The V Card

The V Card

The V Card by Lauren Blakely

🌟🌟🌟🌟 / 5 stars

Blurb

When you think about how easy it is to lose keys, phones, sunglasses and your dignity on social media, you might figure it’d be a cinch for me to ditch my V Card.

You’d be wrong.

At 25, I run a successful business, live in a fantastic apartment, and have fabulous friends to go out with any night of the week. And yet I’m still a card-carrying member of a club I don’t want to belong to anymore. Good thing I know just the man for the deflowering job—my brother’s business partner and best friend.

Graham Campbell is charming, smart, and, I’m told, oh-so-skilled in the sack. As long as I keep my eyes on the prize, there’s no way this pluck-the-flower project could possibly complicate matters.

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Work and pleasure. As the CEO of a fast-growing company, I’ve been enjoying both to the fullest. What do I do when the board throws me for an unexpected loop so I can keep my business in my hands? I enlist the help of my best friend’s little sister since she holds a big stake in the company. But then I learn there’s another big stake she wants.

The one between my legs.

I can do this. Seven nights to teach her everything I know in the bedroom. There’s no way I’ll fall for her, even though she’s earning top grades in every single sinfully sexy lesson. And turns out I’m learning something too. The trouble is I don’t have the answer key to what to do when I fall hard for her.

And that throws a whole new hitch in my plans.

Review

I love Lauren Blakely so I was excited to receive this book from the author, however I am not familiar with Lili Valente so I had my fingers crossed that I wasn’t going to be disappointed.

Of course I wasn’t!!! 😂

Loved this story but I only gave it 4.5 stars as opposed to 5, my reasoning is that I have been listening to a lot of contemporary books recently and they do all tend to start blending together if you are not careful, so I’m sure that at some point I will re-listen to this one and 5 star it, but for now it has a stellar 4.5 🌟

Now you have to know that when you get yourself a Ms Blakely book, you’re going to have a good time, let me count the ways 😇

1. Her comedy timing is always perfect, I love the way her characters banter with each other.

2. Graham – This is a man that will have you turning into a puddle of goo, no kidding, HE DESIGNS LINGERIE PEOPLE!! He knows what looks good on what size women, and loves them all the same…..sigh…..

3. C.J – If ever there was a strong, independent woman, then C.J is your girl, she knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to ask for it!…….Well, unless you are asking about her virginity!

4. Stephen King 😂

Ms. Blakely is the queen of what she does for a reason, she knows her market and damn does she deliver!

Narration: PERFECT, just perfectly perfect in every way!!!

Ok I may be exaggerating a slight bit, but Sebastian York and Andi Arndt are my 2 favourite narrators in the whole wide world so they gave the sexiness a whole new level 😇

When Sebastian York whispers in your ears to undress slowly and seductively, well, you just damn well do what that man says!!!

Enjoy,

Vicci

Kindle Audio

Unwind

Unwind

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 OMG Stars

Blurb

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Review

Love this series, and the audio narration was fab from Luke Daniels, he managed to capture all of the characters brilliantly.

So this book is a scary look into our future (maybe) if we dont sort our sh*t out!!

Basically there was a civil war about abortion rights and pro life stuff, nobody could agree on anything, and it got kinda messy for a while.

Then someone came up with a brilliant plan and everyone seems to agree with it, thus ending the civil war and begining the age of Unwinding.

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Now if i was to say to you go and unwind, you would perhaps grab a book and put your feet up…..not to these kids, this is what they see when they hear the words Unwind.

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Basically from the age of 13 until you are classed as an adult at 18, your parents or legal guardians can have you Unwound, legally aborted!!!!

But wait there is more……

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Oh yes my friend there is much….much more!

Don’t feel guilty about sending your child to be Unwound, because even though they will not be them anymore, each piece of them will be used in other people, 99.6% of your childs body parts will be re-used, just think, your little Timmy’s hands could be given to a concert pianist, and you could see him performing on a big stage one day!

And don’t worry about them being scared, the pepole in the Harvest Camps look after them really well, there will be a nurse with them every step of the way, because as we all know, by law they have to be awake throught the whole procedure!

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Connor isn’t a bad kid, not really, but he has got into trouble more than a few times, and his parents don’t know what to do with him……..so they sign the Unwind order……Connor doesn’t want to be Unwound

Risa is a Ward of the State, an orphan, she is taking up space in the state home, so they sign the order…….Risa doesn’t want to be Unwound

Lev……Well, Lev is a Tithe and he can’t wait to be Unwound!!! It is what he was born for, and has been told about it his whole life, ……….Lev is excited about being Unwound!

