Throwback Thursday: May 16th, 2019

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This week’s Throwback Thursday is a young adult fantasy

Daughters of the Storm by [Wilkins, Kim]

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Five very different sisters team up against their stepbrother to save their kingdom in this Norse-flavored fantasy epic–the start of a new series in the tradition of Naomi Novik, Peter V. Brett, and Robin Hobb.

FIVE ROYAL SISTERS. ONE CROWN.

They are the daughters of a king. Though they share the same royal blood, they could not be more different. Bluebell is a proud warrior, stronger than any man and with an ironclad heart to match. Rose’s heart is all too passionate: She is the queen of a neighboring kingdom, who is risking everything for a forbidden love. The twins: vain Ivy, who lives for admiration, and zealous Willow, who lives for the gods. And Ash, who is discovering a dangerous talent for magic that might be a gift–or a curse.

But when their father is stricken by a mysterious ailment, they must come together on a desperate journey to save him and prevent their treacherous stepbrother from seizing the throne. Their mission: find the powerful witch who can cure the king. But to succeed on their quest, they must overcome their differences, and hope that the secrets they hide from one another and the world are never brought to light. Because if this royal family breaks, it could destroy the kingdom.


Have you read Daughters of the Storm?

What are your thoughts on it?

Let me know!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


#1—-I Have A Secret (Sloane Monroe: Book 3)

I Have a Secret (Sloane Monroe Book 3) by [Bradshaw, Cheryl]

This whole series rocked but I loved this book. Sloane was on her A-game, trying to figure out who killed a former classmate at her 20-year reunion cruise.


#2 Curse of the Kingsman

Curse of the Kingsmans by [Somerville, Ethan, Daniels, Emma]

This was a dark romance set in Restoration London. I loved it because it showed that not everyone is defined by their past.


#3 The Shepherd

The Shepherd: A Shepherd Thriller by [Cross, Ethan]

This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved seeing the typical bad guy vs good guy played out the way it did in this book.


#4 Children of Another God

Children of Another God (Broken World Book 1) by [Southwell, T C]

This was a fantastic fantasy book that I picked up when I got my first Kindle.


#5 New Blood

New Blood (Thoroughbred Breeders Book 1) by [Meunier, Christine]

A sweet Christian romance that included horse racing. I loved it!!


#6 Daughters of the Storm

Daughters of the Storm by [Wilkins, Kim]

I loved this book because it had strong female characters. Bluebell and her sisters were badasses!!


#7 Murder in Mind (Sloane Monroe: Book 2)

Murder in Mind (Sloane Monroe Book 2) by [Bradshaw, Cheryl]

Yes, another Sloane Monroe mystery. This book was fantastic. It pitted Sloane against the serial killer who killed her sister. I was on edge for the entire book!!


#8  Dark Sonata

Dark Sonata by [Black, F.R]

Loved this book. It was a dark romance with a twist.


#9 Desolate – The Complete Trilogy

Desolate - The Complete Trilogy by [Brumm, Robert]

This series was the series that started my love for dystopia. It was fantastic. Not for anyone under 17, though. It has a ton of graphic violence that could be disturbing to some people


#10 Nobody’s Darling

Nobody's Darling by [Medeiros, Teresa]

I love anything by Teresa Medeiros. But this book was something special. Billy and Esmerelda’s romance was beautiful.

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]

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Sisters of the Fire (Blood and Gold: Book 2) by Kim Wilkins

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

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Del Ray

Date of publication: February 5th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Blood and Gold

The Crown of Rowan—Book 0.5

Daughters of the Storm—Book 1 (review here)

Sisters of the Fire—Book 2

Queens of the Sea—-Book 3 (expected publication date: 2019)

Where you can find Sisters of the Fire: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

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

The battle-scarred warrior princess Bluebell, 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 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 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.


My review:

Sisters of the Fire takes place 4 years after the ending of Daughters of the Storm. Each of the princesses has gone to different lives. Bluebell hasn’t changed much from the last book. She is charged with protecting the kingdom and she takes that seriously. After a battle that ends with a randerman raider held captive, Bluebell learns something interesting. She learns that one of her sisters has possession of a sword that can kill her. But which one hates her that much that they want her dead? Is it Rose? Who’s actions caused her to be separated from her daughter Rowan and live in isolation with her undermagician aunt. Or is it Ash? Ash has kept herself isolated from her sisters. She fears that the prophecy she saw in a vision will not only kill her but her sisters. Plus, she has a dragon to kill and a vision that she is determined not to come true. How about Ivy? Ivy who was the reason Rose was sent away from her daughter. Ivy, who’s scheming will end up costing her more than she thought it would. And then Willow. Meek, mousey Willow whose outer appearance doesn’t hint at the fanatic inside. Willow, who is willing to do anything to bring Maava to her father’s kingdom. Which sister will betray her?

I enjoyed reading Sisters of the Fire but it did take me a while to get into the book. The book got off to a slow start. The author had to give the background on 6 separate storylines before the book could get off the ground. She had to explain what happened to the sisters and Rowan in those 4 years. I would say that the first 30% of the book crept by for me. But, when Bluebell met with Rose, then I saw the book pick up steam. After that, the book flew. I couldn’t put it down.

If I had to have a sister that I disliked the most, it would have to be Willow. I knew that her mind wasn’t well during the first book. I mean, she heard flipping angels for crying out loud. What she morphed into in this book frightened me. She was what I call an uber fantastic. I felt so bad for her child. Look at what she put the poor thing through. She cut off eyelashes, gave the kid a bath and used a wire brush and refused to let the kid act like a child. But, what shocked me the most, was what Willow did. Even though she was bat poop crazy, I wasn’t expecting her to do what she did. I was saddened and surprised by it.

If I had to have a favorite character, it would have to be Rowan. For a small child, she was very wise. She saw what people were like. She also suffered from Rose not being there. Snowy was a good father figure but it wasn’t enough. She needed her mother. I thought her hearing the singing tree was interesting. Even more interesting was her connection to the First Folk. I wish more time had been spent explaining her time with the First Folk.

I can’t even get into all the storylines. If I did, this review would be way too long. Let me say that I thought they were amazing. I also thought that the author did a fantastic job at merging all them.

There was even a bit of romance in the book. I wasn’t expecting who the characters were (took me by surprise) but I thought it was sweet. I can’t wait to see if that romance will survive the next book.

The end of the book was good. I liked how the author took each sister and left their storyline open. The epilogue fascinated me. It left more questions than anything.


I gave Sisters of the Fire a 4-star rating. This was a good read. It did get off to a slow start but once the book got rolling, it took off. It was well written. I liked (or hated) the characters. The plotlines were intriguing. I did wish that there was more of an explanation of Rowan’s time with the First People. Other than that, I enjoyed the book.

I would give Sisters of the Fire an Adult rating. There is sex (not graphic). There is graphic violence. There is language. There are triggers. They would be the talk of child abuse. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Sisters of the Fire. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine, Del Ray, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Sisters of Fire.

All opinions stated in this review of Sisters of Fire are mine.

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


Have you read Sisters of Fire?

Love it? 

Hate it?

Meh about it?

Let me know!!!

Weekly Wrap-Up: December 2nd through December 8th 2018

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

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)

The Perfect Liar

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

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

The Perfect Liar—review coming January 15th, 2019

The Perfect Liar

The Gilded Wolves—review coming January 15th, 2019

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

Sisters of the Fire—review coming February 5th, 2019

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

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

Zero—review here

Zero

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

My Favorite Cowboy (Heart of Texas #3)

Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants: a novel in stories

Montauk

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

The Secret Bloodline

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekly Wrap Up: November 25th through December 1st 2018

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

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

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

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

An Anonymous Girl—review coming January 8th, 2019

An Anonymous Girl

White Stag—review coming January 9th, 2019

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

The Duke I Once Knew—review coming December 31st, 2018

The Duke I Once Knew (Unlikely Duchesses, #1)

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

Perfectly Inappropriate—review here

Perfectly Inappropriate

The Good, The Bad, and The Duke—review here

The Good, the Bad, and the Duke (The Cavensham Heiresses #4)

Rend—review here

Rend (Riven, #2)

Foam on the Crest of Waves—review here

Foam On The Crest Of Waves

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

Keep Her Close

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

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

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

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!!