Weekly Wrap Up: June 30th through July 6th, 2019

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Books I’ve Read:

An Unorthodox Match

A Highlander Walks into a Bar

29 Seconds

Books with pending reviews:

29 Seconds—review coming September 10th, 2019

The Truth Behind the Lie—review coming August 27th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar—review here

Raze—review here

The Shadowverse—review here

We Went to the Woods—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Dark Alpha’s Redemption

Christmas Angels

Followers

The Wives

Email Haul:

Red Dawn Rising

Dirty Cooking

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Under the Skin—Excerpt

She’s a Spitfire—Excerpt

A Highlander Walks into a Bar—Blog Tour

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Toxic Toffee—from Kensington Books

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

Blog Tour: A Highlander Walks into a Bar (Highland, Georgia: Book 1) by Laura Trentham

A Highlander Walks into a Bar: A Highland, Georgia Novel by [Trentham, Laura]

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Date of publication: July 30th, 2019

Genre: Romance

Series: Highland, Georgia

A Highlander Walks into a Bar—Book 1

A Highlander in a Pickup—Book 2 (expected publication date: February 25th, 2020)

Where you can find A Highlander Walks into a Bar: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | BookBub

Book synopsis:

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same… 

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?


First Line:

“I brought home a surprise!”

A Highlander Walks into a Bar by Laura Trentham

What got me interested in this book was the title. It sounded like the beginning of a bad joke. Of course, I needed to read it. I am glad I did because this was a sweet romance.

Isabel is thrown for a loop when her mother comes home from a trip to Scotland with a large Highlander. With Highland’s annual Highland Games fast approaching, Isabel doesn’t need any distractions. Then Alasdair shows up. Isabel starts to fall for Alasdair, but she doesn’t know that he has secrets. The secrets that he has could end their relationship before it takes off.

I didn’t like Isabel when she was first introduced in the book. I thought that she was immature. Then I started thinking about how she was acting. If my mother came home with a strange guy and started acting flighty, then I would have acted the same way. So, my dislike of her lessened within the first few chapters. By the middle of the book, I started to like her. Mainly after her talk with Anna and the whole girl bud conversation. I did think she overacted a little when she found out about Alasdair and Gareth. But, at the same time, I felt that her reaction was justified.

I liked Alasdair. I liked that he cared enough about Gareth to track him down. I liked that he agreed to keep Gareth’s title and wealth a secret. I liked that he was willing to apologize for things he said when he was eighteen. I liked that he was going to fight his boss when his research into Rose and Isabel’s property became public. But there were things that I didn’t like. I didn’t like that he told Isabel half-truths’ right from the beginning. He lied to Isabel about something silly. He lied about his relationship with Gareth. I understood why, but still.

Rose and Gareth were adorable. I saw hearts every time they interacted. I wouldn’t quite classify Alasdair and Isabel’s romance as cute. It was more on the steamy, sultry side.

Speaking of sex scenes, I can’t say that I even remotely giggled at one sex scene ever. But Isabel brought out the giggler in me. Stealing Alasdair’s clothing, getting bit by fire ants and then getting her band-aids stuck on his junk. I was dying.

The end of the book was terrific. I loved the confrontation that Alasdair had with George. I loved the town coming to helps Alasdair win Isabel back. But more importantly, I liked that Isabel came up with a kick-ass solution to a big problem. And the epilogue!! I loved it!! I also liked seeing who the next book was going to be about. I can’t wait to read it!!


I would give A Highlander Walks into a Bar an Adult rating. There is sex. There is mild language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread A Highlander Walks into a Bar.  I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

WWW Wednesday: July 3rd, 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 over strep and it shows. She’s back to her sassy self this past week. The highlight of this week has been going to the library. In the summer, I take her and Mr. Z (Miss B will not go) and let them take out 2-3 books a week. This week, she picked out Uni the Unicorn and Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True.Very cute books and we had to read them with her stuffed unicorn named….Uni. She also starts swimming lessons next week. They are at the YMCA and they are free. Actually, all sports through the rec department are free if you live within city limits. And yes, I am taking full advantage of that!!

Mr. Z: He was upset that VBS ended. This is his last year of attending (the church goes up to rising 6th grade). Next year, he will be chaperoning. They have the older kids help with the younger ones until they get to be 16-17. Then they help with the 5-6th graders doing missionary work. He’s looking forward to it. He got 2 books this week at the library. They are Bravelands (Broken Pride: Book 1) by Erin Hunter and The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1: Mission Titanic by Jude Watson. He also starts swimming lessons next week.

