Tuesday, May 8, 2018

All About the Books May 2018

Life According to Steph

Happy Book Day, friends!! I've mostly been reading through two inspirational romantic suspense series by Carol J. Post based in Florida, so I'm loving all of the places I know popping up in a story and also making plans to visit the places I haven't been that are mentioned. All of the books were good, with some more five stars than others. If you're interested, check out my ratings on Goodreads but if you like inspirational romantic suspense that's not in your face bible thumping, I definitely would check out this series from your library.

Now, onto the book that's not romance and was the standout book from this past month of reading...

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis was 5 stars, amazing! I loved seeing bits of factual history thrown in with fiction. The way it bounced back and forth between the time periods, while carrying the story could have been confusing, I think breaking it up between each chapter worked. I felt like I was immersed in the culture of the 1950's and it was a perfect story to read before Dapper Days at Disney.

Synopsis: Fiona Davis's stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City's glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side by side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon's glitzy past.

When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong—a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.

Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist—not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.

Fast Burn by Lori Foster | 4 Stars | While this wasn't my favorite in the Body Armor series, I loved Brand and Sahara. I thought the action kept the story moving and loved that Sahara finally seemed to let herself relax and just be herself with Brand. They really made quite the match. I love that he wasn't willing to compromise and work for her, but the minute anything happens to her he's ready to be part of the team!

Synopsis: For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…

The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.

Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?

ARC received for review.

Close Contact by Lori Foster | 5 Stars | I loved this! Out of the 3 fighters so far he was the gentlest and I thought the story was more realistic than the others as far as who he was guarding and the mystery behind her troubles. Love the small town life aspect of the town and that Miles and Maxi had a history.

Synopsis: MMA fighter Miles Dartman’s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men’s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he’s ready to finally break through her defenses—and protect her day and night.

Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi’s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former “friends,” and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there’s Miles, who doesn’t ask for anything…except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body…or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.

Come Back To Me by Mila Gray | 3.5 Stars |
It was enjoyable, kept me turning the pages but not a book I'd read again. I thought the backstory between their parents was interesting but maybe a bit too much, especially with how her dad treated everybody.

Synopsis: Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.

But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.

Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

Up next:
Currently reading Stay With Me by Mila Gray aka This Is One Moment - title depends on where you live. It's about Jessa's best friend, Didi.

I only have one library book left after this and then I'm taking a break from borrowing books to read through the Harry Potter series.

Are we friends on Goodreads!!

What are you reading and loving lately?


  1. The Dollhouse sounds great!!!

  2. I loved The Dollhouse too!

  3. It's greater reading books where you recognise the places :-)

  4. I think it's fun to read a book and know the places mentioned. That happened to me last month with a book and it made reading it that much more enjoyable.

  5. I loved The Dollhouse too. It broke my heart a bit. I used to read Lori Foster - can't remember what series - but they were good, steamy books!

  6. the dollhouse is on my list. glad you enjoyed it. i think i've only read one lori foster book and i didn't love it, i'll have to check those ones out.

  7. I thought The Dollhouse was incredible! One of the best books I read last year!

  8. The Dollhouse is on my list! Glad to hear you loved it!

  9. Ooh sounds like you've read some awesome books. The Dollhouse seems especially intriguing. :)


  10. Dollhouse in on my short list at the moment. Maybe I'll get to it this month! Pam :)

  11. I haven't read any of these. I am glad we are goodreads friends now though, I'm loving romance novels lately. XO - Alexandra

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  12. I absolutely love when a book takes place somewhere I have been! I think that is one of the reasons I am on this Callahan Garrity series right now! Dollhouse sounds interesting. It has been awhile since I have read Lori Foster. I do love a gentle tough guy lol


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