Book Review: Stone Promises – Samantha Christy

Okay… so far, my least favorite book/character that Samantha Christy wrote. Honestly, I keep forgetting about this brother. Is that sad? Especially since I just finished this book. I mean I started the next book, but I was trying to tell hubby about all these books. I CAN’T seem to remember this brother. Ugh!

And sadly, his wife is one I keep struggling with too…

Stone Promises – Samantha Christy (A Stone Brothers Trilogy)

We were childhood friends.
Me and the boy who would grow up to become Hollywood’s hottest star.

When I was six – I fell for him at the bus stop.

When I was fifteen – he moved away, taking my heart with him.

When I was twenty-four – he came back for me even though I didn’t want him.

The nine years we spent apart, I tried like hell to fill the void. (more…)

Book Review: Stone Rules – Samantha Christy

I really liked Samantha Christy’s style of writing. When I was finished with the Mitchell Sisters Trilogy, I went on the hunt to see what else she had written. Turns out she had a trilogy on the Stone Brothers. And Charlie, who made an appearance in Black Roses happened to be the first female character in Stone Rules. Score… We got to stick with the Mitchell Sisters. Totally game for that. 

Now back to Christy’s style of writing. I won’t lie, some of the sex scenes that she writes are enough to make me blush. I guess that’s what you get when you read romance novels. They weren’t as bad as 50 Shades of Gray… and for the record, no, I did not read that book all the way through. I made it 25% of the way because I wanted to see what all the hype was about. It made me freak out to the point I slammed my kindle shut at the time and sat on it. I was sitting on an airplane headed to Las Vegas. Hubby was sitting next to me and wondered what my problem was.

I couldn’t do that book, 25% and I was out and I’ve never tried again. Yup, you can hashtag truth that. Sad but true maybe, but true none the less. (more…)

Book Review: Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham

After reading about the Mitchell Sisters, I decided to sidestep and read about Lauren Graham. Some interesting things about this book…

  • I started it years ago.
  • It was actually bought for my hubby to read. He’s a Lauren Graham fan. 
  • His favorite tv series was Gilmore Girls.
  • Hubby bought it on audiobook. 
  • He and I were going through it at the same time. Although he may have finished it just before I did…
  • I actually read this from a hardback book, not off Kindle.
  • She reads her own audiobook.

Sometimes I start books and read more than one at a time because I get tired of a particular genre. It’s just something I do. If you go read my GoodReads it shows I’m reading more than one book. Honestly, right now I’m reading just 1 book, but still. (more…)

Book Review: Black Roses – Samantha Christy

Wow… If I wasn’t drawn into the other books (which just so you know, I was) this one really got my attention. Holy wow. Holy yum! I was interested to see the storyline for this sister. She made brief appearances in the other books but she was traveling Europe with her friend Charlie. She refused as best she could to come back to the states. Okay, cool… but why. Wow, the why was a little predictable but a little shocking at the same time. Especially at the end. Holy wow!

Black Roses – Samantha Christy (a Mitchell Sisters Trilogy)

HER SECRETS ARE UGLY.
They’ve kept her from coming home.
Now she’s risking everything to return.

She thought it would be a quick trip. Show up. Say the right words. Then she’d be gone. (more…)

Book Review: White Lilies – Samantha Christy

Ah, finally, the next book in the trilogy. And I was right. We were able to learn about the middle sister without losing the first sister. Whew! I don’t have to be sad quite yet about losing my characters. I do have to say, this book threw me for a loop thought. A rather nice/odd loop.

White Lilies – Samantha Christy (A Mitchell Sisters Trilogy)

HER SELFLESS ACT.
Her best friend’s husband.
A twist of fate.

They wanted her to have their baby.
She was never supposed to fall in love with him
… or was she?

