Release Blitz & ARC Review: Reckless by Lex Martin

 

Title: Reckless
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 20, 2018

 

Blurb
Tori…
For the record, I’m not going to hook up with my boss.
I’m a lot of things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.
I don’t want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him. 

 

Ethan…
Between us, she’s the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce. 
What sane man trying to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles, and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice.
My focus is on my kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t want, no matter how much I crave her. 

 

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Author Bio
Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin daughters.

 

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Oh my gosh! I didn’t think it was possible to love Lex’s writing more, but this book was amazing! I loved Shameless, and I loved this book more than that one. Definitely 5 out of 5 stars! Thanks to Give Me Books Promotions for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review.

 

So I wasn’t too sure how I’d feel about Tori’s book; we saw her a little in Shameless, and she was a teen at the time, so a little moody/bratty. But I loved her in this book! She’s grown up some, and she’s just such a good person. Like this entire book felt like her redemption after her small snippets in the previous book.

 

Mila and Cody were beyond adorable. And I loved seeing more of Brady, Kat, and Izzy. I also liked Logan a lot. Lex…please, please, please do a book about him?!? And the newest addition to my book boyfriend list is Ethan. He is freaking perfection! A funny, sweet, über hot single dad who is the actual best with his kids. Single dad romance might be my newest favorite trope.

 

The chemistry between Tori and Ethan was great, and it felt natural to me. I couldn’t get enough of these two, and that epilogue had me swooning. I finished this book in pretty much a day. I started this Friday evening around 6-7 PM (reading for several hours before bed), and finished Saturday around 6 PM. It was that good! Read this (and maybe Shameless beforehand) if you love romance!

 

Book Review: Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn

Title: Three Blind Dates
Author: Meghan Quinn
Series: Dating by Numbers #1
Publisher: Hot-Lanta Publishing, LLC
Publication date: January 4, 2018
Pages: 386
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): A modern day take on You’ve Got Mail with a twist. This laugh out loud and heartwarming romantic comedy from bestselling author Meghan Quinn will keep you on the edge of your feet as you fall in love with each and every blind date. 

 

“Good Morning Malibu, it’s another beautiful day on the west coast! I’m Noely Clark, your host: and I’m in the market for love…” 

 

When the publicity team of the new local restaurant, Going in Blind, began their search for a hot, local celebrity to promote the wildly popular eatery, they couldn’t have found a better person than me. 

 

Outgoing? Check.
Single? Check.
Open to finding love? Check. 

 

I signed up immediately. 

 

A hopeless romantic with an exceedingly demanding schedule, I’ve found it impossible to find the man of my dreams—so Going in Blind seems too good to be true! That’s until they start setting me up on dates—three very different, very attractive, very distinct blind dates—and only one thing is for certain . . . 

 

I’m in big trouble. 

 

“Good Morning Malibu,
I’m Noely Clark, and I have a choice to make.
The question is who will I choose; the suit, the rebel, or the jock.” 

 

*** This is a full length novel, 115,000 words, with a happily ever after, no cliffhanger, no cheating, and full of heart, humor and, steamy heat. ***

 

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This one was so good! It’s my first book by this author, but definitely not my last. I liked Noely a lot…and let me tell you: The Suit, The Rebel, and The Jock are HOT! I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars.

 

So the concept of this one was super cute! A modern You’ve Got Mail? Who doesn’t love that? Like I can’t even with how much this book made me smile. Without spoiling who she ends up with, I freaking love the guy. Where can I get one of my own? And honestly, all the guys are pretty freaking great…besides a few minor flaws like timing, and what was going on in their lives at the moment.

 

There’s some sexy times in this book, but honestly there was much more of a focus on courtship, on friendship, on finding yourself, and following your heart finally. I loved the epilogue, and I cannot wait for the next book. Super excited for that one! I signed up for an ARC, and I hope I get approved for it. *fingers crossed* Read this one if you like romantic comedies! It’s so entertaining, and a quick read.

Audiobook Review: Shameless by Lex Martin

Title: Shameless
Author: Lex Martin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication date: April 26, 2016
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Brady…

 

What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. 

 

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

 

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things. 

 

Katherine…

 

When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. 

 

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

 

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

 

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So freaking good! This was my first book by this author (in anticipation for the ARC I received of Reckless), and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars.

 

I listened to the audiobook, and really liked the narrators overall. Especially the female narrator’s interpretation of Brady’s voice. That Boston accent she did for him was wicked awesome! I absolutely adored both Katherine and Brady, along with a lot of the other minor characters. And Izzy was super cute!

