Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Didn’t Review

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


I had to go back with this week’s TTT. I have reviewed almost every book I have read from 2016 to early 2020. Thankfully, I have been on Goodreads (and previously Shelfari) since 210ish and I was/am anal about keeping my books tracked. So here are my top 10 books.

Enjoy!!


  1. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
  2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  4. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  5. Breath of Magic by Teresa Medeiros
  6. Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop
  7. Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros
  8. Black Diamond Death by Cheryl Bradshaw
  9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  10. Children of Another God by T.C. Southwell

Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.


What I Am Reading Now:

The Legend of Little Sharpshooter

A Girl with Skill:

Randy Carter has been playing survival games with her pa for as long as she can remember. Her pa was once a famed Texas Ranger and the list of those who want to see him dead is long. When the Anthony brothers gun him down in a cold-blooded act of revenge, the sixteen-year-old didn’t play the game as well as she could have when the outlaws escape with their lives, and she’s left injured and on her own.

Afraid they’ll come back for her, a wounded Randy plans on leaving the New Mexico Territory to head west with her temperamental horse Al, her gun Pearl, and the ashes of her family as her only companions.

A Horse Thief with Heart:

All Trevor wants is a decent horse. When he sees the best-looking horse he’s ever laid eyes on and tries to steal it, he finds himself in an awful predicament when he discovers he wasn’t fighting a boy but a very sick girl with a mean punch. He decides to save her life instead and he is smitten.

The Real Journey Begins:

Randy has a new traveling companion but finds she is in over her head when they run into an old family friend that knows she’s a great shot, a skilled sharpshooter of the likes of Annie Oakley. He exploits her amazing skill and her name quickly rises to fame as they cross the West. Because no one knows her pa is gone, the mob of outlaws on their tail is growing and they’re dead set on revenge

She might be a prodigy with a gun but becoming legendary as Miranda Carter was not what she wanted. Neither was falling in love. What must Randy sacrifice to find the peace she was looking for?


What I Plan on Reading This Week:

Baited Truth

Brooke

Nothing about my life has been easy, but that hasn’t stopped me from living it. So when someone sets out to steal that life from me, they better come heavily armed and with an army close behind, because nothing short of nuclear warfare is going to stop me from protecting what’s mine.

When my mom gets taken, I set out to find her and missing pieces of a puzzle I didn’t even know existed start to fall into place.

I might end up paying the price for someone else’s sins, but there’s no turning back now. I’m far too invested in this now – in finding my mom, in untangling the web of lies surrounding me, and more than anything else, I’m far too invested in the sexy, secretive and seriously annoying man helping me.

Grant

As an ex-SEAL that’s seen and endured horrors the majority of civilians think only exist in Hollywood, I really thought there wasn’t much that could surprise me anymore.

Then Jack, my boss and closest thing I have to a dad, goes missing.

He goes missing on the same day a pint-sized little spitfire that makes waterboarding sound relaxing compared to her relentless persistence shows up. She shows up someplace she doesn’t belong and claims to be looking for her mom, who was abducted the same day Jack went missing.

Her arrival starts looking less and less like a coincidence and more like karma looking to punish me for decades of sins I didn’t even know I’d committed.

She fights me at every turn. Challenges me in the worst ways. And turns me on like no woman has before.

Not that I have any plans of hooking up with the nuisance who lives to make my life difficult. I’d have to be a giant dumbass to get into bed with her before knowing if she’s friend or foe.

Apparently I’m a giant dumbass.

No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone #1)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…

Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.

My name is Claire Montgomery, and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We’ve been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it’s our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family’s filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I’m on my game. I’m ready.

Why doesn’t ready include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?

Screams of Steel (The Cacophony Blade, #1)

A magic sword with a terrible price unleashes chaos in an honorable man’s life.

Torant has spent his life as a Stone Warden upholding the law. After being warned by a legendary sorceress, Torant must take down a mad bandit lord who wields a fearsome greatsword. When the sword falls into Torant’s hands, he learns it’s secret – the sword gives him the strength of the last person it killed at the cost of hearing that person’s soul. Now magically bound to the sword, Torant finds himself trying to thwart a plot against him while an angry soul whispers and screams in a voice that only he can hear. As his honorable life unravels, Torant fights to keep his oath, his sanity, and his life.

Screams of Steel is a Cacophony Blade Novel, the first in a series of stand-alone, sword and sorcery adventures that follow Torant, his friend Laden, and the Cacophony Blade. Dive into a world of fast-paced tales of magic, steel, and monsters in the tradition of Leiber and Moorcock.

Three Abductions and an Earl (Parvenues & Paramours, #1)

London-hating dreamer, Lydia Norwood, has failed spectacularly as a débutante. Now an encoretante whose family has lost a fortune, Lydia discovers that the beau monde is hard on a nouveau riche social climber, particularly one who is no longer riche and only wants to climb trees. Lydia must stave off the effrontery of rakes and conniving competitors long enough to make a good match, or else incur society’s scorn by earning her own money. Falling for the unattainable Lord Aldley is a distraction she cannot afford. But they share such an enchanted history, how can her heart resist?

The tragically virtuous Earl of Aldley is tired of ambitious families hurling debutantes at his head, but cannot hide in France forever. He returns to London to seek out the mysterious tree-climbing girl who once saved him from a scheming chit, and finds more than he bargained for. Abductions, seductions, trickery and injury all endanger Lydia, but Lord Aldley’s heart is imperiled beyond rescue. He has only just found her; will he lose her forever to his enemy, his best friend, or his own dangerous mistake?

Three Abductions and an Earl is a full length novel and the first book in Tessa Candle’s Parvenues and Paramours series.

Weekly Wrap Up: August 2nd through August 8th 2020

Books I’ve Read:

Deceived

Beautifully Wounded

Rush

The Connector

Bound by Faerie

Woman of Flames


Weekly Posts

#SixforSunday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday


Reviews I did this week:

Beautifully Wounded—Review here

#SixforSundays:

#SixforSundays is a meme hosted by A Little But A Lot. Every month there is a theme and that is broken down on Sundays into categories.

August’s theme is Let’s Celebrate Colors. Broken down by date, the categories are:

2nd: Wintery Colours

9th: Spring Colours

16th: Summer Colours

23rd: Autumnal Colours

30th: Your Favorite Colour

Today’s prompt is:

Spring Colours


The Wild Child (The Bride Trilogy, #1)
Lily for My Enemy (Lockhart, #2)
Starting Over at Blueberry Creek (Sweetwater Springs #4)
Wager for a Lady's Hand (Lockhart, #1)
Small-Town Secrets (Door County #1)
The Duke Is But a Dream (Debutante Diaries, #2)

WWW Wednesday: August 5th 2020

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

The Three Ws are:

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


Personal:

This past week has been a whirlwind. My kids schools (I have 3 in 3 different schools: High School, Middle School, and Elementary) needed an intent form filled out. Will they do virtual learning or do the blended learning plan? Miss R and Mr Z will be staying home (please pray for me and them!!). Miss B is determined to go to school. Since her HS is a Career/Magnet school, they only accepted 75 kids in for freshman year. Then they weed the kids out from there. The upper classes only have 15-20 kids in them. I am comfortable with her going to school and being able to social distance. Then they dropped a bomb on us with the dress code. We went from uniforms (polo shirts/khaki pants) to regular clothes. Which I wasn’t happy about. I had already bought Miss B and Mr Z their uniforms for the year. So, that money is down the drain….grrr.

Saturday, we headed up to the mountains to shop (they have outlets). We spent way more money than we should have but the kids have school clothes.

Sunday we spent taking our pool down. Somehow, it got a tear on the bottom and was leaking everywhere. So, down it went. I was a bit irritated by that but oh well. It lasted us 3 months (which was longer than our previous pools)

Monday and Tuesday were spent cleaning out closets and getting rid of clothes that were too small, plus all of my regular chores. I also have gotten back into the habit of watching Judge Judy on TV (when Miss R allows it. She has her shows she likes to watch). BK and myself have been watching Cursed and Stargate Atlantis after the kids go to bed. We want to start the Umbrella Academy but I told him to wait until after school begins and they are exhausted by 8pm. That way, we don’t have to pause it when Mr Z or Miss R comes in.

