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💔 You were very happy before, you’ll be happy after…eventually. ❣️

📚 After You by JoJo Moyes 📚

 

TITLE:  After You
AUTHOR:  JoJo Moyes
PUBLISHER: Pamela Dorman Books
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Sentimental with a twist

“We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after.” —Miami Herald

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How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.


 

REVIEW:

How do you follow-up Me Before You, the impassioned story about Louisa Clark, the quirky caregiver and her quadriplegic patient, Will Traynor?  Many were left emotionally drained and unable to function for a day or two afterward.   What type of comeback could possibly follow the love Louisa experienced when she fell for Will Traynor?  Impossible right?

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Fueled with just as much emotion as Me Before You, After You takes you on a journey into the life of Louisa Clark, her family, the Traynors and a host of others that cross paths with the kooky Louisa. But life after death is never the same, and this is no different.  Louisa tries to go on living after Will, she travels to Paris, attempts to do all the things she promised.  Eventually, she moves to London, buys a flat and exists.  Her life isn’t the same, it’s been forever changed by Will Traynor.  She’s not the person she used to be before him and she’s not the person she was after falling for him.  She’s lost and searching for herself and her Happily Ever After.

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What happens after you are gone, do you love ones move on with life, rejuvenate and live blissfully only reminiscing on the good times and memories.  Moyes weaves in the intricate parts of the after in the Traynor family.  Life does move on but not without the bumps and bruises of those you’ve lost still present.

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Living life doesn’t always follow a plan and for Louisa, that plan has never been mapped out.  Her non-existent life, after Will suddenly takes a strange turn of events that I didn’t see coming. With this turn of events, not only is her life affected but also the lives of those around her.  Will she choose the right path to her happily ever after, or does that even exist?

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Unexpected plot twist gives this book a different emotional feel.  It’s not Me Before You.  Within this story, Moyes expands her writing style and gives her best effort to reveal life after death. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others.  If you haven’t read Me Before You, be sure to check it out before the movie hits theaters this summer.

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🎭 Reading give us someplace to go when you have to stay where you are 🌟

🎧 A book is a gift you can open again and again 📚

Generally, I don’t review the books I listen to nightly on audio, but this has been a slow reading week for me.  So I thought I’d share some of my listens/reads from the week.  I’m not writing reviews for them, however, I have rated them all on Goodreads.  Below includes the synopsis and link to purchase, maybe you’ll find something you like as well.  ~L

 

TI16139598TLE:  Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
AUTHOR:  Katie Alender
PUBLISHER: Point
SERIES: No 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Suspenseful 

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Heads will roll!

Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette’s beheading. The queen’s ghost has been awakened, and now she’s wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge.

And Colette may just be one of those descendants . . . which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of betrayal, glamour, mystery, history–and one killer queen.


 

51oWcFXgZuL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_TITLE: Moth to a Flame
AUTHOR:  Ashley Antoinette
PUBLISHER:  Urban Books
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Hard-Knocks living

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In the little city of Flint, MI, the good die young and the people left standing are the grimiest of characters. With reign over the city’s drug trade, Benjamin Atkins made sure that his precious daughter, Raven, was secluded from the grit that the city had to offer. But when Raven’s young heart gets claimed by Mizan, a stick-up kid in search of a come-up, there’s nothing Benjamin can do about losing her to the streets. She chooses love over loyalty and runs off with Mizan, but her new role as wifey soon proves to be more than she can handle.
Puppy love always feels right, but things turn stale, and she soon finds that everyone she loves has disappeared. All she has is Mizan, but when hugs and kisses turn to bloody lips and black eyes, she realizes that Mizan is not who she thought he was.

Raven becomes desperate for a way out, but this time, Daddy can’t save her. Every time she finds the courage to leave, fear convinces her to stay. Like a moth to a flame, Raven is drawn to Mizan, even though she knows he’ll be the death of her.

When the hood life she chose becomes unbearable and the only way out is in a coffin, what will she do?


 

12813630TITLE: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
AUTHOR: Holly Black
PUBLISHER: Little Brown
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Vampire/Dystopian 

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

TITLE: I am the New Black
AUTHOR: Tracy Morgan and Anthony Bozza
PUBLISHER: Speigel & Grau
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Enlightening

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The outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising story of Tracy Morgan’s rise from ghetto wiseass to superstar comedian.

