Friday, February 23, 2018

The Lucky Ones
by Tiffany Reisz

Publisher: Mira
Pages: 368
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

Kritters Thoughts:  I saw on an Instagram post someone described this book as creepy and steamy and it is just that!  A neurosurgeon takes kids in from the worst of situations and gives them a home and maybe most wouldn't question the motives, but in a fiction story, you are wondering when something will jump out and the truth will be revealed!  I loved having the creepy feeling from beginning to ending, made me read this one so fast!

Allison was the perfect character to take you back into this home after she had been gone for 13 years.  From the beginning you felt her innocence and trusted her to a fault.  I loved her and was so ready to take the journey with her and I love a book even more when I love the main character quickly and easily.

Be forewarned that the steamy word is absolute.  There was a full chapter and some scenes throughout that were very hot and heavy.  I would still recommend this to you and would say just skim this because the creepiness of the book is too good not to read it!

This was my first Tiffany Reisz read and I am interested in reading some of her backlist but it is long - where would you recommend I go from here?  Does she have another stand alone that is full of the creepy crawlies?!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

In Every Moment We Are Still Alive
by tom Malmquist

Publisher: Melville House
Pages: 288
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When Tom’s heavily pregnant girlfriend Karin is rushed to the hospital, doctors are able to save the baby. But they are helpless to save Karin from what turns out to be acute Leukemia. And in a cruel, fleeting moment Tom gains a daughter but loses his soul-mate. In Every Moment We Are Alive is the story of the year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury and pain of loss with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone.

Kritters Thoughts:  Tom's very pregnant girlfriend Karin takes a quick turn for the worse and they end up in the hospital.  Tom must make medical decisions for both his dying girlfriend and his premature baby girl and live with the outcomes as they come.

This book has an editorial thing that drives me batty!  It has no punctuation when it comes to dialogue and for me that makes it harder to read and overall a frustrating experience.  I wish that there was a standard that all books had to have to allow for all people to have an easy reading experience.

Maybe because this book is set in Stockholm and I am not familiar with the culture there, but on almost every page I wanted to smack Tom.  For being a husband going through an extremely difficult situation he was so rude and offputting to all the medical staff.  I just couldn't handle his attitude towards all of the nurses and doctors, I wanted him to get his stuff together and act better.

All in all I just couldn't get around this book.  The premise was right up my alley, but between the lack of punctuation and Tom as a character, I just couldn't.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Tuscan Child
by Rhys Bowen

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.

Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…

Kritters Thoughts:  So this book has one of my favorite things going for it - dual narrative.  One storyline is 1944, a British bomber has landed in Italy and is injured and a local woman finds him and helps bring him back to life.  The other storyline starts in 1973 and his daughter is trying to find the truth about him as he has recently passed and she found some interesting bits in his things and it sends her on this journey.

I love when I read a dual narrative and I love both storylines at the same level.  Obviously having Joanna's story from her point of view was a little more entertaining, but I was on pins and needles throughout his story because I wanted to know how he ended up back in England and with his wife and a new daughter, I just needed to know what he lead him from there to here!

Rhys Bowen has a long running series and I haven't read any from that series, but I have read this and her other stand alone - In Farleigh Field and I loved them both completely.  I am hesitant to start a big series, but I am hoping for another stand alone from her.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sisters Like Us
by Susan Mallery

Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 432
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The grass is always greener on your sister’s side of the fence…

Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgeling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper’s fresh-baked cookies.

Spending half her life in school hasn’t prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge—motherhood. She didn’t inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother will be horrified to learn that Stacey’s husband plans to be a stay-at-home dad…assuming Stacey can first find the courage to tell Mom she’s already six months pregnant.

Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey can survive anything—their indomitable mother, overwhelming maternity stores and ex’s weddings. Sisters Like Us is a delightful look at sisters, mothers and daughters in today’s fast-paced world, told with Susan Mallery’s trademark warmth and humor.

Kritters Thoughts:  The fourth in a series that doesn't really seem connected, so you can start here and read all over the place!  I have read two out of the four of this series and have loved both, I need to read book two and three and of course continue on in this series!

In this book there are two sisters and they are completely polar opposites raised by the same woman, but couldn't have become different adults.  One is divorced, was a stay at home before the divorce and is now raising a daughter and strives each day to be the perfect mom with the perfect house, while her sister is a scientist and has great fear about her abilities to become a mother and is thankful for a husband who will stay at home with their upcoming child.

I love books about sisters.  It reminds me of me and my sister.  We are polar opposites and now in our adulthood we can see the positives in each other's choices and celebrate each other.  I loved that from the beginning these sisters respected each other's choices and loved each other for who they were.

If you tend to avoid Susan Mallery because she is primarily a romance writer, I would urge you to try these books.  There wasn't any sexy times in this book and they are about relationships, so don't be wary book is for those who like a good book with good characters and a good story.  And this series is full of stand alones which I love!

After reading this book, I am more motivated to get caught up in this series and to look out for the ones coming in the future.

Rating: perfect beach read

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Even with having my niece for the weekend, I got some quality reading time in this week and weekend.  Her and I had a lazy Sunday and spent a lot of it in bed her on her ipad and me reading on mine!
A meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

Currently Reading:
In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist

Next on the TBR pile:
The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Queen of Hearts
by Kimmery Martin

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they're happily married wives and mothers with successful careers--Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years. 

As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie's life--both professionally and personally--throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick's unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two best friends both work in the medical field and have been friends for a very long time.  With the longevity of the friendship they think they know everything about one another, but they will find out through this book how little they knew and if their friendship can survive the truth.

At the heart of this book, it is a book about friendship.  The ups and downs that friendships can take and through jobs, relationships, family and so on some friendships can stand the test of time and some get a little battered.  

This book takes place in Charlotte, NC.  And as I lived there right out of college and there are not a lot of books set in this little city, it was so fun to "revisit" it through a fictional book.  The little Charlotte moments really made this book a special read for me!

Be warned this book had an overabundance of medical drama and procedures.  If you don't fall asleep during the surgeries on Grey's Anatomy then you won't be bothered by it.  I didn't love it, but it did affect my reading.  I would hesitate recommending this to just about anyone because the amount of medical things was on the higher end.  

So I would say that this book was a four star for me, but that is a totally personal rating.  I have someone in mind to send it off to, but I know they will enjoy all the quirks this book has!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Still Me
by Jojo Moyes

Publisher: Viking
Pages: 400
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world. 

Before she knows what's happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets--not all her own--that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places? 

Kritters Thoughts:  The third installment in this series and although this book could be somewhat self contained, I absolutely suggest starting at book one - Me Before You.  Below, I will talk about the book which could be spoilerie if you haven't read book one or two, so you have been warned!

There are some controversies over the first book, but with book two and three, they are completely sweet romantic comedies, perfect for a beach bag or a rainy weekend!

Still Me takes Louisa Clark to New York City where she will care for a woman in a wealthy family.  She goes to the city with little details and is thrust into New York City elite.  This seems to be a perfect job for her, but you know with previous books with Louisa that hijinks must ensue!

I loved the ups and downs of the book.  It was a sweet ride with a character that I completely love.  I will admit that I saw the movie after reading the first book and I will now always picture Louisa Clark as the actress who plays her in that movie and I am fine with that.  I can picture her doing all these crazy things in New York and in the fancy and quirky clothes that she is known for.  

I wonder if this is the end of Louisa Clark, I wouldn't mind one more after this one to maybe take her beyond where this story concludes.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin Viking.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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