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Mini Reviews #2 [Thriller/Romance]

These are reviews that are late because I’m forgetful to post. I didn’t write long ones, so I thought I’d just add them together. Both are books I’d recommend. Both are 4 star ⭐️ reads. So check them out. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publishers.

This is the second book so I picked up the first one so I’m not lost. It works as a standalone, but it’s better when you’re reading them in succession.

Emily is back to take care of her dad after a heart attack. Her dad has been the doctor and medical examiner for a long time so Emily steps in when they start finding bones. She’s supposed to be going back to Chicago, but she’s needed in her hometown. Of course there’s a love interest in Sheriff Nick. The bones belong to someone he knew and they plan to investigate. All I can say is that it’s a little predictable if you read romance. I guess it’s like a cheesy episode of a crime show, but it’s not bad. I’d read this author again, but I don’t know if I would continue the series.

Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books.

I picked up the first book so I had a better understanding for this book. You don’t have to do that, but I prefer having a series make sense in my head.

Kerry and Rafe are OG friends with a past. Always an epic way to start a romance honestly. I live for this trope. Rafe was adopted by the Colton’s, and he has not talked to Kerry in like 13 years so that’s a lot of tension already. They have a history and he just stopped talking to her. He did it for a reason but she assumes he just cut her off. So she’s not exactly thrilled to have to see him again at first. She’s trying to solve who killed her brother and another detective case. So they both have a lot going on in their lives.

Rafe is the CEO of the family company so he’s all fancy, and he’s different from when they were young. But like he still has feelings for her. They have mutual feelings, but they aren’t acting on them at the start. It’s like they know they should be together but not. Kerry is like no no no, but since this is a romance you know it’s going to happen. And it’s so good when it does.

So they just have sex and like no big deal. Biggest trope ever. So yeah they do end up getting close because like how could they not. I was so happy the whole time I was reading this book, and I am so thrilled to know the author has more books in this setting because I need them all ASAP.

The suspense is good. I couldn’t stop reading once i started, but the romance is the best part. Kerry juts fights in but you can’t stop fate. I was so happy when she took the plunge and let herself fall in love with rafe. If you want a great suspense novel with a fantastic romance, read this book immediately. Then read everything else this author writes.

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the advanced review copies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mini Reviews #1 [Indie Authors]

I was going to do a wrap up, but I’ve been reading rather oddly. I just thought it would be a good idea to share some of the indie books I’ve read recently. These are all books I got from a Facebook group called Young Adult Book Stop. It’s a great place to support indie authors if you enjoy YA. Here’s the link if you want to join.

I’m very grateful to all of the authors for sending me copies. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Just the typical disclaimer.

I like the premise of the story. I like the characters. So I do like this book, but I did have some issues with it. 

Eden is attending Shadow Academy as a witch but she has no powers. This means her parents have disowned her and she can be punished if the school finds out. Eden has to keep this big secret while other people who aren’t supernatural are being taken away for lying about who they are. She makes friends with a werewolf named Cress and kinda starts a romance with Liam, the principals son.

It’s got a decent foundation. I just thought the world building could have been better and the storyline better developed. I wanted to know more about the supernatural community, not just an explanation of the war and a big reveal related to the war. I wanted more in-depth details and hierarchical structure of the community at the academy. With the storyline, I wanted deeper relationships. Everything felt surface level and a little rushed. Especially when Eden meets her grandmother.

I’m super curious what’s going to happen next because of the major cliffhanger at the end of the book. I’ll probably be picking up the next book for resolution.

I could not put this down, it’s so unique. The world building is fabulous. I spent a few late nights reading this because I had to know how the story was going to progress. I can’t wait for more of Kalleah and her powers, along with her queen life.

For fans of Hex Hall and Vampire Academy.

