Get It (Enemies to Lovers #2.5) by Anyta Sunday

34535520Blurb: Unrequited love is a bitch. It sucks you into a narrowly focused world and leaves you blind as a bat to other things…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 stars

This was a cute short story.  I loved how we got to see them come together.  It was nice to see Benny finally see what he had right in front of him.

James was quite the forgiving character. I’ve been where he is and I had to walk away.  I’m a huge fan of this author so I expected to love it as much as I did.

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Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender

BEcoming Steve JObsBlurb: Brent Schlender is an enormously respected journalist, writing about technology and Silicon Valley over the past three decades, and in May 2012, his Fast Company cover story about Steve Jobs, entitled “The Lost Tapes of Steve Jobs,” broke, spawning hundreds of articles and a feeding frenzy for the book rights. Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, Steve Jobs, was a landmark publication that sold millions of copies and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. But the most interesting years of Jobs’s life are shortchanged, as many people refused to talk, because Jobs was still alive and because of the extraordinary haste in finishing the book in order to get it out immediately after Jobs’s death.
Apple devotees and Silicon Valley tech readers will be dazzled by the array of stories from people who worked alongside him. Becoming Steve Jobs is a vividly dramatic and high-octane biography that reveals Jobs at his most colourful and volatile.

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This book satisfies a place on my 2016 Read Harder Challenge being hosted by Book Riot. I know its well into 2017, but I’m no quitter!

5 stars

I loved this book.  It’s not generally in my wheelhouse of genres that I read but it’s part of my read harder challenge from last year.  This book took me about 6 weeks to get through. Partly because its an audio book and I only listen to those on my commute to work and partly because I had to take A LOT of breaks.  It was very monotone and linear, not really what I’m used to.

However, the reporting on his life and all the interviews that were quoted were awesome. I felt like I got to know him on a more intimate level.  I had no idea how much of an asshole he was. LOL, and arrogant, my god he was very much about his ideas and had no qualms about telling anyone what his opinion of them was.  And he was so damn impulsive, he would judge a person on the first impression and wouldn’t let it go.  All faults IMO, but when you are on the outside looking in.  And only focusing on his career, it was quite fascinating. I mean, I could never have worked for him, but hey, nobody’s perfect.  I don’t mean to say that he was a devil or anything, but the biography didn’t hold anything back in regards to his professional life.

This book was very in depth about his career, and since I remember most of it growing up, I got a little nostalgic while listening.  Especially, when he purchased Pixar, and then eventually sold it. Or when he came back to Apple and slowly turned it into one the most profitable and recognized brands in the world.  But I think the thing that stands out most to me were his values.

They spoke a great deal about how Steve thought the past was the past and you couldn’t change it, so instead you needed to learn from it.  And how he looked in the mirror and asked himself if I died today, would he have accomplished everything he wanted?  Or how he was constantly asking himself, “What comes next?”  Constantly looking forward, I really liked that.  I do that to. Don’t dwell on the past, always move forward.  These are things I can relate to and I found that very interesting that we shared some of the same views on life.  When his sickness and eventual death was covered, I actually started crying.  He was a giant in the PC world and I wish I would have read this book sooner.

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Bossypants by Tina Fey (Author/Narrator)

bossypantsBlurb: Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update”, before “Sarah Palin”, Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both of those dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon – from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

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3 stars

It was funny. I never noticed the hands on the cover were not hers, LOL.  I think I might like her less after reading this though.  It wasn’t bad, but I wrinkled my nose at some of her beliefs.  She made her views very clear in this book.  I did kinda see what she meant about the sexism in the workplace and adapting to it.  Her way of handling it seems way more diplomatic and subtle than what I’d like to think I would have done.

And while I do enjoy hearing opposing views, I guess I just wasn’t feeling it as much as I wanted to. I learned a lot about her life growing up which was interesting. She seemed to have a similar childhood to mine, except of course, my parents weren’t republicans. 🙂 And she knows how to nail a punchline. This chic is hilarious!

This book was released in 2011 and while its not that far in the past I could still see how my views have changed and grown in that time. At any rate I’d read another books by her, if only to laugh at her jokes.

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The Spider Catcher (Redemption #1) by A.L. Tyler

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Blurb: Ember Gillespie was sent away from the island of Tulukaruk when she was only a child. Now returning as a teenager, she’s finding that the life she idealized from afar is actually a living nightmare, complete with a deranged family that is trying to drive her away and a town full of creepy people.

Her only refuge from the constant strain comes from the subtle and mysterious Acton, who has taken her under his wing, and a dark friendship that seems to have the potential to ignite into romance.

The only thing more shocking than her family’s rejection is the reason they want her leave. Her sister, Thalia, confesses that the town is inhabited by demons. Their mother believes that Acton is particularly dangerous and bent on revenge.

Ember knows her mother is crazy. But as she starts losing her memories and waking up to strange notes that she’s left herself, she begins to believe her mother may also be right.

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By the way, this book is free and only has 16 reviews if anyone is interested in reading a YA Horror for Halloween.

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4 Stars

This book is weird.  I need to YA Horror for my book bingo and also for my read harder challenge and this one fit the bill.  I think the thing I found the hardest to follow was whether or not certain things happened in the book.  See there’s a mind eraser in the book so you never really know what things really happened and its third person POV limited, I think.  A lot of the characters lie so you have to sort it out in your head.  (of course, there is the option that I just didn’t understand what as going on but I like to think I’m not that dense) Which is either brilliant of the author for giving us that leeway for imagination (so we may choose which we want to believe, thus subconsciously making the character into someone we like), or incredibly lazy on the part of the author for not clarifying.   

But I will tell you this.  Ember is a glutton for punishment.  She stays with her horrid family and ‘friends’ even though they treat her like shit.  Not even like a little bit.  We are talking FULL METAL JACKET Evil here.  You can see she is only taking the abuse because she feels any attention is good attention.  Which is incredibly emotionally immature IMO. But I couldn’t look away.  I wanted to see if Atcon would change, or if Ember would realize she didn’t deserve this treatment.  It was a bit of  train wreck throughout and I feel the plot line could have been a lot tighter but all in all the story really drew me in and I already bought the second one so I must have liked it right? 

I mean, I think I liked it.  Its one of those books that I have feelings for but I can’t really identify them yet.  You ever read one of those books? 

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Back in the Saddle (Double S Ranch #1) by Ruth Logan Herne

Back in the saddleBlurb: It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor.  And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

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5 stars

I loved the cover.  This book has a lot to offer.  A diverse MC, a christian lesson and a great story.  This is my second christian romance and I gotta say I am pleasantly surprised I like them.  Usually I am very much into graphic sex, but this was a nice change of pace for me.

Colt is smart, responsible and a bit bitter towards his father.  With good reason, but I’ve always found that it takes too much effort to hold that anger inside and for long periods of time.  His character seemed to learn this as well, which made me identify with him and quite frankly like him more.  His character is a bit more serious than I am used to.  I really like how he seemed to realize that money was not all it was cracked up to be and how family was a blessing not to be ignored.

Angelina is a sassy, out spoken Latina with a fierce devotion to her family and the good book.  I liked how she took charge at the ranch and in her family life but I found her a bit too proud for my tastes.  She was very outgoing and always ready to help a friend or neighbor out.  Her protective instincts towards her family were admirable but a bit too overdone IMO.

Honestly, this book reminded me a bit (a small bit) of P&P.  One of my favorite books.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

jane eyreBlurb: Born into a poor family and raised by an oppressive aunt, young Jane Eyre becomes the governess at Thornfield Manor to escape the confines of her life. There her fiery independence clashes with the brooding and mysterious nature of her employer, Mr. Rochester. But what begins as outright loathing slowly evolves into a passionate romance. When a terrible secret from Rochester’s past threatens to tear the two apart, Jane must make an impossible choice: Should she follow her heart or walk away and lose her love forever?

Unabashedly romantic and utterly enthralling, Jane Eyre endures as one of the greatest love stories of all time.

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4.5 Stars

This is a challenge book. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900 AND Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better.

Do you have any idea how hard that is!!?!?!?!?!?  There are so many words that aren’t used anymore and I had to look them all up.  I had a really hard time getting into it because of that.  I got about 15% into the book and I really needed to take a break because it just started to feel like a chore.  I had to sate my thirst for modern literature.

It sat in my queue for about 6 months till I felt my brain could handle it.  But then about 45% in, it got real interesting.  I didn’t know a whole lot about this book before I started reading it, I didn’t know it was a romance. If I had known it was a romance, I probably would have been a lot more excited to start it.  And I didn’t know that Jane was so ahead of her time. A fact that I REALLY liked. She was a modern feminist when the word didn’t even exist yet.

It was hard for me to understand her emotions because of the time it was written in, I think.  The author didn’t really go into that to much. It was like they were inferred but because of the language of the book I didn’t understand, like I didn’t really get it until halfway through.  Then I realized she did love him.  Cause it didn’t really seem like she liked him at first to me.  It felt pretend for some reason.  I totally didn’t believe Mr. Rochester was into her at all, I thought he was a bit slimy.  I thought her cousin would have been a great match for her but clearly I was wrong.

