I don’t know how I managed to finish the first draft of Midnight Embers and read 12 books, but I’m not complaining.
Here is my February Wrap Up…
All my Ghosts have Heartbeats by Victoria Ellis. Hawk by Kat Savage. Unwanted by Ashlee Rose. Fallen Rebel & Darkened Soul by C.G. Blaine. Once Upon a Valentine by Jess Bryant. Kian’s Focus, Birdie’s Biker & Truly’s Biker by Misty Walker. Alpha Hell by G. Bailey & Scarlett Snow. Crescent Wolves by G. Bailey & Regan Rosewood. Her Wolves by G. Bailey.
Beautiful and melancholy. J.R. Rogue continues to grow with her writing and goes from strength to strength. I am so glad to witness her raw talent. Her characters are real and flawed; they always resonate with me. I especially loved how Hunter and Sonnet are an older couple, more my age, it was refreshing to read—what a lovely end to the series.
According to Plan is a bittersweet small-town romance.
Madi returns home after five years and comes face to face with her past crush and best friend–Travis.
But they barely have time to reconnect when Travis has to leave to do another tour with the military–swoon the love letters, what’s not to love.
According to Plan is a beautiful love story, which gives you hope in even the hardest of circumstances.
Undeveloped this book is not! As soon as it hooks you in, it won’t release its grip until the very end, and even then I assure you, you’ll want more.
This book had me invested from the very first page. I liked these characters in When the Saint Falls but fell in love with them in The Bad Girl. Arwen and Aidan are raw and tangible, and their chemistry is on fire.
Pretend You’re Mine #3, Make You Mine #4, You Make It Easy #5, Love in Everton Series, by Fabiola Francisco.
If you love small town romance and cowboys, hold onto your seats ladies, the Love in Everton Series is for you. As always Fabiola knows how to deliver. You’ll find these three have it all, fake boyfriends, enemies to lovers and a best’s friends brother romance.
I was dubious about reading a bully romance if I’m honest. However, I’ve read everything else by A.D.McCammon and devoured her words. With this trope being all the rage, I wanted to read it for myself. And I was not disappointed.
It wasn’t hardcore bullying, not even close. But I don’t want to spoil it for you, all I will say is don’t knock it until you’ve read it for yourself. I loved these characters and can’t wait to read the next two books in the series. Bravo A.D.McCammon bring on The Bad Girl, releasing July 16th!
Having read Downfall the first in the Kingdoms of Sin series, I was always going to read the rest. However, with moving house right on top of Christmas, then a pandemic and everything eel in between I wasn’t able to straight away. So, when I had a major flare-up and was well enough, I had a little read-a-thon. And so glad I did. Willow Aster is a beautiful author, and her world-building and character arcs throughout kept me wanting me. She ended the series wonderfully and done it justice. If you’re looking for an escape, check out the Kingdom of Sin series.
Powerful, passionate, and raw. Victoria’s words cut me deep. It was impossible not see a glimpse of the girl I used to be, while reading this poetry collection.
It will resonate with you, as much as it did with me.
“People can love you without being good at it.”
So much truth. And I think Victoria may just be one of my new favourites.
Go on now, one click Woman on Fire.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Relentless Series by Karen Lynch, so when I heard about Pawn. I made sure to pre-order and the day it hit my kindle, I read it within a couple of hours. I then re-read a few from her previous series over the course of a week.
If you like books about Fae and magic, where different worlds collide, then check it out.
Audio Download, Narrated by Tatiana Maslany.
I’m sad to let these characters go. I’ve enjoyed getting swept up in Tatiana’s narrative, she held my attention and done all three books justice.
Who else will be reading The Ballard Of Songbirds And Snakes, later this month? I pre-ordered it back in January, and am quite looking forward to a prequel.
What will I be reading next? With all the hype over Midnight Sun releasing in August, I feel a Twilight re-read coming on. And because of the generosity of one of my wonderful Author friends gifted me a pre-order. I’ll be able to buddy read it with her once it’s released.
Special Edition (Audio Download) Narrated by Tatiana Maslany.
Catching Fire is my favourite of the trilogy and I’m pleased to say the audible version done the book justice too. I enjoy them all don’t get me wrong, but I look forward to reading or watching this one the most.
I’ve just started listening to Mockingjay and will be a little sad once I’m finished. Not sure what to listen to next, any suggestions? I have my audible credit available!
Special Edition ( Audio Download) Narrated by Tatiana Maslany.
