Weekly Wrap Up: August 11th through August 17th, 2019

Clicking on titles under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Requests,and Author/Publisher Requests will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on titles Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz will take you to that specific blog post.

Clicking on links under Giveaways I’ve Entered will take you to that giveaway

Clicking on the titles under Freebies I Scored will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.



Books I’ve Read:

Song for a Lost Kingdom (Book 2)

Song for a Lost Kingdom

The Last Hope


Books with pending reviews:


Books with published reviews:

Aelia—Review Here

The Red Death—Review Here

The Last Hope —Review Here

Things You Save in a Fire —Review Here

Campusland —Review Here

Disorder —Review Here


NetGalley Requests

The Look-Alike

Fever


Author/Publisher Requests:

Evie and the Upside-Down World of Nevermore

Big Lies in a Small Town

Westering Women

The Vanished Birds

Twisted Betrayal

Small-Town Secrets


Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Midnight—Book Blitz

Holding on to Forever—Cover Reveal

The Last Hope—Blog Tour

Steal My Heart—Excerpt

The Lost Girl—Cover Reveal


Giveaways I’ve Entered:


Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Catch Up Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday


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Weekly Wrap Up: June 2nd through June 8th 2019

Clicking on titles under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on titles Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz will take you to that specific blog post.

Clicking on links under Giveaways I’ve Entered will take you to that giveaway

Clicking on the titles under Freebies I Scored will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.


Books I’ve Read:

Once Upon a Bad Boy

Cruel Intentions

Glory Bishop

28 Dates

Waltz of Crows

Books with pending reviews:

Cruel Intentions—review coming June 13th

Glory Bishop—review coming June 6th

28 Dates—review coming June 11th

Books with published reviews:

Glory Bishop—review here

Montauk—review here

The Power of Soul—review here

Crown of Contempt—review here

Waltz of the Crows—review here

The Right Sort of Man-–review here

NetGalley Haul:

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days

Highland Jewel

The Orchid Throne

Magic Heist

The Grace Year

Email Haul:

Mad Mischief: A Novel

Freebies I Scored:

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

How To Love a Duke in Ten Days–Blog Tour/Excerpt (coming August 22nd and 29th)

Cruel Intentions—Book Blitz

Resilient—Book Blitz

The Orchid Throne—Blog Tour/Excerpt (coming September 19th and 26th)

Magic Heist—Blog Tour (coming July 10th)

The Right Sort of Man—Blog Tour

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

One Indecent Night—Goodreads Giveaway

Strong, Silent Cowboy—Goodreads Giveaway

Marriage of Convenience—Publisher Giveaway

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land: Book 3) by Callie Bates

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Del Ray

Date of publication: June 4th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Waking Land

The Waking Land—Book 1 (review here)

The Memory of Fire—Book 2 (review here)

The Soul of Power—Book 3

Where you can find The Soul of Power: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BookBub

Book synopsis:

One young woman learns the true nature of power–both her own and others’–in the riveting conclusion to The Waking Land Trilogy.

Sophy Dunbarron–the illegitimate daughter of a king who never was–has always felt like an impostor. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter, and unacknowledged by her father, Sophy desires only a place and a family to call her own. But fate has other ideas. Caught up in Elanna Valtai’s revolution, Sophy has become the reigning monarch of a once-divided country–a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill.

But as she quickly discovers, wearing a crown is quite a different thing from keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers.

When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy’s last ally seems to have vanished. Now it is up to her alone to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret–one that could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown forever.


My review:

I was excited when I saw that the final installment in The Waking Land series was available for review. I had reviewed the first two books and enjoyed them. I had high expectations for The Soul of Power. And guess what? It didn’t let me down.

I do want to give everyone a heads up about the timeline of the book. The Soul of Power starts after Jahan is sent to Paladis. Elanna’s capture and torture by the witch hunters are going on during the events of The Soul of Power. So keep that in mind while reading this book.


The Soul of Power is Sophy’s story. Crowned queen at the end of The Waking Land, Sophy desperately wants a united country. But, with a court that hates and questions her and a country that is at the point of imploding, it looks like that isn’t going to happen. On top of all that, Sophy has a secret. A secret that could cost her the throne.


I can’t even begin to express how excited I was when I got the ARC for The Soul of Power. I had been hoping that this book was going to be Sophy’s story. When I read the blurb and saw that it was Sophy’s story, I did a happy dance. I couldn’t wait to read this book.

The amount of stress that Sophy was under was insane. I know that I wouldn’t have been able to function under that amount of stress. Plus, not knowing who to trust. I would have said, “Here’s the throne, see ya” and left. But, she stayed and I admired her for that.

I enjoyed watching Sophy grow as a character in this book. She started unsure and resentful of Elanna’s popularity. She wanted to do the right thing but kept getting lousy advice from her council. But, as the book went on, she blossomed. She found her backbone. She overcame her insecurities about Elanna. By the end of the book, she became the queen she needed to be. I loved it.

The plotline regarding Sophy’s father was interesting. I was curious to see how it was going to play out. I wasn’t expecting it to go the way it did. I was shocked. I was also shocked at what Sophy did at the end of the book. I think she was too lenient. After what her father did to her and Rhia, I expected something more. But, thinking about it, what she did was a more fitting punishment.

The author didn’t hide Sophy’s secret. During the first chapter, it was mentioned a few times. How Teofila didn’t notice it when they were together was beyond me. But she did have other things on her mind.

The Soul of Power was also violent. I lost count of how many times Sophy was attacked. Along with the violence, there was also death. Some people deserved it. But there were some deaths that surprised me. And there was one death that broke my heart. I wasn’t expecting it.

The magic angle of the book was well written. I liked that people were starting to experience magic. I loved that the magic didn’t pick and choose who it wanted. I did feel that Sophy’s magical awakening was drawn out. It got to a point where I felt like saying “Just get it over with!!“.

Rape was brought up in the book. I thought that the author explained what happened to Sophy’s mother in a tactful way. She left just enough unsaid that I understood exactly what Mag went through.

The end of The Soul of Power kept me enthralled with the book. So much happened that I almost couldn’t keep it straight. But, it was the last chapter that closed the book for me. Loved it!!


I would give The Soul of Power an Adult rating. There is mention of sexual situations. There is violence. There is no language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread The Soul of Power. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review The Soul of Power.

All opinions stated in this review of The Soul of Power are mine.


Have you read The Soul of Power?

What are your thoughts?

Have you ever hidden something from someone?

Let me know!!

Weekly Wrap Up: March 17th through March 23rd 2019

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Clicking on the pictures under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the pictures under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the pictures under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one under the picture).

Also, all links are Amazon Affiliate links. I get a small commission out of every purchase you make. I would love it if you clicked my link when buying!!


Books I’ve Read:

The Invited: A Novel by [McMahon, Jennifer]
The Night Window: A Jane Hawk Novel by [Koontz, Dean]
The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]
The Hemlock Girl by [Heckman, C. L.]

Books with pending reviews:

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]
Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love Book 2) by [Johnson, Melonie]

Books with published reviews:

The Hemlock Girl by [Heckman, C. L.]
review here
Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]
review here
Inspection: A Novel by [Malerman, Josh]
review here

NetGalley Haul:

Twisted Family Values: A Novel by [Chickering, V.C.]
Sullivan's Promise: A Bitter Creek Novel by [Johnston, Joan]
Touch of Smoke by [Laurel, Karissa]
The Stories You Tell: A Mystery (Roxane Weary Book 3) by [Lepionka, Kristen]

Email Haul:

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Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!):

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Book Giveaway for Southern Sass and Killer Cravings—Goodreads

Book Giveaway for Teeth in the Mist—Goodreads

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: March 20th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: She’s sick again…sigh. Two nights of her up all night coughing. I took her to the Dr and her lungs are fine. She’s to take Flonase in the morning and a Benadryl at night. Limit her outdoor time when the pollen levels are high. Have I mentioned that I’m not fond of this time of year?

Miss B: She’s doing pretty good. She has cleared up her homework/classwork debacle. Her ELA teacher also called me and we talked about that. Now if I can get her to keep her room clean, everything will be good.

Mr. Z: He loved the field trip. I do think that the school could have scheduled the pick up time a little better. The kids came home when school was dismissed. It was a mess. I went a little early and got a good parking space. Other people, not so much.

Me: I did yard work last weekend. I bagged up at least 15 bags of leaves. BK and I also discussed how much mulch we were going to need for the front of the house. I also convinced BK to throw out several outdoor toys that Miss R didn’t use any more. I have also been spring cleaning around the house.

Reading/Reviews:

Reading: I have been struggling to read and finish books. I’m not worried about it, I always go through a slump in the spring and fall.

Review: My NetGalley shelf is slightly high. A few books that I requested before my self imposed NetGalley ban got approved. Plus, I have authors and publishers approaching me with widgets to their books. So yeah…lol.


What I am currently reading:

The Night Window: A Jane Hawk Novel by [Koontz, Dean]

Groundbreaking, wholly involving, eerily prescient and terrifyingly topical, Dean Koontz’s Jane Hawk series sets a new standard for contemporary thrillers. Since her sensational debut in The Silent Corner, readers have been riveted by Jane Hawk’s resolute quest to take down the influential architects of an accelerating operation to control every level of society via an army of mind-altered citizens. At first, only Jane stood against the “Arcadian” conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the “adjusted” people are beginning to spin viciously out of control. Now, in the thrilling, climactic showdown that will decide America’s future, Jane will require all her resources–and more–as she confronts those at the malevolent, impregnable center of power.

This book is a good as I thought it was going to be. If Miss R hadn’t been sick last night, I would have finished it in one sitting. The Night Window is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is May 14th, 2019


I recently finished reading:

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]

click on the picture for the Amazon link

One young woman learns the true nature of power–both her own and others’–in the riveting conclusion to The Waking Land Trilogy.

Sophy Dunbarron–the illegitimate daughter of a king who never was–has always felt like an impostor. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter, and unacknowledged by her father, Sophy desires only a place and a family to call her own. But fate has other ideas. Caught up in Elanna Valtai’s revolution, Sophy has become the reigning monarch of a once-divided country–a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill.

But as she quickly discovers, wearing a crown is quite a different thing from keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers.

When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy’s last ally seems to have vanished. Now it is up to her alone to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret–one that could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown forever.

This book was fantastic. What a fitting ending to a wonderful series. The Soul of Power is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is June 4th, 2019.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

The Invited: A Novel by [McMahon, Jennifer]

A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times best-selling author of THE WINTER PEOPLE, returns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scratch, without knowing it, until it’s too late…

In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia and teaching jobs to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this charming property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. As Helen starts carefully sourcing decorative building materials for her home – wooden beams, mantles, historic bricks — she starts to unearth, and literally conjure, the tragic lives of Hattie’s descendants, three generations of “Breckenridge women,” each of whom died amidst suspicion, and who seem to still be seeking something precious and elusive in the present day.

I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds super creepy. The Invited is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is April 30th, 2019.

Trusting The Billionaire: A Marriage Of Convenience Romance (The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride Book 3) by [Savage, Cynthia]

A jaded divorcee and a lovelorn billionaire get a second chance at romance.

Audrey Wilson is convinced love is a pipedream, and she has the divorce decree to prove it. Not to mention a failing non-profit facility full of battered and abused women. When her best friend gets her heart broken by a guy who claims a dating coach taught him how to play women, Audrey is ready to confront this coach and make him pay. 

And she has a hunch he’s none other than brainy billionaire Asher Weston.

Asher has a bad case of unrequited love that goes all the way back to his high school days. When one of his clients blackmails him, forcing him to find a wife on a deadline, he’s ready to give up on living happily ever after with the woman of his dreams. 

Until she unexpectedly waltzes into his office.

A marriage of convenience gets him the wife he needs—and the woman he’s always loved. For Audrey, this platonic arrangement affords her non-profit some financial security while she secretly sets out to prove Asher is the mastermind behind her bestie’s heartache. 

Can Asher and Audrey overcome a jealous secretary, a dangerous ex, and their own insecurities to build a future together?

I was interested in the blurb. It was pretty good. But we’ll see. Trusting the Billionaire is currently available for purchase.

The Ash Family: A Novel by [Dektar, Molly]

The blurb got me interested in this book. I am hoping that it is as good as the blurb makes it out to be. The Ash Family is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is April 9th, 2019.

Love, Again by [Dover, L.P.]

Sometimes all you need is a second chance.

“L. P. Dover knows how to create the men who make us swoon, the book boyfriends we all want.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

Aubrey Reynolds is a small-town girl who’s made it big. A successful Hollywood director, Aubrey doesn’t have time to linger on what could have been. But when a routine blood test comes back with a false positive, she decides to take some time off to do the things she’s always wanted to do: taste the famous chocolate chip cookies at the Minnesota State Fair, hike the Grand Teton National Park, scuba dive in the Caribbean. But after Aubrey admits to herself what she’s really missing, she heads back home to Dusty Valley, Oklahoma . . . and the man she left behind.

Cole Haywood is a small-town fireman and that’s just fine with him. Sure, when the love of his life left their hometown to chase her dreams he was heartbroken and—he’ll admit—damn mad. But Cole would have never forgiven himself if he had held Aubrey back from success. So the last thing he expects after all these years is to walk into his favorite bar one night and find the girl he’s always loved—there—looking for him. Maybe now’s the time to make his dreams come true.

I am a huge L.P. Dover fan. So when I saw that this book was up for review, I jumped on it. Love, Again is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is April 9th, 2019.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THEM!!

Inspection by Josh Malerman

Inspection: A Novel by [Malerman, Josh]

3 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Del Ray

Date of publication: March 19th, 2019

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Where you can find Inspection: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BookBub

Synopsis:

J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world.

J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know.

But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.


My review:

I was super excited to read Inspection. I had read the blurb and thought to myself “This seems like it is going to be a good book.” Then I started reading it. All I can say is that the book was a huge disappointment.

The plot of Inspection was interesting at first. I thought that the whole premise of the book was interesting. Then it became stale. It faltered about halfway through the book, when K’s storyline was introduced. K’s storyline was the same as J’s. The only difference was the timeline. K’s storyline started off earlier than J’s. Which meant she knew things before J. It was meh to me. Not bad, not good. Just meh.

I did like the kids. J’s confusion over what he read in the book was realistic. As was his anger and disappointment when he realized that D.A.D. wasn’t who he thought he was. K’s determination to find the other tower was great to read also. What she did once she was there set the stage for the rest of the book. The other kids (the rest of the Alphabet Boys and Letter Girls) were well written also.

D.A.D. was an egotistical maniac. His mood swings dominated J’s storyline. The deeper into the book I got, the more the experiment unravel, the more unhinged he became. I didn’t like it. It didn’t sit well with. As for M.O.M., I wasn’t impressed with her either. The main reason was her before scenes. When she met D.A.D. and hatched the plan for the school. She was condescending and it drove me nuts. The other adults made me angry. They saw what was going on. They knew what being sent to the Corner meant. And they still did nothing. Oh, they were sad. There were several passages where people looked at the kids with sadness in their eyes. But they didn’t act. Drove me nuts reading that.

I didn’t get the need for the inspections at first. I couldn’t understand why the boys and girls had to be inspected every morning. But, as the book went on, I started to understand. I won’t say why because it would be a major spoiler.

I thought that the way kept the kids in line was awful. They told the kids that the outside world had diseases. Made up diseases. Diseases that sounded like Harry Potter spells. They also threatened to put them in the Corner. The kids were terrified of the Corner. Why? Because the 2 boys and 1 girl put in the Corner never came back. And they were reminded of that daily.

The end of Inspection underwhelmed me. What ended up happening, I expected. I was interested in the letter that was at the very end of the book. But other than that, I was meh about it. There were certain things that were left up in the air. Things that should have been explained.


I would give Inspection an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is swearing. There is language. I would suggest that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I am on the fence if I would reread Inspection. I am also on the fence if I would recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank the author, the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Inspection.

All opinions stated in this review of Inspection are mine.


Have you read Inspection?

What were your thoughts on it?

Social experiments? What are your thoughts?

Let me know!!

WWW Wednesday: March 13th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: I registered her for kindergarten last week. Yes, kindergarten. I can’t believe that it is that time of year already. I am expecting to hear from her T-Ball coach within the next couple of weeks. Since she was in T-Ball last year, I was told that she will be on the same team. Kinda curious about who else will be enrolling (like kids in her class). She also got a dollhouse yesterday. One of the KidKraft ones that is taller than her. Took us about 3 hours to put together but it was worth it. She was thrilled.

Miss B: Happy to report that all is fine, finally, on her end. She has made up all of her ELA work and is rocking a B- in it. She has been spending less time in her cave (aka her bedroom) and spending more time in the living room.

Mr. Z: He was a mess this week. Why? His overnight field trip is this week (left yesterday, return today). It takes him a while to process change and he runs the gauntlet of emotions. So, his emotions were all over the place the end of last week, the weekend, and the beginning of this week. But, he’s having fun (wicked awesome was texted to us). I pick him up at school this afternoon and can’t wait to her about his experiences!!

Me: My cold is over with but then I had a Hashi’s flare. Which mimics a cold except that my fingers swell…sigh. I did get my couches on Friday and I love them. They are super comfy!! We hit up IKEA this weekend and picked up a couple of much needed items. Daylight Savings has kicked my butt. Don’t like it, wish I had my extra hour of sleep. But I do like that it is getting warmer out. We will be tilling the garden area this weekend, as well as doing some much needed yard work. The city has been doing pipework on the road that runs in back of my house (which is a main road). The water has been on/off brown (from the pipework). Which is wonderful when a white wash is thrown in and the water wasn’t checked before (BK!!!). It was like I hit the stain jackpot and I had to throw away several shirts/socks. Hopefully they’ll be done soon. It’s getting old.

Reading/Reviews:

Reading: I’m about where I want to be with reading. It did take me awhile to read one book over the weekend. But that was mainly due to us doing a ton of errands last weekend.

Review: I am a little behind writing reviews (see above). I am hoping to catch up between tomorrow and Friday. I have gotten through most of my author requests. Next on my to do list, get my NetGalley list down to an acceptable number again. I am still working on revamping my old blog posts. I am working on those at a snail’s pace. I stopped when I upgraded my blog. I needed to get the right theme and everything that goes with that.


What I am currently reading:

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]
Click on the picture of the Amazon link

An international playboy finds true love in a sexy new standalone contemporary romance from Aliza Mann.

Ashton Lyle
 is a man in control. His rules are simple:
Discipline.
Hard work.
No deviation.
And lucky for him no one is able to resist his mega-watt smile, dazzling wit, sexy British accent, and ability to manipulate any situation in business . . . and in bed.
That is, until he meets a woman with rules of her own.

Terra Ellis is a self-made woman who knows what she wants.
A successful entrepreneur, she has worked hard to cultivate an impeccable image.
A tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband has reinforced her drive but it has also made her question serious relationships.
After all, a busy woman has no time for romance.
That is, until Terra meets a man who sees through her façade.

Ashton and Terra are about to discover that some rules were made to be broken. . . .

I have a bad habit of starting books right before I go to sleep. I am only a couple of chapters into Breaking His Rules and I can’t wait to read more. Breaking His Rules is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is April 2nd, 2019.


I recently finished reading:

Bethlehem: A Novel by [Kelly, Karen]
Click on the picture of the Amazon link

With the writing chops of Ian McEwan and the story-craft of Lisa Wingate, Karen Kelly weaves a shattering debut about two intertwined families and the secrets that they buried during the gilded, glory days of Bethlehem, PA.

A young woman arrives at the grand ancestral home of her husband’s family, hoping to fortify her cracking marriage. But what she finds is not what she expected: tragedy haunts the hallways, whispering of heartache and a past she never knew existed.

Inspired by the true titans of the steel-boom era, Bethlehem is a story of temptation and regret, a story of secrets and the cost of keeping them, a story of forgiveness. It is the story of two complex women—thrown together in the name of family—who, in coming to understand each other, come finally to understand themselves.

The review for Bethlehem is going to be a hard one for me to write. I liked the dual storylines. I liked the time periods that they took place in. I liked most of the characters. But, there was that one character who I didn’t like. And there was a dropped storyline that made me scratch my head. Bethlehem is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is July 9th, 2019.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love Book 2) by [Johnson, Melonie]

DEFINITELY, MAYBE…OR LOVE, ACTUALLY? 

English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie’s heart.

With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?

I am excited to be reading Smitten by the Brit. I had read Getting Hot with the Scot and enjoyed Bonnie and Theo’s interactions. So, when I saw that they got their own story, I needed to read it. Smitten by the Brit is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is May 28th, 2019.

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]

One young woman learns the true nature of power–both her own and others’–in the riveting conclusion to The Waking Land Trilogy.

Sophy Dunbarron–the illegitimate daughter of a king who never was–has always felt like an impostor. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter, and unacknowledged by her father, Sophy desires only a place and a family to call her own. But fate has other ideas. Caught up in Elanna Valtai’s revolution, Sophy has become the reigning monarch of a once-divided country–a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill.

But as she quickly discovers, wearing a crown is quite a different thing from keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers.

When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy’s last ally seems to have vanished. Now it is up to her alone to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret–one that could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown forever.

Don’t miss any of Callie Bates’s magical Waking Land trilogy: 
THE WAKING LAND – THE MEMORY OF FIRE – THE SOUL OF POWER

Another book that I can’t wait to read. I have read the previous two books and loved them. Plus, Sophy is getting her story!! The Soul of Power is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is June 4th, 2019.

The Night Window: A Jane Hawk Novel by [Koontz, Dean]

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz brings Jane Hawk’s one-woman war to an explosive climax as the rogue FBI agent wages her final battle against a terrifying conspiracy–for vengeance, for justice, and for humanity’s freedom. 

Groundbreaking, wholly involving, eerily prescient and terrifyingly topical, Dean Koontz’s Jane Hawk series sets a new standard for contemporary thrillers. Since her sensational debut in The Silent Corner, readers have been riveted by Jane Hawk’s resolute quest to take down the influential architects of an accelerating operation to control every level of society via an army of mind-altered citizens. At first, only Jane stood against the “Arcadian” conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the “adjusted” people are beginning to spin viciously out of control. Now, in the thrilling, climactic showdown that will decide America’s future, Jane will require all her resources–and more–as she confronts those at the malevolent, impregnable center of power.

And another book that I am excited to read. I can’t wait to see how Jane’s story ends!! The Night Window is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is May 14th, 2019.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

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