Book Blitz: Midnight by J.V. Speyer

Midnight 
by J.V. Speyer 
Publication date: August 14th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+,Romance

Synopsis:

Brandon loved Adrian, so when Adrian abruptly moved out of their apartment Brandon was devastated. Six weeks later Brandon is ready to start to ease his way back into life again, but a chance encounter leaves him questioning everything he thought he knew – about Adrian, their relationship, and himself.

His friends are there to see him through it, especially his best friend Greg. Greg wants what’s best for Brandon. He’s always wanted what’s best for Brandon, even when it’s not necessarily what’s best for Greg. 

As Adrian’s true nature is revealed, Greg starts to wonder if maybe what’s best for both of them wouldn’t be each other. 

Giveaway—$25 Amazon gift card

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Author Bio

J. V. Speyer has lived in upstate New York and rural Catalonia before settling in the greater Boston area. She has worked in archaeology, security, accountancy, finance, and non-profit management.  She currently lives just south of Boston in a house old enough to remember when her town was a tavern community with a farming problem.  (No, really. John Adams complained about it. A lot.) 

When not writing, J. V. enjoys watching baseball and seeking out all of New England’s creepiest spots.  Her Spawn has turned her into a hockey enthusiast. She can be bribed with gin, tequila, and cats.

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Weekly Wrap Up: July 21st through July 27th 2019

Clicking on titles under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on titles Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz will take you to that specific blog post.

Clicking on links under Giveaways I’ve Entered will take you to that giveaway

Clicking on the titles under Freebies I Scored will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.



Books I’ve Read:

Jake’s Redemption

T-Minus

Lost and Love: Thailand

Clockwork Image

Every Love



Books with pending reviews:


Books with published reviews:

Clockwork Image: Review Here

Nocturne in Ashes: Review Here

Every Love: Review Here

All Boy—Review Here


NetGalley Haul:

Naked Mole Rat Saves the World

Diamond City

The Curious Heart of Alisa Rae

What Rose Forgot


Email Haul:

Rise of the Dragon

Return of the Long Lost Earl (not on Goodreads yet)

Look for Me Under the Rainbow

The Kilwade Tragedy


Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Every Love—Blog Tour

All Boy—Blog Tour


Giveaways I’ve Entered:

What Red Was—Read it Forward


Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up: July 14th through July 20th, 2019

Clicking on titles under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on titles Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz will take you to that specific blog post.

Clicking on links under Giveaways I’ve Entered will take you to that giveaway

Clicking on the titles under Freebies I Scored will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.


Books I’ve Read:

Campusland

The Warehouse

In It to Win It

I’ll Never Tell (review on Goodreads only)

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (review on Goodreads only)

All Boy


Books with pending reviews:

All Boy—review coming 7-20-10


Books with published reviews:

The Other Brother—Review here

Home Field Advantage—Review Here

Bending the Rules—Review Here

The Woman He Knows—Review here

Red Dawn Rising—review here


NetGalley Haul:

Lethal Nights

The Widow of Rose House

Foul is Fair

The Truth About Cowboys

Small Spaces


Email Haul:

Clockwork Image

The Mercutio Problem

Merlin’s Shakespeare

Song for a Lost Kingdom: Book 2

Song for a Lost Kingdom: Book 1

Death Among Us

Eye of the Storm


Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

To Kill a Fae—Cover Reveal

Sweet Retribution—Cover Reveal

Crave to Conquer—Freebie Alert

Midnight’s End—Excerpt

#RIP John—Book Blitz


Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Duchess Reads—Kensington Publishing Corporation

Strands of Truth—Goodreads

King’s Shadow—Goodreads


Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

Blog Tour: All Boy by Mia Kerick


All Boy

4 Stars

Publisher: Lakewater Press

Date of publication: June 25th, 2019

Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance, Young Adult

Where you can find All Boy: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | BookBub

Book synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Callie Canter knows all about screwing up—and being screwed over. After her so-called boyfriend publicly humiliated her senior year, taking a fifth year of high school at Beaufort Hills Academy is her second chance to leave behind a painful past. But her need for social acceptance follows, and going along with the in-crowd is the difference between survival and becoming a target. Staying off the radar is top priority. So, falling for an outsider is the last thing on Callie’s “to-do” list. Too bad her heart didn’t get the memo.

