Always and Forever by Siân O’Gorman

always and foreverAlways and Forever by Siân O’Gorman is a story of love, family and life. O’Gorman’s plot line for this novel is superb. He created an outstanding list of characters with an amazing setting. This novel talks about the true life struggles that many married couples face. Not to mention the fact that most couples separate and never return to their pre-marriage self. Some marriages are just meant to be. I really enjoyed this novel and felt it was a great read that would relate to a lot of people. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can purchase your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) A warm, witty, compelling and emotional novel about love, family and coming to terms with your past. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain. Hoflying PR Director, Jo now looks after her son Harry and seeks support only from her mother w can you find yourself again, when you can’t face what you’ve lost? Joanna Woulfe is looking to get her life back on track after her husband John leaves their family home. Once a high-flying PR Director, Jo now looks after her son Harry and seeks support only from her mother Marietta and her best friend Nicole. But Nicole’s own marriage is facing its greatest ever crisis, and Marietta, too, is distracted by the reappearance of an old flame, ex-Showband-singer and lothario Patrick Realta. Soon Jo enrols with a colourful local amateur dramatics group and begins a flirtation with the handsome young Ronan Forest. But is she really ready to move on from her old life – and from her years of marriage to John? And what was it that happened three years ago that sent the couple into free-fall? Before long Jo will realise that is only by looking back that she will ever truly be able to move forward…

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Book of the Month April Selections

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Book of the Month Club is a monthly book club that gives you the option of picking one of five books selected for the month. If you like more then one book you can add the other books for $9.99 each. I really like this book club because you get hardback books and the price is amazing. The following are the selections for April 2017.

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – Judge Tyler Coates (culture editor at GQ)

Startup by Doree Shafrir – Judge Glory Edim (Owner of popular blog Well Read Black Girl)

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Graan – Judge Sarah Weinman

American War by Omar El Akkad – Judge Maris Kreizman

One Day We’ll All Be Dead by Scaachi Koul (Exclusive to BOTM) – Judge Kevin Nguyen

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Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes

57fe884d08a26Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes is an incredible young adult novel that follows the main character Eddie as he explores the ups and downs of becoming a man in a rural Alaskan Village. Eddie failed his first semester in college and is trying to redeem himself by taking a journalism job in a Kusko, Alaska. Kusko is one of many small bush villages. Dirkes does a wonderful job describing the life and hardships that accompany being out in the bush. This story tells of making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. When Eddie misses up he realizes that he could lose his chance at love with Taylor, a girl he met while interviewing for the paper. She is smart and as no time for trouble while she achieves her goals in life. Taylor being head strong helps Eddie see the way on the right side of the law. I feel this novel is a good read for anyone who likes to see the underdog win. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Sucktown, Suckington, Suckfield, Suckingham, Suckland, Suckmont, Suck Francisco. By any other name Kusko, Alaska, would still smell like human sweat, moose stew, and dog poop. But Eddie Ashford can t be choosy after partying his way out of college in one semester s time. He lands a job in tiny Kusko, a bush town located in the heart of unromantic Alaska, he s warned. Eddie intends to straighten out his act and make good on a promise to stay for a year, but soon he s indebted to his employer, overworked, and underpaid. He s also spurned by the almost-perfect girl, frustrated, and bored. He finds himself caught in a dilemma: do the right thing, work hard, and stick it out in Kusko or take a chance, smuggle some goods for the local pot dealer, and pile up the cash to pay his way out of Suckramento?

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The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren

the last thing you saidWhen I got the chance to read The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren I was so excited! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this book and author. I will admit that this is a tear jerker but there are laughs along the way. The story follows Lucy (Lulu) whose best friend (Trixie) dies without warning. This leaves Lucy and Trixie’s brother Ben in shock and having a hard time excepting the fact that she is gone. The story takes places in a Minnesota resort town where Ben’s family owns a resort where they both work during their summers. It has been almost a year after the accident and they still are not talking. Lucy makes a friend with Hannah, a new girl at their school. While Ben spirals out of control drinking and going from girl to girl. However this summer takes a different turn from last summer. They find that they can’t stop thinking and worrying about each other bring them together at the end. While I could not put this book down, I found that it is really an emotional read with a happy ending, Biren  does an amazing job a creating a story that really pulls at your heart strings. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  You can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

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American Assassin by Vince Flynn