If like me you’re struggling during COVID-19, with lockdown and social distancing. You’re likely having difficultly sleeping. I’ve always suffered with my sleep but now more so. However, I’ve found listening to Audible on a timer when I go to bed, is a good distraction. I opted for books I’ve already read, and glad I did. Tell me, what are you reading or doing to take extra care at the moment?
Based on a true story by Otto B Kraus, an Auschwitz survivor. A harrowing account of life while waiting for death in the children’s block. If you’ve read The Tattooist of Auschwitz or The Librarian of Auschwitz then I highly recommend you read this book. A tragic and poignant tale of survival against all odds.
The Wives, is hands down one of the best Psychological thrillers I’ve read. If you loved Verity by Colleen Hoover, The Ghostwriter By Alessandra Torre or Dark, Dead Stars by Cassie Sharp. One click The Wives Now. I found myself questioning everything about this book until the very last page. Enthralling and addictive you will not want to put it down. A must read.
You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, you see your husband only one day a week. Thursday. But you don’t care, you love him that much. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself…
And then, one day it all changes.
Dark, Dead Stars, was more than a 5* Read for me, and easily a solid favourite.
There are twists and turns you won’t see coming. Cassie weaves a web so well constructed you’ll find yourself questioning everything you think know.
I loved this book, and so will you. Such a powerful message throughout and wonderfully thought provoking. It tugs at your heart strings. I read this for the first time with my 11 year old niece, and she fell in love with it instantly, as did I. The next morning I took her out and purchased her a copy too. This can be read by anyone and I will be surprised if you don’t fall in love with it too.
Four Day Prince Charming: An Angsty Age Gap Novella (The Robinson Sisters Book 1)
Walking the red carpet alone is a bore.
While there’s no shortage of willing women, they only want me because I’m Action Jackson—everyone’s favorite superhero. I’ve become accustomed to the single life. An older woman isn’t who I pictured as my leading lady, yet there’s something special about Lexi Robinson.
Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.
The main characters although young, are a lovely duo. Zava is tenacious, and spirited. Nate is charming and witty, they complement each other wonderfully. It was lovely to see them come into their own, as they researched why fate and the darkness which loomed had brought them together.
What a wonderful debut novel, I can’t wait to see what R.H. Nix has in store for us next.
Lia Montgomery has been my best friend since we were kids, but when she moves back to our hometown, we can’t ignore the chemistry between us. And I’ve come up with a plan to make her mine.
First on the list? Make her my roommate. Read More
This is unlike other books written by Willow and yet I loved it. She has a way of creating characters and world-building, which drew me in. I didn’t want to put it down and read it in one sitting. Perfectly good use of my Saturday.
Luka, love to hate is a strong definition but it’s true. He is a real piece of work. There were times I wanted to strangle the boy. His character is such a contradiction, hot one moment then cold the next. Read More
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey by Rick Yancey, Brandon Espinoza (Narrator), Phoebe Strole (Narrator) – Review
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Read More
Hate the Game, had me smiling from the get-go. Few romcoms have the power to keep me engaged, make me smile as well as laugh out loud.
But Holly most definitely hit the ground running with this fun, light and heartfelt read.
I loved Ava and Theo’s chemistry. Holly always has a way of making her characters real and relatable.
Write You A Love Song, is a light-hearted, sweet and easy read. Set in the small town of Everton, Wyoming. Where country star Knox, was born and raised. He returns to take a hiatus from his failed marriage. He must now accept by choosing to marry the wrong woman, he ended up losing the love of a good woman in return.
After Ainsley caught her boyfriend cheating she threw a dart at a map to decide her fate. And was led to the small town of Everton. Struggling to make friends outside of work and with Knox, brooding as he tries to remain isolated, they form a friendship, and their feelings toward one another grow.
Fabiola doesn’t fail to deliver as she leads us into what I’m sure will be another great series. Read More
I was pleasantly surprised by Our Dust Has a Pulse. It kept me intrigued and invested, as the relationship between Katherine and Decker developed.
Being attracted to each other from afar, and then ending up on an unexpected road trip together, a wonderful slow burn and angst-filled. Read More
You will love Dex as he works hard to woo Reese. Their chemistry undeniable.
“One night changes everything, risking the only thing I’d want more than a career in country music–her.”
Fabiola shows us the softer side of her writing with Promise You.
Whether you’re new to Fabiola or a long time reader, I can assure you, Promise You is a swoon-worthy must read.
“I see you, Little Spider…”
Traci Finlay managed to pull me into the story so well it was almost as though I was watching it play out on the big screen.
This book hit me hard. I’ve had it on my bookshelf for ages, and it’s easy to see why this is so well loved.
