This Chick Read: Rock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score

Moving back to your home town is never easy but when you’ve lost your job, been dumped, and don’t have a penny to your name it’s a necessity. 38 year old Marley is back in her childhood bedroom living with her parents when her mom gets her a new job as the high school girls soccer coach and gym teacher. Marley couldn’t wait to leave town after high school and now she’s right back in the midst of teenage angst, cliques, and raging hormones- oh wait, those raging hormones are hers! High school crush Jake Weston is a teacher at school and when Marley ends up in the principal’s office she finds herself in a fake relationship signing an ethics contract! She has definitely hit Rock Bottom… or has she?

Rock Bottom Girl nailed all of my sweet spots; down on your luck heroine, girls soccer (I played in high school), hunky high school crush, and humor with a capital H! Marley was the type of heroine who doesn’t believe in herself but at the same time manages to rise to every occasion albeit sometimes accidentally. Her hijinks had me laughing out loud and reaching for the tissues. Not because I was crying from the emotion but because I was laughing so hard my eyes were streaming.

Jake Weston was the perfect hero. A little too good to be true, actually, but I’m going to overlook that perfection. He was the perfect foil to Marley’s imperfect life. Despite her flaws, he falls for her hook line and sinker, as do I. She was a tough heroine to dislike!

This was my first novel by Lucy Score. I stumbled upon it by accident and am thankful for whoever it was that recommended it. It’s a slow burn romance and there’s plenty of build up to the relationship and when our two main characters get together? Oh my! After finishing Rock Bottom Girl I immediately jumped on Amazon to see which novel I’d read next. I hope they’re all as good as this one!

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? (10/14/19)

Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!

JUST FINISHED

First Sentence Read: “The legalized torture of socializing lined right up with premeditated murder when you added the requirement of fancy shoes.”

JUST STARTED

First Sentence Read: “Journal of Richard Fox , June 27 1937, Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary”

Connections in Death was a departure from Eve Dallas’ normal investigation this time, delving into gang culture. I rather liked it! Lady Rogue starts quick and never stops. I have a feeling I am going to really like this one! At least I hope so!

What are you reading this fine Monday?

This Chicks Sunday Commentary: Sept’19 Wrap Up!

September was a fabulous month for reading! I had quite a few commitments for reviews which pushed my reading up a bit to 16 books for the month. Thankfully, I’ve committed myself to less books for October, so I’ll be able to slow things down a bit and actually read a few books that have been sitting on my TBR instead of new releases. Well, honestly it will probably be a little bit of both!

SEPTEMBER- BEST READS!

I love a great historical romance, and this was one of the best I’ve read in awhile. My review is upcoming, but if you have room on your TBR, take my word for it, it’s worth the time!

Click this link to purchase!* Brazen and the Beast: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book II

“If you are looking for a book where you can laugh and also be touched by the emotion in the characters you are reading- 10 Blind Dates is the book you need to pick up. I think it’s a departure from Ashley’s Elston’s normal genre as it is a true YA contemporary novel with a hint of romance, yet the emotions run deep. “

Click this link to purchase!* 10 Blind Dates

I LOVED this novel! I have read so many Pride and Prejudice re-takes and sometimes they just don’t do the original justice. Ayesha at Last was just different enough that it wasn’t in your face and you could get lost in the story, and what a great story it was! My review will be published soon.

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THIS CHICKS SUNDAY COMMENTARY

My husband and I went on vacation in August and my August’19 Wrap Up post has some great pictures of our vacation to New York City and Maine. Check in out of if you missed it.

August’19 Wrap Up!

I also took a look at the books I was most interested in reading in October that were being released.

MY MOST ANTICIPATED OCT’19 RELEASES

I was so fortunate to be able to interview one of my favorite romance author’s, Katie Ruggle. She has such an interesting background and writes that diverse into her characters storylines. She was also super funny!

An Interview with Katie Ruggle

WHAT’S ON TAP FOR OCTOBER

On a personal level, I gave notice at my job and will be starting a new one the last week of October. I’m really excited! So, my focus will be on finishing up my current job well and so I’m going to not put any pressure on myself to push out more blog posts than I’m comfortable doing. I’m also going to focus on reading a couple of books for pleasure.

Which books are next on my list?

Have any of you read these books?

What books are you looking forward to reading this month?

Until next Sunday!

Deb

Friday YA: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey

Books have always brought Darcy Wells comfort. When Darcy’s mom’s compulsive shopping escalates Darcy imagines herself as one of her favorite heroines and only her best friend Marisol has helped her through all of her tough times. When Asher Fleet limps into the bookstore she’s working in, for the first time she wants to live and feel, but opening herself up to Asher will make her face the things she’s been hiding from her whole life.

This book made me feel so many different emotions. I was surprised by the fact that Darcy lived at home with a mother who was a hoarder. Her descriptions of what her home smelled like, cardboard and plastic, the goat tunnel her mom left as passageways for them to walk through… it was horrifyingly real. Darcy’s bedroom was the only space left untouched and her breath of relief when she entered her own room made you realize how much of a haven that room was both mentally and physically but her reality wasn’t confined to only that room.

Asher Fleet had a dream of going to Annapolis and flying until his car accident one evening left him a shattered leg, migraine’s and dizzy spells. When he starts hanging out in the bookstore where Darcy works they befriend each other and she see’s beyond his moodiness and she starts to imagine her life with him in it. Their romance was a very slow burn and I was swept into the sweetness of his courting her by mimicking one of the actions of a character from a favorite book. All book lovers will wish for their own acorn. You’ll understand after reading, I promise!

The Library of Lost Things won me over completely. It was original, had GREAT book quotes to start every chapter, and characters who were gritty, real, and had real life problems they needed to overcome. The romance may have been a slow burn but it was filled with emotion that went beyond the years of the characters falling in love. Truly, this one’s a gem. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

I received a free copy of the book through NetGalley for my honest review and it was honest!

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? (10/7/19)

Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!

JUST FINISHED

First Sentence Read: “Wanted: Airship Doctor. Physician welcome, surgeon preferred.”

Ahh Percy, how I do love thee. Well, especially after having read this book! I love Gail Carriger’s quirky historical steampunk series and this was a great wrap up novel to The Custard Protocol.

JUST STARTED

First Sentence Read: “I’ve read enough stories to know how they worked.”

OK, Ok, I know I said I was starting this book last week, and I did! I just read another book before I started this one, so I’m still reading it. Enjoyable so far! Although, I admit that first sentence isn’t very grabby.

What are you reading this fine Monday? Comment below!

Deb

This Chicks Sunday Commentary: #ebooksforall! Should publishers be allowed to limit ebooks to libraries?

I know that I am more fortunate than most. I have a great job that allows me to purchase a larger number of books than most can afford. Even with that great job I can’t afford to purchase every book I’d like and I rely on my local library to provide those books for me to borrow.

Since the advent of ebooks I’ve grown my personal virtual library on my kindle as well as still purchase hard copies of books, but again, I can’t afford to purchase every single book I’d like and having a library card has made it so easy to check out books using my Overdrive or Cloud Library APP’s. E-readers make it so easy for anyone to pursue their love of reading. Especially if they have visual or physical disabilities. It’s come to my attention that one publisher is trying to make a change to how long and how many ebooks libraries will be allowed to purchase.

“Macmillan Publishers has announced that beginning November 1, 2019, libraries will be able to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.

That means readers who wish to read a new release will be queued into long waitlists, forcing them to decide whether to buy the book or wait months — or even years — to read it.

By instituting this embargo, publishers are limiting libraries’ ability to provide unrestricted access to information for all. Macmillan doesn’t recognize the enormous value that libraries bring to promoting reading, authors and new titles in communities nationwide.“

So far, MacMillan is the only publisher to try this embargo. What happens if more publisher decide to pursue profit over readers?

If you agree with me that this is a travesty, not only for me and you but for all disabled readers who use e-readers because they can make the font larger at the touch of a finger, hold a lightweight reader instead of a huge volume, or for those book lovers who would like to consume their love of reading in this format for any reason, join me in signing this petition! The ALA American Library Association has over 78,000 signatures already but needs so many more!

Yes, book bloggers have a passion for reading, but we also have a passion for speaking out. This is a subject that needs to be heard. Join your voice to mine and thousands of others!

Sign this petition by clicking the link!

Friday YA: Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Working for the local florist, Sophie knows she’ll be at all of the large events her small town will throw in the coming year. Her best friend’s family owns the local catering company and usually she and her BFF work them side by side. This year, their catering company has hired a celebrity chef to help them with a makeover. When Sophie meets that celebrity’s son Andrew she takes an instant dislike to him and isn’t looking forward to working with him over the next year. A year is a long time to carry that hate, will her feelings change?

Kasie West is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. I know exactly what I’m going to get, how long it will take me to read it, and am almost guaranteed I’m going to like it. Maybe This Time didn’t veer from that winning format. Sophie was a small town girl with big town ambitions. Having grown up in a small town myself, I know the feelings of wanting to get out, and Kasie West capture’s those feelings very well. Sophie’s frustrations with trying to achieve her goals, her dissatisfaction with her family life, her bickering with her best friend, all felt so real. I really liked how meeting Andrew changed her. He had the experience of living in different places, including NYC, but maybe the things she was trying to get away from are the things she’d miss.

I liked Andrew a lot. A guy who has to move around from town to town with his celebrity dad, doesn’t get a lot of chances to make friends. I felt bad for him when Sophie shot him down from day one and anticipated that day when she’d give him a shot. Despite his GQ airs, he wanted the experiences and family that living in a small town gives you. He and Sophie actually were the perfect pair and I loved the moment when they figured that out themselves.

