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Books Lately

Another month of reading has come and gone and it is time to check out my books lately!

The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty

I consumed this book via Audible, and I have to say that I enjoyed the reader’s accent!  This book starts out going from character to character in each chapter, back and forth inter-winding the story. Cecelia discovers a letter that her husband wrote to her to be opened in the event of his death. How can you not read that if you found it sooner? This book basically follows how that one letter effects the lives of others around them. I enjoyed all three characters stories and plot lines and how they came together at the end. What I really appreciated was the epilogue to update where they were and what would have happened had that one major event not occurred. It really made you think.

Bottom Line:  Once I got a few chapters in and got to know the characters, I became very interested and had to know what was going to happen next! I would say that this is a must read. I laughed, I felt touched by the struggles these characters went through, and I was drawn in from the beginning needing to hear more and more.

How Forever Feels by Laura Drewry

When I requested this book, I had no clue it was #4 in the Friends First series. It was no matter, you can read this book without reading any of the previous ones and still love it. And love it I did!!! Heather raved about this book so I knew I had to get to it before my others.

Maya sees Jack, her ex-husband Will’s best friend out at a bar one night. She hasn’t seen him since the divorce. They start growing close, but they shouldn’t be having these feelings because she is his best friend’s ex! The chemistry between these two is amazing. They are so sweet to each other and you get all the back story of Jack’s life. The devotion he has to the people he considers his “family.”  The thing is, Jack stepped aside for Will before but can he walk away again? This one will touch your heart!

The relationships in this book move at a great pace, not forced or rushed. I really like all the secondary characters and how everything isn’t always perfect.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a sweet love story, grab this! I loved it and could hardly put it down. Such a great read!!!

*I was provided a copy of How Forever Feels by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe

This is the follow up to Everything I Left Unsaid, which I reviewed here. The first book had left off on a huge cliffhanger so when I saw this one, I had to request it! This book starts off exactly where the first book left off. Annie is in her trailer and she sees Hoyt, her abusive husband. Obviously it is a page turner from the very beginning. All the characters in the first book come back in this one, Joan, Kevin, Margaret, Blake, Tiffany. There is some new action/drama in this book, and of course it follows along with the relationship between Annie and Dylan. And as the title states, you learn the truth about Dylan. About his past, about the relationship with his father, Ben and brother, Max.

Bottom Line: If you read Everything I Left Unsaid, then you have to read this one to find out what happened!!! I would say you must read the first book to understand the characters and what is going on in this book. This series is not for the prude or faint of hearts. This isn’t a sweet sappy love story. It is a dark romance full of imperfection that makes it perfection to read.

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

Also, there is a promotion M. O’Keefe is running right now called the #EverythingILeftUnsaid Contest.

We’ve all been there. When it comes to the truth about him, there’s always something that’s left unsaid. This is your time to get it off your chest – what do you wish you could have said, but didn’t? In 75 words or less, tell us #EverythingYouLeftUnsaid for a chance to win great prizes!

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  • A copy of Everything I Left Unsaid and The Truth About Him by M. O’Keefe
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Accelerate (Hotwired Series) by Tracy Wolff

This book started off at a drag race and Jordan looking for a guy to replace the interior of her 370Z that she bought at a police auction. I was sold. I used to love going to car shows and stuff like this when I was younger. It was so thrilling! Anyways, back to the book. Next thing you know, Jordan is being kidnapped by the man who is stealing her car. But there is a deeper story behind why the car is being stolen. Never has a kidnapping been so painful to read about as you feel sorry for the girl AND her kidnapper!

Nic Medina was in prison for seven years because a dirty cop put him there. And now the dirty cop had blackmailed  him in to stealing Jordan’s car. He didn’t mean to kidnap her too and now he is just trying to make it right. Nic carries a lot of guilt about what happened to his sister and brother while he was in prison. He would do anything protect his family and friends. Soon Jordan falls under his protection as well.

This book leaves off on a huge cliffhanger. I heard the next book doesn’t come out for another year. OMG!!!! I am like…

Bottom Line: Read this book!!! It was so good and I had the hardest time putting it down. I basically devoured it in about two days. Action, romance, hot cars, what is  not to love?

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

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

This is another book I consumed via Audible. Again, loved the accents and voices for each character! There are several characters to keep up with in this book, but once I got a few minutes in to it…I had no issues keeping them straight. I love the way that this author writes, and I think that is what draws me into her novels.

Since I don’t have kids, I never really thought about the politics that can occur with parents at a school. Especially with kindergartners! But my goodness, is there some politics, gossip, and drama!!! I really loved how each of the character’s stories were really built up. I felt like I knew the main characters on a personal level. Not to mention the secondary characters as well. This is my second Moriarty book and I feel like she always raises the question….how far are you willing to go for your family and friends. I like a book that leaves you questioning scenarios in your own life. They all seem completely plausible after you are wrapped up in to it!

Bottom Line: This was quite an enjoyable read, I highly recommend this book and the author! I loved the school politics, the small town drama and the twists on how everyone is connected.

