"Now go and write your own story, and don't forget the actions."
Grace's husband announces his affair on their 25th wedding anniversary, and their
"Now go and write your own story, and don't forget the actions."
Grace's husband announces his affair on their 25th wedding anniversary, and their anniversary vacation reservation is now for one.
18-year-old Audrey has been gravely parentified by her alcoholic mother but a new man in her mother's life gives her a reprieve, and she finally has the opportunity to start a life of her own.
An inspiring Paris setting that promises new stories for them both.
A bump in the road brings these two together and the timing couldn't be more perfect.
Building confidence, independence, perspective, trust, and optimism. One Summer in Paris shows that embracing pain and pushing past hopelessness can lead to incredible transformation. I loved this book. Check it out.
My favorite quote: "It is all part of life. Each experience teaches us something different and moves us to a different place. Nothing is wasted."
Audiobook expertly narrated by Eileen Stevens, Billie Fulford-Brown, and Tanya Eby. ...more
Live in the moment, don't look ahead, embrace love, let go of the past, appreciate the life you have, forgive. Great life lessons tucked away inside aLive in the moment, don't look ahead, embrace love, let go of the past, appreciate the life you have, forgive. Great life lessons tucked away inside a seemingly superficial contemporary romance. But Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have turned out to be a great writing duo that never fail at adding deeper layers within their story lines. Fun, engaging and emotional, if you like these writers, then check out Hate Notes.
My favorite quote: "But you need to figure out how to love the life that you have, while you work on the life that you want."
Audiobook narrated by Sebastian York and Lynn Barrington. ...more
“Birth and death, we are torn apart and recreated.”
Loss, love, trauma, survival, spirituality, power, war, identity...the above quote can be seen
“Birth and death, we are torn apart and recreated.”
Loss, love, trauma, survival, spirituality, power, war, identity...the above quote can be seen in all of these elements as experienced by the main character Omat, an Inuit shaman.
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis. (view spoiler)[Born as a biological female, Omat inherited her father's gender and spirit when she received his name during infancy. She was raised as her father was raised, to be a great hunter and leader. But when the gods betray her by no longer withholding her “moon blood”, her entire world collapses. She can no longer enjoy her days of independence. No choosing of a wife or being a father, no more hunting or leadership. She is a woman now, which holds an entirely different set of rules. In spite of every bad thing that ensues, she embraces the hunter that she innately is after she is caught up in the parallel wars between men and between gods when conquest targets Inuit land. (hide spoiler)]
Jordanna Max Brodsky takes readers on a cultural and mythological journey through the Arctic in 1000AD. The amount of research that must have went into this novel is stunning. The spiritual beliefs of the ancient Inuit people create a fantastical element which was one of my favorite parts. The writing and world-building are both incredibly well-done, and the author uses extinct customs to discuss alive and well gender issues in such a palpable way.
“I am no longer scared of being a woman — it doesn’t make me any less a man. I am both. I am neither. I am only myself.”
I absolutely loved this book. With nearly 550 pages (18 1/2 hours via audio), I was never bored once. Every element blends together to create a learning opportunity that is just as immersive as it is entertaining. There are some tough scenes to read counteracted by lovely moments just as intense. I would read this book again in a heartbeat. Check it out.
Note: In the author's interview with Fictitious Podcast she indicated one of her most important goals in writing this book was to change the reader's conception of the story of European colonization of the new worlds. She stated that the stories we hear are almost always from the European point of view which most always result with them winning in the end. But this is a historically accurate story where the indigenous people won and many people have never heard it. Thus she wanted readers to be submersed into the Inuit's culture and society, because this time, the story is told from their point of view. So if you feel this book has a slow start, there's a reason. Learn, embrace, and hang on. It's worth it!...more
A great romance featuring a single-father hero and a heroine who is using a damaging past to empower other women. Abandonment, domestic violence, andA great romance featuring a single-father hero and a heroine who is using a damaging past to empower other women. Abandonment, domestic violence, and reinvention in spite of it all. I so enjoyed this Maisey Yates novel. Although part of a series, I read it as a standalone with no consequences. Enjoy!!
