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review 2018-09-18 07:06
Chance
Spin the Bottle - Sara Wylde

This is book #2, in the Fast Times At Ridgemont Hall series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding of the series and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading in order.

 

Jax and Matt have been best friends.  They are close and tell one another everything.  When she tells him she is ready to lose her V card, he loses it.  Confesses to her she should choose him.  She never thought this was an option and just had not considered this.

 

Matt is frustrated that Jax has a plan to be intimate with another man.  He has been lusting over his best friend lately and feels they need to talk about the options.  She just is not in the same place.  So he has to have a plan......

 

This is a fun and quirky approach to the best friends become lovers.  Each person is quite independent, and must seriously consider if this is a move they want to make.  The characters have good banter, and the book goes at a good pace.  If you need to feel good and get a smile, this is the right pick me up for you.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-09-15 05:42
Spin the Bottle (Fast Times at Ridgemont Hall Book 2) by Sara Wylde
Spin the Bottle - Sara Wylde

 

 

Spin the Bottle explores a time when complicated seemed simple and responsibilities were as far off as the horizon.  Wylde journeys back to a time of teen angst and young love. Matt and Jax are learning how to navigate emotional entanglements, as they blossom from youth to adulthood. At stake is a friendship neither wants to live without and feelings that each find it hard to explore.  It's a nostalgic ride into the past to find a chance at a future. A sweet coming of age tale that banks everything on reaching the heart. 

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review 2018-08-22 14:05
All Wound Up
All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is also known as the Yarn Harlot from her blog. I found her blog first and laughed out loud at some of the things that happened to her. I was a new knitter and a long time crocheter so I didn't like that she hated crochet, but after reading this book the first time (back in 2011) I understood how she would not enjoy the process. She covers so many topics in the book, just as on her blog, and many I could nod my head and say, "Yes! That is so me!" You do not have to be a crafter to understand what she is writing about or to laugh about some of the things that happen. But it is a fun read. Each chapter is different and some flow into the others and some hop from topic to topic. 

 

The reason that it took so long to read this was that it was just something I would read a chapter here or there (first read was straight through) and I would pick it up and read for a little while and then walk away for a little bit. 

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review 2018-07-17 10:00
Review! Summer Rhythm - A Night's Embrace Spin-off by Brandy L. Rivers!
Summer Rhythm: A spin-off of Nights Embrace - Brandy L Rivers,Tara Shaner

 

 

Rhythms tend to repeat…


One girl has always captivated Doug Walsh. Every time he thinks she’ll let him in, she proves him wrong. Years later, he spots her in the crowd. He’ll do everything in his power to keep his fool heart intact.


After dismissing her parent’s expectations, Chloe has taken her life by the reins. When she sees the boy who captured her heart, but her mother forbade, she’s drawn back in. This time, she wants to make up for her past mistakes.


Can she change their summer rhythm? Or has she trampled his heart too many times?

 

 

Doug, the Night’s Embrace band member in the Others of Seattle series get his story in Summer Rhythm and what a delightfully sweet read it is.

 

Doug Walsh has always been captivated by one girl and he’ll do everything in his power to keep his fool heart intact when he spots her years later. Chloe is back and this time she is determined to take her life by the reins and live it her way and then means making up for past mistakes in the hopes of winning back the boy she fell for and her mother forbade. These two characters are strong and easily captivate readers with their story as they work to overcome the past in order to hope for the future and this heartfelt romance keeps readers on the edge of their seat as the couple try to overcome family obstacles.

 

Summer Rhythm, although short, is a delightful read with wonderful characters that captured my heart. It is a spinoff of Night’s Embrace, although it is a standalone story. If being read in conjunction with the Others of Seattle series, it should be read after number four to prevent spoilers because the characters from the series do make appearances.

 

 

Summer Rhythm

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25869485-summer-rhythm

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/summer-rhythm-a-spin-off-of-nights-embrace-by-brandy-l-rivers-and-tara-shaner

 

 

is a spin-off of the Night's Embrace book which is the 1st book in the Others of Seattle

series ( https://www.goodreads.com/series/128320-others-of-seattle ) while some of the characters do make an apperance, this book can be read as a standalone and is a contemporary romance and not a paranormal romance, also while this book is short and has a satisfactory ending, the author has mentioned on her website that there may be more in store for Doug.

 


Summer Rhythm is available in print or ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0115PQ0K2/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p4_i8

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brandy_L_Rivers_Summer_Rhythm?id=WooZCgAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/summer-rhythm

 

B&N - print - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-rhythm-brandy-l-rivers/1122591336?ean=9781517077914

 

B&N - Nook - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-rhythm-brandy-l-rivers/1122252669?ean=2940150879249

 

 

I've always loved books, especially about monsters and magic, so I started writing. I'm working on a prequel and the next few books in the Others of Edenton series, and I have a head full of stories to share.

 

I'm a stay at home mother with a wonderful husband who lets me write and write to my hearts content.

 

 

Be sure & visit Brandy at the following locations:

 

Website - http://www.brandylrivers.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054485.Brandy_L_Rivers

 

Facebook - http://facebook.com/brandylrivers

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/brandylrivers

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/brandylrivers

 

Tumbler - http://brandylrivers.tumblr.com/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brandy-l-rivers

 

 

 

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review 2018-07-12 19:32
Living and Dying
The Bright Hour - Nina Riggs
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi,Abraham Verghese
The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
Blue Nights by Didion, Joan 1st (first) Edition [Hardcover(2011)] - Joan Didion
A Widow's Story - Joyce Carol Oates
Missing Mom - Joyce Carol Oates
About Alice - Calvin Trillin
How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter - Sherwin B. Nuland

So, I've been off BL for a long, long time. A lot has happened, I got pregnant and had a daughter. My mom got sick and passed away. I had to clear out and sell my childhood home and all the contents while trying to balance all of that and my full time job. It's been...something.

 

For a while, not long after my mom died (3 days before Christmas 2016 when my daughter was only 5 months old) I started searching out and reading books that dealt with death and grief. I read a lot of Joan Didion The Year of Magical ThinkingBlue Nights. I read When Breath Becomes Air and About Alice and A Widow's Story. I started Missing Mom and couldn't go any further because it was too hard and How We Die.

 

The Bright Hour is one of the most beautiful books I've read, ever. I can't possibly describe it except to use it's full title--The Bright Hour: a memoir of living and dying. It is so full of life, all the messiness and happiness and tragedy and humor and it faces death and mortality head on, unflinching. 

 

I recently reread it, now a year and a half since my mother passed, it still has such power and peace. I can't recommend it enough.

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