Book Blitz: Instacrush (Rookie Rebels: Book 2) by Kate Meader

Instacrush 
by Kate Meader 
(Rookie Rebels #2) 
Publication date: December 10th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance,Sports

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Theo Kershaw is the luckiest guy alive.

Roaring back from a life-threatening injury, he has the world at his skates as defenseman for his new team, the Chicago Rebels. Everyone adores his big personality, his on-ice talent, and his killer smile. Everyone but his prickly neighbor – or so he thinks. One chilly Christmas Eve, Theo will learn that maybe the girl next door isn’t such a hater after all …

Elle Butler is the most embarrassing person on the planet. 

How else can the ex-military-now-bartender explain her crush on the hot jock who lives across the hall? True, he has gorgeous green eyes and perfect cheekbones, but the filter between his brain and too-sexy mouth is permanently malfunctioning. Yet she can’t stop checking out his Instagram antics or sneaking looks at him when he’s in her bar. So. Mortifying. Running from a past filled with damning secrets, Elle’s determined that this guilty pleasure remains buried in her deepest fantasies.

Because she couldn’t possibly indulge with the Theo Kershaw or make a mistake that draws attention to her under-the-radar life. And she especially couldn’t be a mom to a pro-athlete’s baby … could she?


Excerpt:

“Yes, I’ve seen those billboards for your underwear.”

“Fender bender when you did, right?”

“Oh, I have epic self-control. But seeing them made me realize that you’re a bit too pretty. I kind of like ’em rougher.” She placed a finger under his chin and tilted it for inspection. “You ever get into a fight? And I don’t mean those phony ballets you perform on the ice for your fan base.”

“I’m more a lover than a fighter.”

She scoffed, reluctantly withdrawing her touch. “Thought as much. Wouldn’t want to risk getting that perfect nose broken.”

He didn’t take offense. She wondered what in the world would ever bother The Theo Kershaw. 

“So we’ve established I’m not manly enough for you. Any other comments?”

“Oh, I’d never be one to criticize.”

He waved a hand. “Help me out, Elle-oh-Elle. Give me some pointers on how to win a real woman such as yourself.”

She thought about it for a moment, her blood fizzing with the fun of sparring with him. “You’d need to be a completely different person. But don’t fret, your current vapid personality is probably cleaning up so don’t change a thing, ’kay?”

He didn’t look put out, probably because her jab carried no heat. They both knew she wouldn’t be talking to him like this if she really believed he was dumb and vain.

“Yeah, good thing I’m doing okay. It’s just you’re here and I’m here …” The implication being that only proximity would force him to lower his standards.

She patted his chest and suppressed a groan at how hard it felt under her fingertips. “I know you can’t help yourself. You’ve got a penis that seeks out the nearest vagina like a diving rod. It’s really not your fault.”

“True. I can’t be held accountable for my incorrigible flirting.” 

He grinned and she grinned back, and that fizz in her veins bubbled bright. He’d figured out her game, matched her quip for quip. They understood each other and now they were … friends?

How odd.

And surprisingly sweet.

Theo Kershaw was smarter than he looked. Confusion must have registered on her face because he seemed to be closer, more present. A rush of awareness overtook her, not just of him, but of them and the sparking connection being formed in this sizzling moment, more powerful than mere sexual attraction.


Giveaway:

Giveaway ends December 19th.

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  • $25 Amazon gift card

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Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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

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

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

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


Books I’ve Read:

I Know You

Into the Shadows

Books with pending reviews:

Books with published reviews:

Little Darlings—review here

Into the Shadows—review here

A Safe Place—review here

Sunset Beach—review here

Then Came You—review here

Welcome the Little Children—review here

The Scent of Murder—review here

No Other Duke But You—review here

No Feelings Involved—review here

The Roads to Damascus—review here

NetGalley Haul:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar

The Duke Is But a Dream

Email Haul:

The Rumor

Fairy Ring: Changeling of Janderelle

Bending the Rules

The Woman He Knows

The Bridge of Little Jeremy

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

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

The Scent of Murder—Blog Tour

No Other Duke But You—Blog Tour

No Feelings Involved—Blog Tour

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Then Came You (Laws of Attraction: Book 3) by Kate Meader

Then Came You: A Laws of Attraction Novel by [Meader, Kate]

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Date of publication: May 7th, 2019

Genre: Romance

Series: Laws of Attraction

Down with Love—Book 1 (review here)

Illegally Yours—Book 2 (review here)

Then Came You—Book 3

Where to find Then Came You: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BookBub

Book Synopsis:

In the courtroom, they’re rivals. In the bedroom, they’re . . . divorced. But could the road trip from hell lead to a second chance at love?

