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 ❤

  • 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.

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 Brother’s Honor

By Brenda Jackson

By Brenda Jackson

A Brother’s Honor ( Brother’s #1)

Brenda Jackson

May 28,2013

Harlequin MIRA

Romance

400 pages

5 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Granger brothers left behind their family’s Virginia estate—and the bad memories it holds—years ago. But their dying grandfather’s request brings them home: to a failing business, a legacy of secrets and a deathbed promise to make things right.

As the eldest brother, attorney Jace Granger is determined to take responsibility for Granger Aeronautics, his family’s failing business. But the years of mismanagement seem impossible to untangle. As CEO, he hires a consultant to turn the company around. Smart, sexy Shana Bradford is the right person for the job—and the right woman to turn Jace’s world upside down.

But the passion between them is jeopardized when old secrets begin to emerge. A woman from Jace’s past suddenly reappears. And an explosive discovery changes everything Jace thinks he knows about his mother—and his father, who was convicted of her murder.

Jace Granger tried to leave his family history behind once before. But this time he needs to face the past…or risk losing his future.

Three brothers. One legacy. A lifetime of secrets.

MY TAKE 

I love Brenda Jackson and almost all of her books. My favorites by Brenda are her normal romance books but every once in a while she writes a story that is outside of her norm.  The last time was A Silken Thread which was a excellent book with plenty of drama, suspense and of course romance.   A Brothers Honor is Brenda’s first book from the Harlequin Mira Publisher and if this is what i have to look forward to then sign me up!

 The story is the first of three books about the Granger brothers. There’s Jace the oldest brother and  attorney, Caden the musician, and Dalton the billionaire playboy.   When the boys were teenagers their father was convicted of murdering their mother, leaving them to be raised by their grandfather and ostracized by their community.   At first chance the boys left their home in Virginia and pursue personal happiness.    After their grandfather passes away they take on the family aeronautics company not knowing the company is in serious trouble.  The company has been losing government contracts and its suspected that an employee is selling company secrets.  So the brothers hire Shana Bradford and her consulting firm to do some digging.  And whenever you look for trouble you are sure to find it.
But whats a Brenda Jackson book without romance? Boring is what.   Shana and Jace are pure fire.  And for most of the book we watch them deny each other.  Shana is great at her job and with her help we solve the mystery of who is trying to ruin the company.  She is also professional and has a rule of not engaging in affairs with her clients.  While I respect the boundaries of employee/employer I don’t like them in the books I’m reading LOL.
My recommendation is that you pick up this book.  If not for this reason there is still one mystery that hasn’t been solved;  Who killed Sylvia Granger and why doesn’t Shepparad want the boys to find out?

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Harlequin through NetGalley. I 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: Platinum Promises

By Zuri Day

By Zuri Day

Platinum Promises (  The Drakes of California #3)

Zuri Day

April 23,2013

Harlequin

Romance

224 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Seduction in the lap of luxury… 

Award-winning wines have helped Dexter Drake turn his family’s luxury resort and spa into the most successful vineyard in Southern California. Yet Dexter has another talent—his prowess with women. He is having too much fun to settle down…until he meets Faye Buckner, a guest at the vineyard’s hotel. Her act of kindness makes it impossible for him to get the beautiful doctor out of his mind.

Faye believes in making the world a better place, and has dedicated her career to saving lives. She plans to concentrate on her work. But she soon discovers that the breathtaking playboy isn’t just gorgeous—he is intelligent and compassionate, too. Should Faye remain focused solely on her career or listen to Dexter’s passionate promises…and her own heart?

MY TAKE

I love when authors make characters relatable, don’t get me wrong I love a swoon worthy book where the woman is perfect and the man is the next Denzel or Brad Pitt but let’s be real.  Not all men have perfect manners, lots of money, looks to die for and know all the perfect words to make you fall in love.  Which is why I liked Dexter Drake, yes he’s handsome, has a good job , a nice car and he’s also a little arrogant, in that “yeah im fine, women like me and I know it” way. He’s use to women chasing him which makes him perfect for Dr. Faye Buckner.  Faye has just come back to the States from Haiti where she served as a volunteer  to open her clinic.  Her mentor gives her a week vacation at the Drake resort Dexter’s family owns.  They have a brief across the lobby stare off but its at the birthday party of Papa Dee the family patriarch that they finally meet.  Faye comes to Papa’s aid when he has a mini heart attack .  Dexter personally thanks her by asking her out on a date and from then on it…  Its ON!!

From the time they first catch each others eye you can tell there is a connection, but unlike most women Faye is a little hesitant to involve herself with Dexter for all the right reasons; he’s a playboy,she knows her time at the resort is limited and she doesn’t have time to get involved in a relationship with so much going on in her life.  So does she keep her distance? of course not and eventually they become involved.  Then reality sets in a Faye has to leave.

Faye becomes heavily involved with opening the clinic and her relationship with Dexter suffers. And it doesn’t help that an old friend who is also a doctor comes into the picture.  This makes Faye question if a relationship with Dexter will ever work.They live in separate cities, live different lifestyles and have different approaches to life.   So the question is can their relationship survive the distance and new competition? IDK (well I do know since I read it),but I want you to read it yourself then tell me what you think.