Currently I am reading…..

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

The Little Bookshop on the Seine

Other books I read this month:


Read any good books lately?

Linking up with my girls Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!

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  • Reply Heather H November 10, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Totally agree with you about those two Moriarty books! They really make you question things! I raced through both of them because I needed to know what happened (especially in Big Little Lies – OMG). I am definitely going to check out her other books soon. How are you liking The Little Bookshop on the Seine so far??

  • Reply Katie @Runningwithwine November 10, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I tried to read Big Little Lies and couldn’t get into it, maybe audio book is better for that book. Maybe I’ll give the other book by her a try. The Little Bookshop book looks like a good winter read!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston November 10, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I got about 3/4 of the way through with the husband’s secret and then sort of stopped reading it – I should give it another go! I can’t stand when I read a book that’s part of a series and then the next book doesn’t come out for like a year – that’s why I wait for the whole season of shows on Netflix lol! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Rebecca Jo November 10, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I LOVED Big Little Lies but now I want to hear the audio book to hear the accents 🙂

  • Reply Kelli November 10, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Big Little Lies and The Husband’s secret were two of my favorites this year, I need to read more of her books.

  • Reply alyssa November 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I still have yet to read any Liane Moriarty though her books keep being recommended to me. The TBR list is just too long! Good to see another few good reviews for her stuff!

  • Reply Mattie November 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I liked The Husband’s Secret. I definitely want to read Big Little Lies!!

  • Reply Jessica November 10, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Ooo I am definitely going to pick up How Forever Feels, thanks for the rec! And I love Liane Moriarty, I’ve read all of her books and I really enjoyed them!

  • Reply kristen November 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

    oooh that bookshop book looks good!!
    i added the friends first series to my list, yay!
    but is the narrator english or australian? 😉 lol. i am hoping to grab one of her books via audible next. i want to hear!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says November 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I always find myself confusing Jojo Moyes and Liane Moriarty. Don’t know why. I do like Jojo Moyes’s books a bit more, though. Regardless of that, I liked Big Little Lies more than The Husband’s Secret. Less predictable, better characters. I’ll still read more of her books since they’re light reading and I like that in between some of the heavy and nonfiction I read.

  • Reply B @ Sequin Notebook November 10, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I really loved both of those Liane Moriarty books, and need to see what else she has available! My Kindle needs some new material!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders November 10, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I’ve loved every book that I’ve read by Liane Moriarty, so I’m so glad that you loved her too! I think that my favorite book by her has been What Alice Forgot, so if you haven’t read it yet I think you should pick it up! I personally liked it better than The Husband’s Secret and about the same as Big Little Lies.

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine November 10, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I have Big Little Lies on the pile, time to dig in!! My reading gets a lil behind around the holidays but after my lists are crossed off, I’ll be going in a binge reading bonanza!

  • Reply Helene November 10, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I’m OBSESSED with Liane Moriarty. Cannot get enough of her! I seriously read like one a month from her!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph November 10, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I have the second phone sex book to read. I need to get on that.

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista November 10, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I love it when audiobooks have a great reader and they use different voices and accents for the characters! I keep meaning to pick up Big Little Lies <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Wendy@BlushandBarbells November 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Liane Moriarty is definitely a favorite author of mine – I couldn’t help but binge-read her books!

  • Reply laura November 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I need to get on board with this Ms. Moriarty! Everyone seems to be raving about her!

  • Reply Erin LFF November 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve had the husband’s secret on my night stand for months now- glad to hear you enjoyed it! One of these days I’ll make time to read again ; )

  • Reply Kerry November 10, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I have How Forever Feels and The Truth About Him on my kindle. Hoping to get to them this month, fingers crossed.

  • Reply Jen November 10, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I LOVE Lianne Moriarty— you must read What Alice Forgot as well!

  • Reply Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand November 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I love it when I read a book that has a lot of hype surrounding it, and it lives up to the hype. That’s how I felt about Big Little Lies. Need to read more Moriarty.

  • Reply Lauren November 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I don’t know how you read both Moriarty books in the same month! I like her books, but I find them kind of similar (three female characters, ending alluded to early on) so I get them mixed up. I do love them as audiobooks, though – I have only ever listened to them!

  • Reply November 11, 2015 at 7:25 am

    i have yet to read anything by moriarty but i am drawn to the covers! totally judging a book by its cover!

  • Reply Michael November 11, 2015 at 11:03 am

    You know why I love your suggestions… because you always have a few romance novels and fluff books thrown in there. Sometimes you just need some good fluff!

  • Reply Mariah-Food, Booze, & Baggage November 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I really liked The Husband’s Secret, I read it in like a day. Big Little Lies were good, but not as good as The Husband’s Secret in my opinion. I liked the way Big Little Lies was written though.

  • Reply Dani November 11, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I want to read Accelerate, but now that you’ve told me it’s a cliffhanger and a year until the next one, I think I’ll wait. I’m too impatient to wait a year to find out what happens next! I absolutely LOVED Big Little Lies, and have The Husband’s Secret on my list!

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