If Ever I Would Leave You

If you harbored a devastating secret, had given your solemn promise of silence… what would make you to break it? Ian Shaw can have anything he wants… …except the woman he loves. After all, Sierra Rose is his amazing assistant, a woman who helps him hold his empire together, leaving him free to pursue his adventurous hobbies—his only distraction from his excruciating past… until now. But what if she is the one who can finally free him from his regrets? Sierra Rose harbors a terrible secret… …the fact that Ian’s favorite niece and ward, Esme, just might elope with her less-than-awesome boyfriend. Sierra’s made a promise to Esme—but her first loyalty belongs to her boss Ian, the man she’s admired for years. But letting herself fall in love with him risks the best job she’s ever had. When tragedy strikes, sparks ignite… …because Esme has vanished. Ian fears the worst–has she run away with her boyfriend? Or, has something more sinister happened in the wilds of Glacier National Park? It’s a race against time, with Sierra and Ian caught in the crossfire of secrets, regrets and what-ifs.

If Ever I would Leave You

Time to be honest here. This book drove me crazy. It ended on a cliff-hanger! WHAT! Why did she have to write this book before the actual book about them came out. I thought that this book would be a cute romance to “introduce” all the characters in the up and coming series. It did introduce the characters and it did have a good romance. But it also left me on at the edge of a cliff. Why, Susan, why?!

Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy reading this book. From the beginning to end, I didn’t want to put it down. Well, maybe at the end of the story, I wanted to through my Kindle across the room because of how it ended. But, that doesn’t count. I would definitely recommend reading this book. However, I will tell you that you should probably wait until a book about Ian and Sierra comes out.

I am going to give the cover 3 stars. Don’t really have a big reason. It just isn’t my style.

The story I am going to give 4 stars. There were just a few basic things that docked it a star. Other than that, though, I would recommend this story to those who like a romance and an adventure. (Oh, and by the way, this is a novella. So it is not a full length novel.)

 

Title: If Ever I Would Leave You

Author: Susan May Warren

Author’s Website: http://www.susanmaywarren.com/

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

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Understanding Color in Photography

Veteran photographer and instructor Bryan Peterson is best known for his arresting imagery using bold, graphic color and composition. Here he explores his signature use of color in photography for the first time, showing readers his process for creating striking images that pop off the page. He addresses how to shoot in any type of light, and looks at color families and how they can work together to make compelling images in commercial and art photography. He also helps readers understand exposure, flash, and other stumbling blocks that beginning and experienced photographers encounter when capturing images, showing how to get the most out of any composition. With its down-to-earth voice and casual teaching style, Understanding Color in Photography is a workshop in a book, helping any photographer take their images to the next level.

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As soon as I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it. So, I did! This book has some really cool tips for taking great pictures. It makes me want to pick up a camera and start snapping pictures!

The book held some really cool pictures. All his descriptions and reasons for taking the pictures were so cool. I also really liked some of his before and after pictures. I just love seeing the difference of few clicks of a button on the camera can make.

As a girl who is a photographer for fun, this book is definitely worth it! And, any of you who like photography should check this book out!

However…there is one thing that made me not like the author as much. He uses Nikon. NO!!! I am a Canon person—no Nikon for me. It might not be that bad of a brand, but I began taking pictures with a Canon and I will stick to Canon. (Just thought that I would through that out there!)

The cover is so creative. I love all of the colors in it. 5 stars to this cover!
You can probably already guess what rating I am going to give this book. 5 stars!!! All the tips were definitely worth getting this book!

 

Title: Understanding Color in Photography: Using Color, Composition, and Exposure to Create Vivid Photos

Authors: Bryan Peterson and Susana Heide Schellenberg

Author’s Websites: http://www.bryanfpeterson.com/

Reading Resolution: #18

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

A Love Like Ours

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships. When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

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A while back, I reviewed My Stubborn Heart. What does that have to do with this book? My Stubborn Heart and A Love Like Ours are my two favorite Becky Wade books. (However, True to You is pretty much a top of the list too.)

I really liked both of the main characters, Jake and Lyndie. Their story is really sweet. I love the fact that Jake trains horses and Lyndie rides them.

I would like to point out that this book should be read by mature readers due to Jake’s PTSD. If you are looking for a not-as-serious romance, I would suggest that you try another book. A Love Like Ours is still worth reading. Just expect it to be a bit more serious. I enjoyed it immensely.

The cover to this novel is one that I like very much. For one thing, I can’t see the guys’ face, which means I can imagine him to look however I want him to look. As for women, the model on the front looks exactly like how I would picture Lyndie. This cover deserves 5 stars.

I am also going to give this novel 5 stars. I would definitely recommend to those who are already fans of Becky Wade and those who enjoy romances.

 

Title: A Love Like Ours

Author: Becky Wade

Author’s Website: http://beckywade.com/home/

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

 

Check out my reviews of Becky’s other stories here:

True To You

My Stubborn Heart

Her One and Only

To Have and To Hold

Cinder

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

Cinder

I just realized that I did a quick, quirk quote from Cinder but I never actually reviewed it. That is about to change. Today, I am reviewing one of my favorite books ever (or really, favorite series ever)!