Aubrey Gates is the hottest divorce lawyer in Chicago, a barb-tongued stiletto with legs that go on for miles. When her cool gray eyes meet mine across the battlefield, I want her like I’ve never wanted anyone or anything. Then I remember who she is: the woman who brought me to my knees. The woman who destroyed my faith in relationships.

The woman I used to call . . . wife.

And she needs a favor from me, Grant Lincoln.

It seems my ex forgot to mention the demise of our marriage to her dear old grammie, and now we’re both expected to attend her ninetieth birthday party. In Boston. And because it isn’t already awkward enough, Aubrey and I are driving there together from Chicago. That’s more than a thousand miles of tension, heartbreak, and barely concealed lust.

A little piece of paper might say we’re over, but this road trip is the true test. I intend to get my wife back . . . and I won’t stop until “I do.”


My Review:

I was waiting for Aubrey and Grant’s story to be published. I couldn’t wait to find out the reasons why they got divorced. I thought it was going to be a silly reason, like Grant was working too much or Aubrey was insecure. I was surprised when the reason was revealed. Surprised isn’t the correct term. I was heartbroken for both of them.

Then Came You’s plotline was straightforward. Aubrey and Grant were a divorced couple who are forced to take a road trip to Boston for Thanksgiving. Audrey never told her grandmother that they got divorced. While on the trip, Audrey and Grant are forced to acknowledge the reason why their marriage ended. They also are forced to recognize that their love never went away. Will they be able to put the past in the past? Or will it continue to keep them apart?

I thought Audrey could have benefitted from therapy the majority of the book. Girlfriend had issues which started in her childhood. She was so tense that it was rubbing off on her cat. I couldn’t stand her the first few chapters. But, when she and Grant started on their road trip, I began to see another side to her. I began to like her when she began to open up to Grant about why their marriage ended. I liked that the author wrote her the way she did. She wasn’t perfect, and her issues weren’t going to be solved overnight. I had been getting sick of characters that had perfect lives. Audrey was a breath of fresh air.

I loved Grant. There was a point at the beginning of the book where I thought he was a pushover. But, as the book went on and I began to see the damage that Audrey’s family did to her, I started to understand why he was like that. And I admired him for it. I liked that the author chose to show his reaction to what happened to him and Audrey. My heart broke into bits. I also liked his resolve to mend things between him and Audrey. I will say that he had more tolerance than I did. If my in-laws were like Audrey’s family, I would have lost my cool.

The cat was a huge hit for me. He added much-needed humor to certain situations. I was laughing out loud when he was in the scene. As a cat owner (I have two), I can relate to some of the situations Audrey found herself in with the cat.

I disliked Audrey’s family. Her parents were a piece of work. I couldn’t get over how selfish and self-centered both of them were. The only one I liked was her grandmother. She was a hoot. A pot smoking 90-year-old grandmother. Who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Loved it!!

Grant’s family was more realistic. His mother was 15 when she had him and she worked hard to provide a good home for him. She might not have had the money, but she adored her son. His stepfather was as good. As I said, they were more realistic. More what I am used to seeing in real life.

I loved Then Came You was a second chance romance. The reasons why Audrey and Grant divorced were heartbreaking. Even in the previous books, you could see how in love they still were with each other. So to watch them rebuild their relationship was beautiful.

The sex scenes were off the chart hot. I loved that Grant gave Audrey 3 orgasms for his one. The author was able to keep the sexual attraction and chemistry going throughout the book.

The end of Then Came You was one of the more emotional that I have read. I wanted to hand hankies out to everyone. But, it was the epilogue that got me. I will admit, I had tears during it. It was an ending that Grant and Audrey deserved!!! Plus, I liked seeing what the other couples were doing too.


I would give Then Came You 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 Then Came You. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

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


Have you read Then Came You?

What are your thoughts on it?

Let me know!!

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: February 17th through February 23rd, 2019

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

A Life for A Life

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

Only Ever You

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

The Woman in the Lake

The Woman in the Lake by [Cornick, Nicola]

Love-Lines

Love-Lines by [Langer, Sheri]

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

Only Ever You—review coming February 28th, 2019

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

The Woman in the Lake—review coming February 26th, 2018

The Woman in the Lake by [Cornick, Nicola]

It’s Getting Scot in Here—review coming February 27th, 2019

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

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

Let’s Talk About Sext—review here

Let's Talk About Sext by [Claire, Evie]

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

Then Came You: A Laws of Attraction Novel by [Meader, Kate]
Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

Kingdom of Exiles

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer Book 1) by [Martineau, Maxym M.]

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach: A Novel by [Andrews, Mary Kay]

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

TEN: Part 1 by [Ribbon, Sin]
Darwin's Cipher by [Rothman, M.A.]
A Light in the Desert by [Montgomery, Anne]
The Hemlock Girl by [Heckman, C. L.]

Only Ever You

Only Ever You

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of purchase) :

Search For Maylee by [Oviatt, Didi]
Good Girl (Wicked Book 1) by [Lawson, Piper]
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Only through Bookfunnel
The Helicopter Pilot's Bride: Clean Beach Romance in Getaway Bay (Brides & Beaches Romance Book 1) by [Johnson, Elana, Paulson, Bonnie R., Bay, Getaway]
Last Call: A Camden Ranch Novel by [Neal, Jillian]
Captured by the Pirate Laird (Highland Force Book 1) by [Jarecki, Amy]
Bleddyn Hall by [Shalaby, Amanda L.V.]
Getting Out of Hand (Sapphire Falls) by [Nicholas, Erin]
Provocative (White Lies Duet Book 1) by [Jones, Lisa Renee]

The Lawyer and the Tramp

The Lawyer and the Tramp: A Standalone Mafia Romance (Chicago Syndicate Book 7) by [Naomi, Soraya]

The Secret Child

The Secret Child: The Sylvalla Chronicles prequel by [Ponder, A.J.]
Hot Stuff (Hot Zone Book 1) by [Phillips, Carly]

Destination Wedding

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His Virgin: A First Time Romance (His and Hers Book 1) by [Wood, Vivian, Aran, Samus]

Capture

Capture: A Dark Mafia Captive Romance (Cherish Series Book 1) by [Ryann, Olivia, Wood, Vivian]

Covet

Covet: A Dark Mafia Captive Romance (Cherish Series Book 3) by [Ryann, Olivia, Wood, Vivian]

Brie’s Submission

Brie's Submission (1-3) (The Brie Collection: Box Set Book 1) by [Phoenix, Red]

Bleeding Hearts: The Complete Duet by [Zavarelli, A.]

Mark of Truth (Wicked Kingdoms Book 1) by [Knox, Graceley]

Giveaways I entered:

Susan’s Favorite Things

Crimson Lake Signed Copy Sweepstakes

Win a Kindle Fire

Valentine’s Day Signed Paperback Giveaway!

Love is in the Air Audiobook Giveaway

The Last Collection Cross-Imprint Sweeps (from Penguin/Random House)—will need to google. Couldn’t c/p the link

Cover Reveals/Excerpt/Blog Tours:

No Feelings Involved—Cover Reveal (Post here)

It’s Getting Scot in Here—Excerpt (Post here)

Bright Burning Stars—Blog Tour (from May 14th through May 28th)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 20th through January 26th 2019

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

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

Dark Alpha’s Awakening—review coming February 5th, 2019

Let’s Talk About Sext—review coming February 19th, 2019

Keeping Lucy—review coming August 6th, 2019

My Favorite Cowboy—review coming Feburary 26th, 2019

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

Illegally Yours—review here

Katie’s Highlander—review here

The Secret Bloodline—review here

Death March Escape—review here

The Gilded Wolves—review here

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

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

Weekly Posts:

Weekly-Wrap Up Saturday

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction: Book 2) by Kate Meader

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)

3 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of publication: January 22nd, 2019

Genre: Romance

Series: Laws of Attraction

Down with Love—Book 1 (review here)

Illegally Yours—Book 2

Then Came You—Book 3 (expected publication date: May 7th, 2019)

Where you can find Illegally Yours: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

Rule #1: Never fall for your client.
Rule #2: Never fall for your client’s fiercely protective, smoking hot sister-in-law.

I’m the kind of guy who believes that everyone deserves the best legal representation money can buy—which just so happens to be me, Lucas Wright. Give me your henpecked, your cuckolded, your irreconcilable differences yearning to break free! And if you’re the bad guy in your marriage, that’s cool too. Your green is as good as anyone’s.

Tell that to Trinity Jones. It’s my job to destroy her sister—the soon-to-be ex-wife of my a-hole of a client—and Trinity’s “big sis” instincts are dialed up to the max. I admire that. I admire her. But she won’t stop me from representing my client to the best of my ability.

Not even if my chemistry with Trinity is undeniable. Not even if we can’t keep our hands off each other. Not even if she injects life into a heart assumed to be long dead.

Because when faced with a choice between love and duty, the job will always win—or at least that’s what I thought before I met Trinity . . . and suddenly conflict of interest never felt so right. 


My review:

Lucas wasn’t looking for a relationship when he met Trinity. Immediately taken with her, he decided that he would charm her into going on a date with him. But that was easier said than done. Lucas is a divorce attorney who is representing Trinity’s soon to be ex-brother in law. If he started a relationship with Trinity, it would be a violation of the ethics oath that he took. The only way around that is if his client agrees to let Lucas date her. Will that happen?

Trinity was working as a whiskey sommelier. She was also happy taking care of her niece and nephew while her sister is going through a bitter divorce. She wasn’t expecting the hot British man that she is lusting after to be her soon to be ex-brother in law’s attorney.  A conflict of interest arises for her. If she dates Lucas, she will risk hurting her sister. If she doesn’t date Lucas, she could miss out. What will she do?


I was wondering who was going to be the next book in the Law of Attraction series. I had it between Grant/Aubrey or Lucas. So when I saw that it was Lucas’s story, I was interested. Lucas had caught my attention in Down with Love. I needed to read it. 

I was a little disappointed with Illegally Yours. Why was I disappointed? It didn’t deliver on the blurb. When I read the blurb, I got the sense that this was going to be a fun book. A book where the characters find themselves in situations that would make me laugh. Not the case here. The majority of the book was spent with the both of them stressed out over being together. Not to mention that individually, they each had major stress.

I did like Lucas and Trinity together as a couple, though. They were cute together. Together, they made me laugh. Their personalities meshed. They made me smile. I rooted for them too. Everything was balanced against them. I was hoping that their story would end up a happy one. I was worried at one point (after that scene with Brian).

 They also had insane chemistry together. Sparks flew when they were together. I had an inner bet going with myself about when those sparks would combust. When they did combust, it made for some pretty awesome sex. 

I liked Trinity. She put up with a lot throughout her life. Because she was biracial, she dealt with that crap (from family and general public). She dealt with crap from being a woman sommelier. She had issues with her brother in law. The depth of those issues stunned me. I wasn’t expecting it to be that, which in turn made me want to smack her sister into next Tuesday. I liked her humor with the age range. She wasn’t exactly a cougar….lol.

I thought Lucas at the beginning and middle of the book was immature. Every scene that he was in, he grated on my nerves. He had to be the center of attention. I have to keep this Amazon PC but I would call him an “Attention W***e”. Just saying.  I did feel bad for him when it was revealed what happened to Lizzie and how his childhood was. I wouldn’t go as far to say that he matured towards the end of the book but he did get better. His restraint at the end of the book made me laugh.

There were dropped storylines. Also, important elements of the storyline not talked about until almost the end of the book. Take for instance Trinity’s attacker. It affected her to the point where she had nightmares about it (years after the event). Lucas took notice when he stayed over when she was sick. Then there was no mention of it after that, even though it was mentioned a few times in the first half of the book. 

The end of Illegally Yours was bittersweet. I am glad that Lucas and Trinity got their HEA but I wished things could have been different with Lizzie. That broke my heart. The epilogue was awesome. I loved it. I also liked how the author set up for the next book!!


I gave Illegally Yours a 3-star rating. This was not my favorite book by Kate Meader. It didn’t deliver on the blurb. There were dropped plotlines. I also thought Lucas was immature. There were things I liked about the book. I liked Lucas and Trinity together as a couple. The sex scenes were hot. The ending was bittersweet. The epilogue was awesome!!

