About Us

CCBHello fellow book lovers! My name is Cyndi and I’m honored to be included in this band of book bloggers. Reading is a true love of mine. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not making time to read as I love suspending reality, even if it’s for just an hour. Often it’s while my husband is watching sports or actually playing golf. During the summer, for a least one night a week, I’m  a “golf widow”. I’ll admit that I take advantage of this time to read to my hearts content and have desert for dinner.

For me, reading is a way to escape and a way to “experience” things I never would experience in my world, that’s a positive right? Maybe, but not always. I’m an empath and I attach myself to what the characters feel. This can carry on for months, or I can leave it behind when I finish a story—and this is most definitely a qualifier when I’m rating a book. I believe that I can read about angst and drama because my home life is pretty mellow. Aside from reading, I enjoy gardening, lounging on my new “reading” deck, being crafty (Making bookmarks, cards, scrapbooking). Living in Colorado, my husband and I often take advantage of the sunny weather to go on motorcycle rides in the foothills and mountains. I discovered years ago to use this opportunity to listen to audio books on a long ride.

I got back into reading for fun after I finished decade working towards my BA. What got me back into it, almost as a sport, was regency romance. My favorites in this genre are Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balough, Lisa Kleypas, and Eloisa James. I shouldn’t even attempt to list my favorites in the Contemporary/Dark/Mafia/Comedic Romance genre. But fool that I am, I’ll list a few that bubble up to the top: Kristen Ashley, Renee Carlino, CD Reiss, JM Darhower & Helena Hunting.

Finding Goodreads had a huge impact on my life. Being able to track what books I’ve read and to rate for recommendations were once the primary reasons. But, it was the Groups feature that opened up my world. I’ve made so many amazing friends through GR—including my co-bloggers at https://www.facebook.com/OUAPblog and doing Buddy Reads is one of my favorite ways to experience a book. My hope is that you’ll find our reviews refreshing and honest, and that our recommendations and favorites are ones you come to love too.

Loredana PictureHI! *waves from behind her kindle* I’m Loredana (rhymes with Madonna..one word, nope never said that one before). Confession time. I love books. Yes, I am a book-aholic and I’m not in recovery. Books are a magical wonderland for me. Regardless of genre, I fall so deeply into the pages of the story that I often forget that I’m not in the same room as the characters. I think I have to charge my kindle at least times per day since that sucker gets a battery workout on the regular. I’ve been addicted to books since I was a wee tot. Anytime there was a chance to read, I had my nose stuck in a book. All night book reads? Guilty. I’ll admit I stayed up all night to read book 7 of the Harry Potter series the same day I received it. There *may* have been other times it’s happened (wink, wink). I’m also a bit of a book hoarder; keeping all the books I have bought so I can revisit my friends throughout the years.

Anything is game from the classics (heart me some Pride and Prejudice), To Kill A Mockingbird and Gone With The Wind to Contemporary Romance (OMG, I LOVE Pucked by Helena Hunting, Brightside by Kim Holden, Fallen Crest Series by Tijan, and too many others to name). I’m lucky books speak to me in such a vivid and loud voice—my secret retreat.

When I’m not reading, you can find me chasing after my energetic poppet, practicing yoga, spoiling my cat or baking & cooking up a storm in the kitchen for my super hubs.

My favorite genres include: YA, NA, Contemporary Romance and Dystopian. Visit us on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/OUAPBlog so we can gush together over stories, characters and how they touched us!