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Weekly Wrap Up: September 2nd through September 8th)

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

Worldwielder

Dead Girls Don't Love

Sadie

The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

 

Cowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas, #2)

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

Sadie—review here

Sadie

The Breakup—review here

The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)

Dagger’s Edge—review here

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

Cowboy, Cross My Heart—review here

Cowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas Book 2) by [Grant, Donna]

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen—review here

Sold on a Monday—review here

Sold on a Monday

Second Chance At Two Love Lanereview here

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

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

What About Us (Panic, #4)

A Spark of Light

An Anonymous Girl

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

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

 

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Second Chance at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Date of publication: August 28th, 2018

Genre: Romance

Series: Two Love Lane

Christmas at Two Love Lane – Book 1

A Wedding at Two Love Lane – Book 2

Second Chance at Two Love Lane – Book 3

Where you can find Second Chance at Two Love Lane: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

From USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer comes Second Chance at Two Love Lane, a fast-paced tale about the intoxicating effects of fame and what happens when a past romance is rekindled behind the silver screen.

Sometimes love is waiting in the second act…

In her professional career, Ella Mancini plays matchmaker at Two Love Lane but, in her personal life, she takes the stage at the Dock Street Theatre. Now she has a chance at a new role in a Hollywood movie that happens to be filming in Charleston—one that features a big-name actress, Samantha Drake. Long ago, Ella passed up a major audition while awaiting a marriage proposal. Not only didn’t she get the role; she never got the ring, either. Instead, her boyfriend Hank went on to become a huge film star…leaving her, and all her dreams, behind.

But now Hank’s back in Charleston, cast as the male lead in the same movie Ella’s in. In spite of the dramatic tension off-screen, he and Ella try to stay cool onset. But when their old feelings start to heat up—at the same time leading-lady Samantha tries to play Cupid—all bets are off. How can Hank convince Ella, after all this time, that she’s the one he really wants to be within real life—and that some happy, rom-com endings really can come true?

My Review:

The plot of Second Chance at Two Love Lane was simple. Ella is a matchmaker. She is also an actress who failed to make it big. She turned down the role of a lifetime because she thought her long-term boyfriend was going to propose. Not only did he not propose but he ended up becoming an A-list movie star. Ella is bitter over that. She also has never gotten over Hank. Imagine her surprise when she finds out that he is in Charleston filming and he is the cousin of her new friend, Pammy. Hank is able to get Ella a small part on his movie. Soon, they are reconnecting. Ella wants to keep Hank at arm’s length. But it doesn’t happen. Can she let go of the past to embrace the future? Or will she be left behind and heartbroken, again?

Ella got on my nerves. I know suddenly ending a relationship sucks, I have been there myself. But to hold onto it for 10 years. A little excessive, if you ask me. I know her heart was broken but still. I kept breaking out (in my head) “Let it go“. I did like her, though. Her relationship with her mother, sisters, cousins, and nonnas was amazing. Not to mention her friends. She had a huge heart.

I didn’t know what to think of Hank. He didn’t like being a superstar. All he wanted was to be left alone….which wouldn’t happen because he’s famous. But as the book went on, I started to like him. He wanted to make things right with Ella. He didn’t know how to make things right with her. Getting her that small part in his movie was part of that. I started liking him by that point. He wanted more from Ella but he wasn’t going to push her into anything she didn’t want. He knew that she was still dealing with her feelings from 10 years ago. By the end of the book, I was crushing on him hardcore. If I had any doubts about his feelings for Ella, they went away by the ending.

 

Image result for yawn gifThe chemistry and sex scenes with Hank and Ella were lukewarm. I couldn’t get into those scenes as much as I wanted to. I didn’t get a hint of chemistry between them which reflected in the sex scenes. Don’t get me wrong, they were beautifully written. They didn’t do it for me.

The secondary characters made this book. Mainly Miss Thing. When I first saw her name, I thought “Maybe its a typo“. But no, it isn’t. I loved her!!! I also liked Samantha and Pammy. Samantha made me laugh with her not so subtle ways of trying to get Hank and Ella together. That whole dinner that she set up cracked me up. I loved Pammy too. She was refreshingly real. From her telling Ella that she had a nice butt (which cracked me up) to her unlikely romance with the mayor of Charleston, she made me laugh.

I also liked Ella’s family. They were large, loud and they love each other. It was the sub-storyline about Ella’s mother that made me tear up. I wasn’t expecting it. Neither was her mother or Ella.

The end of Second Chance at Two Love Lane was your typical romance novel ending. I did like what Hank did to Ella. Tied in perfectly with the book. The author did a great job of taking all the sub-storylines and tying them into the main storyline. I was not left wondering about anything. Which happens more often than I can count.

