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Monthly archives for August, 2015

Penalty Playby Lynda Aicher

<i>Penalty Play</i>by Lynda Aicher

  Y’all, this book is wonderful. Ticks so many of my boxes: sports, sensitive dude who seems like a douche, lady who can stand on her own two feet, tribal family. Oh, an seriously hot sex. SERIOUSLY hot sex. The stars of our show are Jacqui and Henrik. Jacqui is a music student who works […]

Panic by Lauren Oliver

<i>Panic</i> by Lauren Oliver

  Panic is a YA novel set in a small town in New York State. A coming-of-age story, the novel centers itself around a group of high school seniors all involved in a town ritual known as Panic. As our narrator – Heather – explains, Panic is one of those things that would never exist in […]

Never Too Late by Robyn Carr

<i>Never Too Late</i> by Robyn Carr

  Robyn Carr’s Never Too Late is a stand-alone romance about three sisters finding themselves again after each take a few emotional tumbles. The story opens with Clare – the middle sister – finally finding her backbone and kicking out her long-time cheating husband. Instead of giving in to the fear that has governed her, she […]

Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalv...

<i>Animal Magnetism</i> by Jill Shalvis

  I don’t think I’ve read any other novel where the opening scene involves a car accident caused by duck. That’s right, duck. Lilah – our heroine – crashes into Brady – our hero -‘s truck in a convenience store parking lot because she’s distracted by the duck she is transporting back to her animal […]

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

<i>Modern Romance</i> by Aziz Ansari

  Recently, my brother and I were taking a road trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and back. The trip is about 9 hours in total, so we looked for an audiobook that would take up most of that. Both being avid Ansari fans, we made this choice quickly. I am an advocate of listening to […]

Between the Sheets by Molly O&...

<i>Between the Sheets</i> by Molly O’Keefe

  Between the Sheets was recommended to me by a social worker friend a few months ago. We were talking about how diseases which affect the elderly are rarely written about in romance novels, because so few of them deal with that population. She explained she was at a conference on alternative methods of care […]

Pretending to Dance by Diane C...

<i>Pretending to Dance</i> by Diane Chamberlain

  Pretending to Dance is listed as a psychological thriller on Amazon and I’m not quite sure I’d go there. You know that the main character, Molly, is hiding things both from herself and from her husband, but I didn’t think the author was hiding anything from the readers. I figured out the “big mystery” within […]

Animal Attraction by Jill Shal...

<i>Animal Attraction</i> by Jill Shalvis

The second book set in Sunshine, Idaho, Animal Attraction is a delight. In typical Shalvis fashion, the characters pop off the page and sweep you along with them. And as animals in novels is one of my favorite tropes, the fact that this one is set in a vet’s office is just a sweet bonus for […]

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder...

<i>Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America</i> by Jill Leovy

  Ghettoside is a behemoth of a book. At 366 pages, it’s longer than most other non-fiction books of its ilk and it packs punches on every single page. Tracing the homicide investigation of a 18-year-old boy murdered in a drive-by shooting, Leovy peels back the layers of complications which surround the lives and deaths […]

How Remarkable Women Lead by J...

<i>How Remarkable Women Lead</i> by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston

  This insightful and helpful book is another necessary book for the library of a woman in leadership in any capacity. Using their well-researched and effective Centered Leadership model, Barsh and Cranston walk readers through functional and clearly communicated steps to maximize their work and personal hours. This is not a typical “how to have it […]

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