FAVE SCENES

  • When Dexter meets the competition was funny as heck… Men!
  • A Cute surprise at the end
  • The meaning behind the book title

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Harlequin through NetGalley. I 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: Five Star Romance

Five Star Romance(  The Alexanders of Beverly Hills #3)

By Jacquelin Thomas

By Jacquelin Thomas

Jacquelin Thomas

February 19,2013

Harlequin

Romance

224 pages

4 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Can what happens in Vegas… 

Beverly Hills’ most irresistible bachelor, hotel heir Blaze Alexander, has always upheld his reputation-until the night he marries a beautiful stranger in Vegas. But then his passionate bride vanishes the next day, leaving Blaze with only tantalizing memories. Fast-forward eleven months… Blaze has finally found his runaway bride again. And this time he doesn’t intend to let her get away.

…lead to a lifetime of love? 

Desperate to forget the morning she woke up beside a gorgeous mystery man, Livi Carlyle flees without a word. Now her husband-a man she barely knows-is back in her life, seducing her with a passion that leaves her breathless. When a frenzied media storm threatens to turn their secret marriage into tabloid headlines, will Livi and Blaze transform their one-night fling into a forever love?

MY TAKE 

So far Five Star Romance is my least favorite book in the AOB series.  I found the book to be predictable and the main characters annoying.  Now, before I go into detail I do want to say that I didn’t hate the book, I really didn’t.  The book is good for passing time and if you’re a fan of romance and Kimani books you’ll love it. I’m sure there are others who love the book,my own mother being one of them.

Our hero Blaze Alexander  and his family own a hotel chain inherited from the grandfather, he is the “bad boy turned good” and while he loves his job he hates the new attention he and his family are receiving after inheriting the hotel  chain.  Livi is a buyer for the Beverly Hills hotel who has  a secret.  Blaze and a Livi met in Vegas and immediately hit it off, they spend all of their time together and of course they share an extreme attraction.  On the last day Blaze suffers from a head injury that causes him to forget the latter half of his time in Vegas including his time with Livi.  Fast forward two years and Blaze imagines he sees Livi in his family’s hotel,he hasn’t forgotten about her after all these years but he has no way of finding her.  He’s not the only one who hasn’t forgotten, Livi indeed works at the hotel as a buyer but she’s afraid of making herself known because of the secret she’s been keeping.

Throughout the book we get find out what actually happened that last day in Vegas.  Earlier that day Livi and Blaze got married without telling anyone .  After the wedding the went to a concert where Blaze fell and hit his head after performing with his Fraternity brothers. When Livi gets to the hospital  she over hears Blaze telling his everyone he didn’t run off with her and that he didn’t want to be married.  Obviously hurt and embarrassed Livi and her friends leave Vegas the next day.

And this is where I leave you to find out what else happens. The book focuses on the news of the marriage and how Dexter, Livi and his family deal with the news.

WHAT I DIDNT ❤

  • It really bothered me that Livi knew she was married but did nothing for almost two years!! Really? It was very selfish of her.  What if Blaze wanted to get married? What if someone else figured out the secret.
  • Blaze has an annoying habit of jumping to conclusions.
  • Livi often came off as being very desperate.

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Harlequin through NetGalley. I 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: Bachelor Unclaimed

By Brenda Jackson

By Brenda Jackson

Bachelor Unclaimed (Bachelor in Demand #4)

Brenda Jackson

January 22,2013

Harlequin

Romance

224 pages

4 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Are his playboy days over for good?

In the wake of political defeat, former mayoral candidate Ainsley St. James does something totally out of character—she has a one-night stand with a seductive stranger. Never expecting to see him again, she accepts a job covering a breaking story in Hilton Head, South Carolina…only to discover that the island’s most desirable recluse is the lover she has yet to forget.

Winston Coltrane can’t get that incredible night—or the sexy, sophisticated beauty—out of his mind. The marine biologist is developing a secret formula that could be a major medical breakthrough. But there’s something Winston is keeping from Ainsley: his feelings for her have grown beyond the bedroom. Kiss by breathtaking kiss, Ainsley is transforming his oceanside sanctuary into a sensual retreat. Will they be able to turn a passionate fling into forever in each other’s arms?

MY TAKE 

Whenever Brenda Jackson publishes a book my heart smiles and my iPad rejoices.  The reason I love Brenda’s books is because every time I’m done I look around and a say “That’s What I Wan”t.  Her books are so believable yet they leave you with this “I know this is a book and this is not real feeling”.  I have a connection with her books, mainly because she writes connecting series (which I love) so my favorite characters never really go away.  If you’ve never read any of her books and you like romance give her a shot.

Bachelor Unclaimed is the fourth Installment of the Bachelor in Demand series.  The men in the club of the same name are all god-brothers, their fathers went to college together where they made a pact to be god fathers to each others first child.  And each child would take a letter starting from U-Z.  In this book we have Winston or W as the brothers like to  call him.  He is a marine biologist who also a genius, he has just made an amazing discovery for the field of medicine and he lives on a private island off South Carolina.  And when he comes off of his little island he meets our heroine Ainsley (love her name). Ainsley needs a story and she needs it bad, she was forced to beg for her old journalist job back after she lost the mayoral election in her hometown.  To get away from the disappointment and embarrassment she travels to South Carolina to get away, instead she gets her next case  find and interview Dr.Chambers.  What Ainsley doesn’t know is he and Winston are one and the same.

I wouldn’t normally describe Brenda’s books as funny but this book is filled with funny moments.  From Dr.Chambers talking house Charley, to Ainsley’s 007 moment and the pair being stuck in the house during a storm. But it was the storm that brought this couple together and the storm that tore them apart.  I really enjoyed this story and I’m looking forward to the next bachelor.  Great Job Brenda!

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Harlequin through NetGalley. I 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.”