2 Book Lovers Reviews

I Flipping Love You

​By Helena Hunting

If you're looking for a book to

read this weekend, I have a

review & top recommendation

for you!  More books have been

added to this week's list of new

releases, too.  Enjoy!


   New Release  &  Review:

       How to Walk Away

     By Katherine Center

*Top Recommendation!*


To say that I enjoyed this book

would be a major under-

statement.  How to Walk Away

had my complete attention

right from the first page and

didn’t let me go until the end. 

Actually, that’s not quite true,

I continued to think about the

story, the characters, and the

inspiring message that this book had long after I finished

reading it.


How to Walk Away  was the whole shebang.  It was tragic, heartbreaking, hopeful, witty, and romantic.  A good book is an enjoyable diversion for an hour or so, but a great book pulls the reader in, immediately invests them in the lives of the characters, and doesn’t let them go.  This was a great book!  


*Read my full review...




 New Releases!


​- The Wild Heir: A Royal Standalone Romance  - By Karina Halle

At first glance I probably seem like any good-looking guy in their late twenties. I have an obscene amount of confidence, a tattooed body sculpted by the Nordic gods, and I love the ladies as much as they love me. 
If I’m not BASE jumping or car racing, I’m chasing other devious thrills with the woman of the week. And that’s fine if you’re the average single guy.
But I'm not the average single guy.​
​I’m Crown Prince Magnus of Norway and my latest scandal just landed my entire royal family in hot water.
Now the only way the monarchy can save face is for me to smarten up – publicly. If I don’t, I’ll no longer be heir apparent to the throne. So it’s either I abdicate my future role as King or…
I get married.
To a blue-blooded stranger.
Enter Princess Isabella of the tiny country of Liechtenstein.
Quiet, intelligent, and uniquely beautiful, Ella doesn’t like this arrangement any more than I do and she’s not afraid to show it. She says I’m a womanizer, that I don’t take anything seriously, that my ego should be taken down a few pegs, and I think she aims to make me miserable for the rest of my life.
But even as our arranged marriage becomes a war of wit and words, I’m determined to break through Ella’s prim and proper façade to find the wild​, sexual​ and risk-taking woman underneath. I want to uncover the Queen inside her.
The only question is – will she let me?


- Worth the Risk  - By K. Bromberg

This whole contest was supposed to be easy. I know, I know. Famous last words.
It’s a long story, but I messed up at work. Big time. To earn back the trust of my boss, I promised to save one of our magazines. Yep. That Hot Dad contest you’ve seen advertised all over the place was my idea. And if I’m successful, if I’m able to increase our online readership, then I get a shot at my dream job.
But the one thing I never expected to happen, happened: Contestant number ten, Grayson Malone. Hello, Mr. Difficult. And did I mention sexy as hell?
Unfortunately he knows me. The old me, anyway. And while we might be older now, I remind him of before...


- Good Girl  - By Jana Aston - Romantic comedy!  Office romance!


​Absinthe of the Heart (Sins of the Heart Duet #1)

–  By Monica James - Enemies-t0-lovers romance!

Two households, unlike in dignity, in the City of Angels 

is where we lay our scene...
London Sinclair was the boy 
my mother warned me about 

for as long as I can remember.

His name alone has brought my family nothing but shame 

and suffering, so it’s no surprise we’ve been sworn 

enemies since the first moment we met.

With his bedroom eyes and cocky smile, he has all the girls under his spell. I have one more year of school left, and then I’m home free because I’m guarding a secret, one I’m ashamed to keep. 
The boy who is completely off-limits is the one who drives me, Holland Brooks, wild. I want London, and I think…he wants me, too... 

- Welcome to the Cameo Hotel  - By K.I. Lynn

My life was on track.
The plan?
- Finish my MBA
- Get out of the hotel
- Finally date James, my manager 
With only three months left, everything was set.
Then he walked in.
What I thought was just a difficult guest toppled my life in ways I didn’t plan for. He was an asshole, demanding, and more alluring than should be legal.
I had a path. 
He destroyed it.
What now?


- Tacet a Mortuis (The Elite King's Club #3)  - By Amo Jones


- How to Walk Away – By Katherine Center - Top Recommendation!  Read my review.

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment.
In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there's her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there's Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won't let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.


- The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go  
– By Amy E. Reichert

Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother, Lorraine, cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter, May, snubbing her. Too bad there’s no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys them both, no matter how hard she tries. Instead, Gina finds order and comfort in obsessive list-making and her work at Grilled G’s, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck built by her late husband.
But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine's kept hidden for forty years. In the face of her mother’s failing health and her daughter’s rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go...


