Week Two

I was really disappointed in myself with how little I ran last week. I started the week out strong but by the end I lacked motivation. I haven’t felt like myself lately and I know running will help me feel better. I need to make some adjustments in my life and get

Monday: Surprise, Surprise, I lacked motivation. This morning I found out my uncle died.

Tuesday: 30 Minute Spin Class with 30 Minute Circuit rotation.

Wednesday: 60 Minute Spin Class

Thursday: I must have pushed myself to hard because my ankle kills. I don’t want to do something that will make things worse. I am going to take a couple days rest.

Sunday: Ran 2 miles, Walked half a mile at an incline of 12, Small weight regiment.

Overall, not a great week. Again I am walking away disappointed in myself. I am going to change the time I work out and see if that helps. I am not a night runner and I am beginning to think I am not an afternoon runner either. There is just too many distractions. Next week I am aiming for Morning Workouts. Wish me Luck!

Dark Places

Monday morning I woke up to the news of my Uncles death. I wasn’t close to him and most of my memories are from my childhood. But I still feel this disconnection. I’ve never been good at handling death and I am always the last one to visit friends/family in the hospital. It’s not that I don’t care, I care more than I can express. I think part of it is I don’t know how to process and deal with people close to me being sick and dying.

I have tried writing this week and have come to a road block. My thoughts feel smothered and it’s like a fog has consumed my mind. I feel stuck in a cycle of dark places, grouchy, snapping at my husband and children for no apparent reason, and just not like myself. I don’t like feeling this way and I am struggling to come out of it.

What makes this worse is I know if I just ran, I would feel better. I would find myself through the rhythmic pounding of my shoes hitting the ground… but I can’t find the motivation. I couldn’t find it yesterday and today I woke up the same.

My husband stayed home today and is letting me run off to the gym without the kids. I am hoping a cycling class will kick my motivation up and help me feel more like myself. Wish me luck!!

Zeke (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3)

zeke

Author: Kelly Gendron                                                                                                          Publish date: January 22, 2016                                                                                          Pages: 200

Stars: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: 

“Some guys call, some date, and some guys, they might even get married. But, sweetheart, I ain’t any of those guys…” ~ Zeke Declan

Every girl in Galveston County knows about Zeke Declan’s rules and has agreed to them or is considering them.
Rule #1 Don’t call him. He’ll call you.
Rule #2 He doesn’t date.
Rule #3 No sleepovers.
Rule #4 Absolutely, no virgins.

When a couple friends talk me into going back to their hometown in the Bayou for the summer and challenge me to break “the best damn lay in Galveston County” along with every single one of his ridiculous rules, I’m confident that I can get the job done. I’m no stranger to men. I have five older brothers. I’m a teacher and I’m used to being around rebellious teenagers. However, Zeke Declan is definitely not someone that I could have prepared for. He’s not a testosterone-fueled, immature boy. He’s a confident, arousing, playful, and mind-melting man. But, behind that sexy charming smile, I know he’s hiding a secret. And, in order to break him, I’m going to need to find out what it is…

Review:

As the first chapter opens up, you meet Lurlene who is spending the summer with her two best friends in Texas. But what catches the readers attention, or at least mine, is the intellectual and flirtatious conversation she has with the mysterious jogger. Although the encounter was brief, you couldn’t help but smile and get reeled into the book. I will admit, I went into this book thinking the opening idea to this plot was eye rolling ridiculous. In reality, you can never ‘break’ the bad boy and all of a sudden turn him into marriage material. Most books that try this usually fail and end up with a non realistic book that is more irritating than romantic. What Kelly Gendron did was almost make the concept of breaking the other character a side note within the story. What the reader discovers is this book is more about pain, guilt, heartache, finding courage and accepting love.

Even though the focus was on Zeke and Lurlene, I appreciated how the author took the time to develop strong minor characters. Zeke is a MMA fighter whose sexual confidence is gush worthy. Then again, the English major in me is in love with his literary mind. I never knew quoting Picasso or Dr. Suisse could be used as foreplay. Zeke’s past is heartbreaking. Although some of the things he does to Lurlene to push her away is cruel and started to irritate me, the author does a fantastic job of showing the reader the underlining intentions behind each action. I’m not saying that it makes them ok, but it helps you understand Zeke’s character better.

