Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My Favorite.. Romantic Movie



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.

I love movies! And I love all kinds of movies. But my favorite movie genre is definitely romance. I love sitting in my pajamas with a beautiful romantic movie. And I love just being swept away by a sweet romantic movie. Sigh..

There are so many great romance movies out there. You’ve Got Mail, Pretty Woman, The Notebook, Notting Hill, Love Actually.. I love all those movies and I’ve seen them a lot of times and I still can’t get enough of them. But there is one movie I have seen more than a hundred times, and can recite some lines of.. There were days when I was in school that I got home as fast as I could just so I could see the movie again. And no I’m not exaggerating! My all-time favorite romantic movie is Titanic.

Titanic is definitely also a drama, but overall it’s a romantic movie and I just love it. I love the characters, I love the story of a poor guy meeting a rich girl, I love the way they fall in love.. and it’s just a beautiful story. Obviously there are some major tragic parts about this movie, and the whole based on true events sinking of the titanic. But even after all these years I just love that movie. 

And Notting Hill definitely comes second. Sigh…

What is your favorite Romantic movie?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' by Sarah J. Maas


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16096824-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.





The Facts:


Publication Date:
May 5th, 2015
Series:
A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genre:
YA Fantasy
Pages:
421
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I’ve been wanting to read a book by Sarah J. Maas for a very long time. I’ve heard so many great things about her novels. But somehow I just haven’t been able too. I bought ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ a view months back, and although this book has been on top of my TBR for a while, I only now was able to start reading it. And boy how stupid was I to have waited so long for this read. 

In ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ we meet huntress Feyre. Feyre is a huntress so she can get food for her father and two sisters. Her life is hard, and her family isn’t very good to her. But still, Feyre feels responsible and so she hunts. One day she kills a wolf for its fur. And soon a beastlike creature comes to take her away as retribution. Soon Feyre, finds out this beastlike creature is Tamlin one of the lethal, immortal faeries. Although they are supposed to hate each other, soon something starts to change between them. 

I can’t even tell you guys how much I loved this book. I was having a little reading slump and this book really was what I needed. From the moment I started reading I loved the world setting. I love stories about faeries and this one was just amazing.
The characters were fun to get to know, and there never was a boring part in this book.

The main character Feyre was a tough one, and I loved getting to know her. She was really strong and even though her family didn’t really seem to appreciate her, she took care of them. I just loved her.
Tamlin took some getting used to. But he was so mysterious that I just couldn’t stop reading about him. I figured there was more to his character than we got to see, and I loved finding out more about him. 

This book was filled with mystery and action, but there was also some amazing romance going on. And I loved the other characters in this book too. Tamlin’s friend, and the people in Tamlin’s household. What a great book!

I’m a big Beauty and the Beast lover, and this book kind of had a Beauty and the Beast feeling about it. I loved every single page of this book and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


For more information about Sarah J. Maas and her books please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Favorite.. Place To Read



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.

As a fanatic reader I have many places I like to sit and read. When I travel with the train I love sitting there, surrounded by the noise from other travelers, reading my book and glancing out the window every ones in a while. When the sun is shining, and the temperature is good, I love reading on our balcony surrounded by the birds. I loved sitting on our balcony in Switzerland last May and being surrounded by the mountains. Nothing could top that really.. But what is my (realistic) favorite place to read?

Although I have this dream of one day owning this comfortable love seat with lots of pillows and a blanket, surrounded by my books, at the moment my favorite place to read is on our couch. It’s not a very comfortable couch really, but I love reading there with my fiancĂ© sitting next to me. From that place on the couch I can overlook the living room and see all our holiday pictures, and there’s a nice reading light that offers me a place to read while my fiancĂ© can watch television without being bothered by the light. 

Reading in bed is definitely next on my list of favorite places to read, but lately every time I’ve wanted to try and read in bed before sleep I end up falling asleep before I can blink. Whahaha.. I definitely can’t read in bed at the moment.

What is your favorite place to read?

