Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: "Man hands" by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby

Authors: Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby
Title: "Man hands"
Book 1 in series Man hands
Main characters: Tom and Brynn

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) this is the first book in a new series, and let me tell you... I am extremely thankful that this is just the beginning, because after inhaling this story in record time I absolutely need more ASAP :) no worries, this is a full standalone book with no cliffhangers whatsoever, but you'll want more as well after you read it ;) trust me on that :) but don't worry, I will actually tell you a bit more about this awesome book and why I loved it so much :)

I fell in love with our main characters from the first moment I saw each of them :) Brynn is an english professor who is finishing her divorce and looking for a new job, with a delicious and a bit naughty food blog on the side ;) and she is absolutely hilarious... :) I started laughing during the first chapter and did not stop till the end of the book :) her two best friends are helping her get back on her feet and back into the world of dating :) and don't even get me started about Sadie and Ash, cause I absolutely cannot wait for sequels :) Tom is a... well, he's sort of a contractor with his own TV show :) he's absolutely charming, swoonworthy, and hilarious as well :) they meet in a very... unconventional way... :) and that's all I am gonna say about that scene, because... damn, it's so much better if you don't know what's gonna happen :) their relationship is sexy, so much fun to read about and... you can probably guess what adjective I want to use... yes, again... ;) hilarious :) but it truly is the best way to describe this story and those characters, so I am not gonna apologize ;) it's a whirlwind full of adventures and surprising twists and you will love them together :)

I inhaled this book... I kid you not :) I started reading it on my way to work in the morning, then I got there and I adulted as long as it was necessary... ;) and then I got home, promptly picked the book again and finished it, because I couldn't concentrate on anything else until I read everything... :) if I could I would pick up the sequel straight away, especially after *that* scene at the end ;) fortunately for all of us, book #2 goes live in about a month, so I think I will somehow survive the wait ;) this book is co-written by two authors, and as much as I am a fan of Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby was brand new for me... but after reading this story, she won't be much longer :) because now I am super curious how her unique brand of humor will look like without the mix of Sarina's writing style :) although I have to say I am a huge fan of this duo, and hopefully this is just the beginning of a long and fruitful cooperation ;) this book is written in 2 POVs which means we have chapters from Brynn's perspective, as well as Tom's and both are super entertaining to read :) the best compliment I can give, is that I was really unable to put it down... it's also one of the reasons why I can't really tell you much mroe about the actual book... ;) I don't want to spoil you anything, because trust me, this wild ride is definitely better if you don't know what's gonna happen next... ;) but also because some details are a bit... blurry ;) but that's what happens when you read the book as fast as I did... :) but it was sooooo good :) I couldn't help myself :) so get this gem immediately so we can sigh and laugh about how amazing it is together... and then wait impatiently for Ash's story... cause I am seriously counting down the days... ;)



Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #87

Working on balance and order
That Avengers trailer
Ups and downs of my recent trips to the movie theatre

Hello my awesome people :) can you believe we are already in the middle of december?!? :) I know... me neither ;) christmas is coming and fortunately I already have all of the presents at home, just ready to be wrapped... *sighs happily* I hate leaving it for the last days, because the amount of people in stores... *shudders* so we usually order most of it online about a month in advance and everyone is happy ;) I cannot wait for christmas and those few days off from work to really relax and unwind... and speaking of...

