Love & Madness by Leah Parker| Book Review

Title: Love & Madness

Author: Leah Parker

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:

After a one night stand with Ty, Luna finds herself pregnant. On the up side, Ty wants to raise this baby with Luna to make it work, but they’re both basically strangers. They both make an effort until their individual struggles get in the way.

My thoughts:

Let me begin by saying this is not a happily ever after read. And i’ll follow that and say I still recommend this book because the journey of it is worth reading. Luna and Ty’s story touch on a number of issues such as depression, substance abuse and toxic relationships. What I really liked is that the author didn’t tell her audience that Luna suffers from depression over and over. She showed that. It was realistically done and very relatable. Sadness is not depression. Depression hits even when everything seems okay and everyone around you loves you and supports you.

Ty has a past with alcoholism, and that too is a greyed area. It’s a misconception to think alcoholism is a choice. There are issues deeply rooted in Ty’s past that leads him to this.

Overall, I’d say this book touched on heavy subjects that’ll give the reader an intimate insight of mental health. Romance, love, family, humor are all part of the package if you decide to pick this up. Rated four stars!

Happy Reading

Xo Kat

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallory

Synopsis

Madeline, co-owner of Paper Moon, a bridal shop lands a job as a wedding planner. She is to deliver the dress and plan the wedding for Ginger, the sister of Jonny Blaze, a famous action star.

Jonny Blaze, action star has bought a house in a quiet tight-knit town where the people are all smiles and warmth. He wants to plan the most amazing wedding for his younger sister Ginger.

He and Madeline work closely together, butting heads along the way to plan the perfect wedding for Ginger. As sparks begin to fly, Madeline can’t decide is she’s really falling for Jonny Blaze, the man or the star.

My review

I saw a Hallmark movie based on this book, I think. Of course, it’s a more toned down version. Despite knowing how the story progresses, I kept reading. A nice, cozy read to get into for the holidays. I think I gave it a three star rating due to it’s boring dialogue and descriptions in between. Some parts were hard to plough through. The book actually didn’t start kicking in for me until well into it.

Madeline’s character was a bit bland, basic. But it is a hallmark-type holiday romance after all. I would recommend if you’re into chick lit and love the fuzzy feeling a good love story gives you around the holidays.

Happy Reading!

xo Kat

 

I Applaud Young Readers

My title may mislead but I promise there’s an explanation. This thought just hit me by the way so I apologize in advance if I didn’t get my point across. So, I was born in the late eighties and I basically consider myself a 90s kid. Because that’s when I really got to come into my own interests, and my core learning. I often talk about how I developed a love of books very early on because I was gifted books all the time, libraries fascinated me, and reading/english was my favorite subject. That’s just me in a nutshell. I did go outside and play with my cousins, spend tons of time playing with toys on weekends and holidays as school nights were a no-no for TV and playing. But my parents were generous when it came to reading. It kept me up at night, woke up tired in the morning, I read during classes and I was never scolded because of it so I got swept up in books.

Now that you have a little back story, I have to mention that in the nineties in the Caribbean, there wasn’t a whole lot of TV, video games going on. Not that I didn’t have it, I did but it was monitored, much like parents nowadays will monitor their children’s device usage. But we didn’t have social media and the pressures that come with being relevant on social media. Of course, it was on a smaller scale within the classroom. But when we went home, we went home.

Reading was a an important form of entertainment in past generations as there weren’t much else to do. Think about times before TV and Video Games. Think beyond that. But there was reading.

I must say it makes me feel fuzzy inside when I see young people taken up with reading. To us bookish people, it may sound like a common thing to see but I can assure you most people I know won’t even read one book in a year. So it’s really awesome to see young readers invested in this form of escape, entertainment. Don’t you agree?

Happy Reading!

xo Kat

Book Review: The Liar by Nora Roberts

Just a quick synopsis and then I’ll elaborate on what I thought about this book. Contains spoilers, just thought I’d throw that out there.

Shelby Pomeroy, mother of three year old, Callie, has recently been widowed and found out that her husband was a gigantic liar and asshole, and he left her up to her eyeballs in debt. After she manages to sell off some things from her lavish lifestyle, she moves back to her small home town in Tennessee. She’s determined and headstrong to make a better life for herself and her daughter as well as rekindle past relationships with her family and friends. She also encounters romance and danger on the way.

I do love me a good cheesy romance with some suspense in it. Whoever said chivalry is dead has been unfortunately misinformed. I loved Griffin, as I’ve love many of the heroes in a book. He was flirty, kind, courteous and kinda hot, as the book implied throughout. I agreed with Shelby’s take on her life, owning up to her mistakes and not beneath fixing it. The only issue I had with story itself was that her dead husband, who wasn’t really dead showed up too late in the book. During the first few pages when it was indicted his body was never found at sea, I predicted off the bat that he was alive and he’d be the main villain. However, I love a good cheese fest so I stuck with it and it was a nice little book overall, I rated it a three on Goodreads.

