Sunday, June 24, 2018

Whiskey Sharp: Torn by Lauren Dane

Torn by Lauren DaneCora Silvera walks into her friend's kitchen to find Beau Petty standing at the stove. She knew the tall, ginger, model/chef fifteen years ago but it's a shock to see him again. Especially since she still has a crush on him. And he seems to think that now that she's an adult, she's his cup of tea. They start a relationship but will have to navigate muddy waters including her artistic mother, his cult past, and... well, that's most of it. They're two adults who <gasp> talk to each other (for the most part) with no last Big Misunderstanding at the end. Lovely.

Four stars
This book comes out June 26
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet. by Ashlee Piper

Give a Sh*t by Ashlee PiperDo you wish that you were living a better life? Doing good not only for yourself but for your nation and the entire planet? Ashlee Piper is here to tell you how to do it all in a series of essays and bulleted lists. Is any of it particularly new or astonishing? No. Is it filled with popular vernacular that would make it more suited to a popular blog than a book that is trying to make a difference in the world? "Yas." It may not bother some readers but it began to be tedious as the book went on.
This is a book that is trying to make a difference in the world, good on it.

Two and a half stars
This book comes out June 26
ARC kindly provided by Net Galley

Friday, June 22, 2018

Built to Last by Julie Ann Walker

Built to Last by Julie Ann WalkerJamin “Angel” Agassi has been with the Black Knights Inc. since about book 3 or 4. He has had extensive plastic surgery and changed his name (the handsome visage they gave him was part of the reason for his nickname.) Before he had all the work done, he was in love. But he had been trained that the needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few.
He's absolutely shocked to see Sonya Butler, his love, acting as the secretary to the evil crime lord known as the Spider. She's not at all like he remembered her, cowed and subservient. At least, she is until the firefight. Then all hell breaks loose and each finds out that the other is not what they seem. Not the first, second, or even third layers.
An interesting end to the BKI series with the promise that there may be a group of new operatives to follow. This was a slow start (story wise, not as much action wise) but tied up a lot of loose ends in the BKI series.

Three and a half stars
This book comes out June 26
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

Thursday, June 21, 2018

It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

It Takes Two by Jenny HolidayWendy and her best friend Jane bonded over both losing their fathers at a young age, naming themselves the Lost Girls. Jane definitely had it a little easier with her older brother being there to help out. Of course, that may have also been a detriment since her brother Noah was so unbelievably overprotective. And he still is. Of course, he's also still hot.
Noah didn't want to get sucked into the vortex that is his sister's "low-key" wedding, but he doesn't hat that it's brought him back in the circle with Wendy. He was always attracted to her and that hasn't gone away. She's a lawyer, like him, a runner, like him, and really into baseball, like him (although they don't like the same team.) 
I really liked the first book in this series and this one doesn't quite live up to that but is still good. The ending was definitely over-the-top for me.

Three stars
This book comes out June 21
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley
Follows One and Only

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne FreemanWhat's more embarrassing than your husband dying in his mistress's bed? Having it happen at a house party you're hosting. Oh, and then having to bring in another man to carry your husband back to his bed so it doesn't appear as if anything scandalous has happened.
Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh, has spent a year in mourning for said husband and now she's ready to get out of his family's house and away from the brother-in-law who just wants to get ahold of her money. So she moves to London. Too bad trouble follows her. First her funds get frozen when the brother-in-law tries to claim them. Then the police come around having heard that her husband's death may not have been natural.
This was some nice world building for a new series. While it dragged in a few places for me, it felt somewhat fairly clued and I really liked Frances.

Four stars
This book comes out June 26th
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly

Katherine Hamilton is a damn good hospitality manager at a large hotel in Boston. When a friend of hers from high school asks her to return to their hometown to help see if she can use the old house just outside town to revitalize the now failing town. Katherine decides to give her opinion but is going to leave it at that... until her job is suddenly made redundant. As she starts to think more about what saving the Barton mansion could mean for her town, she gets more and more excited. Too bad her high school nemesis is still in town. And doubly too bad same nemesis is found dead on the front porch of the mansion.
Murder at the Mansion by Sheila ConnollyI liked the world building in this book though there was a somewhat forced effort to cross paths with Connolly's other series. The ending though was... less than satisfying. I mean, the reason for the murder, really? We haven't seen this is in SO MANY books in the past. It's a sad, overworn stereotype. It dropped the book a full star for me.
Regular Sheila Connolly readers probably won't be disappointed.

Two and a half stars
This book comes out June 26

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Untamed Cowboy by Maisey YatesKaylee Capshaw knows why she's always had trouble with men. He's a gorgeous pile of best friend named Bennett Dodge. But he barely acknowledges that she's female. They even work together at the Gold Valley's veterinary clinic.
Suddenly, Bennett's life is turned upside down. He has a 15-year-old son that he never knew about. And he turns to his best friend to help him out.
Regular Yates readers won't be disappointed. This is definitely a nice addition to the Gold Valley series. I didn't love Kaylee and Bennett's whole story but overall enjoyed the book.

Four stars
This book comes out June 19
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley