The Third Wish by Carolyn Brown

Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Publisher: Vintage Publishing

Be careful what you wish for…

When she was eight years old, Jessica found an old bottle on the beach and made three wishes: that she wouldn’t always be the tallest kid in the class, that she would find a big conch shell, and that she would finally meet her father someday. Jessica’s wishes never came true—no other kids ever matched her height and she only ever found a small conch shell at the beach—but twenty years later, when she finds her mother’s old love letters, she has a chance to make the third wish come true.

Jessica travels to Florida to find her father but their reunion is interrupted by his arrogant junior business partner, Rocky Rycroft. Indignant, Jessica goes back to her Texas hometown and is surprised that Rocky follows her home. He explains he’s been sent by her father’s family learn more about Jessica, but all of Jessica’s friends insist his interest is more personal than that.

Jessica was looking for her father, not love. Could she now possibly have both?

Review:

I loved this book from the synopsis. I haven’t heard something like this before, so I thought it would be great. I was unfortunately disappointed with how it was. It wasn’t so much the story, it was the editing and the characters that didn’t do it for me.

I think that this book went too fast. The flying back and forth was a little crazy and confusing. There were also characters that had similar names and qualities and so I couldn’t differentiate who was who.

The editing had me almost stop this book a few times. There were many mistakes with grammar and spelling throughout this short novella. There was one point where the word “here” was spelled like “hear” and I had to stop and put it down. There were some things that I just couldn’t deal with, so I had to drop the rating on this book.

Rating: ★★★★

Steele by Vicki Green

Publication Date: September 20th, 2014

“Alone. He wants no one, needs no one, but himself. In need of money, Steele Ryker finds a bar in a desolate area in the desert and secures a job as a bartender/bouncer. The biker bar fills him with the fights he craves and the women to fill his lonely nights until…. She walks in.

Kallie Pearson is out for one thing, a good time. She’s bored of all the normal guys, the normal hot spots and finds a bar that holds just wants she’s been longing for…. Danger.

What she doesn’t know is just how much danger it holds.”

Review:

This novella was only 77 pages on IBooks, so I understood that it was supposed to move fast. However, I think it moved too fast.

Steele meets a girl named Kallie while he’s bartending. He is on the road constantly, so he doesn’t really have anyone. Kallie is a girl who just wants to have a little exhilaration in her life. She wants to have fun and do something dangerous.

Basically every bad biker boy romance story ever.

I think I would’ve liked this book better if it didn’t move so fast. It was a good story and a good idea for a story, but I felt like I was jumping into this without any hesitation from either character. In the synopsis, it says how Steele doesn’t need anyone, and I felt like this would’ve been better if that rang true.

Rating: 3.5/5

Melt by Deborah Bladon

Publication Date: January 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published

“I saw my boss naked.

Actually, most of the women who work at Matiz Cosmetics have. It’s understandable since the pictures went viral almost immediately after being posted online. Ryker Moore and his social media star girlfriend were photographed on a private beach in the Caribbean.

No swimsuits, no hats, and no bad camera angles.

Ryker’s back in New York City and his relationship is over.

The fact that he’s single shouldn’t matter to me, but it does. It’s not because I’ve secretly wanted him since I landed this job. It has absolutely nothing to do with that one kiss we shared under the mistletoe at the holiday party last year.
It matters because of the way he looks at me when he doesn’t think I’m paying attention. That melts my heart but I know enough about Ryker to realize he’s trouble.

He’s the last thing I need, but that has nothing to do with what I want, does it? ”

Review:

This book was great in the beginning. From the synopsis, I thought “Wow, I love that kind of book! Must read now!” I’m glad I felt that way, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t the best.

Things were good in the beginning. I liked the characters and how they were introduced. I like their backstory and how things went down in the past. It makes for this kind of story.

Reading on, I felt like there was some lack of chemistry. It was hard to read through because I just couldn’t see it in my head. It was a little too much for me. It was pretty back and forth, which I usually enjoy, but this time, it was just a lot.

Lastly, I am a stickler for editing issues. I will knock stars off if there is one mess up. There are problems with self-publishing because it sometimes doesn’t get edited. That’s how I felt with this one. I wish it was read a little better.

Overall, I liked the idea of this story. It could’ve been better, and I hope in the future, Deborah Bladon checks the editing some more.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Pinkie Promises by Renea Porter

Publication Date: August 10th, 2016

“Simone has lost her trust in men. The one exception is her best friend Jace Prescott. In the twenty years they’ve known each other, they’ve made a lot of pinkie promises.

Jace has always had feelings for Simone. But she was with his brother for three years before they split.

With James wedding to another woman coming up, Simone refuses to attend. Even if it is her best friend’s brother.

