The Happy Ever After Playlist [Abby Jimenez- Audiobook Review]

I am a huge romance reader when the mood strikes me, and I was really excited this book was one the April choices for Libro.fm. Usually I have been more into thrillers and fantasy lately, but this book was just what I needed during all the chaos we have going on in the world at this moment.

Also, I bet you are wondering why I am reading romance when I seemed to have binged so much of it last year. You would think I would have stayed on the streak and become one of those only reads romance people, which is what I thought was going to happen. But I did not become that person. Which is totally fine. This was a new to me author, and I adore getting to try out new romance authors because you just never know what you are going to come across.

Enter in Sloan and Jason. She is still dealing with the loss of her husband in a motorcycle accident so her life has become stagnant because her grief runs so deeply. But then a dog named Tucker shows up, and then his owner Jason and that is when the story really starts to get going.

This book is really sweet. The audiobook is great, I could not get enough of the couple and their story. I like this is one of those where a dog brings them together, and the dog is still an important part of the story. Because dogs are great. Sloan finds Tucker when he hops in through her sun roof and she is suddenly taking care of him. She tries reaching Jason for weeks, thinking he doesn’t care. But it turns out he was in Australia working on a soundtrack for a movie so he was not able to be contacted during the time. Sloan is hesitant to give the dog back until she realizes Jason does love him, and so she is suddenly taking care of a dog and possibly going on a date with his owner as well. Gone are the days of her never leaving her home and being totally sad perhaps…

Sloan and Jason spend two weeks talking and texting on the phone before they meet. When they are together, it is suddenly like they are meant to be together. Just like that.

Okay, I am not a fan of insta love so this was a little annoying for me. They are both just so into each other that it is like a lot at one time. Sloan is shocked to find out Jason is actually a famous singer who is going to be going on a major tour soon, and she wants to possibly go along even though they have not been dating for long. I mean, it is sweet but it is also kind of like fan fiction when you meet your favorite celebrity and then you are touring with the band and living the life you always dreamed of.

There are parts where it gets hard though. Sloan gets her car messed up and Jason has an unstable ex who keeps showing up at the most inappropriate times. Sloan wants to do anything she can to be with Jason, even not painting and hurting her health by being out on tour with him. Not to mention the studio wants more music and albums from Jason so it looks like they would not have any type of stability for at least a decade to even think about having children and a home.

The small bits of the drama at the end were a little over the top and I could have done without those in all honesty. They did not really add a whole lot, I just ended up being annoyed.

There is also a playlist through the whole book, but I was not someone who listens to a lot of the artists so I can’t say how well it fits. I am assuming it just does though. I am more of a country fan…

This book gets a solid four stars from me. I loved this audiobook and the ending as well. This was a sweet romance, and I think it would be enjoyed by those who loves romance and fans of music as well.

Thank you so much Libro.fm for this ALC April copy of the book, and thank you as well to Hachette audio. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you are interested in Libro.fm., be sure to check them out. All proceeds from them go to supporting indie bookstores, which is so important considering what’s going on with the world right now.

What Lies Between Us [John Marrs- Book Review]

4 stars ⭐️

I still cannot wrap my mind around what I just read. Like, I am in shock and it has been a few days since I finished up this book. I just cant fathom still this dark and twisted book. Like, wow it was so good and now I am still trying to figure out what the hell just happened.

I do not recall the last time I was so chilled to the bone by a book. There are so many twists and turns. It is just so shocking. Even the ending has left me wondering how I will be able to pick up another a book after this. I am just so awed by the story. And I don’t know if I will ever fully recover from what has been done got me. This is the first time I have read John Marrs, and I know after this it will not be my last by any means at all. Like oh my goodness.

I could not stop reading this once I started, and it was a story I picked up after my child went to bed so it was very dark and scary. This was a book I thought would give me nightmares for days, but I am still too scared to even think about sleeping any time soon!

This story scared me. And I am not scared easily. I don’t mind the dark or horror movies. I have shrugged at crime scene photos. Nothing normally gets to me, but this book has scared the living daylights out of me for goodness only knows how long. When I got to the end of this book, I was so scared and shocked that my jaw could not close. I just was stuck that way for a long time and I think my cat thought there was something wrong with me because I did not move for a long time after. There was so much terror that even my cat was scared and hid under the bed for a long time. The book is that impactful.

But let us avoid the spoilers so you can have the pleasure to read this for yourself…. it deals with borderline personality disorder…which I’m pretty sure there is a different term, but I am not sure. Maggie lives up in an attack, chained to the wall to atone for all of the sins she has committed against her daughter. And her daughter Nina, who is librarian by day, is her keeper and the ultimate decider of what will happen to her mother who has done so many bad, bad things….

The twists and turns will leave you breathless and shocked. There are also so many questions you want answers, and the answers will coming with shock and surprise the whole time. Some of these questions are: how/why they built this sick relationship? Why Nina’s father leave without saying goodbye? Why Nina is so fragile around little children? Is Maggie innocent victim or pure evil needs to be behind the bars? Can she escape and save herself from captivity?

John Marrs just keeps it coming with the shocks and the scary parts of the book you will be in awe the whole time it is happening.

Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Publishling UK for the review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Semi Royal [Book Review]

4 stars ⭐️

Thank you to the author for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is the 4th book in the series so some things are lost just jumping in like this. I know they could be standalones, but I think they could be much better when they are read in order.

Rhodie is traveling to learn more about the magic going on outside of the place she lives, and she is accompanied by Arron James. He was shot, and she had visited him. She is a doctor and princess. He is an army lieutenant. They are going out on this scientific expedition, and he is the extra protection she doesn’t thinks she needs at all. But she does have feelings for him. She just has to be proper as the princess and he has to do his duty as her protector. Their relationship is mentioned in the prologue, but I am sure it would make more sense having read the prior book. But he also finds out his father was Duke, and he will be inheriting a title and land. So he is not just an army lieutenant anymore. They have a complex relationship, and it is so satisfying to see their story unfold.

Fiona West is an awesome author, and I could not stop reading this book once I dove in. She talks about the world in real life, but she uses her story to tackle issues many people don’t talk about. Such as women being fulfilled in careers, the loss of a child, and complicated emotions after.

This book will evoke a lot of emotions. But it is also a romance so you will have all of those nice feelings as well. There is even some magic and mystery. And a a little bit of drama which you keep you engaged the whole time. I would have given it five stars, but I was a little lost with this being the 4th book in the series. I plan to read the other books. Not to mention, this cover is amazing.

Book Snob Book Tag

This is me with a bunch of books to show I read anything and everything. Also, I miss the library. Come back to me soon, library. I need you, baby.

I saw this post over on Kathryn’s blog, and I knew I just had to do it because it seemed like such fun. Here is her post if you wish to see how she answered the tag.

Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?
I try, but it does not work out that way all of the time. There have been times I have seen a movie and then watched the book. Or I will see a movie is being made so I read the book first, which is what this question asks. I think it all depends on which one I am exposed to first. I don’t mind seeing the movie first and then comparing though. I think sometimes people get too intense about it, but I am happy either way.


Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?
I would choose physical because I like how they feel in my hands. It would also be hard to read to Ever as well since he has so many books. I enjoy all formats so it makes me sad to have to choose.


Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
Yes. Ethan has dyslexia so he doesn’t read. He is very happy they have made that open dyslexic font though, and I’m hoping when he has more time, he can get an ereader and utilize the font to be able to enjoy books more.


Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Space books. I cannot do it. I get so bored, and I end up getting mad at the book. All the books about space can stay far away from me because find them so darn boring. Good for you if you like them, but I just cannot.


Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Thriller and mystery. Because those can be like medical or police procedural which I love so much. I watch those types of shows mainly so it would just translate well to books. I could just read all of the police procedural thriller mysteries…especially those set in the UK… and give me all of the medical thrillers. But I also love domestic thrillers so it works out for me.


Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
I think romance and YA. I feel like people just think romance is the same thing and the books have a lot of sex or are just stupid. Or that historical romance is just about swooning women and strong men, but they are not. Romance tells stories about people and shows so many sides of the world. It is much more than just love stories, and I wish people would read them instead of saying things just because they cant take the time to pick up a book ad find out. YA is great, but some adults say they are just for teens and can be stupid. But I think these people are often just not reading the right stories. YA can be diverse, complex, and interesting. There is always room for it to be better, but it is pretty awesome to me.


Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?
I read in my house and post about it online so I don’t think so really. No one has ever like been rude about it online. Ethan makes fun of some of the romance covers though saying they all look the same, but I think he just likes to give me a hard time.

I tag anyone who wants to do this, and I would love to see your answers. This was really fun, and I should start doing more tags again because I missed sharing some things you may not know about me and my reading.

Forget Me Not by Anca Antoci [Blog Tour Post]

I signed up for this blog tour because Booktamins is awesome. You should check them out on Twitter. I normally avoid book tours because of stress, but this one was too fun to pass up.

After my review, you’ll find information about the author and how to buy the book. Thank you once again to Booktamins and the author for a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today’s my day for a review.

Here are all my thoughts:

4 stars ⭐️

I signed up for this book blindly, I didn’t know what it was about at all. I was pleasantly surprised to find fantasy, which I do enjoy. It’s even more exciting since it’s the first novel written by Anca Antoci.

This book starts out slow, but it gets better. I was riveted once I got to the vampires, and I was able to really delve into Forget Me Not. I was a little annoyed at the start with all of the exclamation points, but it did get better. This book follows Rae on her journey after a loss and she meets Ari, a vampire she’s forced to trust to survive.