Who is Tracy Morgan? The wildly unpredictable funnyman who rocketed to fame on Saturday Night Live? The Emmy-nominated actor behind the sly and ingenious character Tracy Jordan on the award-winning hit sitcom 30 Rock, whose turbulent personal life often mirrors that of his fictional alter ego? Is he Chico Divine, the life of the party–any party, anytime, anywhere–getting ladies pregnant everywhere he goes? Or is he a soulful, tender family man who emerged from a hardscrabble ghetto upbringing and, against all odds, achieved superstardom, raised a solid family, prevailed over a collection of lethal bad habits, and is still ascending new heights and coming into his own? The answer is: Tracy Morgan is all that. And a bag of potato chips with a 50¢ soda.

When he was just a boy living in the Tompkins Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, being funny was about survival. With the right snap, Tracy could shut down the playground bullies who picked on him and his physically disabled older brother. And with a wild enough prank, he could exact revenge on whoever stole his Pumas at the community pool. Later, being funny was about escape–from the untouchable sadness of his father’s death, from the desperation of the drug dealer’s trade, from the life-and-death battles waged on the streets of the South Bronx in the age of crack. But these days being funny is about living his dream–a dream born in the comedy clubs of Harlem and realized on shows like Martinand Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast member for seven years, and in movies like The Longest Yard and Half-Baked.

With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows–from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life to the private and poignant end of his twenty-year marriage. In his singularly warped and brilliant way he muses on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.

Hilarious, inspiring, searing, and touching, I Am the New Black is a fascinating peek inside the minds of one of the most compelling and defining comedians of our time.


 

 

30371TITLE: Temperatures Rising
AUTHOR: Sandra Brown
PUBLISHER: Bantam Books
SERIES: NO
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Seductive 

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Darkly handsome with an arrogant edge, architectural engineer Scout Ritland is the kind of American man who spells trouble. Chantal duPont should know, for she has experienced the best and worst of the country and its people—including one who broke her heart. Yet here she is, home on sultry Parrish Island, putting herself in the way of another bold Yankee. This time, however, it’s for a good cause: Scout is the one man who can help her village, and she’s not about to let him get the better of her—no matter how much she may want to.

Fresh from completing his work on the island’s new luxury resort, Scout’s ready for a little recreation—though being kidnapped and shot isn’t on his agenda. But when he catches sight of an exotic beauty with electric blue eyes, events quickly spin out of control. Scout should be outraged to find himself held captive, but an abductor as alluring as Chantal makes it hard to stay angry.

Soon Scout is swept up by Chantal’s need to help her people—and the role he is to play in her ambitious plan. With each passing day, the work and the woman present him with challenges he could never find at home. But as the project progresses, intrigue and adventure burn hotter than the island’s volcano—and two people who have met their match in each other face a future that could tear them apart….

🏝 Tun up di ting, Wi hab di ting lack 📚

 ❤️‍💋‍ In Love with a Rude boy Smoking smiley animated emoticon

TITLE: In Love with a Rude boy: A top shotta’s Love story
AUTHOR:  Nika Michelle and Racquel Williams 
PUBLISHER: Racquel Williams presents
SERIES: Yes 
RATING: ☕️☕️ 1/2  Average

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When Yankee gyal Kadijah visits the beautiful island of Jamaica with her friends Nicole and Tamia, she does not expect the events that follow. After a nasty break up with her two timing ex Daryn and her graduation from culinary arts school, all she wants to do is unwind and maybe have a one night stand. However, when she meets sexy rude boy turned DeeJay, Omari, the drama quickly unfolds instead.
Once Omari locks eyes with Kadijah his life will never be the same as he knows it. He is feeling the feisty American beauty, but his wife, the beautiful but fiery Angela, is having no parts of it. She will stop at nothing to make sure that no woman takes her husband away from her. Especially not some Yankee!

 

 

 


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REVIEW:

Disclaimer:  The review of this book was unsolicited.  I purchased the book with my money.  I read the book and now I’m reviewing the book.  