My favorite quote: “It’s amazing what can happen when you let yourself heal.”...more
Followers of Shannon Stacey's Boston Fire series have already met both of the main characters in Flare Up: Grant and Wren. Readers have watched the meFollowers of Shannon Stacey's Boston Fire series have already met both of the main characters in Flare Up: Grant and Wren. Readers have watched the meet and greet, they've lived the romance, and they witnessed the damage left behind when the heroine left without any warning. In this 6th installment, Wren re-enters the picture. Explanations are given and a hesitant romance resumes with fear and trust issues as constant companions.
Admittedly, I was not a huge fan of this fictional couple from the beginning but getting some answers was reason enough to move forward with this book...plus, you know, Shannon Stacey and my love for her storytelling. While I wholeheartedly appreciate the increased awareness about the many ways domestic violence can be wielded, I just wasn't invested enough in the characters to love this book. However, the messages are admirable, readers will get answers, and there is a ton of follow up with previous couples. Check it out.
My favorite quote: "When there's a concrete problem you can fix it. But fear is, it's personal and doesn't always make sense to other people....more
A humorous enemies-turn-lovers romance fills out the first half of The Unhoneymooners. It's engaging, funny, and sexy. But the co-written aspect of thA humorous enemies-turn-lovers romance fills out the first half of The Unhoneymooners. It's engaging, funny, and sexy. But the co-written aspect of this novel makes itself known as the storyline morphs into a more dramatic second half with several climaxes related to career, trust, family, and relationships. In my opinion, this reading experience felt like two different books were placed under the same cover, and I quite liked the fun one more. However, overall, The Unhoneymooners is indeed enjoyable and will surely satisfy Christina and Lauren's many fans. Check it out.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Unhoneymooners. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Christina Lauren Publisher: Gallery Books: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books Genres: Romance Pub Date: May 14, 2019...more
★★★ The Best of Us is the fourth installment in Robyn Carr's contemporary romance series titled Sullivan's Crossing. Being a Robyn Carr newbie, I didn'★★★½ The Best of Us is the fourth installment in Robyn Carr's contemporary romance series titled Sullivan's Crossing. Being a Robyn Carr newbie, I didn't know I was reading this book out of order until after the fact which is a testament to this series along with Carr's writing. Although I can't speak for her other books, The Best of Us works perfectly as a standalone novel...but of course I will be playing catch up very, very soon.
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Leigh Culver is a small town doctor who visits Sullivan's Crossing when she can't get what she wants in Timberlake, such as a good sandwich at Sully's general store. in The Best of Us, readers get the pleasure of following two romances, the primary one involving Leigh and the secondary one involving Sully.
Leigh is highly independent and is not looking for a relationship, so when she meets Rob who is also looking for something casual, it's the perfect non-relationship. But circumstances require them to revisit their commitment status which leads to surprising complexity given their significant histories of loss. Sully and Leigh's Aunt Helen create a more light-hearted romance that is fun to watch. Helen raised Leigh after her mother's death and Helen is visiting for an undetermined amount of time as she escapes the snowstorms of the midwest. Additional relationship dynamics explored include Leigh and her aunt as they must confront expectation and boundary issues (and no, it's not Leigh doing the confronting), and Rob's son Finn as a crisis involving his girlfriend eerily mirrors Rob's own traumatizing heartbreak.
As you can tell, there is a lot going on in this book, but as a reader new to this series, I was able to follow along easily which again speaks to Carr's writing. I especially enjoyed coming across all the quotes that prepare readers for the following chapter. (hide spoiler)]
I found The Best of Us to be engaging, emotional, complex, sexy, fun and filled with gorgeous Colorado settings that become characters in their own right. I'm looking forward to the next book...and all the ones that came before. Check it out.
