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Saving Missy by Beth Morrey @BethMorrey @HarperCollinsUK #MeetMissy #SavingMissy #BethMorrey #BookReview

Hello book friends,

I am so happy to bring you a review for a book that is coming out next year that you should all add to your TBR.

Oh my goodness, I simply ADORED this story (insert multiple heart eyes emojis here)

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My Thoughts

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This is the story of Millicent Carmichael aka Missy.

Missy is 79 years old and lives alone in her large house in London, she lost her husband a few years back, and her 2 children have flown the nest, one of them to Australia, taking her grandson with them.

Missy is lonely.

She emails her son in Australia all of the time, telling him what a “lovely day” she has had, but she beefs-up the stories to make them sound more interesting.

One day Missy sees a young boy, about the same age as her grandson is now, and watching him playing makes her heart ache, she sits in the park and watches him play, and then gets talking to another woman walking her dogs, Sylvie.

Turns out that Sylvie also knows the young boys mother, the red headed and foul mouthed creature Angela.

One day Angela turns up at her door and asks a favour, well kind of bamboozles her really, and by the time Angela has gone, Missy has acquired a dog called Bob.

Thus creating a wonderful friendship that only one can have with a dog.

With the commitment of owning a dog, Missy begins to venture out of the house, and starts to interact with other people in the community, and as much as she doesn’t like to admit it,she kind of starts to enjoy herself.

This was such a wonderful story, and by the end I had a big tear rolling down my face.

This is the authors debut novel, and if this is what she is starting with, I’m sure she will have a fantastic writing career in front of her.

If you liked stories like Eleanor Olliphant, then you will LOVE this one.

Coming in February 2020, keep your eyes peeled for this one, I think it is going to BLOW UP!!

Enjoy

Vicci 📚💛✨

*Many thanks to the Author, Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for my copy of this book

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About the Book

Prickly. Stubborn. Terribly lonely.
But everyone deserves a second chance…
A dazzling debut for 2020 – are you ready to meet Missy Carmichael?
Missy Carmichael’s life has become small.
Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock.
Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she’s done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something new.
Another life beckons for Missy, if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?

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A Window Breaks by C.M. Ewan @chrisewan @panmacmillan #AwindowBreaks #ChrisEwan #BookReview #NetGalley

Hello Book Friends,

I’m so pleased to bring you my review for this fabulous unputdownable read that I finished last night!

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My Thoughts

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Grab snacks, and anything else you might need before diving into this one, go to the loo before, you have been warned!

This one will keep you on the edge of your seat, I shouted ‘oh no’ more than once reading this!

It starts out a little slow, but then the pace kicks in, and you are running full force for the rest of the story.

Tom and Rachel are married, however they are slowly breaking down, their teenage son died in a car accident, and the blame and hurt are slowly creeping into their marriage, and neither of them really know what to do.

On top of the guilt for their sons accident, their 13 year old daughter was involved in a mugging and although she says she is ok, her swollen face from where the mugger punched her, makes the guilt rear it’s ugly face once more.

A family friend offers the family to get away and stay in a lodge that he has in a remote place in Scotland, and although Tom isn’t really up for it, they agree as it will give them to have time as a family together, as Tom has recently moved out of the family home to give him and Rachel some space to sort things out in their own heads.

The lodge is amazing, all mod-cons and fancy-pants, with a great big gate to stop other people from coming in.

They have a fab evening and all got to bed as usual, but then they hear a window being broken, and when going to investigate, Tom sees 2 masked men walking around downstairs!!

Tom, Rachel, Holly and Buster the dog have to try and find a way out of the house and to safety, but how can you do that when you are in the middle of nowhere, with no phone signal, and gates the that are supposed to keep people out, are the ones keeping you in?

A thrill-a-minute read, strap yourself in!