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Review 'The Offer' by Karina Halle (Audiobook)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33785747-the-offer
She thinks he's an arrogant playboy.
He thinks she's an uptight prude.
But he's about to make her an offer she can't refuse.

Nicola Price used to have it all – a great career, the perfect boyfriend, an excessive shoe collection and an apartment in one of San Francisco’s best neighborhoods. But when she gets knocked up and her asshat boyfriend leaves her high and dry, Nicola’s perfectly crafted world comes tumbling down. And stays that way.

Now, Nicola is the proud single mom to a five-year old daughter and living a giant lie. She can barely afford their ghetto apartment and all the men she dates run when they hear she comes with a child. She’s struggling and scared – and nowhere near where she thought she’d be at age thirty-one.

Her saving grace comes in the form of a tall, handsome and wealthy Scotsman Bram McGregor, the older brother of her friend Linden. Bram understands a thing or two about pride, so when tragic circumstances place Nicola at rock bottom, he offers them a place to live in the apartment complex he owns. It’s pretty much the perfect deal, so as long as she doesn’t mind living beside Bram, a man that, despite his generosity, seems to antagonize her at every turn.

But nothing in life is free and as Nicola gets her feet back on the ground, she discovers that the enigmatic playboy may end up costing her more than she thought.

She might just lose her heart.

Those McGregor brothers are nothing but trouble...



The Facts:


Publication Date:
September 16th, 2015
Series:
-
Narrator:
Antony Furguson, Nicole Poole
Length:
9 hours, 48 minutes
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Available at:

My Review:


Little more than a year ago I read ‘The Pact’ by Karina Halle. I loved that book so much. So when I came across the audiobook of ‘The Offer’, featuring the brother of the main character of ‘The Pact’ I knew I just had to have it.

In ‘The Offer’ we meet Nicola Price, a young single mom who doesn’t have it easy. Nicola can barely offered her small and horrible apartment, and now she lost her job. Too proud to ask for help, Nicola is struggling to get by. When she meets her best-friends husbands brother Bram McGregor she immediately knows he’s trouble, but his charms are hard to resist. And soon Nicola learns there is more to Bram than meets the eye.

The story of ‘The Offer’ itself, was one I really liked. I loved the two main characters Nicola and Bram. They were both very different, but they were feisty and fun and I loved the obvious chemistry they shared. I really enjoyed reading about Nicola, as a single mom. She was struggling, and working hard to make everything work. She wasn’t perfect, and I think I loved her character more because of that. 

And well Bram.. If you look through his big mouth and overly sexist sentences you see he really is a nice and charming guy. Especially in the beginning I found him just too arrogant. I honestly needed a bucket in case I had to throw up after hearing him talk. Thankfully, I got to know him a little better and he became much less arrogant. In the end I definitely loved him.

Audiobook wise I really needed to get used to the Scottish accents. Don’t get me wrong, I love accents. But especially the female narrators accent, Nicole Poole took some getting used to. Somehow it made me feel a little uncomfortable. Every time I started listening to the book I needed at least ten minutes to get used to these accents, but thankfully then I definitely enjoyed listening to it. Somehow just everything sounded dirtier with the accents they used, and not necessarily in a good way. But beside that.. Antony Ferguson definitely had a nice voice to listen to. 

Overall I definitely enjoyed ‘The Offer’. But I think I’d have loved this book even more if I just read it in print.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

About the Narrator:


Nicole Poole is a classically trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation. She has toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has been a member of the critically acclaimed Walter Thompson Orchestra for over fifteen years, and recently became a member of the Parisian groups SPOUMJ and Anitya. She is honored to have been recognized for her narration by an AudioFile Earphones Award, a Publisher's Weekly Listen-Up Award, and nomination for an Audie Award.

For more information please visit her website. 