What I liked about Second Chance at Two Love Lane:

A) The secondary characters

B) Ella’s family

C) The end of the book

What I disliked about Second Chance at Two Love Lane:

A) Ella. She got on my nerves up until she got the part in the movie

B) The chemistry and sex scenes were lukewarm

C) Hank. I was iffish about him most of the book.

I gave Second Chance at Two Love Lane a 4-star rating. This was a cute romance with relatable characters. While I did not like Ella or Hank at the beginning of the book, they did grow on me. My only major complaint is that the sex scenes were lukewarm. As was the chemistry between Hank and Ella. Other than that, I liked the book.

I gave Second Chance at Two Love Lane an Adult rating. There is sex. There is mild violence. There is language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Second Chance at Two Love Lane. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank St. Martin’s Paperbacks and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Second Chance at Two Love Lane.

All opinions stated in this review of Second Chance at Two Love Lane are mine.

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

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

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

Sold on a Monday

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

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

I Do Not Trust You

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

Don’t Look Back—review here

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

 

I Do Not Trust You—review coming September 7th

I Do Not Trust You

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo—review here

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

Maybe for You—review here

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Eight Goodbyes—review here

Eight Goodbyes

Project Prometheus—review here

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

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

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

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

Days of Reign

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekly Wrap Up

ARC · Loveswept · NetGalley · Random House Publishing Group · St. Martin's Paperbacks · St. Martin's Press

WWW Wednesday: August 29th 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:

I have had a repeat of last week. I have barely read anything. I have been so busy.  I had Open House for my older two kids (5th and 7th grade) on Friday. Didn’t get home until past 7pm. Spent Saturday and Sunday getting last minute stuff done for back to school. The big day was Monday. I started my day at 5:30 am and didn’t sit down until 8:30 pm. I have also had a hard time adjusting to getting up at 5:30. Put it this way, I fell asleep on my couch at 8:30 pm last night. I am usually asleep by 11:00 pm. So, yeah, I haven’t been reading. I plan on doing that after I type out a book review.


What I am currently reading:

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

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From USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer, comes Second Chance at Two Love Lane, a fast-paced tale about the intoxicating effects of fame and what happens when a past romance is rekindled behind the silver screen.

Sometimes love is waiting in the second act…

In her professional career, Ella Mancini plays matchmaker at Two Love Lane but, in her personal life, she takes the stage at the Dock Street Theatre. Now she has a chance at a new role in a Hollywood movie that happens to be filming in Charleston—one that features a big-name actress, Samantha Drake. Long ago, Ella passed up a major audition while awaiting a marriage proposal. Not only didn’t she get the role; she never got the ring, either. Instead, her boyfriend Hank went on to become a huge film star…leaving her, and all her dreams, behind.

But now Hank’s back in Charleston, cast as the male lead in the same movie Ella’s in. In spite of the dramatic tension off-screen, he and Ella try to stay cool onset. But when their old feelings start to heat up—at the same time leading-lady Samantha tries to play cupid—all bets are off. How can Hank convince Ella, after all this time, that she’s the one he really wants to be with in real life—and that some happy, rom-com endings really can come true?

I’ve only read the prologue of this book. So, I can’t give what I think about it. The prologue was good and sweet. I am hoping that the book lives up to it. Second Chance at Two Love Lane is available now. Be on the lookout for my review by the end of the week.


What I finished reading:

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

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In DON’T LOOK BACK by Dawn Ryer, she is the only woman worth fighting – or dying – for…

Shadow Ops Agent Thais Sinclair has sworn off falling in love for good. It’s what’s kept her calculated, steady, and on-task in a world dominated by men. She needs nothing and no one but her own wits and strength to guide her. But when she’s slated to shadow the one man who could reveal their entire operation, all bets are off.

Dunn Bateson, illegitimate son of a Southern debutante, has always had to fight harder than the rest to get what he wants. Now, the last thing he needs is Thais following his every move. She is so strong, sly, seductive. . . No woman has ever captivated him so completely. Thais may only have room for her mission in her heart, but is Dunn up to the challenge of showing her that she’s worth every risk he is willing to take?

I was NOT a fan of this book. It is rare that I do not like books but this one had me beyond confused. Don’t Look Back is available now. Be on the lookout for my review within the next couple of days.


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

Sold on a MondayCowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas, #2)The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)

Sold on a Monday: I am intrigued by this book and can’t wait to read it. This might be a book that needs a Kleenex!! Sold on a Monday is available now to buy. Be on the lookout for my review at some point within the next week.

Cowboy, Cross My Heart: I am not a huge fan of cowboy romances. But when the publisher approached me to review this book, I said: “Why not“. Cowboy, Cross My Heart is available now to buy. My review should be up at some point within the next week.

