Sunday, June 14, 2015

Book Review: I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

First of all I would like to tell you all about a wonderful website I recently signed up for called  I thought this website was almost too good to be true when I first signed up, because they promised to ship me a free book of my choice in exchange for an honest review here on my blog.  Not too long after I made a request, they sent me this adorable book I Take You by Eliza Kennedy.  I was shocked that they followed through with their promise, because I have been let down by so many other websites out there, so thank you Blogging for Books, I'm so very happy that I discovered you!  I encourage any of you who love to read and have a blog to sign up right away!  It's a very simple process, it's free of charge, and they have an awesome selection of books to choose from. 
Go check it out here  It was very difficult to choose my first book, and it took me quite a while to finally make my decision, but I honestly think I made a great choice with I Take You.

Here is my honest review:

When I first started reading what I thought would be a "typical chick lit" book, I was surprised to find the main character Lily Wilder doing so many outrageous things while she is engaged, like making out with men in bars, drinking heavily, and enjoying illicit drugs.  Not only was I surprised, but I was absolutely delighted!  Let me tell you why. Even though I love chick lit books, I have to admit that I am tired of the typical "goody two shoes" characters that I have so often read about prior to this book.

Lily is a complete sh*t show, and how could you not love her?  I'm sure certain people may be offended by such a wild main character and story line, because like I said earlier, they are used to their typical sweet little, clean cut fairytales.  Well honey, let me tell you... if you want clean cut, this book is not for you!  Lily is the girl who's just partying it up and acting out because she's not sure if she wants to get married or not.  And don't expect her to apologize for her behavior, because she doesn't even really seem to feel that bad about it.  She might act like she cares, but I highly doubt she does.

Let me just say that I'm happy to finally read a book that has a character that most of us women (AND men) can really relate to... even though we probably don't want to admit it.  We've all done some things that we regret, and maybe some of us have done some things that we don't regret but should.  Who knows?  All I do know for sure is that t
his book is full of laughs, full of gasps, and full of, "OH NO SHE DIDN'TS!" I would definitely recommend this book all of my friends and to anyone that's open minded, modern, and with a great sense of humor.  I would NOT recommend this book to anyone that's stuck in the 1950's.  Welcome to the year 2015 ladies and gentleman!  This book has been called "revolutionary" and I would most definitely have to agree.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

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Book Spotlight: I'll Stand by You by Sharon Sala

If you're interested in a small-town Southern romance novel, check out New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala's new book I'll Stand by You.

Not only is single mother Dori Grant exhausted from all the gossip and rumors in her small hometown, but just when she thought she couldn't take much more, she loses literally everything in just one night.  Dori realizes that she has nowhere else to turn except for her neighbor Johnny Pine.   Johnny has also been a victim of the rumor mill, but he hasn't let it bring him down.  All the gossips that have said he is no good can kiss his behind because he's got a heart of gold... not only has he been raising his brothers since his mom died, but he's decided to help Dori and her only child when nobody else in the town of Blessings would even consider helping out.  Find out how Dori and Johnny come together to prove everyone wrong in this heartwarming novel that you will definitely not forget.


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Title: I’ll Stand By You
Author: Sharon Sala
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Sharon Sala, who has also written under the name Dinah McCall, has 85-plus books in print, published in four different genres-Romance, Young Adult, Western, and Women's Fiction, and her Young Adult books have been optioned for film. She has been named a RITA finalist seven times by Romance Writers of America, and in 2011 they named her the recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books are New York TimesUSA TodayPublishers Weekly bestsellers and published in many different languages. She lives in Oklahoma, the state where she was born.

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“Nothing means a damn thing if I don’t have my baby.”

“And now we get to my suggestion. Do you like Johnny Pine?”

“Yes, of course. He’s been wonderful to us.”

“No, I mean, could you like him as relationship material?”

“That possibility exists,” she said.

“Good. Now let me talk to Johnny.”

She handed the phone back to Johnny.

“Now he wants to talk to you.”

She took the baby and Johnny took the phone.


“I have a suggestion that could bring an end to your troubles.”

“Like what?”

“Do you like Dori?”

“Well, sure. She’s great.”

“Do you like her enough to consider a personal relationship with her?”

Johnny looked at Dori, then cupped her face and ran his thumb down the side of her jaw.

“Yes, I like her enough to consider a personal relationship.”

Dori shivered beneath his touch as she realized Butterman was asking Johnny the same question he’d asked her.

“Put the phone on speaker,” Butterman said.

“Just a minute,” Johnny said and then pressed a button. “Okay, you’re on speaker now.”

“Here’s the deal,” Butterman said. “You two are very young to have such adult responsibilities. You’re both trying to take care of your families on your own, and now DFCS has their nose in your business and is threatening you with removing the children from your custody, right?”

“Right,” they said.

“So this would end tomorrow if you were married.”

Johnny took a quick breath, started to speak, and then found himself staring at Dori instead, waiting for her reaction.

Dori already knew Johnny cared for her because he’d told her. What he didn’t know was that she was very attracted to him.

“Well? Did both of you faint or what?” Butterman asked.

“I’m game if she is,” Johnny said.

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to keep our boys,” Dori said.

Butterman chuckled. “Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. If it were me, I wouldn’t waste any time. Go get the license and find a preacher, and your trouble with Miss Carter is a thing of the past. I assume I am invited to the wedding.”

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