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The Friend Zone, by Abby Jimenez

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emotional funny inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Y’all. What heck rock have I been hiding under!? This book was everything! Filled with laughs, smiles, tears and amazingness!!! I was in a book funk, and this one pulled me right on out!

I adored Kristen & Josh. They were beautifully chiseled and I loved following their story. I felt Kristen’s struggles (I went through the same thing!), and I felt the sparks fly between them as their attraction grew. 

This book has the perfect amount of spice mixed with a touch of angst and very real life issues(be sure to check triggers before reading!). The characters steal your soul, making a home to life their forever. I couldn’t get enough and am so excited to dive into book 2! 

Move over, Colleen Hoover. Abby Jimenez is gonna steal number 1 for me! Definitely recommend this one with 5 ⭐️! 
The Words, by Ashley Jade, A. Jade

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5.0

What can I say about this story? I don’t know what to say. It’s that amazing. It is heart wrenching. It beautiful. It is powerful. It deals with so many emotions and real life issues across the board.

 Phoenix & Lennon we’re absolutely perfect together! They had a push and pull relationship that was off the charts! Their chemistry was sizzling and the passion between them……*chef’s kiss*. 

I can feel that this 5 ⭐️ read is going to be read again again and again. I need more, Ashley Jade! MOORRRREEE!
Irish Rogue, by Lydia Michaels

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4.0

I love a good roller coaster emotion ride & this one fit the build! Lydia Michaels is quickly becoming a favorite for me with her #audiobooks. 

I love her plot line of Irish Rogue and the characters are just beautifully chiseled! The way Kelly & Ashlynn were with each was masterfully done. I loved it & fell hard for both characters!

And, David Allen Vargo was the perfect narrator! He switched between characters seamlessly, making the story flow beautifully. He brought all these characters to life & they felt like friends, not just characters. 

I definitely need to go back and listen to more of the books in this series. I need more Lydia Michaels works & characters! Great 4⭐️, recommended listen! 

𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐬 𝐭𝐨 @valentine_pr_ 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐲 𝐠𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐲! 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐨𝐰𝐧.
Secrets of Our House, by Rea Frey

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medium-paced

4.0

If you love a beautifully written family dramatics story, then look no further than that of 𝐑𝐞𝐚 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐲'𝐬𝑺𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝑶𝒇 𝑶𝒖𝒓 𝑯𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆. It is a gripping, page turning experience from the first page you read. 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐲'𝐬writing style is unique for sure!

The characters within the pages truly brought things to the story that kept me up late into the early morning hours. I needed to see what was happening to Desi, Peter and Jules. Their lives were not perfect. Far from it. But the trip to North Carolina and The Black House…..well, let’s just say that the secrets and lies that light is shed on, will leave you on the edge of your seat with your jaw dropped.

I definitely recommend this! The characters are great and the plot line captivating! This is one that I’ll keep on my shelf to read again! Hats off, 4 stars and two thumbs up to 𝐑𝐞𝐚 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐲 for a beautifully chiseled novel!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Reminders of Him, by Colleen Hoover

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5.0

So, I gotta tell ya. CoHo is my all time favorite author. Like, it doesn’t matter what she writes, I👏am👏there👏for👏it. Every book she writes has the perfect blend of romance, perfectly chiseled characters, and captivating plot lines. 

𝑹𝒆𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝑶𝒇 𝑯𝒊𝒎 was absolutely one of the best books I’ve read lately. Kenna and Ledger……Lord have mercy. They gutted me with their story. My soul was twisted up inside and I didn’t know up from down while I followed Kenna on her journey and watched Ledger struggle with his emotions. Their story was, simply put, perfect imperfection. 

That’s all I’ll say right now. If I keep going I will spoil it for you. What I will tell you is this: if you love a story that will 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 suck you in, give the wildest, rawest, most intimate and emotionally wrecking ride, then run, don’t walk, to get this book now. You will not be sorry to read this 5 star novel.
Ruthless Saint, by S. Massery

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dark emotional tense fast-paced

5.0

This was my first Massery novel and I will tell you right now. It absolutely will 𝙣𝙤𝙩 be my last! This book. This book. 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠. It is dark, and full of twists, has characters that will completely steal your 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐥.

From the start, I was hooked on Massery’s writing style. She captivated me. She pulled me into the heart of Luca and Amelie’s magnetic story. I could not put this one down. It broke me into a million puzzle pieces and, one by one, slowly put me back together again and by the end? Let me just say that if I don’t get more of Massery’s work soon, I will combust!