My favorite quote: "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. - Marcus Aurelius"...more
Cute, sexy, and funny, Hooking Up was an enjoyable read about a newlywed heroine who goes on her honeymoon alone with a bag full of sex toys. Sound inCute, sexy, and funny, Hooking Up was an enjoyable read about a newlywed heroine who goes on her honeymoon alone with a bag full of sex toys. Sound interesting?
Overall, it was fun and very adult with a slight new-adult feel to it. If you enjoy NA crossovers, I'd recommend it.
My favorite quote: "It's amazing how ninety seconds can change a person's entire life."...more
Wow. I love how authors like writing duo: Liv Constantine can create a world where nothing is as it seems. I quickly realized the basics of what was gWow. I love how authors like writing duo: Liv Constantine can create a world where nothing is as it seems. I quickly realized the basics of what was going on in The Last Mrs. Parrish but I certainly wasn't prepared for the intensity of it nor how it all played out in the end. Although somewhat satisfying, there is no happily ever after for anyone in this book. A thriller that holds a few surprises for even the most suspecting readers. Check it out.
My favorite quote: “Today she felt especially comforted by the books that climbed the walls. They were a reminder that any knowledge she desired was hers for the asking.”...more
Tiffany Reisz gifts her newsletter subscribers a new Original Sinners short story every Christmas and they are always the peOriginal Sinners rejoice!!
Tiffany Reisz gifts her newsletter subscribers a new Original Sinners short story every Christmas and they are always the perfect fix to get fans through another year of homesickness from these well-established characters. A Midwinter Night's Dream is Reisz's 2018 gift and it is perfection!
A Midwinter Night's Dream is a very Victorian retelling of the history and mechanics that make up the trinity of core characters in this collection. Søren, Kingsley, and Nora become Lord Marcus Lennox Søren Stearns, his valet Kingsley, and his 19-year-old ward Eleanor, a former pickpocket. There's a wedding, French pornography, and a pair of leather gloves that are put to good use. Sound interesting? Check it out.
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Tom Valeska grew up commonly locked outside while his mother was out working day and nighSpoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Tom Valeska grew up commonly locked outside while his mother was out working day and night trying to make ends meet. That is until the age of 8 when he moved next to the Barrett family. They informally adopted Tom for both their benefits. The spoiled Barrett twins Jamie and Darcy needed a buffer for their constant conflict. Tom needed basic needs...and a family. So it goes, Tom being whoever and whatever the Barrett's need in an effort to keep a seat at the family table while the twins take his golden presence for granted time and again. But after Darcy's nonchalant reaction to Tom's risk-it-all admission, everything changes. Realizing her mistake, Darcy embarks on a much-needed journey towards maturity, independent from her twin brother and distanced from the medical label that marks her as fragile. But wanderlust captures her body and soul and when she returns with plans to reciprocate Tom's feelings, she's too late. Tom, who was always there, always ready and waiting for the royal Barrett's, has moved on. Welcome to the real world, princess.