Fine what a simple word for such a non simplistic answer as to your well being. Read More
It’s such a beautifully heartbreaking read, and we already know from the start something monumental happens between Ian and Sparrow, which gradually unfolds during the past chapters.
But honestly, I wasn’t quite prepared to what extent until the plot twist. Read More
There is no better way than to read about London Below, The World of Neverwhere, than while commuting on the London Underground.
Interestingly bizarre but in the best possible way. Read More
It’s a second chance romance but not in the typical cliche sense. I loved the style in which it was written, a single point of view from young to new adult. Read More
Cuckoo was good, a light thriller with a slightly dark edge. Although it didn’t blow me away, I enjoyed it none the less.
The fairy tale twist was brilliant; a story within a story was a brain twister. I liked that a lot.
Desert Rose held me captive from the very first page. It’s hard to believe this is indeed a debut novel. K.Moore sets the scene perfectly as we see the devastation unfold from the abduction of Jennifer’s daughter and the aftermath that follows.
Being in a foreign country and at the mercy of a culture where women don’t hold the same rights, is just the beginning of her ongoing struggle to get answers regarding the abduction. A husband she thought she knew, now becoming a stranger and her son being forced to grow up sooner than he should have to.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of Kats poetry which is powerful in its own right. And her first novel For Now, which I enjoyed but With this Lie is easily my favourite of the two.
Somewhere Between Us, did not disappoint, after a year of waiting Holly manages to deliver this little beauty with the softer side of her writing style.
Cameron and Jeremy are an unlikely pair from the beginning. This story evolves with just the right amount of angst and builds up, in all the right places. It flits between past and present.
Sometimes you can love someone, but it isn’t the right time. Honestly, I think this was the case with these two. Both Jeremy and Cam needed the ten years of separation to learn and to grow, to have a greater understanding of themselves and love.
Whiskey and Wine is a sweet and heartfelt story. I loved the dynamics between Ellie and Dean, he pulls while she pushes. And if I’m honest, I’ve been left with a little bit of a book crush where Dean is concerned.
The Reason was such a lovely read. And for anyone out there uncertain if this will be your cup of tea. I think like myself; you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Lily and her husband have to come to terms that their marriage is over.
Wanting to make their separation as amicable as possible for them and their children, but due to unexpected circumstances, they end up having to put this on hold. Although they are still living together, they are living separate lives except for co-parenting.
When Lily first meets Casey over the counter where he works, at first it’s a smile here or an acknowledgment there.
All My Truths & One Lie isn’t like any of the other books I’ve previously read by Fabiola. This one is more weighted with inner struggles and emotional breakthroughs. And in my opinion, it’s her strongest one to date. Read More
This is one of those books which keeps you invested until the very end. It spans over a decade with brief encounters between Nathaniel and Presley. Their chemistry is volatile at best and Nate doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to winding up Presley. He loves nothing more than calling her Princess. Read More
Jordan is every bit as tenacious as she ever was. The young mohiri warrior is even more fearless, she takes risks and is passionate in her pursuits. Until Hamid comes back into the picture. Read More
I was absolutely enthralled by Verity. And I didn’t even need to read the synopsis. I mean why would I? Not when it’s by an author I already love. But also not her usual genre. I knew I was going to one click. And I’m so bloody glad I did. Read More
When Cat and Lawrence are brought back together after almost a decade, it soon becomes evident their feelings for one another are still as raw as ever. But Cat is now with Steven, and he is everything she wants on paper. Read More
I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I purchased this book. I didn’t read the synopsis as it was recommended by some book friends. So I snapped it up for a bargain price and it has been waiting for me on my bookshelf ever since. I finally decided to pick it up last week and glad I did. My reading has been fractured lately, and this was a pleasant surprise. Read More
I liked this book but sadly I didn’t love it. I did, however, love the concept. It was just a shame certain parts pulled me out of the story at times. I can’t quite put my finger on it, maybe the author was trying too hard to say too much. I think sometimes less is more. Read More
It’s refreshing and liberating to see the invisible made visible. Both enlightening and captivating, this is a story of first and foremost self-discovery.
Told in three parts, over the course of fifteen years, from the time of Brice’s diagnosis, of falling in love, loss and acceptance. Read More
Mud Vein is a go-to re-read for me. Each time it hits me harder than the last. Everything about this story pulls me in, slowly at first and then all-consuming. Read More
I wish I had the ability to articulate just how much I loved this book but I don’t want to give anything away!