I read American Assassin by Vince Flynn several months ago and loved it! I decided to reread this book after learning they made it into a movie that is set to premiere in September 2017 starring Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp and Michael Keaton as Stan Hurley.  Vince Flynn has done an outstanding job creating the character Mitch Rapp making him someone you can relate to. Everyone at some point in their life as lost a loved one.  Rapp is recruited by an elite CIA group and decides to join as a way to get revenge for the loss of his longtime girlfriend that was killed during a terrorist attack. He is then sent to a training camp where he meets Stan Hurley for the first time. There is a lot of friction between Rapp and Hurley that is explained why throughout the book. This book is very action packed as it follows Rapp who is sometimes out of control while Hurley tries to rein him in and teach him the rules or sometimes lack thereof.  American Assassin is a number one New York Times Bestseller. I can’s wait to see the movie! If you want a really good read, you can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) #1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn introduces the young Mitch Rapp on his first assignment, a mission of vengeance that made him a CIA super agent. Two decades after the Cold War, Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield forms a new group of clandestine operatives—men who do not exist—to meet this burgeoning threat abroad before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield’s protégée, Irene Kennedy, finds the ideal candidate in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Among the thousands grieving the victims is Mitch Rapp, a gifted college athlete, who wants only one thing: retribution. Six months of intense training prepares him to devastate the enemy with brutal efficiency, leaving a trail of bodies from Istanbul and across Europe, to Beirut. But there, the American assassin will need every ounce of skill and cunning to survive the war-ravaged city and its deadly terrorist factions.

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The Agent by Mark Dawson

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links**The AgentThe Agent by Mark Dawson is the third book in the Isabella Rose Thrillers series. After reading the first two books in this series, I was excited to read this book. Michael Pope and Isabella Rose are caught up in a conspiracy to blame ISIS by right wing elements in the United Kingdom and the United States. The pair travels across the globe to try to find answers. Dawson does an amazing job with the plot line in this book, always making you want more. I like how the characters develop more in this book then the others. However, I feel like this book does not end, instead there are a lot of loose ends that make you wonder if another book will be written in this series. I really like the action packed story that Mark Dawson gives us and I look forward to more from this series and other books written by Dawson. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  You can get your copy HERE. 

(from amazon.com) Isabella Rose is on the run, hunted by the very people she had been hired to work for. Trained killer Isabella and former handler Michael Pope are forced into hiding in India and, when a mysterious informer passes them clues on the whereabouts of Pope’s family, the prey see an opportunity to become the predators. Chased from the poverty of Mumbai’s slums into the sights of a sniper’s rifle amongst the lavish wealth of Shanghai, Isabella and Pope hunt fleeting shadows in a race against time. And they can’t afford to lose. The Agent is the third part in a continuing story involving Isabella Rose that also includes The Angel and The Asset.

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A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding by Lexi Eddings

A Coldwater WEddingA Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding by Lexi Eddings is perfect book to read on a rainy day or when you are feeling a little blue. I really enjoyed reading this book and felt it left me with an overall warm heart because even though this book has its ups and downs it leaves you with a feeling of hope. Eddings does a superb job writing a story that you can see yourself there in the middle of all the twists and turns this story takes. The plot line and setting is one that a lot of people have been through or you know someone who has been though. I can close my eyes and see exactly what Eddings seen when she wrote this book. I think this is a must read if you are looking for a great romance novel.  **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get your copy HERE

(from amazon.com) Everyone longs for a place to be loved and accepted, warts and all. And Coldwater Cove has its share of warts! But while this cozy corner of the world is home to just about anyone who wants to put down roots, the way has been barred to Michael Evans. Mike’s dad saw to that some ten years ago when he ordered him to leave town and never come back. But when Michael learns his mother is battling breast cancer, not even the animosity between him and his father can keep him away. Of course he didn’t figure on getting roped into being best man at his sister’s upcoming wedding, but as long as Michael’s back in town, he figures he’s got a second chance with the girl who got away—Heather Walker. Long-legged Heather has had a love/hate relationship with the town bad boy ever since he christened her “Stilts” in middle school. She was voted most likely to succeed. Michael seemed destined for the state pen. Even so, she hopes there’s more to him than leathers and a Harley, for his family’s sake if nothing else. But while her fascination with him grows, a decade-old secret involving a member of her family threatens to tear them apart…

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The Dinner: A Novel by Herman Koch