Fast forward years later to the death of the children's grandmother who orders that her well-loved home be renovated and sold for the twins' inheritance. Tom returns but not as a Barrett. After all, he never really was one of them. He comes back as an employee, once again being what the Barrett's need him to be. Except this time, Darcy can see every little and big thing she was too self-absorbed to appreciate before. Once upon a time, she had 100% of Tom Valeska. But she's not a princess anymore and she's ready to get her hands dirty showing she is the worthy one. (hide spoiler)]
Abandonment, belonging, family, loneliness, reinvention...there are deep themes threaded throughout what on the surface looks to be a light and happy contemporary romance. Yes, 99 Percent Mine is funny and sexy and plenty happy, but it also holds a palpable sort of melancholy. These characters and their relationship dynamics are so incredibly layered, and you have to pay special attention as complex elements create another 5-star read from Sally Thorne. I absolutely love this woman's storytelling. Check it out.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to a digital review copy (DRC) of 99 Percent Mine. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: Edelweiss+ Author: Sally Thorne Publisher: Harper Collins On Sale Date: January 29, 2019...more
Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 is part of a series of short-story collections released every year. A multitude of stories were submitted fBest Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 is part of a series of short-story collections released every year. A multitude of stories were submitted for consideration by a variety of authors and 20 made the cut. Writer and editor, Rachel Kramer Bussel has organized a wide range of erotic romance pieces into this anthology that are sure to speak to a variety of readers. According to the book's introduction, this is the first time that an official theme has been showcased in this series. The theme is “Outsiders and Risk”. Rachel Kramer Bussel writes that current events in the world make these 2 elements incredibly relevant. She wanted characters who may be considered as “outsiders” to be celebrated in this anthology instead of ostracized. The characters in this collection are trying things that are new to them and taking control of their own sexuality: embracing sexual fluidity, exploring kinks and fetishes, taking full advantage of unexpected opportunities. They are taking risks despite the fear, pushing past boundaries set by themselves and others, confronting the unfamiliar and finding self-acceptance, trust and healing in the process. Written by women, about women, and for women, this book has something to satisfy everyone. A few of the pieces were a bit over the top for me personally but I enjoyed much of the book. My favorites might not be your favorites, but the diverse range is the beauty of this collection. Highly erotic with plenty of substance. Check it out.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 4. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Rachel Kramer Bussel Publisher: Cleis Press Genres: Erotica, Romance Pub Date: December 11, 2018...more
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Declan Moss believes he has a stalker. A female stalker. Alleged stalker, Autumn Jones dSpoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Declan Moss believes he has a stalker. A female stalker. Alleged stalker, Autumn Jones denies any malicious intent. Declan really should be grateful for her attention. She's trying to save his life!
Ever since a strange incident that involved Autumn ended up actually saving Declan's life (unbeknownst to him), she's had her eye on him in case he ever needs her help again. She's not shy and has no shame in distracting away potential danger: she will wave inflatable penises in the air, scream at the top of her lungs, act like a crazy person. She believes she is his guardian angel and she won't let anything stop her from doing her job. Declan's everyday plan is to avoid, avoid, avoid, until the day Autumn is in need of his help. Then, wouldn't you know it...their bodies become lust-filled pits of reckless passion and their shared loneliness quickly shifts into love. (hide spoiler)]
I found Tripping on a Halo to be a unique plotline filled with all sorts of crazy sweetness, surprising emotion, sexy moments, and an intended twist I did see coming unfortunately. The storyline makes room for family, friends, bodyguards, hunting trips, and even a flatulating pet pig. Definitely a fun and quick read that fans of Alessandra Torre will be sure to enjoy. Check it out.
My favorite quote: "You're going to think I'm crazy." "I hate to break it to you, but that boat sailed a long time ago."...more
Colleen Hoover tries her hand at a psychological thriller and she succeeds! Although very different from what she has written before, readers will recColleen Hoover tries her hand at a psychological thriller and she succeeds! Although very different from what she has written before, readers will recognize her signature style of alternating timeframes. Suspenseful, highly disturbing, a little bit gothic, and very sexual, this CoHo book is not for kids, folks. Verity brings the twists and turns, and it plays with your head as it leads you down a one-way street with a dead end.
I repeat, very disturbing, but also very good. Well-done!