Dagger’s Edge: Another book where I was intrigued by the blurb. I normally don’t read crime romance (ie mob) but I do read romantic suspense. So, I am looking forward to reading. Dagger’s Edge is available now to buy. Be on the lookout for my review within the next week.

The Breakup: I had read and reviewed The Hookup and loved it. So I needed to read The Breakup. Hopefully, I like it!! The Breakup is available now to buy. Be on the lookout for my review within the next week.


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!!

ARC · book review · NetGalley

WWW Wednesday: August 22nd, 2018

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

The Three Ws are:

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

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

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


What I am currently reading:

Eight Goodbyes

(click on the picture for Amazon link)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What I finished reading:

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

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

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

A LEGENDARY LOVE

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

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WWW Wednesday: August 15th, 2018

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

The Three Ws are:

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

Last week was a whirlwind. I had a mammogram (my annual) and I had an ultrasound done on my thyroid. Long story short, I have Hashimoto’s Disease and my thyroid was enlarged. My Dr wanted to make sure that it was alright. And it was. Which was a huge relief. I also started back to school shopping last week. Mr. Z’s shopping is halfway done. I won’t find out what is on Miss B’s list until we go to the open house next Friday. They start school on Monday. So yeah, cutting it close. Miss R’s list is very easy and I will be picking up this week. Also, if you don’t see much posts from me, BFA in WoW is now live. So yeah….lol.


What I am currently reading:

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)

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The killer held a knife to her throat—the ultimate decision locked within a dark and deviant gaze.

Determined and dedicated, forensic pathologist Remie Tallin validates her talent by discerning a victim’s last moments of life. Returning to Portland signified her new beginning where a psychopathic stalker designates her a pawn in a seductive game of intrigue. 

The lines between predator and prey blur in hunting a medical genius bent on resetting the laws of nature. Evidence has never failed to point Remie in the right direction, yet conflicting discoveries mock the legal system and defy the scientific arena for clarification.

Detective McAllister’s return from leave includes a new assignment along with a partner well versed in subtle sarcasm and innuendos. Discovering the new medical examiner unconscious at the scene of a grisly murder forces him to unite with his brothers against a world of chaos where reality shifts according to a psychopath’s desire.

I started Carbon Replacements late last night. So far I like it. Romantic thrillers are among some of my favorite books to read. Hopefully, it continues to be good. Carbon Replacements will not be published until 8-19-18. So be on the lookout for my review on that date.


What I finished reading:

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

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In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself–the first in a dazzling new fantasy series from City of Stairs author Robert Jackson Bennett. 

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle. 
 
But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims. 
 
Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them. 
 
To have a chance at surviving—and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way—Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

I loved this book. It is an Italian based dark fantasy/steampunk that was fantastic. I cannot even begin to tell you all how much I liked this book. If you like dark fantasy mixed with steampunk, pick this book up when it is published. Publication date is August 21st, 2018. Be on the lookout for my review then.


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

Strange CircumstancesMaybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)Don't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)Second Chance at Two Love LaneCowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas, #2)

Strange Circumstances: I have reviewed Weston Kincaide’s books before. When he asked me if I would like to review an anthology, I said yes. Be on the lookout for my review within the next couple of weeks

Maybe For You: The publisher approached me to review Maybe For You. I accepted because I liked the blurb. I hope the book lives up to it. Maybe For You will be published August 28th. Be on the lookout for my review then.

The Breakup: I am looking forward to reading this book. I had read The Hookup and wondered when Bella and Christian were getting their story. The book will be published on August 28th. Be on the lookout for my review then.

Cowboy, Cross My Heart: I am normally not a fan of cowboy/Western romances. But when the publisher approached me to review this book, I decided to take a chance. Plus, I liked the cover…lol. This book is set to be published August 28th, 2018. Look for my review then.

Don’t Look Back: I was intrigued by the blurb when the publisher sent me the request to review email. Black Ops and romance? Sign me up. This book is set to be published August 28th, 2018. Be on the lookout for my review then.

Second Chance at Two Love Lane: I almost passed on this book when the publisher contacted me. I don’t like matchmaker romances. But, I decided to give it a chance. This book is set to be published August 28th, 2018. Be on the lookout for my review then.


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!!

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Weekly Wrap (6-17-18 to 6-24-18)

Books I’ve Read:

Dark Retreat (EMP Lodge #1)

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

Rust & Stardust

Lies

Moon Blood (Book 2)

Books I’ve Reviewed:

Mirrored Kingdoms: The Shadow’s Quest

Mirrored Kingdoms: The Shadow's Quest

One for the Rogue (review coming June 26th, 2018)

One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)

Not Her Daughter (publication date: August 21st, 2018)

Not Her Daughter

NetGalley Haul:

 

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

Email Requests:

The Remnant

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday (was on vacation)

Throwback Thursday (was on vacation)

Weekly Wrap