My review of In Her Defense by Julianna Keyes

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This book involves Caitlin, a blonde, beautiful, successful attorney, who has put in countless work hours and practically lives in her law office to get to the top of her field. Caitlin is forced to reduce her hours at work due to a costly legally error. With work no longer her whole life, she finds herself lost until she meets Eli, head of the firm’s IT department, and a relationship ensues.

I really enjoyed the change that occurs in Caitlin throughout the book. She is viewed by her work associates as an avaricious woman and only out for herself. This is sadly how society views a woman that is trying to make her way to the top of the corporate ladder, but if this were a man we were discussing, his actions would be acceptable, but I digress.

I also enjoyed the character of Eli and how Caitlin first perceives him. Caitlin is quick to make assumptions about the kind of person Eli is like others have always done to her. I also enjoyed the way that Eli helped Caitlin realize there is more to life than just work and that you can love more than just one thing.

Also, throughout this book, you see a Caitlin’s relationship with her sister, Susan, and her ten-year-old niece, Dorrie. Susan, a prominent Chicago neurosurgeon, who also works many hours and is barely home to be with Dorrie. This was one of the things in the book that absolutely broke my heart.

In the end, all things work out the way they should. Eli emotionally helps Caitlin but Caitlin emotionally helps Eli right back.

This book is not just about love but also about how someone can help us see our own faults and want to change to be a better person, but not for someone else, but for yourself.

Overall, this was a very well written book that had a good underlying message to it, and a whole lot of sex! I give it 4 out of 4 roses!

I was drawn to this book not just because of the cover, which deserves 4 out of 4 roses, but because my day job is in the legal field.

Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC of this book.

This book is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released September 7, 2015. In Her Defense (Time Served)

Product Review of Selfie Stick, GMYLE® Handheld Monopod with Rearview Mirror Charging-Free wired with 3.5mm Cable for iPhone and Android (Black)

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Okay, I took the night off from reading so today I decided to do a product review since I haven’t done one in a while. I am reviewing the GYMLE Selfie Stick, and who doesn’t like to take a Selfie? For anyone who takes selfies, this is a must HAVE!!! Easy to put together and even easier to use!!! My family and friends have had so much fun using this. I was afraid that it wouldn’t fit on my Samsung Note 4, but that isn’t a problem with this stick. Holds my phone snug and I don’t have to worry about my phone falling out. It is very easy to take photos with the button that is on the bottom of the handle. If you don’t have one yet, I highly recommend this one!!

Get yours at Amazon here: Selfie Stick, GMYLE® Handheld Monopod with Rearview Mirror Charging-Free wired with 3.5mm Cable for iPhone and Andriod (Black)

My Review of Can’t Fight Fate by Lisa N. Edwards

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Nikki, at age 21, goes to visit a psychic. This psychic tells her in graphic detail all the qualities that her “soul mate” will have and the words of the psychic are imprinted on her mind… “Remember he’s nice to look at, nice to see, but if you chase him, he will flee…”

Fast forward and Nikki is now 38 and still hasn’t met Mr. Wonderful. She decides to follow her friend, Siobhan’s advice, and move from Australia to California, to practice law with Siobhan. While in California, Nikki meets her psychic’s omen, the man named “CJ”, and the twists and turns of the psychic’s revelations begin between Nikki and CJ.

I could totally relate to Nikki, as intelligent as she is, can’t seem to save herself from tripping and falling into anything and everything. The situations this girls puts herself in just had me laughing like crazy. I absolutely love the way the author incorporates Nikki’s asides into the book.

There were two things about this book that I didn’t like: 1. It felt like one author wrote the first half of the book, and another author wrote the second half of the book. The writing was not the same in the second half of the book, as it seemed the wit was gone from the book. 2. This book abruptly ends and really ticked me off. Here I was enjoying the adventures of Nikki, and then poof she’s gone! I am assuming there is going to be a sequel or I am going to be very upset!

In any event, I would recommend this book to romance lovers, paranormal romance readers, and readers who like to enjoy a good book with a laugh.

Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy of this book.

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My review of The A to Z of Normal by Helen Barbour

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This the first book every written by Helen Barbour! Congratulations to her in succeeding and achieving her dream!!!

This book involves Clare, who has OCD, and has accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Tom. Clare has a type of OCD that involves Symmetry and Orderliness. She has been keeping her OCD a secret from everyone her entire life. Once he proposes, she has to face what the OCD is doing to her life and her relationships with her family and with Tom. Clare tries really hard to acknowledge her condition and takes steps to try to change her behavior by seeking support in a weekly therapy group. This is where she meets Michael, who has a similar form of OCD, and he is ready and willing to help Clare.

Also, going on in the story is Clare’s dysfunctional relationship with her older sister, Fiona, (who has some serious issues of her own going on) and her bizarre relationship with her father. As Clare struggles throughout the book to control her OCD, she encounters triggers that keep forcing her backwards, and possibly ruining her relationship with Tom.

I could totally relate with Clare and her need to have some control by keeping everything in its place. I’m always telling my daughter that everything has its place, so that we can easily find it…. It was nice to read a book that dealt with a mental health issue in a way others can relate. I also was interested in reading this book as my significant other has OCD.

The book’s setting is in the United Kingdom so getting used to the different phrases that they use was also very interesting.

Thank you to Rosie Book Review Team for a free copy of this book for an exchange of an honest review.

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My review of Random Acts on Tour by Julia Kent.

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I feel in love with Julia Kent’s Random Acts Series from book 1, Random Acts of Crazy. She writes with such humor and compassion. I was reading this book while waiting for an appointment and I was hysterically laughing out loud and people were probably thinking I was definitely there to see a shrink. Okay, drum roll please………

My review:

This is Maggie’s and Tyler’ story, written as Julia Kent does, with such amazing humor, passion, and makes you feel like you are apart of the story.Although, Maggie and Tyler came from different upbringings, they still have a past of trauma. Fate brings them together and they discover each others inner demons. Understanding, compassion and love is the only way both of them can overcome their pasts, but can Tyler really help Maggie or just hurt her more? You’ll have to read the book to find out!!

Also, making an appearance in this book, Mavis the Chicken!!!, killer gummy bears, and Mr. Fluffer, the gerbil, all of which can only be connected to Darla, Joe & Trevor!!!
I absolutely loved this book and a great addition to the series!!!

Get it here: Random on Tour: Los Angeles (Random Series #7)
Never read the series? Start here Random Acts of Crazy (Random Series #1)