Star Studded Saturday | 31

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: Love comes softly movie series review


Welcome to part 2 of this series review. You can check out part one here. This is a Christian romance/drama series that follows one family throughout but focuses on one family member at a time usually. I recently watched the entire series from the beginning and wanted to share my thoughts on each movie. I also plan on reading the books at some point so can’t wait to compare notes. (link to book series written by Janette Oke)

*Clicking each photo will take you to it’s IMDb page*

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So…one thing I don’t like about this series is the constantly changing of cast members. For example, in this one Belinda was blonde….in the previous two movies she had dark, black hair. Obviously they changed actresses but you’d think they would at least keep the same hair color for that character. Also can they not offer contracts to these actors and actresses so they stay on for the duration? -Rant over-

In this we see Belinda making her way in a new town. She’s a doctor now and trying to convince everyone she’s just as qualified as a man to do her job. This one was tough to watch because of the meanness displayed by some characters. It’s hard to imagine the hatred that some people have, especially towards children. Overall, I enjoyed this movie but I feel the story lines are getting a bit repetitive.

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Not my favorite if i’m being honest. I didn’t care for Belinda and this one focuses on her again. It’s okay to be a strong woman but it’s also okay to let people help you and be there for you.

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I didn’t realize this was the story of the patriarch for this entire series. LOL. She said something Clark Davis and I went wait a second……I loved that they gave us a prequel and let us learn about a younger Clark. The actor who played him was Wes Brown. I have a HUGE crush on him so was pleasantly surprised to see him!! I really enjoyed this movie and the story. Can’t wait for the next one which is a continuation.

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I liked the message behind this one. God didn’t say it would be easy, he said he would be by your side through it all.

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Sadly, I didn’t enjoy seeing this side of the family lol!! Instead of following Missy and her lineage, we followed Aaron and Ellie. Aaron was the child of Marty and Ellie was the child of Marty and Clark. ((Super confusing even for me)) First off, this was three hours long. I don’t care what the movie is about…three hours is too long. It drug on and on. I thought it would never end lol!!! I also felt it was unnecessary overall but that’s just my opinion. The bright side was having Dylan Bryce on the cast *swoons*.


I’ve finally done it!!!! I watched every movie in this series. WOOT WOOT!! It took awhile but it was worth it in the end. I enjoyed this series for the most part and hope to read the book series one day.

Jessica

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Spring Clean-athon Readathon

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Hey everyone!!! I have a super exciting announcement to make!!! Kris from Boston Book Reader / Kris Marie and I have teamed up to create the Spring Clean-athon readathon!!! It will take place on April 6th-8th and will feature 3 challenges.

The challenges are:

  1. Read a book with a pastel color on the cover.
  2. Read a mystery. Think of searching for those Easter eggs. Trying to find where they are and would could be inside!!
  3. Read a book that’s been on your TBR for awhile.

The challenges are completely optional. Feel free to read whatever you like during this readathon!!!!The hashtag we will be using for this readathon will be #SpringCleanathon. Pretty simple right?! I hope you all can join us and celebrate our first collab!!! This is a super laid back challenge and will start at 12:01am on April 6th in whatever time zone you are in. It will end at 11:59pm on April 8th in whatever time zone you live in. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them below or contact us on Twitter @ReadingwJessica and @Kris_Marie7 . We will also be hosting reading sprints on Twitter so be sure to add us on there so you don’t miss out!!!

P.S.

Kris made a Youtube announcement video. Check it out here.

Jessica

What he always knew by Kandi Steiner Review and Release Blitz

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What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner
Release Date: March 29th, 2018
What He Doesn’t Know Duet, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Left or right.

It’s that simple, and it isn’t simple at all.

If I turn left, the road will lead me back to the man I promised my life to, the one I’d imagined building a family with, the one who’s done everything in his power to get me back.

If I turn right, the road will take me to the man I loved first, the man who brought me back to life, the man who would do anything to keep me.

I knew the fork in the road was inevitable; it was the decision I never wanted to make between choices I didn’t know I had.

And I love them both.

My heart is destined to exist in two equal halves — one with each man. But one half beats stronger, the vein running deepest, and holds my choice in silence long before I know it for myself.

The realization of what I have to do, of the heart I have to break, just might break mine too.

Left or right.

All I have to do is take a breath and turn.

