Thursday, September 29, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - 9/28/2016

kindly, lighthearted, melodramatic

It's been a number of years since I've commuted daily on the train. However, after today's NJ Transit crash in Hoboken commuting has been on my mind. When I sat down to write on yesterday's prompt I just kept thinking about all the train trips I've taken.

A smile
from a kindly old man,
insisting I take his seat.

A lighthearted laugh
between long time friends
reminding me to text mine back.

A melodramatic conversation
between the two college girls
brings a smile to my face.

It may have been a long day
and I may be on a crowded train.

But I wouldn't have it
any other way.

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? - The Portland Heat Novellas

I've been in a kind of reading slump lately. I'll get a few books out from the library, read a few chapters and then give up on the book. I think a lot of them sounded interesting but just didn't grab my attention.

So last night I'm browsing my library's ebook collection when I see this pop up as new books.

Bundled Up (Portland Heat, #1-3)Bundled Up by Annabeth Albert
All three of The Portland Heat Novellas together for the first time!

Served Hot
In Portland, Oregon, the only thing hotter than the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are the hard-working men who serve it up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…
Robby is a self-employed barista with a busy coffee cart, a warm smile, and a major crush on one of his customers. David is a handsome finance director who works nearby, eats lunch by himself, and expects nothing but “the usual”—small vanilla latte—from the cute guy in the cart. But when David shows up for his first Portland Pride festival, Robby works up the nerve to take their slow-brewing relationship to the next level. David, however, is newly out and single, still grieving the loss of his longtime lover, and unsure if he’s ready to date again. Yet with every fresh latte, sweet exchange—and near hook-up—David and Robby go from simmering to steaming to piping hot. The question is: Will someone get burned?

Baked Fresh
From its famous coffee to the mouthwatering fare at its caf├ęs, restaurants, and bakeries, Portland, Oregon, has a lot to whet the appetite, including the hard-working men who serve it all up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…
Vic Degrassi is a baker on the rise, and it’s all thanks to his rare ability to make—and keep—his New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s losing weight, giving up smoking, or graduating from culinary school, Vic goes after what he wants—and gets it. This year? He wants Robin Dawson, the sweet-hearted hottie who volunteers with him at the local homeless shelter. When he learns that Robin is suddenly single after being unceremoniously dumped, Vic is more than happy to offer a shoulder to cry on—or at least a fresh-baked pastry to bite into. But it’s been a long time since Vic’s gone on a date, and he’s nervous about risking his friendship with Robin. So when their flirtation turns into a steamy night together, Vic and Robin have to figure out if they’re friends with benefits or lovers in the making, and if Robin is ready for something more than just a rebound. There’s only one way to find out: turn up the heat…

Delivered Fast
Portland, Oregon, aka Hotlandia, where the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are ready to serve everything piping hot, fresh, and ready to go—like the hard-working, hard-bodied men behind the counters—with no reservations…Sure, Chris O’Neal has problems. His restaurant is still co-owned by his ex. His flannel-and-tattoos style is making him accidentally trendy. He can’t remember the last time he went out and had fun. But he’s not lonely, he’s driven. And the hot bakery delivery boy is not his problem, no matter how sweet his buns.
Chris is old enough to know Lance Degrassi’s sculpted good looks and clever double entendres spell nothing but trouble. Lance is still in college—he should be hitting the clubs and the books, chasing guys his own age, not pursuing some gruff motorcycle-riding workaholic. Especially when he’ll be leaving for grad school in a few months. But Lance keeps hanging around, lending a hand, charming Chris to distraction. Maybe some steaming hot no-strings indulgence won’t hurt. 

I've finished Served Hot and really enjoyed it. It's a short, sweet and steamy read. Can't wait to read the other two

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Book Review - Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Leave MeLeave Me by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the outside Maribeth would seem to have it all. She lives in NYC with her husband and two kids and has a job working with her best friend in their chosen field. Inside her life, Maribeth is busy, so busy she mistakes her heart attack as just bad Chinese food. 

Maribeth has a hard time recuperating at home after her surgery because everyone still needs everything from her. They don't know how to function with out Maribeth guiding them. Knowing that she needs to focus on her recovering Maribeth hastily packs a bag, leaves a note for her husband and then runs away.

Maribeth needs to heal from more than just her heart attack. She needs to heal her soul. She needs to uncover part of his past and reevaluate her current life if she's going to be happy in the future.

I was torn about even picking up this book. I love Gayle Forman and was excited to read her first adult novel, but I dislike the 'run away from your life to fix it' plot. My love of the author won out and I requested this book.  I wasn't disappointed by the book at all. I didn't like Maribeth but I got invested in her story and for me that played a bit part in why I finished this book. If the main character is unlikable and I still want to find out more about them and if they solve their problems, I know I'm reading a fantastic author.

The way this story is written you easily sway from the present into Maribeth's past as she contemplates her past with her best friend, her husband, and her life choices. They aren't jarring transitions that feel crammed in to fill the need for backstory. They are easy transitions that reminded me how I can easily slip into a memory when triggered by something in my day to day life.

That being said, I felt the ending was a bit abrupt. I would have liked maybe two more chapters to stretch it out. Or maybe I just really love reading Gayle Forman's books that I didn't want it to end.

**I received an ebook copy of this book through Netgalley for my honest review.

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