Today, Mr Z had his orthodontist consult (he goes every 4-5 months). Unfortunately, not so great news. He has to get two baby teeth pulled. His adult teeth are taking forever to come in and there is one adult tooth that the ortho is concerned about. On top of that, the ortho said that he might have two more teeth pulled if they aren’t out in 5 months. Grrrr. With Miss R having oral surgery and Mr Z getting teeth pulled, I am spending some quality time at the dentist/oral surgeon in the next month.

Miss R started her horseback riding lessons back up today. Her instructor was exposed to COVID and cancelled all lessons until her results came back. Fortunately, they came back negative and seeing that she had spent 14 days in self quarantine, I figured it was safe enough for Miss R to start up again. She didn’t get to trot (her favorite thing). Instead, she was working on turning the horse (who was being a jerk….lol).


What I am currently reading:

Woman of Flames

Based on the life of a Jewish prophet, “Woman of Flames” is a sweeping epic of how faith, lust, and revenge can drive nations into war. As a child, Deborah must convince those around her that her visions are a gift from the Hebrew God, whom she is called to serve.

As she matures, Deborah battles the prejudices of her people to achieve the position God has ordained, that of a spiritual leader for Israel. Growing in power and confidence, Deborah accepts God’s promise to use her to free her people from their oppressors. One man stands in her way—Sisera, general of the Canaanite army.

With nine hundred chariots, thousands of soldiers, and the help of a sadistic priest, Sisera relentlessly pursues his one objective-total annihilation of the Israelites. After he captures Deborah, his life is altered in ways he never dreamed possible. Attracted to her power and consumed by her beauty, Sisera’s single obsession becomes to possess Deborah, body and soul.

Deborah fights against the temptations of her enemy, and her own fears, to ignite a fire of rebellion that could set her people free.

Purchase Links: Amazon | BN | AbeBooks | Alibris


I recently finished reading:

Bound by Faerie (Stolen Magic, #1)

Sophie Morrigan inherited many magical gifts from her death goddess mother. Most of them inflict torture, except the most beautiful. That one kills.

As an agent for the Faerie Affairs Bureau, Sophie loves retrieving dangerous magical objects. The job lets her indulge her covetous nature, and most importantly, it pays the bills. But when a routine job goes south, she finds herself struggling to keep her deadly magic in check while fleeing the wrath of an enraged dragon.

In a desperate search for answers, Sophie stumbles across Owen, a fae nightclub owner who’s as sexy as he is irritating, but just happens to hold the key to her problems.

Sophie wants nothing more than to get her magic under control and return to her normal life, but first she’ll have to face off with all the dangers Faerie can throw at her. Can she fight her way back home? Or will both she and Owen fall prey to a crazed death cult?

Bound by Faerie features a gutsy, kick butt heroine, a broody and dangerous hero, and a ton of magical mayhem.

Purchase Links: Amazon | BN | AbeBooks | Alibris

They say money can’t buy love. Fortunately, it can buy everything else.

A week ago, I didn’t know who Nathan Turner was. That’s because he doesn’t own deals; he makes them instead. He’s the man behind the curtain — more powerful even than the man in front of it.

He’s a multi-billion-dollar networker. A connector, in his own words.

Nathan’s job is to pull strings. And when I butted my way into his office, he told me he planned to pull my strings, too.

I thought I could make my own deal with Nathan, but now I’m in over my head.

What he’s connecting now isn’t a takeover or a buyout.

I think he’s forming a secret society instead: a Syndicate of billionaires who want to pool their assets into a trillion-dollar pool, then rule the world.

I’m not up to this. I’m just an 18-year-old girl.

But there’s no way Nathan will let me out now.

The Connector is the first book in the Trillionaire Boys’ Club series by Aubrey Parker. Each book tells the story of another of the Club’s powerful members … and you’re going to want to collect them all.

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris


What books I think I’ll read next:

The Legend of Little Sharpshooter

A Girl With Skill

Outlaws have gunned down Randy Carter’s pa to get revenge from his long past Texas Ranger days leaving the sixteen-year-old girl not only wounded, but on her own. The Anthony brothers didn’t leave unscathed though. Fearful they’ll come back and seek revenge on her too, Randy heads West with her temperamental horse Al, her gun Pearl, and the ashes of her family as her only companions.