- The Favorite Sister  – By Jessica Knoll - Thriller!

When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…
Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her castmates.
Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.
Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.


- The Wright Love (Wright Love Duet #1)  – By K.A. Linde

I have the perfect life.
Until the day my husband tragically dies.
Being a single mom and widow was never part of the plan.
When David Calloway enters my life, I have no room for love in my heart.
But he’s determined to do right by me.
Could he be the Wright love?


- Breathe (Rosewood Bay #2)  – By Carly Phillips – Standalone.

From troubled teen to successful general contractor, Jake Nichols turned his life around from his time in foster care. Divorced and single, he juggles his time between his daughter and his work. Next on his agenda, a new project that is his chance to prove his worth at the job he loves. Except he never anticipates that the only girl he's ever loved and lost as a teen is now a grown and beautiful woman in charge of the project.
Phoebe Ward has survived and conquered a painful past that includes foster care and becoming a teenaged mom. She wants nothing more than to focus on the present but it’s hard when she looks into the eyes of her son, knowing she’s tried and failed to find his father. She’s resigned herself to raising him alone with the help of her family… Until a client meeting brings her face to face with her first love. A boy… now a sexy man she thought she’d never see again … and the father of her child.


- Guilty Sin (ALFA Investigations)  – By Chelle Bliss

When a mission puts a woman under Ret's protection, he and his longtime girlfriend Alese welcome her into their home. What starts out as a friendship rooted in trust ignites into a romance far bigger than any of them expect.
Love isn't always neat, and sometimes it can't be confined to an even number.
Get ready for the hottest book of the series yet. Ret is prepared to make you beg.


- Deceived (House of Sin Series #2)  – By Elisabeth Naughton

- Another One – By Aleatha Romig - Romantic comedy!  Standalone.


- Rumor Has It  – By Jessica Lemmon - Romantic comedy!


- Tin Man  – By Sarah Winman

This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.
Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.
But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between? 


- Vanilla and Vice (Empire Sevens #1)  - By Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea - Dark romance!


- Filthy Gods (American Gods )  - By R. Scarlett - Prelude in the  American Gods  series.


- Piece of Work  - By Staci Hart - Romantic comedy!  

Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.
His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.
You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.
But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him...


​- Headmaster  - By Jaimie Roberts - Forbidden romance!  She falls for her headmaster.  


- The Roots of Us  - By Candace Knoebel - I love this cover!  Second chance romance!




Happy Reading! 


May 18th, 2018

May 8th, 2018


Book Review:
Waking the Ancients
By Catherine Cavendish


​​Whenever I crack open a book, I want to love it.  I’m not someone who loves to write a scathing review.  I don’t understand what people get out of that.  Whenever I see a review for  Dawn of the Dead  that starts off with, “I really don’t like zombie books,” I think to myself, why did you waste your valuable time reading a book if you knew that you wouldn’t like it?  I wanted to love  Waking the Ancients, unfortunately I did not.

Read my full review...


April 17th, 2018


Book Review:
Macbeth
By Jo Nesbo


​​It has been quite some time since I read Shakespeare’s  Macbeth; I think it must be at least a dozen years, as my wife laughs, telling me to double that…and then some.  I don’t consider myself to be a Shakespeare expert, but I’ve read a handful of his plays and enjoyed most of them.  Macbeth  is by far my favorite.

Read my full review...


April 13th, 2018


Book Review:
Ready Player One
By Ernest Cline


​​Do you remember  That ‘70s Show?  It was a show built off of nostalgia and stereotypes that people look back fondly upon.  Do you remember  That ‘80s Show?  No?  You’re lucky, it was bad and too soon.

Ernest Cline has waited the right amount of time for people to have a fun nostalgic look back at a formative time for many of today’s adults.  

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April 10, 2018


New Release & Review:
Devils Unto Dust
By Emma Berquist


​​I love a zombie western, it is quickly becoming my favorite subgenre within the zombie world.  The western has taken a fabulous turn over the past few years, alright, a few decades if I go back to the Unforgiven.  The black and white Stetsons don’t mean what they used to, there is a shade of gray that seems to cover all of the characters.

Read my full review...


April 4th, 2018


New Release & Review:
Rated Z:  Money Shot 

By Brahm Stroker


​​I’m a firm believer in mixing it up.  I’ll go from a mystery to dystopian to historical; switching from dark to disgusting to laugh out loud funny.  I love when an author can push my limits and make me say, “Sweet Jesus, did they just do that!?”  Brahm Stroker was going to allow me to penetrate the world of Dick Shooter and Bunny Hole.