At any rate, it was a great book and I may read more of her in the future.

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Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins


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Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.

When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.  Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.

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5 Stars

So cheating…..Some people can’t read it.  It’s not really a trigger for me, although I never read any books that had marital cheating in them before now.  And I gotta say…

This is a phenomenal book! It easily goes into my top ten in this genre.  This book really twisted me up, like a lot.  For me that was the hardest part to read when they had a break down in communication.  To see from the outside what they could have done to fix it.  You can see the story from all three perspectives and that’s one of the reasons why it was so difficult for me to pass judgement or even side with someone. And I still can’t, I still don’t think that anybody was wrong. I think that in this situation it is one of those things that, “it is what it is” and you just kinda move past it.

I just kept thinking what would I do if I was in her situation. Actually, not even her situation, what I would do if I was in Nathan’s situation because his character is probably closest to myself than any of the other ones. I can see where Sadie was lonely and I could see where she blossomed under the attention of another person who made her feel special. I could understand that as a married woman.  Also, I could understand Nathan’s POV probably a little but more because, honestly, I identify with his personality more.  An affair would never have crossed my mind, if there was a problem, that would not be the thing that I think about.  He went about it in a terrible, terrible way though.

I think they both couldn’t see past themselves, to get to the heart of the issue. Nathan was thinking a lot about how her behavior was effecting him and not how his behavior was effecting the marriage.  And Sadie was the same way, it wasn’t a team effort on either of their parts.  That’s where they really lost sight of each other.

Finn came off a little creepy, honestly.  I mean, I could see the passion and I could see the temptation and I could see that relationship progressing into more than just a fling but at the same time he remembered her from ten years ago. Then he did like this emotional transfer. It was odd because a lot can happen in ten years and for him to try to pick up right where they left off, it just came off as weird to me.  One of the things that kinda bugged me was the fact that they never really addressed the affair.  It was like it was swept under the rug and the basis of the book was communication and right when they needed it the most they kinda dropped the ball. That didn’t sit well with me.

I will say this, one of the positives outcomes reading a book like this from someone like me (happily married) would be that it immediately made me think, “Am I showing my spouse enough love? Does he really know how much he means to me?”

Highly recommend it, really great read.

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The Bellator Saga

Bellator sagaBlurb: Two souls intertwined. One epic love story.

Get swept away in the passionate romance between political opposites Caroline Gerard and Jack McIntyre in the first half of The Bellator Saga.

This set contains the first three books in the series, Dissident, Conscience, and Sojourn.

Dissident
Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard is reluctant to fall in love again after losing her husband. Can Republican playboy Jack McIntyre break through her grief and capture her heart? Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop,Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate romance, and undying love.

Conscience
Caroline faces the biggest challenge of her life when confronted with the cruelty and sadism of her captors at The Fed. Hope fades quickly, even as she holds onto her one last bit of sanity and her unshakable belief that her husband will rescue her. But is that faith just a mirage?

Sojourn
Reeling from her experiences at The Fed, Caroline tries to forge ahead and create a new identity. But that’s hard to do with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear. She is determined to find the rebellion and move on with her life, but what will she find when she arrives there?

Includes bonus material featuring a deleted scene from Sojourn, a sneak peek at Phoenix, and a never before released love scene told in Jack’s first person point of view!

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Average rating for the set: 3 stars

This set is on sale for 0.99 cents right now!

Favorite quotes:

I think good people need to stand up for what’s right before there’s no one left to do it.

Fifteen feet to freedom and of course they were sitting ducks.  Again she wished for a gun. Loaded or not.  Operational or not.  She’d kill for a goddamn butter knife.  A spork, even. Dental floss.  Anything.

Any harmless gnat can turn into a monster when granted access to power he doesn’t need or deserve.

She was going to say it was ridiculous, then realized it wasn’t.  People saw what they wanted to see, heard what they wanted to hear.  They’d readily believe the easiest story. An Occam’s Razor of ignorance.  She’d always been warned that her idealism would turn into the worst kind of cynicism.  Now she knew that had been an accurate assertion.  Any scrap of her political romance with the American public was gone.

Dissident rating: 3.5 stars

I received this set from the author in exchange in an honest review.  A very heavy political theme in the book, it was very much outside of the usual realm of genres that I read.  When I read the excerpt originally, I thought it was an erotica, and in fact it can be labeled as being duel genre. But for the most part the plot line was purely political thriller. I’ve read books like this before in my late teens and early twenties, just not at the age where I am now.  Where I can really understand what they are talking about.

The verbage was…it was heavy reading.  I felt like I had to do homework to finish this book.  There were numerous words in it that I didn’t know what they meant and I had to look them up.  And then the detail in the political aspect of their jobs was very intense. I’m not even sure it needed to be that detailed, I think the author’s style is to write that way.