This is such an awesome book. I enjoyed the storyline of witch and vampire hybrid going on. Katrina is a rare witch type and a powerful vampire descendant who’s sent to the vampire academy to train. The hierarchy of the school is interesting and easy to follow. I’m also invested in the darkness the vampires want to bring back. I think Katrina will be interesting since she’s light and dark, so I’m eagerly waiting to see which side she embraces. Either way, it will be worth the read. I’m also hoping for a romance to bloom. Definitely ready for the next one, coming in February.

This is a cool start to a series. The characters are well written, and the story is well paced. I couldn’t stop reading once I started. Mermaids are fab to read about, and I’m looking forward to a deep dive into the whole series. I have a strong feeling I’ll enjoy it highly. Definitely suggest to anyone who enjoys fantasy or wants a strong intro to a new series.

I enjoy reading indie authors, and I’m a sucker for anything academy books. I could read those all day long. But I’m trying to cut down on my eARCs so I’ll probably be requesting less of these unless they really catch my attention. So I’ll probably be still wanting to read a lot of academy books. I’m trying to get my reading to be a lot calmer, where I’m less stressed. I want to just stop the weight of the ARCs I have and enjoy my blog more. I hope you all will still enjoy if I’m not always doing new books.

Do you have any plans for the new year? And were these reviews mini enough?

Another Mash Up Post [Mini Reviews]

Genre: Paranormal Romance

My rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced reader copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Since this is the ninth book in the series… I was a little lost. Oops. It definitely will make more sense reading all the prior books because things are mentioned that you miss or may not understand. Meghan and Peter want to mate for life since they are silver wolves. But Meghan is scared to tell peter she sent a fellow wolf to prison and peter doesn’t know how to tell Meghan he’s been mated before. Also, Meghan can talk to ghosts. So they both have secrets they are keeping from each other, making them unsure about their future.

This is an adorable holiday romance. The couple do belong together. They just have some issues to work through, but there’s no doubt they should be mated for life. They still have been mated officially because of the secrets going on. Of course there’s Christmas going on too. The pack has a great relationship so I was loving that. They just wanted all of the secrets and issues to end so the couple could be together. I love when the town has a personality, it adds so much to the story.

Overall, this is a good read. It begins slow, but the pace picks up eventually. You just have to stick it out when you start because I was bored at the start bu when the paranormal and suspense kick in, you won’t be able to stop reading. You can read this book alone, but it probably works better as part of the series so you can get another look at previous mentioned book couples.

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Imogen owns a fancy hotel in the Canadian mountains. Specifically the Rockies. She’s grown up around famous people so she’s had a lot of celebrity acquaintances and gotten a lot of autographs. She’s the only one still living in her small town since her sisters left and her parents moved to a warmer place. So this hotel is often visited by the rich and famous, and there’s a prince coming to visit. She’s getting the hotel ready when the prince shows up early in helicopter.

So Prince Luca shows up in his helicopter and she’s a little bit panicked because the hotel isn’t fully ready yet and it looks like it’s going to snow so the chef gets supposed to have may be late. Then one of the hotel staff goes into early labor so she’s taken by helicopter to the hospital in the city. It starts to snow so it’s just Imogen and the Prince. The Prince is dealing with his marriage not happening because of a family secret. Imogen is still healing from an engagement ending when it’s found out she can’t have babies. Both of them are dealing with a lot of baggage, but the snow and Christmas magic are going to bring them together. Except Imogen’s best friend may know something about the family secret the Prince is dealing with so it’s going to be interesting.

This is part of a trilogy so you know more is going to be happening. Imogen and the Prince have sweet interactions with each other. It’s even more lovely when Imogen is like I’m going to give you a hallmark type Christmas to Luca because he was deprived of the chance since he was like a super fancy prince and that doesn’t happen to them, I guess. Even though it’s still too early for Christmas, this book sets the holiday tone and you’ll want to put up the tree and enjoy some hot dogs by the fire (this makes sense when you read the book).

Thank you for checking out my mini reviews. I’d love to know if you’ve read these or would be interested in either. They are both awesome Christmas romances. I know it’s early, but start stocking up on those Christmas books now.

