Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don’t Control You by Joyce Meyer

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1 out of 5

I picked this book up hoping it would give me skills to better parent.  Like getting annoyed so quickly or not hiding my heightened emotions from my kids.  This book gave me none of those skills. In fact, reading this through the eyes of someone who suffered from Postpartum Depression, I was kind of frustrated with a lot of the main points of this book.  It just seemed like awful advice!  For example, when you have a bad day you talk about your moods or you’ll tell someone how you’re feeling, but when you have a good day you don’t do that.  So I read that initially and I was like, yeah, I should be more into saying “I’m in a great mood today!” or something more along those positivity lines.   But that wasn’t Meyer’s point in the book.  She was pointing to the idea if you are feeling low or bad, you should also keep that to yourself.  I’m so against that idea because I think it’s dangerous.  Especially to moms who are already isolated from a lot of interaction from other adults.  Whew, rant over.  For this reason, and some others, this book was a MAJOR miss for me.

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The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1) by Sarah Morgenthaler

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What’s this? Another old review that I’ve stumbled upon?  Yupp… You know me, I love to draft without publishing or fine tuning anything and then have 92727390218 drafts!  Don’t worry, I’m working on it!  This one comes at you from March 2020.

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Thank you Netgalley for the ARC of this book which comes out on May 5, 2020.

All I keep thinking while reading chapter one is, why does the author keep repeating the characters names all the time? Graham and Zoey. Almost every sentence starts with their name, it seems like! Seriously… Why?

Do you ever read a book and think that perhaps the author is either way smarter than you are (a very likely case) or from somewhere other than America (a less likely case)? Because as I was reading I thought some phrasing was a bit off. And at one point asked the question: what the heck is a cudgel?  I still don’t know the answer as to whether or not the author is perhaps British but I did look up a cudgel and can say definitively that the author’s diction is far superior to my own. 

I know that people like to liken the hero in this book to Luke from Gilmore Girls.  The classic grumpy diner owner in a small town.  But… well let’s be honest, I’m team Christopher. Perhaps herein lies the problem as I trudge forward with this read.

In the end, I had to DNF this book (did not finish).  I was so excited to get my hands on it but after seeing the characters interact, I feel confident that I’m not the right reader for this book. 

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Hands down By Mariana Zapata

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Before he was Big Texas, he was Zac the Snack Pack. Bianca Brannen knows time—mostly—heals all wounds. Including those your once loved ones might have unintentionally given you. (Those just take longer.) She thinks she’s ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. Or at least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before the lights, the fans, and the millions, he’d been a skinny kid with a heart of gold. Waltzing out of Zac Travis’s life should be easy. Just as easy as he walked out of hers.

1.5 out of 5

🔥🔥🔥  out of 5 steam.

There’s one sex scene at the very end of the book that can be easily skipped. There is cursing in the book.

Let’s get into what I didn’t like about the book. Okay… It’s fairly obvious I liked almost nothing. But I read the WHOLE thing. Well I say that but like most MZ books, I skimmed a lot of inner dialogue. Bc her books desperately need editing.

Shall we talk nicknames yet? Bibi, little Texas, big Texas, snack pack, kiddo. That’s right…I ended on kiddo. Because Zac calls Bianca that the WHOLE book. I hated it. There was a bit of an age gap. But…no, I am not rooting for a couple who uses kiddo as a term of endearment.

I think she tried so hard to convince the reader of a friend’s to lovers romance that she went too far. They were literally throwing farts in each other’s faces. I wish I was joking about that.

Shall we touch base on inner monologue yet? I cannot….CANNOT… Get behind one person talking and then multiple pages of inner dialogue before the main character responds!!!! That is weird! Who would wait that long to respond in a conversation?! It doesn’t make any sense.

