Weekly Wrap Up: June 16th through June 22nd

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

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

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

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

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


Books I’ve Read:

Rogue Most Wanted

We Are All Good People Here

The Rumor

The Year I Left

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy

Jackson

The Duke is But a Dream

Books with pending reviews:

The Duke is But a Dream—review coming July 30th, 2019

Home Field Advantage—review coming July 16th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

Jackson—review here

The Perfect Date—review here

NetGalley Haul:

The Girl the Sea Gave Back

Email Haul:

Jake’s Redemption

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Jackson—Blog Tour

The Perfect Date—Blog Tour

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

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WWW Wednesday: June 19th, 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:

I am not going to go much into my personal stuff this week. I am blogging on limited time…lol. We are heading to the Outer Banks, NC for vacation. But, I will catch up next week!!

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

See above.


What I am currently reading:

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy (Cold River Ranch Book 2) by [Crews, Caitlin]

A game of pretend with the highest stakes of all in the latest novel of breathtaking romance from USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews

Ty Everett ran off to the rodeo when he turned eighteen and has been riding bulls ever since…until his last fall causes partial amnesia and he must return to Cold River Ranch to figure out what comes next. But how can he pick his next move when he can’t remember how he got here in the first place—much less the beautiful woman who appears at the ranch, claims she knows him, and warms his cold heart for the first time since he woke up in the hospital?

Rodeo Queen Hannah Monroe gave up her crown for Ty Everett, and her innocence. What she wants from Ty now is a divorce. But Ty can’t remember her—or their secret wedding, or even the son she never meant to hide from him—and Hannah is torn. How can she leave the man she can’t forget and still loves despite herself? And even if she’s willing to start over, what will happen when the truth comes out?

I have barely started this book. Because of getting ready for my vacation, I haven’t been reading a bunch. Since we have an almost 5 hour drive to get to where we are going, I plan on starting and finishing this book during that time. Plus, I can’t wait to read it!!


I recently finished reading:

Jackson: Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas by [March, Emily]

From New York Times bestselling author Emily March comes Jackson, the newest novel in the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. 

Sometimes it takes a new beginning 
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life…until a stranger named Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in Caroline’s new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who’s also starting over, all bets are off.

to reach a happily-ever-after 
Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his marriage ended, he’s been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love—he even has the old song lyrics to prove it—but the Jackson of today is all business. That is, until a beautiful young widow who’s moved to town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption’s healing magic is true…and Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?

I loved this book. It was a great read with a wonderful romance. Highly reccomend it.


What books I think I’ll read next?

The Year I Left by [Brae, Christine]

Carin Frost doesn’t understand what’s happening to her. A confident businesswoman, wife, and mother, she begins to resent everything about her life. Nothing makes sense. Nothing makes her feel. Maybe it’s the recent loss of her mother in a tragic accident. Or maybe she’s just losing her mind. 

Enter Matias Torres. As their new business partnership thrives, so does their friendship—and his interest in her. Carin is determined to keep her distance, until a work assignment sends them to Southeast Asia where a storm is brewing on the island. In the midst of the chaos, Matias asks her to do something unimaginable, exhilarating, BOLD. Carin knows the consequences could be dire, but it may be the only way to save herself. 

An honest look at love and marriage and the frailties of the human heart, this is a story of a woman’s loss of self and purpose and the journey she takes to find her way back.

I am looking forward to reading this book. The blurb has reeled me in!!

The Rumor: A Novel by [Kara, Lesley]

A single mom discovers just how deadly gossip can be in this irresistible debut thriller inspired by a sensational true crime story, for fans of Big Little Lies, The Couple Next Door, and The Widow.

Joanna is desperate to ingratiate herself with a popular clique of mothers at her son’s new school. But when she tries to impress them by repeating a rumor she overheard at the school gates, there’s no going back. . . .

Rumor has it that a notorious killer, a woman who has been released from prison years after her brutal crime, is living under a new identity in Joanna’s seaside town. So who is the supposedly reformed murderer now living in their neighborhood? Suspicion falls on everyone.

