Friday, June 30, 2017

The Light in Summer
by Mary McNear

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  It’s summertime on Butternut Lake, where the heat of noon is soothed by the cool breezes of the evening, where the pace grows slower, and sometimes, just sometimes, the summer light makes everything clearer...

For the lovely Billy Harper, Butternut Lake is the place she feels most at home, even though lately she feels the only one listening to her is Murphy...her faithful Labrador Retriever. Her teenage son, Luke, has gone from precious to precocious practically overnight. Her friends are wrapped up in their own lives, and Luke’s father, Wesley, disappeared before his son was even born. No wonder she prefers to spend time with a good book, especially ones where everything ends in perfection.

But Billy is about to learn that anything is possible during the heady days of summer. Coming to terms with her past—the death of her father, the arrival of Cal Cooper, a complicated man with a definite interest in Billy, even the return of Wesley, will force her to have a little bit of faith in herself and others...and realize that happiness doesn’t always mean perfection.



Kritters Thoughts:  I adore this series.  This is a part of the Butternut Lake series and yes it is a series, but this is one of those series that you can read out of order, you can start wherever you like and enjoy.  

This is the 5th in the series and it centers around Billy Harper (a female, I know I had a hard time the whole book with a female named Billy!) and she is the local librarian and a single mom and has been splitting her time between these two important parts of her life.  She hasn't pursued love because being a good mom has been her number one priority for thirteen years.  In walks Cal Cooper who is moving back closer to his sister and her family and is having reprioritize his life as things have changed.

I would describe these books as a combination of women's fiction with a side of romance.  There is a fantastic plot for all the fans of women's fiction, but there are definitely some spicy scenes for those who like a little romance.  

I absolutely adore this series and would keep reading one each summer, but I wouldn't mind if Mary McNear wrote something new also.  I would love to see what she could do in a new series, new town and new place.  


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel


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.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 528
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: HarperCollins

Goodreads:  1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth ...no matter where it leads.



Kritters Thoughts:  If you have been following me for a bit, you know that I love me some historical fiction and the big reason I love this is because I get to learn something without feeling like learning something.  

Two storylines going on in this story, but this one felt different as neither of the two are present day, one is 1915 and Eve Gardiner is the main character as she is trying to survive a war and finds a purpose for her life working in an interesting spot in the war and the other storyline is 1947 and Eve Gardiner is present, but the main character is Charlie St. Clair and she is trying to find her lost cousin as the war has ended.  

Unlike other two storyline books, the reader knows from the beginning that there is a connection and can assume sort of where the connection lies and I liked that.  I don't mind knowing where the connection is along as there is still some mystery to unfold.  

I feel like I knew ahead of this book that there was a collection of ladies who were spies and helped on both sides of the fence, but to get a story that focused on them and their story was so interesting.  I love reading all the stories that highlight how women were helping with any and all of the wars in any capacity that they were able to.  

I definitely loved this one and was excited to be a part of a live Q&A with the author and found it interesting to see what motivated her to take a step away from what she usually writes and see if she plans on doing more like this.  

Here is the link to a recording of the Q&A:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK4C04ZOQbs



Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

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, June 27, 2017

On the Plus Side
by Allison Bliss

Publisher: Forever
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads: Big girls don't cry. They go after what they want.

Thanks to her bangin' curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie's luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie's determined to get Logan's attention . . . even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar. 

Logan can't remember a time when Valerie didn't secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It's only when he finds Valerie's naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality. 

No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.



Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series that centers around Leah's best friend.  If you haven't read book one or my review yesterday, Leah is the center of the first book and her best friend Valerie is the star.  She works in Leah's bakery and has always had an older brother to watch her back and defend her in everything.  Things may get turned upside down when her brother's best friend Logan returns to town for many reasons.

Another romance novel that of course was predictable, but as I always say its ok that you know the destination, the journey is still enjoyable.  Romance books are notoriously made with a formula, but as most romance readers know we are ok with the formula its almost nice to know that we will end with smiles on our face and a happy ending!

I liked this second book better than the first.  As I said yesterday the first focused so much on size and made me uncomfortable, instead Valerie had confidence and was excited to be able to love someone that she had wanted to love for so long.  I loved the ups and downs of the book, the flow was just spot on.  With a smidge less sexy chatter, I felt like this book had a smidge more content, not as much as some romance authors and made me pause, but enough to work better than the first book.

I am on the fence about continuing this series, but thinking I just might to see where it could go.  The second book absolutely saved this one for me, so I hope you will start at book one, but quickly move to book two. 


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

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 19 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Grand Central Publishing.  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, June 26, 2017

Size Matters
by Allison Bliss

Publisher: Forever
Pages: 294
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The rules of (fake) engagement . . .

Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the fact that he just told her mother that they're engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah's date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay "just friends," and make Leah's family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah's decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren't going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he's for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.


Kritters Thoughts:  The first in a new romance series that I was excited to try.  Not only a new series, but also a new author and by the time I started I was even excited that there were two books to get me into the series.  

I will start by saying the first book was hard for me - from almost the first page I was uncomfortable and not a good uncomfortable by the main character.  Leah the star of this story was the complete opposite of self confident and instead the most self deprecating character I may have ever read and she made me cringe often.  It was weird, it seemed as though she dressed confident about her weight and size but all the words coming out of her mouth were the opposite and I wasn't enjoying her.  There were a few times where I hesitated continuing, but I did.  In the end, the book was fine, but I can say I really enjoyed it because it was the springboard for book two.  (review live tomorrow on book two)

Let me continue to say, I am not a skinny minny lady.  I am average if a little above and a gym goer and working on my own confidence, but the way Leah spoke was hard to read, to be honestly frank if I had read this last summer when I wasn't on the fit journey (not there yet) that I am on, I probably would have put it down faster because I couldn't have handled it.  I want a series about larger main characters to exist, but I am not sure I would have started the series with this character, if she had been book two, I actually think I would have liked her better.  

So start here because there is some back story that will help with book two, but beware you may want to nudge Leah a few times during the book and just quietly roll your eyes at her!  

Side note - the amount of sexy times and sexy talk were above what I usually enjoy in romance.  I am not naive that romance obviously includes romance, but compared to other romance readers that I read often, this one was a little over the top.


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

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 18 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Grand Central Publishing.  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, June 25, 2017

With a fun filled Father's Day, I forgot to post this last week, so this is a combination of two weeks worth of reading.  I am so thankful for the weather that allows for hours by the pool with a book!

A meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
Presidential Conclusions by Douglas J Wood
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
One Wrong Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten
The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes
The Light in Summer by Mary McNear
Size Matters by Allison Bliss
On the Plus Side by Allison Bliss
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Currently Reading:
The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

Next on the TBR pile:
Until it Fades by KA Tucker

Friday, June 23, 2017

The One that Got Away
by Leigh Himes

Publisher: Hachette
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Meet Abbey Lahey . . . 

Overworked mom. Underappreciated publicist. Frazzled wife of an out-of-work landscaper. A woman desperately in need of a vacation from life--and who is about to get one, thanks to an unexpected tumble down a Nordstrom escalator.

Meet Abbey van Holt . . . 

The woman whose life Abbey suddenly finds herself inhabiting when she wakes up. Married to handsome congressional candidate Alex van Holt. Living in a lavish penthouse. Wearing ball gowns and being feted by the crème of Philadelphia society. Luxuriating in the kind of fourteen-karat lifestyle she's only read about in the pages of Town & Country.

The woman Abbey might have been . . . if she had said yes to a date with Alex van Holt all those years ago. 


Kritters Thoughts:  Is the grass greener on the other side?  When you get what you have been dreaming of is it how you thought it would be?  There are many stories that tackle these questions and I will never stop enjoying them.  Abbey Lahey is full time mom, full time wife and full time employee and she is barely keeping it together.  She goes to Nordstrom to return a guilty purchase and after a fall she ends up in a life that she could have only imagined, but she may realize that is is so different than she ever thought it was.

I loved this book.  I love a story where if you make one different decision it can send your life down a different path and there are positives and negatives to this new path.   What made this book a little different from the rest is that the character knew of their other life and spent the book comparing the pros and cons of both lives - I like that she was aware that she had another life and could appreciate the difference between them.

I won't spoil a thing but I will say I definitely enjoyed the ending for this book.  I was a little worried about how the author was going to wrap it up and I think she did it just right.

This book has heart, but is still light enough to be a perfect addition to your beach or pool bag.  I loved reading it on the side of my pool over a weekend.


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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

One Wrong Turn
by Denna Lynn Sletten

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 204
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The words “I’m her husband” roll off Clay Connors’s tongue, but with his estranged wife lying in a coma—and no assurance that she’ll awaken—he knows he’s perilously close to losing everything. A singular, terrifying accident has left Jess Connors suspended between life and death. Now Clay is reunited with the family he hasn’t seen for two years, including the daughters he left behind.

Clay should have been there for his family. He never should have stayed away so long. The alcohol that took over his life destroyed everything but a shred of his self-preservation. Sober and haunted, Clay revisits the memory of love, marriage, and how his life unraveled. He hopes that by trying to reconnect with the daughter who blames him and the daughter who barely knew him, he can find a light of hope in this darkest hour. As his family faces its most grueling, emotional test yet, Clay must summon the courage to make right what was wrong—and find forgiveness from his harshest judge: himself.