This isn’t going to win me any awards for bashing her dedication in the book. I know that. But seriously… I went into this book thinking her husband died while she was writing it. I actually almost DNFed it early on (I always go through this debate for MZ books bc….editing) but I felt a sense of loyalty to her to read it bc she wrote it during a time when her husband died. Why did I think that? Well, because the dedication is as follows: “To my greatest friend and teacher. The absolute love of my life. Dorian, this book and my whole life is dedicated to your memory.” Upon further research…Dorian is her dog. A great dane to be specific. Do I care that she dedicated the book to her dog? No, not really actually. Do I care that she phrased it in a way that made me think it was her husband? Yes!!! It bothered me the WHOLE time I was reading it!!

Last but not least- my least favorite plot device was used… communication issues. Bianca kept everything to herself. Zac would have to drag the smallest of answers out of her. For like 50% of the book. Finally somewhere around 67%ish they clear up the issues. And if you’re waiting for the couple from The Wall Of Winnipeg to show up (which is awesome!) you’ll have to wait until about 80% into the book. (And if you made it there, then you even saw a Lukov cameo around 64%!). What’s the premise of the communication issues, you ask? Basically Bianca was childhood friends with Zac and is upset with Zac about not keeping in touch with her. But she doesn’t tell him that… How hard is it to say that?! For a book that is literally 529 pages, I just did not like that being the driving plot point.

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25 days Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander

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Ready for a mini review?  I’ve never done one before but I decided to DNF (do not finish) this book but still review it. (I mean, how else am I supposed to remember that I’ve read it?!  Okay I do use goodreads…good point.  Nonetheless I am doing a mini review!)

1 out of 5

Okay,  I really enjoyed the setup in the first few chapters.

At page 41 I’m already getting tired of the reiteration that she’s worried about money but thinking about getting a Christmas tree.  So far it’s kind of a depressing read.

Jury is still out on if I’ll find jack too annoying or not with this- screaming when touched in crowds thing.  Okay after reading a little further I do find it annoying.

Could use more scenes from Daniel…

No word on the steam rating for this book because I didn’t get that far.

Okay stopping this book. This is a real downer- not a fun Christmassy book by any means. I’ve just been alerted about MORE trigger warnings– so far the list is suicide, terminal illness, sexual assault.

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My Bare Lady by Piper Sheldon

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Suzie Samuels is the only thing standing between Clifford and his life’s work. All he has to do is change everything about her. Perception creates reality and Clifford Rutledge needs the irascible stripper to prove it. Suzie Samuels is set to prove once and for all she’s more than Short Fuse Suze, stripper for the Black Demons and renowned motorcycle arsonist. If all it takes is hard work, then Suzie knows how to work it hard. But Suzie’s scandalous spirit tests Clifford’s resolve. And Clifford’s buttoned-up bullying is driving Suzie bonkers. Can Clifford move past their differences long enough to pull off the impossible task of changing the bare lady into a fair lady? More importantly, as perceptions shift and priorities change, will he want to?

1 out of 5

I didn’t get far enough into the book for an accurate steam rating. I feel confident from the subject matter saying that it was at least 3+

The premise of this book is supposed to be a take on My Fair Lady. Yes, please…sign me up! Unfortunately the heroine and I just couldn’t seem to bond. I’ll start by saying the heroine in this book is a stripper working at a club called the G-spot. She had some tie in with Jethro Winston (from ____) and had joined a rival motorcycle club of the Iron Wraiths (called the black demons). If you’re a still tracking with me, then you’re about 7% into the book. She doesn’t see a way out of the life she has but thinks of herself as better than most of the other strippers there. I love the idea of a my fair Lady retelling but this premise was a bit much for me. I quickly realized I wasn’t the right reader for this book.

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Not The Girl You Marry by Andie J Christopher

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*This title releases Nov 12, 2019

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Jack Nolan is a gentleman, a journalist, and unlucky in love. His viral success has pigeon-holed him as the how-to guy for a buzzy, internet media company instead of covering hard-hitting politics. Fed up with his fluffy articles and the app-based dating scene as well, he strikes a deal with his boss to write a final piece de resistance: How to Lose a Girl. Easier said than done when the girl he meets is Hannah Mayfield, and he’s not sure he wants her to dump him.Hannah is an extremely successful event planner who’s focused on climbing the career ladder. Her firm is one of the most prestigious in the city, and she’s determined to secure her next promotion. But Hannah has a bit of an image problem. She needs to show her boss that she has range, including planning dreaded, romantic weddings. Enter Jack. He’s the perfect man to date for a couple weeks to prove to her boss that she’s not scared of feelings. Before Jack and Hannah know it, their fake relationship starts to feel all too real—and neither of them can stand to lose each other.

