The land of the stars was beckoning and I answered its call. Now that I was free, well, as free as anyone could be, I decided to pursue something for me. To grab life by the horns and ride that sucker until I found my place within it. That decision brought me back home to Malibu, California, where I awaited the beginning of this next phase in my journey.
The job? Create a segment surrounding Living Beautiful for celebrity doctor and daytime television guru, Dr. Hoffman. The man was known for his cunning wit, good looks, and no nonsense lifestyle. In a city that was filled with plastic Barbie dolls, and nothing you touched was real, I set out to find beauty. And in doing so, I found a lot more that, for me, for the man I loved, and for the rest of the nation.
*** In the tenth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is settled in her new home in Malibu, California. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.
Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015.
Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.
The story line just gets worse. she should have condensed it and lost the entire primise about Wes being held hostage!!! Now miraculously she has a segment on TV and is smart enough to help Wes deal with his nightmares? The same person who didn't realize that Max was her brother even after the vivid dream and the blatant signs? I'm not finishing this series I'm far to disgusted!
This book is about healing! Treat and heal the traumas to be able to leave the past and face the future with better prospects. It was difficult to watch the suffering of Mia and Wes, but I think it is necessary to go through this storm and then come the bonanza. And that bonanza begins with Mia's new career prospects.
Translation widget on The blog!!! Octombrie este luna emoțiilor intense. A rănilor și a coșmarurilor cu care fiecare dintre ei trebuie sa lupte. Este luna în care toți încearcă sa își revină. Ceea ce nu mi-a plăcut cu adevărat, a fost faptul ca pe Gina o urăște din tot sufletul, cu o gelozie ieșită din comun, deși este conștientă ca aceasta gelozie este irațională. Recenzia completă aici: https://justreadingmybooks.wordpress....
Depois de todo o caos do mês anterior, as coisas começam a se assentar em outubro, e vemos Mia e Wes começam a lidar com as consequências dos acontecimentos recentes e traz um pouco mais da relação dos dois, já que ela ficará em Malibu após começar a trabalhar em um programa de TV.
This month Mia goes to Hollywood. It may be the land of the stars, and where dreams come true, but for Mia it was a very emotional month. She gets to spend more time with Wes, but while he is dealing with issues of his own, I felt for Mia and was glad that she was able to talk and reconnect with a few friends.
Mia meets Dr. Drew Hoffman this month, and she was thrown for a loop when she discovers what he has in store for her, but she takes the challenge on and ultimately conquers her fears.
Wes also deals with a lot this month. While it was difficult to read at times, I thought that Audrey portrayed the situation in an appropriate way. I thought that this month really showed how much Mia has grown and how strong she has become. It's hard to belive that we've been on Mia's journey along with her for 10 months, but I can't wait to see where November takes her.
I'm not really sure how to feel about this one. It was alright, and it was good to read about them all being reunited. Moreover, I did enjoy the story, I suppose I just didn't like the way Mia handled the healing process.
Goh ja wel oké, het is fijn om niet elke maand meer te moeten lezen over hoe knap Mia een man wel niet vindt en erop kruipt. Hopelijk zijn november en december ook van dit kaliber. Nog even mensen en dan is dit voorbij!
Mwa, nou ja, wat te zeggen. De liefde tussen Wes en Mia is wel schattig. Er zit echter geen enkele realiteit in deze serie als je het mij vraagt. Zo over the top. Wel vermakelijk om even tussendoor te lezen.
This book took quite a different direction from the previous books in a sense and in another sense it also build upon the previous book quite well. I can't explain to much as I will try to avoid spoilers, but in the last book something big happened for both Mia and Wes. And in this book they are dealing with the aftermath of that in a sense. Mia isn't flying off to another client, but started working for a tv show from her house in Malibu.
And while Mia is working in this book, the focus isn't on that at all. It's mostly on Mia and Wes and how they deal with what happened to Wes in the previous book. It touches upon some mental illness issues and gets quite sad and heavy at times. It was quite the difficult book to read, seeing how broken Wes was and I still dislike what happened, but the author does manage to make Wes his mental state seem believable. And I did like how they seem to grow even closer together being able to lean on each other and working through this difficult time together.
