Monday, September 14, 2015

“A Popular Author’s First Book” 2015 Challenge; THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

Alright ladies and gentleman… It’s time to find a book that will make me cry.  I used one of those trusty internet lists that gave a number of books guaranteed to do this.  I had seen the movie previews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and it looked kind of cute, so when this book was on the list, I gave a shrug and said, “Why not?”  That is how this book became my, “A Book That Made Me Cry”. 
Hold the phone!! That’s not right…  As much as I would have liked this book to have made me cry, sadly it did NOT.  I was completely dismayed once I finished the book.  What was I going to do with it now?  I started reading about the author, and it went on to say how he had written Broadway shows, edited other stories, and even wrote the show Jericho that aired on CBS.  Then at the very bottom, it states, “the perks of being a wallflower is his first novel.” Jackpot!! This author is behind the scenes popular, so it worked perfectly! Without further ado, here is my review of “A Popular Author’s First Book.”

                                                       by Stephen Chbosky


Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.


3.5 out of 5 *Stars*

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Bill (the wise young English teacher)

The way that this book was written through me for a loop.  There aren’t too many books I have read that were in diary or letter form.  This entire book was written as letters, recounting the day or week events to someone.  They always started as “Dear Friend,” and were signed, “Love Always, Charlie.”  The reader never knew exactly who “Dear Friend” was, only that Carlie heard that he was a good listener and did something that was morally right.  Charlie even said on countless times that he wanted to stay anonymous himself, so as the reader, we’re not sure whether Charlie, Sam, Patrick, or even Aunt Helen were their real names.  (Real as entirely real book characters can get… You know what I mean.) While at the beginning the story was hard to piece together with letters, it soon became easier and easier. 
Now, the character of Charlie baffled me.  He was so smart in his thinking, you forgot that he was so young.  When Sam’s boyfriend would take a picture of Sam, he recanted that he thought,
“He would take a picture of Sam and the photograph would be beautiful.  And he would think that the reason the photograph was beautiful was because of how he took it. If I took it, I would know that the only reason it’s beautiful is because of Sam.”
He would always talk about people’s happiness and if they looked the part or not.  He was always watching, always judging.  Sometimes he would compare people’s happiness to old photographs where everyone looked happy. 

“I just hope I remember to tell my kids that they are as happy as I look in my old photographs.”

He was so smart at times, where he would understand the most convoluted things, but when it came to life, it was as if he were a baby just starting out.  He wore his feelings on his sleeve and cried at the most unusual times.  Then there was his lack of knowledge for the most simplest of things, and how awkward he made everyday situations.  However, it was pretty funny when he found out what masturbation was though.  It was one of the only times that you got to see him behave like a normal teenage boy. 

“I thought that in those movies and television shows when they talk about having a coffee break that they should have a masturbation break.  But then again, I think this would decrease productivity.”

This one book covers so many hard to confront topics, but it does it through a socially awkward teenager that’s learning how to cope with his own demons.  It was a good book, but I wouldn’t call it entirely interesting.  Yeah, it had its parts, but I could set it down and not worry about when I was coming back to it.  Sure, I’ll recommend it though, it’s a book that doesn’t send one clear message, but numerous small ones that never get too deep.  If you’re looking for a light read, this is a book for you.  Now, I just have to see the movie.
On that last note, I’m going to pass along some words of wisdom that I thought were very well thought out and could pertain to anyone willing to acknowledge them.  Ok, off to find a different book that will make me cry... Till next time... 

““I would die for you, but I won’t live for you.” “every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people.””Charlie
Ok, off to find a different book that will make me cry... Till next time...    

29 books down, 23 more to go!
Happy Reading, Everyone!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

“A Book with a Color in the Title” 2015 Challenge; SILVER BASTARD by Joanna Wylde

There are a few authors I love out there that write MC romances.  Joanna Wylde is one of them.  I love her storylines, her characters, and the MC world she brings her readers into.  I thought it had to be fate when she named a book “Silver Bastard” and I still needed to read a book with a color in the title.  Who am I to mess with fate?