1 out of 5

🔥🔥🔥🔥 out of 5 steam level

 

This book started off really strong for me.  Reading the Author’s Note at the beginning of the book- you got a taste of why the author started out writing this book to begin with.  In this case the author wrote specifically about being biracial and dating what the difficulties she faced with that.  Being biracial myself, I was really excited to read this book – you know I’ve mentioned one of the coolest things about reading the romance genre is getting to read characters that are more like me on the pages of a book!  Well… it was a short lived excitement- as I dove into the pages I found the main character to be someone who constantly brought up race.  Constantly.  My interpretation while reading was not that the people around her were constantly judging her race necessarily, or that she didn’t fit it. But rather that she was unable to move on from periods in her life where she was judged.  I just really needed her to go to therapy… but that wasn’t supposed to be the takeaway in the book.

Remember the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days? Well this book is basically a rip off of that movie if you switched the gender roles and made the guy the jerk and the girl the one who needed to stay in the relationship.  Reading about a douche guy who I’m supposed to be rooting for, just didn’t work for me. I rolled my eyes so many times in the beginning and got so tired of “private parts” references… seriously.

If you didn’t know it, I’m not into nicknames in books. It VERY rarely works for me… I think the only time I can remember it working for me was in With This Heart by R.S. Grey.  Well in this book he immediately starts calling her Duchess… and then later explains because she’s propper/classy.  These are not words that I would ever use to describe her.  In fact part of the whole entire storyline is that she is using him to be taken more seriously at work because she’s known as a bachelor party event planner instead of a classy event planner…

I could go on and on but why?  This book was rough.  In the end, I decided to DNF this book because life is too short for books you’re not enjoying (and I’ve been pushing through WAY too many bad books right now).

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Prose Before Bros (Green Valley Library #3) by Cathy Yardley

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Nothing about being a librarian prepared Thuy Nguyen for such a wide variety of casseroles. Or life in a small town. Or becoming a farmer. But what can she do when her catastrophe-prone best friend begs her for help? After all, Maddy has always been there for Thuy. It’s time to return the favor. It’s simple really, all she has to do is: learn everything about farming ASAP, save her BFF’s family business from disaster, and avoid being caught staring at Maddy’s biker brother, and his muscles, and his smile, and his soulful, sexy eyes. Oh yeah, and she should definitely not fall in love with him. Easy, right? . . . Right.

1 out of 5(I didn’t get far enough into the book to give it an accurate steam rating)

Drill was not striking my fancy physically or personality wise. I’m not into the iron wraiths (reminder that this is the motorcycle club in this Peenyverse)! I just don’t like the whole motorcycle club (MC) thing in general- and unfortunately one of our main characters is an integral part of the MC.

Thuy brought the diversity in the book- she’s from NorCal (heyoh, I see you my old stomping grounds!).  She has a complicated past (though I never got far enough to discover what it was), and she is Asian.  From what I read from her (other than her attraction to Drill…which I did not get at all) I liked her.

The main reason I decided to DNF (did not finish) this book was that I simply couldn’t connect with it. By the time I finished chapter ten, I had made notes that there were too many redundant sentiments or sentences that I couldn’t move past. Also it was clear where the Drill MC storyline was going.  (With the MC using him for money and him not wanting to go through with their plan but feeling obligated- and I couldn’t sit through that). You know how I feel about my protagonists needing a LOT of gumption! A lot of gumption.

So alas, I was not the right reader for this book unfortunately. But if you enjoy motorcycle clubs and the Pennyverse (smartypants romances) then this one could still be for you!

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