Miss B: She is my only child who I haven’t signed up for things. But she has been keeping active by riding bikes. She has currently gotten interested in BMX biking/X games and I am encouraging that. But it has gotten hot out and that has been put on hold. Swimming at home has been put on a temporary hold (I will explain in my section). So, she has been gaming on her laptop and she has been helping out around the house. We did have a mandatory meeting for the Junior Police camp last Weds. That is happening the end of July and it looks like a blast. They are covering everything from exercise to how the police interact with the community to arrests to forensics. Since she wants to get into the high school that offers a forensic program, she is very excited for that. I am excited for her and it is going to be a busy two weeks. She gets dropped off between 730-8 am and won’t be picked up until 4 pm.

Me: So we bought a new pool on Saturday. BK decided that he wasn’t going to level it but instead was going to use paving stones to even the pool out. And, after a day of use, it tore (which I told him was going to happen). So, we had to empty it and are waiting on the patches and Flexitape. BK decided that he is going to level it this weekend and then refill the pool. I am wanting to cry because my water bill is going to be through the roof. But lesson learned. Other than that, life has been fine. No calls to the Dr (knock on wood). This has been the first week since the beginning of June where I didn’t have to take a kid to the Dr. I am hoping to keep it that way.

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

Reading: Another week where I finished all of the books on my ”What books I think I’ll read next?” list. I have also whittled my NetGalley backlog down more. I have 2 books that are older than 3 months. I will have zero by the end of the week. As of right now, I have 17 books on my Current Titles list that still need to be read. I did add 4 books over the weekend but still, I am doing pretty good!!

Reviews: I am behind writing reviews. The same as last week, 2 books. One of which is a blog tour and I will be writing that review as soon as I am done with this post.

Blog: I added a Mail Chimp widget and a widget for Bloglovin’. But they aren’t working and I need to figure out why. I also noticed that I had Google Translate up twice. Don’t know how that happened.


What I am currently reading:

An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen

California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultra orthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch.

While her mother direly predicts she is ruining her life, enslaving herself to a community that is a misogynistic religious cult, Lola’s heart tells her something far more complicated. But it is the shocking and unexpected messages of her new community itself which will finally force her into a deeper understanding of the real choices she now faces and which will ultimately decide her fate.

An Unorthodox March is a powerful and moving novel of faith, love, and acceptance, from Naomi Ragen, the international bestselling author of The Devil in Jerusalem.

I am a few chapters into An Unorthodox Match and I am not too sure what to think of it. There is so much going on that I am a little confused over things. I am also not a fan of Lola/Leah’s mother. Nope, can’t stand her.

An Unorthodox Match is expected to be published on September 24th, 2019. Look for my review on or after that date.


I recently finished reading:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar by Laura Trentham

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same… 

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a sweet romance. I did get off on the wrong foot with both Alasdair and Isabel at the beginning of the book. But as their own romance took off, my irritation with them dwindled.

A Highlander Walks into a Bar is expected to be published on July 30th, 2019. Since I am on the blog tour, my post will be published at some point today.


What books I think I’ll read next?

Letters from Angels by Dominic Schunker

There’s something very wrong with the world. A strange mist settles everywhere. It seems to be causing more than the usual horrors humans like to inflict on themselves, like an organising of those horrors into a plan to end them.

A Preacher with a past challenging his faith and a renowned Ufologist learn something evil is controlling it. They’re being shown signs to discover who it is but what is it?

Or is it the Biblical antichrist, fulfilling its apocryphal destiny?

If they can figure out what it is, maybe they can learn how to defeat it.

Thing is, it’s not easy. The signs of abduction and demonic possession are the same. Descriptions of aliens and biblical demons are the same. 

There’s nothing obvious presenting itself but there’s something about the number 37 that seems to have an answer. There is hope.

Meanwhile, the rest of humanity appears to be falling right into its trap. 

One way or another, the end of the world is indeed nigh and humans are not required. 

Eventually, the only solution is the most unlikely solution.

But it’s all they’ve got.

I have read previous books by Dominic Schunker and have liked them. So, when he approached me to read/review Letters from Angels, I made to review this book on that. From what the blurb hints at, I am thinking I am going to like the book.

Letters from Angels is expected to be published on July 7th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review on or after that date.

Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

1. Daniel Mayrock loves his wife Jill…more than anything. 
2. Dan quit his job and opened a bookshop.
3. Jill is ready to have a baby. 
4. Dan is scared; the bookshop isn’t doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. 
5. Dan hasn’t told Jill about their financial trouble. He’s ashamed. 
6. Then Jill gets pregnant
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This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances—he wants to become someone.

1. Dan wants to do something special. 
2. He’s a man who is tired of feeling ordinary. 
3. He’s sick of feeling like a failure. 
4. Of living in the shadow of his wife’s deceased first husband.

Dan is also an obsessive list maker, and his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he’s willing to anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.

I am not too sure if I am going to like this book. I have read books similar to Twenty-one Truths About Love before and didn’t like them. But I like to give books a chance. Here’s to hoping that this one doesn’t blow it!!

Twenty-one Truths About Love is expected to be published on November 19th, 2019. Looks for my review on or after that date.

Red Dawn Rising by Margaret Watson

Musician Cassidy Drake has no idea who she really is until a brutal attack on her mother reveals truths she never could have imagined. Finn Brody, the mysterious man she meets at the hospital, suspects Cassidy’s true nature when magic erupts around them. 

Cassidy and Finn are drawn into a battle neither of them want. But they are essential in the quest to stop the evil fae queen from conquering the human world. Joined with the rest of The Four, can they defeat an entity with vast, unimaginable power? Or will they be the first casualties in the coming epic battle for survival? 

I am super excited to read Red Dawn Rising. I have read the previous books in the series and loved them. I have high expectations for this book.

Red Dawn Rising’s expected publication date is July 9th, 2019. Look for my review on or after that date.

The Woman He Knows by Margaret Watson

Darcy Gordon is hiding, watching for her past to catch up with her. So when her boss is injured in a suspicious accident, she’s certain it was meant for her. But instead of fleeing, as every instinct screams, guilt forces her to stay and help her boss’s brother run the restaurant where she works. 

There’s just one problem – Patrick Devereux is an FBI agent. His too-sharp eyes threaten to reveal all her secrets. Expose her for who she really is. She wants to lower her guard and let Patrick know her. But when he learns the truth, will he understand? Or will he arrest her? 

Again, another book that I am excited to read by the same author. Also another book that I have high expectations for.

The Woman He Knows is currently available for purchase. Be on the look out for my review soon.

Magic Heist by Mary Karlik

Layla rescued fairies that had been kidnapped and brought the human world. But now they can’t find their way back to the magic realm and time is running out.

Layla is a powerful fairy with magical ability that stretches beyond throwing spells. But with all that power, she still doesn’t know how to get over one-hundred fairies back to the magic realm. With their magic gone, the rescued fairies have no immunity to protect them from the toxins of the human world, and they’re slowly dying.

To find the path home, Layla knows she must team up with the one man who can make her insides quiver with an accidental brush of his fingertips. The same man who’s alter ego dragon is the natural predator of fairies. The man she knows will give his life to keep the fairies safe—Scotland’s finest Specialist Crime Division leader, Ian Cameron.

Ian has only been a dragon shifter for a few days. He struggles to control the dragon spirit locked inside his human form, doesn’t know what magical powers he may or may not have, and has never been to a magical world. But none of those things frighten him as much as the little spark that ignites in his soul when the half – human fairy is around.

But this little fairy is no Tinkerbell. She is brave, powerful, and can wield a sword like a medieval knight.

With growing feelings toward Layla, he couldn’t refuse to help her get the fairies back to the magic realm if he wanted to. The problem is the dragon who lives inside him would like nothing more than to feed his appetite with all of those little fairies—especially the half human one who killed its leader.

I can’t wait to read Magic Heist. It has a little of everything that I like in a book.

Magic Heist’s publication date is July 9th, 2019. Since I am on the blog tour, my post will be published on July 10th, 2019.

WWW Wednesday: June 26th, 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 has been busy for these last couple of weeks. She had kindergarten testing on the 14th, our trip, Bible School, and being sick. Yup, you read that right. She has strep….sigh. But she had a blast at the beach!!

Mr. Z: Out of the 3 kids, his last couple of weeks haven’t been that hectic. The only thing he did in the two weeks was attend Bible School, go on vacation and….have strep. I was surprised at his diagnosis. Took him into the Dr for a cough and came home with antibiotics for strep. Still trying to figure that out.

