Review: Dancing on a Moonbeam Part 3 by Kate Perry

28953771Title: Dancing on a Moonbeam Part 3

Series: Bedford Falls, #3

Author: Kate Perry

Publication Date: March 9, 2016

Publisher: Firelight and Fairydust Unlimited

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Westwood and her neighbor Max have a deal to help each other—one they sealed with more than a kiss.

Which is a problem, because what was supposed to be a simple deal becomes so much more as Eleanor lets Max dance his way into her heart. It should be win-win, except Eleanor isn’t sure she can ever be triumphant in love…


5 / 5 Stars


Dancing on a Moonbeam Part 3 is the conclusion of Eleanor and Max’s story. (You can find reviews for Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) Eleanor is still trying to find herself. She thinks she wants to run a dance studio, but everyone else thinks she should be choreographing. Her relationship with her daughter Lily is still on the outs and she’s worried they’ll never reconnect. Eleanor’s also worried about giving her heart to Max, who she knows will be returning to L.A. soon.

Max’s dream to compose movies is about to come true. Only, he’s not sure if it’s what he wants anymore. He finds himself falling more deeply in love with Eleanor every day…and her daughter Lily, too. Will he be able to return to L.A. and leave them behind?

This mature second chance romance was sweet and inspiring. Max and Eleanor’s relationship felt real and was relatable. I loved the way Perry worked Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are into the story. It was perfect and suited her Max so well. Kate Perry couldn’t have wrapped up Dancing on a Moonbeam more perfectly.

**I received an electronic copy of Dancing on a Moonbeam Part 3 from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2 by Kate Perry

28953773Title: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1

Series: Bedford Falls, #1

Author: Kate Perry

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Firelight and Fairydust Unlimited

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Westwood strikes a deal with her neighbor: if Max withdraws the complaint that stopped renovation on her dance studio, she’ll help him with his movie score.

Being a muse shouldn’t be hard, right? For Eleanor there’s too much at stake to fail. She just never realized that rousing Max’s imagination means rousing his passion too—for the music, and for Eleanor herself.


5 / 5 Stars


In Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2, Kate Perry continues her sweet second chance romance. Eleanor and Max are both reeling from their kiss. Neither is looking for a relationship, but both of them wants more than just that kiss.

Eleanor and Max are also able to come up with a compromise so Eleanor can finish her studio. She volunteers to be his muse and finds herself finding her own groove with dancing. But nothing is ever that simple and Eleanor soon find another hiccup in the renovation of her dance studio.

The slow-burn romance of Dancing on a Moonbeam heats up in Part 2. It was just as sweet as Part 1, but with a lot more sizzle. I loved the way Eleanor and Max have figured out how to work together. It was also fun to see Eleanor figure out where she’s lacked in friendships in the past and how much she wants to reclaim those friends. My favorite parts of the story, though; are the conversations between Max and Eleanor’s daughter. His words to her got through to her in a way others couldn’t. I loved that.

I’m truly loving this second chance romance series. It’s different from the other novels I have read by Perry as the characters seem more mature, but it’s just as beautifully written. It tells a story many readers will be able to identify with. I can’t wait to find out how the story wraps up in Part 3!

I would caution readers that this is the second part of a three part novella series. I would not suggest skipping Part 1 before reading this. The story gradually builds throughout the three parts. Plus, Part 1 was so much fun to read! (You can find my review for it here.)

**I received an electronic copy of Dancing on a Moonbeam:Part 2 from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1 by Kate Perry

28796441Title: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1

Series: Bedford Falls, #1

Author: Kate Perry

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Firelight and Fairydust Unlimited

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Westwood-Fehr gave up being a prima ballerina for dreams of love. Big mistake—one she won’t make again.

Determined, she won’t let anything stop her from opening a dance studio. Not her doubts. Not her teenage daughter. And certainly not her new mysterious neighbor, no matter how enticing he might be…


4.5 / 5 Stars


In Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1, Eleanor has just said goodbye to her unfaithful ex-husband with a stroke of her hand. She’s ready to start her life over and reclaim her dance shoes. Eleanor’s decided to start a dance studio in the shed that used to be her ex-husband’s “man cave“.

Just as Eleanor gets to work on her new dance space, a new neighbor moves in next door. Max may be handsome, but his need for silence quickly hampers Eleanor’s big plans. Eleanor is determined to make Max see the error in his ways and get her studio done.

Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1 was a very sweet beginning to a second chance love story. It was filled with Kate Perry’s beautiful writing and storytelling. I loved the hostile attraction between Eleanor and Max. It was a really fun slow-burn romance.

I would caution readers that this is a novella and one of three. There isn’t a conclusion to this part of the story. It simply concludes with a fun cliffhanger-ish ending.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2.

Review: Come Back to Me by Thomma Lyn Grindstaff

28824613Title: Come Back to Me

Author: Thomma Lyn Grindstaff

Publication Date: January 31, 2016

Publisher: Amazon

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery

Goodreads Synopsis:

For Annasophia and Maestro, their love is ageless, and music is their door through time.

Annasophia Flynn is a young, classically-trained pianist and singer-songwriter who enjoys a special bond with Wilhelm Dahl, her older mentor and teacher whom she affectionately calls Maestro. Maestro is terminally ill, and Annasophia must come to grips with the fact that she’ll have to say goodbye to him soon.

But not so fast. Annasophia receives a mysterious email to which is attached a photo of her standing by the side of a virile and much-younger Maestro, years before she was born and during the height of his fame and power as a concert pianist. Either somebody’s doing some serious Photoshopping, or Annasophia traveled — or will travel — back in time, meaning that there’s more to her relationship with Maestro than meets the eye.

She visits Maestro in the hospital and shows him the photo. When he talks about a mysterious door and hums a few bars of a romantic Rachmaninoff concerto much beloved by them both, she is compelled to go home and play the piece on her piano. The concerto indeed turns out to be a door back through time, where she meets the younger Maestro, and they fall in love.

