Monthly Wrap Up: November

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving with lots of family and good food. December is upon us and I have a few books to go to finish my Goodreads challenge of 100 so fingers crossed I’ll make my goal…I can smell victory! Now on to how my bookish November went.
August Reading Stats
Books Read

Pages Read

5 Stars

4 Stars

3 Stars

2 Stars

1 Star


Genre Breakdown
Fiction: 3
Non Fiction: 1
Graphic Novels: 3

Books Read
91. Goldie Vance Vol. 3 by Hope Larson
90. Goldie Vance Vol. 2 by Hope Larson
89. Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson
88. One Day in December by Josie Silver
87. The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere
86. This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps
85. The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere

Arcs via NetGalley/Edelweiss
Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Sidelined by Suzanne Baltsar
The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen
The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Books via Publishers
In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder
I Invited Her In by Adele Parks
The Songbird by Marcia Willett

Snowed In Love by Kasie West, Aimee Friedman, Melissa De La Cruz, and Nic Stone

Well, that’s a look at my bookish month. Feel free to share your book month with me I love to see all things bookish!


12 Days of Clean Romance: $100 Kick Off Giveaway

12 Days of Clean Romance
December 2018
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Holiday Review: The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere
Published: October 1, 2007
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: audiobook via Overdrive
Ratings: 4/5

Each Christmas we are given a promise from heaven. And each year on earth we make promises to each other.

This is a story about how a promise from one person to another shows us the true meaning of faith, remembrance, and love. Seven years ago Gloria endured a family tragedy that almost shook her faith entirely. Each Christmas she places a card in an envelope on her tree, restating a promise she made to her husband before he died. Now, having moved from her small town and all the painful memories it held, she is building a life by caring for people in need. Whether it's a young mother who can't pay her electric bill or a family who needs some extra food, Gloria always finds a way. Miriam is a thorn in Gloria's side. Miriam is a constantly critical, disapproving neighbor who looks with suspicion at all the good things Gloria does. When a twist of fate makes them roommates instead of neighbors, it's the ultimate test of patience and faith.

Chaz has a good job as head of security at Wilson's Department Store, but each night he returns home to an empty apartment. He longs for a wife and family of his own but realizes that the life choices he's made have alienated him. He befriends a young boy whose mother has fallen on hard times, giving him a chance to have a life he thought impossible. In The Christmas Promise, the lives of these characters collide and we learn that even as we move ahead, the past is never far behind. And when we are forgiven much, we love much.

My Thoughts
This is the type of book that in my opinion embodies what Christmas is. In The Christmas Promise, we have Gloria and Miriam who are neighbors and who couldn’t be more different. Gloria is very friendly always offering a helping hand to everyone she meets and Miriam well she is more about herself but when Miriam house floods Gloria offers to let her stay in her house until her house is fixed. While there Miriam sees all that Gloria does for everyone and can't believe it, she thinks no one could be that selfless. Gloria loves doing the things she does but she made a promise years ago on Christmas and vows to keep it. Little does anyone know that Gloria has a pain in her heart but prays that one day it will be filled. A mysterious man named Chaz longs for a family but he has had hard times in his life and when he meets a young boy and his mother he soon discovers that faith and love aren’t beyond his reach. This is a touching story that focuses on faith, family, and love and shows us to never give up because second chances can be around the corner. If you want a heartwarming story than definitely check out this one.


Cover Reveal: The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

A Wildstone Novel
Expected Publication: June 18, 2019

Two sisters who just might be lemons in life and love… True or not, they know one thing -- you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask in THE LEMON SISTERS.

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When Brooke’s older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door with her three kids in tow, she barely recognizes her sibling who looks like she’s on the verge of a total breakdown. While adventurous, wanderlust Brooke was always the problem child, eager to slip free of Wildstone and its small town constraints, Mindy was the golden child, who never had a hair out of place or a GPA below 4.0. The Mindy that arrives at Brooke’s apartment however, is a far cry from the ever-perfect doctor’s wife.

