Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame

imperfect-chemistryBlurb: Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions—by experiencing them herself.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

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Favorite Quotes:  

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.

“You’re totally grabbing her ass,” Freya whispers loudly. “Is that weird? Groping your ex’s ex?”

“I dropped out of school,” he says. “I’m going to go back, when I can afford it or when I can figure out how the whole student loan thing works. Until then, I’m going to live off of my art, and if that doesn’t work, I’m going to get a job. But I’m never going to give up doing what I love.” “That’s good. I’m glad.” I really am. He deserves every bit of happiness, whether I’m part of that happiness or not. He looks down at the couch, and his fingers fiddle with a bit of fabric that’s come loose on the old piece of furniture. “The thing is,” he says quietly and then clears his throat. “The thing is,” he repeats it louder. “I don’t want to do any of that.” His eyes meet mine again. “Without you.”

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5 stars

This ebook is free on Amazon!

I really liked this story.  Lucy was so fricking funny.  It almost seemed like she was deliberate in her responses but she just had no idea how to deal with people.  Her demeanor was crisp yet edgy.  She was completely obtuse when it came to her emotions, which made this book that much more awesome.  To see her thrive in academia but struggle with social settings.

I mean, emotions as a pathogen?  Think about it. A Pathogen.  Come on!  That’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

I think what really helped me to love this book was the fact that the side characters were just as deep and rich in their attitudes as the MC was.  Freya especially, was a favorite of mine.  She seemed the typical college student but she didn’t show disdain to Lucy (at least, not for long) for her lack of warmth and affection but instead realized that what she really needed was a friend.  And she was there for Lucy in a way that most people couldn’t or refused to be.  That says a lot about a persons character to commit to friendship when you really have no idea what they are saying half the time.  Haha.

Jensen was a very unexpected male lead for me. He’s creative and shy, attempting to squirm out from under his father’s thumb and expectations.  But my first impression of him came off as sexy and alpha, which he wasn’t at all!  I mean, he WAS sexy but not in that arrogant way.  It was more understated.  I loved that about him.  He had drive but lacked support and a bit of courage.  And I think that’s where Lucy helped him. They really helped each other. It was a true give and take relationship.

And the narration!  Rhiannon Engell nailed it.  Each character was easily discernible and had their own ‘voice’.  I found myself laughing at least once a chapter, her timing with the punchlines was perfect.  With the ebook being free and the audio only 1.99 to add, this book is a steal!  You should really go read it.  You’re welcome in advance!

I received a free audible code from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

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Top Ten Books to Buy Your Girl Child

Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Holiday Gift Guide freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.).”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

I’m gonna go with ten books to buy your girl child, since I have one. Just a heads up, most of these will probably be Usborne books (so titles will link to Usborne), I love them for my kids.

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  1. Ticky Tack the Littlest Reindeer by Ironpower Publishing. Appropriate for Christmas, and its free right now!
  2. Jessica’s Box by Peter Carnavas. A great diverse read about a girl in a wheelchair trying to make friends.
  3. Be the Change, Make it Happen by Bernadette Russell. This book has loads of ideas for kids to make an impact on their community and showing them they are a part of something bigger than themselves.
  4. The Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum. I put this movie on for my daughter and she loved it. When I told her it was a book she wanted it immediately. So, I bought it. Everyone knows this story right?
  5. What’s Happening to Me? By Susan Meredith. My daughter was so enthralled with this book. I actually learned some things myself. It deals with puberty, peer pressure and stranger danger. They have a boy’s edition as well. By far one of the best books I have ever purchased for my child. It helped to open the dialogue and make an otherwise awkward conversation way less so.
  6. A journal, ok this one isn’t really a book per say. But I believe everyone needs to keep a journal as they grow up. You can find these almost anywhere but my favorite one is A Year in my Life by Lucy Menzies. It has lots of prompts to get their minds thinking and it has something for every day of the year so they will always have something to write about.
  7. A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton. My daughter loves this book! It shows there are two sides to every story.
  8. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. My daughter recently discovered these books and she has been eating them up.
  9. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss. Or really anything written by him. My daughter loves the rhythmic tone I use and the rhymes when I read it to her. She has most of it memorized. And of course Dr. Seuss always teaches a great lesson in most of his books.  See my review here.
  10. Last but not least…..Rainbow Magic: The Ultimate Fairy Guide by Daisy Meadows. I am constantly listening to my daughter recite the different fairies and what they do. She takes this book almost everywhere with her. There’s even a fairy named after her!