SILVER BASTARD by Joanna Wylde
Book 1 in the Silver Valley Series


Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward—full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.

Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from... But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can't ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her—the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.

Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants...

3 out of 5 *Stars*

Yum! Yum! Give me some! I am head over handlebars for MC adult romance books. You can read books that impact your life till you’re blue in the face, but I don’t care what you say, every once in a while you need to read a book where everything shuts off but the story.   Adult romance is my fall back genre for this.  Make it involving a MC, and I’m game.  This seems to baffle my brother, who is the president of a motorcycle club.  He says, “It’s not all about that though.”  I know this Big Brother, but every good romance needs an alpha male, and rugged men that drive motorcycles just fit the bill. 
This book did not disappoint on that score.  Puck was definitely alpha male material.  He was rugged, sexy, and had a devil may care attitude.  Becca had it right “the guy was mysterious.  Kind of like Batman.  On a motorcycle.” He was also fiercely protective.  This was obviously apparent after his first interaction with Becca and her rescue soon after. 
“Puck was dangerous in a decadent, indecent, cheesecake-at-midnight kind of way.”
Then there was Becca.  The only thing I liked about her was her name.  Everything else was completely misplaced and annoying.  Yes, you had a shitty start in life and you got dealt crappy parents.  Anybody was liable to be damaged after something like that.  However, her lack of trust in other people, her inability to let things go, plus her inability to accept any type of help became more irritating than compelling and it led to her downfall in the end.  This was frustrating to read. 
Now, I have to hand it to Ms. Wylde… She does create some very hot and intense “love” scenes.  There are some in her books that will go down in history and are seared into my brain.  I don’t know what happened with this book.  They were still there, but at the same time, that’s almost all there was.  Sure, there was a plot, but it was overshadowed by how much these to people thought about sex.  Yes, I get it, it’s an ADULT romance.  However, sometimes there can be too much.  Puck talks about his boner over the course of a motorcycle ride, even after he’s gone numb, or then there was the time he was trying to talk himself into something.
“throw Becca down across that table and fuck her ‘til she screams.  When Blake and Collins come rushing to the rescue, you can shoot them and carry her off into the mountains. Do it.”
Then there was Becca and her “va-jay-jay show.”  Oh, heck yeah it was HOT at times, but after so much talk it was almost tiring.  I started seeing them as sex machines, and their stories were an afterthought. 
However, I do have to admit that this book made my list of books with the most humorous dialog. Becca referring to him as Batman was comical.  There was Puck and the things that ran through his mind...
“I’d actually sat alone in the darkness lusting after a girl like some fucking Robert Pattison wannabe.  At least I smoked instead of sparkled.”
Then there was the elderly couple who Becca stayed with after puck rescued her, Regina and Earl.  Of course it’s Earl.  When you picture an elderly man that lives in the middle of nowhere, he is almost always named Earl.  Anyway, they were a hoot.
“Now just because you dropped a bomb on us doesn’t mean you can stop scooping the pie.  Maybe you’re not ready yet.”
“To date Puck?
“No, to be in charge of the pie.”
I love all of Joanna Wylde’s books.  I will recommend them every time someone asks, and I am still looking forward to new books that are being released.  To me though, this book is not one to rush out and buy.  I’m not saying that it shouldn’t be read.  It’s the start of another series of hers and you can’t read the others without reading the first.  It’s just not one of my favorites.  Of course, there was also the cliff hanger at the end of this book that introduces new characters that aren’t even in the MC world.  Needless to say, my curiosity was peaked.  I just hope her next books have a stronger storyline.  We will see.  Till next time…

28 books down, 24 more to go!
Happy Reading, Everyone!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

“A Pulitzer Prize Winning Book” 2015 Challenge; BELOVED by Toni Morrison

I was originally looking for a banned book, and that was when I found this one.  However, I saw that it had also won a Pulitzer and quickly jumped at the chance to cross that one off my list.  Well, after reading it, I can definitely see why it was both. Keep reading to see why…

 BELOVED by Toni Morrison

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.