Brooke’s further stunned when Mindy asks to trade places with her for a few days so she can pick up her pieces and put herself back together. What Mindy doesn’t realize is that Brooke is just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so Brooke takes the kids and returns to Wildstone.

But how does one go home after seven years away and what feels like a lifetime of secrets? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested, or so he says. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she long ago shoved deep.

The sisters begin to wonder if the childhood taunts were true, are they lemons in life? In love? True or not, they know one thing — you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

About Jill
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.


Holiday Review: The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere
Published: October 25, 2005
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: audiobook via Overdrive
Ratings: 5/5

Patricia and Mark Addison have long given up the hope of having a meaningful Christmas. But this year, Patricia's job as a social worker will lead her to a very special five-year-old. Against her better judgment, Patricia bends the rules and takes the little girl to her own home. Through the presence of Emily in their house and her penetrating questions about heaven, the Addisons learn that there is no sorrow so great that faith cannot help you find your way through. And Christmas will once more be a time of joy in their home.

My Thoughts
This is by far my favorite Donna VanLiere read so far. It’s cute, heartwarming and touching all at the same time. Patricia and Mark’s marriage has been going through the motions for a while now but all that changes when Patricia who is a social worker brings home Emily during the holidays. Emily has had a hard life for a little girl so when Patricia decides not to send her to CPS right away during Christmas Patricia starts to remember the real meaning of the holidays through this little girls eyes. Patricia reveals that she lost her son during this time of year and that’s why she hasn’t really enjoyed them since and also why she and Mark aren’t as close. Emily soon makes both of them see what's important and they remember how much they love each other and how Emily has opened up their hearts again to love. This is a sweet and cozy read one that will fill your heart with love and joy only like a magical holiday read can.


Holiday Review: The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere
Published: October 28, 2003
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: audiobook via Overdrive
Ratings: 3/5

In The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan-a young woman born with a hole in her heart that has not kept her from becoming a champion runner. And lessons learned from a young boy named Charlie, who teaches how to live a life of true courage. Together, they will help guide Nathan through the darkest period in his life. The Christmas Blessing is inspiring about hope existing in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all.

My Thoughts
This is an inspirational story of love and faith focusing on a young doctor named Nathan who becomes friends with Meghan and Charlie who will show him the true meaning in life. Nathan has had dark periods in his life but now he is in medical school and through others, he has learned that while he has had struggles in life others have had it worse yet have continued to live and love life. Nathan will soon find the miracles in life and with that comes love…the love of his life and all the happiness that comes with it. I enjoyed this short read as always Donna VanLiere novels are inspiring and have that comforting feel. You want a hopeful and romantic read this is a good one.


TisTheSeasonAThon TBR

Happy Holidays!!
I know it’s a bit early but I’m here to share my TBR for an upcoming readathon. I’ve always wanted to participate in one but I never had the time or just hadn’t found one I really wanted to join, but I finally found the one for me it’s the TISTHESEASONATHON! It runs December 3-9.
Yes, a whole week filled with Christmas reads so, of course, I’m so there! It’s hosted by some wonderful Booktubers and Instagrammers if you don’t know them please go check them out they are awesome!

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So here are the challenges you can do as many or as few as you like and you can also double up if you want. Now on to my list of books and which challenges they go with.

1. Book with red or green on the cover
2. Book to read while listening to Christmas music
3.  A warm and fuzzy read
4. A short read [250 pages or less]
5. Holiday-themed book
6. [Bonus] The group read

#5 & 6
There's my list I hope you join us in this fun readathon!