Five fan-friggin-tastic stars and a thousand shout outs that this is a must read for darker romance lovers. You will be a fan for life after this one! S. Massery is now on my auto buy list! 
Plain Perfect, by Beth Wiseman

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5.0

A wunderbaar Amish novel set in the quaint Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Beth Wiseman combines love, faith in God, friendship and family in a way that captures the reader and holds them to the very end!
 
Lillian Miller, trying to escape a life of lies and a relationship she doesn't need, flees to her Amish grandparents' home in Lancaster County, knowing all along that she will never fit in with her modern style. While there, she discovers truths about her past...things her mother never told her.
 
Samuel Stoltzfus is a young Amish widow, trying to raise his young son. He meets the young Englischer, the granddaughter of his close friends. He knows the rules of the Ordnung, but can he truly deny what he feels in his heart???
 
She's forced to choose between two worlds...one of lies and abuse, and one of simple, family oriented, Godly, plain living...and a life with a wunderbaar, caring man.
 
What will happen to Lillian and her perfect, modern life and Samuel, with his plain living? Will they face the truth of their feelings, hearts and God and become Plain Perfectin this amazing inspirational novel?
 
Grab some coffee and a copy of Beth's novel, sit back and enjoy this first book in a wonderful series, Daughters of the Promise! You'll be glad you did! This book truly deserves to be highly praised and I think you'll agree once you,too, have read Plain Perfect by Beth Wiseman!!!!! Two thumbs up and five stars to Mrs. Wiseman!!! This review was originally posted on Cafinated Reads
Redemption, by Karen Kingsbury

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5.0

I reviewed this book several years ago, so this is a reread review.  I can tell you that my thoughts then were high on this book and not much has changed through the years. Mrs. Kingsbury's books were introduced to me by my mother many years ago, and I was hooked. Redemption was one of the first Kingsbury books that I read, and it is one of my favorites. I was instantly hooked on it the first time I read it, and the reread was no different. Whenever I find myself in a book funk, or I suffer a tragedy in my life, I pick up Redemption and am reminded that with God's redeeming grace, I can pull through anything.

As someone who went through a bad first marriage, this book truly hits home for me. There are many elements of the book that I went through but I didn't lean on God through it all like Kari did. I loved watching her character again. It truly felt like reuniting with a long lost friend. The pain and suffering she felt, once again became my own. The sadness and the struggling, were mine. I found myself wanting to wrap her in a big old hug and fall to my knees to pray for her. 

This is definitely still a 5 star book in my opinion. Mrs. Kingsbury can create a novel that will suck you in, wrap you up in God's warmth and grace, and set you down in a brand new place. Her words will stay with you long after you've shut the pages, long after you've placed the book back on the shelf. She will leave you breathless and ready for the next book. I highly recommend this book to all! 

*I purchased this book for my personal collection. Cafinated Reads was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude, by Candace Cameron Bure

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5.0

Who didn't watch Full House growing up? I know on Friday nights, I looked forward to the TGIF shows on TV and would snuggle up on the couch with my mom and sing at the top of my lungs, "Whatever happened to predictability.....". I loved tuning in every Friday night, mostly cause I had a crush on Uncle Jessie, but also, because I thought DJ Tanner was the coolest and often wondered what it would be like to have her for a big sister or a friend. Now, I'm all grown up with two kids of my own and I get to read her amazing accomplishments, most recently, Staying Stylish. It is currently the center piece of my coffee table where it will continue to be for me, and others, to look through on a daily basis. She gives absolutely amazing advice in this book.

Now, I am not a skinny woman. Not by a long shot, but reading through this book, Candace gives great style and healthy living advice in a way that makes me feel included. She incorporates her faith and love of God into her pages. Now a days, in the type of world we live in, we find people who all to often hide their faith and religion for fear of being judged or frowned upon. But not Ms. Bure. She lets it shine and it really makes this coffee table book the perfect addition for my family.

I am definitely pleased that I got this book. It is definitely full of 5 star worthy tips and suggestions. After closing the book, I sat there reflecting on her words and thinking about the things she said that I could do to make myself more stylish without really changing who I am as a person. I definitely recommend this book to all! Ms. Bure will capture your heart and you'll want to share this book with everyone in your life. I can't wait to get more of her books with fantabulous tips inside! Bravo, Ms. Bure. Bravo!

*I purchased a copy of this book for my personal collection and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*