3.5 out of 5 *Stars*

“The only grace you can have is the grace you can imagine.” – Baby Suggs

This was a book that I will not soon forget.  It started out as me, grudgingly reading this book to get it over with.  The way the characters talked was hard to follow.  I had to constantly go back and re-read things to read between the lines and somewhat understand what was going on.  Except, the story was compelling.  The characters had sustenance, the plot was firm, and the storyline was constant, not to mention the powerful topic. It sucked me in, and wouldn’t let me go until the very end.  This is where I see how it won a Pulitzer.

Half the time while reading, I didn’t know whether I liked something about the book, or not.  For example… The storyline kept jumping back in time.  It was interesting to find out what exactly had happened to the characters, and by spontaneously going back in time, the book gave different tidbits of information each time, which turned the book into one giant puzzle. On the other hand, the transition was so vague, it was hard to tell when they had jumped back to the present.

At times, the book was unsettling.  There was the time when the spirit picked up their dog and slammed him against the wall.  The purpose was to show how strong Sethe was, and it went on to tell how she took a hammer and knocked the dog unconscious before wiping away the blood, popping his eye back in the socket, and resetting his leg bone.  Just the picture was a little too morbid for me.  Of course there was also the reference to bestiality.  At first, it took me by surprise, but once Paul D thought to himself that sex with Sethe wasn’t much different that sex with a calf, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.  After that, it was nothing more than a stated fact of an event that had happened.  With the graphic violence, and talk of bestiality… This is where I see how it had been banned from schools.  Is the message and topic one the kids need to grasp?  Heck yeah, but as a parent, I can see why it was taken out of schools.   

Which brings me to the subject.  I knew slavery was bad.  I knew the things that had been done to them were bad, but when you read a book that pulls you in, it’s like living as their shadow and being right there with everyone.  Some of the things that were said just put a knife into my heart. 

“You protected yourself and loved small.  Picked the tiniest stars out of the sky to own;” Because everyone you loved either ended up dead or sold away from you.  How mothers were considered breeders and prevented themselves from loving their own children because they knew they would just be sold like cattle. Then there is the drastic lengths that a woman would go, just to protect her own children from that life.  That’s what this book was centered around.  Healing, growing, and surviving.

“Anything dead coming back to life hurts.”

So now we have this book.  After writing this review and going back through all my notes, I can honestly say that I liked the book.  Yes, it was written in a way that took a lot of getting used to, and even now, I don’t understand it all.  However, I keep thinking about this book, and my thoughts aren’t negative.  So yeah, I’m recommending this book to you.  It’s one of the more powerful books I’ve read, and I never would have without this challenge.  Now, I’m curious to see how the movie can hold up to it.  Stay tuned for that review at a later date.  Till next time…    

“To get to a place where you could love anything you choose – not need permission for desire – well now, that was freedom.”


27 books down, 25 more to go!
Happy Reading, Everyone!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

"A Book Based on a True Story" 2015 Challenge; WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller

I’m giving you full disclosure here.  I went online and found a list of books that were “based on a true story.” I looked through them all, and found one that sounded good.  It was about a girl ripped from her family only to grow up not knowing who she truly was.  Intriguing, right?  Believe me, it was.  However, when I went to find the story that it was based from, there was nothing.  That’s when I found out that the book I had already read all the way through was NOT based off a true story, but in fact was about a topic that was so lifelike that it COULD happen.  Here’s the question… Do I count this book? I am… for now.  If by some grace of God I get done with the reading challenge early, I’ll squeeze another book in there.  Until then, here is my review of “A book based on a true story, but not quite a true story.”



Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from Laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

4.5 out of 5 *Stars*

“Sponges are better than flowers.”

What a heartfelt sentiment that our hunky Greek, Alex, had.  You know, since sea sponged are already dead so you don’t have to worry about them dying.  Unusual, but if you think about it, it does make a little sense.  That was just Alex – the suave young man that could charm the panties off of almost any person, man or woman. 

As much as anyone liked to read about the heartthrob, he wasn’t the main focus of the story.  Callie, a teenage girl, was taken from her father and big Greek family at a young age.  When she was finally back, everything was new to her.  She had forgotten everything.  It was heartbreaking when a person would reveal something that should have been common knowledge for her. Such as the moment she found out what her full name was.  Then there was when she met close family members that were nothing more than strangers, even her own grandmother. 

“Georgia stands back to look at me – her hands clutching my shoulders – and I see my face in her wrinkles, my eyes behind her red-rimmed glasses.  It’s strange to go your whole life thinking your DNA is all your own, and then see yourself in someone else.”

This was a very compelling story.  It was heartfelt and warm.  A definite tear-jerker.  You wanted her mom to pay, you wanted her dad to feel loved, and you just wanted everything to fall into place perfectly without any hiccups.  Yes, I know it was wishful thinking, but it didn’t hurt to hope.  I wasn’t a huge fan of how it ended, but it didn’t change the fact that I had a genuinely good time reading this book.   

This story felt so real.  Whether it be cute little Tucker snapping green beans and “pretending they are puny humans and he is the Incredible Hulk,” the silly drama of teenagers, and even the frustration of getting a lame fortune in a cookie.   
“You have the power to write your own fortune.”

Now if that cookie wasn’t just slacking off…

I am glad that I chose this book for “A book based on a true story,” even if there was no exact “true story.”  It wasn’t something I probably would have read without this challenge. Yes of course, I recommend this book.  Don’t forget to thank me once you’ve read it. ;)  Till next time…

26 books down, 26 more to go!

Happy Reading, Everyone!!   

Monday, August 17, 2015

PERFECT TIMING by authors Julie Kenner, Nancy Warren, and Jo Leigh

You know.  Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a mushy, make you feel good book, but it still has to be a little more risqué than one written by Nicolas Sparks. (Nothing against Sparks.  His books make great movies, but the majority of the time his books are a little too tame for me.) When I hit that mushy mood, I sometimes pick up a romance book that consists of three or four short stories.  They’re always predictable, and never fail to give me what I need.  This one was no exception.

        by authors Julie Kenner, Nancy Warren, and Jo Leigh



For three women, the right time to find passion is BEFORE their time.

This time-travel romance anthology contains stories by three bestselling authors which introduce three women who discover the right time to find passion is before their time.
200 Years Ago?  PISTOLS AT DAWN by Nancy Warren
After breaking off her engagement, Natalie Bowman, finds herself in the 1800s being auctioned off as a sex slave! She’s even more shocked when the highest bidder is Andrew Greenwood – the fiancé she dumped.
80 Years Ago?  THOSE WERE THE DAYS by Julie Kenner
Uptight Sylvia Preston is terrified when she time travels to a twenties party.  But when Tucker Green gets her dirty dancing, Sylvia wants to see just how uninhibited she can be – in bed with Tucker.
60 Years Ago?  TIME AFTER TIME by Jo Leigh
When history student Betty Kroger is transported to WWII, it feels right – and even more right to show sailor John Stevens what sex is like twenty-first century style!


4 out of 5 *Stars*

Three stories, all based on finding love in a different time period. The idea drew me in.  It was like a historical romance, but not. The details were so precise in all three stories, that I had no problem getting drawn into any of them.

The first story was Those Were the Days where Sylvia went to the twenties.  It was great.  It was fun. There was an immediate chemistry between the two main characters.  Well, obviously there had to be since it was a short story, but I think this is the only story I’ve read where the connection was formed while one was unconscious.  It didn’t matter.  The dialog was sweet, the storyline had an intriguing plot… It was just an overall cute short story.    