A Horse Thief With Heart

All Trevor wants is a decent horse. When he sees the best looking horse he’s ever laid eyes on, he tries to steal it. He finds himself in an awful predicament when he discovers he wasn’t fighting a boy, but a very sick girl. He decides to save her life instead and is smitten.

The Real Journey Begins

Before the pair make it out of the New Mexico Territory, they run into an old family friend who knows Randy is a great shot, a skilled sharpshooter of the likes of Annie Oakley. As he exploits her amazing skill, her name quickly rises to fame across the West. Because no one knows the little sharpshooter’s pa is dead, not only are the Anthony brothers after her, but all the outlaws that had it out for her pa are out to get her too.

Randy didn’t plan becoming legendary as Miranda Carter or falling in love. With a growing mob of outlaws on their tail that are dead set on revenge, how much will she sacrifice to find the peace she was looking for?

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris

Three Abductions and an Earl: A Regency Romance Novel (Parvenues & Paramours Book 1) by [Tessa Candle]

London-hating dreamer, Lydia Norwood, has failed spectacularly as a débutante. Now an encoretante whose family has lost a fortune, Lydia discovers that the beau monde is hard on a nouveau riche social climber, particularly one who is no longer riche and only wants to climb trees. Lydia must stave off the effrontery of rakes and conniving competitors long enough to make a good match, or else incur society’s scorn by earning her own money. Falling for the unattainable Lord Aldley is a distraction she cannot afford. But they share such an enchanted history, how can her heart resist?

The tragically virtuous Earl of Aldley is tired of ambitious families hurling debutantes at his head, but cannot hide in France forever. He returns to London to seek out the mysterious tree-climbing girl who once saved him from a scheming chit, and finds more than he bargained for. Abductions, seductions, trickery and injury all endanger Lydia, but Lord Aldley’s heart is imperiled beyond rescue. He has only just found her; will he lose her forever to his enemy, his best friend, or his own dangerous mistake?


Three Abductions and an Earl is a full length novel and the first book in Tessa Candle’s Parvenues and Paramours series.

Purchase Links: Amazon | IndieBound | Walmart eBooks

Screams of Steel (The Cacophony Blade Book 1) by [Mike Stagg]

A magic sword with a terrible price unleashes chaos in an honorable man’s life.

Torant has spent his life as a Stone Warden upholding the law. After being warned by a legendary sorceress, Torant must take down a mad bandit lord who wields a fearsome greatsword. When the sword falls into Torant’s hands, he learns it’s secret – the sword gives him the strength of the last person it killed at the cost of hearing that person’s soul. Now magically bound to the sword, Torant finds himself trying to thwart a plot against him while an angry soul whispers and screams in a voice that only he can hear. As his honorable life unravels, Torant fights to keep his oath, his sanity, and his life.

Screams of Steel is a Cacophony Blade Novel, the first in a series of stand-alone, sword and sorcery adventures that follow Torant, his friend Laden, and the Cacophony Blade. Dive into a world of fast-paced tales of magic, steel, and monsters in the tradition of Leiber and Moorcock.

Purchase Links: Amazon

No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone Series Book 1) by [Angel Payne, Victoria Blue]

Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…

Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.

My name is Claire Montgomery, and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We’ve been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it’s our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family’s filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I’m on my game. I’m ready.

Why doesn’t ready include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?

Purchase Links: Amazon | IndieBound | Audible | Walmart eBooks

Baited Truth by [Jenn Hype]

Brooke

Nothing about my life has been easy, but that hasn’t stopped me from living it. So when someone sets out to steal that life from me, they better come heavily armed and with an army close behind, because nothing short of nuclear warfare is going to stop me from protecting what’s mine.

When my mom gets taken, I set out to find her and missing pieces of a puzzle I didn’t even know existed start to fall into place.

I might end up paying the price for someone else’s sins, but there’s no turning back now. I’m far too invested in this now – in finding my mom, in untangling the web of lies surrounding me, and more than anything else, I’m far too invested in the sexy, secretive and seriously annoying man helping me.