Surprise Christmas Anthology




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The last thing I needed was to share an Uber with Scrooge—a cocky lawyer on a snowy Christmas Eve. It was bad enough I was on my way to court for the gift of eviction. Although maybe today wouldn’t turn out so bad after all. The Sexy Scrooge and I started to connect as we trudged our way through a storm. Our ride was about to end. But would I ever see him again? Naughty or Nice - Vi & Penelope

Jodi Ellen Malpas - Big Baubles

Shannon’s last-minute Christmas shopping trip quickly goes from tedious to thrilling when she meets a sexy stranger in Harrods. He’s irresistibly cheeky, hot as sin, and he seems to want to play. So when he sets Shannon the challenge of completing her Christmas shopping before he completes his, she can’t help but accept. And she plans on winning. But the sexy stranger plays dirty on the shop floor. And even dirtier in the women’s changing rooms… Naughty or Nice - Jodi

Emma Chase - The Naughty List

Evie Sanders has a secret. She’s in love with her boss, Jace Winters, the hot as hell, hardworking owner of the best bar in the snowy, ski resort town of Alpine. She thinks Jace barely knows she exists—that to him, she’s just an employee. But at this year’s Christmas party, bells get jingled, stockings get stuffed, snow—and other things—get thoroughly plowed, and Christmas wishes (even the naughty ones) just might come true.
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Marie Force - Joyous—A Quantum Christmas

After a remarkable year that included a wedding and a big Oscar win for Quantum Productions, Hollywood superstar Flynn Godfrey wants to give his wife, Natalie, and closest friends a Christmas they will never forget. But when best-laid plans go awry, Flynn will learn that sometimes the season’s greatest gifts are those that can’t be bought or wrapped. Naughty or Nice - Marie

Corinne Michaels - A Holiday Lift

Holly has had enough pain around the holidays to last her lifetime. All she wants is to focus on her work. All of that becomes impossible when she’s stuck in the elevator with her co-worker Dean. She can’t avoid his intense stares, deep voice, and scent that drives her crazy. Will the holiday season bring them an unexpected lift or will they come crashing down? Naughty or Nice - Corinne

Susan Stoker - Best Christmas Ever

When Chris and Sienna meet during an accident in Texas, the perfect strangers soon discover they’re inexplicably linked...in more ways than one. Coincidence? Perhaps. Or maybe the makings of their very own Christmas miracle.
Naughty or Nice - Susan

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Love, Music, Madness by Tabitha Rhys

Love, Music, Madness by Tabitha Rhys
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: April 25, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Songwriting partners Lawson Harper and Jessa Warlow’s musical ambitions are derailed when their so-called relationship ends disastrously. However, neither Lawson nor Jessa are willing to give up on the album’s worth of soul-searing songs they wrote together—songs they’re sure are good enough to change both their lives.
Will the chemistry that fuels their creativity drive them to make the record of a lifetime, or only to absolute madness?

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I opened up the program Tim favored and selected a file I had created in the days since our meeting at Musso. A slamming four-on-the-floor beat filled the room. It was a simple starter beat I’d created for the first song Jessa and I had written together, from scratch.
Jessa turned to me, chin cocked, guitar at the ready. “What do I do?”
“Play Estrella. Jump in whenever you’re comfortable.”
Jesse took a deep breath and began to strum. In no time, she was locked into the beat. Clearly, she hadn’t abandoned our songs the way I had. She wasn’t rusty in the least.
When Jessa added her vocals, I shivered. I’d forgotten how full and warm her voice was. How it rattled with just a touch of gravel on the high notes. I had also forgotten just how good our songs were. All through the cold Gunther winter, Jessa and I had altered them and played them back over and over, making sure the flow was just right. The arc. The mood.
While Jessa strummed and sang, I made adjustments to the beat. I switched up the bass tone so it was even more thudding and added a ghostly echo to the snare. At first, I wasn’t sure how to approach the toms, but I ended up dialing them back by removing a few hits from the loop.
By the time Jessa hit the bridge, I was just listening. Layered over the beat, her voice took on a haunting quality. The result really was just as I’d imagined. A strange, but synergistic juxtaposition.
After Jessa’s last note, I hit the spacebar and halted the beat.
In the sudden silence, Jessa’s eyes widened. “Lawson. I can hardly believe it. That was our song. But it was so much more.” She shook her head.
“Should we try out a few more options? You know, keep searching for our sound?”
“Searching for our sound? Lawson, we just found it . . .”

Author Bio:
Tabitha Rhys is a writer and mom with a passion for music, misfits, and subculture. She grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and now resides in Riverside, CA with her husband and son.



