book review

Freebie Sunday: November 18th, 2018

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Romance:

Blue Moon

Blue Moon (The Blue Mountain Series Book 2) by [Thompson, Tess]

Winter Nights: Ten Book Boxed Set

Winter Nights: Ten Book Boxed Set by [Reid, Penny, Kenner, J., Black, Shayla, Tijan, Kennedy, Elle, Warren, Skye, Canterbary, Kate, Hart, Lena, Byrd, Charlotte, Regnery, Katy]

The Rancher’s Conditions

The Rancher's Conditions by [Chapman, R.S.]

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Death of a Dapper Snowman

Death of a Dapper Snowman (Stormy Day Mystery Book 1) by [Pepper, Angela]

Sundown on Top of the World

Sundown on Top of the World (A Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery Book 4) by [Donald, R.E.]

Black Violet

Black Violet (A Michael Violet Thriller Book 1) by [Hyland, Alex]

Young Adult

Prelude to Fire

Prelude to Fire: Parts 1 and 2 (The Cloud Warrior Saga Book 0) by [Holmberg, D.K.]

Ray Vs The Meaning of Life

Ray Vs the Meaning of Life by [Stewart, Michael F]

Tender Kisses

Tender Kisses (3:AM Kisses Book 13) by [Moore, Addison]

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Ghost Detective

Ghost Detective (A Myron Vale Investigation Book 1) by [Carter, Scott William]

 

Spirited Legacy

Spirited Legacy (Lost Library Book 2) by [Baray, Kate]

Danger’s Halo

Danger's Halo: (Holly Danger Book 1) by [Carlson, Amanda]

Women’s Fiction

An Ace and A Pair

An Ace and A Pair: A Dead Cold Mystery (Dead Cold Mysteries Book 1) by [Banner, Blake]

No Ordinary Love

No Ordinary Love: A Journey's End Billionaire Romance (Journey's End Billionaires Book 1) by [Christopher, Ann]

Breathless in Love

Breathless In Love (The Maverick Billionaires, Book 1) by [Andre, Bella, Skully, Jennifer]

LGBTQIA

Introducing Mr. Winterbourne

Introducing Mr. Winterbourne by [Chambers, Joanna ]

Broken Strings

Broken Strings: MM Rockstar Romance (Chords of Chaos Book 1) by [Carson, Casey]

I Hear You

I Hear You (Come to Your Senses Book 2) by [Reeves, Susan]

Horror

We See No Evil

We See No Evil (The Cornelius Saga Book 4) by [Taylor, Tanya R.]

Dark Heirloom

Dark Heirloom: A Vampire Urban Fantasy (An Ema Marx Novel Book 1) by [Brown, J.D.]

Amethyst Witch

Amethyst Witch: The Prequel (A Stacy Justice Mystery Book Prequel 0) by [Annino, Barbra]

Algonquin Young Readers · book review · Dragonfly Press · Entangled Publishing, LLC · Entangled: Amara · Loveswept · NetGalley · Non ARC · Random House Publishing Group · Red Adept Publishing · Simon & Schuster

Weekly Wrap Up: November 11th through November 17th 2018

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Rend (Riven, #2)

Accidents Happen

What About Us (Panic, #4)

Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast

Sleepover

Exposed Fury

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

What About Us—review coming November 20th

What About Us (Panic, #4)

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Accidents Happen—review here

Accidents Happen by Sharon Karaa

Limetown—review here

Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast

Sleepover—review here

Sleepover by [Bell, Serena]

Exposed Fury—review here

Exposed Fury

You Are The Everything—review here

You Are The Everything

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Moonlight & Whiskey

In Another Life

The Last Letter

Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks, #1)

Game On (Aces Hockey, #8)

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

For Baby and Me (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 4)

Life Rewritten (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 3)

Can't Stand the Heat? (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 2)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

book review · Non ARC

Freebie Sunday: November 11th, 2018

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Romance:

Kiss Me Forever

Kiss Me Forever (Bachelors & Bridesmaids #1) by [Freethy, Barbara]

Breathless in Love

Breathless In Love (The Maverick Billionaires, Book 1) by [Andre, Bella, Skully, Jennifer]

Once Upon A Texas Christmas

Once Upon a Texas Christmas (Whiskey River Christmas Book 4) by [Garbera, Katherine ]

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

The Anonymous Source

The Anonymous Source (An Alex Vane Media Thriller, Book 1) by [Fuller, A.C.]

