Happy Book day! The day every book lover looks forward to, so we can add a bajillion books to out already out of control to-read list. Oh, is that just me?
I have been trying to get caught up on all the NetGalley books I requested. I got a little trigger happy with the request button so all the books are advanced copies but most should now be available.
I am starting a book challenge in January so by then I should be caught up and have a good mix. In case you missed it here is my list of books for that challenge and feel free to join in.
My rating system:
Five Stars: Blew me away, made me want to stay up till 3am to finish, would read again and again or I didn’t find anything I would want to change.
Four Stars: Really good book, fast paced or thought provoking, but may have dragged a bit or left something unresolved
Three Stars: Okay, didn’t thrill me but didn’t disappoint me either.
Two Stars: I almost didn’t finish, it may have irritated or offended me in some way.
** – Item was received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I pull no punches though, so you get all my opinions good or bad.
NOTE: I may not care for a book or I may love a book and my reactions are based on my experiences and tastes. Please don’t let my opinions deter you if a book really intrigues you, and know all opinions are my own.
** Rescue Me, Maybe – I think I loved this story so much because I identified so much with Jane, I have thought about opening a B&B some day and her thoughts on customers made me chuckle and shake my head yes. Jane loses her husband and her dog within weeks of each other but she misses the dog more. She feels so guilty for feeling this way but her marriage was on the rocks when her husband was diagnosed with cancer, she stuck by him until the end. She has been dreaming of moving back to San Diego where it’s warm but she detours to Arizona to help her Aunt who needs surgery.
Along the way she rescues a dog, she is determined she is not keeping this dog. The dog ends up teaching her how to live, let go, and heal. Very inspiring, and even a little romance thrown in with the local handyman.
** Once Kissed – This is new series by Cecy Robson and I was just as impressed. I just love her writing and how she sets up the story. Curran is a Philly cop who feels responsible for his rookie partner getting shot on duty. He is trying to get back to full duty but he is still feeling on the outs with the other cops. His brother gives him a security assignment to protect an intern that is helping take down a crime boss. Little did he know that he shared a one night stand with the intern Tess.
Tess has never broken her fathers rules, except for one night with a gorgeous frat boy. She has just a few more months before she finishes law school and can start over. Her life is so structured and Curran is determined to ruffle her feathers. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
** A Bramble House Christmas – Willa is in great need of a vacation and now that her son is cancer free she is going to enjoy it. Her last hospice patient left her money and asked her to visit the B&B. Finn can’t understand why his father would leave his nurse so much money after only knowing her for 6 weeks. I liked the lead up into the romance, it felt natural and not as rushed. I also really liked te secondary characters. Why this one rated higher than the other Christmas books this month was that it made me what to read the other books in the series to learn their stories. There is a side story of a connection to the town and family who runs the B&B, a little scandal a little mystery.
** How Forever Feels – This is a cute story of friends turned lovers. Maya was devastated when her ex-husband was caught cheating on her. It doesn’t help that he is now marrying the woman she caught him with, and his best friend is in town oversees a project. Her only regret is that she didn’t keep in touch with him. His biggest regret is that he let his best friend have her in the first place. Her best friends are a big support to her and add some comic relief. I really liked the build up and all the characters, it made me want to go back and read the whole series.
** Hidden Bodies – Joe is the charming sociopath that we left in the last book You, having met Amy. She tries to buy books with a stolen credit card. They seem like the perfect couple but when Amy shafts him and leaves him he decides to follow her out to California. The road to finding her again is a rocky one and his obsession is just as fierce and the body count rises around him. Not as good as the first book but still good.
** The Light of Day – Cora has started her life over after a wild party lifestyle and addiction. Jake can’t see his life without baseball in it but an injury threatens his career. He notices the good parts of Cora and is willing to break down her hard shell. This one dragged a little for me and it felt very similar to other books I’ve read which is why I gave it 3 stars.
** Brother – This book was like a cross from Silence of the Lambs and Wrong Turn. It was brutally violent, and creepy I needed a shower after reading it. A deep lack of remorse, and very peculiar family relationships through the book. Michael feels different from the rest of his family, and he constantly feeds into Rebel’s demands in order to stay in with the family.
Alice is a record store clerk and she makes Michael want to run away and be different. Michael’s brother Rebel though will never let that happen. It was more gore than mystery which is why it was just ok for me.
** Nowhere Girl – This book went in so many different directions. It leads you into the world of trafficking, drugs, illegal immigrants and healthcare, and the crazy things a mother would do for her daughter. Ellie is the rebel daughter who wants to have fun, but ends up kidnapped. She has butted heads with her mother who ends up being a suspect. Cate gets pulled into investigating since her daughter just so happens to be friends with the younger sister of Ellie’s.
** Last Chance Christmas – This was a short read, getting into the Christmas spirit. Shea was in an accident leaving her leg in a cast. She goes home to surprise her parents but they have skipped town to warmer weather. Her first love J.C. is in town. He moved away to pursue his hockey career and he is not famous. He volunteers to take her in with the hopes to win her back. Light and quick read but the ending wrapped up a little too quick and tidy.
** Christmas at Evergreen Inn – This was a very short novella in between other stories and I feel it would have been more meaningful has i read the books leading up to this one as I felt the story wasn’t as developed as I would have liked. This was a story of two people who liked each other from afar but neither one told each other. One fateful nights leaves Todd a cop and good samaritan on Lainey’s doorstep. Lainey owns the bed and breakfast and the only free place to stay is on her couch. It was cute, light and fast read but a little underdeveloped.
What books have you read this month?
Will you add any of these books to your list?