Grant

As an ex-SEAL that’s seen and endured horrors the majority of civilians think only exist in Hollywood, I really thought there wasn’t much that could surprise me anymore.

Then Jack, my boss and closest thing I have to a dad, goes missing.

He goes missing on the same day a pint-sized little spitfire that makes waterboarding sound relaxing compared to her relentless persistence shows up. She shows up someplace she doesn’t belong and claims to be looking for her mom, who was abducted the same day Jack went missing.

Her arrival starts looking less and less like a coincidence and more like karma looking to punish me for decades of sins I didn’t even know I’d committed.

She fights me at every turn. Challenges me in the worst ways. And turns me on like no woman has before.

Not that I have any plans of hooking up with the nuisance who lives to make my life difficult. I’d have to be a giant dumbass to get into bed with her before knowing if she’s friend or foe.

Apparently I’m a giant dumbass.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Walmart eBooks

Beautifully Wounded (The Beaumont Brothers: Book 1) by Susan Griscom

Beautifully Wounded (The Beaumont Brothers Book 1) by [Susan Griscom]
Beautifully Wounded By Susan Griscom

Publisher: Amber Glow Books

Date of publication: April 9th, 2014

Genre: Romance

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Audible

Series: The Beaumont Brothers

Beautifully Wounded—Book 1 (Previously published under The Fawn)

Beautifully Used—Book 2

Beautifully Undone—Book 3

Format read in: eBook

Trigger Warning: Spousal Abuse and Rape

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sometimes the only way to salvation… is to take a leap of faith.

What would you do if you had no place to go and no one you could trust?

“The lyrics are about you, Lena,” he confessed, and I watched his mouth as the tip of his tongue moistened his lips before he leaned his head down. Then those beautiful lips were on mine, soft, tender at first, then his tongue glided over my lips, breaking the seal. My pulse throbbed and quickened as his tongue swirled around mine. Taking and controlling, and… and I wanted this, needed his touch. I went limp in his embrace, and the heat rose under my skin, my body vibrated against his strong powerful one. Was this really happening?”

Jackson Beaumont prides himself on being a nature-loving, guitar-strumming, carefree sort of guy. When the mysterious Lena Benton walks into his bar looking scared and defeated, it’s not something he can ignore. He’s immediately consumed by concern for her and driven by his desire to help. She’s just so beautiful. So wounded.

After being shuffled from one foster home to another growing up, Lena Benton dreamt of finding her prince charming. When the captivating Troy Harington sweeps her off her feet shortly after high school graduation, she’s certain she’s found her happiness. Unfortunately, Troy’s true colors surface shortly after their marriage and things turn ugly. Lena only has one choice. She has to leave him. She has to run…

Lena’s escape has brought her to Jackson, and he clearly wants to be there for her, but can she trust anyone again after what she’s gone through? And will Jackson be able to help her heal without losing his heart?

18+ due to sexual content and mature subject matter.


First Line:

He opened the front door.

Beautifully Wounded by Susan Griscom

First Impressions:

I am going to start with the trigger warning to start this review. Usually, I will touch upon TW’s at the end of the book. But, because of how this book begins, I feel that it is appropriate to put it at the beginning.

I am not going to mince words. Beautifully Wounded starts with Lena being raped and beaten by her husband when the rape fails (because he loses his erection halfway through the rape). I won’t lie, it is very graphic. But, it set the pace and the mood for the first half of the book.

Lena’s flight from Troy was heartbreaking but empowering. I felt her terror and urgency as she fled. She was terrified that he would find her. She was terrified of what he would do. She did everything to throw him off her trail. She cut up credit cards, abandoned her car, used a fake ID that her best guy friend gave her, used cash to buy a new car, and drove as far as she could with her injuries. It was breathtaking and made my heart pound. I was on the edge of my seat that first couple of chapters because of the unknown.

