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I'm one of those people that no matter how many books I have, I can't turn down a sale or a trip to the bookstore. There are no limits to what I'll read and I hope you enjoy my reviews.

Review – Worth the Risk – Jamie Beck

worth-the-riskWorth the Risk
Author: Jamie Beck
Series: #3 in the St James series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Description:
When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont’s Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn’t anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he’s making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive.

Gabby Bouchard refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn’t fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson’s smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces him to give in to temptation, Gabby’s jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life she has built for herself and her son.

With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.

Review:
While Jamie Beck is a new to me author (on the reading front), I had previously come across her books in my recommendations on Amazon (I had just never quite jumped on the opportunity…which basically means, I’m an idiot!) – so when I was approached by a publicist to participate in a book tour for her new release, I jumped on the opportunity. Coincidently, my plan to read Worth the Risk, also fell on the same weekend as a planned 24 hour read-a-thon and knowing that I would likely need something compelling in the early hours of the morning, I held onto the book until then. And boy, it didn’t disappoint…I can safely say that it got me through the early hours of the morning (somewhere between 3 and 4am) when all I wanted to do was curl up and take a nap.

Its hard to decide where to begin in writing this review – from the total cover love that I had (I mean, I would love to live in a place with scenery like that) to the vivid descriptions of Vermont to the interactions between Gabby, Jackson, her father and her son…this book was just the whole package. As a reader, I enjoyed how the author tackled the topics of drug addiction and alcoholism – it made the characters seem more real because it showed how flawed people can be and still find love – rather than the need to be perfect. It just goes to show that sometimes love is worth the risk – what does it take to be willing to step off that cliff and fall in love with someone who may have a dark past, or potentially a dark future? the risk to stick your neck out after being hurt and to try again? every day of life is a risk – small or large and its the risk that we take that let’s us live the lives we that we do…but anyways, let’s get away from the philosophical musings…

Before I had even finished Worth the Risk, I had logged onto amazon and using my trusty Kindle Unlimited subscription – had borrowed the previous books in the St James series (now to find time to read them in the near future)…I also (as soon as it was a sane hour for facebooking people), told one of my friends that she needed to pick up a Jamie Beck book if she hadn’t already. So that is my advice to you – if you like contemporary romance with wit and humor, that is smexy without being too overboard – then Worth the Risk might be the book for you – but you can’t be afraid of darker, more honest themes.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2016 in Book Review, Review

 

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It’s Monday – What Are You Reading? (24 October)

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It’s Monday – What are you reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

I feel like I just spent a good portion of the weekend blogging because I participated in the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 hour Read-A-Thon on Saturday (we started at 8am and it finished 8am on Sunday). While I’ve pseudo participated in the past, this was the first RAT that I was actively trying to read as much as possible and as long as possible. Aside from a 2hr nap in the afternoon and then a short doze around 6:45 (for 20ish minutes), I read (or listened to audio) pretty much the rest of the time. Ultimately, I finished 9 books (3 of which were significantly in progress; 1 which I had read a chapter of and the other 5 were complete reads) – these 9 books resulted in 2583pgs being read (to include the 3 books that I still have in progress). I also listened to 239 minutes (so nearly 4 hours) of my current audiobook (this worked great while I was out running errands, or when I was updating my blog every couple of hours). So I was uber-proud of my participation and hope to beat it in April when the next read-a-thon rolls around.

I’m honestly not sure how much reading i’ll get done this weekend as I prep for my last race of the season (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself)…for some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to run the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, only 3 weeks after doing my Ironman…all I can say is, in the singing of Dirks Bentley…”what was I thinking?

Currently/Planned Reading:
I finished up Dewey’s Read-A-Thon with 3 books in progress – so my goal this week is to finish them up. I also have an ARC of a new contemporary romance that is due the first week of November, so i’m hoping to get that read this week. I do have my normal variety of genres that are in progress (I mean, I have to keep things interesting right?). The list as it currently stands (subject to any random whims of reading) is: Malicious Intent – I’m about 35% of the way through this right now – i was hoping to get it read during the Read-a-thon but it wasn’t completely keeping my interest (aka, I needed something lighter to read at 4am this morning). I also have Surfacing (Siri Lindley) – an autobiography (I had hoped to get this read last week, but real life got in the way) and The Curse of Tenth Grave (the newest book in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones – this came in for me at the library and I need to get it read and returned).

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Currently/Planned Listening:
I have a shade over 3hrs left in Lothaire currently (thank to the nearly 4 hours I listened to during the read-a-thon, as well as going to dinner with friends and having a bit of a drive to get there. So I should finish it up either today or tomorrow (figuring a 2-3 hour commute which is the norm for a Monday). Once I finish with it, then i’m going to tackle 2 audiobooks at once – one a mystery/thriller (The Grave Tattoo, by Val McDermid) and the other, the final in the MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood (science fiction/dystopia).

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What about you- how does your last (full) week in October look for reading and listening?

