RHOC: One Apology, Another Betrayal

We are back with Episode 2, and I’m not disappointed! I definitely have high hopes for this season, which is exciting! Okay, let’s just get into it.

We start off with Tamra & Eddie at their new casa, and Tamra explains how Eddie’s first surgery didn’t really work & he will probably have to have another procedure. Poor Eddy! I feel terrible for him. We hear the door, and then you just hear a producer say, “Vicki brought you food” which made me LOL. Eddie is on my level of pettiness; he will not eat anything brought over by Vicki Gunvalson. 😂😂

We switch over to Shannon, who is at her new house also, and she’s getting ready to go to Mexico with her girls. David is sending them (I mean, really David, that’s the least you could do) because he’s going off on some trip of his own with his new GF. Honestly though, who is this bitch? Who would date David Beador after seeing everything he put Shannon through? I guess when you’re looking for a sugar daddy it doesn’t matter. 🤷🏼‍♀️. Anyway, they’re about to head to the airport, and then Bravo gives us the most amazing flashback of Shannon in the car with the girls, telling them how David’s paying for the trip. “This is the lifestyle I’m accustomed to, that’s what my lawyer said.” Yaaaassss Shannon!

Tamra & Emily are getting mani’s, and Kelly joins. Kelly literally kills me in this scene – she just looks at Emily and then at Tamra and goes, “Is this your friend?” LOLOL. Tamra introduces them and they start talking, and of course Emily has to bring up again how her husband proposed via Google Chat. Please, stop it. She also discloses that Shane (hubby) was her boss, and Kelly says something about how they must’ve been banging. Emily insists that they weren’t – Shane is Persian & Mormon. (I know nothing about Persians, do they not believe in premarital sex?) Weird. When Emily does talk about going through IVF though, my feelings for her change a little, and they definitely soften. I cannot imagine what she went through. I think that is a big fear for a lot of women, and it’s also something other women can relate to. I love that her sister was her surrogate – for all of her children! That’s amazing.

Now we’re at the car wash with Tamra, who is face-timing with Shannon. Shannon’s in Mexico and is definitely feeling a little lonely, thinking about prior trips as a family. She suggests that Tamra comes for a few days, and wants to invite Vicki! I’m honestly shocked by this, but yes, please Bravo give us The Three Amigos wasted in Mexico!!

We switch over to Vicki’s house. This scene bored me, so all I’m going to say is that I thought when Vicki was talking to Steve, she seemed genuinely apologetic about the shit she said about Eddie. It’s a step in the right direction.

Cut Fitness! Eddie can’t actually teach the class so Tamra’s helping. Kelly & Emily arrive for the class, and this is also where we meet newbie Gina. (Random side note: I am 100% Emily when I’m working out. I feel you girl.) After the class the girls are chatting, and we learn that while Gina lives in Orange County, her husband has an apartment in LA (for work) and lives there all week. Say what???? This is so weird to me. Gina has three kids, and she stays at home with them, and she doesn’t care that she doesn’t see her husband during the week because she can wear sweatpants and doesn’t have to wear makeup. Why can’t you do that when your husband is home? 🤔

Next is Vicki – she’s in the car, and she calls Kelly to get advice on how she should approach her apology to Eddie. Of course Vicki can’t just say sorry, she has to reiterate the fact that “they hurt her,too.” Jesus, cry me a river! Kelly is absolutely right when she tells Vicki that she cannot say that during her apology. She’s basically giving a backhanded apology. Sometimes I wonder what really goes on in her mind.

Eddie and Tamra are having lunch @ The Oak, when Tamra gets a call from Vicki. When she tells her what she’s doing, Vicki asks if she could drop by in 20 minutes to talk to Eddie. In Tamra’s defense, I would’ve interpreted Eddie’s shrug as a yes, also. When Vicki does arrive, it’s clear she’s a nervous wreck. And honestly, I know Vicki can be the worst sometimes, but I felt like in that moment her apology to Eddie was sincere. It made me happy to see the three of them get back on (somewhat of a) track.

We meet Shane; Shane & Emily are out to dinner for their anniversary (9 years!) Emily brings up the fact that she would like to have another baby (she still has embryos left) because she would really like for her daughter to have a sister. I see where she’s coming from, since her and her own sister are so close. Shane is totally opposed to the idea, and at first I thought he was kind of being a dick about it. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized what a tough issue that must be for both of them, because you can’t meet in the middle. There’s no compromise. They ended the conversation, but I have a feeling it will be brought up again at some point this season.