I would give Illegally Yours an Adult rating. There is explicit sex. There is language. There is violence. There are triggers. They would be divorce, cheating, neglect of a child and parental alienation. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book. 

I am on the fence if I would reread Illegally Yours. I am also on the fence if I would reccomend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Illegally Yours

All opinions stated in this review of Illegally Yours are mine.

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


Have you read Illegally Yours?

Love it? 

Hate it?

Meh about it?

Let me know!!!

Weekly Wrap Up: December 9th through December 15th, 2018

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

If, Then
The Reckoning
The House of Fire and Rain (Firemountain Chronicles, #2)
The Girls at 17 Swann Street
Forget You Know Me
Keep Her Close
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)

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

The Girls at 17 Swann Street—review coming February 5th, 2019

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

Forget You Know Me—-review coming February 5th, 2019

Forget You Know Me

Keep Her Close—review coming December 11th, 2018

Keep Her Close

Illegally Yours—review coming January 22nd, 2019

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)

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

The House of Fire and Rain

The House of Fire and Rain (Firemountain Chronicles, #2)

Keep Her Close

Keep Her Close

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

Getting Hot with the Scot

Getting Hot with the Scot (Sometimes in Love, #1)

The Perfect Girlfriend

The Perfect Girlfriend

Dark Alpha’s Awakening

Dark Alpha's Awakening (Reaper, #7)

Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire

Keeping Lucy

Keeping Lucy

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

Shattered Reflections

Shattered Reflections

Dirty Alphas

Dirty Alphas: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy Romance

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: December 5th, 2018

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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?


What’s going on with me this past week:

Personal:

I had a long week, last week. It was the week of parent/teacher conferences. Adding to that, I had a Hashi’s flare-up which took a lot out of me. So, I was tired, achy and grumpy. Adding to my grumpiness, I found out that Miss B, my 13-year-old, wasn’t turning in her classwork or her homework. How did I find that out? We track her grades through a school app called PowerSchool and her grades plummeted. Mainly her ELA and social studies. When I asked her about the missing work (it shows what is missing), she told me that she had turned everything in. Which turned out to be not true. So, until she makes up the work, she has no phone, no laptop (except her school-issued Chromebook), and no XBox.  

I ended up raking (and mowing) the leaves in my yard before the rain set in. We still have the backyard to do. But we are expecting snow this weekend, so yeah, that’s not happening.

Reading:

I only finished one book out of the many that I posted last week. Which is rare of me. But, I have a good reason why. I am savoring the book I am reading now. I am taking it in small doses. And that made me fall behind on reviews and on reading. Oops…lol. Luckily, the books I will be reading aren’t set to publish until January/February…so I can afford to slow my pace down.


What I am currently reading:

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

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Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

This is the book that I am savoring. I am absolutely loving it!! I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it with all of you. The Gilded Wolves is currently on pre-order. Expected publication date is January 19th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review before or after that date.


What I recently finished reading:

Zero

He won the election. He ended democracy. He built a wall of glass 1,000 meters high. Now, 150 years later, his descendants have infinite wealth and control the Sanctuary, a high-tech paradise for the rich where money equals rank. 
She’s from the slum. She has no money or rank. She vows to tear down the wall and end the nightmare. 
Her weapon? Zero.

This was a fantastic science fiction/dystopian book. It scared me a little bit. With the talk of the wall, I was thinking that this was something happening right now. It also made me think. Zero is currently available to buy. Click on the picture and it will take you to Amazon. Also, here is my review if you haven’t read it.


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

The Perfect Liar

A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other, for fans of B.A. Paris and Paula Hawkins.

Susannah, a young widow, and single mother has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. 

Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?

Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other —secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. The Perfect Liar is a thrilling novel told through the alternating perspectives of Susannah and Max with a shocking climax that no one will expect, from the bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife.

This is a book that was on last week’s list. I definitely plan on reading it this week. I am excited to read it. I like thrillers and this one seems like it would be right up my alley. The Perfect Liar is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is January 15th, 2019.

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)

Rule #1: Never fall for your client.
Rule #2: Never fall for your client’s fiercely protective, smoking hot sister-in-law.

