Review – Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne #LoveonLexingtonAvenue #LaurenLayne #bookreview #netgalley

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Author: Lauren Layne

Publisher: Gallery Books

Pub Date: September 17, 2019

Rating: 4⭐️

 

This was such a cute, slow-burn romance. Claire is widowed and she found out at her husband’s funeral that he had been cheating on her for quite some time with at least two women. These women became best friends. They all thought they were the only woman in Brayden’s life. They make a pact to keep each other away from the bad guys.

 

Claire is trying to reinvent herself, starting with her old house. Her friends introduced her to her contractor, Scott. Scott is the opposite of Claire and normally not at all the kind of guy she’d be interested in. They have good banter. Their relationship starts off as quasi enemies and then they transition to friendship.

 

I love the slow build where they had to work up to even being friends and admitting that they enjoyed each other’s company. They’ve both had their guards up from their previous relationships. There is very minimal steam, but plenty of tension.

 

This is my first Lauren Layne book and I am definitely a fan. Also, this is book two in the Central Park Pact series, but works as a stand alone. I’m going to go back and read the first one and I can’t wait for Audrey’s story in the third installment.

 

I love the setting and character development. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. This would make such a cute movie.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for my eARC copy. All opinions are my own.

Review – The Accidental Life Swap by Jennifer Joyce #TheAccidentalLifeSwap

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Title: The Accidental Life Swap

Author: Jennifer Joyce

Publisher: HQ Digital

Pub Date: September 1, 2019

Rating: 3⭐️

     The Accidental Life Swap turned out to be quite the charming story. Rebecca works as a PA for Vanessa Whitely of Vanessa Whitely Events. Vanessa is a difficult boss. She’s brash and doesn’t value her employees. Rebecca has a degree in Events Management, but Vanessa only sees her for her organizational skills and ability to run her errands. Vanessa bought a home in a small town out in the country that  was in need of restoration. Rebecca is more of a people-pleaser and not used to sticking up for herself, so when Vanessa sends her to oversee the remainder of the remodeling there is no push back.

      The first day on site, Rebecca is mistaken for Vanessa among the work crew. She doesn’t correct the mistake since everyone is a little intimidated by Vanessa, and thus the accidental life swap is in full swing. Rebecca is able to be more assertive by hiding behind her borrowed identity. She didn’t foresee the falsehood causing any real trouble until she falls in love with the town and it’s people.

        This story really was charming. The pacing was a bit slow. It took a little while to fully get into it. It felt like a lot of the story was just following Rebecca and her inner monologue. I would have liked a little more interaction and dialogue with the community. The love story was cute, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more chemistry other than them just bantering over their fiercely competitive nature when it comes to board games. Overall, if you enjoy a cute non-steamy romance then this was a good one.

Thank you Netgalley and HQ Digital for my review copy. All opinions are my own.

Delightful Audiobooks

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I don’t frequently listen to audiobooks, but I try to do some occasionally. It helps me squeeze in some reading while I’m doing dishes or other mundane tasks. My mind has a tendency to drift. I lose my place and have to replay portions, but when they are good it’s like an entirely different experience. I may still not catch as much as I do if I am physically reading the book. Does anyone else struggle with this? It’s like going to a really great play though. The characters are given voices and it changes how you might have visualized them in your head (or even pronounced their names).

Some Great Listens due to Great Narrators

  1. Harry Potter Series written by J.K. Rowling and Narrated by Jim Dale (phenomenal)
  2. Anne of Greene Gables written by L.M. Montgomery and Narrated by  Rachel McAdams
  3. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) written by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham, Narrated by Kristen Bell
  4. The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings Series written by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis (I’ve only listened to The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring so far)
  5. The Night Circus written by Erin Morgenstern and Narrated by Jim Dale (need I say more)
  6. The Cruel Prince written by Holly Black Narrated by Caitlin Kelly
  7. Six of Crows written by Leigh Bardugo and Narrated by Jay Snyder

 

This is also my preferred medium for nonfiction.

What are your favorites? What should I add to my list for future listening? How do you squeeze in extra reading time?

Review – Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Title: Thirteen

Author: Steve Cavanagh

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Synopsis:

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

Review:

Thirteen was a great read. This book is part of the Eddie Flynn series. I have not read any of the previous books and this story stands well on its own.

 

Cavanagh instantly draws the reader into the mind of a serial killer – Kane. This perspective really made this story stand out for me. The shifting POV added to this story significantly. Kane is such a phenomenally developed character and Eddie Flynn moves the plot a long expertly.

 

Cavanagh’s descriptions and attention to detail are brilliant.  It was a very visceral reading experience. He had me cringing while simultaneously sitting on the edge of my seat.

 

There is so much description and that allowed for a thoroughly fleshed out character. Kane is very self aware. He knows that he is different, but very skilled at fitting in and portraying a normal, upstanding member of society.

