Book Review: The M-Word by Beverly Farr

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Brenda is done with dating altogether, but still wants to have children someday. Then she meets a Marius, piano tuner who needs help getting a green card. She decides to risk it and asks him to marry her.

What I Liked

  • This book is SO CUTE. I keep going back to reread certain scenes because I just love how the characters interact.
  • I loved Marius. He’s pleasantly different from any other romantic interest I’ve read. He’s positive and down to earth and doesn’t let things “ruffle his feathers”. In some ways, I would love if my personality reflected his! He also dreams of becoming an opera singer, which was another thing I’ve never really seen in romance novels. It was fun to see a new career/personality than I was used to.
  • Although it’s been years since I’ve seen it, I think this book was loosely based on La Traviata, the opera by Giuseppe Verdi. So that’s pretty cool.
  • This is another “fade-to-black” romance so you don’t have adult content distracting from the plot of the novel.

What I Didn’t Like

  • This book is shorter than many novels, so it didn’t have as many twists and turns. However, the length and complexity seemed to match the character’s stories perfectly. I wouldn’t change anything about this book, it just wasn’t worthy of a five star rating. (Does that make sense?)

In Conclusion

If you like fade-to-black romance novels, you’ll probably love this one.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

(affiliate link)

Advertisements

Book Review: Forgotten Honeymoon by Beverly Farr

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Summary

After a car accident, Kelly wakes up having forgotten three weeks of her life. She isn’t concerned, and resumes where (she thinks) she left off. However, she soon discovers that she’s pregnant – which, to her recollection, shouldn’t be possible! The book follows her as she tries to piece together what happened during those three weeks and figure out who the baby’s father is.

What I Liked

  • This is probably one case in which I really like amnesia being part of a book. It was fun to discover and piece together things as the character did. It was also fun to see the other characters around her acting differently than she expected because she forgot conversations and events with them.
  • This was, of course, another cute romance. Which I seem to be reading a lot of these days. It also doesn’t contain any on-screen adult content (only fade-to-black), which is nice.
  • This book was a quick read, which was also nice.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Some of the interactions between characters seemed exaggerated or unrealistic. It was a pretty cute read, it just wasn’t a “wow, amazing” sort of read.

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for a cute, fade-to-black sort of romance then you might enjoy this book.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

(affiliate link)

Book Review: A is for Abstinence by Kelly Orman

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This book is from the point of view of Kyle Hamilton, the cocky rock star from V is for Virgin. It’s four years after the first book. Val has graduated college and Kyle is now trying a solo music career after the band’s break up. He’s gotten in touch with Val again and now he’s trying to convince her that he’s changed and deserves another chance.

What I Liked

  • This book was a lot better than the first one (you can see my review for that one, V is for Virgin, here). This one was an actual romance, which I’ve gotten into a lot lately.
  • The characters are older, and are able to make more adult decisions. It made the story more relatable to me – it was no longer just a frilly high school book. (It wasn’t that frilly before, but this book definitely had more substance.)
  • It was great to see Kyle work on improving his character for Val. And it was great to see that Val wasn’t going to compromise her values, even if she had strong feelings for Kyle.
  • It’s always fun to have a book set enough in the future that you get to see where each character ended up.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The characters acted a lot older than their ages. They were, for the most part, 21 and 22, but their decisions were much more mature and life-impacting that the decisions most people are making at that age. So that bothered me a little, but it wasn’t that bad.

In Conclusion

If you managed to make it through the first book, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

 (affiliate link)

Book Review: Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This is book five in the Significance series by Shelly Crane. It follows Ava, the daughter of the main characters in the first four books. In this series, a certain group of people called Virtuosos (who are mostly human, but with some extra powers), find their soulmate by “imprinting” when they touch. Once they have their soulmate, their Significant, they go through a period of time before they Ascend and gain their power. Ava has grown up in the Jacobsen clan – a close-knit family that has good morals and stands up for its beliefs. Her significant, Seth, grew up with the Watsons – the antagonists from the first four books. The books very much follows the idea of star-crossed lovers.

