Weekly Wrap-Up: February 24th through March 2nd, 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]
Between the Lies
The Queen's Opal: A Stone Bearers Novel (Book One) by [Stevens, Jacque]
Within the Darkness (Wisteria Book 2): A Dark Fantasy Dystopian With Demons and Monsters - Mature Content by [Lamb, Shelby]

Books with pending reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Only Ever You—review here

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

The Queen’s Opal—review here

The Queen's Opal: A Stone Bearers Novel (Book One) by [Stevens, Jacque]

It’s Getting Scot in Here—review here

It's Getting Scot in Here (The Wild Wicked Highlanders Book 1) by [Enoch, Suzanne]

The Last Letter—review here

The Last Letter by [Yarros, Rebecca]

Love-Lines—review here

Love-Lines by [Langer, Sheri]

My Favorite Cowboy—review here

My Favorite Cowboy (Heart of Texas Book 3) by [Grant, Donna]

After She’s Gone—review here

After She's Gone: A Novel (Hanne Lagerlind-Schon Book 2) by [Grebe, Camilla]

The Woman in the Lake—review here

The Woman in the Lake by [Cornick, Nicola]

Within the Darkness—review here

Within the Darkness (Wisteria Book 2): A Dark Fantasy Dystopian With Demons and Monsters - Mature Content by [Lamb, Shelby]

A Life for a Life—review here

A Life for a Life: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 1) by [McDaniel, Lynda]

NetGalley Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

The Scent Keeper: A Novel by [Bauermeister, Erica]
The Truth Behind the Lie: A Novel
We Went to the Woods: A Novel by [Dolan-Leach, Caite]

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

Trusting The Billionaire: A Marriage Of Convenience Romance (The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride Book 3) by [Savage, Cynthia]
A Safe Place (The Devereux Family Book 1) by [Watson, Margaret]
Welcome the Little Children: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 3) by [McDaniel, Lynda]
The Roads to Damascus: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 2) by [McDaniel, Lynda]
Prince of Persuasion (The Novi Navarro Chronicles Book 1) by [Cannaday, Emigh]

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

The Forbidden Duke (The Untouchables Book 1) by [Burke, Darcy]
Freebird: The Service (Freebird Series Book 2) by [King, Vincent ]
From Prolific Works
One More Night: A Wanderlust Romance by [Hunter, Rebecca]
From Prolific Works
Daddy Dom: A BDSM Romance by [Hamel, B. B.]
From Amazon
The Substitute: The Wedding Pact #1 by [Swank, Denise Grover]
From Amazon
Detour (An Off Track Records Novel) by [Shea, Kacey]
From Amazon
Taking It Easy (Boys of the Big Easy) by [Nicholas, Erin]
From Amazon
Hope Over Fear (The Over Series Book 1) by [DeRouen, J.A.]
From Amazon
Fugitive Mate (Silverlake Shifters Book 1) by [Wilde, Anastasia]
From Amazon
The Challenge (Fated & Forbidden Book 1) by [Kallysten]
From Amazon
An Unexpected Diversion: A Hot Paranormal Shifter Story (Hidden Hills Shifters Book 1) by [Day, Vella]
From Amazon
The Druid Series Boxed Set (Volumes 1-3): Dark Paranormal Vampire Reverse Harem Romance by [Eros, Marata]
From Amazon
Dangerous Desires: Contemporary Romantic Suspense Collection by [Branigan Books, Bree]
From Amazon
Wicked Dirty (Wicked Nights Book 2) by [Kenner, J.]
From BookFunnel
Survival of the Richest (Trust Fund Duet Book 1) by [Warren, Skye]
From Amazon
Rich CEO (New York Billionaires Book 4) by [Wilde, Amelia]
From Amazon
Modern Fairy Tale: Twelve Books of Breathtaking Romance by [Proby, Kristen, Blake, Lexi, Grover Swank, Denise, Dodd, Jillian, Simone, Sierra, Winters, Pepper, Blaufeld, Rachel, Winters, Willow, Warren, Skye, Malone, Nana]
From Amazon
Colton (Special Forces Book 1) by [Winters, KB]
From Amazon
Escorting the Billionaire (The Escort Collection Book 1) by [James, Leigh]
From Amazon
First Shift (Bears in Blue Book 0) by [Taylor, Mia]
From BookFunnel
Bad Neighbor (The Debt Book 1) by [O'Keefe, Molly]
From BookFunnel
Mr. Accidental Hero: Jeremy (Jet City Matchmaker Book 1) by [Robinson, Gina]
From Amazon
The North Star: Galactic Sentinel Book One by [Carter, Killian]
From Amazon
Single Dad Billionaire by [Hamel, B. B.]
From Amazon
Conquered by the Highlander (Conquered Bride Series Book 1) by [Knight, Eliza]
From Amazon
The Reluctant Duke (A Seabrook Family Saga Book 1) by [Donovan, Christine]
From Amazon
Just a Touch (Heartthrob Hotel Book 1) by [Kiss, Tabatha]
From Amazon

