Weekly Wrap-Up: March 31st through April 6th 2019

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

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

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

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


Book’s I’ve Read:

Ignite

Stone Mothers

The Promise

No Other Duke But You

Books with pending reviews:

Stone Mothers—review coming April 23rd, 2019

No Other Duke But You—review coming May 9th, 2019

Love Again—review coming April 9th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

The Promise—review here

The Girl He Used to Know—review here

Breaking His Rules—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Mensch*Marks

Once Upon a Bad Boy

The Last Hope

Attracted to the Earl

28 Dates by Stacey Lynn

The Scent of Murder

Email Haul

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

Virgin Bride—Amazon

A Life Less Broken—Amazon

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Paranormal Book Fair and Kindle Giveaway-through author newsletter

Spin Giveaway—Goodreads

Blog Tours

How To Build a Heart—Blog Tour Invite

The Escape Room—Blog Tour Invite

The Last Hope—Blog Tour Invite

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

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Breaking His Rules By Aliza Mann

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Date of publication: April 2nd, 2019

Genre: Romance

Where you can find Breaking His Rules: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BookBub

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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


My Review:

When I started reading Breaking His Rules, I was a little put off by Ashton’s rules. I will give everyone a breakdown of his rules to dating. I thought that they were ridiculous. I also want to remind everyone that I am taking the rules from an ARC. The wording might change.

1. Never pick the prettiest woman. They’re usually merely a pretty face, have no real power, and are high maintenance or looking for more than what one has to give. No, the pretty girls will ruin your chances at playing the field. The less attractive friends always want attention and will be far more appreciative in the long run.

2. Don’t think of her as a one-night stand. Think of her as a new friend you can call at 3 a.m. asking to come round her place.

3. No discussing family history.

4. No deep conversations that linger into the wee hours. Keep things light. Airy. Like fresh laundry on a clothesline in the spring.

5. Never treat a woman poorly. Be distant instead. Not too distant, though. It’s a fine line after all.

6. Whatever you do, don’t hang out until the next morning. It gives the wrong impression. No need to contradict the aloof vibe you’ve perfected.

7. No actual dates of Friday or Saturday, as these are universally known as couples nights.

8. No consecutive days of seeing one another, either.

9. No sharing of clothing items.

10. No taking personal items to one another’s homes.

Ashton Lyle’s Playbook

Can you see why I thought they were ridiculous? But, at the same time, I did see the humor and truth in them. I dated (and remained friends) with a few guys who had different versions of Ashton’s Playbook.

I did like Ashton. I loved seeing his character evolved throughout the book. He went from being an emotionless lady killer to someone who broke all his own rules to be with Terra. What I liked, even more, was that he was able to move past his horrible childhood and make peace with it.

I loved Terra. Like Ashton, I liked seeing her character’s growth in the book. I did understand why she stayed to herself, why she was afraid to let people get to her. Baggage like she had can do that to people.

I loved that Breaking His Rules was an interracial cougar romance. I have read interracial romances (one of my favorite subgenres to read). I have read a couple of cougar romances. But them together, nope. This book was my first one, and I want more!!

The author did a fantastic job of building up the sexual tension between Terra and Ashton. She kept stroking the flames so when they had sex, it was terrific. But, what impressed me even more, was that she kept sexual tension up the entire book. What I also liked is that she had Terra be sexually adventurous. Light bondage and public sex were a theme in Breaking His Rules.

The only thing that I didn’t like about Breaking His Rules was Marcus. He made my skin crawl. I know the author kept true to what happens in the real world. It still didn’t lessen my shock and horror about what he did. I wished he hadn’t been in the story. But I do understand why the author chose to have him there. She wanted to show us what Terra was up against and what she came from.

I had the same feelings about Ashton and his father. I did think that Terra overstepped her bounds. But, if something like that happened to one of my kids, I would want to know. Her doing that did open a line of communication between Ashton and his father.

The end of Breaking His Rules was perfect. The author did a great job of wrapping up all the storylines. I loved the HEA!!! It made me happy to read that.


