WWW Wednesday: May 23rd, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, I will let y’all know what has gone on in my life this past week.

What has been going on in my life:

Thursday and Friday, really nothing much. But the weekend was a different story.

First off, how many of y’all watched the Royal Wedding? I did. BK, my SO, woke me up at 7 so I wouldn’t miss it. I was entranced by Meghan Markle’s dress, her tiara, her obvious love for Harry (and him for her). Basically everything. I was glued to the TV. I wish the rest of my weekend was as magical…lol. It ended up being a comedy of errors. Let’s see, what went wrong:

A) Bank made a huge mistake and BK’s direct deposit was not there. So, we were left with a negative amount and no money for groceries. Luckily, the bank fixed what was wrong and his direct deposit was put back but still…

B) Somehow, our 1-year-old lawnmower broke Saturday night. BK was mowing the lawn and it started sputtering. He went to finish mowing on Sunday and it wouldn’t stay running. Really long story short, there was a spring missing on the carburetor, He needs to go to Home Depot or Lowes to get one and it should run fine. Meanwhile, the lawn is out of control…lol.

Monday, Tuesday and today were pretty standard and boring. Just T-Ball for Ms. R.

Now, onto the real reason I started this post (LOL):


What I am Currently Reading:

The Memory of Fire (The Waking Land, #2)

The Memory of Fire

Date of publication: June 21st, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Magic. Romance. Revolution. The sequel to the bold and gorgeous The Waking Land.

Jahan Korakides is the hero who saved the life of the crown prince in battle, helped win the revolution in Eren and earned the heart of Elanna, the legendary Wildegarde reborn.

But Jahan Korakides is also broken; haunted by memories of the woman who experimented on him and his brothers as children. So when the empire threatens war in retribution for Elanna’s illegal sorcery, Jahan leaves Eren to negotiate with the emperor on Queen Sophy’s behalf. But the world he left has changed – riots rock the city of Ida, his brother is missing and the crown prince refuses to speak to him.

Jahan’s only hope of success seems to lie with the rebels in Ida. Yet, if he joins them, he will merely spur on the war he’s desperate to avoid, and risk revealing himself as a sorcerer.

And then the witch hunters arrive at court, bringing Elanna in chains.

I am really liking this book. I have reviewed The Waking Land and was curious about Jahan. All of my questions have been answered and then some. The Memory of Fire will not be published until June 21st, so be on the lookout for my review then.


What did I recently finish:

All Night with the Cowboy (River Ranch, #2)

All Night with the Cowboy

Date of publication: May 29th, 2018

Genre: Romance

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

BACK IN THE SADDLE. STRAIGHT TO THE HEART. . .

At the Ford family ranch, getting thrown from a horse is a part of growing up. But one cowboy is still learning the ropes when it comes to falling in love.

Tanner Ford has been riding bulls and busting broncos his entire life. So when he takes a hard spill—and sustains serious injuries—he refuses to believe his rodeo days are behind him. He’s determined to restore his body and revive his career. There’s just one problem: the finest physical therapist in town just happens to be the only woman he’s ever loved.

Lauren Lewis knows she made a huge mistake when she walked away from Tanner. But she was young, ambitious, and focused on her medical career. Now, after all these years, Tanner’s back—and, in spite of his injuries, looking better than she allows herself to admit. She agrees to work on Tanner’s big bruised muscles until he’s back in bull-riding shape again. But how can Lauren resist the smoldering attraction between her and her old flame. . .and find a way to live without him?

I was “meh” when reading this book. Not going to get into why I felt like that now. Be on the lookout for my review on May 29th. Then you will find out why!!!


What I am reading next:

Head Over HeelsKnocked Up  (Crazy Love, #2)Before and Again

Head Over Heels: I can’t remember why I wanted to read this book. I do know that I got it from a Read Now email. I hope I like it!!

Knocked Up: So, there are a couple of reasons why I decided to get this book. One being the cover. Look at the guy’s abs!! Another is that I love reviewing for Loveswept. I am hoping that this book is as good as the cover promises…lol.