The book was good.  I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone though.  Would I read the rest of the series? No, I’m not gonna finish it. It just wasn’t for me. It was written well, but the story line didn’t make sense to me with regards to the erotic component in it.  It was like two stories as one and neither of them had to do much with the other, IMO.  On one hand you had this really great love story, of two opposing members of congress.  I thought that was enough, but then she threw in this political intrigue and it just threw me out of the story. And there was a lot of flashbacks, going back and forth.  In all honesty no questions were answered, I mean, it is a thriller so I expect a certain suspense level but you still don’t know what happened between those times. It’s all conjecture and speculation and the suspense was so high that I couldn’t…there was nothing that was gonna top it if that makes sense. There was no climax that was gonna make it worth it for me. She built it so high that eventually it just toppled over and I wasn’t interested in finding out what was going on.  I did like the love story. It was awesome because it was about people who are my age. It wasn’t about teenagers and their impulsive emotions or their insecurities.

The fact that she is a widow added a lot to her background in the story. I was very impressed with her friendships that she had with Chrissy and her staffers. Her children didn’t play as big a part in the story as I would have expected.  I wasn’t feeling that too much. There was not a whole lot of focus about her role as a mother.  The book was good, it was just too detailed for me, and there was not enough climax in it.

Conscience rating: 3  stars

This story focused on her getting captured and tortured; quite frankly I couldn’t handle it. It was too gruesome for my tastes and when she would flashback to an erotic scene it would take me right out of the seriousness of the present story line if that makes sense. Maybe I am just too emotive a reader to be able go back and forth so easily. I just couldn’t do it.

We sorta find out what happens to the country and why she was wanted in the first place. I expected more, her detailed background was missing in this one.  I was looking forward to having THE answer to why.  What did she do that was so terrible as to warrant torture of the highest level?  What did Santos do to wrangle control of the president’s seat and convince the public that it was normal for so many people to go missing? I guess I am supposed to fill in the blanks here but I am just a bit of a dense reader.

Sojourn rating: 2 stars 

This one just focuses on her recovery and her mental stamina after she gets rescued from the facility known as The Fed.  Her hope that just won’t die no matter how hard she tries to bury it. I was excited to get to this one because I thought for sure that all my questions would finally be answered but alas, I was to be disappointed again.

It was too long and slow in my opinion for a third book.  By now I expect the characters to have a good ebb and flow.  The story line should be established fairly well but it was still the same one from the first book. I was still trying to find answers to the my original questions.  There had been no progress so I felt I was just re-reading the same book again except with a few new characters.

All in all, I’m glad I read it.  It has an interesting look into what it means to be a politician, affecting change and standing up for what is right, even if it costs you what you hold most dear.

This book satisfies the Political spot on my book bingo card.

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The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

Teh butter battle bookBlurb: Dr. Seuss’s classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy the tasty treat differently. The timeless and topical rhyming text is an ideal way to teach young children about the issues of tolerance and respect. Whether in the home or in the classroom, The Butter Battle Book is a must-have for readers of all ages.

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5 Stars

When I was a young girl, my father used to read Dr. Seuss books to me before bed.  He would do accents and speak in a comforting rhythm that never failed to lull me to sleep. It’s one of my earliest memories of reading. And one of my fondest.

I knew once I found out I was going to be a mother that I would get to pass on that love of Dr. Seuss to my daughter.  I’m confident it will turn into a tradition because my daughter loves to read Dr. Seuss to me; I can only imagine when she has a family of her own to read too.  It kinda makes you feel small when you think about it that way.  Something that you did will continue to live on after you expire.

But enough with the history lesson, the reason I’m telling you this is because this book is on my Read Harder challenge list from Book Riot.  Read a book out loud to someone.

This book should be mandatory reading IMO because it touches upon a subject that is very difficult for some people to deal with; the judgment of others. Many types of judgment can be seen in our soci0-economic structure; in our past as well as our present.  Just because some people don’t talk the same way, look the same way, act the same way, or do the same things that you do; like say, eating bread and butter a certain way, doesn’t mean you are better than them. Or that they should be treated differently for it.

This book explains to children a complex concept in a simple way that can be easily understood.  Dr. Seuss was a brilliant writer/poet and his books will continue to remain in mainstream literature because of his catchy rhymes and awkward illustrations that show kids a more adult view of the world.  A view that they can identify with and understand.

It’s my favorite Dr. Seuss book of all time. And that’s saying a lot since he had so many great books.  Highly recommended to people of all ages.  You are never too old for Dr. Seuss!

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