REVIEW: WHEN IT’S REAL BY ERIN WATT

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When It’s Real

Erin Watt

Before I started reading WHEN IT’S REAL, like an idiot, I went and read the reviews on Goodreads. You should never read the reviews before you read a book because sometimes reviews spoil the book for you. Anyway, it seems as if most people loved this story and I am happy to say I am one of them. It is such a feel good story and I couldn’t help but fall in love with all the characters. It was a total guilty pleasure for me and I loved every minute of it. This was my first taste of Erin Watt and I’m excited to read more by this awesome author duo. The authors are Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick.

So, WHEN IT’S REAL is the story of Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett. Oakley is a nineteen year old pop star who has a bad reputation and Vaughn is seventeen and has recently graduated from high school. She has decided to take a year off from school to help her family as ever since their parents died, they are struggling financially. That is until Oakley’s management approaches Vaughn with an offer she just can’t refuse. Pretend to be Oakley’s sweet, girl next door girlfriend for one year for an astronomical amount of money. When Vaughn firsts meets Oakley she thinks he is an arrogant jerk and he isn’t thrilled wth Vaughn either. He’s used to girls falling all over him and Vaughn acts like she can’t stand to be near him. Oh how I loved this story!

WHEN IT’S REAL is the best fake relationship story I have read in a long time. Oh, I forgot to mention that Vaughn already has a boyfriend who at first, agrees to the fake relationship Vaughn will be in, but you can only imagine how that goes. I loved how much Vaughn was willing to sacrifice for her family, to keep them together. At first, I didn’t like Oakley at all but as the story progressed, he really grew on me. Overall, I found WHEN IT’S REAL heart warming, addictive, and very well written. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down and found myself smiling most of the way through. I would love if they would make the wonderful story into a movie!

 

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY AND THANKS FOR READING!!

 

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STANDALONE SUNDAY

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Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick this week is:

 

FROM GOODREADS:

Do you dare step through the red door?
Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door. He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger. He couldn’t know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team. Or that it would leave him a wanted man. Now he is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men. He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about. And he is hiding from a past he can’t fully remember. On his trail is a shadowy security agency that answers to no one–including the U.S. government–and a man who considers himself a compassionate Angel of Death. But worst of all, Spencer Grant is on a collision course with inner demons he thought he’d buried years ago–inner demons that could destroy him if his enemies don’t first.

 

I have not read this yet but have wanted to since it came out years ago!!

 

Have a great Sunday and thanks for reading!

 

KK~sunglasses~_Susan

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: A SON’S VOW BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

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A Son’s Vow

Shelley Shepard Gray

 

A SON’S VOW is the first book in the new series by Shelley Shepard Gray called The Charmed Amish Life.

 

A SON’S VOW starts off increasing the reader’s heart rate right away. A tragic accident at the lumber mill, people have died because of it, and everyone is blaming poor Darla’s Dad for the fire. Her dad has died in the fire as well as four other Amish men. Darla works at the post office and a woman comes in almost daily to try and shame her. My heart immediately goes out to Darla and I just want to hug her. Will she ever be able to make peace with what has happened? While she is struggling with all of this, Lukas, who is running the mill now, and has also lost his father, finds himself wanting to protect Darla.

 

You will also meet Hannah, who lost her beau in the fire. She is trying to move on with her life and her job babysitting an Englisch baby really helps her not sit around and dwell on all that she has lost. But how can she move on when Aaron, who is Darla’s brother, keeps trying to shame her for not harboring grief and all of her pain and trying to move on. He feels like everyone should be miserable just like him. Aaron is a ticking time bomb and you will be flipping the page like mad trying to hurry to see what he is going to do next! I know I did! A SON’S VOW is such an emotional read, you won’t be able to help yourself from getting into all of the characters business.

 

Everyone of the main characters is trying to move on from the horrible accident, but they are trying to do it alone and it just isn’t working. Someone needs to pull them all together and remind them of their faith. A SON’S VOW teaches us that all religions grieve, no matter how we are raised. We might all grieve differently, but we all do it. My emotions were all over the place as they always are reading a Shelley Shepard Gray story and I’m excited to read the next book in this series, called A Daughter’s Dream. I loved how she made me feel all of the anxiety and tension that the characters were dealing with. Besides all of that, there is also romance, forgiveness, and healing. A perfect way to spend the day on the couch with your favorite beverage, lost in the pages of a heart tugging but beautiful story.

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND THANKS FOR READING!!

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CHANGE IS COMING

Okay, I’m not going to say too much before it actually happens, in case it doesn’t but…..does anyone know anything about the Rochester NY area? Specifically, Pittsford NY?

 

I just might be finally getting out of this hotter than hell hole in the ground ARIZONA!!

 

STAY TUNED AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂 These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

 

Today I’m showcasing a book that I read a few years ago and loved!

 

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FROM GOODREADS:

 

Breakup Doctor Brook Ogden has spent the last year sifting through the fallout from the disastrous decision that led to her unconscious uncoupling with boyfriend Ben Garrett. Despite advising her clients you can’t be friends with an ex, she and Ben have somehow begun to stitch together a friendship—one Brook hopes is slowly turning into more. That is, until Ben introduces his new girlfriend, Perfect Pamela, a paragon of womanly virtues who is everything Brook is not.

While Brook navigates her newly volatile emotional life, an unwelcome surprise shows up on her doorstep: the ex-fiancé who broke her heart two years ago—one month before their wedding. Between her ex’s desire to rekindle their attachment, her best friend Sasha’s unexpected crisis, and her own unsquelchable feelings for Ben, Brook finds herself questioning the personal progress she’s made in the last two years—and threatened with the highest-stakes Breakup Doctor failures she’s ever faced.

