Minute Reviews [3]

Posted July 13, 2015 by Kim in 2 Stars, 4 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 0 Comments

Minute Reviews

It’s time for another installment of Minute Reviews! Whether I liked it or not, sometimes I just don’t have THAT much to say about a book. Why push myself to say a lot of meaningless things when I can be short, sweet and to the point?

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Minute Reviews [3]A New Hope by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #8
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Format: ARC, 336 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, and with the help of her cousin Ray Anne, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to start her first big assignment, assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger finds herself swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own recent divorce, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself and Ginger when he tries to make a pass at her, forcing Ginger to flee the scene in embarrassment.

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Discovering they have a lot in common, they form a solid friendship, though everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

A New Hope is my first Robyn Carr book. I wasn’t exactly sure it was my type of contemporary romance going in, but I was drawn to the cover and the blurb, so I thought I’d give it a shot. It was a good book. I just don’t think it was a “Kim book.” It might’ve been the pacing of the novel (which I found slow), the lack of kissing in the book (which was understandable, somewhat), or the fact I’m coming in late in the series, but I had a tough time getting into this one and sticking with it.

I liked both Ginger and Matt, but I never felt like I truly connected with them. Don’t get me wrong, I hated to see the things they’d gone through in their recent pasts. They were both struggling to accept and move on from painful situations. I liked how they could understand what the other was dealing with. They were a perfect match from that perspective. I just never felt consumed by their story. I do think, however, it was a great second chance story for both characters. I respected both characters’ journey and growth. There were also a lot of great secondary characters (who I have to assume were leads in one of the other books in the series). The family dynamic was strong and the friendships were wonderful. For the right reader, I think this could be a fantastic book. I’m sorry to say, however, that reader isn’t me. All in all, it was an ok read for me.

If I gave half stars, this would be a solid two and a half stars. I just can’t give it three. But, I’m clearly in the minority with this opinion, so if this looks like your type of book, you should ignore me. 🙂

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About Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Minute Reviews [3]STOP! by Alison G. Bailey
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 224 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

Every life has a different path full of sharp turns, smooth curves, and steep drop offs.

Hollis Murphy has a plan—college, career, boyfriend, love, marriage, family. A predictable, normal life. She’s on track until an outside force causes her to crash and burn. They call it an accident, because that’s the only word they know to explain what happens to her. It helps everyone move on with their lives, except for Hollis. She holds on to the belief that she’s been targeted for a reason.

Risher Stevenson is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the hottest boy Hollis has ever laid eyes on. He fits perfectly into her original plan for a normal life. Everyone loves him.

Benton Daniels is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the bravest boy Hollis has ever met. He doesn’t fit into her life but gives it purpose and makes it extraordinary. Everyone hates him.

One is bullied. One is tormented. All are judged.

How will it STOP?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Holy cow. This book. Alison always pulls feels from me, but I still felt totally blindsided by this one. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect going in because the blurb is intriguing, but vague and now I understand why. Whatever story I thought it was going to read, it was so much more than that. I would love to write a long, detailed review for this book, but I really think it would do potential readers a great disservice. STOP! is a book you just have to get yourself lost in, experiencing it all for the first time without any prior knowledge of the issues addressed within. It really is the unexpected moments that made this book the incredible read it was.

STOP! hit on several issues and it did so in a raw and honest way. It wasn’t always pretty, but I think that’s why I respect it (and Alison) as much as I do. I applaud her for “going there.” It was a risk some authors wouldn’t be comfortable taking, but I’m glad she did because the story is important. It wasn’t easy to read. It was emotionally exhausting, but beautiful and hopeful when it was all said and done. You might want to have some tissues (and possibly even your favorite alcoholic beverage) on hand before you jump into this book. I loved Hollis, Risher and Benton. My heart ached for them and the things they were confronting. I loved the romance, but it was really the friendships that hit me the hardest and left the biggest mark. If you’re looking for a book that tackles some important issues – and makes you feel while it does – look no further.

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About Alison G. Bailey

Alison G. Bailey is an award winning, Amazon and International bestselling author living in Charleston, South Carolina. At an early age she fell in love with writing, reworking scenes from her favorite TV shows and movies with new dialogue. Alison wrote and produced several stage plays before turning her sights on the book world.

Under the influence of a copious amount of Diet Pepsi and nonstop listening to her Spotify playlists, Alison writes unique emotional stories full of love, laughter, and romance.

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Minute Reviews [3]The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 29, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 297 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:

From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT's “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you're thinking- "But Jo, what’s the problem?"

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all...

XO,
Jo

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

I absolutely loved the first two of Rachel’s books that I read. With This Heart and Scoring Wilder were both fantastic reads. Her latest titles have been good reads, but they’ve lacked a little of the original magic for me. It’s back with The Allure of Julian Lefray. I had SO MUCH FUN reading this book. It was sexy, romantic and, at times, laugh out loud funny.

Jo was easy to relate to and, more importantly, like. Her inner dialogue was great and the voice on her blog was fun. I’d read it if it was real. Julian was a delicious character that I could easily understand her crush on. I mean, the man had a reputation and that can be a turnoff for me, but there was more to him than met the eye. The chemistry between them was hot and I loved their banter. It was fun to watch them dance around the lines of what was appropriate and what was not. I loved how they formed a friendship first and allowed things to grow from there. And, even better, with alternating POV, we got to experience it from all sides.

I’m not sure of the author’s plans going forward, but I’m itching to get my hands on a book featuring Jo’s best friend from home, Lily, and Julian’s friend, Dean. Keep your fingers crossed that this really happens. I think it could be fantastic!

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About R.S. Grey

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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