Monday, June 25, 2018

Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan Book Review

Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan
From back cover: 
Prosecutor Sophie Dawson has taken a new role at the Fulton County D.A.'s office, and her first case involves a local bank employee who may be cheating customers. She's determined to bring justice to those who've lost their savings...but her life is turned upside down when she becomes the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang.

With her life at risk, friends and family convince her that she needs protection, and private security guard Cooper Knight is hired as a bodyguard. But as threats escalate, neither Cooper nor Sophie knows whom they can trust. 

Unwilling to back down from either case, Sophie pursues the truth at any cost. But her bank litigation gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from taking the stand. With all sides closing in, steadfast Cooper is the only man she can lean on. But drawing close may be the distraction that costs both of their lives.

I thought this was a good book. Both of the main plot lines were interesting. I did figure things out pretty early on, but the story was still engaging.

I liked both characters as well. I thought Sophie was a good, strong character who knew what she wanted out of life and was good at what she did, but she also knew when to ask/accept help. I am so sick and tired of the stupidly stubborn female characters who put themselves in harm's way just to prove how 'tough' they are, only to have some dramatic rescue by the hero. Sophie was not like that at all and it was quite refreshing!

Cooper was a pretty decent character as well. His back story was a bit generic and there could have been a bit more originality and depth with him, but overall he was a good compliment to Sophie.

I do agree with other reviews of this book that there was quite a bit of telling instead of showing. I can sometimes overlook that, which is fine with the legal side of the story, but there were a few instances where it was a bit odd. Specifically with the romance part, which was a bit stiff, as well as Copper's sudden change of heart at the end.

Overall I thought this was a good read and if you like legal dramas, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Be sure to check out my review of the first book in the series, Deadly Proof!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Five for Friday

Hello and welcome to my Five for Friday! I am linking up with Cup of Tea Bright on a BudgetDella Devoted, and BYBMG!

1. While we were in Seattle the week before last I made sure to pick up a few souvenirs. When you live somewhere you don't really think about buying things from that place, but once we moved away I really wanted some things to remind me of Washington. So every time we visit I try to buy a few things. 

I've wanted a Washington coffee mug for quite a while but hadn't found one I liked yet. I like collecting mugs, but I am super picky about what they look like, so I was really happy to find this new Washington Starbucks mug! It's a neat assortment of all of the things that make up Washington!
I also got this fun postcard and a Christmas ornament! Is there anything you like to collect when you travel?
2. While we were in Washington I really wanted to buy some coffee that was locally roasted, so we stopped by Cafe Umbria. I've tried their coffee before and it was really good, so I am excited to give these a try! I haven't had the chance to open them yet, but they smell SO GOOD!
3.It's rare that I actually buy a lip product, since I seem to get so many in my Ipsy bags, but I really wanted to try the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink lip stain. So far it's done pretty well. I purchased the lip stain in the shade Lover.
4. We saw The Incredibles 2 earlier this week! It was a really fun movie and we all really enjoyed it. If you were a fan of the first one then you will really like this one too!

5. And in case you missed it, on Monday I shared some of my recent scrapbook pages!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Some Scrapbooking

I finally got all caught up on my scrapbooking, so I thought I would share some of the pages I completed! 

These are all events from last year, so I linked the corresponding blog posts below each image.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Five for Friday

Hello and welcome to my Five for Friday! I am linking up with Cup of Tea Bright on a BudgetDella Devoted, and BYBMG!

1. We got back from being in Washington earlier this week and it was hard to come home. It was a pretty short trip (we were only there for three full days) but we had such a great time visiting with family.

The drive though, is extremely long! 10 hours (one way) is just an extremely long time on the road! 
2. When we were driving over to Washington we passed a giant potato. It was very strange. When in Idaho I guess!
3. My aunt and cousins came down for the weekend and it was so nice to be able to spend some time with them! We've only seen them briefly over the past couple of years, so this was the first time in quite a while we actually got to spend some quality time with them! We also got to celebrate my cousin's birthday!
4.We went up to Seattle for the day and while we were at Pike Place Market we picked up this gorgeous bouquet of flowers for my grandma. The flowers at Pike Place are always my favorite. They're all so beautiful and the bouquets are so inexpensive! This bunch here was only $15! And the bouquet looks even bigger in person than it does in the photo. 
5. And in case you missed it, on Monday I shared a review of my May Ipsy glam bag!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, June 11, 2018

May Ipsy Glam Bag Review

LORD & BERRY 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick in Spicy: I was surprised at how creamy this went on. Sometimes lip crayons can really tug and pull at your lips when applying, but this went on nicely. The shade is nice too. It's pretty close to my natural lip color, so I would have preferred something with a little more color to it, but overall it's a nice product.
TOUCH IN SOL Style Sepia Gel-Liner in Jardin: I don't typically use a brown eyeliner, but this was fine. The color isn't too dark and it goes on okay. Overall no complaints.
SLMISSGLAM  N15 Eyeshadow Brush: I was definitely disappointed to get yet another eyeshadow brush in my bag. I think this is the fourth one I've gotten from Ipsy and I just don't want or need any more! I'm just not a fan of this one as the colors and look are just not me.
The pomegranate mask smelled nice, but it made my face break out so I didn't like that! And the acai berry one really didn't do anything. 
SUGAR COSMETICS Arch Arrival Brow Definer in Taupe Tom: The color of this was just right for me. It goes on nicely and blends well. I liked it.
Overall this was just an okay bag. There was nothing I really loved and the two items I did like just weren't ones I would use all that  often.