REVIEW: Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid

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PLOT:
Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s 
not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?”

SPOILER ALERT!
Funny, inspiring and witty

There are so many things I loved about this book, I’m going to list a few here:
1. Not to judge someone for his/her past: Sienna, and everyone else, could has been scared about some of the stories about Jethro , but she embraced it and understood he’d changed. I loved this book for that.
2. The importance of self acceptance: We see this not only in Jethro attitude about his past and the way he hurt his family and friends, but also in Sienna’s posture about her career and her fame. She accepts she’s not the skinniest nor the most beautiful of all, and she’s fine with it. In fact, she’s more than fine with it – she embrace her position as a chubby Latina with a funny perspective of the world.
3. We should only care about what our love ones think, but no one else: Sienna doesn’t mind people calling her fat and then, she doesn’t mind what everyone’s going to think about her relationship with Jethro. She even defended it from her sister (which wasn’t my favorite character on the book – too pushy and judgmental for my taste). Same with Jethro, he doesn’t care what other people think about his past actions, only his family and then Sienna.
4. Women empowerment: Sienna believes in new opportunity for all kinds of women in this world and she defends it in her statements and in her scripts.

Then, there’s the way the story is written that just caught me from the beginning. There isn’t unnecessary issues between Sienna and Jethro and every obstacle they faced it together, the way people in love should.

So, is safe to say I fell in love with the Winston brothers again! Their loyalty, their civility, their sensitive side and the way they see the world! I can’t way to read Cleutus book now! 

Great job, Penny!

Trish 🗯


 
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Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

2015 Best Romance Book according to Goodreads!
This is not a mistake – this book is actually pretty amazing. It has a little bit of everything: mistery, drama and romance but in the correct amount. And at the same time it doesn’t stops in unnecesary details – is really easy to read and I really enjoyed that.
So, if you haven’t read it, the story goes like this:
Auburn Reed is back in Dallas with all her plans in place – she just needs money to make them come true. So she lands a job in an art gallery as an assistant – but as soon as she gets into that art gallery she not only connects with the paintings, she also connects with the author.
Owen Gentry had spent all his life making something of other people confessions until Auburn arrives at his door and soon he’s the one who has to star to confess.
So, Colleen Hoover give us a peace where we can see that everybody in this world has something to confess and we can all related to that in a simple reading.
ALERT!!! SPOILERS from here on…
I barely could contained the tears at the beggining of this book… not only someone really young was dying but he was being separated from the love of his life just before that happened. That seems so sad that my heart ached for Adam for the entire book.
Standing ovation to the fact that the reader is dying to know both what Auburn and Owen are hiding from each other. The author keeps zigzaging around the motivations of their lives up until the point when it has to be reveal.
So, I never imaging that AJ could exist until he appears with his Grandma in Auburn’s door – and in that moment, just as Owen, I understood why Auburn was so mad in her birthday, why she needed the money so desesperatly and why she stant her “in-laws”.
In the same way I never figured that was Owen’s father the one with the addiction until Owen explained the situation and the reason of his arrest. I though he was really the addict.
Maybe I could have made the characters a little bit older based in everything they had to pass to be together at the end. But they kind of pulled it out at the end. Auburn, as a 20/21 year old women made her desicions in order to her age and her circunstances. And Owen in his 21 years and having been his father’s father for a while, grew faster I guess, which made him seems older.
Another plus is that is a simple story, with not so many characters and a very specific roll for all of them – Trey as the bad guy, Lydia as the bitch (no sorprises on that), Adam as glue to all the story, AJ as the reason to be in Dallas and endured all of that, Emory as the weird roommate/colleague who saves the day, Cal as the disfuntional father and Harrison as the so needed friend. And that’s it! So, zero complications!
There are really a lot of this that I liked about this book, but the best one is the, at the end, Owen kept his confession to himself – he never tells Auburn about the painting or how he was the one who sent it – so this leaves clear the fact that at the end, everyone has secrets that they don’t share with no one, ever. This fact made the book a little more realistic. I kinda loved that! ❤
There’s only one question in my head, how Auburn could completely ignore Owen in the hospital without even a glance when everybody else seemed to knew him. I guess you can say she was really focus on Adam.
So, this are my thoughs – give yours below!
Thanks for reading and see you between the pages!