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson is a native of London, England. He is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit and was recommended by the "All About Romance" Web site as one of the best male narrators at performing female characters. He lives in Los Angeles.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review 'Evil Speaks' by S. Woffington


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34082998-evil-speaks
Benny, fifteen, is solitary by circumstance more than choice: he counts each move to a new town as "a life." He's on Life Number Seven. His last! He plans to run away from his paranoid mother, who's been on the run since the disappearance of his father when he was three. Benny has no memory of it, except for weird dreams of a firestorm and a hideous red-eyed dragon. After a fight with his mother, Benny packs his bags. Boom! The house explodes, catapulting Benny into a world he never imagined existed. The trail leads him to a gated Neoclassical building in the woods and to six teens he vaguely remembers: Kami is deaf, Amir is blind, Zuma is overweight, Layla is gorgeous but lazy, Chaz is in a wheelchair and Raj is as angry as the purple dagger-shaped birthmark running down the side of her face. These unlikely heroes share a common thread: Benny lost his father and they lost their mothers on the same day. The only clue to the mystery is Benny's grandfather, Domenico H. Adez, a mysterious and dangerous man.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
February 27th, 2017
Series:
Warriors and Watchers Saga #1
Genre:
YA Fantasy
Pages:
386
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:
Amazon

My Review:


When I first read the book description of ‘Evil Speaks’, I was really fascinated. I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy novels lately, but fantasy and a book about characters with challenges like deafness, blindness and being in a wheelchair. I was just intrigued and really wanted to read this book.

And intriguing ‘Evil Speaks’ really is. In ‘Evil Speaks’ we meet fifteen year old Benny. Benny is living with his mother, who has been running ever since Benny’s father disappeared years ago. When Benny tries to leave his mother, he finds himself in another world unlike anything he could have ever imagined. Soon Benny meets six other teens, who share a strange story that seems to connect them all.

I haven’t been into the Fantasy reads as much lately. But I must say I really liked the way ‘Evil Speaks’ was written and how the author build this new world. The thing I absolutely loved the most were the different characters with their challenges. One was deaf, the other was blind, one was overweight, one was in a wheelchair, one was extremely lazy and one was really angry. I loved that! I haven’t read a book, especially a fantasy one, with characters who have challenges. I was definitely in awe with the author after reading about these characters.

What I also really enjoyed was the mythological aspect of ‘Evil Speaks’. It was really fun to read about, and the story definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. There was enough happening to make me want to keep on reading and I loved that.

‘Evil Speaks’ is definitely a great first book in a new series.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Born in Ventura, California but raised in Bakersfield, her chosen “hometown,” S. Woffington is the daughter of an oil Landman and a housewife. Woffington lived abroad in her twenties: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; London, England; Rome, Italy. These early opportunities gave her a thirst for adventure, a desire to understand cultures other than her own, and a quest to paint page after page with words that capture it all. Woffington was a member of Sol Stein’s Chapter One writing and critique group, which inspired her ambition to write. She attended the University of California at Irvine, where she completed the distinguished Humanities Honors Program. Woffington’s honors thesis won distinction as “The Most Outstanding.” Woffington then attended Chapman University and obtained two masters degrees: MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English. While at Chapman, she had a poem and a short story published in Caliope, Chapman’s literary journal. Her debut novel Unveiling received Honorable Mention from Writer’s Digest SP e-book awards. The screenplay she co-authored with her sister, Lisa Oster, was a Semi-Finalist in the CWA (Creative World Awards). Ms. Woffington lives in southern California. She works as a middle school teacher and a free-lance developmental editor. Her current project is the Warriors and Watcher’s Saga series, an epic mythological fantasy for teens. Book #1, Evil Speaks, was released in February of 2017.

Woffington’s hobbies include reading, traveling, and hoola hooping (the latter of which she says is great exercise and a lot of fun). She also enjoys visits with her daughters, usually time spent in unique restaurants or in and around the kitchen, where they collectively test new recipes and prepare feasts, before curling up with blankets to watch (and critique) movies.

For more information please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter or  Facebook.

I received this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
http://www.smithpublicity.com/

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Adventures in Nursing #3: My First Internship



Next to being a book blogger and a fanatic reader I work fulltime as a Nurse in an Academic Hospital in the Netherlands. Since being a nurse is such a big part of my life I decided it’s time to share some of my adventures in nursing here on my blog.