There were some beautiful messages woven in, but I still don't like the whole plot line surrounding what happened with Wes, it felt a bit unrealistic/ different from the rest of the tone of this series which is also why I struggle a bit reading about the fallout of it. There are a lot of sex scenes, but also some that felt a bit off, due to the context. Which makes more sense if you read the book. I am glad with what happened in the end of the book as I think they made a right step.
There also is a nice side plot line involving Ginelle, Mia her best friends, which was interesting. I do like the direction Mia her story has taken and enjoy following her journey. It's well written and overall still a quick read and enjoyable read.
To summarize: things take a different turn in this book and I liked part of and other parts a bit less. Mia and Wes have to deal with the aftereffects of what happens in the last book and we get to see how this effects them and their lives. There are some beautiful and sweet scenes, but also some that are quite difficult to read and some that I didn't quite care for. I still enjoy following Mia her journey and I can't wait to see where she'll be at the end of this series. There are some interesting plot points in this one and overall I like the direction the story took. This episode is mainly focused on Mia and Wes and the mental issues Wes struggles with, so less focus on the side characters, but I was okay with that. It just felt like the other plot lines didn't get as much attention, but I am thinking they will continue in the next book.
If you haven't read any of the Calendar Girl series by Audrey Carlan you need too!! This series is one of the best ever!! It follows Mia on her journey to find herself, save her family and possibly find love!! In October, Mia heads to Hollywood!! Back in California with her love, Wes, she's hired by Dr. Drew Hoffman to help with his medical show. She gets her own 15 minute segment every Friday on his show. It's a great month for Mia! Things are getting better and life is looking up!! Go grab this series! You won't be sorry!
I was really looking forward to reading the last few months and seeing how the story of Mia and her crew all played out - I was enjoying the series so much in the beginning and middle! But it has slowly fizzled out and I honestly don't mind quitting at this point. I probably should not have read them all back to back?? Putting a little break between some of the months would have been better. Then I could have built up the excitement of the storyline and characters a little bit more! oh well! But thats my advice to any future readers of this one!
Λοιπόν... δεν ξέρω! Είμαι ανάμεσα στα 2 και τα 3 αστεράκια, και αφού δεν μπορώ να επιλέξω το μισό, θα το χαρίσω υπέρ του μαθητή. Παρ' όλα ταύτα, δε βρίσκω normal ισορροπίες, ούτε ξεκάθαρη ταυτότητα, και προθέσεις, πλέον, στην όλη ιστορία.
Topsy Turvy - these are the best words that I can think of to describe Mia’s experiences up to and including October, the 10th installment of Audrey Carlan's Calendar Girl series. October finds Mia awaiting Wes’s return to Malibu, and Mia beginning a very new chapter of a professional career in television. Yes, much has changed and with Mia off the hook with her debt, some of the edge is gone. Oh, there’s still plenty of drama, but the struggle has changed. I’m happy for the evolution, but I feel like I’m missing something and I’m just not sure I can pinpoint it...
What’s still very evident is the smoothness of Audrey's story telling and once again I’m so impressed with how well Audrey write’s about a character struggling with PTSD (in both the Falling series and in the Trinity Trilogy), I’ve always felt she does a wonderful job with this. In this case, it’s with Wes who is now a character that is front and center, not simply someone Mia’s thinking about or a long distance conversation. How Mia and Wes deal with this says a lot about their connection and it seems real enough and true to them as they have a very physical relationship. A huge part of Wes’ turmoil is with what Gina experienced and what he witnessed, which Mia learns about and handles well enough (although she really has no right to be angry with Gina and the once casual relationship she had with Wes). But jealousy is usually not rational and Mia has always been a complex character with strong personality traits. Even with the decidedly different direction the story has taken, we are still getting a year in the life of Mia and her journey. I think we are certain to see more excitement and lots of strong emotions as the series heads into the big holiday months.
