Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review: Play Me

Title: Play Me (A1pha #1)
Author: Blue Ashcroft
Source: Netgalley

From Goodreads: Living in a mansion with three hot dudes could be any girl’s dream…it’s just not Kira Wilson's. Not when Alex Dumont is one of them.

Other girls know him as A1pha, a beautiful, arrogant pro gamer and newly minted billionaire. Kira knows him as an ex crush and a major pain in the butt. But he’s also an old friend and gaming buddy, and when she needs to hide from her abusive ex, she knows that Alex and his roommates Ethan and Ollie (her former gaming teammates) are the right friends to depend on.

Despite the rocky history between them, Kira knows Alex is right when he states that no one can protect her better than he can. Kira's just not sure that physical safety is worth the danger the grudge-holding, haunted, and utterly delicious pro gamer poses to her heart.

But with her ex hot on her trail, and Alex looking at her in a way that’s hard to resist, she'd better figure it out soon.

My Thoughts: Play Me is the first novella of three being released by Blue Ashcroft. I saw it on Netgalley and was intrigued, despite the fact that I usually avoid novellas. I don't like how short they are. When a book is good, it doesn't take long for me to devour it, so novellas make me cranky.

Overall, I enjoyed Play Me. I thought the writing was good and helped to keep a steady pace that didn't lose my interest. The author used enough detail to create the world for me but not so much that I got tired and bored. Some books have so much detail that I end up doing more skimming than reading, because the details take over the story itself. The characters were developed pretty well considering this is the first of a three part series. I'm on the fence as to how I feel about Alex. He seems hot, but his controlling side makes him unattractive to me, especially considering where Kira is coming from. 

Play Me was a good read. I'd like to read the next part of the series, even though it's just a novella. :-) 

Monday, July 7, 2014

New Beginnings

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Today is my first official day as a stay-at-home mom. Well, technically last Tuesday was my first day. But I was on vacation, so I didn't really count that.

I made the huge decision, with my husband's support, to leave my full-time job as a therapist for a therapeutic foster care agency. I had only been there for a little more than a year, but there were a number of factors that led to my decision. The demanding schedule required a lot of time away from my two little girls and husband. It prevented me from enjoying the things I've always loved, such as reading and writing. There were a lot of steps we've had to take in preparing for this, but I'm ready for all of the sacrifices and struggles that will come along.

As my last day of work approached, I found myself thinking of how I would fill up my extra time. Of course, I'd be spending more time with my girls. But I also thought of the things I'd been wanting to do and just hadn't found the time for. Overall, I knew I wanted to simplify my life and fill it with only what is important to me. I've decided that I want to devote more time to decluttering and organizing my house. I know that clearing my house of junk we don't need will make it easier to keep up with cleaning. My writing has been put on the back burner, and I have a story that has been sitting unfinished since I completed NaNoWriMo in 2011. Time to get back to that. Time to get back to what makes me happy. Everything that makes me happy.

This blog will be a journal of sorts for me. A way to chronicle my journey from being a working mother stretched thin and barely keeping it together to a stay-at-home mom who embraces life instead of going through the motions. Readers can expect stories of my successes (and failures) as I figure things out and some book reviews, since I LOVE to read.

It's nap time for my toddler as I sit here writing this. My first day as a SAHM is ticking by, and I've been thinking about how the rest of the week may go. Normally, I plan everything out, but I've decided to just see how this first week goes. I know what I'd like to be doing and what I need to be doing. This week is about adjusting and getting a feel for being home. I'm also still trying to get my brain out of "rush" mode and realize that I don't need to cram everything into what little time I had leftover after work.

Here's what I know I need to do this week:
- Snuggle my babies
- Spend time with my husband
- Unpack from our vacation
- Write some book reviews
- Think about how I want to structure my days