Thursday, 24 September 2015

Book Club: Becoming Rain
Book: Becoming Rain
Author: K.A. Tucker
Amazon Summary
A suspense-driven New Adult romance novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water.

Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it—the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington, DC, major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the West coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year-old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to
What I have to say: 
One of my sorority sisters gifted this book to me. Prior to that, this book wasn't even on my radar. Truth be told, this isn't the type of book I would have picked up for myself. I wasn't even sure if I would actually like it; an undercover cop trying to to help bust a car theft ring? No thanks. 

But, I did bring this book with me to the beach, being indifferent to whether or not I would actually get around to reading it. I ended up reading the entire book in a day!! Every spare chance I got, I was reading this book. I literally brought it with me everywhere I went that day. 
The chapters alternate between Clara/Rain and Luke's POV. I like books where you get to see the story from multiple views. Both characters were refreshing, as was the story line- I haven't read anything like it before. We see how Luke goes from wanting more responsibility at his uncle's garage to how he gets involved in the car theft ring. We see Clara's double life as an undercover cop and as Rain. And, of course, we see Clara/Rain and Luke fall for each other. Lines blurred for Clara between personal and professional and how she handles it, all with Luke being none the wiser.

Final verdict: I have already recommended this book to a friend to use for her book club, I've recommended it to a couple of other friends, I have plans to re-read it in the near future, and I have already started on another book by the same author. This book has been added to my "must read" list.  

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Hey, It's Ok

Airing My Dirty Laundry

That I still do not have a dress for the gala on Saturday. I have gone shopping and only found two dresses that I kinda of like. I have two dresses in my closet that I can wear if I need too...but I don't have THE dress for the gala. 

To I want to go to the beach. I know that Fall officially starts tomorrow...but I miss the beach! I would give anything to be lying on the beach reading, relaxing, right now. 

That I have been on a peach tea from Starbucks kick for weeks. I gave up my morning coffee and switched to tea. If you haven't tried peach tea, you should. It smells and tastes amazing. 

To not be a fan of pumpkin spice...anything. I just don't get it. I don't like the taste, I don't like the smell, I don't understand the craze. 

That I miss some of my friends. There are friends I haven't seen in months and there are friends I've had to distance myself from. I miss them.

Monday, 21 September 2015

The Young Professional- What To Bring To An Interview

Brock University's Homecoming was this weekend, but I missed it due to work- functions on Friday and Saturday. I did follow along on Instagram and Twitter. It seemed like a really fun weekend and I'm so sad that I missed out. Countdown is on for Homecoming 2016!!

I put this series, The Young Professional, on hiatus for the summer. I'm looking forward to bringing this series back and thought I would start the post-summer hiatus with a post about what to bring to an interview.

  • Paper and pen. During interviews, I always place a pad of paper and a pen on the table in front of me. By doing this, I'm showing the interviewer that I'm taking this interview serious, that I'm engaged and I'm prepared to take notes- which I have never done during an interview.
  • Copies of your resume. The interviewer will likely have a copy of your resume, but it's a good idea to bring a back up. I went to an interview once, where the day of my interview, the printers weren't working. The interviewer was going to use an electronic copy of my resume. She was thankful when I handed her a paper copy. 
  • References. A lot of interviewers will ask you to bring references with you. Even if they don't ask, bring them anyway. I was in an interview once, where I was asked by the interviewer if she had asked me to bring references. I told her, that she hadn't asked me to bring them, but I had them anyway and was able to hand them over. Who you should use as a reference is a future post.
  • Questions. I always prepare questions to ask during an interview. Even thought I have the questions memorized, I write them down on a piece of paper and keep them tucked away. This way if I get nervous or forget the questions, I can pull them out to refer too. 
  • Portfolio. Whether or not you are asked to bring a portfolio, bring one anyway. I tell the interviewer (usually towards the end) that I have my portfolio and ask if they would like to see it. I have had an interviewer tell me no (and I still got called back for a second interview) and have had them say yes. It's a great way to show what you can do and what you have done. Portfolios showcase your work in a way that answering questions can't and they can either highlight things you talked about during your interview or things that didn't even get brought up. What to include in your portfolio is a future post.
Looking for more from this series? Check out The Young Professional label.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Amber's Birthday Giveaway

Not only is today Friday, but today is also my sweet friend Amber's 30th birthday!!! Make sure you stop by her blog to wish her a happy birthday!!

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a giveaway!! Amber and some of her friends have gotten together to offer a fantastic giveaway! You can enter using the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!!

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