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We havent’t even touched on other subjects like Storking….

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Or even Clappers!

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But i think you will have to read the book for that, as everything is not as it seems…………

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Drop what you are doing and read this little cracker if a book NOW!!!!!

Enjoy,

Vicci

The Child Finder

The Child Finder

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

5 snowy stars for the Child Finder and the Snow Girl ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

Blurb

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl too.

As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

Review

WOW WOW WOW!!! This book was simply STUNNING!!!

This book is definitely on my top Reads of 2017.

Rene Denfeld did not just tell you a story with this book she made you feel the story…. you felt Naomi‘s strength and inner struggles…. you felt Madison’s fortitude and innocence…. you felt the parents pain and hope…. you felt the cold and barren landscape….

Naomi had a troubled past and it is now her calling in life to find lost children…. Naomi and I probably have very little in common, but she was so relatable and so likable, I just felt as though I always knew where she was coming from (even though I’ve never been there myself)…. I want to give major props to the fact that she had a wonderful foster mother…. so often in books foster parents are villainized…. it was so nice and refreshing to see a foster parent portrayed in a positive light…. Jerome, Naomi‘s love interest (kind of) was also quite the amazing guy! I need to find me a Jerome (although I’d probably walk right by him)….

Madison theSnow Girl was quite a remarkable little girl…. I really loved that Rene Denfeld gave her a voice…. her point of view was so compelling and real….. truth be told sometimes it was tough to read….

The star on the top of the tree for me (because it is Christmas time) was those magnificent FairyTales…. it just added the perfect amount of charm to this book filled with such dark subject matter ….

I strongly recommend this book! And I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook was narrated by Alyssa Bresnaham she gave the perfect voice to both Naomi and Madison… she also did a wonderful job with all the male voices… I will give her narration five stunning stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Enjoy,

Berit

Bad Mommy

Bad Mommy

Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 WTF Stars

Blurb

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.

Review

Ok, lets just get this out of the way first, I freaking LOVE Tarryn Fisher, I have a MAHOOSIVE girl crush on her, I mean have you seen her?
She is not only absolutely gorgeous, she also writes about the most f@*ked up characters ever.

If you haven’t read any of her books then don’t delay, she is truly gifted, start with her Love Me With Lies series, and you’ll be hooked, she is the epitome of an Anti HEA.

Right, lets get to this book!

Written in 3 POV’s this little story is certainly not sweet, it is a rough, ready little mind f*@k!

Fig Coxbury moves into a new house, to start a new life, and she certainly does that, she looks through the window and sees a little girl playing in the garden, she then sees the perfect couple next door, and decides that she wants that, not a perfect life, she actually wants THAT family! She wants the husband, and the little girl, so she sets out to get it.

Think of a couple of movies from years ago, remember Single White Female and Fatal Attraction? Great, now times that sucker by 5 and this is what you get.

You will not be in Kansas anymore Toto, you will think you have everything pegged in your little mind, and then BOOM, Tarryn throws in a curve ball or another WTF moment and you will be back to square 1.

Who is the bad guy?
How can 3 people be so bat sh*t crazy?

I can’t (and won’t) go into too much detail about this one as it needs to be read blind. Don’t read too many reviews, but do read this one people, I can not big this one up enough.

Jump on the crazy train and pack enough WTF’s to last you the full journey………you’re going to need them 😱

Enjoy,

Vicci

Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

5 simply stunning stars!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Blurb

Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Trainand The Nightingale.

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together—in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions—and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Review

The perfect blend of past and present…. The present day was filled with mystery and secrets while the past was filled with heartbreak and hope…

WOW! Another fabulous book, the south sure can spin a story! I have read quite a few books recently that take place in the south, and all were wonderful and very interesting to this California girl…. and even though the historic part of this book was horrific and tragic, I could still see the hope, the good and the cultural Pride of the southern people…..

This book took place during the 1940s as well as the present day….Rill A feisty river girl and her siblings were basically stolen and taken to the Tennessee Children’s Home…. The conditions of this home or absolutely tragic and what made it even more tragic is that it was based on a real place and events…. I am still slightly shocked that this actually took place in America and for 30 years?Rill was such a fighter, such a survivor, I was just so heartbroken for her and her siblings and what they went through…

The heartbreak of the historic part of this book made the present day part of this book even better, it was a breath of fresh air… Avery was another strong character, trying to figure out her grandmothers secrets, and I was trying to figure them out right along with her…. there was even a little romance, and even if this book all tied up a little too neatly at the end, I am a sucker for a happy ending! And this definitely ended happily ever after!

