Jemma, Entertainment with Jem, Book 1 by Clarissa Carlyle #BookReview @ClarissaCarlyle

Jemma, Entertainment with Jem, Book 1

by Clarissa Carlyle

Blurb

Jemma Larson knows tough times. She’s been raising her baby brother ever since her parents perished in a car crash. As the owner of the popular blog, Entertainment with Jem, she has been using the income from her blog to keep them both fed and a roof over their heads. Now her blog’s income is declining amidst vicious competition. Jemma needs to do something desperate to be able to feed and take care of herself and her little brother before Social Services comes calling again. Her greatest fear- having her beloved little brother taken from her. Jemma will do anything to prevent that. Even if it means going out on a limb with her blog.

Reading about new reality TV show heartthrob, Daniel Starke, an opportunity presents itself to get an exclusive interview with him. She knows this will boost her blog’s readership and income. But everything she’s read in the press about Daniel has him painted as a womanizing, self-centered jerk. Pushed to pay her bills, she agrees to the interview.

At their meeting, she realizes that Daniel is nothing like she expected- and sparks fly! Normally shy Jemma is now thrust into the spotlight. But nothing in the entertainment world as it seems, as Jemma is about to find out.

* This book contains some adult situations. 18+, mature audiences recommended.

 

My Review

When I saw the name of the book: Jemma 1: Entertainment with Jem, Book 1 by Clarissa Carlyle I was intrigued.

 

Then I read the blurb about Jemma being a blogger an entertainment blogger, something that has always intrigued but I have never done an entertainment blog. I have a book review blog, but I don’t do entertainment.

I really like how the author built the characters, Jemma, the blogger, her little brother Robbie who she is responsible for, her friend Maya and the heartthrob Daniel Starke. Of course, there are more characters but these four were pretty much the main ones for me.

I thought the story started out fast, didn’t take long to understand the story and to be hooked. There is lots of drama, Jemma is trying to make a living blogging and has done good enough but of course wants better. She gets a chance to interview the star of a Reality TV show.  She is excited to do the interview, but, Jemma is pretty shy and quiet, doesn’t like to cause a scene or even be in the middle of any drama, she just wants to do her blog.  Of course, that can’t happen, come on, we have a reality tv star Daniel Starke who is hot and everyone wants a piece of him. Nothing can go smoothly.

I will say that I really enjoyed reading this first book. I loved the authors style and she didn’t leave anything out. The story went smoothly. Easy to read and understand the characters. After I read the first book I had to read the second and am working on the whole series. This book was a fun book to read.

 

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I advise to purchase the whole set if you like reading the first book.

 

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Pop-Out Girl by Irene WoodBury #bookReview @IreneWoodbury

Blurb

When Zane Hollister returns home to Las Vegas after two years in prison and discovers his showgirl-lover is with another guy, he goes ballistic. After stalking and taunting the couple for months, his toxic jealousy takes a darker turn.

To wipe out new boyfriend Colton, Zane masterminds a devilish zip line accident and a terrifying car crash. When those fail, he resorts to kidnapping Jen and forcing her to marry him. And it gets even worse when Zane shoots Colton’s boss, Matt, by mistake as he aims for Colton in a horrific drive-by shooting.

With Matt lingering in a coma, Jen’s cocktail-waitress mother, Brandi, absorbs a seismic shock of her own. After hearing Matt’s name on the local news, she realizes he’s her first love of decades past—and Jen’s real father.

Will Matt emerge from his coma to reunite with Brandi and Jen? Do the cops nab Zane, who’s hiding out in Hawaii? And can Jen and Colton’s love survive Zane’s lethal jealousy?

There’s a happy ending for some, but not for all, in Pop-Out Girl.

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My Review

Pop-out Girl by Irene Woodbury was not quite what I was expecting. The plot of this story was so much more. I love how the author wrote the book in parts.

 

Jen who is a Pop-Out Girl who pops out of cakes wants to have a normal life, a normal boyfriend. She popped out of a cake and met her new boyfriend at a party she did. She was totally in love with Colton. They were so right for each other is many ways.  Everything was great until her ex-crazy boyfriend came back into her life.

