Burned Bridges of Ward Nebraska by Eileen Curtright

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There are no secrets in a small town. For someone like Rebecca, that can get awkward.

Rebecca Meer’s hometown of Ward, Nebraska, is small—so small that she can’t even sneak home after a drunken girls’ night without running into at least three people she knows. But she has bigger problems than her reputation. The head doctor at her fertility clinic is losing his mind, and his wild behavior could cost them the business. Her super successful ex-boyfriend has blown back into town and somehow become her son’s fifth-grade teacher—now her son is asking awkward questions about the end of their relationship. Rebecca can’t even run the PTA’s annual food drive without getting mixed up with criminals. In Eileen Curtright’s astute comedy, we see just how far a stressed-out single parent will go to be the “perfect” mother.

The people in this town are nuts! A principal who isn’t a principal, a teacher who isn’t a teacher and women hell bent on medicating their children with the latest in ADHD meds, throw in some criminal antics for the annual food drive and you have the start of how things are going to go.

In England there is an expression “Mad half hour” where someone goes off kilter for a short period and then goes back to their usual self…. Well this whole town seems to have a mad half hour and then some! The cast of characters are wide and varied but really well written and a fun book to read.   I have to say that Dr Thad’s behaviour was downright funny! Not so much in what he said but the way he acted. Kevin Holts is bent on warping the young 5th grade minds he is in charge of. Becky starts off as the only sane person in the town but as things decent more and more into madness she is slowly sucked into it. The only seemingly voice of reason has lost hers.

To be honest when I started it I wasn’t sure where it was going but I was glad I stuck around for the ride! I laughed quite a bit in parts and it’s one of those light fun reads we all need now and again.

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4/5 stars

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Cover Reveal: Rock Redemption (bk #3) by Nalini Singh

Releasing: October 6thFrom New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh comes the next contemporary romance in the Rock Kiss series…

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting–needing–to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

  
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ROCK KISS series reading order:

Rock Kiss (bk #1)

Rock Courtship (bk #1.5)

Rock Hard (bk #2)

  
Meet the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a beautiful, charismatic guitarist with a dark past. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her websiteSlave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angel’s Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don’t forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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Alive by Chandler Baker

23268484Stella Cross’s heart is poisoned.

 After years on the transplant waiting list, she’s running out of hope that she’ll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.

Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone’s radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.

 Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?

 After all, the heart never lies…does it?

 

Stella is the good girl, the one who studies hard even though she is out of school more than in it. She has two supportive friends who have stuck by her thick and thin. When she meets Levi she has found the person who has stopped the constant pain in her chest after her transplant. When she is around him she is a different person and slowly starts to push those closest to her away. But will they be there when she needs them the most?

I have to say that I did like Stella at the start but when she hooked up with Levi she turned into an instant cling bitch that couldn’t be away from Levi for even a moment. She really annoyed me to the point that I was ready to give up on this book. I kept putting it down cause I was fed up with her attitude. I could understand why the writer made Stella so frustrating the more I read but it was hard going for a while. When things started to get creepy and odd I got interested again. I started to theorise  just who her donor heart belonged to. I kept thinking one thing or another but was just blown away by where the book took me.

It has a lot going for it and the creepy gory parts were confusing at first but added so much to the storyline and once things started to ramp up I was hooked and kept reading to the end and was left speechless!

This is a great debut book and I will definitely read what this writer produces next!

5/5 stars

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Sacked by Jen Frederick

sacked-400x592 Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before.

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

I’m a big fan of Jen Frederick’s The Woodlands series. It’s a New Adult series with strong friendships and men who generally don’t treat women like crap. I just got finished listening to The Charlotte Chronicles on audio – which is a spin off from The Woodlands – recently too so it’s been a month heavy on this author for me! I was really excited to hear about this book because it’s also New Adult and kind of in the same vein as Elle Kennedy and Kristen Callihan’s sports NA books, which, in my opinion, is a really awesome comparison.

Somehow all of these authors have made me a fan of books with sports in them. I never thought that was possible since I am not a fan of them at all in real life. But in these books I’m loving them. Knox Masters is somewhat perfect in this and that is both good and bad. I really enjoyed the parts where he lost his cool for one reason or another. Whether it was with the guys or because he wasn’t able to get Ellie to fall for him immediately it just made him seem more human.

One of my favorite things with all of these books and something that this author does really well is banter. Both with the guys on the team, between Know and his twin brother and also between Ellie and Knox.

“If I was a chick, I’d date you, Masters. I’ve seen your dick. It’s good,” Hammer assures me.
“Fuck that. It’s not the size of the wand. It’s the wizard using it,” Daryl Nunn, our nose tackle, pipes up. He, like Potter, wears a pair of black glasses when not on the field.
“Not according to Voldemort.”
Hammer’s retort generates a sharp bark of laughter from me, but poor Jesse looks confused. Hammer sighs. “Voldemort wanted this certain wand, but only Harry could use it.”

I really enjoyed Ellie the most of all the characters. She was strong and didn’t want anything to do with Knox, not that that lasted long. But I appreciated the sentiment. I liked that she thought him being a virgin was bull and called him on it, out loud, and often. And, of course, I loved that she loved to read. The main issue with this book was just that the football aspect was a little too heavy for me in that I didn’t know what was going on sometimes since I’m clueless with sports. It just played a little too much of a feature in the book but I don’t think that most people would have this issue.

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ARC received in return for an honest review.

4 Stars

Melinda