A story about unconditional love, heartbreaking loss, and undying friendship. (more…)

Book Review – Purple Orchids – Samantha Christy

Earlier this year I debated giving up my Kindle Unlimited subscription. I wasn’t sure if I was even going to use it again. When you are so wrapped up in home remodeling… Well, we’re closer to being done than not… I hope. So I went on the hunt for a book to read. I had just finished The Beach House and that’s when I saw this. It’s part of a Trilogy, the Mitchell Sisters. I decided to bite. Oh, boy was I glad I did!

I like many different genres of books but WOW… this might have it’s own. Okay, truthfully I think it is put in as a romance and boy did it heat things up. We’ll leave it at that… mmmmk? (more…)

Book Review – The Beach House – Mary Alice Monroe

I am a huge fan of Hallmark movies. Yes, they tend to be totally predictable, but I love them. With all the turmoil in the world, it is nice to watch these movies and just relax. I laugh every Christmas when the drinking game appears. You know, the one that says do this if you see this person in a movie or find someone with this name, etc. You’d definitely be drunk by the end of like 5 minutes. Okay, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Ha!

Last year at Mother’s Day The Beach House premiered. In fact, I haven’t seen it since, but that doesn’t mean anything. I recorded it to watch at a later date. Here is where I tell you it was a really good movie. I did find out however that it was based on a book by Mary Alice Monroe, so I went on the hunt for the book. Turns out it was in the Kindle Unlimited app, so I took the opportunity to read it.

If you’ll notice, my last book ended in January. So doesn’t this look funny that it is now April? Well, this was an extremely good book but it was hard for me to get into. It was interesting to see the similarities and the differences, book to film. They always say the books are better and I think this was the case. Although I pictured the movie characters as I was reading the book. (more…)

Book Review: Smokin’ Seventeen – Janet Evanovich

So last year Good Reads prodded me to challenge myself to read X number of books. That number could be anything I wanted. So I bit and chose 12. Well… here we are in the next year. By the way, I challenged myself to 12 books last year. I’d like to brag on myself and say I surpassed that. Yey! Go me!!

So this year it encouraged me to do the same challenge. I thought, well… last year I read 17, so how about challenging myself to 13. Ha! Yup, that was my thought process. I challenged 12 last year so I just added one… why not. There really wasn’t a real reason behind my thought process… But we are remodeling our house so I didn’t know if I would even have time. I mean I have the next year, but how long this remodel will take is anyone’s guess.

Anyway, this one started like December 28 or something… but since I finished it this year, hello, it counts as 1/13 books. (more…)

Oh Socks…

Here we are, the last day of 2018. I’ve tried typing 2019 a few times and my fingers always slip up and I wind up typing 2018. Oy! I’ll wish you luck with that new task just as you should wish me luck!!

So being the last day of the year, I’ll leave you with a weird/funny story. I really should recap Christmas but I haven’t edited all the photos yet. I guess that’s what happens when you get busy remodeling a house

Once upon a time, I think I told you the socks story but… My grandma used to always give me socks for Christmas. Then she passed away in 2007. Hubby and I didn’t start dating until 2009, but I swear I didn’t make this comment until I was dating him, but I questioned who would get me socks for Christmas now. So silly and stupid I know… But I did say that.  (more…)

Book Review: Paris Time Capsule

Earlier this year I wound up picking a book to read on Kindle Unlimited called From a Paris Balcony. It was just a random book I picked. I think it had audio to go with it and I was on a trip. I can’t read in a vehicle, gosh I wish I could! It would make a lot of trips more fun… but alas, that car sickness crap will really get me. So tmi but I’ve never thrown up in a vehicle… I just get a headache bad enough I wish I could throw up. And I hate throwing up if we’re being real here for a minute.

Anyway, back to the book. I wound up picking that book just on a whim. I like lots of different genre’s of books and sometimes I get tired of the same type. This was more on the romance side of the spectrum. There were a few holes in the story. Not main holes or anything that would really make a difference one way or the other really… but holes none the less. That’s because it was the second book in a short series. So I decided that I should read the first book. I wanted to fill in those little insignificant details (details that really weren’t pertinent to the second book… you know). (more…)