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[death of children, premeditated murder of child, spontaneous attempted murder of child, mother's hatred of child(ren), child abuse, neglect, miscarriage, self-attempted abortion, disgust with pregnancy, murder of the disabled (hide spoiler)]
My favorite quote: “...because the things lurking around inside the mind can be just as dangerous as tangible threats.”...more
There is a tiny handful of authors I trust with the erotica I read and Tiffany Reisz is at the top of that list. She gives equal dedication to all comThere is a tiny handful of authors I trust with the erotica I read and Tiffany Reisz is at the top of that list. She gives equal dedication to all components within her novels which allows every character, every plot and subplot, every witty line and underlying theme, and yes, every delicious sexual encounter to be worthy of the readers entire investment. She has many popular works in her bibliography, but her name became even more well-known when 2017's The Red hit the masses. With such an addictive story and well-deserved success, readers (and apparently publishers) needed more! The Rose is Reisz's answer to their call.
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Now a series, this second installment is set in England two decades after The Red. Mona's 21-year-old daughter Lia is secretly running an escort service. Is it any surprise that Malcolm's notoriously rakish influence continues? But when the source of her teenage heartbreak betrays her further by blackmailing her with this information, she must find big money fast. Enter artifact collector Augustine “August” Bowman who very much wants the Rose Kylix, a wine cup dated to 500BC, which Lia's father gifted to her on her 21st birthday. August makes outlandish claims about the magical powers associated with the kylix cup and he can prove it. Lia agrees to sell to August under a week's worth of conditions that will benefit them both. And so begins another collection of erotic adventures. Only this time, it's Greek mythology, and it's freaking amazing! (hide spoiler)]
Erotic romance meets mythological re-imaginings, The Rose could only come from the mind of Tiffany Reisz. Written to work as a standalone, this installment will perfectly satisfy readers new to the series as well as existing fans. Well-researched, funny, and delightfully creative, once you enter this dream world of goddesses, gods, and Godwicks, you won't ever want to wake up. Check it out!
Note: There is an identity mystery of sorts floating throughout this book. It will likely be no mystery at all to you as the reader even though it takes our heroine quite some time to make it to the big reveal. I believe it's spelled out for the reader intentionally. Who wants to be mentally distracted when there's so much fun to be had? I foresee this being a possible criticism so just wanted to put in my 2 cents.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Rose. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Tiffany Reisz Publisher: Harlequin - MIRA Genres: Erotica Pub Date: April 16, 2019["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I see the appeal of this new-adult family drama/romance. It's cute, sexy, emotional, and set in "the simple wild"...an isolated Alaska where you makeI see the appeal of this new-adult family drama/romance. It's cute, sexy, emotional, and set in "the simple wild"...an isolated Alaska where you make do with the little you are provided with. The story offers a welcomed perspective that simple things can still be good and full of quality. It also gives readers a reprieve from all the dysfunction typically found in this genre. I liked it overall, but didn't love it like so many others (no particular reason why that I can pinpoint). Check it out for yourself and see what you think!
My favorite quote: "...and we need to celebrate the time we have with them while we have them here. That's all we can do with anyone."...more
"Secrets had a funny habit of snowballing, and what may have been a minor infraction on Day One had morphed into something monumental as time ticked on."
Everyone has secrets, right? White lies or not-the-whole-truths that no one knows about, not even one's partner. Cass's risky omission early in her courtship with Jonathan has now become flat out deceit in her eyes after six years together. As such, she feels he doesn't know her fully, thus could never love the real her. Now, with plans to start a family, she calls an "intermission". Better to consider ending things now than when kids are in the picture. But if they still want to be married to each other after a six-month break, she will be confident enough in their love to proceed. Love and life will go on. Hmmm.
Not a premise that totally won me over but it was interesting watching two people try to figure out this thing we call marriage. It was extra interesting to see Cass wasn't the only one with secrets/omissions. (hide spoiler)]
This book is more about exploring people and union than it is about any particular storyline. Although I don't feel an urgency to recommend this title, I don't regret reading it and certainly wouldn't discourage anyone who is considering it.
