2 10, 2015

Review: QUEEN OF BLOOD by Jill Myles

By | Friday, October 2, 2015|4 kisses, Fantasy, Paranormal, reviews, Romance, Vampires|1 Comment

I haven’t read a good vampire romance in a while. Queen of Blood was much better than I dared to hope. It was about a prince and a princess who must choose between their desires and their loyalty. I enjoyed the fact that these people come from very different backgrounds. Despite Seri being […]

29 09, 2015

Review: CROOKED LITTLE LIES by Barbara Taylor Sissel

By | Tuesday, September 29, 2015|Contemporary, Mental Illness, Mystery, reviews, Woman's Fiction|2 Comments

This is one of those books that I think is difficult to review. I read it, I liked it, but it is difficult to rehash what exactly it was about Crooked Little Lies that caught my attention, or what made me enjoy it so much.  This book seemed to blur genres but it […]

31 08, 2015

Review: THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by A. J. Banner

By | Monday, August 31, 2015|2 kisses, Contemporary, Mystery, reviews|5 Comments

Review: THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by A. J. Banner

Review: THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by A. J. BannerThe Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner
Published by Amazon Publishing on August 25th 2015
Pages: 196
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Contemporary Women
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From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you...

Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about--quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That's what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah's happiness.

Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true--about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

This really fell short of physiological suspense. I was hoping for more oomph, but this book fell flat by chapter three for me. The Good Neighbor had a good premise, but the delivery was not so good. Sarah lives in a very nice neighborhood where everyone would want to live. Her husband, Johnny, […]

21 08, 2015

NEVER SAID by Carol Lynch Williams

By | Friday, August 21, 2015|3 kisses, Contemporary, reviews, Reviews by Belle, YA|1 Comment

NEVER SAID by Carol Lynch Williams

NEVER SAID by Carol Lynch WilliamsNever Said by Carol Lynch Williams
Published by Blink on August 25th 2015
Pages: 308
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
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Annie and Sarah are fifteen-year-old fraternal twins who only spend time together because they're under the same roof. Annie's life has long been focused around her appearance and the beauty pageants that celebrate it, whereas Sarah's interests are sports and her runner boyfriend, Jeremy.

Then Annie begins to gain more and more weight, and all she seems to hear from her mother is, You used to be so pretty, followed by the latest diet to try.

Things begin to unravel for Sarah as well. Jeremy her boyfriend of more than a year decides to see if he and Sarah are "right" for each other, dumping her in order to get his head on straight.

Sarah is devastated. Her family is crumbling. The love of her life is dating other people. Her sister is getting heavier and more depressed. When Sarah learns, through gentle questioning, that a neighbor and very good family friend has been sexually abusing her sister, she knows she must act and help the sister who seemingly always had it all.

Told in alternating points of view, Never Said is the story of a family that has been caught up in what doesn't matter and about two sisters who realize that their relationship no matter how different the two of them are is most important."

The book Never Said is about 17-year old fraternal twins, Sarah and Annie, who have drifted apart since their childhood. Annie was the family’s stunning beauty since the first time she entered her first pageant when the girls were young, but now Annie is different then her once usually glamorous self. She has become […]

14 08, 2015

BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Fleur Philips

By | Friday, August 14, 2015|2 kisses, Contemporary, reviews, Reviews by Belle, YA|3 Comments

BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Fleur Philips

BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Fleur PhilipsBeautiful Girl by Fleur Philips
Published by Sparkpress on June 9th 2015
Pages: 150
Genres: Young Adult
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Seventeen-year-old Melanie Kennicut is beautiful. Her entire life revolves around this beauty because her overly controlling mother has been dragging her to casting calls and auditions since she was four years old. According to Joanne Kennicut, Melanie was born to follow in her footsteps. But Melanie never wanted this life. When a freak car accident leaves her with facial lacerations that will require plastic surgery, she can't help but wonder if this is the answer to her prayers. For the first time in her life, she has a chance to live like a normal teenager at least for a little while away from the photo shoots and movie sets that have dominated her entire existence. But after Melanie allows her best friend to come to the house to see her, Joanne decides to hide her daughter in Montana for the remainder of the summer. There, Melanie won't be seen by anyone they know, and her face will heal in time for the scheduled surgery in late August. Joanne s plan backfires, however, when Melanie meets Sam, a Native American boy hired by the home's owner to tend to the property. Sam is nothing like the Hollywood boys Melanie knows he's poor, his father's a drunk who possesses a bizarre gift inherited from a Kootenai Shaman, and his only brother disappeared into the mountains after the death of their mother eight years before. What transpires over a mere 36 hours after Sam and Melanie meet changes both of their lives in ways they never thought possible."

The book beautiful girl is about seventeen year old aspiring model and actress named Melanie. She hates her life of plastic, she hates how her mom has forced this way of life on her, she hates how her only friend (WHO IS A HORRIBLE PERSON) Clarissa treats her, and most of all she […]

7 08, 2015

BEAR WITNESS by Melissa Clark

By | Friday, August 7, 2015|Contemporary, reviews, Reviews by Belle, YA|6 Comments

BEAR WITNESS by Melissa Clark

BEAR WITNESS by Melissa ClarkBear Witness by Melissa Clark
Published by Sparkpress on April 7th 2015
Pages: 141
Genres: Fiction, General, Young Adult, Girls & Women, Law & Crime, Social Issues
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What if you witnessed the kidnapping of your best friend? This is when life changed for 12-year old Paige Bellen. Just three years after her friend Robin s kidnapping and murder, Paige is expected to continue on with life as usual. Now, with her closest friend out of the country, a messy relationship with Robin s boyfriend, and a family that handles her with kid gloves, Paige isn t sure if she ll ever be able to move forward in life. "Bear Witness" explores the aftermath of a crime in a small community and what it means when tragedy colors the experience of being a young adult."

The book Bear Witness is an incredibly fast read. It is only 141 pages and I read it in one sitting. It only took me two-three hours of my life, and afterwards I felt like I had just been through a traumatic event. I felt like I needed a hug. Paige’s friend Robin […]

13 07, 2015

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

By | Monday, July 13, 2015|5 kisses, Contemporary, reviews, Romance, Woman's Fiction|4 Comments

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins ReidMaybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 7th 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Family Life, Romance, Contemporary, General, Thrillers, Suspense
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From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan. Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate? Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

Awwe! This story just made me so happy. I love the premise of Maybe in Another Life. I just want more books like this. I am so grateful to have read it, and so excited to tell you all about it! Hannah has no real direction in her life. At 29 she has […]

29 06, 2015

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green

By | Monday, June 29, 2015|5 kisses, Contemporary, reviews, Woman's Fiction|3 Comments

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane GreenSummer Secrets by Jane Green
Published by St. Martin's Press on June 23rd 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Also by this author: Saving Grace
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Jane Green delivers her second blockbuster novel of 2015, a story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present.

June, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.

This is the perfect summer read. Summer Secrets hits every aspect I love about women’s fictions and even managed to shed light on the damage an alcoholic can do. This story captures the best and worst of it. Cat comes from a dark childhood. Growing up, she never felt love from her father, […]

19 06, 2015

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES: A NOVEL by Laura Dave

By | Friday, June 19, 2015|4 kisses, Contemporary, reviews, Woman's Fiction|7 Comments

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES: A NOVEL by Laura Dave

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES: A NOVEL by Laura DaveEight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 2nd 2015
Pages: 260
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Family, Family & Relationships, Women's Fiction
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There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

I just finished reading Eight hundred Grapes. I found it hard to put down once I got to know everyone. There was much to love about this heartwarming story. Georgia just walked out on her dress fitting for her wedding. She found out her boyfriend has been harboring a secret and now she […]

15 06, 2015

WORTHY by Catherine Ryan Hyde

By | Monday, June 15, 2015|3 kisses, Contemporary, reviews, Woman's Fiction|5 Comments

WORTHY by Catherine Ryan Hyde

WORTHY by Catherine Ryan HydeWorthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Published by Lake Union Publishing on June 2nd 2015
Pages: 321
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction, Literary
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They might ve been a family.Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together.Nineteen years later, Virginia is engaged, though she has not forgotten Aaron or Buddy. When her dog goes missing and it comes to light that her fiance set him loose, a distraught Virginia breaks off the engagement and is alone once again. A shy young man has found the missing pet, and although he s bonded with the animal, he answers his conscience and returns the dog. Before long, Virginia and the young man discover a connection from their pasts that will help them let go of painful memories and change their lives forever.

Worthy was such a simple heartwarming story. I am happy to report that no animals made me cry in the reading of this story. Worthy was a happy tale about second chances and family. Virginia is a waitress in a small town. She has fallen for a recently widowed single father. The night […]

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