Book Review: The Life That Mattered ( Book #1 ) – Jewel E. Ann

Sex isn’t love.
Love isn’t sex.
And friendship is neither.

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure.

Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships, falling hard and quickly in love.

Their world intertwines with Evelyn’s two best friends, the Governor and his soon-to-be wife. The four become close—very close.
When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiled—unimaginable truths and the grim realization that life will never be the same.

Jewel E. Ann steps into another dimension with this mind-bending thriller, a provocative story that pushes boundaries and tests the true meaning of love.

 


I’m in this weird place where I’m not sure if I liked what I read or not.  The Life That Mattered ( The Life Series #1 ) by Jewel E. Ann was definitely an interesting read but it didn´t grab my attention the way I hoped it would.

A slow-burn romance with an unknown promise

 

The feeling you get when someone promises you a basket full of chocolates but you never get it and you end up questioning if there ever was a basket with chocolates, to begin with? That´s how this story felt for me. I kept waiting for something to happen but was left with a feeling that nothing ever would…. until the ugly cliffhanger happened.

Still, I´m convinced this story has something great to offer. I might not know what but I can sense something big happening in book 2, which is why I´m going to continue with the story.


The Cover:  3 Stars – Not my cup of tea. The blue with the red font irritates me a little.

The Story:  3 Stars –  The details were appreciated but still… things dragged.

The Characters:  3 Stars – I loved Evelyn and found Ronin a tad transparent.

My emotional state after finishing this read:  Mixed feelings with a dash of hope that book 2 will knock me out of my socks.

 

You can purchase `The Life That Mattered` by Jewel E. Ann at Amazon.com.

Book Review: Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

“I used to be a lesbian.”

In Gay Girl, Good God , author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless, experienced gender confusion, and embraced both masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could?

At age nineteen, Jackie came face-to-face with what it meant to be made new. And not in a church, or through contact with Christians. God broke in and turned her heart toward Him right in her own bedroom in light of His gospel.

Read in order to understand. Read in order to hope. Or read in order, like Jackie, to be made new.

 

 

 

When I usually read books written by strong religious people I kind of know what I´m getting myself into. There are always parts I find utterly ridiculous. Interesting, but still nothing to take too serious. Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry is not one of those books I´d consider light or easy to digest. This isn´t a petty guide on how to be the super Christian or how to live your life the ridiculously God-honoring way. This book is a memoir about a woman who was once a lesbian until she was made new. Ergo- until she turned into a heterosexual by the likes of religion.

I´m at a loss for words. And I don´t think I´ll ever find the right words to describe my feelings for this memoir.

I´m not here to force my atheist agenda on anyone but this book is far from a pleasurable read. The author made some bold statements I just don´t agree with.

While written rather well, I also wasn´t able to understand the true purpose of her story. It was clear the author wanted to share her experiences and views but with what goal? To give others who´re struggling with sexual identity/life hope that if they´d turn their attention to God they´d be fine? Poof! You´re cured of homosexuality? Because that´s the message I got from reading this book. A life with God is a good life. Sure. I can float with that. But the indirect message- Nope.

Most important, though.. Do I want to pass this message forward? Do I want to direct struggling individuals towards God? I don´t think I want to. Which is why I won´t recommend this book. Gay Girl. Good God is an interesting and slightly disturbing memoir.

 

 

For those who still want to give this book a go… You can click here and get a copy on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

Book Review: My Life In Shambles – Karina Halle

When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.

They say bad things happen in threes.

After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.

They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.

Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.

A rugby player with a proposition for me:

Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.

It sounded simple enough.

It was anything but.

Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.

Not when there are secrets that could break you.

They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

This is my life in Shambles.


Hmm… * scratching head * I guess you could say this is the type of book that takes on a completely different route than one would expect.

`My Life In Shambles by author Karina Halle is a 350 page standalone romance that gives you all feels, even the ones you didn´t necessarily ask for.

To be honest- I´m a little torn about this book. I loved the romantic side of it but I didn´t necessarily enjoy the overall depressing vibes it gave off. My Life In Shambles is sort of a tragic romance. Heavy topics such as illness and death weigh the story down. It´s hopeful but not hopeful enough if that makes any sense?

There´s absolutely nothing wrong with the story. It´s a story well told. The writing was great. I can´t even complain about the characters. It´s just that I wasn´t looking for this type of romance.

I bought My Life In Shambles thinking I´d get something different… something maybe about life as a fake fiance of a rugby player, trying to keep her wits together while dealing with his lifestyle. Well, that´s almost what a reader gets… Only with additional gloom darkening the newly couple´s lives.

 

My Thoughts In A Nutshell…

 

Its me, not the book. The book is fine. The story is great. I just not something I´d drop everything else for as this type of story isn´t what I usually enjoy reading.

