Thursday, June 16, 2022

I must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

 

my God! What a story... My heart is aching and my mind bursting!
Its been so long since I've read a book that is this powerful
 
Absolutely 5 starts

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

How to Steal a Scoundrel's Heart by Vivienne Lorret

How to Steal a Scoundrel's Heart (The Mating Habits of Scoundrels, #4)How to Steal a Scoundrel's Heart by Vivienne Lorret
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Struggling with this book!
The storyline seemed like a great idea but its dragging for me.
I am going to start off with the preface that I am in the minority here... many readers seem to LOVE Vivienne Lorret and many readers that received ARC seemed to really enjoy it...not me...
I have been wanting to read Vivienne Lorret for a long time and was grateful for the opportunity to receive an ARC of "How to Steal a Scoundrel's Heart".  I am not a fan of insta-lust so there was some hesitation with the storyline...but I liked the plot...
SPOILERS ARE COMING:)  Don't read any further...
So Leo Ramsgate, Martquess of Savage is the typical hero I like. Smart, confident-but not aggressive and not a jerk. He is sure of himself, what he wants, treats his mistresses with dignity and respect but he also has an edge to him.  Prudence Thorogood is is usually the type of heroine I like. She is sweet, kind but has a goal and wants to become independent.  Because of choices she has made ( really dumb choices not even stupid... dumb) she is seen as a FALLEN woman... She has no income, no inheritance and when Leo makes her an offer to become his mistress she is hesitant but ultimately agrees.  So far the storyline seemed good... Leo is generous to her, respectful and she is not a typical gold-digger. But that is where it ended for me. Pru was so clueless about everything... she seemed to have no clue about anything and everything.  The chemistry between Pru and Leo was boring and at times creepy. The dialogue was awkward, Pru's fall from grace was not really that big of a fall... This book was a big miss for me, but like I stated early-I am in the minority. 
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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Good Girl ComplexGood Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ENJOYED it so much!
Its been so long that I enjoyed a romance novel this much!
And probably the only YA that I have enjoyed.
Mac and Cooper are super and enjoyable.
Thank you Elle Kennedy for the funny dialogue. I miss witty and funny conversations!
I am anxiously waiting for the next book in the series! "Bad Girl Reputation"
I have not read a novel that I enjoyed this much in months!
I loved the narrators. The hero is read by a man and heroine women-its great!
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When She Dreams by Amanda Quick

 

Return to 1930s Burning Cove, California, the glamorous seaside playground for Hollywood stars, mobsters, spies, and a host of others who find more than they bargain for in this mysterious town.

Maggie Lodge, assistant to the reclusive advice columnist known only as Dear Aunt Cornelia to her readers, hires down-but-not-quite-out private eye Sam Sage to help track down the person who is blackmailing her employer. Maggie and Sam are a mismatched pair. As far as Sam is concerned, Maggie is reckless and in over her head. She is not what he had in mind for a client, but he can’t afford to be choosy. Maggie, on the other hand, is convinced that Sam is badly in need of guidance and good advice. She does not hesitate to give him both.
 
In spite of the verbal fireworks between them, they are fiercely attracted to each other, but each is convinced it would be a mistake to let passion take over. They are, after all, keeping secrets from each other. Sam is haunted by his past, which includes a marriage shattered by betrayal and violence. Maggie is troubled by intense and vivid dreams—dreams that she can sometimes control. There are those who want to run experiments on her and use her for their own purposes, while others think she should be committed to an asylum.
 
When the pair discovers someone is impersonating Aunt Cornelia at a conference on psychic dreaming and a woman dies at the conference, the door is opened to a dangerous web of blackmail and murder. Secrets from the past are revealed, leaving Maggie and Sam in the path of a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to exact vengeance.

 

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She is also the author of the Ladies of Lantern Street novels and the Arcane Society series.

 


It struck him that being here with Maggie was different. Sam was comfortable standing in the alcove with her for a couple of reasons. The first was that she wasn’t asking him to become something he wasn’t. She had been concerned about the evening jacket only because she thought it constituted the camouflage he needed to go undercover for the investigation.

So, yes, she was enthusiastic when it came to telling him how to do his job, but he had no problem with that. He already knew how to do his job. He found it entertaining to have her instruct him in the art of investigation. Okay, it was also irritating. Why did it amuse him? One of the mysteries of the universe, probably. Make that one of the mysteries of Maggie Lodge.