Never one to go back on a pinkie promise, Simone agrees to being Jace’s girlfriend for the weekend long wedding festivities.

Will Simone finally see what’s right there in front of her? Will Jace be able to convince her that he isn’t his brother?”

Review:

Simone doesn’t have faith in any relationships involving her and another person. She’s been through too much when she found James, her ex, cheating on her. Nothing has been the same. Jace is Simone’s best friend and James’s brother. He watched her shut herself down after the blowout with his brother. They’ve known each other since they were kids, always making pinkie promises to each other throughout the years. Now, well into adulthood, they’re still best friends and making pinkie promises. When Simone hears that James is getting married, Jace makes her pinkie promise to be his date. Who is she to go back on a pinkie promise? They clearly have chemistry and when they show to up to Jace’s parents, everyone sees the same.

This book was very fast and had a cute love story. Simone is like every woman who gets her heart broken. It was very easy to relate to her. I didn’t know if I would like this story in the beginning because I didn’t like how it was two brothers, but everything seemed to pan out in the end. James was getting married so what was he to say about it?

I think that I still feel a little bit the same as I thought I would. I didn’t like the best friends but you dated my brother and I’m not him story line. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it that much. It would be different if it was a best friend instead of brother or something like that. It’s a personal preference.

There were also a few editing errors. I am a huge stickler for that kind of thing, so unfortunately, it makes my rating drop. There were a few times where your was supposed to be you’re and other things.

The ending was a little too fast. I understand that it was a novella, but it still felt a little bit rushed. Overall, it was a cute, romantic story, but the editing and ending could have been better.

Rating: ★★★

 

Bitter Rivals by Winter Renshaw

Published: April 30th, 2016

“First it was love. Then it was war.

XAVIER

Work hard, play harder.

All I wanted was a weekend in the Hamptons, but what I got was forty-eight hours of quality time with my former business partner. My ex best friend. The girl who walked away without so much as an explanation the second sh*t got real.

I’m going to make her sorry she was never mine.

MAGNOLIA

Work hard, forget the rest.

All I wanted was a peaceful weekend alone at my boss’ Hamptons manse, but what I got was forty-eight hours with the guy who convinced me to fall in love with him and then did the unthinkable.

He broke my heart once, and I’ll be damned if I let him anywhere near it ever again”

Review:

This was a novella so there wasn’t really much to analyze. If there’s anything I love in this world, it’s the rivals-to-lovers story. Something happens in their lives where they are arch-nemeses. Once they spend some time with each other, they see that it’s not all bad. It’s all the same, but I still love it every single time.

Xavier and Magnolia worked at the same company. They went on a retreat together years ago, and things escalate quickly (wink). However, the next morning, something happens and causes Magnolia to loathe Xavier.

Now, they have to spend 48 hours together in their bosses Hampton home. It’s pretty clear what happens, only it’s not what you expect. The author put a little bit of a different spin on it, and I really liked that. Overall, there were some parts where I was confused, but it was a refreshing rivals-to-lovers story.

Rating: ★★★★

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

Published: November 1st, 2016

“From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.

“Isn’t that the best of all life’s ages, an old man thinks as he looks at his grandchild, when a boy is just big enough to know how the world works but still young enough to refuse to accept it.”

Grandpa and Noah are sitting on a bench in a square that keeps getting smaller every day. The square is strange but also familiar, full of the odds and ends that have made up their lives: Grandpa’s work desk, the stuffed dragon that Grandpa once gave to Noah, the sweet-smelling hyacinths that Grandma loved to grow in her garden.

As they wait together on the bench, they tell jokes and discuss their shared love of mathematics. Grandpa recalls what it was like to fall in love with his wife, what it was like to lose her. She’s as real to him now as the first day he met her, but he dreads the day when he won’t remember her.

Sometimes Grandpa sits on the bench next to Ted, Noah’s father—Ted who never liked math, prefers writing and playing guitar, and has waited his entire life for his father to have time for him, to accept him. But in their love of Noah, they have found a common bond.

Grandpa, Grandma, Ted, and Noah all meet here, in this peculiar space that is growing dimmer and more confusing all the time. And here is where they will learn to say goodbye, the scent of hyacinths in the air, nothing to fear. This little book with a big message is certain to be treasured for generations to come.”

Review:

A novella based on the lifestyle of Alzheimer’s disease: very hard to read. I can’t imagine someone going through that.

This was very short and sad. However, I think that Fredrik Backman did a beautiful job of portraying what it is actually like to have this awful disease. He switched things up and sometimes it was a little confusing to keep up with, but the story was amazingly written.

Rating: ★★★★