Joanna becomes obsessed with the case, pawing through decades-old records in an attempt to name the killer. But her curiosity not only ostracizes her from the community, but exposes her son and his father to a heartless psychopath who has killed–and may kill again. 

How dangerous can one rumor become? And how far will Joanna go to protect those she loves from harm, when she realizes what she’s unleashed?

Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word…
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I am really looking forward to reading this book. Its been a while since I have read a good mystery/thriller.

We Are All Good People Here: A Novel by [White, Susan Rebecca]

From the author of A Place at the Table and A Soft Place to Land, an “intense, complex, and wholly immersive” (Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author) multigenerational novel that explores the complex relationship between two very different women and the secrets they bequeath to their daughters.

Eve Whalen, privileged child of an old-money Atlanta family, meets Daniella Gold in the fall of 1962, on their first day at Belmont College. Paired as roommates, the two become fast friends. Daniella, raised in Georgetown by a Jewish father and a Methodist mother, has always felt caught between two worlds. But at Belmont, her bond with Eve allows her to finally experience a sense of belonging. That is, until the girls’ expanding awareness of the South’s systematic injustice forces them to question everything they thought they knew about the world and their places in it.

Eve veers toward radicalism—a choice pragmatic Daniella cannot fathom. After a tragedy, Eve returns to Daniella for help in beginning anew, hoping to shed her past. But the past isn’t so easily buried, as Daniella and Eve discover when their daughters are endangered by secrets meant to stay hidden.

Spanning more than thirty years of American history, from the twilight of Kennedy’s Camelot to the beginning of Bill Clinton’s presidency, We Are All Good People Here is “a captivating…meaningful, resonant story” (Emily Giffin, author of All We Ever Wanted) about two flawed but well-meaning women clinging to a life-long friendship that is tested by the rushing waters of history and their own good intentions.

I am intrigued by this book and can’t wait to read it.

Rogue Most Wanted (The Cavensham Heiresses Book 5) by [MacGregor, Janna]

There’s one creed all Cavensham men subscribe to: they fall in love completely and decidedly. But what happens when the woman you fall in love with swears she’ll only marry you as a last resort? Rogue Most Wanted is the next book in the sparkling, romantic Cavensham Heiress series by Janna MacGregor.

SHE NEEDS TO MARRY SOMEONE

Lady Theodora Worth needs to marry fast in order to keep her estate. It’s been her heart and home for years, and she’ll not lose it to anyone. There’s just one problem—as a woman who was raised in isolation by her grandfather, she’s completely incapable of pouring a cup of tea, never mind wooing a man. She’ll need a little matchmaking help from her sprightly next-door neighbor in order to find a convenient husband…

IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO BE HIM

Lord William Cavensham’s heart was broken years ago, and since that day he vowed to never love again. But his spirited Great Aunt Stella is determined he’ll marry or not inherit a single penny from her. And she’s got just the woman in mind—her beautiful and completely hapless next-door neighbor, Thea…

Thea and Will agree there’s no sense in marrying each other. Will wholeheartedly believes he’s incapable of love, and Thea refuses to marry the first man she’s practically met. But Will may be the rogue Thea wants the most after all…

I was excited when I saw that Thea was getting her story. Can’t wait to see how it ends up!!

Dark Matter (The Four Book 3) by [Watson, Margaret]

Flynn Parker, social worker and justice warrior, has lived her life on the edge of shadows, hiding who she is. What she is. She builds a family in those shadows, fostering kids like her. Then Mason Lynch enters her life. 

Mase, former SEAL, undercover DIA agent and lone wolf, needs healing. Flynn is a healer. When she places her hands on him, everything changes for both of them. 

Their mission is to take down an enemy who is amassing terrible powers. To defeat him, they must choose — abandon habits that have kept them safe, or step into the light and risk a future together.

Out of all the books on this list, I am most excited for this one. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Flynn and Mase!!

Weekly Wrap Up: April 28th through May 4th, 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 Pending Reviews and 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

Mensch*Marks

A Safe Place

The Scent of Murder

Welcome the Little Children

Books with pending reviews:

Then Came You—review coming May 7th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

Pray for the Girl—review here

Sullivan’s Promise—review here

Highland Crown—review here

The Invited—review here

Ignite—review here

Getting Hot with the Scot—review here

Ten: Part 1—review here

A Light in the Desert—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy

The Year I Left

Home Field Advantage

Email Haul:

Stolen Gypsy

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

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

A Highlander Walks Into a Bar—Blog Tour invite

Highland Crown—Excerpt

Getting Hot with the Scot—Excerpt

No Feelings Involved—Release Blitz

No Other Duke But You—Excerpt

Giveaways I’ve Entered

I’ll Never Tell—Goodreads Giveaway

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up (August 26th through September 1st)

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

Sold on a Monday

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

Don't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)

I Do Not Trust You

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Don’t Look Back—review here

Don't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)

 

I Do Not Trust You—review coming September 7th

I Do Not Trust You

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo—review here

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

Maybe for You—review here

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Eight Goodbyes—review here

Eight Goodbyes

Project Prometheus—review here

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

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

Sisters of the Fire (Blood and Gold, #2)

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

Days of Reign

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekly Wrap Up

Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae

4 Stars

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

Date of publication: August 28th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Where you can find Eight Goodbyes: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands, and 7 seas. And I had the privilege of meeting you.” – Unknown

When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined. 

To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.

My review:

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I was iffy for a while with Eight Goodbyes. I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. The way it was written definitely added to my first feelings about it. Let me explain. The book is broken up into two halves. In each half, the book is further broken up into sections. Those sections are labeled “First Goodbye, Second Goodbye, and so on“. Within the section, the storyline goes between Tessa and Simon. Like I said, it was a bit confusing for me to read at first because (for example), Tessa’s part of the book would end and Simon’s would pick up. No letting me, the reader, know that there was going to be a switch. It just happened. To be honest, that is a huge pet peeve of mine in books.  But, as the book went on, I started liking how the POV’s changed without notice. Which is the first and only time you will read me putting this down.

Eight Goodbyes is Tessa and Simon’s love story. Meeting on an airplane, Tessa and Simon enter a very unconventional relationship. For most of the first half of the book, Tessa is uncertain if she wants to be with Simon. Simon, however, is head over heels in love with Tessa and would do anything to be with her. Tessa soon realizes that Simon is hers and she is willing to have her happily ever after. But a tragedy separates them for 3 years. A chance phone call from Simon makes Tessa realize that some things are worth fighting for. Will she fight for her love? Or will she let it slip through her fingers?

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I am going to be blunt here. I didn’t like Tessa for 90% of the book. Did I pity her? Yes, she had an awful backstory. But I didn’t like her. I thought the way that she treated Simon was horrible. Example: She invites him to Las Vegas. He shows and she blows him off to sleep with her male model. Then tries to rationalize it to Simon when he confronts her. This same pattern went on until Greece (minus the sleeping with her male model). I wanted to throttle her. Here Simon is, offering her his heart, and she is stomping all over it. But, the author did something that I didn’t expect. She made Tessa grow up in the 2nd half of the book. She was damaged but she was mature. There was a point where Tessa is looking at old pictures and realizes how immature she was. She also realizes how badly she treated Simon. By the end of the book, my dislike for her turned into respect. Not a lot of woman would stick around when Simon revealed certain things.

While I liked Simon, I thought he was a pushover in the first half of the book. There were points where I wanted to shake him and say “Dude, you had a nice girl in Maxine. Go back to her“. Instead, I had to read while he is being left out of important things that are going on in Tessa’s life. When Tessa agreed to marry him, I did wait for the other shoe to drop. Sadly, it did with horrible consequences. When he was reintroduced in the 2nd half of the book, I was shocked by what happened to him. I also felt bad for him when Tessa broke her “surprise” to him. I was expecting him to tell her to go take a hike after that. I know I would have.

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The chemistry between Simon and Tessa was there. Even though Tessa was a jerk, it didn’t mean that they had sparks. They did. The chemistry was red hot. Sparks flew when they got together.

The sex scenes were perfect. They weren’t too explicit but were explicit enough to know what was going on. I wouldn’t describe them as red-hot but they were close.