“If you could be one of the actresses.  A new life on film, I mean.  What would you be?”
Her brow furrowed as she pondered the question.  “A fairy-tale princess, I think.  After all, she always gets the happy ending.”
“You deserve a happy ending,” he said, taking her hand again.
“How about you?” she asked.  “What would you be?”
“Ah, that’s easy,” he said without taking his eyes off her. “I’d be the frog.”

The second story in the book, Pistols at Dawn, was just okay.  Yes, it had a duel and a romance, and a good sex scene, but I couldn’t get drawn into it the same way I did the first and third story.  I did enjoy the fact that both the man and the woman got sent back in time, but both characters were a little too dry for my taste.

Which leads me to the last, and my favorite story of the three, Time After Time.  This story was utterly remarkable, and I didn’t want it to end.  I would have loved it, if this story was a full length novel.  I actually felt myself tearing up towards the end.  The amount of emotion it brought forth was incredible. Maybe it was because throughout the history stories, similar romance tales have been told.

“This is what we fought for. Right here, right now. This is victory.”

It was as if I had stepped through the pages and entered New York in the 40’s. You could practically feel the devastation and fear coming from John, and the elation and sorrow coming from Betty.  It had a great story line, and I LOVED how everything tied together throughout the story.  This is a story that I’m not soon going to forget. 

“I know.” she said.  “I’ll never forget you. Not in a million lifetimes.”

For the book in a whole, I really enjoyed how they were all tied together.  It wasn’t just a common storyline, but, believe it or not, the same traveling sex exhibit came to each female’s city.  

“She jumped as someone coughed behind her.  Her cheeks heated as if she’d been caught looking at dirty pictures, which, of course, she had.” 

A little bit of Bippitie, and a little bit more Boppitie Boo, and they were each sent to different time periods, but each by the same person.  It made it to one cohesive book and not just three short stories. 

So here I am, typing this review, and remembering the excellent last story, and thinking “5 Star! Give it a 5 Star!”  That could also be the Celine Dion that just started playing as well.  However, I am sticking to my guns on this one.  If it were just the last story, it would be a 5, hands down, but it wasn’t.  Taking everything into consideration, I’m keeping the original rating, but I would definitely recommend the book for light and heartfelt reading.  Till next time…

Happy Reading!

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Book Based On or Turned Into A TV series” 2015 Challenge; DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER by Jeff Lindsay

As some of you know, I was going to read A Game of Thrones as my “book based on or turned into a TV series”.  However, that book and I had to part ways.  I didn’t read through it fast enough, it was racking up late fees at the library, and I was pretty sure the same thing would happen if I checked it out again.  Therefore, I decided to look again.  That’s when I found this one.  Dexter was always a series I was curious about.  I even had it saved on my Netflix que, but was waiting till the right moment to start the series. What better way to introduce myself to it than to read its book?
Book 1 in the Dexter Series


Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened -- of himself or some other fiend.

4 out of 5 *Stars*

Dexter, Dexter, oh my Dexter!

I must say, this is a whole different experience from the traditional murder mystery.  Never before have I rooted for a serial killer, until now.  Dexter always claimed that he had no emotions, resulting in giving him an airy persona.  Well of course, that was until he killed someone.  Then, it was always about precision… business.  He knew who he was and what he was, and didn’t care.  Half the time that made his thoughts more funny than scary.  Or even thoughts that with anybody else it would be nothing, such as thoughts when his newspaper was late.   

“Really now. If you can’t get me my paper in time, how can you expect me to refrain from killing people?”

I had to laugh at that, because literally nothing refrained him from killing people.  And in this weird and twisted way, it became funny.    