Death of a Dapper Snowman

Death of a Dapper Snowman (Stormy Day Mystery Book 1) by [Pepper, Angela]

The Advocate’s Homicides

The Advocate's Homicides (The Advocate Series Book 8) by [Burrell, Teresa]

Young Adult

Hero in a Halfling: A Humorous Fantasy Adventure (Epik Fantasy Book 1) by [Davis, William Tyler]

A Diamond in My Pocket

A Diamond in My Pocket (The Unaltered Book 1) by [Angell, Lorena]

Prelude to Fire

Prelude to Fire: Parts 1 and 2 (The Cloud Warrior Saga Book 0) by [Holmberg, D.K.]

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Reaper’s Run

Reaper's Run: An Apocalyptic Action-Adventure Technothriller (Plague Wars Series Book 1) by [VanDyke, David, King, Ryan]

Spirited Legacy

Spirited Legacy (Lost Library Book 2) by [Baray, Kate]

The Vixen and The Vet

The Vixen and the Vet: (inspired by "Beauty and the Beast") (A Modern Fairytale) by [Regnery, Katy]

Women’s Fiction

The Wright Brother

The Wright Brother by [Linde, K.A.]

Scoring Her Heart

Scoring Her Heart (Scored Book 1) by [Valentine, Marquita]

Whisper Me This

Whisper Me This: A Novel by [King, Kerry Anne]

LGBTQIA

Blind: A Memoir

Blind: A Memoir by [Cipriani, Belo]

Ride Her Good

RIDE HER GOOD! : 40 EROTICA STORIES   (EROTIC STORY COLLECTION) by [Slamhard, Sasha]

Seduction Games

Seduction Games (Game for Cookies Book 1) by [Lindt, Allyson]

Horror

Unleashed

Unleashed: V Plague Book 1 by [Patton, Dirk]

We See No Evil

We See No Evil (The Cornelius Saga Book 4) by [Taylor, Tanya R.]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein (AmazonClassics Edition) by [Shelley, Mary]

book review · Non ARC

Freebie Sunday: November 4th, 2018

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Romance

Too Tempting

Too Tempting (The Lewis Cousins Book 1) by [Lopez, Bethany]

Hot Seal

Hot SEAL (HOT SEAL Team - Book 1) by [Harris, Lynn Raye]

Playing for Fun

Playing For Fun: A Small Town Romance (Stewart Island Series Book 6) by [Alvarez, Tracey]

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Watching

Watching (The Making of Riley Paige—Book 1) by [Pierce, Blake]

Siren

Siren: A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 9 (The Kate Redman Mysteries) by [Grace, Celina]

I Am Watching You

I Am Watching You by [Driscoll, Teresa]

Young Adult

Forever Ours

Forever Ours (Shattered Hearts Book 1) by [Leo, Cassia]

Serenade

Serenade (The Nightmusic Trilogy Book 1) by [McKenzie, Heather]

Las Vegas Girl

Las Vegas Girl: A Gripping, Suspenseful Crime Novel by [Wolfe, Leslie]

Fantasy/Science Fiction

The Finding

The Finding: The Legend of Oescienne (Book One) by [Johnson, Jenna Elizabeth]

The Faerie Prince

The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow Book 2) by [Morgan, Rachel]

Reaper’s Run

Reaper's Run: An Apocalyptic Action-Adventure Technothriller (Plague Wars Series Book 1) by [VanDyke, David, King, Ryan]

Women’s Fiction

Stillhouse Lake

Stillhouse Lake by [Caine, Rachel]

Convenient Lies

Convenient Lies (Hidden Truth Book 1) by [Patchen, Robin]

Forgotten Sins

Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers Book 1) by [Zanetti, Rebecca]

LGBTQIA

Night is Darkest

Night is Darkest: An MMF Bisexual Romance (Men in Blue Book 1) by [Rylon, Jayne]

Letting Go

Letting Go: A Rainier Family Novel by [Cade, Ashton]

Seduction Games

Seduction Games (Game for Cookies Book 1) by [Lindt, Allyson]

Horror

The End of Temperance Dare

The End of Temperance Dare: A Novel by [Webb, Wendy]

Speaks the Nightbird

Speaks the Nightbird: A Novel (Matthew Corbett Book 1) by [McCammon, Robert R.]

Ghost of a Chance

Ghost of a Chance (Chintz 'n China Book 1) by [Galenorn, Yasmine]

Algonquin Young Readers · ARC · book review · Forever · Independent Book Publisher's Association · Loveswept · Member's Titles · NetGalley · Polis Books · Random House Publishing Group · St. Martin's Press

Weekly Wrap Up: October 28th through November 3rd 2018

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Pandemonium

The Wizard's Gift

Black Diamond Fall

The Storyteller's Throne

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

The Wizard’s Gift—review here

The Wizard's Gift by Michael Waller

Black Diamond Fall—review here

Black Diamond Fall

Kiss Me at Christmas—review here

A True Cowboy Christmas—review here

A True Cowboy Christmas (Cold River Ranch, #1)

The Corner of Holly and Ivy—review here

The Corner of Holly and Ivy: A feel-good Christmas romance

The Storyteller’s Throne—review here

The Storyteller's Throne

The Rain Watcher—review here

The Rain Watcher

A Nanny for Harry—review here

A Nanny for Harry

Stripped Down—review here

Stripped Down

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Foam On The Crest Of Waves

The Night Before

You Are The Everything

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Deadly Cage—Tom Howard (No Amazon/Email page yet)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

 Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

ARC · book review · Independent Book Publisher's Association · Member's Titles · NetGalley

A Nanny for Harry by Sylvia Mulholland

A Nanny for Harry

2.5 Stars

Publisher: Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Member’s Titles

Date of publication: April 1st, 2018

Genre: Parenting, Families, Women’s Fiction, General Fiction

Where you can find A Nanny for Harry: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

JUGGLING ON EMPTY? WHO’S YOUR NANNY?
Kali Miller hasn’t even given birth to baby Harry when doctor-husband Matt ‘helpfully’ hires a live-in nanny. Britta is svelte, blonde and beguiling, and Swedish enough to make any new mother insecure, especially one who looks and feels as ginormous post-delivery as she did the day before. But a nanny means Kali can go back to work at her law firm where she is desperate to make partner. The Millers’ seaside house will be nice and clean; their meals healthy and fresh, and Harry well looked after. It’s the only option, really, for career women like Kali.

But Britta’s idea of cooking is fiskpinnar (fish sticks) in the microwave. She leaves blonde hairballs between the sofa cushions and has cute, broken-English convos with Matt, leaving the dirty diapers and other chores for Kali. The only thing Britta has in common with those super-nannies that all Kali’s friends seem to have is that she’ll probably never quit. And of course, Harry adores her!

As Kali’s life becomes increasingly frenetic —not helped by a disgruntled client out to get her for a deal gone bad—she starts losing her grip on reality. The top brass at her firm now views her more as a potential liability, than partnership material. And Matt seems to have some mysterious ‘history’ with Harry’s nanny. Just who is this Britta Edvardsson? And what does she want with Matt… and little Harry?


My review:

Kali is a lawyer who is about to have her first baby. Her husband is a doctor who works crazy hours. After giving birth to Harry, Kali starts doing walk-throughs at the local daycares. What she sees doesn’t work for her and she mentions to Matt that it would be nice to have a live-in nanny. A few days later, he surprises her with Britta. Britta is slim, blonde and beautiful. That alone makes Kali insecure. But, she needs the help and allows her to stay. Kali thinks that with Britta there, the house would be clean, chores would be done and meals would be cooked along with the baby being looked after. Well, that was a dream. The only thing that Britta does is look after Harry. Everything else is left for Kali when she gets off work. Things come to a head when Kali suspects that there is more to Matt and Britta’s relationship than what he says. Will Kali get the truth from Matt? Or will their relationship implode?

I got the impression, from the blurb, that this book was going to be some sort of mystery/thriller. Instead, what I got was a book about how communication is good in a relationship and how assuming things always bites you in the butt. The blurb is not a great reflection on what this book is about.

