Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee | Book Review

Author, Catherine Bybee
Published, August 12, 2014
Publisher, Montlake Romance
Kindle edition, 309 pages
Series, The Weekday Brides, #5

Judy Gardner: College graduate Judy stands ready to conquer the world?if she can get a job. Hoping to transition from aspiring architect to famous architect as quickly as possible, the dark-haired beauty moves to LA, staying in the home of her celebrity brother, Michael Wolfe. But it's hard for Judy to focus on work when the sexy bodyguard she fell for last summer keeps showing up in her life and leaving her breathless.
Rick Evans: With his hard body, green eyes, and easy smile, Rick could have any woman he wants. But the Marine-turned- bodyguard only has eyes for Judy and her spitfire attitude. When a faceless villain attacks Judy, Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman who opened his heart from the monster hunting her.

This is another book in The Weekday Brides series.  I have not read these in order and while I think they would be great in order, they clearly can stand alone.  Also - I am still a little bothered that they are not written in day of the week order.  (Single by Saturday is before Taken by Tuesday)
This is a great romance between a girl and her bodyguard.  The chemistry is great and the fact that they both try to ignore what is happening is very entertaining.  This mixed with the fact there is a sense of danger with a stalker after Judy, leads to a great story.
But - I love the writing by Catherine Bybee and I will certainly read more by her and I recommend this series to anyone who likes easy to read romance.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen | Book review

Author, Marybeth Whalen
Published, May 27th, 2014
Publisher, Zondervon
Kindle edition, 64 pages
Series, A Year of Weddings

It takes a reality TV show for Wynne to realize love isn't just a game.
Wynne Hardy never thought that she'd get engaged on a reality TV show, but when she met Andy on The Rejection Connection, the two of them hit it off.  Now he's asked her to marry him ,much to the public's delight and fascination.  They're all set to wed on live TV in a seaside ceremony at the height of the wedding season.  But just as Wynee thinks all her dreams are coming true, her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life at the worst possible time.  Steve broke her heart years ago, and she's still sorting through her feelings for him.  Her heart isn't as clear as her head that it's past time to move on - even though she's engaged to Andy.
At a local TV talk show apperance, Wynne meets Meredith, who won another reality TV show - - Marathon Mom - - proving herself nothing short of a superhero.  As Wynne's beach wedding plans spin out of control, Meredith offers to help, unknowingly stepping on Wynne's secret feeling...and exposing some secrets Meredith has been keeping to herself.  Can these two reality starts get real about their feelings?  Will Wynne go through with her televised wedding and be the perfect June bride the network is looking for?

Reality television is such a big thing today and I thought it was a semi original idea to write and wedding themed book centered around it.  But, in the end, I think that the novella was a lost cause.  The novella itself was well written at times but had unresolved questions that lingered.
Wynne was not my favorite bride in this series.  She seemed to lack dimension and character development.  She was also very naive.
Since it was written from Wynne's point of view, we don't get to see what the other characters are really like or what they are thinking.  I think that their point of view would have been a huge help with the story.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.


The Lollipop Monster's Christmas | Book Review

Author, Eric T. Krackow, Heather M. Krackow
Published, September 28th, 2014
Publisher, Schiffer Publishing
Kindle edition, 64 pages

Larry's favorite time of the year has arrived.  He races around his home trying to make everything perfect before his friends arrive for Christmas morning.  During the celebration, he discovers a lonely monster named Walter, who is very sad.  Larry asks him why he is sad and Walter explains that Christmas is a difficult time of the year because he is always alone and has no family.  Larry invites him to spend the holiday with him and his friends.  Walter shyly accepts the invitation and follow Larry back to him home.  Walter is welcomed by Larry's friends and ends up having the most merry Christmas ever.

I love the illustrations in this book!  They are so colorful and festive.  Completely beautiful.
This is a great non-traditional Christmas book and non-scary monster story.  Larry the Lollipop Monster is so happy that it is Christmas and he is having a party with his friends.  But then he meets a sad monster that has never celebrated Christmas.  Larry finds out the true meaning of Christmas.  It is a great story to help children understand that Christmas is about more than food, gifts, and Santa.
It would be a great addition to your Christmas reading list.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.


This Halloween

This is the first year that Taft was completely certain about his costume.  There was no way I would talk him into anything else.
He wanted to be a soldier.  And a soldier he was. 

A May Bride by Meg Moseley | Book Review

Author, Meg Moseley
Published, April 22, 2014
Publisher, Zondervan
Kindle edition, 124 pages
Series, A Year of Weddings, #6

She’s prepared for her wedding all her life … but she forgot a few things.Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, often de-stresses from city life by tending the flower beds of a church near her apartment. She has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, a wedding like the one her younger sister is planning back in their hometown. Their single mom will pay for Alexa’s wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom.
She bumps into a man who’s a guest at a wedding on the church grounds. She’s noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn’t trust freewheeling men like him. Standing up to Mom leads Ellie to stick up for Alexa too. When Ellie risks her own plans for her sister’s sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle?
Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they’ve begun come crashing down?

So far - I have really enjoyed the A Year of Weddings series.  I am reading in order of the months.I had hopes of reading one each month but time has gotten away from me and I am working on catching up.
I had high hopes for this novella since I read a book by Meg Moseley earlier this year.  The Stillness of Chimes.  I was not disappointed.
Novellas have to move fast due to length, and this one really did.  Ellie is a real estate agent in Atlanta that likes to go weeding in the neighborhood church yard.  She does this early in the morning as a stress reliever.  One morning she happens upon a wedding.  Even though she tries to stay out of view, Gray sees her.  She knows him from the coffee shop but has never met in person.
Ellie also has a little sister that is trying to plan a wedding and a strict mother that is afraid her daughters will end up pregnant before marriage like she did.
I liked Ellie's character.  She seemed very real and her life was described in a realistic way.  Ellie's mother was very paranoid and mean at times.  I think that she put too much thought into her daughters making the same mistakes she did.  Ellie and Gray and Alexis and Eric were fun to get to know and had believable relationships.

I received this book free from Zondervan Publishing via NetGalley.    I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.