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Must Read Monday: The Bars That Hold Us

The Bars That Hold Us by Shelly Pratt is the story of Saxon a prisoner in prison for manslaughter and Mercy a heartbroken police officer who is grieving the death of her fiance. Mercy completely cuts herself off from life for a year after her fiance's death when her father finally convinces her to take a job at the local prison. There she meets Saxon Miles.

Saxon saves Mercy from being raped and they end up thrown together in the prison library for hours on end by the warden. Slowly Mercy begins to let go of her fiance Daniel's ghost and begins to have feelings for Saxon. I enjoyed this book at least until the end and then I ended up very ticked off. The ending was completely unexpected and I never even saw it coming. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I will definitely be looking for more books from this author.

Anniversary Gift Ideas - 22 years

Today hubby and I have been married for 22 years. Were on earth has the time gone?! It seems like yesterday that we were just starting our life together. Every year I have the same problem of not knowing what to get for hubby because he will never give me any ideas when I ask and I can never think of anything  in that moment when he asks me. Any other day I would come up with a million ideas until he actually asks me. Are we the only ones who suffer with brain freeze trying to come up with ideas?

According to Hallmark the theme for the 22nd year anniversary is water. This is a fitting theme for us since we met on Yorktown beach 24 years ago.

If you are on a budget:

An afternoon date with your spouse to the aquarium. You can search for aquariums and zoos near you at the Association of Zoos and AquariumsTabletop fountain if they have a big enough office space. There are so many different sizes, styles, and price points that the options are endless


If you are in a position to splurge:

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Must Read Monday: Shattered Series

My thoughts & review of the Shaken Series by Julie Bailes. Allie's heart is completely shattered after the death of her father from cancer, the love of her life leaves her without a warning, and her brother is killed in Iraq. Allie meets Blake at college and they become friends. After waiting for her to be ready to accept his love Blake finally begins to break down the walls that Allie has built around her. Just as she finally starts to open up and trust Blake's love; her first love Wyatt suddenly reappears in her life and is determined to claim her heart again.

Things begin to spiral out of control quickly. This series has so much happening in the lives of the characters. There is love and betrayal, heartbreak and reawakening, and unexpected loss. I read this series over just 3 days time because I HAD to know what was happening next for the characters. Book 2 (Shattered and Mended) takes an unexpected turn and I have to say that I ended up so pissed off & frustrated …