Before and Again: St. Martin’s Press approached me to review this book. I had been seeing it floating around NetGalley and was interested. I am hoping that it is as good as the blurb makes it out to be.


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? Why or why not?

WWW Wednesday, May 16th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, I will let y’all know what has gone on in my life this past week.

What has been going on in my life:

Compared to the week before, my week was pretty quiet. No injuries but I am taking on my son’s bus driver. I will explain when I get to him.

Miss R – Last week was teacher appreciation week. So, we celebrated. She drew her teachers flowers, gave them much-needed school supplies and gave them gift cards to Amazon. We took a trip to her absolute favorite store, Dollar General, to get cards, the school supplies, and gift bags. Thursday, we hit up the local splash pad. She started to cough during her time there and I thought nothing of it. Figured that it was allergies. But, she coughed continuously from the time we got into the car to go home and through the night. Friday, she was running a fever of 101 and I took her to the Dr. She missed Mother’s Day Tea at her preschool but I am glad I took her in. She ended up having strep. Saturday was her friends’ (twins) birthday party at the local science museum. She was still running a fever, so she missed it. She was crushed. But, her dad ended up getting all 3 kids a 10-foot pool (one with a filter), so that made up for her missing their party. She had a T-Ball game (where she caught the ball and she skipped the bases). Today, we had her parent/teacher conference. They said that she tested out of the 4-5-year-old room (pre-k, she’s in the 3s room which is preschool). They think she’s advanced but we won’t be able to find out until Kindergarten.

Mr. Z – So there has been drama going on with his bus driver. A few weeks back, the bus stopped in front of my house and the driver was screaming at the kids. This went on for 10 mins (I timed it). I went out onto my front porch and my neighbor was on her front lawn witnessing this. There were some younger kids who were crying when the driver realized he had witnesses and booked it. I contacted the head of the transportation department and she assured me that it was being taken care of. Fast forward to last week. The bus didn’t come until almost 430 one day. I called the school and the bus had left at its regular time. They contacted the depot, who said that he was pulled over, waiting for the kids to calm down. The bus leaves at 330. So he was sitting on the side of the road for almost 45 mins, without checking in. I raised holy hell with the head of the transportation department, as did the other parents. We were assured that it was being looked into. The very next day, he pulled up in front of my house and proceeded to scream at the kids again. But, he left as soon as he saw me whip out my phone. My friend, whose daughter also takes the bus, called. Basically, they are doing nothing. He’s a “new” driver who needs to pull over to get the kids to be quiet. He also needs to get a seating arrangement done. The thing is, he’s been driving since February when the old driver retired. He’s had plenty of time to do that. So, needless to say, I’m out for blood. The next time he’s late or pulls in front of the house, I am going to the superintendent and I am leaving a message at the school with an FYI. I know the school was pissed about him not taking the kids right home. Other than that, Mr. Z has been doing good. He can’t wait for school to end…lol.

Miss B – Nothing too much going on there. Things have been pretty calm with her. She also can’t wait for school to end.

Next week is more end of school stuff and T-Ball games. Miss B has a school concert on Thursday.

Now, onto the real reason I started this post (LOL):


What I am currently reading:

It’s All About the Duke

Date of publication: May 29th, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal―but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…

Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?

I just started reading this last night but so far, I am enjoying it. The book isn’t going to be published until May 29th, so be on the lookout for my review!!!


What did I recently finish:

The Duke Who Ravished Me (Rebellious Brides, #4)

The Duke Who Ravished Me

Date of publication: April 17th, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

An impulsive kiss between a libertine duke and a mysterious governess sparks a blaze of desire—and intrigue—in this breathtaking Regency romance from the award-winning author of Spy Fall.

Adam Fairfax, the Duke of Sunderford, happily enjoys a different woman (or two) every night—or he did, until his wards landed on his doorstep. Ever since Sunny took in the seven-year-old twin girls and their prim and proper governess, Isabel Finch, his love life has been a shambles. But, as time goes by, Sunny catches himself getting lost in Isabel’s haughty blue eyes, or following the curves beneath her unbecoming dress. An unexpected kiss ignites a passion that shocks him into realizing how thin the line between love and hate can be.