Cinder is one of my favorite re-tellings of Cinderella ever. When I first picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down. Every single book in the Lunar Chronicles is absolutely amazing, to be honest. I will be reviewing each book in the series whenever I can.

Marissa Meyer is an amazing author. She has a way of writing to intrigue any reader to not stop reading until he or she finishes her book.

I fell in love with Kai immediately. (However, I like Thorne better…. more on that when I review Cress, the third book in the chronicles.) Kai is the perfect prince charming. Cinder is the perfect Cinderella. They are amazing main characters. I never got tired of their story, even in the rest of the books. I love the scene where they first meet. It is the best!

Unfortunately, this series has ended. So, I must be happy to keep re-reading the series repeatedly. I shall never get tired of it.

The cover is so intriguing. I remember my sister bringing it home and my wanting to read it immediately just because of the cover. I am giving the cover 5 stars. Whoever came up with that cover did an amazing job! (Actually, all of the book covers are awesome!)

Can you guess how many stars I am going to give this book? Take a wild guess. Wow! I can’t believe you guessed right. 5 stars!!! If you haven’t read this book, you need to right now! Don’t wait. Go to your local library or wherever you go to get books. Pick it up as soon as possible. It is worth it!

 

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Author’s Website: http://www.marissameyer.com/

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

The Two of Us

After two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she’s focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who’s pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia’s plans. Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He’s poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who’s asked him to be his best man at his wedding. Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn’t expecting Jake. And Jake, who can’t help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he’ll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake’s courage and Mia’s caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love. . . .

The Two of Us

This is a very sweet love story. I like it how this story is focused on romance. There isn’t a mystery to solve on the sidelines or anything like that. Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoy stories with adventurous sidelines. It was just nice for a change to have just a romance. Sure, there were other parts to the story, but it was focused on the romance between Jake and Mia.

Unfortunately, I did not at all like Mia during the first couple of chapters. To me, she seemed too controlling of her sister, Lucy. I can understand some advice being given, but Mia was practically telling Lucy exactly what to do. It drove me crazy! I liked Jake right away. And, I loved Pirate! They both were great!

There were, however, some very sad aspects to the story. This is not a book that I would read if I wanted a “chick flick”. It is definitely a more serious novel.

The cover is cute. It matches the story perfectly! 4 stars to you, cover.

The story itself I am also going to give 4 stars. I can’t say that it is my favorite book of all times, but it was a very sweet and inspirational romance. I would recommend it to mature readers, due to some of the content (AKA, having a baby). This is the first book by Victoria Bylin that I have read (and it may be the first novel she has written…?) and I am happy to say that she did not disappoint!

 

Title: The Two of Us

Author: Victoria Bylin

Author’s Website: http://www.victoriabylin.com/

 

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

First Impressions

Loosely based on the beloved Pride and Prejudice, Debra White Smith’s First Impressions weaves a spellbinding, modern-day tale on the challenges and rewards of love.

Eddi Boswick has just settled in Texas to establish her law practice. Joining a local theater group, she is thrilled when she is given the role of Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice.

William “Dave” Davidson III amassed a fortune in the computer industry but leads a quiet life on his ranch. On a dare he tries out for the play and lands the role of Darcy.

Sparks fly each time the lawyer meets the rancher. When Eddi uncovers Dave’s secret will her heart soften? Will Dave’s fear of “being tamed” keep him from discovering love?

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After re-watching North and South (the one with Richard Armitage) for the umpteenth time, I decided to write a review on First Impressions. Now, why would I write a review for a Pride and Prejudice retelling? I have no idea. I was scrolling through my book list of all the books I have read and I noticed this one! Unfortunately, there are no retellings of North and South. So, I will stick to a Pride and Prejudice retelling! And to be honest, I have never read the North and South book. My sister started it and said that the movie is way better. I trust her on that and will probably never read North and South. The movie, however, I will watch many, many more times, I am sure.

Anyway, back to First Impressions. Sure, I went on a bunny trail, but I am back on track!

I first read this book a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. It was a super sweet story with a wonderful twist on Pride and Prejudice. I love how the main characters are in the Pride and Prejudice and they are, in “real” life, like Elizabeth and Darcy.

There is one sort of funny thing throughout the story. Because Dave is rich, he has all the latest technology. The funny thing is that the latest technology in the story are palm pilots! Okay, so there is nothing wrong with palm pilots. It is just funny because now we have smart phones and tablets and that sort of thing.

The cover is really cute! I love the “theater” in the background and the sign for the play! I am going to give it 4 stars.

I am definitely giving this story 5 stars! Even though it is an older story, set in the early 2000s, it is still totally worth the read!!!

