March Reading Review Round-Up

Today I’m sharing a round-up of the books I read during March. Scroll on to find out which one was my favorite. Click the images below to read my reviews for each novel.

       

Books Read in March 2017

Books listed below in the order they were read

  1. New Attitude by Kathryn R. Biel
  2. Playing House by Laura Chapman
  3. See You Soon Broadway by Melissa Baldwin
  4. Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman
  5. Defining Her by Samantha March
  6. Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane
  7. Bridges by Maria Murnane
  8. Plan Bea by Hilary Grossman

My favorite book read during March was…

All of them! I loved all of the books I read this month, that I can’t possibly pick only one favorite! They were all 5 star reads in my book, so I’m choosing not to pick just one.

What books did you read last month that you loved?

 

 

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Release Day Review – New Attitude

Happy Release Day to author Kathryn R. Biel on her latest novel New Attitude! New Attitude is the second novel in the New Beginnings series, which follows the first story called Made For Me. Check out my review for Made for Me and scroll on to read my review on her new novel New Attitude.

New Attitude by Kathryn R. Biel

My Review

New Attitude is a wonderful continuation of the series. This time it’s from Kira’s perspective. Her life is a complete mess right now, but there is a bright spot in her life (and I’m not just talking about her ever-changing rainbow colored hair!). She gets to go to the royal wedding with Michele. After she gets home from that, her efforts are spent trying to get out of the rut she’s in because every area of her life is in trouble and her creativity isn’t where it was at before she was on the show. Insert exciting life-changing news, and an interesting flirtation and you’ve got yourself set up for an entertaining story.

One of the main themes of the story is not jumping to conclusions because things aren’t’ always how they seem at first look. It’s important to give people a chance and sometimes all you need is a new attitude and outlook on life. This was a charming story and I can’t wait for the next one!

5/5 Stars

I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

Title: New Attitude – New Beginnings Book #2

Author: Kathryn R. Biel

Published: March 14, 2017

Book Blurb: As if it’s not bad enough that I didn’t win the reality design TV show I was on, try coming home to a one word note indicating that my ten-year marriage is over. So here I am, a suddenly single mother in my mid-thirties, doing what everyone advises me to do—have a fling. Except it doesn’t go as planned, so I do the next best thing, which is sit on the couch and mope. But having to provide for a five-year-old doesn’t let me stay home for too long. Before I know it, I’m back to dying my hair wild colors and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

Except Tony, the fling that wasn’t, keeps popping up in the most unlikely places and won’t leave me alone. I’d like to be strong—I’m way too old for him—but he’s cute and funny and sexy and oh, my ex is getting married to a girl named Bambi. All I know is the way I’m doing things isn’t working. If I want to be happy again, I’m going to need to get a new attitude.

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Review: Made For Me

Today I’m excited to share my review on the latest novel by Kathryn R. Biel called Made For Me.  Check out my review on the novel that leads into Made for Me, called Completions and Connections!

Made for Me by Kathryn R. Biel

made-for-mePublished: October 4, 2016

Book Blurb: Michele’s lack of focus in life hasn’t bothered her, until the day she finds herself with mounting credit card debt, unable to afford her rent, and without a job. While her meddling family questions how she can end up in this predicament, at the age of 29, and single to boot, Michele doesn’t want to admit the truth. All she wants to do is sew.

Faced with the prospect of moving back into her parents’ house, Michele throws a Hail Mary pass and applies for a TV design contest, Made for Me. In order to win the contest, Michele will have to compete with nine other contestants to design the new wardrobe for Duchess Maryn Medrovovich, who’s about to marry Prince Stephan of the United Republic of Montabago.

While in the seclusion of the show, Michele starts to realize where her focus in life should be, and what’s truly important to her. However, a dashing competitor might just cause her to lose her focus once and for all. Can Michele keep her eye on the prize while being true to herself?

Book Links: Amazon US| Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

Made for Me follows a prior novel called Completions and Connections. The main character in the first novel was Catherine. This novel focuses on Catherine’s best friend Michele. 

This novel was so much fun and I loved it! Biel’s characters are charming and likable. On a personal level, they were also quite relate-able for me. I studied fashion design in school and I used to get wrapped up in my sewing projects. I wasn’t quite as talented as the main character here, but it brought back some fun memories for me!

I read this novel while traveling to Oregon for a long weekend vacation and this novel thoroughly kept me entertained during my flight there and back.

This novel was fun, flirty and filled with comical chaos and humor. I thoroughly enjoyed Biel’s writing and I can’t wait to see what she creates in this future.

5/5 stars for a novel that felt like it was made for me!

I recieved an Advanced Review Copy free from the Author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion. 

About the Author – Kathryn R. Biel

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Kathryn bielTelling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I’m Still Here (2014), and Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015).

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Don’t forget to check out my review on Completions and Connections!

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Short Story Saturday Book Review – Completions and Connections

Happy Short Story Saturday!

Today I’m sharing a short review on a holiday novella written by Kathryn R. Biel, called Completions and Connections. Kathryn’s latest novel, Made For Me, was recently released and that story follows this novella. Although it’s always more fun to read books in order, they are stand alone novels and can be read by themselves. Check back soon for my review on the new full length novel!

Completions & Connections by Kathryn R. Biel

completions-and-connectionsPublished: November 2015

Book Blurb: Christine’s list of resolutions contains many clichés. Try something new. Buy a pair of heels. Get a promotion. Fall in love.
Seems simple, especially when Christine meets Patrick, the man who could be Mr. Right. He’s got the right credentials: a job, a sense of humor, a love of all things Indiana Jones, and best of all, he’s actually taller than Christine. But busy schedules take over and get in the way of Patrick and Christine’s budding romance.
Life interferes, as it has a way of doing, and Christine wants to throw in the towel. Is the magic of the Christmas season enough to renew Christine’s faith in love?

Book Links: Amazon US| Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

This hardworking gal barely has time in her life for adventures and fun, and she certainly doesn’t have time for love… or does she?

This was a fun story about Catherine trying to get it together with Patrick. I loved Catherine’s character! She’s a big list person and I could relate to her ridiculous obsession and pride with checking things off her lists. This was a fun stand alone story that leads into a full length novel about Catherine’s best friend. 

Fun short romantic novel to get you in the Christmas spirit.

4/5 Stars

Arielle Joy

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New Release Blitz | Killing Me Softly by Kathryn R. Biel

Killing Me Softly by Kathryn R. Biel 

killing me softly coverPublished: July 7, 2015 by Kathryn R. Biel

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Sadie Perkins has a sixth sense about things—especially people dying. Her clairvoyance has never bothered her until she starts to believe that her visions are causing the deaths of those around her. After her latest relationship ends … badly … Sadie swears off love for good. While searching for an uncomplicated life, Sadie finds her hands full not only with a home renovation project but with defending herself against suspicion of murder. There’s a fine line between predicting someone’s death and causing it. Has Sadie finally crossed that line?

Enter contractor Max Schultz, who is not only good at working on houses, but he’s good at working on Sadie too. Much to Max’s dismay, as he’s trying to win Sadie’s heart, he finds

Sadie’s first love, Henry Fitzsimmons, is back in the picture, snooping around.

Sadie doesn’t know which way to turn or who to trust, including herself. Can Sadie clear her name and open her heart all at the same time?

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About the Author – Kathryn R. Biel

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Kathryn bielTelling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I’m Still Here (2014), and Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015).

 

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