The Spark- Review 


Bio: 

When your back is against the wall, can you change the person life’s experiences have molded you to be? 

Fiona Pierce is many things to many people. Dutiful daughter to her loving parents, fiercely loyal friend to her very tolerant bestie, half-assed employee to her laundry list of bosses, and dedicated fashion goddess and spreader of good cheer to the world at large. But Fiona is hiding something behind her irresistible smile – something she’s determined to keep to herself. 
Mark Beckett doesn’t do complicated. Saddled with lingering baggage from his childhood, Mark sails through life one girl at a time – with frequent gym breaks in between. He likes his life just how it is and doesn’t see any need to change his work-hard/play-hard attitude. 
When an unexpected blast from the past threatens to turn his family’s life upside down, Mark finds help in the unlikeliest of places – specifically the pint-sized princess who has a knack for pushing his buttons. 
Can you overcome your fears and embrace the happiness you might just deserve? And, perhaps more importantly, can you really fall in love with someone who is so damn insufferable? 
Review: 

First of all, let me just say this story made me laugh so hard I thought I was gonna pee my pants a few times. Fiona is probably the most likeable and amazing female book lead over ever read. In real life, she and I would be best friends. 

Fiona is a sarcastic, witty, take no shit kinda gal. She comes from money, but still has a great I want to help everyone and everything attitude. 

This isn’t your typical player guy meets the girl who finally makes him settle down kinda romance, in fact it was so much more. 

The banter between Fiona and Mark was what made this book. I was unable to put it down until the very end. 

Warning: this may be a quick read but you will still get ALL the feels. It will make you laugh and possibly even cry. 

*I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠 Five Stars 

Sexy Living- Review 


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In her nine-to-five life, Stacey Hough is a confident young woman whose career is going from strength to strength. But a trip to Hawaii for her cousin’s wedding lays bare her deepest insecurities, and she books the first flight home to Atlanta to avoid exposing her curves on the beach. Tired of being unhappy, she decides to take action and heads to the gym. But her personal trainer’s seductive smile and ridiculous muscles make it hard to focus on lifts and lunges . . .

Robert Liston lives to help people achieve their goals. When Stacey walks into his gym, he sees a voluptuous woman who doesn’t know how beautiful she really is, and he’s determined to help her learn to accept herself. As soon as she starts warming up on the treadmill, things start warming up between them, and it’s only a matter of time before Rob is putting Stacey through her paces at the gym—and in the bedroom. As the line between work and pleasure blurs, Rob must convince her that sexy has nothing to do with the scale—and that her imperfections inspire the greatest passion of all . . .

Review: 

Hello steam!! This book was sexy, beautiful, thought provoking, and captured the essence of what it’s like to be a BBW. (Big beautiful woman) 

Stacey is a woman who hates everything about herself and an embarrassing moment at her cousins wedding has her fleeing for the hills and researching how to make herself look better. Via a gym. A gym with a sexy man. A man she can look at while she works out. It’s a win right? 

Rob sees Stacey walk into the gym and instantly steps up and agrees to train her instead of passing her off like normal. As the day continues, he realizes he likes her in more ways than one so he pushes her harder. 

What happens when Stacey is embarrassed and decides to quit after only the first day? Rob chases after her, that’s what happens. 

This story was so full of everything a good book should have. I was intrigued all the way to the very end. 

*I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Five Hearts 

Hacker Exposed- Review 


Bio: 

Bridget Boggs carries a lot of guilt over what happened to Alex Ross and his family. She had been good friends with the Ross boys until her greedy father lost part of the Ross family’s savings in a pyramid scheme. He went to jail, and Bridget and her family changed their names and went into hiding.

Bridget imagines that Alex and his brothers feel just as betrayed as she does by her father’s criminal acts. When she meets Alex again as a young hacker and the owner of a White Hat Security, he has something more important to talk about than her father’s transgressions. A million dollars has been stolen from his company, and Alex needs Bridget’s help to track down the culprit.
Alex has certainly grown up since they last met. The man looks like a Greek god, and Bridget can’t help but be attracted to him. As she digs deeper into the theft from Ross Enterprises, Bridget doesn’t need any more distractions. This is a more dangerous job than either Bridget or Alex expected. The thief is willing to go to incredible lengths to evade the police, and the two amateur sleuths may find themselves caught in the crossfire.
Review: 

The beginning of the book was quite boring. It explained about the hacking and the rich playboys job. I think this could have been executed better, but it didn’t deter me from reading. 