Review: Goldie Vance Vol 1 & 2 by Hope Larson, Illustrated by Brittney Williams

Goldie Vance Vol 1 & 2 by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams [Illustrator]
Published: October  5, 2017
Publisher: Boom! Boom! Box
Format: via Hoopla
Ratings: [Vol. 1 – 4/5] [Vol. 2- 3/5]

The newest gal sleuth on the block is Goldie Vance, an exciting, whodunnit? adventure that mixes the fun of Eloise with the charm of Lumberjanes. 16-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and dreams to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery utilizing her smarts, random skills, and connections with the hotel staff and various folks in town.

My Thoughts
Volume 1
This year I wanted to challenge myself to new genres so I thought I would take a chance on a graphic novel and I kept hearing great things about Goldie Vance so I figured why not? Well, I'm glad I did cause this is so my kinda graphic novel. I like the fact that she’s a girl detective, I like her no holds barred attitude, the retro vibe and I really love that it's really diverse and has LGBT representation.
I really enjoyed the first volume I liked how we were introduced to everyone and the story was enjoyable. I liked seeing her family and friends and how she is a strong character. Can't wait to see what's in store.

Volume 2
This story was okay for me, but the first one was better. I didn’t really enjoy the astronaut storyline it was all iffy for me. However, I did enjoy the blossoming romance between Goldie and Diane and I liked seeing Goldie’s mom in this one. I liked their relationship and seeing them interact with each other.

All in all, I’m really liking where this is going I can't wait to see what more Goldie and her friends have in store for the upcoming issues. This is definitely my kind of vibe and I’m highly enjoying this so far.


Release Blitz: Love Money by Jami Wagner

Today we have the release blitz for LOVE MONEY by Jami Wagner! Check it out and be sure to get your copy today!

Love Money by Jami Wagner
Genre: Contemporary


Sam. Jett. Clint. Jimmy. One I need to keep alive. One is stalking me. One has lied his way into my heart. And the last one ... he's going to kill me if I don't give him what he wants. Someone died because of me. But this go-around, I could get the girl and solve the case at the same time. Protecting my heart ... yeah, that wasn't in my training.  

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Exclusive Excerpt

I spin around to resume my spot in line—it still hasn’t moved—when the doors to the building main entrance open with a bang. “Hurry up, man. I don’t have all fucking day to do this!” I flinch at the harsh tone from the man passing me in the hall. He pops his neck, revealing the edge of a tattoo from under the oversized white T-shirt that clearly hides his ass since his jeans are failing to do their job. He must see my movement out of the corner of his eye because he lowers his cell from his ear. He pins me with a glare, his eyes narrowing to the smallest slits I’ve ever seen. They look black, cold, full of warning and familiar. More than familiar, actually. They belong to Clint Grover. He used to run around with my sister’s ex, Drew, very briefly before he wound up in jail. He must be out now. “What the fuck are you looking at?” he snaps, continuing on his way. I glance to the floor, not giving him the satisfaction of a response. He clearly doesn’t recognize me. I want to keep it that way. “Hold up a sec, man,” he says, and my focus on the carpet in front of me is filled with a pair of worn-out Nikes. “Charlie Campbell?” Shit. I shake my head but don’t look up. My hands are shaking like I’m holding one of those damn work-out shake it things. I take a slow breath, hoping he doesn’t notice. “I know it’s you. Look up.” I don’t. I move to step around him, but he sidesteps to stay in front of me. “I said: Look. Up.” With a heart beating so fast you’d think I drank twenty Red Bulls this morning, I meet his gaze. I can do this. “I knew it. Well, well, well, this is fun.” The smell of a skunk fills my nostrils, and I swallow in a breath not to throw up. “What do you want, Clint?” I ask. “Ah, so you even recognize me. It isn’t the tattoos, is it?” With a face, I know holds no expression, I don’t answer him. I just want to get out of here. Far away from him. “The boys know you’re back?” he asks, clicking his tongue against his teeth when I don’t answer. I sigh. If I just talk to him, this will be over quicker. “No. A little hard to spread the news when they’re in jail,” I say. “Now, if you’ll excuse me.” Again, I move to step around him the other way, and again, he steps in front of me. “What? You’re not happy to see me?” I hold my head up but continue to refuse looking at him. Be strong. “If you’re not going to tell me what you want, then please, step aside.” “Damn, you’re a lot more feisty than I remember. I think I like it.” He starts to step toward me, but I say, “Are you going to move or not?” My heart is pounding and my hands are shaking. I can’t decide if I want to scream or cry. His head tilts slowly and his eyes never leave mine. Finally, he steps aside. “I hope to see you soon,” he calls out behind me as I’m basically sprinting down the hallway. I don’t stop to get back in line. I don’t stop till I’m out the doors and in my car with every door locked. Holy shit.

