Monday, June 26, 2017

*Review* #BAE by Cambria Hebert


That’s what happens when you get married.
Turns out sparkly rings, cake and a fantastic wedding do not automatically grant you that, not even when it’s all you truly want.
I’m even starting to doubt the bottomless, unconditional love I share with the man I married will be enough.
I can’t have happily ever after, know why?
Because I can’t give Romeo what he truly wants. I’ve tried. So hard. I won’t be happy unless he is and something is missing. Someone.
Paparazzi are in my face. The flashing cameras and prying eyes are everywhere. My secret is getting harder to hide, and I know the second the scoop is dished the grip I have on the fraying rope of that happily ever after will snap right in my face.
In our face.
I can’t let that happen. No matter what. 
Because with or without a happy ending, Romeo comes Before Anyone Else.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

I'm sitting here right now with tears streaming down my face.  Not because the story had a sad ending or anything, but because I've come to love these characters so much, watched everything they've had to go through (both good and bad), and am sad to see it come to an end.  This will without a doubt go down as one of my top favorite series EVER.  Cambria has brought these characters to life in such an amazing way. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ending for Romeo and Rimmel.  This was absolutely perfect!  

One thing that was interesting to me about this book is that it gives you a small idea about what celebrities go through all the time in dealing with the paparazzi.  It's really disgusting what some people will do to make some money and to get the story they want to put out there, whether it's the truth or not.  I'll admit I fist pumped the air when an example was made out of certain people and they got what was coming to them.

I cried a few times while reading this book, but there was also so many moments of great love, support, friendship, family, and loyalty that was so heartwarming.  I really couldn't have asked for anything better.  
Now?  I'll be making my way through the GearShark series because Trent and Drew have really grown on me and I'm super excited to jump into their story.  

*Cover Reveal* #MomFail Anthology

Cover Design: MadHat Books
Release Date: July 25, 2017


Everyone just stop for one bleeping minute so we can all get real with each other. Being a mom is some tough $#!†. You're constantly wearing questionable substances that make you ask, "is this chocolate or ... oh, crap ..." and your purse is merely a receptacle for three-week-old snacks and broken crayons. Let's be honest ... even when we're doing this “mom” thing right, we're somehow doing it completely wrong. Pardon us while we dust off our collective Mother of the Year trophy and proudly present you with an epic anthology of #MOMFAILS. *Stories inspired by real life (unless you’re a cop, then it’s all complete fiction). Names and situations have been changed to protect the guilty (and by guilty, we mean the moms). Because motherhood is a battlefield and we're all just trying to survive by any means necessary. Featuring this amazing lineup: Alissa York, A.M. Willard, BL Berry, Carina Adams, Claudia Burgoa, Crystal Burnette, Dylan Allen, Faith Andrews, Gia Riley, J.A. DeRouen, Kate Anslinger, Leddy Harper, LK Collins, LL Collins, Marie James, Piper Rayne, Riann C. Miller, Shari J. Ryan, Stephanie Rose, Stephie Walls, SM West, TL Swan, Teresa Michaels, and foreword written by: Nicole Kane Knepper.    

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weekly Wrap-Up 6-25-17

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  • Review + Author Interview - A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander
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I won these in a giveaway hosted by another blogger. They sound really interesting and I'm really excited to read them. 

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On Monday, I took the boys to a program at the library.  A lady from an organization called Action Animals was there with some of the animals she takes care of.  She takes care of animals of all kinds, even exotic ones and trains them.  Some of her animals have appeared in commercials, TV shows, and movies, so that was pretty cool to get to see some of them.  The biggest surprise was a massive python.  It took several volunteers to hold him up.  Another favorite of ours was the Serval cat.  She was really playful and fun.  

Wednesday was my 32nd birthday. We are really tight on money right now so we really didn't do much of a celebration. That was okay with me though. I was fine with just spending time with my family. My parents bought me a cake and ordered pizzas so we could have dinner together that night. That was gift enough for me.  :)  

I worked on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.  