At the beginning of the book, I felt bad for Kali. I remember those last weeks before I delivered my youngest child. I was miserable and swollen. I was snappy and emotional. I got it and sympathized with her. But, as the book went on, my sympathy started to turn to annoyance. Instead of taking charge, she wallowed in pity. She wanted a different nanny. Other than complaining about it, she did nothing. She complained about Britta not cleaning or cooking. She could have made it clear that it was part of her job. She didn’t talk to Matt when she had suspicions. Instead, she stewed on them. In turn, she made life miserable for everyone in that house. It carried over to her work and she made some serious mistakes. Instead of taking the blame for that, she kept blaming her home life for her mistakes. By the end of the book, I was frustrated and wanted to smack her.

My sympathy lay with Britta. That poor girl. Kali put her through the wringer. Of course, since Kali couldn’t speak Swedish, Britta was calling her a few choice names to her face. Which made me laugh. I didn’t blame Britta. She was living with a woman who didn’t like or trust her. If I were her, I wouldn’t have gone back. I would have given Kali the two-finger salute.

I couldn’t believe the lack of communication between Matt and Kali. I didn’t like seeing their relationship go downhill because they didn’t talk. But, to be fair, the times that Kali did try to talk to Matt about what was going on, he shut her down. I thought Matt was a bit of a jerk. His comment in the delivery room along with what happened at the end of the book sealed the deal for me.

The storyline about Kali and her job added nothing to the story except how stressed she was. I started getting stressed out when reading what was going on with work.

The end of A Nanny for Harry was your typical ending. But it didn’t ring true to me. I didn’t get that Kali could be so accepting about Britta. I mean, she didn’t like her the entire book. The sudden acceptance of her didn’t sit well with me. I couldn’t understand how Matt never mentioned certain things from his past and his relationship with Britta.

The author did a great job at wrapping up all the storylines. There was nothing left hanging. There were also there were no dropped storylines. I thought that the Kali and Britta storyline had good bones to it. If the author went the way I thought she was going to, this book would have gotten a higher rating from me. I also felt that the characters weren’t as fleshed out as they could have been.


I gave A Nanny for Harry a 2.5-star rating. The book was wonderfully written but I couldn’t get into it. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. The one thing that I liked about this book was that it did show that life after having a child isn’t always perfect.

I would give A Nanny for Harry an Adult rating. There is no sex (imagine that!!). There is mild violence. There is language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would not reread A Nanny for Harry. I also would not recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank Sylvia Mulholland, Independent Book Publisher’s, and Member’s Titles for allowing me to read and review A Nanny for Harry.

All opinions are stated in this review of A Nanny for Harry are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**


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Freebie Sunday: October 28th, 2018

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Romance

Christmas Glitter

Christmas Glitter (The Moore Sisters of Montana Book 1) by [Harrison, Ann B. ]

Loving the Texas Lawman

Loving the Texas Lawman (Forever Texan Book 2) by [Sands, Charlene]

Made in Paradise

Made In Paradise (A Family Forever Series, Book 2) by [Fasano, Donna]

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Cold Press

Cold Press: A Gripping British Mystery Thriller - Anna Burgin Book 1 by [Bradwell, David]

Fatal Starts

Fatal Starts: Two Gripping Jess Kimball Thrillers with Heart Pounding Suspense to Keep You Awake All Night (The Jess Kimball Thrillers Series Book 11) by [Capri, Diane]

Siren

Siren: A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 9 (The Kate Redman Mysteries) by [Grace, Celina]

Young Adult

The Arcadia Falls Chronicles Omnibus 1-6

The Arcadia Falls Chronicles: Omnibus (Books 1-6) by [Wright, Jennifer Malone]

 

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative by [Mason, Herbert]

Hero in a Halfling

Hero in a Halfling: A Humorous Fantasy Adventure (Epik Fantasy Book 1) by [Davis, William Tyler]

Fantasy/Science Fiction

To Claim a King

To Claim a King (Age of Gold Book 1) by [Sage, May]

The Legend of Zero: Forging Zero

Forging Zero (The Legend of ZERO, Book 1) by [King, Sara]

Ghost Detective

Ghost Detective (A Myron Vale Investigation Book 1) by [Carter, Scott William]

Women’s/General Fiction

The House of Morgan 1-3

The House of Morgan: Books 1 - 3 by [Pinder, Victoria]

Heaven to Betsy

Heaven to Betsy: A What Doesn't Kill You World Romantic Mystery (Emily Book 1) by [Hutchins, Pamela Fagan]