Enjoy

Vicci

**Many thanks to Pan Macmillan, the Author and NetGalley for my copy of this book

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If your family was targeted in the middle of the night, what would you do?
You are asleep. A noise wakes you.
You stir, unsure why, and turn to your wife.
Then you hear it.
Glass. Crunching underfoot.
Your worst fears are about to be realized.
Someone is inside your home.
Your choices are limited.
You can run. Or stay and fight.
What would you do?
A Window Breaks is the nerve-shredding thriller from C. M. Ewan, the author of Safe House
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Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow @RonanFarrow @HachetteAudio #CatchAndKill #RonanFarrow #BookReview

Hello again Book Friends,

Well if there was any book that you should add to your TBR or just grab ASAP then this one is it in spades!!!

Ronan Farrow has created a book that reads like a spy thriller, the thing is, all of it is true, from the NDA’s to the Russian Spies.

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If you have been living in a cave, or under a rock then let me tell you a little about Mr Farrow, as per our good friend Wikipedia…

Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow (born December 19, 1987) is an American journalist. Farrow is the son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen.

In late 2017, Farrow’s articles in The New Yorker helped uncover the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. For this reporting, The New Yorker won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, sharing the award with The New York Times. His subsequent investigations exposed similar allegations against Eric Schneiderman and Les Moonves, which led to the resignations of both in 2018. Farrow also investigated the concealment by the M.I.T. Media Lab of its involvement with Jeffrey Epstein, leading to the resignation of the director of the Media Lab, Joi Ito, and an internal investigation by M.I.T.

In other words, he’s a damn HERO!!!

After going down the Ronan rabbit hole for a while and watching many interviews with him, he seems a very well spoken, very intelligent and very clever man, he dots his I’s and crosses his T’s, and is extremely conscientious.

This is the story of how a young man, armed with morals and a backbone the size and strength of a T-Rex, managed to bring down the raping, abusing, disgusting pig of a man, that we all know by another name, Harvey Weinstein.

Farrow is a man, that kept everyone’s secrets, and never divulged information to anyone if they had asked him not to.

It started with Rose Mcgowan (another hero) and that ball kept rolling, he was pretty much stopped at every turn, including from his own company who had originally asked him to report about this in the first place!

He had so much information that it was near on impossible to disprove, yet Weinstein was still able to pay off companies, and people FOR YEARS!!!

This book was fascinating, as well as angering, how these people manage to get so ‘God Like’ that they can do damn near whatever they want, or fear the consequences.

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Narrated by Mr Farrow himself, who if he ever find himself out of the journalism field, could easily make a career out of narrating, he was AMAZING!

What is also so special about the audiobook, is that, not only do you have the author narrating his own words, he has managed to put in an audio-clip of Weinstein, trying to talk a young actress into his hotel room, and It. Is. Chilling!!

I would love to say that the disgusting rapist is in jail and off of the streets, but unfortunately as you may have seen this week, he is still wandering around, happy as Larry, being invited to events, but people are not so happy about this.

The fact that HW is still surrounded by women is mind blowing.

Just because you are friends with a shark, don’t mean that it won’t bite you one day!

Enjoy

Vicci

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In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.
In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.
All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain — until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond.
This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook our culture.

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Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher @berkleypub #bookreview

Happy Monday everybody!

Coming at you with another amazing romance! I just had so much fun reading this book and recommend it to everyone with a sense of humor! 😍

My Thoughts

Andie J. Christopher has written a fun retelling of one of my all-time favorite movies How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. The book put a bit of a twist on it, this time it is the guy that is trying to lose the girl and it is the girl trying to prove that she can be in a relationship. This was just a Playful light hearted story Full of sass, Snark, steam, and four letter words. Jack and Hannah meet one night at a bar, there is instant chemistry, but neither of them are looking for a relationship. The night they meet they share an amazing kiss, exchange numbers, yet still they resist. Then Jack’s boss gives him and opportunity. If he can write an article on how to lose a girl in two weeks, then he will be given the opportunity to write a political column. Similarly Hannah who is an event planner is wanting to start planning weddings. When her boss implies that she’s not the right girl to plan weddings, because she’s not even in a relationship, Hannah lets it slip that she in fact is now in a relationship. SO now both Jack and Hannah are using one another to bolster their careers. The problem is they both start to catch real feelings for one another.