Until I rant about books again,

Romance Mash Up [Mini Review]

I’ve been reading a lot of romance lately. So I decided to just do a mini review mash up thing. Here are three recent romances I’ve read along with my mini reviews.

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you Netgalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So this is book number nine in a series which means there are a lot of people to keep up with. I’m not really a fan of series which stretch out this long but I was able to keep up mostly fine. You can read this book on its own but it’s part of a larger verse. I read this book because I liked the cover when I requested it, but I had not read anything by the author before.

In A Dash of Christmas, Emery is dealing with a scandal about her ex fiancé and so she’s trying to escape the media and her horrible parents. Carter is about to open a new restaurant. Emery is staying at Carter’s family condo when he shows up and is surprised to see her. They have been rivals since childhood and do not get along. Emery just wants to eat junk food in peace while Carter wants to eat home cooking with a variety of ingredients. They start butting heads at first but grow closer as they spend more time together.

This book is cute. I like the romance but neither character was very appealing to me. Carter just seems too obsessed with fancy cooking and Emery isn’t dealing with her ex fiancé and other issues well. I think another problem is they are supposed to be rivals and have this past but it’s not really established well. The dynamic I expected for rivals to lovers was weak. It’s more just like saying they had issues and suddenly they kiss and it’s all good. Building up a stronger foundation to believe the rivalry would have made this story much better. The story isn’t bad. I just had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and really caring about the plot.

Starting at book nine is never a good idea so that’s probably what my issue is. Still I did like the Christmas and family aspects included. A Dash of Christmas is a good read. I suggest reading the other eight first though. There are so many people to remember, it probably makes more sense when read sequentially. I did like the book, but I don’t think I’m going to read the other installments. This is a good book for someone wanting a long series to read. I may try the novellas this author has.

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book three in the series. How do I not pay attention and end up in the middle of a series all the darn time? Who knows? I think I just get too excited for the romance and intrigue I just can’t help myself when it comes to requesting these books on NetGalley. Seriously, someone needs to stop me. Jamie works as a sheriff deputy and Nate just moved back to work as a wildlife officer. When she finds another victim of the killer the sheriffs department has been searching for, the two are forced back together to work on the case.

Jamie is focused on caring for her sister Donna and had no need for Nate. He left her seven years ago, and she has no desire in dealing with yet another broken heart. The killer is still on the loose and she wants the case solved before there’s another victim. Nate wants them to be friends and Jamie doesn’t want to be at first. She’s closed off from pain after losing her parents and having to take care of her sister. Her life is just fine the way it is. But the pressure of trying to catch the killer is a lot for the town to deal with so Jamie and Nate keep growing closer.

I like how they don’t just get back together… it takes a little time because of what happened in the past. This is the third book in the series so I would say start at the beginning to unravel the full mystery of the killer and to get the other romances. This was a pretty decent read, and I wanted to know who the killer was. I can see myself reading more from Myers in the future.

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you to netgalley and harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fourth book in a series. And so confusing when you have not read the others. I need to read what books are about instead of just asking for them on impulse. It’s going to save me a lot of confusion in the long run. I say this now but I’ll probably be doing it again because I can’t say no to a Harlequin Intrigue book no matter what.

Bree and Tanner are getting married. This book literally picks up right after the other one so it’s like imperative you read the others first. They are getting married in like two weeks and Bree is losing her stuff over all the things she needs to do in order to get ready for the wedding. So Bree is freaking out about the wedding. Tanner is excited because they are going to be married and he’s so in love with her. It’s going to be amazing. Then something comes up and maybe they will end up at death til us part sooner than even getting married!

There’s a fire that happens at the shelter Bree works at and they think it’s targeting a specific woman. So tanner and Bree are trying to find out who did this and make sure the woman and her family are safe. So they end up going on a camping trip. This is where all of the intrigue and such in the story plays out. I was invested the whole time and could not stop reading.

This is a great intrigue story, but it would have been better had I read the others. Of course there’s a HEA. It’s so cute. I would definitely read the other books to see how the couple got to this point. There’s also mentions of other stories the author has done in this book so I would be keen to check those out as well. Bree and Tanner have been through a lot it seems, they definitely deserved the wedding and happiness they got.

Whew. So those are three more romances I’ve gotten done this week. I’ll probably be doing a lot of mash up reviews for my NetGalley books because I have so many of the darned things to get through. It’s a good problem to have, I’m not complaining.

Until I rant about books again,

Weekly Wrap-Up #1 [September 1-7]

I meant to start doing wrap ups like a week ago. Of course I didn’t. I’m just that person, I guess. So here’s how my wrap ups are going to work. I’ve been reading a lot of romance in September. I blame Bree over at https://fallingforromance.com/. Check her out. She’s fantastic, and she’s even writing articles for Frolic. Do not sleep on her and her blog. She’ll give you all the romance books you need and more!

What I’m trying to do with my wrap ups though is make them a little more fun to read and just delightful for me. So each week, I’m going to show my partner the covers of the books I’m reading and ask him what he thinks they are about. I will be putting below each book what he thinks it’s about followed by own thoughts. I’m very excited about this. I garnered my inspiration from Steph’s Romance Book Talk and her video about her partner judging a book by its cover, found here. She was inspired by BooksandLala. I don’t watch the second channel so if you’re interested in that channel, you can find them on YouTube.

Here are all the books I’ve read the first week of September.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Doing cocaine

Rating and my thoughts: 3 Stars. This was a disappointment. I’ve never been so sad about a book before. Riley Sager is one of my favorite authors. I can’t even remember the name of the main character anymore. I ended up seeing the plot twists coming. Not really worth talking about in my opinion. Definitely check out the other books Sager has written.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Dude makes another dude for sexy time

Rating and my thoughts: 4 stars. This is a classic for a reason. It’s bad ass how a woman wrote one of the first science fiction books. But this was kind of boring to me. I did enjoy it, but I only survived it because I read the retelling by Kirsten White so I knew the basic story line. So, not a bad book but I’m not going to read it again.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Girl has sex with brothers billionaire best friend

Rating and my thoughts: 4 stars. Book one done for September Swoons. I loved it mostly,but I was also kind of bored. I enjoyed it,but I think Maybe was too tropey being pretty and awkward. I kind of just want a normal protagonist for once 🤷🏻‍♀️

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Cave man walking around New York and falls in love with human

Rating and my thoughts: 3 Stars. 2nd book finished for September Swoons.

I started reading The Winston Brothers series awhile ago, but I’m waiting until I have all of the books to binge read them. So I decided to try some new Penny Reid (new to me). But this was disappointing. Janie is so dense and oblivious. For someone so intelligent, she’s so freaking stupid. She also gets more annoying. The plot line of this book is not really good. I found it a little outlandish and hard to believe given how it’s set up. Quinn was not an interesting love interest. The only thing this book did for me was make me want a hot dog. And I don’t eat animals so just a veggie dog for me, thanks. I planned to read the whole series, but this went downhill so fast. I hope the Winston Brothers series doesn’t turn to shit, but I have heard and read good things so fingers crossed 🤞

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Fourth dimensional being

Rating and my thoughts: 3 stars. 3rd book read for September Swoons.

I’ve seen countless people buzzing about this book. It’s a build up for me… a build up read I craved for awhile. I found it on Kindle Unlimited so I decided to take the chance.

I have a love hate relationship with Colleen Hoover books. I don’t know how to explain it well. I will hate her books, but yet I read them. So I think I secretly love them. Yikes.

I read a lot of thrillers. This was dark, but I didn’t love it the way I do the other dark ones. I love Karin Slaughter or Clare Mackintosh for thrillers which make you go holy cow. This book wasn’t it for me. It may appeal to other readers though.

