Saturday, October 31, 2015

Giveaway Hop: Books I'm Grateful I Read

Books I'm Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop!
Today, Waves of Fiction is excited to join Stuck in Books in this fun Giveaway Hop where several blogs will be showcasing books they are grateful they chose to read. Check out our picks and be sure enter the giveaway and visit the other blogs for more goodies!

For my stop, I'm featuring a few books I've come across in 2015, which I'm glad I decided to pick up either because they made me laugh, swoon or sigh with high emotions.

My first pick is After You by Jojo Moyes. I absolutely adored the first book Me Before You, and I was delighted to get a finished copy of After You before its release. I loved Louisa Clark in this final installment.
My second choice is a toss up between Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. These are a tie because I picked them up for the same reason, which was to watch the TV mini-series that turned out to be amazing.
My final choice will be the Cocktail series by Alice Clayton. I'm so glad I've jumped back into this series because I've gotten some pretty good laughs that are always a fun treat.
There are many other books that I'm grateful I've picked up this year, so be sure to check back in late December when we do a recap of our 2015 favorites. 
For our stop, we are giving away US $10 shopping spree to either The Book Depository, US Barnes & Noble or US Amazon. This giveaway is open internationally to wherever The Book Depository delivers to. Be sure to follow Waves of Fiction on Blogger and Blogluvin to be eligible. 

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Happy Halloween & Signed Book Giveaway

The Waves of Fiction Team would like to wish our fellow readers a safe and happy Halloween. We hope all of your Halloween bags are filled with lots of reading fun and plenty of sweets!!
We'd like to add a fun reading treat to your goodie bags. Enter to win a signed copy of Seduction & Snacks by Tara Sivec.  Simply fill out the rafflecopter and share with us what your favorite candy or book has been this season!
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Upcoming Release and Review: The Opposite of Right (Bad Decisions #1) by Christi Barth

The Opposite of Right (Bad Decisions #1) by Christi Barth
Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by Amazon Digital Services
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Kylie Stafford has spent her whole life doing exactly what’s expected. The right major, the right sorority, the right guys, just like her mother and her sister before her. But when everything falls apart for her, Kylie wonders if doing everything right has been utterly wrong. There’s only one way to find out.

She decides to try making all the wrong choices for three months. Hit on a tattoo-covered rock musician? Check. Go back to his dressing room for a hot hook-up against the wall? Gulp. Drop everything to be a roadie for him to binge on more of the best sex of her life? Maybe. Start falling for him despite her better judgment? Um….yeah. Figure out why doing everything that seems wrong feels so darn right?
My Thoughts
Kylie Stafford just graduated from Northwestern University and had the ideal post graduation job lined up that fit perfectly with her well laid out plans. Mind you, these are the plans that have been expected of her by her family; so when everything beings to fall apart, Kylie decides to start making her own decisions. However, she’s going to try a new approach. Instead of doing the right thing, what everyone expects of her, she’s going to start doing the opposite of right to see if she can add some excitement in her life.

That’s where the fun begins… Kylie lands a job with one of her favorite bands as a goodie girl selling their swag. That’s not all, though. Immediately the sparks start to fly between her and the lead singer Cam, which doesn’t sit well with the other band mates after his previous relationship almost cost Riptide their fame and fortune.

Overall, The Opposite of Right was a fun and quick read that falls under a category I like to indulge, which is “rock stars need love too.” I always enjoy reading about a famous lead singer getting caught up in a romance that leaves him speechless and hopelessly in love, and Cam fell perfectly into that mold. He seemed to know what he wanted, yet he never let go of that edgy bad boy side of him, which was pretty sexy and hot.

Kylie was fun to get to know. We never really experience her perfectly poised, good girl nature. The only side we see is the daring, sexy Kylie that goes after what she wants, which I can’t complain about one bit.

