Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Club Friday

Hey y'all,

It has been an interesting week to say the least. I have been blessed to hang out with some of my very sweet friends this week including tPr and lDj inviting me over for dinner Tuesday and then I hung out with the future roomie RH last night discussing our future place and planning an IKEA trip the week we move in! Anywho, apart from the lots of friend time my car's taillight cover was hit sometime Tuesday (no note left) so little Cora is going in for a service Monday (aka no extravagent J.Crew clearance purchase for me) so it's been a week. Now onto the books that I have been reading and linking up with Heather!

16 Lighthouse Road
Described from Goodreads below, this is the first of the Cedar Cove series and I liked learning about the various characters in a small Washington state town as they cope with daily problems and various relationships.
Dear Reader,
You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. I'm inviting you to my town of Cedar Cove because I want you to meet my family, friends and neighbors. Come hear their stories--maybe even their secrets!
My secrets are pretty open. My marriage failed years ago, and I have a rather...difficult relationship with my daughter. Then there's my mother, Charlotte, who has plenty of opinions and is always willing to share them.
I'm a family court judge and she likes to drop in on my courtroom. Recently I was hearing a divorce petition. In Charlotte's view, Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn't tried hard enough to make their marriage work--and I agreed. I rendered my judgment: Divorce Denied.
You wouldn't believe the reaction! Thanks to an article by Jack Griffin, the editor of our local paper (a man I wouldn't mind seeing more of!), everyone's talking.
Cedar Cove--people love it and sometimes they leave it, but they never forget it!
Olivia Lockhart
All That Glitters
I read this one afternoon on the nook and it is a cute story of an art dealer/gallery creator person and her trip to Ireland to pick up pieces from her favorite artist and discovers a lot more about herself then she bargained for.
Described as: Beyond the gold and glamour, one man holds her heart... For years Annie Wilson has been obsessed with the sensational work of her favorite artist, Devlin McAllister. She jumps on the opportunity coordinate the move of his exhibition from Ireland to New York. As she had always dreamed, she begins to fall in love with him. But Devlin's world of champagne and high-class living soon loses its charm. It's the welcoming, warm side of Dublin she sees on the arm of fun- loving Sean that she's drawn to. As she struggles to maintain the fantasy with Devlin, she realizes all that glitters is not gold.

Friends with Partial Benefits
This is an ok. I grabbed it since it was on the Free list of Kindle Romance books and it sounded interesting but it ended up being a little more than I wanted in a Romance novel. 
Described as: Jillian Grayson is a disillusioned divorcĂ©e and best-selling romance novelist who can’t write a chapter without her hunky male heartthrob suffering ED, an STD, or even worse. Brian Nash is a tennis-obsessed, college senior who’s unlucky in love and the roommate and best friend of Jillian’s son, Rob. When Rob brings Brian home for spring break and he meets the surprisingly young and also tennis passionate Jillian, their shared interest quickly develops into an intense mutual attraction. After nearly giving in to their feelings, they hatch a plan, while under the influence (of something more than just the perfect Miami night), to be Friends With Partial Benefits complete with rules to define the boundaries. Will the lonely pair continue with this distinctive relationship, actually explore their desires or will they discover all of it is a really bad idea?
Filled with passion, longing, surprises and humor, the first book in Friends With… Series is hard to put down and will leave you laughing out loud and slightly sleep deprived.

What are you reading this summer?


  1. Ooooh I read Friends with Partial Benefits because it was free on kindle, too.. it was certainly interesting, but not one that I would care to read again or recommend to a friend!! All That Glitters looks right up my alley, though!!

  2. Soo I'm going to be a bit obnoxious for a minute (sorry) - I wrote a book, and while it's not a romance novel, it does have a romantic influence. It's actually inspired by Jane Austen and her book Mansfield Park, which was the only one of hers that I read and didn't like. If you're interested, there's more info on my blog (, but if not I totally understand. Sorry for being on my soapbox for a minute!


  3. I haven't had good luck with the free books from Kindle, in fact, I can't recommend any that I've read [usually just partially read].

  4. I won a debbie macomber book party via houseparty and the two books I won are waiting for my plane ride to Mexico in a few weeks. Can't wait!

    Stopping by from book club friday!


Thanks for the sweet note!