[Canadian 🇨🇦 Book Talk] Just Like Family by Kate Hilton

Book Details:

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: July 2017


From the nationally bestselling author of The Hole in the Middle, a witty, insightful new novel about juggling the demands of three husbands—a work husband, an almost husband and an ex-husband—and figuring out the true meaning of family.

Avery Graham has built a life that anyone would admire. She has a brilliant career as chief of staff to Peter Haines, the charismatic mayor of Toronto. She has a devoted partner in Matt, her live-in boyfriend of 14 years. And she has a loving family and deep friendships that stretch back to childhood summers at the cottage.

But when Matt proposes, Avery’s past threatens to engulf her present. Can she contemplate a lifetime commitment to Matt after her disastrous first marriage to Hugh? And is Matt really the love of her life, when she has spent so much of it by Peter’s side? Avery could use some good advice from the women who know her best, but her closest friends, Jenny and Tara, have drifted away over the years.

When a scandal erupts at city hall, Avery must overcome her deepest fears about love and loss, and discover what it means to be a family.

My Thoughts

This is my first Kate Hilton book and it won’t be my last! One of the things I’m loving about my Month of Canada is that I get to discover so many new-to-me authors and find more great books than the classics that are usually put on Canadian reading lists. Kate Hilton’s book reminded me of Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin and I was definitely intrigued by the story of Avery and her struggle to find balance between her work and personal life, as well as getting over the fears that were instilled when she was younger.

That being said, Avery was such a hard character to like! I am most definitely NOT a workaholic and I never understood people who were, though Avery had this devotion to her boss for so long that I could see how the lines would get hazy between your job being your job and your job being your life. I wanted to yell at Avery most of the time and enjoyed seeing how she grew throughout the novel and managed to find herself. The ending might have been too quickly wrapped up, but it was still a very enjoyable ride that had me reaching for my book whenever I could.

I also loved that this story takes place in Canada! Too often I get excited about a book by a Canadian author only to find that it doesn’t take place in Canada. Sure, it takes place in Toronto, which is one of those Canadian cities featured in a lot of books that take place in Canada, but it’s still nice to have that bit of Canadian representation.

This book was very enjoyable and I really want to check out Kate’s debut novel, The Hole In The Middle, now. I can’t wait to see what her next book will be!

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews! 

Girl Tries Life
Novel Pathways
Girly Book Club

2017 🇨🇦 Canadian Book Release Spotlight: The Valiant (The Valiant, #1) by Lesley Livingston

This month I will be featuring new releases from Canadian authors! From indie authors to well-known authors, I want to share with you the books I’m most excited for this year — I hope you’ll add some of them to your own wishlist and TBR! 

The Valiant (The Valiant, #1) by Lesley Livingston


Razorbill | February 14, 2017

Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.

I just discovered Lesley Livingston’s books this year and I love her writing style! She has so many amazing looking books that I still have to get to, but one word hooked me on this one — gladiators! I love historical books, but a YA historical about gladiators? Sign me up!

What Canadian book are you waiting for? 

[Canadian 🇨🇦 Book Talk] Undone by Katey Wolfe

Book Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Read: May 2017


Kelley Armstrong writing as Katey Wolfe

Microbiology student Jess Devereaux is a girl with a plan — shake loose from her stalker ex, gain independence from her over-controlling family and, most important for her immediate happiness, seduce her sexy shooting instructor into the wild, no-strings-attached fling she’s been dreaming of.

Gun-club owner Declan Cavanagh is a guy with a plan — do whatever it takes to gain custody of his young half-brother from his violent stepfather, even if it means making cash fast in the bloody cage matches he thought he’d left behind. And he’s been doing some dreaming of his own about sweet, smart, sultry Jess.

When Jess finds herself in danger, Declan decides what she really needs is a bodyguard. Jess is determined to put aside her seduction plan and treat him like the professional he is. Which is not what Declan wants at all.

Author’s note: this short novel was originally published as “Unfiltered and Undone,” as part of a pseudonymous collaborative series. When the series disbanded, I took back my novel and reworked it as a standalone. I’ve outed myself as the writer but retained the pseudonym because the explicit content is not suitable for my younger readers.

My Thoughts

I am a huge, huge Kelley Armstrong fan and so when I was looking on her website for books she’s written I thought that I’d just get a reminder of all the books I already knew and had, but then I realized she had written a novella under the pseudonym of Katey Wolfe. Now, I love the new adult genre and even though I got tired of them back in the day when they were the craze, lately I’ve been falling back to them as something light and fun to read in between heavier books.

Now this book is so different from Kelley’s normal books – normally, the sex scenes in her books tend to fade to black and we don’t actually go into the bedroom, but this one has lots of details and it was just so fun to read. BUT it’s also very much Kelley’s work. It’s not just fun and romance, but there’s drama and intensity and I’ll admit that I put all my other books I was reading on hold just so I could read this one! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down! And now I kind of hope that Kelley releases more under her pseudonym, even though this one was originally written as part of a larger series with other authors.

I definitely recommend this book if you’re a fan of Kelley’s adult works, or if you’re looking for something fun, fast-paced, and sexy!

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews! 

Lola’s Reviews
Books For Thought
Angel Net Reviews