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Books Lately

Another month of reading has come and gone! Hard to believe, right? What is even harder to believe is that Steph and Jana started this link up a year ago! Happy Anniversary to Show Us Your Books! Obviously, a book nerds favorite day of the month! Let’s take a look at my books lately.

The Light of Day by Kristen Kehoe

This book surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. You have two broken souls, Cora who had a strained relationship with her mother growing up which eventually led to a  wild and crazy life style that found her in rehab. Then there is Jake, a handsome baseball player whose dream was shattered when he had to have surgery on his elbow and is not sure if he will ever pitch again.

I liked the pace that the author took while developing the relationship between Cora and Jake. It wasn’t like they first met and are hopping in to a relationship. It had a realistic development that I appreciated. Also, I really liked the side story with Cora’s mom and her illness, and the friendship with AJ and Liam.

I loved Cora and Jake together and I really liked the style of writing from the author.

Bottom Line: This is a book about finding yourself. This book is a love story between two broken souls. This book is about a rocky relationship between mother and daughter. This book is about forgiveness for yourself and others. Who should read it? Everyone.

*I was provided a copy of The Light of Day by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Rebel by Skye Jordan

This is the second  book in the Renegade series. (You can read my review for the first, Reckless here.) It sort of has the same plot as the first book. You have the damaged girl (Rubi) who has a problem committing to a relationship out of fears from her past. The “bad boy” stuntman (Wes) who has a huge heart and is almost too perfect. And the fight back and forth within the girl to fall in love and allow herself to be happy. Even though it followed the same recipe, I still really enjoyed this read! Plus, Lexi and Jax are back from the first book. The chemistry between Wes and Rubi is hot hot hot from the start and they can’t resist each other for very long. You get a lot of back story on why Rubi is so guarded, and I really enjoyed reading about it and seeing it all play out. I look forward to the next Renegade book!

Bottom Line: If you loved Reckless…you will love this one too! I would say that you don’t have to read Reckless to enjoy this book, but why would you want to skip it?!

All is Calm, All is Bright by  Colleen Coble

These are two novellas in one book. I didn’t realize that when I requested it, my fault. Apparently, All is Calm is from the Lonestar series and All is Bright connects to the Hope Beach series. I haven’t read either of these series but I still enjoyed these two novellas. You have a little mystery, a little love, and a Christmas theme. Let’s be honest, my request was solely based on Christmas!! I saw the cover and said YES!!!! and knew nothing about the books. While it wasn’t what I suspected, the stories are pretty juicy for being short. At times I felt they were both a little rushed, but aren’t all novellas?

The first novella story has just a teeny bit of Christian faith thrown in, but nothing offensive, annoying or preachy. It is a murder mystery. The second novella is about a girl that is stalked and driven off a road. They try to dig up things from her past to figure out who is stalking her. Both were very quick reads once you got in to them.

Bottom Line: I would suggest these novellas if you have read either series or enjoy this author. If you are looking for a quick and interesting read, I would check these out! I really enjoyed both stories and the style of writing.

*I was provided a copy of All is Calm, All is Bright by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Other books I have read this month:

The Scam by Janet Evanovich

Apartment Therapy Complete + Happy Home

Books that I didn’t finish:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – This is one of three audio book that my library has. Sad that there are only three, right? Anyways. I had high hopes once I learned that Reese Witherspoon was the one doing the reading. I tried. I tried for three days to get in to this and I just couldn’t.

Currently I am consuming The Husband’s Secret via Audible. I really wanted to have it completed for this link up, but that didn’t happen. It will be on the next one! Have you read anything good lately?

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  • Reply October 13, 2015 at 8:20 am

    i love that you were honest and shared what you didn’t finish reading! i have heard mixed reviews on that one.

  • Reply Heather H October 13, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I got into the Fox & O’Hare series after you mentioned The Scam…enjoying it so far!! That Christmas book looks good! I am totally going to be in the mood for some cheesy Christmas books soon 🙂 Hope you are enjoying The Husband’s Secret – I still haven’t read it yet but it’s on the list!

  • Reply Joey October 13, 2015 at 8:29 am

    The Husband’s Secret was amazing! And I’m with you on the Go Set A Watchman…I haven’t even tried yet. You’ve read so much!

  • Reply laura October 13, 2015 at 8:45 am

    one day i’ll actually finish a book — or start one. I wonder if I’d need to re-read to kill a mockingbird to get into go set a watchman?

  • Reply Jenn @ Optimization Actually October 13, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Oh, this is totally unrelated but… how you said the first novella had some Christian faith thrown in? One time I was buying romances for my sister who’s into that genre, and I grabbed one without reading the back too carefully. Turns out, it was a completely Christian romance (very pure, no smut, not even kissing), all about how the protagonist has to save the guy she likes from his questioning of his faith and the atheist he’s dating. Not the best choice for a family of atheists – ha! We both read it and then laughed hysterically at how inappropriate a gift it was.

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph October 13, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Go Set a Watchman is a first draft, and it’s apparent. It’s difficult to get through.

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista October 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I’m very intrigued by The Light of Day – may have to pick it up for an airplane read with all the trips I have coming up 🙂

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine October 13, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I am intrigued by the Light of Day as well! I have to admit, this month my reading time has been very sparse and I don’t like it one bit! Ha ha! I am still trying to get into the Luckiest girl alive, I know it’s gonna be pretty good but every time I go to pick it up, something comes up or my eyelids shut, ha ha!! Hope you’re having a super day!

  • Reply kristen October 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

    ooooh i hope you like the husband’s secret 🙂
    the light of day sounds interesting, do you have to read the first one to understand that one?
    i feel you on go set a watchman. i didn’t even try lol.

  • Reply alyssa October 13, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I want to read Go Set a Watchman, but I’m also afraid to read it because I don’t want to dislike it! I was so disappointed when I couldn’t like Judy Blume’s latest adult novel and it breaks my heart a little to think about not liking GSAW. Maybe I’ll have to just wait for a time when I’m really on a roll and just try to fly through it.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo October 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    For some reason, I have no desire to read Go Set a Watchman – I feel like the family just put it out for their greed, not for the books quality

  • Reply Sophia Rodriguez October 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    The Light of Day sounds like a really good book. I’m going to put it on my list!
    I really liked The Husband’s Secret!

  • Reply Mariah-Food, Booze, & Baggage October 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I really enjoyed The Husband’s Secret. Sometimes I’m fine with short stories and sometimes I find they don’t give me enough…I typically avoid them 🙂

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says October 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I liked The Husband’s Secret even if his secret was pretty easy to figure out.

    I have GSAW, Steph’s copy actually, on my nightstand. I’ll get to it at some point.

  • Reply Jackie October 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I hope you are loving The Husband’s Secret. I thought it was a GREAT audiobook.

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston October 13, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I need to get my hands on apartment therapy – totally up my alley! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Dani October 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I am having a hard time reading The Martian… so much science speak! I’m trying to finish, but what can I say? #thestruggleisreal I’ve had The Husband’s Secret on my TBR list since reading Big Little Lies- can’t wait to see your review!

  • Reply Nancy @ NY Foodie Family October 13, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I’ve added The Light of Day to my to read list. I have no desire to read Go Set a Watchman. I really liked The Husband’s Secret.

  • Reply Kerry October 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I got approved for the Light of Day so i am looking forward to reading that one.

  • Reply Katie @Runningwithwine October 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

    CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS!!! I recently read Landline and I enjoyed it but didn’t love it. Husband’s secret is one of the next books I’m planning on reading!

  • Reply Teh Megan October 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    After you told me The Husband’s Secret was a Moirtary book, I want to read it so bad!

  • Reply Heather October 14, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Sold! Adding all of the to my TBR…but the Rebel one might already be on there. Glad you liked them!!

  • Reply kathy@morecoffee, less talky October 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I tried reading husband’s secret but just couldn’t get into it!! 🙁

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