American Queen

American Queen

American Queen by Sierra Simone

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 BIG stars

Blurb

It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

This is the story of an American Queen.

Review

The 3rd installment in my 2017 favourites is this little beauty.

Be warned, the steam factor in this one is OFF THE CHART!! 🔥

I kept hearing about this one in a Facebook group that I am in, so I had to see what all the fuss was about.

Greer Galloway is the granddaughter of a previous American Vice President so she knows a thing or two about politics, her grandfather uses this to his benefit as she is small and cute, and is able to flit around the room unnoticed during parties, while simultaneously gaining information about people for him, by listening to their private conversations…..sneaky!

Fast forward a few years, Greer is quite an expert in reading peoples faces from the groundwork she has done for her grandfather.
At one of these parties she meets a man called Ash, he is handsome and kind to her, considering she is always in the shadow of her gorgeous best friend.

Greer and Ash share a kiss, nothing else, just a kiss, she is only 15 after all, she doesn’t see him again, until later on.

6 years later she is at yet another party, and meets a hot young dude called Embry, now Greer is upset that Ash is also at the party but hasn’t either recognised her, or is ignoring her, so what is a girl to do right?
Embry deflowers Greer and she realises that she kinda likes him, but Embry is a bit of a playboy douche and that all goes out of the window…….or does it?

Did I forget to mention that Ash is now the President of the good ol US of A, and certainly hasn’t forgotten about Greer. Sorry about that……..

Oh and before I forget…….Embry is his Vice President!!!!! 😱

Both men want her, she wants both men, I mean what is a young hot girl to do 😇

If erotica reads are not your bag then do not even attempt to read this, your kindle WILL set on fire or explode with hotness🔥🔥

If you like audio, well ladies (and gents) you are in for a smexy treat, Sephanie Rose gives a great narration, and heats up those hot parts to nuclear level!!

Be warned, you will need to have book 2 lined up for immediate start, this ends on a MAHOOSIVE cliffhanger, but it is ooohhh so good.

Drop what you are doing and get started in this series, you won’t be disappointed!!

Enjoy,

Vicci

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Jean E. Pendziwol

If I could I would give this book 6 perfect stars!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

Blurb

Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth’s eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family—a past that suddenly becomes all too present when her late father’s journals are found amid the ruins of an old shipwreck.

With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed from their own—to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth’s father manned the lighthouse seventy years before.

As the words on these musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan’s connection sheds light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of the journals hold more questions than answers for Elizabeth, and threaten the very core of who she is.

Review

A list of the years best reads would definitely not be complete without this little gem of a book, it might even be the best book I read all year? But that is so hard to say ….

If I could I would give this book 6 perfect stars!!!

This really was such a remarkable book, I’m sure my words cannot do it justice…. The characters were so well-developed, the writing so extremely vivid, the pacing perfect, It just met or exceeded everything I expect from a wonderful book…. it was a book about secrets, family, bonds, love, And so much more…. The book took place during two different time frames, both of which I found equally intriguing…. The part of this book set in the past took place on the isolated banks of Lake Superior, the author made me feel as though I was there, shoot I think I even could feel the snow… but what I enjoyed even more than the setting was the amazing bond between the sisters Elizabeth and Emily…. some of the sacrifices the sisters made for each other were downright heartbreaking….

The present part of this book took place when Elizabeth was older and losing her site and Morgan a teenager with a troubled past; was reading her father’s journals to her…. The bond between Elizabeth and Morgan grew to be very special and they definitely learned they had much more in common then they would have ever thought….. and I learned that some secrets are better kept in the past…. as I said my words cannot do this book justice, you are definitely going to need to read it for yourself!

This was my first Traveling Sister read and it could have not been more special! Thank you so much too Jaline, Brenda, Lindsey, Jennifer, and Nikki for this wonderful experience! You all definitely added so much to my enjoyment of this book! Looking forward to many more reads with all the sisters!XO

Narration: the narrators did a fantastic job of voicing both the characters but especially Elizabeth, I just Felt as though she was telling me her story💜

You can find the combined Traveling Sister review of this book, along with all of The Sisters fabulous reviews at https://twogirlslostinacouleereading….

Enjoy,

Berit

Lies She Told

Lies She Told

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

4.25 unreliable stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

Blurb

Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.

Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.

Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

Review

Are you a fan of the unreliable narrator? Well in this book you get not only one but two very unreliable narrators!

This is a book where you really need to Pay attention! Liza is an author of romance/suspense books…. Beth is the MC in the book that she is writing…. The brilliant (yet confusing) part of this is that you get both Liza’s real life story and Beth’s fictional story alternating throughout this book…. Liza and Beth have quite a few things in common including cheating spouses…. as the book goes on the lines between fact and fiction, between Liza and Beth, get blurrier and blurrier…..

Have to confess I started this book and I wasn’t paying close enough attention and I got really confused and then I got really frustrated…… SO I decided to start the book over and I’m so glad I did that… because once I figured out that this was a book I truly needed to focus on I started to really Become completely engrossed in the story….