 

This story is fast-paced. It flows well and Cavanagh builds excellent suspense. The author’s law background adds so much realism to his story. It’s not so heavy on the legal jargon that it is cumbersome to the reader, but it definitely lets you know that this author knows what he is talking about.

 

Thank you so much to Flatiron for reaching out to me to review this book. All opinions are my own. It was really a thrill to read.

Review – A Pack of Love and Hate

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Title: A Pack of Love and Hate

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Rating: 5/5

Available July 30, 2019

Get a Copy: Amazon

 

This is the final book in this Trilogy and it did not disappoint. Each book I have ended up reading in a day. I just cannot put them down once I get started. Wildenstein’s writing keeps me hooked. I feel emotionally connected to the characters and completely enraptured in the world that she has created. I love all of the twists and turns in the story. There couldn’t be a more perfect ending. This review seems a little harder to write and I would hate to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at this.

 

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

 

ONLY ONE CAN WIN.

 

Volunteering to duel alongside Liam Kolane against the ruthless Creek Alpha could get Ness killed, but the alternative, leaving her hot-headed Alpha to die alone in the dueling ring isn’t an option. Not even when he places ridiculous conditions on her, like not spending time alone with August, her intended mate.

 

Ness didn’t want a mate, but that was before August stepped back into her life, before he picked up the scattered pieces of her heart. Between their shared history and the magical tether that binds them, Ness finds herself falling dangerously hard for the sexy shifter.

 

But Liam’s heart is on the line. A heart that still beats for Ness.

 

Only one man can win her love, the same way only one Alpha can rise from the duel.

 

Let the fight begin..

 

Thank you to Twig Publishing for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and I do truly love this series. If you love books by Sarah J. Maas, I also feel like you would these.

Review – The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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Title: The Unhoneymooners

Author: Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 / 5

 

This is another spectacular story from my favorite writing duo, Christina Lauren. I love that each story is fresh and doesn’t leave you feeling like the writing is formulaic. The characters seem like real people. They are flawed and have depth.  I adore the characters witty banter. 

 

Olive always seems to be down on her luck. She’s a twin, and while her twin sister Ami seems to win every contest she enters, Olive can’t seem to keep the great things going in her life. Ami is getting married and has won just about every element for the wedding for free – from her dress to her honeymoon. Everyone’s luck is about to be reversed, when at the wedding reception everyone except for Olive and the groom’s brother Ethan gets sick after eating  the seafood. Olive is allergic and Ethan avoids buffets like the plague. Now their siblings are trying to convince them to steal away on their honeymoon. Ethan and Olive have had a pretty hate-filled relationship from the beginning, so it could get interesting. Everything is about to change. 

 

I loved this enemies turned lovers story. These books are always a cute, fun read. I love quirky characters and that their story was not perfect. It’s fast paced and makes you want to finish it one sitting.

 

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for my free review copy. All opinions are my own and I truly enjoyed this newest Christina Lauren book.

What’s On My Bookshelf Tag

Happy Saturday, book friends! I was tagged by Jess and Teagan at Fiction No Chaser . Go check out their blog if you haven’t yet because it’s fantastic!

RULES:

  • Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Delightful Narratives)
  • Also link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
  • Tag at least 5 people

A LIBRARY BOOK

I went to the library this week and came home with a nice, little bookstack. I picked up The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Beartown (my current read), The Burned Page, Dear Mrs. Bird, I Am I Am I Am, and Fruit of the Drunken Tree

A BOOK I GOT AS A GIFT

Red Rising

A CHILDHOOD BOOK

Dear American Series

A MAGICAL BOOK

Throne of Glass – I’m just obsessed with Sarah J. Maas!!!

A ROMANTIC BOOK

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – A love that defies societal norms. A little Shakespearean with a hate that spans the ages (Romeo and Juliet)

A STEAMY BOOK

A Court of Mist and Fury – Oh definitely! This entire series really! 

AN OLD BOOK

A 1950’s set of Sherlock Holmes books that were my husband’s grandmother’s.

A BOOK THAT MAKES ME HAPPY/LAUGH

Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? – I just love Mindy Kaling!

A BOOK THAT MADE ME EMOTIONAL

Currently Beartown!

A BOOK WITH AN ENDING I DISLIKE

Allegiant, for sure. I stopped reading and didn’t even finish the last little bit. I was so mad.

A BOOK I WISH HAD ILLUSTRATIONS

The Hush, Hush Series.

A BOOK OR GENRE I LOVE TO READ WHEN IT’S RAINING

I don’t really have a preference. It’s just nice to be stuck inside reading sometimes. Sitting on the sofa with a warm blanket and drinking some hot chocolate.

NOMINATIONS

As always, no obligation on tags EVER! Just have fun.