leave Crazyland, but someone would play the crazy card again . . . and I was sucked right back in. 

Great read, had major feelings for the characters (good or bad, always works for me).

Thanks to Atria Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-02-06 22:40
She Regrets Nothing
She Regrets Nothing: A Novel - Andrea Dunlop

With the death of her mother, Laila Lawrence is left an orphan at the age of 23.  Laila resides herself to a middle class life in the midwest, engaged to a dentist and working as a hygienist.  However, when three unknown Lawrence cousins show up at Laila's mother's funeral, Laila discovers an entire family, lifestyle and family feud that have been hidden from her.  Her cousin, Liberty makes a connection with Laila.  With her mother's death Laila discovers the reason for the feud and decides to change her life.  Two years after becoming an orphan, Laila divorces her husband and sets out for New York City.  Laila is staying with her cousin Nora and soon discovers the affluent Lawrence lifestyle, living off of a trust fund, partying every night and meeting billionaires, Laila begins to find her place among the family she believes she should have been part of all along.  Although, as her star rises, Laila becomes entangled in other schemes and plots that may set off yet another Lawrence family rift when all she wanted to do was fit in.


She Regrets Nothing is an interesting twist on a modern glam Cinderella where Cinderella uses her family for all it's worth and Prince Charming is anything but.  Laila intrigued me from the beginning and even now, I don't really know how I feel about her.  As Laila maneuvered her way through the Lawrences, my feelings for her see-sawed from 'you go girl!' to asking myself if she had a mental problem.  Although, as Laila states, she is playing the part of the chameleon; and she does it amazingly well.  I do wish that I got to see more of the true Laila, but perhaps we got to see her in the end.   It was Liberty that captured my full attention, I loved her authenticity and the way she both accepted and declined parts of her expected role within society.  The writing skillfully balanced mystery, suspense, complicated relationships and family drama  against the backdrop of Manhattan's posh social scene.   I was probably as awed as Laila at some of the clubs and people in it, I was equally amazed when I found out that Mustique Island was a real place.  I became even more pulled into the story near the end as things began to fall apart and I wondered how Laila would keep her carefully crafted life afloat.

This book received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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review 2018-01-02 15:53
Okay Stories, Nothing Really Floated My Boat
No Regrets: Ann Rule's Crime Files: Volume 11 (Ann Rule's Crime Files) - Ann Rule

Definitely did not care for most of the stories in this volume. 


The Sea Captain (3 stars)-I really didn't like this one at all. It is one of the longer stories that Rule tends to start off all of her books with. This one didn't have an engaging story at all. Woman murders husband. Rule throws in tidbits about how the local celebrities (John Saul lived nearby) felt about the case as well as the locals. I never got the feeling anyone was lying about what occurred. It just seemed shocking the woman in question (Nettie Ruth Myers) got away with things as long as she did. 

 

It (Ain't) Hard Out There for the Pimps (1 star)-Rule has a bug up her butt because in 2006, the best song went to "It's Hard Out There for the Pimps" she takes a personal affront because pimps are terrible people. I am not arguing with her there. But I think she jumped way too much to the outrage meter over a song. I feel like she's one of those people that would have said that rap music makes black people violent. I hated the two stories she told since she seemed hell bent on proving her point. 

 

The Runaway and the Solider (2 stars)-Sad story though Rule at times seems to be blaming the young woman and even her family for what became of her.

 

The Tragic Ending of a Bank Robber's Fantasy (3 stars)-once again Rule seems to blame not only the young man who murdered someone, but the victim who she felt should have had enough sense to not struggle to get a gun away from him. This whole story felt confusing, mostly because Rule refers to the murderer (Sam Jesse) by both his first and last name throughout the story.  


A Very Bad Christmas (3 stars)-What a terrible story. It's a story about a family annihilator who wanted to move on and be "young again and date."


To Save Their Souls (3 stars)-I felt pity for the woman in this story who definitely needed mental help. Rule gets into the M'Naughton rule and how in cases like this one, it can cause people who really should receive mental help to be sent to jail. A young mother is left alone with her two sons who she can't feed or keep warm living in a trailer all by themselves. She eventually becomes transfixed on the fact that she and her husband have done evil and her sons need to be protected. 

 

...Or We''ll Kill You (3 stars)-A woman is abducted by two men and using the skills she developed as counselor, manages to survive. 

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review 2017-12-09 02:22
No Regrets Book 1 - Aimee Noalane No Regrets Book 1 - Aimee Noalane

Now and then, I would come across a story, which tugs at heart, and bring little tears to my eyes. (No ugly crying) Now this is not an easy feat, few books have ever elicited that feeling. When a book leaves me feeling as if I was on an emotional roller coaster, I know I have found a winner. No Regrets by Aimee Noalane was one of those books.

No Regrets is a story about friendship, love and heartbreak.  This story will gut you and leave you raw. The character’s emotions leapt off the pages, pulling me in and allowing me to connect every facet of their lives. What I loved most about this story is that it demonstrated the emotions of the protagonists. I experienced everything they both went through.   The story was honest, poignant and raw.  It delivered a powerful message about love, loss and friendship.

I loved the characters. Oliver and Abbygail have been best friends since they were both eight years old.  I got a glimpse into this part of their lives, which paved the way to a better understanding of the depth of their friendship. Their actions were what one would expect from the typical teenager.  Sometimes I wished I could knock some sense into them.  Of the two, I found Oliver to be the least mature. I understood he had a lot dealing with, but instead of relying on his best friend, he pushed her away.  Then there were the moments where he toyed with her feelings, which was unacceptable.  One moment he made her feel that all would be well and the next he treats her with indifference.

For someone who struggles with abandonment issues, Abbygail proved to be a strong character.  Never did she think to give up on her friendship with Oliver even though she would be justified if she did.  She believed their friendship was worth saving and was determined to keep fanning the dying flames, with the hope it would revive.

I should warn you, the story ended on a cliff-hanger, but rest assured the remaining books are currently available. Therefore, there is no need for a long wait before jumping into the next installment. I cannot wait to see the outcome Oliver and Abbygails’ journey into adulthood.
I have no regret reading this story.  I found the writing enjoyable; the story engaging and the characters relatable.

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review 2017-09-30 03:31
Money, Power and No Regrets
Money, Power, and No Regrets - Eros

Title:  Money, Power and No Regrets

Author:  Eros

Publisher:  Pen Bullies LLC 

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Money, Power and No Regrets" by Eros

 

My Thoughts....

 

This is one urban fiction that moves very fast and you will have to keep up because there is so much going on from page to page!  I found it to be very entertaining read of life in the hood with some very interesting characters that will have you shaking your head. That ending... well you will just have to pick this novel up and see how it all comes to a end to see if Justine will finally get the happiness and peace that she so deserved. 

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