Friday, February 14, 2020

Meant to Be Yours Book Review

I put a book on reserve when I saw it on the new release section because I love the books by this author.  I didn't know what series it was part of but I knew that I needed to read Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc) by Susan Mallery.  I was super happy to find out that it was part of the Happily Inc series.  It is the 5th book in the series and even more exciting news is that I checked it out on Amazon and there is 6th book in the series too but currently only available for preorder so I know that I need to be patient!!

Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.  After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.  Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

Renee is working at Weddings Out of the Box in the small town of Happily Inc and enjoying her new life.  She works hard to make sure that the bride and groom have the wedding of their dreams.  She asks all the questions to make sure that they have thought of everything.  Renee is working extra hard because her boss is out with a new baby.  She is working six days a week with Monday being the only day off.  It is also the down day for everyone else so there is a game night at the local bar.  Renee goes out with friends and sees famous writer, Jasper, who is just back from a book tour.  They partners in the game leave because it is their first night away from their new baby. Renee and Jasper are left to talk and get to know each other.  They both decide that they could have a no strings attached fling with no future.  Renee thinks that her past heart breaks mean that she is no good at love and Jasper things that his time in the military has left him broken and unable to love.  The decide that they are the perfect match.  Jasper jumps into writing another book and needs Renee's help to finish the new characters in the book.  You have to pick up the book to find out what happens with the new book and the new relationship.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Love With A Perfect Cowboy Book Review

I was working on the series that I was reading but I was missing a book in the series so there was a brief pause to reserve it at the library.  It came in quickly so I started reading it after another book.  Love With a Perfect Cowboy: A Cupid, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde was the 4th book in the series.  This one was interesting because it started in New York City so I was wondering if they were going to be in Cupid, Texas in the book.

Melody Spencer had long-ago wiped the dust of Cupid, Texas, off her cute shoes . . . and done her best to forget the chiseled jaw and strong arms of cowboy Luke Spencer. Their families might be part of a long-time feud, but he was her very first love, even if it turned out they never wanted the same things.  But now Luke's come striding back into her life, tempting her with the memories of long, lazy evenings and hot, passionate kisses. And he has an ulterior motive—as Mayor of Cupid, he knows Melody's business savvy can help save their beloved hometown. His smooth talking might get her to Texas, but that doesn't mean he'll get her in his bed. Still, people do say love can be more perfect the second time around . . .

I thought that this book was different from the other books in the series with enough of the small town charm to have you interested in the same characters who we have met in previous books.  Melody had left Cupid to make a life for herself in New York City.  She is now right where she wants to be with a great job and famous boyfriend.  Never does she say she likes her job or her boyfriend but it is what she has been working towards for years.  She goes into work one day and meets with her boss.  She is fired and her life is turned upside down.  She goes home to her apartment that she is sharing with her boyfriend and finds that he has packed up all her stuff and left it in the lobby.  She has no job and no apartment.  At that exact moment, in walks Luke Spencer from her hometown.  He says that he is going to take her out to dinner and then gives her a mission to save the town of Cupid. They are going through a big drought and many shops and stores are having to close.  You have to pick up the book to find out what happens but I promise that you won't be let down.  It is a good story that has you wondering what is going to happen next for this small town.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wrapped Up in You Book Review

I put this book on reserve because it was the new release in a series that I had just finished reading.  I was excited when it came on my reserve shelf.  Wrapped Up in You: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis was book 8 out of 8 books in the series.

After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.  Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-term plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.

I thought that this was a great book to learn about the newer character that we didn't know much about, Ivy Snow.  She runs the food truck in the neighborhood where most of the story takes place where people live and work.  She keeps herself separate from others that are in a tight knit group of friends because she is used to protecting herself.  She realizes that she has friends if she just reaches out to them but not until Kel comes into her life.  He is there to visit with his friends and just happens to be the one person that she doesn't want to trust because he is a cop.  Kel is there for her when her food truck gets broken into and he stays with her to help clean up.  Kel and Ivy become really close and he starts to realize that she is lying when she is talking about her brother.  He doesn't call her out on it but wonders what the truth is until he learns.  These two become closer but you have to pick up the book to find out how Ivy tries to block everything until she can't anymore.  I hope that you enjoy this book and the rest of the fun series as much as I have.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Protective One Book Review

I reserved The Protective One (3) (Walnut Creek Series, The) by Shelley Shepard Gray before I knew anything about it because I saw it in the new release section online.  It came on my reserve shelf so I was ready to read it and figure out what it was about.  I figured out that I didn't read the rest of this series!!  WHAT?  I started with the third book in the series.  Going back and reserving the others in the series to catch up now.

The tragic and untimely death of an old friend has made Elizabeth Anne rethink not only her priorities but her courtship with David, her longtime neighbor and suitor. Though he’s Mennonite like herself and has her parents’ approval, she feels that a spark is missing. Desperate for a change, she breaks things off—wondering if, perhaps, she’s the one who’s missing a spark.

When her family becomes upset with her decision, E.A. turns to her friends for support. One of them is Will, a man with a good heart who has always been there for her. As the two bond over their shared struggle to navigate a future that everyone else seems to have figured out, they are surprised to realize that they have feelings for each other.