Kiss Me Kate by Katy Regnery

Blurb:
25540433Kate English, cousin to the beguiling English Brothers, has relocated to Philadelphia and now works with her cousins at English & Company. The problem with moving to Philly? It was where Kate met her first love, Etienne Rousseau. Since the move, Kate can’t seem shake the painful memories of a romance that broke her heart.

Etienne Rousseau, neighbor and arch-enemy of the English family, is recently single and has every intention of enjoying his newly-minted bachelor-status. That is…until his brother inks a deal with English & Company, forcing Etienne to work with his one-time lover, Kate English. Though he wants to hate the girl who once destroyed his life, he can’t deny the fierce attraction or hide the deep tenderness he still feels for Kate.

With vibrant flashbacks of their passionate, teenage love affair making it impossible to ignore their unresolved history, Kate and Etienne will commit to unraveling the secrets of their heartbreaking past to make way for a breathtaking future.

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My Review:
4.5 stars — Oh Etienne…I was so freaking skeptical.  Like seriously, soooooooo skeptical that I actually really held back and wore my skeptical face for a great deal of the reading of this book, but you won me over.  I thought it was impossible, but you managed it.  Or should I say Ms. Regnery managed it.  And I don’t even feel cheated or anything.  She managed it where there were some misunderstandings, a lot people acting not their best, but it was all kind of human, you know?  Like I could be mad at all of them equally for the misunderstandings and grudges of the past, and while I was at first sad and wanted my English boys to be above reproach, I could see how it could have happened that way, and it was OK knowing that not all my beloved characters are flawless.  Even Stratton…heck especially Stratton, since he’s still working on coming around.

And I know I’m talking so much about Etienne, but if you read the whole English brothers series, you understand why their is an initial sense of pushback when you find out that Etienne is Kate’s love.  I wanted to trust Ms. Regnery, but there were a few moments in Stratton’s book where he just comes across so smarmy or something…but even that kind of gets explained away.  Like Etienne acknowledges the kind of f’d up-edness of his relationship with Amy, and that he did not behave his best either.

OK, enough about all that.  Basically all you need to know is that I am a grudge holder, and I forgave Etienne…so all those people who said I would love him were right.  And not just Etienne, I loved Kate too.  She was this beautiful mix of confident and sassy and insecure…definitely a heroine I could relate to.  And she was a bigger girl too, like me!!  We could swap clothes!!  So obviously that’s going to make me love her too!  But it was her heart that I loved…she has an innocence about her, but she was still so strong.

And Etienne was so sweet and almost heartbreaking as a teenager.  Like he had this undeserved reputation based on a language barrier, and my heart just went out to him.  Seeing him connect with Kate just made me feel so many butterflies.

And that’s one of the things that was kind of unique about this final (sort of) book in the English Brothers series — it was kind of a combination of an adult book and a young adult book, b/c we didn’t just get present, we got tastes of their past as well.  And not tiny flashbacks, but longer ones!  We really got to watch them fall in love and connect.  I really loved that.  It did make for some strange pacing in the book, b/c in the end we didn’t get as much from the present as I had been anticipating.  But I was still thoroughly satisfied.  Just not sure if it will be to everyone’s tastes, you know?

And all along we got little tastes and foreshadowing about what went wrong in the past, but it was so hard to know how they each felt they’d been betrayed by the other, but know that neither one had the full story, and that so much had happened to keep them apart.

So I loved it.  I loved the love and the romance, and I believed in it, and I swooned, and I melted, and I was just thoroughly satisfied.  Now I can’t wait to see how Lib takes on J.C.!!!

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Fall Line (Downhill #1) by Tudor Robins


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Everything’s forward.