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The Dinner: A Novel by Herman Koch has been made into a movie that is set to release in 2017 staring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, and Chloe Sevigny. I have to say that after reading this book I am looking forward to the movie! The book starts out a little on the slow side but watch out because it picks up quickly with surprises and a few disbeliefs along the way. Koch does an amazing job with his writing style that grabs you and sinks you into the story making you feel has if you are really there. The plot line, characters, and settings where equally impressive making it easy to picture in your mind what is happening  I must admit that this novel was a pager turner for me! I really recommend reading this novel before seeing the movie. However some people may want to read this during the day and not late at night, just saying. **I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Soon to be a major motion picture starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, and Chloë Sevigny. “A European Gone Girl.” —The Wall Street Journal An internationally bestselling phenomenon, the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal. It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content.

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At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer

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I was very excited when I got to read an Advanced Readers Copy of At First Blush By Beth Ellyn Summer! When I read the book summary I knew this would be a book I would like to know more about. I also read this book in one sitting! Summer does an outstanding job with the plot line, characters and settings. You really can relate to a lot of the things happening in this book. Lacey Robbins has a YouTube channel called Lacey Blushes and manages to land a summer internship with On Tread Magazine doing a vlog about the new featured August edition. This is where Lacey meets fellow YouTubers Felicia and Jordan. Then the shock of her life happens when the famous teen heart throb and new solo artists Tyler Lance come in to the picture changing everything. I really like how Tyler is made out to be a real bad boy rock star. However Lacey soon realizes that looks can be deceiving and sees the real Tyler that no one else sees. This story is different then a lot I have read lately. I like how many teenage YouTubers can relater to the struggles that Lacey faces and all the obstacles she is thrown into. This is a really great read. I really like the ending but I will not ruin it for you. So you will have to read it to find  out. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  You can get your copy HERE. 

(from amazon.com) Finding the perfect lip gloss? Easy. Finding your way in the world? A whole lot harder. Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can’t wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment. But sometimes your dream job isn’t all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine’s feature subject, musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life? Fans of Zoella’s Girl Online will fall right into the world of this YA The Devil Wears Prada and stay hooked from the first blush to the last glossy kiss.

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Famous by Default – M.K. Harkins

mk harkinsFamous by Default – M.K. Harkins is a remarkable story of love, coming of age, life and loss. This story centers around two characters named Jax and Sivan. Jax is the youngest brother of a famous boy band. While he loves music and can play the guitar, he wants no part of that world. Sivan becomes a foster child of the state after losing her immediate family and having no relatives. She has seen more than her fair share of the abuse and neglect that sometimes accompanies foster care. They both get sent to Miss Betty’s, a farm in Iowa that is in the middle of nowhere. Betty is Jax’s aunt and Sivan’s foster parent. At first there is tension between the two, both have different pasts and are struggling to deal with their own issues. However, they soon begin to rely on each other and finds ways to help the other deal with their own demons. This book has many ups and downs making you want to cry one moment and smile the next. There are a few issues in this story that involve the hardships that some foster children have to face. Harkins does an amazing job of addressing such issues! His style of writing is easy to follow and he seamlessly goes from Jax’s point of view to Sivan’s. I really enjoyed reading this story and look forward to reading more of his books.  ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can purchase your copy HERE

(from amazon.com) Jax Buried, By my family’s fame. Dying to escape the limelight, And finally, I do. Being raised as a Jayne, I’m under constant scrutiny. The rock band my brothers formed makes it impossible to stay under the radar. Paparazzi, tabloids, rabidfans–you name it and I’ve got it. It all makes me sick. But getting shippedoff to crazy Aunt Betty’s house in my senior year of high school isn’t anybetter. After all, there isn’t a stray kid or pet in the world that my auntwouldn’t take in. Then I meet her. She’s cautious, suspicious, and not interested in me at all.But that’s fine by me. Sivan Holt may be beautiful and intelligent, but she’snothing I’m looking for.

Sivan Drowning, In my past. Struggling to feel settled. And finally, I do. Growing up in the foster care system, I longed for a sense of belonging. All Iwanted was a place to call home. At the age of seventeen, I’m finally startingto feel it here. Home. When he comes along, it unsettles me. I don’t want him to ruin everything we’vebuilt–everything that matters. Jax Jayne is arrogant, privileged, and I wantnothing to do with him. But those green eyes of his keep drawing me in. If Ilet down my walls, will it be my final undoing?

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