Trish

Review: I’ve Got Your Number – Sophie Kinsella

★★★★★

For this book’s review I’m using a different method since I couldn’t help myself to wrote what a though from the begging! 

Of course, what can one expect from the author of Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella???

Since I’m doing this I have to tell you there’s going to be SPOILERS along the entire review, so stop HERE if you haven’t read the book (I guarantee it’s a book that worth read it first!)

So, here it goes:

(20%)

So far, I can only give this book 5 big and shining stars!!!! And I’ve only read like 20% of it!

Yeah, I know it sounds crazy but I’ve been laughing out loud since I begun with it – Poppy (the main female character) is simply hilarious!!!!

Plus, the British-darkish-kinda-humor is amazing – Poppy’s point of view, her relation with her friends, with her fiancé and even with Sam is straigh-forward and just plain funny, I can’t wait to finish it.

So far, she took someone else’s phone from a bin, sang “Single Ladies” adaptation to a Japanese she’d never seen in her life, pretended burning her hand to avoid her in-laws, read messages not address to her but to Sam… I can imaging what’s gonna happen next! hahahha

(40%)

Ok, so Poppy has gone completely crazy!!!!!

There’s already so many wrong things about sharing a phone, let alone an email account (an a corporate email account, let me say!).

How can she goes around replying Sam’s emails as if she was him – not only addressing business situations but also personal ones (his father!!!!! c’mon!!!)

At this points she should go and check her own life: his fiancé is a asshole, her in-laws are judgmental trash, her friends are not really her friends (specially that Annalise who clearly whats to bang Magnus!), her wedding planner sucks – See? So many things to repair in her life to go messing with Sam’s.

And I want to make an special mention to Magnus, the fiancé. A total fake this guy! Flirting with Poppy’s friends is not cool man! Stop Annalise’s hand when she gets handsy. In my opinion, he also could pay more attention to her fiancée – treat her better, do not disappear over the phone every time things get complicated with his parents or something important (as your wedding rehearsal) is happening!

Another important topic is Lucinda finding the ring in her purse!!! How did that happen?? Isn’t suppose to be isn the safe of the hotel? How does she got it? Something weird is going on with this Lucinda – she’s to bitchy to be cool with the weeding or with Poppy.
(60%)

I really loved Sam and Poppy’s twisted relationship (or whatever that can be called) – They’re so different that simply fits. He’s quite, sharp and curt. She’s over the top, extremely polite (even kind of naïve) and kind. But somehow they make sense.

Their exchange on the train proves my point and also the fact that Sam’s kinda treats Poppy differently than the rest of the world, but still is quite honest with her – and he’s right, she definitely doesn’t want to be hate so she tries just a little bit hard with everyone, leaving people to step on top of her.

I’m hanging on the pages to find out about the mystery Scottie – who’s been framing Sir Nicholas and to see Willow’s reaction to see Sam and Poppy together. Why does Sam want to date someone like Willow? She’s really annoying.
(80%)

Ok, I have to say this! I KNEW IT! Magnus is really really and asshole and on top of that a lying cheating s&%t!

Although there were some red flags from the begging with this relationship: the really early engagement (after 1 month dating!!!!!!), his lack of interest in anything related to the wedding and his self-center attitude. Plus, Poppy’s incapability to speak openly with him (communication is the main basis of every relationship)

And if you can have an special moment in the forest with another man (even if it’s as platonic as a hug), you should rethink your steps – probably you’re not as in love as you though you were and you can reconsider the wedding thing.

(100%)

At the end, I have to say that this is by far the best book I’ve read in the couple of month I’ve out – quite hilarious, it got me laughing most of the time and hanging into the story to really know what happened next.

The final text between Poppy and Sam, just before the wedding, almost broke my heart and when he writes to the entire church I got so happy I almost cry.

But the best part is that they weren’t fooling themselves – They knew the couldn’t be in love only because they share a couple of messages and some adventures – so they just started dating to see if their feelings could evolved into something more!

Overall, I LOVED this book!

Please, tell me what you think about it in the comments bellow.

