Book Review

Review — The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank

I found The Substitute on Amazon for free, so I picked it up a few months ago. I hadn’t read anything in nearly a month, and the description promised plenty of misunderstandings and a bit of romance–possibly the perfect thing to get me out of my funk.

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Stacking the Shelves · Tag/Meme

Stacking the Shelves – August 7

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the July edition.


Crown of Stones: Magic-Scars and Magic-Borne by C.L. Schneider

The Sea Glass Sisters by Lisa Wingate

Apogee and Solatium by G.S. Jennsen

Nascent Decay by Charles Hash

Call of Kythshire by Missy Sheldrake

Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton

Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo

Grounded by Heather Young-Nichols

Lantern and Wrapped in the Past by Chess Desalls


 Nothing borrowed this month

Advance Copies

What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert [Review]

Deadly Encounters by DiAnn Mills

The Greenlee Project by Amanda M. Thrasher

What books have you acquired recently?

Guest · LSBBT

Blog Tour – The Lark

Banner The Lark



Dana Glossbrenner

Genre: Humorous Literary Fiction
Publisher: Boldface Books
Date of Publication: June 7, 2016
Number of Pages: 270 Continue reading “Blog Tour – The Lark”

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – July 3

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the June edition.


122 Rules by Deek Rhew

Shizzle, Inc by Ana Spoke

To the Sea by Dierdre Riordan Hall

In the Desert by Dierdre Riordan Hall

The Love Square by Jessica Calla

Passing Notes by D.G. Driver


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Advance Copies

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer [Review]

The Memory Of Us by Camille Di Maio [Review]


The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice

The Island by S. Usher Evans

The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman

Her One and Only by Becky Wade

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin


What books have you acquired recently?

Personal · This Week's Five!

This Week’s Five!!!


Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of This Week’s Five, where I share five positive things from the week. But first, I’d like to know how in the world another week has already passed us by…

  1. I have written 4500 words this week! Sure, that may not sound like a lot, and it may be all I’ve written for the year, but it feels good. This is a project that started leaking into my mind and taking form for the past 7 years or so. That means it’s a good thing finally getting it organized and written out, I hope.
  2. I was lucky enough to get a review copy of Birth of an American Gigolo by Deek Rhew. Check out my review here.
  3. I’ve been having a lot of fun looking at what’s on my library’s Overdrive.
  4. I get to go to the bookstore today.
  5. We made it to the weekend.

So, how was your week?

Book Review

Review – Birth of an American Gigolo by Deek Rhew

I’ve been following Deek and his wife Erin on Twitter for a while now (they’re so cute, if you aren’t following them, please remedy that immediately), so when an opportunity came up to review his debut, Birth of an American Gigolo, you can bet I jumped on that! So yes, I received a free e-copy of Birth in exchange for an honest review.


An old party girl turned domestic diva, infuriated by her husband’s cheating–and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend–inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god, start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove. (Goodreads)

On the story scale, I give Birth a solid 4 stars. As far as technical choices go, I give Birth 3 stars. I guess that averages out to 3.5, but since the technical choices are more personal than something about the story itself, my final rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

I thought the story was fun and inventive. While I in no way support the idea of cheating, whether the other person in the relationship is doing so or not, I still enjoyed this book–what good are books if we can’t explore another world while reading them?

By turns I found Birth funny, steamy, and frustrating (in a good way). The story flowed well and was entertaining, it certainly kept me reading.

On some level I felt like I identified with Lindsey. Hold on, before you get any ideas, let me explain. When the story starts, Lindsey is already frustrated with her cheating husband. Every thought she has about his assistant–the other guilty half of his extramarital trysts–is laden with all the ways she feels about Cindy. I mean, when I’m already fed up or frustrated with something, don’t I add all those adjectives, too? So, yeah, I identified with how Lindsey was feeling and enjoyed the way her thoughts were presented.

I really like how instead of Dios being naturally smart or suave, he had to be taught–it made for some funny moments.

Lindsey seems to have all her bases covered, and I have to wonder at some point if it will all crash and burn.

A problem I had (minor spoilers, click and drag to display): Angel. She works in a grocery store. She has very limited amounts of money. HOW THE HELL DID SHE GO TO THE MALL AND BUY A NEW WARDROBE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE!? Or, without shown consequences, I guess.

So why would I want to give 3 stars based on technical things? For the most part, the story is told in 3rd person limited POV, but there are little breaks with that which show the thoughts of the character, but they aren’t really set off in any way. These tripped me up the first few times I encountered them but got used to it as I read. Also, the story was told solely from Lindsey’s POV for the first half of the story. That far into the book, a POV change was jolting, especially since no precedent had been set earlier. That being said, these things were not off-putting enough to keep me from finishing the story, and won’t prevent me from reading more when it comes out.

I was certainly entertained by this story and look forward to reading more from Deek.