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First Line Fridays [September 20]

This is my first time doing this so please bear with me if I’m bad at it!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Here’s the first few lines:

Everyone had their dirty little secret, and Darla Michaels fully intended to keep hers under wraps. She cinched the belt on her trench coat, pulled a long brunette wig over her short black hair, slipped on her Jackie O sunglasses, and climbed out of her cherry-red Mercedes roadster, which she’d parked across the street in case anyone she knew happened to drive by.

What book is this from?!! 🤔🤔🤔🤔

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Blurb:

When the beloved Farm Café in Topaz Falls burns to the ground, widow Darla Michaels comes up with the perfect plan to help her friends rebuild — a Cowboy Christmas Festival complete with a sexy bachelor auction and a benefit rodeo. But to pull it off, she has to pretend to be engaged to Ty Forrester, the irresistible bull rider who keeps testing her keep-things-casual policy.


A fake fiancée wasn’t on Ty’s Christmas list this year, but it’s the only way to get his family to visit over the holidays so his NFL-star brother can draw more tourists to the festival. The engagement wouldn’t be such a problem if Ty wasn’t starting to have real feelings for Darla. Knowing he can’t go on pretending, Ty prepares to tell his family the truth-but then he and Darla discover a precious little Christmas surprise that just might help them embrace a whole new life together.

This book is being released on October 29th so be sure to check it out if you enjoy Christmas stories and cowboys. And check back around then for my full review. I’m currently reading this book and enjoying it so far. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.

If you’re interested in reading this book, preorder through Amazon.

Until I rant about books again,

2019 DNFs [So Far]

I know book reviews and wrap ups are great. But I’m also trying to write other posts which could be interesting. I used to not be someone who DNFs books, but I have too many books to read at this point. Not to mention, I have a five and a half month old so my reading time is precious to me. I DNFd 15 (!!) Books this year. So far.

I used to push through books but now I just DNF them. That’s easier. Sometimes I just remove them completely and don’t even count them to DNF if I just read a short bit. It’s how I make my reading system work for me.

I got this book from booksirens. It was much too sci-fi for me, I just couldn’t get into the premise. I would say it would be great for YA sci-fi fans. Just not for me.

Another book from booksirens. The problem with this book is I did not enjoy the romance. I was like three chapters in and the main character was being asked by her potential love interest to show him her goodies. This was so he would agree to fake marry her. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes so I decided no.

The dialogue in this YA book was too simplistic. It seems like it was meant more for tweens. I liked the message of being eco conscious with clothes and such. I also didn’t love the gay best friend being a stereotype.

Just another new adult romance I couldn’t get into. I think my issue was yet another cliche romance I wasn’t feeling. This seems to happen a lot with the office romance books to me.

This is about two people who meet after bad relationships and fall in love. It just was not interesting. I felt like nothing was going to happen so I just ended up being unable to finish the book at 75%.

The narrator was a mess in this book. And I just was so upset when I read reviews to see if other people shared my thoughts. I want to avoid spoilers, but I don’t understand the appeal of this book.Didn’t like the language and structure of the book. I only made it ten pages in before I gave up.

I thought this was going to be an adorable romance. It was a Christian romance though so it wasn’t for me. The story had cute aspects, but I’m not religious so the book wasn’t the right fit for me.

I read this while I was being induced and dealing with a newborn. I wasn’t about a really long book regarding dragons I found super boring so I just put it down. I am not a huge adult fantasy fan. I do love Samantha Shannon’s other series though… I can’t wait for the last book. It’s been so long…

This book was too dry for me. I also think I had issues reading it because I was pregnant with a boy at the time. Not that I’m worried about Ever becoming like the child in the book, but I just couldn’t deal with the narrator incessantly going on and on. I plan to try again in the future with this one since I have heard it’s worth the time. I will probably do it on audio.

I only tried up to page 50, but I didn’t feel any desire to read this book. I thought the forensics and setting could keep me going, but I did not care. Also, the spoilers I read about annoyed me. Maybe I’ll try this again someday, but I have other books to read so this will be a did not finish for now.

This book was annoying at the start when the main character went on and on about being a social media influencer. Then it got worse when the love interest when mmm juicy ass and she walked in on the guy just grabbing his balls while he was naked.it was supposed to be like some cute story, but I was super turned off so no thanks.

I just saw this as a bad rip off of The Kiss Quotient, but just bad. It was so dry and uninteresting. The reviews also aren’t great.

I just was not in a good mindset to read this book… it’s about homelessness and mental illness. I know it’s going to be a good book, but I have been reading a lot of romance so it just doesn’t work currently. I will probably pick up a copy from Amazon soon though.

And those are all-of the books I have put on my DNF list for now. I’m hoping the rest of 2019 is just filled with good reads but I’m currently in a reading slump so guess I shall see what the rest of the month will bring…

Until I rant about books again,

Weekly Wrap-Up #2 [September 8-14]

I didn’t read a lot this past week. I still need to catch up on some eARCs on NetGalley. I did get all of the ones I needed done on time though. It’s nice way to watch my percentage go up instead of fall though. I did kind of make a poor choice, and I requested 26 romance books on NetGalley. I was approved for three. Guess we’ll see what happens with the others.

Here are all the books I read this week, complete with what Ethan thinks each of them are about.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Groupie chick falls in love with rockstar. He dumps her and she gets mad.

My rating and thoughts: 3 stars.

It’s been done before. The trope of bad boy and good girl. I don’t mind the brothers best friend trope, that’s one of my favorite ones. I’m just tired of smart girl suddenly becomes enamored with the hot dude who is right down the hall from her. That’s exactly what this story is.