Captivating and poignant. A style, which is both powerful and sharp. Keeping your heart beating just a little bit faster, as you become engrossed in the nostalgia of it all. Read More
It kind of reminded me of the film Fallen, with Denzel Washington, and yet it was different in so many ways. Read More
It’s everything I look for in a thriller, and this was so much more. Read More
I’m so on the fence with this book…did it blow me away? No, but it has left me with questions, lots of unanswered questions, and that’s a good thing right? Read More
I was pleasantly surprised with this read considering I had no expectations going in, I just knew I wanted to read it before seeing the film. (Which I haven’t yet…but I will.) Read More
But did I pick this up to read at the right time, heck yes I did!
Although this one touches on experiences of a much more sensitive nature, it was a relaxing read.
And yes I will read the next one in the series too! Read More
This is a good book for daytime reading and relaxing with a cup of tea.
I’ve read the blue series and this is different venturing into new territory away from the Casino and into the driving range.
This series follows the Cade brothers who are either high strung, moody, cocky or unassuming, but one thing is for sure under all that bravado all it will take is for the love of a good woman to turn the bad boys good. Read More
A Second chance romance, and another lovely read by Fabiola Francisco.
This is a story about two people who lost their way, but time and distance never diminished their feelings toward one another, whether they wanted to admit it or not. Hunter never truly gave up on Kenzie, and no matter how far away Kenzie was, or how hard she tried, she could never forget about her feelings toward Hunter completely. Read More
Well tickle me pink, if you have any apprehension about not enjoying Jackal as much as Folsom, I can assure you both books are equally brilliant in their own right. They are so relatable to the individual end men you can’t help but love Jackal as much, or if not more than Folsom. There I said it! Read More
This was my first attempt of listening to an audio book, but to be honest I’m still not sure if audio is really for me, it kind of feels like cheating in a way, but none the less I am still a fan of this classic.
It’s the morning after, and I am a train reck. A dystopian novel so powerfully brilliant, where the lines blur between reality, and fiction. It’s not like anything I expected, it’s unique, relevant, passionate, and raw.
This is the third book in the Rebel Desire series, and can easily be read as a stand-alone or in sequence. Read More
Sometimes in life we build barriers and put up walls to protect ourselves from the world around us.
It’s easier to have control when there is a mutual understanding that long term, and intimacy is simply not an option.
Talk about a magnificent book hangover.
It’s hard to believe this novel is indeed the work of a Debut Author, without a doubt this is one of the best books I’ve read to date.
“Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process – and showing us all just how easy it can be.
Like countless other men, women and children he was stripped not only of his freedom but also his dignity, name and identity.
In it’s place a number — 32407.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Both lovely and beautiful in all the right places.
I sometimes question reading YA, like maybe I’m too old?
But truth be told, it’s a coming of age book that is very relevant regardless of your age.
Pfffttt age is just a number anyway right?
Like most of you bookworms, my to be read list is totally out of control. With so many books on my bookshelf and pending on my kindle, theres not enough time. Its one of the reasons I love my 45 minute tube journey to and from work. I pop my headphones in and get lost in my current read.
It does however hit on the sad reality of real life situations and the cruel circumstances that unfortunately people find themselves living.
He’ll shake her foundations…
Ana Grace is living a single mother’s worst nightmare. Separated from her two kids by a catastrophic earthquake, she’s trapped in her office building with a man she’s only just met. He’s a sexy former soldier, and possibly the only man able to help her navigate the dangerous landscape home.
The fact this book is inspired by a true story only pulls you in deeper, there’s not much hope you’ll come out unscathed.
When flames rip through their family home, only teenager Stephanie and her younger brother escape unhurt. Brett always liked to play with fire, but now their dad is dead and someone has to pay the price.
From Sand and Ash, by Amy Harmon
The bar was set high from the moment I read the prologue and yet this book never once failed to deliver.
Karen Lynch’s Relentless series is one of my guilty pleasures, not going to lie, as long as she’s writing them, I will read them!
Christian Kent has many labels – warrior, protector, friend, lover – but the one label he never wanted was mate. In his lifetime, the only girl he has ever loved, was the one he couldn’t have. He left her to protect her heart, but his own will always belong to her.
Bittersweet, contemporary romance of love, loss and fighting through it, if you liked Lovin on you, I recommend you read this, you’ll love it.
Bri’s life changed in the blink of an eye, all her hopes and dreams lost.
This was a sweet, lovable and contemporary romance.
Not your usual boy meets girl scenario Cash and Olivia have their fair share of struggles with their new relationship.
He is a musician in the upcoming country band Rebel Desire, hit swoon factor.