The Assistants

by Camille Perri

The Assistants is what I would define as chick lit, not fluff lit like so many think of when someone says chick lit. I think this is a great summer read whether it is at the beach, pool, or snuggled in a cozy chair at home. Tina has to pay for a very expensive plane ticket with her own money so she files an expense report no biggie right? Except the airline reimburse her and than she gets the company check paying her back. Instead of just ripping up the check or returning it to HR she cashes it and pays off her student loan. She thinks all is said done but that was just the beginning of a snowball effect that just doesn’t seem to have an end. She has always kinda been alone at Titan Corporation but now she has a friend and roommate Emily who works in HR. Than the cute guy in legal Kevin is starting to pay attention to her. She thinks hey I’ll just keep skimming money out of the ultra rich Robert and never get caught…

The Assistants was a super fast book that was easy to read and get into. It really reminded me of the movie my mom loved 9 to 5, while minus the kidnapping part that was in the movie. Embezzling money is not right and should never be done, even if you are the modern day Robin Hood and only doing good things with the money you have stolen from your boss.  This was a debut novel by Camille Perri and it was good enough and held my interest enough that I would read more by her.  This reading challenge has stretched my reading into genre’s and authors I usually don’t read and that is great. I always love finding new authors to look for and it’s great to read a debut novel by a new author in the book world.

summary: Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she’d never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she’s bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.
 
When a technical error with Robert’s travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She’s always played by the rules. But it’s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation—and for her it would be a life-changer . . .

thank you BookSpark Summer Reading Challenge, Penguin Puntum, and Camille Perri for allowing me to read The Assistants. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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The House of Bradbury

by Nicole Meier

The House of Bradbury was such a great book. Being a book lover I would love to buy an old house of my favorite author. I mean that would be so cool, and that exactly what Mia does when she buys the late Ray Bradbury’s house. Its a fresh new start since leaving her big wig Hollywood producer fiance. He helps her buy this house and there is a string attached. She isn’t happy about the string “babysitting” hollywood starlet Zoe to make sure she stays clean and sober. The thing is both Mia and Zoe really need each other and just didn’t know it at the time. This was such a fast read and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t believe this is a debut novel. Nicole Meier does an amazing job at really placing you in Mia’s world. You really get to know her thoughts, emotions, and opinions on what is going on in her life as well as all those around her. I liked all the characters in this book, that is so odd since there is usually one character that just doesn’t click with me.  That is not the case in The House of Bradbury. I liked how the story unfolds gradually but her writing style kept my interest and left me wanting the book to continue. The ended really makes me wonder and hope that this great group of characters stories continue with another book. Only the author Nicole Meier knows if that will happen but I do know if it does I’ll be first in line to buy a copy. The House of Bradbury will be in my top 20 of 2016, and I’ve added a new author to my must read all their books list.

summary: Mia Gladwell s life is going nowhere. The media has skewered her debut novel, her fiance Carson, a successful Hollywood producer, has jumped ship, and now she s living in her sister s carriage house unattached, unemployed, and uninspired. Then she learns that the Los Angeles estate of iconic author Ray Bradbury is up for sale, and she feels an immediate urge to buy the wonky old house, convinced that moving into the late author s home will inspire her to create her best work yet. Life in the Bradbury house is not what Mia imagined, however. Soon after moving in, to fulfill a debt she owes to Carson, she agrees to take in a pill-popping young actress as a tenant, and suddenly she finds herself in a balancing act between her needy ex, an unpredictable starlet, and her disapproving sister, who s keeping a close eye on her. Add to this a series of mysterious sketches left at her doorstep by a stranger, and Mia s life is more complicated than ever. As she searches for clues, though, Mia discovers insights into her own life. Maybe moving into Bradbury s house was a big mistake but maybe not.” 

