Wednesday, July 27, 2022

#MMBBR #FirstLine #Review #RealBadThings by @kellyjfordauthor and @amazonpublishing

#FirstLine - Away from the bridge, the river smells of the cottonwoods along the banks. 

This book was very impressive. The author did a great job slowly building this story. It was plotted so well and the pace was wonderful. I was pulled into the story, intrigued by what was going to happen. I loved that there were some twists and turns that I did not see coming. A great book for book clubs!!

Sunday, July 24, 2022

#MMBBR #Review #Audiobook #TheThingsWeDoInTheDark by @JenniferHillier @netgalley and @MacmillanAudio

Things We Do in the DarkThings We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to tell you that this audiobook gripped me instantly. I was immediately drawn into the amazing narration and the story. There is something unsettling the whole way through. You know you are going to be surprised by what happens, but the story is told in an unrushed and deliberate way. You are invested in the characters and what they have gone through. You understand right away why they must get to the truth. All the characters are fleshed out beautifully. A compelling and engaging listen!!! A brilliant story and amazing narration of the book!

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#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheRussian by @JP_Books and @GrandCentralPub

#FirstLine - I checked the street in both directions in front of an upscale coffee house called Flat Bread and Butter in Amsterdam Avenue near 140th Street. 

This is another fantastic installation in the Micheal Bennett series. This story was a quick, action packed read. I was engrossed in the story and did not want it to end! I am so grateful that this is a extensive series and we know we will get more of this story!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2022

#MMBBR #review #KingsofSavannah #CeladonReads #LiterarySuspense @georgedawesgreen @celadonbooks

#FirstLine - A soft spring night in Savannah. 

This book was s spectacular. It is one of those books that is so atmospheric! You can feel the setting in your bones and the story comes together beautifully. It has so many twists and turns, which kept me glued to the pages. Loved it!

#LarderaCoffeeRoasters #coldbrew #review #MMBBR

#LarderaCoffeeRoasters has created an absolute perfect #coldbrew pitcher. Whether you like your coffee strong or a bit weaker, this pitcher is for you! You can add grounds to your strength preference! 

Plus, the coffee is…amazing! I actually said “Oh my, that’s good” when I took my first sip this morning!! I love getting the coffee ready the night before and having it waiting for me when I wake up. But, if you want iced coffee quicker just brew with hot water and add ice. The pitcher is designed to go from boiling to freezing in minutes.

Another plus, is that it is easy to clean!!! You can hand wash or toss it in the dishwasher. 

The pitcher size is perfect to pack for trips as well, so you will never be without your cold brew! I am in love with this pitcher and cannot wait to start sampling all the coffees! Check it out here: 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #LoveMeNot #TheValentinesSeries #book3 by @holsmale via @Harper360

Love Me Not (The Valentines, Book 3)Love Me Not by Holly Smale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine - You’re not going to like me.

I loved this book. It was just as good as the first and second in the Valentine’s Series. I love this family and the growth that the family makes from the start of the series to the end of the series. But, Mercy is the one who transforms the most. After a loss like no other she closed herself off. You get to bear witness to her becoming vulnerable, healing and learning to move forward. It was heartbreaking and hopeful. The whole family (each and every one of them) are all imperfect and wonderful. You will learn to love them all. It is a delight to follow Mercy on her journey to discover what it feel like to let go of the heavy burden of loss and guilt. This series was brilliant and heartwarming! I adored it so much! I was so sad to see it end, but it was perfectly tied up! Brilliant!

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#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #AFAceToDieFor by @Iris_Johansen via @GrandCentralPub

A Face to Die ForA Face to Die For by Iris Johansen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine - The sun was going down!

What more do you need to know other than this is another brilliant installment in The Eve Duncan series. Johansen is one of those writers that writes in a way where you can vividly picture the characters and setting. You are instantly pulled in and are grateful that when the book closes you know the story will continue on with another super book! Such a gift for Johansen’s readers and fans!!! A fabulous book! Loved it!

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#MMBBR #Review #FirstLIne #FirstBorn by @willrdean via @SimonBooks #Atria #EmilyBestlerBooks

First BornFirst Born by Will Dean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine - I am half a person.

I enjoy thrillers with twists, turns and unpredictable plots. I love outrageously awesome stories that make me uneasy and unsure what is going to happen. This story had all those things and more! I think if you like to be entertained and lose track of time, this is the story for you!!!

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#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #MotherCountry by @JacindaAuMaroc via @WunderBooks_PR and @GraywolfPress

Mother CountryMother Country by Jacinda Townsend
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine - And what, after all, to make of a choice?

Such a great first line, right!?!? I enjoyed this book. It makes you think, feel, and and will change you. The story is not easy to read, but the heartbreaking portions are so beautifully written and there are hopeful parts too. There is a balance in the story that allows the reader to go on a well paced journey. Townsend is truly a gifted storyteller! You will always remember this book and will want to chat with others about it! Also, be warned: This book is hard to put down!

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#MMBBR #Review #5stars #ActsOfViolet by @damiella via @netgalley and @Flatironbooks

Acts of VioletActs of Violet by Margarita Montimore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok, I have not loved a book this much in a long time! I thought it was so creative, well plotted, engaging, original and outright fun! It was such a deeply fleshed out story. I adored the fact that it was more than just a story, it felt like an experience! I was able to both listen and read this novel. I loved listening! It was so superbly done! The voices, sound effects…it was pure perfection! I HIGHLY recommend this book and know you will love it too! I will not soon forget this book! What a fabulous and magical story!!!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

#MMBBR #Review #TheBodyguard by @katherinecenter via @netgalley and @StMartinsPress

The BodyguardThe Bodyguard by Katherine Center
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ My mother's dying wish was for me to take a vacation.

Wow, I loved this book. It was sweet and tender, but also deep and funny. It was one of those books that you cannot help but get swept up into the story, the setting and characters. It is everything you want in a great book. I would love to see one of Center's books becoming a movie or miniseries. This story has everything that makes a book to TV a hit!

I also listened to the audiobook and loved that too. It was beautifully done and captured the characters so well.

I highly recommend either listening or reading this story right away!!

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#MMBBR #Review #TheItGirl by @RuthWareWriter via @netgalley @GalleryBooks

The It GirlThe It Girl by Ruth Ware
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Afterwards, it was the door she would remember.

I loved this book. It bounces between before and after in perfect balance. I was uneasy the whole time reading, which is awesome. There was such an engaging plot and the pace was outstanding. The reader will be transfixed and delighted with this book cover to cover. A must read!

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Monday, July 18, 2022

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #NothingButTheTruth by #HollyJames via netgalley

Nothing But the TruthNothing But the Truth by Holly James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine - Lucy Green stood on a precipice.

I am woman hear me roar! I loved that this book tackled topics we tend to not face head on. It was done so in a way that, most, if not all, woman can relate to. I loved that it made me laugh, feel and think. There is a great lead character and supporting characters that also are entertaining. This story may seem over the top to some, but to others it rings true. It is a great book for book clubs because there is a lot to unpack, which will be great for conversation!

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#MMBBR #TheNameSheGaveMe by @bettyculley via @harpercollins @mediamastersbks

The Name She Gave MeThe Name She Gave Me by Betty Culley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Check out this amazing book! You will be emotionally invested from page one! This story is about family, in all it forms, and about the deepest forms of love. This book is not to be missed!!!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheBestIsYetToCome by @debbiemacomber #BallantineBooks @randomhouse #DebbieInsider #BooksMakeGreatGifts #Review

The Best Is Yet to ComeThe Best Is Yet to Come by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ "All rise," the bailiff announced, as the judge stepped into the courtroom.

This book is another hit! I loved it. I loved the setting and the characters, and the story kept me interested from cover to cover. Macomber is a master of creating a world that plays out in your mind like a movie while you read. You see the story coming to life, you watch the characters through their ups and downs and want nothing but the best for them. This book has everything and you will adored it too. I promise! I highly recommend it! So grab it now, as it released today!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #OurCrookedHearts by @mimi_albert via @netgalley and @Flatironbooks

Our Crooked HeartsOur Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ We were going too fast.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it was filled with mystery, magic and interesting characters. I loved that it bounced back and forth between present and past filling in the story piece by piece. I enjoyed the fact that I never knew what was going to happen. I was totally engrossed in the story from start to finish. I was pleased with the ending too. Just a great overall book that keeps the reader engaged and engrossed!!!

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#MMBBR #Review #StealingInfinity by @AlysonNoel via @netgalley and @entangledpub

Stealing Infinity (Stolen Beauty, #1)Stealing Infinity by Alyson Noel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I loved that there was so much more than just a great story. It was one of those books that make you think, feel and look beyond the regular world and into something much greater. I think that lovers of fantasy will be engrossed from page one and will think about this book long after they finish it.

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