Weekly Wrap Up: June 2nd through June 8th 2019

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

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

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

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


Books I’ve Read:

Once Upon a Bad Boy

Cruel Intentions

Glory Bishop

28 Dates

Waltz of Crows

Books with pending reviews:

Cruel Intentions—review coming June 13th

Glory Bishop—review coming June 6th

28 Dates—review coming June 11th

Books with published reviews:

Glory Bishop—review here

Montauk—review here

The Power of Soul—review here

Crown of Contempt—review here

Waltz of the Crows—review here

The Right Sort of Man-–review here

NetGalley Haul:

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days

Highland Jewel

The Orchid Throne

Magic Heist

The Grace Year

Email Haul:

Mad Mischief: A Novel

Freebies I Scored:

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

How To Love a Duke in Ten Days–Blog Tour/Excerpt (coming August 22nd and 29th)

Cruel Intentions—Book Blitz

Resilient—Book Blitz

The Orchid Throne—Blog Tour/Excerpt (coming September 19th and 26th)

Magic Heist—Blog Tour (coming July 10th)

The Right Sort of Man—Blog Tour

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

One Indecent Night—Goodreads Giveaway

Strong, Silent Cowboy—Goodreads Giveaway

Marriage of Convenience—Publisher Giveaway

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Montauk by Nicola Harrison

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of publication: June 4th, 2019

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Where you can find Montauk: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

Montauk, Long Island, 1938. 

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city. 

College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage, she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was. 

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future. 

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart…


My review:

Montauk is the story of Beatrice. Beatrice is a country girl who married into wealth. At first happy in her marriage, Bea notices a rift in her marriage. Along with the fracture, Bea has failed to conceive a child, and that drives them further apart. So when Harry tells Bea that they will be taking a summer-long trip to Montauk Manor, she is thrilled. She thinks that they can grow close again and a child will happen. But that isn’t in the cards. Harry decides that he will work in the city while Bea stays at the Manor during the week. He’ll come and visit on the weekend. Feeling out of place, Bea strikes up a friendship with the manor’s laundress. Who in turn introduces her to Thomas, the head lightkeeper. As Bea’s feelings for Thomas grows, she realizes that she must make a choice. What will happen? What will Bea’s decision be? And can she survive the consequences?


I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Montauk when I read the blurb. To me, it screamed spoiled rich girl has an affair, and there are consequences. Then I started reading. And let me tell you, this book is anything than what I thought. I was surprised by this book.

I liked Bea even if she did annoy me during parts of the book. I loved her determination to make her marriage work. I liked that she didn’t care what the other women at the Manor thought about her. But, as I mentioned at the beginning of the paragraph, she annoyed me. She overstepped her bounds when it came to Elizabeth and Thomas. She let the other women in the Manor dictate what she should do the first half of the book. And the big thing, she didn’t confront Harry about his affairs until the end of the book.

I did figure out about Harry cheating early in the book. He was in love with Bea, but he was chomping at the bit to get back to Manhattan. When it was validated, I was surprised that Bea didn’t say something to him. But, that was how it was back then. Men could do whatever they wanted with whomever they wanted, and the women took it.

I was surprised when the author chose to have Bea and Thomas start a relationship while married. While two wrongs don’t make a right, I do think that Bea deserved to be happy. And Thomas made her happy. But she was torn between Harry and Thomas. I was on pins and needles about who she was going to choose.

You will need tissues when reading the end of the book. I was surprised at what happened between Harry and Bea. Very surprised. I was also surprised by the news that Bea had. I mentally went “Yikes, how is she going to deal with THAT.” The very end of the book had me sobbing. Let’s say that it was not a happy ending. Which was surprising and refreshing.


I would give Montauk an Adult rating. There is sex (not graphic). There is mild language. There is violence. There are triggers. They would be the death of a sibling, depression, cheating, and rape. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

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


I would like to thank the author, the publishers, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Montauk.

All opinions stated in this review of Montauk are mine.

