Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dating-ish by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Joy Nash

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!! I loved Matt! He was so nerdy/honest/forthright and it was awesome. Loved the way he talked, the language he used. Marie was an open and honest person and perfect for him. I think he maybe my favourite hero so far in this series.. well until Dan.. I can't wait for his story!!

I think that Joy Nash did a fantastic job narrating this story!

The Blurb:


There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 
1) She’s fed up with online dating, 
2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 
3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of human kind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Em Eldridge and Will Watt
Series: Knitting in the City book 5

♥ ♥ ♥  I found this book good but less funny than the others in the series. It seemed more like a serious book, lots of inner dialogue and contemplating. Because this is about Greg and Fiona’s life together and how they make it work - it was missing that first attraction feeling. There was some heartfelt moments, some funny moments and some moments where I wanted to pull my hair out because of how Greg was behaving.  I loved the letters and notes at the beginning of each chapter.

The narrators did a great job and it was nice to see Greg and Fiona’s story. I actually quite enjoy Matt (the professor neighbour) would like to see him appear in the stories again.

The Blurb:

There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true. 

Except… not. 

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?

This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ninja at First Sight by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Em Eldridge

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ Super quick novella!!! Funny and just enough to make you fall in love with Fiona and Greg! There is a cliffhanger.. so be prepared to get the next book asap!! The narrator did a wonderful job.

The Blurb:

Prequel to the USA TODAY BESTSELLER 'Happily Ever Ninja'

What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?


Absolutely nothing.

He has a girlfriend and she’s never been kissed.

He’s sullenly sarcastic and she’s earnestly empathetic.

He can’t stop thinking about her.

She knows she should keep her distance.

Nevertheless, when opposites attract the results may be unexpected, but they’re also undeniably magnetic. 

This novella is the expanded origin story for Greg and Fiona. The first 16k words of this novella are from the short scenes included in 'Scenes from the City', which is no longer for sale.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ Spence, I was looking forward to his story. He is kind and sweet and focused on work and I loved that Colbie was a distraction. Being strong and caring, she was a good match for Spence. The two had wonderful chemistry and I really enjoyed the book. There were a few good laughs, some sigh worthy moments and a wonderful cast of characters. I mean come on, who doesn't love that crew of friends Spence has! I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

The Blurb:

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Joy Nash

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ Wow, Drew was such a heartfelt man. I loved his words for Ashley. He wanted her and wanted her to be happy. They had great chemistry together. There were some awesome highlighting moments for me (which are usually the big sigh worthy, make your heart beat faster, sends the good shivers all over, kind of moments) and some good laughs. I didn't know what to expect from Ashley, as a character, but once she was back with her brothers it was magic.Those Winston boys cracked me up, making me want to continue reading that series as well! Also, Ashley has great taste in Pie!! (Lemon is her favourite then pecan - and I agree!)

This book is about family and how important it really is. The narrator has a wonderful southern voice. Her male voices are awesome.  I would gladly listen to her again.

The Blurb:

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit. 

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee. 

This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Love Hacked by Penny Reid (Audiobook)

Narrated by Devra Woodward

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ At only Chapter 5 and I was loving it! I enjoy how the author wrote the hero. He is smart, but young, and I feel from her writing she portrays his innocence in some things, subtly, but just enough for the reader to feel it. In all other aspects he's a mature adult.  Alex was bold and direct, the kind of guy who knew what he wanted and went after it. Sandra was a fun heroine and she made me laugh more than once with her curse words. She was a good lead.

I am still looking forward to Dan getting a story, and I just found out he has!! Which is awesome. The narrator did a wonderful job and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

The Blurb:

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn't been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit. 

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra--near desperation and maybe a little tipsy--gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all. 

This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the third book in the Knitting in the City series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Worth the Wait by Lori Foster

Series: Guthrie Brothers book 2
 ❤ ❤ 1/2  I was really looking forward to this book. I totally enjoyed the first and I loved the potential the other characters had for their own stories.  
What worked for me:
  • ▪2 for 1 romance - Loved the side romance between Nathan and Brooklin. I actually liked it more than the leads.
  • ▪In the beginning both couples have witty banter and good chemistry.
  • ▪Loved Colt and his parts in this book
  • ▪Happy to see that some of the chemistry was back near the end of the book.
What didn't work for me:
  • ▪As soon as the lead couple had sex, the tension and chemistry seemed to get lost and they focused too much on worrying that perhaps their relationship was only just sex.
  • ▪Both men seemed a bit too overprotective, to the point that it makes the heroine seem like he thinks her an invalid.
  • ▪From about just over halfway till pretty much the last chapter, it was mostly sex scenes, or what seemed to be scenes put in place just to lead up to sex. Just lost interest and skimmed them.
I see there are a bunch of rave reviews for this book, so perhaps I am alone in my thoughts. For me, it was missing the tenderness and fluttery “romance" feels, that I look for.  That said, I am glad I finished the book, and honestly, if Colt gets his own story, I would like to read it.
**I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review**

The Blurb:

Ready or not…love will find a way 

Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the "barbecue master" at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be. 
Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.