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WWW Wednesday – 4/18/18

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I’m Currently Reading

Dr. Ob by Max Monroe. Have a little time between ARC’s so I’m finally picking this one up. Loving it so far. Very funny.

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What I Recently Finished

Chaser by Kylie Scott. I enjoyed this book, third book in the Dive Bar series.

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On the Line by Liz Lincoln. This book was just ok.

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What I Plan to Read Next

Have a little break between ARC’s, so I’m hitting the library! Also expecting an ARC of An Imperfect Heart by Amie Knight, but there is no cover yet.  And I just requested Royally Endowed by Emma Chase so I’m hoping that one comes in soon:)

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What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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Fave Five Friday – Favorite Movies

Welcome to Fave Five Friday! This meme is similar to others – create your post and attach a link in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

This weeks topic is:

Five Favorite Movies

The Godfather Part II. This is my all time favorite movie.  Seeing Vito’s backstory was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time.

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My Man Godfrey. Yes, this movie came out in 1936, but it’s a classic in my family and we quote it all the time. I really love this movie.

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Clueless. I don’t know why I love this movie so much, but I do. A classic.

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Field of Dreams. This movie is beautiful movie about baseball and family. The ending gets to me every time.

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Star Wars. I have loved this movie forever. I remember seeing it in the theaters when I was six and loving every second. I still do. 40 years later.

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What are your favorite movies? Please leave your post in the comment below.

Happy weekend!

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The Good Place – TV Review

The Good Placethegoodplace
Starring: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson
Airs on: Season 1 on Netflix; season 2 currently airing on NBC

Summary

When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place. But it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the Good Place’s architect Michael and his all-knowing assistant Janet. Her seemingly perfect neighbors Tahani and Jianyu and open-hearted soul mate Chidi help her realize that it’s never too late. With the help of her new friends — and a few enemies — Eleanor becomes determined to shed her old way of life in hopes of discovering a new one in the afterlife.

Review

My friend kept nagging me to watch this snow, and yesterday, during the great Chicago blizzard of 2018, I watched the entire first season, which is 13 episodes long.

Eleanor passes away and ends up in the Good Place – one of two places in the after life. The architect of the neighborhood, Michael (played by Ted Danson) gives her information and takes her to her tiny house, which is decorated with clowns (which she loves) and her style. The only problem – Eleanor made it to the Good Place by mistake.

While on Earth, Eleanor was a pretty horrible person. She was incredibly selfish and self-obsessed. She never took the feelings of others into consideration. She left her friends dog alone with a 20-pound bag of food to go to a Rhianna concert. She’s a terrible friend, and people who are good make her insecure.

Each person in the Good Place is matched with a “soulmate”. Eleanor’s soulmate is Chidi, a professor of Ethics who can’t make decisions to save his life. Eleanor quickly confides in Chidi that she doesn’t belong in the Good Place, and vows to become a better person, with Chidi’s help.

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Eleanor’s next door neighbor, Tahani, is a beautiful, seemingly put together British woman, whose soulmate is a Taiwanese monk who has taken an oath of silence.

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This show is adorable. I have really enjoyed Kristen Bell for a while now, but she’s great on this show. The characters are quirky and fun and there is a lot of frozen yogurt in the Good Place.

Things aren’t always what they seem though, in the Good Place, and this show is definitely not predictable.  I would recommend it highly.

 

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ARC Review – The Schemer by Avery Flynn

Title: The Schemerthe schemer
Author: Avery Flynn
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

Tyler Jacobson has a plan for everything—except how to handle his completely annoying, utterly frustrating, and totally sexy upstairs neighbor. He couldn’t care less if Everly Ribinski thinks he’s equally irritating—until he discovers she’s the only one who can help him land a business deal that will finally make him feel like he’s more than just a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Color him shocked when Everly refuses to help, insisting she should have run him over in the parking garage when she had the chance. Harsh. But possibly deserved. Tyler may have spent the last few months reveling in annoying the fiery gallery owner with a dark past, but he’s got secret leverage she can’t refuse.

If only one meeting didn’t turn into a fake date that turned into more. Way more. Like naked and hot as hell more.

The last thing either of them wants is to catch feelings for someone who is so obviously not their type. Good thing that will never happen. Right?

Review

I received an ARC of the book for an honest review.

Tyler Jacobsen is a millionaire business man who lives in Harbor City, but grew up on the “other side of the tracks”. He’s been struggling for years to shed his background and have people see him for who he is now.

Everly Ribinski is from the “other side of the tracks” and proud of it. She has the accent (which is apparently a bad thing when you live in Harbor City), despite being the owner of an upscale art gallery. She lives above Tyler in her apartment building, and they don’t get off to the best start.

If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that there were TOO many characters to keep track of. We have Everly and Tyler, but then there is a side story about Helene and Alberto, Alberto’s son Carlo and his fiancé Irena, then there are Helene’s kids, and so on. It was confusing, especially since I didn’t read the first two books in the series.

Anyway, back to this story. I enjoyed the banter between Everly and Tyler, and it was fun to watch them fall in love, despite the fact they both were in denial about it. There was a side story with Irena, who was Tyler’s ex-fiancée that I found pretty stupid. It just wasn’t necessary.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter

Goodreads Summary

let's get textualA wrong number is supposed to be just that—a wrong number.

Delete. Done.

Do not continue to text. Do not flirt.

A wrong number shouldn’t be the first person on your mind in the morning, or the last at night…and you’re definitely not supposed to talk them into buying a baby goat.

Because that would be weird.

When Zach Hastings and I get into a wrong-number mix-up, we don’t follow the rules. We keep texting and flirting, because he’s wicked funny and perfectly nerdy and a wonderful distraction.

I’m not looking for love, and Zach definitely had the wrong number.

But maybe…

Maybe he’s the right guy.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Review

Another Kindle Unlimited gem. These types of books are the reason I keep my membership:)

Delia gets a text she assumes is from her brother. She responds. She then gets another text, assuming it’s from her brother. It’s not. Then she gets a call from an annoyed sounding man asking who she is. That’s how Delia and Zach meet.

Delia is a journalism major finishing her senior year in college. Zach is a 25-year old tech geek who builds apps for a living. They begin a friendship over text and after a while, decide they should meet. Of course, sparks fly when they do finally meet.

I haven’t read a guy I like as much as Zach in quite a while. He was such a great guy. Sweet, caring and funny as hell. I can’t say enough good things about him. I loved him that much.

I liked Delia too. She had gone through a breakup, and was handling it very well, and stayed friends with her ex. He was a good guy too.

There are some books that just stick with you, and this is going to be one of them. I LOVED this book and can’t recommend it enough.

Happy reading.

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Lucas by Sawyer Bennett

Goodreads Summary

lucasLucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.

Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 stars

Review

Book 8 in the Cold Fury Hockey series is about Lucas Fornier, brother to Max (book 6). Luc has recently been traded to the team and he’s excited to be playing with his brother, and to be closer to him and his fiancée and their adopted kids. After getting to town, Luc attends a charity gala and meets Stephanie Frazier, and they hook up.

Fast forward four weeks. Based on the blurb above, I’m sure you can figure out what the little surprise is. Stephanie had a really bad childhood. She grew up with wealthy parents who didn’t care about her. This really affected her, as it should. But…

Her self-loathing got really old really fast.  “I’m broken”, “I can’t love”, blah, blah blah. I totally agree that your childhood can shape who you are, but you are ultimately in control of your happiness. It took Stephanie a LONG time to figure this out.

One thing about this series that I don’t love – the lack of hockey. This is a series about a hockey team, and there is very little time in these books focused on the ice. As a hockey fan, I would like to see more hockey in this books.  A lot more hockey.

Sadly, because I couldn’t really connect with Stephanie, I didn’t love this book as much as others in the series. I also feel that given the heavy nature of Roman, the Bannon’s should have been featured even a little. And they weren’t.

I am looking forward to Van’s book. I liked the epilogue so it’s going to be good!

Happy reading.

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