 

Would I recommend this book? I would.

Would I reread this book? Probably not.

 

The Cover – 3 Stars:  It´s cute.

The Story – 3 Stars:  Meeh. It wasn´t for me.

The Characters – 4 Stars: I actually enjoyed the MCs and even the sub-characters.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Indifferent.

 

 

If you think `My Life In Shambles` by author Karina Halle would be something you´d enjoy then click here and get a copy!

 

 

My Thoughts on Lit Chat: A Conversation Starter About Books

The solution for a successful bookish-eventful evening!

 

Here´s the deal- I love having book chats. I love having book chats until I drop. Because these types of chats are so informative and fun. There are so many topics one can talk about.

Well, my dear book-loving bunch… Normal book conversations are great but there is something out there that has the potential to spice these conversations up a bit.

May I present to you Lit Chat: Conversation Starters About Books & Life !

 

You´ve probably already seen or heard about this Q&A card set from Book Riot. But have you actually bought one of these little conversation starters? I admit I was so curious that I took the risk and bought it.

In all honesty? This is such a cool bookish thing to have.

 

 

Each of the 50 cards in this conversation deck is printed with two reading-themed questions (100 questions total). Some invoke books that are tied to memories (name your favorite childhood picture book); others prompt you to choose ideal reading material for a hypothetical situation (if you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you want with you?). Some of them aim to get people comparing their favorite (and not-so-favorite) characters or authors, and others engage in popular debates amongst readers (name a movie adaptation you liked and defend your choice). Created to give readers of all persuasions an excuse to talk about books, ideas, and life itself, this deck is a great addition to any booklover’s shelf.

Description taken from Amazon.com

 

 

There are 4 categories divided by color, each offering fun, interesting and engaging book related questions. And trust me- there are enough questions for one evening in this bundle.

 

Just perfect for when friends are over!

 

This Q&A set also works beautifully for book bloggers! Want to start a fun book discussion on your book blog? Just pick a card and start writing! Seriously, it works. I´ve done it.

This also makes the perfect gift for book friends.

And the best part of all? It´s affordable. ( I think I paid 10 Euros ).

If you´re looking for something to make those book chats a little more alive then I suggest you get Lit Chat. It´s not necessarily something everyone needs in their lives but definitely, a nice thing to have at home for yourself, or as a gift for others who´d appreciate something book related.

Just thought I´d get that out there.

Sounds random, I know.

But it´s cool. I swear.

Bah, I have to leave or else I´ll sound even more awkward. ( * mumbling to myself * should´ve typed up that one review post instead of doing this )

Have a good one, book loves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penelope Bloom Replied To My Blog Post

It´s a rare moment when authors read your blog posts.

As a book blogger, you don´t really expect it to happen. Because it doesn´t happen to the insignificant micro bloggers ( Yupp, I just called myself a micro blogger ). Not every author goes out of their way to read what´s been written about them ( or their books ) online.

Lucky for me, though, Penelope Bloom googled herself for * cough cough * purely professional reasons ( which is awesome, if you ask me ) and spotted my blog post regarding the book covers for her Objects Of Attraction series.

Without having read the books I took it upon myself to write about them and break down why I believe the covers are actually great ( feel free to read that blog post here )

So, you can imagine how floored I was when I received a comment from Penelope Bloom.

I´m grateful for every comment left on my blog. Having a direct response from an author I talked about…

And because of this, I went out to buy `His Banana ( Objects Of Attraction #1 ).

Yes, this is me and my newly purchased `His Banana` copy. Yes, I bought the book because the author left me a wonderful and in-depth comment. It was great. It was sweet. I appreciated the reach out. I already had this beauty on my “books to read in 2020” list so I´m happy the author took some time off to respond, involuntarily helping me ignore my TBR pile so I can read her rom-com.

Penelope Bloom,
If you read this I would like to say THANK YOU. Please, keep commenting under posts written about you and your books. It´s a small act that makes a book blogger´s day/week/month. ❤
Much bookish love and many virtual hugs,
May the bananas be blessed * cough cough *

And this, my dear book – loving – friends, is another reason why I book blog.

I guess that´s all for today. I hope you enjoyed. Feel free to stalk Penelope Bloom online and leave her some much needed author love on social media ( links below ).

Until next time,

Mucho book love,

`His Banana` Book #1

`Her Cherry` Book #2

`His Treat` Book #3

`His Package ` Book #4

`Her Secret ` Book #5

`Her Bush ` Book #6

Anyone But Rich ( Anyone But… #1 )

Anyone But Cade ( Anyone But… #2 )

Anyone But Nick to be released soon!

The Golden Pecker

Ruthless Love

Go ahead and stalk Penelope Bloom!

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