Neither Liza or Beth were terribly likable, however I found them very sympathetic and real…. The twists and turns in this book were wild and took you on quite the crazy ride! Somethings I saw coming while others I definitely did not…. The ending was so well done and very plausible(Always a bonus)….

Definitely would recommend this to fans of the psychological thriller…. was it the best I’ve ever read no, but it was pretty darn good!

*** i’d like to thank my wallet for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

🎧🎧🎧 audiobook narration
This book was narrated by both Amy McFadden and Lisa Larsen. Both the narraters did a fabulous job, the only problem was their voices weren’t different enough… so you could not definitively know what character was speaking…

I am a huge fan of multiple narrators, but this is a confusing book and I think a single narrator would have given a different voice to both the characters of Liza and Beth, making it slightly less confusing… this is of course no fault of the narrators, I’m sure they recorded there narration separately… so the audio part of this book was good, but would have been better if the voices were more distinctive from each other…

Enjoy,

Berit

Cuffed

Cuffed

Cuffed by K. Bromberg

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Blurb

“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”

Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.

Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.

But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.

What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?

***

I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.

That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.

Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.

I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.

Review

I loved this book!

You always know that you are going to get a great story when you read a K. Bromberg, and this one was no exception.

Cuffed is a friends to lovers book, which is one of my guilty pleasures, however this couple is slightly different.

We meet the 2 main characters later on in life, one is a sexy cop and the other is a sky diving instructor who is surprisingly the female of the 2.

Grant Malone used to play with Emmy Reeves when he was little, they were actually best friends and went to school together, however something that Grant did ended their friendship for life.

After moving back to the town 20 years later, Emmy keeps her distance from Grant, but he is having none of it.

I loved the characters in this book, Emmy has a lot of demons and I liked the fact that it is her that has the relationship issues, and not the man as usual.

Although this didn’t have many graphic descriptions in the book, it may (for some) be a possible trigger.

Narration was great, duel narration from the sexy voiced Joe Arden (swoon) and the always fabulous Maxine Mitchell, who did a stellar job with an also very swoonsome male voice.

Enjoy,

Vicci

Artemis

Artemis

Artemis by Andy Weir

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Blurb

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Review

I don’t know about this one, maybe it’s me :/ That’s why I have put it on my “Everyone loves it but me” shelf on Goodreads.

If you know my reading habits then you will know that Sci-Fi is not my usual go-to read, paired with Fantasy, it is something that I will mostly give a wide berth to, unless I am bullied into it by one of my GR buddies 😘

I fell into the hype with this authors previous book The Martian, and the hype was right, the book was AMAZING, I listened to it on audio and the narrator was fantastic, Mark Watney was the funniest character, and I really felt like I was there with him while he was stuck on Mars all by himself, I 5 starred the crap out of that one!

This book…….sigh this book, I don’t know it just seemed that the author was trying to make Jazz into a female Mark Watney, the one liners, the inappropriate jokes, he just seemed like he was trying too hard to be liked, and I get it, I really do, after that success you want another hit, why fix it if it ain’t broke right?

The narrator Rosario Dawson did a stellar performance with the story and she made me laugh a couple of times with her narration.

The story

Jazz lives on Artemis, which is on the moon, she is a hot (obviously) space engineer, genius who is also a smuggler, she’s also a bit of a Sci-fi geek, oh and she’s only 26!

She is dipping her fingers in lots of pies to get herself as many Slugs (Money) as she can to be able to move out of her small “coffin” (Apartment).

With smuggling comes danger, and of course there is plenty of that, but she gets offered an amount of Slugs she can’t turn down to sabotage something for a very big name around town.

Can you see the similarities?? Not only that, as per the Martian, there is a hell of a lot of science talk in this one too, but it wasn’t as interesting.

Maybe I was just having an off day, if you liked The Martian, then you’ll probably like this, but for me, it was a bit too blah.

Enjoy,

Vicci

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Hidden Seams Cover Reveal

Hidden Seams

By Alessandra Torre

Genre: Erotic Romance

Cover Designer: Perfect Pear Creative

 

Synopsis

 

A billion-dollar fashion empire, and it’s about to be mine…

I’ve worked a decade for this. I’ve sold my soul and my reputation. I’ve lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this inheritance.

And then … she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my—

It doesn’t matter. I’ve played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind. I can keep my secret until the ink dries and everything is mine.

Or not.

 

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About Alessandra Torre:

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

 

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Raffle Time

I can’t believe 2017 is almost over!  We thought we’d kick off the blog with some of our top books of 2017.  Additionally we will be raffling off five $10 Amazon gift cards on January 1, 2018. So if you have already followed our blog thank you! You are already entered. If you follow our blog between now and January 1, you are entered in the raffle automatically!

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Berit’s Top Reads of 2017

This book is definitely on my top Reads of 2017.

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

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder

 

 

REVIEW

 

 

This one won the Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction in 2017

5 simply stunning stars!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

 

 

REVIEW

 

 

Next would be…

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

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things

 

 

REVIEW

 

 

Fourth up at the top of 2017.

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

After He Killed My by Natalie Barelli

After He Killed Me

 

 

REVIEW

 

 

My third top book of 2017.