My first ever internship was in a Nursing home for Elderly. It wasn’t your usual Nursing home, you definitely needed to have money to be able to live there. I was sixteen years old and I remember being really excited but also a little scared about starting my first day there. I had been going to nursing school for a view months, but I still felt like I didn’t know a lot. 

I learned a lot in that first internship and I have lots of memories about that place. I remember all the people who lived there. It was a small place so their where only about fifteen residents. And I remember most of them very clearly. 

There was this short thin lady, who seemed to be kind of a hoarder with the looks of her room. She didn’t need a lot of care, but every day I worked there she called me over for a little chat. She used to feed the pigeons who sat by her window. And I remember thinking she remembered me of the bird lady of Mary Poppins. 

There was this chic lady who never got married and who had Alzheimer’s. I remember being scared of her because she was so unpredictable. She would be very sweet and kind one moment. But she could be very mean, aggressive and demeaning the next. She used to throw with things if she got mad and my sixteen year old self really was a little freaked out by her.

There was this Jewish man who also had Alzheimer’s and he was such a sweet man. And a real flirt. You definitely needed to keep an eye on his hands! But he always made me smile. He passed away when I worked there, and he was the first deceased patient I had to take care of. 

There was also a married couple who lift there together. I remember the wife passing away rather quickly after they moved in there, and you could see the husband slipping away after that. I think he only lived a view months alone, before he also passed away. 

And I definitely remember another sweet old lady who also had Alzheimer’s and wasn’t able to talk anymore. All she did was mumble a lot, hold her doll and stare out the window. Sometimes she would put her hand on my cheek but other than that she was really lost in her own mind. She always made me kind of sad. 

After my internship I worked at that Elderly home for a year in the weekends. I definitely have some great memories of that place.

Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.
These views are based on my own experiences and my own interpretations in my life as a nurse.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My Favorite.. Historical Romance Novel



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.

Shortly after I started this blog, I received my very first Historical Romance novel. Although I didn’t really knew if this was a genre I would like to read, I decided to give it a try. And what a great idea was that! I just love Historical Romance novels. I love the romance, and the purity most Historical Romance novels I read have. And above all I love imagining these characters in all those beautiful dresses, and talking with each other in that classy and romantic way.. Sigh.. I love Historical Romance novels.

Because I really love Historical Romance novels, I find it very hard to pick just one book that is my favorite. But in the end I’m always able to pick just one.. My Favorite Historical Romance novel is definitely ‘When The Crows Fly Low’ by V.J. Patterson. I read that book in July of 2015 and it totally blew my mind. It’s a beautiful story and if you haven’t read it I really recommend it.

I also really love the Historical Romance novels by Mary Balogh and Eloisa James. Writing this, I realize it’s definitely time to start reading another Historical Romance novel.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25384557-when-the-crows-fly-lowWhen the crows fly low…rain is coming.

At eleven-years-old, Will Lawson discovers that Hell isn’t just a place for demons. It exists on earth in an act so evil it rips away a part of his innocent soul. In its place; bitterness, hate and a vow for revenge.

Consumed by darkness, Will descends into a life of reckless living; booze and women the outlet for his guilt and despair. But meeting Sarah a beautiful young woman running from her own ghosts, changes everything. Finding his salvation in her, Will wades into the unfamiliar waters of love. Just when happiness is within his grasp, a familiar face returns to Will’s hometown of Doyle, Tennessee. A wicked twist of fate forces Will to decide between the girl he loves and his need for revenge. Is love enough to save Will from the darkness that endeavors to unravel his sanity?

In this debut romantic drama, When the Crows Fly Low weaves a story full of suspense, loss, and love. It is sure to stay with the reader long after the final page.

What is your favorite Historical Romance novels?

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review 'Ignite' by Danielle Rogland


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33825938-ignite
In the ruins of dystopian London, the Empire rules through fear and fire.

“Everyone knew about ‘The Flames’ and how much trouble they had caused the Empire. They were the only rebel group anyone knew of that had lasted longer than a few months without getting caught, leaving candles behind whenever they snatched somebody out of the Empire’s grasp. To get involved with people like them is stupid. So stupid.”

