Monday, November 20, 2017

Amanda Wakes Up

Synopsis (from Amazon): When Amanda Gallo, fresh from the backwater of local TV, lands the job of her dreams at FAIR News - the coveted morning anchor slot - she's finally made it: a six-figure salary, a wardrobe allowance, plenty of on-air face time, and a chance to realize her dreams, not to mention buy herself lunch. Amanda Wakes Up takes off as Amanda feels for the first time that she can make her mom and her best friend proud and think about an actual future with her boyfriend, Charlie. But she finds her journalistic ideals shredded as she struggles to keep up with the issues in a ratings-crazed madhouse - battling for hair and makeup time, coping with her sexist (but scathingly handsome) coanchor, Rob, mixing up the headlines with pajama modeling on the street, and showing Benji Diggs, her media maestro boss, that she's got what it takes. 

As the news heats up in a hotly contested election season and a wild-card candidate, former Hollywood actor Victor Fluke, appears on the scene, Amanda's pressure-cooker job gets hotter and her personal life unravels. Walking a knife's edge between ambition and survival, and about to break the biggest story of her career, Amanda must decide what she's willing to give up to get ahead - and what she needs to hold on to to save herself.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I liked reading about all the nutty things Amanda had to go through all for "the story."  Amanda Wakes Up was very entertaining hitting several different emotions - funny, energizing, nerve wrecking, and sexy/romantic. The story ties in so many similar recent events, it made it a very interesting but fun read.  I really liked the ethical challenge Amanda took us through the entire book.  I also liked the outcome and how she handled the challenges.  She made the right choice and did the right thing (in my opinion!).

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I would, read other books by Alisyn Camerota.  

Alisyn Camerota is a journalist and cohost of CNN's morning show New Day. Prior to joining CNN, Camerota was cohost of FOX News Channel's morning show FOX + Friends Weekend. She has been a national correspondent for NBC's morning magazine show Real Life and the crime show America's Most Wanted


Saturday, November 18, 2017

One Good Thing

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): Before you can fix it up, you might have to tear it down.... 

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation turned reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships. 
Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and deal with her hapless ex-husband while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can't quite believe love can last or trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bailout from her son's famous father that comes with far too many strings attached.... 
But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other - and their dreams - from crumbling.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: Nice story, easy read and a series that doesn't require you read to the books in order.  They are are all stand alone novels.  The characters are great and all work together to make a good story.  I don't feel like this series is about one of the characters with the others in the background like other series.  If you are looking for a good, easy, take me to the beach type of read, One Good Thing would fit the bill.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes...I am currently reading A Bella Flora Christmas.  Also check out my review for Sunshine Beach.

Wendy Wax was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and graduated from University of Georgia. After college she worked in radio, television, and film. Her books include Ocean Beach, Ten Beach Road, Single in Suburbia, Hostile Makeover, Leave it to Cleavage, and 7 days and 7 Nights. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Best Day Ever

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life. 

“I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…” 

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever. 

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? 

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. 

One (or more) Sentence Summary: What a thriller!  Best Day Ever kept me on my toes the entire story.  It also ended in a perfect situation for a sequel!  Paul is one devious man.  Once I figured out what Paul was up to, he surprised since he was just so evil. All the crazy things he did once he was confronted by Mia was unbelievable.  Great thriller - quick read!

I liked the scenes at Lakeside (which I didn't realize is a real place).  I have been reading a lot of books that seem to take place in Ohio lately.  Best Day Ever takes place in Columbus and Lakeside

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would read another book by Kaira.  I have read Here, Home, Hope, and In the Mirror.

Kaira Rouda is the USA Today bestselling author of novels including Here, Home, HopeThe Goodbye Year, In the Mirror and All the Difference. Her stories explore what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. She lives in Southern California with her family and she's at work on her next novel. Visit her website, Connect with her on; and on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter - @KairaRouda.