Told from both Jack and Hannah‘s perspectives, I really got invested in this seemingly doomed romance. Hannah was strong, smart, kind of a bitch on wheels, but she definitely had a sweet vulnerable side. Jack was such a good guy, A little clueless, but so authentic. If I had any complaint about this book it would be that Jack doing this was really out of character for him, but I guess it needed to happen for the book to work. Loved all the secondary characters in the story. Jack had the most amazing family even his mom who left him when he was younger was a great character. Hannah‘s BFF Sasha was amazing, I’d love to see a story where she gets her HEA! This book just made me smile and feel all warm and gooey inside. There is some definite sizzle in the story and these characters do like to throw around those for letter words, so if that’s not your thing this might not work for you.

This book in emojis: 🌮 🐶 🍻 📰 💅🏻 💏

*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

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Not the Girl You Marry is funny, heartfelt, and super sexy!” (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times best-selling author)

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days gets a millennial makeover in this romantic comedy by USA Today best-selling author Andie J. Christopher.

Jack Nolan is a gentleman, a journalist, and unlucky in love. His viral success has pigeon-holed him as the how-to guy for a buzzy, internet media company instead of covering hard-hitting politics. Fed up with his fluffy articles and the app-based dating scene as well, he strikes a deal with his boss to write a final pièce de résistance: “How to Lose a Girl”. Easier said than done when the girl he meets is Hannah Mayfield, and he’s not sure he wants her to dump him.

Hannah is an extremely successful event planner who’s focused on climbing the career ladder. Her firm is one of the most prestigious in the city, and she’s determined to secure her next promotion. But Hannah has a bit of an image problem. She needs to show her boss that she has range, including planning dreaded, romantic weddings. Enter Jack. He’s the perfect man to date for a couple weeks to prove to her boss that she’s not scared of feelings.

Before Jack and Hannah know it, their fake relationship starts to feel all too real – and neither of them can stand to lose each other.

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The Bromance Bookclub by Lyssa Kay Adams @berkleypub #bookreview

Happy Monday all!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! If you are looking for a fun romance that will put a smile on your face and give you the warm fuzzies., then I have got the book for you!

My Thoughts

The first rule of book club:
You don’t talk about book club.
 

Lyssa Kay Adams has hit a homerun with this fun and clever story. This was a second chance romance with a unique angle. A married couple on the brink of divorce trying to heal (well at least Gavin was). Gavin is a big-time professional baseball player who is hitting grand slams on the field and striking out in the bedroom. After the game of his life Gavin discovers that his wife of three years Thea has been faking it. Gavin’s ego and pride are wounded so he moves into the guestroom and that ultimately leads to Thea asking him to leave. Gavin does not want a divorce, so after a night of drinking several of the best known men of Nashville including some of his teammates approach him with an answer to his problems. The Bromance Bookclub, A group of alpha men reading romance and learning the secrets of what women truly want.

Told from the perspectives of both Gavin and Thea, I have to admit I found Gavin the more empathetic character. I mean the guy was trying so hard. I just found him to be such an endearing character I loved how he was this big strong athlete and yet he was so vulnerable and insecure. I was thinking hey if Thea won’t take you back, I will! Thea was hard to understand, I know she had some major daddy issues and like to be the martyr, but she needed to accept some responsibility in the breakdown of this marriage. And her sister Liv did not help at all. A tiny niggle I had with this book was the age of the twins, I could never put my finger on how old these girls were supposed to be. Three? They acted much older than that, but I couldn’t make the math work any other way. Not a big deal, but it does seem to be a common problem in Books. The best part of the story really was bookclub itself, it was so hilarious listening to these men discuss romance books.