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 13th through January 19th, 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): 

Montauk—review coming June 4th, 2019

Moonlight & Whiskey—review coming March 12th, 2019

In Another Life—review coming March 20th, 2019

The Last Letter—review coming February 26th, 2019

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

The Hangman’s Secret—review here

Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants—review here

The Perfect Liar—review here

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave—review here

First Grave on the Right—here and 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

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: January 16th, 2019

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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?


Personal

I came down with the cold that Miss R had over the weekend. I usually don’t get sick-sick but I was sick with this one. I ended up taking liquid Dayquil and Nightquil to lessen the symptoms. Yeah, that worked out well. I believe one of them counteracted with one of the medications I am on. But, saying that, I am on the downside of the cold and am feeling fine!!

Last night, Miss R decided that she would draw a beard and a mustache on herself….with a marker. Where was I? Folding laundry. I thought she was with Mr. Z. I only found out when I went to give her a shower and she wouldn’t uncover the lower half of her face. As of this morning, it still wasn’t off (and believe me, I tried). So she went to school like that. The teachers and the preschool director thought it was great.

Mr. Z had his DARE graduation last Friday. Which I was supposed to go to. I didn’t find out until he said something that afternoon. I felt awful.

Miss B seems to have learned from her disastrous first semester at school. We discussed what was going to happen during the second semester. She is thrilled that she won’t be doing PE anymore this year. Instead, she will be doing Discovering Computer Programming (or something very similar, I can’t remember). It is mandatory that 6th and 7th graders take a keyboarding/computer class both years. Her only complaint is that the computer classrooms are on the 3rd floor of the school and everything else is on the 1st floor. And she has 3 mins to get to class.

Reading/Reviews:

Nothing has changed from last week reading or review wise. I am still caught up (even with being sick!!).

I have been doing some minor touch-ups on my blog. I finally found a template that I love. I also have been going through my back posts (since 2013 and yes, I am crazy) and updating them. Fixing links, updating covers, deleting reviews for books that aren’t on Amazon anymore….that stuff. It’s tedious but it needed to be done!!

I also have been converting everything to the new blocks that WordPress is using. I was iffy about those at first but I am beginning to like them.

I also have cleaned up my NetGalley bio. I did a google, found a great blog post on what to put in it and updated it. So, I have been busy.


What I am currently reading:

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Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

A simple town on the brink of a glamorous future.

A marriage drifting apart.

A life on the edge of what is and what could be...

An epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.

Montauk, Long Island, 1938. 

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city. 

College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage, she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was. 

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future. 

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has when fates conspire to tear her world apart…

I am only a half chapter into Montauk but so far, I like it. I’m hoping that I keep on liking it. We’ll see. Montauk is currently on preorder. Its expected publication date is June 4th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.


What I recently finished reading:

When life gives you curves, you gotta learn how to rock them.

Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?

Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.

As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.

I don’t even know where to begin with this book. It was a hot, sexy, erotic, emotional read for me. I was in tears reading it. Tears from laughing and also because it struck a nerve in me. Moonlight & Whiskey is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is March 12th, 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)

Ben Zelig thinks he has his life all figured out. Graduate from rabbinical school. Get hired by a spiritually enriched community. Meet a nice Jewish girl and start a family. Simple, right? Naturally, nothing goes according to plan, but life can still work out as long as you have Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants. 

Herb Freed, the author of the timeless love story Bashert, is back with a collection of five short stories about the smart, witty, spiritual and, according to his mother, incredibly handsome, Rabbi Ben Zelig. In five stories about a rabbi’s life, Zelig navigates romance, family ties, colorful congregants and the meaning of faith. We follow him through the decades as master storyteller Freed takes us from humor to pathos and back again in an uplifting examination of what it means to be human. 

I almost never read or review faith-based books. But when I read the blurb for Love, Faith, and a Pair of Pants, I decided to give it a chance. Hopefully, I like it. Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants is currently available to buy. Be on the lookout for my review by the end of the week/beginning of next week.

