Monday, May 26, 2014

"Take Me On" by Katie McGarry

This week I received my first ever ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) from NetGalley.  I was seriously overjoyed and doing a happy dance. When your a book junkie and get one before it is released it's like the best Christmas morning that you ever had as a kid.


Title: Take Me On
Author: Katie McGarry
Publish Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen


Description:
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night.  But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor.  Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young.  All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from.  Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.
West is keeping a big secret from Haley.  About who he really is.  But helping her - fighting for her - is a shot at redemption.  Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart.  He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.
Haley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring.  But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


Review:

I've read all the other books in this series "Pushing the Limits" by Katie McGarry and I enjoyed them all. I have to say that my favorites were the first book "Pushing the Limits" and now "Take Me On". I really loved the main characters Wes and Haley. The authors style was continued in this book. Teenagers dealing with different serious issues at home. Katie's ability as an author to shape this world and the progress of her characters growing and changing from beginning to end is amazing. She fully captures the feeling of being a teen and having to learn and figure life out even if you don't have a solid adult role model. Most of her characters in the books are having to figure it out on their own. 

This is my favorite cover for one of her books so far. I love the coloring of the clothing and background. My only complaint is that Haley isn't shown in any gear. When I see this cover I see a shy girl that was won over by the "cute fighter". Which isn't at all who she is. I think this cover misrepresents her. She's tough. She kicks ass. I would have liked to see her in gloves also. I think younger female readers would see that and be empowered.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spring Purples

I've found that I love purple nail polish all year long. It really works for every season. Here are a few that I've purchased over the last couple of months. I know the last one is gray but I had to share because it's my favorite color I've purchased this spring. It's such a pretty neutral and it lasts so long. 
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Spring Snippets

A little spring update to what has been going on around here. I needed the night to relax (so I blogged) after a hard day. Our truck broke down today 45 minutes away from home. I had Olivia and the bff Sarah (35 weeks preggo) in tow. There were some tears (from me) and aggravation but it worked out. We found a little lunch spot and at least were able to eat while waiting to be rescued. No update on the truck yet :(

 

                                            
    
I'm obviously feeling "blue" this spring. Freshening up our front door. (Rugs available at Target each $12.99 and there was a discount with the Cartwheel app for the second one pictured). I threw that wreath together in a couple of minutes. Polka dot burlap was a find at Walmart ($3.97 it was near the party /decor aisle at my store). All that is underneath is a wrapped straw wreath form. There were some really cute patterned burlap options. The next purchase will be the coral chevron print! The little felt flowers were found at Target on a clearance end cap for $.50 for all 4. 

Sarah's Baby Shower

              
                  Olivia's First Haircut                       Once Upon a Time Event with Elsa (my girl Jenny)

Fun walks with Daddy

.....and BUBBLES! all the time BUBBLES! Her new favorite activity!

Those curls!