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Review:

4 Stars

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I’m so glad I decided to try this author!!! I fell in love with this duet and the author’s writing. This definitely won’t be the last book I read by Kandi Steiner. 

I just want to say that I was Team Cameron. I loved that man so much!! I connected with him early on in book one of this duet. I could feel how he wanted to express his thoughts and feelings but just didn’t know how to do so verbally. Cameron showed his love in his actions. It wasn’t that he was trying to buy Charlie’s love, it’s just the way he expresses himself. 

This book was hard in the sense that I felt Charlie’s division between the two men. I could feel her being torn in half. I felt her trying to make the best decision and to not hurt anyone even though it was inevitable. Charlie was such an amazing character. I truly enjoyed the times we spent in her POV. It made me appreciate her more and more.

I won’t get into spoilers or tell you what the end result was. I will say to me, it felt like Reese saw Charlie as a price to be won. It wasn’t so much his deep love for her as it was he wanted her and someone else had her. It felt very surface level, puppy love if you will. I just didn’t connect with Reese as well as I did Cameron. I truly felt the bond with Cameron and Charlie. Their road trip together was one of my favorite scenes. 

At the end, Charlie’s message to both of the guys was spot on. I got emotional as she was talking to them because you just got this overwhelming sense of emotion. It was like being there in that moment watching it happen as if you were a fly on the wall. I very much enjoyed this series. I hope you all enjoy it too.

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About the Author:

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.

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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills Cover Reveal

IDareYou-SBPRBANNER-CRWall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills brings you a brand-new heartfelt, sexy contemporary romance with I DARE YOU coming April 30th!

Title: I Dare You

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Publishing Date: April 30th

Cover Designer: Shanoff Designs

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Cover Model: Travis S.

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Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Bad Ass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.
Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

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About Ilsa


Ilsa LogoWall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

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Bad Business by Nicole Edwards Review

Bad Business (Bad Boys of Sports, #2)

Bad Business by Nicole Edwards

5 Stars

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! Wooo….*fans self* Be prepared for the steaminess that comes with this one, it also had an amazing story with it. Savannah is the daughter of the owner for the Dallas Wranglers’. Jason Stone is the star quarterback for the Wranglers’. Cue the fireworks and chemistry.

These two were drawn together like moths to a flame. They had such a strong connection to each other from the get go. I loved watching their relationship grow more and more with every page. They’re both truly awesome people and I’m so happy they found each other.

Jason Stone was such a refreshing character. He wasn’t this immature man who made bad decisions at every turn. This was a man who was focused and steady. He was this calm, collected guy who weighed everything out before acting on it. It was so nice to read about a male character like this because it hardly happens (at least in my experience). He definitely made the list of book boyfriends quite quickly. I love that he had this alpha, confident personality while still having a softer , approachable side. I’m a fan…what can I say?!

Savannah Andrews…..such a fierce woman!!! I loved her personality and how she worked her way to the position she had (executive vice president, as well as chief public relations officer) and didn’t use her father’s influence. She was another character who was focused and driven. I loved that both main characters had a career that they thrived in and still made time for a relationship.

I was sad when I came to the end of this book. I want MORE!!! I’m hoping this isn’t the last from these characters. I enjoyed reading their story and love finding a new author to love.

Jessica

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson Review

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

5 Stars

This is going to be one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever written. It was just SO GOOD. What do I say?! How do I tell you about the awesomeness of this story and its series?? How do I convey this story’s magic without spoiling the surprises for you?

First off, this group of characters just blew me away. I loved the good guys as well as the bad guys. They each made such a lasting impression on me. I felt like I knew them personally. The author truly brought these characters to life and I’m forever grateful to have “met” them.

I loved watching our main character Lia grow and find herself. You could see from book to book the woman she was becoming….the leader she was becoming. I rooted so hard for this girl. I wanted her to succeed in everything she put her mind to. Lia had a heart of gold. She just wanted everyone to be treated properly and to have a fair shot at life. Man, isn’t that the ultimate dream right there? I loved watching her stand up for those without a voice, for those who needed a champion to fight for them. It was truly something special to behold.

This book held so much within its 679 pages. We saw hardships, love, sacrifice, friendships, and everything in between. The camaraderie of this group is something I can’t stress enough. They truly became family. One I desperately wanted to join in on haha!!