Kritters Thoughts:  Jess Connors takes a wrong turn and she ends up in a tragic accident that results in her in a coma.  Clay Connors must return to his family and take care of his girls and hope for his wife to return to them.  He had to leave his family two years ago to get himself in a right place and find a sober life, he did but didn't return and now he is back and has a lot of amends to make.

One thing I loved about this book is how the glimpses into this couple's past were sprinkled into just the right times.  It was the way to get Jess' voice as in the present she lay in the coma.  

One thing that I didn't love was the repetition of Clay and his alcoholism.  I understand that this could be truthful, but for a story it made the middle to end drag just a little.  When the conclusion happened (no spoilers) I just wanted more pages after that.  I thought that the end was going to happen, but I just wanted more.

So after all this, I would say I definitely want to read another Deanna Lynn Sletten, just need to figure out where to go next.


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


Ebook 2017 Challenge: 17 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Publisher: First Second
Pages: 320
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It's a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.


Kritters Thoughts:  My first graphic novel read and I will have to say I read this months ago, but wanted to put the review up on the official first day of summer.  

I enjoy that as a graphic novel it read fast, but in the end I felt like I was missing something.  I don't know that I would continue to read them, I might on the side when life is crazy and I need something to read that is quick and easy, but this wouldn't be my go to reading genre.  

I loved the topic of this one.  A summer vacation and girls who are moving out of childhood innocence and into young adulthood.  I am glad this is the first graphic novel I read because I did enjoy the subject and I know that if I read more the subject matter would make a big difference in my enjoyment level.


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


Monday, June 19, 2017

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


Kritters Thoughts:  Evelyn Hugo is the actress of the century and she has picked a junior journalist to entrust her story to and the question throughout is why. . . 

Sometimes and especially this time I loved knowing that there was a secret harboring underneath and the way Taylor Jenkins Reid unfolded a great story while still holding on to that one nugget was just right.  I liked that she didn't continue to remind you that she was holding something from you, she just continued the story knowing that you were wondering in the background.

So Evelyn Hugo - WHAT a character!  I loved how this story unfolded through Evelyn telling Monique her story through the husbands.  There were many times I wondered are the headlines we read now honest and truthful and are the celebrity relationships for business reasons or personal?  I like taking peaks behind the curtain and maybe seeing a new truth.

I was already a Taylor Jenkins Reid fan before this book and afterwards still!  Each of her books has a completely different storyline and make up so each book is perfectly unique.


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

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 16 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria Books.  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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Siracusa
by Delia Ephron

Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Pages: 304
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities, past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.


Kritters Thoughts:  Two couples and one daughter head to Italy to vacation and maybe they shouldn't have left home.  The reader and maybe both couples know that this trip is doomed from the start, yet they go and of course drama ensues.

Before I dive into my thoughts, let me say that I had extremely high hopes for this book.  It had been buzzed about for awhile and it was on the list of books that I was over the moon to get a chance to review, so maybe my hopes and expectations were a little above what they should have been and it could have impacted my reading.

Let me start by saying, I love drama and I love my books to have drama, but I also love for things to move along and that is where I felt this book lacked.  The drama was a little over the top, but fine, but my goodness I felt like we were dragging from one chapter to the next.  The bulk of the plot for me was in the last 50-75 pages, it took way too long to get there and I didn't need that much build up!

I wanted more for this book.  There characters were fine, the setting was great, but I wanted more action.  

This is my first experience with Delia Ephron, have you read anything by her?  Should I try something else?


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

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Blue Rider Press and Plume.  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, June 15, 2017

Knoll: The Last JFK Conspiracist
by Stephen Hillard

Publisher: SelectBooks
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A young protégé of Edward Snowden flees the NSA after she learns that her project (KNOLL) is designed to detect and destroy any person with new facts about the conspiracy to assassinate JFK. The project’s latest target: a small-town attorney, son of a mysteriously murdered cop, who has just discovered his family’s involvement with deceased Mafia Kingpin Carlos Marcello, and the events that day in Dallas. All paths lead to a small Louisiana town that still hides its secrets, and converge on the doorstep of Marcello’s still-active savant of assassins. He is unstoppable. His creed: Omerta Is Forever.


Kritters Thoughts:  I think most historical fiction fans love to read books across all times, so although I don't read a ton in this time and place, I enjoyed diving in for one book.  

The thing for me that made me not completely love this book was the writing itself.  It just felt short and choppy.  There was something missing in the flow of the book and it made it hard to read.  I liked the inclusion or nod to Edward Snowden and loved the idea of leaks being incorporated into a conspiracy novel, but the overall flow of the book didn't work for me.