I loved Lurlene’s character. She is an English teacher with confidence and definitely knows her self worth. Her character is strong, feisty, and she doesn’t let Zeke get away with much. I will say I absolutely love the cat and mouse game Lurlene and Zeke play. What’s great is sometimes you never quite know whose the cat and whose the mouse. Their flirtatious banter and games had me smiling like an idiot throughout the book. Usually I don’t like it when characters play games with each other, trying to manipulate the other person. But the way it was done in this book, neither Lurlene or Zeke where the victim. The tension that built between the two characters was addicting but nothing compared to when the two of them collided and gave in. The sexual tension and scenes were hot and definitely fun to read.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s an easy and quick read. I was able to finish the book in less than a day. I’m a little disappointed that this is book three in the series and I didn’t read book one and two. I’m definitely going to go back and read the first two books.

Forged in Stone (The Forged Chronicles #1)

Forged in stone

Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy                                                                                                  Published: June 9th, 2015                                                                                                   Pages: 235

1 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

James is a Guardian. He is tasked with protecting the most important person in his world. For eight years he has done his job without complaint, but he has grown tired of living under the shadow of a father who is responsible for the most unimaginable violence and destruction his world has ever known.

Ainsley is at a loss for what to do with her life. She hates her two dead end jobs and the family who betrayed her. She has resigned herself to living one day at a time, but she longs for an escape from her lonely life.

When Ainsley finds James in her bed, their two lives and worlds collide. They may have both found exactly what they need, but the darkness James has been running from his whole life has just caught up.

Review:

When you are first introduced to Ainsley, her character seems intriguing in a no nonsense, I’m not taking crap from anyone, kind of way. But the more you read, you realize her character has more of an attitude problem, is immature, and rude rather than strong. Ainsley works two dead end jobs and is house sitting for the Calloways. She is highly paranoid and constantly looks over her shoulder as she walks from her car to her front door. Yet, when she finds herself in her bedroom, clothed only in a towel, with a stranger sleeping in her bed, she’s more worried about being embarrassed with the owners instead of concern this stranger might hurt her. Once the stranger, James, says something she doesn’t like, she kicks him out of her ‘house’. Which he good heartedly does, closing the door quietly behind him. But that’s not good enough for Ainsley because she reopens the door just to slam it shut. Yes, this character appears to have the maturity level of a teen while stuck in the body of 22 year old.

This book is a mixture of uncomfortable events, odd situations, and funny reactions. Ainsley’s date with Brad had me rolling my eyes and laughing as I watched the unfortunate event unfold. Unlike Ainsley’s character, who unfolds and you get to know right away, James takes a while to figure out. And really by the end of the book, I am still a little lost on who he is. James comes from two worlds and it’s kind of funny the language he uses and old fashioned values he holds onto. His character is the strong stoic type. But his reaction to Ainsley is typical to the love at first sight themes.

I really feel like the author did a disservice by writing the book in a dual point of view. If the story was told just through Ainsley’s perspective, it would have provided James with some mystery. Instead, everything is laid out and the reader isn’t left wondering if feelings are reciprocated. Although, I am sure the book would be even more confusing if it was just told through Ainsley’s character.

Overall, the book was difficult to get into and wasn’t my favorite story plot to read. Ainsley’s character wasn’t consistent and her convictions and values inconsistently changed. I felt like the book was building up to something (again, not really sure what) but the end of the book just kind of stopped. I’m really not sure what the plot accomplished. The book left me confused. This book wasn’t for me.

Killer Frost (Mythos Academy #6)

Killer Frost

Author: Jennifer Estep                                                                                                      Publish Date: February 25, 2014                                                                                           Pages: 384

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.

Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.

Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

Review:

This series has been a fun, light read. I feel like this book is the exception. Every chapter in the beginning seemed like Gwen was a Debbie downer. I understand being in a war and always having to watch your back can make you suspicious. But I felt like the author took Gwen’s character to an entire new level of negativity. Before, Gwen always had hope or accepted reassurance from her friends and family. Now she can’t even do that. This book really made it seem like it was Gwen against Loki. Her friends kind of took a back seat.

But in a way, that’s how you were supposed to feel, seeing as the book was about the final battle between Loki and Gwen. The entire book, with the exception of the last two chapters, was full of extreme emotion. From fear, love, loss, pain, and rage, Gwen felt all of these and everything in between. Some of the situations Gwen found herself in had me rolling my eyes. But nonetheless, it’s easy to fall into the simple story plot. So easy, the I read the book in less than a day.

