What I Read in August

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Hey loves. Who else loves reading book reviews? They are one of my favorite posts each month. I add so many books to my TBR each month (to be read) after reading others reviews.  But they take me the most amount of time to write up. What I need to do is have a post on going and update it after I finish each book instead of sitting down one day to review all the books I read / listened to that month. 

In August I read 5 books and listened to 7. I was on a roll and you could always find me with a headphone in listening to a book. (this month I got sucked into doing something else).

Total physical/kindle books: 5

Total audible:  7

Total books for 2022: 95

Goal: 100 books 20 audiobooks


Title: Balancing in Heels

Author: Kristen Cavallari

Genre: Memoir 

How I Read It: ebook

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Amazon Description: For the first time ever, entrepreneur, designer, and TV star Kristin Cavallari will share her lifestyle and tips and tricks for managing health and wellness, food, fitness, fashion, and her success in business to more private matters of family, motherhood, and her relationship with her husband, NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, Kristin leaves no stone unturned to give fans of Laguna Beach and The Hills all of the answers they’ve been looking for.

Tracing her journey from reality stardom to real life—the good, the bad, and the ugly—Kristin digs down to the most personal of relationships in her life and discusses how they made her who she is today. She also talks about the amazing effects of her healthy diet and exercise, which have made Kristin and her family the happiest and healthiest they’ve ever been. Kristin shares the family’s favorite recipes and even reveals how her food philosophy has drastically improved Jay’s type 1 diabetes.

My Review: Lauren over at Don't Mind Our Mess shared this book last month and I thought I read it but didn't. I borrowed it from the library for a quick read. I enjoyed the insight it gives you to her life on Laguna Beach and how she raises her family on a healthier lifestyle. Can't wait to try some of her recipes. 

Title: Lie to Me

Author: Molly McAdams

Genre: Romance

How I Read It: audiobook 

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Amazon Description: If my childhood taught me anything, it was to survive.

Now I have a deep-rooted mistrust of people and a wall of steel and ice surrounding my heart.

So, when Reed Ryan steps into my life, I know I need to keep him far away.
He’s everything I grew up hating. Fighting. Fleeing.
Devastatingly handsome, he looks like a drunken regret and has heartbreak written over every inch of his body—literally. He’s the quintessential bad boy . . . and he’s a cop.

But the man is my undoing.
When I push, he stands firm.
When I fight, he battles for us.
When he touches me, my traitorous body and heart respond.

Little does Reed know, every lie I feed him is laced with truth.
I have demons that refuse to let me go. Now one of them is threatening to destroy us both

My Review: A relationship has its ups and downs. One doesn't always make it easy for the other but they show each other love and support. Finding out you have a sister you never knew about, grandma who has an illness she has been hiding, and past trauma that haunts you. This story gave me all the emotions. 

Title: The Widow

Author: K.L. Slater

Genre: mystery thriller

How I Read It: audiobook

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Amazon Description: My husband was not a monster. No matter what they say…

The day my husband, 
Michael, stepped in front of a lorry after being questioned by the police, my world fell apart. He was devoted to me and our six-year-old daughter. But they’d connected him to the disappearance of a young mother from our tiny village.

Now I stand at Michael’s funeral, clutching my little girl’s hand, with tears in my eyes as I insist to all our friends that he died an innocent man. Yet the questions have started, and nothing I say will stop them digging for the truth.

But none of them can read the secrets in my heart, or know about the phone I found hidden in his toolbox…

I’m determined that my daughter will not remember her father as a monster. I will erase any hint of wrongdoing in this house whatever the cost.

Because to keep my daughter safe, the last thing I need is for people to start looking at me…

My Review: A good mystery where the twist and turns have you guessing and changing your mind of who did it. 

Title: We Own Tonight

Author: Corinne Michaels

Genre: romance

How I Read It: audiobook 

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Amazon Description: I’m not a one-night stand kind of woman.

I’m especially not the woman who has a few drinks at a concert and ends up in bed with my childhood celebrity crush, Eli Walsh. However, that’s exactly where I find myself.
What’s a girl to do after a drunken mistake? Run.
I grab my clothes and get away from the powerful, irresistible, and best-sex-of-my-life superstar as fast as I can. His gorgeous green eyes, rock-hard body, and cocky smile have no place in my world. My life is complicated enough. Someone forgot to tell him that.
Eli is relentless.
Pushing his way into my heart, wearing me down, proving he’s nothing like I assumed, and everything I need. But when my world shatters to pieces, he holds the broken bits together.
Unwillingly, I fall desperately in love with him. He made me think we’d have forever . . . I should’ve listened when he said we could only own tonight.

