Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review | Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel 
Published by HarperTeen
Publish Date: June 30, 2015

Source: Book - Library, Audiobook - Library
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon 

Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But this summer on Cape Cod, she’s determined to finally grow up. Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl who’s older than she is. A girl like Scarlett.

Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.

Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are destined to fall for this story about how life and love are impossible to predict.

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

My Thoughts:  I really don't think the book summary for this book gives enough weight to this book. There is way more here than a summer romance. This is a book about Sarah, the smart girl that wants to be seen as more than just super-smart. Sarah, who reinvents herself so she is seen as smart and pretty. Sarah, who no longer wants to be compared with her practically-perfect-in-every-way sister Scarlett. 

Sarah wants to be social and have more friends. She used to have a boyfriend, but he dumped her just before the summer. She spends most of her time studying the stars and comets instead of being social, and this wasn't a problem until she found herself without a boyfriend and realized that he was the only person she really spent any time with. Before, she was totally okay focusing on science because it was her first love. But she realized that she wasn't living life - she was looking at it - while her sister was always the hit of the crowd with a bazillion friends. 

On summer vacation, Sarah "borrows" one of her sister's cute outfits and likes how she looks in it. She meets a cute older guy on the beach. She tells him she is older than she really is and that she is headed to college (she isn't), and they hit it off.And there is our summer romance. Sarah doesn't stop there, OH NO. She tells lie after lie after lie until she has created a version of herself that doesn't really exist. Before long, her lies have snowballed and she finds herself lying about her lies. 

Things are bound to catch up with her soon and when they do, it will be B-A-D. 


I have come to LOVE books like this. I love books that have a very flawed character that gets herself/himself in trouble and keeps me cringing the entire time. I am always interested in how things will unfold. In the beginning, when Sarah decides to reinvent herself - well, that isn't such a bad thing:

"I want to be able to care about clothes and boys, but be good at science too. I want to be both." Certainly smart girls can be pretty! The problem comes when Sarah just doesn't stop her lying. Ever. She even thinks to herself that she needs to stop and...just keeps lying. I would like to say that it was hard for me to keep reading while she keeps digging herself deeper into a mess that I knew would explode in her face later. It's hard to know that someone would be hurt. But the truth is that I was glued to the pages and couldn't turn them fast enough. 

Making this story more complex are the relationships: Sarah with her family, Sarah with her sister, Sarah with Andrew (the love interest), and Sarah with her new friends. The way that Sarah's sister and family relate to one another and to her is it isn't surprising that Sarah isn't great at relating to other people nor is it surprising that her summer turns out the way that it does. 

But this romance: this was tricky. Aside from how it began, with Sarah's deception over her age (Andrew is several years older than Sarah but he doesn't know it), it truly is very sweet and progressed so nicely. I completely fell for this romance. This made it even harder, knowing that Sarah was just lying to him and that I knew it and she knew it, but he didn't know. I almost kept forgetting about the age thing, because they seemed so right for one another. I think this author wrote this romance really well because I felt so conflicted about it. (Even though there was this one part of the romance that made me cringe because: immaturity and just NO. If you don't mind spoilers and want to know what I'm talking about, you can click thru to see this same review where my spoiler is hidden on Goodreads by clicking here. I HAD NOBODY TO TALK TO ABOUT THIS AND I FELT LIKE I WAS ABOUT TO EXPLODE.)

Just like with this book which I LOVED and was equally hard, I would like to think that Sarah has learned her lesson and come out better on the other side. I would like to think that if the book was just a little longer or if there were a few more chapters, we would see a little more maturity and development. As it stands, the ending broke my heart a little, but sometimes that is how life goes. I knew the fallout could be harsh and it was. 

I picked this book up based on the cover, thinking it was a summer romance. Hoping for a light read. BOY, I got something totally different. But I really liked it. I would imagine some readers won't like Sarah because of her lies, but I think if we can look at the story as a whole here, this is a fantastic one. It is painful. There is betrayal and secrecy and lies and love and jealousy and so many emotions that we felt when we were/are the age that Sarah ACTUALLY is. 

I'm excited to read this author's next book, A Season For Fireflies. I hope to be just as emotionally invested as I was in this one. 

Audiobook Notes
The audiobook format of Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel is published by HarperAudio and is 9 hours and 53 minutes, Unabridged. It is narrated by Luci Christian, who I also know from Tarryn Fisher's Dirty Red audiobook (one of my favorites). In this story, Ms. Christian does a great job of bringing Sarah to life, of voicing this young character that isn't exactly always likable but is certainly easy to relate to. I forgot that I was listening to a voice actor and felt like I was listening to the character speak and think, and that's exactly what I want when I'm listening to an audiobook. The book is a great read in print (I read part of it that way) but I have no hesitation about recommending this audiobook as a first listen or a reread. 


Between Us and the Moon will appeal to fans of:

Young Adult Contemporary with Issues
Romance: Slowly developing. No triangle.
Flawed characters. 
Character development. 

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is currently available for purchase. 


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Monday, April 18, 2016

Review | The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston

The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston 
Series: The Witch's Daughter #1

Published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: January 31, 2012

Source: Book - Bought, Audiobook - Library
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon 

My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. If you will listen, I will tell you a tale of witches. A tale of magic and love and loss. A story of how simple ignorance breeds fear, and how deadly that fear can be. Let me tell you what it means to be a witch. 

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate: the Warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch. But will she be able to stand against Gideon—who will stop at nothing to reclaim her soul—in order to protect the girl who has become the daughter she never had?

The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston

My Thoughts In 2007, Elizabeth Hawksmith befriends local teen Tegan and begins to tell her a tale of witches and what it means to be a witch, which ignites a passion in Tegan for magical things. Elizabeth agrees to teach her in the ways of the hedge witch. As they spend more time together, Elizabeth grows fond of Tegan and feels protective over her; they become friends. As Elizabeth's stories unfold for Tegan, we the readers are also given Elizabeth's backstory: we find out that she is actually Bess, the daughter of a Wessex farmer, and that she has been on the run for centuries. 

Tegan doesn't yet realize that Elizabeth is Bess, but we do. 

In the 1600's, most of Bess' family was lost to the plague that swept through the area. She and her mother were the only survivors, and her mother was accused, tried, and hanged for witchcraft. Her mother made her promise to go to Gideon, a warlock living nearby, for protection. In doing so, Bess didn't realize that his protection required her to become a witch, and she was unhappy about the requirement of adoption of dark magic. Eventually the townspeople came looking for Bess for witchcraft for her association with both her mother and with Gideon, so she fled for her life, successfully. This upset Gideon greatly because he felt like Bess belonged to him since she was under his protection per his agreement with her mother before she was hanged, and accordingly, he has been tracking and following her through place and time, trying to get her back. 

Elizabeth tells Tegan stories of "Bess" in Wessex in the 1600's, in London in the late 1800's, and in Flanders in the early 1900's. She wanted Tegan to know not only the history and uses for magic, but she wants her to know about Gideon because he is likely to show up at any time, causing Elizabeth to have to flee again. She must always be ready. 


I absolutely loved Elizabeth/Bess and I loved that she wanted to use her power for good instead of evil. I loved that she had a protective nature about her. I love how much she loved the earth and nature. At the beginning of the story, she is 384 years old, so she is full of wisdom and things she has learned over the years. She is calm and attentive and I just adored her. She is also a little on the lonely side, never being able to settle into a romantic relationship or friendships because of the constant threat of having to run at a moment's notice if Gideon makes an appearance. I think this made me feel more deeply for her. The author developed her so well and made her so likable. I'm not sure that I connected as well with the other characters - certainly not with Gideon, who is completely and utterly creepy. 

The Witch's Daughter is told in alternating time periods, which worked really well for this story and made it quite fun for me as a lover of history. Beginning in 2007, Elizabeth tells Tegan stories of times past, which is how we learn the story of Bess (Elizabeth and Bess are the same person). I never had any trouble keeping up with this at all - whether I was reading in print or audiobook, because I did actually read with both. I feel like these time-period transitions moved well. I loved the different periods of history chosen throughout the story. The Plague in Europe, Jack the Ripper, and World War I were interesting from Bess' point of view because she placed herself right in the middle of everything, hoping to be able to help. These were dark times in history, sure, but they were perfect chances for Bess to show that she uses her power for good or perhaps to show that she did not choose to use dark power when she had the chance to. 

Ultimately, this was a fun story that I really flew through and I'm excited to continue with the second book. When I started this book, I was not sure how I would feel about the story as I do not often read books with dark magic or witches in them. I was drawn to this one because of the use of historical fiction in the story and also because of the super-charming cover. The Witch's Daughter is a little dark, especially the scenes involving Gideon. (In fact, there is one scene in particular that made me reconsider whether or not I wanted to continue with the book, but I proceeded and ended up enjoying the overall story.) 

I think fans of witch stories or books containing magic will enjoy this one, and also people that enjoy historical fiction. By the time I got to the end of the book, I was really invested in how everything would turn out, so I'm eager to start The Return of the Witch to see what happens next.

Audiobook NotesThe audiobook format of The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston is published by Macmillan Audio and is 13 hours and 26 minutes, Unabridged. It is narrated by Marisa Calin, who has such a neat accent for this role! I love the way she read Elizabeth/Bess. She sounded so calm and inviting, which is exactly how I imagined Elizabeth/Bess to be. I would excitedly recommend this audiobook as a first listen or reread - it is excellent! 

Sidenote: The entire time I was listening (I alternated between listening and reading the print copy), I was hoping that this same narrator would read the second book in this series and I just grabbed it this morning because she does! I'm so excited. 


The Witch's Daughter will appeal to fans of:

Fantasy with Witches
Historical Fiction
Great Female Leading Character
Alternating Time Periods
Romance: Not much of a romance here. 

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is currently available for purchase. 


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This book has the cutest cover! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Review | After You by Jojo Moyes

After You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #2
Published by Pamela Dorman Books
Publish Date: September 29, 2015

Source: Book - Publisher
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon 

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You by Jojo Moyes

My Thoughts:  Check out my initial thoughts on Me Before You

It took me three tries to make it through this book.

It wasn't that this was a bad book, because it is not. Let's get that out of the way. Jojo Moyes is probably not capable of writing a bad book. For me, I had a hard time with the things that happened in this story, and twice I put the book down and literally pushed it away so that it would be further from where I was sitting. 

Because it was too hard. 

Listen, like many of you, I fell so hard for Me Before You and for the two charismatic, lovable main characters in that book. I was so emotionally invested in that story and it broke me over and over. And then I reread it, GOSH I REREAD IT. So I was sort of doubly-invested - almost as if by rereading, I could make the outcome and ending different by sheer force of my will. 

It wasn't as much my curiosity for After You as much as my anxiety over the characters that forced me to keep going with this sequel. What had they been up to since the end of the previous book? I needed to know. And three times is what it took me to push through and get to the end. Ultimately, I'm glad I made it so I can finally shelve it. 

But I'm left with feelings, and they include big spoilers. If you're interested in seeing what they are, I've clearly marked them in list form on my Goodreads review. I'd love to hear if anyone else felt the same way about any of these things. 

Non-spoilery summary of the above spoiler: I was overwhelmed by the enormity of some of the feelings that surfaced while I was reading, specifically with regard to Lou. I was underwhelmed with some of the new characters and plot lines. 

Perhaps even after waiting all of this time to read this book - perhaps it was too soon for me? I mean, I get so, so emotionally attached to characters and situations anyway. It's almost ridiculous but I can't help it and really, that's what I love about reading. I knew it would be hard, but I didn't know that it would be this hard. And I cried a little but not as much as with the first book. Part of my tears were upset-with-Lou tears (which seems to be an unpopular opinion, and I'm fine with that). Part of my tears were just re-living the first book. Part of my tears were because I made it through the book in one piece.

AT ANY RATE, any book that causes me to FEEL THINGS is a book that I want to read. Jojo Moyes has always, 100% of the time caused me to feel things, and all of them different! I adore her work. I adore her work. I adore her work. 

This one: I wanted this story, but after I got it, it was one of those "be careful what you wish for" scenarios. It isn't necessary to complete the story of Me Before You, first of all. And it isn't necessary to further the series. It can be left off, if you're on the fence about reading it. If I ever reread, I will probably have just the same type of emotional response. I cannot help it. 


After You will appeal to fans of:

Adult Contemporary Fiction with Issues
Romance: Slowly-Developing. No Triangle.
Issues:  Grief

After You by Jojo Moyes
is currently available for purchase. 


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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review & Giveaway | Listen To Me by Kristen Proby

Listen To Me by Kristen Proby
Series: Fusion #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks

Publish Date: April 12, 2016

Source: Book - Publisher, Audiobook - Bought
Find it here:  Goodreads / Amazon 

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new series, five best friends open a hot new restaurant, but one of them gets much more than she bargained for when a sexy former rock star walks through the doors—and into her heart.

Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy...exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.

Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.

Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart? 
 (from Goodreads) 

My Thoughts:  The backbone of Listen To Me by Kristen Proby is this: five gal friends open operate a successful restaurant called Seduction, each taking care of one part of the business - the bar, the kitchen, etc. This is a premise that I love and one that I found pretty doggone successful in this story. I think it will be fun to read a series based off of this foundation. 

As the book opens, the restaurant has received a great review in the local media, which is sure to boost business for the girls. They are also looking to hire on live music, which will also made Seduction an even bigger brand. Addison and a couple of the other girls decide to hit up a local open mic night to scout out local talent. They aren't incredibly impressed by what they find there, but they are shocked to see former rock lead singer Jake Knox take the stage and sing without his back-up band. It was a little odd for them, seeing him there, but they were also a little starstruck (as was the rest of the crowd). 

Jake used to perform with his band, but that life isn't for him anymore. Nowadays, he prefers a more quiet life, producing music for more well-known artists in the studio behind his house. But he misses singing, so taking the stage on the open mic night is something he finds himself doing for fun. It ignites a craving in him and he ends up auditioning for the talent spot at Seduction. If he takes the job, he'll be able to keep producing music and he'll be able to sing too, which is the thing that he really loves. Win-win!


The thing that always stands out most to me about Kristen Proby's books is the amazing friendships that she writes in them. I've loved the friendships that she has written in her previous With Me In Seattle Series and her Love Under The Big Sky Series. The Fusion Series seems to be starting out the exact same way, and this makes me so happy. Right away, the loyalty and friendship between Addison, Mia, Cami, Kat, and Riley is laid out - even before any of the romance - and I'm excited to see these friends progress through life throughout this series. 

Addison is attracted to Jake when she sees him perform at the open mic night. Who wouldn't be? He's a former rock star, he's singing with a guitar on stage, and he's super attractive. But she's out to find an employee and determined to keep it professional. She doesn't realize that Jake notices her from up on the stage and finds her just as good-looking. Addison's resolve to keep their relationship professional lasts pretty much no time at all, and it isn't long before they are an item with intense feelings. They both have to work to keep their pasts from getting in the way, but after overcoming a few obstacles and with the help with some great friends on both sides, they do just fine. 

Jake is a lot like Proby's other hero-types: a little on the bossy side, but also very much a gentleman. Addison is also recognizable as one of Proby's heroines: fiercely independent and successful in life. They butt heads. They have to get over themselves/their own issues/their pasts a little bit before they have smooth relationship-sailing. I really like Jake and found myself excited to get to his chapters; I found Addison more stubborn and difficult to warm up to, but only slightly. (Secretly, when I was reading her chapters, I kept wishing that I was reading Jake's POV. I couldn't help it. Don't tell anyone.) 

I think fans of this author's previous work will like this story. Readers that are new to Ms. Proby's stories might pick this one up and enjoy either the strong ties of friendship or the premise of the restaurant as the centerpoint of the story. I enjoyed this one, but I've enjoyed all of Ms. Proby's books. I'm excited to catch another of Ms. Proby's series at the beginning. I'll be watching closely for the release of the second book, Close To You, which was teased at the end of this book. I'm super super excited about the couple that will be featured in that book! 

Audiobook Notes: The audiobook format of Listen To Me by Kristen Proby is published by Harper Audio and is 7 hours and 34 minutes, Unabridged. It is narrated by Sebastian York and Arielle DeLisle. When I find out Sebastian York is narrating an audiobook, I'll automatically listen to it - I LOVE his narration. Arielle DeLisle was new to me with this title and while it did take me a couple of chapters to get used to her reading, she did grow on me as Addison. I'd recommend this audiobook for first reads or rereads. I purchased it as a preorder and am happy to have it in my library for those times when I want something fun to listen to. 

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Listen To Me will appeal to fans of:

Contemporary Romance
Romance: No triangle. 
Great Friendships
Alternating POV's
Music/Musician in books
Food/Restaurant in books

Listen To Me by Kristen Proby
is currently available for purchase.


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review | My Perfect Mistake by Kelly Siskind

My Perfect Mistake by Kelly Siskind
Series: Over The Top #1
Published by Forever Yours

Publish Date: April 5, 2016

Source: Publisher
Find it here:  Goodreads / Amazon 

What happens in Aspen
is definitely not staying in Aspen. . .

