Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review 'Answers For Julie' by Cate Beauman


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25745199-answers-for-julieJulie Keller relishes the simple things: hot chocolate on winter nights, good friends she calls her family, and her laid-back career as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Julie is content with her life until Chase Rider returns to Bakersfield.

Bodyguard Chase Rider isn’t thrilled to be back in the town where he spent his childhood summers. His beloved grandmother passed away, leaving him a house in need of major repairs. With a three-week timetable and a lot to do, he doesn’t have time for distractions. Then he bumps into Julie, the one woman he hoped never to see again. Chase tries to pretend Julie doesn’t exist, but ten years hasn’t diminished his attraction to the hazel-eyed stunner.

When a stranger grabs Julie’s arm at the grocery store—a woman who insists Julie’s life isn’t what it seems, Chase can’t help but get involved. Julie and Chase dig into a twenty-five-year-old mystery, unearthing more questions than answers. But the past is closer than they realize, and the consequences of the truth have the potential to be deadly.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 18th, 2015
Series:
The Bodyguards of L.A. County #9
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
562
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


‘Answers For Julie’ is the ninth book in the Bodyguards of L.A. County series. In the last year I’ve read the first books in this series and totally fell in love with Cate Beauman’s characters and her writing. So since it had been a while since I read the previous book in the series, it was definitely time to read ‘Answers For Julie’.

Maybe it was because I haven’t read a Cate Beauman book for a while, or maybe this book was just very good, which is the right answer I think, but ‘Anwers For Julie’ really blew my mind. I loved this book! And I just didn’t want to stop reading! I read all 562 pages in only one day and I read till late at night. It really was just so good.

Julie Keller lives a nice and quiet life in the town she grew up in and has so many beautiful memories. What she didn’t expect was to see her best friend, and once love of her life, to walk back into her little hometown after ten years.
Bodyguard Chase Rider has come back to the little town of Bakersfield to sell his grandma’s house. But when he sees Julie, a lot of painful memories come back. Julie and Chase try to ignore each other. But the chemistry and connection they shared all those years ago is still there. And when Julie’s life suddenly turns upside down, Chase can’t help but try to help her out.

Julie and Chase were two amazing characters I loved reading about. From the very first page their chemistry was coming out of the pages. And I just didn’t want to stop reading about them. I loved how ‘Answers For Julie’ was just as great a romance story, as a mystery and a thriller. Just like the characters I was dying to know what was the deal with Julie’s past. And it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

Although ‘Answers For Julie’ is already the ninth book in this series, I still can’t get enough of this amazing series. Each book is filled with romance and mystery and I just love getting to know all these characters.

‘Anwers For Julie’ is definitely my new favorite Cate Beauman book. And if you haven’t started this series yet, I suggest you’ll start ASAP!

My Rating:

About the Author:


International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015,  ‘Justice For Abby’ was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while ‘Saving Sophie’ took the Silver Medal. ‘Saving Sophie’ was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and ‘Falling For Sarah’ received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards. Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. For information on Cate's new releases, monthly giveaways, and upcoming events, sign up for her newsletter.

For more information about Cate Beauman please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Favorite.. Book Friendship



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

This was a favorite I didn’t have to think about long. I’ve read about some great Book Friendships. But the one I think about immediately when I see the word friendship, is the friendship between Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermoine Granger. Yes, I know you probably are thinking I need to stop talking about my Harry Potter favoritism.. but I just can’t help it.

The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermoine is one I’ve always envied. They are family from their very first year at Hogwarts. And not only are they friends, no they all meet each other’s families and soon it’s just one big happy family. Harry really had no one, but after meeting Ron the Weasleys became his family too. And I loved that.

Harry, Ron and Hermoine are brave, very different from each other and (most of the times) they are really supportive of one another. Not in the beginning off course, when Harry and Ron were a bit nasty to Hermoine. (But then again, she was being a nosy know it all.) Their friendship was definitely something that made the Harry Potter series what it is today. And it doesn’t matter how many times I read the books.. I love reading about these three.

What is your favorite book friendship? And Why?

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blog Tour 'The Rainbow Player' by David Kerby- Kendall


Today I’m super excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘The Rainbow Player’ by David Kerby- Kendall. ‘The Rainbow Player’ is a LGBT novel and shines a spotlight on the issues surrounding homosexuality in professional sport. 
Check out this post for my review and for and excerpt!


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35420236-the-rainbow-player
England footballer, Sammy Hatchington, has never considered sexuality before. As a teenager, Sammy broke the mould of his youthful peers with his desire to open the door to life’s endless possibilities. He escaped a deprived estate and, with the help of Old Thomas, his surrogate father, Davey, his soul-mate, and Gran, the connoisseur of footballer’s bottoms, launched himself on a path toward his personal and professional goals. Now, several years later, he must make a decision that could destroy everything he has fought for, and create a furious media frenzy………

David Kerby-Kendall’s joyous and witty novel challenges preconceptions about professional sportsmen and love, and is also a delightful and moving story of a young man’s journey to self-knowledge.


The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 20th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
LGBT
Pages:
292
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


The thing that grabbed my attention first about ‘The Rainbow Player’ was definitely the cover. I love this cover! It’s just really colorful and grabs your attention. And when I read that ‘The Rainbow Player’ is partly about the issues surrounding homosexuality in professional sport I was even more interested in reading this book. I haven’t read any LGBT books before, not because I have something against it, just because I never came across a book like this and ‘The Rainbow Player’ seemed like a great book to start.

