Weekly Wrap Up: April 21st through April 27th, 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

The Roads to Damascus

No Feelings Involved

Pray for the Girl

Sullivan’s Promise

Then Came You

Books with pending reviews:

No Feelings Involved—review coming April 30th, 2019

Kingdom of Exiles—review come June 25th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

Darwin’s Cipher—review here

The Mother-In-Law—review here

The Stone Mothers—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Twenty-one Truths About Love

Mrs. Everything

The Right Sort of Man

Email Haul:

Waltz of the Crows

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

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

The Invited—ReadItForward

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Own to Obsess—Release Blast

Highland Crown—Excerpt

The Right Sort of Man—Blog Tour Invite

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

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Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly

Stone Mothers: A Novel by [Kelly, Erin]

3 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books

Date of publication: April 23rd, 2019

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Where you can find Stone Mothers: Amazon | Barnes and Noble| BookBub

Book Synopsis:

Erin Kelly, the masterful author of He Said/She Said, delivers another irresistible, unputdownable novel of psychological suspense. 

You can’t keep the secret.
You can’t tell the truth.
You can’t escape the past

Marianne was seventeen when she fled her home in Nusstead – leaving behind her family, her boyfriend, Jesse, and the body they buried. Now, thirty years later, forced to return to in order to help care for her sick mother, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving in the first place, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built, the husband and daughter who must never know what happened all those years ago. Even if it means turning to her worst enemy for help… But Marianne may not know the whole story – and she isn’t the only one with secrets they’d kill to keep.


My review:

Marianne was doing well for herself. She’s been married for 25 years to a wonderful and understanding man. Her daughter, who is mentally ill, hasn’t had an episode in over a year. Life is good. Then her husband surprises her with a trip to her home village of Nusstead. A place she has rarely gone back to since she left at 17. A place where a death occurred and was covered up.

Her happy life is in jeopardy when her ex-boyfriend threatens to expose her secret about what happened at the Nazareth Hospital.Marianne is forced to join forces with the only other person who knows what happened that night. But Helen has her motivation for aligning with Marianne. She has her secrets, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to keep those secrets from coming out.


When I started reading Stone Mothers, I thought that this was going to be a quick book to read. A book with an easy plotline to follow. One I could keep track of the main characters. An interesting book that would keep my attention. Unfortunately, Stone Mothers only hit two out of the three for me.

The Stone Mothers had two significant plotlines. I had a hard time following Marianne’s plotline. It was all over the place. It could be present day then morph back to the ‘80s and then again to the present day. It drove me nuts.

I found myself wondering when the colossal secret was going to be revealed and what it was. It was alluded to in Marianne’s plotline often, but it wasn’t explain until halfway through the book. At that point, I was so irritated by the constant flashbacks that I didn’t care about the secret.

Helen’s plotline was wonderfully written. It stayed in chronological order. There were none of the bouncings around that made Marianne’s plotline so hard to read. As weird as this sounds, I thought that Helen’s plotline was written better.

I do think that Helen’s plotline should have been first in the book. That way there would be no confusion about what was going on. Also, I would have liked to see Marianne’s stay in chronological order. No bouncing around. It would have made the book much easier to read.

I did like that the author got into the history of how the mentally ill were treated in England. It was eye-opening what was considered mentally ill back then. Husband beating you. Mentally ill. Gay or Lesbian. Mentally ill. Someone who was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. Mentally ill. A woman who wanted to get an abortion. Mentally ill. I could go on and on. It disgusted me.

I was horrified by how the mentally ill people were treated in the book. The treatments that they were put through were illegal and awful. How the staff managed the patients were horrible. Sure, there were a few that were nice, but they were few and far between. Most of the time, the staff was abusive towards the patients.

I liked also explored what it was like when those hospitals shut down. Unfortunately, what the book showed is the truth. I grew up about 10ish miles from a state hospital (Danvers State). They closed down in the mid- ‘80s. With nowhere to go, they put a bunch of patients out on the street. I remember not being allowed to play outside the summer it happened because my mother was terrified. She used to work there, and she said that there were sick people in there. People that shouldn’t have been allowed back on the street but were there because of cutbacks and lack of funding. So, what happened in Stone Mothers, I could believe.