thank you BookSpark Summer Reading Challenge, Spark Press and Nicole Meier for allowing me to read and review The House of Bradbury. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Appetite

by Sheila Grinell

Appetite is Sheila Grinell’s debut novel and it was a really great entry into the fiction field. First off I have to say I loved all the Indian Mehndi designs in the corner of each beginning chapter, it made me want to grab my colored pencils and markers and start coloring. It was a wonderful little surprise to see the designs they were all so beautiful and really added to the book. Now on to Appetite story line, I will say I went thinking it sounds OK. However this book grabbed me with in the first few pages and kept me reading. She does a great job at giving the character’s full dimension and explains their personalities. I will say right off the bat I can’t stand Jenn’s parents Paul and Maggie. Oh my stars they are so stuck up and selfish. They are rude and can’t see that their daughter is so happy with Arun. They won’t give him even a chance to see who he really is, they have already formed their opinions and nothing is going to change that. They really have no right to pass judgement considering how they live. However they written very realistic and while they made me so mad through out the book. I was just ready for them to drop their walls and really get to know Jenn and Arun for who they were. The family had there issues but I know in the end the parents thought they were doing what was right for their daughter even if it wasn’t their decision to make. Jenn was a spunky girl who has found her own path in life and its a humanitarian path. What she doesn’t make in money she makes up for in the fact that she knows she is making an impact and helping people who need her. Arun is the head of the place where Jenn works and their’s was a workplace love and that they both wanted the same things for the families they were helping. This book is almost like a year in the life and I loved all the glimpse’s I got to see. Every family has it’s problems and dysfunction so this one was no different. In the end I think they all found their own happiness and followed their own path. I really hope the author Sheila Grinell writes more her book was good and very easy to read.

summary: When Jenn Adler returns from a year in India, she has a surprise for her parents: a young guru from Bangalore whom she intends to marry. Her father, Paul, is wary of this “beggar” Jenn has brought home—who, he suspects, is conning his much-loved daughter—while her mother, Maggie, is frightened that this alien stranger will steal away her only child, her focus in life.

In the months leading up to the backyard wedding, Maggie is forced to reevaluate her virtues as she casts about for support, and Paul faces an unexpected threat at work—one that Maggie could help him meet, if he would only ask. But even with these distractions, the two parents are focused on one primary question: Can they convince their daughter she is making a terrible mistake before the wedding takes place?

thank you BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge, She Writes Press and Sheila Grinell for allowing me to read and review Appetite. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Don’t You Cry

by Mary Kubica

Wow this was one twisted thriller roller coaster ride of a book and I loved every single minute of it. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded within 2 main voices of Alex and Quinn. Esther the main character for which the story is about has a very interesting back story that you don’t get until the very last few pages. I kinda felt sorry for Alex he was a good kid that got dealt a bad hand for his home life. He just wanted a good friend and thought he had one in Pearl. Maybe it was really just wishful thinking on his part? Either way he is a great character that I enjoyed reading about and hearing his part in the book. Quinn was the number 1 character in my book and she is a great mystery solver and if it wasn’t for her friendship with Esther than this book might have had a whole other turn out. However she knows that her roommate and friend was a good person and something seriously wrong must have happened and she will stop at nothing to find out what. Mary Kubica is an amazing story teller and you are sure to loose a lot of sleep while reading one of her books. Grab a copy of Don’t You Cry for some fast paced, action packed summer reading. I would give this book a solid 5 stars and really if I could give it more I would. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book and I’m sad the book has ended. One thing I can say is that I usually guess the endings of mysteries but not this one I didn’t guess it and found out as I read the words on the page. I will be reading the rest of her book and she is now my number 1 go to author!

summary: In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is the only clue, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn to wonder, who is Esther really? And where did she go? Meanwhile, in a small lake town an hour outside of the city, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dish washer. He is immediately drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something deeper and darker. As Quinn searches for answers about Esther and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up.

thank you BookSpark Summer Reading Challenge 2016, Mary Kubica and Mira books for allowing me to read Don’t You Cry. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.