What if your destiny was beyond imagining? 
Dolma was happy with her life 
working at the Dexter Corporation from home in a telecommuting position. She didn’t have a boyfriend, and the prospects were not good in that department, but she was used to it. 
The world suddenly changed one day. 
Her boss, Jessica, demanded that she start working from the office. Her roommate started urging her to take the new position. Everybody was suddenly making demands of her that seemed to be coordinated. 
She met a man that she had dreamed of, and he told her that she was in danger. The man was Lucas, and he told her of two great houses, each wanting her to join them, and that they would try to kill her if she did not join them. 
Dolma was suddenly thrust into a world of immortals with strange powers, and she realized that her future was uncertain. Lucas assured her that she could become the most powerful of them all, but before that happened, 
she would have to leave with him. 
Together, they flee from the two bloodlines of the gods, and Lucas begins to train Dolma in how to use her dormant powers. The danger and the protective nature of Lucas, along with some unbelievably wonderful sex tells Dolma that Lucas is the man that she would love. 
Will they have the chance to be happy together, or would death come for them both?

Again, another book where the blurb called to me. From what I read, it seems to be good. Hopefully, it lives up to my expectations. The Secret Bloodline is currently available for purchase. Be on the lookout for my review at some point next week.

Audrey Martinez is a veterinarian who has devoted her whole life to the care and protection of horses—even if doing so leaves her little time for meeting a man. Who would have thought that a strange case of criminal horseplay would lead her to fall deeply, wildly in love? If only the man who makes her heart race faster than a wild mustang would let his guard down, that is. . .

Caleb Harper is no ordinary cowboy. Sure, he wears his hat, boots, and jeans like a second skin, and displays an easygoing charm that comes from years of working on the ranch. But with his military background, and Army buddies at his side, he is tried-and-true Texas tough. Audrey knows she can trust a man like Caleb to help her save horses. But can Caleb trust himself to resist his attraction to Audrey—or will the sparks of their desire end up getting them burned?

When I saw the words military and cowboy, I knew that I needed to read this book. Plus, I liked the cover. He kinda reminds me of Wayne in Letterkenny. My Favorite Cowboy is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 26th. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter. 

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on. 

But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive.

For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.

I needed to read this book. I had enjoyed the other book written by the author and figured that this one would be just as good. The blurb makes it seem so. Keeping Lucy is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is August 6th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

Her: Unstoppable, workaholic, driven force of nature.

Him: The exact opposite of that.

Phebe Stark needs a punching bag. No, on second thought, she needs a donut. No, on third thought, she needs to escape into a dark bar with a strong drink. She’s just been harassed, for the umpteenth time, by the slimy supervisor standing between her and a shattered glass ceiling at her high-pressure Atlanta firm. But then a tall, bearded, sexy lumberjack of a bartender saunters over, and suddenly Phebe knows she doesn’t need gin . . . she needs him.

Brody Cantrell didn’t exactly intend to become a bartender. He planned to help out at his ailing uncle’s bar for a year, then get an advanced degree and rise to the top of his field. Instead, he got a Ph.D. in Real Life from his customers. Brody thinks he’s seen everything—until he meets Phebe Stark. And when he gets a load of her fearless sexting skills, he just has to see what’s under that power suit. Brody’s certain they’ll have a good time or two—nothing serious. Then again, all these steamy messages and breathless trysts have him seriously considering . . . Why not?

This is a book that I pulled from reviewing. The publisher thought it needed more polishing and took it off Loveswept’s page. So I put it as DNF but kept a close watch on it. As soon as I saw that it had been updated, I redownloaded it. So, yes, I am looking forward to reading it. I hope it is worth the wait. Let’s Talk About Sext is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 19th. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

In June 1944, the Nazis locked eighteen-year-old Dave Hersch into a railroad boxcar and shipped him from his hometown of Dej, Hungary, to Mauthausen Concentration Camp, the harshest, cruelest camp in the Reich. After ten months in the granite mines of Mauthausen’s nearby sub-camp, Gusen, he weighed less than 80lbs, nothing but skin and bones.