 

So this book is kind of emotionally heavy, which you can probably tell from the summary. I didn’t cry while reading, but my heart kind of broke at spots. Brady and his family, and even Katherine, are going through a tough time after losing loved ones, along with some other setbacks life throws their way. And if anyone’s life is completely turned upside down, it’s Brady. I feel bad for the poor guy, and everything that’s dumped on his plate. But everything works out in the end; I’m so glad he gets a happy ending!

 

I loved how the connection between these two characters unfolded, how Brady was with his niece, and the raw emotions we got a glimpse of here and there. And the epilogue was so good. I can’t wait to see a little more from these characters in Reckless…which I need to devour ASAP! I highly recommend checking out this book if you’re a romance lover. I can’t wait to go back and read the other books this author has written when I have a little free time.

 

Audiobook Review: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox

Title: This is Reckless
Author: Kennedy Fox
Series: Checkmate Duet #3
Publisher: Audible Audio
Publication date: February 7, 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads):  Introducing book 1 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of bestselling authors! This friends to lovers romance will have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?

 

Drew Fisher is the type of guy every girl wants.
Noble police officer by day, charming prince by night.
He has no idea the effect he has on women, especially me–his little sister’s best friend.
I’m the blonde Southern belle who lives up to the cliché, except I have my own quirks. I’m smart as a whip, can change my own oil, and recite The Pledge of Allegiance backward, but he doesn’t see that girl.

 

It’d be easier to forget him if he wasn’t my roommate and if the first thing I saw in the morning wasn’t his shirtless body covered in tattoos. I’ve crushed on him since the day we met, but he’s made it perfectly clear where we stand. Just friends.

 

I know I need to move on and accept that his feelings will never be mutual, but every day he smiles at me, I’m left dreaming of what if.
He has girl issues, and I’ve got a crush I can’t deny.
We’re friends, but I want more.

 

One drunken hookup leaves us with much more than a platonic friendship. Pretending it never happened proves to be more difficult than anticipated.

 

A crazy ex-girlfriend, a dangerous war of stolen glances, and passionate kisses leads to the most reckless battle yet. I won’t be a pawn in his game, but I’ll play by his rules if it will show him I’m the one worth breaking them for.

 

Checkmate, Prince Charming. 

 

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book 1 of 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series–a friends to lovers romance. Highly recommended to read the Checkmate Duet, This is War and This is Love first, but not necessary. This can read as a standalone duet.**

 

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I really enjoyed this one. Drew and Courtney are adorable! I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

I read the first Checkmate Duet series last year, and I couldn’t wait to listen to this one. I think Drewtney might be more of a favorite than Traviola, but I still have one more book to read before making a final decision.

 

The friends to lovers trope is something I don’t read that often, but as you can tell from my rating, I enjoy it. I liked being able to see Courtney’s brothers especially since they have their own series coming this year. I also liked that we got to see where characters in the previous duet are at now.

 

Drew is kind of clueless for many years, so that is a slight blemish on his mostly perfect specimen. I don’t think I could date a cop, but that occupation is okay for a book boyfriend haha. I totally called that ending though. Gah. I need to listen to the second book in this duet ASAP!

 

Release Day Blitz & ARC Review: Taming Him by Kennedy Fox

Title: Taming Him
Series: Bishop Brothers
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Vacation Romance
Photographer: Wander Augular
Model: Zac Aynsley
Designer: RBA Designs
Release Date: January 30, 2018
*Each Bishop Brothers novel is an interconnected standalone*

Alex Bishop is your typical cowboy.
Charming, sexy, and wears a panty-melting smirk.
Working on the ranch helped build his solid eight-pack and smoking body. He’s every girl’s wet fantasy and he knows it too. Alex doesn’t follow the rules of your typical playboy bachelor. After wining and dining his dates and giving them the best night of their lives, he always sends flowers and calls the next day—even if it’s to say, let’s just be friends. His mama taught him manners after all and his southern blood knows how to be a gentleman. Still, that isn’t enough to tame the wildest of the Bishop brothers.

River Lancaster has finally met the man of her dreams. Too bad after six months of romantic bliss, she finds out he’s married. With a broken heart and blind rage, she books herself a ticket to Key West, Florida. Tired of cheaters and liars, she’s set on escaping to forget he ever existed. Who needs a man when there’s an all-you-can-drink margarita bar, anyway? That’s what she tells herself until she bumps into the right guy who can make all those bad memories disappear.
Even if it’s only temporarily.

Two weeks on the beach is what they both need. No strings attached, no expectations, no broken hearts. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll change the entire course of their lives in just nine short months.

