Audio Book Review: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

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Audio Book Review: The Perfect Stranger by Megan MirandaThe Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
Narrator: Rebekkah Ross
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on April 11th 2017
Length: 9 hours, 48 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller
Source: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

This book. This book grabbed hold of my mind and wouldn’t let go until I finished. The Perfect Stranger was thought provoking, mind-melding, and an overall great listen. This was my second Megan Miranda book and I can not wait for the thriller/mystery she releases. The same narrator, Rebekkah Ross, who narrated All The Missing Girls performed The Perfect Stranger. She is easily one of my favorites.

I really enjoyed Leah, who is the narrator of the story. And I loved how as the details unfolded, I liked her even more. The whole cast of characters, from supporting, secondary characters to just random extras, they are mattered to the story. They all played a role.

What I love about Miranda’s writing style, is that it’s very simple. It’s all easy to follow. It’s simple, “I said” and, “He said” and, “she asked”. But this works so well because the story is so deep, you find yourself understanding so much better. I just really loved the way this story was written.

About Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda is the author of the young adult novels FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, VENGEANCE, and SOULPRINT. Her next young adult novel, THE SAFEST LIES, will be published by Crown BFYR/Random House on May 24th, 2016. Her first novel for adults, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, will be published by Simon & Schuster on June 28th, 2016. Megan has a degree in Biology from MIT and currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.

 


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Review: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

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Review: Until It Fades by K.A. TuckerUntil It Fades by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on June 27, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
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Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

Like always, K.A. Tucker draws me into her story from just a few short paragraphs. Before I realize it, I’m coming up for air and I’ve finished the book. Tucker said that she needed to write Until It Fades because she needed something light. But I don’t think there is anything light about this book. It was so rich in plot and character growth. It was a loving, heart warming romance that kept me turning the pages.

At first, I didn’t love Catherine. She was a complicated teen in love with her art teacher. I knew that the book was going to follow Catherine as an adult, but we start the story with her at 16. I loved that we got to see how Cath changed and grew right from the start. And let me tell you, book boyfriend Brett….swoon! He was wonderful. I loved him so much. He was just so perfect for Catherine.

I just loved everything about Until It Fades. The romance, the personal growing the characters did, the supporting cast, and the storyline. Arg! I want to still be reading this book. It was a long one and I just wish it had been a bit longer, only because I loved it so much!

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About K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


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Obsessive Bookish Nerd News – 6.25.17

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Hello, Obsessive Book Nerds!

Here is my bi-weekly update on some bookish things in my life. From what I’ve read and what I’m listening too, and some other bookish news. Check it out.

  • Currently Reading: Jilted (Love Hurts #2) by Sawyer Bennett
  • Currently Listening: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Big thanks to Simon Schuster Audio, Loveswept, Gallery, and Threshold, Pocket Books.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It gives us an opportunity to recap what we are reading over here at Obsessive Book Nerd and other bookish news.


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Review Tour: Salvaged by Jay Crownover


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Review Tour: Salvaged by Jay CrownoverSalvaged by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #4
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by William Morrow on June 20th 2017
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary, Dark Romance, Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
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Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

 


Salvaged, just like all Jay Crownover novels was emotional and beautifully written. It’s deep and thought provoking. I always need a cold drink after finishing a Crownover novel to give my mind a rest from the amazingness that is Jay Crownover’s writing. She doesn’t do light and flirty. Her characters mate for life, it raw, gritty, and beautiful.

We already knew Poppy and Wheeler from previous books in the series. Both characters were wonderful people that life kicked around. It was great to see what Jay did with two already struggling but good characters. Usually, one or both of the main characters have some rough edges and you question how good they really are.

Like always, there is a lot of internal dialogue and the sex scenes are hot. I always wish for more character interaction but am never disappointed in the story line. Whenever I finish a Crownover book, I always need a break with a fun and flirty read but am left wondering, “What is she gonna write next!?”


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About Jay Crownover

Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay. She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.

This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again. When she looks back, she see's that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.


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Cover Reveal: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

We are excited to bring you the next cover from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland.

DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU is the next standalone Contemporary Romance Novel from this sensational duo releasing on September 18, 2017!


Model: Philip Van den Hoogenband – Chadwick Models Melbourne
Photographer: Brian Jamie
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.

So, here goes.

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

I want you.

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.

No questions asked.

Think about it.

Or don’t.

Whatever you choose.

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.

–Simon

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About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 9-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is the author of nine novels. Her book RoomHate hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Stuck-Up Suit and Cocky Bastard (the latter two co-written with Vi Keeland).

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About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is an attorney and a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today Best Selling author. Over the last three years, eleven of her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller lists and four on the New York Times Bestseller lists.

In 2013, she released her first romance novel and never looked back. To date, she has thirteen novels released, with PLAYBOY PILOT also releasing in 2016.  Her novels have appeared on #1 on Amazon and are currently being translated into German, Polish, Portuguese, Korean, Hebrew, French and Italian.


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