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Monday Musing – October 14th

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

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Today I want to muse about something I read over the weekend – I read “This Is What Happy Looks Like” by Jennifer E. Smith over the weekend and it had such great character building – sweet romance, and story bulid up – it was as heart breaking in some points as sweet in others, but at the end I really needed that HEA… and it just wasn’t there. As much as I loved this book, I was just… let down. I really wanted to see that all the heart ache, all the work led to something at least – a second date – more communication.. I know their lives were very different and it basically leaves it for you to assume they will continue seeing each other, but me personally, I like hard proof.

So – have you guys read this? What did you think? I have heard such great things about this book (hence why I actually bought it) and I was just a little let down..

Happy Monday! Tell me what you think!

Kelley

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Monday Musing – Cover Reveal “Last Hit”

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

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This week I’m musing about a new book by one of my favorite authors coming out December 2013 – I got to do a cover reveal today which is super exciting so I hope you’ll all check it out – here’s an excerpt from the book below – Happy Monday!

Kelley

 

last hit cover

Book Blurb and GoodReads Link:

Nikolai:

I have been a contract killer since I was a boy.  For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the site of my tattoos.  The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger.  If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have.  I have ever been the hunter, never the prey.  With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me.  Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies.  I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.

Daisy:

I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life.  Homeschooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna.  I like to believe the best in people.  Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me.  Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness.  With him, my heart is at risk..and also, my life.

GoodReads Link:

https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodreads.com%2Fbook%2Fshow%2F18626111-last-hit%3Ffrom_search%3Dtrue&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNH6_ebG1Iq1hi8yQZblYfE8toAh_A

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COVER REVEAL – “Last Hit” by Jen Frederick and Jessica Clare

last hit cover

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you are having a great day and I’m super excited to reveal the cover of the new book from Jen Frederick (author of “Undeclared” and “Unspoken”) and Jessica Clare! I have an awesome blub and an exclusive teaser below too – click the link to add it to your GoodReads list today – it will hit stores December 2013!

Book Blurb:

Nikolai:

I have been a contract killer since I was a boy.  For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the site of my tattoos.  The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger.  If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have.  I have ever been the hunter, never the prey.  With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me.  Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies.  I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.

Daisy:

I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life.  Homeschooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna.  I like to believe the best in people.  Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me.  Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness.  With him, my heart is at risk..and also, my life.

GoodReads Link:

https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodreads.com%2Fbook%2Fshow%2F18626111-last-hit%3Ffrom_search%3Dtrue&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNH6_ebG1Iq1hi8yQZblYfE8toAh_A

Now for the Teaser!

Teaser:

Swinging my scope over to room 524, I flip on my night vision goggles.  I can only see the outline of her body.  It is leaving the apartment and she appears to have a basket with her.  I track her down to the basement laundry.  When I first walked the building, I noted the basement laundry facility.  It was dank and musty with only a few lights and disgusting floor.  524 should not have to clean her clothes down there.  Someone should clean her clothes for her but I knew she could not afford that.  Her refrigerator helf few items and when she did eat, which seemed far too rare for my own peace of mind, she ate noodles and other cheap food stuffs.  Her roommate did not make any more money either.  The two of them were poor and so obviously prey it is a miracle that they’ve survived on their own to make it to adulthood.  The one male in their lives is worthless.

I watch again as her outlined form leans over the washing machine.  She places her clothes inside and she leaves.  She returns to her apartment and returns to her bedroom.  It is too dark for me to tell what she is doing in there.  Is she touching herself again?  Is she bringing herself off?  I think she may be reading a book.  I watch her and the time that passes is meaningless.  Nothing is more interesting to me than watching her, even if it is just the outline of her form.  I should be doing so many other things.  Researching my potential mark in Seattle.  Determining my next step with Mr. Brown.  Instead I am mesmerized by her.

Teaser Quote:

“She leans into me and I rub her back, just her upper back in small circles as I did for a sex worker in Amsterdam who offered to teach me to cuddle.  Then I did not like it.  I rubbed the worker’s back for a few seconds and then made her leave.  But this is…amazing.  Daisy’s little body is resting lightly against mine.  I can feel muscles in her back which suggests that Daisy is strong.  The blades of her shoulders are sharp against my hand which suggests Daisy is not eating enough.  I want to scoop her into my lap and feed her with one hand and stroke her pussy with my other.”

All I can say is WOW! So excited for this – out December 2013!