The Opposite of Right knows how to draw you into the story and take you for a quick and exciting adventure with two likable characters that definitely have chemistry and a clear connection. Enjoyed it much!
3.5 Suns
About the Author
Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. 
A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. 
Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Get Wicked With Entangled Blog Hop & Giveaway 2015

It's always fun to celebrate Halloween a couple of days early and get a head start on loading your goodie bag with some wicked fun! Waves of Fiction is excited to join Entangled a many other blogs in this fun Halloween Blog Hop!

For our stop, we wanted a showcase a few pieces of eye candy we wouldn't mind holding on tight to when the ghouls and goblins come a knocking!

Some of my 2015 favorites include:
For our stop, we are giving away US $10 shopping spree to either The Book Depository, US Barnes & Noble or US Amazon. This giveaway is open internationally to wherever The Book Depository delivers to. Be sure to follow Waves of Fiction on Blogger and Blogluvin to be eligible.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Review: Abducting Abby (Dragon Lords of Valdier #1) by S.E. Smith

Abducting Abby (Dragon Lords of Valdier #1) by S.E. Smith
Published March 24th 2012
Abby Tanner is content to live on her mountain creating her beautiful works of art and enjoying the peace and quiet. All of that changes when a strange golden space ship crash lands on it. Now, Abby has to deal with a golden ship, a tortured alien, and an insane local sheriff.

Zoran Reykill knew he had to find a safe place to heal after he escapes from a Curizan military post. When his symbiosis mothership takes him to an unknown planet he finds more than he expects – he finds his true mate. The only problems are Abby doesn’t understand a thing he says and the local sheriff wants her too. There is only one thing the King of Valdier can do, abduct his true mate.

Now Zoran has his hands full trying to keep his true mate safe in his own world while trying to help her accept her new life. He will need all the help he can get to help his stubborn human accept she can make a life in a place other than her mountain back on Earth. He just needs to keep her alive long enough to enjoy it and away from the other males on his planet who wouldn’t mind helping her accept her new sensual body.

One thing he knows he will never regret – abducting Abby.

My Thoughts
This one required a much needed exercise in suspending my reality. After reading a ton of contemporary fiction, I decided to cleanse my reading palette and try something different that was out of the ordinary and not my normal pick. Abducting Abby kept catching my eye, and I decided to give it a go.

I actually liked this SciFi fiction mixed with erotic romance. The lore reminded me a bid of Lover Eternal from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, where Zoran Reykill is King of Valdier and the Dragon Lord. He escapes from a Curizan military post after being held captive and beaten. His symbiosis takes him to a safe place in the mountains of Earth to recover.

That is where Abby Tanner comes across Zoran's ship and eventually nurses him back to health. During that process, Zoran's symbiosis becomes Abby's protector and aligns itself to her in allegiance. Eventually, Zoran and Abby become true mates and he takes her back to his world, where she starts her transformation as a dragon.

Oh I know it all sounds so strange, but it really works! I willing suspended my reality and went with the twists and turns of this story. I liked the alpha, dragon, king side of Zoran, and I like I said before, he reminded me a lot of Rhage from Lover Eternal.

Abby was an interesting character as well. I enjoyed seeing her align with her foursome posse of hard-headed girls from Earth. It sounds like her human friends will each be getting their own book alongside one of Zoran's brothers.

Interesting SciFi romance that I'm glad I picked up and explored it through a different side of my reading lens…
3 Suns

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Release Blitz Review, Giveaway & Excerpt: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

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I'm excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for K.A. Tucker's SURVIVING ICE, because I've loved the series!  SURVIVING ICE is a standalone romantic suspense novel and is the fourth book in K.A. Tucker's Burying Water Series, published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Grab your copy today! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for a chance to win the Complete Burying Water series SIGNED!

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The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and Burying Water—which Kirkus Reviews called “a sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner”—returns with a new novel packed with romance, plot twists, and psychological suspense. Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again. When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner with a penchant for blackmail got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for. Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control. That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.