Maybe This Time got the formula right. A simple premise that we can all apply to our own lives. We don’t have to look too far to find happiness. It may be right in front of us the whole time.

❤️❤️❤️❤️

Opinions from around the Blogosphere

“Overall, this was a cute contemporary that I really enjoyed. I flew through this book and although it’s not my favorite Kasie West, I would still definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for something short and sweet.” Page Procrastinators

Maybe This Time is a cute summer read that takes place over the course of nine different events. I loved both the main characters as well as the side characters, and the theme of family adds more meaning to the book. I would definitely recommend this one, or any of Kasie West’s books, to those looking for the perfect contemporary.” The Candid Cover

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This Chick Read: In Her Sights (Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters #1) by Katie Ruggle

When Molly and her sisters find out their mom has skipped bail and used their home as collateral they need to find her before she leaves town and they lose their house. Fellow bounty hunter John Carmondy always seems to show up when Molly is about to arrest a skip. This time when he finds out Molly is on a dangerous quest he signs on as her partner so he’s there to watch her back. Molly’s always had to take care of her sisters and having someone take care of her quickly turns her feelings from annoyance to sizzling heat. Soon their feelings for each other put everything real on the line.

Molly and John had such amazingly, snarky dialog, it was so much fun to read! The way John just kept showing up displayed his obvious interest but Molly was absolutely clueless. I do remember thinking, come on Molly get a clue! But when they pair up to find their skip it allows her to see him in a better light and she realizes she can rely on him. That finally opens the doors to another type of relationship. John on the other hand was all in from the very beginning. Boy, he had a LOT of patience! LOL

Katie Ruggle writes very entertaining romantic suspense novels and In her Sights seems to be the start of a great series. This novel had a quick pace and it was very easy to get emotionally involved and I finished the novel in no time. As with her other series there’s an underlining plot thread that will run through all of the novels in the series so as this is the first novel, start here and enjoy the rest as they come! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

If you would like a chance to win a free copy of this novel please click the link below!

An interview with author Katie Ruggle! #Giveaway!

Opinions from around the Blogosphere

“Overall I thought this was a decent start to the series. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Molly’s sisters and what will happen to their mother. Readers who enjoy the trope of rivals to lovers will enjoy this one. I would also recommend it to readers who enjoy a small amount of suspense mixed into their romances.” Harlequin Junkie

“The romance was served on the side as Ruggle set up the overall series but also introduced us to key characters. She did this all while providing hunts for bond skippers, deadly encounters, attempted burglary, blackmail and more.” Caffeinated Reviewer

Click this link to purchase!* In Her Sights (Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters)

Copyright 2019 Deborah Kehoe The Reading Chick All Rights Reserved

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? (9/30/19)

Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!

JUST FINISHED

This novel was touted as being the next Hating Game which I think did it a disservice. The Hating Game was innovative and new. With that in mind I couldn’t help but compare the two and I’ll admit I was disappointed. Even though it uses my favorite trope, enemies to lovers, there was just so much that I didn’t care for. I’ll save those comments for my review.

JUST STARTED

With the word library in the title my hopes are high. I’ve heard great things and I’m expecting a little heartache and hope out of this novel.

Now that you know what’s on my radar and in my hands this week, please feel free to share what you are reading this fine Monday!

Thanks.

Deb

Friday YA: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

When Sophie’s parents head off to her sister’s to help with a difficult birth, she’s supposed to go off to her Nonna’s to spend the holidays with her extended family. What she really wants is to spend the time alone with her boyfriend Griffin. When she overhears him speaking to a friend about their possible breakup she’s devastated and arrives at her Nonna’s hoping for a distraction from her heartbreak. What she doesn’t realize is that her family would take her mind off her ex by setting her up on 10 blind dates. This novel is a tribute to large families who are slightly crazy but have huge hearts….and I loved it!

Through the telling of these 10 dates, we learn the personalities of her family members. The dates themselves are funny, crazy, kooky and heartwarming, as is Sophie’s connection to the people who sent her on them. I laughed at their antics and relished the telling of each date.

Sophie, her cousin’s Charlie and Olivia, and the boy next door Wes were all best friends until two years ago. There are hurt feelings on both sides and through these 10 dates they reconnect and realize how much they all mean to each other. Their friendship is the kind a person always hopes to earn and I was totally jealous of their history and of their futures with each other.

If you are looking for a book where you can laugh and also be touched by the emotion in the characters you are reading- 10 Blind Dates is the book you need to pick up. I think it’s a departure from Ashley’s Elston’s normal genre as it is a true YA contemporary novel with a hint of romance, yet the emotions run deep. This is a novel I’ll read again when I need a laugh and pick me up! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review and it was honest!

Click this link to purchase!* 10 Blind Dates

Copyright 2019 Deborah Kehoe The Reading Chick All Rights Reserved

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