With his strict, religious upbringing and former identity far away in Florida, Jayden Morrissey can finally be true to himself at Beaufort Hills Academy. But life as a trans man means keeping secrets, and keeping secrets means not getting too close to anyone. If he can just get through his fifth year unnoticed, maybe a future living as the person he was born to be is possible. Yet love is love, and when you fall hard enough, intentions crumble, plans detour, and secrets are revealed.

From multi-award-winning author Mia Kerick, comes a powerful, timely, and life-changing novel, which follows two teenagers nursing broken hearts and seeking acceptance, and who together realize running away isn’t always the answer.

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Giveaway ($15 Amazon Gift Card)

AUTHOR BIO:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son, heading off to college. (Yes, the nest is finally empty.) She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing scholarship essays. Her husband of twenty-five years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it’s a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled people in complex relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature, and as a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to her wonderful publishers for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Her books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine, and have won Rainbow Awards for Best Transgender Contemporary Romance and Best YA Lesbian Fiction, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award for Young Adult e-book Fiction, among other awards.

Mia Kerick is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology. Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com or visit at www.miakerickya.com to see what is going on in Mia’s world.

Author Links

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Blog Tour Stops (Please feel free to visit all the stops on the tour!!)

July 15th
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
Stories That Make You Smile
cupcakesandbookshelves

July 16th
Incidental Inspiration
Reviews by Jaye

July 17th
My Endless Shelf
The Phantom Paragrapher
Lisa Loves Literature

July 18th
For the Love of KidLit
roroblusmum
Books Direct

July 19th
Shirley Cuypers
Dog-Eared Daydreams

July 20th
Books and Life
Read with Me
The Eclectic Review


First Line:

After grabbing coffee at Central Campus Cafe, Lauren and I gravitate to our usual seat in Post Grad Advanced Psychology class in the Tremont Building.

All Boy by Mia Kerick

My Review:

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started reading All Boy. I wasn’t expecting a book that hit me right in the feels. I didn’t expect a book that made me cry, get angry, and then cry again. I didn’t expect a book that made me think about it long after I finished it.

I rarely do this, but I want to let everyone know about the triggers upfront. They would be bullying (viral, transphobic, homophobic), body image issues, emotional abuse, stalking, and assault. So, if any of these triggers you, then I suggest finding another book. If not, then read my review and determine if this book interests you enough to read.

There are two main storylines in All Boy before its merges into the main one. The first storyline is all about Callie. Callie is a hot mess when the book starts. She is at Beaufort Hills to repeat her senior year of high school. But, she seems to be hell-bent on repeating her mistakes from the previous year. Jayden is also at Beaufort Hills to repeat his senior year. Jayden is hoping that living at Beaufort Hills will ease his transition into living as a trans man. The only thing, he has to keep his trans status secret, which he has no problem doing until he meets Callie. As his relationship with Callie amps up, Jayden’s secrets become harder to tell her. Then something awful happens. Something that tests Callie and Jayden’s relationship. What will happen? Can they overcome it?

Even though I didn’t like Callie, I did feel bad for her. She was a hot mess when she came to Beaufort Hills. I was expecting her to repeat the mistakes from her senior year, and it looked like she was heading that way. By the middle of the book, I despised her. She couldn’t see past herself. She had no clue how her reactions to Jayden after the assault affected him. All she could think of was herself and how she was affected. But, after her talk with Lauren, I saw her character shift. She became someone who I wouldn’t have recognized at the beginning of the book. By the end of the book, I still didn’t like her, but I did respect her. Her actions in MA and Florida earned her my respect.

I loved Jayden. My heart hurt for him when he was explaining his backstory. No one should live with the level of anxiety that he did. I got his interest in Callie. I also got why he was playing it safe. He didn’t know how she would react if she found out that he was a trans man. I understood why he left Beaufort Hills after the assault. I also realized why he went home. I will say that I was glad that he had his sister to support him. He needed it. It hurt me to see how vulnerable he was, how hurt and scared when Callie showed up. My heart broke for him.

