Book List 2018

Review: Dear Dwayne, With Love by Eliza Gordon

dear dwayne with loveTitle: Dear Dwayne, With Love

Author: Eliza Gordon

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Summary: 

Wannabe actress Dani Steele’s résumé resembles a cautionary tale on how not to be famous. She’s pushing thirty and stuck in a dead-end insurance job, and her relationship status is holding at uncommitted. With unbearably perfect sisters and a mother who won’t let her forget it, Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to her celebrity idol. He’s the man her father never was, no boyfriend will ever be—and not so impossible a dream as one might think.

When Dani learns that he’s planning a fund-raising event where the winning amateur athlete gets a walk-on in his new film, she decides to trade pastries and self-doubt for running shoes and a sexy British trainer with adorable knees.

But when Dani’s plot takes an unexpected twist, she realizes that her happy ending might have to be improvised—and that proving herself to her idol isn’t half as important as proving something to herself.

Review + Reactions:

I loved Must Love Otters. I adored Neurotica. I hungrily waited for Hollie Porter Builds a Raft. I DEVOURED this book.

I admit, I was unsure about the incorporation of one of my favourite wrestlers of all time, Dwayne Johnson otherwise known as the Rock who I have loved for many many many many years.

The man is good on the mic what can I say, and Eliza Gordon? Well she’s good with a pen (or keyboard). This story brings in the wit, and touching nature of her previous novels and amps it up to eleven.

The thing I love about Eliza Gordon’s writing is that her characters are not perfect. In fact they are perfectly imperfect.

Some of them don’t know how to commit, some of them don’t know how to talk about their feelings except to write them down, and all of them are characters I love.

This is a story of personal triumph, of realizing what you need to do to better yourself, and yes I was inspired while reading it. Without spoiling too much Dani’s story is one of personal adversity, and yes, getting in your own way. She does however manage to grow a whole lot, but not change completely.

Please just read it. Or any of her books, really, you won’t be disappointed.

Received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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001: Out, In and On the Way

Books I’ve already read this month:

dragonflyDragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

The second in the series, this one is a little bit of a slower read than the first book, Outlander, or at least it was for me but that didn’t mean I didn’t love it any less. Reading my sister’s super well read copy, the pages beneath my fingertips, and the characters leaping off the page. Jamie remains one of my favourite male characters, though he still often does the wrong things for the right reasons and vice versa. Claire is daring, courageous and often foolish.

Good for: Those who like time traveling or historical fiction, because this book has the best of both worlds.

Gabaldon-Voyager-220x332Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

The third in the series, this book didn’t capture my attention as quickly as I wanted it to. But the mystery, intrigue and conflict soon did. With Claire apart from all she knows, in so many different ways, and Jamie’s life changing rapidly it makes for a truly good read. The introduction of newer characters, such as Roger make it all the more interesting.

It was great, exploring other parts of the world with the characters.

This book allowed me to avoid reality for a little while, and enjoy a world completely apart from our own.

1_wYRb6TDnjrDrums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

This is a book I absolutely tore through, the fourth in the series, and the last one I own. I ended up kicking myself when it was over, fully aware that pay day, and the money I needed to buy books was so very far away.

Brianna’s character grows, and in some ways resembles Jamie’s so strongly that there’s no doubting, even in literature they are father and daughter. Roger’s trials were treacherous and yet wonderful, and so detailed and well written.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, and find out what else will happen to the characters.

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Book List 2014, Reviews

Quick Reviews

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon ★★★★

This book was a little hard for me to get into at first, given the different setting in the beginning but I soon found myself once again falling down the veritable rabbit hole, nervous for the characters and enjoying every minute of it.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon ★★★★

This book, the fourth in the series was definitely not hard for me to get into, as I slid right in and began reading (and sometimes researching) about the different locales, characters growth which is aplenty and enjoying the pleasure of being safely in this time while traveling through a time very different from our own. I was very sad to realize I was unable to yet get the next book in the series.

Must Love Otters by by Eliza Gordon ★★★
This book was very cute, and a fun, funny read. There were more than a few times I found myself laughing out loud at Hollie’s antics, and found myself falling a little bit for Ryan.