Pffffffff. Je vous jure, j’ai presque envie de m’arrêter là niveau avis. On arrive à la fin de l’année et j’ai envie de dire : ENFIN. Mia n’est plus escort, elle retrouve Wes et donc elle couche avec toutes les cinq minutes. Parce que, vous comprenez, il a été otage et pour se reconnecter à la vie, il a besoin du vagin de Mia. La personne qui est autour? Bof, pas trop non. Donc en gros, il y a des scènes de cul toutes les dix pages, à peu près toujours la même chose d’ailleurs. Et c’est chiant. Et que dire de Ginelle, la meilleure amie qu’on va voir débarquer sans doute le mois prochain? Ah oui : qu’on a pas envie de la voir débarquer. Bon, je mets une étoile. Pour l’orthographe. (A noter que pour une fois, il n’y a pas de preview du tome suivant ce qui fait que le bouquin fait 80 pages. Tranquilou).
This month was a bit difficult to read. I don't want to give away too much but I think as of right now it may be my least favorite month. Don't get me wrong, Audrey's writing is still great and the story is still there but I felt like this month was missing something for me. What that is I don't know and maybe I will change my tune in the next few days once the story sits with me a bit longer. If that ends up being the case I will for sure revise this.
PS. I can't believe there are only two more months left in Mia's journey!! It's been a ride and I cannot wait to see how things work out.
5 stars for October. October is the hardest month! Gut wrenching ugly cry hard! Audrey Carlan writes of complex issues,and mind bending trauma with compassion love and empathy. Mia's strength is stretched to near breaking! It is through her self sacrifice,her undying love and her complete devotion for Wes that they survive! Already said too much! October is A must read, shout and ugly cry, can't put down til you finish every word story!!! Can Not wait for November♡♡♡
Comme tous les mois, j’attendais avec impatience de pouvoir découvrir la suite des aventures de Mia, surtout qu’à partir de maintenant, elle n’est plus escort et va pouvoir reprendre sa vie professionnelle en main, en faisant quelque chose d’épanouissant pour elle.
A partir de maintenant, plus rien ne sera jamais pareil. Wes est enfin de retour à Malibu mais il n’est plus le même après le traumatisme qu’il a vécu. Mia va tout mettre en oeuvre pour l’aider à remonter la pente même si ses efforts seront parfois vains.
Côté travail, j’ai bien aimé la nouvelle mission de Mia, à savoir préparer des reportages vidéo sur des thèmes qui lui tiennent à cour et quoi de mieux pour elle que de travailler en compagnie de son fiancé ?!
J’ai bien aimé que Ginelle, la meilleure amie de Mia soit plus présente, et je pense que nous la verrons encore plus par la suite !
Encore une fois, un tome qui m’a beaucoup plu et même si on sent la fin approcher, je suis sûre qu’Audrey Carlan saura combler nos attentes dans les deux derniers tomes ! ♥
Uit. Gelukkig. Want hoewel het boek wel wat leuke elementen heeft zoals Mia's nieuwe baan, vond ik dit ook een erg ongeloofwaardig verhaal. Nu geldt dat voor alle boeken in de serie. Maar te denken dat seks een traumatische ervaring kan oplossen. Sorry, daar geloof ik niet in. Natuurlijk kan iemands liefde je helpen in een moeilijke tijd, maar wat zij doen valt bij mij niet in de categorie liefde. Daardoor stond dit boek mij erg tegen.
I'm so loving this series! I'm also loving how things have turned out for Mia "career-wise". Things with Wes are a little tense. I'm glad to see he's heading in the right direction. I'm not to sure about Gina though. Something feels off. Crap! Ok, no more spoilers. It's just so hard.
If you haven't started this series, I highly recommend that you do. It's a great read that will have you turning pages to keep up with Mia's journey.
Audrey Carlan has done it again, every month has such a unique story line you keep turning the pages and wishing it didn't have to end. Mia and Wes's relationship has some problems after his ordeal. Mia is in Hollywood this month and her job may be permanent if she can get America to like her TV segment on what she finds beautiful. Can't wait for November! I received this book as an arc for a honest review.