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Taken (Deep Ops: Book 1.5) Giveaway

Cover Reveals/Blog Tours:

It’s Getting Scot in Here—blog tour (February 27th)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly-Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

After She’s Gone (Hanne Lagerlind-Schon: Book 2) by Camilla Grebe

After She's Gone: A Novel (Hanne Lagerlind-Schon Book 2) by [Grebe, Camilla]

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Ballantine Books

Date of publication: February 26th, 2019

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Series: Hanne Lagerlind-Schon

The Ice Beneath Her—Book 1

After She’s Gone—Book 2

Where you can find After She’s Gone: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Bookbub

Synopsis:

In a small backwater town in Sweden, a young boy with a dark secret comes across a diary. As a cold case investigation suddenly becomes eerily current, a police investigator mysteriously disappears. What links these seemingly random events?

As atrocious acts from the past haunt the present and lives are changed forever, some will struggle to remember – while others struggle to forget . . .

The new thriller from the acclaimed author of THE ICE BENEATH HER, described as ‘Scandi-noir at its powerful bleakest’ by the Daily Mail and ‘unsettling, menacing and compulsively written’ by Heat, this is another slice of tense and twisted drama that will chill you to the bone.


My review:

I seem to be reading a lot of police mysteries/thrillers that are set in Finland/Sweden/Iceland lately. I don’t know why I am drawn to them, but I am. It is a combination of fascination with how their laws work and the culture.

The first 30-35% was slow. I don’t like books with slow beginnings. But, in this case, it worked. This plotline needed to be built up. I needed to read about what happened to Malin and Jake. I needed to see what formed them into the people that they were. I also needed to read about what was happening to Hanne through her diary. Once all the backstories were explained, then the ball started rolling. And man did it catch momentum.

Jake was the character I connected with. He had a lot of turmoil over the past year and kept to himself. It was his secret and what he thought about himself because of it that hurt my heart. His character growth came when he started to read Hanne’s diary. He related to Hanne and started to care for her. Not going to give anything away but Jake was the true hero of the book. He came to accept himself for what he was. His actions at the end of the book broke a cold case wide open and released secrets that were long buried.

I didn’t care for Malin. While she was a great detective, I didn’t care for her on a personal level. Her dislike for her fellow team member had no reason. She didn’t like him. I did agree with Manfred that she was racist. She protested way too much throughout that scene. She wasn’t a sympathetic character. Even with everything that was revealed at the end, I couldn’t help but go “Oh well” when it happened.

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I felt awful for Hanne. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be losing my memory. Especially if I had a job where my memory has to be sharp. Hanne’s confusion and sadness came across the pages. I understood why she needed the diary. To be honest, I thought that Peter was drugging her at one point in the book. His secretiveness (or what Hanne perceived to be) was suspicious. I also wondered if she was going to remember everything that happened to her.

I thought that the plotlines were well written. I got involved with the mystery behind who the woman was and how she could be related to the girl found 8 years earlier. The author did a fantastic job of pointing out latent racism. The resentfulness that people had against the refugees could have been pulled from the headlines. Same with the bullying that Jake endured.

I was surprised at the end of the book. I wasn’t expecting the “bad guys” to be who they were. It was a twist that came out of nowhere. I was thinking how Malin and her partner picked up was the killer. Also, the confession was chilling. Talk about no remorse. I was also surprised at how Malin was tied into what happened. Again, a twist that I didn’t see coming.


I would give After She’s Gone an Adult rating. There are sex and sexual references (nothing graphic). There is violence. There is language. There are triggers. They would be imprisonment, refugees, bullying, and homophobia.