I’m the kind of guy who believes that everyone deserves the best legal representation money can buy—which just so happens to be me, Lucas Wright. Give me your henpecked, your cuckolded, your irreconcilable differences yearning to break free! And if you’re the bad guy in your marriage, that’s cool too. Your green is as good as anyones.

Tell that to Trinity Jones. It’s my job to destroy her sister—the soon-to-be ex-wife of my a-hole of a client—and Trinity’s “big sis” instincts are dialed up to the max. I admire that. I admire her. But she won’t stop me from representing my client to the best of my ability.

Not even if my chemistry with Trinity is undeniable. Not even if we can’t keep our hands off each other. Not even if she injects life into a heart assumed to be long dead.

Because when faced with a choice between love and duty, the job will always win—or at least that’s what I thought before I met Trinity . . . and suddenly conflict of interest never felt so right.

Again, another book from last week’s WWW Wednesday. What made me request this book was that it was a divorce attorney falling in love. Plus, I liked the previous book in the series. Illegally Yours is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is January 22nd, 2019.

Keep Her Close

Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you …

Then:
Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot. 
She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter. 
What kind of person would abandon their daughter? 

Now:
Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family. 
But her real father has sent her a letter. 
And now Ally is missing.

A gripping twist-filled thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Teresa Driscoll.

Another book that I am looking forward to reading. I have reviewed for Erik Therme before and liked his books. So, I am hoping that I like this one too. Keep Her Close is currently available to purchase. Look for my review at some point within the next week.

Forget You Know Me

In her engrossing new novel, Forget You Know Me, Jessica Strawser takes readers deep into an intimate friendship between two women. When one witnesses a shocking incident that should never have been caught on camera, the secrets and lies it exposes threaten to change their lives forever.

Molly and Liza have always been close in a way that people envy. Even after Molly married Daniel, both considered Liza an honorary member of their family. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage. 

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat over wine after the kids are in bed. But when Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child, a man in a mask enters, throwing Liza into a panic—then her screen goes black. 

When Liza finally reaches Molly, her reply is icy and terse, insisting everything is fine. Liza is still convinced something is wrong, that her friend is in danger. But after an all-night drive to help her ends in a brutal confrontation, Liza is sure their friendship is over—completely unaware that she’s about to have a near miss of her own. And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either. 

But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this.

Forget You Know Me exposes the wounds of people who’ve grown apart, against their will. Best friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain. The man in the mask will change things for them all.

But who was he?

And will he be back?

And yet another book from last week (the last of them, I swear…lol). Another thriller. I am hoping that this book is as good as the blurb makes it out to be!! Forget You Know Me is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is February 5th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream. The bread was more difficult, but if she could just lose a little more weight, perhaps she would make the soloists’ list. Perhaps if she were lighter, danced better, tried harder, she would be good enough. Perhaps if she just ran for one more mile, lost just one more pound.

Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Women like Emm, the veteran; quiet Valerie; Julia, always hungry. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day.

Yara Zgheib’s poetic and poignant debut novel is a haunting, intimate journey of a young woman’s struggle to reclaim her life. Every bite causes anxiety. Every flavor induces guilt. And every step Anna takes toward recovery will require strength, endurance, and the support of the girls at 17 Swann Street.

The blurb of this book called to me. I am hoping that it will be as good as I think it is. The Girls at 17 Swann Street is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is February 5th, 2019. I am on the book tour for this book, so be on the lookout for my review at any time between February 1st-February 9th.

The House of Fire and Rain (Firemountain Chronicles, #2)

Dave Dobrowski is a detective in Firemountain. Things haven’t been the same in Firemountain since Dinah Steele took down Gleebelix. Now illegal prostitutes are dying in droves. Yet the legal brothel, The House of Fire and Rain, on tribal land is immune to a curse that is killing not only working girls but their clients. Dave and his alchemical partner Jolene Anderson, race to discover why legal girls are protected why illegals are dying and discover there is more than just morality at stake.

I had reviewed for this author before. I had enjoyed the first book in this series and I am hoping that I will like this book. Plus, the author has a wicked sense of humor when I was talking to her about the book. The House of Fire and Rain is currently available for purchase. Be on the lookout for my review at some point in the future.

If, Then

In the quiet haven of Clearing, Oregon, four neighbors find their lives upended when they begin to see themselves in parallel realities. Ginny, a devoted surgeon whose work often takes precedence over her family, has a baffling vision of a beautiful coworker in Ginny’s own bed, and begins to doubt the solidity of her marriage. Ginny’s husband, Mark, a wildlife scientist, sees a vision that suggests impending devastation and grows increasingly paranoid, threatening the safety of his wife and son. Samara, a young woman desperately mourning the recent death of her mother and questioning why her father seems to be coping with such ease, witnesses an apparition of her mother healthy and vibrant and wonders about the secrets her parents may have kept from her. Cass, a brilliant scholar struggling with the demands of new motherhood, catches a glimpse of herself pregnant again, just as she’s on the brink of returning to the project that could define her career.

At first, the visions are relatively benign, but they grow increasingly disturbing—and, in some cases, frightening. When a natural disaster threatens Clearing, it becomes obvious that the visions were not what they first seemed and that the town will never be the same.

I wasn’t going to request this book for review until I read the blurb. Then I went “Hmmmm” and requested it. If, Then is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 12th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

In the Blink of an Eye

A deeply emotional drama that explores a family’s path to forgiveness and redemption in the aftermath of a tragedy.

The Brennans — parents, Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby — have made a sea change, from chilly Hobart, Tasmania, to subtropical Murwillumbah, New South Wales. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they’re still adjusting to work, school, and life in a sprawling purple clapboard house, when one morning, tragedy strikes.

In the devastating aftermath, the questions fly. What really happened? And who’s to blame? Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah — his innocence lost — faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain.

In the Blink of an Eye is a haunting, redemptive story about forgiveness and hope.

Again, another book where the blurb drew me in. I read the blurb and thought to myself “I need to read this book“. I hope that it is as good as it seems. In the Blink of An Eye is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 19th, 2019. My review will be after that date.


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: November 28th, 2018

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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?


What’s going on with me this past week:

Personal:

Thanksgiving was wonderful. We did something different with the turkey breast this year. BK put it in a brine overnight. Thanksgiving morning, he put it in our air frier. Yup in the air frier. It was one of the most delicious, moist turkey breast that I have ever had. The ham was pretty good too…lol.

I have a hectic week this week. Miss R and Mr. Z have parent/teacher conferences this week. I also have a meeting with Mr. Z’s teachers and guidance counselor to go over his 504 plan.

This weekend is supposed to rain. Which stinks because I have 3 huge oak trees and they lost their leaves all at once. We need to rake/blow/mow (we have a mulching mower) all of them. Which we can’t do if there is rain…sigh.

Reading:

Again, I am in a good place reading-wise. I am still slowly moving over my Amazon TBR to Goodreads. I have also gotten a few books off of my NetGalley shelf!! I have held back from adding books when those Read Now emails come.


What I am currently reading:

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

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An action-packed, compelling historical fantasy, from the pen of an award-winning author

The battle-scarred warrior princess Bluebell, the heir to her father’s throne, is rumoured to be unkillable. So when she learns of a sword wrought specifically to slay her by the fearsome raven king, Hakon, she sets out on a journey to find it before it finds her. The sword is rumoured to be in the possession of one of her four younger sisters. But which one? Scattered as they are across the kingdoms, she sets out on a journey to find them.

Her four sisters all have their own paths to tread, the gifted magician Ash is on a journey to find a dragon that could determine her destiny. The beautiful, unhappy Rose has left her undermagician Aunt and is speeding to the aid of her daughter, Rowan, who has been lost to her. Ivy, sold into marriage for the sake of an alliance, is now set to become the ruling Duchess of Seacaster with the imminent death of her much older and sick husband, and the power-hungry Willow is raising her infant child as a potential trimartyr king and training to be a warrior for the fanatical religious order Maava.

From the wild rocky coastline to granite-topped tors, from bustling harbours to echoing ghost towns, from halls of kings to ancient primal woodlands, this story follows five sisters upon whose actions kingdoms will rise and fall.

I have been reading this book for two days and I have only read a few chapters. Usually, I read when I go to bed but I have been so exhausted that I am asleep as soon as I go to bed. So far, what I have read has been fantastic. I just need to have a day where I do nothing but sit on the couch and read. Right now, Sisters of the Fire is on preorder. Expected publication date is February 5th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.


