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review 2018-05-22 18:57
Best Thing Ever (Ten Beach Road Series) - Wendy Wax

I could have sworn that I read part of the "Ten Beach Road" series before this book. However, when I checked it out, I had not. Apparently, these characters are so well written that I felt comfortable with them right away which just gave me the impression I had spent time with them before.

There is lots going on in this book which focuses on a group of five friends who have lots of problems that they help each other with and through. There are a lot of obstacles along the way which include a Hollywood leading man, a lying, thieving husband and a rehabilitated aging rock star who's making a comeback.

I loved the evenings when they get together to watch the sunset and take turns saying something good about their day. I think that's a great idea and hope to include at least the saying something good part in my future days.

I enjoyed spending time with these characters and wish that I had started with book one in the series. Not because this could not be read as a standalone, but because I would have liked to have been with them during earlier times and issues that were mentioned in this book. It is definitely a series that is going on my TBR list.

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

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review 2018-05-12 09:45
good book and characters
One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road Novel) - Wendy Wax

Madeline/Maddie asked William if they were there yet.In her former life it had been Maddie ‘s kids asking that question. Somehow her life had rearranged itself. One minute a suburban wife and mother facing the end of a marriage and the world she had known. The next she landed on Fantasy Island AKA Mermaid Point- a small  private island that belonged to the recently rehabbed rock icon “William The Wild”. Lifetime had sent Maddie, AveryLawford, Nicole Grant, and the crew of their renovation show turned reality - tv show- Do Over, to turn Will’s private island into a B and B. Will managed to turn it into a sober living facility. Maddie marveled at William’s strength , he had come out of rehab two years ago and reclaimed his life and rejoined the world. William brought out all kinds of things in Maddie that would have been shocking if she hadn’t been so busy enjoying herself. William mentioned he and the band were being sent out on a bigger tour to cover the album. When Maggie had met William he had been hiding out on Mermaid Point, his career in tatters, unable to make music. Then Willam had written “ Free Fall” and put together a band and started doing local gigs. His old record label came calling and they gave him enough to fund the sober living facility he named in honor of his younger brother who lost his life from partying. Maddie couldn’t imagine their relationship would survive with will going back to Rock God status. They were looking at three to four months non stop travel and performing. Then Will told Maddie he wanted her to come with him on the whole tour. He trusted himself more with her there. The mother in Maddie wanted to say yes but she had spent most of her life being there for others. Maddie said she didn’t think she could be away that long Maddie,Nikki, and Avery had left the Network so publicly they were being sued for breach of contract and claiming the name Do Over didn’t belong to them. Nicole no longer recognized herself being pregnant with twins. Special Agent Joe Girardi was the father. She had refused to marry Joe one too many times now it wasn’t brought up. Joe came from a big Italian family. Nikki’s childhood had been spent  in poverty, when her father had died her mother worked several jobs to keep a roof over their heads. Nicole had “ mothered” her brother Malcolm while their mom worked. He ended up in a correctional facility for the criminally greedy. Nikki had been bankrupted from her brothers Ponzi scheme. Nikki didn’t see how this could all work out. Not babies. Not Joe’s love. Not having a real family of her own. They were things she had only seen at a distance. Things other people had but she didn’t deserve with all her failings. Avery had grown up on her father's construction site. For her the aroma and sounds of construction were automatic stress busters. Sometimes with Chase near they were foreplay. Chase and Jason- his youngest son were having more and more blown ups. Bitsy’s husband decides to take her money and leaves her penniless and homeless. Bitsy is too proud to tell the girls what happened to her. Bitsy had been the girls former investor/sponsor and friend and she made a surprise visit looking for a place to stay with her dog. Bitsy assumes she can get the money back she had invested but the money's still tied up. Bitsy ends up moving in the small one bedroom Sunshine hotel college. William and Maddie are grabbing at the time they can together before he goes back on the road. Kyra had put the house up for collateral to have money for their projects until the cottages sold and the show they had filmed. The women hoped between selling the cottages and Beach Club memberships would help with their disappearing finances. Daniel is Kyra’s celebrity baby- Dustin- daddy and gave her the house to live in with her mother, dad, and Dustin. The only hope the women have is to sell the documentary of the renovation of the Sunshine Hotel featuring the reopened investigation into the mysterious death and disappearance that had taken place there.

I enjoyed this book. I loved how the women had worked together and still had their friendship. After all they had went through and were going through. I really liked seeing the women turning their lives around and still growing. I also really liked how Bitsy came into her own - even without a lot of money. I do advise you to read the other books in this series in order so you save yourself a lot of confusion and frustration . I felt this was a nice enjoyable read. Yes there was drama and problems but that’s life. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book. I recommend.

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review 2018-04-29 18:07
The Only Thing (Donnigans, #3) by Marie Harte
The Only Thing - Marie Harte

 

Hope is determined to stay clear of love. No matchmaking mother or gorgeous face is going to throw her off course. She has a foolproof plan. So what happens when that foolproof plan starts to unravel her resolve and infiltrate her heart? A sexy guy, a tempting romance and a sassy heroine make for a savory entree. Marie Harte is the go to for all things spicy and her Donnigans series is a repeat offender. The Only Thing is IRRESISTIBLE!

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review 2018-04-29 00:00
The Only Thing
The Only Thing - Marie Harte The Only Thing - Marie Harte Hope is determined to stay clear of love. No matchmaking mother or gorgeous face is going to throw her off course. She has a foolproof plan. So what happens when that foolproof plan starts to unravel her resolve and infiltrate her heart? A sexy guy, a tempting romance and a sassy heroine make for a savory entree. Marie Harte is the go to for all things spicy and her Donnigans series is a repeat offender. The Only Thing is IRRESISTIBLE!

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review 2018-04-24 15:53
Timon of Athens / William Shakespeare
Timon of Athens - William Shakespeare,Thomas Middleton

Timon of Athens is a bitterly intriguing study of a fabulously rich man who wastes his wealth on his friends, and, when he is finally impoverished, learns to despise humanity with a hatred that drives him to his grave.

 

This is probably the Shakespearean play that I like the least of those that I have seen thus far. The plot line reminded me strongly of many celebrities today, who have made a ton of money and don’t really pay attention to the details of it. They spend wildly on themselves and their hangers-on, and then suddenly find themselves bankrupt. Just as suddenly, all of their “friends” disappear, leaving them holding the bills. Timon follows this pattern to a T.

But, more often than not, today’s celebrities pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and reorganize their lives and end up living in a more modest, reasonable way. They realize their part in the whole debacle. Timon doesn’t—he blames everyone, even the people who tried to help him. And it’s all everyone else’s fault, he doesn’t accept a bit of blame for his misfortunes. He goes from one extreme to the other—from wealth to living in a cave eating roots. When he discovers buried treasure, instead of taking responsibility & getting his life back on track, he once again uses it to prove that he is hard-done by.

I can see why this play is rarely performed now—Timon’s form of self-denial after his ruin is hard for me to empathize with. I can understand being more careful in relations with other people, but I don’t understand his Unabomber-like withdrawal from human society. For me, roughing it is a cheap motel, so you won’t find me living in cave no matter how low my fortunes may fall.

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