Those are fifteen-year-old Chris Myers’ words for the year.

The next gate, the next race, his spot on the district ski team; they’re all his for the taking.

Except training is such hard work. And then there’s Jenna – the very opposite of hard work – gorgeous, curvy, and into partying. Into Chris.

Instead of moving forward, Chris is sliding back. Slower times, worse results, and his best friend, Tilly, drifting away.

 

 

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Favorite Quotes

She never meets my eyes. I never even get the tail end of any of the smiles she has for anyone else. Meanwhile a grinding headache builds in my temples. My reflexes are slow, my stamina’s shot, and my temper is on a hair–trigger.

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4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It was unusual in the fact that the POV was entirely male.  At first I was confused because I automatically thought it was female.  Probably because most of the POVs I read are female.  But I really liked his ‘voice’  It was genuine and showed a different side to most male leads I read.  This one was a beta boy for sure and he was super cute.  The fact that his performance in skiiing was actively affected by his personal life was just a great parallel to read about.

Chris has dedication to his craft and knows what he wants to do with his future.  He shows humility when things start to go downhill and takes responsibility for his screw ups.  And I think he shows great courage in asking for help instead of trying to fix everything himself. I really loved how Chris wasn’t cocky about himself.  Too often in YA, the boys are way too arrogant, which we all know isn’t the case IRL.  You could totally see and understand his worry, fear and confusion with his personal life.  He really had no idea what he was doing, poor kid.  And his parents played a bit more of a prominent role than most other YA’s I read, a fact which also made this book stand out for me.

Tilly was a pretty straight forward female lead.  She made it very clear early on what she wanted and what she was on the fence about.  While I think she maybe took her anger a bit too far, placing blame where I don’t think it was so heavily warranted, their were no deliberate misunderstandings in her character and voice.    So that was pretty refreshing in this story.

The skiing was a great addition to the plot of the book. I never used to read sports romances till I met Lenore, but they are fast becoming some of my favorite YA reads.

I’m really shocked this book only has 11 reviews.  It is a great YA, sports romance! Go give this author some love and read it!

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Déjà Revu November 28th, 2016

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Déjà Revu is a weekly review round-up that is open to all book review blogs.

Stacking the Shelves — November 26th, 2016

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Stacking The Shelves is feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Curly Carla’s Haul

(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:

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  • Falling Softly by Maria Duffy from Hachette Books Ireland — released October 13th, 2016.
  • The Fifth Petal (The Lace Reader #2) by Brunonia Barry from Crown Publishing — releases January 24th, 2017.
  • Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James from Del Rey (Random House Publishing Group — Ballantine) — releases February 14th, 2017.

Amazon Freebies That I Got From My eReaderIQ Email:

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(All Ebooks unless otherwise specified)

NetGalley ARC Requests Approved:



32945748Backstage Pass Boxed Set (Backstage Pass #1-5) by Ophelia London, Lisa Burstein, Rebekah L. Purdy, Suze Winegardner, and Erin Butler from Entangled: Crush (Entangled Publishing, LLC) — releases December 5th, 2016.  I’ve actually read the first book, and while it was only a 3 star for me, I’ve been terribly curious about the rest of the band members.  So I figured why not request the boxed set!  But now I see that it’s apparently on sale for 99 cents, so I’m totally preordering it.  I mean seriously, 5 books for 99 cents, why would I say no to that?  This anthology contains the following books:

Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London

Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein

Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy

Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner

Abby and the Cute One by Erin Butler

New Releases:


32798890Hole Hearted (Songbird #9) by Melissa Pearl — Received the ARC, so already read!  See my review here.

 

 

 

Won It:

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A Postcard Would Be Nice by Steph Campbell  — released November 21st!  This book has been recommended by all my favourite authors, and went straight to my wishlist!  Then the lovely Nyrae Dawn held a giveaway on her Facebook page that I entered, and somehow I lucked out in winning!  This book sounds fantastic people!