My favorite quote: "What a funny thing, a Tempur-Pedic. A way to share without having to compromise. If only all things in life, in marriage, were that easily reconciled."...more
★★★ My favorite romance trope is pretend relationships turn real. Tough Luck Hero is one of those. The two main characters wake up hitched in Vegas, an★★★½ My favorite romance trope is pretend relationships turn real. Tough Luck Hero is one of those. The two main characters wake up hitched in Vegas, and because the heroine is running in the upcoming mayoral election, she decides impulsive decision making wouldn't be doing her any favors. There's no hiding anything in a small town. The two agree to act the part until after the election. And when I say, "act the part"... yeah. But it's decided: "Sex only. No judgment. No feelings." Will it really be that easy? With fun banter, steamy romance, and unexpected emotion, Tough Luck Hero turned out to be an enjoyable and engaging reading experience.
I'm so glad I recently discovered Maisey Yates because she can write some fun romance. Tough Luck Hero is the fifth installment in a series but I read it as a standalone with no problem. I'm seriously looking forward to digging through her mountain of books. Check her out.
My favorite quote: "Love made you do crazy things."...more
“People make what they need for themselves. If there's something you need, something you really have to have – not just want to but have to, you'll
“People make what they need for themselves. If there's something you need, something you really have to have – not just want to but have to, you'll find a way to get it.”
Feminism artfully entwines with speculative science fiction in this story of epic role reversal. Environmental consequences have led to a change in the human genome. All females have what people are calling “the power” in which they are able to harness an electricity of sorts in the palm of their hands. Have women finally been provided a natural defense against violence or have women been gifted the ultimate weapon to set the world on fire? Either way, this book is an exploration of power in its rawest form. Told through four points of view, every factor is covered: gender, socioeconomic background, family systems, crime, politics, religion, media...you name it, author Naomi Alderman dissects it in this book. In my opinion, The Power does not present a storyline to follow for entertainment, because it's so much more than that. Yes, it's creative and well-developed and surprisingly poetic, but I think ultimately its purpose is to make the reader think. In a world where the hunter and prey violently shift roles, Alderman is not advocating for a sadistic manhunt, but she uses said manhunt to show that power can be abused no matter what gender/demographic holds it. The pendulum will always swing from one extreme to another, but at some point we all must allow it to rest at a respectful balance, and that is what Alderman is advocating for. Read The Power, watch the pendulum swing and destroy and violate all over again. Decide what world you want to live in and build it. Wake it up in those around you. That is power. I loved this book.
My favorite quote: “However complicated you think it is, everything is always more complicated than that.”...more
Being a reader who loved Consumed, I found this extensive prologue unecessary. It starts the character development process and sets the tone for relatBeing a reader who loved Consumed, I found this extensive prologue unecessary. It starts the character development process and sets the tone for relationship dynamics and firefighter work ethic, but if you’ve already read Consumed you’ll likely find this pretty pointless.
100% for readers who are considering starting this series. Basically, if this prologue interests you in any way, you’ll likely enjoy the book....more
I don't read a ton of paranormal romance anymore, but when it comes to Jeaniene Frost, I just can't help myself. Fans of the Night Huntress, Night HunI don't read a ton of paranormal romance anymore, but when it comes to Jeaniene Frost, I just can't help myself. Fans of the Night Huntress, Night Huntress World, and Night Prince series have long requested a story devoted to fan favorite: Ian, and Frost didn't disappoint with Shades of Wicked. This novel is the first installment in her new Night Rebel series which Frost has announced will consist of “at least two books, possibly three”.