I would reread After She’s Gone. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank the publisher, the author, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review After She’s Gone.

All opinions stated in this review of After She’s Gone are mine.


Have you read After She’s Gone.

Let me know your thoughts!!


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Weekly Wrap-Up: February 3rd through February 9th, 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Winter of the Witch

The Winter of the Witch: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 3) by [Arden, Katherine]

After She’s Gone

After She's Gone: A Novel (Hanne Lagerlind-Schon Book 2) by [Grebe, Camilla]

Own to Obey

Own To Obey (Myth of Omega Book 7) by [Ellis, Zoey]

Friends with Benefits

Friends with Benefits: A Steamy College Romance (Beta Brothers #2) by [Kelly, Hazel]

Highland Crown

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

After She’s Gone—review coming February 26th, 2019

After She's Gone: A Novel (Hanne Lagerlind-Schon Book 2) by [Grebe, Camilla]

Friends with Benefits—review coming February 6th, 2019

Friends with Benefits: A Steamy College Romance (Beta Brothers #2) by [Kelly, Hazel]

Highland Crown—review coming April 30th, 2019

Getting Hot with the Scot—review coming April 30th, 2019

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Own to Obey—review here

Own To Obey (Myth of Omega Book 7) by [Ellis, Zoey]

Friends with Benefits—review here

Friends with Benefits: A Steamy College Romance (Beta Brothers #2) by [Kelly, Hazel]

Dark Alpha’s Awakening—review here

Dark Alpha's Awakening: A Reaper Novel (Reapers Book 7) by [Grant, Donna]

Sisters of the Fire—review here

Watcher in the Woods—review here

Watcher in the Woods: A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels Book 4) by [Armstrong, Kelley]

The Girls at 17 Swann Street—review here

Forget You Know Me—review here

Shattered Reflections—review here

Shattered Reflections: Fire and Ice were never meant to coexist (McAllister Justice Series Book 5) by [Garrett, Reily]

NetGalley Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Because You’re Mine

Because You're Mine: A Novel by [Frey, Rea]

Ignite

Stone Mothers

Stone Mothers: A Novel by [Kelly, Erin]

Play to Win

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]

The Promise

The Promise by [Driscoll, Teresa]

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Within the Darkness

Within the Darkness (Wisteria Book 2): A Dark Fantasy Dystopian With Demons and Monsters - Mature Content by [Lamb, Shelby]

Own to Obey

Own To Obey (Myth of Omega Book 7) by [Ellis, Zoey]

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: February 6th, 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 is 100% better. I had to take her back to the Dr on Friday to get her lungs checked out. She passed with flying colors. She is back to her mischievous, sassy, 5-year-old self.

Miss B has started off the 2nd semester on the wrong foot. Again, she decided not to turn in anything in ELA. But, she also decided not to turn in a project on the French Revolution in for Social Studies. She has until the end of the week to turn everything in or she can’t try out for softball and she can’t go to the Valentine’s Day dance on the 15th. A bit harsh but I am at the end of my rope.

Mr. Z is his regular happy go lucky self. He is my bookworm out of the 3. His favorite series is the Warriors Series by Erin Hunter. He has all of the books (there are 4 series written in that world). He is slowly working on getting the manga books written by her as well as novellas. Then he is going to start on the Survivors series (about dogs), the Bravelands (about monkeys), and the Seekers series (about bears). His report card was great. He made A honor roll.

I have been enjoying this warm weather. In my part of North Carolina, it has been near 80. Which are the temps we get in April. Last weekend, BK and I worked in the yard. Well, I worked in the yard while BK worked on some stuff that needed to be repaired under the house. We also plotted our garden for this year.

Reading/Reviews:

I am right where I am supposed to be in the reading/review department.

Remember those huge tasks that I said I undertook last week? Well, I finished reorganizing my Goodreads shelf. I now have a Read shelf, a Currently Reading shelf, a Want to Read shelf, a TBR shelf, and a waiting to be reviewed shelf. That was an undertaking. I started at the end of my Want to Read shelf and worked backward. I got rid of any books that were no longer on Amazon (got the screen with the dogs), any books that were part of a series that I haven’t read, and books that made me go “What was I thinking“. It took me 5 days to do. It would have been shorter but the freaking shelf reset itself and I had to start over.

