Monday, July 28, 2014

One Last Blind Date by Erin Brady ~ My Review


One Last Blind Date by Erin Brady 

Publication Date: May 22nd, 2014 
Publisher: Price Publishing 
Pages: 205 
Received: e-copy from author for my honest review. 
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


"Because when you've found the one, you know it....It's magical the first time you're with him." p. 102


 
Oh my! I just love One Last Blind Date! It’s a super cute, humorous, feel good story! It gave me the warm fuzzies, and I had to go back an re-read the ending again as soon as I finished! I needed to re-live it again right away! 

For her 30th birthday, Sarah receives a membership to SoulMates4Everafter, an online dating service, by her best friend, Amy. Why do married people always think their single friends NEED to be married too? Not thrilled by the prospect, Sarah reluctantly agrees to giving it a try for at least three months. Having trouble just setting up her profile, Sarah calls for technical support. The IT guy, Gabriel, finds himself helping her out way more than his job description calls for, and somehow she’s managed to keep him on the phone for over 45 minutes. Then she weasels out the number for a direct line to him in case she has anymore questions…which, of course, she does.

Soon Sarah has Gabriel’s cell phone number and is calling him daily. They look over potential candidates for her future husband, discuss which ones she should date and then, after every date, she calls and tells him about it! They develop a beautiful friendship over the phone.

After the first few dates don’t go the way Sarah had hoped, she decides just to have some fun and quit looking for Mr. Right! Go on as many dates as she can and enjoy herself. I had to laugh at some of the situations that she finds herself in! But she does meet some interesting people, some of which become life long friends. Topher is my favorite, and even though he’s not husband material for her, they become close friends.

Many of the chapters are from Gabriel’s point of view, and he is falling for Sarah. But he’s been hurt by love before and doesn’t want to get hurt again, so he resists the feelings he has for Sarah. Instead, he will help her find the love of her life …if he can. 

Sarah is also falling for Gabriel. She drops all sorts of hints, but since he doesn’t seem to pick up on any of them, she doesn’t think he’s interested in her. She is worried that once she quits the service she won’t have a reason to talk to Gabriel again. She is sad at the thought of not speaking to him again.

I loved One Last Blind Date! This romantic-comedy is a fun, quick read! Erin Brady has become one of my favorite writers! I love her fun, flirty romances! I think you should give this one a try! 

For those who care to know, this is a clean romance.


FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC e-copy of the story from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

W... W... W... Wednesdays ~ July 23, 2014

W... W... W... Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. To play along, just answer the following questions:


  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?




What am I currently reading? I am reading Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James. I started this last week but before I got very far into it, I put it aside. Instead, I worked on my bloggiesta list, and decided to read a book for the course I'm taking online. 





What did I recently finish reading? I finished The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. This is the book I read for an English Country House Literature course I'm taking. It was amusing! I was surprised that it didn't feel like it had been written in the late 1800's! 




What do I think I'll read next?  My plan is to read Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet by Marilyn Brant. This is Bingley and Jane's story, and the sequel to Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match (my review). I'm excited to read this! I love Marilyn Brant's books! 






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What are you reading? I'd love to know!

Monday, July 21, 2014

We are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt ~ My Review


We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt 

Publication Date: May 27th, 2014 
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Sold by: Random House LLC 
Pages: 210 
Received: ARC e-copy from NetGalley for my honest review. 
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars




 
We Are the Goldens is an interesting story about two sisters, Layla and Nell Golden. Told from Nell’s point of view as if she is speaking to Layla; as if the reader is Layla.

Layla and Nell Golden are only about 17 months apart in age, and Nell has always adored Layla. Even calling herself Nellalya, as if they were one. Two years apart in school, Nell is going to be a freshman this year and is thrilled to be going to school with Layla again. It’s going to be a perfect year! They’re even going to play on the same soccer team as Nell made the varsity team. But things aren’t going the way Nell planned, Layla is acting different, and she is pulling away from Nell.