The author did a nice job wrapping the story up and creating a nice closure for the series. There was hint at a spin off with Rory being the main focus but who k owns if that will ever happen. Overall, I was happy with the series and the book. It wasn’t anything that left me with a Wow feeling but it was entertaining. Definitely recommended for a younger ya audience.

Week One

My goal is to update this throughout the week. So check back and see how I’m doing 🙂

Cycling

I’m only a couple days in, technically one, but I’m feeling good. On Saturday I joined an Evolution Cycling class at my local gym. Although this class is guaranteed to kick my butt, I absolutely love it! I love it because even though by the end of the class I feel like a part of me is dying, a bigger part of me knows I survived and I’m that much stronger. This class isn’t like your average indoor cycling class. It’s a high energy, cardio pumping, hour long class filled with sprints. Before I hurt my knee, I was able to go 18 miles. On Saturday I was able to do 15.5. Not bad 🙂

Start

This week is all about focussing on my success and just running.

Monday– Today I got up and made myself get on the treadmill. But not before I had a couple mouthfuls of delicious coffee. My goal was two miles at my average pace of 10:31. I won’t lie and say it was an easy run. I wanted to stop and walk around 1.5 miles. But luckily I was able to push through and surprisingly enough, I had to force myself to stop once I hit two miles. I’m not sure how far I would have been able to go if I kept running but I didn’t want to push myself and end up not running later this week. I know my pace is slow but I’m taking today as a success. I got up, ran, and didn’t walk.

What’s your success for the day?

Wednesday– Well I did it, I ran 2 miles at my fast pace of 10:00. And a big part of me wanted to quit and an even bigger part of me felt like dying. And you know what, I don’t feel great after this run. I can’t say I hated every second of it but it close. This was a difficult run and it goes to show you not every run is rainbows and butterflies. But I did it and thats more than I did yesterday.

Friday– skipped 😦

Sunday– My goal was three miles but I only ended up doing 2 Miles 😦

Love Struck (Miss Match #2)

Love Struck

Author: Kayti McGee                                                                                                   Published: February 2, 2016                                                                                               Pages: 336

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:
Lacy Dawson is a young singer-songwriter with a record deal, a studio gig, and a serious case of writer’s block. After looking for love songs in all the wrong places, she finds inspiration at an online support group called Song Writers Anonymous. Thanks to one mysterious member who motivates her and inspires her, Lacy’s career is back on track. But is she ready to meet her sexy musical muse…face to face?

Eli is definitely interested in hooking up with Lacy, aka “LoveCoda.” But between writing her new album and his band’s success, they can’t find the time to face the music-or each other-about their burgeoning online romance. All that changes when Eli and Lucy get booked on tour together. In person, the attraction is all too real and explosive. They both should walk away, but once they are in each other’s arms, there is no turning back…

Review:

This is the second book I’ve read from the author Laurelin McGee. Laurelin McGee stands for two authors: Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee. The first book in this series I absolutely loved. I wish I could say the same about the second book.

After her fiancé dies, Lancy is left broken, trying to piece together her life and hoping to filter her headache through her music. Lacey’s character struggles to find who she is. She makes a lot of illogical assumptions and ignores the warning signs all around her. I can’t say I really appreciated her character because it took her far too long to get with the program and figure things out. But her character was well rounded and her backstory brought her heartache to the surface.

Eli is a gifted musician/writer with dreams of branching out on his own. Eli’s character drove me crazy! His character really brought the book down for me. He’s this passionate, kind, and thoughtful individual. But he’s the biggest pushover I’ve ever seen. For example, he lets his ‘best friend’, who is a horrible friend if you ask me, walk all over him and claim Eli’s ideas as his own. I was really hoping for a stronger character.

I think the thing that bothers me the most is both characters find strength, inspiration, and freedom within each other as their online counter parts Folx and LoveCoda. But in their day to day lives, they aren’t nearly as strong.

This story is far more complicated than it needs to be and the inner monologue and the plot dragged. I did really enjoy reading about the perspective of a singer/songwriter and what it’s like going on tour. I especially found myself loving the creativity and the dynamic of what it takes to write a song.

Overall, I think you either loved the complexity and Eli or you didn’t care for it. The writing was well done and I think these authors are very talented. This book just wasn’t for me.