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The secondary characters were the backbone of this book. They added a depth to the storyline that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.

The second half of the book was a heart-tugger for sure. I have to hand it to the author, she knew how to turn a character around.

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The end of the book made me cry. Not going to say why but it struck a nerve with me. I loved how all the secondary storylines were resolved and tied into the main storyline. I liked the little twist that she threw in at the beginning of the second half of the book. I wasn’t expecting it!!

What I liked about Eight Goodbyes:

A) Tessa at the end of the book

B) The chemistry between Simon and Tessa

C) Simon.

What I disliked about Eight Goodbyes:

A) The book was confusing to read at first

B) Tessa at the beginning of the book

C) Simon’s reaction to Tessa’s news.

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I gave Eight Goodbyes a 4-star review. This was a good romance. The characters might not have been likable but the author showed that people could change. I did find the book confusing to read in the beginning. Also, Tessa was not a favorite of mine. But the book evened out and I ended up enjoying the book.

I gave Eight Goodbyes an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Eight Goodbyes. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank Vesuvian Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Eight Goodbyes.

All opinions stated in this review of Eight Goodbyes are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Weekly Wrap Up (August 19th through August 25th)

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

Eight Goodbyes

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Eight Goodbyes—review coming August 28th

Eight Goodbyes

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo—review coming August 30th

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

Golden Skies—review here

Golden Skies

Foundryside—review here

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

Not Her Daughter—review here

Not Her Daughter

The Phantom Tree—review here

The Phantom Tree

Maybe for You—review coming August 28th

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Blood Cure—review here

Blood Cure (Blood Type Book 3) by [Linde, K.A.]

Strange Circumstances—review here

Strange Circumstances

Carbon Replacements—review coming September 9th

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)

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

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

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: August 22nd, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted bySam 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?

I didn’t get much done reading wise last week. I was checking my blog tour emails and noticed that I have 3 coming up. That I haven’t read. Whoops. So, I changed my reading schedule. Not by much. But still. Needless to say, what I posted last week, I only got around to reading two books out of the 5 I posted.

In other news, school starts next week. I have Open Houses on Friday (3 at 3 different schools, all at the same time….wish me luck in going to all of them….lol). Then school on Monday for my older two. My youngest starts school next Tuesday. I will have no kids for 4 hours. 4 blissful hours…lol.


What I am currently reading:

Eight Goodbyes

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One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands and 7 seas. And I had the privilege of meeting you.” – Unknown

When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined. 

To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.

I started this last night. So far, this is a great read. My only complaint is Tessa. I cannot stand her. I am waiting for her to grow up. It doesn’t seem to happen.

This book is not set to be released until August 28th. Now, saying this, you can buy it on Amazon right now. Be on the lookout for my review on August 28th.


What I finished reading:

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

(click on the picture for Amazon link)

The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…

A LEGENDARY LOVE

Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

I can’t even begin to explain this book. This is nothing like any historical romance that I have read before. It is very dark and can be violent. I am not going to get into it because my review is up and coming. I will say this, read with tissues. Be prepared to have your heart broken and breath taken away.

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo is set to be released on August 28th. I have already published an excerpt (which includes the first chapter). Since I am part of the blog tour, my review will be published on August 30th. So be on the lookout for it then.


What I am reading next (click on the pictures for Amazon links):

I Do Not Trust YouDon't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)Second Chance at Two Love Lane

I Do Not Trust You – I was approached by the publisher to review this book. It looked interesting. A mix of romance, thriller, and intrigue. I Do Not Trust You is expected to be published on September 11th. My review will be published on September 7th, before the publication date. Be on the lookout for my review then!!

Don’t Look Back – One of my books from last week. It looked interesting to me. A thriller/suspense romance. Yes, please. Don’t Look Back is set to be published on August 28th. Be on the lookout for my review around that date (hopefully on publication date but I can’t guarantee it).

Second Chance at Two Love Lane – I was approached by the publisher to review this book. This will be a change of pace for me. A nice traditional romance with no suspense. Can’t wait to read it. Second Chance at Two Love Lane is expected to be published August 28th. Be on the lookout for my review around that time.


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!!