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*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

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One of Bustle’s 21 New Rom-Coms Out in Fall 2019 to Give You Warm and Fuzzy Feelings All Season Long

The first rule of book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: His wife, Thea, has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

©2019 Lyssa Kay Adams (P)2019 Penguin

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Gone by Leona Deakin @LeonaDeakin1 @TransworldBooks #Gone #NetGalley #BookReview

Hello Book Friends,

Thrilled to bring you this review for a book that puts the Psycho in Psychological Thriller!

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It’s your birthday Wahoo!!! You get a card through your door, you have no idea who sent it, you open it, it is plain white, but inside is a message!

“YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?”

That is all the police have, a birthday card, and they are not really *that* worried about a person going missing, it is an adult after all, they probably have their reasons.

But, as more and more people are coming forward to say that their loved ones have received the same card and have also gone missing, psychologist and private detective Dr. Augusta Bloom, realises that this is more than just a silly game, this is turning into something very dangerous indeed.

With 2 story-lines running simultaneously alongside each other, a very clever story emerges, why would these people just up-and-leave? What is the game? and why are they only targeting certain people?

A great thriller to keep you your toes.

Enjoy

Vicci

**Many thanks to Transworld Books, the Author and NetGalley for my copy of this book

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Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:
YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?
The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.
And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.
As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.
But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?
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The House of Brides by Jane Cockram @harpercollins #bookreview #houseofbrides

  • Happy Humpday all! Hope you’re having a wonderful month! I am so ready for it to cool down it is supposed to be in the 90s all week, apparently mother nature didn’t get the memo that it’s fall in California too!This book published yesterday and I’m excited to share my review with you, it was a slow burn domestic drama with a creepy vibe! Perfect for October.🌫

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Jane Cockram’s debut was hauntingly atmospheric a perfect fall read. Her descriptive writing style will completely transport you too the creepy Barnsley House. I would not classify this as a thriller it was more of a slow burn suspenseful family drama a little reminiscent of a Kate Morton Book. The beauty of the story was not twists and turns but rather immersive incredible storytelling. Miranda’s life has hit a bit of a bump and she is looking to reinvent herself. When she receives a mysterious letter from a cousin she’s never met Miranda believes it is the perfect time to leave Australia and fly to the UK to find a piece of her pass. Miranda’s mother Tessa was a famous author who died when she was young. Tessa had fled the UK for reasons unknown to Miranda so she ensconces herself in the family as the new nanny. What follows is the unraveling of a web of family secrets and lies.

A creepy house full of creepy characters with a creepy past. The story really drew me in these characters were so vividly drawn, so real to me. I wanted nothing to happen to these children, I wanted to know where their mother Daphne had gone? I needed to know what was up with Max and scary Mrs. Mim. What was Elizabith really up to out on that island? Miranda was a great character and I was right there with her trying to piece all of this together. The ending to this story really surprise me, however there was an abruptness to it that didn’t flow with the rest of the book. All in all this was a captivating debut and I am looking forward to what’s next from Miss Cockram.

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*** Big thanks to Harper Collins for my copy of this book ***

