High school sweethearts Charlie and Jo Marie are in love. But when Charlie walks away from Jo Marie, seemingly inexplicably, she struggles to understand how things could have changed so quickly. She holds out hope that he will come to his senses and return, but when he doesn’t, she moves on, albeit reluctantly.
Years pass, and Jo finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage and faced with a decision that challenges her values to the very core. Feeling lonely and afraid, she makes the only choice she knows she can live with, which isn’t accepted by everyone in her life- namely, her husband, with whom she can’t seem to find any common ground.
Angered by her decision, her husband gives her an ultimatum. Jo knows in her heart she can’t do the only thing that would make him happy, so she tries to “fix” the situation as best she can. She fabricates a story and posts her lie on her social media page. Unbeknownst to Jo, this sets off a firestorm of challenges, and the first one is a doozy….
She has to figure out how to explain to a recently returned Charlie Anderson why she named him as the father of her baby.
Making Buttons is a full-length, stand-alone novel, filled with all the angst, laughs, frustration, and satisfaction you expect from a heartfelt contemporary romance.
***Warning: This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18***
It contains strong language and sexual content.
Making Buttons is a Contemporary Romance about love, family and second chances.
Jo Marie and Charlie are high school sweethearts but one day he decides to leave town and Jo ends up alone and heartbroken.
As times passes and Jo Marie realizes Charlie is not coming back, she reluctantly decides to move on, eventually meets someone else and gets married, but something happens that makes her reevaluate his relationship and go back to her hometown and her family.
Amelia Arbek’s gives us good characters (some of them like Luca are easy to love) and is interesting to learn about the the dynamic of the traditional italian family Jo is part of.
Jo Marie has an older brother (Guy), a younger sister (Giulia) and a younger brother (Luca). Her relationship with each one of them is really different but I found myself drawn to the parts of the story that showed interactions between Jo Marie and Luca, she’s protective of his younger brother and I found him mature for his age (there’s a reason for this but I won’t give anything away to avoid spoilers).
My perception of Charlie changed throughout the book and I ended up loving this character; yes, he makes mistakes but he also loves intensely, knows what he wants and is really persistent.
While I was reading this book I thought the story was going in a direction and then suddenly there were some twists that I definitely didn’t see coming but were interesting to read.
This story shows how true love can last, in life heartbreak sometimes happens, you can experience some regrets but at the end fighting for what you want is worth it.
I liked this book and if on the future Amelia Arbek writes a short story or a one-shot about Luca and Grace I would absolutely love to read it (Luca and Charlie were my favorite characters).
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
One of the perks of living near an Amazon Books Retail Store (besides been able to go any time I want to get a book quickly) is that occasionally they have Book Signing’s Events.
Last week I was going for some McDonald’s with my husband when we saw a line of people outside Amazon Books, after looking at the door we saw that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was going to be signing his books that day and I didn’t want to miss the chance to meet this NBA legend and of course get a book signed.
I was impresed to notice that he indeed is really really tall and also he seemed to be very patient (considering there was a lot of people waiting to get their books signed).
Here is one of the pictures of him I was able to take with my iPhone and also a picture of the book he signed for me.
In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.
High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.
It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.
I opened this book one night around 11:00 PM just to look at it quickly and see how it began but after reading the first pages I felt instantly drawn to the story and I just knew that if I didn’t stop reading at that moment I wouldn’t be able to stop until I finished it… it was with difficulty that I put my Kindle aside and decided that it would be better if I read the book another day when I was able to do it without interruptions and well…. it prove to be the best decision because when I picked up the book again I just couldn’t put it down.
Lucas (Luke) and Lois (Laney) met when they’re eleven and there seems to be an instant connection between them, they become best friends and are inseparable.
The book shifts between Luke’s and Lois’s POV, and past and present time easily which helps to get a better context and make the reading more engaging.
This book has wonderful characters and it’s really hard for me to choose only one among them, but I can say with certainty that Luke became my favorite male character from all the books I’ve read (he’s far from perfect, he makes mistakes but I think that was the reason I liked him even more). Another character I loved was Lachlan, who is Luke’s younger brother and the cutest kid ever (he deserves his own book).
The Logan (another member of the Preston Family) references of “He’s so Logan” made me curious about this character and I was happy to find out that there is a book about him, so I’m definitely going to read it.
There are many beautiful, awkwardly cute, heartwarming, funny but also heartbreaking moments in this book; reading was an emotional roller coaster but I loved every moment of it (and yes there moments when I cried a lot).
I really recommend this book and I look forward to reading more about the Preston Family in other books from Jay McLean.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
This week I read Lucas (A Preston Brothers Novel) by Jay McLean, there were moments when I cried a lot but I really loved the book and soon I’ll be posting my full review in this Blog.
My next book to read is Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner, after the emotional roller coaster that was Lucas I really need something more “light” and Enginerds seems like a perfect choice 🙂 .
The photo is from the Book I won in a Giveaway organized by the author on Twitter and best of all is that is a signed copy and with a personalized message from the author 🙂 .
And So the Adventure Begins….
I frequently visit the Google Play Store to see the movies and books that are on sale and also because occasionally they offer coupons or special discounts to be applied in some book purchases or movie rents.
Today I found out that now they are selling Audiobooks (competing with Audible from Amazon and Apple iBooks among other retailers) and you can buy them and listen to them using the Google Play Books App (I have it installed in my iPads Pro and my iPhone).
Best part about this is that they are offering special prices in some Audiobooks like After the Game by Abbi Glines, The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and others.
Google is also offering a 50% discount on the first audiobook a customer purchase and who knows how long is it going to last. To get it you first have to enter and click in the offer on the Google Play Store so it can be applied to your account and after that you can choose the audiobook you want, is important you make sure the discount is applied at the moment of the check out.
I spent a long time looking at the available audiobooks and at the end I bought “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black. Many people recommends Holly Black’s book and I really wanted to read it this year, after listening a sample I loved the narrator, so now “The Cruel Prince is in my Google library 🙂 .
Do you enjoy audiobooks? What are your favorites audiobooks? What audiobooks are you looking forward to listen this year?
“Just because sandcastles are temporary, it never stopped me from making them as beautiful as possible.”
– A Shade of Blood by Bella Forrest
I posted my review of the Kindle edition of A Shade Of Blood in 2013 in this Blog but it wasn’t until years later that I bought the audiobook and it was this week when I finally started listening to it (using my Amazon Echo Dot while I was doing things around my apartment).
It was nice to go back to the story of Derek and Sofia and I’m planning on resume reading the A Shade of Vampire Series.
It was enjoyable listening to this Audiobook and I especially liked the chapters narrated by males, my favorites being the ones in Derek’s POV.
The choice in narrator for Derek Novak was spot on and it made me look for more books narrated by him (I truly loved his taking on the character and his voice, and I think he makes a perfect Derek). Searching in Audible I found out his name is Zachary Webber, and he’s also Christian Grey in the Audiobook version of Grey and Darker (Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian) and a narrator in Maybe Someday and November 9 by Colleen Hoover, among other books (I have these other four Audiobooks in my Audible library and I plan on listening to them this year).
If you like Fantasy, YA and Paranormal Romance books the A Shade of Vampire series is a good option for you to explore.
Curtis Wiklund is a wedding photographer whose work I follow in Instagram, where he started posting some of the drawings that ended up forming part of his book “The Daily Drawings Of US”. I love his drawings and that’s why after I had a gift card towards an ebook I opted for getting this book instead of a YA Novel as I usually do.
This was the first book in my 2018 Reading List and it was a great way to start the year.
In “US” Curtis Wiklund shares some glimpses of his day to day life with drawings (particularly about his relationship with his wife). As I went through the pages I could relate to some of the situations (some of them are cute and funny, some of them are heartwarming) and it’s fairly easy see how much he loves his wife.
I found this book touching and enjoyable, a good addition to a family library and a great option as an anniversary’s or wedding gift.
I hope to be able to buy a printed copy of this book soon in the future because this is the kind of book that I would love to have next to my bed to occasionally open it in a random page and just enjoy.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★