But staying in younger Maestro’s time proves tricky. For one thing, he has a son, who will never be conceived or born if Annasophia stays and changes things. She starts to second guess herself and tries to go back to her own time, only to find, each time, that the timeline as she has known it has been altered. For another thing, Maestro’s very elegant and cunning ex-wife, Elena, is determined to get him back and makes up her mind to do everything she can to send Annasophia back to her own timeline for good, where she will have to say goodbye to Maestro forever.


3 / 5 Stars


Come Back to Me starts off in Annasophia’s present. Her piano teacher, Maestro, is deathly ill. Maestro has been Annasophia’s mentor since she was very young. She can’t imagine life without him.  As she deals with his illness, she receives a photo of a young Maestro and a woman who looks startlingly like herself. The young woman in the picture looks deeply in love with the man standing next to her. It couldn’t possibly be Annasophia, could it?

When she approaches Maestro about the strange photo, Annasophia learns something she never dreamt possible. She can travel through time. Annasophia then travels through time to unravel the mystery of the photo and her relationship with Maestro.

I hate to say it, but Come Back to Me is just one of those books that’s not for me. The writing was good and the concept of the story was intriguing. I found the idea of music as the machine in this time travel romance very creative and interesting. I just had a hard time connecting with the characters.

If you read my blog, you’ll know one of the relationship tropes I dislike is the student-teacher relationship. I just find crossing those boundaries very wrong. That was my big problem with Come Back to Me. While Annasophia is an adult in this novel and during her relationship with Maestro, it made reading their shared experiences as Annasophia grew up kind of disturbing. I just couldn’t fall in love with their romance because of that.

Come Back to Me is a book well suited for fans of time travel mysteries and readers who don’t mind a little forbidden romance.

**I received an electronic copy of Come Back to Me in exchange for an honest review.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Songs I Wish Were Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is all about music & books. My post will be on the Ten Songs I Wish Were Books. I’m picking songs that I think would make a great story. I’ll also through in a quick idea of what the book could be about.


1. Just A Friend

Biz Markie

This song is all about the drama of a guy who finds out the girl he’s trying to date just has a “friend”. I thought that would make for a fun story. Maybe someone at the girl’s school could console him and it could be a story about their relationship.

Have you ever met a girl that you tried to date

But a year to make love she wanted you to wait
Let me tell ya a story of my situation
I was talkin’ to this girl from the U.S. nation
The way that I met her was on tour at a concert
She had long hair and a short miniskirt
I just got onstage drippin’, pourin’ with sweat
I was walkin’ through the crowd and guess who I met
I whispered in her ear, “Come to the picture booth
So I can ask you some questions to see if you are a hundred proof”
I asked her her name, she said blah-blah-blah
She had 9/10 pants and a very big bra
I took a couple of flicks and she was enthused
I said, “How do you like the show?”
She said, “I was very amused”
I started throwin’ bass, she started throwin’ back mid-range
But when I sprung the question, she acted kind of strange
Then when I asked, “Do ya have a man, ” she tried to pretend
She said, “No I don’t, I only have a friend”
Come on, I’m not even goin’ for it
This is what I’m goin’ sing

You, you got what I need but you say he’s just a friend
And you say he’s just a friend, oh baby
You, you got what I need but you say he’s just a friend
But you say he’s just a friend, oh baby
You, you got what I need but you say he’s just a friend
But you say he’s just a friend

So I took blah-blah’s word for it at this time
I thought just havin’ a friend couldn’t be no crime
‘Cause I have friends and that’s a fact
Like Agnes, Agatha, Germaine, and Jack
Forget about that, let’s go into the story
About a girl named blah-blah-blah that adored me
So we started talkin’, getttin’ familiar
Spendin’ a lot of time so we can build up
A relationship or some understanding
I was gonna be in the future we was plannin’
Everything sounded so dandy and sweet
I had no idea I was in for a treat
After this was established, everything was cool
The tour was over and she went back to school
I called every day to see how she was doin’
Everytime that I called her it seemed somethin’ was brewin’
I called her room a guy picked up, and then I called again
I said, “Yo, who was that?” “Oh, he’s just a friend”
Don’t gimme that, don’t ever gimme that
Jus’ bust this

You, you got what I need but you say he’s just a friend
And you say he’s just a friend, oh baby
You, you got what I need but you say he’s just a friend
But you say he’s just a friend, oh baby
You, you got what I need but you say he’s just a friend
But you say he’s just a friend

So I came to her college on a surprise visit
To see my girl that was so exquisite
It was a school day, I knew she was there
The first semester of the school year
I went to a gate to ask where was her dorm
This guy made me fill out a visitor’s form
He told me where it was and I as on my way
To see my baby doll, I was happy to say
I arrrived in front of the dormitory
Yo, could you tell me where is door three?
They showed me where it was for the moment
I didn’t know I was in for such an event
So I came to her room and opened the door
Oh, snap! Guess what I saw?
A fella tongue-kissin’ my girl in the mouth,
I was so in shock my heart went down south
So please listen to the message that I say
Don’t ever talk to a girl who says she just has a friend


2. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You

Heart

A woman has a one night stand to give her husband the child they so desperately want. years later, she runs into the one night stand — with the child. Can you say drama?

It was a rainy night when
he came into sight
Standing by the road, no umbrella,
no coat
So I pulled up along side and
I offered him a ride
He accepted with a smile
so we drove for a while
I didn’t ask him his name,
this lonely boy in the rain
Fate tell me it’s right,
is this love at first sight

All I wanna do is make love to you
Say you will
You want me too
All I wanna do is make love to you
I’ve got lovin’ arms to hold on to

So we found this hotel,
it was a place I knew well
We made magic that night.
Oh, he did everything right
He brought the woman out of me,
so many times, easily
And in the morning when he woke all
I left him was a note
I told him
“I am the flower you are the seed”
We walked in the garden
we planted a tree
Don’t try to find me,
please don’t you dare
Just live in my memory,
you’ll always be there

All I wanna do is make love to you
One night of love was all we knew
All I wanna do is make love to you
I’ve got lovin’ arms to hold on to

Oh, oooh, we made love
Love like strangers
All night long
We made love

Then it happened one day,
we came round the same way
You can imagine his surprise
when he saw his own eyes
I said “please, please understand
I’m in love with another man
And what he couldn’t give me
was the one little thing that you can”

All I wanna do is make love to you
One night of love was all we knew
All I wanna do is make love to you
Say you will, you want me too

All night long
All night long
All night long
All night long


3. On My Mind

Ellie Goulding

This song could inspire so many different stories! There are a lot of possibilities based on the lyrics. A girl doing a guy wrong. A girl who just wants to a casual relationship but then finds out the guy wants more. I could go on and on.

Oh, oh
Uh-oh-oh-oh
Eh

It’s a little blurry how the whole thing started
I don’t even really know what you intended
Thought that you were cute and you could make me jealous
Poured it down, so I poured it down
Next thing that I know I’m in a hotel with you
You were talking deep like it was mad love to you
You wanted my heart but I just liked your tattoos
Poured it down, so I poured it down

And now I don’t understand it
You don’t mess with love, you mess with the truth
And I know I shouldn’t say it
But my heart don’t understand

Why I got you on my mind
Why I got you on my mind
Why I got you on my mind
Why I got you on my mind
But my heart don’t understand
Why I got you on my mind
Why I got you on my mind
Why I got you on my mind
Why I got you on my mind

I always hear, always hear them talking
Talking ’bout a girl, ’bout a girl with my name
Saying that I hurt you but I still don’t get it
You didn’t love me, no, not really
Wait
I could have really liked you
I’ll bet, I’ll bet that’s why I keep on thinking ’bout you
It’s a shame (shame), you said I was good
So I poured it down, so I poured it down

And now I don’t understand it
You don’t mess with love, you mess with the truth
And I know I shouldn’t say it
But my heart don’t understand

Why I got you on my mind
Why I got you on my mind
Why I got you on my mind
Why I got you on my mind
But my heart don’t understand
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mi-i-i-i-ind

You got yourself in a dangerous zone
Cause we both have the fear, fear of being alone

And I still don’t understand it
You don’t mess with love, you mess with the truth
And my heart don’t understand it
Understand it, understand it

Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
But my heart don’t understand
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
But my heart don’t understand
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind
You think you know somebody
Why I got you on my mind

Uh, uh, uh, uh


4. Cry Me a River

Justin Timberlake

A guy finds out he gets cheated on and finds out. Then, he falls in love with a gorgeous actress…

You were my sun
You were my earth
But you didn’t know all the ways I loved you, no
So you took a chance
And made other plans
But I bet you didn’t think that they would come crashing down, no

You don’t have to say, what you did,
I already know, I found out from him
Now there’s just no chance, for you and me, there’ll never be
And don’t it make you sad about it

You told me you loved me
Why did you leave me, all alone
Now you tell me you need me
When you call me, on the phone
Girl I refuse, you must have me confused
With some other guy
Your bridges were burned, and now it’s your turn
To cry, cry me a river
Cry me a river-er
Cry me a river
Cry me a river-er, yea yea

I know that they say
That somethings are better left unsaid
It wasn’t like you only talked to him and you know it
(Don’t act like you don’t know it)
All of these things people told me
Keep messing with my head
(Messing with my head)
You should’ve picked honesty
Then you may not have blown it
(Yea..)

You don’t have to say, what you did,
(Don’t have to say, what you did)
I already know, I found out from him
(I already know, uh)
Now there’s just no chance, for you and me, there’ll never be
(No chance, you and me)
And don’t it make you sad about it

You told me you loved me
Why did you leave me, all alone
(All alone)
Now you tell me you need me
When you call me, on the phone
(When you call me on the phone)
Girl I refuse, you must have me confused
With some other guy
(I’m not like them baby)
Your bridges were burned, and now it’s your turn
(It’s your turn)
To cry, cry me a river
(Go on and just)
Cry me a river-er
(Go on and just)
Cry me a river
(Baby go on and just)
Cry me a river-er, yea yea

Oh
(Oh)
The damage is done
So I guess I be leaving
Oh
(Oh)
The damage is done
So I guess I be leaving
Oh
(Oh)
The damage is done
So I guess I be leaving
Oh
(Oh)
The damage is done
So I guess I be… leaving

You don’t have to say, what you did,
(Don’t have to say, what you did)
I already know, I found out from him
(I already know, uh)
Now there’s just no chance, for you and me, there’ll never be
(No chance, you and me)
And don’t it make you sad about it

Cry me a river
(Go on and just)
Cry me a river-er
(Baby go on and just)
Cry me a river
(You can go on and just)
Cry me a river-er, yea yea

Cry me a river
(Baby go on and just)
Cry me a river-er
(Go on and just)
Cry me a river
(Cause I’ve already cried)
Cry me a river-er, yea yea
(Ain’t gonna cry no more, yea-yea)

Cry me a river
Cry me a river, oh
Cry me a river, oh
Cry me a river, oh

Cry me a river, oh
(Cry me, cry me)
Cry me a river, oh
(Cry me, cry me)
Cry me a river, oh
(Cry me, cry me)
Cry me a river, oh
(Cry me, cry me)

Cry me a river, oh
(Cry me, cry me)
Cry me a river, oh
(Cry me, cry me)
Cry me a river
(Cry me, cry me)


5. You Belong to Me

Taylor Swift

Best friends to lovers? Yes, please.