What I recently finished reading:

An Anonymous Girl

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The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller, The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

I enjoyed this book until the end. I thought that it was a little anti-climatic the way it ended. I was left with a “WTH” feeling. But, I did enjoy the book. It definitely kept me on edge. An Anonymous Girl is currently on preorder. Expected publication date is January 8th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.


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

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He won the election. He ended democracy. He built a wall of glass 1,000 meters high. Now, 150 years later, his descendants have infinite wealth and control the Sanctuary, a high-tech paradise for the rich where money equals rank.

She’s from the slum. She has no money or rank. She vows to tear down the wall and end the nightmare.

Her weapon? Zero.

The blurb for this book caught my attention. I like dystopia this seemed like a good read. Expected publication date is December 2nd. Be on the lookout for my review after that date (also, I will update with an Amazon link as soon as the book goes live).

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

I am actually very excited to read this book. From the reviews I have read, this seems like I am going to enjoy it. The Gilded Wolves is currently on preorder. Its expected publication date is January 15th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

The Perfect Liar

A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other, for fans of B.A. Paris and Paula Hawkins.

Susannah, a young widow, and single mother has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. 

Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?

Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other —secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. The Perfect Liar is a thrilling novel told through the alternating perspectives of Susannah and Max with a shocking climax that no one will expect, from the bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife.

This is another book that I am excited to read. I love suspense/thrillers and this book is right up my alley. The Perfect Liar is currently on preorder. Its expected publication date is January 15th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)

Rule #1: Never fall for your client.
Rule #2: Never fall for your client’s fiercely protective, smoking hot sister-in-law.

I’m the kind of guy who believes that everyone deserves the best legal representation money can buy—which just so happens to be me, Lucas Wright. Give me your henpecked, your cuckolded, your irreconcilable differences yearning to break free! And if you’re the bad guy in your marriage, that’s cool too. Your green is as good as anyone’s.

Tell that to Trinity Jones. It’s my job to destroy her sister—the soon-to-be ex-wife of my a-hole of a client—and Trinity’s “big sis” instincts are dialed up to the max. I admire that. I admire her. But she won’t stop me from representing my client to the best of my ability.

Not even if my chemistry with Trinity is undeniable. Not even if we can’t keep our hands off each other. Not even if she injects life into a heart assumed to be long dead.
 
Because when faced with a choice between love and duty, the job will always win—or at least that’s what I thought before I met Trinity . . . and suddenly conflict of interest never felt so right.

I had read, reviewed and liked the first book in this series. So when I saw this book up for review on Loveswept’s NetGalley page, I had to request it. Illegally Yours is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is January 22nd, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

Keep Her Close

Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you … 

Then: 
Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot. 
She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter. 
What kind of person would abandon their daughter? 

Now: 
Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family. 
But her real father has sent her a letter. 
And now Ally is missing. 

A gripping twist-filled thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Teresa Driscoll.

I am looking forward to reading this book. I have reviewed for the author before and he writes great books. So, I am expecting this one to be good. Keep Her Close is on pre-order. Its expected publication date is December 5th, 2018. Look for my review after that date.

Forget You Know Me

In her engrossing new novel, Forget You Know Me, Jessica Strawser takes readers deep into an intimate friendship between two women. When one witness a shocking incident that should never have been caught on camera, the secrets and lies it exposes threaten to change their lives forever.

Molly and Liza have always been close in a way that people envy. Even after Molly married Daniel, both considered Liza an honorary member of their family. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage. 

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat over wine after the kids are in bed. But when Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child, a man in a mask enters, throwing Liza into a panic—then her screen goes black. 

When Liza finally reaches Molly, her reply is icy and terse, insisting everything is fine. Liza is still convinced something is wrong, that her friend is in danger. But after an all-night drive to help her ends in a brutal confrontation, Liza is sure their friendship is over—completely unaware that she’s about to have a near miss of her own. And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either. 

But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this.

Forget You Know Me exposes the wounds of people who’ve grown apart, against their will. Best friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain. The man in the mask will change things for them all.

But who was he?

And will he be back?

The blurb drew me in on this book. Plus, I like Jessica Strawser’s books. Forget You Know Me is on pre-order. Its expected publication date is February 5th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.


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!!