About the Author

JAMI WAGNER was born in Wyoming. Still living in the Cowboy State, Jami and her husband are currently writing their own love story with their yellow Lab. Jami enjoys writing Romance and published her debut novella, Date in the Dark, in 2015. Her first full-length novel, Just One Kiss, was published in October 2015 and is the first book in her Black Alcove series. The remainder in the series, Just One Night, Just One Touch, Just One Moment, and Just One Spark are available now. Visit and connect with Jami at www.jami-wagner.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorJamiWagner, on Twitter at @Jami_Wagner, or on Instagram at @JAMIWAGNER_.

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Book Blitz: North Pole Unlimited by Elle Rush

Nick and Eve by Elle Rush
(North Pole Unlimited, #3)
Publication date: November 19, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Nick’s plan: dodge his grandmother’s matchmaking attempts by claiming Eve is his date for Christmas. He probably should have asked Eve first.
Although Nick Klassen is grateful when Eve rides to his rescue after he breaks down outside of December, Manitoba, he can’t run fast enough when his meddling grandmother tries to set him up with the pretty tow-truck driver. Then he gets an idea.
Between juggling extra hours at work and a never-ending Christmas to-do list, Eve LeBlanc doesn’t have time for a new man in her life. But ever since she picked Nick up on the side of the road, she’s been running into him everywhere.
His flirtations started innocently enough but when his grandmother invites “his girlfriend” to the family’s Christmas dinner, Nick realizes if he wants to stop pretending about Eve, he must come clean. Once Eve learns of his deception, he’ll need Santa’s help to turn their fake relationship in the real thing.

Eve rolled to a stop in the driveway. “This is impressive.” Strings of unlit Christmas lights framed his grandmother’s two-story house and circled the spruce tree in the front yard. Plastic candy canes stuck in the snowbanks lined the sidewalk, and a pinecone-studded wreath twice the size of the one on the tow-truck’s grill hung from the screen door.
“You should see the inside. Can you wait till I’m certain her car will start? She hasn’t run it in a couple weeks,” Nick said.
His grandmother must have been watching from the window because the front door opened before they hit the first step. “Come in, it’s freezing out here,” she said.
The entranceway and the adjacent living room were fully Christmas-bombed, from the reindeer-shaped sofa cushions to the double-decker white candy bowl stand, which had a Frosty face and top hat stuck to the top of the wire frame. Nick held back a snicker as Eve spun in a three-sixty and breathed a quiet, “Whoa.”
“You’re not kidding,” he whispered back.
“I’m Adelaide Klassen. Who might you be?” his gran asked. She was dressed for her appointment. After a lifetime of seeing her in business suits at the office, it was always a shock to Nick’s system to see his grey-haired grandmother in jeans and a plaid, flannel shirt.
Eve gave Adelaide’s hand a hearty shake. “Eve LeBlanc, the tow-truck driver.”
“It’s lovely to meet you. Are you a special friend of Nick’s?”
Nick sighed. She was starting, and they’d been in the house for thirty seconds. “No, Gran, she’s not my girlfriend.”
“I just picked him up on the side of the road. I must say he is the cutest stray I’ve come across in a while,” Eve added with a smile.
“Don’t encourage her!”