My Thoughts:
Ivy Lee has been filled with wanderlust for years, but working back at her Uncle Ned’s tattoo shop in San Francisco makes her feel like she could finally put down roots.  Her feelings are shattered when her uncle is murdered in the front room of his tattoo parlor and Ivy is the lone witness.  Was his murder just collateral damage in a robbery gone wrong or did her uncle get mixed up in some unsavory business? 

Ever since Sebastian was discharged from the navy, he’s been working for an elite security company that mop up “problems” the US Government doesn’t want to touch.  When he’s called in to do damage control in a botched job in San Francisco, Sebastian quickly realizes not all is as it seems. Ivy, the little sassy tattoo artist, while tough and independent, is in a whole lot of danger.  While spending time with Ivy as he investigates, Sebastian starts to care for her seriously, but can things ever work if she finds out the truth about him?

Ivy has been the most bristly character in the series, but I liked her spunk, individuality, and her big heart underneath it all.  She was abrasive at times, and she tried to keep her feelings guarded but she’s met her match in Sebastian.  Sebastian is the master at covering emotions with impenetrable shields, so every time Ivy tried to hide reactions, he was able to sense her underlying feelings.  They got each other, and didn’t force things out when the other was uncomfortable sharing; just waited it out until it would spill out naturally. Their romance progressed slowly while they got to know each other, building sexual tension as they grew closer, and to me they just clicked. 

Surviving Ice, the last book in the Burying Water series, ties as my favorite with the first in the series, Burying Water.  I adored Ivy and Sebastian’s story; the two were perfectly matched!  I also enjoyed the suspense and thrills the mystery provided, wondering exactly what Ned got himself into that cost him his life. 

In each of the Burying Water installments there was a gray area between right and wrong.  At the heart of it were characters trying to do the right thing in a difficult situation, but having to live with some of the gray area, as well. Made me wonder what I’d do in similar situations.  I applaud K.A. Tucker’s handling of the New Adult category/genre.  You won’t find the usual ridiculous relationship drama and angst.  Instead what powered her stories were chemistry filled, realistic romance, and a captivating mystery. I’m sad to say goodbye to the series, but I’m eager to read whatever Ms. Tucker comes up with next!

4.5 Suns

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It’s just a regular ringtone. For me, though, it’s the wail of a war siren, and I’m immediately alert. There is only one person who has this number, and I didn’t expect him to use it again so soon.
The tile is cool against my bare feet as I roll out of bed. I collect the phone from the nightstand with one fluid movement, unhindered by sheets or the morning sluggishness that an average person might face. Stepping through the propped-open patio doors and onto the balcony, I answer with a low, curt “Yeah.” The sky is just beginning to lighten over the quiet bay. Dozens of boats sit moored below, their passengers lulled into deep sleep by the ocean air and rhythmic waves. I’m high enough up that I’m not likely to offend anyone with my lack of clothing, especially at this hour. Not that I’m truly concerned by it.
The code name is a sharp contrast to the warm breeze skating across my bare skin. My adrenaline begins to spike, all the same. Hearing it means that I will be forced to leave this haven soon. Sooner than I had hoped.
“How is recovery going?”
I instinctively peer down at the angry red scar on the outside of my thigh, where a bullet drilled into my flesh and muscle just three weeks ago, outside of Kabul. I nearly bled out before I made it to the doc. He patched me up on a makeshift operating table, buried deep in a maze of rooms, and charged me a hefty price.
“Like new,” I lie.
“Good.” Bentley’s voice is rich and smooth, a welcome sound in a sea of strangers. “Where are you now?”
I peer out over the beautiful vista of crystal blue water and whitewashed stone buildings, the volcanic rock cliffs in the distance, reluctant to divulge my location. I sank a good chunk of my last payout on renting this one-bedroom villa for the month. It’s my private sanctuary, where I can revel in anonymity and peace for a while, before finding somewhere else to drift to.
Bentley has never asked before.
But he also has the technical capabilities to trace this call. If he really wants to find out, then he will. In fact, the second I picked up, he probably already had his answer. “Where do I need to be?” I say instead.
“San Francisco.”