You’re on the phone with your girlfriend
She’s upset
She’s going off about something that you said
‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor like I do
I’m in my room
It’s a typical Tuesday night
I’m listening to the kind of music she doesn’t like
And she’ll never know your story like I do’

But she wears short skirts
I wear T-shirts
She’s cheer captain
And I’m on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day when you wake up
And find that what you’re looking for has been here the whole time

If you can see I’m the one who understands you
Been here all along so why can’t you see
You belong with me
You belong with me

Walkin’ the streets with you and your worn-out jeans
I can’t help thinking this is how it ought to be
Laughing on a park bench, thinking to myself
Hey isn’t this easy

And you’ve got a smile that could light up this whole town
I haven’t seen it in a while since she brought you down
You say your fine
I know you better then that
Hey what you doing with a girl like that

She wears high heels
I wear sneakers
She’s cheer captain and I’m on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day when you wake up
And find that what what you’re looking for has been here the whole time

If you can see that I’m the one who understands you
Been here all along so why can’t you see
You belong with me

Standing by and waiting at your back door
All this time how could you not know
Baby, you belong with me
You belong with me

Oh, I remember you drivin’ to my house in the middle of the night
I’m the one who makes you laugh
When you know you’re about to cry
And I know your favorite songs
And you tell me about your dreams
I think I know where you belong
I think I know it’s with me

Can’t you see that I’m the one who understands you
Been here all along so why can’t you see
You belong with me

Standing by and waiting at your back door
All this time
How could you not know
Baby you belong with me
You belong with me

You belong with me
Have you ever thought just maybe
You belong with me
You belong with me


6. One

Ed Sheeran

A girl is engaged to one guy, but still has feelings for another. The other guy begs her not to get married and be with him.

Tell me that you turned down the man
Who asked for your hand
‘Cause you’re waiting for me
And I know, you’re gonna be away a while
But I’ve got no plans at all to leave

And would you take away my hopes and dreams and just stay with me?

All my senses come to life
While I’m stumbling home as drunk as I
Have ever been and I’ll never leave again
‘Cause you are the only one
And all my friends have gone to find
Another place to let their hearts collide
[Regular version:] Just promise me, you’ll never leave again
[Acoustic version:] Just promise me, you’ll always be a friend
‘Cause you are the only one

Take my hand and my
Heart and soul, I will
Only have these eyes for you
And you know, everything changes but
We’ll be strangers if we see this through
You could stay within these walls and bleed
Or just stay with me
Oh lord, now

All my senses come to life
While I’m stumbling home as drunk as I
Have ever been and I’ll never leave again
‘Cause you are the only one
And all my friends have gone to find
Another place to let their hearts collide
Just promise me, you’ll always be a friend
‘Cause you are the only one

I’m stumbling off drunk, getting myself lost
I am so gone, so tell me the way home
I listen to sad songs, singing about love
And where it goes wrong

All my senses come to life
While I’m stumbling home as drunk as I
Have ever been and I’ll never leave again
‘Cause you are the only one
And all my friends have gone to find
Another place to let their hearts collide
Just promise me, you’ll always be a friend
‘Cause you are the only one


7.  Ex to See

Sam Hunt

A guy and girl are using each other to make their exes jealous but end up falling in love.

Well there ain’t enough smoke in my eyes
To hide the kinda games you’re trying to play
Honey don’t you act so surprised
You know exactly what I’m bout to say
You kiss my lips, like you mean it
But you ain’t that slick

Everywhere we go you keep looking around
Fixing your make up like its about to go down
And he walks in, it all makes sense
Suddenly you’re climbing all up next to me, next to me
I ain’t no fool, you rascal you
You don’t want me, you just want your ex to see, ex to see
Woahh woahhh woahh ohhh

So thats why when I pick you up
You always want me to drive your car
So I can leave mine at your house
And he can wonder where you are
You’re right here
Looking sexy whispering in my ear

Everywhere we go you keep looking around
Fixing your make up like its about to go down
And he walks in, it all makes sense
Suddenly you’re climbing all up next to me, next to me
I ain’t no fool, you rascal you
You don’t want me you just want your ex to see, ex to see
Woahh oh woah oh woah ohhh oh

Girl you look kinda cute, called out
You’re making it hard to have hard feelings for you now
So hey, did he really do you wrong
Hmm
I guess I can play along
I guess I can play along
He walks in, it all makes sense
Suddenly you’re climbing all up next to me, next to me
I ain’t no fool, you rascal you
Girl come here and kiss me
I just want your ex to see
Woahh oh woah oh woahhh
I just want your ex to see
Ex to see, ex to see


8. Somewhere on a Beach

Dierks Bentley

A guy’s girlfriend breaks up with him, so he goes on vacation and meets an awesome girl.

Bet you think I'm sitting at home, no!
Bet you think that I'm all alone, no!
Bet you think I'm missing you and wishing you would call my phone,
Hell, no!
I went wheels up on a runway
And that ticket was a long way
I'm somewhere on a beach
Sipping something strong,
Got a new girl, she got it going on
We drink all day, and party all night
I'm way too good to have you on my mind
Well, she got a body and she's naughty,
and she got me like you ain't never got me
Getting sun, getting sun, and I ain't slept in a week
Yeah, I'm somewhere on a beach.
Heard you called my boys,
Heard you called my folks
They said you drove by my house real slow
You can check every spot, roll down every road
But girl, I ain't even close
I'm somewhere on a beach
Sipping something strong,
Got a new girl, she got it going on
We drink all day, and party all night
I'm way too good to have you on my mind
Well, she got a body and she's naughty,
and she got me like you ain't never got me
Getting sun, getting sun, and I ain't slept in a week
Yeah, I'm somewhere on a beach.
I wish it could've worked out
But I'm gettin' over you now,
On a beach towel
With my shades on
My drink's up
And the sun's out
Huh! somewhere on a beach!
[guitars break]
I'm somewhere on a beach
Sipping something strong,
Got a new girl, she got it going on
We drink all day, and party all night
I'm way too good to have you on my mind
Well, she got a body and she's naughty,
and she got me like you ain't never got me
Getting sun, getting sun, and I ain't slept in a week
Yeah, I'm somewhere on a beach
Yeah, I'm somewhere on a beach


9. Jack & Diane

John Mellencamp

I just want to know more about Jack and Diane.

Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids growin’ up in the heartland
Jackie gonna be a football star
Diane debutante backseat of Jackie’s car

Suckin’ on chili dogs outside the tastee freeze
Diane’s sittin’ on Jackie’s lap
He’s got his hand between her knees
Jackie say, hey, Diane
Let’s run off behind a shady trees
Dribble off those Bobby Brooks
Let me do what I please
Say a

Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
Say a
Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
They walk on

Jackie sits back
Reflects his thoughts for the moment
Scratches his head
And does his best James Dean
Well you know, Diane
We oughta run off to the city
Diane says, baby
You ain’t missin’ nuth-in
Jackie, say-a

Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
Oh yeah, I say, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone

Gonna let it rock
Let it roll
Let the Bible Belt come
And save my soul
Hold on to sixteen as long as you can
Changes come around real soon
Make us women and men

Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone
Oh yeah, I say, life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone

Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids done the best they can


10. Single for the Summer

Sam Hunt

A guy breaks up with his girlfriend because he wants to have fun. Turns out he can’t get her out of his mind.

The new years getting older, the February roses are withered away
The sun keeps getting closer, sinking a little slower everyday
Ooo it’s getting louder at the lights, music clashing in the street, moon shining on the parking lot dolls
Tanned legs in the nights, sliding out of the sea, stilettos at the crosswalk
I graduated but every year in May I get that ‘schools out’ feeling
I feel it creeping in every day’s a weekend and I’m drowning in the freedom

[Chorus:]
Blame it on the bikinis, party girls, and martinis and the sunshine
Private school daughters that never go under water, keeping their hair just right
I know in September, I’m a remember how much I love her
I’m single for the suh-uh-uh single for the summer

I’ve gone off the deep end, the company I’m keeping is messing me up
The good girls at home sleeping, while I’m out creeping til the sun comes up
Ooo I’ve got my phone faced down, and my hair combed back, riding round getting good at the game
Saying the wrong things right, chasing midtown girls holding hands and forgetting their names
I graduated but every year in May I get that ‘schools out’ feeling
Don’t wanna leave and pretend that I’m not a cheater and I can’t help leaving

[Chorus:]
Blame it on the bikinis, party girls, and martinis and the sunshine
Private school daughters that never go under water keeping their hair just right
I know in September, I’m a remember how much I love her
I’m single for the suh-uh-uh single for the summer
All of these pretty young thangs (pretty young thangs)
Can make you forget a goodbye’s sad
Tryin’ to make a good guy bad

[Chorus:]
Blame it on the bikinis, party girls, and martinis and the sunshine
Private school daughters that never go under water keeping their hair just right
I know in September, I’m a remember how much I love her
I’m single for the suh-uh-uh single for the summer
I’m single for the suh-uh-uh single for the summer

Why do I love all of these city girls
Why do I love all of these city girls
Why do I love all of these city girls with pretty eyes, down on Demonbreun
Broken hearted rich girls, the debutantes, the small town runaways
All dolled up at the bar, with debit cards, they don’t know how pretty they are
City girls, city girls


Would you want to read any of these books?

You’re Really Lovely…

“You’re really lovely
Underneath it all
You want to love me
Underneath it all
I’m really lucky
Underneath it all
You’re really lovely “

♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥

My final music inspired romance theme for the week is inspired by No Doubt’s Underneath It All. All of the romance novels I spotlight are really lovely underneath all of the angst, humor and whatever else they have going on.

I’ve decided to spotlight quite a few, so I’ve broken them down by Adult, New Adult and Young Adult. If they are part of a series, I’ve included the first book in the series with a link to its Goodreads page. Maybe this will inspire you to read one of them today or another day when you need a little romance.


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And that’s it for my romance related posts inspired by music. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I’m going to be spending at my nephew’s 5th birthday party. 🙂

In case you want to catch up on my romance related posts for the week, here are all the links to them.

Don’t You Want to Be More Than Friends…

Top Ten Tuesday: Bad Boys, Bad Boys..

Who Do You Love? Are You For Sure?

I Don’t See Nothing Wrong…

I Should Have Known Right From the Start You’d Go and Break My Heart

Little Ditty About…

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

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A big thank you to Lila @ The Bookkeepers Secrets for tagging me in The Playlist Shuffle Tag.  I love music and I’ve been enjoying reading everyone’s playlists for this tag. You can find Lila’s playlist here.

My dilemma prior to completing this tag was which music source to hit shuffle on. Do I pull out my old school iPod Nano that I still use to listen to music in my house (I haven’t downloaded new music in a couple of years) or do I choose Spotify on my phone? Decisions are the worst! So, because I was curious, I decided to do both. They turned out so random.


 

The Rules:

Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.


Spotify:

  1. In The Dark – DEV
  2. Always – Erasure
  3. I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness
  4. Primitive – Richard Vission, Luciana
  5. I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
  6. House Party – Sam Hunt
  7. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
  8. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
  9. We Run the Night – Havana Brown, Pitbull
  10. Just Give Me a Reason – Pink, Nate Ruess
  11. Till It Hurts – Yellow Claw, Ayden
  12. You Can Do It – Ice Cube
  13. Na Na – Trey Songz
  14. She’s Gone – One Drop
  15. Pray to God – Calvin Harris, HAIM

iPod:

  1. The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  2. Oh L’Amour – Erasure
  3. Lucky – Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat
  4. Making Memories of Us – Keith Urban
  5. Out from Under – Britney Spears
  6. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
  7. I Got 5 On It – Luniz
  8. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  9. Say Something – A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera
  10. Feel Your Love – Kim Sozzi
  11. Starships – Pentatonix
  12. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
  13. Ready or Not – Fugees
  14. Let’s Get Down – Tony! Toni! Toné!
  15. And We Danced – Macklemore

 

Now it’s your turn! I tag:

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Claire @ Art and Soul

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Jessica @ Mud and Stars

Jordyn  @ J.Bookish

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

 

Series Review (PART 2): Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan

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This review is a continuation of the Calendar Girls series I began yesterday. You can find the review for books 1 – 6 here.

