It has been an emotionally sad couple of weeks for us, our fur baby Jake passed away (17 August). About this time last year Jake was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), bladder cancer, we are extremely grateful that we could get six more months with Jake than originally expected by his veterinarian. For almost 12 years Jake lived an active and comfortable life, he was the best companion ever and we miss him terribly.

10 December 2005 - 17 August 2017

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Review: Chained by Night by Larissa Ione

Chained by Night by Larissa Ione
Amy Landon (Narrator)
(MoonBound Clan Vampires #2)
Audiobook, Duration: 11:40:42
Published September 30th, 2014 by Tantor Audio
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction-or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader's daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans. But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate with. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress's identical twin sister?

My thoughts…

Chained by Night is the second book in the MoonBound Clan Vampire series, I enjoyed this book even more so than the first book, Bound by Night (my review). Although I didn’t particularly care much for Larissa Ione’s demon series, I have really enjoyed reading about this clan of vampires.

In the last book, Bound by Night, ends with Hunter, leader of the vampire clan and one of the few first pure second-generation vampires, agreeing to mate the first-born daughter of the rival Shadow Spawn’s clan. He will sacrifice his happiness for his clan’s survival, even marrying the evil twin Rasha, someone he despises, and a major *itch. Rasha is strong warrior in her clan and father’s favorite of the twins.

Accompanying Rasha to the nuptials is her twin sister, Aylin. Aylin is born with a deformed leg and has been treated shamefully and horrible within her clan. Aylin is perceived as weak and not worthy of feeding the male vampires, because of this, she had to learn other skills to survive. Her father uses Aylin as a decoy for Rasha, he would sacrifice the deformed twin to save Rasha’s life.

When Hunter meets Ailyn, he instantly feels drawn. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Aylin ends up on a quest with Hunter to save his first-born child that he would have Rasha. While spending time with the MoonBound clan, Ailyn gets to experience what she has been missing in her clan, respect. I just love Aylin and how she stands up for herself, she is strong, intelligent and loyal. Hunter also discovers that she is a great warrior herself. It was wonderful seeing Ailyn realize just how strong she really is despite her disability.

“Aylin had gotten under his skin, and for all his experience fighting enemies, he had no defense against a female whose strength humbled him, whose voice soothed him, and whose touch drove him wild.”
― Larissa Ione, Chained by Night

Hunter is one powerful alpha male, he has honor, he cares for his clan, treats everyone with respect, and protects all, unlike the other clan leaders. Hunter must now find a way to be with the woman he really loves without betraying his clan. I loved seeing Hunter and Ailyn’s attraction grow from an easy friendship to a passionate love, something neither of them expected.

I’m really enjoying this series, and I can’t wait until the next book comes out. Hopefully it will be about Myne, he’s very mysterious.

Happy Reading -J

Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Audiobook, Duration: 12:31:51
Published August 18th, 2015 by Listening Library
MacLeod Andrews - Narrator
Jorjeana Marie – Narrator
My rating: 3 out 5 stars

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely to find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house.

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely to... well, not date her little brother's baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn't be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the "smart" choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim's wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn't all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted...but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

 My thoughts…

I really liked the first book, My Life Next Door, and truly enjoyed Jase and Samantha. It is in My Life Next Door that we meet Tim and Alice, both characters I liked and was happy to see a book about them. From the moment Tim met Alice he had a thing for her and couldn’t stop flirting with her, of course Alice wasn’t interested.

Tim is a recovering alcoholic and drug user who has been kicked out of high school and his parents’ house with nowhere to go. Tim’s best friend Jase offers him the apartment above his family’s garage. He may not have his life figured out, but he’s a good guy that is funny and caring. He is working hard to figure himself out and get his life back on track. I really liked how Tim stood up and took responsibility when a one-night stand comes forward with some shocking news for him.

Alice is Jase’s older sister and the opposite of Tim’s carefree attitude. She always must be in control of situations and has put her put her life on hold to put her family first. Alice steps forward to care for her younger siblings, take care of the bills and the family hardware store while her mother is spending time at the hospital caring for her father. Alice thinks of Tim as another person she needs to take care of. Eventually she starts to see Tim as more of someone to take care of and someone other than Jase’s friend, they begin a friendship and things move SLOWLY from there.

