Monday, July 16, 2018

Review 'All-American Cowboy' by Dylann Crush


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36748602-all-american-cowboy
This city boy has it all figured out...
Until he goes toe-to-toe with a fierce cowgirl
who's snagged the home field advantage.

Holiday, Texas is known far and wide as the most celebratory town in the South--and no shindig is complete without one of its founding members. It's a real shame the last remaining Holiday is a city slicker, but what's that old saying about putting lipstick on a pig...?

Beck has no intention of being charmed by some crazy Texas town, but the minute he lays eyes on his grandfather's old honky tonk--and Charlie Walker, the beautiful cowgirl who runs it--he finds himself wishing things could be different. Life's gentler in Holiday. Slower. More real than anything he's ever known. And when he looks into Charlie's eyes, Beck may finally discover what it's like to truly belong.



The Facts:


Publication Date:
July 3rd, 2018
Series:
Holiday, Texas #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
416
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audiobook
Available at:


My Review:


I definitely love a good cowboy story. So when I saw the cover of ‘All-American Cowboy’ on Netgalley, I just had to request this read. And I was super excited to find out I got accepted and I started reading as soon as possible.

‘All-American Cowboy’ is the first book in the Holiday, Texas series and I must admit I had some high expectations for this one. Having to take it easy due to my pregnancy, makes me able to read a little more than I did the previous weeks so I was really looking forward to a great romance story to take my mind of things.

The main character Charlie Walker is a tough as nails woman who has been working hard for eight years to make the old Honky Tonk the Rose a success. When the owner dies, Charlie is forced to play nice with his grandson Beck to make sure the Rose will survive. But Beck definitely isn’t from Texas, and he isn’t used to living outside his fancy Manhattan life.

This book has all the things a great read should have. Cowboys, Romance, a strong female character and a small town. But I just didn’t really like this book. I didn’t hate it either, but I just didn’t love the characters. Somehow I really did not feel the romance between Charlie and Beck. One thing I didn’t like for example.. Charlie didn’t want to admit here feelings for Beck, so she stayed away and was pretty unkind to Beck. And when I turned the page she started kissing him and said she wanted to have ‘fun’. This just didn’t really felt right to me.

There where some pretty funny moments throughout this read. Which made me want to keep on reading. Especially those moments with a huge pig. Yep.. a pig. I loved that.

What I did enjoy about this read was the little town of Holiday. I love small towns and this town really had his charms.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle and sass. A romantic at heart, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in Minnesota. Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a rescue mutt and a very chill cat. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila.

For more information about Dylann please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

I requested this book on Netgalley.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Audiobook Review 'Let Me Love You' by Jessica Jayne


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40520182-let-me-love-you
Twenty-three year old Ren Haynes returns home after graduating college with two goals--start his engineering career and claim the heart of his parents' thirty-one year old divorced neighbor, Stacey Williams.

Stacey is nursing her broken heart and shattered ego. Not only did her ex-husband have an affair, he got the woman pregnant. Picking up the pieces of her life isn't easy, so when Ren taps into her need to feel desired again, she finds herself in a position she never imagined.

Can Ren help to rebuild her confidence and convince her that age is just a number?



The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 19th, 2018 (originally December 22nd, 2017)
Series:
-
Narrator:
Samantha Cook, Joe Arden
Length:
5 hours, 30 minutes
Genre:
Romance
Available at:

My Review:


It had been a while since I last listened to an audiobook. I already planned on starting listening to them again with my maternity leave coming up. And I was thinking it would be perfect to listen to more audiobooks when our baby girl is born. So when I saw a sign up to become a part of the Caffeinated PR Audiobook service it felt like destiny. Soon after signing up the sign up for ‘Let Me Love You’ came along and I was super excited when I received the email which allowed me to start listening right away.

In ‘Let Me Love You’ we meet Stacy Williams, a recently divorced thirty one year old. Stacy’s divorce has done a number on her. Her husband had an affair with a younger woman and has gotten her pregnant. Stacy wanted to start a family for years but her husband always said it wasn’t the right time. Now heartbroken she is slowly getting back on her feet. When her neighbors handsome twenty three year old son Ren Haynes moves back after finishing college she is surprised to find he is interested in more than just friendship with her. Ren has been in love with Stacy for years, and now she is divorced he is determined to make her see he is the one for her.

After I started ‘Let Me Love You’ I had my reservations about this story. I don’t really like stories that got a lot of sex in it right from the beginning. I don’t mind sex in a book at all, but there has to be romance for me to enjoy reading or listening to it. And in the beginning of this book I missed the romance. Sure I got that Ren was in love with Stacy. But Stacy’s attraction to Ren kind of felt like coming out of the blue. I also thought the whole age difference of eight years was not so much, but maybe that’s just me. Thankfully I kept going and started enjoying this book more and more. The connection between Stacy and Ren started to develop and I enjoyed listening to Ren’s pursued of Stacy. It was especially fun to read how Ren was determined to show Stacy how serious he was about them. And the way he faced his aggravating mother was pretty good.

This audiobook isn’t very long, which is a shame because I loved the two narrators Joe Arden and Samantha Cook. They definitely did a great job in narrating this book. I enjoyed listening to Samantha’s voice, but above all I loved listening to Joe Arden. His voice is just so nice to listen too and it made me want to keep on listening till the very end.

Overall this was a nice audiobook and the perfect one to get me back in the audiobook scene. It wasn’t perfect, but definitely made for a fun listen. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the stories floating around in her head!

Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She’s a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!

In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure.

For more information about Jessica please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Narrators:


Samantha Cook


Samantha Cook has narrated romance and erotica audiobooks for several major audio publishers, including Blackstone, Harlequin, Audible, Podium and Insatiable. 

For more information about Samantha please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter

Joe Arden


Joe Arden's narration has been described as "sensual," "sexy," and "hot." His recordings range from sweet and romantic to steamy and raw. In his spare time, Joe raises and trains rescue pitbulls and restores vintage motorcycles.

For more information about Joe please visit him on Twitter


I received this audiobook from Caffeinated PR Audiobook services in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

My Favorite.. Summer Time Memory



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

I love summer time. Especially when the weather is also the way it’s supposed to be during the summer.. Sunny and warm. I just love spending evenings outside, being able to walk outside without having to get a coat, sitting on a terrace with my husband, or friends and family. And obviously going on vacation. 

I have a lot of summer time memories of going on vacation and having the best time. Starting when I was young and went to Switzerland every summer. But if I have to pick one.. I’ll choose my summer time memory of last summer.. it was the early summer but it was our summer vacation and our honeymoon. And boy did we have a good time.

For our honeymoon last year we went to Lanzarote. And we stayed in this very luxurious home, with our own pool and two bathrooms. We went out to lunch and dinner every day. We drank cocktails, went sightseeing and I read. It was just perfect. The perfect summer time memory!

What is your favorite summer time memory?



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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

My Favorite.. Musical Movie



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

I love watching movies and there was a time when I went to the cinema often to see the newest ones. I don’t do that anymore but I still try to watch a lot of movies. And musical movies are my favorite! My husband really doesn’t like musical movies, so once in a while he sacrifices himself and watches one with me. 

There are so many great once I love that it’s hard to pick just one favorite.. I love Moulin Rouge, Grease, Bride & Prejudice etc. The latest one  I saw and I’ll just have to pick as my favorite this time is: The Greatest Showman. What a great movie is that, and those songs!! Wow!! 

I was relatively late with watching this one, so I only saw it a view weeks ago for the first time but I’m hooked. And that song between Zac Efron and Zendaya.. Love it!!



What is your favorite musical movie?

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