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March 27th, 2018


Book Review:
The Women in the Walls
By Amy Lukavics​


​​Amy Lukavics has a knack for grabbing my attention.  As soon as I finished reading the first chapter, I told my wife to grab the sample and just try to resist.  The Women in the Walls  reminded me of Barney Stinson’s  Get Psyched  mixed tape, it grabs you and never lets you down.

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March 20th, 2018


Greg's Old Shorts:
The Twilight Pariah By Jeffrey Ford


​​What goes together better than drinking and archaeology?  Jeffrey Ford decided to take this concept and run with it.  He tossed in a disturbing horned child in an abandoned outhouse for good measure.

The Twilight Pariah  was a good little story.  Ford captured my interest early on, had some intriguing characters and the story had some definite creep factor.  

Read my full review...


March 16th, 2018


Book Review:
Zero Day 

(The Hatching #3) 

By Ezekiel Boone


​So here we are at the end of the trilogy.  One way or another this apocalypse is coming to an end; it’s us or them.

I’ve been going through a bit of a funk with books in a series, or the never-ending series; I’ve grown to fully appreciate the trilogy, there is something to look forward to, the suspense of a great cliffhanger, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  

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March 13th, 2018


Book Review:
Quiet Places By Jasper Bark


​The key to Quiet Places is the beginning.  I love these stories where the author kicks me in the face with a what-the-hell-is-going-on-here start.  They can then take their sweet old time revealing what causes this freakish scenario that has shocked me to the core.  Jasper Bark did exactly that.

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March 9th, 2018


New Release & Review:
The Last Hour
By Harry Sidebottom


​I don’t know why this happens to me, but it seems to occur with much more frequency than in the past.  I read a synopsis, fall for a book, then when I go to read it, the book is not what I expected.  For whatever convoluted reason, I was expected The Last Hour to be a sort of homage to Colleen McCullough’s  The First Man in Rome, a suspenseful, intricate mystery set in the streets of ancient Rome.  What Harry Sidebottom delivered was something completely different.

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March 2nd, 2018


Greg's Old Shorts:
Tipping By Gregor Xane


The short story is a finicky little beast.  The author has such a short amount of time to captivate me and make me invest myself.  For me, a short story has to do at least one of two things:  grab me with a shock at the start or pull the wool over my eyes with a surprise at the end.  If the author does both, they’ve got my respect and admiration as a master of the short.

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February 27th, 2018


Book Review:
Pandora: Outbreak By Eric L. Harry


​This is a tough review to write.  I’m always on the lookout for something different and unique in the post-apocalyptic universe.  Pandora  seemed to tick off all of the boxes; sometimes there is simply a failure to connect the product offered by the author to the product desired by the reader.

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February 20th, 2018


Book Review:
Lamb By Christopher Moore


​Jesus Christ, can you think of any one person who has had more influence on two thousand years of history?  I think we all know the story – born in a barn, pissed off many important people and ended up nailed to a tree.  Christopher Moore has decided that there has to be more to the story.  If we could sit down with Christ’s best bro from his teenage years back in Nazareth, what stories would we learn?

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February 13th, 2018


If you want a creepy, edge-of-your-seat reading experience, The Ritual  is a must-read!  Oh, and  The Ritual  is now playing on Netflix!



Book Review:
The Ritual By Adam Nevill


The Ritual hit me in all of the right places.  It had everything that I was looking for in a book right now.  It was horror mixed with Nordic Noir.  It was gruesome and

gory.  It felt like it was written just for me.

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February 6th, 2018


Book Review:
Find You in the Dark By Nathan Ripley
Coming Soon!


​This book is marketed as being comparable to Dexter  and  The Talented Mr. Ripley.  These are great tags to pull a reader like myself in, but you have to live up to your own hype.  Once you get to know Martin Reese, the comparison of characters is there.  Let’s see how the story holds up.

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The Crossing

 By Jason Mott

May 18th, 2018


Book Review:

Mr. Flood's Last Resort

By Jess Kidd


​​Every once in a while the right book comes along at exactly the right time.  I wasn’t very far along into Maud and Cathal’s story before I knew that this was exactly  what I needed.  It was one part  Driving Miss Daisy, with another part Hoarders  and a couple parts…I just don’t know.


The relationship between Maud and Mr. Flood was magical – I laughed, I cried, and I loved them both and wanted to smack them around from time to time.  


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