Then Jackson was introduced. Not a lot was said about him except that he owned a local bar with his brother, Brodie. That was fine with me because all of my attention was on Lena and her flight from Troy. When Lena walked into the bar, her appearance caught Jackson (and eventually Brodie’s) attention. Jackson, who had a soft heart of injured animals and people, took one look at her and decided that she needed his help. He brought in an ex-Army medic/current firefighter to look at her. That is when the extent of her injuries was shown. Broken ribs, a concussion, bruises everywhere, and one eye was swollen completely shut. Even Doc (the firefighter) was horrified. I was fighting back the tears during that scene. I made these weird snuffly noises that my husband took notice of and asked if I needed a tissue.

I liked that Lena was learning to trust Jackson. What I loved was her instant connection to Rufus (his hound). She spilled her secret to him, unaware that Jackson was listening outside her door. It was a heartwarming scene that again made me fight back the tears. That poor girl.

By the middle of the book, though, Jackson did start to creep me out. He began to become obsessed with Lena. I understand wanting to help. He helped so much and in so many ways. He set it up so Lena could file for divorce without disclosing her location. He helped file for a restraining order (including taking her pictures). He got her clothing and someone to dye her hair. He. Was. Always. There. When he started falling for her, I was like, “Oh no honey, please. Wait until she’s healed.” But he didn’t.


Mid-Book Impressions:

The middle of Beautifully Wounded focused on Lena’s healing process and her emerging relationship with Jackson. I liked seeing her regain her self confidence and self-worth. The little tidbits of her life with Troy left me shaking my head. What made me shake my head, even more, was that she witnessed her mother being abused and then killed by her abuser while she was growing up. Lena thought she knew what she was looking out for, but instead, she got blindsided. I truly felt awful for her.

I liked seeing her and Jackson connect on a deeper level. Seeing her fall for Jackson was sweet, but at the same time, I felt that she didn’t need to fall into another relationship. But, thankfully, Jackson took it super slow and allowed Lena to call the shots.

Their relationship did heat up during this part of the book. But nothing happened until after Lena received her divorce papers.

Jackson was still acting creepy. He had this whole “I’ll let her come to me” vibe, but he moved her into his and Brodie’s house and spent all of his time with Lena. And, again, I didn’t blame Brodie for blowing up at Jackson. I did feel bad that Lena had to overhear it, though. Brodie did apologize, and Lena did tell Brodie that she was sorry, even though it was Jackson’s fault.

There was an undercurrent of anticipation regarding Troy. And it wasn’t the right kind. I kept wondering when he would turn up. I didn’t blame Lena for wanting to run. She was terrified that Troy would hunt her down and kill her.


End of Book Impressions:

The last half of Beautifully Wounded was insane. So much went on in a few short chapters. I couldn’t read it fast enough.

Jackson and Lena’s relationship went to the next step, which wasn’t awful in the grand scheme of things. In book time, two months had gone by, and they spent everyday together. So, when they had sex, I wasn’t grossed out. I was still a little skeeved by Jackson, but even that went away. You could tell that he cherished Lena.

Lena’s worse nightmares were realized when one of her best friends (pre-Troy) came to the bar and let her know that Troy knew where she was. Then it was a waiting game as to when he would show up.

And yes, Troy did show up. My heart was pounding for Lena during those scenes because of what he was saying to her, where he was taking her and what he would do to her (implied). I will say that Rufus was the real MVP during this part of the book. That nice, sweet dog lost his SHIT when Lena was taken. And I ugly cried when Jackson caught up to Lena and Troy, and he saw what happened to Rufus.

Of course, there was a confrontation between Jackson and Troy. In my mind, I called it the battle between Good and Evil (because it was). There was a point where I was concerned for Jackson and a little WTF. Jackson was an ex-cop. He should have known how to take someone down. Yet, he didn’t, and it frustrated me. It was who took Troy down that took me by surprise. It also took Brodie by surprise (he was way too late).

The epilogue was fantastic. I liked seeing where Lena and Jackson were a year later. Oh, and Rufus’s fate was disclosed!! I also loved the lead into Brodie/Gabby’s story.


My Overall Thoughts on Beautifully Wounded:

I enjoyed reading Beautifully Wounded. It had a fast plotline with characters that will stay with you after the book is finished. I will warn that there are parts of the book that are hard to swallow. Some parts are unrealistic. But, it didn’t affect me. Instead, it made the book more enjoyable to read.

I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book. There is graphic violence. There is a rape scene at the beginning of the book that is graphic. There is sex, but that is not graphic.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Colours in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


I was excited for this weeks TTT!!! I love colourful things (and people!!).

Hope you enjoy.


  1. Blackbird by Slade Karver
  2. Starting Over at Blueberry Creek by Annie Rains (Review)
  3. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  4. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (Review)
  5. The Red Death by Birgitte Margen (Review)
  6. Red Dawn Rising by Margaret Watson (Review)
  7. An Indigo Wind by Margaret Watson (Review)
  8. White Stag by Kara Barbieri (Review)
  9. Black Diamond Fall by Joseph Olshan (Review)
  10. Golden Skies by Juan Zapata (Review)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.


What I Am Reading Now:

Rush (The Riptide Series #1)

Bait.
That’s all she is.
Nothing more.
Nothing else.

And that’s why she’s wanted,
And in danger.

Lauren Owens is so much more.
She’s everything.
Falling for her was never my intention.
But, I couldn’t resist,
Her charm,
Her vulnerability,
Her spirit and drive,
And her unimaginable innocence.

And that’s exactly why my father wants her,
For his own gain.
Now, it’s up to me to take him down,
Stop him once and for all,
Protecting her every step of the way.

Saving her would mean only one thing:
I won’t get to love her.

Beautifully Wounded  (The Beaumont Brothers, #1)

Sometimes the only way to salvation… is to take a leap of faith.

What would you do if you had no place to go and no one you could trust?

“The lyrics are about you, Lena,” he confessed, and I watched his mouth as the tip of his tongue moistened his lips before he leaned his head down. Then those beautiful lips were on mine, soft, tender at first, then his tongue glided over my lips, breaking the seal. My pulse throbbed and quickened as his tongue swirled around mine. Taking and controlling, and… and I wanted this, needed his touch. I went limp in his embrace, and the heat rose under my skin, my body vibrated against his strong powerful one. Was this really happening?”

Jackson Beaumont prides himself on being a nature-loving, guitar-strumming, carefree sort of guy. When the mysterious Lena Benton walks into his bar looking scared and defeated, it’s not something he can ignore. He’s immediately consumed by concern for her and driven by his desire to help. She’s just so beautiful. So wounded.

After being shuffled from one foster home to another growing up, Lena Benton dreamt of finding her prince charming. When the captivating Troy Harington sweeps her off her feet shortly after high school graduation, she’s certain she’s found her happiness. Unfortunately, Troy’s true colors surface shortly after their marriage and things turn ugly. Lena only has one choice. She has to leave him. She has to run…

Lena’s escape has brought her to Jackson, and he clearly wants to be there for her, but can she trust anyone again after what she’s gone through? And will Jackson be able to help her heal without losing his heart?

18+ due to sexual content and mature subject matter.

Bound by Faerie (Stolen Magic, #1)

Sophie Morrigan inherited many magical gifts from her death goddess mother. Most of them inflict torture, except the most beautiful. That one kills.

As an agent for the Faerie Affairs Bureau, Sophie loves retrieving dangerous magical objects. The job lets her indulge her covetous nature, and most importantly, it pays the bills. But when a routine job goes south, she finds herself struggling to keep her deadly magic in check while fleeing the wrath of an enraged dragon.

In a desperate search for answers, Sophie stumbles across Owen, a fae nightclub owner who’s as sexy as he is irritating, but just happens to hold the key to her problems.

Sophie wants nothing more than to get her magic under control and return to her normal life, but first she’ll have to face off with all the dangers Faerie can throw at her. Can she fight her way back home? Or will both she and Owen fall prey to a crazed death cult?

The Connector (Trillionaire Boys' Club, #1)

They say money can’t buy love. Fortunately, it can buy everything else.

A week ago, I didn’t know who Nathan Turner was. That’s because he doesn’t own deals; he makes them instead. He’s the man behind the curtain — more powerful even than the man in front of it.

He’s a multi-billion-dollar networker. A connector, in his own words.

Nathan’s job is to pull strings. And when I butted my way into his office, he told me he planned to pull my strings, too.

I thought I could make my own deal with Nathan, but now I’m in over my head.

What he’s connecting now isn’t a takeover or a buyout.