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Jane Cockram makes her thrilling debut with this riveting tale of psychological suspense in which a young woman whose life is in tatters flees to the safety of a family estate in England, but instead of comfort finds chilling secrets and lies.
Miranda’s life and career has been a roller-coaster ride. Her successful rise to the top of the booming lifestyle industry as a social media influencer led to a humiliating fall after a controversial product she endorsed flopped. Desperate to get away from the hate-spewing trolls shaming her on the internet, she receives a mysterious letter from a young cousin in England that plunges her into a dark family mystery.
Miranda’s mother Tessa Summer, a famous author, died when Miranda was a child. The young woman’s only connection to the Summer family is through Tessa’s famous book
 The House of Brides – a chronicle of the generations of women who married into the infamous Summer family and made their home in the rambling Barnsley House, the family’s estate. From Gertrude Summer, a famed crime novelist, to Miranda’s grandmother Beatrice, who killed herself after setting fire to Barnsley while her children slept, each woman in The House of Brides is more notorious than the next. The house’s current “bride” is the beautiful, effervescent Daphne, her Uncle Max’s wife – a famed celebrity chef who saved Barnsley from ruin turning the estate into an exclusive culinary destination and hotel.
Curious about this legendary family she has never met, Miranda arrives at Barnsley posing as a prospective nanny answering an advertisement. She’s greeted by the compelling yet cold housekeeper Mrs. Mins, and meets the children and her Uncle Max – none of whom know her true identity. But Barnsley is not what Miranda expected. The luxury destination and award-winning restaurant is gone, and Daphne is nowhere to be found. Most disturbing, one of the children is in a wheelchair after a mysterious accident. What happened in this house? Where is Daphne? What darkness lies hidden in Barnsley?

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Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella @KinsellaSophie @randomhouse #bookreview #ChristmasShopaholic

Happy Monday all!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Nothing like a Sophie Kinsella book to make your weekend even better!💁🏻‍♀️

My Thoughts

SHE is BACK!!! Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is one of my all-time favorite characters and she was as hilarious and brilliant as ever in this festive story. I was so excited to spend time with Becky it was like catching up with an old friend. I have read and loved every book in this series and while some have been better than others this one was an absolute treat!‘tis the season to be shopping and Becky could not be happier! She barely even bats an eyelash when it is dropped on her that she will be hosting Christmas this year. Becky of course starts making a list and checking it twice, there are lots of things to be done and purchased before the holidays. And in typical Becky fashion more is always better, why have one turkey when you can have three? Becky has grown up somewhat over the course of the series but she has never lost her charm or whimsy! From the creation of a new Norwegian word, to an ex-boyfriend and multiplayer sex. From fighting to join an “old boy billiard club, to60 pounds of fish on the front yard. From hunting down and escaped hamster to an adorable Christmas performance. This book had me smiling and laughing so much that my face hurt.

If you are a fan of this series this is an absolute must! If you have not read the series yet, what are you waiting for? This is Sophie Kinsella at her finest! A delightful lighthearted story that is guaranteed to fill you with the holiday spirit! Fa la la la la la shopaholic!

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*** Big thanks to Random House for my copy of this book ***

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Number-one New York Times best-selling author Sophie Kinsella returns with a festive new Shopaholic adventure filled with holiday cheer and unexpected gifts. 
’Tis the season for change and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, returning from the States to live in the charming village of Letherby and working with her best friend, Suze, in the gift shop of Suze’s stately home. Life is good, especially now that Becky takes time every day for mindfulness…which actually means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains. 
But Becky still adores the traditions of Christmas: Her parents host, carols play on repeat, her mother pretends she made the Christmas pudding, and the neighbors come ’round for sherry in their terrible holiday sweaters. Things are looking cheerier than ever, until Becky’s parents announce they’re moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch – unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocados – and ask Becky if she’ll host this year. What could possibly go wrong?
Her sister demands a vegan turkey, her husband insists that he just wants aftershave – again, and little Minnie demands a very specific picnic hamper: Surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old-boyfriend-turned-rock-star and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear. But as the countdown to Christmas begins and her big-hearted plans take an unexpected turn toward disaster, Becky starts to wonder if chaos will ensue, or if she’ll manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas after all.

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A Song For a New Day by Sara Pinsker @berkleypub #bookreview #asongforanewday

Happy Friday y’all!