If Isabel’s hidden past were revealed, she could lose everything. Oddly enough, only when “Sinful Sunny” is near does she feel safe—or safe enough to speak up in defense of the girls. The duke’s decadent lifestyle is a disgrace, and clearly he considers Isabel a nuisance. Still, she can’t help admiring his sculpted cheekbones, strong-cut jaw, and tousled chestnut hair. When their lips meet, it’s almost as if he could kiss the secrets right out of her. Worse, she’s tempted to let him. . . .

I loved this book. I have reviewed the earlier 3 books and I couldn’t wait to read Sunny’s story. And what a story it was!!  My review should be coming soon, so be on the lookout for it.


What I am reading next:

The Way You Make Me Feel: I kept seeing this come up in blogs. When I got an email from NetGalley for Read Now, I jumped on it. I am hoping that it is good!!!

All Night with the Cowboy: I reviewed book 1 in this series and I liked it. So when the publisher approached me to review book 2, I couldn’t say no.

The Memory of Fire: I had reviewed and liked The Waking Land. I was hoping that I would catch The Memory of Fire when it came up for review. Even better, the publisher approached me!! I can’t wait to read it.


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? Why or why not?

Do you always continue with series? Why or why not?

WWW Wednesday, May 9th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, since I forgot to do it last week, here’s what has been going on for the past week.

What has been going on in my life:

This past week has been pretty hectic.

My youngest daughter, Miss R, had a series of accidents that made me question my abilities as a parent. She’s four and is eternally curious. That curiosity caused her to touch the burner on my stove. Which in turn burned her index finger pretty bad. The next day, she fell while riding her scooter and face planted on our cement front porch. So bruises and a cut on the lip. On the flip side of that, she started T-Ball on Tuesday (same day she fell) and she loves it. She also has been acting better at preschool (that is a whole blog post unto itself),

My 10-year-old son got his progress report last Wednesday. Mr. Z got 100’s across the board. So very proud of him. He will be A honor roll for the entire year by the end of school. I talked to his teacher and she is going to see if he is eligible for advanced classes in 5th grade. If he is, we will find out before the end of this school year.

My 12-year-old daughter had a good week. She had her last softball game on Monday and an afterschool party on Thursday to celebrate their team. Her team was the first softball team that her middle school had in 5 years. While they didn’t do that great (lost every game), they came together well as a team. A lot of these girls hadn’t even picked up a bat before this season. I told Miss B that is what counts the most and that I am proud of all of them. She also got her progress report. She did well. She was failing math, due to her not turning in homework, and she brought her grade up to an 81. From a 54. And this is with a moderate learning disability in math and severe ADHD. So, yeah, I am proud of her. She busted her butt to get that grade.

Looking forward to next week, it seems to be pretty uneventful. R’s T-Ball games and a Mother’s Day Tea at her school on Friday.

So, here is what I am reading, What I have read, and What I will be reading!!


What I am currently reading:

Riven

Riven

Date of publication: May 29th, 2018

Genre: LGBTQIA, romance

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Theo Decker might be the lead singer of Riven, but he hates being a rock star. The paparazzi, the endless tours, being recognized everywhere he goes—it all makes him squirm. The only thing he doesn’t hate is the music. Feeling an audience’s energy as they lose themselves in Riven’s music is a rush unlike anything else . . . until he meets Caleb Blake Whitman. Caleb is rough and damaged, yet his fingers on his guitar are pure poetry. And his hands on Theo? They’re all he can think about. But Caleb’s no groupie—and one night with him won’t be enough.

Just when Caleb is accepting his new life as a loner, Theo Decker slinks into it and turns his world upside-down. Theo’s sexy and brilliant and addictively vulnerable, and all Caleb wants is another hit. And another. That’s how he knows Theo’s trouble. Caleb can’t even handle performing these days. How the hell is he going to survive an affair with a tabloid superstar? But after Caleb sees the man behind the rock star, he begins to wonder if Theo might be his chance at a future he thought he’d lost forever.