Series Title: Calendar Girl

Books: JulyAugustSeptemberOctober, November and December

Author: Audrey Carlan

Publication Dates: January 15, 2015 – December 29, 2015

Publisher: Waterhouse Press

Genre: Erotic Romance (PLEASE NOTE: Unsuitable for audiences under age 18 due to foul language, graphic sex and some violence.)


 

I decided to review the Calendar Girl series in two posts instead of each separate installment because  it seemed an easier way to put my thoughts together. I flew through each book and it didn’t make sense to stop and review in between when there was more of the story to read. I would have done one post, but it would have been SUPER long! This is the second part of the review.

The Calendar Girl series is about Mia, a young woman who has become an escort (not a call girl!) in order to pay off debts her comatose father has incurred. Each book is titled by month and detail Mia’s monthly assignments. It’s important to read them in order, as each book has a little surprise of its own that would be ruined if you read them out-of-order.

Here we go again…


 

25791683 July 

5 Stars

Hip-hop, Miami heat, and the Latin Lov-ah.

The second half to this year-long journey has taken me to Magic City…Miami. I’ve been hired by the nation’s top hip-hop artist, Anton Santiago. His name is as sexy as he is, and it rolls off the tongue the same way his muscled form rolls to his music. He goes by the name Latin Lov-ah, and boy does he work that title from his rock-hard body, Latin hip-hop fusion dance moves, to the way he beds his women.

He’s raw, dirty, and one hundred percent player…and I want to wrap my naked body all over him and forget about everything.

Every word that comes out of his mouth is a siren’s song.

Every thrust of his hips draws me closer.

Every breath against my neck sends me into a tailspin of need and desire.

After what happened in June, I need to rip the bandage off. Move on. Anton could be just the thing I need to get my groove back.

I was hired to play the part of a seductress in Anton’s new music video, but, in the end, I’m the one being seduced.

***
In the seventh book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Miami, Florida. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be in a hot new music video where her unique look and recent popularity will prove invaluable.

My review:

After the ending of June, I was wondering where the story would go. I actually really liked how it moved on and showed how Mia dealt with everything that happened in June. I was also happy to see Will show up again and how he and Anton helped Mia through a tough time.


 

26007992 August

5 Stars

Pretending. I’ve always been good at pretending.
Being someone else is easy, and that ability has served me well these last seven months.

This time, I’ve been hired to be the long lost sister of oil tycoon, and down to earth cowboy, Maxwell Cunningham. Recently, Maxwell’s father passed away and in his last Will and Testament he dropped a bomb no one saw coming.

One of the richest men in the world, left forty-nine percent of his company to a sister my client never knew he had. A woman named Mia Saunders.

Maxwell has a year to find this sister or he loses almost half of his empire to a greedy board of investors. Somehow, he found me and here I am.

Sharing in family dinners, pretending to be someone I’m not and fooling bigwigs left and right. Only I’m finding myself falling in love with a family I can never have. One that will hurt to leave.

Stetsons, soul-searching, and sisterly duty all come into a sharp tangle with twists and turns I never saw coming.

***

In the eight book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Dallas, Texas. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be the long lost sister of Maxwell Cunningham, one of the newly richest men in America.

My review:

Ooo! I really like where the story is headed now! Maxwell and his family were so sweet!


 

26523227 September

4 Stars

Vegas, Viscous Exes, and Ventilators.

My life felt like a fast ride on a too short highway. Coming home should be roses and rainbows, but nothing that comes out of the desert blooms free. I was most certainly not free. I’d missed my payment to Blaine, owed the last client a hundred grand I didn’t have, and my father was on his deathbed. To make matters worse, Wes was missing in action. As in, no one had seen or heard from him in three weeks. Devastation didn’t begin to explain where my mental state was at.

Like anything life had thrown my way, I pulled on my big girl panties, not the sexy lacy ones I enjoyed teasing my guy with, but the kind that said, “This ass means business.”

I had no choice but to make the decision I made.

My ex, the man that ruined the concept of love for me, put my father in the hospital, was about to get everything he ever wanted…at least that’s what I led him to believe.
***
In the ninth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia rushes back home to Las Vegas, Nevada. Things have taken a turn for her father, putting her into debt up to her eyeballs.

My review:

The story takes a turn in September that I didn’t see coming. It was an emotional book for both Mia and the reader. It was good, but was more family oriented.


 

26523230 October

5 Stars

Silicone, surgery, and Hollywood starlets.

The land of the stars was beckoning and I answered its call. Now that I was free, well, as free as anyone could be, I decided to pursue something for me. To grab life by the horns and ride that sucker until I found my place within it. That decision brought me back home to Malibu, California, where I awaited the beginning of this next phase in my journey.

The job? Create a segment surrounding Living Beautiful for celebrity doctor and daytime television guru, Dr. Hoffman. The man was known for his cunning wit, good looks, and no nonsense lifestyle. In a city that was filled with plastic Barbie dolls, and nothing you touched was real, I set out to find beauty. And in doing so, I found a lot more that, for me, for the man I loved, and for the rest of the nation.

***
In the tenth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is settled in her new home in Malibu, California. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.

My review:

Mia’s popularity is finally catching up to her and she’s got a new job. She’s also got a lot on her plate to deal with when it comes to Wes. It was a little bit heartbreaking and made me worry a bit about them.


 

26523232 November

4.5 Stars

Life, Love, Laughter.

Three things I never expected to experience in the month of giving thanks, but that is just what I received. Wes had survived Hell on Earth, and was back where he was meant to be…in my arms and my bed. For good. There would be no breaking us apart after the trauma we experienced up to this point.

My new job with Century Production sent me to the big apple to interview celebrities for a special segment on being thankful. What is a girl to do when she has an entire host of celebrity friends from her past year of travels? You better believe I called up my friends Mason Murphy, all-star pitcher for the Red Sox, and Anton Santiago, the Latin Lov-ah, to participate. They were all too happy to oblige, only my guy’s feathers were a bit ruffled by the ease with which they came running.