This book is very different from the romance between Jase and Samantha, it’s a story full of complications, a lot of drama and personal issues, it is not a typical YA gushy romance. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if the romance and relationship between Tim and Alice wasn’t overshadowed by all the other drama that was going on. 

Happy Reading -J

Review: Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published April 24th, 2017
by Metal Blonde Books
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager.

He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend.

Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life.

I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there.

That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade.

Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more.

We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction.

A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity.

But it’s just a harmless crush, right?

It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right?

It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss.



My thoughts…

I absolutely adored this book start to finish.

Will McAlister is a forty-one-year-old divorced man who has left his job and life behind in L.A. and has transferred to the Vancouver office to start over. It was no longer comfortable for Will to work in the same office as his ex-wife who had become pregnant from another man while married to Will. Since then Will has sworn off love, never to have his heartbroken again.

Jackie is a single mother who moves back to her home town and in with her parents’, along with her seven-year-old son. Jackie is also hoping to start her life over and make better choices than she had in the past. The relationship with her parents is strained due to her moving away with the wrong guy and not having much contact with them for the past seven years.

To help Jackie out her father gives her a job at his company as the administrative assistant to her father's business partner and best friend Will. Jackie was just a teenager last time she has seen Will with his wife at family dinners at her parents’ house. She always thought he was handsome for an older guy and looks even better now that he’s aged. Will can’t believe his eye’s when he sees Jackie again, she’s gorgeous, last time it was when she was a teenage with a chip on her shoulder.

From the first meeting, they both feel the connections between them. Will begins opening and sharing with Jackie his past. Both are hesitant to let their feelings develop into more because of the age difference, Will being her father’s best friend and the employee boss relationship. Eventually Will let’s Jackie know what he wants, her, and plays to win, Jackie fights the attraction at first and has some doubts along the way.

Before I Ever Met You was such a great read, I truly enjoyed it. Both characters, Will and Jackie were wonderful. Will was a picture-perfect, sweet and compassionate alpha without being arrogant, he loved Jackie and her son as was willing to wait until Jackie was ready for more. They didn’t rush their relationship, it was a slow burn love story and well worth it.

This is my favorite book by Karina Halle and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys forbidden love stories and a second chance at love.

Happy Reading -J   

Review: Jane by April Lindner

Jane by April Lindner
Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Published October 11th, 2010 by Poppy
My rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.

But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?

An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers. 

My thoughts…  

Jane Eyre is my absolute favorite novel and I was looking forward to reading this modern-day re-telling featuring a world-famous rock star. Unfortunately, Jane Moore and Nico Rathburn don’t stand a chance against the couple I love, Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. Jane and Nico had no chemistry, I didn’t believe Jane’s feeling for Nico or his feeling for her. I wasn't captivated by their conversations and I never felt the connection between them. Maybe I was expecting too much going into reading this.  

“This can't be real," he said into my hair. "This has to be an acid flashback." I laughed, delighted to be in his arms. "I swear I'm not an acid flashback.” ― April Lindner, Jane 

“I'd inquired him about being safe, he had reached into the drawer of the beside table and drawn out a satin-lined box of condoms. "Standard rock-star equipment," he'd said with a sly smile.” ― April Lindner, Jane 

In this version, the author simply took the plot from Jane Eyre and set it in 21st century, with almost no changes. Except, much of Jane’s childhood was left out. We are ‘told’ Jane has suffered through a certain cruelty from her terrible siblings and her neglectful parents.

For those who have read and loved Jane Eyre, stay away from this book. You'll be very, very disappointed.  

Happy Reading -J

Review: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published October 14th, 2014
by Seventh Street Books
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. 

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

My thoughts…

The Life We Bury was selected by my library book club for this month’s read and it surprisingly wasn’t what I had expected. From the synopsis, I was expecting to read a novel focused on Carl, a Vietnam Veteran who tells his story to Joe about the events that led up to his conviction of murder. We get so much more, we get see the struggles Joe is having dealing with his alcoholic bipolar mother and his Autistic brother Jeremy, while trying to get by financially and continue as a college student.

When an English class assignment requires Joe to write a biography, Joe visits a local nursing home to interview a stranger, Carl. Carl is a convicted murderer, rapist, and arsonist who served 30 years in prison and is now in the nursing home, dying of pancreatic cancer. Carl is accused of the murder of a 14-year old girl who lived next door to him, but, did he really do it? Carl agrees to tell Joe his life story, calling it his 'dying declaration'.