Haley moves in with her brother and his best friend. The best friend is named Cade and he is a man whore. He sleeps with a lot of women. Of course, he’s mean at first to Haley but eventually gets attached to her. However, Haley has a boyfriend named Adam. He is the nice guy, but he wears a lot of cologne.

But of course Adam is a bad dude and Cade saves the day so Haley is like, I’m going to fall in love with Cade. Of course, there’s more to the story but I don’t want to discuss spoilers.

The parts of the story I highlighted were about how perfect Cade was and how sexy. There was a lot about smells. I’m not sure if Haley is just like a blood hound but she was so obsessed with Adams cologne and then how Cade smelled. One specific line was, I can smell that fresh scent. I would be happy if this is the only scent I ever smell again. I’m not sure why it bothered me so much, but there was way too much about olfactory references.

The smut aspect of the book wasn’t bad, but it didn’t appeal to me too much in this story.

This author just wasn’t for me. This would work well for someone just starting out reading new adult or doesn’t mind the same old tropes overly done. I did enjoy how Cade was written. The ending just seemed rushed. Also, do not read the synopsis of the second book unless you want spoilers.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Two really depressed drug addicts in recovery meet in halfway house and they relapse at the end and die. My rating and thoughts: 4 stars.

Jess and Alex have a fair amount of parallels in their lives. Both are dealing with the loss of loved ones, career changes, and living in London. It’s a new start for each. Both are determined to lead their own lives and avoid relationships since they both had prior ones end poorly. So they resolve to be friends. They are also living in a shared house with a no couples rule… of course they aren’t going to fall in love, right?

This book contains a lot of cute elements. Jess loves romantic movies and has this sweet relationship with her grandmother. Jess was raised by her grandmother and even posts on Instagram so she can see her granddaughters life in London. It’s a cute story, but it’s more of a friendship between Jess and Alex most of the time. It’s a really slow burn Christmas romance, I suppose.

Overall, a super cute story. I really like how it describes London so well. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a quick, sweet romance with a little bit of holiday. I would read more from this author.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Story about the Dalmatian and how he likes winter and snow.

My rating: 3 stars. You can find my full review here.


Well. This was my week in reading. Feels good to have some of my NetGalley books caught up. I’m feeling good with my September Swoons Reads. I’m so excited to share those with you at the end of the month. How’s your wrap up for the week looking? Or how about just your Reads so far since September is halfway over ? (!!!)

Until I rant about books again,

Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft [Review]

Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft

Published September 26, 2019 by AvonBooks UK.

I gave this book 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: This Christmas, the villagers of Middledip are off on a very Swiss adventure… 

Family means everything to Lily Cortez and her sister Zinnia, and growing up in their non-conventional family unit, they and their two mums couldn’t have been closer.

So it’s a bolt out of the blue when Lily finds her father wasn’t the anonymous one-night stand she’d always believed – and is in fact the result of her mum’s reckless affair with a married man.

Confused, but determined to discover her true roots, Lily sets out to find the family she’s never known; an adventure that takes her from the frosted, thatched cottages of Middledip to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, via a memorable romantic encounter along the way…

Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the review copy. This is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Just hearing the title of the book evokes melodies of the popular Christmas song this book is titled after. This is actually a book in a larger series, which I didn’t know when I requested the book. So this book is about Lily and Issac in the village of Middledip.

I’m not sure how many books are in the series. It seems like there’s a whole world built, and I’m missing pieces because I haven’t read the other parts of the series. Despite this, the book is still a lot of fun to read. Sue Moorcroft knows how to write romance with layers. Let It Snow is just not a simple fluff romance by any means. Lily and Issac are both are fulfilled people outside of their romance story. Lily comes from a family of two mothers and her family has been struggling since her mom revealed Lily was the result of an affair with a man and her father has died. Issac is dealing with his feelings of failure because of the club he owned going under and closing down. Lily has moved to the village to try and get to know her half brother who doesn’t know she exists. This is also hurting her sister who feels like Lily is trying to get a new family and forgets about her old one. A huge part of the story is Lily trying to muster up the courage to tell her half brother who she really is, how to deal with her family possibly falling apart, and dealing with all of the changes in such a short time.

Lily works at her brothers pub and Issac is the manager since her brother is away due to his health. So this is where they are spending a lot of time with each other and getting to know each other. Lily thinks at first Issac is still with his ex Hayley, but this is a deeper story which comes into play later. Slowly, lily and Issac grow closer but they have no expectations because of their circumstances.

Lily thinks she could leave the village, and Issac wants to leave the hospitality industry. They both agree to just let things happen, with no promises of forever. It’s clear they are falling for each other, but lily is trying to deal with her own issues and Issac can’t see himself staying at this point.

I love how this story is complex. It’s not just about the romance. The side characters are fully developed. Lily and Issac each have a family they interact with and play a role in the story. It’s also a story about the village as well.

A lot of this romance is about becoming a part of a family, and I think Sue Moorcroft excels at showing how the village is a family along with the characters respective ones. It gave layers to the story and just enhanced the romance.

Lily is so sweet, and I love how Issac adores his dog, Doggo. Lily loves her family and just wants to know all of her family. Issac adores his dog and I just love animals a lot, ok? Issac and Lily grow together and as individuals so it’s awesome to see how they compliment each other. And I love how much of a build up there is to when they kiss. Just makes it better.

I love the happy ending, and this book gave me the one I wanted. But you a,so get to see how the village continues to grow and flourish. I’m so happy to have been able to read this Christmas romance, it makes me excited to pick up other books in the series. I could just lose myself in Christmas at Middledip so easily.

I would highly recommend this series. It’s not just escapist story. It’s complex and interesting. Of course I haven’t read the others so you may want to start at the beginning. But it still makes sense on its own.

Until I rant about books again,