Friday, 20 June 2014

What I've Been Reading May/ June 2014

I've been procrastinating about getting these reviews out for a while but I finally gave in and cheated by sharing my goodreads reviews. Also, I just realised that I am an extremely harsh reviewer therefore when I like a book you know it has got to be good!

In the Mirror - Kaira Rouda

Goodreads describes it as:

If you knew you may die soon, what choices would you make?

Jennifer Benson has it all: a successful career, a perfect husband, two kids and abundant friendships. The only problem is she may be dying. IN THE MIRROR is the realistic love story about a woman facing a deadly illness, and her loves past and present. It's a story that unfolds with a delightful blend of humor and poignancy, ringing true in the heart of anyone who has ignored a warning of her own

In the MirrorIn the Mirror by Kaira Rouda
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The characters were not developed enough and those that were were too shallow for me to feel enough for them. However once I got into the book it definitely improved. Not a great read, but I found that it wasn't honest enough about the content.

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The Break-Up Doctor - Phoebe Fox

Goodreads description:

Call Brook Ogden a matchmaker-in-reverse. Let others bring people together; Brook, licensed mental health counselor, picks up the pieces after things come apart. When her own therapy practice collapses, she maintains perfect control: landing on her feet with a weekly advice-to-the-lovelorn column and a successful consulting service as the Breakup Doctor: on call to help you shape up after you breakup.

But when her own relationship suddenly crumbles, Brook finds herself engaging in almost every bad-breakup behavior she preaches against. And worse, she starts a rebound relationship with the most inappropriate of men: a dangerously sexy bartender with anger-management issues—who also happens to be a former patient.

As her increasingly out-of-control behavior lands her at rock-bottom, Brook realizes you can’t always handle a messy breakup neatly—and that sometimes you can’t pull yourself together until you let yourself fall apart.

The Breakup DoctorThe Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm a bit undecided about this book, it wasn't terrible but it wasn't great. It was so mediocre. I was disappointed because the story line of a woman who can help others through break-ups but the story had the potential to be so good.
The characters are reasonably developed but that doesn't mean they are reasonably likable or realistic.
The book is over and I won't miss the characters but it's an easy read and it contains a few (albeit scary) tips on how to handle break-ups...

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Take My Breath Away - Christie Ridgway

Goodreads description:

From USA TODAY bestselling author Christie Ridgway comes a sparkling new series set in the California mountains, where Hollywood glamour meets rustic charm, and the sparks fly among the unlikeliest of couples… 

Poppy Walker has a plan to restore the family resort, and she's sticking to it. So when a good-looking guy with plenty of cash rents one of her half-repaired vacation cabins, she figures he's just what the handyman ordered. But when a late-winter storm blows through, it takes down some trees, her roof and then…her self-control. Even though she's been burned before by a wealthy passer-through, she can't stay away from the brooding but gorgeous stranger in the bungalow next door. 

Former teen idol turned Hollywood exec Ryan Hamilton wants a private place in which to endure his very personal heartbreak. Finally, at this rustic mountain cabin, he has all the seclusion one man could want—until sparks begin to fly with his sexy, formerly chilly landlady. By the time the weather dies down, they're both hot, bothered and certain they're still wrong for each other. But there's no telling how they'll face the new storm brewing on the horizon…

Take My Breath Away (Cabin Fever, #1)Take My Breath Away by Christie Ridgway
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good read, safe, predictable but enjoyable

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I will add to my review that once I got into this book I was engrossed and read it within hours and it was perfect for the cold weather.

Just You - Jane Lark

Goodreads description:

The morning after the New Year’s Eve before...

Waking up to a new year with a killer hangover and hazy memories of a seriously hot hook-up the night before leaves Portia in an awkward situation... Did I, or didn’t I? The only way she’s going to find out is by standing up to the guy in question.

With no regrets, Justin is willing to play the gentleman and save Portia her embarrassment. Only then he gets a text saying, come over… and he’s not gonna lie – this is friends with a lot of benefits!

But no matter how good the sex is, there’s one thing Justin’s not down with: being this shallow rich girl’s dirty little secret..

Just You (Starting Out #2)Just You by Jane Lark
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What appeared to be a basic boy from the wrong tracks with the girl from the "right" one love sotry and added an intriguing twist. While the story line could have progressed a little slower, it was preferable that it went quicker rather than 300 ages of nothing.

Easy and enjoyable read. Another good love story.

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The Harrowing - Alexandra Sokoloff

Goodreads descriptions:

Baird College's Mendenhall echoes with the footsteps of the last home-bound students heading off for Thanksgiving break, and Robin Stone swears she can feel the creepy, hundred-year-old residence hall breathe a sigh of relief for its long-awaited solitude. Or perhaps it's only gathering itself for the coming weekend.

As a massive storm dumps rain on the isolated campus, four other lonely students reveal themselves: Patrick, a handsome jock; Lisa, a manipulative tease; Cain, a brooding musician; and finally Martin, a scholarly eccentric. Each has forsaken a long weekend at home for their own secret reasons.

The five unlikely companions establish a tentative rapport, but they soon become aware of a sixth presence disturbing the ominous silence that pervades the building. Are they the victims of a simple college prank taken way too far, or is the unusual energy evidence of something genuine---and intent on using the five students for its own terrifying ends? It's only Thursday afternoon, and they have three long days and dark nights before the rest of the world returns to find out what's become of them. But for now it's just the darkness keeping company with five students nobody wants and no one will miss

The HarrowingThe Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a reccomendation from a friend who read it in just over a day. It took me a few days but I really enjoyed the book. It is a mix of the movies Scream and Exorcist. It was haunting and captive. Not my usual genre but I enjoyed it.

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What have you read recently??? I'm always looking for good book recommendations!

Have a great weekend all!

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