“do you know what a dying declaration is?” I didn't, although I gave it a shot. “It's a declaration made by someone who is dying?” “It is a term of law,” he said. “If a man whispers the name of his killer and then dies, it's considered good evidence because there's a belief—an understanding—that a person who is dying would not want to die with a lie upon his lips. No sin could be greater than a sin that cannot be rectified, the sin you never get to confess.”
― Allen Eskens, The Life We Bury

As Joe begins to hear Carl's story he contacts Carl’s lawyer and begins going over the evidence and court transcripts that was used to convict Carl. While doing his own investigation work, Joe is taking care of his brother Jeremy while his mother is sitting in jail. Helping Joe is Lila, his neighbor. Joe is infatuated with Lila but she doesn’t want any kind of relationship because of her promiscuity in the past, she is trying to change her ways.

As the investigation leads to more questions of what happened 30 years ago, Joe gets himself and Lila into big trouble with the wrong people while playing detective.

I was instantly drawn into the story and the characters, not so much Lila for some reason. Even though some parts were predictable and bit over the top at the end, I did enjoy The Life We Bury.  

Happy Reading -J 

Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Saskia Maarleveld (Narrator)
Published August 25th, 2014 by Tantor Audio
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Dying sucks, and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things-including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming that Ember's curse is a gift, she thinks he's a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she's more than interested. There's just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities weird even her out. When Ember learns that the accident that turned her into a freak may not have been an accident at all, she's not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she gets to losing not only her heart but her life. For real this time.

My thoughts…

Ember died two years before in a car accident with her dad. Her little sister, Olivia, brought her back to life with her gifted touch. Since the accident Ember also has developed a gift with her touch, or a curse, everything she touches that is living dies.

For two years Ember has lived with scars covering her body, blue eye’s instead of brown like before and doing her best to avoid human interaction, all while trying to raise her little sister. Since the accident her mother has been despondent and doesn’t speak to anyone. Her father’s insurance money is running low and Ember is trying to make ends meet.

When Hayden shows up out of nowhere, he tells Ember that he can help her learn how to control her gift. She's more than interested, but she can’t find herself to trust Hayden’s adopted father, Jonathon, and the rest of Hayden’s gift family members.

Jonathon brings Ember, Olivia and their mother to his home and it is obvious that Jonathon is only interest in Olivia and her gift, Olivia couldn’t be happier with all the new toys and all the attention. Ember is a different story though, because of her touch, none of the other family members, besides Hayden wants her there at their home. I felt bad for Ember having to live in a home where she isn't wanted and being told daily that she should just leave.

Ember is drawn to Hayden, sparks fly between these two, but she wonders if she can trust him with his obvious devotion to his father. Hayden was very patience with Ember in helping her control her gift, he was the sweetest and I enjoyed his character very much.

Embers finds out that the accident that killed her and her father may not have been an accident at all but was a deliberate plan to get Olivia and her special gift. She is determined to find out the truth about what really happened and to protect Olivia.

I must admit that Cursed was not one of my favorite books by Jennifer L. Armentrout. After reading this, I was left with a lot of unanswered questions regarding Ember’s mother. I also didn’t care for the ending, it felt rushed and then it was tied all together in cute bow. I don’t regret reading, it’ just wasn’t a favorite.

Happy Reading -J 

Review: Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published June 8th, 2014
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.

Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.

One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?

With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.

Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.

My thoughts…

Bonnie and Finn are an unlikely pair who seem destined to cross paths, even though don’t meet under the best of circumstances. When Finn sees girl standing on the edge of a bridge he can’t turn away from helping her.

Bonnie is a very successful country singer who just performed her last show of her current tour. She is consumed with grief after the recent death of her twin sister, she also has a lot of hurt and anger that she wasn’t beside her sister when she passed away from leukemia. Her controlling grandma/manager kept hidden how sick her sister really was and didn’t tell Bonnie of her twins passing until after the funeral. To grandma, the show most go on, because of the cost of rescheduling tour dates and grandma was all about the money. All Bonnie wanted was an escape from her chaotic controlled life.

Finn is a Math genius and has had a rough few years. All he wants is to move forward and let go of the past. His twin brother was killer in a robbery gone bad and died in his arms. Even though Finn had no idea his brother was going to rob the convenient store, he was still convicted because he was the suspected getaway driver. He's dealing with a past that he’s not proud of, but he’s spent the last few years trying to get to a good place in his life. He has a job lined up in Las Vegas and his way out of town he notices Bonnie on the edge of the bridge. After saving her, he has no idea who she is or that she is a successful country singer.

“We weren't so different, Finn and I. Cages come in lots of colors and shapes. Some are gilded, while others have a slamming door. But golden handcuffs are still handcuffs.”
― Amy Harmon, Infinity + One

Together, they end up on a crazy journey, a journey about two very different people overcoming the obstacles stacked against them and finding each other when they least expected. It was wonderful seeing them finding love along the way.

“I love you Bonnie. So much that I hurt with it. And I hate it, and I love it, and I want it to go away, and I want it to stay forever....”
― Amy Harmon, Infinity + One

Overall, I did like Infinity + One, it is a slower paced book and has a lot of comparison to the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, sometimes too much. I was becoming very frustrated with Bonnie, she couldn’t seem to stand up to her grandma who was leaking stories to the press. Finn’s reputation was at risk because of him being an ex-con it was assumed that he kidnapped Bonnie and was holding her for ransom. She could have placed a call and stopped all the nonsense, but didn’t.

“Maybe I'll stop looking for real, now that I've found Infinity.”
― Amy Harmon, Infinity + One 

Happy Reading -J

Review: There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published October 4th, 2011 by Thomas Nelson
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Finley Sinclair is not your typical eighteen-year-old. She’s witty, tough, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, Finley needs to compose her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will.

She decides to study abroad in Ireland so she can follow Will’s travel journal. It’s the place he felt closest to God, and she’s hopeful being there will help her make peace over losing him. So, she agrees to an exchange program and boards the plane.

Beckett Rush, teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he meets Finley. She’s the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces her to be his assistant in exchange for his help as a tour guide.

Once in Ireland, Finley starts to break down. The loss of her brother and the pressure of school, her audition, and whatever it is that is happening between her and Beckett, leads her to a new and dangerous vice. When is God going to show up for her in this emerald paradise?

Then she experiences something that radically changes her perspective on life. Could it be God convincing her that everything she’s been looking for has been with her all along?

My thoughts…

This book was a surprise, I’ve read Christian Fiction and usually enjoy it, this book was different from what I’ve read in the past. It contained an overabundance of prayer and talk of God, the spiritual aspect wasn’t too preachy or felt forced on me, I did like the book, I just wasn’t expecting it.

Finley's older brother died in a terrorist attack and she was devastated. Her life spun out of control as she tried to cope with her loss. After a year of therapy Finley was still struggling with the death of her brother Will. Will spent time in Ireland and left a journal documenting his time there and how he found God. Finley goes to Ireland to see if she herself could speak to God and find answers, because she lost her faith along the way.

“To truly try means to accept God's love, his healing, to accept the world can be ugly, but your heart doesn't have to be. It takes courage, Finley the warrior. You haven't held on to your anger and bitterness in search of healing, but as a banner of your hurt. Because it's real and visible and strong, " she said. "But so is God's love and so are those arms he's holding out for you.”
― Jenny B. Jones, There You'll Find Me

I expected this story to be more of a teen-romance and it wasn’t present until the very end. I did enjoy the friendship that formed between Finley and Beckett. I liked that Beckett saw the physical signs that Finley was struggling and needed help, and he was there to make sure she had the help.

“God, help me with my immunity force field with this boy. Falling for him would bring nothing but trouble. And I've had plenty already.”
― Jenny B. Jones, There You'll Find Me

“Funny how when I was in this room, I breathed easier. When I saw her, the muscles in my shoulders loosened. I could just...be myself.”
― Jenny B. Jones, There You'll Find Me

Overall, it was a good read. If you're looking for a clean contemporary novel and don’t mind prayer, I would recommend this one.

Happy Reading -J

Stacking the Shelves #21

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks. 

I was really surprised this week when I realized that I didn’t make any book purchases. The two books I added to Kindle were freebies and I borrowed two books from the library (I just love the library).

Since I only have four books to share this week, I will add the synopsis for each and all book title links will take you to Goodreads.

What I added to Kindle:

Wild Irish (Wild Irish #1) by C.M. Seabrook –

I went searching for trouble and I found it. I just didn't expect to find it in the form of Cillian Gallagher. 

The gorgeously tatted lead singer and guitarist of Wild Irish, Cillian is everything I've always tried to stay away from. He's wild and dangerous. And exactly what I need to cross off number four on my bucket list. 

Kiss a complete stranger. 

It should have been that simple. But I wasn't prepared for the scorching heat that would ignite a passion, leaving us both gasping for air. 

It was never meant to be more than a fling. 

I didn't expect that when I left Ireland, I'd be leaving a piece of my heart, or how our lives would be intertwined even when we were thousands of miles apart. 

One last request. 

One life-changing list. 

One month of no regrets. 

I ran from my boring, simple life, straight into the arms of trouble. 

The thing with trouble is that it has a way of finding you, no matter where you go.

Dedicated burn surgeon Kate Sinclair shields her tender heart behind a white coat and a coolly professional manner. But something about the little patient the nurses dub “Iron Man” and his vital flyboy father challenges her as a doctor and a woman.

Since the car crash that killed his wife and almost took his son, pilot Patrick MacNeill’s life has revolved around his little boy. No one—no woman and certainly no interfering doctor—can intrude on their bond, forged in love and pain.

When little Jack’s care brings these two together, it ignites a passion they can’t ignore. But their growing involvement threatens Patrick’s emotional barriers and Kate’s professional future. With so much at stake, will she trust her judgment...or her heart?

This is what I borrowed from the library:

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (Audiobook) – Currently reading (listening to) and love it.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?


The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.


The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.


He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

This week I’m at my parents’ house in Cheyenne helping them do some things around the house. Yesterday we worked on putting up a new snow fence and today we are adding new cabinets in the kitchen. Hopefully I’ll find time to visit the used book stores while here.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves this week and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them. 

Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting. -J  

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Amy Rubinate (Narrator)
Published March 25th, 2013 by Tantor Media
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

My thoughts…

Samantha is the daughter of the Connecticut’s Senator and has lived next door to the large Garrett family for many years. Samantha takes nothing for granted, despite having money from her trust fund mother, Samantha works several jobs, studies hard and always follows the rules her mother has, unlike her rebellious older sister.

Samantha spends her nights on balcony her roof watching the loud, chaotic, loving and affectionate family next door. She never judges them like her mother does, she just wishes that she could have what the Garrett's have. Then one night Jase climbs her trellis and joins her and everything changes for her. 

“The Garretts were my bedtime story, long before I ever thought I’d be part of the story myself.”
― Huntley Fitzpatrick, My Life Next Door

Jase and Samantha's relationship builds easily that leads slowly to young love. But Samantha knows her mother would not be happy that she has fallen in love with Jase. Samantha's mother is completely unaware of her daughter's life next door because she is too focused on her own political campaign and her newly much younger boyfriend. Despite how different Jase and Samantha families are, they form such an incredible bond and it is a pleasure to see their love for each other grow.

“I can't help but notice that...well, you're in my life...at our house, with my family, in my world. But am I really in yours?....” ― Huntley Fitzpatrick, My Life Next Door

“It is as if everything else in the world stops as we lie here in the summer night.” ― Huntley Fitzpatrick, My Life Next Door

Samantha is faced with doing the right thing when she realizes that her mother has affected the Garrett family with her actions. They find themselves facing a very real crisis and could ultimately tear them apart.

My Life Next Door is an extremely sweet and beautiful romance, it went straight to my heart. I am very much looking forward to reading more books by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

Happy Reading -J

Review: The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published December 2nd, 2010 by Penguin
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Kim Edwards’s stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century—in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that winter night long ago.

A family drama, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter explores every mother's silent fear: What would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? It is also an astonishing tale of love and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets are finally uncovered.

 My thoughts…

This is my first book by Kim Edwards and was selected by my library book club for July. When I began reading The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, I was so sure that it would be a five-star read for me. But, as the story began to unfold I had mixed feelings and I’m disappointed that I didn’t particularly care for it as much as I had hoped.

It's 1964 when Dr. David Henry’s wife Norah goes into labor and due to a blizzard with dangerous driving conditions Dr. Henry has no other choice but to take his wife to his nearby clinic instead of the hospital. He calls in another doctor and a nurse to assist with the delivery, but the doctor can’t get through due to the snow, which leaves David and his nurse Caroline to deliver the twins. The twins were completely unexpected so when the second baby, his daughter is born, David is in complete shook and even more so when he sees that she has Down's Syndrome.

In the moment David makes a rash decision to give his newborn daughter, Phoebe, to his nurse Caroline. David lost his own sister when she was twelve because of a heart problem and he wanted to spare his wife, himself and his newborn son Paul, the pain of possibly having to bury a child early because of complications that may come along with Down’s Syndrome. Caroline is to take the baby to a home and leave her in the care of other nurses. When Caroline gets there and see’s the conditions she realizes that she cannot leave the baby in such a place. Caroline decides to take Phoebe home with her and to raise her as her own. David then lies to his wife and tells her that their daughter died at childbirth.

This is about the time my disappointment begins, we get to see how his choice to give up his daughter and lie to his wife affects himself, Norah and Paul. We also see how Caroline is raising Phoebe. I had tremendous sympathy for Norah while she was grieving the death of her daughter, that is until she turned into a selfish adulteress. After the beach house vacation incident, I begin to care less for the characters and the story but I read on, hopeful for a reunion with Phoebe. I disliked the extremely long descriptions of things, I would have rather had more character interaction than have ordinary things described to me. The introduction of Rosemary was just strange, and then he brings her home to live with his family. I felt he was using Rosemary as a replacement for his sister who died and his daughter that he never got to know. I had to read to the very end just to get a reunion with Phoebe, and David wasn’t there, what happened to David just made me angry and I didn’t like that the author added that.

Overall, I didn't really care for The Memory Keeper’s Daughter all that much and I was surprised that so many of the book club members did liked it.

Happy Reading -J

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer
(The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Hardcover, 550 pages
Published February 4th, 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

My thoughts…

This series just keeps getting better and better. I really enjoy all the new characters and having the fairy-tales entwine within each. In this book, we get to know Cress, a girl locked away all by herself in a satellite and based on the fairy tale character Rapunzel. Where Cinder is a thinker and Scarlet is feisty, Cress is lovable, charming and naïve, she has only learned about relationships and interacting with others from watching transmissions from her satellite.

The novel begins with Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet, Wolf, and Iko on a mission to rescue Cress from her satellite. During the rescue mission things go horribly wrong, Scarlet is taken, tortured and held captive on Lunar. A Lunar Royal Guard, Jacin, ends up on the ship with Cinder. Thorne and Cress are sent crashing into Earth and up stranded in the Sahara Desert. During the crash to Earth, Thorne was injured, resulting in blindness. The interaction between Thorne and Cress was wonderful, but I must be honest, their trek through the desert wasn’t all that entertaining, I wanted them to walk faster!

“Captain?""Yeah?""Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?"He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. "No. I'm pretty sure it was Cinder.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress

“Captain,” she murmured.“I think I’m in love with you.”An eyebrow shot up. She counted six beats of his heart before, suddenly, he laughed.“Don’t tell me it took you two whole days to realize that. I must be losing my touch.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress

When the gang meets up and forms a plan to stop the marriage between Queen Levana Emperor Kai the action picks up.

“All right, Miss Cryptic. What's the new plan, then?"Glancing around the room, Cinder tipped up her chin. "It starts with kidnapping the groom."Iko's hand shot into the air.
"Yes, Iko?""That is the best idea ever. Count me in.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress
Iko is always adorable and I was happy that she finally got the body that she always wanted. Thanks to Thorne for winning a pleasure android in a poker game.
 “See? Injustice. Here we are, risking our lives to rescue Kai and this whole planet, and Adri and Pearl get to go to the royal wedding. I’m disgusted. I hope they spill soy sauce on their fancy dresses.” Jacin’s concern turned fast to annoyance. “Your ship has some messed-up priorities, you know that?” “Iko. My name is Iko. If you don’t stop calling me the ‘ship,’ I am going to make sure you never have hot water during your showers again, do you understand me?” “Yeah, hold that thought while I go disable the speaker system.” “What? You can’t mute me. Cinder!”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress

While Scarlet is held captive, we get our first real glimpse at the Lunar Princess, Winter. Time to move onto the next book in the series.

Happy Reading -J

“Maybe great, epic romances don't just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cress