My Review: What girl hasn't wanted to meet their celebrity crush, let alone have a drunk night with them? (especially when you were younger we all have that one crush that we have a get out of jail card for). For Heather is was Eli. They meet up after the concert, hook up, then Heather runs. Eli wants more. The story line and heart felt sister love is tear jerking. 

Title: Power

Author: Cassandra Robbins 

Genre: erotica 

How I Read It: audiobook 

My Rating: 2 out of 5

Amazon Description: Jett Powers is brilliant, nasty, and forbidden.

He takes what he wants, has no regrets, and makes no excuses.

Not to mention he’s tall, dark, and irresistible.

From our first secret encounter, I’m addicted.

He’s the last man that should be making my stomach flip, and heart pound.

Unfortunately, my mind and body are not in sync.

Because Mr. Powers is not mine.

He can’t be.

He’s my mother’s fianc√©.

My Review: Dirty taboo with forbidden love with age gap. Mr. Daddy Powers is engaged to Raven's mom. The story didn't have much character development but had a lot of spice, tension, and smut. 

Title: Part Time Lover

Author:  Lauren Blakely

Genre: romance

How I Read It:  audiobook

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Amazon Description: It was only supposed to be a marriage of convenience...

Let me just say, this whole part-time lover thing was her idea. I’d have gone all-in from the start, but hey, when a gorgeous, brilliant woman invites you into her bed, and only her bed…well, I said yes. But then, one hysterical phone call from my brother later, begging me to find myself a wife so grandfather’s business stays in the family, and I need a promotion with Elise. Turns out a full-time husband suits her needs too, and a temporary marriage of convenience ought to do the trick, until we can simply untie the knot…
As long as no one finds out…
As long as no one gets hurt…
As long as no one falls in love…
But our ending was one I never saw coming.

My Review: Second chance romance. They met years before then fate brought them back together. A temporary marriage out of convenience could it turn out to be more? There was fun chemistry and banter keeping you hooked. 

Title: Two Week Arrangement 

Author: Kendall Ryan 

Genre: romance

How I Read It: audiobook

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Amazon Description: Dear Sexy AF Intern, 

I know you don't particularly care that I'm the CEO of this company, and you're just an intern. I also know you're not impressed by my power or my wealth, and that's fine. 

You think you've got me all figured out from working alongside me for two weeks, but you don't know me. Not really. 

You don't know that I'm a single dad to twin toddlers, or that those two little girls matter more to me than this entire hotel chain. 

I'm not interested in starting something deep and meaningful, but what I am interested in is the way your body reacts to mine when we're in the same room. You probably assume the concentration on my face is work-related, when in reality, I'm figuring out which I want more - to nail you against the wall, or to bend you over my desk.

While you're too disciplined to act on it, I'm not. And the night you stepped into my limo, all bets were off.

My Review: A boss employee romance that was only suppose to be for his work and money, no love intended. Throw in two toddlers and needing someone to help out and things change. This story is left with a major cliff hanger 

Title: Seven Nights of Sin

Author: Kendall Ryan

Genre: romance

How I Read It: audiobook

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Amazon Description: He's the powerful CEO. I'm the know-it-all intern.

Things went further than they should have, but I don't have any regrets. Well, maybe just one....

I went and did the one thing he told me not to - fall in love with him.

Now I have seven days to prove my trust and devotion. Turns out money is a powerful drug, but love is even more addictive.

My Review: Part two of series. Book one left a major cliffhanger leaving wanting/needing to know what happened next. I wish the characters were more developed. Overall was a great conclusion to the first book. 

Title: Choose Your Story Change Your Life

Author: Kindra Hall

Genre: personal development 

How I Read It: physical book

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Amazon Description: The things we tell ourselves affect how well or poorly our path in life goes. It’s time to flip the script on the internal stories you tell yourself and live life on your terms.

Most of the “self-stories” you tell yourself - the kind of person you say you are and the things you are capable of - are invisible to you because they have become such a part of your everyday mental routine that you don’t even recognize they exist.

Yet, these self-stories influence everything you do, everything you say, and everything you are.

Choose Your Story, Change Your Life will help you take complete control of your self-stories and create the life you’ve always dreamed you’d have. Author Kindra Hall offers up a new window into your psychology, one that travels the distance from the frontiers of neuroscience to the deep inner workings of your thoughts and feelings.

In Choose Your Story, Change Your Life, Kindra will help you:

  • Uncover the truth of how you have created the life you have.
  • Challenge everything you think you know about how your life has been built.
  • Uncover the clear steps you can take to create the life you want.
  • Take control of your self-story to become the author of who you are.
  • Live your life in a way you never have before.

This eye-opening, but applicable journey will transform you from a passive listener of these limiting, unconscious thoughts to the definitive author of who you are and everything you want to be.

Changing your life is as simple as choosing better stories to tell yourself. If you can change your story, you can change your life.

My Review: Changing the story you tell yourself can and will change your life. Kindra helps you to see beyond the top layer of yourself, sharing motivating stories to help along the way. 

Title: Irish Lover

Author: Lila Dubois

Genre: romance

How I Read It: ebook

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Amazon Description: (no longer available on amazon) description from Goodreads 

Growing up in America, Mary Callahan knew very little about her parents, who were killed when she was a baby. Returning to her native Ireland, she hopes to discover more about them...and herself.

Michael Baker is home from Dublin for the weekend when he sees a gorgeous American peeking in the pub door. Something about her calls to him. They don’t realize that it may be more than chance that brings them together, and when instant attraction leads to a night of searing passion they will both have to confront their sudden and powerful feelings for one another.

A nighttime excursion brings them face to face with lovers whose tragic fate has kept them bound to Glenncailty as ghosts. Michael knows the danger the past poses, but cannot protect her from things that happened long ago. Mary must decide if she’s willing to risk her heart for a chance at love and a place to call home.

My Review: Short romance with some ghosts mixed in. A castle in Ireland with a love story that dates years back. I wish the story was longer and more in depth. 

Title: Crazy for Cowboy

Author:  Roxy Boroughs 

Genre: romance

How I Read It: ebook

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Amazon Description: She’s through with cowboys. But this one’s the 'reel' deal.

Equine veterinarian, Emily Grant, has had her share of cowboys, and they always break her heart. After she vows to give them up forever, Brandon Hollister strides into her life.

He’s a different kind of cowboy, one that works on the silver screen. But is he just playing the part when it comes to love? Or can this gorgeous hunk get past a case of mistaken identity, and escape from the "Houston" character he's portraying, to become the man to win Emily’s heart.

My Review: A cute love story without any smut. Emily gave up dating cowboys, then meets Brandon who she believes in a cowboy. She tries to stay away then learns the truth about Brandon. 

Title: Unstoppable Influence

Author: Natasha Hazlett

Genre: personal development

How I Read It: ebook

My Rating: 2 of 5

Amazon Description: Get Ready to Discover Your Calling, Release Your Limiting Beliefs, & Make a Meaningful Difference In the World!

Are you being called to do something BIG, but feel inadequate or unprepared to say yes?

It’s time to learn to tackle fear and self-doubt like a BOSS, and transform lives as only YOU can!

Unstoppable Influence, attorney, speaker, and award-winning online business & marketing strategist, Natasha Hazlett, takes you on an unfiltered, comfort-zone-stretching journey to becoming the Unstoppable Influencer you were designed to be!

One decision helped this uninspired, unmotivated entrepreneur on the verge of abandoning her business to finally ditch her limiting, self-sabotaging beliefs and uncover the radiant Truth about herself and her potential. Now she’s helping thousands of others do the same.

If you’re ready to…

  • Kick your approval addiction and negative self-talk to the curb
  • Step outside your comfort-zone and reach your God-given potential
  • Reboot and recharge your life and business to make the money you desire
  • Welcome true freedom, peace and fulfillment into your life

…then why are you still reading this book description? Now is your time to shine, grab your copy and let’s get going!

My Review: Quick read but stories were not relatable. Did not get the kick of motivation. 

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  1. It definitely takes me more time to write my book review posts than it does for people to read them!


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