If I could I would give this book 6 perfect stars!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Jean E. Pendziwol

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

 

 

REVIEW

 

 

Second of my top books of 2017.

Well HOT damn!!! 5 BIG chalk drawn stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man

 

 

REVIEW

 

 

First up for my top books of 2017 (in no particular order).

5 complicated stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG

Little Fires Everywhere

 

 

REVIEW

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG

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Blurb

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren — an enigmatic artist and single mother — who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Review

This book won the Best Fiction for the Goodreads Choice Awards this year, well-deserved!

🎧 I did listen to this on audio, but at the time I did not review the audio portion, but it was very well done.  I’d say more but I don’t think it’s fair because I don’t remember precisely, but it was narrated bye Jennifer Lim 🎧

Here is my review of the book published on Goodreads on December 1, 2017.

I have read SO many wonderful books lately, I keep thinking I can’t rate all these books 5 stars… but then I think how can I not? They all definitely deserve it! SO here I go again with another gushing review! (Currently I’m reading a book I’m not all that crazy about, so I promise a slightly negative review to come😉)

“What makes you a mother, biology or love?”

This book was about the bonds between mothers and their children. The relationship between mothers and daughters in particular.  I have a daughter and of course I am a daughter, so I do realize how complicated this relationship can be, even in a somewhat stable environment.

The mothers in this book were all very different from one another, but the thing they had in common is that they all truly love their children…. even if they didn’t always do a good job of showing it…. I believe all these women were so well developed as characters, and even if you didn’t agree with their actions you could understand their motivation…. this book really touched on quite a few issues, and I don’t want to mention them in this review, because I don’t want to ruin the journey for you, but it sure did make me think…. Think what would I do in that same situation? It’s hard to say, of course I’d like to think I’d always do the right thing, but then that begs the question what is the right thing? Sometimes I’m not sure if it is as clear cut as that…..

The only part of this book that I had an opinion on(OK not the only thing I had an opinion on, but the only thing I’m going to share in this review), because it was very personal for me was the court case…. as I have mentioned previously I am the only biological child in a family of adoptive brother’s (I never got a sister!) And all my brothers are of a different race/ethnicity from me…. I don’t believe I could have loved my brothers anymore had they been biologically related to me, and I don’t believe they ever felt robbed of their culture…. so do I think a white family can raise a Chinese girl? Absolutely! But this is because of personal experience, I grew up in a house with cross-cultural adoption and it was a positive experience…. do I think a biological mother should be given a second chance after abandoning her baby? That I’m not sure about…. *** steps off soapbox ***

Looking back on this book I think I like it even more…. every character in this book was so well developed, by the end you felt as though you knew these people…. I also think the story was so well plotted how everything unfolded was perfect…. and even though the ending was quite heartbreaking, it just made the book that much better…

Definitely strongly recommend! And I hope you enjoy the journey! 💕

PS: I‘d love for Mia to take a photo that represented me, wonder what would be on it, a book?

Enjoy,

Berit

The Ghostwriter

The Ghostwriter

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

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Blurb

Four years ago, I lied. I stood in front of the police, my friends and family, and made up a story, my best one yet. And all of them believed me.

I wasn’t surprised. Telling stories is what made me famous. Fifteen bestsellers. Millions of fans. Fame and fortune.

Now, I have one last story to write. It’ll be my best one yet, with a jaw-dropping twist that will leave them stunned and gasping for breath.

They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, but this story? It will be the one that kills me.

This book is not a romance. It is contemporary fiction, but very suspenseful in nature. It is about a famous romance author and a dark secret she keeps.

Review

 

What do you do when you look in the mirror? Do you take a quick glance to check all is ok, or do you stand and take a really good look?

Do you study all of your laughter lines, your wrinkles, your grey hair, or do you really REALLY look???

If you really look, what do you see?
Are you happy with who you are?
With all you have ever done?
Of who you are perceived to be?

Ghostwriter, is like standing in front of a full length mirror and seeing all of the scars you have, all of the dirty secrets that, even though you tell your best friend everything, you would never tell them that……not that….not ever!!

The main character will probably be someone that you are not really that happy with, she’s OK, she’s grumpy, and to put it quite frankly, a bit of a bitch!

This, will maybe make you dislike her immensely, however, stick with the story, she has reason, a reason that I cannot (and will not) divulge! (Spoilers people!)

Mark, gahh I LOVE Mark, he is such a calming presence, he is like the Ying to Helena’s Yang, the chalk to her cheese, the white to her black, her…….well you get the picture.

This story starts off a little slow, like a trot, however it gains speed, and then by the time you realise what is happening you are galloping through a minefield, and leaping over the things that you don’t want to see.

My advice, apart from obviously reading this brilliant book, is GO IN BLIND, don’t read any reviews (except mine of course!)

Savour every sentence, every line…  Take a deep breath and buckle up, you are in for a bumpy ride!

KU (Kindle Unlimited) carries The Ghostwriter , and it has just been released on audio book. Be prepared with some Kleenex for this one, it has ALL the feels!!

Enjoy!

Vicci