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text 2016-04-05 01:29
TBR: April
The Reason is You - Sharla Lovelace
A Little Night Magic - Lucy March
Dreamer's Pool( A Blackthorn & Grim Novel)[DREAMERS POOL][Hardcover] - JulietMarillier
Once Upon a Rose (La Vie en Roses Book 1) - Laura Florand
Pocket Apocalypse - Seanan McGuire
Midnight's Daughter - Karen Chance
A Darker Shade of Magic - Victoria Schwab

Also, I've been feeling some nostalgia for some re-reads, so it would be a great month reading wise If I were able to read them as well.

And these are the ones that I've bought recently in paperback:

Marillier's book I bought it in Portuguese because I am that lazy ;)

 

As for Laura Florand's Once Upon a Rose, well one day I noticed that it was a little less expensive on BD so of course I had to take advantage of that.

In the meanwhile I am waiting for some packages from awesomebooks. Some of their prices are really good ( and I am talking about brand new books), the problem are the shipping fees unless you order three or four books... which I did ;)

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review 2015-06-28 07:00
Review: The Reason Is You
The Reason is You - Sharla Lovelace

Title: The Reason is You

Author: Sharla Lovelace

Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis: Anything but Normal... Dani Shane just wants her daughter to have what she never did--a normal life. But "normal" leaves the equation when sixteen-year-old Riley is found talking to Dani's only friend, Alex--who's been dead for forty years. In the small river town of Bethany, Dani never fits in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn't stop the talk. Now that she's back, so is Alex. Mischievous and sexy and still hot enough to melt her shoes.

 

Between his popping in at inopportune moments and having to hide her daughter's new talent, Dani fears that her plans for staying under the radar may be short lived. As Dani scrambles to get solid footing under her family, secrets buried for forty years begin to unearth themselves. She and Alex have always been connected, but he is hiding something. The computer is making her hear things. Weird memories that she doesn't recognize keep popping up in her mind. Then there's that little thing she's not telling her daughter yet. Like that some of the people she sees aren't breathing...

 

WARNING - SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT - REVIEW BELOW

 

I've been on a roll lately picking up some really great books. I picked up this one in a Goodreads Giveaway back in April, and just now got around to reading it at the end of May... but already wish I'd picked it up sooner. I really enjoyed this book. The Reason is You is a Contemporary/Paranormal/Romance book about a 40-yr old woman named Dani. She's reached a point in her life where all her best-laid plans to have a professional career and live in a big city have fallen to pieces, and out of options, she moves back home to her father's house in-the-middle-of-nowhere with her teenage daughter, Riley.

 

 Unfortunately, this is a bit of a traumatizing experience for the mother. She has a bit of a reputation in her hometown for being crazy--and going back, she's terrified that she'll be reliving the nightmare of her youth, as well as dragging her daughter into this fresh hell.

 

What Dani hasn't told her daughter, hasn't told anyone, is that she can see ghosts--all the time--and back home there's one in particular she's both eager, and terrified to see. What ensues is a deliciously funny and romantic story about a girl who fell in love with two people at the same time... unfortunately, one of them is dead. 

 

The writing itself is clear, well written, and flows nicely. I never felt like it was a chore to read or that the writing quality had dipped down into pre-teen dribble as sometimes happens in romance novels. In fact, I have to hand it to Ms. Lovelace. Her characters were extremely well written. They each had their own unique personality and goals, and it didn't feel like they were being railroaded into any situations like so often happens. Riley, the teenage daughter, felt like a real 16 yr old, and the banter between mother and daughter sometimes had me grinning. There was this very real connection between the two that left me no doubt in my mind that Dani and Riley were meant to be mother and daughter. They felt like family.

 

As for the male love interests, I'm not entirely sure what was up with Jason. I liked him as a character. He was brooding, but excited to be in a relationship with Dani, and he seemed to really love her... but his constant mood switches from robot to man were confusing, not only to me, but to Dani as well. It was never really explained why he seemed so bipolar, maybe that was just his personality, but it was nice to see that as the female lead, Dani didn't understand it either. She didn't try to make excuses for his weird behavior, she stopped and went "WTF?" too. 

 

On the other side of the male interest duo, Alex made me want to squeal. He was the quintessential teenage dream... an older guy, sexy as hell, who was not only Dani's best friend, but basically only seemed to care about her. She was the only one who could see him for most of her life, and it gave her a sense of claim over him. The dream sequence over Alex as just... yum. In the end when it came down to a decision between Alex and Jason, I have to admit I was riding Alex's side of the fence. It was a bittersweet situation when it came down to Dani having to choose one of the males in her life, and letting the other go.

 

Overall, I found the romance of the book endearing, funny, and steamy at times. There weren't a lot of sex scenes in this particular book, but the few that there were, were H-O-T and won't disappoint. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a good ole romantic ghost story. It's full of twists and turns, hilarious dialog, and endearing moments between the many characters. Give it a try.

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review 2013-05-06 00:00
The Reason is You
The Reason is You - Sharla Lovelace This book is a stand alone, not part of any series (that I know of). I will be honest and say that I signed up for this book tour and review because after reading the first chapter, I was excited and hooked. Add in the paranormal romance genre and I was soooo there. Now after reading the book, I feel exhausted, simply wasted emotionally. This book ran the gamut of emotions and took me on a roller coaster of highs and lows, moving from one extreme to another.

This is the story of 40 year old Danielle Shane. She is moving back to Bethany, Texas and her father's house with her 16 year old daughter Riley in tow. Dani has lost her job as a graphic designer in Texas and hasn't been able to find work. To keep a roof over her daughter's head and food on the table, the options are limited. She is just worried that her reputation as the "weird girl" will taint Riley. That is until she finds out that Riley has her same weird gift - the ability to see and talk to the dead. How does she explain this to Riley without sounding crazy?

On the job front, Dani manages to get a job working in the local Bait 'n Feed scheduling the fishing charters and selling bait. This is such a step down from what she was doing, she refuses to list her former job history on the application. But since she is a hometown girl, and her father is still a large part of the fishing community, she easily gets the job. Dani finds out that the Bait 'n Feed has a new owner, a smoking hot new member of the community, Jason Miller. Dani is introduced to him after she rear ends him on the way into work, and only later finds out that he is her boss. Watching Dani and Jason dance around each other, striking sparks and trying to figure each other out was a great part of the story.

Then there is Dani's relationship with her daughter Riley and her dad Nathaniel. Being a part of their interactions and dynamic gave some much needed comedic relief to some of the heaviest emotional parts of this book. I had figured out Dani's unique relationship with Alex before she did and I can understand why she was blind to the connection. What a massive discovery to make and have to deal with.

I spent quite a few sections of the book in tears. Typically I just don't read books that I know will make me cry. However, I quickly was invested in the story and just had to see it through. But this story also had me laughing and snickering out loud as well as repeating dialogue to myself. This is what I meant by the emotional roller coaster.

This book felt much more like contemporary romance or even chick lit than it did paranormal romance. Yes, there are definitely paranormal aspects and it's a romance, but it just didn't have the feel of other books in the genre. That is not necessarily a bad thing as other people may prefer chick lit to paranormal romance and this could be a nice bridge to the genre. It was a good book, with humor and great dialogue, but I am not sure if I like feeling this wrung out from reading the book. Although I am sure that will be just the thing that others love about this book. Bottom line, I am giving this book 3 stars on Goodreads and a suggestion to check it out for yourself.
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review 2012-05-10 00:00
The Reason is You
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