That's pretty much it for this week. It was pretty low key. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

*Review* #Holiday by Cambria Hebert


Givers gonna give… 
Twas the night of game day, 
And all through the town, 
Lacey glittering snowflakes fluttered around. 
They clung to the roads, concealing everything with white. 
It was a beautiful #holiday sight. 
The paparazzi were out without any care, 
In hopes to catch Romeo and Rimmel, rumored to be there. 
When out on the road there arose such a clatter. 
The Hellcat spun out, but it shouldn’t matter. 
I pulled out my cell to dial in a flash. 
But the battery was dead. What useless trash. 
The moonlight glistening on the new fallen snow 
Made us forget we needed a tow. 
For the season was upon us. Our family was alight. 
Our #holiday was destined to be merry and bright. 

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

This was a quick, fun read that, even though it was a short story, was packed full of the love and the friendship that we've come to expect with the characters of this series.  It was great to be able to see how all of the Hashtag crew spent their holiday together.  There were a lot of laughs and a lot of love.  Braeden as a daddy is certainly something to swoon over.  I love that Trent, Drew, and Romeo are all also wrapped around Nova's tiny little fingers.  That little baby is going to grow up in an amazing family.  

The recipes at the back of the book sounded delicious and our family will definitely be giving them a try!  

*Book Blast* A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander

Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 27, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250088079

Torte―everybody’s favorite small-town family bakeshop―is headed for the high seas, where murder is about to make a splash. . . Jules Capshaw is trying to keep her cool as Torte gets set to make its transformation from quaint, local confectionary cafĂ© to royal pastry palace. Meanwhile, Jules’s estranged husband Carlos is making a desperate plea for her to come aboard his cruise ship and dazzle everyone with her signature sweets. She may be skeptical about returning to her former nautical life with Carlos but Jules can’t resist an all-expense-paid trip, either. If only she knew that a dead body would find its way onto the itinerary . . “A warm and inviting atmosphere, friendly and likable main characters, and a nasty murder mystery to solve!” ―Fresh Fiction Now, instead of enjoying tropical drinks on deck between whipping up batches of sea-salted chocolates and flambĂ©ing fresh pineapple slices in the kitchen, Jules is plunged into dangerous waters. Her investigation leaves her with more questions than answers: Why can’t anyone on board identify the young woman? And how can she help Carlos keep passengers at ease with a killer in their midst? Jules feels like she’s ready to jump ship. Can she solve this case without getting in too deep?  “A perfect mix for fans of Jenn McKinlay, Leslie Budewitz, or Jessica Beck.” ―Library Journal

About The Author

Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she's not coated in flour, you'll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

*Review* #Heart by Cambria Hebert


Lovers Gonna Love…

Family isn’t always defined by blood.
Sometimes family is born of love…
And choice.
Sometimes the bond that comes from someone having your back through the shittiest of times is stronger than anything you get from genetics. 
And sometimes you find that piece of your soul you didn’t even know was missing.
I’m a lucky guy like that.
I found a love that will never fade. I found a group of people who aren’t just my friends. 
They’ve become my family.
There’s only one place to go from here. 
I’m gonna bind myself to Rimmel in every possible way. 
I’m gonna bring our family even closer together. 
The past has taught me it won’t be easy. 
Especially when faced with repercussions from a night that ended in death.
But that’s okay.
Family doesn’t quit each other. 
Love like ours never dies. 
Happily ever after isn’t just for storybooks.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

Right now I honestly feel like there aren't any words that I could possibly use to describe what this book (and this series) means to me and to describe how amazing it really is. Cambria has completely brought these characters to life for me. I feel like these are really people that I know in real life, that I could call friends. Each character has their own special unique qualities but the thing they all share in common is their love and loyalty to their family. It knows no bounds and is an absolutely amazing thing to read about.

This book made me feel so many different things. It broke my heart and then put it back together again in the most wonderful way possible. I couldn't have asked for a better ending. I'm already ready to jump into the next book.

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