Vicki has left her apology lunch, and now she’s in the car and calls Kelly, to update her on how it went. Kelly tells her to stop by, and Vicki agrees. When Vicki gets there, we learn that Kelly had been getting texts from people that were telling her Vicki was “hooking Michael up” with other women. Vicki says that’s not true. Then she (very nonchalantly) adds that about four months earlier, she had a cookout and Michael was there with another woman. Kelly is obviously pissed and doesn’t understand why Vicki wouldn’t tell her. Vicki acts so perplexed about why Kelly would need to know. She is so careless about her commentary – she blurts out that she and Steve have gone on double dates with Michael & (insert random chicks name here) and can’t understand why Kelly is increasingly becoming more and more upset. The fact that Vicki doesn’t see anything wrong with this entire situation says a lot in itself. She even has the audacity to tell Kelly to stop being dramatic while she’s crying. Kelly kicks her out and tells her, “You’re not my friend.” Vicki leaves angry, like she was the one who was wronged. This whole scene pissed me off sooooo much. Vicki is such a bitch. Just when I thought we were getting somewhere, she goes and does this. Anyone would be mad about this (it’s common knowledge – Girl Code!) including Vicki, just ask Don. I feel like Vicki doesn’t give a shit about Kelly anymore because she’s friends with Tamra again and on the fast track to becoming close with Shannon again also. She’s the worst.

I’m excited for what’s to come, especially that Mexico trip! Are you Team Vicki or Team Kelly? I’m sure you already know where I stand.

Until next week!

RHOC SEASON 13 PREMIERE

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RHOC Season 13, Episode 1 premiered on 7/13/18.  Honestly, after last season (which I found to be disastrous and possibly irredeemable) I was pleasantly surprised with the cast revamp this season, and I’m excited for what’s to come.  Let’s talk about the episode & what’s been going on since we’ve seen the OC ladies last.

 

 

EVERYONE IS MOVING/HAS MOVED

We learn that Eddie & Tamra are in the process of moving, and Shannon and Kelly have both move out of their former homes that they shared with their former husbands, and into “smaller” homes.  (I love Shannon, but hearing her talk about how weird it was to live in only 4,000 Sq Ft just made me LOL.  Wish I had that problem.)  Also, apparently Steve is basically living with Vicki, so that’s somewhat of a move as well.

 

 

EDDIE HAS A-FIB

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Ugh, Poor Eddie!  We learn early in the episode that Eddie has A-Fib, and he needs to have surgery. Eddie undergoes surgery during the episode, and he does well, however, Tamra tells Ryan that they found another area in his heart that was still beating irregularly, which means that the chance of A-Fib coming back is higher.  (Sorry if I’m not explaining this properly, I personally do not know much A-Fib.)  I am glad that he’s doing well though, and since we all follow the bravolebs on Social Media, we do know that he is doing okay today.  However, according to a post from Tamra on Instagram, he’s undergone numerous surgeries since that first one. Everyone say lots of prayers that he is fine and in good health, please!

For those of you who do not know what A-Fib is, here’s what I just copied & pasted off of google:

The heart’s upper chambers (atria) beat out of coordination with the lower chambers (ventricles).
This condition may have no symptoms, but when symptoms do appear they include palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
Treatments include drugs, electrical shock (cardioversion), and minimally invasive surgery (ablation).

STEVE’S A KEEPER

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Vicki seriously kills me.  If she hasn’t scared Steve off now, I don’t think she ever will.  He’s definitely a keeper. wmoji

 

 

BROOKS IS MARRIED

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Did anyone else have to be like, wait, what!? after hearing that Brooks has gotten married!? Who in the world would marry a scumbag like Brooks!? You seriously cannot get any lower than a cancer scam, yet, he still managed to find himself a wife!? She looks a little crazy though, which is a given – a normal human being would not marry Brooks.  Sorry I’m not sorry for being a bitch.  He’s a bad person! Puke.

 

 

THE GIRLS ARE WORKING ON THEIR FRIENDSHIP

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This makes me sooooo happy.  I really love when the girls are friends.  Seeing the foursome back together warms my heart. thumb-9181642

 

SINGLE HOT MAMA’S

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Kelly & Michael are officially divorced, and Shannon and David are getting there. I predict that Kelly & Shannon will definitely bond this season over what they’re going through.

 

SHANNON TOOK HER RING OFF! YAAASSSS

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Good fucking riddance to David Beador.  I hate him, I’ve always hated him, but I love Shannon & I just wanted her to be happy, even if that meant staying with that POS.  I do feel for her, though.  I can’t even begin to imagine what she’s going through, and I know taking that ring off was a huge deal for her, especially when she explained her reasoning behind wearing it.