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[ In Shades of Wicked, vampire Ian is paired with Veritas, law guardian of the vampire council, and Frost fans will already be at least slightly familiar with her as part of the supernatural world. She protects the laws and he notoriously breaks them, but they agree to put their differences (and regard for rules) aside to work towards the same goal: catching Dagon, a demon, and taking him out of the equation which will benefit them both. (hide spoiler)]
Frost keeps this story fun and fast-paced with tons of banter, humor, action, but also some emotion and slow but satisfying romance. Additionally, existing fans of the connected series will get the added bonus of cameos from previous main characters. Although there is a lot of back story that supports this overall plot, Frost prepares readers well which I think may allow this to be a potential entry point for new readers. Be forewarned though, once you enter this well-loved world that Frost has successfully created, you won't want to leave. The many books associated with this urban fantasy collection will gladly keep you busy for a while. Time to get started. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: "But there was a time tested truism on my side. Men always wanted to believe they won a match of wits against a woman. Even if their instincts told them otherwise."...more
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Fun and engaging, My Favorite Half-Night Stand features 5 best friends who venture out tSpoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Fun and engaging, My Favorite Half-Night Stand features 5 best friends who venture out together into the world of online dating. The characters include Millie and her platonic guy friends: Reid, Chris, Alex, and Ed. They are all each others' makeshift little family, and it works. When the university where they are all employed expects them to attend a black tie affair, they scramble for plus ones. Since they spend all their time either working or with each other, most of them have little time to meet potential dates. That's where online dating comes in. When you need a quick fix, reach out to the world wide web, right?
Co-authors: Christina Lauren have created an interesting storyline that ebbs and flows and evolves into a whole other creation. With online dating as a consistent backdrop, once platonic besties: Millie and Reid begin to explore a little something more with each other, but one of them finds that vulnerability comes easier from behind a keyboard. (hide spoiler)]
Perfect for fans of You've Got Mail, My Favorite Half-Night Stand explores modern-day relationships with humor, intelligence, and emotion. I enjoyed how each of the characters were developed in their own unique way, and they all supported each other even when they felt like they were dropped in the middle of a relationship maze with no clear way out. It shows that family will always be there for you, even a makeshift family of data-driven university professors. An easy and fast read that many readers will enjoy. Check it out!
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of My Favorite Half-Night Stand. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Christina Lauren Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books - Gallery Books Genres: General Fiction (Adult) Pub Date: December 4, 2018...more
I discovered this series shortly after I first started reading for leisure as an adult, and I've been a Fever addict ever since. High Voltage is the 1I discovered this series shortly after I first started reading for leisure as an adult, and I've been a Fever addict ever since. High Voltage is the 10th installment in this urban fantasy series written by Karen Marie Moning. This ongoing post-apocalyptic, fae-occupied storyline is still going strong in my opinion and I have yet to tire of each new release. In this installment though, I did have some initial concern about it being a filler book. There was a whole lot of recap and not a whole lot of moving forward, but then everything...and I mean EVERYTHING...started happening around the 70% mark which ultimately left me satisfied but still wanting a whole lot more. Do I think this is the end. No. Will I keep on reading? Absolutely! If you like adult urban fantasy and have yet started this series, I'd highly recommend it. Have fun!
My favorite quote: "Never compare. The moment you do, you destroy what gifts you possess, and your gifts are precious."...more
Gothic fiction you can devour in one sitting...preferably on a dark, rainy night. It's mysterious, sexy, and contains the ambiance of fifteenth centurGothic fiction you can devour in one sitting...preferably on a dark, rainy night. It's mysterious, sexy, and contains the ambiance of fifteenth century France. Trust me, it works. The characters are strong and they might surprise you by the end, both having made choices I didn't expect. A lovely story with both substance and steam. The Headmaster is a Tiffany Reisz winner. Check it out.
My favorite quote: "...my grandparents accused me of hiding in my books. But I wasn’t hiding, I was healing. Those stories made me believe bad things happened for a reason and good things happened if you kept going all the way to the end. Hope and perseverance—that’s what I learned from books."
The Girl He Used to Know was an emotional and unexpected story about life, love, and independence. It's about self-acceptance and pushing boundaries iThe Girl He Used to Know was an emotional and unexpected story about life, love, and independence. It's about self-acceptance and pushing boundaries in light of AND in spite of the factors that others claim hold you back. It's about hope, and every person on this planet can do with a dose of that right about now. I'm so very glad I read this book. Check it out.