Somehow surviving the relentless horrors of these two brutal camps, as Allied forces drew near Dave was forced to join a death march to Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, over thirty miles away. Soon after the start of the march, and more dead than alive, Dave summoned a burst of energy he did not know he had and escaped. Quickly recaptured, he managed to avoid being killed by the guards. Put on another death march a few days later, he achieved the impossible: he escaped again.

Dave often told his story of survival and escape, and his son, Jack, thought he knew it well. But years after his father’s death, he came across a photograph of his father on, of all places, the Mauthausen Memorial’s website. It was an image he had never seen before – and it propelled him on an intensely personal journey of discovery.

Using only his father’s words for guidance, Jack takes us along as he flies to Europe to learn the secrets behind the photograph, secrets his father never told of his time in the camps. Beginning in the verdant hills of his father’s Hungarian hometown, we travel with Jack to the foreboding rock mines of Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps, to the dust-choked roads and intersections of the death marches, and, finally, to the makeshift hiding places of his father’s rescuers. We accompany Jack’s every step as he describes the unimaginable: what his father must have seen and felt while struggling to survive in the most abominable places on earth.

In a warm and emotionally engaging story, Jack digs deeply into both his father’s life and his own, revisiting – and reflecting on – his father’s time at the hands of the Nazis during the last year of the Second World War, when more than mere survival was at stake – the fate of humanity itself hung in the balance.

I very rarely read nonfiction. Even rarer is when I review it. I think the last nonfiction book I read and reviewed was in 2016. So, a long time. But, when I read the blurb, I felt that I had to read this book. Death March Escape is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is January 19th. 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!!

WWW Wednesday: January 9th, 2019

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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?


Personal:

Nothing much going on here. I have settled back into my routine after Christmas break. Unfortunately, Miss R caught a cold over the weekend that settled into her chest. Since she is prone to bronchitis and pneumonia, I am watching her like a hawk. Poor kid is coughing so hard that she can’t sleep at night. Even with nighttime cough medicine, Vicks, and being propped up to sleep. So, I haven’t gotten a ton of sleep since Monday. Averaging about 3-4 hours a night. Saying that I am exhausted is an understatement.

I do have a question. For those of you who have had or have tween/teen boys, is it normal for them to stuff dirty clothes under the bed? I cleaned Mr. Z’s room this morning and found a crap ton of clothes under his bed. All dirty. I don’t know if I should be amused or angry. I used half a bottle of Febreeze to try and get rid of the stench. Opening a window isn’t going to happen. It’s cold out.

Miss B has turned herself around with school. Her ELA went from a 40 to a 73 (thanks to her teacher allowing her to make up her work). We did find out that she didn’t turn in an assignment that was due last week. She has until tomorrow to turn in it (they have testing Mon-Weds). She came home from school yesterday excited. They are going to play Havanna at her next concert. She brought her trumpet and sheet music home to practice yesterday. I will say, she is good.

Reading/Reviews:

I am doing great readingwise. No missed ARC deadlines or author’s wanting to know what is taking me so long. I also have requested and gotten several books that I wanted on NetGalley.

A small miracle occurred over the past week. I caught up on reviews. I was about 8 books behind and was getting deeper in the hole with every book I finished. I sat down on Monday and knocked out 4 of them. Then on Tuesday, knocked out all but 1. Yesterday, I finished a series (Miss R was home sick so I had time to read) and wrote those 3 reviews last night. Talk about feeling accomplished!! I hope that I don’t get that far behind again.


What I am currently reading:

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The Nighthawks are hockey’s new expansion team. They’re ice hot. And they’re all about the chase.

Christian: They call me a hockey god because I’m a beast on the ice . . . and off. Men want to be me and women just want me. But now that the New York Nighthawks expect me to lead their team to victory, it’s all work and no play. My eyes are on the prize. Until I meet Serena Ellis, a sexy, curvalicious blonde who doesn’t know me from jack. And just like that, I’m hooked.