Lately I've been wound up pretty tight... a lot of little and bigger things added together to me feeling that way, but those previous months definitely took its tool on me... fortunately things are slowing down, both at work and with my blog, and I can finally take back control over stuff that are happening around me... :) so I've been definitely implementing some order and balance around myself... since I had so many things on my mind and so little time to actually do it, well... lately it's been chaotic... and the longer I am living in that sort of environment, the harder it is for me... I am definitely one of those people who thrive when there is order and balance around them... so I am back to working on achieving just that... I don't know, maybe it's the end of the year that's coming closer and closer that put me in that mood, or maybe it's just the right time for it but believe it or not, it's been super relaxing :) for example, I spent quite a few hours this past weekend, putting my kindle books in order :) I removed all of the old ARCs and books I've read and I know I won't read again... I made lists of different genres to find my next book... :) before, I had different lists of books that I got through NetGalley, or from authors and such, but it made more difficult for me to find my next read when I was in certain moods... now if I'm gonna want to read for example a fantasy story, I have a list of all the books on my kindle within that category, with little asterisks next to some of them, marking the most interesting ones to me :) it took me hours to make, mainly because I had to check a lot of those books on Goodreads, but I found so many hidden gems... :) *squeels with excitement* if I could I would read all of them at the same time ;) but that's just the beginning of changes all around... I will share some of them once I actually successfully implement them into my life :)

I don't know if you heard or saw, but the very first full trailer for "Avengers infinity war" finally dropped recently :) and it looks sooo good :) I swear you guys, Marvel is on a roll recently... with a phenomenal "Thor Ragnarok", "Black panther" coming at the beginning of next year and then "Avengers infinity war"... :) I am sooo excited to see those new movies... I already saw the new Thor movie twice, sooo... ;) moving on :) if you missed it, I have for you that trailer below... :)

Speaking of going to the movie theatre, I've been a very frequent visitor there recently :) and I have a very long list of movies I want to see in the near future as well ;) like I mentioned, I saw "Thor Ragnarok" twice... *sighs dreamily* I would go even more, but there are too many movies I want to see and not enough time :) I also checked out "Bad moms 2" and had a blast :) it was sooo much fun :) I went to see "Justice league" as well, and it was definitely better than I expected, so I went to see it again with my sister J... or at least that was the plan... yeah... get ready for the *down* part of the paragraph... we were watching it, until suddenly, a bit more than halfway through the movie, the screen went blank and emergency lights came on... the movie theatre lost power... at this moment I should mention that it was friday evening, after a very long week, and the movie originally started around 7.30 PM... they said it's just a minor issue and the movie will begin shortly, so we waited... and waited... and waited some more... after 45 minutes everything was repaired... or so we thought... the movie did start again... almost from the beginning... ugh... at this point we were both so pissed that we just left... it was really late and we were both tired... but coming back to the ups... :) I saw "Murder in the Orient Express" :) believe it or not, I did not know the resolution to the mystery... well, at least until someone spoiled it to me a few days before I saw it... I think he didn't believe me when I said I don't know who was the killer... :) but even though I was spoiled, I thoroughly enjoyed myself :) in fact, I loved it so much, that when me and J got out of the movie, I asked her: "are all mystery / detective stories like that?" :) she laughed ;) I never was a big fan of those type of stories, but seeing the movie definitely inspired me to check some of them out :) so I decided to get a couple of Agatha Christie's books from my library :) and we see how it will go... :) if I enjoy them I will definitely ask J for some recommendations :)

Ok you guys, that is it for today's #RandomRamblings post :) be sure to come back in two weeks, to read my last #RandomRamblings post this year, because there will be lots and lots of news to share :) in the meantime, be sure to reach out to me on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, cause I love connecting with you :)



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: "Ready to fall" by Daisy Prescott

Book 1 in series Wingmen
Main characters: John Day and Diane Watson

I had this author on my radar for quite a while now, but I just couldn't pick up her books... don't ask me why, cause there's no logical reason... ;) but recently I asked my trusted online group for recommendations about small town, very low angst, preferably slow burn romances, and this series was one of the very first responses... :) so I figured this is the perfect time to give it a try... :) and I absolutely adored this story :) it's the beginning of a spin-off series, but worry not if you are not familiar with other books by Daisy Prescott, cause it was my very first novel by her, and I enjoyed it immensly without the knowledge about any of her other stories... although fair warning: you absolutely will want to go back and read those other books :) but for now, let's concentrate on the topic of this particular review :) I'm gonna start with our main characters :)