I was able to put this book down so I was not addicted. I just kept complaining to my partner about some of the passages. Maybe it’s because I could resonate with some aspects because it reminded me of when I was struggling with my post partum depression, but this book was next level screwed up.

Try this book out if you want, I just didn’t enjoy it. I also cheated and counted it as romance… but there was a small romance so I think I’m okay.

I should probably just not read this author, but I probably will keep doing so.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Medieval farming

Rating and my thoughts: 4 stars. Sad it’s over, glad it ended the way it did. The last book in the Conqueror Saga… Lada is so bad ass. This book is brutal. I love what White writes. I can’t wait to read more from her. I hope she will do more than retellings in the future though.

All reviews come from my Goodreads. Check it out here.

It’s fun asking Ethan what he thinks my books are about. I’m looking to more of this each week. I’ll be doing the boyfriend BookTube tag soon but adapted to my blog. I had a good reading week and September Swoons is going well.

The Girl Before You Mini Review

Thank you Avon UK and NetGalley for an early reader review book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Apparently this is supposed to be like The Girl on the Train and leave you gasping at the end. I don’t understand how thrillers are suddenly compared to their predecessors like there are no longer original ideas to be had in regards to the genre. It’s a disappointment because I really enjoy thrillers, but I’m put off at times by the lack of originality.

This is a split POV book about three women. Alice, Naomi, and Kat. I honestly had a hard time following the story because I was bored. But I think it’s pretty much just this girl named Ruth has been missing for a long time. Alice is married to Ruth’s ex. Naomi is Ruth’s sister. Kat is her best friend. The ex is an MP and on tv, I think. He seems to be hiding secrets about Ruth. Naomi just wants to know what happened to her sister. I’m not sure what purpose the best friend serves other than more chapters to skim.

I tried with this book, but it wasn’t interesting to me at all. I skimmed a large part of the book, but I still struggled to understand the story arc. The mystery wasn’t super gripping nor were there a lot of shockers. I was bored with the book, pushing myself to finish it. Honestly, I would read more from Nicola Rayner, she has potential. I just think this story could have been executed better because the mystery was dull and the ending was ridiculous. I can’t say I recommend this novel, but I will be trying more from the author in the future.

Hello Sunshine Book Club Reading Challenge

Perhaps you’ve heard Reese Witherspoon has a book club. Or maybe not. I’ve found some of these books kept coming across my radar so I decided I was going to read all of the books from the past selections and maybe eventually read the newer picks as they happen when I’m able to get them from the library. I don’t think I’ll be buying them as I have limited funds because books aren’t cheap, yo. But first I wanted to provide a link to the full list. And then discuss briefly each book I’ve read… minus one because that will be my review for the week!

Here is a link to all of the past selections along with the one for August 2019.

The books I’ve read from this list are:

  • The Lying Game by Ruth Ware- Typical Ware. Some people dislike this author, but I didn’t mind this book too much. Actually I’m pretty sure I’m thinking of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins that I really liked. I believe this one is about a beach and a body is found? I’m not sure. Probably not the worst thriller I read, but I won’t be recommending it highly.
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng- I liked Ng’s first book better, just because I thought the story was so beautiful. This one was pretty good. I’m not sure what to state… some people love it.
  • The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine- A thriller I loved. I tend to inhale thrillers and then really love them. This is one I don’t want to spoil. But I didn’t see a lot of the twists and turns in this book. Can’t recommend enough.
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Bali Kaur Jaswall- The first book I read because of Reese. A super interesting look into a different culture. This book has aspects many readers can enjoy romance, family, mystery… yeah I stole that from the website because I have no original thoughts.
  • Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens- Review coming this week! I’ll just say I see why people like it, but I’m not as obsessed.

Have you read any of these? If so, what are your thoughts? I’d love to have people to read with as well so let me know if you want to buddy read any of the books on the list.