                      WE MEET NEWCOMER: EMILY

 

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So apparently Emily & Tamra used to be friends; Emily helped Tamra plan Ava’s Baby Shower.  (According to Tamra, Emily is a party planner by night and an attorney by day.)  They had somewhat of a falling out, though, because Emily was still hanging around with the old group (Ricky, Gretchen) who are both members of the I Hate Tamra Fan Club.  They recently reunited, and according to Emily she reached out to Tamra because she missed her.  I call bullshit – you wanted in on the franchise because you knew Peggy, Lydia and Meghan were out and they needed new cast members for the show.  I hate being judgey when I first meeting the new girls, but I can’t help it.  From what I’ve seen, I don’t think I’ll like her.  She’s…odd.  I felt like she was really trying to hard to be “relatable” and that annoys me most of all.  If you have money, just own it girl.  We like that you have money – we’re not watching RHOC for it’s poorness and simplicity.  I don’t like the way she described her relationship with her husband, either.  It was just odd.  That’s the only way I can describe Emily so far – odd.  We’ll see.

 

 

The first episode of any of the housewives is typically relatively boring, and while this one wasn’t crazy in any way it did hold my interest.  I’m excited for what’s to come, especially after that insane trailer of the season.

Until next week….

xo

TOP TEN ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF SUMMER 2018

If you know me well, you know that I’m a bookworm.  Every year I vow to read more books than I had the prior year (I was very disappointed I only made it to 48 books last year, not the 50 I had chosen as my goal).  I’m always on the look out for new books, new authors, and I tend to gravitate towards Thrillers/Mysteries.

These are the Top Ten Books that will be coming out in the Summer of 2018 that I personally am most excited about.  Most of them are my usually genre, however, I did branch out just a tad with a few others.

In chronological order, here are the following:

(Side Note: All of the descriptions are from Amazon!)

 

1.) THE LAST TIME I LIED – RILEY SAGER (7/3/18)

The Last Time

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Seeing an opportunity to find out what really happened to her friends all those years ago, Emma agrees.

Familiar faces, unchanged cabins, and the same dark lake haunt Nightingale, even though the camp is opening its doors for the first time since the disappearances. Emma is even assigned to the same cabin she slept in as a teenager, but soon discovers a security camera–the only one on the property–pointed directly at its door. Then cryptic clues that Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins begin surfacing. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing mysterious threats in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale and what really happened to those girls, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.

 

2.) WHEN WE FOUND HOME – SUSAN MALLERY (7/10/18)

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Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about.

Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister—Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. But love isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit…until he learns that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.

 

3.) THE SUMMER WIVES – BEATRIZ WILLIAMS (7/10/18)

SUMMER

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.

But beneath the island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph’s enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda’s caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades.

Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same—determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.

 

4.) GIVE ME YOUR HAND – MEGAN ABBOTT (7/17/18)

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Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane’s academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.

More than a decade later, Kit thinks she’s put Diane behind her forever and she’s begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.

 

5.) COTTAGE BY THE SEA – DEBBIE MACOMBER (7/17/18)

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Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager.

Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart—and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea; Mellie, the reclusive, prickly landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. But it is Keaton to whom Annie feels most drawn. His quiet, peaceful nature offers her both comfort and reprieve from her grief, and the two begin to grow closer.

Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven—and the man—she’s come to call home.

In this heartwarming tale, Annie finds that the surest way to fix what is damaged within is to help others rise above their pain and find a way to heal.

 

6.) GIRLS NIGHT OUT – LIZ FENTON & LISA STEINKE (7/24/18)

GIRLS NIGHT

For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?

As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.

 

7.) BELIEVE ME – JP DELANEY (7/24/18)

BELIEVE ME

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected.

Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions.

The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.

Then the game changes.

When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

Claire can do this. She’s brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who’s mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap?

But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?

 

8.) A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS – LINWOOD BARCLAY (7/24/18)

A NOISE

College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s “normal” existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write.

However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing. And she worries he’s going off the rails.

Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer—could this be the same machine? Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself.

But that may not be the best thing to do. Maybe Paul should just take the typewriter back to where his wife found it. Maybe he should stop asking questions and simply walk away while he can. . . .

 

9.) AN UNWANTED GUEST – SHERI LAPENA (8/7/18)

UNWANTED

It’s winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing–maybe even romantic–weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity–and all contact with the outside world–the guests settle in for the long haul.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead–it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something–or someone–is picking off the guests one by one. And there’s nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.

 

10.) OUR HOUSE – LOUISE CANDLISH (8/7/18)

OUR HOUSE

There’s nothing unusual about a new family moving in at 91 Trinity Avenue. Except it’s her house. And she didn’t sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

 

What are some books you’re excited for this Summer?

 

xo