 Got It On Sale:

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  • Boy Band (Boy Band #1) by Jacqueline E. Smith — Another eReaderIQ alert from my wishlist, I managed to score this one for free (but it looks like the sale is done now).  I do believe I was recommended this book from someone when I was looking for more celebrity romances.
  • Getting Out of Hand (Sapphire Falls #1) by Erin Nicholas — So I recently got a few of Ms. Nicholas books, either on sale or through NetGalley, and while I haven’t read them, they sound like they could be up my alley.  Anyways, I was sharing a deal for another author (Mari Carr) when I discovered one of her erotic series (Wild Irish) that I really enjoyed is going to be opening up a Kindle World, which apparently means that other authors will be writing books set in that world.  And one of those authors was Erin Nicholas, and they mentioned that this book was free, so I thought “why not!”  And it’s still free as of me writing this!
  • Kissing the Maid of Honor (Secret Wishes #1) by Robin Bielman — This one I got an eReaderIQ author alert because I started following her, and this book dropped down to 99 cents so I said SCORE and one-clicked!  Still on sale.
  • The Hardest Fall (Roadmap to Your Heart #3) by Christina Lee — This was a BookBub deal for 99 cents (sorry, it’s back to regular price now).  I have the first 2 books in this series, and since one of my favourite authors (Nyrae Dawn) loves this author so much and has written with her, I figured I can’t lose!
  • My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories (Twelve Stories) by Various Authors — Another eReaderIQ alert from my wishlist, normally $7.80 (or for me like $9.61, which it’s back to now), it was temporarily on sale for $2.99 and I know I would never get a better deal than that.  I kind of want to see what all the fuss is about with some of these famous authors (like Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, and David Levithan).
  • Too Late by C. Hoover — Cause when Colleen Hoover has a new book come out, you put that shit on your wishlist.  And when a few days later you get a message from eReaderIQ that it’s gone on sale for 99 cents from its usual $4.99, you say “OK!” and you one-click, even if you still have only read her first 3 books (shame, shame).  But alas, that sale is done.
  • Uncivilized (Uncivilized #1) by Sawyer Bennett — So this one has intrigued me for quite some time, but apparently it’s not on my wishlist…maybe I just wasn’t sure based on reviews.  But this author is going to be at the Big Apple Author Event I’m attending October 2017, and when I saw that this book was on sale for 99 cents through The Rock Stars of Romance newsletter with their holiday deals, I figured I’d snatch it up.  Still on sale too!
  • Love & Decay: Revolution, Volume One (Love & Decay: Revolution #1-4) by Rachel Higginson — I *still* haven’t read Season 3 of the original L&D series, but I figure eventually I’ll get to it and then want to read this series, so when she put it on for free for the day?  You bet your bippy I one-clicked!
  • Sell Out by Tammy L. Gray — A few of my friends recommended this one (including Anita @Anita Love 2 Read who really needs to make a new blog button now that her blog has moved) and so I put it on my wishlist, and hence got an eReaderIQ alert letting me know it was free when it’s usually $3.99 (still free!).  I just realized that this one may be Christian fiction…which isn’t usually my bag.  It might be just clean fiction, which is cool with me, I just sometimes have a hard time relating to Christian fiction.  But I guess we’ll see!
  • Anyone But Him by Cassie Graham — I actually just had this book on one of my Top Ten Tuesday lists of Books that I’d recently added to my TBR (or wishlist), and then I got the eReaderIQ alert telling me that it was on sale for 99 cents (normally $2.99) so I snatched it up!  Still on sale!

Marry Me Mad by Katy Regnery

Blurb:

31225770For as long as Madeleine “Mad” Rousseau can remember, she’s been the “sweet” twin to her sister Jax’s “sassy.” But after an especially painful break-up, Mad decides she’s had enough of being sweet. Children’s librarian during the day, she begins visiting Philly’s seedier nightspots on a quest for adventure. When Cortlandt “Cort” Ambler, the ex-boyfriend of Mad’s sister, Jax, saves her from disaster on one such evening, an unlikely friendship is born between the rebellious librarian and the moonlighting pianist…and two broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.