Miss B: Her schedule has been hectic. I had an IEP meeting for her on the 14th. She then had Coding Camp (part of the school system’s STEM program) the 18th-19th. This week, she has a mandatory meeting for the Youth Leadership Program that she was accepted into and she has an orthodontist appt.

Me: I enjoyed the beach. But I forgot that North Carolina isn’t like Massachusetts when it comes to the sun. So I got a bad burn and now I am a peely mess. On the home front, we came home to our pool deflated and all the water out of it. So, gotta buy a new one on Friday. Not happy about that.

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

Reading: I finished all of my books on my ” What books I think I’ll read next?” list. Long car rides and some time on my hands helped with that. I have chiseled away at my NetGalley backlog. I am at 14 books plus 4 books that are older than 3 months. Go me!!

Reviews: I am behind on writing my reviews. But I’m not bothered by that. I’m only behind by 2 reviews.

Blog: I changed my blog format again. I actually like this one better than the one I had.


What I am currently reading:

The Truth Behind the Lie: A Novel by [Lövestam, Sara]

The Truth Behind The Lie is Sara Lövestam’s award-winning and gripping novel about blurred lines, second chances, and the lengths one will go to for the truth.

When a six-year-old girl disappears and calling the police isn’t an option, her desperate mother Pernilla turns to an unlikely source for help. She finds a cryptic ad online for a private investigator:
“Need help, but can’t contact the police?”

That’s where Kouplan comes in. He’s an Iranian refugee living in hiding. He and his brother were forced to leave Iran after their involvement with a radical newspaper hated by the regime was discovered. Kouplan’s brother disappeared, and he hasn’t seen him in four years. He makes a living as a P.I. working under the radar, waiting for the day he can legally apply for asylum.

Pernilla’s daughter has vanished without a trace, and Kouplan is an expert at living and working off the grid. He’s the perfect PI to help… but something in Pernilla’s story doesn’t add up. She might need help that he can’t offer…and a little girl’s life hangs in the balance. 


I recently finished reading:

The Bridge of Little Jeremy by [GARAI, Indrajit]

Jeremy’s mother is about to go to prison for their debt to the State. He is trying everything within his means to save her, but his options are running out fast. 

Then Jeremy discovers a treasure under Paris. 

This discovery may save his mother, but it doesn’t come for free. And he has to ride over several obstacles for his plan to work. 

Meanwhile, something else is limiting his time…


What books I think I’ll read next?

The Shadowverse: A YA Sci-Fi Superhero Adventure by [Gallo, John-Clement, Gallo, Francesca]

Regarded as “captivating” and “one-of-a-kind,” The Shadowverse is a Science-Fiction Superhero thriller with hints of the Young Adult genre. It is a story of destiny—that no matter who you are, where you are, or what your past is like, you can always achieve greatness. 

Johnny Sparks longs for a greater purpose. After an encounter with a mysterious stranger, he and his friends are imbued with incredible powers—at last giving his life meaning. 

But this dream soon disintegrates once one of the friends is taken by an alien warlord named Titan. In a rescue effort, the remaining group is sent across the galaxy in search of the only possible aid—an ancient, immortal warrior missing for centuries. 

To succeed, the team must join forces to reclaim their friend and stop a sinister scheme devised against humanity by Titan and his empire. The conflict for the soul of the universe is set in motion, but even if the group prevails, they risk losing what it means to be human. 

Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . . 

When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.

He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.

All it takes is a 29 second phone call.

Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?

A Highlander Walks into a Bar: A Highland, Georgia Novel by [Trentham, Laura]

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same… 

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

Weekly Wrap Up: May 5th, 2019 through May 11th, 2019

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

Clicking on the link under Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the link 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 next to the title).


Books I’ve Read:

I Know You

Into the Shadows

Books with pending reviews:

Books with published reviews:

Little Darlings—review here

Into the Shadows—review here

A Safe Place—review here

Sunset Beach—review here

Then Came You—review here

Welcome the Little Children—review here

The Scent of Murder—review here

No Other Duke But You—review here

No Feelings Involved—review here

The Roads to Damascus—review here

NetGalley Haul:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar

The Duke Is But a Dream

Email Haul:

The Rumor

Fairy Ring: Changeling of Janderelle

Bending the Rules

The Woman He Knows

The Bridge of Little Jeremy

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Check the price before buying!!):

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

The Scent of Murder—Blog Tour

No Other Duke But You—Blog Tour

No Feelings Involved—Blog Tour

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday