Book Review: Dying for Revenge

Book Review: Dying for RevengeDying for Revenge by Eric Jerome Dickey
Series: Gideon Series #3
on November 18th 2008
Pages: 480
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: 2017 Series In A Month?, Coyer Summer Reading List, Literary Escape

After a bestselling doubleheader in 2007 with Sleeping with Strangers and Waking with Enemies (both reaching #9 on the New York Times bestseller list), Eric Jerome Dickey is back with the final installment in his thrilling trilogy—Dying for Revenge.
This fast-paced story about a steamy, seamy underworld of crime that spans the globe features the hit man Gideon, a character who captivated fans in the first two books, squaring off against his most intriguing adversary yet.

This was the third book in the Gideon series by Eric Jerome Dickey. I rated it 5 stars, but honestly, it wasn’t on point as the other two – but good nonetheless.

This one was less raunchy, but the story was good. We met a new girl from Gideon’s past, whom he had a relationship with. She however is a contract killer like him, so they eventually team up in a different way. They had an interesting relationship.

We sort of get a conclusion to the storyline from the previous two books, but we will have to wait and see if Detroit shows up again in the remainder of the series.

I would recommend this book and the series. Such an interesting story.

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Book Review: Waking With Enemies

Book Review: Waking With EnemiesWaking with Enemies by Eric Jerome Dickey
Series: Gideon Series #2
on August 7th 2007
Pages: 400
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: 2017 Series In A Month?

The sequel to 'Sleeping with Strangers'. Hit man Gideon lives a fast life full of women, violence and international travel, but he is haunted by his past. Now, his past catches up with him with a vengeance!

The second book in the Gideon series picks up right where the first one – Sleeping with Strangers – ended which also means it gets a little raunchy earlier than the the first book. It does not conclude the series, obviously, but it does conclude the current storyline, to a certain extent. 

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Book Review: Sleeping With Strangers

Book Review: Sleeping With StrangersSleeping with Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey
Series: Gideon #1
on January 1st 1970
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: 2017 Series In A Month?, Bookopoly 2017, Literary Escape

A powerful hit man, Gideon is the master of the game in a jet-setting world dominated by money, women, and violence. Living off the grid, making love on the run, he makes his living as a contract killer by enacting the revenge of the brokenhearted for a price.
One woman taught him to kill, another motivates him to succeed in the business of revenge. If he can amass a million dollars, the woman he desires has promised to run away with him. For her sake, Gideon takes a high-profile job that earns him dangerous enemies, and hops a plane to London hoping to escape the aftermath. On the plane he meets two mysterious women - have they been sent to bring him down? Have his past transgressions caught up with him at last? Or will one of these strangers help him choose a life of love over a life of violence?
In this underworld of grifters and killers, brokenhearted squares and streetwalkers, loyal fans will spot some familiar faces from Dickey's previous books. A thrilling ride through extremes of love and danger, Sleeping with Strangers thrives on the darker passions of revenge and desire.

I was first introduced to Gideon, the man character of this book and who the series revolves around, by accident. I picked up Finding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey while preparing for vacation. I started reading the book thinking that it would not make a difference whether or not I read the other books in the series. Luckily I changed my mind early on and didn’t finish the book. It is at the end of the list since it is the last book of the series, so far. 

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Book Review: The Blackbirds

Book Review: The BlackbirdsThe Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey
on April 19th 2016
Pages: 528
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017

New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey delivers his next delectable, erotic romance   They call themselves the Blackbirds. Kwanzaa Browne, Indigo Abdulrahaman, Destiny Jones, and Ericka Stockwell are four best friends who are closer than sisters, and will go to the ends of the earth for one another. Yet even their deep bond can’t heal all wounds from their individual pasts, as the collegiate and post-collegiate women struggle with their own demons, drama, and desires.   Trying to forget her cheating ex-fiancé, Kwanzaa becomes entangled with a wicked one-night stand—a man who turns out to be one in five million. Indigo is in an endless on-again, off-again relationship with her footballer boyfriend, and in her time between dysfunctional relationships she purses other naughty desires. Destiny, readjusting to normal life, struggles to control her own anger after avenging a deep wrong landed her in juvi, while at the same time trying to have her first real relationship—one she has initiated using an alias to hide her past from her lover. Divorced Ericka is in remission from cancer and trying to deal with two decades of animosity with her radical mother, while keeping the desperate crush she has always had on Destiny’s father a secret... a passion with an older man that just may be reciprocated.    As the women try to overcome— or give into— their impulses, they find not only themselves tested, but the one thing they always considered unbreakable: their friendship.

For a long time I have wanted to read a book by Eric Jerome Dickey. I just never took the time to find one to read. Before I left for Cruise 3.0 I stopped at the library and picked up a handful of books to take with me. This was one of them. And I was not disappointed with my choice.

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Book Review: Midnight Sons, Vol. 1

Book Review: Midnight Sons, Vol. 1Midnight Sons, Volume 1 by Debbie Macomber
Series: Midnight Sons
on February 1st 2009
Pages: 392
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Literary Escape

Location: north of the Arctic Circle. Population: 150 (mostly men!). But the three O'Halloran brothers, who run a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, are heading a campaign to bring women to town.