**A complete standalone contemporary romance with a little southern drama**

 

This was so good! I love Alex and River so much. Thanks to the authors for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars. 

 

Without being spoilery, the book takes place in beautiful locations. Texas, Key West, and yes…even Wisconsin. Woot woot! River was such an easy character to connect with for me; I felt like we could have easily been friends in real life. Natalie kind of drove me a little nuts, but I know she has a good heart. And Adam was sweet, even though we don’t see that much of him.

 

Now onto Alex, his brothers, and Dylan. Whoa cowboys! These gentlemen sound amazing, especially Alex. I’m not usually into cowboys, but sign me up if they’re like these fictional characters. Can I add them all to my book boyfriends list? 😉

 

I found myself laughing and smiling quite a bit while reading this. I recommend reading the Checkmate Duets first, if you can. I’ve read the first four books, but I spoiled myself for some things that are probably in the last two. Oh well, reading an early copy of this was worth it! 

 

There were some typos, but nothing major…and they might even be gone come the final copy. I listened to the audiobooks for the duets, so I can’t wait to see what the narrator(s) sound like for this series, especially with that sexy Southern drawl. *fans self* That ending makes me want the next book ASAP! I’m so excited to see another Bishop boy fall in love. 

 

Overall this was fantastic. The pacing was good, the characters were amazing, and I just loved the chemistry between this Southerner and Northerner pair. Go get yourself a copy ASAP! 

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Book Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren

Title: Roomies
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: December 5, 2017
Pages: 368
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

 

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

 

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

 

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My first read of 2018 and it was soooooo good! I highly recommend this one to music lovers, romance lovers, theater lovers, and pretty much everyone else too. This is definitely 5 out of 5 stars for me.

 

I adored the characters in this one: Holland, Calvin, Robert, and Jeff. Although some of the supporting cast (haha) was nice to get a glimpse of too.

 

I felt a kinship with Holland. It was kind of like she was speaking to my soul. We’ve all had a crazy crush, but most of the time it doesn’t turn into anything. Well this girl makes it turn into something. As for Calvin, he’s delicious. Definitely an addition to my book boyfriend list.

 

Robert was an absolute pleasure to read about, and Jeff was fantastic too with all his protectiveness. I just can’t gush enough about this book. I like theater, but I wouldn’t say I’m a huge drama person. But reading about this Broadway book was amazing. Everything was fantastic for me. The emotions, the banter, the overall arc of the story, etc. READ THIS BOOK!

 

Audiobook Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

Title: Lick
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #1
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: July 1, 2013
Length: 8 hours and 32 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads):  Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

 

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

 

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

 

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I really enjoyed this one a lot! I finished it in two evenings, forgoing movies/TV to listen to this. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

The narrator was great, and this book was such an easy listen. I really liked Evelyn, David, Mal, and Lauren. As for Nate, we didn’t get to know him that well, but I think he’s a pretty decent guy.

 

I’m so glad I was looking for a romance audiobook the other day, and that this one was available through my library’s OverDrive collection. It was just what I needed: a book that I didn’t want to put down. I already have the second audiobook of this series checked out, and reserved the third one.

 

David is fantastic, and he’s definitely going on my book boyfriend list. I adored him for the most part; although there was one section that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Regardless, I can’t recommend this one enough for rock star romance lovers. Although there’s less rock star, and more romance, in this one. I’m so ready for book two!

 

Book Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Title: Scoring Wilder
Author: R.S. Grey
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: June 26, 2014
Pages: 410
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

 

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

 

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

 

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

 

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

 

A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)

 

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This book was really good! I enjoy it when the guy does quite a bit of the chasing. I’m giving it 5 stars because it made me laugh…and also because Liam is super freaking adorable.

 

The book was pretty good pacing wise. I didn’t feel like anything was slow, or unnecessary. Kinsley did a little too much overthinking though. I don’t remember the last time I laughed this much while reading a book, so major props for that aspect. Yes, some of it was over the top ridiculous, but it was still hilarious. I also really liked how just because there were relationships going on, friendships didn’t suffer. They were still a priority.

 

Kinsley was a pretty good main character. There were a couple instances she annoyed me, but I tried to put myself in her shoes in those situations to understand her a little better. Becca was hilarious, and a great friend. I really enjoyed Emily’s character; I felt like she’d be the person I’d probably befriend out of all these characters. She’s more shy and mellow than the others. 

