Blog Tour | Review | A Secret Lies Deep by Jake Hatmacher

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Title: A Secret Lies Deep
Author: Jake Hatmacher
Genre: Psychological, Romance
Publisher: Jake Hatmacher

Publishing date: 2nd April, 2017
My Rating: 3/5 stars

 


Synopsis:

SECRETSโ€ฆ We attempt to conceal our own but are frustrated by those concealed from us.ย  That is the crux of Erynโ€™s story as she seeks answers to the questionsโˆ’the secretsโˆ’that have troubled her since her youth.ย  Perhaps if she wasnโ€™t so smart these questions wouldnโ€™t bother her, but she is.ย  Erynโ€™s new job is a further challenge to her own secret as she strives to protect it.ย  Not only that, but when challenged concerning her sexuality she must ultimately decide whether that secret is worth withholding forever.ย  Itโ€™s not that no one is aware of Erynโ€™s secret.ย  She has entrusted it to close family members and a few childhood acquaintances.ย  When confronted by her grandfather, unhappy with the cause of the secrecy, Erynโ€™s defenses and his words put a barrier between them that she feels helpless to resolve.ย  She desires his acceptance again.ย  But how will she regain it?ย  Perhaps if she could only find the answers to her troubling questions.ย  But where would she even begin?ย  By coincidenceโˆ’or is it by divine interventionโˆ’she and her co-worker are given the task to research genealogies for a new display at their museum.ย  Unbeknownst to Eryn, the path to her answers begins on her flight to New York as she embarks on her new assignment.ย  What she experiences next is a remarkable and shocking series of events which leads to the truth she seeks, and to the discovery of who she was truly meant to be and who she was truly meant to love.


My Take:

SECRETSโ€ฆ We attempt to conceal our own but are frustrated by those concealed from us.

Isn’t this an intriguing starting line?

When I first read the synopsis, for me, with each sentence it took an interesting turn. The synopsis had me in as I didn’t like the cover much. (I do judge the book from it’s cover sometimes, guilty! ๐Ÿ˜› We all do, don’t we? ๐Ÿ˜› )

The way the synopsis ended. From drama to all philosophical, I was in. Now, I had to read the book.

What she experiences next is a remarkable and shocking series of events which leads to the truth she seeks, and to the discovery of who she was truly meant to be and who she was truly meant to love.

So, here it goes…

The book starts with Eryn’s and Diana’s playful bickering in their museum office. For some parts it was funny but some parts the wittiness felt forced like this one here.

” Work, work, work… work, work, work, that’s all we ever do!”
“Diana, why don’t you get a Snickers or something because you are starting to get on my nerves!” Eryn suggested as she sat behind her office desk reviewing the tour groups that were to come through the musuem that day.

To make up for this, the skit they plan for the museum is fun to read about and the party they go to with Diana going on crazy and Eryn having to be the voice of reason is good but Eryn kind of over thinks at a point.

Diana is the girl who keeps complaining about her work the whole time but in a funny manner while Eryn is the serious worker, that’s the reason Eryn is promoted way faster than Diana is.

The story progresses gradually, it sure has a lot to hold your attention, it could get bland at points but the next parts usually make up for it. It havingย female transgender main character and some paranormal undertones made up for quite an interesting read. ๐Ÿ™‚ย The patches focused on the museum and their work is very interesting as well. ๐Ÿ˜€

I feel like this book is more about the lesson it conveys than the way the story is told. If it was not for something that I believe in I am not sure I would’ve liked it much. The emotional and mental turmoil of finding out the meaning of your existence, who you actually are, what you actually want is something we all go through at one or the other point in our lives.

For some of us, it’s not that complicated but for some of us it is about questioning everything that we know of and then fighting the feel that we know nothing about ourselves, having to question even the basic stuff and living in the fear of society not accepting us.

This book touches the subject well enough. Eryn’s struggle sums it up for all us- why we are on this earth, our history that we have experienced and what we will experience.

She makes it a mission to figure out she actually is. I feel that readers will connect to her at that level and it will help the readers to embark on their own journey to discover their true selves.


Why would I pick it up?

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Deep thinking? Why not? ๐Ÿ˜€

As the author says in his bio: “They also include humor, although mostly subtle…” ๐Ÿ˜›ย 


About the author:

jerry's portraitAs you already know, I am a professional writer. But I’m also a physician. I spent many years practicing, and practicing means working, as an obstetrician and gynecologist. I still maintain three state licenses but I spend my time now writing.

