I <3 Book Review: Breaking Bailey’s Rules

By Brenda Jackson

Breaking Bailey’s Rules  (The Westmorleands #3)

Brenda Jackson

November 3, 2015

Harlequin Desire

Romance

256 pages

4 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Rule number one for Bailey Westmoreland: Never fall for a man who would take her away from her tight-knit family’s Colorado home. So why is she following rancher Walker Rafferty all the way to Alaska? Bailey tells herself she owes the sexy loner an apology, and once she gets there, it’s only right to stay and help him when he’s injured…isn’t it? Before long, Bailey realizes home might be where you make it—if Walker is ready to take all she has to offer.

MY TAKE  

I loved this book!!! Bailey has been one of my favorite Westmoreland’s since her character was introduced.  Why? Because she reminds me a lot of myself.  She’s smart, sassy and to the point, but she loves her family more than anything.  As you read through the Denver Westmoreland’ stories you get glimpses of Bailey and her tough no-nonsense personality which makes you wonder what man has the ability to not only pique her interest but capture her heart.

Brenda did good when she choose Walker for Bailey, he’s silent but firm, protective but gentle and lets not forget sexy.  Poor Bailey fell head in before she could talk herself out of it and Walker was different.  Although the scenario used to get them together has been done before by other authors and Ms. Jackson herself, it felt unique to this book.  I strong suggest reading this book and if you haven’t read from the beginning of the series to get to know Bailey.

And for those waiting on Bane’s story ( Meeeee!!!) Make sure you read the epilogue (wink)

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MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: A Lover’s Vow

By Brenda Jackson

A Lover’s Vow (The Grangers #3)

Brenda Jackson

April 28, 2015

MIRA

Romance

411 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

She’s all he’s ever wanted. He’s everything she’ll ever need.

Business mogul Dalton Granger is as passionate as he is gorgeous, but private investigator Jules Bradshaw won’t give him the time of day. She knows all about the youngest Granger brother—a charming bad boy whose only interest is playing the field.

But Dalton is more complicated than that, and he’s determined to show Jules that behind all the bravado is the honest heart of a devoted son, brother…and a man whose own life is in peril.

Jules is the only person who can protect Dalton, and they embark on a mission to save his family and his legacy. But when their late nights in the office turn into early mornings in the bedroom, Jules and Dalton soon realize they have more at stake than they ever imagined.

MY TAKE  

Let me say this first, I looooovvvvveeee Brenda Jackson.  She has written over 60 books and to my knowledge I’ve read them all.  I’ve read them, loved them and dreamed of the day my life would be turned upside down by one of the heroes in her books.  So when I read A Lover’s Vow I was a little disappointed. This is the third and final book in Jacksons’ Granger series about brothers Jace,Caden and Dalton.  The brother’s suffered a horrible blow when their mother was murdered and their father was convicted as the killer and sent to prison.  Years later the brothers are summoned home when their grandfather is on his death bed and makes the brothers promise to find the true killer.

The first book is a introduction to the family and what they’ve been through since the death of Sylvia Granger.  It also gets the ball rolling with the investigation sees the older brother Jace meet his match.  The second book focuses on middle brother Caden and his reunion with former girlfriend Shiloh with the suspense of the murder investigation in the background.

With this being the last book in the series my expectations were high and in the end the book left high and dry.  The book was very predictable from the romance side of things (but then again so is every romance novel). The character of Dalton was arrogant, conceited and frankly annoying, and not in a sexy intriguing way.  Needless to say I found myself rushing past the romance to find out who was the killer.

I’m no expert in mysteries, but normally throughout the investigation of a case the writer or tv show will introduce the killer in a roundabout way to through you off so when they are revealed you smack yourself for not putting together the clues.  In this mystery I was completely confused because it wasn’t someone we would’ve guessed and it seemed a little random.

All in all the book was ok.  It doesn’t turn me off from Brenda Jackson novels nor romance in general but if you haven’t read the series and you’re curious don’t set your expectations to high.

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MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret

Liane Moriarty

July 30,2013

G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Fiction

394 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

MY TAKE 

 

 

This was the book of the month for my book club.  I normally wouldn’t select this type of book to read but I’m glad I did.  I enjoyed this book, it tells the story of three women who live in Australia and how their lives are all connected because of a secret.  Cecilia is a community active stay at home wife and mother who discovers a letter addressed to her from her husband.  The letter is to be opened after his death, dun dun dun…. He’s still alive.  She opens the letter against her husband’s wishes and the secret revealed can change their lives for ever.  Rachel comes off as a bitter older woman whose only joy is her grandson.  Years ago her teenage daughter was murdered and the killer never found.  She still obsesses over the case but goes overboard when new evidence comes to light.  Last but not least is Tess, her life seems to be smooth sailing until her husband and cousin confess to being in love with each other.  SCANDALOUS!!!

The best thing about this book is the relatable feel it has.  No, not everyone in this story has a happy ending and that’s life.  I also enjoyed that the author did not bring the women together to address their problems get over them and then focus on one big bad.  There is also a bit of mystery and romance without overdoing it.  Overall a good story.

WHAT I DIDNT <3

  • It took me two months to get through this book :-O to me it was not a page turner.  And there were a few times I felt the book to be boring and slow.
  • The author included a fourth point of view somewhat towards the middle of the book that I don’t believe added anything to the story.
  • The best part of the book was the epilogue.  Not because it was over but it was really well written, funny and provided closure.  I know these are all positives but to ready a book and you favorite portion is the end is really disappointing.  But I still say this was an OK book.

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MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Is It Wrong I Don’t Have A Hustle?

I’m 27 years old, I’m single, I have two degrees and working on a third (pray for me).

I have a decent job (not the dream one but it’s coming) and I have good credit.

And that is my life, well some of my life.  And today someone pointed out those things to me and said “why are you hustling”? And immediately… Hustlin’ hustlin’ Everyday I’m hustlin by Rick Ross came into my head.  Why? Probably because I’m from Miami and well he’s our rap mascot.  So I become obsessed with duh! finding a hustle.  Looking for another job so I can make more money and looking for a part-time to make more money until my new money-making full-time comes along.  Oh and did I mention I already have a full-time job in addition to pursuing my MBA part-time.   So I looked for a couple of hours and nothing!  So I prayed and cried to God telling Him my frustrations.

Then confusion hit me like a slap to the face.

FYI I also suffer from minor anxiety attacks, mostly when I feel my life is spinning out of control.

And it was at the onset of an attack when I realized God is not a God of confusion, satan is.  He came in ever so quietly riding on the advice of a friend.  I almost missed him,almost. So I reminded myself to keep my eyes set on Jesus and softly in the background Bethel’s It Is Well came on and played this on time lyric.

“Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well”

Then I read my She Reads Truth devotional which highlighted Psalms 37:1-9

3  Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land

and befriend faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,

and your justice as the noonday.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,

And i heard God say ” I did not call you to hustle Mychelé, I called you to live abundantly. I want you to rest on the Sabbath, enjoy your family and friends.  How can you do all those things and hustle? Don’t you know I will provide your every need.”

And I wept.  Now I not saying hustlin’ is a bad thing or that you should quit your second job.  All I’m saying is don’t let the voice of other overrule the voice of God. Whatever or whoever is loud in your ear mute them and God speak into your heart.

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MycheléAnjelica