 

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ARC Review of “How To Love” by Katie Cotugno – a lesson on real life love

How to Love

Book: “How to Love”

Author” Katie Cotugno

Publish Date: October 1, 2013

How I Got the Book: From a Blog tour Site – Around the World ARC Tours

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Summary:

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

What I thought:

For starters I got the book and realized it was very long, but after the first chapter – it had me at Chapter one.. I liked the way the author went back and forth between before and now – so you could build the story in your head in a full way – without making full judgement of any character before you gave them a chance. I think had all the before scences come first it would have been WAY harder for me to like Sawyer at all – but the way she built the story and the narration was great. Maybe I read too many books now, but I really take notice of these type of things and I appreciate when someone does something different. I do wish we had heard more from Sawyer’s side, but in the end it was Rena’s story that needed to be heard – well her and Hannah’s story.

I started out thinking this would be another cute/love story in the contemporary YA world, but I was amazingly proved wrong. It was deep, real, and emotional. I felt the heart break Reena felt and the loss when Sawyer left – and the heartache and loss when she learned she was pregnant – and then the pure joy of her beautiful little girl. The book had it all. If you are looking forward to anything in October, i hope this is one of the top picks. The story covered series emotional situations – teen pregnancy, teen parenting, addiction, abandonment – troubled family relationships, and just plain fear. It’s certainly not a fairy tale teen pregnancy story, it’s real and gritty and heart breaking.

The theme I got over and over again was about love, the fact that real love is not easy by any means  – that it takes work but when you work for it, it’s one of the best parts of this world. I have gone through some difficult times in my own life, and my own love has been tested to the very limits during some of these times, and I thought this book really did justice to the real life love it takes to survive in this world. It showed a “true” love can overcome any obstacle – it really reminded me of “the Notebook” and the end where Noah and Ally believe their love can do anything – nothing worth having is ever easy – that is my two cents anyway… for what it’s worth.

Now On To The Characters:

Reena is a strong young woman. When she realizes she’s pregnant and goes to see Sawyer and walks home to face the music alone, her bravery and character astound me – for her age it’s hard to imagine having to go through that and what a tough girl. Tosss in some huge loss in her life and she is really tested beyond belief yet she keeps moving forward – making the best of what she has. She has regrets sure, but who doesn’t. Even with Sawyer, when he appears again – she is so afraid to love him and for good reason – but she doesn’t give up. Yes, she fights it, but I think after everything that went down she deerved to be fought for to some extent.

Sawyer – well from the first pages he was hot, laid back – the cool guy everyone thought they wanted to date in highschool. I like that it showed all of his sides, not just his good side – and it showed that no one is perfect. I wanted to like him, but it took me even a good part of the book to see what his purpose was when he was back in town and to allow myself to give him a chance – I have to say I was rooting for him by the end…

Shelby – Loved her. I loved her real friendship with Reena which is just what she needed. Despite her being in college and away from home she was still there for Reena and supported her no matter what – which is just what she needed. She also added fun and laughter to somme of the most difficult parts of the story.

The parents – The relationship I felt the most for was for Reena and her Dad – in the end I had tears as they had their last conversation, how much she taught him and how far they came – I don’t want to ruin any plots here, but it’s worth the read  juswt to see this touching scene…

So Enough Blabbing on – What’s My Take Away Here?

5/5 Stars for sure!

The book had true emotion. My heart broke, mended, and grew all in one story. I loved the characters and disliked them strongly at different times. Combine that with the beautiful writing and it’s a classic for sure. The way Katie wrote the story really made all the difference, to me she let you see what you needed to and when – and not before or it may have changed your opinion of the characters – I think it let you get to know the characters in an unbyassed way as possible. This book is just so hard to review because it reallly exceeded everything I thought I would get from it. I thought this would be another YA teen pregnancy story – but boy was I wrong. I learned things about living and taking life as it comes from this strong young character – and seeing real love in action warmed my heart. It’s so easy to love when everything is perfect, so easy to feel like that anyway – but it’s not easy to realize that you have to work for what you want. All that happened here, Sawyer had to work for his family, and seeing someone seeing someone his age to that – made my heart warm.  It was just a wonerfully redeeming story.

In the end it was real, not what you expected. It had hard moments, moments that brought tears to my eyes for the shear heart break – but it also had moments that made me so happy I shed tears then too. It really had it all. In the end, I was left feeling whole – like the world was left as it shouold be and I hope you will feel this same way when you are done.  It’s one of the best “real life” love stories I’ve read in some time.  The characters had a love that won out against everything life threw at them – and that even taught them how to love again and feel what had been there all along.

In closing, I hope you get this book, it’s an absolute worthwhile read — so remember October 1st or better  yet pre-order now. Then tell me what you think! If you’ve had a chance to read and review, love your comments here too —

I will admit I’m missing my famous quote section here this time and I hate that because this book had some great ones, but when it’s “offiially” released i am already planning to go back and get some to amend this slight to all of you guys, so keep posted!

Happy early Friday Everyone and Happy reading!

Kelley

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