If you love books and music as much as I do, you will love this book! A compelling dystopian/speculative fiction story that will definitely give you some food for thought.🎸

My Thoughts

Sarah Pinsker has written a captivating dystopian/speculative fiction story that prominently features music. While this is not my usual genre it blends two of my favorite things music and books, and I loved it! Pinsker’s Love and appreciation for music especially live music comes across loud and clear in this story. Luce Cannon(Got to love that name) is a musician on the way to the top when the government calls for a halt to all live concerts. Not only concerts but most large social gatherings have been banned, do to continuous terrorist attacks. Rosemary spends her days working from home in customer service for a Walmart/Amazon hybrid. She is given an amazing opportunity to attend an online concert. This leads to a job offer to travel and search out bands who are willing to perform these online concerts. Luce and Rosemary’s haves cross one day at a underground banned concert. Luce and Rosemary are on opposite sides of the issue, will Rosemarys actions cause Luce to go further underground? So what will happen when the two meet up again? Will this be the “day the music died”?

Luce was A dynamic character with a tremendous passion for music and performing live. Rosemary was a quieter character but I found her to be a little more sympathetic I could really understand her inner conflict. The story was much more character driven than plot driven. I think dystopian/speculative fiction fans who are desiring a lot of world building might be a little disappointed, I myself wish the lead up to why the world was this way was addressed more in the book. But I don’t think this impacted my overall enjoyment of this riveting story. This really was a love letter to music and a warning letter to the Reader. While the idea of attending a concert from the comfort of your home Mike sound fabulous, we really don’t ever want to lose the human connection.

This book in three emojis: 🎫 🎼 🎸

*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of the book ***

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Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019
In this captivating science fiction novel from an award-winning author, public gatherings are illegal making concerts impossible, except for those willing to break the law for the love of music, and for one chance at human connection.
In the Before, when the government didn’t prohibit large public gatherings, Luce Cannon was on top of the world. One of her songs had just taken off and she was on her way to becoming a star. Now, in the After, terror attacks and deadly viruses have led the government to ban concerts, and Luce’s connection to the world – her music, her purpose – is closed off forever. She does what she has to do: She performs in illegal concerts to a small but passionate community, always evading the law.
Rosemary Laws barely remembers the Before times. She spends her days in Hoodspace, helping customers order all of their goods online for drone delivery – no physical contact with humans needed. By lucky chance, she finds a new job and a new calling: discover amazing musicians and bring their concerts to everyone via virtual reality. The only catch is that she’ll have to do something she’s never done before and go out in public. Find the illegal concerts and bring musicians into the limelight they deserve. But when she sees how the world could actually be, that won’t be enough.

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Faker by Sarah Smith @berkleypub #bookreview

Happy Wednesday all!

Excited to share with you today my review for this fun enemies to lovers romcom!🔩🔨

My Thoughts

Sarah Smith has written a sweet, swoony, and steamy romcom. This book is being compared to “The Hating Game” I think this is an accurate comparison. Both are workplace enemies to lovers romances filled with Snark, humor, and charm. So if you loved THG as much as I did you’re definitely enjoy this book. But as similar as they were they were also quite different. Emmie is one of the few women at The tool company where she works. For this reason she spends her days “faking“ that she is a tough cookie not to be messed with. Tate, her coworker is dismissive and rude, and unavoidable because their offices are right next to each other. I am sure you know where this is going, the ending is not unpredictable, but it is oh such a fun and entertaining journey! Emmie was a great character, one of those characters you’d want to be friends with. Then there is Tate. Have you ever had a friend date somebody and they just thought the guy was the hottest greatest thing ever and you just didn’t see it? Yes? In this situation I am Emmie’s friend and that guy is Tate. I just didn’t get the attraction. There was attraction and chemistry and I loved the banter between them, I just didn’t get it. In spite of this I really enjoyed this book it was a fun feel good read that put a goofy smile on my face. And even though I didn’t find Tate to be the man of my dreams I think he was Emmie’s! Not only were they attracted to one another they also communicated quite well, always a bonus!

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*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy multicultural romance where two office foes fight to hammer out their differences and build a love that will last….
Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she’s tough as nails – the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.One thing she doesn’t have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie’s friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can’t stop staring at his Thor-like biceps….
When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get…heated. Emmie’s beginning to see that beneath Tate’s chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.

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