This book really catches your attention and gets better as the story moves on. I love FMN, and I’m excited for the next part.

The book keeps you entertained because it unravels the plot strand by strand… making you eager to learn more with each turn of the page. This is a fantastic world, but it’s not overwhelming. Though I didn’t really get the Alaska vibe, but maybe this will change in the next part. This book isn’t about the world though. It’s rich in building up who Rae is, along with each character she encounters who will play a role in her journey.

Forget Me Not is a strong fantasy debut. There’s a great world to discover and more adventures coming. I highly suggest this to new and old fantasy fans alike.

Forget Me Not by Anca Antoci

1st book in the series: Chimera

Publication date: 31st January 2020

Genres: Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal/Supernatural, Young Adult

When tragedy strikes, Rae makes a terrible choice and struggles with the aftermath. In the wilderness of the Tongass rainforest, she finds herself hunted by creatures of hell, monstersshe never dreamed could be real. A hidden world, an ancient race, and a secret she discoversby accident give a new meaning to her life but only if she can escape and return to civilization. If she is to survive, Rae must comply with Ari, her reluctant hero, and allow himto wipe away any memory of this realm. Knowledge is power, but is it worth dying for?

Trigger Warning: Mentions of alcohol and painkillers use and sex (not directly), suicidalthoughts

Purchase Link

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Forget-Me-Not-Chimera-Book-ebook/dp/B083G3SBSK/

Author Bio

Anca Antoci started out as a fanfiction writer and then moved on to write her own story. Thusher debut novel Forget Me Not got published in January 2020. Her fanfiction stories are stillavailable on her blog. Living in Romania, Anca speaks English as a second language. Because she’s a passionate reader, Anca started a blog where she reviews fantasy bookscalled Summon Fantasy. When she’s not reading or writing, Anca loves cooking and watching movies with her daughter while eating nachos.

Media Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/AncaAntoci

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19891304.Anca_Antoci

Website – https://www.summonfantasy.com/

Rapid Book Reviews

I have been reading a lot the past few weeks, but I fell behind because of all the panic happening. I need to get back into posting more of my NetGalley books and staying on top of all of this. I think this will be a good solace during all the chaos so if you want to read all about books and chat with me, come here to read my reviews and leave me a lot of comments.

Here are just some short reviews of the last few books I finished over the last couple of weeks:

NetGalley ARC
Contemporary romance

Rating: 3 stars ⭐️

This was super cute, and it was a fast read for sure. I did enjoy the whole rock star and normal person falling in love because that is a dream many of us share. This just did not get more stars because I thought some of the writing was a little juvenile and tedious. I just thought the way Amelia acted around Huck sometimes was someone that was like 18 rather than 34, and I just wanted more of a mature relationship. I did like how they dealt with her anxiety and made it realistic she needed treatment. This is also the third book so you will be spoiled for the first two by picking this up, but you an still read those stories to see how they begin. Overall, this is a sweet romance with a lot of interesting characters and will appeal to those who like the small town stories.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given freely.

NetGalley ARC
Contemporary romance

Rating: 3 stars ⭐️

Thank you netgalley and the publisher.

I picked up this book because of the original title. I love cats a lot. This book is pretty cute, but I didn’t fully love the romance.

I appreciate the romantic comedy classification for its effortlessness and consistency. I frequently read them in the middle of heavier books as light help, and this book was no special case. 

The characters were affable, despite the fact that it took me a decent while to warm to Lara. She appeared to be very stand-offish and brisk to respond hot headedly in basic circumstances, yet part of the way through she appeared to relax. Soft/Satchmo was entertaining, he had all the standard haughtiness of a feline yet Tennant kept in touch with him in such an interesting way he truly turned into his own character in the story. 

In case you're in the wake of something agreeable, this book is a decent decision.

Audiobooks and Using Libro.fm

I was accepted to be an influencer for libro.fm and I am so excited. In case you don’t know who they are here is some information about why †hey are the better choice for audiobook listening. You get better deals and support local bookstores. Instead of giving all of your money to amazon, you can give it to a local bookstore that is working hard amongst all this chaos to give the world the books we love.

The books I choose for the month of March are:

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I am highly looking forward to using Libro.fm to listen to more audiobooks and support local bookstores. Although the are more picks for the month, these are just the three which really caught my attention. I did the whole picked based on cover and did not read the synopsis so I will be surprised when I get around to reading them soon.

I cannot stress enough how much if you can to sign up for this and support local bookstores. We all love books so much, and I just want to do all I can to give back to the community who does so much and constantly makes me happy to be around. Books mean the world to me, and I’m so thankful Libro.fm is working with me so I can share all of these great books with you.

Have you listened to any of these books? Are you a friend of Libro.fm or are you planning to be? Let’s talk about all the books and how wonderful they are.