In love with a Rude boy is a collaboration of two authors, one I’ve read before and enjoyed, the second author was new to me.  The book starts off with Kadijah getting a RUDE awakening from her boyfriend’s fiancé.  Kadijah sets things in motion from that point on to teach dear old Daryn a lesson.

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Kadijah follows her dreams and goes on with her life…Blah blah blah and all that jazz… To her surprise, her girlfriends give her an all expense paid vacation to Jamaica as her graduation present from Culinary school.

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Upon arriving in Jamaica, the crew sets off to have the time of their lives.  Didi, spots the man that makes her vulva quake.  Omari, the street peddler turned into one of the hottest deejay’s in Jamaica.  His deep Patois accent is one of the strong points that initially attract Didi to him.

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And there you have it…Not quite!

Remember the disclaimer?  Well, refer back to that.

In my opinion, this book screamed RUSH HOUR!!!! I’ve got an idea, let’s collaborate. Writing in 1st person requires a certain level of skill and to me, not just anyone can master this.  You can not write it as you speak it! In doing so the tenses will never flow.  This book didn’t flow.  I began the book and had to restart a couple of times.  I almost put it down but like I said, I bought it and I intended on reading it.  I was intrigued by the reference to the book having a Patois dictionary included, what it actually includes is just a list of common phrases regularly used in the language, nothing very in-depth.  I’m going to wrap this up with my two cents for independent authors and publishers; self-editing is the devil, do not and I repeat DO NOT follow this trending path.  If you do, at least, get someone outside of your normal circle to give it an editorial proofread.  It’ll only make you a better writer.  I would only recommend this book to low reading level readers and that’s with a serious amount of precaution.

 

 

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📚 A dead body, a quirky librarian & a jaded detective.📚

☕️ Murder in the Aisles by Olivia Hill ☕️

TITLE:   Murder in the Aisles
AUTHOR:     Olivia Hill
PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing
SERIES: YES

RATING:  ☕☕☕☕☕ Suspense/Mystery  🔪


Murderous intent is no match for killer intellect accessorized with stiletto heels.

51KYxU8CpDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A Felicia Swift Mystery, Book 1

If there’s one thing Felicia Swift likes more than sex, it’s books. But her dream job at the Library of Congress takes a macabre turn when she finds a linguistics specialist lying dead between his least favorite subjects: Anthropology and Astrophysics.

Worse, the utterly sexy detective seems to have his eyes on Felicia’s curves more than the evidence, which she is convinced points at the wrong man. And she plans to convince him of just that—right after he buys her an apple martini.

Mark Rizzo plans to wrap up this investigation as quickly as possible. Until he realizes the witness isn’t some dumpy, wizened librarian, but a researcher with endless legs, bottomless intellect, and a bulldog determination to complicate this open-and-shut case all to hell.

As Felicia and Rizzo dig closer to the truth, the real culprit gets jittery enough to try something desperate. Leaving Felicia to wonder if their investigation will lead them down the aisle of no return.


 

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Review: 🔪

A dead body, a quirky librarian and a jaded detective.

Felecia Swift is not your ordinary librarian, her dream job at the Library of Congress suddenly turns into a dark nightmare one morning after discovering a fellow co-worker dead in the aisles.  Felecia believes Dr. Dresden’s death is no accident, being a language specialist he wouldn’t be caught in the aisles of stars.  Mark Rizzo, the detective assigned to the case sees it as an open and shut case until his conversations with the sexy researcher convince him otherwise.

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Felecia, the tortured genius suffers from OCD, anxiety and several quirks.  She’s meticulous in her work and keeps relationships at bay.  Her dark past remains a mystery throughout the book and her sexual appetite is evident.  Rizzo is instantly attracted to her and finds himself digging deeper just to be close to her.

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The sexual tensions in this book were captivating.  As the suspense builds and unravels the mystery of who killed Dr. Dresden, the plot thickens. While the detective and librarian fight their obvious attraction, the flames burn hotter.  This was a very good suspense mystery book.  I’m looking forward to Felecia revealing her darkness and growing closer to Rizzo.

