Book Review: His Lover’s Little Secret by Andrea Laurence

Hi! So I am actually glad that I dug into my boxes of books. I just recently moved into my new apartment and I brought maybe ten boxes of books with me. I have been collecting books ever since I was a young child. Yes, I say collecting because at first I would just buy books I couldn’t find in the libraries and then I realized…with the amount of books I have I could start my own library. That’s what I plan to do. I plan to start a library and have the ability to say I’ve read each and every one of them.

Oh yeah, so I dug into my boxes and found a few random gems. His Lover’s Little Secret was one of those gems. I read it while I was at work because it was on of the slowest days possible and the book isn’t a hard read nor is it very long. The characters written in the novel are so deep and complex. You wouldn’t think so if you were to judge it by the fact that it’s a Harlequin but it’s true. Gavin is definitely one of my favorite antagonist ever. He’s strong, matter of fact, put together but not necessarily controlling. Yes, as a CEO he spends a great deal bossing and giving orders but he’s such a sweetheart you forgive him. His true and honest love for his son is every girls true dream in a father for their child.

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When I read the back of the novel again, I was taken aback for a minute. The story plot is not uncommon and I half expected it to be one of those that irritate every nerve. I hate it when girls call a guy a deadbeat or not a good father but didn’t even tell him that he had a child. It really grinds my gears because they then spend the entire book making demands and statements like “you don’t deserve”, “prove to me…” and “he’s MY child”. It makes me want to reach into the pages, grab the woman by the neck and shake. Knock some sense into them and say “HE COULD’VE BEEN THERE FROM THE BEGINNING HAD YOU ONLY TOLD HIM!” Luckily, I didn’t have to do that this time. Of course, she spent the first few days trying to convince him she was right in not telling him but she redeemed herself by allowing him to be involved.

Andrea Laurence did a great job of bringing it full circle and making them very well rounded. I’M even in love with little Jared! Thanks!! Read to find out if this duo can get it together and how they survive a kidnapping! Love it!

Jade

Book Review: Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Hey guys! So I have a weird review to write today. I was not really a fan of this novel. In my honest opinion, I would not recommend it for anyone to read. This is the first novel of the Shadow series and I believe the newest Christine Feehan novel.

I’m not sure if the reason I disliked the novel was because I just went through a victim and domestic abuse class or something else but it seems pretty logical. I spent almost the entire novel cringing at how often the relationship reminded me of Stockholm Syndrome, verbal abuse and uncontrollable behavior. Stefano spent most of the book threatening to chase her down if she tried to leave, threatening to tear anyone’s head off should they dare to look at her for too long or having his family members chase her around.

Hey, I understand that she was scared and that she needed to be protected but gosh…like, can a girl breathe? At one point, he even told her that she could feel free to speak her mind but it wouldn’t matter because he’d do what he wanted. I also understand that since the Fifty Shades of Grey women came out of the woodworks, “romance” authors are starting to make their alpha men even more controlling and strong willed. They have to feed into the fantasies of the women who want to be dominated, told what to do and forced to stay.

I am not one of these women.

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The actual story plot seems to have a very great foundation. It does seem like it has a lot going on, though. It’s as if someone took a jumble of ideas, narrowed them down to…100 bullet points and crammed them into one novel. I like the idea of shadow riding and using the tubes but…I’m not sure, its something about it that’s just…too much.

If you’ve read this novel, please let me know how you felt. Did you get the same vibes I did or were you completely taken away by the novel?

Tell me, tell me!!!

Jade

Book Review: Chesapeake Bay Series by Nora Roberts

Hey all!!

I just read the first two romance novels in this series. It is a very beautiful series. I have cried several times reading it but then again, I am a very emotional woman. The series circles around the Quinn brothers, kind of a catch all family for the unwanted, the sold and the broken. Often times, I wonder how some authors come up with the basics for these stories.

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Ethan’s back story (Rising Tides) really hurt my heart. I can identify with his unease around strangers and the want to be somewhere comfortable. The raw emotions he emits tear you up inside. Nora’s descriptions really sell these men as if they were living and breathing beings.  Cameron’s (Sea Swept) made me laugh and I also understand how it feels to be used and abused. His anger towards his adopted father and yet grief at his sudden death is felt through the pages. I’m currently reading Philip’s story (Inner Harbor) and I’ve cried in the last chapter. His charming personality hides an inner turmoil that makes you laugh but also wonder what he’s really thinking.

 

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Nora Roberts plucks at the heartstrings in each story she tells in this series. She’s found a way to wrap the Quinn brothers around your fingers and make you fall in love with them. I didn’t know there was a fourth book in these series until I looked up the covers to do the review. I will definitely be acquiring that as soon as I finish Inner Harbor! Will this be Seth Quinns story? Who will it be!? I’m excited to find out.

 

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Jade

Long Little While

You’d be surprised how much you missed something when you’ve been away for a while. I talked to someone recently about my love of reading and they mentioned how I should write reviews. I thought to myself ‘I do!’ but I knew that I hadn’t been consistent with writing them. I don’t think there is any real science behind it, I just think that my love for reading has suddenly outweighed my love for writing reviews.

Don’t get me wrong! I love love love to review novels but I just get so caught up in the stories that I end up reading the next novel and not writing the review. I have sooooo many book reviews to write. I’ve at least read 4 books a week for the last month and a half. Each of them will be getting a review, it’s just a matter of time.

I look forward to the long nights until I get them all done and I hope that you enjoy them.

I love feedback guys! If you hate my reviews, let me know! If you love my reviews, let me know! If you have read the book before, please…let me know and tell me how you felt about it!

 

Jade

Book Review: Loves Music, Loves To Dance by Mary Higgins Clark

Hi!

So I am beyond excited to do a review on this novel! When I was in private school I found myself as a definite outcast amongst the other students. You might say that it was because I didn’t come from a rich family like many of the others and that i just didn’t relate to them in anyway. The honest answer is just that I was very shy back then. I didn’t really know a lot of people and wasn’t very good at making friends.

You might’ve guessed, I spent most of my childhood with my nose stuck in chapter books. The majority of the books I read were romance novels. I  was caught up in the whirlwind of what it meant to be in love, the tug and war of the relationships and how the heart comes together. Then it was like the flood gates of everything amazing opened and rained down on me. I came across a novel by Agatha Christie and my heart swelled. All things mysterious, intriguing and thriller flowed out. I was referred to read Mary Higgins Clark by a teacher and I was skeptical. Agatha was the only step I’d taken to broadening my horizons and I balked at the idea.

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I fell in love with her style of writing. I had no idea what I was in store for. A few days ago I found one of her novels in a thrift store and I instantly knew I had to buy it! The story was one of my favorite in all of the books and genres I’ve ever read. The entire time I was on the edge of my seat. I literally jumped up, screamed and did a little dance when the killer was revealed. It was a really great story!

It was basically like reliving my childhood, curling up and unable to put the book down. I was angry, at one point, that the other characters in the story weren’t paying attention. I screamed “pay attention” at least ten times! To my hearts content, there was even a romantic storyline at play!

You have got to read this novel!

Good Readdance!

Jade

Book Review: Renegade by J.A. Sounders

Hey all! I’ve been away for a while so I figured I’d come back and do all the reviews for the books I’ve been reading over these last few months. I was looking through the Orlando paper and I saw that it has really great  suggestions for fun things to do in Orlando. Most of the events are very low priced but alot of them are totally free!! Anyway, so I found out that there was a Book Convention going on at the library and I just HAD to check it out!

Once there, I walked around and talked with a few of the authors that were there. Most of them I hadn’t heard of. I was just leaving when I walked past J.A. Sounder’s table. I had been by earlier in the day when the writers hadn’t arrived yet and was instantly drawn to her cover. Brandished on the table was a note saying “Free novel…just come say hi!” and OF COURSE that was a hook, line AND sinker! So I stopped by, quite oddly I might add, and she said hello. She was super nice and I introduced myself.