I think he’s forming a secret society instead: a Syndicate of billionaires who want to pool their assets into a trillion-dollar pool, then rule the world.

I’m not up to this. I’m just an 18-year-old girl.

But there’s no way Nathan will let me out now.

#SixforSundays: Wintery Colours

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#SixforSundays is a meme hosted by A Little But A Lot. Every month there is a theme and that is broken down on Sundays into categories.

August’s theme is Let’s Celebrate Colors. Broken down by date, the categories are:

2nd: Wintery Colours

9th: Spring Colours

16th: Summer Colours

23rd: Autumnal Colours

30th: Your Favorite Colour

Today’s prompt is:

Wintery Colours:

Between Mountain and Sea: Paradisi Chronicles (Caelestis Series #1)
Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas (River Ranch, #3)
Thin Ice (Alaska Wild Mysteries #1)
Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter
Snowfall on Cedar Trail (Sweetwater Springs #3)

Monthly Wrap Up: July 2020

Personal:

July was a good month. Boring but good. Here’s some of the highlights:

  1. We set off fireworks on the 4th. It wasn’t anything spectacular but enough for the kids to go crazy for. We also had sparklers, which were a bigger hit than the fireworks.
  2. We got our money’s worth out of our pool. Unfortunately, it got a hole (in the bottom) and we had to drain it. And, with our luck, it was in the middle of a 20 day heatwave.
  3. Miss R started doing very well in her horseback riding lessons. According to her instructor and the owner of the barn, she has great form and she catches on fast. She was trotting as of her last lesson!! Unfortunately, we had to put the lessons on hold because her instructor was exposed to COVID at a horseshow. As soon as she is done with quarantine (and gets her results back), we’ll be starting them back up again.
  4. We found out what was going on with school. 4 weeks of virtual learning followed by either a blended learning plan (and high school is different than middle/elementary) or virtual learning. Miss B and Mr Z are doing the blended plan and Miss R will be doing virtual.
  5. On the same subject, the school changed the dress code for grades 6-12. Before, the kids had to wear a uniform. Now, its regular clothing. That is the only thing I wasn’t happy about. Why? Because I had already bought the darn uniforms.

Reading:

I was pretty psyched to get back into blogging after my hiatus. I am still not accepting books for review (and probably won’t until my kids go back to school in person). But I am enjoying reviewing books at my own pace.

Books I Read in July:

A Letter From America by Geraldine O’Neill

Simmer: An Inferno World Novella by Measha Stone (Warning: X Rated and extremely taboo subject matter. 18+ only)

The Passage by Irina Shapiro

A Noble Affair by Jennie Goutet

Fatal Desires by Theresa Hissong

Pretty Reckless by Jane Anthony

Blackbird by Slade Karver

Shallow Graves by Patrick Logan

The Draig’s Woman by Lisa Dawn Wadler

Control Freakz by Michael Evans

The Grid 1: Fall of Justice by Paul Teague

What Haunts Me by Margaret A. Millmore

Beware the Ranger by Debra Holt

Qualify by Vera Nazarian

Compete by Vera Nazarian

Win by Vera Nazarian

Survive by Vera Nazarian

Crossroads by Scott Hungerford

Arrival of the Traveler by A.L. Tyler

Of Lords and Commoners by Lynne Clark

Smolder by Desiree Douglas

From This Moment On by Debra Clopton

Free Falling by Susan Kiernan-Lewis

The Cinderella Arrangement by Vanessa Waltz

True Light by G. Bailey

Alice Isn’t Well by Amy Cross

Shameless by M. Malone and Nana Malone

One Ride by Chelsea Camaron

Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey

The Midwest Witch by Flint Maxwell and Martha Carr


Reviews I did this month

A Letter From America

A Noble Affair

Control Freakz

The Grid 1: Fall of Justice

Of Lords and Commoners


Weekly Posts

WWW Wednesday: July 1st

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

WWW Wednesday: July 8th

WWW Wednesday: July 15th 2020

Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

WWW Wednesday: July 22nd

Weekly Wrap Up: July 19th through July 25th 2020

Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Most Recently added books to my TBR pile

WWW Wednesday: July 29th