 

Now for the boys. Penn was adorable…for the most part. I think he’d be a great book boyfriend, but the main focus of the book is Liam, and I can see why. I want to marry Mr. Wilder right now haha. He was so thoughtful, sexy, and when he decided he wanted something, he went all in. I could keep listing like a million reasons why I love Liam, but you have to read to find out more about him. Honestly, he’s one of the really good guys. For so many freaking reasons.

 

One thing that made the book a little less enjoyable was the fact that the editing service that was used missed things here and there. Typos, misuse of apostrophes, indenting complete paragraphs instead of the first line, inconsistencies, etc. Most people might not notice these things, but they made me pause, and pulled me out of the story when I came across them. But I still loved the book, so I highly recommend people read it. I know this author has written quite a few books, so I can’t wait to see if any of the other male love interests live up to Liam Wilder…

 

Book Review: Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Awakened
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3
Publisher: Signet
Publication date: September 5, 2006
Pages: 434
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

 

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

 

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

 

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Sooooo freaking good! I decided to get the first several books in the series from my local used bookstore, and quickly devoured book 1, which I enjoyed. Book 2 was even better, although some parts were kinda like OMG what’s happening. Somewhere along the line, I ended up buying 10-11 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, just because I like the characters so much. And I have a thing for vampires. So here we are with book 3 and my review. I was so nervous about reading this one based on the couple (mostly the male); that is until my friend Jessica read it and loved it hardcore. I also loved it so much. There are no words that can fully express my love. This book definitely gets 5 stars.

 

There were so many emotional parts; it broke my heart sometimes. I definitely cried while reading this book, especially towards the end. That ending was absolute perfection. 5 extra stars just for that haha. I don’t want to give things away, especially for people who haven’t read any of the books. But I’ll say that I knew who the club owner really was way before he was revealed. I’m definitely excited to read the next book, to see what happens going forward. I am so glad I finally got around to reading this book, because it’s exactly what I needed right about now. Vampires will always be a love of mine, and I don’t read about them nearly enough. So give me all your favorite vampire recs now! Please and thanks.

 

One thing to note about these books is the fact that they kind of jump around from head to head, showing you a little of what this person is thinking/feeling, and then this person, and so on. It’s a little annoying at moments when you just want to stay in someone’s head at a really good/intense part, but then it jumps to someone else’s head for a while instead. I think the different POVs are well done though, so no complaints really from me. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes vampires, paranormal romance, and some alpha males.

 

 

August SST: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. This book was dark, but so amazing. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

 


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Girl in Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date:
August 30, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

 

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

 


 

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I was beyond excited to read this book for the Sunday Street Team. I think more people should tell darker stories, because they exist in our world. This was an amazing book. The writing was heartbreakingly beautiful. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

As soon as I picked up this book, I pretty much didn’t want to put it down…except to take some breaks when my heart felt like it had cracked open in my chest. The book wasn’t all darkness, but it definitely wasn’t a happy book. Which is fine with me, because life isn’t sunshine and daisies 24/7. Charlie’s story, and even a lot of the secondary characters stories, will resonate with a lot of people.

 

I absolutely loved Charlie’s character. She seemed so real. My heart ached for her, and the people surrounding her, that have to deal with inner and outer demons. I really liked a lot of the female characters in this book, but barely any of the male characters–except a couple. A lot of the guys were jackasses. Charlie goes through so much in this book, and by the end, I’m glad she has people she can turn to, people she can rely on.

 

Honestly, I think everyone should read this book. It reminds you that sometimes bad things–overwhelming things–happen. But with some supportive friends, you can embrace life to its fullest. One of my favorite things about this book is that you can feel the raw pain and emotion. Kathleen wasn’t scared to show the downs of life, to show how the tornado building inside you can lash out at any moment.

 

I made notes of some gorgeous lines while reading: “We all have our Kiefer stages, when we want to destroy ourselves in order to create. To see if that’s beautiful, too.” and “I say the wrong thing, if I can bring myself to say anything at all. I’ve always felt like an intrusion, a giant blob of wrong.” and “I’m so unwhole. I don’t know where all the pieces of me are, how to fit them together, how to make them stick. Or if I even can.”

 

Final note: An amazing book. It’s definitely dark, but it has an optimistic ending. I’m so glad I read this book. As soon as I finished reading, I bought myself a copy for my personal collection. I’d highly recommend this one.

 

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about the author

 

Kathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She writes for the radio show The Writer’s Almanac and can probably provide you with some interesting anecdotes about historical literary figures if you asked nicely. You can find out more about Kathleen by following her on Twitter: @kathglasgow, Instagram, @misskathleenglasgow (where she posts about sunsets, depression, spirit circles, and books) or her website: kathleenglasgowbooks.com.

 


 

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