As you get further into the book, it starts to get pretty good. The chemistry between the characters is sizzling and it flows rather well. All of the sub plots flow together nicely with the main plot. 

I have to wonder if this is the authors first book, because she seems to be a bit amateur in the writing game. There were parts of this book that could have been executed and written a little better. 

There were also parts that were written really well. I think with practice she can definitely do better all around. 

I am going to give this a three and a half rating because it wasn’t bad. The storyline was really good, it’s just the execution wasn’t so great. 

*I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: ❤️❤️❤️ 1/2 Hearts 

Invitation- Review 


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Review: 

This book started off choppy and slow. It was hard to follow or understand what was even happening. So, I handed it off to my husband to read. (I do that sometimes when I want to DNF a book.) 

His reaction was the same as mine, but unlike me, he stuck it out until the end. 

For fans of the supernatural/sci-fi genre, this would probably be a really great book, but for those of us who only dabble, it wasn’t that great. 

The fourth section however, seemed to really click for my husband. He enjoyed it so much that I started to read the fourth section. If the rest of the book could have been as well written as the end, it would probably get a better rating from me. 

Everything flowed well, it was easy to understand, and all around enjoyable. 

*Thanks Bethany House for giving me this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: 😑😑😑 Three Meh’s 

Link: Amazon

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies- Review 


Bio: 

Kids ask a lot of questions. Some silly and some innocent. Some deep and some serious. The books in the I’ve Got Questions series address many of those childlike questions and offer satisfying answers. The content is lively and fun, yet meaningful and respectful of a child’s inquisitive mind. While the books have a strong educational component, the deeper purpose is to show parents how they can respond to their child’s questions with patience and love. Illustrations feature multicultural characters both male and female. 

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? answers questions about animals. Children learn about starfish, elephants, bears, stars, earthworms, eagles, trees, and heaven, while absorbing the underlying themes of God’s love and grace and a parent’s love for a child.
Review: 

This was an excellent children’s book. The illustrations were beautiful and my daughter loved it! 

I love how it put a Godly spin on questions that all small children have and made comparisons between animals and families. 

All in all this was a really cute children’s story. 

*I received this book free in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Four Hearts! 

Link: Amazon

Lord Have Mercy- Review 


Bio: 

Just when you think you’ve got this wife and motherhood thing down . . .

Your toddler expresses his inner Picasso on your freshly painted walls . . . In permanent marker.

Your 14-year-old demonstrates her newly acquired modeling skills . . . via every social network known to man.

Your husband pulls up in a new car that you can’t afford . . . and only has two seats.

Lord, have mercy. What are they thinking? 

While motherhood is often a hysterical ride of pure joy, it can also hold some of the most mind-numbing, heartbreaking, and sacrificial moments of your life. In Lord, Have Mercy, popular author Ellen Miller writes to moms who could use a good laugh (and sometimes a good cry) as they live through the trials and triumphs of parenting in the 21st century. All-too-real, always honest, and often hilarious, each devotional is filled with personal stories to remind you that God is with you in both the big and small moments of motherhood―especially when you’re on your last nerve!

Review: 

This is a funny little devotional book for moms who are at their wits end. It takes a lot being a mother, and this author knows it! 

Each devotional is focused on five critical areas that can offer peace, hope, and joy. The reading is short because let’s face it, us moms don’t exactly have a lot of free time. Especially those of us with toddlers… 

Each day ends with a bible verse, something that relates to the reading, and a small prayer. 

*I received this book free in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Four Hearts! 

Link: Amazon

Beauty Begins- Review

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You are, and always have been, beautiful.

“Beauty begins. That’s the point of this book. Our understanding of beauty got started somewhere and somehow, and probably due to someone. Now that may have been a good start, but then again it may not have. But regardless of what your past looks like, we want to offer up this word of hope: it’s never too late to make peace with your reflection.”

We live in a culture that’s obsessed with beauty. Walk by any magazine stand, turn on a television, or visit the local shopping mall, and you’ll be bombarded with the images and ideals that our culture believes are the epitome of what it means to be beautiful. And if you’re like most women, you’ve probably spent countless hours trying to measure up to this standard of beauty whether you realize it or not.