The fictional stories that I have written have sprung out of time spent treating patients. The stories are unique in that although they are fictional, they have much in the way of historical fact and medical fact. They also include humor, although mostly subtle and are flavored with a touch of fantasy.

I grew up in a city of near thirty-five thousand in the north-central part of Illinois. My higher education was at Loyola University of Chicago, followed by medical school at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine. I treated patients for 25 years in Illinois before moving to Ohio, where I now reside.
Besides writing, my time is filled taking care of my home, gardening, hiking, and simply enjoying the fresh air outdoors and the beautiful plants and animals that nature provides. I am always trying to introduce new plants that are not invasive, conserve water and attract butterflies. The reason for wanting to attract butterflies has a story, but let me just say here, it mostly has to do with their variety of color and the way they appear to float on the air as they fly-they are calming.

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ARC Review | Being Lovers by Rachel Carrington

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Title: Being Lovers (Discovering Emily, Book 2)
Author: Rachel Carrington
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publishing date: 18th December, 2015
Published by: Rachel Carrington

My Rating: 4/5 stars ย 

 

 

*ebook received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Escaping my past has become a full-time job for me. Ever since my boyfriend died, Iโ€™ve been running from somethingโ€”his father, a hired hitman, the truth. If I didnโ€™t have Adam, I donโ€™t think I would have survived. Heโ€™s become my lifeline.

It only took us weeks to fall in love. Yes, it was quick, but love doesnโ€™t tell time. At first, it might have been two desperate people coming together, but now, I know itโ€™s real. I wish I could say weโ€™ve lived happily ever after since. But thereโ€™s a price on my head.

Protecting me from a sniper has become Adamโ€™s sole purpose in life, and I hate that our relationship is surrounded by guns, blood, death, and lies. Add betrayal to the mix, and I begin to wonder if what weโ€™ve found, this unique bond we share, will last.

One thing is certain. Someone is trying to kill me, and losing Adam will do just that.


My Take:

I talked about how much I loved the format of summary and I am glad that it is continued. I complained about insta-love in the last book, that is the first book of the series, Connecting strangers. In this book summary there seems to be a kind of explanation in the words of Emily herself.

It only took us weeks to fall in love. Yes, it was quick, but love doesnโ€™t tell time. At first, it might have been two desperate people coming together, but now, I know itโ€™s real.

Okay, but still not acceptable. Anyways this book is much better than the last book. In this book we get a lot more action, well, the action in the last book was more in the bedroom but here we get real action. Finally Adam gets to put his cop skills to use. I was much impressed by Adam in this book.

In this book their romance doesn’t overshadow all the other aspects of the story like in the first book. I feel like all the complains that I had about book one was solved in this book. The author has really gotten the potential of the book out. Even if you haven’t read the first book, this will still be easy to read. I think it does better as a standalone because then you don’t have the first book to compare to.

Even if you don’t read the first book, you won’t be missing much because the second book does a good job for both of the books.

The ending will keep you perched on the edge of your seat, the climax is going to give you an adrenaline rush. The supporting characters’ stories is also explored in this book and they are not just the convenient, god send creatures that they were shown as in the first book.


Why would I pick it up?

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To make up for the disappointing first book in the series.

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Review | Connecting Strangers by Rachel Carrington

Connecting Strangers (Discovering Emily Series, #1)

 

Title: Connecting Strangers (Discovering Emily, Book 1)
Author: Rachel Carrington
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publishing date: 21st July, 2014
Pages: 214

My Rating: 3/5 stars ย 

 

*ARC received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Getting close is dangerousโ€ฆ

Heโ€™s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they wonโ€™t grab hold of his shirt. Because thatโ€™s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didnโ€™t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. Iโ€™d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals heโ€™ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I canโ€™t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become. Iโ€™ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but Iโ€™m sure heโ€™ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

Iโ€™ve had enough complications in my life. Iโ€™m not looking for more, and thatโ€™s exactly what Adam isโ€”a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I canโ€™t risk bringing him down with me. But he wonโ€™t leaveโ€ฆeven when vengeance could kill us both.