Ever since her parents were murdered by the empire’s agents, Jacks has been living on the street as a pickpocket trying to keep away from trouble. When she accidentally witnesses the rebel group ‘The Flames’ in the middle of an operation she is unwillingly swept up into their world, and has to decide if she’s going to go back to looking after herself or join the rebellion and help them fight for the people of London Ruins.

She knows that getting involved was stupid, but does she really have a choice?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 8th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Dystopian, YA
Pages:
327
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


Ever since I read the Hunger Games, I’ve been a huge fan of dystopian books. So when I received an invitation to read and review ‘Ignite’ by Danielle Rogland I Immediately said yes. Especially after I saw that beautiful cover. That cover just makes you want to grab this book, and don’t stop reading till the end.

In ‘Ignite’ we travel to the ruins of New London. New London is ruled by an evil emperor called Donavan. There is only one remaining rebel group that still remains, ‘The Flames’. One day Jacks, a homeless girl accidently finds herself in the middle of an operation of the Flames and before she knows it, she is in way over her head.

Although my head was filled with wedding planning stuff, I was totally swept into this book after I first started reading it. Which is kind of impressive, since there isn’t much non-wedding-related-stuff that can grab my attention at the moment. ‘Ignite’ is full of suspenseful moments, and I found myself easily visioning the world of New London. From the moment I started reading, I just didn’t want to stop reading ‘Ignite’. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

‘Ignite’ is written through several point of views. Since I have a lot of trouble keeping characters apart, especially if there are many different characters, I was a little afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up with this book. Fortunately this book was written in a way, that made me keep all the characters apart easily. And I enjoyed reading every single page.

If you’re looking for a nice dystopian read, ‘Ignite’ is definitely one for you. I loved every single page of this book and I’m super happy I was able to read this one.

My Rating:

About the Author:


I live and work in Seattle, Washington, where I graduated with a BA in English from Seattle Pacific University. For the past eight years, I have been involved with writing and editing projects whenever I can, often freelance work. Over this time I have gained experience in a broad range of categories including blogging, marketing, web and ad content, and copywriting.

On the side, I have also been working on my own creative writing. My first novel, The Last Burning of New London, was originally released in 2013 by RainTown Press under the name Danielle Myers. It is currently be re-published by Inkitt under the new title Ignite. 

You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Tumblr.

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

https://www.inkitt.com/?ref=v_18d09d90-d505-472f-9186-12c87a728655

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Sunday Post #50: Accepting



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 has been pretty busy. I’ve been working Sunday till Thursday and now I’m having a long weekend free. It’s been planned full from Friday till Sunday evening, but it’s all fun stuff and I’m really looking forward to all our plans. Having a look at our possible wedding car, dinner at my moms, visiting friends. This weekend will probably fly by.

And not to forget.. Wednesday I had a teaching day at the Major Incident Hospital I worked at. Me and my colleague were giving infection lessons. And it was very fun to do. So I can’t not share this little fun pic we made. LOL!! Nurses definitely have fun!! 

Books & Blogging:

I’m still not completely back in my usual reading and blogging rhythm. But I’m starting to think I won’t be back completely till after our wedding. Somehow the weeks just fly by, and I’m not finding the same amount of time to read and blog as I used to. Since it’s driving me crazy figuring out where I can get more time.. I’m starting to think I just need to accept that I’m not able to blog and read as much as I’m used to.. and plan a wedding. I just can’t do it all!
Don’t get me wrong.. I’m not going anywhere but being a perfectionist I just keep trying to do it all the way I used to. Which makes me feel really frustrated and stressed! Hopefully this little revelation will help me to relax a little more.

I did manage to read more than last week. And hopefully this weekend, between all our plans, I will be able to read a little more.