I am enjoying this book. I can’t say much because Riven hasn’t been published yet, but its good. My review will be published on May 29th, so look for it then!!


What did I recently finish:

Royal Treatment (His Royal Hotness, #2)

Royal Treatment

Date of publication: April 24th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

What’s a crown prince to do with time on his hands? Or better yet, who? It’s Prince Garrett’s turn to find love in this mouthwatering standalone novel from the New York Timesbestselling author of Royal Pain.

Once upon a time I was being groomed to sit on the throne of Wildemar. Now I’m lucky they let me into the palace through the front door. After I was kidnapped and tortured by extremists, my reward upon my release is that nobody trusts me enough to let me be king. And since my twin brother, Kian, has assumed all my responsibilities, I figure why not take over as the black sheep?

But after breaking things off with my betrothed—we never had much chemistry, anyway—and giving the jetsetting playboy lifestyle a try, I’m starting to wonder if I’m cut out for this s***. Then I meet Lola Barnes, a drop-dead gorgeous entrepreneur from the States who’s as refreshing as she is feisty. 

It’s supposed to be a one-night-stand—until the press catches wind of my “new American sweetheart.” Trouble is, Lola’s no sweetheart. But the more I see our names together in the headlines, the more I find myself craving another taste. . . .

Do not let the blurb fool you, there is a whole lot more to this book than it lets on. I cried my eyes out during parts of it. My review should go live either Friday or Saturday, so be on the lookout for it.


What I am reading next:

The SchoharieThe Luck of the Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #3)Sleep, Merel, SleepThe Hookup (The Jordan Brothers, #1)

Marek (Cold Fury Hockey, #11)

The Schoharie: I saw this come up on a Read Now email from NetGalley and seesawed back and forth about getting it. I’m hoping that its good!!

The Luck of the Bride: The publisher approached me to review this book. Since I don’t say no to them, I went ahead and got it. I am in the mood for a good historical romance!!

Sleep, Merel, Sleep: The author approached me to review this book. I am a big believer in giving lesser known authors’ a chance. So, it is very rare that I turn an email invite to review down. Also, this book just called to me. You will have to wait for the review. The book will not be published until June 7th, 2018. My review comes out the same date.

The Hookup: This seems like a fun read from the blurb. Plus, I have reviewed for Erin McCarthy before and liked her books. Can’t wait for this one!!

Marek: I have been reviewing this series and love it. Plus, Sawyer Bennett always delivers with her romances. My review won’t be live until May 22nd, 2018 (when the book is published), so be on the lookout for it.


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

Have you read any of these books? Why or why not?

Do you read self-publishing or newer authors? Why or why not?

WWW Wednesday May 2nd 2018

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


What am I currently reading?

The High Tide Club

The High Tide Club

I started reading this last night. I have good vibes about this book but we’ll see. I am only a few chapters in. The High Tide Club will not be published until May 8th. So look out for my review after that date.


What did I recently finish:

The Hidden Face (Fifth Unmasking #1)

The Hidden Face

I loved this book. It was a fast-paced fantasy that didn’t stop until the last page. My review will be coming out by the end of the week, so be on the lookout for it.


What am I reading next:

The Neighbor

The Neighbor

I am pretty excited to be reading this book. I have reviewed for Joseph Souza before and enjoyed his books. Hoping that the book lives up to my mental hype!!

Startoucher

Startoucher

It’s been a while since I have read a good science fiction book. If it is anything like the blurb, I am going to love it!!

The Big Alpha in Town

The Big Alpha in Town

The publisher approached me to review this book. While I like shapeshifter romances, I am a little burnt out on them. I am hoping this one refreshes my view on that genre.

 

Royal Treatment (His Royal Hotness, #2)

Royal Treatment

I loved book one (His Royal Hotness series) and I am hoping that book 2 will live up to it.


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

Have you read any of these books?

If so, let me know what you thought of them!!