Then a new killer comes to town, and Dexter loves it.  All he wanted to do was play, but the rules of Harry (only kill people that deserve it) and his normal-person disguise prevented him from doing so.  That was until Dexter started to have dreams that told him when another murder would happen and how it was done.  That was where it got a little weird.  This is not a paranormal book, so how can he be telepathically linked to someone else.  So that begged the question, could it really just be Dexter that was unknowingly killing all these people?

The story brought you in, and made you think one thing, but then it threw something at you that made you think in a totally new direction.  It kept you guessing the entire way, until the end.  Ultimately, that was why I read through it so quickly.  I HATE unanswered puzzles, and that’s what this was to me. 

The issue that I had with the book was the characters.  It was as if the only character with any type of personality was Dexter.  Yes, being the main character, you have to have a strong personality, but you also need sub-characters with something deeper than what you find on the surface.  With that being said, it’s inevitable that the book would feel like a one-man show.  That would be true, except for the fact that Dexter repeatedly hat conversations with himself in his head.  Here’s just a couple…  

“I stumbled and fell flat-faced onto the hard rocky ground. I rose to my knees, mouth dry heart pounding, and paused to finger a rip in my beautiful Dacron bowling shirt. I pushed my fingertip through the hole and wiggled it at myself.  Hello, Dexter, where are you going? Hello, Mr. Finger, I don’t know.”  

“I collapsed onto the seat, clutching Barbie in my sweaty hands.  I turned her over. I bent her legs. I waved her arms. And what did you do last night, Dexter? Oh, I played with my dolls while a friend chopped up my sister.”

Overall, like I said, it was different.  I had heard great reviews of the Showtime series, and thought, why the hell not try out the books?  Am I glad I read it? Yes, because now I know.  Am I going to continue reading the series?  I doubt it.  It’s not the genre that I normally read, and it wasn’t addicting enough to suck me in.

This is where I normally do my comparison. The show verses the book…
In a lot of the reviews that I saw, if the person watched the show first, they didn’t care for the book.  The same went for the other way around.  Once I finished the book, I watched Season 1, Episode 1 of the series. The first episode took you close to halfway through the first book, which was surprising.  The storyline stayed the same, but what was off-putting to me was Dexter’s inner dialog was practically verbatim with the book.  I will be the first to slam anything that goes too far away from their corresponding book, but when it’s exactly the same, it feels as if I’m just reading the book again for a second time.  I liked the book, but not enough to read it again.  However, I did only watched the first episode, so I can’t give an accurate opinion about the entire series.  There’s so many people out there that really enjoy the show, so for all I know it could change, but for me it was a little dull.

Anyway, that was my honest and forthright opinion.  Do you agree, disagree, don’t really care but still wanna say something sweet to me?  Comment below!

Till next time…


 25 books down, 27 more to go!
Happy Reading, Everyone!!   

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HARMONY by Addison Jane

Holy Cow, it feels like forever and a day since I’ve been on here.  This summer has been crazy!  The kids are home for the summer.  Not only are they eating me out of house and home, but they’re also extremely loud all day long.  Plus, if I didn’t know for a fact that they loved each other, I would swear they were mortal enemies.  LOL 
Nah…  It’s been fun.  We’ve gotten to hang out so much more.  We even took a family vacation to South Dakota.  It was so beautiful there, and we had so much fun.
The beautiful Mount Rushmore!  I of course had to take a couple selfies, just me and my presidents. :)
Mount Rushmore Cave!  150 feet underground!!

Bear Country! This place had the largest collection of black bears.  They got so close to the car, I could have just rolled down my window and petted them.  No!  I'm not that crazy to actually do it.

Storybook Island! How can I not go to a place that has the title "Storybook" in it! This was a great place for the kids to play, and even I got to read over the shoulder of the Cat in the Hat! 