🎧🎧🎧narration: major props to these narrators I think they added so much to the book they were Rill and Avery…. so five stunning stars also go to Catherine Taber and Emily Rankin…

this was a Traveling Sister read with Jan, Marybeth, Brenda, Norma, and Marie Alyce… it is definitely more fun reading with sisters/friends like these!💕

You can find all the Traveling Sisters reviews at Norma and Brenda’s fabulous blog…
https://twogirlslostinacouleereading….

Enjoy,

Berit

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars

Blurb

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Review

Jack and Grace are the perfect couple, sickeningly in love.

He is the handsome lawyer, and she is the ultimate hostess and can cook for a dinner party with perfect timing, perfect food, perfect company… everything is just… perfect!

The thing is, when everyone goes home, Grace is left alone with Jack, and he’s not so perfect anymore!

Kept a prisoner in her own home, Grace’s story jumps from past to present and we find out how she got into this situation, and also why Jack is so obsessed with her younger sister.

Cleverly written B.A Paris manages to make the timelines slowly come together, making it feel slightly claustrophobic but brilliantly done.

By the end of this book you’ll be speed reading through it to see what happens!

Narration for this book was perfectly done by Georgia Maguire, her voices were easily to identify and I think she was a brilliant find for this audiobook.

Enjoy,

Vicci

Small Great Things

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

5 Real, raw, and brilliant stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Blurb

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

Review

This book is one of my top Reads of 2017 ……I read this book last January and it still sticks with me today, really a truly powerful story!

Jodi Picoult definitely writes books that make you think….

Not even sure where to start with this…. there is so much I want to say, but I don’t want to ruin it for anybody…

The story was told from three different POVs… Ruth a nurse…. Kennedy A lawyer….. and Turk The white supremacist…

I think the author did a good job with this, a good job of showing where everybody was coming from… The characters were extremely well developed and for obvious reasons not all of them were likable…. it’s not always easy to give a voice to a character most people will hate, but I really think this was done very well….

Ruth was always trying so hard to be perfect…. to be excepted…. I don’t think she realize this, she never really took the time to embrace who she really was… I really had so much compassion for Ruth, I just wanted to give the girl a hug! I wanted to tell her how amazing she was and that she definitely was more than good enough!

Kennedy was very idealistic…. chose to believe like a lot of us do that she did not see color….. her intentions were so good, but I don’t always think she saw the world as it truly can be…..

turk was just filled with so much hate and so much anger…. I had a very hard time feeling any sympathy for him…. hate it just seems like such a waste of energy to me, it is just something I will never understand…

I found a lot of aspects of the court case very interesting… especially jury selection, I always find that very fascinating… all the psychology that goes into selecting the jury, especially in a case like this….

every part of this book was just so perfect… the beginning… the middle… and the end… I just would recommend it to everybody, it is eye-opening and real…..

On a personal and emotional level this hit me I grew up in a multi racial family… of my siblings I am the only one that is white…. and even though I definitely did not grow up prejudiced… I was always aware of people’s differences, because even though we grew up in the same house…in the same Socio economic situation…. we were not always treated the same… I will never know what it is like to be anything but white… but at a young age I recognized somethings were a bit easier for me because I was…. that is the unfortunate reality…. and this book just did a very good job of explaining and portraying that…. I strongly recommend this book to everybody!

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Fabulous audiobook narration! This book won the 2017 Audie award for best multi narrator performance🏆

Definitely well deserved!
Audra McDonald gave the perfect voice to Ruth … Cassandra Campbell who is always perfect, was perfect as Kennedy…Ari Fliakos did wonderful as usual, even performing the part of a much hated character! I would more than strongly recommend this book on audio!

Enjoy,

Berit

Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan

4.25 gritty stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

Blurb

She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…

Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona.

Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others…

The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?

Review

This is the first book in this new series from Lisa Regan and it was definitely a fabulous start to the series….

Josie is a detective (currently on suspension) in a small rural town in Pennsylvania… Josie is a likable character with some demons of her own…. you can definitely see the potential for some major growth in this character throughout the series, as well as her relationship with Luke…. Luke I don’t really have a handle on quite yet, although he seems quite handy around the house and that is a true bonus in my book!

This is a police procedural with some grit… some of the subject matter was quite dark, but well handled…. there was some violence, but nothing very explicit…. if this were a movie it would probably be rated PG-13….