The end of All Boy had me alternately smiling and crying. I loved that Shawn and his group got what they deserved. I loved what happened between Jayden and Callie. I loved that there was somewhat of a happy ending.


I would give All Boy an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I would reread All Boy I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

WWW Wednesday: July 17th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: Nothing too much going on with her. She’s enjoying her swimming lessons and swimming in the new pool. She also is enjoying our new addition to the family….a guinea pig named Twix.

Mr. Z: Nothing too much going on with him either. He’s enjoying swimming lessons too. He does protest going but once he’s there, he’s all good. He’s been pretty active this summer. Riding his bike, going over his friends and swimming in the new pool.

Miss B: She start her Youth Academy camp next week, is super nervous and is taking it out on us. The camp runs 730-8am to 4pm and they are doing a ton of stuff. Everything from how a cadet trains to DWI stops to forensics to K-9 demonstrations.

Me: We picked up a new pool on Friday. Its smaller than the one we had but it works. BK and I laid tarps down underneath it and leveled it out with soil bags. So far, so good. On Sunday, we got a 1 month old guinea pig from PetSmart. Not something I wanted to get…sigh. Don’t get me wrong, I love guinea pigs but we have two cats. And they have been looking at him like he is a tasty snack. We get him home and I find out, they need to be in pairs. WTF. So, we’re going back next week to get another one. He is a cute little thing and happy too. Still. Didn’t want another animal to take care of.

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

Reading: My streak continues. Woot!! Woot!! Still knocking books off of NetGalley. I have also added books from there too. Which ended my self imposed NetGalley ban. There were a couple of books that I needed to read!!!

Reviews: I am still behind on writing reviews. But its all good. I have a blog tour review that I need to get written for Saturday. Other than that, I am going with the flow, man…lol. I have accepted a ton of blog tour/cover reveals..etc. Still making sure that they don’t overlap. Having 5 published on one day was a lot.


Blog: I finally fixed the MailChimp issue that I was having. I also noticed that WordPress wasn’t sharing to my Facebook page, so I fixed that. I am slowly going through my older posts and updating them. Checking links, updating covers/blurbs (from Amazon), removing posts where the book has been removed from Amazon/Goodreads (there are a bunch), updating book information (in some case, changing titles/authors) and editing the posts also. I have only got a handful done.


What I am currently reading:

Campusland by Scott Johnston

A tumultuous and often hilarious first novel about one year of insanity at the Ivy-like Devon University, a blissful bubble of elite students and the adults at their mercy.

Eph Russell is an English professor up for tenure. He may look and sound privileged, but Eph is right out of gun-rack, Bible-thumping rural Alabama. His beloved Devon, though, has become a place of warring tribes, and there are landmines waiting for Eph that he is unequipped to see. The cultural rules are changing fast.

Lulu Harris is an entitled freshman—er, firstyear—from Manhattan. Her singular ambition is to be a prominent socialite – an “It Girl.” While most would kill for a place at Devon, to her college is a dreary impediment. She is pleasantly surprised to find some people she can tolerate in the Fellingham Society, a group of self-professed campus monarchists. When things become socially difficult, Lulu is forced to re-channel her ambition in a most unexpected way – as a militant feminist. In the process, she and Eph will find their fates at odds.

Also in the mix is Red Wheeler, who is in his seventh year at Devon, and is carefully managing his credits to stay longer. As the alpha dog atop Devon’s progressive hierarchy, Red is the most “woke” guy on campus. But when his position is threatened, he must take measures.

All paths collide in a riotous climax. Campusland is a timely and gleeful skewering of the modern American campus and its tribal culture.

I am not sure what to think of this book. The first couple of chapters were funny but I felt disconnected from the book. I’m hoping because I was tired and that I will enjoy the book.

Campusland is currently on pre-order. Its expected date of publication is August 13th, 2019. Look for my review on or after that date.


I recently finished reading:

In It to Win It (Wynn Hockey: Book 2) by Kelly Jamieson

Wynn family bonds bend but never break. . . .

“Kelly Jamieson is an auto-buy for me.”—Carly Phillips

JP Wynn: I admit, I’ve made some bad choices—on and off the ice.
Now all I want to do is show my team I can control my emotions while I’m playing and redeem myself with my family, especially with my brother, Théo.
I hate that I hurt him and I’m determined to stay out of trouble. 
But the hot bridesmaid at Théo’s wedding is tempting me into another bad decision.

