Review: The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony by Michelle McLean

cover255427-mediumAt the ripe old age of twenty-eight, desperate-to-retire gunslinger Adam Brady has exactly two rules. And one of them is never, ever get married. So he’ll be danged when his dreams of permanently avoiding the bounty hunter on his tail in Desolation, the only town where notorious men like him can find respite, comes with one helluva string attached. The town has a new rule: gunslingers welcome—if they get a job…or marry.

Without realizing it, Adam stumbles into a big town wedding and accidentally marries Nora Schumacher, a sassy-mouthed mountain of a woman with legs as long as his wanted poster. So what’s a gunslinger to do but get himself unhitched and find a job. Any job. Except Adam keeps getting fired, one odd circumstance after another. And he’s running out of options. Continue reading “Review: The Gunslinger’s Guide to Avoiding Matrimony by Michelle McLean”

Review: The Witching Tree by Alice Blanchard

cover229446-medium As legend has it, if you carve your deepest desire into the bark of a Witch Tree, then over time as the tree grows, it will swallow the carvings until only a witch can read them.

Until now.

Detective Natalie Lockhart gained unwanted notoriety when she and her family became front and center of not one, but two sensational murder cases. Now she’s lost her way. Burned out and always looking over her shoulder, Natalie desperately thinks that quitting the police force is her only option left.

All that changes when a beloved resident–a practicing Wiccan and founder of the town’s oldest coven–is killed in a fashion more twisted and shocking than Natalie has ever seen before, leaving the town reeling. Natalie has no choice but to help solve the case along with Detective Luke Pittman, her boss and the old childhood friend she cannot admit she loves, even to herself. There is a silent, malignant presence in Burning Lake that will not rest. And what happens next will shock the whole town, and Natalie, to the core. Continue reading “Review: The Witching Tree by Alice Blanchard”

Review: How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway

cover151783-medium Swipe right for love. Swipe left for disaster.

By day, Mel Strickland is an underemployed helpdesk tech at a startup incubator, Hatch, where she helps entitled brogrammers—”Hatchlings”—who can’t even fix their own laptops, but are apparently the next wave of startup geniuses. And by night, she goes on bad dates with misbehaving dudes she’s matched with on the ubiquitous dating app, Fluttr.

But after one dick pic too many, Mel has had it. Using her brilliant coding skills, she designs an app of her own, one that allows users to log harrassers and abusers in online dating space. It’s called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight.

Mel is suddenly in way over her head. Worse still, her almost-boyfriend, the dreamy Alex Hernandez—the only non-douchey guy at Hatch—has no idea she’s the brains behind the app. Soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life, and friendships, or change her life forever.

I admit it – I love this new wave of social media-centered romance novels.  While I’m too old for this stuff – online dating and the like – I still enjoy the idea that it’s possible.  The fun part about How to Hack a Heartbreak was that it showed both the good and bad sides of dating apps.  While Mel had no luck with Fluttr, another friend did.  Something else awesome about this book is that Mel is not just a girl who codes, but a girl who is an amazing coder.  All the backlash and harassment she took while working at Hatch infuriated me, however.  Especially when she finally told her boss and he basically told her to deal with it.  I work in a male-dominated field and am honestly the only female in our company.  However, if I told my boss that one of my co-workers basically sexually harassed me, he would not let it slide.

Mel was a great character, despite her ill luck with dating apps.  She was smart, she was fiesty, and she was a lot of fun.  On the downside, she did jump to conclusions at times, but considering her past history with men – from her father to her last date – it’s understandable why she might not be as ready to believe as others.  Her group of friends were the best though.  It didn’t matter if they were having equal trouble finding a mate or in a seemingly perfect relationship, they were always there for Mel and each other when times got tough.  Honestly, we all need a group of gal pals like this.  I know I’d love to have a group of friends like Mel’s.

In the end, How to Hack a Heartbreak was a cute and fun romance that shows you the impossible can happen.  I’d love to see a follow up novel checking back in with the girls and their lives set sometime after this ends.


*Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Best blind date ever

I mentioned the other day that I had ordered two books from a site called Blind Date with a Book.  The books arrived on Monday however, since no one was home to sign for them, I had to stop by the post office last night to retrieve my books.  Note to sellers: please mention that something is going to arrive needing a signature.  That way I can have it shipped to the office and not to my home.  Thanks. Continue reading “Best blind date ever”

Monday: What are you reading?


Hosted by: The Book Date

Before I get into what I’ve been reading, I have to say, I stumbled across this neat site called Blind Date with a Book.  It’s a really neat concept – you get a huge selection of books and a few words to describe them, but no title or author.  I splurged and ordered two books and THEY ARE OUT FOR DELIVERY RIGHT NOW. So, when I get home tonight, I’ll have two brand new books. Continue reading “Monday: What are you reading?”