Book Review: Making Buttons by Amelia Arbek.

Making Buttons

Book Synopsis

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.

 

Book Review

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*

Book Signing Event: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at Amazon Books.

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.

 

 

Book Review: Lucas. A Preston Brothers Novel by Jay McLean.

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Book Description:

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.

 

Book Review:

 

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 *

Books: About my January Reading List, Lucas (A Preston Brothers Novel) and Enginerds.

This week I read Lucas (A Preston Brothers Novel) by Jay McLeanthere 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….