Feb. 19th, 2017
A Throne of Fire (A Shade of Vampire #40) by Bella Forrest
Feb. 20th, 2017
Rough & Tumble (Haven Brotherhood #1) by Rhenna Morgan – (CR)
The Bond That Ties Us (Eternal Bond #1) by Christine d’Abo – (Erotic Sci-Fi PNR)
Feb. 21st, 2017
Driving Rain (Rain Chaser #2) by Sierra Dean – (UF)
Sevan (Project Exorcism #1) by Mandy M. Roth – (Sci-Fi/PNR)
Saved by Darkness (Darkness #6) by Katie Reus – (PNR)
Lady of Silver (Blood and Silver #1) by Shona Husk – (PNR/UF)
Veso (VLG #4) by Laurann Dohner – (Erotic Sci-Fi Romance)
A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab – (Fantasy/Young Adult)
The Dragon’s Price (Transference #1) by Bethany Wiggins – (Fantasy/Young Adult)
Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas – (Fantasy/Young Adult)
Devil in Spring (The Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas – (HR)
Going Down Hard (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Carly Phillips – (Erotic CR)
His Cowboy Heart (Montana Men #6) by Jennifer Ryan – (CR)
Alpha Prince: A Modern Fairy Tale (Twisted Royals #1) by Sidney Bristol – (CR)
Feb. 22nd, 2017
Whisper of Love (The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, MD #5) by Melissa Foster – (CR)
Feb. 23rd, 2017
Beard Mode (The Dixie Warden Rejects MC #1) by Lani Lynn Vale – (CR)
Feb. 25th, 2017
Valen (Guardians of Hades #2) by Felicity Heaton – (PNR)
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Lucinda Rosenfeld's CLASS features New York, Karen Kipple as she struggles to balance the demands of motherhood and career, always convinced that she was shortchanging one or the other.
Married for ten years and for the last five Karen had been the director of development for a small non-profit devoted to tackling childhood hunger in the US. For the past two years, she had been trying to write an oped which she hoped one day to publish in a major newspaper, about the relationship between nutrition and school readiness.
Matt, her husband is also a career activist in the nonprofit sector and she is always worried about Ruby, her eight-year-old daughter’s education. She encourages her former lawyer husband to quit his job and work with low-income people to assist their housing needs.
Karen had enrolled her daughter at Betts, aware that it lacked the reputation for academic excellence of other schools nearby, but Ruby would be exposed to children who were less privileged than herself. Even though the white population of the school hovered around 25%. Being in the minority in what she had chosen. However, was he sacrificing her education? Diversity or inferior education?
She had always aspired to a life of making a difference and helping those less fortunate than herself. She tried to live in accordance with the politics and principals, which of course included the notion that public education was a force for good and that without racially and economically integrated school, an equal opportunity couldn’t exist.
Ruby was smart and a voracious reading and life should be good. Karen, an advocate for non-food additives and chemicals as well as diversity. She has a nice condo, hubby, and daughter, Karen’s life seemed to be good in New York; however, she is unhappy.
“Karen’s complex and contradictory relationship to eating had also grown more in the last few years, along with weight, teeth, and marriage—somehow become a dividing line between the social classes with the Earth Day — esque ideals of the 1960s having acquired snob appeal, and the well-off and well-educated increasingly buying “natural” and “fresh” and casting aspersions on those who didn’t.”
Then when a classmate of Ruby’s transfers out of Betts to a more privileged school of white students, all of Karen’s earlier thoughts and commitments, quickly vanished. Her husband wants a divorce because she enrolled Ruby in a new school without telling him.
Following the lead, she moves Ruby and then begins an affair with a rich guy, Clay, among other things. More lies. Her emotions are all over the board. Karen is torn between social classes, seeing the poor living in shelters and the rich and their superficial ways. Hypocrisy. Guilt.
She was capable of paying hundreds of dollars for an espresso machine from Italy, Karen had a deeply ingrained cheap streak as well, which caused her to do things like go to the library and photocopy the crossword puzzle from the Sunday paper rather than pay for a subscription.
Rosenfeld kicks butt and puts it all out there. With keen insights, raw honesty, a brutal portrayal ---the truth of our unequal society in urban America. With humor and highly-charged topics, the author hits the bull's eye, with CLASS.
I especially enjoyed the wide range of topics from privilege, class, identity, entitlement, education, politics, domestic, marriage, social economics, philanthropy—to ethical dilemmas, the author does not miss a beat in this delightful satire.
A tale of one woman’s struggle between the madness of liberal and reality. The lesson liberals need to learn is that despite their arrogance, they do not have the power to alter reality. From liberals to progressive—is equality among human race the exception, and inequality the norm?
Much to like here whether you are a modern-day urban parent, grandparent, or single. Smart, witty, engaging, absorbing, and thought-provoking! The hardcover was stunning with a perfect fitting cover. An ideal choice for book clubs and further discussions.
A special thank you to Little Brown & Co., Goodreads Giveaway, and NetGalley for a complimentary reading copy, in exchange for an honest review.
Book Title: Making Faces
Author: Amy Harmon
Narration: Rob Shapiro
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Audible Audiobook
♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪
Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara --A heartfelt song for a heartfelt story.
♫But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark
You should know you're beautiful just the way you are
And you don't have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful…♫
The Feels: 5+/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 5/5 Cliffhanger: Nope
Will I read more from this Author? Of course!
A beautiful story that's so much more than a romance…a story about all the different kinds of love and loyalty. I don't know why I waited so long to read this book. I ended up adding narration to this for a discounted price and I don't regret it one bit. Rob Shapiro was amazing as a narrator. He is a new fav for me.
Yes, it made me cry, but most of it was the good kind of crying. Everything about this book was amazing…as my ratings breakdown says. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
⇝Sex Factor⇜ No, there isn't any, really.