Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Corrupting Cinderella" By: Autumn Jones Lake Review

Corrupting Cinderella
By: Autumn Jones Lake

I’m not CinderellaBut he's my Prince CharmingOur love story isn’t a fairy tale... How can a lawyer and a criminal maintain an enduring romantic relationship? Although Hope and Rock care deeply for one another, the truth is they come from completely different worlds. Add to that the fact that they are also both headstrong people, and they have a very rough road ahead of them. For Rock that means introducing Hope to what it really means to be part of his brutal and shady world, where the Lost Kings Motorcycle Club is his main focus. For Hope it means accepting the things she can’t change, and understanding that Rock is a man who will do anything to keep her safe. As Rock continues to draw Hope deeper into his world, painful misunderstandings and opposition from the members of his club will threaten to drive them apart.

My Thoughts
    A continuation from Slow Burn, Corrupting Cinderella continues Hope and Rock’s story and their continued relationship. Hope slowly is incorporated in the motorcycle world of Rock, yet he is still holding back and keeping secrets of what the club is truly doing behind closed doors. Hope has to decide how important those secrets really are or if Rock’s relationship trumps all.
     Some great scenes with secondary characters and a continuation of the first book, I think I liked the second book better. I really enjoyed the first book so that’s really saying something. Hope and Rock’s relationship grows as does their contact with the outside world. The author does a great job of creating enough tension and drama while maintaining a realistic story with really unique and fun characters. Plenty of sexy times abound and I read through the book in one sitting on a chilly winter morning. A great series, I’m looking forward to the finale of Rock and Hope’s story and really hoping for some Wrath soon too!

Book Details
Publisher: Author Self-Published
# of Pages: 266
Date of Publication: December 2nd, 2014
Location: New York State

Originally published at the Brunette Librarian's Blog

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"The Kitchen Linens Book" by EllynAnne Geisel

The Kitchen Linens Book is a tribute to the past - to the women who made, used and loved their linens.

Author, EllynAnne encourages her readers to embrace the memories these linens hold, appreciate their handiwork, and "go green by going vintage."

Great photos and the stories are from different individual linen collectors and how they feel about using and displaying their treasures.

Not an exciting read, or a page turner, but if you are interested or just like seeing old style linens, or maybe just reminisce like I did about learning to embroidery, this will be a book you should enjoy.

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740777637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740777639

  • "Slow Burn" By: Autumn Jones Lake Review

    Slow Burn
    By: Autumn Jones Lake

    Forced to represent an outlaw biker, a married attorney must come to terms with her feelings for her client while avoiding the danger he brings into her sedate life. President of the Lost Kings MC, Rochlan "Rock" North, hasn't managed to find a woman capable of making him want to curb his wild ways—until he meets sweet, innocent, married lawyer Hope Kendall. Forced to represent the outlaw biker, Hope is rattled by her immediate attraction to Rock. Hope is a good girl in a good marriage. Rock thrills her, but she's not going to throw away everything she's built on a fling with her criminal client. Rock respects Hope enough to leave her alone, even as he realizes he's become a little obsessed with her. When their connection endangers her life, he'll have to destroy her in order to save her. After tragedy strikes, Rock is determined to earn Hope's forgiveness and convince her that even with their staggering differences, they're meant to be together.

    My Thoughts
         Rock first meets Hope when he’s shackled and in court for a minor drug allegation. Needing an attorney, Hope is appointed by the court to represent Rock at a moment’s notice. This brief interaction leads into over two years of infatuation, flirtations, and ultimately a rocky road to romance.
              Hope is a lawyer, married at the beginning, who is somewhat naive at how the world works. Rock is the President of a local MC and is the king in his world. After tragedy befalls Hope’s marriage, she falls into a deep depression and finds herself alone in the world. Rock falls deeply in love with Hope but questions how much he can truly tell her about his life. Coming from completely different backgrounds, Rock and Hope struggle tSo find one another in this volatile world.
         I am incredibly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I haven’t had much luck with motorcycle club books lately and was delightfully surprised at how unique Slow Burn turned out to be. Super sexy but just a flat out good story, I loved both the hero and heroine. Rock is strong and steadfast, but loyal and utterly fallen for Hope. Hope is an attorney, highly educated and just out of a long term committed relationship. She finds Rock irresistible and steps into his world confidently yet a bit hesitantly. Simple, sexy, heartfelt, and fast paced, I fell in love with the world created and can’t wait to read what’s up next.