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘Ignite’ by Danielle Rogland
  • My Favorite.. Historical Romance Novel
  • Adventures in Nursing #3: My First Internship
  • Review ‘Evil Speaks’ by S. Woffington

New Arrivals:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34807726-detention-land
Received by the Author

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34564742-the-captain-s-rebel?from_search=true
Received from Entangled Publishing

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review 'Reagan's Redemption' by Cate Beauman


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24469556-reagan-s-redemptionDoctor Reagan Rosner loves her fast-paced life of practicing medicine in New York City’s busiest trauma center. Kind and confident, she’s taking her profession by storm—until a young girl’s accidental death leaves her shaken to her core. With her life a mess and her future uncertain, Reagan accepts a position as Head Physician for The Appalachia Project, an outreach program working with some of America’s poorest citizens.

Shane Harper, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest team member, has been assigned a three-month stint deep in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, and he’s not too happy about it. Guarding a pill safe in the middle of nowhere is boring as hell, but when he gets a look at his new roommate, the gorgeous Doctor Rosner, things start looking up.

Shane and Reagan encounter more than a few mishaps as they struggle to gain the trust of a reluctant community. They’re just starting to make headway when a man’s routine checkup exposes troubling secrets the town will do anything to keep hidden—even if that means murder.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
January 22nd, 2015
Series:
The Bodyguards of L.A. County #8
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
496
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


I think I’ve shown the last couple of months that I love Cate Beauman’s The Bodyguards of L.A. County series. I started reading them in July 2016 and since then I’ve loved every single book in the series I’ve read. ‘Reagan’s Redemption’ is the eighth book in the series, and the eighth one I read.

In ‘Reagan’s Redemption’ we meet doctor Reagan Rosner. Reagan works in the ER of a New York hospital when one case changes her life. Desperate to forget and escape Reagan accepts a job at a position as Head Physician for The Appalachia Project, an outreach program working with some of America’s poorest citizens. There Reagan meets Shane Harper, a bodyguard at Ethan Cooke Security’s. Reagan is determined to keep Shane at a distance. All she wants to do is help the people who need her care. But soon Reagan finds out it isn’t as easy to help the people, and she really needs Shane’s help. And soon it seems something bad is happening at their new home. 

Maybe it’s because I’m a nurse myself, but ‘Reagan’s Redemption’ is definitely one of my favorites in this series. Since Reagan is a doctor there’s some medical talk, and I just loved reading every single page of this book. Reagan is a character I could relate to from the very first page, and I loved reading about her journey and her determination to help the people she was responsible for. She was such a strong character, and I really admired her strength.

Shane was also very fun to get to know. He was just kind, and easy to love. Especially the way he cared for the new born baby Reagan helped deliver. He was just so sweet, and it really made for some heart melting moments. But above all else I loved the way he was taking care of Reagan, even though she didn’t really want the help.   

There was also some great suspense in this book. I understood early on the way this book was going, but somehow it still kept me on my toes and I couldn’t put this book down. And I definitely didn’t like the people Reagan was supposed to care for. Reagan deserved much more kindness. 

‘Reagan’s Redemption’ was another great read and I loved every minute of it.

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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.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Favorite.. Music Growing Up



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.

Growing up I loved listening to music. And my music taste was very different then, compared to now. I still enjoy listening to the music I listened to back then, but I definitely didn’t listen to the music I listen to now back then: country. Yep, I love country music. Which is kind of unusual I think, since I don’t know any Dutch woman from my age that share my love of country.  But who cares?!

But growing up I was a huge Backstreet Boys fan. Huge!! I owned all the cd’s, and I listened to them nonstop. At one point I even had a scrap book filled with every magazine article I could find about the Backstreet Boys. I just loved that music and those guys! Sigh.. And I still listen to their music at times. Not as much as I did.. but I still love those songs. On our wedding day, there definitely will be at least one song of them playing. I can’t have a wedding without them! LOL!!

I never saw the Backstreet Boys in real-life. They’ve been to the Netherlands a view times, but somehow I was never able to go. I still hope to see them perform in real-life one day. They still perform together at times, so I’m still hopeful.


Other music I loved growing up was from Britney Spears, Westlife and definitely the Spice Girls. Yes, I was a total Pop music groupie.

What kind of music was your favorite growing up?!

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