But E.A.’s world takes a sudden turn when she realizes that she’s not the only one struggling—Marta, one of her sewing students, is in desperate need of protection. With the aid of Will and several other friends, Elizabeth Anne begins a journey that is more difficult and rewarding than she could have ever that ultimately enables her to find everything she’s been searching for.

In this latest installment in the Walnut Creek series that “both delights and surprises” (Leslie Gould, bestselling author), Shelley Shepard Gray pens a powerful and poignant tale of friendship, courage, and love.

I am starting with this book so I didn't have a background but the book started with the loss of a close friend of Elizabeth Anne, EA to her friends.  EA is dealing with the loss of her friend and her odd relationship with her beau, David.  When David says something negative about EA's friend, EA breaks up with him.  David doesn't move on and keeps telling lies about her to her friends and family.  EA becomes closer to her friend Will and they end up dating.  EA is also working in the local fabric shop and teaching sewing classes.  She has one student that she is worried about but she isn't sure what is going on with her.  EA is working hard to be there for everyone in her life but you have to pick up the book to find out what happens.  There is no shortage of adventure and character building.  I hope that you check out this book and the rest of the series for yourself.  Make sure you know that this is not the first book in the series so start with which ever book you would like.

Monday, February 10, 2020

January Month End Reading Review

I am trying to do better this year of tracking the books that I have read over the month so that I can keep to my goal of reading over 100 books a year. Here is hoping that I can keep better track this year of the books that I read every month. 

Below are the books that I have read and you can click on the title to see my summary and original review to see if it is something you want to add to your list.

January Books Read 8

Books Reading Currently:

The Protective One


Menu Plan Monday 2/10

Pasta with Sausage Sauce and Garlic Bread
Baked Potato Soup with cheese and bacon
Simple Fried Rice with Egg Rolls
Rosemary Chicken with egg noodles
Steaks and baked potatoes
Leftovers (soup and paninis)
Chicken Fries, Chicken Wraps and homemade fries and tater tots

Last week we had pasta on Monday, Rosemary and Chicken Casserole Tuesday and moved things around Chicken Tacos to have Wednesday because I thawed the chicken earlier then I needed.  We had Philly Cheese Steak Pasta on Thursday.  We had two Wewalka Pizzas on Friday instead of fixing all the leftovers before heading back to school for Bingo night.  Saturday my son went to a sleepover and had Pizza Hut and we have leftovers and things from the freezer.  Sunday was Chicken fries, Chicken Wraps and homemade french fries.  It was a busy week but having a plan really helped to get the meals on the table every night.

I have enjoyed being ahead and getting the whole month calendar done because I haven't done that the last few months.  We really don't have that much left in the freezer to make meals after we finish the month so I know that I will be looking for some stock up sales going forward.  I was excited to add homemade pizzas when I got the Wewalka pizza dough for $0.50 each.  I cleaned out the fridge today and wiped down all the shelves.  I got rid of things and combined things so that I could get a better idea of what was in the fridge.  I did find a pouch of yogurt on the top shelf that was shoved to the back which was expired and moved the corn meal into a container for the freezer.

I was super excited to make a loaf of bread, make two corn bread mixes for the cupboard, make nutella hand pies (from free pie crusts), and baked potato soup.  Super excited to get to eat Baked Potato Soup this week since I didn't get it made last week.  Super frugal meal and great for the cold days!!  I used homemade chicken broth from the freezer, made my own cream of chicken soup from milk and a few other ingredients, and then chopped up the frozen hash browns that I got on sale for $0.50.  I added the block of cream cheese that was free and I froze immediately so I would have it when I needed it.  I will add instant mashed potatoes tomorrow while it is heating so that it will thicken the soup because it is a little thin.

Hope you have a yummy week planned!!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Somebody to Love Book Review

I started a new series and I was trying to make sure that I kept it in order but I really had a hard time keeping track of the books in order.  Somebody to Love: A Cupid, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde was the third one.  I finished it and wished that I could start the next in the series but I had to head back to my sheet of paper to see which book came next and see if I got it out of the library.

Sexy cowboy-scholar Jericho Chance always knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. And after sauntering back home to Cupid, he’s shocked to discover that he wants Zoey McCleary. After years from home, he takes one new look at his bubbly best friend, with her lightning smarts and luscious body, and it hits him like a bolt: she’s his somebody to love and he’s not leaving town again without her. Settling down always seemed like a time waster to Zoey, a man magnet with a trail of broken hearts behind her. She’s not meant to settle down—but how can she resist someone as persuasive as Jericho? There’s no way they can ignore the explosive chemistry seething between them . . . even if it means risking their friendship . . .

I thought the mystery and intrigue in this book was really interesting.  It was like the movie where you want to yell at the screen that they should talk to each other because the two main characters both have pieces to the puzzle that might help the other figure things out and they are best friends but going through a lot of transitions in their relationship.  It was interesting to see how the best friends Jericho and Zoey change when they realize that they should be together.  Jericho is working towards his full time position at the local school teaching archeology but his past means that his stipulation is that he can't get involved with any students.  Zoey has decided to go on the archeology dig which is Jericho's trial run at working for the local school.  The tough part is that she is out of money so she has to get special permission to get the money out of her trust fund and the limitation is that if she quits, she will not get any more money from her trust fund so there is a lot on the line.  I thought that this was a fun book that really had you on the edge of your seat.  I had a hard time putting it down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next.  I hope that you check out this book and see if you enjoy it too.