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She gave me a book for free just as the sign said! After signing it, she gave a big smile and I knew it’d be the first one I’d read out of all the books I’d bought that day! I saw in the cover that this was the first book she’d written and instantly I was worried. I wasn’t sure what to expect and for some reason wasn’t feeling like being all that adventurous! Boy, was I in for a great surprise!

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Now, on for the review. I absolutely loved the novel! It was crazy, it was filled with gore, it was filled with blood and fighting! As most people know, I am a sucker for romance! It had a great romance plot, one that I was on board with the entire time! I loved this new world that the author formed! The beauty of it just made me want to go there, not to get killed of course but to be under the ocean and watch the fish swim by. I wanted to go through Evie’s garden and take the tube from one sector to another. The story is very well crafted and thought out. It was filled with mystery, intrigue and true eye-opening surprise. It took me less than a few days to read this novel because I did NOT want to put it down at all. I was hooked from the first chapter!

 

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It seems like the further I got into the book I kept wondering why no one has snatched this novel up yet. It has everything that you’d want to see before you. I mean come on people!!! After all of these other novels turned major motion pictures!? Why has no one made a movie out of this story yet? Where is the screen play? Where is the great following? If I’m so excited about this YA  novel that so should you be! Ugh…it actually seems weird to me how much I loved it. I can’t wait until I get the second sequel. I believe it’s called Revelations? I’ll have to check it out. I can’t wait to see what is next for Evie!

Thank you J.A. Sounders for catching my eye and thank you for being a great writer! I definitely look forward to the next book and sharing a review of that one as well! Below you can find a link to her page, a few links to where you can buy the book.

Have you already read this book? Let me know what you thought, if you enjoyed it and how you felt! I would love to know!

Jade Elyzabeth

P.S. Stick around, I have more reviews coming up soon!

 

 

J.A. Sounders’ Author page:

Splash: Jessica Souders

Where Can You Buy It?:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BMLPDK/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

or

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/renegade-ja-souders/1109152281?ean=9780765332486

 

Taking A Break From Social Media

So I’ve discovered that the hardest thing to do is find time between work, school, luxury and hobbies. It’s hard because now there are so many other things taking up our time and mind. I’ve seen so many studies, and I wont go into the gory details, about how much time we, as humans, spend on our phones. It doesn’t only include phones though! Many people like to lift their noses and say “Well, I don’t spend all day on my phone!” or “I put my phone down during dinner.” It’s not just that. There are TV’s, Mac/laptops, tablets, IPads and now even watches that take away from our quality time with each other.

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I am no different. I spend a lot of my time surfing the internet, trudging through Facebook or taking selfies for my Instagram or Snapchat accounts (those to be listed below!). After seeing a post, that was completely ridiculous, on FB I actually sat and thought about the time that I spend using these medias. Then, after spending a few days reading a book because I was so distracted, I decided to take a break. I need to get more reading done, so I can get more reviews done! Yay (aren’t you excited!?)!! I want to watch more movies and tv shows. I want to take longer walks without checking my phone as soon as I get home to see if anyone liked a status. I also want to find my center and start doing yoga more. I definitely used to do it a lot but have seriously been slacking on that front!

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From 4/24/2017 until 5/24/2017 I am doing, what I call, the Break Free From Media experiment (#BreakFreeFromMedia or #BFFM!). You may wonder why it’s an experiment or why it seems like a big deal but it truly is for me! After moving to my area just over a year ago I still feel like I haven’t completely incorporated myself into the “scene”. Using social media is definitely a way I bridge that gap.

I will only be using this site (as it’s my review blog and not what I would call social media…weird I know) and my professional Instagram page (which is obviously for professional purposes only). You guys should make this move with me!! Would you take a break from your social media? Or do you believe you can’t live without it? Let me know what you think!

Jade

P.S. My anniversary with my guys is coming up soon…boy am I excited!

Links are also on the side of the screen 🙂

Instagram– JadeElyzabethJ

SnapChat- BlackIceQueen

Just A Dedicated Reader

Sometimes I find that life takes a toll on me. My soul and heart feel downtrodden and I can’t climb out of the rut I’m in. It’s a never ending cycle of unexpected experiences, good or bad, that fill your existence with doubt, fear and excitement. While to some this is welcoming and new. It’s like with everyday that goes by you could be opening a new door to a fork in the road. To others it’s terrifying, like you never know when to hold on or when to let go. You never know if this is it; if this will be the day that every moment of planning, every night of staying up late or every sacrifice you made will begin circling the drain.

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So….I do what any respectable woman would do and I climb down further, deep deep down, using my hands as claws and hooks to push me further into a book. I pull out some dusty novel that I enjoyed years ago, one that’s been pushed back and scrunched up and curl up to cry. Fortunately, though, this can happen at any time, for any reason. It doesn’t always start as something bad.

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Sometimes, I have a long day…good…but long day in school, work, out paying bills or shopping for groceries. I just want to lay in bed, not do anything  and read a good story. I don’t want to toot my own horn and say that I’m a fast reader or anything…I would just say that I’m a dedicated reader. As soon as I find something that I really love, from the first few pages, I sit down and stay rooted to the story. The edge of the bed, the toilet, cooking asparagus, running out to the car, checking the mail; anywhere is a good place to continue reading a book. I’ve, on many occasion, had to stop myself from walking into a pole, a person, into a hole or even a wall because I was too busy reading.

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Now, yes, people like to hide the fact that they are avid readers (for some reason that is beyond me) but there are a lot of good reasons why we read. The following is a list of pros we get out of reading that I gleaned from a website that I cited at the bottom. I was looking for some of the pros just on my own and figured I’d share with my fellow readers. To go further in-depth check out that link!

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  1. Mental Stimulation
  2. Stress Reduction
  3. Knowledge
  4. Vocabulary Expansion (one of my favs!)
  5. Memory Improvement
  6. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
  7. Improved Focus and Concentration
  8. Better Writing Skills (another one of my favs!)
  9. Tranquility (umm…yes!)
  10. Free Entertainment (My fav!!)

Good Readance!

Jade Elyzabeth

 

cited:

winter-hebert, lana (n.d.) on LifeHack.org Retrieved from
10 Benefits; Why You Should Read Everyday

AWAITING TO BUY BOOKS

Ok…so yes. I’m addicted. It’s nothing like any drug that you’ve ever had or any drink you’ve ever tasted. It’s something you can feel and grasp and shake in your hands. The smell of the old flutters my heart and the new gives me the giggles. You can purely see in my face how excited I get each time a favorite author comes out on the shelves and I just “stumble” upon them.

I am addicted to books! I’m addicted to reading them, writing them, holding them and I even love it when I see other people reading. I guess that would mean a book review blog would be the perfect place to shout about my love and spread it to others! While walking through Walmart the other day I came across Runaway Vampire, the new Argeneau novel by Lynsay Sands. I, unforunately, wasn’t in a place where I could buy it but I will definitely be adding it to my collection of novels by the end of next week.

I wish that I could show you the large  piles of books and large reusable bags of books that i have. I have a very large walk in closet and due to me not having a bookshelf, I cant really “walk in”. Back home, in my two bedroom apartment, I had two very large bookshelves that I used. When I moved to Florida I bagged everything I owned, put it in my car and drove like crazy. Sadly, my compact car couldn’t handle the bookshelves and I was forced to leave them behind.

I love buying new books. I used to go by this weird philosophy that I was going to read every book that I own. Aparently I never took into consideration that I buy books faster than I read them. I used to leave Barnes and Nobles with four to five books and sometimes more depending on the sale. Now, as I dive deeper into buying books from thrift stores, Targets, garage sales and more; there’s just no way I can keep up. Nevermind the amount of books that have been donated to me because coworkers or friends of friends have found out how much I love reading. (btw…if you ever want to get rid of books, I am willing to take them, whatever they are).

 

You could even say that….I’m addicted.

Jade

Happy Ending’s Day!

So, I don’t celebrate any holidays. Not any traditional ones at least. I hate most of them due to past experiences or downfalls. I just have stayed away from them in general. On the other side, I do want to celebrate something annually to keep me looking forward. Thus a few years ago I devised my own holidays. Two days a year I reflect, remember, acknowledge and make goals. Two days a year I take time out to congratulate myself for the things I’ve accomplished, feel sadness over loss or regrets and make plans for the next six months. I do a little exercise, a little yoga, and drink a lot of water to purify. I chose to use the middle of the year, June and the last Saturday of the month. This year Midway’s Day was June 25th. I also take the end of the year, December and the last Saturday. This year Ending’s Day was December 26th. It seems silly but if you ever celebrated it with me you would understand.

Today we reflect on the last six months. So, as some of you might know, I’m going to school to become a Stylist. This has been more so an undiscovered dream of mine until now. The weird thing is, with the way I grew up, everyone always felt like I was this selfish person and maybe I was. Maybe I was stuck in my own little world of anger and hurt. Maybe I was a selfish child, most of them are. But somewhere, in my mind, I’ve always thought one day I would help people. I have always dreamed of being a writer. An author of amazing adventures to take my readers to different worlds with different problems outside of their own. I still have that dream and I fulfill it every time I finish a new novel. I then had the passion to be an Architect. I wanted to help design shelters and homes for those unfortunate and unfortunately for me, the lack of funds put that dream to a screeching halt.

Then I spent some time floating in the world of working to survive. Holding down a job because it meant I had the luxury to eat steak, go out with my closest friend and buying whatever I wanted. Then after a move to a new state…driving 18 hours to move, I floated for a time in savings. I met the love of my life (WARNING- mushiness) and settled back into working. After tragedy struck, I had to have something to pick myself back up, to keep me moving and I’m still trying to do so. My guy encouraged that I check out Aveda. He’d noticed my inability to stop watching hair videos, my constant advise and frustration that others wouldn’t listen to me because I don’t have a license and etc. He threatened to harass me about it until I at least made an effort to look at the website and I did.

I fell in love with Aveda almost instantly. I loved the photography of the webpage, the honesty and philanthropy of the mission and what the company stood for. Surprisingly, I also loved the fact that there are private owners.  I watched all the videos on the website, I watched the testimonials and the Youtube stories of Aveda students (good and bad) and I was hooked. I made an appointment to tour the school right away and I knew I wanted to go as soon as I stepped in. My main reason I could give…it was clean.

I knew that I wanted to make people happy. I wanted to contribute to making someone feel confident, sexy, gorgeous and at their best. I also have purely selfish reasons (:D) of making art out of someone’s hair, being able to look at a masterpiece of color and shine and saying that is mine, learning all the different cuts and bringing my own spin to a modernized one length triangle. I just…am so ready!

Now that it’s “winter” break, I am taking the time to enjoy my off days even though I’m still working. I just made up and ordered new business cards. I cracked open my textbook early so I can be ahead of the game when I start the next phase. I am starting to recruit models for a photo-shoot I want to do so that I can enter and attend the Beacon Awards in Las Vegas this summer.

I’ve also thought of the relationships that have transformed or ended in the last six months. I think of those I am no longer friends with or family I no longer speak to due to disloyalty, dishonesty, to me realizing that I’ve been used or treated poorly, to the ones who stopped talking to me because I moved away, to me realizing that I was the only one making an effort to keep our friendship/relationship alive, to me outgrowing them as a person, to them outgrowing me as a person, to those who judged me and those who trashed me because of my miscarriage. I think of my guy who I love and hold close to my heart. He has been so supportive of me. To those who held my hand during my grief and those who gave me encouragement to move on and hold my head up. I reflect on growing and soothing my soul.

That seemed so down and sad but to pump things back up: I am so ready to continue this new part of my life and I will be sharing it as I go along. I have a lot on my plate what with the book review blog, writing my new novel, my natural hair and Vlog life Youtube channel and keeping myself sane at work while learning new coloring and cutting techniques at school but I can do it. I have always been a strong person and with my new motto and mantra I will achieve all the goals I set out for. I’ve loosely set goals for hair growth, for retaining school knowledge, for losing weight and being healthy and de-stressing for the next six months!

Thanks for being apart of my reflection day!

“IF THINGS DON’T GO AS PLANNED…CHANGE THE PLAN.”

Jade