Brides for Brothers

Sawyer O'Halloran, the middle brother, isn't entirely in favor of this scheme. But he considers himself immune to any woman—even the lovely Abbey Sutherland. She's arriving in Alaska within days. However, there's a complication…or two. She hasn't told them she's arriving with kids!

The Marriage Risk

Like his brothers, Charles O'Halloran has a distrust of marriage in general—and of anyone related to Catherine Harmon Fletcher in particular. She's the woman who tried to destroy his parents' marriage. Too bad Lanni Caldwell, the only woman he's ever really fallen for, is Catherine's granddaughter…

I was interested in this book because not only was it written by Debbie Macomber, but because it was also set in Alaska, which I was visiting soon (when I checked it out). I wanted to read something with romance and with new scenery – that I would soon discover, to a certain extent. I was not disappointed.

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Book Review: The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Book Review: The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary SyndromeThe PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by Hillary Wright
on May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 256
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: A Very ARC-ish Readathon, Bookopoly 2017, Single Ladies Reading Challenge

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, and if left unchecked, is linked to serious health issues like infertility, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer. In this groundbreaking book, registered dietitian Hillary Wright explains this increasingly diagnosed disorder and introduces the holistic symptom-management program she developed by working with hundreds of patients. With Wright’s proven diet and lifestyle-based program, you can influence your reproductive hormones and take charge of your health. Featuring a carbohydrate distribution approach at its core, The PCOS Diet Plan also zeroes in on exactly what exercise, supplements, and self-care choices you can make to feel better every day.  With information on how to develop healthy meal plans, choose a sustainable exercise routine, relieve stress, address fertility issues, and find emotional support, this accessible, all-in-one guide will be your trusted companion to a better life.

I requested this book from NetGalley for an honest review because I, myself, was diagnosed with PCOS a few years back. It was something I always suspected I had, but was never too sure. In fact, after reading this book I am not sure if what I have is PCOS or if my symptoms are thyroid related.

This was a very informative book.

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Book Review: Big Little Lies

Book Review: Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
on July 29th 2014
Pages: 460
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Literary Escape, Take Control TBR

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

I wanted to read this book before I knew a mini-series existed. However, I wanted to read it faster when I learned of and began watching the HBO miniseries of the same name.

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Book Review: Killer Look

Book Review: Killer LookKiller Look by Linda Fairstein
Series: Alexandra Cooper #18
on July 26th 2016
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, Take Control TBR

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein delivers a heart-pounding thriller that explores the dark secrets of New York City's Garment District—and centering on its infamous Fashion Week—in her eighteenth Alexandra Cooper novel.
New York City is known for its glamour, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its fashion scene. Sharing the pedestal with Paris, Milan, and London as fashion capital of the world, New York continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovations in the name of beauty. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when a murder rocks New York City's Fashion Week. Along with Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex must reveal the grime beneath the glitz to expose the culprit—unless a wolf in model's clothing gets to them first. Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.

This book seemed right up my alley since I enjoy watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. I was not wrong. I really enjoyed this book.

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Book Review: A Million Little Things

Book Review: A Million Little ThingsA Million Little Things by Susan Mallery
Series: Mischief Bay #3
on February 28th 2017
Pages: 368
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017

From the bestselling author of The Girls of Mischief Bay, The Friends We Keep comes a twisty tale of family dynamics that explores what can go terribly, hysterically wrong when the line between friendship and family blurs.
Zoe Saldivar is more than just single-she's ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it's up to her to stop living in isolation.
Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated-her first new friend is Jen's widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen's brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe's own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam's flustered, Jen's annoyed and Zoe is beginning to think "alone" doesn't sound so bad, after all.
Friendship isn't just one thing-it's a million little things, and no one writes them with more heart and humor than book club sensation Susan Mallery!

I have been waiting on this release since I finished the last book by Susan Mallery. (I have mentioned that I love her book right?)

I can admit that I was not let down at all. It was such a good read.

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Book Review: Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and Marriage

Book Review: Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and MarriageBaring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and Marriage by Holly Welker
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017, COYER Blackout: Winter Storm, Single Ladies Reading Challenge

In Baring Witness , Welker and 36 Mormon women write about devotion and love and luck, about the wonder of discovery, and about the journeys, both thorny and magical, to humor, grace, and contentment. They speak to a diversity of life experiences: what happens when one partner rejects Church teachings; marrying outside one's faith; the pain of divorce and widowhood; the horrors of spousal abuse; the hard journey from visions of an idealized marriage to the everyday truth; sexuality within Mormon marriage; how the pressure to find a husband shapes young women's actions and sense of self; and the ways Mormon belief and culture can influence second marriages and same-sex unions. The result is an unflinching look at the earthly realities of an institution central to Mormon life.

This was an interesting book. I was raised in the Mormon religion. My mom was raised to be Mormon, but always felt different. I was no exception. My left religion and the Mormon religion up to me and for me to choose. I was baptized when I was 12, if I remember correctly. I practiced the religion for several years before deciding this was not the religion for me. With that said, it doesn’t mean that I will let others criticize and mock it. This means that because I understand it and have many family members who are devout Mormons, that I will correct you if you are wrong. There are quite a few things that I don’t agree with in this religion but I do not care to delve into those at the moment.

I digressed to explain about myself and my interest in this book.

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