The Lovely Reckless

lovelyAuthor: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint
Genre:  Contemporary Young Adult
Source: BEA 2016

Goodreads:  I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

Ope’s Opinion: Kami reminds me of Katie McGarry’s writing and subject matter.  The nice girl who meets and falls for the guy who is rough and about to self destruct.  If you like Katie, then add Kami to your TBR list.  You won’t be disappointed. 


New Book By Steven Manchester


Publication Date:  February 21, 2017
Publisher: Story Plant

Goodreads:  Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life and death has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other s company. It s either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he s left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for. At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal.”

If you have read Steven Manchester before then this one should be added to your TBR list.  If you haven’t read him before, then try this is one as your first!!

Return to Willow Lake


Author: Susan Wiggs
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Romance
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramlbings

Goodreads:  Sonnet Romano’s life is almost perfect. She has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. There’s nothing more a woman wants – except maybe a baby.sister? When Sonnet finds out her mother is unexpectedly expecting, and that the pregnancy is high-risk, she puts everything on hold – the job, the fellowship, the boyfriend – and heads home to Avalon. Once her mom is out of danger, Sonnet intends to pick up her life where she left off. But when her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even of that means staying in Avalon and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest, and maybe her sweetest, mistake – award-winning filmmaker Zach Alger. So Sonnet embarks on a summer of laughter and tears, of old dreams and new possibilities, and of finding the home of her heart. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Return to Willow Lake plumbs the deepest corners of the human heart, exploring the bonds of family, the perils and rewards of love, and the true meaning of home.

Ope’s Opinion: This is Lakeshores Chronicles #9.  This is the first one I read and I did not feel like I missed a thing.  Lakeshores #11 is on my shelf and I plan to read it soon. 

Susan Wiggs writes such full characters with a lot going on in their lives.  Her books always keep my attention from the beginning until the end.  This book is no exception.  I like that her female characters are not only looking for love, but they are busy doing other things.  There is very little steamy sections in this book – which is a positive for me.

The mother – daughter relationship in this story is strong and reminds me of myself and my girls.  It was awesome to see Sonnet put family before a job and other things pulling her in other directions.    Her mother needed her, but wasn’t whiny about it and actually didn’t want to ask her daughter to give things up to be beside her.  The whole relationship felt real and strong.

I am looking forward to more of Susan Wiggs.




All I Want


Author:  Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Romance
Source:  BEA 2016



Goodreads:  From the “awesomely, incredibly talented”* New York Times bestselling author of Still the One, comes a sexy new Animal Magnetism novel set in Sunshine, Idaho, where the sky is the limit when it comes to love.

Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.

Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going…

Ope’s Opinion:  This is a very cute, easy read with a predictable ending.  All that being said, it was also fun to read about these two finding their way to each other.

The beginning of the book was funny, it made me want to see where the rest of the story was going to go.  Going on the journey was enjoyable way to spend my time.  The dog was a great added bonus too.

This book was a great escape for me.  Some times you just need a get away and that is what this book was for me.


The Goodbye Year


Author: Kaira Rouda
Publisher: Sparkpress
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source:  Purchased


Goodreads:  Melanie, a perfectionist mom who views the approaching end of parenting as a type of death, can t believe she has only one more year to live vicariously through her slacker senior son, Dane. Gorgeous mom Sarah has just begun to realize that her only daughter, Ashley, has been serving as a stand-in for her traveling husband, and the thought of her daughter leaving for college is cracking the carefully cultivated facade of her life. Will and his wife are fine as long as he follows the instructions on the family calendar and is sure to keep secret his whole other life with Lauren, the woman he turns to for fun (and who also happens to have a daughter in the senior class).
Told from the points of view of both the parents and the kids, The Goodbye Year explores high school peer pressure, what it s like for young people to face the unknown of life after high school, and how a transition that should be the beginning of a couple s second act together empty nesting is often actually the end.”

Ope’s Opinion:  It helped to see what the parents were going through to understand the student.  The parents drama was too much for me.  They were worse then their teenage counter parts!!

I love seeing a student try to find their next step after high school.  It is fun to see them find themselves.  It is helpful when the parents see their student realistically – which did not happen much in this book.

I was a little disappointed you didn’t see a parent who was excited for the empty nest.  I love my girls, but I was excited for the freedom of being spontaneous.  My empty nest meant my girls became my friends – it has been fun!


Secret Child, Royal Scandal


Author: Cat Schield
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Romance
Source:  BEA 2016


Goodreads:  The prince must produce an heir. Little does he know, he already has… 

Christian Alessandro lives life in the fast lane. But royal duty calls, and the bachelor prince must settle down and sire the future king of Sherdana. That’s when a chance encounter with former flame Noelle Dubone yields a bombshell discovery: Christian’s already a father! Marrying Noelle will make his boy the legitimate heir. It’s a rocky reunion. The determined dressmaker refuses to fall in love—or in bed!—with Christian again, even as old, intense feelings return with a vengeance. But what the prince wants, the prince gets…

Ope’s Opinion:   This is a quick easy review.  The book is short and predictable and worth reading.  Even though I knew where the story was going, it was fun to go with it!  It did not need anymore pages or words – it was exactly as it should be.



Mending Fences


Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Christi Sheenan at HarperCollins

Goodreads:  Devastating secrets tear two families apart in this acclaimed novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods!

For ten years Emily Dobbs and Marcie Carter have been the closest of friends. They’ve raised their kids together, shared joy and heartache, exchanged neighborhood gossip over tea. But when Marcie’s son, now a college freshman sports star, is arrested for date rape, the bond between the families could be shattered forever.

As the Carters try to deal with the unthinkable, Emily discovers her daughter has been hiding a terrible secret…a secret that threatens the futures of both families. Recently divorced, Emily struggles to keep it all together—to support her terrified daughter, to maintain her friendship with Evan’s mother and to have faith in the detective who could change all of their lives.

When things seem darkest, both she and Marcie discover that sometimes the first step toward a better future is mending fences with the past.

Ope’s Opinion:  Where to start talking about this amazing book –  I don’t think Contemporary Romance is the correct genre.  It is a so much deeper subject and characters then what I think of as a traditional romance novel.  There was some romance in it, but not what I think that most romance readers would expect.

This is hard to talk about without revealing spoilers, so I am going to be vague.  I was into this book from page one and did not want to put it down at all.  Even though it was deep, it was written so that it was easy to read.  The subject was handled very well and realistic.

The only thing that I found a little unrealistic is Emily and Marcie’s friendship goes through a hard time and I feel like after being angry with each other, they just forgave each other without really working through their difficulties.

This book has been made into a Hallmark movie.  I am looking forward to watching it and seeing if it looks like I pictured it while reading.