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Book Review: Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: February 13, 2018

This book has the medical drama, excitement, and steamy work romance of Gray’s Anatomy, and the female bonds, motherhood struggles, secrets, heartbreak, and wit of Big Little Lies tied up in one delectable package. I LOVED it, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Edelweiss, NetGalley, Berkley Publishing, and Kimmery Martin for the opportunity.

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This book is about friendships.

The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous, and immediately caught my eye.

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This is the story of Zadie Anson and Emma Colley, who have been best friends since they met in medical school when they were in their early twenties.

Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers — Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are busy but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague upends their stable routines.

As chief resident and primary handsome hunk, Nick Xenokostas AKA Dr. X, was the center of Zadie’s life–both in and out of work– until he breaks her heart. Zadie has moved on, but Nick’s unexpected reappearance shocks both Zadie and Emma for different reasons that are slowly uncovered as the book progresses. Emma has been keeping a secret that will rip Zadie’s heart into pieces.

I think this quote from Buddha sums up the basis for this story: Three things cannot be long hidden – the sun, the moon, and the truth. Continue reading “Book Review: Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin”

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**Blog Tour** Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and a #Giveaway for a Kindle Fire! #BookReview @BerkleyPub

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Publish Date: February 6, 2018.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Next Year in Havana!

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Camila Cabello‘s soulful song, Havana, comes to mind when I think of this book.

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Special thanks to Chanel Cleeton, NetGalley, and Berkley Publishing for the privilege of previewing this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is essentially a beautifully written love letter to Cuba.

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After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity—and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution…

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest—until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage. Continue reading “**Blog Tour** Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and a #Giveaway for a Kindle Fire! #BookReview @BerkleyPub”

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Book Review: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: January 23, 2018

This story introduces the reader to the world of CIA counterintelligence and Russian sleeper cells.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Random House – Ballatine, and Karen Cleveland for allowing me to preview this book.

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When I picture a sleeper cell, I think of a container where a baby take a nap. Or a sleeping bag for a child’s sleepover. And maybe counterintelligence means anti-smart?

As you can see, I am ignorant new to these terms, so I had to look it up. Wikipedia defines counterintelligence as “information gathered and activities conducted to protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations or persons or international terrorist activities.”

And a sleeper cell is a secretive group of spies or terrorist agents that remain inactive within a target population until ordered to act.

Now you know. Fascinating! Continue reading “Book Review: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland”

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Happy Release Day! Artemis by Andy Weir

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I am very excited that Artemis by Andy Weir is being released TODAY! 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: November 14, 2017

I highly recommend this book!

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Artemis is a fast-paced, standalone action/adventure story about a heist that takes place on a city on the moon. The main character is Jazz Bashara, a twentysomething smart, funny and resourceful porter who delivers packages with a side job of smuggling. I describe her as “MacGyver-esque”.

Who the heck is MacGyver!? MacGyver is an American action-adventure TV show from the mid-80s/early 90s about top secret government agent Angus MacGyver.

Wikipedia describes MacGyver as, “Resourceful and possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of the physical sciences, he solves complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects, along with his ever-present Swiss Army knifeduct tape, and occasionally matches. He favors non-violent resolutions and prefers not to handle a gun……Oh my goodness, this is Jazz and I think Andy Weir based her off of MacGyver!

I dove into this book without any expectations. I have not read The Martian. I do not know anything about Andy Weir. And I usually avoid science fiction novels. So I surprised myself by loving this book!

Why do I love this book? It is everything that I hoped it would be. The writing is phenomenal, the plot is fast paced, the characters are well developed and interesting, it’s realistic, and the setting is unusual and very memorable. I didn’t even realize that I was learning something about science!

If everyone wrote like Andy Weir, I would read more science fiction books.

Here is my full review: https://wordpress.com/posts/readthisnotthat.blog?s=artemis

 

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**Blog Tour** The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen #BookReview @StMartinsPress #MeetTheMrs

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Publish Date: January 9, 2018.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wife Between Us!

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The quote below is from this article. I think it’s very relevant to the theme of this book.

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Two women. One is older, one is younger. One marriage is over, the other is about to start.

Nellie and Vanessa love the same man – Richard. Nellie is engaged to him; Vanessa is the former spouse. Sounds like your typical love triangle, right? YOU ARE WRONG!  This book will turn you on your side. You think that you know each woman’s story. Just as you get to know Nellie and Vanessa and you start to predict what happens next… BAM! Surprise! Details are uncovered that leave you feeling ambushed and flabbergasted. It’s been a while since a book has done this to me.

Continue reading “**Blog Tour** The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen #BookReview @StMartinsPress #MeetTheMrs”

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Happy Release Day ~ Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

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DROP EVERYTHING AND READ THIS NOW!!!

I am very excited that Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda is being released TODAY! This book has so many different book covers, each cover giving the indication of something foreboding and suspenseful. Which one is your favorite?

I recommend that you READ THIS NOW. This book has an unusual plot with unexpected twist and turns and a satisfying ending. You will love to HATE the main character, Paul Strom!

The story begins with Paul Strom whisking his lovely wife Mia away on a romantic weekend at their lake house. They are a beautiful couple that has everything. It starts out happy, sunny, romantic and light. Continue reading “Happy Release Day ~ Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda”

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Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

 

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My Rating: 5 of 5 bright shiny stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: November 14, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

Books Like This: The Martian

I am so excited to share my book review with you!

A heist story set on the moon.

I dove into this book without any expectations. I have not read The Martian. I do not know anything about Andy Weir. And I usually avoid science fiction novels. But the plot is intriguing so I decided to give this a try.

I was hooked at the first chapter and I would have read this book in one setting if I could.

What is artemis_ Continue reading “Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir”