Archives for September 2015

REVIEW – Obsession Falls – Christina Dodd

Obsession Falls

5 STARS!

The second book in the Virtue Falls series is riveting!  Edge of your seat suspense!  I did not read the first in the series, yet this one was perfectly understandable as a stand alone book.

It all starts with 29 year old Taylor Summers returning to her childhood home, Wildrose Valley to try to connect with herself and remember her early childhood.  While stopped to sketch the mountains, she stumbles across a kidnapping and a murder about to happen.  She puts herself in harms way to distract the killers from the young boy they are planning to kill.

After hiding in a cave overnight to get away, Taylor makes her way to town and breaks into her old childhood home.  She is cold and starving and needs to find a way to get in touch with the authorities.  When she finds a connection to the internet, she is shocked to see her name in the headlines as having been in on the kidnapping of 9 year old Miles, nephew of rich and powerful Kennedy McManus.  She finds out she is believed to have died in an explosion set by the kidnappers.

Taylor spends months surviving any way she can, trying to figure out how to get her life back.  After many trials and tribulations, she starts a new life in Virtue Falls, Washington as Summer Leigh, a housing concierge.  She makes friends with many in the town, and bides her time until she is able to get contact to Kennedy McManus in a way that she thinks will not put her in danger.  She needs to convince him that she wasn’t in on his nephews kidnapping and get him to help her get her life back.

Weeks go by and finally Kennedy shows up.  He’s been obsessed with finding her for a year now, never believing that she was in on it.  It was only a story fed to the press to keep his nephew safe from the kidnappers in case they returned.  Taylor/Summer and Kennedy join forces to figure out who is behind the kidnapping, murders and stalking.  It leads to an explosive ending that you won’t want to miss.  And just when they think they can have a happily ever after …. will they be able to?

** Won in a Goodreads giveaway from St. Martin’s Press **

DAY 6

Day 6  –  100 Days of Happiness

STARBUCKS makes me happy!

Venti Extra Hot Mocha … YUM!  It’s also a favorite place to curl up in a comfy chair and bury my nose in a book for an hour or two! 🙂  #100DaysofHappiness

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REVIEW – How Forever Feels – Laura Drewry

How Forever Feels

5 STARS!

I really, really enjoyed this story! It warms my heart to see a nice guy win!

Maya McKay is out for a Girls Night with her friends when she runs into Jack Rhodes after 2 years of losing touch with him. They have been friends for 4 years, but drifted apart when her husband Will, Jack’s best friend and pseudo brother, cheated on her, ending their marriage.

Maya is so thrilled to see Jack. And he feels the same. He’s been secretly in love with her since the day they met at a party … the night that she also met Will and started dating him. He kept his distance and stayed in the friend zone while she was with Will, and then felt like he had to keep her at arms length when she and Will split. But seeing her again makes him really want to be with her.

They hang out as friends several times while he’s in town for his job, and eventually admit they are attracted to each other, but still keep fighting it since it’s so awkward. Jack is super close to Will’s family, as they took him in as a teenager from a group home and gave him a good life. He’s very devoted to Will’s Mom in particular and feels like he owes her his loyalty. How will they react if Jack were to start dating Will’s ex-wife. Even though Will was to blame in the break-up, his family is still loyal to him and thinks badly of Maya.

Will Jack and Maya decide to take a chance on love or will old loyalties keep them apart?

** Received free from NetGalley to review **

DAY 5

Day 5  –  100 Days of Happiness

Movies!

I love watching movies. I have so many that I’ve loved over the years, that it’s impossible to pick favorites. I do have some actors/actresses that I’m liable to go see every movie they are in though. Always have to see Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Julia Roberts, Kevin James, Robert Redford, anything directed by Clint Eastwood, etc., etc.

Yesterday, hubby and I snuck away for a middle of the day matinee. We saw A Walk in the Woods with Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson. Great movie! Lots of funny scenes. Hubby is now convinced we are going to get in shape and hike the Appalachian Trail. I haven’t burst his bubble yet, but I just don’t see it happening. LOL

A Walk in the Woods

Other movies I’ve seen in the last few months … Vacation (there will never be another Chevy Chase, but this was a good remake and had lots of laugh out loud moments), Ricki and the Flash (loved it! never knew Meryl Streep could sing!), I Spy (hillarious as Melissa McCarthy always is), Paul Blart – Mall Cop 2 (funny, but maybe not quite as funny as the first), Age of Adeline (better than I was expecting … actually very enjoyable!) … and I can’t think of any more recently. ‪#‎100DaysofHappiness‬

DAY 4

Day 4 — 100 Days of Happiness

My happiness today stems from a package that came in the mail yesterday. It was Danielle Steel release day, and my wonderful hubby always takes care of me and pre-orders so I receive that wonderful present every time. Love that man!

READING brings me so much happiness! It all started as a young child .. I don’t remember how old, I just remember devouring all those Judy Bloom Fudge books and basically everything I could get my hands on. As a preteen, I was SUCH a regular my library as it was only a block down the road from my house. I then started reading every single Sweet Valley High that came out. And from there, I picked up a Danielle Steel book from my Mom’s bookcase and was a goner! Romance was under my skin forever more. 🙂

I still read every Danielle Steel book that she writes. Sadly I lost my Mom to cancer 9 1/2 years ago, but every time I sit down to read the newest one, I think of her and it’s almost like she’s snuggled there beside me. She sure knew how to pick ’em!

And my biggest book addiction besides Danielle, is Harlequin. I’ve been lucky enough to read sooooo many wonderful authors weaving story after story that brings me so much happiness to read through the years. I think I’ve been devouring those books for at least 25 years now. ‪#‎100DaysofHappiness

DanielleSteel

DAY 3

Day 3 — 100 Days of Happiness

Flowers make me happy!

This is one of the Hibiscus bushes blooming in my front flower bed. I’m not a huge fan of doing the gardening, but I do love the flowers. 🙂  My hubby plants 2 or 3 of these for me each year as a present from the cats for Mother’s Day. He’s a sweetie huh?  ‪#‎100DaysofHappiness

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Uterine Cancer Awareness Month

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It’s Uterine Cancer Awareness month Ladies … a cause that became near and dear to my heart this past Spring . Get out there and get your Paps done, and listen to your body. If something seems “off”, get checked out. Paps don’t detect all vaginal cancers, including Uterine! Early detection saves lives!