I saw all the above, but have to say that I adored the concept.  There were many times during the book where I was like "could this be real!"  I wanted the author to say YEP and this is how it all went down.  I loved my idea of the truth being challenged - I may have to read more of this conspiracy theory soon.

I would like to try another by this author.  I would be hesitant to recommend this one to a reader that has a hard time getting into and staying in books.  If you are a history fan or a JFK fan than this book is right up your alley.



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

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from FSB Associates.  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.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Presidential Conclusions
by Douglas J Wood

Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 344
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Ripped once again from today’s headlines, Presidential Conclusions is a political thriller with unpredictable twists as the inspiring heroine and her rise to the nation’s highest office presents readers with hard decisions on what today’s politician must do and endure to leave their mark in American history. 

America sustains a concerted and devastating series of terrorist attacks, casting the country into chaos, prejudice and fear. Sam needs to find a way of establishing calm and hope. Through a series of moves that allies her with surprising allies, Sam tries her best to reunite the country and bring justice to the murderers who killed thousands of innocent souls. Sam knows she can’t do it all alone, but what compromises is she willing to make? What compromises must every President make to lead this nation? The answers paint a moral story of profound impact. 


Kritters Thoughts:  The third and I think final in the series, and like I said yesterday, if you don't want to be spoiled please stop where you are, but I am definitely going to spoil some things!

First before I really spoil, I haven't mentioned this in previous reviews but I loved how each chapter started with an expert of a speech that Sam made in campaigning or elsewhere.  This third book is different.  The beginnings of the chapters start with experts of speeches made by real people and I assumed that they were all honest experts from real speeches.  It was so interesting how speeches from the past both past past and recent past fit into what was happening in this book that took place in the future.

Now, I loved reading this book with Sam as the President.  I loved seeing her take control of the highest office and seeing where she was going to take the country.  There were times I was sad that her presidency was surrounded by devastation from terror organizations.

Minor but had to note, in this third novel there were moments where the author was recapping events in the past two books so if a reader was just picking up this one they didn't feel left out - I understand the reason for it, but it made for some awkward moments where I was skipping over some paragraphs. 

The other thing that was minor and a little disappointing but not enough to make me unlike the book.  Sam Harrison wasn't in this book as much as the other two.  The other two revolved around her and her decisions, this one focused very closely on terrorism, terrorists and her team as they were trying to rid the world of them.

This was a great series, I would absolutely recommend it to all sorts of readers.  Readers who love political dramas will especially love this one, but if you tend to skip those, try this one, it was a good one!


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Claire McKinney PR.  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, June 13, 2017

Presidential Declarations
by Douglas J Wood

Publisher: Createpace
Pages: 307
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The United States is in crisis. Can Samantha Harrison be what the country needs?

Ripped from today’s headlines, PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATIONS is a behind-the-scenes political thriller and an inspiring portrayal of a woman’s rise to the highest office in the land that gives readers a lot to think about when casting their votes in the next presidential election.

Ambitious, smart and one of Washington D.C.’s power elite, Samantha “Sam” Harrison’s entire political career, once seemingly unstoppable, is in question and her loyalty to her country is about to be tested as never before.


Washington, D.C. sustains the worst terrorist attack in American history, and the President of the United States needs Sam to serve her country once more. Political rivals on opposite sides of the aisle, Sam and the president have never agreed on deeply dividing issues. While Sam realizes that it’s time to put aside political differences, get justice, and help the nation to heal, she’s not sure whom she can trust. 

Leading the country out of chaos could put the White House once more within her grasp, but will place Sam, her daughter and her daughter’s first child directly in harm’s way. Sam’s actions in the coming days will decide her family’s survival, her political future, and the fate of the United States of America. The stakes have never been higher.



Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series and I highly suggest if you start with book one, so opposed to spoilers then stop here and go read, but you have been warned!

So Sam starts this book and she has lost the presidential election and she has to decide where she wants to go from here - is her political life over or is there a spot for her somewhere else.  I absolutely adored this second book, it was so fun to continue on with Sam and see where she was going to go after a defeat.  

It was crazy to read a book set in the future that still felt very close to a truth.  I know I said above that I was going to spoil but I won't spoil the major plot point in this book because it was so good.  I liked the quick little hints and tips and views into the radicalizing of people and then the outcome is crazy but I don't know how far we are from it.  

I said this yesterday and I will reiterate because I still believe it to be true - I loved reading about real people in this fictional tale.  It was enjoyable to see them make appearances and interact with the fictional characters of the book.  I may have had to remind myself of the fictional part of it a few times!

Check out the blog tomorrow for the final review of this series.


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Claire McKenny PR.  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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