My Favorite Books of 2018!

Week of March 23rd, 2020

New Release   &  Review:
The Honey-Don't List
By Christina Lauren

There’s nothing better than looking forward to a book, finally reading it, and having it check off all of your boxes.  If I see that these authors have a new book in the works, I automatically add
it to my to-be-read list, often without even reading the synopsis.  The Honey-Don’t List  had a few of my favorite 
things:  home decorating, great chemistry between the characters, tension, and plenty of this duo’s signature wit and charm.  

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Week of March 9th, 2020

This is a stellar week for new releases!  I have two reviews and top recommendations that I have been dying to share with you, and this week is the week!

New Release  &  Review:
In Five Years 
By Rebecca Serle 

*Top Recommendation!*

As soon as I read the synopsis for  In Five Years, I knew that I had to read it.  Was it everything that I had expected?  No, but in this case, that certainly wasn’t a bad thing.  Rebecca Serle turned this story around in a way I hadn’t anticipated, it was so much more, and it ended up being just what my heart needed.

*Read my full review...

New Release  &  Review:
My Dark Vanessa
By Kate Elizabeth Russell
*Top Recommendation!*

Some books push a reader out of their comfort zone, this one shoved me.  My Dark Vanessa  is my first five-star book of 2020, and it is so well deserved.

This novel delves into the taboo relationship between a fifteen-year-old student and her forty-two-year- old English teacher.  It alternates between Vanessa’s teenage years, when their relationship began, to 2017, when another student has come forward with claims of sexual abuse against the same teacher.  This back and forth worked perfectly for Vanessa’s story.  It allows the reader to witness everything that transpired from the very beginning, to be alongside Vanessa, and to see the relationship from her point of view.  It clearly portrays the manipulative nature of abuse, the abuse itself, and the long-lasting repercussions that it had on her life.

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Week of February 24th, 2020

Book Review:
The Life That Mattered
(The Life Duet #1)
By Jewel E. Ann

That was a trip!  I never really know what to expect from a book by Jewel E. Ann, and that’s a good thing.  Between her intriguing 
characters, her intense story-lines, and her twists and turns, the only thing I can be sure of is that I will get an entertaining and gripping reading experience.

There’s not a whole lot that I can say about this book without giving too much away.  No spoilers here, my friends.  It took me a few chapters to really get a feel for this novel.  It’s not that it didn’t capture my interest right away, I was just trying to figure out where this story was going to go.  I had many scenarios dancing around in my head, wondering where the author was going to direct me before completely obliterating any of my ideas.  As I mentioned earlier, you can never feel completely comfortable and at home with one of her books.  The rug will always get pulled out from under your feet, you just need to grip your book firmly and brace yourself for it.

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Week of February 10th, 2020

Book News!

Heart Bones   by Colleen Hoover was just announced!  What's it about?  I know that it's a contemporary romance, but the synopsis
hasn't been revealed yet.  ​It is releasing on July 28th and is available for pre-order.  For me, that's enough said!  :)

Week of February 3rd, 2020

New Release  &  Review:
Together We Caught Fire
By Eva V. Gibson

What a great way to start off my reading for 2020!  Together We Caught Fire  may be Eva V. Gibson’s debut novel, but it certainly
didn’t feel that way.  This book has exquisite writing, depth, and a story that made me feel a plethora of emotions.

This is a forbidden romance, however, this novel is so much more than that.  The characters were so well developed, and I was immediately pulled in and invested in their lives.  They all had their own issues that they were trying to deal with, which were equally heartbreaking, shocking, and slightly disturbing.  I’m choosing not to go into great detail because I think that readers should pick this book up and experience it for themselves.

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Week of January 27th, 2020

Book Review:
Regretting You
By Colleen Hoover

It’s no secret that I am always looking forward to reading a new book by Colleen Hoover.  Regretting You  was like getting two stories for the price of one: the mother’s and her daughter’s.  I was hooked! 

When I began  Regretting You, I was all in.  It captured me right from the beginning and I was more than a little interested in seeing where the story was going to go.  Everything was moving along at a quick and entertaining pace and then she threw in a twist, a real humdinger that had me gasping out loud.  Oh, yes, I was invested.

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Week of January 20th, 2020

Book Review:
One Day in December
By Josie Silver

What a delightful book!  While I was reading  One Day in December, I kept thinking that it would make a wonderful movie.  All I wanted to do was curl up with a blanket and this book and immerse myself
in the story.  

I loved the concept, the characters, and the direction 
that the story went.  Do you believe in love at first sight?  The eye contact and feeling that you’ve just met your soulmate?  Neither did Laurie, but it happened to her on, of all places, public transit.  It was a missed connection that was made between two people who were just trying to get home after a long day of work.  She felt like she needed to try and find him again, but it was easier said than done.  When she finally did see him again, it wasn’t the way she had ever envisioned – Wow!  Bring on the angst!

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Holiday Edition - 2019

My Favorite Books of 2019!

It's the time of year where we reflect on the year that has just gone by, and also get to anticipate the year ahead.  I always enjoy 
reminiscing  about the books that I've read and reviewed over the year, but it's never an easy feat to narrow my list down to just a few of my favorites.  So, how do I choose?  Well, the books on this list are the ones that I couldn't stop thinking about (even after I turned the final page), they made me want to ignore "real" life just to read them, and they touched me in some way, making me extremely happy to be a reader! 

*See my list of favorite books for 2019....

Book Review:
The Wives
By Tarryn Fisher
Releasing on December 30th!
*Top Recommendation!*

The Wives  is a riveting, propulsive domestic/psychological thriller that hits you right in the gut.  It’s not the type of book that you’re going to be able to pick up and just read a couple of chapters.  This is a book that you are going to want to clear your schedule for, because once you start it, you’re not going to want to put it down.  Trust me.

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Book Review:

Husband Material
By Emily Belden
Releasing on December 30th!

Don’t be fooled by the cute cover, this book packs an emotional punch.  If you’re looking for a few laughs, this is the book for you.  If it’s a deeper, emotional story-line that you crave, look no further.  If you’re in the mood for romance, you’ll find it within the pages of  Husband Material.  There’s nothing that I enjoy more than a well-rounded reading experience that has me feeling a gamut of emotions, and this book certainly provided just that.

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