Overall, this series is something you will enjoy. I have no doubt in that! I will not hesitate to pick up anything this author writes. I hope she writes 800 spin offs for this particular series. I could read an entire book on any one of the characters from this series. I just need more time with them and this world. I never want it to end.

I have so much more I want to say but I do not want to spoil this book/series for you. Pick it up and fall in love just like I did 🙂

Jessica

 

 

Star Studded Saturday | 30

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: TV Shows I want to try

There are several TV series out there that I haven’t tried believe it or not lol!! I’m a huge TV junkie and always looking for my next binge. I want to share with you some that are on my radar and get your thoughts on them.


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I used to watch a few episodes of this when I was younger and remember enjoying it. I’d like to binge this series from the first episode and see how it goes!! Gotta love nostalgia.

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I’ve seen the promo for this series floating around for some time now. It looks hilarious so I need to watch it ASAP.

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I’ve heard some amazing things about this series. I need to just binge it already!!! I mean it’s set in my state so I’m guaranteed to love it right?!?!

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I think I’ve tried watching the pilot to this once before but it didn’t grab me. I think I was too distracted to give it a fair try though.

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Two words: Phillip Winchester. Enough said folks….

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Here’s another that I’ve started but just wasn’t in the mood for. It’s still a series I’m interested in and want to try later down the road….


I think I’ll stop here. I could go on for days and days to be honest lol!! I’m all for TV recs so leave them in the comments below ❤

Jessica

Current Favorites: March 2018

Random Ramblings

I’ve done one of these posts previously and really enjoyed sharing my favorites with everyone. I think it’s fun to look back on what I was loving at the time and see what stuck with me. Ocean Spray Fruit Juice, Cran-Strawberry, 64 Fl Oz, 1 Count

I LOVE this stuff!!! It’s so tasty!!! I wasn’t sure about the flavor combo but it really works!

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles Fudge Swirl, 5.1 OZ

Ya’ll…..I have discovered Lindors chocolates and there is NO going back. I love this kind and the milk chocolate the best.

Luke Combs - This One's For You (CD)

I’ve been obsessed with Luke Combs “One Number Away” and “Hurricane” so much lately. I play them on repeat over and over. Both are such great songs!! Highly recommend you give them a try!

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I’ve also recently discovered this TV series and ……I’m on season 5 lol!!! I need to find the date I started watching….trust me it wasn’t that long ago and I can’t put it down. Can’t wait to watch this series live at the end of this month.

Book Club

I’m absolutely loving my book club read alongs. They have been so much fun!!! I love reading the books with others and discussing them as we go along. It just adds this special aspect to reading a book as opposed to reading it alone. If you want to check out future read alongs, click here.


I hope you enjoyed this post!! Let me know what your current faves are!!!

Jessica

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan Release Blitz

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“Satisfying and soul-gripping!”

Lucy Score, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

LONG SHOT, a deeply emotional, thought-provoking standalone love story set in the exciting world of professional basketball, from Kennedy Ryan is LIVE!

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Synopsis

A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA…

Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl?

You don’t.

My fairy tale is upside down.

A happily never after.

I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.

I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.

Now there’s a new player in the game, August West.

One of the NBA’s brightest stars.

Fine. Forbidden.

He wants me. I want him.

But my past, my fraudulent prince, won’t let me go.

“A raw, passionate, sexy, emotional rollercoaster.”

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“A STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND READ THIS NOW kind of book. Don’t hold your breath, this story will steal it from you.”

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Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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WWW Wednesday | March 21, 2018

WWW Wednesday

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. It’s a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you plan to read next.

The Three Ws are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

*Clicking each photo will take you to its Goodreads page*

Currently Reading:

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)

I’m reading this book with Book Club and we are all loving this series so much!! I love our little group. We have a lot of fun talking about the books, characters, etc. Can’t wait to see what happens in the end!!!

Recently Finished:

What He Doesn't Know (What He Doesn't Know Duet, #1)

I enjoyed this one! You can check out my review here to see my thoughts on it.

Reading Next:

His Brother's Fiancée

I recently received this E-Arc so I need to get to reading. This will be my first book by this author so hopefully I love it. P.S. Yes, I think this cover is scandalous lol


If you participated in WWW Wednesday, share your link in the comments below for me to check out!! Thanks everyone, have a great day!

Jessica