Now, I need to get started on fixing my blog posts. That is going to be another huge undertaking.

I have been doing more blog tours and I signed up for ARC teams. I am trying to figure out how to contact publishers on NetGalley (mainly Loveswept) to let them know I am available to do those. If someone knows, shoot me an email via my contact form, please!! I also revamped my NetGalley bio to say that.


What I am currently reading:

After She's Gone: A Novel (Hanne Lagerlind-Schon Book 2) by [Grebe, Camilla]

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In a small backwater town in Sweden, a young boy with a dark secret comes across a diary. As a cold case investigation suddenly becomes eerily current, a police investigator mysteriously disappears. What links these seemingly random events?

As atrocious acts from the past haunt the present and lives are changed forever, some will struggle to remember – while others struggle to forget . . .

The new thriller from the acclaimed author of THE ICE BENEATH HER, described as ‘Scandi-noir at its powerful bleakest’ by the Daily Mail and ‘unsettling, menacing and compulsively written’ by Heat, this is another slice of tense and twisted drama that will chill you to the bone.

I am 23% into After She’s Gone. It did get off to a slow start but it is starting to pick up speed. Jake, Hanne, and Malin are interesting characters. I can’t wait to see where this book takes them. After She’s Gone is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 26th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review on or after that date.


I recently finished reading

Own To Obey (Myth of Omega Book 7) by [Ellis, Zoey]

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He obtained her – and now she must obey

The Alpha Prince

Brutality and tradition are a way of life for ferocious tribe leader, Kardos. Born different from the other princes, he strives to be the best–to earn his place and prove his worth.

After negotiating for a rare Omega not seen in his Land for over one hundred years, he is keen to present her to the High Chief and gain the recognition he deserves.

It doesn’t matter that she has mesmerizing beauty, or that her manner is too mild for his culture. It doesn’t matter that deep down, a craving burns strong to keep her for himself.

She must accept her fate – and so must he.

The Omega Gift

Sheltered all her life, Omega Shaya found joy in the gardens of her home, the protection of her sister, and the simplicity of her life.

But when the decision to save her sister suddenly puts her in the possession of a fierce tribal warrior, she begins to understand that life can be savage, and painful, and complex.

Alone, and with no way to protect herself, Shaya is determined to overcome the harsh treatment of a culture she doesn’t understand, but when she finds herself attracted to the Alpha’s dominance, she has to find a way to resist him so he doesn’t break her completely; body, mind, and heart.

Own To Obey is the first book in this couple’s story, but the seventh installment of the Myth of Omega series. This is a dark, steamy, Omegaverse romance. Cliff-hanger included. For fans of barbarian Alpha anti-heroes, sweet but savvy Omega heroines, epic fantasy worlds, and captive romances. Discover a magical kind of dark…

Own To Obey includes romance and situations of a dark nature. Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers. For ages 18 and over

I got Own to Obey as a last minute ARC from a publisher who’s review team I joined. While I liked this book, it will not be for most people. There are some scenes that made me wince. Own to Obey is currently available to buy. Be on the lookout for my review at some point today.


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

The Winter of the Witch: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 3) by [Arden, Katherine]

Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

I have been waiting patiently to read Winter of the Witch. And it is up next!! I am excited and can’t wait. I need to know what is going to happen to Vasya and Morozko. Winter of the Witch is currently available to buy. Be on the lookout for my review at some point this week.

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.

Bethlehem caught my attention when I got the invite to review. I thought that the cover was beautiful and the blurb made me want to read it. So I accepted the invite. Bethlehem is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is July 9th, 2019. My review should be after that date.

Inspection: A Novel by [Malerman, Josh]

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.

I can’t wait to read Inspection. The blurb makes it seem like it is going to be a fantastic read!! Inspection is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is March 19th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

An English professor starts a new chapter in her life and is swept up in a Jane Austen-esque romance with a modern day duke

Bonnie Blythe has modeled her life after her favorite books. If only her fiancé would get on the same page and agree to a wedding date.

She’s not at all bitter that her best friend is getting married to a man she’s known for less than a year, and Bonnie most definitely isn’t thinking about the best man to be, Theo Wharton. It’s just whenever she talks with the blue-eyed Brit, sparks fly.