As for the second reason why he was happy to stand here with her—well, he wasn’t sure what it was yet, but there was another reason, of that he was positive.

Her own camouflage this evening was entirely satisfactory, as far as he was concerned. She wore an emerald green number with short, fluttery sleeves. The dress was demure in front, cut low in back, and clung to her feline curves. The silky fabric flowed over her hips and stopped just short of her very nice ankles and green evening sandals.

Her hair was parted in the center and clipped back behind her ears with a couple of combs. It fell in soft waves to her shoulders. Her jewelry was limited to a pair of simple gold earrings and a tiny evening bag studded with gold sequins. Classy. He would have been content to stand in the alcove with her all evening, sipping champagne and studying the crowd.

Studying the crowd.

That was it—the second reason why he liked being here with Maggie. She was an outsider—an observer—like him. He wasn’t sure how he knew that, but he trusted his intuition. Maybe, deep down, they actually had a few things in common. But probably not.

“Guilfoyle may be a fake psychic selling dreams, but judging by the size of this crowd, it’s obvious he’s got a real talent for promotion,” he said.

Maggie sipped a little champagne but she did not take her attention off the people milling around the grand room. He knew she was searching the faces of those around them, trying to spot the woman who was posing as her employer.

“I told you, Guilfoyle has some interesting theories and techniques,” she said. “That’s why I originally planned to attend this conference.”

Sam watched Arthur and Dolores Guilfoyle play the role of gracious hosts at the entrance of the lobby. They made a handsome, glamorous couple. Dolores was a striking, sophisticated blonde. She wore a pale pink gown that glittered with what must have been a million pale pink sequins. Long pink gloves, a dainty pink bag, and a lot of jewelry completed the outfit.

Arthur had the dark eyes and the chiseled profile of a leading man. He deployed a polished charm that seemed to work as well on men as it did on women. His tailored black-and-white evening clothes fit his tall, lean frame with the perfection that could only be achieved with hand-tailoring. His dark, collar-length hair was brushed back from a dramatic widow’s peak and gleamed with just the right amount of oil.

In addition to the Guilfoyles, four attractive young people—two male and two female—circulated around the room offering champagne and a warm welcome. They wore name tags identifying them as dream guides. They all looked as if they had been borrowed from a movie studio for the evening.

“Do you think there’s something wrong with Guilfoyle’s eyes?” Sam asked in low tones.

“His eyes?” Maggie was obviously surprised by the question. “No, what makes you ask that?”

“I noticed a weird look in them when he kissed your hand.”

“Oh, right.” Maggie smiled. “Mr. Guilfoyle possesses what is called a smoldering gaze.”

“I thought maybe he had a vision problem. Does the smoldering thing work on you?”

“Under other circumstances, I might find it entertaining, but I have other interests at the moment.”

 

Excerpted from When She Dreams by Amanda Quick Copyright © 2022 by Amanda Quick. Excerpted by permission of Berkley. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


Friday, April 29, 2022

The Enemy by Sarah Adams

 Thank you to the publishers for a copy of the audiobook.

Cute story.

The hero and heroine did not like each other in high school because each perceives that the other doesn't like them.

The heroine's best friend is getting married and the hero is in the wedding party.

The hero tries to win the heroine over but is still healing over past hurts.

The narrators were a good edition to the story. I really like when a man reads the part of the hero and a woman the part of the heroine-it adds to the story and the emotions surrounding it.

Overall, cute 



The Enemy (It Happened in Charleston, #2)

The Enemy (It Happened in Charleston, #2)The Enemy by Sarah Adams


cute story.
but not really a enemy to lovers story.
some parts are cute.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Envy by Sandra Brown

EnvyEnvy by Sandra Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

twist and turns.
Plot twists in Sandra Brown fashion.
Enjoyed it

SPOILERS:










Only thing disappointed me was the death of her father.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The Love HypothesisThe Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

goodness... this story is tedious.
Goodness.... its still tedious.
The dialog is grating....
The whole guy like me... girl like me..
Girl can't tell the truth to save her PHD...
If this was a novella I could of enjoyed it more...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Sydney's Boxer by Sumi Singh

 

All I ever wanted was my father’s approval, but when he dies, he leaves me his boxing club instead. When new boxer, Dean, walks into the club, the promise I made becomes that much more difficult to keep.

My father’s last wish is for me to take over the failing Youngblood Boxing Club. I never wanted it, and yet, I find myself struggling to rescue it from financial ruin. Dean, our cocky, new boxer promises he can win titles and help me save the club.

I’m torn between the duty to my legacy, and protecting my heart.

As much as I fight the attraction, I can’t deny he sets my pulse racing. I vowed never to fall for a boxer, but Dean is set on winning my heart as well.


Monday, April 11, 2022

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

The Worst Best ManThe Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Four Stars
what a sweet, fun and enjoyable read.
Ironically, I read a book about a Spanish character, who's name is Lina( short for Catalina) and the author of that book writes phrases in Spanish:)
This book is by a Brazilian author , who's main character is Carolina ( and they call her Lina), the author puts in phrases in Portuguese:)
Both, are super funny, and enjoyable:)
Great narration.

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

The Resting Place by Camila Sten

The Resting PlaceThe Resting Place by Camilla Sten
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow... did not see that coming
I am becoming a big fan of this author!
The creepy, scary feeling lasted from start to finish!
Great read!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Duke Goes Down by Sophie Jordan My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Duke Goes Down (The Duke Hunt, #1)The Duke Goes Down by Sophie Jordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I just really Sophie Jordan. She always has great heroines and heros. The chemistry is always great.
(The Duke Hunt #1) is a great series. I am hoping for book 4!
My only gripes: the heroine ,Imogen Bates was not my favorite. Her spreading rumors about Perry was really mean spirited. I loved when she told Edgar off and stood up for herself. I also enjoyed that Perry was able to find his way. Overall, cute and sweet (a times) story.  ARC was received from publisher. 

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

People We Meet on VacationPeople We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"try not buying your clothes in bulk" lol
Another Emily Henry hit.
I really loved the relationship between Poppy and Alex.
The banter is fantastic and in -what seems to be- Emily Henry fashion, super funny!
Just like "Beach Read" I thought that it was a little too dragged out and at the 80% point I was ready for things to wrap up. But definitely plant to read more by this funny author. She seems to understand the human nature of friendships, relationships so well.
The narrator was fantastic: Julia Whelan. Whelan was great at bringing the story to live.

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The Highlander's Stolen Bride by Madeline Martin





     The Highlander's Stolen Bride by Madeline Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my first read by this author.
I really enjoyed it. It was a sweet and exciting romance. I don't often read many highlander romances and this was a great read.
The heroine Elspeth MacMillan  is kidnapped by  Calum.  Calum is devoted to his clan because of stolen lands he sees that the only way to restore this land is to kidnapped Elspeth.  He is determined to do right by his clan but not follow in is fathers footsteps. Elspeth and Calum start to fall in love with each other and both have to come to a reckoning about their future. 
Thank you to the author for an advance readers copy.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Lady Gets Lucky by Joanna Shupe

 



I just adore Joanna Shupe. Love her books so much. Kit and Alice were so sweet and endearing. The chemistry was amazing. I cant wait for more Shupe. Usually at the 70% I get restless with books but at 70% my heart was aching for these two.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

When Stars Collide (Chicago Stars, #9)When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

At the 80% mark this book became painful.
This is an example of TOO MUCH... too much drama, too much subplots, too much nonsense...
narrator:   Nicole Pooler Nicole Poole

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Up in Smoke by Kate Meader

 


 


UP IN SMOKE

Kate Meader

Release Date: February 22

 

Lives are on the line at Engine 6 … and so are hearts.

 

Newly-minted firefighter Abby Sullivan is exactly where she wants to be: Chicago Fire Department’s Engine 6, the station where her mom blazed a trail as one of the first female firefighters in the city. The first to fall in the line of duty, too. All Abby wants is to succeed, but that’s a tough proposition when people only see a feel-good story, a token woman failing at a man’s job, or the princess in need of protection. And the man tasked with watching her six? 

 

Lieutenant Roman Rossi, the one person she can’t let close. 

 

Having the daughter of his boss and nemesis under his wing shouldn’t be a problem for Roman—he’s a professional and can treat her like any other firefighter rookie. Except she happens to be the gorgeous woman he once shared a slice of cherry pie with, followed by the hottest, sweetest, most pulse-pounding kiss of his life. He didn’t know her name but he had planned to find out.