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        About K.A. Tucker: 
 Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.          

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Release Day Giveaway & Excerpt: Darkest Before Dawn (KGI #10) by Maya Banks

Maya Banks is back with an exciting new installment to her KGI series!  I have an excerpt below as well as a giveaway of Darkest Before Dawn, so be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a chance to win! 

Publication Date: October 27th 2015 by Penguin Publishing
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THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL from the “incredibly awesome" (Jaci Burton) #1 New York Times bestselling author of When Day Breaks.

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t...

The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they've known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock's true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty.

But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he's been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She's the only woman who's ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he's spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.”


Author Bio: Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 novels including the KGI series, Slow Burn series, and the Breathless and Surrender trilogies. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas. Visit her website at

The lovely people at Sullivan & Partners have generously provided a copy of Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks to one Waves of Fiction follower.  The giveaway is open to US and CA residents only.  Fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win. Good luck!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: Friction by Sawyer Bennett

Publication Date: October 27th 2015 by Montlake Romace
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

About the book:

At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.

My Thoughts:
Leary Michaels works for an amazing law firm that allows her to take only the cases she believes in.  From the synopsis, I thought Leary might be sort of an unprincipled person, doing whatever it takes to win a case, but instead Leary is the type of lawyer I’d want to be.  She uses every advantage at her disposal to win, even her sensuality.  Leary’s current case hits personal buttons, and tugs at her heart. She’s representing Jenna a single mother, stripping for a living to provide for her special needs son, who had her breasts mangled by a surgeon. She doesn’t count on finding her opposing counsel, Reeve Holloway, so enticing, and while that does mean complications, she’s still planning on victory.    

Reeve Holloway is working for a cutthroat firm, and he’s lead counsel against the beautiful Leary Michaels.  Mostly Reeve is in it to win, but as facts come to light he’s more and more uneasy.  Plus, winning could mean losing Leary, the women who is much more to him than just an amazingly hot bed partner.  When the case takes a turn and Reeve must decide what to do, listen to his heart or go by the letter of the law.

I loved the relationship between Leary and Reeve. It started out with smoking hot chemistry, but developed into a deeper relationship between two peers who truly got each other.  I was pleased there wasn’t any immature, over-the-top drama, just real life type of characters dealing with life as it comes.  Of course this wouldn’t be a Sawyer Bennett story without some seriously hot spicy encounters, and she did not disappoint here! But Ms. Bennett didn’t just write sex, sex, sex.  She wrote Leary and Reeve’s relationship with emotion and heart, and I couldn’t imagine this couple not being in for the long haul!

Besides the romance, I enjoyed the legal aspects of Friction: the depositions, and courtroom drama and how Jenna’s case played out.  I’ve always been a fan of TV legal dramas, so I was eager to find out the outcome.  The scenario felt real, but that’s not surprising considering Ms. Bennett is an attorney.  Friction will please any reader looking for sizzling romance with depth.

4 Suns

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Waves of Sunday #78

Welcome to our weekly edition of Waves of Sunday where each Sunday we spotlight a book that has been making waves in the book scene or has simply caught our attention causing a riptide on our TBR.
Today we are spotlighting:
Grayson's Vow by Mia Sheridan
Published September 10th 2015 by Createspace
A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Timesbestselling author of Archer's Voice.

Kira Dallaire is desperate.

Some challenges in life seem too hard to overcome. With little money, and even fewer options, the quick-witted and vibrant twenty-two-year-old needs to reinvent herself. Known for her generous heart and impulsive personality, she devises a survival plan, possibly her most outrageous idea yet.

Grayson Hawthorn is losing hope.

Some obstacles in life seem too hard to overcome. Betrayal definitely being one of them. With limited capital, and dwindling resources, he is attempting to resurrect his failing family vineyard, a self-imposed vow seemingly destined to fail. That is until a young woman enters his office with an outlandish, unexpected proposition impossible to refuse.