A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.

Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.
 (from Goodreads) 

My Thoughts:  Earlier this I inhaled read Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind and LOVED it. Since then, I've been holding my breath for her next release and thank goodness it's finally here. 

There is a hilarious scene in the beginning of the book in which Shay and her friends are riding a ski lift - Shay is about to toss one of her bras down into a tree. The very classic black bra represents her previous life with ex-boyfriend Richard aka The Dick who recently broke up with her and destroyed her heart. She wants to shed the classy, expected, black bra in favor of something like an eye-popping red one. That, she thinks, is more reflective of the old Shay. The Shay that existed before her relationship with The Dick. 

When Shay flings the undergarment down, it flies off target and lands in the face of Kolton, who was already having a pretty bad day. A little while later, Shay happens to run into Kolton and these two are off to a bad (but really funny) start. Because Shay's friends have hit it off well with Kolton's friends, these two keep running into each other as well. It would appear that they don't like one another, but that's not the actual case at all - they've got a secret thing going on based on the tension that they felt when they ran into one another on the mountain. It only builds every time they see each other. It's unexpected, like a red bra. By the time they have to leave the mountain to go back to their respective sides of Canada, both Shay and Kolton find that they can't stop thinking about the other one. 

Work eventually brings Kolton to Shay's part of Canada where he has the chance to "woo" her properly (Kolton's word) -- I'm not joking in the slightest when I say that I couldn't put the book down until I knew for sure what exactly would go down between these two. 


I think it is fairly safe to say that after loving two of Kelly Siskind's books, she is on my auto-read list. I laughed out loud and pulled so hard for Shay and Kolton that I could barely see straight. I love this type of contemporary romance: lighthearted and fun with developed characters with complex backstories and lives. This story never felt too fluffy to me but at the same time, I knew that when I picked this book up I would be smiling and chuckling my way through it. 

That's how I felt when I read this author's first book. I hope the rest of this series is exactly this same way. 

I mentioned earlier that Shay had an ex-boyfriend, but I didn't talk about how being with him had changed who Shay was as a person. Throughout her previous relationship - which was already over before this book began - she found herself changing parts of herself like her dreams and even how she dressed just to make him happy even though she wasn't. That's why: at the beginning of this book, Shay is hell-bent on making a change. Tossing her bra is symbolic of this change, and poor Kolton just happens to be in the way. Shay has two great gal friends that are beside her throughout this story and I'm excited to see what happens with them as well as this series progresses. 

Kolton was only at the ski resort because his two friends dragged him there. This is a guy that suffered a huge loss about seven years ago and as a result, he chooses responsibility over fun every time, to a fault. Kolton almost never stops thinking about what happened years ago; it impacts nearly everything he does to this day. Even though he knows that he needs to move on, it's really so much easier said than done and his grumbly attitude doesn't help much. Kolton has two friends that are also his business partners and I am equally excited about seeing what will happen with these guys as the series progresses.

I loved the various Canadian settings used and I think the secondary cast (the best friends in particular) are just tops. But I truly love what this author did here with the shed-the-black-bra/get-the-red-bra thing. All of this "bra" talk is really a small part of the opening scenes in this story, but it opens up a larger theme and that is giving yourself away/finding yourself again, and I just found it really moving. And honestly, I found this in both Shay's and Kolton's sides of the story. This wasn't heavy at all, so no worries there. These themes are well within the fun and lighthearted tale that I've talked about, but there is just so much substance here that I know for certain that this is a book for my rereads-shelf. 

I'm just over the moon about the Over The Top Series. Oh how I wish the next books were already in my greedy little hands but alas I will have to wait a few months to see what is next for this group of guys and girls. I'm thrilled that Shay and Kolton will be there and with what went down in this first book, I'm DYING to know the rest of the story now.  

I recommend My Perfect Mistake by Kelly Siskind for fans of contemporary romance that are high on the swoons and also great friendships. 

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My Perfect Mistake will appeal to fans of:

New Adult Contemporary Romance
Romance: No triangle. 
Great Friendships
Alternating POV's

My Perfect Mistake by Kelly Siskind
is currently available for purchase.


A small-town girl at heart, Kelly Siskind moved from the city to open a cheese shop husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. 

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

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