Author Bio
Elle Rush is a contemporary romance author from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. When she’s not travelling, she’s hard at work writing books which are set all over the world. From Hollywood to the house next door, her heroes will make you sigh and her heroines will make you laugh out loud.
Elle has a degree in Spanish and French, barely passed German, and has flunked poetry in every language she’s studied, including English. She also has mild addictions to tea, yarn, Christmas decorations, and HGTV renovations shows.



Release Blitz: One Hundred Christmas Kisses by Kelly Collins

Kelly Collins is bringing the Christmas spirit to Aspen Cove with ONE HUNDRED CHRISTMAS KISSES. If you love small-towns and your romance sweet with just a touch of heat, then you don't want to miss this one. Kick off your holiday reading and grab your copy today!


Kelly Collins invites you to celebrate a small town Christmas in Aspen Cove, where North Star wishes and love’s first kisses have the power to heal.

It’s been a decade since veterinarian Charlotte Parker has been home to Aspen Cove. After the death of her mother, she hasn’t been able to bring herself to face her painful past. But if ever there’s a time to start over, it’s Christmas. What she doesn’t expect is to find the man of her dreams staying in the room next to hers at B’s Bed and Breakfast.

War hero Trig Whatley is looking for a place to call home. Since losing his leg in Afghanistan, he hasn’t found a place to fit in or a woman who can see him for the strong, whole man he is. When he accepts his friend’s invitation to come for a visit, he discovers so much more is waiting for him in the tiny mountain town than just a good time.

Will Charlotte and Trig find their forever under the mistletoe or will they go their separate ways by the time everyone in town is singing Auld Lang Syne? Find out in One Hundred Christmas Kisses.




International bestselling author of more than thirty novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again. Kelly lives in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-eight years, their two dogs, and a bird that hates her. She has three amazing children, whom she loves to pieces. 


Holiday Review: Four Days of Christmas by Emma St. Clair

Four Days of Christmas by Emma St. Clair
Published: December 7, 2017
Format: free Kindle read
Rating: 3/5

You can't really know someone in four days...can you?
Natalie isn't looking for romance after getting out of a long-term relationship with the guy she thought was The One. But when she takes a job as an elf in the mall's Santa's Workshop Photo Place over college break, sparks fly...with more than one man.

There's Alex, the handsome photographer with a secret, and then Santa himself, the mystery man behind the costume who keeps her laughing. Will she know either guy well enough to choose by their last day of work on Christmas Eve? Or will a shocking discovery about Santa's Workshop make her walk away from both?

My Thoughts

Four Days of Christmas was a middle of the road read for me. The plot was okay nothing special and some of the romance was a little forced for me. There were two guys and I liked her chemistry with one guy more than the other but I felt like they forced one more than the other. While there were some parts I didn’t gel with, overall it was a nice holiday read. The romance was interesting and the banter was fun, it's a short read that doesn't take up too much time.


Review: This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps
Published: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Touchstone
Format: audiobook via Overdrive
Rating: 5/5

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougartown who has become “the breakout star on Instagram stories...imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker).

Busy Philipps’s autobiographical book offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona and her painful and painfully funny teen years, to her life as a working actress, mother, and famous best friend.

Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

My Thoughts
In This Will Only Hurt a Little Busy Philipps gives us stories of her life growing up and her struggles in her acting career. While most stories are funny and she gives us the things we like her for, it's her serious stuff that really connects with me. Her revelations of being assaulted at an early age and later her admission of having an abortion are just some of the things that shows us a serious side of her that we rarely see.

I enjoyed her tales of working on her TV series that she is known for and especially her stories of her family. Her candid take on her marriage and how she was ready to give up but decided to give it another chance and her take on motherhood rang so true. I loved how she didn’t shy away from sharing the truth with us she give it to us no holds bar and that was so brave of her to do. While I’ll admit I didn’t know that much about her this book gave me a new perspective on her. I definitely admire her hard work and dedication to everything in her life. This book will make you laugh of course but it’s her personal anecdotes that make this book really shine. This book is no doubt worth a read.