Football is a big sport here in the Netherlands. It’s something I grew up with watching. So reading a book about a guy who becomes a famous England Footballer was definitely interesting to me. And ‘The Rainbow Player’ was definitely a nice book to read. The writing is easy to follow, and the main character Sammy Hatchington has something about him that made me want to keep on reading. Although this book is about a footballer, it’s definitely not a ‘sports’ book. If you don’t like sports, this can definitely still be a nice book for you.

Sammy’s character was one that I enjoyed reading about. Sammy was kind, enjoyed reading and playing football, and he lived with his parents who were terrible to him. Everything seemed to work out perfectly for him. Sammy had a lovely best friend called Davey that supported him through everything. And there were more friends Sammy could count on. 

I definitely enjoyed reading ‘The Rainbow Player’. Reading about how Sammy discovered his homosexuality was different, but interesting and reading about how the football world reacted to his homosexuality was definitely mind-blowing. Although this book is fiction, I can easily imagine people being so simpleminded that they would really react like that, especially in the football world. Disgusting, and it definitely makes you think.

The one part that I didn’t really like about this read, was that it was a little slow at moments. There was more than one moment that I wished this book would go faster. Reading about Sammy’s different relationships, was interesting, but could have been a lot shorter if you ask me. If it wasn’t for Sammy’s character, and my determination to find out what happened I wouldn’t have been able to read all of this book.

But in the end I definitely think ‘The Rainbow Player’ was a nice read that definitely makes you think about the world we live in. 

My Rating:

Excerpt:


Sammy and Davey are in a fairground. Davey has asked him to spend the rest of their lives together. Sammy now has to make a decision to admit totally to his love for Davey, and to being gay.

“Would you like an ice-cream?” he says.

Suddenly the world has stopped; all movement frozen in time. And I know what the ice cream signifies. I know that I have to make the decision now.

The moment runs through me like an electric shock and a thousand maybe’s spark another thousand what if’s.

Because I know that if I accept the ice cream, I accept Davey. That I admit this total love. Not just the spiritual, unbreakable, wordless love that has always existed between us, but a sexual love as well. And I know that this will mean an admittance of a sexuality, until recently, unknown to me. That Alex was not just a dalliance, but a precursor to the real thing. Until a year ago I’d never positively wanted to have sex with another man (though, if someone had asked me, who knows what I would have said?). But this would mean changing me. Or would it? Maybe it would just mean using a piece of me I’d never used before; not turning to the last page. I know that I love Davey ultimately because, how do we know what degree of love we feel unless we have something to compare it to. And the thought of lying in bed with him, throwing toast at him, texting him my daily thoughts when we weren’t together, lying in his arms when we were, letting this absolute love flood over me as mine flooded over him, is making me faint, making me happy, making me almost strong enough to leave the fear behind.
And if I don’t accept it? What then? I continue to live, to move forward. I find happiness somewhere else, with someone else. I keep Davey as my friend, he said that; but in a different capacity; because we have come all this way only to go back a step. But I could have a girlfriend, a wife, children, happy convention. And I would be happy. I would make it happen.

But would I be happiest?

In fifty years’ time, sitting in my old chair, watching some ravaged autumn evening turn into night, reliving the smiles and falls of my footballing youth, would Davey appear to me in some wind-blown dream, standing tall and beautiful, like the perfect statue of what could have been.

About the Author:


Originally from Leicester, David Kerby-Kendall now lives in Muswell Hill, North London. He is an actor who began writing in 2007. From the success of his first play, Save Your Kisses For Me, he became the in-house writer for Heartbreak Productions, writing and adapting plays for national tours, including three David Walliam’s novels (Mr Stink, Ratburger and Billionaire Boy) as well as several other novels: Pride And Prejudice, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan and Dracula. His second play, The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven, was produced at Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He has two new plays in the pipeline: 20:40 which deals with depression and Gay Pride And No Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel.

For more information about David Kerby-Kendall please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter.

I received this book from Authoright in exchange for my honest review.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Sunday Post #57: Slow & Steady



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This week was one of those that flew by without me really noticing. Not a lot has happened, other than that I had to work the dayshift Wednesday till Friday, and this weekend I have to work two nightshifts again. 

On Monday I had a free day and went to the office of the ‘Nursing’, a Dutch magazine for nurses. I was asked to help them test their new website, and I must say I really enjoyed doing that. It was fun, and different than my normal job. And as a thank you I got a really gift card. Definitely a nice treat.

Not much to mention about this week really. I had a lot of traffic jams after work again, so I can’t wait for our scooter to arrive. It would be nice to not have to wait in traffic every single day. 

Ow.. and hopefully our wedding album will finally arrive this week. We did receive the pictures online already.. Gorgeous!! I just love watching them!


Books & Reading:


Blogging and reading wise it has been a slow week too. I was really tired this week, so I went to bed early a view evenings which really shortened my reading time. I hope to catch up next week. I did finish the first Harry Potter book, which I’m re-reading for the Wizarding World Book Club and I already re-started the second book. I figured since I read only a chapter or two a day I can start already. 


And not to forget I reviewed a great new book 'Summer's Lease' by Carrie Elks. I loved it!!

http://maureensbooks.blogspot.nl/2017/07/review-summers-lease-by-carrie-elks.html

Last Week on the Blog:



This Week on the Blog:


  • Blog Tour ‘The Rainbow Player’ by David Kerby-Kendall
  • My Favorite.. Book Friendship
  • Review ‘Answers For Julie’ by Cate Beauman
  • Books I Really Want To Read ASAP 

New Arrivals:


Bought myself for the Emma Watson Book Club

Requested on Netgalley

Random Pic:


I saw this one this week and just had to share!! LOL!

 
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