Disclaimer: I am the narrator for this audiobook.
Chase Me by Rachael Tamayo
For 20-something Adrienne, her circle of friends is everything. Especially since her own family falls a bit flat. A judgmental mother, a sister that's a self-proclaimed bitch, and a dad that just doesn't seem to care past his own golf scores. When she has to come up with a date for a venue wedding to keep her mother off her back, Adrienne scrambles to find someone. Her close friend, Clint steps in and saves the day.
Pretending to be in love with a close friend shouldn't be too hard, right? Well, turns out that it's way easier than either of them expected. After a week of "pretend" kissing, sharing a hotel room, and putting on the charade for the family both go home with confused feelings. Feelings that scare Adrienne, and invigorate the hot young high school teacher, Clint. Will they be able to step past the boundaries of life-long friendship into something more?
I really enjoyed working on this book. The story was engaging and sweet, and I was drawn into Adrienne and Clint's blooming romance. This is quite different from what I usually read, and I found it to be a refreshing change.
I started off my February reading with Sarah Alderson's incredible thriller, Friends Like These. The action in this book starts out high and escalates quickly. It centers around a feud between two ex-coworkers after one mistakenly sends an email to the wrong person. The action ramps up so quickly that, while I was completely engaged, I did feel like some of it seemed a little hard to believe. Then things shift and you realize, as the cover states, you know nothing at all. This book quickly went from pretty good to amazing. It was another late night finishing the story. I couldn't stop reading until the incredibly satisfying end. I don't want to spoil it, but it's not the expected outcome. I loved it.
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90 Seconds From Sanity by C.J. Wilton is a face-paced, gripping thriller. We meet Michael, a talented lawyer, whose wife, Ellen, is pregnant with their first child. It's the happiest day of his life. He's on his way to the ultrasound to find out the sex of their baby. But, he's late for the appointment, and things spiral out of control from there.
This story is well-written and keeps you guessing. None of the characters are who they seem...or are they? There are some graphic scenes/language. That kind of writing doesn't bother me, but some people may not find it palatable. My main critique is about the lack of an ending. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I was eager to see how the many plot lines would be tied up at the end. I found the ending a bit of a let down, but it does fit the broken feeling of the rest of the book. Still a good read. You won't be able to put it down.
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I spent all of yesterday devouring The Second Captive by Maggie James. This book was a quick, exciting read. The story is told from three points of view, and I enjoyed the way the book was laid out. Part one is told from the perspectives of captor and captive. Beth is kidnapped and kept in a basement. Eventually, she begins to understand her captor and even possibly love him. She is still wise enough to escape when the chance is presented. No spoilers here, the book begins with her coming home then jumps back to the beginning.
The second part of the book is told from the perspectives of Beth and her mother. Beth is home, but she has changed. She won't tell anyone what happened, but her mother is persistent and slowly pieces together her daughter's harrowing story.
The Second Captive is an engaging and thrilling read. I could not put it down! I will definitely be checking out more books by Maggie James.
The Second Captive
My reading time has gone down as I enjoy the holiday season. Life is busy. I've started and stopped three different books. I've been busy rewriting a script and starting a new show. I've been editing an audiobook. I've been doing all the holiday things with my family. Time is limited, and reading has unfortunately fallen by the wayside.
I plan on finishing all three books in January (if not before), and this brought me to a new goal for 2019. I'm setting a reading challenge. I want to read so many more books than I did this year.
My goal for 2019 is 42 books.
I think this is a reasonable goal. I would like to read a book/week, but I have to be realistic. I will have weeks where I do not read. I will have books that take longer than a week. This seems like a manageable goal, and if I go over it, awesome.
I am also planning on reading genres that I do not read all the time, and I want to read indie authors. I'm open to suggestions - comment below!
Starburst (Book 1: Women of the Grey) by Carol James Marshall is a beautifully written book.
Lisa is one of many. They are all the same and none different. Lisa has been given a mission, but even she is unclear of what she is supposed to do. One by one, we meet her marks. Seemingly unconnected people living in a desperately sad and disconnected world. Lisa slowly befriends each of them. She has a date for the end point and must draw them each to her by that time.
The characters are intriguing and well-written. Marshall doles out bits of their backstories in tantalizing peeks into their hidden thoughts. Each is burdened and weary. But how do they fit into the plan? As the end point rapidly approaches, the lives of Lisa's marks spin out of control. I couldn't stop reading until the very end. This book is full of fascinating characters, and it is packed with action until the very last page. Starburst is the first book in the Women of the Grey series, and I cannot wait to read book 2!
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Welcome! I am so excited to share my book-centric life with you. I have recently started narrating audiobooks, which I absolutely love. I've written a few books and tons of plays for middle and high school students. I live for books. Any genre. I want to support indie authors and also talk about the classic books that I love.
Indie authors, if you are in need of an audiobook narrator, book reviews, or an interview, contact me. I will try to accommodate as many requests as I can.
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