When a shocking reveal ends Bonnie’s engagement, she accepts a summer teaching job at Cambridge—only an hour away from Theo. Bonnie isn’t ready for a new relationship, but the chemistry between her and Theo is impossible to ignore. But Theo’s been hiding the truth about his identity; will Bonnie be able to weather the plot twist and grab the happily ever after of her dreams?

I am very excited to read Smitten by the Brit!! I had read (and reviewed) Getting Hot with Scot and enjoyed it. So, I have high hopes for this book. Smitten by the Brit is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is May 28th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

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.

Another book that I can’t wait to read. I have read the previous 2 books in the trilogy and I can’t wait to read Sophy’s story. The Soul of Power is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is June 4th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

The first in a wickedly seductive new Scottish historical romance series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch!

Marry or lose their estate; that’s the devil’s bargain he and his brothers must follow. But wild Highlander Niall MacTaggert’s stubborn oldest brother wants nothing to do with marrying the sophisticated, pinky-out Lady Amelia-Rose his mother has chosen for him, even to save their land. Niall’s only goal is to soften up the London socialite, and show his brother the warm beauty behind the shiny, polished front. But what Niall doesn’t expect to find is the woman of his dreams…

I got this book solely because of the title. Everytime I see it, I get Nelly’sIt’s Getting Hot in Here” in my head. It’s Getting Scot in here is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 26th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review on February 27th, 2019 (part of the blog tour).


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!!

WWW Wednesday: January 30th, 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

This has been a rough past week. “What, you say. As of last Wednesday, everything was fine, you say“. And it was. Then everything hit the fan starting Thursday.

The majority of the rough week was centered around Ms. R. She developed a cough on Wednesday. BK and I thought nothing of it because its the time of year everyone is getting sick. Thursday, the cough got worse and wet sounding. By Thursday night, she was coughing every 5 mins. Thursday night was the worse. I think she only slept an hour. At 1-2am, she started to feel hot, so I took her temp. 102. Gave her a Tylenol and tried to settle her back down. Friday morning, her temp was at 101 and she couldn’t stop coughing. By mid-morning, her temp was 103 and not coming down with Tylenol/Motrin. So, I took her to the Dr. She had a pretty severe case of bronchitis. They prescribed a 3-day z-pack. I also have to bring her back on Friday so they can check her lungs. Thankfully, she is feeling better. She is back to her sassy 5-year-old self. But man, she scared me. I haven’t had a kid that sick before.

I don’t think I have mentioned this before, but Ms. B has a boyfriend. It’s a cute, innocent relationship. He’s all she can talk about. No dates, it’s more of a school romance. Which is fine by me. Anyway, she came home yesterday with a huge chocolate red rose that he gave her. 13 years old and he’s acting better than most men older than him. I’m impressed.

Mr. Z. is being well, himself. He is a huge reader (takes after me) and is currently reading The Warriors series by Erin Hunter. He is on the last series, A Vision of Shadows. He has bought 90% of those books himself. He got about $150 in Amazon gift cards for his birthday and Christmas. The last two books, he bought last night. He looked at me and said, “Now what will I read?” So any suggestions will be great.

I’ll end this section with something I call “Why my preschooler threw a temper tantrum“.

Ms. R threw a temper tantrum yesterday because Alexa said that water isn’t wet. Yup, you read that right. If you have one, ask it. The answer is interesting. Even more interesting was how I calmed her down. I asked her if the water was dry, would that mean the air is wet to the dolphins, fish, and whales? 100% stopped her tantrum.

Reading/Reviews:

I am doing OK in the reading and review department. Which is good. I am actually starting to participate more booky things. More posts, cover reveals, blog tours…etc.

I have decided to undertake two huge tasks. One: I am reorganizing my Goodreads shelves. I realized yesterday that I didn’t have a TBR shelf. That all of my want to read and TBR books are mixed together. I started that yesterday and I am about halfway done. The other thing I am doing? Well, I am going back to the beginning of my blog and fixing my blog posts. Changing covers (if the covers have changed), fixing broken links, spell checking/grammar checking with Hemingway Editor, changing the blurbs if needed, adding publication date/publisher/genre. Fun times!!