What I Liked

  • I don’t know why I’m obsessed with this series. I love the idea of soulmates. (So if you know any great books with a soulmate AU, let me know! I want to read them!) And although there are a ton of things I don’t like with these stories (see below) I just keep reading them…
  • Seth is a firefighter, which brought some unique challenges we didn’t get to see with the original characters (Ava’s parents).
  • The star-crossed lovers thing was also a very intriguing idea. This also lent itself to some interesting plot points that we haven’t seen yet from this society.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The grammar and the writing. Oh. my. gosh. For a while I though these books were just self-published eBooks, for which it would be understandable if they weren’t well edited. But apparently she does have an editor?! If you are her editor and you’re reading this – please go read a book by Jeff Gerke. I’d suggest 50 First Pages or How to Write Christian Fiction. Then problems such as the following could be avoided:
    • Telling and not showing
    • Treating the reader like they’re stupid. (Stating “I knew this was such a significant moment in my life” is unnecessary. If the scene was written correctly, we the reader already know that!)
    • Restating the same things over and over and over again. Unless of course it’s an important detail, in which case it’s only mentioned once and never again.
  • Ava is supposedly attending university. But the way it is described sounds a lot more like high school… Are there universities out there with bell schedules? And a lunch time that everyone has?
  • While I understand that he first four books are romances following her parents, it is still incredibly weird the way in which Ava describes her parent’s romantic life. “Hanky panky would have been had” is something I would never imagine a teenager saying or even imagining about her parents.
  • Twenty years or so have passed since the last book ended. However, nothing much seems to have changed. Either in the human world or in the Virtuoso world. And that was weird too.

In Conclusion

If you can get past the sloppy writing and poor grammar and you’re weirdly obsessed with the soulmate AU idea like I am, then read this book. Otherwise, it’s not for you.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

(affiliate link)

Book Review: Sixteen Kisses by Kelly Oram

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This novella follows Cassie on the day of her sixteenth birthday. Up until this day, she’s never been kissed. Will that change now that she’s sixteen?

This book was cute. It’s perfect for reading in a waiting room, or even a quick trip to the beach. It is a little predictable, and it doesn’t have the depth of a normal novel, but for a novella I thought it was great.

(affiliate link)

New on the Stack in July 2017

I’m linking up to The Deliberate Reader for this post. Here are the books I got, in some way or another, during the month of July. Next to each I try to explain why I chose to purchase/borrow that particular book. (Clicking on the picture of each book will take you to the book’s Amazon page, through an affiliate link.)

Borrowed from Friends

Plot Perfect by Paula Munier

This book was recommended to me by my writer friend.

 

 


Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

Another book recommended to my by my writer friend.

 

Quiet! by Susan Cain

I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now so when I saw it at a friends house I had to borrow it!

 

Purchased eBook

Talon by Julie Kagawa

I loved Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, so I was super excited to pick up her series about dragons.

 


Rogue by Julie Kagawa

After reading Talon, I had to immediately go and buy the sequel!

 

 

Re Designed by Denise Swank

I’m trying to finish series that I’ve started, so this is book two in the Off the Subject series.

 

Baby Comes First by Beverly Farr

I enjoyed Beverly Farr’s Love and Chocolate series so I picked up a couple of ebooks by her.

 


Forgotten Honeymoon by Beverly Farr

Another book by Beverly Farr.

 

MacFarland’s Lass by Glynnis Campbell

Another series I’m trying to finish.

 

 

Borrowed eBook Through Kindle Unlimited

Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee

I’ve enjoyed the first four books so far, so here’s the fifth.

 

Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

I really like her Significance series, so I figured I’d give this one a shot.

 

Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck

I read a couple of books by this author a couple of years ago, and enjoyed them.

 


Worth the Trouble by Jamie Beck

Another series I’m trying to finish.

 

 


It Had to Be Love by Tamra Baumann

Another series I’m trying to finish. (See a pattern here?)

 

Chameleon by Kelly Oram

I love everything by Kelly Oram, so I’m excited to read more of her work!

 

 


Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram

Another book by Kelly Oram. 🙂

 

Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Another book by Kelly Oram.

 

V is for Virgin  by Kelly Oram

Yet another book by Kelly Oram.

 

Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Book five in the Significance series.

 

 

What books did you pick up in July?

❤️ Annette

Penryn and The End of Days Fashion: Post-Apocolyptic Practical

I thought it would be fun to make some fashion boards based on the Penryn and The End of Days series. All four of the outfits come from book three. Sorry if they’re not perfect – they’re the closest I could get with what I could find on Polyvore. 😊

(This post contains spoilers for End of Days by Susan Ee.)

Post Apocalyptic Practical
Penryn’s outfit choice in The End of Days, when they go to an abandoned mall to shop.
Paige's Outfit

 

The outfit Penryn chooses for Paige at the same shopping excursion.
Wishing
This comes from page 61 of End of Days.
“‘You won’t always be fighting, Penryn. There will come a time when you’ll be so bored that you’ll wish you were fighting.’
‘I can only dream.’ I pull out the dress and lay it against me, feeling the soft, sparkly fabric.
He reaches out as if he can’t help himself and runs his forefinger along the shoulder of the dress. ‘If I were human, I’d plow the nicest farm for you.’ He sounds completely sincere. ‘Better than anyone else’s. It would have golden pineapples, the juiciest grapes, and the most flavorful radishes in the entire world.'”
Time to Relax

Clearly the least attractive outfit from the set, but when you’re living in post-apoclyptic times, you make do with what you’ve got. I did the best I could with Pooky Bear.

 

Did I miss any outfits? Which of these are your favorite?

💗 Annette