What begins as a temporary business arrangement, soon evolves into more as vivacious, spirited Kira challenges detached, arrogant Grayson to want more from life. To want more for himself. But as their wills clash and fiery passion ignites, they'll realize that sometimes the past creates walls too difficult to climb, and that lies and deception rarely precede a happily every after.

As Kira and Grayson race toward their destiny, they will discover that some vows are meant to be broken, and others are worth risking everything for . . . even your very own heart.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY LIBRA. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Arlene's Thoughts
I've had a few experiences with Mia Sheridon's writing. I know she has a knack for writing beautiful stories with unforgettable characters. Archer's Voice, Becoming Calder, and Finding Eden are just a few novels I've fallen in love with, so when I stumbled upon Grayson's Vow, I immediately added it to my TBR. I really liked the sound of this story, especially because it involves two characters that seem to both be in a dark place. However, I have hope that they will get past their challenges and obstacles and find an HEA… those are my favorite kinds of stories. :) Can't wait to see how this one turns out!

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Review: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
Published June 2nd 2015 by Jove (first published May 22nd 2015)
From the New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Wedding comes a novel about a man and a woman whose summer is about to get very, very steamy…

Divorce lawyer Victoria Slade has seen enough unhappy endings to swear off marriage forever. That doesn't mean she's opposed to casual dating—just not with her cocky new neighbor, who is as gorgeous and tempting as he is off-limits. But once she agrees to take on his sister's case, she's as determined to win as ever—even if that means teaming up with Ford…

Investigative journalist Ford Dixon is bent on finding the man who got his sister pregnant and left her high and dry. He's willing to partner with Victoria, despite the fact that the beautiful brunette gets under his skin like no other woman. He might not be looking to settle down, but there's no denying the scorching attraction between them. Still, the more time he spends with Victoria, the more he realizes that the one woman as skeptical about love as he is might be the only woman he could really fall for… 

My Thoughts
Julie James is one of my go-to authors when I feel like I’m falling into a book slump or simply looking for a book that I know will be a sure hit for me.

Unfortunately , Suddenly One Summer didn’t quite live up to the expectations I have of this author. When I saw this novel, I was looking forward to a summery type read that takes place by the ocean… on a tropical island… somewhere that sand and sun exist. Well talk about book covers being deceiving!

Suddenly One Summer takes place in the busy city of Chicago. Victoria Slade is a successful divorce lawyer that doesn’t believe in long-term commitments. She’s relinquished her “happily ever after” for a more sensible casual dating option. However, when she takes on Nicole’s case to find the father of her child; and her brother, Ford Dixon, becomes involved, Victoria suddenly finds herself attracted to this investigative journalist that seems to upset her well balanced life.

I have to admit that Suddenly One Summer is probably my least favorite books by Julie James. I didn’t quite find myself connecting with any of the characters in this novel and I never really fell for the romance between Victoria and Ford. There seemed to be something missing between these two very career minded adults, which resulted in a feeling that they lacked spark and excitement.

Having them working on the case together was sometimes fun, but it always felt like Victoria didn’t need or want Ford’s involvement or help. I kept waiting for there to be a moment when I’d feel the assumed connection between these two and it never really happened.

Lastly, as I mentioned earlier I was really looking forward to a summer-type book, but there wasn’t one scene or even flash back that resembled what appears on the book cover and that never happens with Julie James’s books. There’s always a tie-in somewhere in the novel. Not the case here.

Overall, not what I expected or hoped for, but not an absolute disaster either. Just okay…
3 Suns

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cover Reveal: Who We Were by Kelly Elliott

My Papai always said wine made everything better. Countless times he uttered those familiar words to me— “The Merlot will melt your problems away meu amor. With a good bottle of wine in your hand, you hold the magical key to anything you want.”

I believed my father whole heartily, until my world came crashing down on me at twenty-four years old.

It wasn’t going to take wine to help Brody and I find our way back to one another. It was going to take fighting … not only for our love— 

But for my life.

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Kelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he claims it's because he loves her!

She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.

In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write.

One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus....her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.

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