 

Now Roman knows exactly who Abby is: a threat to his self-control more dangerous than a five-alarm blaze. Lust has no place in the firehouse, and a distraction like Abby with her electric blue eyes, waves of flame-red hair, and freckles Roman wants to map with his tongue, is one he can ill afford. 

 

Because one wrong move … and it could all go up in smoke.

 

Up in Smoke is the first in the brand new Hot in Chicago Rookies series about firefighters navigating the trials of new jobs and sizzling romances as they find their place in the world and the love of a lifetime.

 


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Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, fire hose, or hockey stick, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with big-hearted guys and strong heroines - and heroes - who can match their men quip for quip.


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Newly-minted firefighter Abby Sullivan is exactly where she wants to be: Chicago Fire Department’s Engine 6, the station where her mom blazed a trail as one of the first female firefighters in the city. The first to fall in the line of duty, too. All Abby wants is to succeed, but that’s a tough proposition when people only see a feel-good story, a token woman failing at a man’s job, or the princess in need of protection. And the man tasked with watching her six? 

 

Lieutenant Roman Rossi, the one person she can’t let close. 

 

Having the daughter of his boss and nemesis under his wing shouldn’t be a problem for Roman—he’s a professional and can treat her like any other firefighter rookie. Except she happens to be the gorgeous woman he once shared a slice of cherry pie with, followed by the hottest, sweetest, most pulse-pounding kiss of his life. He didn’t know her name but he had planned to find out.

 

Now Roman knows exactly who Abby is: a threat to his self-control more dangerous than a five-alarm blaze. Lust has no place in the firehouse, and a distraction like Abby with her electric blue eyes, waves of flame-red hair, and freckles Roman wants to map with his tongue, is one he can ill afford. 

 

Because one wrong move … and it could all go up in smoke.

 

Up in Smoke is the first in the brand new Hot in Chicago Rookies series about firefighters navigating the trials of new jobs and sizzling romances as they find their place in the world and the love of a lifetime.

 

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Newly-minted firefighter Abby Sullivan is exactly where she wants to be: Chicago Fire Department’s Engine 6, the station where her mom blazed a trail as one of the first female firefighters in the city. The first to fall in the line of duty, too. All Abby wants is to succeed, but that’s a tough proposition when people only see a feel-good story, a token woman failing at a man’s job, or the princess in need of protection. And the man tasked with watching her six? 

 

Lieutenant Roman Rossi, the one person she can’t let close. 

 

Having the daughter of his boss and nemesis under his wing shouldn’t be a problem for Roman—he’s a professional and can treat her like any other firefighter rookie. Except she happens to be the gorgeous woman he once shared a slice of cherry pie with, followed by the hottest, sweetest, most pulse-pounding kiss of his life. He didn’t know her name but he had planned to find out.

 

Now Roman knows exactly who Abby is: a threat to his self-control more dangerous than a five-alarm blaze. Lust has no place in the firehouse, and a distraction like Abby with her electric blue eyes, waves of flame-red hair, and freckles Roman wants to map with his tongue, is one he can ill afford. 

 

Because one wrong move … and it could all go up in smoke.

 

Up in Smoke is the first in the brand new Hot in Chicago Rookies series about firefighters navigating the trials of new jobs and sizzling romances as they find their place in the world and the love of a lifetime.

 

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Up in Smoke by Kate Meader

 


Four Stars
Kate Meader knows how to hit all the spots for me! I just loved this love story so much! Abby Sullivan and Roman Rossi were so likeable and I loved seeing the Dempsey's back! They are one of my favorite book families. 
Abby is a rookie, a female firefighter. She carries alot of family history with her. Her mom was one of the first female fire fighters and passed away when she was 6.  Her father is the fire chief commissioner and is not happy that she is following in the family foot steps. To top that off, her LT. is Roman, the same guy she met at the diner and they hit it off, with the promise of a follow up phone call. Things are complicated...
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one in the series. The storyline was interesting, sweet and satisfying

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies Heiresses by Laura Thompson

 

Laura Thompson
Instagram: @LauraT1704

St. Martin's Press

Currently Reading: The Heiress Hunt by Joanna Shupe

 


Four Stars
I started reading this book awhile ago and had to stop.  Life interfered. I finally had a chance to revisit it and really enjoyed it. I really liked Maddie Webster and Harrison Archer. I loved their friendship and thought it was a great background to their relationship. I have to say that Harrison really made of mess of his intentions and his high handedness was not always great.  I couldn´t understand why Maddie wouldn´t just accept her feelings for him since they had so much shared history.  The part where she asks him for a separation was so raw and emotional it made the story a four star for me.  The secondary characters are so fun and I can´t wait to read their stories.  Granted I am a huge Joanna Shupe fan, so I am more than happy to read her writing.  The audio book was narrated by Justine Eyre and I enjoyed her telling of the story. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb

 


Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

WildflowerWildflower by Drew Barrymore


wow... was not expecting the tears
Such a great audiobook!  
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wow... was not expecting the tears <3 Sweet Flossy
So sweet and beautiful.
This was a mixture of shared thoughts and permission to be a real human searching with love.
I loved Drew since I read "Little girl Lost" and I just loved this vulnerable and caring audiobook.
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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Tailspin by Sandra Brown

TailspinTailspin by Sandra Brown
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really like Sandra Brown but this book was not one of my favorites.
The storyline seemed very drawn out. The romance felt flat and the narration didn't work for me...:(
But still a Sandra Brown fan!

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Monday, January 31, 2022

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman -DNF

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


DNF
I tried and tried... I tried reading it, listening to it... it's just not for me. I got up to chapter 23 and I have decided that me and Eleanor are just not meant to be:)

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January Reads

 


Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach ReadBeach Read by Emily Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"You can keep your purse stocked with wine" lol
twits and turns
This is not a typical read for me. The rom-com books always get on my nerves because everything seems overly dramatic and silly instead of funny. BUT I really enjoyed "Beach Read" by Emily Henry.
I really enjoyed January and Gus. I liked their banter and their back story. Also, there are deep topics that are dealt with in this book: adulatory, cancer, death of a parent, divorce, abuse. The author manages to give depth the the characters and at the same time helps the hero and heroine develop a deep friendship and mutual respect for one another. I laughed- out -loud with " You can keep your purse stocked with wine" that was so funny. The only reason that I didn't give a five was because the last 70% seemed very drawn out and overly dramatic. January became very clingy and needy and it was basically her falling into tears for the last part of the book. I loved her sentimentality and can see how she was experiencing a lot. Overall, this was a really enjoyable read, I highly recommended and will read more by the author. The audiobook was very good
narrated by Julia Whelan. She was enjoyable to listen to. Personally, I would have liked a male to read for Gus but its just my opinion.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Thick as Thieves by Sandra Brown

Thick as ThievesThick as Thieves by Sandra Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm a big Sandra Brown fan but this book just blew me away. I loved the suspense! I loved the hero and heroine! Sandra Brown always makes the evilest characters who we just HATE-I'm looking at you Rusty! The twist and turns were really well played out and planned and I was surprised by one twist but not the other:) One of the things I really enjoy about SB is that her secondary characters do not weigh the story down. I was so caught up in the story I borrowed the audio and also the print version so I could continue to listen and read as my day would allow. The narrator, Kyf Brewer, was perfection! I really enjoyed this adventure!

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Up in Smoke by Kate Meader

 


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Lives are on the line at Engine 6 … and so are hearts.

Running an engine crew in the Chicago Fire Department is my dream job, and between that, my awesome kid, and my nosey sister, I lead a pretty great life. Bruised and burned by my marriage, I don’t have time for dating or drama, but I always have time for pie. And when I share a slice of cherry with a sweet redhead, followed by the hottest, dirtiest, most pulse-pounding kiss of my life, I start to rethink the possibilities.

Until that woman walks into my firehouse and upends my well-ordered world.

Abby Sullivan is now a rookie firefighter on my crew and a threat to my self-control more dangerous than a five-alarm blaze. My job is to watch her six when all I want is to watch her fall into my bed. Lust has no place in the firehouse, and a distraction like Abby with her electric blue eyes, waves of flame-red hair, and freckles I want to map with my tongue, is one I can ill afford. 

Because one wrong move … and it could all go up in smoke.

Up in Smoke is the first in the brand new Hot in Chicago Rookies series about firefighters navigating the trials of new jobs and sizzling romances as they find their place in the world and the love of a lifetime.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

When Things Fall Apart:Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pem Chödrön

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult TimesWhen Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I checked this out at my library and I LOVED IT. I love it so much that I want to get my own copy and keep it near my nightstand because there are so many parts that are great reflections. This book to me is like Gary Zukov's "Seat of the Soul" and Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment". You read these books but they really are guides and life long lessons. I heard to audio and loved it because the narrator really set the perfect tone to the lessons in the book. One of my favorite lessons is self-compassion. Learning to be kinder and more accepting of ourselves. Also, I loved the idea of victor vs victim. How we usually play these two in our minds. There were so many beautiful lessons that just helped me and that I will continue to practice. Highly recommend.

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The Perfect Fake Date by Naima Simone

The Perfect Fake Date: A best friends to lovers romanceThe Perfect Fake Date: A best friends to lovers romance by Naima Simone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Naima Simone has been on my to-read list for awhile. When I received an ARC I quickly jumped on the opportunity to read it.
Overall, it was cute. I really like the chemistry between Eve and Kenan.
I loved the friends to lover tope. The friendship between Eve and Kenan was so sweet and beautiful.
I have to say that the overly dramatic sub-story lines were a little too much.
First, there is the main friends to lover storyline. Then the Eve is in love with Kenan's half -brother. Then the father that abandoned these brothers storyline, then the tension between Kenan and his adoptive parents. Then the not accepted into society storyline. Eve has tension with her mother because she doesn't agree with Eve's friendship with Kenan.
It was overly dramatic. But it was still enjoyable because I could understand why Kenan didn't want to ruin his friendship with Eve.




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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Will by Will Smith

WillWill by Will Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

this audiobook is a Virtual experience! Everything is so engaging! I really enjoyed the music and the depth. I wanted to hear what he would say and how his story would unfold. I loved his honesty: we are all struggling.
AMAZING experience. Once I started I was in Will Smith Universe.

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HOW TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR by

 A frothy, effervescent romantic comedy from the author of Ten Rules for Faking It, Sophie Sullivan delivers a slow-burn romance that will have you delighted from start to finish:A frothy, effervescent romantic comedy from the author of Ten Rules for Faking It, Sophie Sullivan delivers a slow-burn romance that will have you delighted from start to finish: HOW TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR (St. Martin’s Griffin, January 18, 2022, $16.99).

 

Interior Design School? Check. Cute house to fix up? Check.

Sexy, grumpy neighbor who is going to get in the way of your plans? Check. Unfortunately.

Grace Travis has it all figured out. In between finishing school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree and her dream job. Most importantly, she’ll have a place to belong, something her harsh mother could never make. When an opportunity to fix up—and live in—a little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door.

Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. As a real estate developer, he knows when he's found something special. Something he could even call home. Provided he can expand by taking over the house next door--the house with the combative and beautiful woman living in it.

With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can show you that home is always where the heart is.(St. Martin’s Griffin, January 18, 2022, $16.99).

 

Interior Design School? Check. Cute house to fix up? Check.

Sexy, grumpy neighbor who is going to get in the way of your plans? Check. Unfortunately.

Grace Travis has it all figured out. In between finishing school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree and her dream job. Most importantly, she’ll have a place to belong, something her harsh mother could never make. When an opportunity to fix up—and live in—a little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door.

Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. As a real estate developer, he knows when he's found something special. Something he could even call home. Provided he can expand by taking over the house next door--the house with the combative and beautiful woman living in it.

With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can show you that home is always where the heart is.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 


SOPHIE SULLIVAN is a Canadian author as well as a cookie-eating, Diet Pepsi-drinking, Disney enthusiast who loves reading and writing romance in almost equal measure. She writes around her day job as a teacher and spends her spare time with her sweet family watching reruns of Friends. Ten Rules For Faking It is her romcom debut novel, but she's had plenty of practice writing happily ever after as her alter ego, Jody Holford.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Baden by Sawyer Bennett

 ★★ NEW RELEASE ★★

The Pittsburgh Titans organization suffered a devastating loss when their team plane crashed, killing all forty-two passengers aboard. This January, the team gets one step closer to getting back on the ice when Baden Oulett joins the coaching staff.
Baden (Pittsburgh Titans, Book 1) by Sawyer Bennett is a standalone hockey romance about second chances, fresh starts, and finding love where we least expect it.
🎧 Hear Baden now (narrated by Aiden Snow and Lessa Lamb):


I must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

  my God! What a story... My heart is aching and my mind bursting! Its been so long since I've read a book that is this powerful   Absol...