There is something going on, Nell can feel it. Something is not right with Layla. Slowly throughout the year Nell starts putting the pieces together. Layla’s got a secret. A big secret, and when Nell knows what it is she has to decide what to do about it. Because secrets can eat away at you….even if you are keeping them for someone else.

There are a few things I really loved about this story. I loved the way it was told. I loved Nell’s best friend Felix. He is funny and he always reminds Nell that she’s the only one who thinks Layla is perfect. Another thing that I loved is this, Nell talks to two dead boys, Duncan and Parker Creed. The brother’s died when they were 14 and 16 years old. 

I would have liked to see a little more of the story played out. The ending of the story is left up to your imagination. I mean, you're pretty sure you know what’s going to happen, but it’s left open for interpretation.   

I really enjoyed reading We Are the Goldens and read it very quickly! This Young Adult novel is about growing up, making mistakes, and realizing, the sister you idolized ...isn’t so perfect after all.

FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC e-copy of the story from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Mini Bloggiesta!!! ~ July 2014



 Hey! It's that time again! Bloggiesta!! Time to clean up your blog, and learn some new things! =)

So, this weekend, July 19 and 20th, it's happening! I've tried to keep my calendar cleared for this, but something always seems to come up. But for the most part, I will be working away on my To Do list all weekend! 



Here's what I hope to get done:


  • Write at least 2 reviews. - I liked Work Lily's 2012 mini-challenge. Completed! Woot! They are scheduled and ready to go. 
  •  Figure out how to use Evernote - past mini-challenge at Joy's Book Blog and Tif Talks Books.
  • Comment on other Bloggiesta participant posts.
  • Check out the new mini-challenges.
  • I've already read through Stormy's Time Management mini-challenge at Book.Blog.Bake, and downloaded the Pomotodo app. I will use this over the weekend and see how it works! I like the idea of this, but after the first day I kept forgetting to use it. I will keep trying. :)
  • Work on questions for a guest post on Austenesque Reviews. Answered questionnaire, ready to send off. 
  • Twitter chat. Was able to participate in the first 30 minutes of chat!

What I have been working on since the last Bloggiesta:

  • I finally put together a page listing all my reviews in alphabetical order.
  • Figured out how to LinkWithin to work on my blog. I was going to ask questions about this during this Bloggiesta, but I figured it out by myself! :) The problem was with Safari. After I had updated to Maverick, I noticed I was having problems with a few things on blogger. I started using google chrome and now programs like LinkWithin will work! 
Shout out:

I want to do a shout out to Grammarly support! I love Grammarly and run most of my reviews through it. Recently I was having trouble getting into the editor page. I kept getting an error message. After waiting a day, I emailed customer support. I received a reply in 5 minutes! From a person!! She asked me some questions about my problem and asked for a screen shot of the page. I returned her email, and about 20 minutes later she replied back telling me others were getting the same message, and they were going to work on it. About an hour later, I checked and Grammarly was working again! The same tech emailed me the next day to make sure everything was working properly. I am extremely impressed! That never seems to happen now-a-days! 

Okay! That's it for now! If you would like to join us hop over to Bloggiesta, check out the mini-challenges and linkup your blog! 

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!
  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

W... W... W... Wednesdays ~ July 16, 2014


W... W... W... Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. To play along, just answer the following questions:


  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?



What am I currently reading? I just started Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James. I was going to start on one of the books from my TBR pile, but when this came in the mail, I decided to read it! :) Its release date is August 5, and I'm going to be part of the blog tour for the book, so I thought I better get started! 





What did I recently finish reading? I finished reading Reached (Matched) by Ally Condie. Well, I thought it dragged, and 500 pages took a long time to finish.  The second book was much more exciting. 







What do I think I'll read next? I hope to read Edenbrooke: A Proper Romance byJulianne Donaldson. Looks like a great book. It's been on my TBR pile so long, I really want to read it.






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