    Book Details
    Publisher: Self-Published
    # of Pages: 200
    Date of Publication: October 14, 2014
    ASIN: B00NG97R4E
    Location: New York State

    Originally published at The Brunette Librarian's Blog

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Christmas in Cowboy Country, by Janet Dailey

    Product DetailsSki instructor Annie Bennett doesn't have time to miss the twinkling lights and holiday parties in Aspen and Vail. With her older brothers gone and winter just around the corner, her parents need help with their sprawling Colorado ranch. The most wonderful time of the year isn't always easy for a lot of the folks in their town, but Annie does her best - until the tall, dark, and rugged surveyor on their neighbor's land becomes a potent distraction...Wyoming born and bred, Marshall Stone is a practical man. But there's something about Annie that's as wild and sweet as the mountain wind. He doesn't want to tame her. Just love her. Annie Bennett is all he wants for Christmas. And for always. But she's too wary to believe he means it. Until he takes her in his arms and explains without saying a single word.

    Good story, easy read just what I like in a book.

    327 pages

    Invincible by Diana Palmer

    Product Details Carson is a Lakota Sioux who stays to himself and never keeps women around long enough for anything emotional to develop. Working with Cash Grier on a murder investigation provides Carson with the fun of shocking Cash's sweet-but-traditional secretary, Carlie Blair, with tales of his conquests. Then Carlie lands in deep trouble. She saw something she shouldn't have. And her only protection is Carson.

    Diana Palmer is one of those authors whose books are always enjoyable. She throws in romance, suspense and a good storyline.

    383 pages

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" By: Roz Chast Review

    Can’t We Talk About 
    Something More Pleasant?
    By: Roz Chast
    In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.
    When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.
    While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.
    An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

    My Thoughts
         I am so very moved by this little book filled with pictures. Simple yet so complex, Roz Chast explores a section of our lives we never wish to truly discuss; the end of life preparation and care of our parents. It’s a unique experience few of us think too much about but will all experience to some level.
        Roz shares her experiences with elderly parents and the inevitable problems of getting older. As an only child, Roz is tasked with taking care of her 90+ year old father and mother who live in New York. She discusses illnesses, child guilt, elder care and ultimately death in a serious yet comedic style. Told through pictures and words, Roz’s story is one we all can relate to, even if we aren’t at that point in our lives. Well written, you can’t help but empathize and giggle as Roz shares her experiences.
         Considered one of the best books of 2014, I can easily see why it would deserve the honor. Balancing comedy, kindness, and real life situations and feelings, Chast ultimately asks, can’t we talk about something a little more pleasant?

    Book Details
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
    Date of Publication: May 6, 2014
    # of Pages: 228
    ISBN: 9781608198061
    Location: New York

    Originally published at The Brunette Librarian's Blog

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL By Brooke Sheilds

    by Brooke Shields
    ISBN  978-0-525-9548-2
    401 pages

    Brooke's parents divorced when she was only 5 months old and she was primarily raised by her Newark-tough, larger-than-life mother.  Brooke began modeling at the age of 11.  This launched a career that made Brooke the most famous and recognizable child, and then teen, of her generation.
    All this success came with her mother at the helm.  This book is about the relationship between Brooke and her mom.  Their bond was impenetrable, shaped by laughter and tears.  Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult and complicated woman that was her mom.  And now, in an open and honest way Brooke shares this story of her journey.

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

    A Spool of Blue Thread
    Anne Tyler

    Pages:  368
    Copyright:  2015

    A wonderfully written story of Red and Abby Whitshank's life.   We see their four children as they come together to help Red and Abby with their later years.    Who will take care of them? Where will they live?   What role has each child will play is this new way of life needs to be decided.

    We learn the story of Red's father and how this home became the family home and what secrets were held within it's walls.