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My Review:
4 stars — I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

Oh dude, this book was so close to being a 4.5 stars or higher!  I can 100% honestly say that I am fully in love with Cort.  He is just…*swoon*  I mean, obviously not without his own flaws…  He’s very passionate, and occasionally that means he has a temper and says things he doesn’t mean when he’s frustrated and angry, but on the whole he was just so sweet and caring and attentive, and just so freaking in love with Mad!  My heart truly ached for him on so many occasions.

My problem with this book actually came from Mad.  Which is weird, b/c I thought I was going to love her.  And don’t get me wrong, there were SOOOOO many things that I truly did love about her and at times I would really feel for her and she got me right in the feels.  But she was also kind of mean at times, and a LOT dense at other times.  And so she left me very frustrated and disappointed on many occasions.  She could be very kind and gentle and caring, but the back and forth that she did with Cort at the beginning *really* began to grate on me.  I know we were supposed to see her being torn between what she instinctually wanted and how she felt, and what she thought to be the right and true answer.  But she really put Cort through the wringer as a result, and that was just so unfair.  But I suppose she was passionate and said things in the heat of the moment too, so why can I forgive Cort but not Mad?  Hmmm…maybe because hers felt meaner, whereas I didn’t necessarily always blame Cort?  I don’t know.  But she really tried my patience.  I really wanted her to have more faith in Jax too.

So that was the bad.  Well, not bad, b/c obviously I still gave this one 4 full stars…and I still want to give it more, but just basically what prevented me from going higher.  There were a few little things, like is my memory just really shitty, or did Jax not go away to New York with Gard?  I seriously don’t remember that and I just read the book.  I was confused.  And why introduce Chevy?  That seemed very throwaway.  And as an animal lover, I am dismayed to wonder who’s taking care of this dog now?

Now here’s where the book surprised me.  I *wasn’t* bothered one iota that she moved on from Thatcher right away.  I thought that would be unrealistic, but when you realize that their relationship was basically over long before and this was just the straw that broke the camel’s back, it makes sense.  Oh, and, you know, he was a horrifically emotionally abusive prick, so there’s that.  And quite frankly, Cort and Mad’s chemistry is so freaking OFF THE CHARTS that I had NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER accepting their strong feelings for each other.  And seeing glimpses into their history, and how they were drawn to each other even young, it was just….*sigh*  Deliciously romantic.

So yeah.  So close to a favourite for me, and it was pretty much all Cort.  It’s so weird when you suspect you’ll like one twin more, because you understand them more, but it turns out to be opposite.  In a way, that’s good writing…when you can fall in love with characters that aren’t your normal bread and butter.

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Jonquils for Jax by Katy Regnery

Blurb:
30129056Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery’s Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in Summer 2016!

Jacqueline “Jax” Rousseau is vivacious, rich, smart and beautiful…but that doesn’t mean she’s lucky in love: she’s dated doctors, lawyers, actors and politicians who’ve all managed to end up disappointing her. In fact, she’s on a self-imposed hiatus from love when she has an unpleasant run-in with her neighbor’s gorgeous new landscaper, Gardener Lenox. Jax is not accustomed to gruff, ill-mannered men that can’t be charmed, but when he saves her skin, she realizes that something about Gard intrigues her…and if she can find her way through the armor that surrounds his heart, she might finally find a love that won’t let her down.

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My Review:
4 stars — I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

Oh how I’ve missed Katy Regnery’s romances.  I’ve read all the English BROTHERS stories, which are sort of Phase One of her Blueberry Lane series, though I haven’t yet read Kate’s story (which is too bad, since her beau ends up being one of the Rousseau brothers).  I’ve also read the first in her Winslow Brothers stories, but need to get back and read the rest.  But when I saw an opportunity to join the release tour for J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis (book 3 in the Rousseaus), I jumped on it.  And imagine my delight when there was also the opportunity to review books 1 and 2!!

And so here I am, immersed yet again in Ms. Regnery’s beautiful romances that always give me a Harlequin vibe (and I was a huge Harlequin fan/reader), but like the best of Harlequin, you know?  Her romance stories always find the best balance of fantasy characters and realism, of romance with conflict, but not so much that you get frustrated.