Serena: I don’t do one-night stands—especially with celebrity jocks who date models. Lots of models. But the god of hockey is a temptation that’s hard for mere mortals to resist. And after the best kiss of my life, I’m ready to throw my one-night stand rule out the window. Except Christian Chase won’t let me. He doesn’t want a one-night stand. He wants it all.

I started Ice Hot late last night. So far, I like what I am reading. I have a feeling that this is going to be a quick read, which is fine by me. Ice Hot is currently on preorder. It’s expected date of publication is March 5th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.


What I recently finished reading:

Cam Brickley and his pro hockey teammates bet on everything: who can win five faceoffs in a row, who can do forty pushups in less than a minute, who can eat a ghost pepper without puking. But when his buddies bet him he can’t date the same woman—like, say, the hot blonde over at the bar—for two months and not fall in love, he’ll take that bet all day. Then he’ll laugh all the way to the hockey arena, where they’ll be washing his jock straps for the rest of the season because Cam’s never giving up his bachelor lifestyle.

Olivia Lockwood, the heiress to the Lockwood Industries fortune, is used to people using her for her money and family connections. When Cam Brickley hits on her in a club, Olivia’s first instinct is to brush him off. But he couldn’t be using her for her money since he has more than enough of his own. Cam’s gorgeous and built, and it would be no hardship to go out with him . . . besides, he’d be the perfect spokesperson for the children’s charity she works with. Maybe it’s time for her to start using people.

Cam and Olivia are both in it for something. What they don’t know yet is that they’re playing for keeps.

This was an emotional read for me. I have read all of the Ace’s Hockey series. So knowing this one was the last book made me sad. It was a quick read. Game On is currently on preorder. It’s expected date of publication is January 15th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.


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

An archaeologist with a zest for life finds herself stranded in small-town North Carolina—with a brooding Highland hunk who’s straight out of ancient Scotland.

Ramsay MacDara wishes the goddesses had left his arse back in the tenth century. That way he never would have met the gold digger who made a fool out of him. A loner at heart, Ramsay is riding his beloved horse through the woods near his family’s North Carolina theme park, Highland Life and Legends, when he hears tires squealing—followed by a thud—and rushes to the scene to help. That’s when he sets his eyes on a pair of long legs sticking out of the moon roof of a car. His interest piqued, the rest of her will soon arouse his greatest desires…and deepest fears.

Archaeologist Katie Jenson is on a six-month sabbatical from her job at Princeton University. Following the death of her beloved father—whose dying request was for Katie to live life to the fullest—she’s headed to a friend’s beach house in North Carolina. But a momentary distraction takes her off the road and on the journey of her life…with a sex god in a kilt at her side. Ramsay’s passion is the stuff of legend—and it just may be Katie’s greatest discovery.

I am really looking forward to reading Katie’s Highlander. I have read the previous books in the Highland Protector series and was thrilled to see that Ramsay was getting his book. Katie’s Highlander is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is January 22nd, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

Beckett,

If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Ryan

The blurb made me request this book. And I have a feeling that I am going to need a box of tissues by the time I am done reading it. The Last Letter is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 26th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?

I was intrigued by the blurb when I saw In Another Life on NetGalley. I also liked the cover. In Another Life is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is March 26th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

When life gives you curves, you gotta learn how to rock them.

Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?

Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.

As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.

So yeah. This book. I liked the cover. Plus the blurb made me want to read it. Hopefully, it will be good!! Moonlight & Whiskey is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is March 12th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

A simple town on the brink of a glamorous future.

A marriage drifting apart.

A life on the edge of what is and what could be…

An epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.

Montauk, Long Island, 1938. 

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city. 

College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage, she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was. 

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future. 

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has when fates conspire to tear her world apart…

I needed to read this book by reading the blurb. It sounds like it is going to be a good read. Montauk is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is June 4th, 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!!

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

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