    The Whitshank Family could be any family with their individual lives but always a love for each other that makes a family and how the home that they have lived all of their lives has been what has kept them together.  

    I enjoyed the story - Anne Tyler has created a wonderful family story that in parts can relate to most any family in one way or another.

    LILA by Marilynne Robinson

    Marilynne Robinson

    Pages:  261
    Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
    Copyright:  2014

    Continuing the story of John Ames, pastor of a small church in Iowa, that was begun in Home and Gilead, Lila comes into John Ames life on rainy, cold day and a new life begins for both John and Lila.

    Lila, who as a toddler was rescued from a neglected existence by drifter Doll leads an itinerant life.  It was a hard life with Doll but better than the one she had been taken from.  Lila revisits her life and learns to live the life of a minister's wife that is is safe and loving.

    Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

    Daphe DuMaurier

    Pages:  380
    Copyright:  1971, 1938
    Publisher:  Avon Books 

    I read this book as a member of a book club selection.  We decided to read a classic novel this was chosen.

    As well as a classic novel, the story has been made into several film versions.  The best know film adaptation was from 1940 and directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Joan Fontaine, Lawrence Olivier, Judith Anderson, and George Sanders.   This movie version won two academy awards including Best Cinematography and Best Production with a total of 11 nominations.   Several other versions have been made.

    The story Gothic type mystery revolves around the new bride of Maxim DeWinter and her learning about the mysterious first Mrs. DeWinter.  The young bride is brought to Manderley by her new husband and is clearly seen as the outsider by all at Manderley.  Mrs. Danvers, the first Mrs. DeWinter's personal maid, is very suspicious of the new Mrs. DeWinter and feels that she will make unwanted changes at Manderley.

    The new Mrs DeWinter very soon is aware that things are not as beautiful and lovely within the walls of Manderley as they appear on the outside and what the rest of the world sees or thinks of Manderley.  

    I enjoyed this story.  In my younger years, I liked to read the Gothic romance novel and this is a very good representation of that genre.  As a classic novel, the story has achieved the expectation of lasting and being as good of a story today as it was in 1938.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    "Better When He's Bold" By: Jay Crownover Review

    Better When He’s Bold
    By: Jay Crownover

    Some men are just better when they're bold. Welcome to the Point... In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has to be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them. Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like the Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself? Brysen Carter has always seen her best friend's brother for what he is--too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous to touch. Basking in Race's golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she'd eventually get burned. When she starts receiving threatening texts and someone tries to take her out in parking lot, the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can't allow herself to have. Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?

    My Thoughts
        Race is the ultimate bad boy. He steals, he cheats, and he is always looking for ways to get ahead in the Point, filled with criminals and bad guys. Race revels in being one of the baddest of the bad. Considered almost royalty in the Point by his association with the other criminal element, Race loves only his sister and barely tolerates Bax, his childhood friend and almost brother in law.
        Brysen is as opposite from Race as you can be. She’s trying to go to school, attempting to take care of her little sister and dealing with her Mother’s health issues...all while trying to be a normal twenty something. When someone begins threatening Brysen at work, Race steps in and sparks explode between the two. Is Brysen ready to take on all that is Race and be his Queen of the Point or will she fear for the future?
         Jay Crownover is one of my favorite authors. She can write the absolute worst characters that you don’t think can be redeemed..and she makes them totally redeemable. At the end of the previous book, you hate Race. Seriously. He’s this egomaniac with a devil may care attitude. Yet, the minute Brysen needs him to be her knight, he steps up to the plate. He becomes the man that Brysen needs and I absolutely fell in love with him.
        Hot and captivating, Better When He’s Bold is my newest favorite Crownover book. She brings two wildly different characters and gives them the perfect story. Entertaining and super sexy, Crownover can bring the naughty unlike anyone else. A great story that only brings you closer to the edge, I can’t wait to read Better When He’s Brave, coming in June 2015!

    Welcome to the Point Series
    Better When He’s Bad
    Better When He’s Bold
    Better When He’s Brave

    Book Details
    Publisher: William Morrow & Company
    Date of Publication: February 3, 2015
    ISBN: 9780062351913
    # of Pages: 400

    Originally published at The Brunette Librarain's Blog