I did like how the author was able to show how far treating mental illness has come. Marianne’s daughter had her struggles with mental illness. She was functioning because of therapy and medication. The stigma of having a mental illness has lessened but is still there. In this book, it shows how far it has come and how far there is still left to go.


I couldn’t get a feel for Marianne during the first half of the book. She did come off as having an “I am better than you” attitude. I didn’t understand her reaction to having an apartment bought for her until later in the book. Up until then, I thought she was an ungrateful snot. I also didn’t understand her codependent relationship with Jesse. It wasn’t explained until much later in the book. I did come to respect her towards the end of the book. Everything she did was for the love of her daughter.

I did not like Jesse. I did feel bad for him when everything happened with Clay. But other than that, nope. Didn’t like him. His identity was so wrapped up in Marianne’s that he didn’t know what to do when she broke it off. His behavior was erratic from the middle of the book on. By the end of the book, he scared me.

Helen was the only one out of the three that I liked. She worked hard to become who she was. While she had an outward facade of not caring, she did. As for her story, I am not going to go into it. All I have to say is that she deserved most of the stuff that happened in the book.


I didn’t feel that Stone Mothers was a good fit in with the thriller category. There was no thrill. Because of Marianne’s plotline jumping around, I never got that feeling.

As for the mystery/suspense categories, I was kind of eh. I felt that the plot moved too slow and jumped around too much for any suspense to be built. The mystery angle was also eh. I couldn’t get into it because of Marianne’s plotline jumping around.

There was a lag in the plotline about halfway through the book. The author was able to bring the book back on track. There was also the matter of dropped characters and insinuated plotlines. The way the book set up a particular character, I thought that she was the one killed. But, nothing else was mentioned about her until the end of the book. And it turned out to be different than what I thought. I went back and reread that passages to make sure I wasn’t confusing things.

The end of Stone Mothers seemed rushed. I wasn’t expecting what happened. It was also mentioned that something happened to another main character. Then that character was brought back into the book. I did like that it was from Honor’s POV. I liked that I was given an outsider’s perspective on the whole cluster. Still, I was left wanting at how the book ended.


I would give Stone Mothers an Older Teen rating. There are mentions of sex but the deed itself was never talked about. There is violence. There is language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I am on the fence if I would reread Stone Mothers. I am also on the fence if I would recommend it to family and friends.

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


I would like to thank the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Stone Mothers.

All opinions stated in this review of Stone Mothers are mine.


Have you read Stone Mothers?

What was your thoughts about it?

Let me know

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

WWW Wednesday: April 3rd, 2019

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

The Three Ws are:

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


Personal:

Miss R: She’s alright except for her allergies. We are in the middle of what internet meme’s call The Pollinating and the poor kid is miserable. Despite that, she is enjoying t-ball and playing outside.

Miss B: She has been more enjoyable to be around. Which is nice. She is even doing her chores (which is cleaning the litter box 2xs a day and loading/unloading the dishwasher) without complaining. Schoolwise, we are still fighting with her to turn stuff in. I will be glad when this school year is over.

Mr. Z: I think sex ed scarred him…lol. He was telling us everything that was going to happen to him and said “I’m not letting it happen.” Well, yeah, its going to happen anyway, bud. Sorry about that. He is ripping through the Artemis Fowl series. I think he’s on book 3 or 4. BK mentioned that we’re going to have to get him more. BTW, we buy used off of Amazon. With the exception of one book, they were all in excellent condition. And super cheap.

Me: I have blisters. Why? Because BK bought my brand new Chucks (my first pair in years!!) and I am breaking them in. Oh the pain. Even with bandaids on. But I will get over it. I hope.

We tilled the garden last weekend and threw fertilizer over it. I am hoping to buy a couple bags of manure and till those under next weekend, weather permitting. We should be able to plant after April 15th. Barring any freakish weather (like Tuesday, when it snowed in Charlotte), we will be planting our potatoes and any seedlings in the pots. We are also going to deep clean under our deck. Old toys, broken toys, toys that aren’t being used….going to the curb. Same goes for chairs and other stuff (like the umbrella BK kept saying he would fix after a storm turned it inside out).

Reading/Reviews:

Reading: Well, I am over my slump. I have read more books this week than I have read in the last couple of weeks. Since I have been reading more, it means that I have been writing more blog posts. Which is a good thing.

Reviews: Like I said above, I have been writing more blog posts. I am liking this whole laid back approach to writing reviews. I am not stressed and I feel that I am putting out better reviews.

Blog: I finally have settled on a theme/fonts that I liked for the blog. I forgot that since I upgraded to premium, I get unlimited themes. And I found the perfect one. So, no more changes.

I want to mention something weird that I noticed last night. I have all of you guys posts sent straight to my email. Last night, I noticed when I went into a post, it was saying that I wasn’t following that person. I spent 2 hours last night going through my followers. That started a chain reaction. I started removing people who’s links weren’t working/blogs were deleted. I ended up removing over 60 people. This morning, I was doing the same thing and noticed that the same thing was happening. I decided to look into it further. I discovered that if I hit the home button on the blog, it would show that I followed that person. But the post didn’t. Which is weird and I am going to be keeping an eye on it.

The other weird thing that I noticed was actually a few weeks in the making. I noticed that I was getting lesser and lesser emails from the people I follow. While I was mucking around in my followers, I noticed I could control what I got. That led me to going through each and every person I followed. I found that there were about 15 blogs that I wasn’t getting emails for. The weird thing….I had been getting emails from some of them until a couple of weeks ago. I changed the settings for them. The only thing I think could have happened is when I changed my theme, it put a bunch of people on what WordPress considers mute??


What I am currently reading:


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Erin Kelly, the masterful author of He Said/She Said, delivers another irresistible, unputdownable novel of psychological suspense. 

You can’t keep the secret.
You can’t tell the truth.
You can’t escape the past

Marianne was seventeen when she fled her home in Nusstead – leaving behind her family, her boyfriend, Jesse, and the body they buried. Now, thirty years later, forced to return to in order to help care for her sick mother, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving in the first place, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built, the husband and daughter who must never know what happened all those years ago. Even if it means turning to her worst enemy for help… But Marianne may not know the whole story – and she isn’t the only one with secrets they’d kill to keep.

I am not liking Stone Mothers. I am finding it hard to connect to the characters and the plot is slow. But, I have ended up liking books that have had rough starts. Stone Mothers is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is April 23rd, 2019.


I recently finished reading:

The Promise by [Driscoll, Teresa]

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The chilling new psychological thriller from the #1 bestselling author of I Am Watching You.

It was their darkest secret. Three schoolgirls made a promise – to take the horrible truth of what they did to the grave.

Thirty years later, Beth and Sally have tried to put the trauma behind them. Though Carol has distanced herself from her former friends, the three are adamant that the truth must never come to light, even if the memory still haunts them.

But when some shocking news threatens to unearth their dark secret, Beth enlists the help of private investigator Matthew Hill to help her and Sally reconnect with estranged Carol ­– before the terrible act they committed as teenagers is revealed.

Beth wishes she could take back the vow they made.

But somebody is watching and will stop at nothing to ensure the secret stays buried. Now, with her beloved family in peril, can Beth still keep the promise?

This is an example of a book that got off to a rough start that I ended up loving. I couldn’t put it down and I was in tears by the end of the book. The Promise is currently available for purchase.


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

Ignite: A Dark Kings Novel by [Grant, Donna]

Every inch of him was molded as if from granite…and her blood ran like fire… 

For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King–one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness–must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires.

Claire may possess the beauty and soul of a goddess but V knows better than to mess with a mere mortal. Still, he instinctively knows that Claire is The One who can help him regain the use of his sword and restore his place at Dreagan. But if she learns the truth about who–and what–he really is, her memories of him would be erased forever. How can V love Claire truly, madly, deeply…and protect her from the forces of fire and darkness that could destroy them both?

Prince of Persuasion (The Novi Navarro Chronicles Book 1) by [Cannaday, Emigh]

A dying king…
A dynasty in danger…
A prince with one duty: secure the succession!

Created when they intermingled with demons, the dark elves of Sinaryos have come to rely on humans to keep their race alive. The royal family is no exception, with a king on the verge of death, a court riddled with spies, and a broken line of succession. Despite everything working against him, Prince Fallon Blackwood has met all the demands of the crown for nearly a hundred years… except for one!

After avoiding this obligation for too long, the time has come for him to take a harem and prove that he’s capable of continuing his family’s bloodline and ensuring their control of the throneBut underneath his cool and calm exterior, Fallon secretly yearns for a much different life than the one he was born into…

Novi Navarro is a working-class barmaid who’s used to running her tavern and running her mouth. When she gets assigned to Prince Fallon’s harem by mistake, she thinks it’s a complete joke. She makes a deal with Fallon for them to both get what they want from this administrative oversight. But when members of the Blackwood Court discover her true identity, she quickly learns that she must beat them at their game… or die…

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

But it’s the lies that keep you safe. 

Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything—anything—to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe.

But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt?
Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor—the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed—is more than happy to stay with him.

Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead.

But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret—one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden.
As the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light, perhaps it’s no mystery someone is gone after all…

Because You’re Mine is a breathtaking novel of domestic drama and suspense. 

Prepare to stay up all night.

Bloodline Origins by [Foos, Iuliana]

Determined to turn her fantasy into reality, Ana starts her journey to become a vampire. Along the way, she learns the truth about their secret society, discovers her prestigious bloodline, and falls in love. 

Not all vampires are accepting of humans and war looms in the shadows. An ancient tome reveals the vampires’ alien descent and sparks war. 

An army bent on eradicating her coven’s existence threatens her new world. Survival or annihilation will be in Ana’s hands. 

Bloodline Destinies by [Foos, Iuliana]

In the year 2516 humans share Earth with elusive vampires and GeMs—a new species of blood-drinkers who appeared after the Flood. 

Months before his five-hundredth birthday, Theodor De Croix, Prince of The Old Coven, crosses paths with Vivienne. Torn between proving himself worthy of his bloodline and centuries-old beliefs about true love, he saves her life but rejects the idea that she might be sent to him by fate itself. 

Vivienne is a human scientist turned GeM in an accident. Body and mind forever altered, she struggles every day to adapt to her new life. Attracted to the man who saved her, but fearing his kind, she finds herself in more danger than ever. 

Caught up in a whirlwind of dreams and evil plots, both must confront their own demons in order to save each other, testing the powers of fate and love. 

The Perfect Wife: A Novel by [Delaney, JP]

A missing woman receives a second chance at life, thanks to her billionaire husband–but the consequences are deadly in this gripping psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before.

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s an icon of the tech world, the founder of a lucrative robotics company. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago, and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss. She is a miracle of science. 

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives–and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what reallyhappened to Abbie half a decade ago? 

Extinction Of All Children (Book 1) by [Epps, L.J.]

A young adult, fantasy novel about a teenager who is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory. There will never be another child; every baby born after her has been taken away. Everyone wonders why she survived.

Emma Whisperer was born in 2080, in the small futuristic world of Craigluy. President Esther, in charge for the last twenty-two years, has divided their world into three territories, separated by classes—the rich, the working class, and the poor—because she believes the poor should not mingle with the others. And, the poor are no longer allowed to have children, since they do not have the means to take care of them.

Any babies born, accidentally or willfully, are killed. Emma is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory; every baby born after her has died. Somehow, she survived this fate.

During the president’s Monday night speech, she announces a party will be held to honor the last child in the territory, Emma Whisperer. Emma must read a speech, expressing how happy she is to be the last eighteen-year-old.

Emma doesn’t like the rules; she doesn’t believe in them. So, she feels she must rebel against them. Her family doesn’t agree with her rebellion, since they are hiding a big secret. If this secret gets out, it will be disastrous, and deadly, for her family.

During Emma’s journey, she meets—and becomes friends with—Eric. He is one of the guards for the president. She also befriends Samuel, another guard for the president, who is summoned to watch over her. As Emma meets new people, she doesn’t know who she can trust. Yet, she finds herself falling for a guy, something which has never happened before.

After doing what she feels is right, Emma finds herself in imminent danger. In the end, she must make one gut-wrenching decision, a decision that may be disastrous for them all.


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 27th, 2019

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

The Three Ws are:

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


Personal:

Miss R: Her allergies are under control. She started T-ball yesterday. Which was funny because she wasn’t a fan of running around. Told her dad and myself that she was done with the day when we got to the car. Which she was. She fell as asleep right after her shower.

Mr. Z: He had sex ed this week. In this school system, sex ed is started in 5th grade. The school system brings in people to talk to the kids on their grade level. So, I asked Mr. Z how it went on Monday. He turned beet red and didn’t want to talk about it. I did get out of him that they talked about body image. But everything else, he didn’t want to talk about it.

Miss B: She has been a moody teen this past week. Everything is eyerolls and huge sighs. I told her that if she rolled her eyes any harder, that they would fall out. She didn’t appreciate that. I did have to take her to the Dr last week. She was running a fever and was getting dizzy when standing up along with bad headaches. Diagnosis: She had a viral infection. She also was dehydrated. The Dr was concerned about her headaches and said if they continued, to come back in and they would run more tests. She’s to drink 64oz of water a day and sit in the sun for an hour.

Me: More yard work this past weekend. Our back area had been neglected. So, I took my huge clippers, the hacksaw, and a pair of gloves and went to work. End result: A huge pile of baby trees and nettles in front of my house. I am hurting but it was worth it. It looks nice back there!!

Reading/Reviews:

Reading: I am still struggling to finish books. But with the kids not feeling well and me being up late at night with Miss R’s coughing, I’m not surprised by that. I did get a chance to sit down yesterday and read. I finished 2 books!! I am 5 books behind on my Goodreads reading challenge. Not too worried about that either. Come summer, I’ll more than catch up.

Review/Blog: I am trying to find a happy place with writing my reviews. I am going back and forth with ways of writing them. So, apologizes if you see a ton of changes.

As for the blog, I decided to splurge on myself last week. I upgraded my Grammarly to the premium package (it was on sale, which was fantastic). I got rid of Hemingway because the premium package does everything that Hemingway did. I am also feeling the itch to change my blog’s appearance again. If I do decide to do change the blog again, I apologize.


What I am currently reading:

The Ash Family: A Novel by [Dektar, Molly]
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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.

I am not sure if I am going to like The Ash Family. I am only a couple of chapters and and Berie/Harmony is rubbing me the wrong way. The book also got off to a slow start. But, I am going to hang in there and hope that it gets better. The Ash Family and currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is April 9th, 2019.


I recently finished reading:

Trusting The Billionaire: A Marriage Of Convenience Romance (The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride Book 3) by [Savage, Cynthia]
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A jaded divorcee and a lovelorn billionaire get a second chance at romance.

Audrey Wilson is convinced love is a pipedream, and she has the divorce decree to prove it. Not to mention a failing non-profit facility full of battered and abused women. When her best friend gets her heart broken by a guy who claims a dating coach taught him how to play women, Audrey is ready to confront this coach and make him pay.

And she has a hunch he’s none other than brainy billionaire Asher Weston.

Asher has a bad case of unrequited love that goes all the way back to his high school days. When one of his clients blackmails him, forcing him to find a wife on a deadline, he’s ready to give up on living happily ever after with the woman of his dreams.

Until she unexpectedly waltzes into his office.

A marriage of convenience gets him the wife he needs—and the woman he’s always loved. For Audrey, this platonic arrangement affords her non-profit some financial security while she secretly sets out to prove Asher is the mastermind behind her bestie’s heartache.

Can Asher and Audrey overcome a jealous secretary, a dangerous ex, and their own insecurities to build a future together?

I was pleasantly surprised by Trusting the Billionaire. I wasn’t expecting it to have the depth that it did. It is also clean. Zero sex. Which I wasn’t expecting. Trusting the Billionaire is currently available for purchase.


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

Love, Again by [Dover, L.P.]

Sometimes all you need is a second chance.

“L. P. Dover knows how to create the men who make us swoon, the book boyfriends we all want.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

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. 

No Other Duke But You (Playful Brides Book 11) by [Bowman, Valerie]

A lady with a love potion. A Duke who takes it by mistake. Romance and mischief ensues when plans go awry in No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman.

SINGLE LADY SEEKS DUKE

Lady Delilah Montebank has her marital sights set on the Duke of Branville. There’s just one problem: he barely knows she exists. But no matter, she’s got a plan to win him over with her charm, her wit—and perhaps the love potion she has in her possession wouldn’t hurt her cause…

Lord Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley, thinks his best friend Delilah’s quest to become a duchess is ridiculous. He’s always said he’d rather give up all the brandy in London than commit to one person for life. Besides, he knows that Delilah’s love potion can’t possibly win over Branville…since she accidentally gave it to him instead. But perhaps this is the excuse he needs to show her he’s always loved her…

Delilah can’t believe she gave the potion to the wrong duke. Then again, Delilah could do a lot worse than win the hand of her handsome best friend. Could it be that the right duke has been before her eyes all along?

The Promise by [Driscoll, Teresa]

The chilling new psychological thriller from the #1 bestselling author of I Am Watching You.

It was their darkest secret. Three schoolgirls made a promise – to take the horrible truth of what they did to the grave.

Thirty years later, Beth and Sally have tried to put the trauma behind them. Though Carol has distanced herself from her former friends, the three are adamant that the truth must never come to light, even if the memory still haunts them.

But when some shocking news threatens to unearth their dark secret, Beth enlists the help of private investigator Matthew Hill to help her and Sally reconnect with estranged Carol ­– before the terrible act they committed as teenagers is revealed.

Beth wishes she could take back the vow they made.

But somebody is watching and will stop at nothing to ensure the secret stays buried. Now, with her beloved family in peril, can Beth still keep the promise?

Stone Mothers: A Novel by [Kelly, Erin]

Erin Kelly, the masterful author of He Said/She Said, delivers another intense, irresistible novel of psychological suspense.

You can’t keep the secret.
You can’t tell the truth.
You can’t escape the past

Marianne was seventeen when she fled her home in Nusstead – leaving behind her family, her boyfriend, Jesse, and the body they buried. Now, thirty years later, forced to return to in order to help care for her sick mother, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving in the first place, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built, the husband and daughter who must never know what happened all those years ago. Even if it means turning to her worst enemy for help… But Marianne may not know the whole story – and she isn’t the only one with secrets they’d kill to keep.

Ignite: A Dark Kings Novel by [Grant, Donna]

Every inch of him was molded as if from granite…and her blood ran like fire…

For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King—one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness—must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires.

Claire may possess the beauty and soul of a goddess but V knows better than to mess with a mere mortal. Still, he instinctively knows that Claire is The One who can help him regain the use of his sword and restore his place at Dreagan. But if she learns the truth about who—and what—he really is, her memories of him would be erased forever. How can V love Claire truly, madly, deeply…and protect her from the forces of fire and darkness that could destroy them both?

Prince of Persuasion (The Novi Navarro Chronicles Book 1) by [Cannaday, Emigh]

A dying king.
A dynasty in danger.
A prince with one duty: secure the succession.

Created when they intermingled with demons, the dark elves of Sinaryos have come to rely on humans to keep their race alive. The royal family is no exception, with a king on the verge of death, a court riddled with spies, and a broken line of succession. Despite everything working against him, Prince Fallon Blackwood has met all the demands of the crown for nearly a hundred years…except for one.

After avoiding this obligation for too long, the time has come for him to take a harem and prove that he’s capable of continuing his family’s bloodline and ensuring their control of the throne. But underneath his cool and calm exterior, Fallon secretly yearns for a much different life than the one he was born into.

Novi Navarro is a working-class barmaid who’s used to running her tavern and running her mouth. When she gets assigned to Prince Fallon’s harem by mistake, she thinks it’s a complete joke. She makes a deal with Fallon for them to both get what they want from this administrative oversight. But when members of the Blackwood Court discover her true identity, she quickly learns that she must beat them at their game…or die.


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

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LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THEM!!

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]

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