Girls are vanishing and even though Josie is currently suspended from duty, she cannot stop herself from trying to find these girls….. The more she digs deeper into the girls disappearances, the more secrets get revealed, and the more danger Josie and those around her are in….

The mystery was really good and as more and more twists were revealed it got more and more twisted…. not going to give any of this away, you definitely need to read this for yourself! But I do want to say Go Grandma!!!

Definitely would recommend this to fans of mysteries with a little grit, a little bit of a darker tone, and some wonderful characters!

*** i’d like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

Enjoy,

Berit

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Blurb

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

Review

Next on my list of favourites was a re-read for me, this has since become one of my favourite series ever!

Here is my original review.

WHAT !!!! No Wait?!?! That’s it ????? I’m sorry but it can’t just finish like that…… come on !!!!!!!!

Holy crap bags Batman this book is sooo good.
I mean this is actually a bump into someone on purpose, just to be able to talk to someone about it good.

So this is a normal little girls story. We shall call her Ruby.

Now Ruby is just about to have her 10th birthday and dang it, she manages to wipe her parents memories just by giving them a kiss on their cheeks as they are sleeping.

Ruby is an Orange!!!

Kids are basically dropping dead around about 10yrs old and up, not all of them do though and they develop these powers that range from electricity to mind control.

So, after they report a stranger ( but not really ) in their kitchen, Rubys parents ship her off to a camp to “help” her to get better.

The camps are supposed to be a good thing and parents willingly send their children however the kids are treated like cattle.
Depending on the power they are put into groups green, yellow, orange blue and red.

After escaping from the camp Ruby meets up with Chubs, Zu and Liam (swoon).
These guys are amazing and their friendship blooms before our eyes.

This book is filled with everything, friendship, love, loss and betrayal.

DROP WHAT EVER YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS BOOK NOW.

Enjoy,

Vicci

After He Killed Me

After He Killed Me

After He Killed My by Natalie Barelli

5 crazy is the new normal stars!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Blurb

Emma’s friends are close. Her enemies are closer.

Emma Fern has won at life: she’s a prize-winning author and she’s blissfully happy with her husband, Jim. It wasn’t an easy rise to the top, but Emma knows you can’t achieve success without sacrifice. The trouble is, Jim knows that too.

As her literary triumph starts to fade into the past, Emma comes under pressure to write a second bestseller. But her big secret is that she didn’t write the first one. She’s a fraud, and the only people who ever knew the truth are…no longer a problem.

What Emma didn’t count on was Jim playing the long game too. He has his own secrets—and a dangerous plan that could derail her beautifully orchestrated life. Faced with the loss of everything that defines her, Emma is forced to take increasingly desperate steps.

She won’t go down without a fight. And as Jim should know, she won’t fight fair.

Review

I am currently compiling my list of my Top Books of 2017 and this book definitely needed to be added! This is the second book in the series, and the first book Until I Met Her is wonderful as well… although I found this book to be a little more engrossing…. it is a little gem of a not very well known series that I would definitely highly recommend! Especially two fans of character driven books with compelling yet unlikable characters…..

Emma could definitely give amazing Amy a run for her money!!!

Not sure what it says about me that I enjoy spending time in the mind of crazy!!! There is just something about spending time in the mind of Emma justifying her actions that was extremely enjoyable (for lack of a better word) for me…..

How many people do you need to kill before you are considered a serial killer??? Something I have honestly never pondered, but Emma seems quite concerned with this….

I do recognize that this book is not for everybody… Emma is terribly unlikable, she really has absolutely no redeeming qualities, however I did enjoy her psychosis…. how nice would it be to twist reality to suit you???

Don’t want to say much more than that and ruin it for you! Just hope you enjoy the crazy, twisty ride as much as I did!

🎧🎧🎧 audio narration was wonderful! Carly Robbins did an amazing job with playing the part of Emma…. and what a fun part to play in deed!

**** I do want to emphasize that you do need to read the first book in the series before you read this book, so I will include my review of that book as well
Until I Met Her (The Emma Fern Series #1) by Natalie Barelli by Natalie Barelli🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

WOW there were some pretty f***ed up people in this book…
Not really sure if anybody was really a victim, it was kind of like the craziest person will be the last standing… I thought the author did a really good job with the evolution of Emma from a pretty normal person, to just straight up psycho…. it really wasn’t like there were a tremendous amount of twists that you did not see coming, it was just such a crazy ride spending time with Emma and her inner dialogue…. was so glad the second book came out today, so I could spend more time in this crazy girls brain, not sure what that says about me???

Enjoy,

Berit