But if you don’t make peace with your reflection, you’ll end up declaring war on yourself.

That’s where mother-daughter team, Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha, want to help. In Beauty Begins, they explore the origins of beauty (which doesn’t start with a fashion magazine) and challenge each of us to trade the pressure of perfection for God’s perfect love.

Poignant, relevant, and relatable, Beauty Begins is for every woman who wants to reclaim what it means to be truly beautiful.

Do you feel beautiful?
 
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Others may tell you that you’re beautiful, but do you believe them? Why not? Don’t let another day go by without believing and knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

It’s time for you to exchange society’s cookie-cutter suggestions for what is beautiful and instead discover and reclaim what true beauty looks like – and the One who created it.

In Beauty Begins, Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha share with you their own experiences and struggles with appearance and body image, as well as equip you with the wisdom to distinguish what’s artificial beauty and what’s real. After reading the heartfelt encouragement, insightful challenges, and undeniable truth in Beauty Begins, you’ll never look in the mirror the same way again.

Review:

Beauty Begins is a book about finding your inner beauty with the use of the bible. It is written by a mother and a daughter and while it seems like a self help book, it is not.
Each chapter ends with reflection questions and some scripture to think about what you read so far.

Despite having two authors, the writing flowed smoothly and beautifully. It is kind of like a woman’s study book, in that it would be good for small group settings. it also reads kind of like a devotional.

I would recommend this book to any woman who needs to know what the word “beauty” truly means.

**I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.**

 

Deep Extraction 


Bio: 

A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.

Review: 

I had not heard of DiAnn Mills before reading this book. It is a crime novel on par with John Grishams novels and Louise Penny’s Cheif Inspector Armand Gamache series. 

It captures your attention and is difficult to put down. The twists and turns are unexpected and the characters are well developed. 

The story flows with constant action and plot twists. 

*I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Five Hearts 

Buy it: Amazon

It Started With Goodbye- Review 


Bio: 

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client).

When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela/fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.

Review: 

This book is a contemporary retelling of Cinderella. It’s a very quick read, and very fast paced. 

The characters are very three dimensional and feel like very real people you would want to be friends with. The plot is realistic and the conflicts are easily relatable. 

It will make you laugh but it will also make you think about your own life. 

*I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Five Hearts 

Buy it: Amazon

No More Perfect Marriages- Review 


Bio: 

“Many people say you can fix a broken marriage, but Mark and Jill show you how.” —Dr. Juli Slattery, psychologist, author, and president of Authentic Intimacy

No marriage is perfect. But every marriage can get better.
Do you feel like the spark is gone? Like a critical spirit has invaded your marriage? Like you want more intimacy, but something is in the way? You could be suffering from the Perfection Infection.
The Perfection Infection happens when we cultivate unrealistic expectations of ourselves and our spouse, gradually leading to intimacy-killing behavior, also known as the “Seven Slow Fades.” That was the case for Jill and Mark Savage, and it eventually led to infidelity.
In No More Perfect Marriages they speak honestly about their struggles, how they came back from betrayal, and the principles keeping their marriage strong today. They guide you in everything you need to know to kick the Perfection Infection right out and return to intimacy.

In their warm, honest, personable style, Jill and Mark discuss:

How the Perfection Infection invades a marriage—even a good marriage

How to detect and correct the Seven Slow Fades

How to set and communicate realistic expectations

What to do if your spouse just won’t change

How to guard your marriage from the Perfection Infection for good

Hurting marriages can heal, and good marriages can become great. It takes work, yes, but No More Perfect Marriages will give you the insights, language, and roadmap you need for the journey. So start today.

Review: 

In this study book, the authors take you on a journey to help you look at yourself and your marriage and realize that nothing is perfect. The authors work with couples to help them live a life based on the concepts in this book. 

There are tools that help you learn how to engage with your spouse differently and communicate better. It also helps you realize your expectations that even you may not know about. 

With all the great advice and resources, this book is great to read over and over again when you need a refresher. Don’t read it lightly! Take it to heart and use it to make your marriage better. 

*I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Five Hearts 

Buy it: Amazon