 

This book talks about all the main characters and goes back in time to when the story really started. Which I really love because I love the whole story. As you can read in the blurb this is a fast-paced book.

 

The one thing I was disappointed in was the ending. I felt it was abrupt. If this book becomes a series I can understand it. But as far as I know, it isn’t part of a series. This fantastic story left me wanting more and to see what happens.

 

I still recommend this book to read, it is a Chic-Lit and fun to read and was entertained by the story.

I felt this book was also a clean romance type of book.

 

I want to thank Read For Review, NetGalley and the Author Irene Woodbury for a chance to read this book.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***

I am giving this book a 4-star review.

 

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Saving Madeline by Cricket Rohman #BookReview @CricketRohman

Saving Madeline by Cricket Rohman

 

Blurb

SAVING MADELINE is both heart wrenching and humorous. In the beginning, Roxy, a naïve young actor arrives in Hollywood to follow her dream and escape from her mean-spirited family. When she finds herself coexisting in a cramped Los Angeles apartment with a wounded warrior and her German shepherd, tensions run high . . . And then her mother moves in—so much for escaping.

Along comes the well-connected actor, James Jonathan Jarvis, and Roxy’s big break in showbiz: a part in a reality TV show with a wilderness survival theme. But a week before rehearsals begin, her confused mother disappears. Roxy’s search leads her close to Wyoming where she and Madeline become trapped in a real life-and-death situation.

Though the daily obstacles that challenge these three women are paramount, they manage to find humor in their frequent calamities, and Roxy’s Hollywood misadventures buffer the troubling glimpses into the world of a woman whose memory is fading.

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My Review

 

Saving Madeline by Cricket Rohman.

This book was just what I needed to read. I love the cozy mystery of this story. Roxy moves to Hollywood to be an actress. While practicing her acting schools, her neighbor had thought someone was wrong and broke into her apartment with her dog to help. I thought this beginning was great. This story had me from the start.
Roxy had left Chicago to get away from her family, I find that funny because sometimes it is hard to get away from family. There are some awesome twist and turns in this story. I really loved how the characters were developed and I didn’t have to keep figuring out who is who.
You will need to read this book to find out how the upstairs neighbor and Roxy’s mom happens to move in with Roxy. Of course, with daily drama and some good mystery to the story makes this an awesome read. I would say this is a great summer read.
Every book I have read by Cricket Rohman I have enjoyed. I love her stories.

 

Other books by Cricket Rohman:

Wanted: An Honest Man (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 1) 

Letters, Lovers, & Lies (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 2)

Hit The Road, Jake! (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 3) 

I have read all three of the books above and thought each one was really good.

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The Valentine Quest by Melissa Mcclone #BookReview @melissamcclone @TulePublishing

The Valentine Quest (Love at the Chocolate Shop #5)The Valentine Quest by Melissa McClone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars  

 

Blurb:

Keep your competition close…and your heart even closer.

When Nevada Parker travels to Marietta, Montana, she anticipates enough peace and quiet to finish her PhD dissertation. Cupidville turns out to be anything but quiet. In fact, it looks like Valentine’s Day—her least favorite holiday—exploded all over the small town.

Among the sea of red hearts, “Be Mine” signs, and pink, pink, pink, Nevada spots a flyer for a multi-day race called The Valentine Quest. The grand prize—a luxury tropical vacation—would be the perfect welcome-home gift for her brother who’s leaving the military.

Dustin Decker sure could use a break from giving city slickers sleigh rides—and from the now ex-girlfriend who issued an ultimatum. Even with a bum knee from his bull riding days, the race’s grand prize is as good as his—until he realizes he needs a partner for some of the more complicated tasks.

He makes a strategic pact with the prim, bookish Nevada. But with a kiss, their unlikely alliance turns into something more…and soon racing isn’t the only thing on their minds. As the finish line nears, they must decide if the grand prize is worth more than what they’ve found together…or if one of them will walk away empty handed—and broken hearted.

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My Review:

The Valentine Quest (Love at the Chocolate Shop #5) by Melissa McClone.
I really enjoyed reading this book, Melissa McClone does an awesome job of writing the story of Nevada Parker and Dustin Decker.