My Take:

This synopsis is just perfect, perfect to rile you in, to sell the story to you; and the cover, as pretty as they come. The synopsis is written in first person format, quite unusual. The heroine herself is summing up her story, how intelligent is that. ๐Ÿ˜€

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I think the insta-love, too much luck and convenient placing of supporting characters is too easy for my taste. You get out of an abusive relationship, that too by shooting your guy and in a few hours, while on the run, fall for a sexy cop, the first guy you meet. That’s not how life works, dear, nope.

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How convenient that she runs out of gas in a town where lives the sexy hunk of a cop and a diner owner, Francine, who just up and ups our heroine. Providing her with food, bath, and a place to stay. She could have won a lottery at this point.

After an abusive relationship people need to get themselves together, Emily should have been trying to jot a plan down on what she was going to do instead she keeps daydreaming about Adam. I felt like the author didn’t understand the after effects of an abusive relationship. Unless you were the one being abusive you won’t be moving on in a few hours.

Francine was too giving, you don’t go around bringing strangers in your house just when you see them sleeping in your parking. That’s the trait of stupidity, that’s how you get mugged.

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I would have really enjoyed to see the relationship between Emily and Adam develop slowly, with Adam supporting her emotionally and helping her heal her emotional scars.

Emily doesn’t have anybody she can call family, her parents died, no siblings, no relatives. Her hanging on to Mark even after him being abusive to the extent of insanity is understandable, other than that all her feelings and reactions are questionable.

I would have liked the book more if the story with Mark was explored more. It felt like a convenient plot starter and then it was pushed aside to present to you a tale of luck and convenience. I feel like the author explored the wrong aspect of the story.


Why would I pick it up?

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In the hopes of it making sense to me.

 

Book Review | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

 

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publishing date: 26th February, 2013
Pages: 328

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-oldsโ€”smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


My take:

I read this book because of the hype surrounding it. I don’t know what I feel. I kind of have mixed feelings for this book. It was a good read actually, it went smooth and I liked the switching narration of Eleanor and Park. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a while since I read this book so I had to search a lot and find out if people quoted something that even I liked and quoted in my copy because I lost all of my highlights. Reading those quotes made me connect to the book again on a personal level.

There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…

If you’ve ever been in love, true love, your first love, you will get what I am saying. It’s so nerve-wrecking and comforting at the same time. All those feelings leave you scared but that person drives all your fears away. First love is really a very pure experience and people who have experienced it are lucky. These quotes that I picked out are a mass acceptance because everyone seems to have loved these lines. I think it really connects with people. You go through these feelings when you are in love and it’s quite frightening until you know it is mutual, even then you need some time to digest the fact that you have such a wonderful person with you to hold and be held forever. โค ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

This book had all those feelings, the words had feelings and lots of them to be honest. Just read these lines if you haven’t and you will understand… ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œI don’t like you, Park,” she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. “I…” – her voice nearly disappeared – “think I live for you.”
He closed his eyes and pressed his head back into his pillow.
“I don’t think I even breathe when we’re not together,” she whispered. “Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it’s been like sixty hours since I’ve taken a breath. That’s probably why I’m so crabby, and why I snap at you. All I do when we’re apart is think about you, and all I do when we’re together is panic. Because every second feels so important. And because I’m so out of control, I can’t help myself. I’m not even mine anymore, I’m yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want me? How could you want me like I want you?”
He was quiet. He wanted everything she’d just said to be the last thing he heard. He wanted to fall asleep with ‘I want you’ in his ears.โ€

These words. โค Now that I read it again I know exactly what Eleanor meant. This fear of the person, that is giving you all these feels, not wanting you like you want them and leaving you is real. It’s only them that can drive that fear away and that’s what Park does. I love it how Eleanor opens up to Park and how Park tries to solve all her problems and wants her to experience the beauty of little things. May it be reading comics to her pace or making her a tape of the songs he thinks she might like or thinking about asking for batteries as Christmas present so that Eleanor could listen to songs… really, it’s the little things that matter in the long run. Park wins with flying colours in that aspect. Him kicking his friend’s ass for bullying Eleanor is an added bonus. I was impressed with that kick. โค

โ€œNothing was dirty. With Park.
Nothing could be shameful.
Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.โ€

These lines by Eleanor are something that every person in love feels. How you get comfortable with things you were uncomfortable with and how you start liking them. Love does get you to a new level of comfort with a person. ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œMy girlfriend is sad and quiet and keeps me up all night worrying about her.โ€

This reminds me of something. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œEleanor was right. She never looked nice.She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.โ€

Park really has a way with words. I don’t think he could have found better words as to describe the way Eleanor dresses. To be honest, her style is too loud for someone who doesn’t want to get noticed. The same goes for Park. The guy who was focused on not being noticed starts wearing eyeliner which will surely get him noticed, I felt like he did it to piss his dad off. I don’t know I just felt like the scene was forced.