A little flirting and a hook up with Taylor seem harmless . . . until Manny Martinez jumps me on the dance floor and starts beating the crap out of me.
And just like that I add one more bad decision to my résumé. 

Taylor Hart: I always thought hockey players were hot. Now I think they’re crazy.
Manny broke my heart when he got traded to another team and left without even a goodbye.
Then he showed up at my best friend’s wedding. All I wanted to do was show Manny that I was over him.
And the groom’s sexy brother, JP, seemed more than willing to be my distraction.
But after the way everything went down, I want nothing to do with any of them. 
Easier said than done. Especially when Lacey’s new brother-in-law is always around. . . .

And I keep thinking about the wedding night, when we snuck away to his room for the best sex of my life. 

I liked this book. I didn’t have to think about the plotline, which was wonderful!! Also, I thought that Taylor and JP made a cute couple.

In It to Win It is currently on pre-order. Its expected publication date is July 23rd, 2019.


What books I think I’ll read next?

I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

Deeply buried secrets make for a disturbing family reunion in bestselling author Catherine McKenzie’s tantalizing novel of psychological suspense.

What happened to Amanda Holmes?

Twenty years ago, she was found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with the crime.

Now, after their parents’ sudden deaths, the MacAllister siblings return to camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate the camp occupies. Ryan needs to sell. Margaux hasn’t made up her mind. Mary believes in leaving well enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.

But it’s more complicated than a simple vote. The will stipulates that until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can’t settle the estate. Any one of them could have done it, and each one is holding a piece of the puzzle. Will they work together to finally discover the truth, or will their secrets finally tear the family apart?

All Boy by Mia Kerick

Seventeen-year-old Callie Canter knows all about screwing up—and being screwed over. After her so-called boyfriend publicly humiliated her senior year, taking a fifth year of high school at Beaufort Hills Academy is her second chance to leave behind a painful past. But her need for social acceptance follows, and going along with the in-crowd is the difference between survival and becoming a target. Staying off the radar is top priority. So, falling for an outsider is the last thing on Callie’s “to-do” list. Too bad her heart didn’t get the memo.

With his strict, religious upbringing and former identity far away in Florida, Jayden Morrissey can finally be true to himself at Beaufort Hills Academy. But life as a trans man means keeping secrets, and keeping secrets means not getting too close to anyone. If he can just get through his fifth year unnoticed, maybe a future living as the person he was born to be is possible. Yet love is love, and when you fall hard enough, intentions crumble, plans detour, and secrets are revealed.

From multi-award-winning author Mia Kerick, comes a powerful, timely, and life-changing novel, which follows two teenagers nursing broken hearts and seeking acceptance, and who together realize running away isn’t always the answer.

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

Gun violence, climate change and unemployment have ravaged the United States beyond recognition.

Amidst the wreckage, an online retail giant named Cloud reigns supreme. Cloud brands itself not just as an online storefront, but as a global saviour. Yet, beneath the sunny exterior, lurks something far more sinister.

Paxton never thought he’d be working Security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he’d be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what’s left outside, perhaps Cloud isn’t so bad. Better still, through his work he meets Zinnia, who fills him with hope for their shared future.

Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials, might just be her meal ticket.
As Paxton and Zinnia’s agendas place them on a collision course, they’re about to learn just how far the Cloud will go to make the world a better place. 

To beat the system, you have to be inside it

Every Love by Jann Doe

Love can be wholesome,
Healthy and pure.
It can also be deadly,
Of this I am sure.
I’ve experienced many,
I’ve opened my door.
Of all the love that I’ve held
There’s one thing I know,
Ain’t no one has loved
Quite like me… Jann Doe.

EVERY LOVE is a collection of poetry covering my own experiences in love. From abuse, to affair, to healthy commitment, I’ve shared many love lifes… even suicide has played a part. The name ‘Jann Doe’ is to protect myself and my family from my own mistakes and history, given the parts of me that love has touched.


Weekly Wrap Up: June 30th through July 6th, 2019

Clicking on titles under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on titles Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz will take you to that specific blog post.

