Adult Contemporary Romance/Series Series Suspense

“A Beautiful Lie (Playing with Fire, #1)” by T.E Sivec (Tara Sivec)

I was the funny one.  Yep, that was me.  What am I talking about?  I’m still the funny one and I love it…but when I was younger…say high school and college-aged, I didn’t want to be the funny one.  I wanted to be the hot one or the popular one.  I would have settled for the one who was taller than 5’1 but as we learn in pre-school…”you get what you get and you don’t get upset.”  So…I was the funny one that was my “role”and I got really freaking good at it!!

We all have things that help to define us.  For some, there are many things that when put together make up the person we see in the mirror each day.  While for others, it is one characteristic or one incident that sits on our shoulder and literally forces us to toe the line of whatever direction we are meant to go.  I, personally, don’t think there is a right/wrong school of thought.  All I DO know is for me…in the years since school…I have learned that I am so much MORE than just the funny one.  I have learned so much about myself (none of which I will bore you with) and while I still crack myself up daily…. there is more to me then meets the initial scan.  I love that about me.

“Lisa, why the hell are you rambling on about yourself in this book review?”  Ok, Ok, I’m getting there….

When I read the Chocolate Lover’s series by author Tara Sivec, I thought I had found my comedic soul-mate.  Here was a writer that was literally able to crawl into my mind and read my thoughts.  She then had the ability to write them even funnier than I had thought them in my head…AMAZING!  I spent the summer and the fall raving about Ms. Sivec’s hysterical books.  I used phrases like, “…this is the funniest book I have read in my entire life…” and “…absolutely hilarious…” Ms. Sivec is the ultimate FO (funny one). (more…)

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Adult Contemporary By Author Fiction J.A. Redmerski New Adult Romance

“The Edge of Never” by J. A. Redmerski

Hello my friends and welcome to my first post of 2013.  It has taken me five novels (in the past 8 days) for me to get here but I have finally found the ONE!  The one story that is special enough to start “our” year properly.  Let me re-state that.  I have found a story so beautiful…so special…so worthy of sharing with you that it practically begged to be the first post of 2013.

You’re dying to know aren’t you?  You’re so silly..just read the title of the post!  I’m talking about, “The Edge of Never” by J.A. Redmerski.

In a literary world full of roller-coaster ride books sometimes it feels like authors are writing their stories just to see how much they can torment or even torture their readers.  We read about love triangles, love quadrangles, abuse, cheating, drugs, alcohols, rock-stars, movie stars.  And guess what?  I have loved every heart breaking, soul tearing, mind-blowing, panty twisting minute of it.  How could I not?  Our writers have been burning up their keyboards and melting my Kindle for quite sometime.

But every so often a story comes along and it breaks the mold.  It quietly steps away from the crowd and walks over to the side.  It’s almost like a beautiful shy girl.  She’s there among the people but not quite engaged.  She is stunning to look at but her beauty runs so much deeper than her clothes, her hair, and her skin.  She glows with purity, strength and light.  She doesn’t need to call attention to herself but the attention WILL come to her because her inner goodness and inner beauty in almost impossible to ignore.  “The Edge of Never” by J.A. Redmerski is that beautiful girl. (more…)

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2012 Year in (Book) Review…heehee! By Lisa Paul

Hello my friends, I hope this post finds you all well.  I hope your holidays were happy and the year to come holds nothing but health and happiness for you and your loved ones.

I have received feedback from some of you requesting a top ten (or so) list of my favorite books from Lisa’s Reads this year.  After giving the requests a lot of thought I came to this conclusion….I CAN’T do it.  I just CAN’T.  Why, You ask?  I’ll tell you.  If you read the “About Me” section at the top of the page, or if you have been following this blog over the course of the year, you know that I only post books that I LOVE.  I don’t have a rating system…I don’t do negative reviews…I ONLY post books that have won my heart.  That being the case, how could I possibly choose ten books that I love more than the rest of the books I have claimed to love up until this point.  To me, it would be like asking a parent to choose which child she loves more.  I can’t do it.  As any good mom would say, while I do love all of the children (or in this case my books) the same amount, I love them for different reasons.  So what I thought I would do is list for you ALL of the books I reviewed or even mentioned in my blog this year.  However, I will break them into genres/categories to make it a little less overwhelming for you.  **Please understand, the books listed below are NOT listed in any particular order!** It is also important to note that while, for the purpose of this post, I have placed the books in one list or another, a lot of them can be in more then one genre.  When you click on each book, you will be taken directly to it’s original post, there you will be able to see if the book falls into another genre.  Have fun!

Non-Fiction:

Unbroken:A World War 11 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand

Fiction/Book Club:

Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton

Raising Jake” by Charlie Carillo

Some Assembly Required” Lynn Kiele Bonasia

A Grown -Up Kind of Pretty” by Joshilyn Jackson (more…)

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