Bedside Book Review- June

 Hey loves. I have so many day dreams of how I would love my day to go, curled up on the chair reading a book, or sitting out by the pool while the kids playing reading, and it never seems to go as planned. Most of the time I read before bed and while feeding Audrianna, but I haven't been sleeping well so I have been falling asleep reading then losing my place. Now Christmas movies are back on Hallmark and I am sucked in again. All that matters is I am enjoying my time, even if I am not reading as much as I would like. I still did get a good amount of reading in June. Here's a recap. Oh and linking up with Steph for Show us your Books

What I Read:

Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.

Naomi Grant has built her life around going against the grain. After the sex-positive start-up she cofounded becomes an international sensation, she wants to extend her educational platform to live lecturing. Unfortunately, despite her long list of qualifications, higher ed won't hire her.

Ethan Cohen has recently received two honors: LA Mag nominated him as one of the city's hottest bachelors and he became rabbi of his own synagogue. Low on both funds and congregants, the executive board of Ethan's new shul hired him with the hopes that his nontraditional background will attract more millennials to the faith. They've given him three months to turn things around or else they'll close the doors of his synagogue for good.

Naomi and Ethan join forces to host a buzzy seminar series on Modern Intimacy, the perfect solution to their problems--until they discover a new one--their growing attraction to each other. They've built the syllabus for love's latest experiment, but neither of them expected they'd be the ones putting it to the test.
- From Amazon

Loved this charming book, the story line pulled me in. It has a unique story line but still the heartwarming Hallmark feel (with some raw in it) that I love. 5 out of 5 stars.

Reunion Beach by Elin Hilderbrand

In this warm and moving anthology, a group of bestselling authors and writers pay tribute to legendary, larger-than-life New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank and her literary legacy.

Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book—Reunion Beach—these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration, and grief into stories and poems that celebrate this remarkable woman and her abiding love for the Lowcountry of her native South Carolina—a land of beauty, history, charm, and Gullah magic she so brilliantly brought to life in her acclaimed novels. 

From Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author, a sequel to Summer of ’69.

From Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author, comes a heartwarming, humorous interview from the hereafter with Pat Conroy and Dorothea Benton Frank, two beloved icons of Southern literature.

From Patti Callahan, bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah, comes The Bridemaids, a story about a trip to the South Carolina beach.

From Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author, Mother and Child Reunion, a heartwarming story set under the warm South Carolina sun.

Reunion Beach also features letters, short stories, poems, and essays from:

  • Mary Norris, New York Times bestselling author and staff writer for The New Yorker
  • Cassandra King Conroy, bestselling and award-winning author of Tell Me A Story
  • Nathalie Dupree, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author
  • Marjory Wentworth, former Poet Laureate of South Carolina
  • Gervais Hagerty, author of In Polite Company
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Lee, Peter Frank, Victoria Peluso, and William Frank

Infused with Dorothea Benton Frank’s remarkable spirit, Reunion Beach is a literary homage and beautiful keepsake that keeps this dearly missed writer’s flame burning bright.

- from Amazon

For whatever reason I couldn't get into this book. I only read the first few chapters then returned it to the library. 

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.
- From Amazon

Favorite book of the month. I read the book in two days. The big downside is the ending it a cliff hanger. It forces you to go find/buy the second book to find out how the story ended. Because of that alone I give it a 3 out of 5

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.
- From Amazon

This is part two of the book above. Again I loved the books but hated that they are two separate books. 3 out of 5 stars. 

Small business owner and metalworks artist Damon Brand finally has his future in sight when his past rattles into town in a broken down car stuffed with designer clothes and sky high heels. The last time he saw Jess, he declared his undying love. In return, she stranded him by the side of the road, taking his boots, pants and the tattered remnants of his heart.

So much for the bright lights of LA. Failed actress Jessica Palmer arrives back in Sweetheart, Montana homeless, destitute, and desperate. She’s hoping her grandfather will let her have her inheritance early so she can make a fresh start—anywhere but Sweetheart. No deal. She has to stay for six months and get a job to prove she’s matured. Not easy in a town where she flamed all her bridges in order to flee a wild child reputation and her high school sweetheart.

With every door that’s slammed shut in her face, Jess grows more determined than ever to prove she’s changed, even if it means she must turn to her first love, Damon, for a job at his gas station. Surely 10 years is enough time for him to forgive and forget…
- From Amazon

A sweet second chance on romance read. Life may not go as planned but sometimes coming home is just what you need. 5 out of 5 stars. 

Currently Reading:

I have read half of this book then it was due back to the library with no renewal. so far I am loving it and can't wait to finish it. I have put the book on hold again and have four more weeks to wait. (It was 6 weeks)

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  1. I was really disappointed in Reunion Beach too; I did finish it but it took way longer than I felt it should have (and Elin's excerpt was one she released last summer that I had already read!). Blue Bistro though was a good one. I like much of Elin's earlier works waay more than the last few (5 or 6) books she's published.

  2. It makes me happy you enjoyed The Intimacy Experiment!

  3. Thanks for sharing. I haven't read any of these, though I see positive things about The Intimacy Experiement.



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