My favorite quote: “...it was thinking you had your life all planned out and then standing by helplessly while the universe laughed in your face.”
Although Fight or Flight is a likable book, Samantha Young is capable of so much more in the genre of adult romance. This is a hate-turns-to-love storAlthough Fight or Flight is a likable book, Samantha Young is capable of so much more in the genre of adult romance. This is a hate-turns-to-love story with tons of banter, steam, and a bit of complexity. Just a bit though, I'm afraid. The title pretty much sums it up: Are you going to fight for love or give up?
Overall, I liked it but it was more of a 2.5 star experience for me personally. I rounded up because I never thought about DNF'ing, but I did consider skimming/skipping chapters but I refrained. If you enjoy this type of romance troupe, it may be enough to get you through a rainy day so consider checking it out.
My favorite quote: "Why would a woman dress that way if she wasn't looking to grab a man's attention? And that there was one of the things still wrong with our society. There was this obnoxious misconception that women only dressed well to attract a mate. Hello! Some of us were just obsessed with clothes, shoes, and makeup and liked to look good, you know, for ourselves. Shocker."...more
“Family is it, Fixie. Family is what drives us. Family is everything.”
How many times have we heard this? Although I agree with the sentiment of “
“Family is it, Fixie. Family is what drives us. Family is everything.”
How many times have we heard this? Although I agree with the sentiment of “family first”, I also agree that we each need to be aware of how family relationships impact our health and functioning. This is the overall theme I took away from I Owe You One, and it's a good one. Family often represents that place we can come home to no matter where we are, but when family isn't a safe space to be in, it can get real ugly fast.
Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Fixie is this story's heroine, and as this nickname suggests, she accepts the placement of problems on her shoulders. Fixing things is just who she is. So when the family matriarch takes a time out, all the siblings are reunited to keep the family store running in her absence. Fixie's mother leaves her with simple instructions, “Just don't lose the shop, Fixie. Or let the family break up.” Did I say simple? Turns out these tasks couldn't be more complicated. Familiar family roles and behavior patterns quickly return like a carpet stain, leaving Fixie feeling responsible for the cleanup. But Seb, the romantic interest in this story, helps her learn the uncomfortable albeit valuable lesson of tough love. As Fixie and Seb exchange IOU's throughout this book in response to a variety of transferable favors, readers learn that the absence of family can be just as consuming as tangible dysfunction. (hide spoiler)]
Lighthearted and humorous while integrating important life lessons related to avoidance and the true meaning of love. I so enjoyed this book. Check it out.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of I Owe You One. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Sophie Kinsella Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Random House, The Dial Press Genres: Women's Fiction Pub Date: February 5, 2019
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Putney is a highly controversial novel that explores illicit behavior and how a person justifies it and makes it a beautiful memory in their mental scPutney is a highly controversial novel that explores illicit behavior and how a person justifies it and makes it a beautiful memory in their mental scrapbook. It's also about consent, the protection of the vulnerable and the underage, what constitutes a sexual assault, the importance of exposing wrong doings by coming forward, and what justice does and doesn't look like.
I am uncomfortable saying how engaging this book was for me. Watching an inappropriate relationship play out while having access to multiple POV's and an alternating timeline was a fascinating case study of sorts. It's also stomach-turning and horrific, and it puts it all in your face and makes you think, feel, and question. It should be noted there are significant trigger warnings associated with this story, and if you are a reader sensitive to the subjects of sexual grooming/abuse, then please proceed with caution.
An incredibly timely novel that mirrors recent/current events in the US, and a story that is unfortunately timeless in its relevance. You'll either absorb its messages and use the gained perspective to prevent, educate, and support, or you won't make it through the book at all. Either way, prepare yourself. This is one of those things you won't be able to unsee.
My favorite quote: "The whole episode lasted maybe a minute. But that is long enough, she thought. You can kill a person in a second. Why should it take much longer to complete a sexual assault?"...more