Add in my new family and you’ve got a fairytale Thanksgiving. Except for one tiny detail…the single seat at the table, left open by the hole in my heart that only one person could fill.
***
In the eleventh book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to New York City to film a segment for her new job. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.

My review:

Getting to see a whole lot more of Wes and Mia together in this installment is a huge plus! Wes is working through his issues, but his new found jealousy is a huge problem. I’m nervous to find out what’s really causing it. I’m still really loving where the story is headed. I’m going to miss it when it’s over.


 

26879258 December 

5 Stars

Mountains, miracles, and marriage.

I had no idea what to expect when the producers of Dr. Hoffman sent me to the pristine white mountains of Aspen, Colorado. As the town of Aspen is known for being a winter haven for uber-rich Americans, I knew this desert cactus was going to be way out of her element. The ace up my sleeve however, was a high-class movie-making surfer whose family owned a cabin in those snowy hills. With him by my side, I’d make the most out of the experience.

The job was assigned under unusual circumstances. An anonymous mountain man paid a hefty fee to persuade the producers of my show to send me out for a segment on local artisans. Suited up in my parka and Ugg boots, I put the warmth of the California sun in the rearview mirror and headed to a winter wonderland.
With my newfound family in tow, I was prepared to celebrate the best month the year had to offer…until the one woman who drastically changed my life all those years ago appeared like a shadow out of pure frosted air, shattering my soul all over again.

In the twelfth and final book in the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to Aspen, Colorado to film a segment on local artists. Prepare to be wowed as Mia’s journey merges into the ending everyone has been waiting for.

My review:

December was a great end to an amazing series. It brought Mia’s year full circle in an interesting way. I especially loved the extra epilogue, a “Where are they now?” type of chapter.


My final thoughts on the Calendar Girl series…

4.75 Stars!!!

This series is freakin’ addicting. It’s over 1300 pages long and I’m pretty sure I read it in 4 or 5 days. I couldn’t put it down. Mia’s journey throughout Calendar Girl was so much fun to read. It was humorous, sexy, intense, romantic, erotic, heartbreaking, heartwarming and entertaining. I enjoyed the story so much and I’m sad it’s over. I would highly recommend this series to romance readers. I’m definitely going to be checking out Audrey Carlan’s other books in the future.

 

 

 

Series Review (PART 1): Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan

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Series Title: Calendar Girl

Books: JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril, May and June

Author: Audrey Carlan

Publication Dates: January 15, 2015 – December 29, 2015

Publisher: Waterhouse Press

Genre: Erotic Romance (PLEASE NOTE: Unsuitable for audiences under age 18 due to foul language, graphic sex and some violence.)


 

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Ashley told me I needed to read the Calendar Girl series. She had seen ads for it on Facebook and had heard it was “the next Fifty Shades of Grey“. Ashley had just started the series and was immediately hooked. We usually have the same taste in books, so was nice enough to loan me her Kindle copies of each book as she finished them.

I decided to review the Calendar Girl series in two posts instead of each separate installment because  it seemed an easier way to put my thoughts together. We flew through each book and it didn’t make sense to stop and review in between when there was more of the story to read. I would have done one post, but it would have been SUPER long!

The Calendar Girl series is about Mia, a young woman who has become an escort (not a call girl!) in order to pay off debts her comatose father has incurred. Each book is titled by month and detail Mia’s monthly assignments. It’s important to read them in order, as each book has a little surprise of its own that would be ruined if you read them out-of-order.

So, here we go…


24283477January 

5 Stars

It’s really simple. I needed money. A lot of money. One million dollars to be exact. The amount didn’t matter. All that mattered is that at the end of that price tag held my father’s life.

No money. No life.

The time limit was one year. On January 1st I had to pay up or my Father was going to be killed.

When you’re faced with an ultimatum like this, you do whatever you have to do.

And that’s exactly what I did.

The job…Exquisite Escorts. My role, serve as high priced arm candy to anyone that can afford the $100,000 price tag for a month of my company. Sex is optional (for me) and a 20% increase on the price.

***
Mia Saunders just barely escaped a paltry life back home in Las Vegas until she gets the call that her Father has been beaten to within an inch of his life for not paying his gambling debt. Problem is, the lone shark is her lousy, ruthless ex-boyfriend. Another guy in a long line of men she’d fallen head over heels for. Not anymore.

Mia’s mission is simple. Serve as a high-priced escort for her Aunt’s company and pay monthly against her Father’s bad debt. A month with a rich man who she doesn’t have to sleep with if she doesn’t want to? Easy money. At least that’s the way it was supposed to go.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia, told from her perspective as she continues her journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

There’s not much info on January in this description besides the debt and becoming an escort. In January, Mia also goes out on her first month long assignment. She’s to be the “girlfriend” of a popular movie writer, Wes. Mia can’t help but be attracted to the sexy writer and quickly decides there will be some “extracurricular activities” on this assignment. What Mia doesn’t count on is completely falling for her first assignment. It makes leaving at the end of the month that much harder.

My review:

I loved, loved, loved the start to this series! Mia was hilarious and I couldn’t help fall in love with Wes myself. I was sad when she had to move on to her next assignment. I wasn’t sure the rest of the series could be as good or top January.


24514594 February

5 Stars

A muse. Me. The motorcycle riding, ass-kicking, concert t-shirt wearing chick from Las Vegas, is a world-renowned French artist’s muse. For a month.

I had no idea when I took the escort job with Exquisite Escorts I would be standing naked in front of a blank canvas in a Seattle warehouse.

“Love on Canvas” he calls his exhibit, a combination of photographic stills and paint entwined to create the most awe-inspiring pieces the world will ever see. Except every last one of them features me and a moment in time where I was vulnerable.

Alec Dubois played on those vulnerabilities, teaching me lessons about love and life that would stay with me through the rest of my days.

***
Mia Saunders continues her mission to bail out her comatose father whose life is on the line to a dangerous loan-shark who happens to be Mia’s ex-boyfriend. For this journey, she serves as a high-priced escort to French artist named Alec Dubois in Seattle, Washington.