 

Title: First Impressions

Author: Debra White Smith

Author’s Website: http://www.debrawhitesmith.com/

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Arena

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV. She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…
The RAGE tournaments the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a fight to the digital death. Every kill is broadcast to millions. Every player leads a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.
And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.
Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world until one of her teammates overdoses. Now she s stuck trying to work with a hostile new teammate who s far more distracting than he should be.
Between internal tensions and external pressures, Kali is on the brink of breaking. To change her life, she ll need to change the game. And the only way to revolutionize an industry as shadowy as the VGL is to fight from the inside
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 Arena

Okay, so unfortunately, I could not finish this book. In the first few pages, there were so many curse words that I just couldn’t read on. To make sure that I wasn’t judging it too quickly, I quickly skimmed the book to see if it wasn’t just the fighting scenes where they swore. Nope, the language was quite shocking throughout the entire book. I am not one to judge a book too quickly, but I could not read on. If there is an occasional swear word, I won’t immediately slam the book shut. But, if there is one in every other paragraph, no, thank you. Bye, bye, book.

I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like an interesting plot and setting. I was hoping it would be good because my sister and brother like these types of books. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book.

The cover was cool. It was one of the main things that made me want to read this book. I am going to give it 3 stars. Because, the whole “Suit up. Plug in. Press start…Don’t die.” That was really fascinating.

Unfortunately, I cannot give this book a good rating. I am going to give it 1 star. I wish I could give it more stars because it looked like it would have been a very intriguing story.

 

Title: Arena

Author: Holly Jennings

Author’s Website: https://www.authorhollyjennings.com/

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

It Started with Goodbye

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

It Started with Goodbye

This book is a “sorta” retelling of Cinderella. And I liked it very much.

So, I have been on vacation since Thursday. My sisters, Mom, and I went to see the solar eclipse. We just got home a few hours ago. This was one of the books that I took on vacation because we had a nine-hour ride. I was already half-way through this book when vacation started. For a couple of hours, I was silent in the back, reading this great book.

The Cinderella retelling part of this story was very fun! I liked it very much! All the characters were very likeable. I was really drawn into the story.

The cover was plain, which was nice. I mean, some novels have really “huge” covers. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Same with the plain covers. This plain cover worked. I am going to give it 4 stars.

It Started with Goodbye definitely deserves 5 stars. It was slightly slow in the beginning but it became really good towards the middle (ish). I really recommend this book to all young adult readers! Even if you don’t like the Cinderella story, you will enjoy this book!

 

Title: It Start with Goodbye

Author: Christina June

Author’s Website: https://christinajune.com/

Reading Resolution: #57

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program.

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Chasing Secrets

Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone. In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories–and the depths of the heart–Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley’s past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won’t quit

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I’m back!!! Wow, I have not posted in quite a while. Why? Well, first things first, because my family from out of town came for the week/weekend and it was just crazy. Secondly, I have been under the weather. But, that is over now and I am back!

So, I have read two of the other books in this series, which is the Elite Guardians. Those books are Always Watching and Without Warning. I haven’t been able to read Moving Target but I really want to because I like the main characters in that book.

This book had an automatic good rating. That is because the main character has the same name as me! That also means that she is automatically awesome!!!

This book was really fascinating and suspenseful. All mystery lovers will really like this book—and the rest of the books in this series. Unfortunately, mystery isn’t my favorite genre. However, I still enjoyed this book.

The cover is intriguing. I really like all of the covers in this series. They really set the mood for the book. I am going to give it 4 stars.

To all mystery and suspense readers, you should definitely read this book! I am going to give it…4 stars. I feel like if I read this book while home alone late at night I would not be able to go to sleep. Lynette Eason is wonderful at writing suspenseful novels! Luckily, I read most of this book with others at home and while it was sunny.

 

Title: Chasing Secrets

Author: Lynette Eason

Author’s Website: http://www.lynetteeason.com/

Reading Resolution: #11

 

I received this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Egypt’s Sister

Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria’s royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what–but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery.
Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God’s will for her life.

Egypt's Sister

Okay, so, I am going to get straight to the point. I simply could not get over the fact that this is a real “historical” fiction. Cleopatra is a real person, and Angela Hunt wrote a fictional story about it. I don’t mind stories that are set in a historical time period but unfortunately not stories that have real life people as main (ish) characters. As much as I give the author kudos for writing a story about a historical character, I just don’t like the fact that they are making up a story about them. Cleopatra, for example, (since this book is kind of about Cleopatra,) is a real life person. She already has her own story. As much as we can imagine, we do not know what the true story is. Everybody has their own theories about some things but we do not know for sure.

Unfortunately, that is why I have to give this book a low rating. I am not going to say that you should never read any of her books again; I just would not recommend this book if you don’t like books about real life people as main characters. Angela is a wonderful writer and author.

The cover is pretty. It is perfect for an Egyptian story. I am going to give it 3 stars.

As for the book, I don’t want to give it a bad rating but I have to be honest. I am going to give it 2 stars. Okay, so for anyone who enjoys reading true historical fiction about real people, you would totally enjoy this book. But for those who don’t, you will probably agree with my first paragraph. I hope that when I read another one of Angela’s books, I will enjoy it more than this one.

 

Title: Egypt’s Sister

Author: Angela Elwell Hunt

Authors’ Website: http://www.angelahuntbooks.com/

 

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.