I would give Breaking His Rules an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Breaking His Rules. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank the author, Loveswept, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Breaking His Rules.

All opinions stated in this review of Breaking His Rules are mine.


Have you read Breaking His Rules?

What are your thoughts?

Did you/do you have rules like Ashton when you are dating?

Let me know.

Weekly Wrap Up: March 10th through March 16th, 2019

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

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

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

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


Books I’ve Read

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love Book 2) by [Johnson, Melonie]
Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]
Bethlehem: A Novel by [Kelly, Karen]

The Secret of Scroton Hall by Kate Carteret

The Betrayer (Crossing Realms Series Book 3) by [Neely, Rebecca E.]

Books with pending reviews

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]
Bethlehem: A Novel by [Kelly, Karen]

Books with published reviews:

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]
The Betrayer (Crossing Realms Series Book 3) by [Neely, Rebecca E.]
The Liar's Child: A Novel by [Buckley, Carla]
Moonlight & Whiskey by [Lynne, Tricia]
If, Then: A Novel by [Day, Kate Hope]

NetGalley Haul:

An Unorthodox Match by [Ragen, Naomi]
The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love Book 1) by [Grey, Amelia]

Email Haul

Bloodline Destinies by [Foos, Iuliana]
Bloodline Origins by [Foos, Iuliana]

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

Silk and Shadows (The Silk Trilogy Book 1) by [Putney, Mary Jo]
Sharp Practice: Bourbonland Book 1 by [Bramseth, Jennifer]
From Amazon
Knocked Up by the Single Dad: A Secret Baby Office Romance (Knocked Up Series Book 2) by [Monroe, Lilian]
From Amazon
Voyeur by [Cole, Fiona]
From BookFunnel

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From BookFunnel
Sparrow by [Shen, L.J.]
From Prolific Works
Intense: A Dark Billionaire Romance by [Hamel, B. B.]
From Amazon

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Force of Nature Cover Reveal Giveaway

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top-Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: March 13th, 2019

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

The Three Ws are:

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


Personal:

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

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

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

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

Reading/Reviews:

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

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


What I am currently reading:

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]
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An international playboy finds true love in a sexy new standalone contemporary romance from Aliza Mann.

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

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

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

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


I recently finished reading:

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

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

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

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


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

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

DEFINITELY, MAYBE…OR LOVE, ACTUALLY? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

WWW Wednesday: March 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: Things are going well with her. She’s still the same sassy girl. She was thrilled this weekend. She got to ride her bike. We live on a somewhat busy street and don’t allow bike riding during the weekdays. Weekends, on the other hand, are a different story. But, since Christmas, the every single weekend has rained or she has been sick. So, Saturday, it was perfect out. Low 60’s and sunny. She rode her bike for a couple of hours. Unfortunately, this weekend, it won’t be happening. More darn rain.

Miss B: Remember the homework/classwork drama. Last night, her ELA teacher updated and more classwork/homework was missing. After 20 mins of her saying that the teacher wasn’t updating, she caved. She lost her folder (for written work) and wasn’t turning anything in on Google Classroom. I wrote an email to her teacher, asking exactly what was missing. Got the list back and Miss B did 90% of it last night. She is also grounded for lying to us and for almost allowing us to write to the principal about her teacher. We are still trying to figure out why she wasn’t turning in the stuff on Google Classroom. Most of the stuff she already did and just needed to attach the document and send. I’m done. I told her that 8th grade will NOT be like this. There is a certain high school she wants to go too and she needs to apply (there are 8 high schools in the area…kid you not). Its not going to look good on her application if she isn’t turning her work in.

Mr. Z: He is a nervous wreck. Next week, his 5th grade class is going on an overnight field trip to a place in South Carolina. It will be an a YMCA campground. The issue he’s having is that he will be away from us. He has never slept away. Plus, he won’t be allowed to bring his phone (which is a good thing). I am expecting a teary phone call from him Tuesday night.

Me: I have a freaking cold and I am miserable. Forget my kids picking up every little thing, I do. I can’t wait until it get warmer out and I can air the house out. My love seat and sofa is supposed to come on Friday. I can’t wait. My friend is taking my old sofa and, unfortunately, I am throwing out my old love seat. It’s beyond repair. I am still playing Black Desert Online and I am liking it. I had to get used to the way the controls are in the game. Everything is done by hotkeys (or my gaming mouse) and A/W/S/D/Control. Once I got the hang of it, I was good. Oh yeah, I also updated my blog this morning. They had the Premium plan for the same price as the Personal plan. So, it was a no brainer…lol.

I am also still listening to The Vanished. There is one episode (actually 3 part episode) that got me angry. Something that probably could have been solved was swept under the rug by the sheriff department. It made me think that someone there is covering something up.


Reading/Reviews:

Reading-wise: I do have an ARC due next week. Other than that, I’m pretty good.

Review-wise: Again, I am doing well. I do have one review to write (which I will do once I pick up Miss R from preschool). I am still holding strong on my no requesting anything from NetGalley. I did get a ton of author requests that needed to be done asap.


What I am currently reading:

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]
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Meet the Wynns—a hockey dynasty built on family, money, and drama. From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson, the first novel in a new series is a total win-win.

“Kelly Jamieson is an auto-buy for me.”—Carly Phillips

After an injury forced Théo Wynn to give up professional hockey, he turned to his second love: numbers. Now, as the general manager of his grandfather’s NHL team, the Los Angeles Condors, Théo is dying to prove to the rest of his family—especially the brother who betrayed him—that he’s just as successful as the rest of them. If only Théo had a gorgeous woman on his arm to complete the picture. . . .

Lacey Olson needs to get out of Las Vegas right now, thanks to her no-good, crooked brother. When a handsome stranger who’s out partying with friends comes to her rescue in the cocktail lounge where she works, they strike up a conversation that leads to a crazy plan: her leaving with Théo for L.A. tomorrow. A few drinks later, the idea gets even crazier: a quickie marriage that works for both of them.

But back in California, Lacey immediately turns Théo’s precise, well-ordered life into one big beach party. And before long, she’s tempting him with her smart mouth, sexy body, and sunny charm. The last thing Théo needs is a real relationship to distract him. Because he only plays to win. . . .

I started this when I went to bed last night. I am almost done with it. It is that good. I loved Theo and Lacey. Both separately and together. And Theo’s family. Talk about a Jerry Springer episode type family. Play to Win is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 19th, 2019.


I recently finished reading:

An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]
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An Unfortunate Dimension is a psychological thriller with a twist you’ll never see coming. 

Salvador is thrown into battle and intense laser fire. He doesn’t know how he got here or why, and that’s just one of his problems. He’s been experiencing a sort of dimensional schizophrenia, jumping into bizarre scenes past, present and future. Is the universe messing with him, interfering with his only goal, to bring his wife Jemma out of her coma? 

He grows sure Jemma is trying to communicate a solution from her dimension, trying to tell him how to save her, to bring her back round. She tells him to look for signs, find a pattern, and soon he does. His dad’s old car, a song, a demon, and Camille, his lost best friend from school. 

He learns Jemma was the teacher on going-home-duty when a little girl, Ashlen, vanished a few months ago. Why didn’t she tell him about Ashlen? He becomes convinced it’s a clue. The school is quizzed, the police are quizzed but still no answers. His mission races on when he learns they’ll turn off Jemma’s life support in seven days. 

What if Jemma’s goal is not to save herself, but something else? Eventually he realises it’s to save Ashlen, to ease her guilt, allow her to recover. That’s the link, here is the reason for the pattern: save Ashen and that will bring Jemma round. 

Between dimensions and interactions with Jemma and Camille, from a VR game, space travel and a distant planet awaiting its foretold enlightenment, Salvador knows what he must do. Nothing is as it seems, and the invasive truth is coming.