Hope you enjoy my review and see you between the pages 😉

Trish

Review: Arranged – Catherine McKenzie

(★★★★★ – 5 stars)

I absolutely LOVED this book in so many levels! 

Not only I found really well written and enjoyed the straight-forward romance story, but I found the message between the lines a helpful reminder to most of the women of this generation – that a girl does not need to be marry or have a man to be happy and successful.

If you haven’t read the book and you’re an eternal romantic, such as myself, you’re going to cherish this book! I can assure you! The instant chemistry between the main characters hooks us up into the story and gets us asking for a happy ending!

Is also an unexpected story, with a strange subject but one where you cannot know what’s going to happen next – trust me! I’ve read so many books in my life, I can figure them out pretty much by the second page most of the time! But that was not the case with Arranged, so well done Catherine!!!!

But let’s cut this review by the three parts I want to discuss: The WritingThe Story and The Message

THIS is the place where you STOP if haven’t read the book, because I can get some SPOILERS over the lines!

So, The Writing – in my opinion, pretty good! The author keeps us in the loop all the time without unnecessary information! She goes to the point, but give us the exact amount of descriptions that we are going to need in order to move forward and fall in love with a character or a situation!

I also like the timeline a lot! McKenzie does not give us unrealistic time tables here – things happen in their time and, as the characters, we have to be patient to get to the action – really good trick! She even keeps the main characters, Anne and Jack, apart for more than a year – time where they continue with their lives while coping with their feelings and failures in the meantime. 

They way the book is organized is simple for the reader to follow the different stages of Anne’s life and how this stages changed as she move forward. This help us get into the mood the author wants to set in every situation!

Then, there’s The Story – Hardcore ROMANCE without the oh-so-cheesy parts. And I’m gonna explain in detail – Anne is a romantic to her bones – named after a heroine in a classic romantic novel, she thinks her happy ending is settle. So, based on this, she picks her guys for all the wrong reasons – because she didn’t think she had to try that hard. I can relate to her in some level, since her type of man hits me pretty close (dark hair + blue eyes = yum! hahaha). But like most of us women, she’s deceived by this men and by herself so she gets tired of trying and decide that someone else is gonna call the shot for her – in this case, an arranged marriage’ agency.

Let’s not be to hard on Anne, after all she lives in a society where if you’re over 30 (she’s 33) and you’re not married, you’re as good as dead (at least if you’re a women) – Her brother, her best friends, her mother and even some of her ex-boyfriends point that out at along the book. So she feels corned and gets desperate – and desperate times call for desperate measures = ARRANGED MARRIAGE to a complete stranger. We can see how she’s struggling with her decision even after she mets Jack and feels how compatible they are.

The story flows from how they seem so perfect for each other and your think “how this kind of things can work out at the end?” – to the part where she figures out everything is a lie and her husband is not who she thinks he is – to finally land in how some people who shouldn’t be falling in love end completely mad about each other.

I also liked the fact that, while they’re together and everything seems great, the main characters continue their work, friends, families and lives as they have them before the marriage, something I really appreciate in a book.

Last but not least, The Message! Is the thing a loved the most about this book. Like I said early in the post, not only Anne but all of us, we’re all leaving in a society where marriage is such a big deal – where if you don’t achieve it at certain age you’re getting behind the line and everything (and everyone) around you are constantly reminding you how lonely you supposedly are or going to be in the future. And this drives a sane person to do something they wouldn’t have  ever done, like an arranged marriage. And don’t get me wrong, this is something that works for some cultures and I’m not jugging it – but is not the same when you do it because is a tradition (and if you are 100% willing to do it, in the first place) then when you do it out of insecurities and fears (installed there even by your own mother).

I’m also not saying “let’s not get marry anymore” because I totally respect the institution and, again, if is something you do from the bottom of your heart then go for it! 

My point, and the reason I absolutely adored this book, is that you have to be happy with yourself first, feel accomplished with what you’ve done on you own and only THEN share this happiness with someone else who celebrates it and wants it too. I truly believe this is the great message in this book.

Wow – I think I got really inspired by this one! Hahaha
Hope you guys have enjoyed it and, as always, you’re more than welcome to let me know in here ⬇️

See you between the pages!
Trish