I could feel the emotions and how hard it was for Dustin and how he is use to doing things and winning.
Nevada is the bookish type and wants to finish her PhD but really wants to win the Multi-day race called The Valentine Quest for her brother. He is always doing things for her and her sister Dakota.

When they both find out they need a partner, Nevada and Dustin who seem to have some chemistry decide to work together. They are both very competitive and both want to win. There is only one winner.

Like I said I did enjoy reading this book, I love how all the characters from this series intermingle and makes it even better.
I want to thank NetGalley, Tule Publishing and Melissa McClone for letter me read this book.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

 

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Book Review: Helping Helper by Tara C. Allred #BookReview @TaraCAllred

Helping Helper

By Tara C. Allred

Blurb

“He’s not a friend, he’s my husband, And he’s gone.”

En route to Salt Lake City, intending to start over, their car breaks down near the struggling mining town of Helper, Utah—and then Tony leaves Kora behind.

Alone, broken and angry, especially that her family was right in their judgment against Tony, Kora decides to stay in Helper and aid in it’s art-centered transformation.

But in working to save her new home, Kora learns first love only happens once.

For a second chance at love, a much greater risk is required.

“…a good solid story. I was fooled a couple of times with the plot twists!” —E. Campbell

“…a beautiful piece of artwork. This novel is going to stick with me.” —B. Boman

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My Review

Helping Helper by Tara C. Allred. This book was better than I thought it would be. The story felt real and that it could happen to anyone.  Tony and Kora leave Colorado for a better chance of life. They have been married for 6 years and Tony doesn’t have it together at all. Kora is hoping this new job in Utah will help them start fresh. Then their car breaks down about 5 miles from Helper. They walk to get help and the first place they find is a fast food place, Tony leaves Kora there and says he is going to see about getting help. He did come back and left her with $45. That was the last time she saw him.  So, she is stuck in a small town, no money and no clue what to do.

I found this story very refreshing to read. I loved that the people felt real and cared about each other. I felt the author did a great job with the characters and seemed to pack so much into the story that made it awesome. The description, the history and the people make this story so wonderful. I also thought the issues with Tony were spot on and I felt exploring Kora’s feelings was another plus. There is a lot in this story and it worked. I hope there is a 2nd book.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

This book for me is definitely a FIVE STAR Book. I really thought the author did a great job with the emotions and the characters in this story.

 

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Charmed by Chocolate by Steena Holmes #BookReview @steenaholmes @TulePublishing #readzTule

Charmed by Chocolate (Love at the Chocolate Shop #6)

Blurb

When Leah ran off to Southern California, she hoped to leave freezing cold winters and unrequited love behind. She was never meant for a small town life and the timing with her longtime best friend–and secret soul mate–was always hopelessly off.
But after a mishap on the hit reality show Charming, Leah declares her love for Wade nationwide and is publicly dubbed “Lonely Leah.” She returns to Marietta to hide at her family’s home–from the media who wants to turn her into a human interest story, from the townspeople upset with her blunder, and most of all, from Wade, who wants to talk.

It took Leah leaving town to wake Wade Burns up to the reality that he’s head over heels in love with his best friend. But now that she’s back home, she’s giving him the cold shoulder. With chocolate and a grand gesture, can Wade charm his way back into Leah’s heart?

 

Book Review

I have to say I honestly liked the story, it was a quick, fun to read book.

Leah left Marietta to work in California for a company, she was able to speak to many teens and events about drinking and driving.  Leah is against drinking and driving and her passion was to get the message out.  One day her friend Betsey was in a Jam.She was the producer of a reality show called Charmed and one of the contestants backed out.  Betsey pleaded and made promises that she would only have to be on the show 1 day. Well that didn’t work out and Leah made a fool of herself on national TV.  So, Leah decided to head back to Marietta to her brother’s home to hide out. Well her grandmother was not going to let that happen.

The pace of the story was perfect. The characters were developed enough for this story. I enjoyed this story. This was a nice clean romantic story.

I always want chocolate after reading any of the books that mentions Sage’s chocolate.

Thanks to Netgalley and Tule Publishing for giving me an ARC.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

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 I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl