Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monroe Matches is throwing the hottest holiday mixer for all the sexy singles in Miami. We've got the mistletoe, come and meet your holiday match...
Carla Monroe has been matching couples for decades. If there's one match she hasn't gotten right, it's her son Phineas. No woman has sparked his interest, no matter how many of her top contenders she's secretly paraded in his path, both in and out of the office.
Luckily for Carla, Maxine Mackenzie has finally come back to Miami. Once she pairs her grumpy marketing director son with the free-spirited party planner, sparks fly. Thanking a cue from her Shaman, Carla hightails out of town to let the two people who need a match the most, fall... under the mistletoe.
Under the Mistletoe was a very short festive read. I enjoyed every character and loved that they had known each other, that they had a past.
*Carla Monroe- The matchmaking mother
*Phineas Monroe- The Uncommitted Ladies Man
*Priscilla Monroe- The Crazy Driving Crude Talking Sister
*Maxine Mackenzie- The Party Planner
Carla Monroe wants her son to be happy and find love, so she comes up with a plan to bring Phineas and Maxine together.
While Carla ask Maxine to come down to Miami to help organize a Christmas mixer for all their clientele, Maxine jumps at the chance to get away from California. She stays with her childhood best friend Priscilla Monroe, and is ready for what this change will bring her.
What she didn't expect was to bump into Phineas that first day and still have those childhood feeling for him. As for Phineas, he fondly remembers Maxine and how she would follow him around. There was always something about her that wormed her way into his thoughts.
As the story proceeds, you can see how Priscilla plays her match making part to also match them up together. I found Priscilla to be hilarious with her crude talking and crazy driving! I would love there to be a second book on her, I can only imagine the things she would say and do.
As Phineas and Maxine take this step to see where things head, you can't help but to love where this story takes you. I found Under The Mistletoe to be a cute and funny read, definitely one of my favorite short reads!
Under The Mistletoe
by M.C. Cerny
**** 4 ****
Monday, January 12, 2015
A True Friendship Never Dies.
Leisel and Evelyn lost everything. Husbands. Families. Friends. Lives that made sense. All they had left was each other, and a friendship that could withstand anything...
Even an apocalypse.
Until one faithful night, the marginal safety they'd come to rely on comes to a vicious and brutal end. With help of Alex and Jami, both unlikely allies, Leisel and Evelyn are able to escape their shattered sanctuary only to find themselves face-to-face with a much altered, much crueler life where they have to find the way and the will to stay alive in a world they no longer recognize.
Traveling across a broken and infection-ridden country; the road-weary group are pitted against endless violence, improbable circumstances, and the ultimate loss.
Everything comes at a price-especially safety, the cost of which could very well strip them of the one thing they've tried so hard to cling to: their humanity.
Yet along with all the trials they're forced to endure, there's also hope in the form of love. Having loved Leisel from afar, Alex attempts to put the pieces of her fractured heart back together.
But in such a savage world, is there room for love?
In a place of nightmares-made-reality, where the living should be feared far more than the dead, an unbreakable friendship and a love amongst all odds can mean the difference between life and death.
There are friends...
And then there are Leisel and Evelyn.
Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley out did themselves! I don't even know how they hell am I going to review this book without giving away everything!
First off, don't let my blog name fool you, I'm a hardcore zombie apocalypse reading chick! Lol This book is nail biting, adrenaline rushing, and will have your heart feeling like you just ran a marathon.
I've read my fair shares of zombie apocalypse books and this one is high up there in the scale of 10! I mean, right in the beginning you can feel how the world has changed and gone to hell. The writing is superb and even the realism of reading it has you peeking out your window to make sure there are no zombies.
Madeline and Claire throw you in without warning and the action pack starts right away leaving you thinking "WTF just happened?" and it doesn't stop there, it keeps going and going. Evelyn and Leisel leave one hell for another and in the midst, their relationships tugs at your heart because you feel how strong it is. Everything they have suffered has you wondering when will they break, and eventually they do but they have each other through it all. Their friendship truly is thicker than blood.
The characters are unforgettable, you want to know all their stories. Thicker Than Blood sucks you in and leaves you drained.
How do you go on and even think about living when you have no one left? Read it and find out.
The epilogue was beautifully written and it will leave you in tears.
I can't say enough to any and everyone who loves these types of genres should read Thicker Than Blood. The action pack but heart felt book will leaving you wanting for more. I feel like this review doesn't even convey how I feel about it! They did an amazing job balancing out with the action pack scenes but also the emotional parts. Wow is all I can say, it blew my mind.
I cried in the beginning.
I cried in the middle.
I cried in the end. Oh man did I cry at the end!
I cried because we all know with zombie apocalypse books there can never really truly be a happy ending.
Thicker Than Blood
by Madeline Sheehan & Claire C. Riley
***** 5 *****
Reviewed by Charity
*ARC provided by authors in exchange for honest review*
Sunday, January 4, 2015
I've been a cheerleader.
I've been a study partner.
I've been a listener.
When we're young, we don't realize the profound impact certain people will have on our lives. I had no idea twelve years ago I'd meet four boys who would turn out to be my best friends, my soul mates - my barmy.
Now school is almost done, our last summer together is drawing closer, and I'm trying to hold on to what we have while I still can. After this, we'll have to say goodbye to each other as our choices will take our lives in different direction. But I don't know if our friendship can survive once secrets and surprises begin revealing themselves to us at every turn.
when it's all said and done, will our friendships remain unbreakable? Or will our once strong bond prove to be weaker than we anticipated?
Letting go is harder than I thought, but some changes are necessary.
And finding Laila...finding myself...maybe the greatest journey of all.
Wow, what can I say to make y'all buy TK Rapp's book?
First off, I'm not going to giveaway anything about the book away, all I'm going to do is explain how Finding Laila made me feel.
I know the exact moment I was going to love this book, and that was at 2%. It was a magnificent read! I would would catch myself reminiscing about my own high school experience, and every emotion I had was bitter sweet. Laila was the type of character I would have loved being friends with in high school, and let's say there was a few parts I was jealous at her because of the friendship she had with Joey, Cole, Haden, and Braxon. Lol
Author TK Rapp made me feel like one of the guys, reminded me about young love, true friendships, and heartache. You can't help but get sucked into the story and want to be part of it. Once you read Finding Laila you will fall in love with it, there is no doubt that you will!
My feeling were all over the place.
I was happy, excited, nervous, upset, sad, and devastated. Oh boy, when I say devastated I mean bawling my eyes out and having my hubby bring me comfort food while blowing my nose and not wanting to leave my bed. I highly recommend y'all having tissue on hand.
Would I read this book all over again? Yes, I most definitely would!
Did Author TK Rapp catch me by surprise? Yes, she did!
This book is a MAGNIFICENT READ!!!
***** 5 *****