 

 

📚 What we’re reading this week 📚

☕️ Murder in the Aisles by Olivia Hill ☕️

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Murderous intent is no match for killer intellect accessorized with stiletto heels.

A Felicia Swift Mystery, Book 1

If there’s one thing Felicia Swift likes more than sex, it’s books. But her dream job at the Library of Congress takes a macabre turn when she finds a linguistics specialist lying dead between his least favorite subjects: Anthropology and Astrophysics.

Worse, the utterly sexy detective seems to have his eyes on Felicia’s curves more than the evidence, which she is convinced points at the wrong man. And she plans to convince him of just that—right after he buys her an apple martini.

Mark Rizzo plans to wrap up this investigation as quickly as possible. Until he realizes the witness isn’t some dumpy, wizened librarian, but a researcher with endless legs, bottomless intellect, and a bulldog determination to complicate this open-and-shut case all to hell.

As Felicia and Rizzo dig closer to the truth, the real culprit gets jittery enough to try something desperate. Leaving Felicia to wonder if their investigation will lead them down the aisle of no return.

Warning: Contains a jaded detective with more scuffs, scrapes, and scars than a well-loved pair of Timberlands. Plus a more fashion-forward (and probably better smelling) sleuth than Sherlock Holmes who’s as picky about her lovers as she is about her shoes—and make no mistake, she’s had plenty of both.

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☕️ War Room: Prayer is a Powerful Weapon by Chris Farby ☕️

51RtHUvdRxL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all—yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.

Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own. As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.

 

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👏 Passionately in love with the language…🔥

☕️Forged in Fire: Wordsmithin by Deidra D.S. Green☕️ 

TITLE:   Forged in Fire: Wordsmithin
AUTHOR:     Deidra D.S. Green
PUBLISHER:  Rathsi Publishing
SERIES:        NO

RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Spoken Word 🔥


This is a book of poetry, my re-imagined poetic expressions from my heart to yours…fitf


 

REVIEW:

This is another very well written book of poetic musings.  It’s more like spoken word in with a poetic flow hitting you with several highs and lows.  Forged in Fire: Wordsmithin starts out with a particularly banging wordplay self-titled Wordsmithin.

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The author is truly a wordsmith as well.  Even with my vast love of poetry, her linguistic skill still had me searching and scratchin…

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There are several selections that just call out to you. A couple of my favorites in this work of art, took me inside that dimly lit room, seated a small table taking in the ambiance of the night.

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Heart Speak, Love Jonesin’, and Orphan Song just to name a few are rivetingly profound. If you love the spoken word, this book is for you. Turn on some jazz and let the words soothe you.

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Again the only thing missing in this book is a table of contents, to refer quickly to your favorite selection.

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👀 Deep down you already know the truth…maybe! 💑

☕️ Never Felt So Good by Barbara Joe Williams ☕️

TITLE:   Never Felt So Good 
AUTHOR:     Barbara Joe Williams
PUBLISHER:  Amani Publishing, LLC
SERIES:        No

RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️  An OMG moment

 


 

11270560_704707836341798_1562782107858410988_oSYNOPSIS:

Mack and Natalie Burney have been married for seven years. Mack suspects that his wife is cheating on him with a younger man, who happens to be her boss. When Mack hires a friend to go undercover, what will he discover about Natalie and himself?

 

 

 

 


REVIEW:   

Well you know how the saying goes if you go looking for something you just might find it.  Mack Burney, a traveling pharmaceutical salesman, believes his wife, Natalie is pulling a creep on him.  Super suspicious, Mack enlists the services of his friend Bobby J, to do recon surveillance on his wife… (insert ba dum tish here)

will smith sherlock holmes fresh prince mystery investigateMack returns after a month of being away from home, only to find that Bobby has been on the job relentlessly.

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Distraught, Mack hatches a plan to give his wife enough rope to hang herself…

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One thing I like about this book is that the tables are turned.  Usually, the wife thinks her husband is fooling around on them…

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But after Mack set his plan in action and for the most part things were turning out the way he suspected…

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The time of reckoning came.  Did things turn out the way Mack imagined?  Or did he finally talk it out with his wife Natalie and learn how to make love feel as good as it is now?  Find out if Mack gets it Straightened out…

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