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

 

HEART CONDITIONS is the third book in the Breakup Doctor series, and for me the series just keeps getting better and better with each and every addition. Brook’s break up business is growing in leaps and bounds. Her advice is so spot on, to everyone but herself. Her brother Stu and his girlfriend Sasha are back in HEART CONDITIONS, and they are facing some life changing decisions. My heart was breaking for Sasha and all the emotions she was going through. How can you not help but connect with her? She is an awesome friend and is always there for Brook and all her craziness. But when she needs Brook the most, she shuts her out, and it drives Brook crazy.

 

HEART CONDITIONS has two of Brook’s exes popping back into her life. Ben, who I fell in love with in the first book and Michael who I still hate no matter how much he says he has changed. Michael backed out on his wedding to Brook one month before the big day, and even though it’s been two years, seeing him again opens up Brook’s broken heart all over again. Should she give him a second chance or just let that part of her life go? How long can she stall Michael before he pushes the envelope and makes her make up her mind? Hold on to your chair while reading, it is one crazy emotional roller coaster ride for poor Brook.

 

HEART CONDITIONS will have you giggling out loud and shaking your head at the same time. How can Brook keep giving out such awesome advice on break ups, and yet does not follow her advice when it comes to her own relationships? Over the past three books in the Breakup Doctor series, I have come to really know and care about all the characters. Anyone who has ever had a breakup experience will find themselves cheering for all of them to overcome the past, let it go, and learn to move on. Phoebe Fox has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and as soon as I see she has a new book out, I run to it, not walk at a fast pace, but a total sprint to grab it! To me Phoebe Fox’s books are like a box of fine chocolates. Not to be eaten quickly but to be savored and enjoyed.

 

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WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #5

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

 

To participate, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m finally getting into doing weekly memes now. I have always loved this amazing meme and decided to finally do it. Won’t you join me if you don’t do this one already?

 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

 

 

 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

 

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WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

 

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WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS DOWN BELOW.

 

Have an awesome day and thanks for reading!!

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Soul Ripping Romance Tag

Many thanks to Jay at This is My Truth Now for this awesome new tag.  Jay is an amazing all round guy whose site always has great discussions and a ton of reviews.  Pop by his blog,(if you haven’t already!) and check it out!

 

Thanks to Jo at  Inspiration Pie  for nominating me!!

 

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author (me).
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

 

SYDNEY ALLEN WADE AND PRESIDENT ANDREW SHEPHERD

An American President is my favorite favorite movie!! Every time it is on, I’m watching it!! I love these two actors together. I cry each and every time I watch!!

 

EDWARD AND BELLA

Another movie, I mean movies I can’t get enough of. I watch them all the time and the special effects blow me away. I also cry watching these too.

 

 

ALLIE AND NOAH

 

The Notebook!! OMG!!! How could anyone watch this movie and not go through a box of tissues?? The book killed me as well as the movie!! Had me crying like a baby!!

 

RICK AND ILSA

CASABLANCA……..a classic that I could watch over and over again and never get tired of it!!

 

JACK AND ENNIS

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

OMG!! This movie shredded my heart over and over again!!!! I cried buckets, over and over again!! So heartbreaking……..

 

I tag:

beware the reader

Robbie’s Inspiration

Geybie’s Book Blog

Fictionfan’s Book Reviews

 

Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading!!

 

 

 

REVIEW: CAN’T BUY ME LOVE BY MARIE FORCE

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Can’t Buy Me Love

Marie Force

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE is the second book in the Butler, Vermont series. Mary Larkin is the office manager at the Abbott’s family Green Mountain Country Store and she has been a part of the Abbott family for many many years. She has been seeing Cameron’s dad, Patrick, on the down low for a short time, but he wants to take it public and let everyone know. Mary has her doubts because she is an office worker and Patrick is a very very rich and powerful man. Mary isn’t sure if his feelings for her are for real as he could have any woman in the world. Mary sees herself as someone totally out of his league, but she sure feels the sparks that fly between them when they are together.

Mary lives in Vermont and Patrick in New York City so when Patrick starts to pursue her more aggressively, Mary is torn. She isn’t sure she is ready to give up her friends, her job, her life, for a man? Patrick tries to convince Mary that his feelings for her are real and that he is in it for the long haul. He also has to let Cameron know how he feels about Mary, but at the same time he is worried sick about her. Cameron is pregnant and her grandmother as well as her mother both died in childbirth and Patrick knows he waited too long to let Cameron know about it.

It’s always great to revisit all my old friends in Green Mountain, and CAN’T BUY ME LOVE is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. You will get wonderful updates on all the residents and the Abbott family. It was nice to see the whole Abbott family rally around Mary and Patrick and give them the support they needed. While they want Marie to be happy, they constantly warn her to be careful but to trust her heart.

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE will have you laughing and crying at the same time. I was cheering for Mary and Patrick to get it all together and finally be happy. How does Marie Force keep making me fall in love with this family over and over again? It’s her perfect writing and descriptions that pull at your heart and never let you go. I absolutely love this Butler, Vermont series. She has a way of pulling you right in from the very first page and never letting you go until the very end. She grabs your heart and makes you fall in love with all of her characters. The Abbott siblings along with a constantly trouble stirring dad and grandfather, make this a series worth reading. I always feel like I’m visiting with of friends while reading these wonderful stories.

 

Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading!!

KK~cupcakes~_Susan

GOODREADS MONDAY

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Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

Today I’m going to showcase a book that I’ve been wanting to read for many years. I’m going to finally read it this week.  I’ve decided that once I showcase a book here on my blog, I HAVE to read it! Lol what do you think? Can I do it?

Okay here we go…………

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FROM GOODREADS

 

A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.

Now Rennie Perini will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.

She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion—cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?

 

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