What can I say to you about John and Diane? :) John is this tall, bearded, manly... *sighs dreamily* where was I? sorry, got distracted there for a moment thinking about him :) moving on :) he lives on a small island, and works, or possibly owns, cause I don't remember that particular detail at this moment and I didn't write it down in my notes ;) for a logger company :) he's friends with Maggie, his next door neighbour... side note: she already has a book about her and I am definitely reading that one soon ;) but now that she's somewhere else for a few months, she rented her cabin to Diane :) Diane is finishing up a divorce and looking for a quite place to stand back on her feet... what I adore about them is that they are both in their thirties and actually act like adults... :) you have no idea how infuriating this is for me, when I read about characters who are supposed to be my age or higher, and they act like teenagers... ugh... it's one of my book-ish pet peeves... so every time I find a book like this one, it's like a breath of much needed fresh air, that makes me smile all the time :) what's even better, John and Diane start out as friends... truly, just friends :) he's actually involved with someone else at the beginning... :) and I adored that dynamic... seeing how it changes over the course of time she spends on the island... how they get to know each other better.. *sighs happily* it was a wonderful story :)

This was my first read of a book by Daisy Prescott, but it will definitely not be the last ;) I already have on my kindle the second novel in this series, about Tom, the perpetual flirt, and I am very curious to see him as the main hero :) my sister J already read it and she says it's amazing as well, so my expectations are high :) but back to this story :) it was definitely right up my alley :) a slow burn romance, with adult people who acted like adults, and a phenomenal writing style that made chapters just flew by... :) what's even more interesting is that the whole book is written from John's perspective, which is actually very unusual... or maybe I just haven't read more books like that :) but I very much enjoyed it :) it was definitely unique, and in my opinion done really well :) I loved the relationship between our main couple, the honesty, how they started as friends... I inhaled this book... because of the fantastic writing style, I finished it before I knew what was happening... I just couldn't put it down :) and since recently I was in some sort of reading slump a bit... when I am not really sure what I want to read, but also because I am super busy and stressed out at work, it's hard to unwind at home... but this book definitely helped with that situation :) so if you are looking for a charming romance that will make you smile all the time, and you haven't read this one yet, definitely give this gem a try :) I highly recommend it :)



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review: "Making faces" by Amy Harmon

Author: Amy Harmon
Main characters: Ambrose Young and Fern Taylor

When I read The bird and the sword chronicles by Amy Harmon earlier this year, I fell in love with her writing style... it's mesmerizing, enchanting, whimsical... beautiful is not good enough adjective to describe it... but since it was a fantasy series, I wasn't sure if her contemporary stories will have the same... quality is not the right word... I was afraid that the vibe will be different... but oh how wrong I have been... after loving that series I decided to try one of her other stories, and since I heard the most praises about "Making faces" I bought that one... it came, and then spent several weeks on my shelf, waiting for me to have the right mood to pick it up... until a certain saturday when I suddenly felt the need to read that story... and to read it in one sitting... it's been ages since I did it, mainly cause I am super busy and taking a few hours at once to read a book usually feels like I am wasting time that I could spend more productive... but we are not gonna talk about that right now :) and that saturday I knew I would be able to relax and take my time to truly appreciate this story... you can't understand, because I have no words good enough to describe my feelings right now, but it was the best decision I've made in a long time... I am sitting here, writing the original, pre-edited version of this review when the book is still sitting on the nightstand next to me, and the tears hadn't yet fully dried on my face, because I know... I just know I won't be able to do anything else... to just go back to my life before I spill all the thoughts and feelings that I have about it into words... I'm tempted to add a paragraph at the end filled with spoilery things, because I feel like I need to talk about them, but we'll see how it goes... don't worry, if I decide to do that, I will mark it very clearly, so all of you who don't want to know anything can easily avoid it...

