Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Up All Night 2018 Reading Challenge

Join the 2018 Up All Night Reading Challenge

The list is posted.
My little group that I was hoping to have 20 members join, has grown to 366! We are drama free and only talk books. 

1 Year, 50 Books.

Just Click on the link to join. 

**This is not a Romance based group. The books you choose are up to you.**

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Coyboy Up : The Coming Home Series Book 3 by Harper Sloan ...... Review by Dawn

As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there's a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with disastrous end to his last relationship, he's just fine with his quiet, solitary life.

Most of the time.

What he hadn't counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She's the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn't lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she's finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night she can't stop thinking about.

So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it'll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little...

Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?

My Review
Yes, we get our Clay book. I think this was my most anticipated book in the series. I was not sure how Harper, was going to get our brooding Clay, in the right frame of mind to want a relationship. I loved how thie story was not this long drawn out affair. Clay and Caroline meet and then it is game on from that moment. I thought the author did a fantastic job of connecting the characters ,it never felt forced.  I am a fan of a series encompassing all the characters that we have grown to love. Each UIKeyInputUpArrowbook lets us get to know the leads, but the supporting casts play a major role in the underlying stories.
Clay, he is just perfection. I know that is a vast statement but he really is. He has been the one who has always been there for his siblings and Leighton. He put everything on hold to keep the family business up and running. He had believed for so long that he does not need love in his life. Until Caroline.
Caroline, aka, Carrie...aka, Linney,  believes she is broke. She is shy and just wants to fade into the background for the rest of her life. Divorced and sort of running from her past, leads her back home and unbeknownst to her, into Clay's arms. A chance encounter leads to a beautiful love story.
I loved that aspect of family in the series. You do not have to share blood to be family. Parents that are absent,: parents that have passed away or just a horrible relationship with a parent. The Davis siblings have crated an extend family and the love runs deep. I appreciate that this was told in a way that didn't spend chapter after chapter dwelling on the bad,.
Clay and Caroline just made me smile so much and of course the comic relief of Quinn. Maverick, broke my heart again, but with good reason.. I love this series and hope that maybe there willl be a revist at some point.
                                                                   5 Clocks

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Roomies by Christina Lauren...Review by Dawn

From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren’s (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating You) new romance.

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 bigtime 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 realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?


I have not read a Christina Lauren in a while, I am now going back to revisit the previous works that I have of theirs.
I loved this book! Calvin and Holland stole my heart, I laughed and I cried. I stayed up all night reading this, not joke. I said aloud at the end of the book, " NO, I want more give me an epilogue and then another one..." I do not have that reaction very often, I wanted to make it last.
I enjoyed the fact that there was not this long and drawn out affair, we get right into Holland's head, what a hilarious place it is to be. Her quick whit and the gift of perfect sarcasm, made this such so much fun to read. The way the authors wrote about the way Holland, heard music and the way it made her feel, was simply perfection, I felt myself feeling it.
Calvin, is just lovely. So often our leading men are either Alpha's or a complete scumbag, who redeems himself. Calvin, is a good guy from beginning to end, he just happens to be in a bad situation. He has no idea who Holland is until he saves her one night, only to disappear. Calvin is resourceful and holds down a few jobs in different bands. But one thing stays the same, he is always playing music. Music is what brings Holland to his rescue.
Can a relationship built out of convenience turn into the real thing? Can Holland keep her major crush on her new husband a secret?
The writing of the leads and supporting cast is superb. The characters are so likable and I was vested in their interwoven interactions. I wanted to keep finding out more about the supporting characters and you were gifted with more. The growth that Holland and Calvin go through in a short time is in a word, believable. It gave me a pit in my stomach the last few chapters. I swore that if this didn't end the way I wanted it to, I would find Christina and Lauren and demand a rewrite of the ending. THAT is how into this book I was.

5 Clocks!!!
Honest review based on book
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