My review:

I shouldn’t have been afraid of what was to come next for Mia! Her assignment in Seattle (I love my home state settings!) was just as good as her assignment in January. While I thought it might bug me that Mia was jumping in bed with another man than Wes, it didn’t because of her connection with Alec. He taught her so much about herself through his art. I liked the way Mia grew in this one. Although, I wasn’t sad to see it end because I couldn’t wait to see what was in store next for Mia!


 

24980433 March

4.5 Stars

A fiancée. I’m going to Chicago to pretend to be some Italian Stallion’s future wife. Why a massive hunk, boxer, and rich restaurateur needs a fake bride is beyond me. Then again, I’m not paid to know why. I’m paid $100,000 to be his escort, or in this case, the woman he’s supposedly “going” to marry.

The moment I met Antony “Tony” Fasano, I thought I might have lost my ability to breathe. In my twenty four years of life, I’d not seen anything like him. Clad only in a small towel precariously dangling from his hips–water droplets streaming down every inch of his muscular frame–I knew right then and there, I’d finally seen male perfection in all its raw glory.

What happened next blew me away. It was now abundantly clear why he needed me…a fake fiancée.

***
Mia Saunders continues her mission to save her comatose father from her dangerous, loan-shark ex-boyfriend. This month, she serves as a high-priced escort to a restaurateur named Anthony Fasano in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

My review:

I’m not going to say too much about March because I don’t want to give the surprise away (even though I guess it right off the bat). It was a fun read, but not as exciting as the rest of the series so far. I did love the new role Mia seems to be taking on as the series progresses, though.


 

25157544 April

5 Stars

Baseball, beer, and a hot boy. Nothing can beat that. Until I meet Mason “Mace” Murphy the next “it” pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and my client. He’s immature, arrogant, sexy as sin, and the last man that’s going to get into my panties. He’s not used to hearing the word no from women, so I’m going to spell it out for him.

N = Not going to happen.

O = Out of your league buddy.

I was hired to cuddle up to the annoying, beautiful athlete, and give prospective advertisers and fans a different view of this hot-shot professional baller.

Only he’s everything I detest in a man all wrapped into a dream package. Baseball player, talented, athletic body, sculpted face, and ass you can bounce quarters off of. Unfortunately, he also believes he’s God’s gift to women, a man-whore, throws money around like it grows on trees, and conceited. The challenge for him, to break down my defenses and get in there. My challenge, avoid hopping in the sack with him at all costs.

***
Mia Saunders continues her mission to save her comatose father from her dangerous, loan-shark ex-boyfriend. This month, she serves as a high-priced escort to a professional baseball player named Mace Murphy in Boston, MA.

My review:

I loved April simply because I loved Mason. The cocky baseball player was so crude and cocky. I found myself laughing at his stupid comments constantly. As for Mia, I like her more and more with each book. Her growth as a person continued in this one and I really felt for her.


 

25409003 May 

5 Stars

Swimsuits, sun, surfing, and a sexy Samoan. I headed to the island of Oahu, Hawaii to meet with cutting-edge swimsuit fashion designer, Angel D’Amico, to serve as head model for the “Beauty Comes in All Sizes” swimsuit campaign. The designer wants to show the world that beauty is not just a size two. My curves got me into this gig, and, the moment I laid eyes on my modeling “partner,” I’d never been happier with my buxom form.

Tai Niko had everything the average man lacked. Height, broad shoulders, a nipped in waist, square pecs, tree trunk thighs, and a look that rivaled “The Rock.” The part that made me drool and weakened my knees, was the thick, intricate tribal tattoos running down the entire left side of his muscled frame from shoulder to ankle. The design was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and I couldn’t wait to trace the tips of my fingers over every inch.

***

In the fifth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Oahu, HI. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the model life to prove beauty really does come in all sizes.

My review:

May might just be my favorite book of the series besides January. I loved the tropical setting of Hawaii and Tai. His dominance in life and the bedroom made me smile. I also liked getting to know Mia’s sister a little more in this one.


 

25610306 June

4 Stars

Politics, phallic statues, and pretty women.

Literally everywhere you look, you see an old man and a gold-digging cling-on wrapped around their wrinkly arms.

Luck had not gone my way when Warren Shipley, one of the nation’s wealthiest men hired me to play arm-candy in order to save face with the other one percenters he did business with. At least that’s what I thought when I arrived in Washington, DC, until I was met by old man Shipley’s debonair and insanely handsome son. Aaron Shipley was notably the youngest senator in the history of politics voted Senator of California at the tender age of thirty-five. Single, beyond rich, and the face of every political magazine around the US. Women everywhere wanted a taste of that power.

Me, I’d always thought politics were boring…boy was I wrong. Democracy had never been more exciting.

***
In the sixth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the life of a gold-digging whore to allow her client to get close to other very powerful men.

My review:

I hate to say it, but June might be my least favorite book in the series so far. It was fun to see Mia give Warren a lessen or two on how to treat someone you love, but his son was a little too creepy for me.


The Calendar Girl series so far…

If I had to rate the entire series so far, I would give it 4.75 Stars. I’m absolutely addicted to the series and I love Mia’s journey so far. She’s learned so much about herself and had a bunch of sexy fun along the way. At this point, I’m still hoping her journey takes her back to Wes in the end. My only big complaint about the series would be skeezy Aaron Shipley. His character made for an interesting story, but he creeped me out a little too much! 

Check out Part 2 of the Calendar Girls series review tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th.

 

 

 

Review: Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Keneally

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Author: Miranda Keneally

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?


My rating: 5 / 5 Stars


Where have Miranda Kenneally’s books been all of my life? Jesse’s Girl was so cute! I adored it. I didn’t want to put it down. It made me smile from beginning to end. It was sweet and fun, but also had a great message about being yourself and going after your dreams.

If you enjoy YA contemporary romances, this one is for you. Miranda Keaneally is going on my YA must read list with Kasie West and Ali Novak. Don’t be surprised if you see reviews of some of her other books on my blog in the near future!