So what can I tell you about this book and the characters in it... to be perfectly honest I wish that me saying that this book is perfection would be enough for every one who will read this review, to give it a try... I knew very little... next to nothing really, before I picked it up... and this way it made an even bigger impression on me... I did not expect this story to unfold over that amount of time... I did not expect certain characters to be as important or as dear to my heart as they were... and I certainly did not expect to get so emotional... to feel so overwhelmed by everything I was reading about, that I end up sobbing curled in my reading chair on a saturday eveing, crying so much that my eyes were puffy and I was afraid I would get dehydrated... so I am not gonna be sorry for being vague, and not sharing as much as maybe you would like to know... you can always check other reviews for that... that's why I decided within the last few minutes since I wrote that earlier sentence, that I won't have any spoilers in my review :) so worry not and read it till the end :) in fact, there will be just one more paragraph, filled with my spoiler free thoughts and feelings, where I will try and add at least some details about characters and the plot, without giving away too much...

Putting this book only in the *romance* category is a huge understatement... trust me, there's nothing wrong with books that are *just romances* and I have no problems with them, but it's a subject for a whole other post... :) this book, this story is so much more... it's a tale of love, yes... but also of friendship, loss, change, what it means to be brave... what it means to be beautiful... filled with multidimensional characters that you immediately fall in love with... I see a lot of myself in Fern, the heroine... or maybe I would like to see a lot of myself in her, because she is such a wonderful person :) her light and goodness shines from every page... and Ambrose, the hero... my heart ached for him... but the one who truly stole my heart was Bailey... he's Fern's best friend... who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy... he made me laugh and cry, a hidden gem I so unexpectedly found within the pages of this novel... I could tell you that the book starts when all of them are in high school... I could tell that it takes place over the span of a few years... I could tell you more about certain events at least from the beginning of the story, to paint you a better picture what it's about, but I won't do it... I am still shaken and utterly impressed with this book and it's partially because I knew next to nothing going into it... I did not expect to love it as much as I did... I did not expect to cry my eyes out and laugh out loud and sigh happily, but I did... I am still processing everything and honestly... I cannot find adjectives good enough to describe how much I loved this novel... how beautiful the message in it was... how phenomenal the writing style was... so please, just go and read it... if you follow my blog and my reviews for a while and trust my opinions, go read it without any additional questions... if this is the first review I wrote that you are reading, take a leap of faith and go read that book... because it needs to be read by every one... I am not kidding... those words, this story... will change you for the better... just be sure to pick it up when you have the time to read all of it in peace... because you won't be able to put it down... I just finished it and I already want to re-read it, but I am not emotionally ready to do it... but I will go back and find some of my favourite quotes, cause I was so swept away when I read it, that I did not mark anything down... and some of those quotes... *sighs* they moved me deep within and I need to remember them... so please, go get this amazing gem... read it, and let yourselves be better...



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Books I can't wait to get my hands on ;) december edition

Hello my awesome people :) we are heading into the last month of the year... how is that even possible?!? wasn't it the middle of july like yesterday? ;) anyway... ;) here we are, approaching the end of the year, when I am slowly starting to think about the new edition of Bookmarks, which is my awards that I give each year to my favourite books / authors in different categories... :) I am thinking about making some small changes, but I need more time to settle all the details straight, before I share them with you :) so in the meantime, let me tell you about two books from the upcoming month that I can't wait to read :)

First we have "Man hands" by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby :) hopefully it is only the beginning of a new series, cause I am a huge fan of Sarina's writing style :) Tanya is a completely new author for me, but I am more than curious to see what this duo will create together :) as a matter of fact, I will have a full review for you guys of this contemporary romance on the release day, cause I was able to get my hands on the ARC :) *squeels with excitement* ;) edited to add just before posting: I inhaled the ARC of this book in one day and it's hilarious and phenomenal :) go pre-order it right now!!! :)

That other book I want to talk about is "Behind the bars" by Brittainy C. Cherry :) her stories are always emotional and hauntingly beautiful and I cannot wait to dive into another one... her writing style is very unique, but hits me straight into all the feels... I'm thinking this one will once again break my heart before putting it back together again... it's gonna be phenomenal ;)