Summer Reads

Hey guys, I’m going to really try to start updating here and talking about all things book related! With that being said at Christmas time I go nuts and buy a ton of books that have cute Christmas covers. Now that summer is coming up I want all the cute summer books!! I have a massive wishlist going on at bookdepository! I’ll show you what I have on my list. Have you read any of the books? Am I missing any good ones? (the pictures should be clickable to their goodreads page!)

The Au Pair   Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe (Comfort Food Cafe #1) Making Your Mind Up

Truly, Madly, Greekly   Spring at Blueberry Bay (Hope Island #1)   Single for the Summer

The Spanish Promise   If I'm Being Honest One Summer in Paris

The Little Kiosk by the Sea Rosie’s Little Café on the Riviera  Wickham Hall

A Match Made in Devon Letters from Lighthouse CottageThe Summer of Serendipity

Summer at Buttercup Beach (Hope Island #2)

 

 

 

 

Books I’m Excited to Get To

Hey guys! I havent been active here in forever but I’m really trying to make it a habit of at least posting my reviews up on here. I do post all my reviews on GoodReads (username @_bookdreamer)!

I haven’t really been reading much lately as I’ve been really busy with life! Between work, kickboxing and being tired from everything I really don’t read as much as I used to! However my list of books is just growing and growing. Here are a list of all the books I’m super excited to get to this year. Have you guys read any? What are your thoughts?

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, #3) 32571395

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The Wedding Date Review

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Title: The Wedding Date

Author: Jasmine Guillory

Release Date: January 30, 2018

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 320 Pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction

My Rating5star

 


goodreadssynopsis

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…

They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…”


my review

I received this as a free book from Berkley Publishing.

This book is about Alexa and Drew who meet while they get stuck in an elevator together. In this time Alexa agrees to go on a date with Drew to his ex girlfriends wedding. The book then follows what happens at the wedding and after the wedding.

This book was so fantastic that I read it really quickly. From the very first chapter I was hooked because it reminded me so much of Sophie Kinsella’s work. It was hilarious but well written. The characters were so well thought out and developed.

My favorite though was the plot of this book. I think anyone who is in there late 20’s early 30’s and in the dating scene would be able to relate to this book on a deep level. It is basically what dating is like now a days. I think that’s what made this book so enjoyable to me. I could relate to Alexa so much and often would be like OMG THIS BOOK IS MY LIFE!!! That’s always a good thing when reading a book! This book made me feel every emotion, sadness, excitement, funny, I wanted to shout at the characters at times for being so silly!

After reading the wedding date I will definitely be buying any future books written by her, it was that good!

 

Update

Hey guys I know it’s been a long time since I’ve done any blogging. I’ve had a lot going on. I think I’ll be able to update this more frequently now though 🙂

Knit to be Tied Review

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Title: Knit to be Tied

Author: Maggie Sefton

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 288 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of Purl Up and Die returns as Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must come together before their whole town unravels . . .

In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy to show her the ropes. They share their own pregnancy yarns and soon learn the father of Nancy’s baby isn’t quite the man she dreamed he was. He’s a cad.

Then one dark night a speeding car fatally mows down the dad-to-be and strikes a cyclist, spinning the town into a frenzy. Everyone worries that a crazed killer is on the loose. Now it’s up to Kelly and the gang to put down their needles and cut to the chase before the culprit is driven to kill again . . .”


my review

Another book from Berkley that was sent to me last summer.

I was actually surprised by this book big time. I thought for sure because it was about knitting that the characters would be much older. I sometimes have that problem in cozy mysteries where the characters are so much older than myself that I find I can’t relate to the book at all and then I don’t enjoy it as much.

The characters in this book were all in their young thirties, just getting engaged and having babies. And it was about knitting! How fantastic!

I ended up really liking it and wanting to read the next one

 

Sense of Deception Review

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Title: Sense of Deception

Author: Victoria Laurie

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 5star


goodreadssynopsis

In “New York Times” bestselling author Victoria Laurie s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she ll need hard evidence to save the woman before it s too late A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she s guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn t belong behind bars. With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar s attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short and the list of suspects keeps growing. There s no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance “


my review

Victoria Laurie is probably one of my favourite Cozy mystery authors.

This book was so amazing that I literally had to read it in one sitting. Absolutely fantastic!!!

You’d think because it was the 13th book in the series that the series would start to get boring, but I swear it just gets better and better.

When I finished this one I immediately bought the next one, even though I was on a book buying ban. It’s that good.

If you’ve ever thinking of trying out the genre of cozy mysteries I really recommend starting with this series!

 

Off Balance Review

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Title: Off Balance

Author: Dominique Moceanu with Paul and Terri Williams

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Touchstone

Pages: 256 pages

Genre: Non Fiction – Memoir

My Rating: 5star


goodreadssynopsis

In this searing and riveting New York Times bestseller, Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu reveals the dark underbelly of Olympic gymnastics, the true price of success…and the shocking secret about her past and her family that she only learned years later.

At fourteen years old, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team, the first and only American women’s team to take gold at the Olympics. Her pixyish appearance and ferocious competitive drive quickly earned her the status of media darling. But behind the fame, the flawless floor routines, and the million-dollar smile, her life was a series of challenges and hardships.

Off Balance vividly delineates each of the dominating characters who contributed to Moceanu’s rise to the top, from her stubborn father and long-suffering mother to her mercurial coach, Bela Karolyi. Here, Moceanu finally shares the haunting stories of competition, her years of hiding injuries and pain out of fear of retribution from her coaches, and how she hit rock bottom after a public battle with her parents.

But medals, murder plots, drugs, and daring escapes aside (all of which figure into Moceanu’s incredible journey), the most unique aspect of her life is the family secret that Moceanu discovers, opening a new and unexpected chapter in her adult life. A mysterious letter from a stranger reveals that she has a second sister—born with a physical disability and given away at birth—who has nonetheless followed in Moceanu’s footsteps in an astonishing way.

A multilayered memoir that transcends the world of sports, Off Balance will touch anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life.”


my review

Growing up I absolutely loved Dominique Moceanu. I specifically remember thinking that she sorta looked like me and that she always seemed so happy.

I started off reading this book thinking it would be meh, but wow it ended up being so good it’s another book I read in just one sitting.

I was shocked to see that the image she protrayed as a young gymnast was absolutely nothing like her experience. I don’t want to spoil the book at all but wow it was so good!

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service Review

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Title: On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service

Author: Rhys Bowen

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 5star


goodreadssynopsis

A delightful new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous.

When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales AND the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that’s as far as Georgie’s fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party—and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda’s delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy is (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong—and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does.”


my review

Berkley sent me this book and I was incredibly excited when they reached out to me about it. I had already read the first three books in this series and knew it would become one of my favourite cozy mysteries.

Georgie is such a strong female character and absolutely hilarious. The situations she gets herself into always make me laugh.

I loved everything about this book and this series!