What I could’ve done without in this book was the clutter, and I felt like it was more clutter than detail. Many times I felt like putting this book down and starting another but I’d recently done that with The Sun Is Also A Star, and I just couldn’t haul the guilt of leaving two books unfinished back to back. So I stuck it out. There were a lot of characters in this book, Shelby having a large family and all and sometimes I mixed up the characters names’ that were named after each other, such as the son and father or grandson and grandfather. There were also unnecessary details included about not so important characters and that was a bore fest. It was just a bit much and could’ve been omitted in my opinion.

XO

The Guilt of Not Finishing A Book

Even though I know it’s not the truth, I still feel like the only failure in the world to not finish reading a book. I feel ashamed to disclose whatever reasons I may have for not completing an entire book. My reasons may be ridiculous to other people. I can’t begin to describe the feelings of unworthiness and incompetence as a reader when I leave a book unfinished, and I have no idea why I am like this. I mean, I’m comfortable with other ridiculous things that I do so why not this one?

Like I’ve said a billions times on this blog(that may be slightly exaggerated), I am a lover of storytelling. When I say this, it means I appreciate all stories. They’ve taken birth from somewhere special and was conveyed in a way that maybe we can’t always see fit but the author does see the magic in their writing. And that to me, is special. To us it may be easy to nitpick an author’s work but to them, they know why everything happened the way it did and why everyone is the way they are.

I do leave negative reviews in a sense. I don’t always love a character or a story line, or the unnecessary clutter in a book and I do elaborate on it in a review which is fine. It’s not blatant hate of an author, it’s just feedback. Yet I feel so guilt-ridden when I can’t finish the story or even care to know what happens.

Most recently was The Sun is Also  a Star by Nicola Yoon. I’m sure it was a fine book to the audience that it catered too. I felt like it would’ve been an interesting book after I heard a review on it but after a hundred or so pages, I just couldn’t do it anymore. It was just not for me. There’s still a niggling voice in my head that’s telling me I have to eventually finish this book, which I dread, but I may have to comply at some point.

xo Coffee Doll

Kindle Book Review Jan 2017

WARNING: Although my reviews may not contain adult content, these books are do. Book reviews also contain spoilers, read at your discretion.

I basically live on Kindle during breaks from longer books. Longer books especially fantasy series can really take a toll on you, the mental and emotional investment you put into it until the end. So I like to read shorter books at intervals, easy reads and less complicated. Most of these books fall under the romance/erotica category…don’t judge me. I read everything 🙂

Dark Desires. (Historical Romance) Darcie Finch is a betrayed and unfortunate girl who gets sent to Dr. Damien Cole for help by her prostitute sister. She get’s hired as a maid but eventually is hired for her artistic skills in which she helps Dr. Cole dissect dead bodies. Darcie grows suspicious that Dr. Cole is obtaining the dead bodies illegally yet she desires him to no end, and he her.

Dark Prince. (Historical Romance) Aidan Warrick, a pirate and smuggler goes to collect his due from Jane Heatherington’s father. He winds up taking Jane, a cripple to work for him for free for seven years to pay off her father’s debt. It’s a story of hate and revenge and passion. Jane learns that her father is not the man she always thought he was as he betrays his own daughter. She also learns that he may have some history with Aidan Warrick, and that Aidan Warrick may not be the dark and dangerous man she initially thought him to be.

Priest: A Love Story by Sierra Simone. A very enthralling story about forbidden love. The writing was phenomenal and I loved how it was told from only the Priest’s point of view. Father Bell is a twenty-nine year old priest, taken his vow of celibacy after a tragedy in his family. One day Poppy enters his confessional and one thing led to another. I’m sure you get the idea but this one wasn’t cringe worthy.  

After the Storm by Claudy Conn. A well written easy read. Some friendship, some lust, some suspense, some betrayal. The Earl of Danfield proposes a marriage of convenience to Jenny, who accepts as she herself can see it working out for her as well. A little bit of chaos here and there with the people that surround them but the book wraps up well and I loved how the story wasn’t rushed. Both characters had a gradual way of falling in love.

Collison (Portland Street King 1) by Evie Harper. I’ve read this this last September so I barely remember the details but I’m sure it’s a good one. Fourteen year old Slater escapes his abusive foster home with his foster siblings and they survive on the streets. Years later, he runs into Piper a social worker whom he is both intrigued and disgusted by because she works for a system he no longer believes in. The brothers are in a turf war/gang thing but it get wrapped up neatly and prepares for the second installment of the series which I have not read.

I have read a vast number of these short steam stories but I can’t review all in one sitting, unfortunately.

xo Coffee Doll