The ending, when Eleanor realizes who the person was behind all those little mean notes she got and the night she goes to bed and finds it out had me on edge. The book made me nervous from that point. I was scared for everyone involved and the actual ending seemed bland in comparison to the climax. Eleanor spends considerable time with her dysfunctional family so at this point they were all an important aspect of the story, forgetting them completely once Eleanor is out of the mess wasn’t exactly a good idea. I wanted to know what became of her mother and siblings, how they were, and what about her stepdad? Through Park we do know that they left but that seemed like lazy writing. Instead of delving into their story, the characters just disappeared with a vague explanation.

All in all I loved the love they share and the bond they have but the story… I need more. I need to know what happened to Eleanor’s family and what became of Eleanor and Park. I felt it was kind of wrong on Eleanor’s part to not reply even once and then start the interaction after months. I know she had problems but you don’t leave the only person helping you miserable. I am not sure how I feel about the ending. I felt like there’s always hope for love and felt sorry for Park.


Why would I pick it up?

Because… Love! โค

Blog Tour | Book Review | Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book โ€œBetter in the Morningโ€ by Fern Ronay , hosted by Sageโ€™s Blog Tours.

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Title: Better in the Morning
Author: Fern Ronay
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Publishing date: 26th April, 2016
Pages: 280

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer.And when he tells her he has big news, sheโ€™s certain heโ€™ll pop the question. But instead of
proposing, John informs her that heโ€™s moving to London.

Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman.

Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.


My Take:

I had mixed feelings in the middle of the book but other than that this was a very enjoyable book for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I started this book, I couldn’t keep this drama-packed story down. As the book reached the middle I started doubting the potential of the book because of the story going nowhere and giving no exact hints to what the book was exactly about. It kind of felt that the story was dragging with no exact goals. Veronica kept on messing up things back to back. I actually put it down, read another book and picked this back up. Good decision, I must say. ๐Ÿ˜€

She was kind of pathetic in the start.

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I like, how her character development takes place through and through. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am glad that I took a break instead of reading it in one sitting. Because when I came back to this book it did not disappoint me at all. It was like meeting a friend after a long time and realizing that you missed them more than you thought.

The message this book puts across is about happiness, about finding your true calling, and about working for it. I love fictions with such positive messages. ๐Ÿ˜€ You know what would have been bold for this book, bold and unconventional, if Syd didn’t realize he couldn’t stay without Veronica and he loved her and she moved on with her life. I guess, women’s fiction needs to always have some or the other cliche. I am not complaining, no!

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By the time I reached the end of the book, I kind of felt that this was going to have that bomb unconventional ending that leaves the readers gaping because of how unfocused that part of her life was. It was a simple mention like, it’s been a month since she last talked to him. Nothing too filled with emotions to make me think that he was important at that point in the book. But we all need a happy ending, so the author gives you that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This book would’ve been something else if only Veronica spoke her mind. I swear, I would’ve loved her for saying the things she thought. ๐Ÿ˜€ Here are some examples-

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Now, this start of the explanation that Veronica’s grandpa gives her for them giving her signs without knowing the future kind of made me scratch my head. Like, you can’t see the future but six months ago you knew that Veronica would be here and she would need to see your sign. How exactly does that work?

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I loved this line…

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…and this was just โค A perfect way to sum up the plotline and the title accuracy. โค

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All in all, this was a good book, that kept challenging how I felt about the book. It’s a good read on how a person develops and learns from their mistakes and wrong decisions and moves forward. No matter what, the future is always bright for those who learn to trust it’s ability to make everything alright. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰


Why would I pick it up?

For the drama and the lessons and ofcourse, for Hurricane Veronica! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›


Authorโ€™s Bio:

Fern Ronay was born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey. She is a lawyer and CPA as well as a writer, reporter, and blogger. After six years in Manhattan and six years in Chicago, she now lives in sunny Los Angeles with her husband.

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In addition to writing novels, Fern authors the blog Stop and Blog the Roses and is a co-host on AfterBuzzTV. When she is not writing, reporting, or blogging, Fern can be found eating something, reading something, or running.

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