And it was that way with Jax and Gard.  They were such intriguing characters.  I loved how we’re told Jax is the sassy brassy one, and I thought she might be stuck up, but she wasn’t at all!  She definitely had the sass in her, but she was also very vulnerable, and quite frankly a lot lost.  I don’t know if we see hints of her story in previous books (I either don’t remember, or they were in the books I haven’t read yet), but I really had no idea what to expect from her, and I got so much more!!  I don’t know why, but I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with her.  Mad?  Yes, definitely, I fully anticipate falling for her.  But I thought Jax wouldn’t be quite my kind of girl.  But she was.  I really did love her.

And GARD!  OMG, I honestly had no idea what to anticipate there!  He had he own set of vulnerabilities and tragedies to overcome.  I even enjoyed seeing how his unique upbringing shaped him.

And the two of them together were a delight…you could really feel the chemistry between them, and I enjoyed the way they sort of pushed and pulled at each other, and how they were like two lost souls that were meant to meet and help each other find their way.

The other thing that I truly adore about Ms. Regnery’s romances is that the misunderstandings and angst doesn’t get drawn out and overplayed.  Like they have their struggles, but they work through them, and you don’t want to smack people all the time and roll your eyes.  Does that make sense?  It’s just watching a beautiful relationship develop and change and work through to where we all want it to go.  I love that.  And not in a boring way.  It’s just reasonable.  I’m probably not making any sense.  *sigh*  Oh well, c’est la vie.  😛  (Look at me, pulling out the french)

So yeah, highly recommend any of the Blueberry Lane series books, and the Rousseau phase started off with a bang with Jax and Gard.  And can I just say the Gardener/gardener joke did not get old with me either?  I loved how Jax just kept beating that dead horse for a while, I laughed right along with her.  Now to find out about Mad and Cort!

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Top Ten Books We’re Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Thanksgiving freebie — tell us what you are thankful for! Books you are thankful for!”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

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  1. Golden Son by Pierce Brown —  You guys, I can’t sing the praises of this book enough. I read this recently and I will forever be in awe of this author. And he is now an instant one click when he comes out with new books.  My review.
  2. Dragonfly by Leigh Talbot Moore — This series is one of my favorites and a go to for re-reading on a regular basis. Great story of love told over generations.  My review.
  3. You Can’t Catch Me by Cassie Mae — This book should be required reading for all girls in HS IMO. Everyone could benefit from this book.  My review.
  4. Veined (Guardians of the Angels Book 1) by Anyta Sunday — One of my favorite paranormal love stories of all time. I also re-read this one regularly.  My review.
  5. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss — This book teaches complex ideas to kids in small bite sized chunks they can easily swallow.  My review.
  6. Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram — Another great re-telling! And diverse as well. Such great characters that are more than what they appear on the surface. This book made me think. I love when books do that.  My review.
  7. Left Drowning by Jessica Park –Ugh, the feels you guys, the FEELS! If for no other reason you buy this book, do it for the FEELS.  My review on Goodreads.
  8. The History of Us by Nyrae Dawn — A great look in to the history of being gay in America. It was a wonderful book.  My review.
  9. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton — Did you know she was only 15 when she wrote this book?!! Its wonderful.  My review on Goodreads.
  10. Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson — It wouldn’t be a list of I didn’t throw a little RH in here.  My love for her books has been the catalyst to bring me in to the literary world. Allowing me to make great friendships as well as start this blogging venture with Lenore. Without which this post wouldn’t be here!

I don’t know if you can tell but emotions play a large role on the books that effect my life, Doubly so when they have real life parallels to them. I enjoy learning, always have, so I chose books that made me think as well as entertained me. I have never been more grateful for being able to learn through reading as I am this year. So go read a book or an article or the subtitles on a movie. You would be amazed at the difference it makes in your enjoyment of it.

Déjà Revu November 21st, 2016

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Déjà Revu is a weekly review round-up that is open to all book review blogs.
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Contemporary

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Dystopian

Paranormal

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Romance

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Non-Fiction

Paranormal

Romance

Suspense/Thriller

Woman’s Fiction

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Horror

Paranormal