Book Reviews

ARC Review: How Not To Die Alone

Release date: May 28, 2019

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Up to that point I’d never realized that life, just sometimes, can be wonderfully, beautifully simple.”

Plot: This is a story about a man who is given a second chance at life and love as long as he exposes a little white lie that he told many years before….a little white lie that has grown into so much more.

Review: Special thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARC. The ARC was given in exchange for an honest review.

This has got to be one of the strangest, uniquely set books that I have read in a long time. I do not recall ever reading a book where the majority of the it is set around an agency like this one.. It is both ludicrously morbid and spectacularly brilliant in one. Why? Because Andrew, the main character, has a job working for a government agency that requires him to sift through a dead person’s belongings to find any sort of next of kin. Since most of the dead are of the lonely sort, there is normally none and Andrew will then arrange the funeral. Although it is not part of his job description, Andrew often attends the funeral so the person is not entirely alone which is actually kinda sweet.

Andrew is also a lonely sort due to his past until he meets Peggy. Peggy makes his realize his loneliness and Andrew begins to see he needs to live his life instead of going through it with implicit numbness. I really enjoy being able to watch characters personally grow like Andrew does.

With all this said, I don’t know what to make of this novel. Although, the story itself is unique and humorous at times, it is extremely sad. Depressingly sad. And to top it all off, there were one too many times where I became extremely bored reading and ended up skimming most. I am a reader that needs / wants more entertainment and this severely lacked it.

Recommendation: You can pass on this one.

Book Reviews, New Releases

ARC Review: A Palm Beach Wife

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Many thanks to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC of in exchange honest review

Synopsis: In Palm Beach, image is everything and no one knows this more than Faith. Having moved to Palm Beach at a young age, Faith has built a life around becoming a perfect member of high society and the perfect wife and mother. But what happens when the life she built is suddenly flipped upside down? Will she do what is best for her family or what is best for her image?

Review: Here’s what I liked about this story: When you take away all the glitz and glamour, Faith is a strong woman. She survived plenty of heartbreak when she was quite young. She is the owner of a successful business. And even though she has an addict husband who makes the life she built a living hell throughout the plot, she walks with grace and with her head held high. She takes the punches as they come and instead of pointing blame or running away, Faith attempts to fix her issues. I also love how she is the protector of her family.

With all that said, the story itself was too much. There was too much glitz and glamour. There was too much name dropping. Most of the characters are quite shallow and/or hard to find personable. But most of that could probably be overlooked except for the fact that the ending falls so flat….so so flat. For Faith to go through and do everything to make life for her and her family great again…….for Faith to get that kind of ending, it feels as if she and the reader were robbed. There needs to be some type of epilogue or maybe just more to the ending than what was given.

Recommendation: I do not recommend this book. It has so much potential and ends up disappointing. Take that as you may…as always, it is up to you.

Book Reviews, New Releases

ARC Review: My Little Secret by LA Casey

Release Date: March 26, 2019 – TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!

Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Genre: Romance / Suspense

“Maybe Ash Dunne isn’t as bad as everyone thinks he is.”

Review: ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley, LA Casey and Montlake Romance for the opportunity.

Ryan Mahony is a good girl. She lives a privileged and sheltered life in the countryside of Ireland until her father, a former barrister, is sent to prison. Ashley Dunn is a bad boy. He is a member of the Disciples, one of Dublin’s most notorious gangs and has a ruthless reputation. When Ryan goes to live with her aunt and cousin in their urban estate, her path unexpectedly crosses with Ash and sparks fly. The more time she spends with Ash, the more Ryan begins to believe that maybe Ash isn’t really a bad boy at all. He’s just a guy in a bad situation.

LA Casey’s classic tale of a good girl falling for a bad boy was delightful. I loved how the narrative was funny yet really emotional. Many of the characters had loss in their lives and as a reader, I was able to really feel for them no matter their situations. My Little Secret’s plot was not all romance either, which is always a pleasant bonus. The story has a few mysteries and is a little suspenseful too. One of my favorite parts without spoiling the story was the reveal of Mr. Nobody. I did not see the identity coming and I must praise LA Casey for such a curve ball.

I had only one issue with the novel and that was getting used to reading the Irish dialect. As an American, I struggled a little with it. However, once you get out your comfort zone, it will be smooth sailing. I promise.

Recommendation: I recommend this book. And if you want another read by LA Casey, read Until Harry. I give it 4 stars!

New Releases

Extended Preview: Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Current Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ with the potential of more stars!

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit

Review: Thanks to NetGalley, Helena Hunting and the Hachette Book Group, I was able to read the extended preview of Meet Cute. Meet Cute is a romantic comedy about a former childhood actor, Daxton Hughes and a former fan girl, Kailyn Flowers. The two share an embarrassing moment – well embarrassing moment for the fan girl – their first day of law school. Soon the two become friends and rivals until one betrays the other. Eight years later, Daxton needs legal help from Kailyn. He has become legal guardian of his teenage sister and is in over his head. Can Kailyn put her bias aside to help her former friend?ย 

I must confess that this is the first time reading the authorโ€™s work and I wasnโ€™t sure what to expect. I went in with a clear mind and was pleasantly surprised when I began reading the Prologue. It was brilliant. I didnโ€™t expect to laugh out loud so quickly. I had tears in my eyes! The rest of the preview has me really intrigued….a childhood actor who becomes a guardian of a teenager, a fan girl with a reluctant crush, an aunt who is acting suspicious and a conniving boss…..Thereโ€™s so many ways this could play out.

Recommendation: A definite three star rating with potential to be way more. I look forward to reading the rest when Meet Cute releases. I’ll let you know my thoughts with a full review.