A book store I just had to go in that was inside Wall Drug.  It smelled like fresh cut wood and book pages.  It was great! Even if most of the books were about ranching and the country.
While I was gone, I started reading Darkly Dreaming Dexter for my Reading Challenge, but once we got home, I wanted something a bit… should I say... naughtier.  What better way than to go into my MC romance collection.  So, without further ado…


HARMONY by Addison Jane
The Club Girl Diaries: Book 1

Harmony makes no excuses for who she is or what she’s done. For the past few years she’s been living as a club girl for the Brothers by Blood MC. The club girls are there for a purpose - to cook, to clean and to keep the men happy. She respects the club, respects the men and she follows the rules. Watching the men walk in and out of her life is strangely comforting, and a feeling she’s grown accustomed to. With a history of disappointments and false promises, all she wants is to have fun, play music and finish college. Being associated with the club, she can do that without having to risk her heart. That was until he showed up.

When Kit's father stepped down as president, he took the title with pride. The Brothers by Blood MC is his family, his home. Deciding to celebrate his new title with his brothers from a neighboring chapter, the last thing he expected was to find Harmony - a club girl with all the makings of a perfect old lady. The stunning blonde is beautiful, strong and fiercely independent. Harmony refuses to lower the walls she’s created around her heart, but the fire inside her and her love for the club fuel his need to have her by his side, and on the back of his bike.

When Harmony’s safety is threatened, Kit is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her and prove that she can trust him. But after a lifetime of broken promises, will it be enough?


 3.5 out of 5 *Stars*


Do you realize how many reviews I have that say something about how I put off reading the book for one reason or another?  It feels as if I say that way too much.  Same went for this one.  I purchased a few different MC books and this was my last pick.  It got good reviews and sounded interesting, but I was a little iffy on how the whole “club girl” romance would play out.
After finally deciding to give it a chance, I found that I loved the whole new prospective.  I wanted a heart stopping romance, and I didn’t feel that a “club girl” could give me that.  However, this was a great story!  The romance was there, along with the suspense, drama, and of course the hot alpha males. 
Kit was great and was by far my favorite character.  He’s the rugged, throw a woman over a shoulder and carry her away type.  Give a little?  No way! He wanted it all!

“I don’t want to just possess her body.  I wanted her mind, her fucking soul and I was going to have it.”

He wasn’t too hard core but definitely not a softy either.  It was a perfect mix.
Then there’s Harmony.  She’s strong willed and independent, with this problem of somehow always getting attacked.  I mean it.  What was it about this girl that said, “Beat me up today”? She had a deep passion for music.  This part of her was emphasized SO much that at times I thought it pulled away from the storyline.  It was a little too repetitive to me.  However, it did make for a great comparison.

“That was what Kit had become, he was my song in the silence.” 

There’s something I just don’t get about this book though.  It could possibly be my inability to connect to Harmony, but there was something off here.  It started off compelling, and even had a good run at keeping me enthralled.  However, at the point where the love between the two characters should be almost tangible, there was nothing.  It said all the right things, and did all the right stuff, but I was somehow detached from the story.  It was as if all the emotion had been used up at the beginning and it sort of fizzled out in the middle. 
I do have to say, one thing going for this book, that sets it apart from any other, is the commentary.  Some of the things that came out of the characters mouths were definitely interesting and completely original.  It wasn’t until halfway through the book that I started to keep track of them. 

“Dude is crazy dipped in deranged.”

“I hope I can be in on that, I want a place in line to kick him in the nuts.”

and how can we forget…

“My gun was aimed at the slimy asshole who looked like he not only had a carrot up his ass, but possibly the whole damn vegetable garden.”


Anyways, here’s my “overall”.  If you’re looking for a good book, this is definitely that.  However, if you’re looking for a powerful read that will stay with you for a while, I don’t think this one is up to the challenge. Like always, if you agree, disagree or have any questions, feel free to comment below.  Till next time…

Thanks for reading my thoughts and opinions.  Like I said, I’ve been super busy, but I have managed to get a few more books under my belt.  Stay tuned for their reviews and to see where a couple fit into my reading challenge. Talk to ya soon!