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2016 in It's Monday! What are you reading?, Meme

 

Dewey’s 24hr Read-A-Thon – Hours 21-24

dewey2-2015Hours 21-24 Update

I DID IT! well, almost…aside from my unplanned nap this afternoon (pretty much all i remember was reading and then I was out of it) and a slight doze around 6:45 (maybe 15 min or so) – I read or listened to books for the entire day. I honestly never thought I’d be able to do that, but I guess if there is a will (and lots of coffee, chocolate and soda), there is a way! I had a great time participating and can’t wait for the April one to roll around – my goal is to try and do with NO naps – so we’ll see😉

I’m going to post more of a summary post tomorrow when I do my “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?” update; but here is the end of event survey – so you guys can see how much fun I had (and decide if you want to play along in April when the next one is held!)

End of Event Survey
Which hour was most daunting for you? I think end of hour 22 and 23 were the hardest for me – so the 6:45 to 7:15am time period…I’m actually normally up then (since I get up at 4:45 most days) – but the being awake and not being asleep kicked my ass. I think I dozed off for a few minutes here and there towards the end.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I didn’t have any of them this time, since I’m waiting on his new book to be released but Matt Reilly’s military thriller books would be great read-a-thon reads because they are literally a continual roller-coaster. Unfortunately, I likely won’t get my hands on his new book until Christmas and will probably have it read before the April read-a-thon and i’m not a re-reader (or very rarely am I a re-reader)
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I wanted to cheer people on more, but found the mobile version of the website, where the participations were listed to be really hard to use – I couldn’t easily access the table on my phone which was how I did the majority of my cheering/participation (aside from my periodic blog posts).
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Last time i did the read-a-thon, I tried to update every hour, but I was spending more time updating than reading; this time I opted for every 2 hours (most of the time) and even had some 4 hour updates. i think the 4 hour updates worked the best for me and that’s probably what I’ll use next time
How many books did you read? I finished 9 books during the read-a-thon; 3 of them I had read portions of prior to starting and a 4th, I had read a chapter of the night before; 5 of them were completely new during the read-a-thon
What were the names of the books you read?
Why Do You Say It? – Webb Garrison – non fiction
A House Without Windows – Nadia Hashimi – cultural fiction
The Sweetness of Honey – Alison Kent – women’s lit/romance
Rescued – Stephanie St. Klaire – romantic suspense
Sweet Possession – Maya Banks – erotic romance
All About Seduction – Katy Madison – historical romance
Perfectly Ms Matched – Tamra Baumann – contemp romance
Worth the Risk – Jamie Beck – contemp romance
Welcoming the Bad Boy – Annie Rains – contemp romance
Which book did you enjoy most? It took me a while to get into it, but I ended up enjoying A House Without Windows; as well as Worth the Risk.
Which did you enjoy least? Rescued – it had really high ratings on Goodreads but just didn’t work for me.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? heck yeah, i’ll be back in April🙂
What role would you be likely to take next time? I think I’d like to cheer lead a bit more and maybe come up with a mini-challenge – but folks are so creative with the ones that were posted that I don’t know if i could do the same…

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Read-A-Thon, Reading Events

 

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Dewey’s 24Hr Read-A-Thon – Hours 17-20

dewey2-2015Hours 17-20 Update

So i opted to not do an update at the 18hour point because I hadn’t finished any books in the preceding two hours (although I had made some pretty significant headway) – but I have good news to report now, I just finished (like maybe 5 minutes ago) – the one book that I had made it a goal to finish during this Read-a-thon – A House Without Windows – written by Nadia Hashimi.

house-without-windowsI read one of Dr Hashimi’s books a few months ago (she is a pediatrician that works in DC), and so when I was looking at the list of authors who would be attending the National Book Festival in DC and saw her name on the list – I thought it was a good opportunity to read another of hers. Set in Afghanistan, A House Without Windows is a book with the main thrust of the story is the criminal case surrounding an Afghani woman accused of killing her husband and the Afghani born, US trained lawyer who is hired to defend her. Before the beginning of the readathon, I’d read about 100 pages of it, so I was hoping to be able to finish it – but realized quickly that it wasn’t going to be a book that I could easily binge read – it was one that was better read in segments throughout the day (in fact, I just had just finished reading a part of it when I took my unanticipated nap this afternoon). I’ll be posting a review later on, but I can safely say, this was a 4 star read for me and one of my favorite of the read-a-thon.

As well as finishing up this book, I started yet another one by a new to me author, Annie Rains – Welcoming the Bad Boy – which I picked up on Amazon the other day during a sale (thank you book bub for letting me know about it being on sale!) I also started reading an autobiography of one of the top triathlon coaches in the US, Surfacing by Siri Lindley – I haven’t gotten far into it yet, in fact, barely touched on her athletic potential and she definately had a lot of drama in her family life, so I’ll be interested to see where it goes.

marie-readathonThe Final Stretch:
My next blog update will be at 8am and the completion of the read-a-thon – when I’ll do a summary of everything that I read and listened to over the previous 24 hours. But my goal for these next 4 hours is to finish up at least 1 of the 3 books that I’m currently reading and then hopefully for my last push, read The Curse of Tenth Grave which is the book I’ve been keeping off to the side as my reward for doing well during the Readathon!

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Read-A-Thon, Reading Events

 

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Dewey’s 24hr Read-A-Thon – Hours 15-16

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Whoo-hoo – this is the first time in my attempts at the RAT that I’ve made it to hour 15-16, although, since I did take a nap this afternoon, I’m not sure if that actually counts…anyways – thanks to said nap this afternoon, I’m feeling strong and with 8 hours left – maybe I’ll make it to 8am, who knows…

Hours 15 and 16 saw me finish up two more books – one a non-fiction and the other a contemporary romance. I found the non-fiction etomology book to be interesting (and since it fit a challenge I needed to finish it) – but i don’t know if I would rush out to read more books by the author in the future. But I do know for sure, that I’ll be reading other books by the contemp romance author (Tamra Baumann). I really enjoyed Perfectly Ms Matched by her – it was a solid second chance romance, although I will say, I think Chad needed to grovel a bit more😉

1516hr-updateThe next 2 hours:
I’m giving myself the goal to finish up A House Without Windows by the end of the read-a-thon – so I did some quick math and I need to read 3-4 chapters each hour in order to finish it – which is totally doable (and I did knock out 8 chapters in the previous 2 hours). Its not a book that I can easily sit and binge read because it requires thought/processing – so i’m content with taking my time on the read.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Read-A-Thon, Reading Events

 

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Dewey’s 24hr Read-A-Thon – Hours 13-14

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I think that so far, the last 2 hours (hours 13-14) have been my most productive reading ones, since the first couple this morning. And even though its 10pm and i’m normally curled up in bed legitimately sleeping, not just reading – i’m looking forward to seeing how long I can actually last through the night😉

rescuedIn these last 2 hours, I finished up my fourth book of the read-a-thon – Rescused by Stephanie St. Klaire – although i have to say that I was pretty much disappointed in it. On goodreads, this book has a 4.5 rating with over 90 ratings – so i was expecting to be blown away, but yeah – that wasn’t the case…I ultimately gave the book 2 stars because it was just ehhh…so in true fashion, i’m moving on to a tried and truth author with one of her new releases (also borrowed from Kindle Unlimited) – Tamra Baumann; with her new book – Perfectly Ms Matched. I’m about 5 chapters in when I put it down to write this post but looking forward to curling up and finishing it up.

Coming Up:
I have 3 chapters (if you can call them that) in the non-fiction etomology book that i’m reading – so i should finish that up in the next couple of hours, as well as Perfectly Ms Matched. I’ll admit that I’m getting a bit snackish, so I might make a midnight run for coffee and snacks (with my trust audiobook in hand)…but I’m not sure yet (thankfully, I have multiple gas stations – WaWa – that are open 24 hours when I need all kinds of goodies!)

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Read-A-Thon, Reading Events

 

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Dewey’s 24hr Read-a-Thon – Hours 11-12

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This last two hour period, brought dinner time (yay Pizza!) as well as me attempting to try and convince the dog that he didn’t need to eat what was left of my pizza…and if you’ve ever tried to convince a german shepherd why he doesn’t need to do something…they are only partially less stubborn that teenagers…

I finished up reading The Sweetness of Honey (Alison Kent) which is book 3 in a series in books i’ve been reading via Kindle Unlimited – small town contemporary romance – three of the main charaters in a series are 2 brothers and a sister. I have the 4th book on my kindle waiting to be read – hopefully, i’ll get a chance to pick it up during the read-a-thon. I also started reading another book by a new to me author, Stephanie St. Klaire – a romantic suspense called Rescued – I’m kind of ambivalent right now on what I think…its ok but nothing that is blowing my mind. I’m alternating Rescued with Malicious Intent which is a mystery/crime thriller set in Australia. This is a book that has been on Mt TBR for several years, so i’m glad i’m finally reading it.

kade-pizzaMid-Event Survey:
How many books have you read so far? I’ve finished 3 books so far – one I was about halfway through when I started, and the other two were from the beginning (or very near to the beginning).
What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I’m not sure yet – maybe The Curse of Tenth Grave – Darynda Jones – I had this reserved at the library for a while and it just came in.
Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Most of my interruptions have been from the fur-baby realm…because you know, puppy mom’s can’t just lay in bed and read without giving puppy scratches (or sharing food!). I’ve gotten quite good about reading my kindle with one hand to make sure that netierh of the dogs feel too neglected
What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How tired I ended up being this afternoon while I was reading – normally I can read for hours on end, but today – as I was reading, all I wanted to do was take a nap (and I did!)

Coming Up:
My goal for this next 2 hour period is to finish up Rescued and continue to read Malicious Intent and A House without Windows – but it is starting to get late in the evening and even with my nap i took this afternoon, I may need to switch to more of a comfort read genre or something hot/spicy to keep me awake😉

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Read-A-Thon, Reading Events

 

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