I am still processing this book. I finished reading it yesterday afternoon and had to sit on it for a while. It is good and there is a huge twist at the end of the book that I didn’t even remotely see coming. It was everything else in between that I needed to process. An Unfortunate Dimension is currently available for purchase


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

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 am looking forward to reading this book. I have seen numerous reviews on it, both good and bad. I am hoping to see where it falls for me. Inspection is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 19th, 2019.

Bethlehem: A Novel by [Kelly, Karen]

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.

I like historical fiction. When I read the blurb for this book, it got my attention. Plus, I liked the cover. Bethlehem is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is July 9th, 2019.

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]

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

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

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

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

Another book that I got for the cover. The blurb also got my attention. I love a book with a strong woman. Breaking His Rules is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is April 2nd, 2019.

The Betrayer (Crossing Realms Series Book 3) by [Neely, Rebecca E.]

With the Second Rebellion raging in the city, Curtis Geary, the Keepers’ tech guru, receives a Compulsion for Jordan, a Betrayer ousted by her brood and left for dead. His orders? Obtain information from her that can save his clan—before it’s too late. Plunged into a war zone, cut off from his clan, Curtis quickly discovers this woman is no ordinary Betrayer. Not only does his Vitality energy inexplicably save her life, she may be the missing link in the Keepers’ quest to restore Similitude—the Betrayers’ manufactured weapon deadly to Keepers.

Despised by her own brood, Jordan’s mysterious ability and a wicked set of street smarts have kept her alive—along with the havoc she’s been forced to wreak on humans as a means of creating dark energy. Against his better judgement, Curtis is helplessly drawn to this enigma of a woman, who defies the logic of his trusty computers. Too, despite a lifetime of mistrust and her soldier’s survival instincts, Jordan can’t help falling for this at times awkward but genuine man who offers her what she’s always yearned for—love and an opportunity for a better life.

But in a race against time and a brood master hell-bent on destruction, love and loyalty will come under fire—within the brood and the clan. Can Jordan find the courage to embrace her future and find love? Or will she betray the clan and herself as the Keepers wage what may be their final battle to save the human race?

I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this book. When the author approached me to review it, I did a happy dance in my living room. The Betrayer is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is April 2nd, 2019.


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

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

WWW Wednesday: February 13th, 2019

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

The Three Ws are:

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


Personal

Miss R: She is finally doing great, health-wise. Then a huge bomb is dropped at her preschool. A couple of kids have the flu. Considering how easily she gets colds/lung infections, I have been Lysoling her room like crazy. But, she started coughing Monday night. So I’m hoping that it’s because of the crazy weather we have had lately and not because she’s coming down with something. I also found out that she was allergic to lions the other day. When she told me, she was dead serious. I am not sure how she knows she’s allergic to lions but I’ll take her at her word…lol.

Miss B: Oh where to start with Miss B. Remember the homework/classwork drama? Well, it got worse. Her science teacher updated PowerSchool over the weekend. She was missing 6 items. Guess what she spent Monday and Tuesday doing? Yup, she made up every single piece of work that she missed. She had a Dr’s appt on Monday and I brought it up to the Dr. The Dr talked to Miss B and stressed how important homework was. But she also said that kids with learning disabilities that are combined with ADHD have a harder time in middle school with remembering to turn work in. That high school will get better. What else came out of that Dr’s appointment? Miss B’s vitamin D levels were abnormally low. So, she has prescribed a super pill of vitamin D for 8 weeks. Which I have to pick up today.

Mr. Z: He has been surprisingly low key. We finished paying off his overnight class trip. Because he is doing so well in school, we got him a phone. BK ordered a SIM card from Mint Mobile. We installed it in my old Moto G, assigned him a phone number and bam, he has a phone now. Honestly, I think BK was more excited about the phone than Mr. Z was.

Me: I have discovered the wonderful world of podcasts. Right now, I am listening to The Vanished. But if there are any bookish ones out there, I would be thrilled to listen to them!!! I am in the middle of a Hashi’s flare and my whole body hurts :(. But, I’ll get over it and just chalk it up to me getting old. I also quit World of Warcraft. After 12 years of playing, I decided it was time to part ways. So what am I playing now? Final Fantasy 14. Amazon Prime and Twitch are running a special. If you download through Twitch, you get a month of Final Fantasy 14 free from Amazon. A whole flipping month. I couldn’t pass that up. I am enjoying it. It’s going to be $13.99 a month for a subscription and I think I might go for it. Of course, I will have to buy the expansion packages…lol. I want to full experience!!

Reading/Reviews:

I am right where I want to be review-wise. Reading-wise, I am behind. I blame it on the podcasts…lol. But, I am not missing publication dates or anything like that, so I’m good.

I am still plugging along at fixing my old blog posts. I haven’t spent much time on it since I downloaded Final Fantasy. I am hoping to knock off at least 5 today. Notice that I said, “hoping“. Not putting much faith in myself on actually doing that….lol.


What I am currently reading:

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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 am a couple of chapters into this book. So far, I am liking it. I mean, what isn’t there to like? It’s a Regency romance with Scottish men in kilts. It’s Getting Scot in Here is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is February 26th, 2019. I am part of the blog tour and my post will be going up February 27th, 2019.


I recently finished reading

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

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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.

Review here

I savored this book. It was a fitting end to a fantastic series. The Winter of the Witch is currently available for purchase. Click on the above link for my review.


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

(These are going to be repeats from last week. I’m just going to post the pictures with the Amazon link)

The Woman in the Lake

Breaking His Rules

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]

The Queen’s Opal

The Queen's Opal (Stone Bearers, #1)

The Night Window

The Soul of Power

Smitten by the Brit

Inspection

Inspection

Bethlehem

Bethlehem: A Novel

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!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Last 10 Books I added to my TBR list

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 posts her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me 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.


This is my first TTT!! I am excited to be doing it and hoping that it becomes a regular thing. So, with no further ado, here’s my list. If you want to peek at my Waiting to be Reviewed list on Goodreads….here’s the link


Between the Lies

Between the Lies

The truth is hiding between the lies.

A page-turning psychological thriller with twists that keep the reader guessing until last page, this addictive read will be loved by fans of Shari Lapena’s A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE and Liz Lawler’s DON’T WAKE UP.

What would you do if you woke up and didn’t know who you were?

Chloe Daniels regains consciousness in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. 
She doesn’t recognise the strangers who call themselves family. She can’t even remember her own name.

What if your past remained a mystery?

As she slowly recovers, her parents and sister begin to share details of her life. 
The successful career. The seaside home. The near-fatal car crash.
But Chloe senses they’re keeping dark secrets – and her determination to uncover the truth will have devastating consequences.

What if the people you should be able trust are lying to you?

It’s Getting Scot in Here

It's Getting Scot in Here (Wild Wicked Highlanders, #1)

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…

The Betrayer

The Betrayer (Crossing Realms Series, #3)

With the Second Rebellion raging in the city, Curtis Geary, the Keepers’ tech guru, receives a Compulsion for Jordan, a Betrayer ousted by her brood and left for dead. His orders? Obtain information from her that can save his clan—before it’s too late. Plunged into a war zone, cut off from his clan, Curtis quickly discovers this woman is no ordinary Betrayer. Not only does his Vitality energy inexplicably save her life, she may be the missing link in the Keepers’ quest to restore Similitude—the Betrayers’ manufactured weapon deadly to Keepers.

Despised by her own brood, Jordan’s mysterious ability and a wicked set of street smarts have kept her alive—along with the havoc she’s been forced to wreak on humans as a means of creating dark energy. Against his better judgement, Curtis is helplessly drawn to this enigma of a woman, who defies the logic of his trusty computers. Too, despite a lifetime of mistrust and her soldier’s survival instincts, Jordan can’t help falling for this at times awkward but genuine man who offers her what she’s always yearned for—love and an opportunity for a better life.

But in a race against time and a brood master hell-bent on destruction, love and loyalty will come under fire—within the brood and the clan. Can Jordan find the courage to embrace her future and find love? Or will she betray the clan and herself as the Keepers wage what may be their final battle to save the human race?

Love, Again

Love, Again

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

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

The Ash Family

The Ash Family

When a young woman leaves her family—and the civilized world—to join an off-the-grid community headed by an enigmatic leader, she discovers that belonging comes with a deadly cost, in this lush and searing debut novel.

At nineteen, Berie encounters a seductive and mysterious man at a bus station near her home in North Carolina. Shut off from the people around her, she finds herself compelled by his promise of a new life. He ferries her into a place of order and chaos: the Ash Family farm. There, she joins an intentional community living off the fertile land of the mountains, bound together by high ideals and through relationships she can’t untangle. Berie—now renamed Harmony—renounces her old life and settles into her new one on the farm. She begins to make friends. And then they start to disappear.

Thrilling and profound, The Ash Family explores what we will sacrifice in the search for happiness, and the beautiful and grotesque power of the human spirit as it seeks its ultimate place of belonging.

The Invited

The Invited

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

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

A Life for a Life

A Life for a Life

When a young woman is found dead in a wilderness area of the North Carolina mountains, the county sheriff says suicide. Della Kincaid disagrees. As a former reporter in Washington, D.C., she knows how to hunt down the real story. But she’s living in Laurel Falls, N.C., trying to revive a struggling general store and create a new life for herself. Without her usual sources, she turns to an unlikely cast of characters—friends, customers, ex-husband, and forger. With their help, she uncovers how unbridled greed has spawned an interwoven series of crimes and sorrows. Along the way, Kincaid discovers how much the Appalachian landscape and its people mean to her.

The Woman in the Lake

The Woman in the Lake

London, 1765

Lady Isabella Gerard, a respectable member of Georgian society, orders her maid to take her new golden gown and destroy it, its shimmering beauty tainted by the actions of her brutal husband the night before.

Three months later, Lord Gerard stands at the shoreline of the lake, looking down at a woman wearing the golden gown. As the body slowly rolls over to reveal her face, it’s clear this was not his intended victim…

250 Years Later…

When a gown she stole from a historic home as a child is mysteriously returned to Fenella Brightwell, it begins to possess her in exactly the same way that it did as a girl. Soon the fragile new life Fen has created for herself away from her abusive ex-husband is threatened at its foundations by the gown’s power over her until she can’t tell what is real and what is imaginary.

As Fen uncovers more about the gown and Isabella’s story, she begins to see the parallels with her own life. When each piece of history is revealed, the gown—and its past—seems to possess her more and more, culminating in a dramatic revelation set to destroy her sanity.

Breaking His Rules

Breaking His Rules

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

Ashton Lyle is a man in control. His rules are simple:
Discipline.
Hard work.
No deviation.

And lucky for him no one is able to resist his mega-watt smile, dazzling wit, sexy British accent, and ability to manipulate any situation in business . . . and in bed.
That is, until he meets a woman with rules of her own.

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

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

The Queen’s Opal

The Queen's Opal (Stone Bearers, #1)

Elves never use magic or leave the forest.

They aren’t supposed to get sick either, but Drynn’s mother just died from a mysterious illness, which has targeted the elven queens for generations. With no female heir left, the symbol of the curse—a green stone called the Queen’s Opal—passes to Drynn. Unwilling to lose another family member, Drynn’s impulsive and overprotective brother drags him out of the forest to search for a cure. And the oft-diseased humans seem the most likely place to start.

But the opal isn’t all that it seems. Once outside the forest, it shows Drynn visions of the first queen—a time when the mortal avatars of the lost gods walked the earth and the humans and elves lived in peace. Much has changed in the human lands since then. It’s a darker world, ruled by power-hungry wizards who covet any kind of magic. Magic like the opal. Magic like the natural energy the wizards can see inside the elves.

More than healing one illness, Drynn’s visions call for him to restore the world’s former peace, but if the wrong wizard learns about the elves’ innate gifts, even the forest will no longer be safe. 

Family bonds will be tested. Friends will become foes. With two kingdoms spiraling into chaos, can a shy bookworm conquer his fears to bring peace to the realm?