12 April 2014

Review: One Broke Girl (Edgewood Falls #1) by Rhonda Helms

One Broke Girl (Edgewood Falls #2)
Author: Rhonda Helms
Pub. Date: April 3, 2014
Acquired: Received a copy, in exchange for an honest review.
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Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.

But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who's proving hard to find.

One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. When past and present collide, Anna has to decide where her future lies...

~My Review~

One Broke Girl started out a little iffy for me. I think it's because I had trouble liking Anna. She just seemed a little too immature for a twenty-something-year-old-almost-college-graduate. I will say, she redeemed herself for me by the end of the book. And, what's better, I feel like the way Ms. Helms wrote Anna, made it as if Anna never really WAS the shallow, immature woman that she came off as. So, while there was character growth, I also believe that Anna more so just became who she really was. The woman that she wasn't allowing herself to be for conformity's sake.

With that said, I have to add that there were a few characters and instances in here that made me want to throw something. Anna's parents, for example. I don't want to spoil the story, but let's just say that they both enabled her being spoiled and then her mother punishes her for it. Now, this isn't a complaint about the story. Just an observation.

Ah, her mother. No, I'm not going to say anything else about her mother. Read it, and you'll understand my frustrations.

As for Anna's dad, I feel like he got better, but really?! There were so many moments when I wishing he'd put on his big-boy panties and be a man. This is good, though. Strong feelings about characters mean I was involved with the story. Immersed in it.

As for the story, as a whole, I was super impressed with what Ms. Helms accomplished in a novella like this. Besides the character growth and the illiciting of strong emotions, I think this was a great beginning to what could be a pretty great series of books. She made me love the main character. And, I was REALLY impressed with the love story aspect.

This was a great short story! Now, when does the next one come out?!

~My Rating~

~About the Author~

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

11 April 2014

Feature & Follow #2

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Every week we'll discuss a new topic. This week's topic?
Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it (as nicely and respectfully as possible).

I have so rarely ever not finished or liked a book. In fact, I think that sometimes I'm not critical enough of books. But, one book, in particular, that I've recently tried to read and couldn't finish was Driving Layne by Renea Porter. The sad thing, is that the story itself was SO promising but without a decent editor I was distracted by inconsistencies that a good editor would have caught. I just couldn't even try about halfway through. And it got SO many great reviews. I am certain with a good editor, it could be a great story, however. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

10 April 2014

Review: The Thrill of It (No Regrets) by Lauren Blakely

The Thrill of It (No Regrets)
Author: Lauren Blakely
Pub. Date: Nov. 21, 2013
Acquired: Amazon

A new adult story of Love. Sex. Addiction. Blackmail. And Power...

Some say love can be an addiction. Others say it's the thing that makes life worth living. Let me tell you everything I know about love...Love isn't patient, love isn't kind. Love is a game, a chase. A thrill. Love is wild and war-like, and every man and woman must fight for themselves. At least that's how it was for me. A high-priced virgin call girl by the time I started college, I was addicted to love and to sex. Even though I've never had either. I controlled love, played it, and held the world in the palm of my hands. Then I fell down from those highs, and I'm being blackmailed for all my mistakes, forced to keep secrets from everyone, except the only guy I don't regret.


With all the other women, I knew what they were. They were temporary. They were pills, they were bottles, they took away all the pain, and numbed the awful memories that wore down my ragged, wasted heart. Until I met Harley. She's the only girl I ever missed when she walked away. But now she's back in my life, every day, and there are no guarantees for us, especially since I don't know how to tell her my secrets. What happened to my family. All I know is she's the closest I've ever come to something real, and I want to feel every second of it.

How can you love with no regrets when regret is all you know?

~My Review~

This book totally impressed me. It was about two broken people who--in most circumstances--would never in a million years come together. But, because of their mutual need for love, understanding and healing, they end up being perfect for each other.

This book is told in dual point-of-views. So, we get to be inside both Harley's and Trey's brains. Which, is really helpful considering how messed up they both are sometimes. There were moments when both of them would pull stuff that would have me so frustrated! And while I don't believe their actions were ever truly justified, getting to know what they were thinking shed some light on the "why" they did what they did.

You have two people who have pretty horrible pasts. They're both trying to work on themselves and get better. In the midst of this they find each other. They make some mistakes. Some pretty horrid ones. However, in the end, what I loved was that it didn't matter. They loved each other, anyway.

There are more books in this series and I definitely plan on reading them!

~My Rating~

~About the Author~

Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in TROPHY HUSBAND, she thinks life should be filled with hot men, cool clothes, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.

09 April 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #13: The One by Kiera Cass

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

Why Am I Waiting?

Uh, because the other two were so STINKIN' GREAT! That's why! I breezed through the first two in about three days. I got lost in the politics of their world. And I more than got lost in America and Maxon's story. I can't wait to see how it all ends!

08 April 2014

Book Blitz: Destroyed by Pepper Winters


Author: Pepper Winters
Find "Destroyed": Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Author Page

She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated.

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn’t realized how far I could fall or what I’d do to get free.

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.


"I didn't know if I wanted to laugh or cry. In one move, Fox gave everything that he was. He bared his soul; he dropped every barrier, so we could understand him better. I hated myself in that moment for keeping so much from him. For judging him. For not understanding or granting more compassion." --Hazel

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~About the Author~

Pepper Winters is a NYT and USA International Bestseller. She wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

I more than enjoyed having Destroyed be apart of Captivated Reading, today! This has been a book that I've been wanting to read for quite some time! Who doesn't like tortured heroes?!