What I am currently reading:

The Perfect Girlfriend

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Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

I am about 25% into this book and I am loving it. I’m not going to give too much away except that Juliette is cray-cray. The Perfect Girlfriend is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 26th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.


I recently finished reading

Shattered Reflections

Shattered Reflections: Fire and Ice were never meant to coexist (McAllister Justice Series Book 5) by [Garrett, Reily]

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Strong-willed and stubborn, Kathryn Nugle enters a man’s profession, untested, inexperienced, and determined to solve a decade-old puzzle.

Intuition flagged her client’s deception but didn’t solve the mystery of his jacket’s crimson stain, yet blood doesn’t lie. When the victim leaves damning evidence behind, fate throws Kathryn into a cascade of events that will challenge her survival skills.
Mathew McAllister is the eldest of six siblings, all current or former detectives. Practical jokes and pranks are part and parcel of his daily life. The newest addition to the family fold is a wisecracking hacker who mangles his strained equanimity and tests his patience in Morse code, security breaches, and invasion of his cherished privacy.
When a vicious murder paints a target on one of their own, the McAllisters close ranks to ferret out the twisted intentions of a serial killer. For fans of Sandra Brown and Lee Child, Shattered Reflections is an exciting thriller with a romantic twist.

I actually finished this on Sunday. I haven’t had the time to write the review yet. But, I will say this…..it is good!!! This is one of my favorite series. Shattered Reflections is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 3rd, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.


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

Getting Hot with the Scot

IT’S TIME TO FLIRT WITH A MAN IN A KILT 

Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .

Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love?

This was from last weeks WWW Wednesday. What I wrote then about the book is still the same. Getting Hot with the Scot is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is April 30th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

Highland Crown

Highland Crown (Royal Highlander, #1)

Inverness, 1820
Perched on the North Sea, this port town―by turns legendary and mythological―is a place where Highland rebels and English authorities clash in a mortal struggle for survival and dominance. Among the fray is a lovely young widow who possesses rare and special gifts.

WANTED: Isabella Drummond
A true beauty and trained physician, Isabella has inspired longing and mystery―and fury―in a great many men. Hunted by both the British government and Scottish rebels, she came to the Highlands in search of survival. But a dying ship’s captain will steer her fate into even stormier waters… .and her heart into flames.

FOUND: Cinaed Mackintosh
Cast from his home as a child, Cinaed is a fierce soul whose allegiance is only to himself… .until Isabella saved his life―and added more risk to her own. Now, the only way Cinaed can keep her safe to seek refuge at Dalmigavie Castle, the Mackintosh family seat. But when the scandalous truth of his past comes out, any chance of Cinaed having a bright future with Isabella is thrown into complete darkness. What will these two ill-fated lovers have to sacrifice to be together…for eternity?

This was a no brainer when I was approached to with the request to review this book. It takes place in Scotland and it takes place in my favorite era. Highland Crown is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is April 30th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

Friends with Benefits

Friends with Benefits: A Steamy College Romance (Beta Brothers #2) by [Kelly, Hazel]

Carter’s been crazy about Nina since the first time he saw her emerald eyes, but his fratastic reputation landed him in the friend zone before he even had a chance to say, “How you doin’?” 

So when Nina suggests they become friends with benefits, he can’t believe his luck. 

After all, once he’s gotten in her pants, winning her heart should be easy… right? 

No real reason why I accepted the request to review email. I figured that I needed a hot, smutty read every once in a while. Friends with Benefits is currently available for purchase. Look for my review at some point within the next couple of weeks.

After She’s Gone

After She's Gone by [Grebe, Camilla]

In a small backwater town in Sweden, a young boy with a dark secret comes across a diary. As a cold case investigation suddenly becomes eerily current, a police investigator mysteriously disappears. What links these seemingly random events?

As atrocious acts from the past haunt the present and lives are changed forever, some will struggle to remember – while others struggle to forget . . .

I love a good mystery. After She’s Gone looks like a fantastic one!! After She’s Gone is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 26th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

The Winter of the Witch

The Winter of the Witch: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 3) by [Arden, Katherine]

Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

I can’t even begin to tell everyone how excited I am to be reading this book. It was one of my must reads for 2019. I want to know how Vasya and Morozko’s story ends!! The Winter of the Witch is currently available to buy. Look for my review at some point within the next couple of weeks.


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!!