Tuesday, October 25, 2016

{Blog Tour} Replica - Regina Bartley (Spotlight)

Replica by Regina Bartley
Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing someone else’s face. Imagine what it would be like if that face shared every birthday, every secret, and every memory with you.

England Murphy lost her twin sister Elise in a car accident just weeks after their high school graduation. Elise was her best friend, and without her she felt broken and alone. It was almost more than her heart could endure. 

The only way to mend a broken soul is to find its true mate, but England wasn’t searching for love. She was searching for absolution. 

But love found her first.

(Recommended for ages 18+ due to graphic language and sexual subject matter)

About the Author

Regina is a Contemporary & NA romance author from Kentucky. She loves spending time with her family, and in her free time she can be found behind her computer or a good book. To learn about her new releases or upcoming events, or just to see what she's chatting about, you can visit www.reginabartley.com

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling (Review)

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Genres: Nonfiction, Humor, Memoir
Publication date:
Nov 01, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Format: Audiobook - 4 hours, 37 minutes
How I got it: My public library
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 4/5

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

My thoughts:

I listened to the audio version of Mindy Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).   The audio version is narrated by Mindy and it is great listen! 

The book is split into many smaller chapters that are easy to follow along with while Mindy is narrating the book.  So there are a lot of natural stopping points in the book.  The audio flowed very well and it was super easy to listen too.

The book follows along Mindy's life from child to adult.   The story is really a coming to adulthood memoir with a lot of funny anecdotes mixed in between.  It explains what struggles Mindy has met in her life and her career.  It also shows how dedicated she is to her career in writing and comedy. 

I think one of the funniest parts is towards the end when Mindy is discussing movies that she would like to remake and the all female Ghostbusters, which actually happened and had a lot of controversy like she mentioned.

The story does have a lot of current event mentions as well as references to the Office.  I watched a lot of The Office, but not every episode and I still was able to appreciate that section of the book.   She mentions names of cast members, but you don't need to know exactly who they are to appreciate what she is talking about during this section.   When reading memoirs I try and ignore the names sometimes I don't know because the story is the funny part and what we get to learn about Mindy in those sections. 

Mindy shows a lot of growth in this book.  I enjoyed getting to hear about how she began her career and how it wasn't easy in the beginning.  I also really loved the section on the Irish good-bye because I feel like everyone has been in that situation where you want to leave, but saying good-bye to everyone feels like it might take forever.

I would suggest this as a great read/listen to at night.  I really enjoyed the humor that came through the audio with Mindy reading it and it was perfect to unwind at the end of the day.   The book has a lot of funny anecdotes to keep you entertained. 

About the Author

Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series “The Mindy Project," which she also writes and executive produces.

Before "The Mindy Project," Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show “The Office.” In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy nominated episode “Niagra.”

In 2011, Mindy penned the comedic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), which continues to be featured on New York Times’ and USA Today’s best-seller lists. Mindy’s second memoir Why Not Me? was released in September 2015 and launched at #1 on the New York Times’ best-seller list.  

In 2005, Mindy made her film debut as the object of Paul Rudd's unwanted affections in Judd Apatow’s THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. Most recently, Mindy lent her voice to the character Disgust in the Oscar-winning Pixar animated film INSIDE OUT alongside Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, and was seen in THE NIGHT BEFORE alongside Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She will next begin production on OCEAN’S 8 alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.

Mindy was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. In 2014, she was named one of Glamour’s women of the year.
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cowboy Karam - Mia Hopkins (Review)


When Harmony Santos’s boyfriend dumps her on her birthday, she doesn’t get mad. She gets lucky…with a mysterious cowboy whose bedroom eyes and rough edges bring out her inner bad girl. But when their one-night rodeo turns into more than a rebound, Harmony worries her heart hasn’t healed enough to take on someone new—even if that someone is as sweet as he is sexy.

Tie-down roper Lucky Garcia can’t believe his good fortune. A shot at national finals and now this—his longtime crush, in his arms at last. The more time he spends with Harmony, the harder he falls for her. But financial demands and family responsibilities take him further and further away from her—as does his secret fear she hasn’t quite gotten over her dickhead ex.

Behind closed doors, Lucky and Harmony are filthy perfection. But when reality comes knocking, the star-crossed lovers must decide: walk away intact, or risk it all for a chance at happiness.

Warning: Get ready for rope tricks, spanking, self-pleasure, and a smoking-hot cowboy who puts the big D in Dominant.


This book has very steamy and sexy scenes.   This book follows Harmony as she just broke up with her boyfriend of a year a doctor at the hospital she works at.   Harmony goes out to a bar to meet her sister and runs into a cowboy named Lucky that she hung out with once before.  Harmony does know Lucky from the past as well. 

I really enjoyed how the author setup the book it is told from Harmony;s and Lucky's POV so it was perfect.  I enjoyed reading them going back and forth so that I got a complete picture of what is going on.  I felt like I really got to know both of them as characters since we got details about their personal lives as well. We get to see a little more from Lucky which I found perfect as he had a lot to offer.  Lucky is a very complex character and he has a lot going on in his life so we get to here a lot about his family and what his goals are in his life.  

This was my first Mia Hopkins book and I loved her writing.  The story flowed very naturally and was easy to read.  The story picked right up with action and makes you want to not put it down.  The author did a great job with all the details she included so that the story was really touching and grabbed the readers attention. 

I loved Lucky as a character the author did a great job creating a backstory for him and allowing the reader to fall for him as well.  He does have a little rough exterior, but the author does a great job developing him as a more lovable character.

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  It was very short read and easy to follow along.  It does have very sexual scenes so be prepared for that while reading.  It was easy to read in just a few nights and definitely took my mind off of the work week.

I received a copy of this book from Barclay Publicity for the purpose of providing an honest review.  This does not effect my opinion of this book.

My Rating: 5/5

The room was steamy with dancing and pheromones. Harmony ordered a Bud Light and ran the icy bottle over her forehead.

A new song started up. Shaking off her melancholy, she strode right into the heart of the crowded dance floor. Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”—an easy line dance. She counted her way in and soon was stomping across the dance floor. The loud music pounded in her chest. Even though it had been years since she’d line danced, her body knew the steps without her thinking about them. The heartache receded a little.

More dancing. Maybe some shots. Maybe making out with a stranger. That’ll keep me from feeling…this. Whatever this ugly feeling is.

She danced solo for three more songs. Then an old-timer led her in a waltz. The country gentleman was followed by a baby-faced cowboy in a camo baseball cap. She danced three more songs with him and bid him goodbye with a hug and a kiss on the cheek—too young.

The DJ took the mike. “Next up, the cowboy cha-cha.”

A slower dance. Harmony fanned herself with her hand and thought this might be a good time to grab a shot of Fireball chased with another beer.

She turned to leave the dance floor when a big warm hand rested on her shoulder.

“Wait. Don’t go yet.”

She turned. In the dark, the new cowboy’s face was obscured in the shadow of his hat. The DJ cued up an old Bellamy Brothers song Harmony remembered her father loved. It began, “If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?” She knew the words as surely as she knew her own name.

The dancers around them paired off in a hurry and got into the sweetheart position. Everyone counted off together and started around the massive dance floor in a counter-clockwise direction, all in time.

Before Harmony could say anything, the stranger took her hands and spun her. His movements were sure and strong. He was an experienced dancer, not someone who had to be babysat around the floor.

“Been a long time, hasn’t it?” he said.

She stole sideways glances at him. Tall and muscular, he wore a black hat and a plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up. His forearms were thick and smooth. She could see that he had a strong jaw, a dark, short beard, and dark skin. He spoke crystal-clear English with a lilting Mexican accent.

“You don’t remember me, do you, Harmony?”

She stared.

A half-smile. “Guess I’m just another cowboy to you.”

For strangers, they moved in perfect rhythm. Harmony felt grateful that he was a strong lead since her brain was otherwise occupied with trying to figure out who he was. When he brought their bodies together, chest to chest, she looked up at him. His body gave off controlled strength and a smooth, unnerving calm. At last, she peeked under the shadow of his cowboy hat.

Dark brows. Bedroom eyes the color of whiskey.

No way. “Lucky?”

 Author Bio:
Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She's a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends.

When she's not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good "teacher voice" and "teacher stare."

She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.

You can also visit her online at the following places:

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (Review)

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Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance
Publication date:
September 10th 2013

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Format: Audiobook - 12 hours, 49 minutes
How I got it: My public library
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 5/5

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My thoughts:

This was my second audiobook I was able to complete and I loved it!! I am definitely a fan of Rainbow Rowell and can't wait to read or listen to her other books!! 

This book follows Cath as she is entering college as a freshman.  Cath is a huge Simon Snow fan who writes fan-fiction based on the Simon Snow books.  Cath and her twin sister Wren used to write together, but when they moved to the same college Wren creates a whole new life without Cath.  Cath isn't to sure of this whole college experience and she is very apprehensive. 

I loved the narrator for Cath she was perfect.  I felt like the narrator matched exactly how I felt like Cath would sound.  She did an amazing job with the audio and I would highly recommend listening to this book.  

I loved Cath as a character I felt like she went through a lot during her life and also her freshman year and she was just working on a way to survive.   The author did a great job showing all of the growth that Cath went through during the year.   I felt like it was easy to connect with Cath because we got a lot of background information about her up front and then we listened on to get more details.  Cath in the beginning of the book seemed very naive, but during the book I felt like maybe my first impression of her wasn't right.  We get a very good look at Cath's family dynamic and I feel like that shed a lot of light from me on what was going on with her and her sister.  

Levi is my second favorite character I sort of can't believe he is real almost he is too perfect.    The author did a great job creating a gentleman out of him because honestly that is something that is very important in a man these days.   I could not but grow to love Levi while listening to the audio.  In the beginning I wasn't a 100% sold on him, but as I listened on he completed the book.

My only two issues with the audio book was first the Simon Snow was a little bit harder to follow along with.  At first I wasn't sure if they were really key details so I listened to the short bits over, but I eventually got used to it and was easier to follow along when the other narrator read the Simon Snow sections.  My second complaint, which was the same as my first Rainbow Rowell book I just wanted more I didn't want the book to end.   I wasn't ready for the book to end, although it has a very natural ending I could have kept listening for hours. 

I would suggest this as a great book to read or listen to at any time.  I felt like in the audio there was very natural stopping points so it would be easy to listen to at night, but I marathoned the audio at work since we were a tad slower and just couldn't stop listening to it, so it would also be great to read/listen to over the weekend. 

About the Author

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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