Clicking on links under Giveaways I’ve Entered will take you to that giveaway

Clicking on the titles under Freebies I Scored will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.


Books I’ve Read:

An Unorthodox Match

A Highlander Walks into a Bar

29 Seconds

Books with pending reviews:

29 Seconds—review coming September 10th, 2019

The Truth Behind the Lie—review coming August 27th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar—review here

Raze—review here

The Shadowverse—review here

We Went to the Woods—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Dark Alpha’s Redemption

Christmas Angels

Followers

The Wives

Email Haul:

Red Dawn Rising

Dirty Cooking

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Under the Skin—Excerpt

She’s a Spitfire—Excerpt

A Highlander Walks into a Bar—Blog Tour

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Toxic Toffee—from Kensington Books

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

Raze (Riven: Book 3) by Roan Parrish

Raze (Riven Series Book 3) by [Parrish, Roan]

3.5 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Date of publication: July 2nd, 2019

Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance

Series: Riven

Riven—Book 1 (review here)

Rend—Book 2 (review here)

Raze—Book 3

Where you can find Raze: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BookBub

Book Synopsis:

Sometimes the walls we build to save ourselves have to come tumbling down.

For the last ten years, Huey has built his life around his sobriety. If that means he doesn’t give a damn about finding love or companionship for himself, well, it’s probably better that way. After all, the last thing he wants is to hurt anyone else. Until Felix Rainey walks into his bar, fresh-faced, unbearably sweet—and, for some reason Huey can’t fathom, interested in him.

As the eldest of five kids, Felix Rainey spent his childhood cooking dinner, checking homework, and working after-school jobs. Now in his twenties, he’s still scrambling to make ends meet and wondering what the hell he’s doing with his life. When he meets Huey, he’s intimidated . . . and enamored. Huey’s strong and confident, he owns his own business—hell, he’s friends with rock stars. What could he ever see in Felix?

As Huey and Felix get closer, the spark catches and soon they can’t get enough of each other. But Huey’s worked hard to avoid intimacy, and Felix threatens his carefully constructed defenses. Huey realizes he needs to change if he wants to truly put his past behind him—and build a future with Felix. 

Roan Parrish’s pitch-perfect Riven novels can be read together or separately:
RIVEN * REND * RAZE


My Review:

"In the corner of my bar, a cheerfully drunk man sang loudly and out of tune."

I was excited to see that there was another book in the Riven series. I had enjoyed the previous two books and was hoping that I would like Raze. For the most part, I did like it. But the parts that I didn’t like did affect my rating.

Raze’s plotline was enjoyable to read. It was well written, and the author didn’t let anything lag. She also didn’t drop storylines. The plotline was also a fast moving one. Put it this way; I was able to sit down and read Raze within 2 hours.

I liked Felix, but man, he annoyed me. He was too whiny and too clingy. He didn’t know how to talk to people. He was immature. But, when he wasn’t being any of those traits that I mentioned, he was a good guy. He was a good son and a great sibling. He cared about Huey. But those good traits were buried beneath the stuff that I didn’t like. I wish they were showcased more.

I didn’t know what to make of Huey. Getting his backstory was like pulling teeth. It was leaked a little at a time. It drove me nuts. I didn’t like that I couldn’t pinpoint what his feelings were for Felix. Again, drove me nuts. I liked seeing a different Huey appear by the end of the book. He was grounded and happy. Loved it!!

Like I stated in the paragraph above, I couldn’t get a handle on Huey’s feelings for Felix. Because of that, the romance between them seemed forced.

The sex scenes were hot. What Felix and Huey lacked in the romance department, they made up for with sex. Those scenes were so hot that I was expecting my screen to implode. The only scene that didn’t do it for me was the ass eating scene towards the end of the book. I am open-minded about everything but I just couldn’t with this. As I was reading that scene, I kept thinking, “What if he didn’t wipe good.” Which then led my thoughts too well, you know where I am going with that.

The end of Raze was heartwarming. I was left wondering if there was going to be a book 4 or if this is that last book in the series. There were some characters (Grin, Morgan, Jhoi stand out the most in my mind) that I would love to see get their happily ever after.


I would give Raze an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I would reread Raze.  I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**